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Entertainment

‘Bilal’ inclusive, non-discriminatory – Enjaaz brings an impressive 15 films to DIFF

LOS ANGELES, Dec 11, (Agencies): Dubai’s first animated feature puts top-class artwork to use in a story designed to preach about the inclusive, non-discriminatory aspects of the Muslim faith to younger audiences. Loosely based on the life of Bilal ibn Rabah, a companion of the Prophet (PBUH) who was born …

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Digital TV storms Golden Globe, ousts old favorites – Netflix surges, host NBC shutout

NEW YORK, Dec 11, (RTRS): Streaming services stormed the Golden Globe television nominations on Thursday with new shows such as “Narcos” and “Mozart in the Jungle,” turning established broadcasters into also-rans as Americans move away from traditional television to online-demand viewing. Just three years after digital platforms plunged into original …

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Oscar voters likely to contradict Golden Globe, SAG noms – Stallone could join exclusive Oscar company with ‘Creed’ nomination

LOS ANGELES, Dec 11, (RTRS): Some awards watchers hope the Oscar race is coming into focus, now that nominations for SAG Awards and the Golden Globes have been announced. In truth, the focus may not arrive until the Feb 28 Academy Awards ceremony. That’s partly because 2015 awards attention has …

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Radwimps vaccine for ‘sugar-poisoning’ – Yokohama foursome offers cure for Japan’s sugary music scene

YOKOHAMA, Japan, Dec 11, (AFP): In a Japanese music scene flooded with helium-voiced teen bands chirping about candy, fluffy bunnies and all things “kawaii” or cute, indie rockers Radwimps offer a potent vaccine for sugar-poisoning. The platinum-selling Yokohama foursome have released seven albums to date since forming at school in …

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Youth have no voice: Bouzid – Tunisian helmer discusses cinema in Arab world

LOS ANGELES, Dec 9, (Agencies): Tunisian helmer Leyla Bouzid premiered her debut feature “As I Open My Eyes” at the Venice Film Festival, where it picked up the first of many subsequent awards on its travels through Toronto, Stockholm, Carthage and now Dubai, screening in the Muhr Features section. “Eyes” …

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Ford vows wiser Solo

LOS ANGELES, Dec 9, (AP): When speaking about “Star Wars,” there are few topics that inspire a twinkle in Harrison Ford’s eyes. The 73-year-old actor is matter-of-fact about almost everything involving the sci-fi series’ latest episode — from his reunion with Carrie Fisher (“It was no big deal.”) to the …

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‘Force Awakens’ director on best way to watch his movie – Try to see it with a crowd: Abrams

LOS ANGELES, Dec 9, (AP): J.J. Abrams can’t really settle on a favorite moment from his saga of directing, co-writing and co-producing “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” but this one isn’t bad. “Being here now means we’re actually finished with the movie, which is a relief,” Abrams said with Jedi …

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‘House of Cards,’ ‘Trumbo’ lead SAG noms – NETFLIX tops 2016 field

LOS ANGELES, (RTRS): “Trumbo” and “House of Cards” have dominated the Screen Actors Guild Awards nominations, taking three nods each. Bleecker Street’s “Trumbo,” a biopic about blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo, took nods for best ensemble cast, Bryan Cranston for best actor and Helen Mirren for supporting actress in the role of …

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Sundance unveils Premieres slate – Lineup includes films from James Schamus, Spike Lee

LOS ANGELES, Dec 8 (RTRS): With a lineup that includes such Sundance alums as Todd Solondz, Whit Stillman, Kenneth Lonergan, Ira Sachs, Kelly Reichardt, Taika Waititi, John Krasinski, Diego Luna, Maggie Greenwald, Joshua Marston, John Carney, Anne Fontaine, Asif Kapadia, Matt Ross and Jim Strouse, it’s shaping up to be …

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Can ‘Force’ offer fans new hope in post-Lucas era? – ‘Most eagerly anticipated movie’

J.J. Abrams has expressed his apprehensiveness over the release of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” an understandable feeling when you are likely going to be held personally responsible for what is surely the most eagerly anticipated movie in recent memory. Look closer, though, and the director should rest easier — …

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