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Entertainment

Diversity plays role in Oscars, but not the lead – Issue dominates buzz, threatening to overwhelm industry’s biggest night

LOS ANGELES, Feb 26, (AP): Sunday’s Academy Awards promise a three-way race for best picture, performances by Lady Gaga, Sam Smith and the Weeknd, and …

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‘Girl’ eyes a bigger prize – ‘Silence’ competes

NEW YORK, Feb 26, (Agencies): Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy made history by winning Pakistan’s first Oscar four years ago. Now she’s back in Hollywood, hoping to scoop …

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Bedouin drama vying for Oscar nod – Making ‘Theeb’ has been a wild ride for Jordanian fi lmmakers

AL-SHAKRIYEH, Jordan, Feb 24, (Agencies): A coming-of-age drama set among Bedouin tribesmen roaming the desert is the first Oscar contender produced by Jordan’s nascent film …

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Stars go skin deep when cleaning up for awards season – Celebrities maintain beauty, fitness regimen 

As Yves Saint Laurent once said, “Over the years, I have learned that what is important in the dress is the woman who is wearing …

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‘A good year, not a great one’ – Pundits weigh in on year in cinema

We asked Variety’s top critics and awards afi cionados to discuss how 2015 shaped up cinematically. Here they answer the following questions: 1. How do …

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Turkey hit for barring blind girl from school

STRASBOURG, France, Feb 24, (AFP): The European Court of Human Rights on Tuesday condemned Turkey for refusing a blind girl admission to Istanbul’s National Music …

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Honor killings film moves PM – All Def v Oscars

Meanwhile,  Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif vowed Monday to act against the “despicable” practice known as honor killing after viewing an Oscar-nominated documentary about the …

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DiCaprio Oscar-bound with ‘Revenant’ – 5 possible upsets that could rock H’wood’s big night

LOS ANGELES, Feb 23, (Agencies): In a rollercoaster movie awards season with no clear favorite in the Oscars best picture race, there is one sure …

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Tina Fey’s Afghanistan war comedy hits cinemas – ‘WTF’ recounts exploits of cable news producer

NEW YORK, Feb 23, (AFP): War in Afghanistan may be no laughing matter but a new comedy starring Tina Fey based on the memoir of …

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CGI, real boy complete ‘Jungle Book’ – Favreau reimagines the classic cartoon

LOS ANGELES, Feb 23, (RTRS): Jon Favreau was just a small child when he saw the original “Jungle Book,” but the film made a deep …

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