Wednesday , September 19 2018


‘Letters’ shows Iraq thru eyes of UK British explorer who shaped it

BAGHDAD, April 3, (RTRS): “Letters from Baghdad,” a documentary on Gertrude Bell, the British writer, explorer, spy and political officer who helped shape modern Iraq, had its first screening in the country on Monday, drawing loud applause from an audience of academics, diplomats, journalists and others. The documentary shows hitherto …

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Deadmau5 ‘releases’ new orchestral album – Ronson to be honored

LOS ANGELES, April 3, (RTRS): This past Friday, electronic music superstar Deadmau5 (real name Joel Zimmerman) released an exclusive orchestral rendition of his work. “Where’s The Drop,” featuring Deadmau5 tracks like “Imaginary Friends,” “Ira,” “Superbia” and more, composed and arranged by Greg Reveret, is the fulfillment of a years-long dream …

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Kim deeply moved by K-pop stars ‘concert’ – Swift gives surprise act

SEOUL, April 2, (Agencies): North Korean leader Kim Jong Un smiled, clapped and said he was “deeply moved” by a rare performance by South Korean K-pop stars in Pyongyang, state media reported Monday. The high profile appearance of Kim and his wife, former singer Ri Sol Ju, at the concert …

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‘Blockers’, ‘Place’ bet SXSW buzz equals big box office – Wright directing ‘Woman in Window’

LOS ANGELES, April 2, (RTRS): “Blockers” and “A Quiet Place” are both hoping to leverage film festival raves into box office success when they open in theaters this month. On paper, the two films couldn’t be more different. “Blockers,” is a comedy. Think of it as a feminist spin on …

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‘NYPD Blue’ creator Bochco dies – ‘He changed television forever’

LOS ANGELES, April 2, (RTRS): Steven Bochco, a producer whose boundary-pushing series such as “Hill Street Blues” and “NYPD Blue” helped define the modern TV drama, has died. He was 74. Bochco had been battling a rare form of leukemia for several years. He had a transplant in late 2014 …

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Rare Kabul exhibition brings taste of Mughal art back home

KABUL, April 1, (RTRS): An exhibition that reproduces the precious treasures of Mughal art in their original setting in Kabul’s Babur Garden opened this weekend, bringing a rare moment of cultural relief to a city pounded by war for decades. “King Babur’s Kabul: Cradle of the Mughal Empire” displays a …

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‘Elizabeth’ a sci-fi melodrama – Nurture vs nature in ‘Birthmarked’

During its first 10 minutes, “Elizabeth Harvest” is so tediously mannered, and lead player Abbey Lee’s performance is so listlessly affected, that an urge to bail is well-nigh irresistible. But then writer-director Sebastian Gutierrez pulls the rug and the floorboards right out from under you, and his impudently oddball gothic …

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‘Journeyman’ heartbreaking boxing drama – Henson gets revenge in ‘Acrimony’

On the face of it, “Journeyman” seems a misnomer of a title for a film about a championship boxer who faces the most grueling challenge of his life after defending his world title at the denouement of his career. A scrappy, up-from-nothing underdog drama it is not. As Paddy Considine’s …

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Sorrentino’s Berlusconi biopic tipped for Cannes Film Fest – Scorsese to get Golden Coach Award

ROME, March 31, (Agencies): The hotly-awaited biopic about Italy’s former premier Silvio Berlusconi, from directing star Paolo Sorrentino, is tipped to appear at the Cannes Film Festival, according to Italian media. The two-part film, which will hit Italian cinemas on April 24, is expected to delve into the private life …

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Weeknd releases emotional album – ‘Melancholy’ appears to be about Gomez

WASHINGTON, March 31, (Agencies): The R&B sensation known as The Weeknd has released a new album, his label said Friday. Republic Records announced the surprise drop of a six-track record entitled “My Dear Melancholy.” The profile of the Grammy-winning Toronto singer has quickly grown in the past few years, with …

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