Monday , October 15 2018


Heart-pounding action? Hollywood can now measure that – Obama sees a bit of ‘rebel’ Han Solo in himself

LOS ANGELES, Jan 16, (Agencies): Ever been told a movie is a heart-pounding thriller that’ll have you on the edge of your seat? Thanks to wearable technology, Hollywood has the tools to prove it. 20th Century Fox says that it used a wearable wristband on over 100 people in test …

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Memorial events multiply for Bowie – Rock legend dominates British charts after death

NEW YORK, Jan 16, (AFP): From an outrageously costumed parade to a bacchanalian party in heaps of glitter, memorial events to David Bowie are multiplying as fans find their own ways to mourn the rock legend. Bowie — a pioneer of glam rock at the start of a half-century career …

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‘Revenant’ fetes Oscar noms in London – Actors of color ignored

LONDON, Jan 15, (Agencies): Cast and crew of “The Revenant” celebrated their 12 Oscar nominations at the film’s London premiere on Thursday, saying they were “honoured” to be leading the race for this year’s awards. The pioneer-era drama, about a man who is left for dead by his expedition companions …

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Pop stars battle for Oscars – Lady Gaga, Smith vie for original song award

NEW YORK, Jan 15, (Agencies): The race for best original song at the Academy Awards is a full-blown battle of the 20-something pop stars, with Lady Gaga, Sam Smith and the Weeknd up for the honor this year. In recent years chart-topping singers who co-wrote their songs have earned nominations …

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Rickman made a career of being deliciously wicked – Celine Dion’s husband Angelil dies

LAS VEGAS, Jan 15, (Agencies): Rene Angelil, Celine Dion’s husband and manager, who molded her from a French-speaking Canadian ingénue into one of the world’s most successful singers, died Thursday after a long battle with throat cancer, offi cials and family members said. The 73-year-old Angelil died in the suburban …

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Michael Bay’s movie destined to be heavily scrutinized – How ‘13 Hours’ tries to get at the truth of Benghazi

LOS ANGELES, Jan 15, (RTRS): Michael Bay’s “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi” opens with the message, “This is a true story.” In other words, not “based on a true story,” but “a true story.” Given the political controversy that has swirled around the events of the Benghazi attacks …

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Scott, Inarritu earn DGA nods – ‘Star Wars; ‘GoT’ lead VES nominations

LOS ANGELES, Jan 13, (Agencies): Mexico’s Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu and Britain’s Ridley Scott on Tuesday topped the list of nominees for the Directors Guild of America (DGA) award — a strong indicator of Oscar hopes. Inarritu was nominated for revenge thriller “The Revenant” and Scott for space hit “The Martian,” …

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Poitier to receive Bafta’s highest honor – ‘Star Wars’, ‘Revenant’ score CAS nods

LOS ANGELES, Jan 13, (RTRS): The British Academy of Film and Television Arts will bestow on Sidney Poitier its highest honor, the Fellowship, at the BAFTA Film Awards on Feb 14. The Fellowship, which is awarded annually, is given to an individual in recognition of “an outstanding and exceptional contribution …

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Seniors keep ‘opera alive’ – US-Cuba festival

KUNMING, China, Jan 13, (AFP): White make-up covering their aged faces, Chinese performers — all aged over 50 — don richly-coloured robes and false beards to belt out tunes passed down for more than two centuries. The “Flower Lantern” Yunnan Opera troupe performs each day on a run-down stage, their …

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Bowie musical becomes a memorial – Singer’s finale soars on charts after death shock

NEW YORK, Jan 13, (Agencies): A performance of David Bowie’s trippy, melancholy musical “Lazarus” turned into a memorial for the Thin White Duke on Tuesday night as fans who had bought tickets to celebrate his music instead found themselves mourning his passing. “It was incredible. I wept a lot,” said …

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