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Entertainment

Oscar films aim to stay relevant – Oscar-nominated directors explore issues of familial collapse, financial ruin

LOS ANGELES, Feb 10, (RTRS): With final Oscar ballots set to go out at the end of the week, a number of this year’s best …

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Yonebayashi paints solitary spirit – ‘When Marnie Was There’ tear-jerker

TOKYO, Feb 10, (Agencies): The coming-of-age story is familiar: A shy girl has problems fitting in and concocts an imaginary friend. The originality of the …

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Actor Watanabe ‘fights’ stomach cancer – Leukemia survivor

TOKYO, Feb 10, (RTRS): Japanese actor Ken Watanabe, an Academy Award nominee for his performance in the movie “The Last Samurai” and lauded in the …

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Swift, Lamar opposite sides of spectrum – Grammys strive for an accurate snapshot of year in music

LOS ANGELES, Feb 10, (RTRS): The Grammys are never going to get it right. How could they? The vagaries of taste are too nebulous, the …

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Irreverent ‘Deadpool’ suffers from juvenile humor – Reynolds wears character well

‘Deadpool’ hates its audience, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Nothing is sacred to either this film or this character (played with “I’m so …

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Academy luncheon time for reflection – Oscar telecast will be ‘most diverse ever’

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif, Feb 9, (Agencies): The annual Oscar nominees luncheon is generally a time of low-stakes celebration, but this year amid discussions of Oscar …

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Beyonce’s show draws mixed reaction – Singer takes US by storm with new activist role

A day after the Super Bowl, people are still parsing over each frame from Beyonce’s halftime performance, trying to glean the messages, both subtle and overt, …

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Wall St villains get screen test – ‘Big moment on TV, big screen’

NEW YORK, Feb 9, (RTRS): Wall Street villains are having their big moment on both television and the big screen. With the 2008-2009 financial crisis and …

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Bey, Mars up heat at Super Bowl – NFL 50 halftime show goes retro

LOS ANGELES, Feb 8, (Agencies): Perhaps it was inevitable, in an era of “Full House” reboots, nostalgia for the early Obama Era, and highly publicized …

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Director hopes ‘Girl’ will help end Pak honour killings – Oscar-nominated film tackles ‘evil’ practice

KARACHI/ISLAMABAD, Feb 8, (RTRS): An Oscar-winning filmmaker hopes her latest Academy Award-nominated documentary will help bring tougher laws against honour killings in Pakistan, which account …

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