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Monday , November 19 2018


Yanni to broadcast concert from Pyramids

Yanni, the prolific New Age composer known for extravagant live performances, plans a busy 2016 that includes broadcast of a concert at the Pyramids. The Greek-born, US-based keyboardist announced that “Yanni: The Dream Concert — Live from the Great Pyramids of Egypt,” will air on US public broadcaster PBS in …

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BFCC names Stallone’s ‘Creed’ top film of the year – ‘Star Wars’, ‘Ant-Man’ among 10 movies on VFX shortlist

LOS ANGELES, Dec 22, (RTRS): The Black Film Critics Circle (BFCC) has voted “Creed” as the best film of 2015, BFCC co-president Mike Sargent announced Monday. “Rocky’s” seventh installment, which follows the son of late boxing champion Apollo Creed as he seeks guidance from the famed Rocky Balboa, also won …

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Miss Philippines crowned Miss Universe – Live TV mix-up as host announces wrong winner

LAS VEGAS, Dec 21, (Agencies): The Colombian contestant was already wearing this year’s Miss Universe crown when host Steve Harvey returned to announce on live television that he had mistakenly read from a cue card, and that the contestant from the Philippines was actually this year’s winner. In the following …

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DFI to finance ‘Miss Camel’ – Doha Film Institute announces grant recipients

LOS ANGELES, Dec 21, (RTRS): Haifaa Al Mansour, considered the fi rst female director to come from cloistered Saudi Arabia and known for groundbreaking female empowerment pic “Wadjda,” is developing animation feature “Miss Camel,” with fi – nancing from the Doha Film Insitute. “Miss Camel” turns on “a teenage Saudi …

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‘Star Wars’ blasts opening weekend record with $238m – ‘It feels historic. It’s unbelievable’

LOS ANGELES, Dec 21, (AP): To say that the force is strong with this one is an understatement. “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” brought in a galactic $238 million over the weekend, making it the biggest North American debut of all time according to studio estimates on Sunday. The Walt …

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Just expose people: 2 stars – No one wants opera?

NEW YORK, Dec 20, (AFP): How can opera thrive in the modern era of instant and free entertainment? The solution, say two leading US artists, is to expose people when they least expect it. “Yes, we are in a critical time for opera. But I think for about 400 years …

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Hollywood loved ‘Star Wars’, but Lucas didn’t love it – Director remains the ultimate Hollywood insider/outsider

LOS ANGELES, Dec 20  (RTRS): At the Dec 14 world premiere of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” in Hollywood, the audience gave a standing ovation to George Lucas, since there would be no “Star Wars” without him. However, this is the first film he wasn’t directly involved in. But while …

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Musical maestro Masur dies at 88 – A great conductor from Iron Curtain to 9/11

NEW YORK, Dec 20, (Agencies): Kurt Masur, the conductor who seized on music’s power to ease Germany’s reunification and comfort New York after September 11, died Saturday. He was 88. The New York Philharmonic announced the death of Masur, one of its longest-serving music directors who led the orchestra from …

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Damon talks positivity of ‘Martian’ – Actor lets time inform ‘Bourne’

On a break, finally, from shooting the latest installment of the “Bourne” franchise, actor Matt Damon made it to Los Angeles earlier this month to discuss his work in Ridley Scott’s “The Martian.” With a worldwide box office haul approaching $600 million and plenty of Oscar buzz heading into 2016, …

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WH awakens to force of Star Wars – ‘Force Awakens’ soaring to $225 million-plus in US

LOS ANGELES, Dec 19, (Agencies): The year’s most anticipated movie release will screen at one of the most coveted venues: The White House Family Theater. The White House said that “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” will be screened on Friday for members of Gold Star families, an organization of family …

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