Saturday , February 24 2018

Entertainment

‘Kingsman’ aggressively stylish – ‘Golden Circle’ takes absurdity to new high

As if the original “Kingsman” weren’t cartoony enough, with its blade-legged lady assassin and gratuitous exploding-heads finale, the sequel has gone and pushed the franchise’s cheeky brand of absurdity even farther. The goofiness begins with the resurrection of two important characters, whose unequivocal deaths we witnessed in the first movie. …

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There’s lot of soul in Wide – Rhett debuts atop chart

Michael McDonald, “Wide Open” (BMG) There’s lot of soul in Michael McDonald’s latest album, “Wide Open,” and this time most it is his own. After three records of Motown covers and modern standards, as well as a Christmas album, McDonald has crafted a superior collection of his own songwriting collaborations, …

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‘Three Billboards’ wins at Toronto fest – ‘Operation Mekong’ bags China’s Golden Rooster Prize

TORONTO, Canada, Sept 18, (Agencies): Martin McDonagh’s darkly hilarious drama “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” won the Toronto Film Festival’s audience prize for best picture on Sunday, giving it a leg up in the race for the Oscars. The rage-fueled film stars Frances McDormand as a frustrated and grieving mother, …

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‘Lies’, ‘Tale’ and ‘SNL’ dominate Emmys – Diversity reigns over Trump

LOS ANGELES, Sept 18, (Agencies): Against the backdrop of President Donald Trump’s assaults on the media, women, and people of color, two feminist dramas and America’s most powerful platform for political satire dominated at the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards. HBO’s “Big Little Lies” took the award for best limited series …

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Metallics, feathers ‘galore’ at Emmys – ‘Big trend’

LOS ANGELES, Sept 18, (Agencies): A force of red, a wealth of metallics and a strong show of feathers took the carpet at the 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, led by Nicole Kidman, Tessa Thompson and Tracee Ellis Ross. And what’s a dress without hair and makeup? The winners in …

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Ayouch’s ‘Razzia’ Morocco’s foreign-language Oscar entry – ‘Saawan’ selected by Pakistan for Oscar contention

LOS ANGELES, Sept 17, (RTRS): Nabil Ayouch’s kaleidoscopic social drama “Razzia” which world premiered at the Toronto Festival, has been chosen as Morocco’s candidate in the foreign-language category of the 2018 Academy Awards. The film was chosen by an independent commission nominated by the Moroccan Cinema Center (CCM), composed of …

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Horan brings soft breakup ballad – S. Africa’s Clegg begins last int’l tour

NEW YORK, Sept 17, (Agencies): One Direction’s Niall Horan on Friday released a soft breakup ballad with echoes of the heartthrob boy band as he announced his debut solo album. Horan announced on social media that his album “Flicker” will come out on Oct 20 followed by a tour in …

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‘American Assassin’ close-mouthed and macho – Nicholson unforgettable in ‘Now’

For a significant portion of “Who Are We Now,” an exemplary indie drama from writer-director Matthew Newton (“From Nowhere”), the lives of its two main characters never intersect, almost to the point where it feels like two short stories that are barely tethered together. This is a risky narrative strategy, …

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Jay-Z salutes football rebel in New York return – Ringo Starr gets back to where he once belonged

NEW YORK, Sept 16, (AFP): Back on stage in his native New York after a stint as a full-time businessman, Jay-Z was in the mood for his classics. And for a bit of politics. Headlining The Meadows Festival Friday night before one of artist Jeff Koons’ giant balloon dogs, Jay-Z …

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Close solid, conventional in ‘Wife’ – Female filmmakers out in force at Finnish Film Affair

Glenn Close is a tremendous actress. That shouldn’t be news to anyone who’s been even halfway following her career, but if there were still any doubt, her performance in Bjorn Runge’s “The Wife” erases any remaining room for it. As the supportive yet secretive spouse of an acclaimed writer dealing …

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