Entertainment

Indian singer Daler Mehndi convicted of trafficking jobseekers to America

NEW DELHI (AP) — A popular Indian pop singer was convicted of human trafficking and cheating Friday by a court that found he took money to pretend people were in his performance troupe so they could get jobs in North America. Daler Mehndi said he is innocent. The court in …

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‘The Trial’ exposes travesty of justice – Vatican releases Wender’s Pope Francis docu trailer

It was always clear to anyone paying attention that the 2016 impeachment of Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff was a diversionary tactic to cover up rampant corruption from across the aisle. Maddeningly, news outlets outside the country spoke more about whether she was qualified for the job — a blatantly misogynistic …

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China dragoons viewers to make pro-Xi film a blockbuster – ‘It’s a very patriotic movie’

SHANGHAI, March 14, (AFP): Citizens across China are being corralled into cinemas to watch a propaganda film extolling the Communist Party and Xi Jinping, as an intensifying personality cult around the 64-year-old leader hits the big screen. The mass viewings by staff from companies and government agencies have catapulted the …

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Kuwaiti actor Al-Barooni dies

MANAMA, March 13: A Kuwaiti actor, Abdullah Al Barooni, 44, died Tuesday morning reportedly from a heart attack, according to gulfnews. com. The young actor, who was well-known in Kuwait and the GCC countries, was outstanding and played different roles in several dramas. The late friends of the deceased who …

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Major plot twist for students at Saudi Arabia’s first cinema school – Qatari talents highlight evolution of country’s film scene

JEDDAH, March 13, (Agencies): Student Sama Kinsara adjusts her camera at Saudi Arabia’s only cinema school, her dream of seeing her work on the big screen coming into focus after the lifting of the country’s 35-year ban on cinema. “Everything is about to change,” the first-year student of “visual and …

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Father-daughter drama in ‘Boundaries’ – Plummer portrays charming and selfish father

We’ve seen him dozens of times before, saying any damn thing that comes into his head (because living on the planet for 70 or 80 years has given him the right to do so). He’s on his own incorrigible wavelength, dropping putdowns as fresh as his body is old, spicing …

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Egypt filmmakers defy taboos – Qumra commences in Doha, focuses on nurturing new talents

CAIRO, March 12, (Agencies): Filmmakers in Egypt are defying a largely conservative society with television series and movies that deal with modern relationships between men and women and the empowerment of the young. In its heyday between the 1950s and the 1970s, Egypt had one of the largest and most …

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Fantasy rules in ‘Ready Player One’ – Virtual is clever and spellbinding

In “Ready Player One,” Steven Spielberg’s dizzyingly propulsive virtual-reality fanboy geek-out, Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan), a teenager living in a dystopian trailer park in the year 2045, spends most of his time strapping on a headset and immersing himself in the OASIS, a techie surrealist theme park of the senses. …

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Riveting exploration of adolescent psychosis in ‘Shock Waves’ – A fact-based story of a veteran French teacher

The schoolroom drama genre is heavily populated with impassioned, benevolent literature teachers who don’t play by the book, looking on as young minds expand and flourish under their unusual instruction. But what if they get it wrong? What if the freeing of some minds spells danger for others? Such questions …

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Oscars shine spotlight on Latinos – ‘Is Hollywood Mexican enough?’

NEW YORK, March 10, (Agencies): The 90th annual Academy Awards were, by any definition, a moment of triumph for Latinos. Guillermo del Toro became the third Mexican-born filmmaker to win best director, and it was his lavish Cold War fantasy “The Shape of Water” that was crowned best picture. Pixar’s …

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