Entertainment

Soliman wins big at DIFF – Shalabi, Abdelli take best actor awards

DUBAI, Dec 16: The 12th edition of the Dubai International Film Festival 2015 (DIFF) has come to a close after a spectacular eight-day event that touched audiences from the UAE, the region and the world. With some of the world’s most inspired and critically acclaimed fi lmmakers, actors and celebrities …

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Piaf celebrated on 100th ’versary – ‘She lived her songs’

NEW YORK, Dec 16, (AP):  Edith Piaf would have turned 100 this month and never has she been more vital. The cabaret singer who once sang on the streets for spare change was celebrated and channeled by the likes of Madonna and Celine Dion in the days after the worst …

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‘Star Wars’ back on big screen –  ‘Force Awakens’ carpet includes Stormtroopers, droids, stars

LOS ANGELES, Dec 15, (Agencies): The next generation of “Star Wars” films kicked off with an elaborate debut for “The Force Awakens” Monday that served as a proverbial passing of the lightsaber to new groups of fighters dueling in a cinematic galaxy far, far away. “The Force Awakens” premiere had …

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‘Mad Max’, ‘Fargo’ lead noms – Critics’ Choice Awards to be hosted by Miller

LOS ANGELES, Dec 15, (RTRS): The 21st Annual Critics’ Choice Awards announced nominations for the combined 2016 ceremony on Monday and Warner Bros’ “Mad Max: Fury Road” paced the film race with 13 nominations, while FX’s “Fargo” led TV series noms with eight. Weinstein Co’s “Carol,” and two big Fox …

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Prince again offers streaming exclusive – Singer puts out new album on Tidal

NEW YORK, Dec 15, (AFP): Prince, the prolific and often unpredictable pop icon, has put out another album with no prior warning as he rejoices in the possibilities of streaming. Prince dropped “HITnRUN phase two” over the weekend as an exclusive on Tidal, the service led by rap mogul Jay …

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‘Egypt’ renews concern about inaccurate film casting – Director, Lionsgate apologize

LOS ANGELES, Dec 15, (AP): An unusual thing happened in Hollywood on a recent weekend: Director Alex Proyas and Lionsgate apologized for ethnically inaccurate casting in “Egypt” a full three months before the movie is set to hit theaters. The fantasy epic stars Scottish actor Gerard Butler and Danish actor …

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‘Force Awakens’ plot still a mystery – Curtain rises on first ‘Star Wars’ film in a decade

LOS ANGELES, Dec 14, (Agencies): Hollywood rolls out the red carpet Monday for the premiere of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” the first film in the epic space saga in a decade, and fans are frantic. The star-studded screening of the most anticipated movie of the year will be followed …

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Jacir’s ‘Wajib’ takes Dubai Film Connection nod – Pitt’s ‘War Machine’ wraps United Arab Emirates shoot

LOS ANGELES, Dec 14, (Agencies): Palestinian auteur Annemarie Jacir’s new project “Wajib,” a dark comedy involving father-and-son dynamics in a Palestinian family living in the city of Nazareth, in Israel, took the top prize, worth $25,000, at the Dubai Film Connection co-production mart on Sunday. Earlier in the week the …

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‘Let Them Come’ Algerian drama – ‘Mad Max’ wins best pic from Online Critics Society

LOS ANGELES, Dec 14, (RTRS): Salem Brahimi’s feature debut, “Let Them Come,” about Algeria’s “dark decade” in the 1990s when Islamist terrorism nearly destroyed the country, is one of the strongest titles in the Muhr Arab feature competition, and given the current state of world affairs, one of the most …

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Apple wins exclusive deal with Swift – ‘1989 World Tour’ on Apple Music

NEW YORK, Dec 14, (RTRS): Apple Inc won a deal with pop star Taylor Swift to exclusively release a concert video of her recent world tour through its music streaming service, Apple Music, the company and singer said on Sunday. Swift, who celebrated her 26th birthday on Sunday, tweeted a trailer …

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