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Tuesday , November 20 2018


Marrakech honours Bill Murray – Coppola leads talk at jury’s presser

MARRAKECH, Morocco, Dec 6, (AFP): US actor Bill Murray said as he received a lifetime achievement award at the 15th Marrakech Film Festival that he had a “heavy heart” because of the deadly attacks in France and California. The star of “Groundhog Day” and “Lost in Translation” said Friday he …

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‘Look of Silence’ wins IDA Award for best documentary – SE Asia film finance still lacking maturity, development

LOS ANGELES, Dec 6, (RTRS): “The Look of Silence,” Joshua Oppenheimer’s critically-acclaimed companion piece to “The Act of Killing,” won top honors at the International Documentary Association’s IDA Awards Saturday night. The film is one of 15 finalists squaring off for Oscar nominations this year. Winning in the short category …

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Abrams faces hype in ‘Force’ – Store owner buys out local Star Wars showing

LOS ANGELES, Dec 6, (RTRS): The new installment in the “Star Wars” movie saga opens in theaters this month against a formidable force: the galactic hopes of devoted fans who have waited a decade to revisit their beloved universe of Jedi, droids and lightsabers. Can “The Force Awakens”, the seventh …

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‘Bel Canto’ to debut on Chicago opera – Miller’s first play to have London world premiere

CHICAGO, Dec 6, (Agencies): Two things make the Lyric Opera of Chicago’s world premiere of “Bel Canto” on Monday unique: Famed soprano Renee Fleming commissioned the work based on the popular novel and, rare for opera, it tells the story of a modern event. Announced in February 2012, about a …

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Moroccan cinema at crossroads – Marrakech Film Fest celebrates its 15th edition

LOS ANGELES, Dec 5, (RTRS): Given the current geo-political climate, all eyes are focused on developments in the Arab world, whether political, military or cultural. Historically positioned at a crossroads between North and South and East and West, Morocco is one of the most developed countries in both the Arab …

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Drug found near body of Weiland – Tributes pour in for troubled rocker

NEW YORK, Dec 5, (Agencies): Minnesota police said Friday that they found cocaine in a tour bus near the lifeless body of Scott Weiland, the award-winning lead singer of popular rock act Stone Temple Pilots. They also arrested Thomas Delton Black — identified by US media as a band member …

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DIFF co-productions allow gulf fest to thrive – UAE earns rep as int’l hub for hi-tech productions

LOS ANGELES, Dec 5, (RTRS): The ever-changing Middle East festival scene has been shaken up by instability lately just as the Arab film industry gains more traction. In this scenario the Dubai Intl Film Festival is becoming more pivotal as a platform to nurture and launch fresh Arab fare, as …

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‘Revenant’ emotionally stunted epic – DiCaprio plays an avenging 19th century frontiersman

Few prestige directors have so fully committed to the notion of cinema as an endurance test as Alejandro G. Inarritu, and he pushes himself, the audience and an aggrieved 19th-century frontiersman well beyond their usual limits in“The Revenant.” Bleak as hell but considerably more beautiful, this nightmarish plunge into a …

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‘Star Wars’, the epic no one believed in – Tickets getting scalped for big bucks

LOS ANGELES, Dec 4, (Agencies): It may well be one of Hollywood’s biggest success stories, but when the original “Star Wars” film was released in 1977 many people, including creator George Lucas, believed it would be a flop. “I don’t think anyone could have predicted what a smash hit and …

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Behind the scenes of ‘Wiz’ – Laughs, tears & wizardry

LOS ANGELES, Dec 4, (RTRS): David Alan Grier loosened up by joking around in a faux Shakespearean actor voice. Limber dancers in creature costumes, ranging from furry winged warriors to sexy poppies to sassy crows milled around the edges of the stage, where members of the off-stage chorus gathered around …

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