Wednesday , September 26 2018


Actor Quaid expected in court to face charge

HIGHGATE, Vermont, Oct 12, (AP): Actor Randy Quaid was expected to be arraigned in Vermont in connection with a California vandalism case. The 65-year-old Quaid was taken into custody Friday night while trying to cross into the United States from Canada. He was detained by troopers in Vermont after Canadian …

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Nashville calls on NY schools – Big Apple twang

NEW YORK, Oct 12, (AP): As the Bronx middle schoolers harmonized in their auditorium and plucked out basic chords on ukuleles and guitars, in walked their music instructor, Liz Rose – a Grammy-award winning country songwriter from Nashville. Rose has penned tracks for some of the biggest names in the …

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‘He named me Malala’: portrait of girls’ education icon – Stars humbled by teen & her aspirations

LONDON, Oct 11, (AFP): Malala was the name on everyone’s lips this week at the London Film Festival where a documentary about the youngest-ever Nobel Peace laureate had its European premiere. “He named me Malala” is an intimate portrait of Malala Yousafzai, the passionate Pakistani advocate of girls’ education who …

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Female stars say ‘no more’ – Gender gap

LOS ANGELES, Oct 11, (Agencies): Hollywood actresses bemoan pay disparity with their male counterparts, as well as the despised “casting couch” — where film executives sometimes make sexual advances before deciding who gets a coveted movie role. But some of Hollywood’s top female stars are saying “no more,” and are …

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‘Miles’ focuses on Davis’ turbulent life – Cheadle’s Davis has attitude to spare

LOS ANGELES, Oct 11, (RTRS): Don Cheadle flails about trying to channel the spirit of late jazz-trumpeting legend Miles Davis in “Miles Ahead,” a biopic that rejects typical genre conventions to the point of chasing itself down lame, tangential paths. A passion project for its star, who also directed, co-wrote …

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‘Gift’ reflects US ‘winners & losers’ obsession – Film captures unfairness of power distribution

Neal Gabler is the author of “An Empire of Their Own: How the Jews Invented Hollywood” and “Life: The Movie: How Entertainment Conquered Reality.” He is working on a biography of Senator Ted Kennedy. The opinions expressed here are his own. – Editor By Neal Gabler One surprising film that …

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Elvis teams with royal orchestra – New album mixes hits with lesser known tracks

LONDON, Oct 11, (AFP): Priscilla Presley closes her eyes and bites her lip as she listens to a new album of Elvis songs, with the king of rock and roll’s voice backed by Britain’s Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. “I am emotional because I watched him singing each one of these songs,” …

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Iranian, Kazakh films top at BIFF – Asian filmmakers hail ‘globalisation’ of cinema

BUSAN, South Korea, Oct 10, (AFP): Two productions which paint vastly different portraits of modern existence have taken home the major award at Asia’s most prestigious film festival, with judges praising both for their ability to celebrate life. Iranian director Hadi Mohaghegh’s “Immortal” and “Walnut Tree” from Kazakhstan’s Yerlan Nurmukhambetov …

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Del Toro infuses haunted house film with gothic style – ‘Lusher movie with sentimental heart’

PARIS, Oct 10, (AFP): Haunted house movies are a Hollywood trope. But the latest about to hit our screens, by director Guillermo del Toro, promises a lusher, more gothic fantasy than most, with a sentimental heart. His “Crimson Peak”, which rolls out around the world this month, borrows strongly from …

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Avicii feels ‘flat’ on new album Stories – Keith gets playful on ‘35’

Avicii, “Stories” (Island) Avicii, the Swedish DJ, producer and mega-hit maker, is out with his second major studio album “Stories,” which arrives feeling like a move toward minimalism within an electronic dance music genre predicated on bigger and bolder sounds. If this is a safe route, Avicii might have avoided …

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