Entertainment

Minority languages on the ‘rise’ in Singapore – Teng bong!

SINGAPORE, Dec 10, (AFP): Kevin Martens Wong reels off sentences in Kristang, which is among several minority languages in Singapore enjoying a new lease of life after a decades-long drive to encourage the use of English and Mandarin. “Teng bong, ozi nus prendeh sorti-sorti di tempu,” the linguist told his …

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Lebanese singer dazzles Riyadh in first women-only concert

Applause and shrieks of joy erupted as Lebanese singer Hiba Tawaji dazzled Riyadh in its first female-only music concert, as Saudi Arabia seeks to ease social restrictions on women. Tawaji performed to a packed audience at the cavernous King Fahd Cultural Centre late Wednesday, the latest in a series of …

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Tran steps into Star Wars stardom – Boyega talks ‘Last Jedi’ personal parallels with Finn

LOS ANGELES, Dec 9, (AP): Kelly Marie Tran still can’t quite believe she’s in a Star Wars movie. The 28-year-old was about to give up on her dreams of becoming an actress when she landed a breakthrough role in “The Last Jedi.” So after years of toiling and hoping and …

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Saudi finds funny bone in comedy – ‘It’s a relief to laugh about our own problems’

RIYADH, Dec 9, (AFP): Saudis took the stage one by one to poke fun at the world — and themselves — introducing a hissing, cackling audience to an art form widely unknown in the conservative kingdom: stand-up comedy. Chuckles and squeals ran through the crowd at a rare amateur comedy …

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Arab female director Sarra Abidi brings ‘immigration tale’ of people left behind

LOS ANGELES, Dec 6, (RTRS): World premiering in Dubai, Sarra Abidi’s shattering debut feature “Benzine” tells the story of a Tunisian couple agonized by loss. They have heard nothing from or about their only son who left for Italy nine months earlier. The film will open in Tunisian cinemas on …

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Chris Stapleton puts music first – Eminem reveals more collaboration on new album

NASHVILLE, Tenn, Dec 6, (Agencies): These last few years, Chris Stapleton is often surprised by early-morning texts of congratulations from his friends. Take, for instance, last week, when the Grammy Award nominations were announced. “That’s how I usually find out. People go ‘Congratulations’ and I go ‘What for?’” Stapleton said. …

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France’s king of rock, Hallyday dead at 74 – D’Ormesson dies

PARIS, Dec 6, (AP): Johnny Hallyday, France’s biggest rock star for more than half a century and an icon who packed sports stadiums and all but lit up the Eiffel Tower with his pumping pelvis and high-voltage tunes, has died. He was 74. President Emmanuel Macron announced his death in …

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14 short films share tales from Gulf – Kuwaiti actor, director Ahmad Iraj makes his directorial debut

DUBAI, Dec 4: Fourteen vibrant short films have been confirmed for the highly anticipated Muhr Gulf Short category at the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF), running from Dec 6-13, 2017. With six further short films added to the lineup, the celebrated competition category will once again treat Festival audiences to …

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Iran’s ‘Disappearance’ wins at SIFF – ‘Asgari’s film resonates deeply’

LOS ANGELES, Dec 4, (RTRS): Iranian debut film, “Disappearance” was the winner of the best film prize at the Silver Screen Awards, the competitive section of the Singapore International Film Festival. Directed by Ali Asgari, the film tells the story of two young lovers who run from hospital to hospital, …

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Star Wars sis praise girl-powered galaxy – ‘Call Me’ best picture

LOS ANGELES, Dec 4, (Agencies): Carrie Fisher’s death caused a huge disturbance in the Force, but the women of “The Last Jedi” vowed Sunday to honor her legacy in the latest girl-powered “Star Wars” chapter. The cast came together in a secret location in Los Angeles with director Rian Johnson …

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