Monday , December 11 2017

Entertainment

Paris attacks in spotlight on IDFA night – Docu fest and market has global hustle, intimate vibe 

LOS ANGELES, Nov 20, (RTRS): Both a forum for politically conscious cinema and a platform for the open discussion of potentially world-changing ideas, the Intl. Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, opened its 28th edition Wednesday night by paying tribute to those who had lost their lives in the Paris attacks of …

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Lafourcade wins 4 Latin Grammys, Guerra takes 3

Natalia Lafourcade was the big winner Thursday at the Latin Grammy Awards, making good on four of her five nominations for her album “Hasta la Raiz.” But the Mexican singer-songwriter lost out on the top prize, album of the year, which went to Dominican bachata artist Juan Luis Guerra for …

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Nat Geo movie tells gritty pilgrims’ tale – ‘Lot of palace intrigue’ 

NEW YORK, Nov 20, (AP): With its political infighting, tip-of-the-arrow diplomacy and climactic decapitation scene, the National Geographic Channel’s film “Saints & Strangers” is the “Game of Thrones” version of the first Thanksgiving. The four-hour movie will premiere Sunday and Monday on National Geographic (9:00 pm EST on both nights), …

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H’wood lends star power to climate fight – Cate Blanchett honored at Museum of Modern Art

LOS ANGELES, Nov 18, (AFP): Climate change may be the challenge of our time, but when it comes to rallying the global public to the cause, a Hollywood star will always trump a treaty or summit. Environmental threats loom large in many an American blockbuster, as in this year’s “Mad …

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Jihadist thriller pulled from cinemas after Paris attacks – ‘History has caught up with the film’

PARIS, Nov 18, (AFP): A film about a wave of jihadist attacks on Paris due out Wednesday has been pulled from cinemas, with the release of a string of others also touching on terrorism now being questioned. “Made in France”, about a series of simultaneous attacks on the French capital, …

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Universal to bring monster movies to life – ‘Minions’, Illumination create blockbuster animation unit

LOS ANGELES, Nov 18, (RTRS): Universal is the house that “Dracula,” “The Wolf Man” and “Frankenstein” built. At a time when other studios are furiously raiding the vaults of comic books and graphic novels, trying to find the next Marvel and DC Comics, Universal is deviating from the superhero movie …

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Pharrell, others want to talk about race – Blige encourages life with ‘no more drama’

NEW YORK, Nov 18, (AP): When Pharrell Williams signed up to perform at an all-star concert highlighting race relations in America, the multi-layered musician didn’t want to “have a kumbaya type-of-moment” onstage with his fellow performers, as he put it. “That’s not what these communities need. They don’t need another …

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Final ‘Games’ hits big screen – Cast pays tribute to France attack victims at US premiere

LOS ANGELES, Nov 17, (Agencies): The fourth and final film in the blockbuster “Hunger Games” series — a dystopian fantasy saga that turned Jennifer Lawrence into a Hollywood mega-star — hits the big screen this week and is expected to catch fire at the box office. “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay …

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Egypt’s int’l star Waked reflects on Paris attacks – ‘Terrorism tries to collapse societies through threats’

LOS ANGELES, Nov 17, (RTRS): Amr Waked is Egypt’s biggest international star, seen most recently playing the French cop in Luc Besson’s “Lucy” and as Yusof, the Khan’s Vice Regent, in Netflix TV series “Marco Polo.” He is also a producer of Arab films, including political drama “Winter of Discontent,” …

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‘Fast & Furious’ spinoffs in the works – ‘It’s a very rich property’

LOS ANGELES, Nov 17, (RTRS): The “Fast and Furious” franchise may take a page from “Star Wars” and Marvel. Producer and star Vin Diesel tells Variety that the team behind the fast cars and criminals series is in the preliminary stages of developing prequels and spinoffs. “We’ve written out story …

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