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Entertainment

DFC offers fresh takes on ME maelstrom – Dubai Int’l Film Fest build bridges to awards organization

LOS ANGELES, Dec 2, (RTRS): Prominent Syrian auteur Mohamed Malas (“Ladder To Damascus”) is among the thirteen Arab film directors that have made the cut to tap into the funding and networking opportunities provided by the Dubai fest’s Dubai Film Connection co-production platform. Malas who is considered Syria’s best-known filmmaker, …

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HBO film looks at legendary Post editor Bradlee – ‘Ben’s whole life was about getting to the truth’

NEW YORK, Dec 2, (AP): The White House is hostile to the press, public figures misbehave and a vital Washington Post is at the center of the national conversation. Think any of those things are new? HBO’s film on the legendary Post editor Ben Bradlee proves otherwise. “The Newspaperman: The …

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Qatar Ajyal film festival honors ‘late’ Kuwaiti actor Abdulredha

Honorary award presented to Abdulhussain’s son DOHA, Nov 30, (KUNA): The Qatari Ajyal Film Festival honored Wednesday the late iconic Kuwaiti actor Abdulhussain Abdulredha in recognition of his unforgettable works which enriched Gulf arts. An honorary award was presented to Abdulredha’s son Bashar during the inauguration ceremony of the festival …

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Join DIFF for cinema under the stars – 8 free screenings to bring The Beach at JBR to life

DUBAI, Nov 29: Everyone’s favourite free-to-attend open air cinema is back as The Beach Screenings, in partnership with Meraas, return to The Beach opposite JBR for a coming together of top international and regional films for all to enjoy — for FREE. Residents, visitors and tourists can enjoy all the …

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Egyptian diva Shadia dead

CAIRO, Nov 29, (AP): Shadia, an Egyptian actress and singer who captivated millions for decades, has died. She was 86. Born Fatimah Shaker but known throughout her career by her single stage name, Shadia suffered a stroke this month and later went into a coma. She died late on Tuesday. …

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Grammy noms top snubs & surprises – No nods for ‘Reputation’

LOS ANGELES, Nov 29, (RTRS):  Every year, the nominations for the Grammy Awards are met with varying degrees of surprise, exhilaration, outrage and boredom — and with dozens of categories, they can be a roller-coaster ride between all of the above. But this year’s nominations contained a few more surprises …

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‘Get Out’, ‘Call’ top Gotham Awards – Indian court rejects bid to stop ‘Padmavati’ release

NEW YORK, Nov 28, (Agencies): The 27th annual Gotham Awards appeared headed for a sweep for Jordan Peele’s social thriller “Get Out,” but the sensual coming-of-age tale “Call Me By Your Name” swooped in to take best feature film at the first major soiree of Oscar season. Luca Guadagnino’s film …

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Hayek, Blige connect thru their characters – ‘Mudbound’ powerful

LOS ANGELES, Nov 28, (RTRS): Salma Hayek (“Beatriz at Dinner”) and Mary J. Blige (“Mudbound”) sat down for a chat for Variety’s “Actors on Actors,” presented by Google Home, which airs from Jan 2 to Jan 4 at 7 pm on PBS SoCal KOCE. Salma Hayek: I want to ask …

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Jay-Z leads with ‘8 nominations’ – Swift reigns

NEW YORK, Nov 28, (Agencies): Jay-Z is the leader of the 2018 Grammy Award nominations in a year where the top four categories are heavily dominated by rap and R&B artists, giving the often overlooked genres a strong chance of winning big. The Recording Academy announced Tuesday that Jay-Z is …

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Miss S. Africa wins crown – ‘Women can empower each other’

LAS VEGAS, Nov 27, (AP): Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, who represented South Africa, won the Miss Universe crown Sunday. The 22-year-old, who wants to use her reign to champion HIV/AIDS and self-defense causes, was crowned at The AXIS theater at Planet Hollywood casino-resort on the Las Vegas Strip. “HIV/AIDS is a very …

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