Entertainment

Captivating cinema in Muhr Feature – Regional storytelling takes centre stage at DIFF

DUBAI, Oct 16: The Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) has revealed the first films that will feature in the highly anticipated Muhr Feature category. Held within the Festival from Dec 6-13, 2017, the Muhr Awards celebrate standout regional talents whose work highlights and explores the traditions and culture of the …

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Saudi Arabia cancels female Egyptian star Sherine’s concert – Go ahead, call it a comeback. Singer James Arthur does

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, Oct 15, (AP): Saudi Arabia’s entertainment authority says it has cancelled plans for a concert featuring a famous Egyptian singer named Sherine, known for her rags-to-riches story. The General Entertainment Authority said in a statement Sunday that the concert, which had been planned for the end of …

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Woo hopes to inspire ‘new voices’ – Russian drama ‘Loveless’ wins London film fest top prize

BUSAN, South Korea, Oct 15, (Agencies): Action movies should reflect “deep emotions”, acclaimed Hong Kong thriller director John Woo said Saturday, calling on young filmmakers to breathe life into the genre by exploring the human condition. Woo, whose Hollywood films include “Face/Off” and “Mission: Impossible II” but who made his …

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‘World closer to 1930s days’ – Atwood sounds alarm

FRANKFURT, Oct 15, (Agencies): The world is closer to the dark days of the 1930s than at any time since, Canadian author Margaret Atwood said on Saturday in Frankfurt, where she was due to receive a prestigious German literary award. Atwood’s dystopian novel “The Handmaid’s Tale”, first published in 1985, …

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Roya Sadat defies odd with ‘Letter’ – Majidi is long way from home in ‘Clouds’

LOS ANGELES, Oct 14, (RTRS): Roya Sadat needs a champion. Her film, “A Letter to the President,” is Afghanistan’s contender in Oscar’s foreign language film category, but the production just does not have the resources to mount an Oscar campaign. “It is difficult for us, because we still haven’t finished …

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Hidden film treasures brought to life in British vault – ‘Pulling back the veils of early cinema history’

BERKHAMSTED, United Kingdom, Oct 14, (AFP): In a refrigerated vault outside London filled with old film reels, a team of curators is bringing to life forgotten masterpieces of early cinema history. A chemical smell hangs in the air at the British Film Institute’s National Archive, where some 250,000 wheels of …

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Award-winning Iranian filmmaker could face 6-yr jail term – Syrian opposition filmmaker ‘stabbed in Istanbul’

PARIS, Oct 11, (Agencies): An award-winning Iranian director accused by authorities in his homeland of anti-regime propaganda could face up to six years in jail, his film distribution company said Tuesday. Mohammad Rasoulof, who was jailed on similar charges in 2010, had his passport confiscated at Tehran airport on Sept …

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In ‘Marshall’ a young Thurgood in Conn – War vet comedy speaks to modern US

Thurgood Marshall, a titan of 20th-century law and a civil rights pioneer, has until now largely eluded Hollywood’s notice. Despite its title, “Marshall,” too, is wary of taking on the Supreme Court justice in full, sticking to a minor case from Marshall’s early career as counsel for the NAACP. That …

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Stepping over the horizon

In ‘Stepping Over the Horizon’, a fascinating lecture on the life of Dame Freya Stark, Alison Shan Price MBE detailed the explorer’s feats, at the weekly lecture at Yarmouk Cultural Center as part of Dar Al Athar Al Islamiyyah’s 23rd cultural season. In the lecture, Shan Price described how standing …

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Plant back with achy CD – Rich, dance sound on ‘Colors’

Robert Plant, “Carry Fire” (Nonesuch/Warner Bros.) One of the weirder chapters in rock history happened in 2014. That’s when Led Zeppelin won a Grammy for best rock album for a seven-year-old concert recording while the band’s former frontman Robert Plant somehow didn’t even scrounge up a nomination for easily one …

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