Saturday , August 18 2018


‘Rising Son’ a safe, gentle-hearted romantic drama – Flavorful performances from Martindale, Toussaint

LOS ANGELES, Jan 23, (RTRS): The scent of Southern climbing roses mingles with the ugly acridity of small-town racial prejudice in “Sophie and the Rising Sun,” a safe, gentle-hearted romantic drama that succeeds most winningly as a study of resilient female fellowship. Writer-director Maggie Greenwald’s first adult-oriented feature since 2001’s …

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Celine Dion fans mourn her husband at funeral – ‘My career, his masterpiece’

MONTREAL, Jan 23, (AFP): Thousands gathered Friday at Montreal’s Notre Dame Basilica for the funeral of Canadian pop superstar Celine Dion’s husband and longtime manager Rene Angelil. The funeral mass was televised live across Canada and streamed online for the singer’s fans around the world. Angelil died January 14 at …

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I am not into Oscars, says Redford – Sundance founder refuses to be drawn into controversy

PARK CITY, Jan 22, (Agencies): US actor Robert Redford refused to be drawn into the Oscars race controversy Thursday as the Sundance Film Festival he founded got underway in the mountains of Utah. “I am not into Oscars, I am not into that,” Redford told reporters as he kicked off …

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Lonergan returns to Sundance – ‘Manchester-by-the-Sea’ highly anticipated

Writer-director Kenneth Lonergan returns to the Sundance Film Festival this week with “Manchester-by-the-Sea,” his third feature film to date. It’s a homecoming of sorts, as he premiered his directorial debut, “You Can Count on Me,” at the fest in 2000. But the time in between has been incredibly taxing for …

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Hundreds join Celine Dion in honoring late husband

Hundreds lined up for hours in frigid weather outside a Montreal church Thursday to pay their respects to Rene Angelil, the husband and longtime manager of Canadian singer Celine Dion who died last week. Angelil’s funeral is scheduled for Friday at the Notre-Dame Basilica, where the couple were wed in …

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Academy mulls changes to halt crisis – Path to reform for Oscars starts with studios, categories

LOS ANGELES, Jan 21, (Agencies): The leadership of the Academy is under the gun, and next week’s board meeting could see a revamp of the best-pic race and an overhaul of membership requirements in the midst of worldwide criticism over this year’s list of nominees. In Hollywood, image is all-important, …

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Syrian orchestra reunites in London – Group to perform at WWI centenary celebrations

LONDON, Jan 21, (Agencies): British singer Damon Albarn is to reunite the Syrian National Orchestra for Arabic Music, whose members have been forced to flee the country’s civil war, as part of the World War I centenary celebrations. The orchestra, which previously played with Albarn at the Damascus Opera House …

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‘13 Hours’ Clinton’s newest headache – Benghazi film depicts political, military bureaucracy that is incompetent

WASHINGTON, Jan 21, (AFP): The deadly militant attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya in 2012 continues to haunt Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton, this time in the form of a Hollywood action movie. The thriller about the assaults that left four Americans dead including US ambassador Chris Stevens is …

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Men’s fashion gets supersized in Paris – Trousers go baggy

PARIS, Jan 21, (AFP): The world is about to go all baggy. As stock markets tumble and economists talk of more tightening of belts, fashion has gone supersized, with Paris catwalks overflowing Wednesday with outsized overcoats and baggy trousers. If the first day of the menswear catwalks shows is anything to …

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Sundance serves up provocative mix – Movies focus on topical, timely issues

LOS ANGELES, Jan 20, (Agencies): The Sundance Film Festival opens in the mountains of Utah Thursday with a provocative mix of movies focused on topical and timely issues, as well as the usual selection of quirkier fare. The annual gathering, founded in 1985 by iconic actor Robert Redford, will shine …

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