Wednesday , August 22 2018


18 int’l movies vie for Golden Bear – Clooney, Streep open refugee-focused Berlin fest

BERLIN, Feb 11, (AFP): The 66th Berlinale, Europe’s first major film festival of the year, starts Thursday with 23 international productions screening in the main showcase. Eighteen pictures will vie for the Golden Bear top prize at the event which runs from February 11 to 21, with a jury led …

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Serato’s app wants to put DJ in your pocket

LOS ANGELES, Feb 11, (RTRS): DJ technology company Serato released its first consumer app Thursday: Serato’s new Pyro app, which is available for free for iPhones and iPads, allows anyone to listen to their favorite songs as if they were part of a DJ set, all the while tapping into …

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Oscar films aim to stay relevant – Oscar-nominated directors explore issues of familial collapse, financial ruin

LOS ANGELES, Feb 10, (RTRS): With final Oscar ballots set to go out at the end of the week, a number of this year’s best picture nominees are making their sharpest pitches for relevance in the race. The Big Short” director Adam McKay has a trip to Washington, DC scheduled …

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Yonebayashi paints solitary spirit – ‘When Marnie Was There’ tear-jerker

TOKYO, Feb 10, (Agencies): The coming-of-age story is familiar: A shy girl has problems fitting in and concocts an imaginary friend. The originality of the Oscar-nominated “When Marnie Was There” comes from how its hand-drawn images express the girl’s inner torment. Luscious hand-drawn animation is the trademark of Japan’s renowned …

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Actor Watanabe ‘fights’ stomach cancer – Leukemia survivor

TOKYO, Feb 10, (RTRS): Japanese actor Ken Watanabe, an Academy Award nominee for his performance in the movie “The Last Samurai” and lauded in the recent Broadway revival of “The King and I,” is fighting stomach cancer and will have to postpone plans to return to Broadway. The lean, ruggedly …

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Swift, Lamar opposite sides of spectrum – Grammys strive for an accurate snapshot of year in music

LOS ANGELES, Feb 10, (RTRS): The Grammys are never going to get it right. How could they? The vagaries of taste are too nebulous, the sheer amount of music being released is far too vast. One thing that the Grammys can be, however — and one that organizers at the …

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Irreverent ‘Deadpool’ suffers from juvenile humor – Reynolds wears character well

‘Deadpool’ hates its audience, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Nothing is sacred to either this film or this character (played with “I’m so naughty” abandon by Ryan Reynolds), which pokes fun at superhero movie culture, Hollywood itself, Reynolds, director Tim Miller, love and human decency — and that’s …

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Academy luncheon time for reflection – Oscar telecast will be ‘most diverse ever’

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif, Feb 9, (Agencies): The annual Oscar nominees luncheon is generally a time of low-stakes celebration, but this year amid discussions of Oscar diversity and a boycott, as well as dramatic changes to academy membership, the Monday gathering was also one for reflection. Those at the luncheon did …

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Beyonce’s show draws mixed reaction – Singer takes US by storm with new activist role

A day after the Super Bowl, people are still parsing over each frame from Beyonce’s halftime performance, trying to glean the messages, both subtle and overt, that made for a stunning display of unapologetic blackness and political activism during one of the most-watched events of the year. The halftime show — …

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Wall St villains get screen test – ‘Big moment on TV, big screen’

NEW YORK, Feb 9, (RTRS): Wall Street villains are having their big moment on both television and the big screen. With the 2008-2009 financial crisis and the accompanying Great Recession not only fresh in many people’s minds but still having an impact on many lives, stories about greed on Wall Street …

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