Wednesday , January 24 2018

Entertainment

‘Bel Canto’ to debut on Chicago opera – Miller’s first play to have London world premiere

CHICAGO, Dec 6, (Agencies): Two things make the Lyric Opera of Chicago’s world premiere of “Bel Canto” on Monday unique: Famed soprano Renee Fleming commissioned the work based on the popular novel and, rare for opera, it tells the story of a modern event. Announced in February 2012, about a …

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Moroccan cinema at crossroads – Marrakech Film Fest celebrates its 15th edition

LOS ANGELES, Dec 5, (RTRS): Given the current geo-political climate, all eyes are focused on developments in the Arab world, whether political, military or cultural. Historically positioned at a crossroads between North and South and East and West, Morocco is one of the most developed countries in both the Arab …

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Drug found near body of Weiland – Tributes pour in for troubled rocker

NEW YORK, Dec 5, (Agencies): Minnesota police said Friday that they found cocaine in a tour bus near the lifeless body of Scott Weiland, the award-winning lead singer of popular rock act Stone Temple Pilots. They also arrested Thomas Delton Black — identified by US media as a band member …

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DIFF co-productions allow gulf fest to thrive – UAE earns rep as int’l hub for hi-tech productions

LOS ANGELES, Dec 5, (RTRS): The ever-changing Middle East festival scene has been shaken up by instability lately just as the Arab film industry gains more traction. In this scenario the Dubai Intl Film Festival is becoming more pivotal as a platform to nurture and launch fresh Arab fare, as …

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‘Revenant’ emotionally stunted epic – DiCaprio plays an avenging 19th century frontiersman

Few prestige directors have so fully committed to the notion of cinema as an endurance test as Alejandro G. Inarritu, and he pushes himself, the audience and an aggrieved 19th-century frontiersman well beyond their usual limits in“The Revenant.” Bleak as hell but considerably more beautiful, this nightmarish plunge into a …

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‘Star Wars’, the epic no one believed in – Tickets getting scalped for big bucks

LOS ANGELES, Dec 4, (Agencies): It may well be one of Hollywood’s biggest success stories, but when the original “Star Wars” film was released in 1977 many people, including creator George Lucas, believed it would be a flop. “I don’t think anyone could have predicted what a smash hit and …

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Behind the scenes of ‘Wiz’ – Laughs, tears & wizardry

LOS ANGELES, Dec 4, (RTRS): David Alan Grier loosened up by joking around in a faux Shakespearean actor voice. Limber dancers in creature costumes, ranging from furry winged warriors to sexy poppies to sassy crows milled around the edges of the stage, where members of the off-stage chorus gathered around …

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How ‘Big Short’ puts comic spin on harsh economic story – McKay’s flick makes it clear that Big Bust could happen again

LOS ANGELES , Dec 4, (RTRS): Over the past two weeks I have seen movies dealing with brain injury, child molestation, the Hollywood blacklist, the Bolivian elections and a “doomsday machine.” Little wonder some bankers think of Hollywood itself as a doomsday machine, albeit one that’s taking some interesting chances …

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Coldplay returns to indie roots – New album won’t immediately be available on Spotify

LONDON, Dec 4, (Agencies): British stadium rockers Coldplay will on Friday release their seventh album “A Head Full of Dreams”, which heralds a return to their indie roots and A-List collaborations, including this time with US President Barack Obama. The four-piece band have already given fans a sneak preview of …

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No Kuwaitis hurt in Cairo club bombing that killed 16

CAIRO, Dec 4, (Agencies): The State of Kuwait Ambassador to Egypt, Salem Ghesab Al-Zamanan, said on Friday no Kuwaitis were hurt as a result of the bombing that happened in Al-Giza. At least 16 people were killed and three were wounded in the attack in Al-Giza earlier. The ambassador reminded …

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