Entertainment

Montreal celebrates Leonard Cohen, who wouldn’t like it – ‘Final return to Montreal’

MONTREAL, Nov 6, (AFP): Montreal this week celebrates Leonard Cohen, its native son whose sage and spiritual songwriting impacted generations. But the singer, who died one year ago, probably wouldn’t have wanted it. “In all honesty, I think it’s better that he’s not here for this,” admitted his son Adam …

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DIFF brings best in global cinema – 11 new titles join a stellar lineup

DUBAI, Nov 6: The Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) has announced the next slate of thrilling cinema from around the globe for its celebrated Cinema of the World category. Held during the 14th Festival, the 11 new titles join a stellar lineup that will take DIFF audiences on a storytelling …

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Seeking audience, conductor turns orchestra ‘inside out’ – ‘New immediacy to music’

NEW YORK, Nov 5, (AFP): The challenge haunts classical music: how do orchestras rejuvenate aging audiences? Pondering the question, conductor David Bernard asked something related — how did he himself become enthralled by the music? His answer — it was when he first sat inside an orchestra. And so, he …

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Film details Marie’s surprising life – ‘She is a great role model’

LOS ANGELES, Nov 5, (Agencies): Rose Marie’s place in show business history is anchored by her performance as smart aleck comedy writer Sally on “The Dick Van Dyke Show” and a “Hollywood Squares” quipster. That is simply criminal, as a new documentary makes clear. Before she became a TV second …

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Gerwig comes of age with ‘Lady Bird’ – Mulligan to play Steinem in Rees’ ‘Uncivil War’

NEW YORK, Nov 4, (Agencies): Greta Gerwig has been an actress in 25 films, a co-writer on five and co-director of one. She’s assembled wardrobes, done makeup and — thanks to her 5 foot-9-inch height — held the boom mic. She has, in a sense, been building up for a …

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‘11/8/16’ offers insight into US presidency – ‘Obamaland’ a political sci-fi satire

Whether you view our current POTUS as “making America great again” or as a potentially mortal wound to democracy itself, few would disagree that his surprise election over Hillary Clinton was one of those turning points that will linger long in the history books. Just in time for the one-year …

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22 yrs on Selena ‘lives’ on in song – Swift drops new song

LOS ANGELES, Nov 4, (RTRS): Selena Quintanilla would have turned 46 this year. When she died in 1995, the Grammy winner was on the precipice of a Latin music explosion and about to enter a new phase of her career: a crossover. Commanding the stage with breathless sets of cumbia …

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In ‘Flying’ anti-war tale told again – ‘Ragnarok’ takes Thor to funny heights

In this era of rampant sequelizing, has any filmmaker more playfully inverted the standard more-of-the-same monotony than Richard Linklater? His Oscar-nominated “Boyhood” was, if nothing else, a compendium of life’s chapters, filmed — and lived — year after year. His “Before” trilogy reteamed Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke, every nine …

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In wide-open Oscars field, zeitgeist is the key target – More varied and delicious films

This year’s film awards landscape is fascinating for its unwillingness to adhere to an overarching narrative. The players are vastly different — in style, in story, in theme — so much so that it makes what already promises to be an unpredictable season all the more varied and delicious. That …

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Philippine ‘Portrait’ musical drama – ‘Sveta’ disturbing, compelling social horror movie

A stirring musical drama set on the eve of World War II in Manila and centered on the cash-strapped spinster daughters of a famous old painter, “The Portrait” proves a handsomely produced big-screen adaptation of Nick Joaquin’s revered play “A Portrait of the Artist as a Filipino,” featuring classy melodrama and …

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