Friday , November 24 2017

Entertainment

Fukunaga beats obstacles in ‘Beasts’ – New De Niro film in the works: Scorsese

LOS ANGELES, Oct 17, (Agencies): With actors not turning up on set, crew sicknesses, equipment going missing and unpredictable weather, the filming of war drama “Beasts of No Nation” is fast becoming a captivating tale in itself. “There were distinct, daily moments where I sat there completely demoralized, thinking this …

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‘Room’ path to screen unusual – Difficult to adapt

LOS ANGELES, Oct 17, (RTRS): When Emma Donoghue’s novel “Room” was published in 2010, it became an instant sensation, landing on several bestseller lists and inspiring an avid following. Readers fell in love with the story of Jack, a five-year-old boy who has lived his entire life in a single …

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‘Weeknd’ & ‘Uptown’ lead Soul Train noms

NEW YORK, Oct 17, (AP): The Weeknd and the duo behind “Uptown Funk,” Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars, are tied for five nominations each at the Soul Train Awards this year on Nov 6. All three share nominations for Video of the Year, Song of the Year and The Ashford …

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Japan horror king Nakata returns with evil doll – ‘Spine-chillingly claustrophobic’

TOKYO, Oct 16, (AFP): Japanese horror director Hideo Nakata, best known for terrifying audiences by bringing the vengeful demon Sadako through a television set in the smash-hit movie “Ring”, wants to make a romantic comedy. But the godfather of the “J-horror” genre is not ditching his day job just yet …

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‘Room’ finds uplifting message – ‘India’s Daughter’ gets Streep’s backing for Oscar

LOS ANGELES, Oct 16, (RTRS): After exploring drug addiction, depression and suicide in his previous films, Irish director Lenny Abrahamson found his most “uplifting” movie in “Room,” a harrowing tale of a young woman held hostage for seven years in her neighbor’s garden shed. Abrahamson, known for independent films such …

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Cuba-based band plays at White House – a first in 50 years

The groovy sounds of a Cuba-based musical band wafted through the White House on Thursday for the first time in more than 50 years. The Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club performed at a White House reception Thursday to mark Hispanic Heritage Month and the 25th anniversary of the White House …

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Jarre delves into genre’s ‘DNA’ – Electronic music pioneer seeks to trace evolution

NEW YORK, Oct 16, (AFP): When Jean-Michel Jarre helped create electronic music in the 1970s, the sound came off as revolutionary. With the genre now increasingly mainstream, Jarre is seeking to trace its evolution. In an album to be released Friday, Jarre’s first of new material in eight years, the …

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‘York’ star Leslie dies – Zimmerman drowns

LOS ANGELES, Oct 16, (RTRS): Joan Leslie Caldwell, best known by her stage name of Joan Leslie, has died at age 90. The actress starred in over 30 films — her breakout role came at the age of 15, when she appeared in “High Sierra” with Humphrey Bogart. Some of …

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Truth is elusive in entertaining ‘Truth’ – Is ‘The Martian’ a go for launch at the Oscars?

There’s a scene in “Truth,” James Vanderbilt’s crisp, absorbing new film about the doomed 2004 CBS story on then-president George W. Bush and his National Guard service, where execs are doing something utterly mundane. They’re looking at a calendar, scheduling a broadcast. Between sports and fluffy specials, there aren’t many …

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DFI scores ‘Idol’ as Ajyal opener – ‘Dheepan’, ‘Youth’ set for ME launches via Dubai Film Festival

LOS ANGELES, Oct 14, (RTRS): The Doha Film Institute has secured the Middle East premiere of Oscar-nommed Palestinian director Hany Abu-Assad’s buzz title “The Idol” as the opener of the third edition of its Ajyal Youth Film Festival. “The Idol,” the potent tale of how Palestinian pop singer Mohammed Assaf …

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