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Monday , November 19 2018


Fans live and breathe Star Wars – ‘Creed’, ‘Rocky’ reboot threaten to dethrone ‘Mockingjay 2’

LOS ANGELES, Nov 27, (Agencies): Michael Bender was hooked by age two. Jennifer Landa got the bug when she was nearly six. Steve Sansweet was well into his 30s when the Star Wars passion was born. All three are among the legions of hardcore fans the space epic has generated …

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Canadian soprano rewrites rules – Hannigan shatters classical music’s glass ceiling

PARIS, Nov 27, (AFP): With looks often described as straight out of a Bond film, Barbara Hannigan strides on to lead the orchestra dressed in vampy black leather, bondage boots and a wig. The Canadian soprano is rewriting the rules of classical music not just as a performer but as …

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Pixar’s trippy ‘Good Dinosaur’ stumbles – Clooney, Depp, Efron movies among biggest Hollywood flops of 2015

LOS ANGELES, Nov 27, (Agencies): “The Good Dinosaur” is Pixar’s most trippy and tripped-up film: a wayward tale, uncertain of its steps, about a Gumby-green young dinosaur lost in prehistoric forests that are rendered in lushly sensory detail and populated by bug-eyed animations. Any animated movie worth its salt usually …

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Miss World contestant denied entry to China

HONG KONG, Nov 27, (AP): Canada’s outspoken Miss World contestant said she was barred Thursday from entering China to take part in this year’s pageant and accused Beijing of overreach in extending its campaign of censorship even to beauty contests. Chinese-born Anastasia Lin said she was unable to board her …

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2nd films slate completes Muhr category – Latest and greatest regional films at DIFF

DUBAI, Nov 24: The Muhr Gulf Short Category is now complete, with the second slate of films announced to the line-up for the 15-strong category at the 12th edition of the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF). Premiering the latest and greatest short films from across the region, the category pays …

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DIFF to offer diverse films – ‘AN’ heart-warming

‘Sunset Song’ is driven by a young farmer’s daughter, Chris, as she dreams of a life outside of her homeland. Swept away by the local farmer, Ewan, Chris’ dreams and intense passion for life, her husbandand the unforgiving land are pushed to their limits as World War I takes its …

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France wins 3 awards at Int’l Emmys – Festive ceremony tempered by reflections on recent Paris attacks

NEW YORK, Nov 24, (Agencies): France had a big night Monday at the International Emmys with a leading three awards, led by the hit crime thriller “Engrenages” (“Spiral”) which won for best drama series. But the normally festive ceremony was tempered by reflections on the recent Paris terrorist attacks. “Engrenages” …

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Dad inspired the ‘Creed’: Coogler – Life imitates art

LOS ANGELES, Nov 24, (AP): “Fruitvale Station” writer-director Ryan Coogler is sending a love letter to his father in the form of the latest “Rocky” film. “Creed” was inspired by his dad, who showed him the “Rocky” movies over and over when he was growing up. And as Coogler told …

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One Direction wins big at AMAs – Paris takes spotlight

LOS ANGELES, Nov 23, (Agencies): British boy band One Direction swept the top honors at Sunday’s American Music Awards, while a sorrowful tribute to the victims of the attacks in Paris lent a somber note to a night of otherwise vibrant performances. One Direction was named artist of the year …

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‘Syrian Love Story’ a heart-breaking glimpse into conflict – Daring docu explores ‘functional dictatorship’

LOS ANGELES, Nov 23, (RTRS): When Amer Daoud and Raghda Hassan fell in love, they were both serving time in prison. He was a Palestinian freedom fighter and she a Syrian revolutionary. Fifteen years later, when director Sean McAllister stumbled across their unusual romance, Raghda was once again behind bars, …

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