Entertainment

Legendary Olympian Owens brought to life in ‘Race’ – Jesse’s style was so particular: James

LOS ANGELES, Feb 18, (AP): Stephan James is the first to acknowledge that he didn’t know much about track and field legend Jesse Owens. The 22-year-old had to, he says, scratch his head to remember when he first heard someone was planning to make a biopic about Owens. Not that …

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Kanye West ‘evolves’ again on Life of Pablo – Judd reinvents self with ‘Noise’

Kanye West, “The Life of Pablo” (GOOD Music/Def Jam) Some two decades ago, Prince re-named himself with an unpronounceable symbol and scrawled “SLAVE” on his cheek in a feud with Warner Bros Records. He spent lavishly on unreleased creative projects and he put out a video game. Then he sang …

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there’s more than … in these pots – Power, peace, prosperity

KUWAIT CITY, Feb 17: Dr. Robert Mason delivered a lecture on ‘Trade technology and industry of elite ceramics of the Islamic world’ at the Yarmouk Cultural Centre, Monday evening as part of the Dar Al Athar Al Islamiyyah’s 21 cultural season, in which he outlined the significance of the pottery …

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‘Turning Leo to Glass challenging’ – How ‘Revenant’ hair, make-up team transformed DiCaprio

LOS ANGELES, Feb 17, (RTRS): Among the 12 Oscar nominations for “The Revenant” is one for best makeup and hairstyling. Variety chatted with the trio that brought a startling reality to the hair and makeup. Makeup and prosthetic artists Sian Grigg and Duncan Jarman are nominated along with hair department …

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‘National Bird’ an alarm-sounding docu on drone program – Three veterans share their experience

LOS ANGELES, Feb 17, (RTRS): The first time an MQ-1 Predator or MQ-9 Reaper takes out a human target on US soil (along with any women, children and “military-aged males” close enough to be considered collateral damage), American citizens are likely to change their tune about the military’s still-too-secret drone …

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Swift wins top Grammy Award – Lamar steals show

LOS ANGELES, Feb 16, (Agencies): Taylor Swift’s official switch from country to pop with her multi-hit, best-selling “1989” album brought the singer her second Grammy Award win for Album of the Year. Swift was shocked when she won the night’s top prize, beating out Kendrick Lamar, Chris Stapleton, Alabama Shakes …

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Bouchareb’s ‘Road to Istanbul’ a swift-moving tale – ‘Wiser, tougher movie’

LOS ANGELES, Feb 16, (RTRS): After two meandering dramas (“Just Like a Woman” and “Two Men in Town”) featuring Muslim characters on New Mexico soil, the French-born Algerian director Rachid Bouchareb abruptly veers into topical territory with “Road to Istanbul,” a compellingly one-sided portrait of a Belgian woman desperately trying …

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Top stars rock the red carpet – Swift wows in bitty top

NEW YORK, Feb 16, (AP): The music world’s top stars rocked the Grammys red carpet Monday in Los Angeles. Taylor Swift donned a bitty, midriff-baring coral orange bandeaux top and long magenta skirt to walk the Grammys red carpet Monday, joined by squadie Selena Gomez in full-on glittery sapphire blue …

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‘Revenant’, DiCaprio dominate BAFTAs – Inarritu named best director

LONDON, Feb 15, (Agencies): Epic survival tale “The Revenant” took top honours including best film on Sunday at Britain’s BAFTA film awards, boosting its status as a favourite for Oscar success later this month. Mexico’s Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu scooped best director for the picture, and Leonardo DiCaprio won best actor …

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Death, politics, ineluctable decay in ‘Last Days of City’ – Melancholic love-hate poem to Cairo

LOS ANGELES, Feb 15, (RTRS): As the title suggests, “In the Last Days of the City” is an elegy, a melancholic love-hate poem to Cairo and the role of filmmakers in any city in pain. A long-gestating project that was initially shot in 2009, the film represents a self-reflexive expression, …

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