Entertainment

Michael Bay’s movie destined to be heavily scrutinized – How ‘13 Hours’ tries to get at the truth of Benghazi

LOS ANGELES, Jan 15, (RTRS): Michael Bay’s “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi” opens with the message, “This is a true story.” In other words, not “based on a true story,” but “a true story.” Given the political controversy that has swirled around the events of the Benghazi attacks …

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Scott, Inarritu earn DGA nods – ‘Star Wars; ‘GoT’ lead VES nominations

LOS ANGELES, Jan 13, (Agencies): Mexico’s Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu and Britain’s Ridley Scott on Tuesday topped the list of nominees for the Directors Guild of America (DGA) award — a strong indicator of Oscar hopes. Inarritu was nominated for revenge thriller “The Revenant” and Scott for space hit “The Martian,” …

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Poitier to receive Bafta’s highest honor – ‘Star Wars’, ‘Revenant’ score CAS nods

LOS ANGELES, Jan 13, (RTRS): The British Academy of Film and Television Arts will bestow on Sidney Poitier its highest honor, the Fellowship, at the BAFTA Film Awards on Feb 14. The Fellowship, which is awarded annually, is given to an individual in recognition of “an outstanding and exceptional contribution …

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Seniors keep ‘opera alive’ – US-Cuba festival

KUNMING, China, Jan 13, (AFP): White make-up covering their aged faces, Chinese performers — all aged over 50 — don richly-coloured robes and false beards to belt out tunes passed down for more than two centuries. The “Flower Lantern” Yunnan Opera troupe performs each day on a run-down stage, their …

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Bowie musical becomes a memorial – Singer’s finale soars on charts after death shock

NEW YORK, Jan 13, (Agencies): A performance of David Bowie’s trippy, melancholy musical “Lazarus” turned into a memorial for the Thin White Duke on Tuesday night as fans who had bought tickets to celebrate his music instead found themselves mourning his passing. “It was incredible. I wept a lot,” said …

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Bedouin drama vying for Oscar nod – Qatar bans ‘The Danish Girl’ movie

AL-SHAKRIYEH, Jordan, Jan 12, (Agencies): A coming-of-age drama set among Bedouin tribesmen roaming the desert emerged as the first potential Oscar contender produced by Jordan’s nascent film industry. “Theeb” (Wolf), set in 1916, tells the story of a playful 11-year-old Bedouin boy of the same name who gets caught up …

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‘Everybody’s’ engaging, elegantly shot – Zhang’s movie may please senior audiences

The kids are more than all right in “Everybody’s Fine” — in fact, they’re such goody-goodies that they turn this Chinese remake of Giuseppe Tornatore’s 1990 travelogue drama into parent saga. Following a retired widower’s journey around China to look up each of his four adult children, the film is …

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Bowie never stopped looking ahead – Music icon opened up about his legacy

NEW YORK, Jan 12, (Agencies): It was hardly a coincidence that David Bowie named his greatest hits collection “Changes.” Bowie changed musical styles, fashion, even his name — from David Jones — in a relentless exploration of the artistic muse. More than any one sound or song, that shark-like ability …

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‘Death in Sarajevo’, ‘Being 17’ added to Berlin fest lineup – Beta Cinema picks up ‘Sand Storm’

LOS ANGELES, Jan 12, (RTRS): The Berlin Film Festival has added another nine titles to its competition lineup, including Thomas Vinterberg’s “The Commune,” Danis Tanovic’s “Death in Sarajevo,” Andre Techine’s “Being 17” and Mia Hansen-Love’s “Things to Come.” Danish helmer Vinterberg is best known for “The Celebration,” which was BAFTA …

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‘Revenant’, ‘Martian’ win big at Globes – DiCaprio wins Best Actor Award

LOS ANGELES, Jan 11, (Agencies): Epic survival thriller “The Revenant” and space blockbuster “The Martian” won big at the Golden Globes on Sunday, boosting their chances for Oscars glory next month. “The Revenant” — the story of 19th century fur trapper Hugh Glass, played by Leonardo DiCaprio — won three …

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