Friday , September 21 2018


Refugee crisis in spotlight at Berlinale – Streep sparks controversy with ‘we’re all Africans’ remarks

LOS ANGELES, Feb 12, (Agencies): Joel and Ethan Coen’s “Hail, Caesar!” opened the Berlin Film Festival on Thursday, with Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Alden Ehrenreich, Tilda Swinton and Channing Tatum on the red carpet. Jury president Meryl Streep, wearing an elegant black and silver snakeskin-print gown, appeared unfazed by the …

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BAFTA’s British Categories highlight next gen of talent – CEO Amanda Berry finalizing preps for awards

LOS ANGELES, Feb 12, (RTRS): Despite the ever-increasing proximity between the Oscars and the British Academy of Film and Televison Arts awards, BAFTA still remains a terrific reminder of the British brand. But the love in this year’s noms has been given to a host of veterans: Ridley Scott, Maggie …

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‘Girl’ tackles honor killings – ‘Save me’

KARACHI, Pakistan, Feb 12, (AP): When Saba Qaiser was 19 years old, her uncle and father shot her in the head, stuffed her in a bag and threw into a river to die. They said she had shamed her family when she married the boy of her choice. She crawled …

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Chinese instruments take Western turn – Kanye names album ‘Life of Pablo’ – but who’s Pablo?

NEW YORK, Feb 11, (AFP): If jazz is about free-flowing expression, do the instruments have to be Western? In a cross-cultural experiment, a group of young Chinese artists musicians based in New York is testing the possibilities of fusion by bringing jazz and other Western forms to performances on traditional …

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Musical union between East and West in ‘Radio Dreams’ – ‘Witty, low-key exercise in deffered gratification’

LOS ANGELES, Feb 11, (RTRS): Rarely leaving the claustrophobic offices of a San Francisco-based Persian specialty radio station, Iranian “Radio Dreams” is a witty, low-key exercise in deferred gratification, as the small staff wait with increasing anxiety for the day’s star turn: a scheduled appearance from Metallica. The US heavy-metal …

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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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