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Monday , November 19 2018


Ajyal makes colorful start with ‘Idol’ – DIFF to mark Deneuve’s career with lifetime achievement award

DOHA, Qatar, Dec 2: Putting the spotlight on young Arab talent and highlighting its commitment to promoting the next generation of filmmakers, the third Ajyal Youth Film Festival, presented by the Doha Film Institute, marked a colourful start at Katara. Until Dec 5, the festival will host the screening of …

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‘Mad Max’ best film of ’15 – Damon named best actor by Board of Review

NEW YORK, Dec 2, (RTRS): Action adventure “Mad Max: Fury Road” was named the best film of 2015 on Tuesday by the National Board of Review, a surprise choice by the New York-based body whose list traditionally kicks off the annual Hollywood awards season. Space drama “The Martian” won a …

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Abrams recalls first cut of ‘Force’ – Lucas felt like divorced father watching ‘Star Wars’ film

LOS ANGELES, Dec 2, (Agencies): On a recent visit to “The Howard Stern Show,” “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” director J.J. Abrams recalled his experience of screening the first cut of the movie, which had no visual effects, for Disney execs Bob Iger, Alan Horn and Alan Bergman. “We screened …

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Winslet, Ronan escape into characters in new films – ‘It’s a pleasure to play someone so different to me’

LOS ANGELES, Dec 2, (RTRS): Saoirse Ronan and Kate Winslet each won acclaim as teenagers. Ronan was 13 when she earned an Oscar nom for “Atonement,” while Winslet was 17 when she burst onto the scene in Peter Jackson’s “Heavenly Creatures.” In their new films, both use accents that are …

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‘Heneral’ rousing portrait of Luna – Exciting action sequences

LOS ANGELES, Dec 1, (RTRS): One of the most expensive and highest-grossing Filipino films of all time, “Heneral Luna” is a rousing, warts-and-all portrait of Gen Antonio Luna, the brilliant and brusque strategist whose command of troops in the Philippine-American War (1899-1902) was cut short by betrayal from within his …

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‘This Changes’ shows global activism against warming – Director Lewis talks why he’s disappointed with President Obama on climate change

LOS ANGELES, Dec 1, (RTRS): Canadian director Avi Lewis’s climate change-themed documentary “This Changes Everything,” made in tandem with the eponymous best-seller by journalist and activist Naomi Klein, who is his wife, launched from the Toronto Film Festival in September. It has since screened around the world in the run …

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‘Spotlight’ named best feature – Mirren takes dig at Trump in Gotham Awards speech

LOS ANGELES, Dec 1, (RTRS): Helen Mirren spiced up the 2015 Gotham Awards ceremony with an acceptance speech that ranged from bawdy to funny to serious, getting in a dig at Donald Trump while she was at it. She slipped Trump’s name in as she praised the writers who had …

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‘Youth’ captivating portrait of friendship – ‘Original, unpredictable’

Superheroes and franchise blockbusters may dominate the multiplex, but Paolo Sorrentino’s “Youth” is a reminder of the touching, unexpected and unusual places movies can go. Original and unpredictable, “Youth” trusts its audience’s curiosity and powers of perception. Sorrentino doesn’t over-explain his story or characters — they simply stand as written, …

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Madinat to showcase best of DIFF – ‘Honey Night’ offers hope for clarifying power of art

DUBAI, UAE, Nov 30, (Agencies):  The Dubai International Film Festival is inviting everyone to experience the true magic of the silver screen at its purpose-built, state-of-the-art screening venue, the Madinat Arena at Madinat Jumeirah, the home of the Festival. Red Carpet Galas and special film screenings will bring the Arena …

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‘Call Me Francesco’ recalls pope’s darkest moments – Luchetti’s film focuses on character of Bergoglio

ROME, Nov 30, (AFP): The challenges faced by Pope Francis during the dark years of the Argentine military dictatorship (1976-1983) are portrayed in a new film, “Call Me Francesco”, which will have its world premiere at the Vatican on Tuesday. The film tells the story of the life of Jorge …

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