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Thursday , November 15 2018


Beijing, don’t kill my vibe: rappers – Artists called to ‘serve socialism’

BEIJING, Jan 1, (AFP): Straight in at number one on the Chinese government’s banned songs chart is IN3, a trio of brash, tattooed rappers who mix the earthy language of Beijing’s streets with classic hip hop beats. And number two. And three. And so on, down to number 17. They …

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The year in movie superlatives – Rampling and Fassbender top in acting category

With the year winding down, it’s time for an In Contention tradition: Checking off a list of superlatives, from the Academy’s 21 feature categories, to a few traditional critics’ award fields, to a handful of fun categories of our own. This is just how I saw the year, but perhaps …

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A look at underrated movies – Fall movie season proves cold

Many of the best films of 2015 struggled to find audiences on the big screen. It’s not that Americans have stopped splurging at the movies: ticket sales are projected to hit a record $11 billion this year. However, audiences were more inclined to brave the multiplexes for major tentpole entertainment …

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McKay on ‘Big Short’ corruption: It’s still happening – A sobering comedy about incredible-but-true events

LOS ANGELES, Dec 29, (RTRS): Adam McKay has gone from directing laffers like “Anchorman” and “Talladega Nights” to “The Big Short.” But as he explained to Variety, it’s not such a leap from absurdist farce to this sobering comedy about incredible-but-true events. McKay said his goal with the Paramount film …

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Motorhead frontman Lemmy dies – ‘Born to lose, lived to win’

LONDON, Dec 29, (AFP): Ian “Lemmy” Kilmister, the hell-raising frontman of iconic British heavy metal band Motorhead, has died aged 70 of a sudden, aggressive cancer, the group said Tuesday. The gravel-voiced veteran, one of rock and roll’s great survivors despite a hard-partying lifestyle, was diagnosed with cancer on Saturday …

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‘Force Awakens’ fastest to hit $1 bn – Box office has record year as few share the wealth

LOS ANGELES, Dec 28, (Agencies): The new “Star Wars” has become the fastest movie to pass the $1 billion mark in global box office sales, Disney said Sunday, as fans of the space epic pack theaters around the world. Twelve days after it first hit screens, “The Force Awakens” has …

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German films honor Nazi hunter – Fritz Bauer rediscovered on big screen

BERLIN, Germany, Dec 28, (AFP): With two new films, German cinema has rediscovered the countrys fiercest Nazi hunter, former prosecutor Fritz Bauer, honoring a man who fought against post-war amnesia about the Holocaust. A Jewish atheist and Social Democrat who spent time in a Nazi concentration camp before going into …

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Capri fest sums up past year, offers a look ahead to ’16 – Top 10 pirated movies of 2015 see alarming increase in downloads

LOS ANGELES, Dec 28, (RTRS): The Capri-Hollywood Intl Film Festival, marking its 20th anniversary this year, occupies a unique spot on the global festival circuit, serving as both a final summing up of the past year in indie cinema and as a look-ahead to 2016. Located on the storied Italian …

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Cinematographer Wexler dies at 93 – Most famous and honored cameraman and docu filmmaker

LOS ANGELES, Dec 28, (Agencies): Haskell Wexler, one of Hollywood’s most famous and honored cinematographers and one whose innovative approach helped him win Oscars for “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” and the Woody Guthrie biopic “Bound for Glory,” died Sunday. He was 93. Wexler died peacefully in his sleep, his …

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‘Hateful’ misogyny fishing for stupidity – Tarantino on battles behind his latest film

LOS ANGELES, Dec 27, (Agencies):  Ever since “The Hateful Eight” first unspooled at industry guild screenings last month, whispers of misogyny set the film up for a possible backlash. Throughout Quentin Tarantino’s Western, the dastardly Daisy Domergue (played by Jennifer Jason Leigh) finds herself on the receiving end of a …

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