Thursday , October 18 2018


Turkey hit for barring blind girl from school

STRASBOURG, France, Feb 24, (AFP): The European Court of Human Rights on Tuesday condemned Turkey for refusing a blind girl admission to Istanbul’s National Music Academy, ordering Ankara to pay her 10,000 euros ($11,000) in damages. The girl, who was born in 1989, applied to the school in 2004 and …

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Honor killings film moves PM – All Def v Oscars

Meanwhile,  Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif vowed Monday to act against the “despicable” practice known as honor killing after viewing an Oscar-nominated documentary about the issue. “A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness,” by Pakistani filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, was screened at the premier’s office. The 2015 film is …

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DiCaprio Oscar-bound with ‘Revenant’ – 5 possible upsets that could rock H’wood’s big night

LOS ANGELES, Feb 23, (Agencies): In a rollercoaster movie awards season with no clear favorite in the Oscars best picture race, there is one sure bet — Leonardo DiCaprio, one of the world’s biggest celebrities, will finally take home the best actor statuette on Sunday. DiCaprio’s fifth acting Oscar nomination, …

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Tina Fey’s Afghanistan war comedy hits cinemas – ‘WTF’ recounts exploits of cable news producer

NEW YORK, Feb 23, (AFP): War in Afghanistan may be no laughing matter but a new comedy starring Tina Fey based on the memoir of an American war reporter opens next week as a modern-day “Carry on Up the Khyber.” “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot” shortened euphemistically to “WTF” recounts the exploits …

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CGI, real boy complete ‘Jungle Book’ – Favreau reimagines the classic cartoon

LOS ANGELES, Feb 23, (RTRS): Jon Favreau was just a small child when he saw the original “Jungle Book,” but the film made a deep impression. The actor-director still vividly recalls majestic elephants on the march, the “hypnotic eyes” of the python Kaa and the man cub Mowgli riding down …

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Ukraine picks Crimean Tatar – Tragic tale

KIEV, Feb 22, (AFP): Ukraine has picked Jamala, who belongs to the Muslim Tatar minority of Crimea, to represent the country in the Eurovision contest with a harrowing song about Stalin’s wartime deportation of her people. The 32-year-old is a well-known jazz singer in Ukraine and beat five other finalists …

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‘Lullaby’ a spiritual-political epic – Diaz depicts Filipino population suppressed under Spanish rule

LOS ANGELES, Feb 22, (RTRS): Somewhere around the sixth hour of “A Lullaby to the Sorrowful Mystery”, two characters engage in a hoary discussion about the value of art as an instrument of political change. “The world needs art for its soul!” one advocates. “No, art is selfish!” the other …

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Study finds ‘whitewashed’ H’wood – ‘We have an inclusion crisis’

NEW YORK, Feb 22, (AP): In one of the most exhaustive reports on diversity in Hollywood, a new study finds that the films and television produced by major media companies are “whitewashed”, and that an “epidemic of invisibility” runs top to bottom through the industry for women, minorities and LGBT …

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Compelling, bittersweet coming-of-age drama in Mellow Mud – Debutant Vaska gives knockout performance

LOS ANGELES, Feb 22, (RTRS): Harsh c.ircumstances force a resourceful and determined Latvian lass to mature beyond her years in “Mellow Mud,” a compelling, bittersweet coming-of-ager from first-time feature helmer-writer Renars Vimba. This evocatively shot realist tale benefits from a spare yet credible script and a knockout performance from big-screen …

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10 Oscar hopefuls based on true tales – From real to reel

LOS ANGELES, Feb 21, (AFP): From biopics and historical epics to spy stories and harrowing tales of abduction and abuse, this year’s list of Oscar nominees features a bevy of films based on true stories. Some stick faithfully to history, but many play fast and loose with the facts — …

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