Saturday , August 18 2018


‘Own Country’ wins big at BIFAs – ‘Lady Macbeth’ another multiple prize-winner

LOS ANGELES, Dec 11, (RTRS): “… Own Country” was the big winner at the British Indepdendent Film Awards (BIFAs) on Sunday, winning best British independent film, best actor for Josh O’Connor, and best debut screenwiter for Francis Lee, who also directed the England-set gay romance. “Lady Macbeth” was another multiple …

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Saudi to OK cinemas after decades of ban – ‘Syrians’ wins DFC prize

RIYADH, Dec 11, (Agencies): Saudi Arabia on Monday lifted a decades-long ban on cinemas, part of a series of social reforms by the powerful crown prince that are shaking up the ultra-conservative kingdom. The government said it would begin licensing cinemas immediately and the first movie theatres are expected to …

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‘Last Jedi’ earns early praise – Star Wars film premieres with tribute to late Fisher

LOS ANGELES, Dec 10, (Agencies): An elaborate premiere featuring a massive assault vehicle and a procession of Stormtroopers and droids preceded the first showing of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” and initial reactions praised the latest installment of the beloved space opera franchise. Formal reviews won’t be out for a …

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Stars sleep rough to help homeless – Inequality in UK

EDINBURGH, Dec 10, (Agencies): Celebrities joined, and entertained, thousands of fundraisers for the homeless sleeping rough in a Scottish park in frigid conditions overnight Saturday, in what organisers described as the biggest event of its kind globally. Around 8,000 people gathered in Princes Street Gardens in central Edinburgh to hear …

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Minority languages on the ‘rise’ in Singapore – Teng bong!

SINGAPORE, Dec 10, (AFP): Kevin Martens Wong reels off sentences in Kristang, which is among several minority languages in Singapore enjoying a new lease of life after a decades-long drive to encourage the use of English and Mandarin. “Teng bong, ozi nus prendeh sorti-sorti di tempu,” the linguist told his …

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Lebanese singer dazzles Riyadh in first women-only concert

Applause and shrieks of joy erupted as Lebanese singer Hiba Tawaji dazzled Riyadh in its first female-only music concert, as Saudi Arabia seeks to ease social restrictions on women. Tawaji performed to a packed audience at the cavernous King Fahd Cultural Centre late Wednesday, the latest in a series of …

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Tran steps into Star Wars stardom – Boyega talks ‘Last Jedi’ personal parallels with Finn

LOS ANGELES, Dec 9, (AP): Kelly Marie Tran still can’t quite believe she’s in a Star Wars movie. The 28-year-old was about to give up on her dreams of becoming an actress when she landed a breakthrough role in “The Last Jedi.” So after years of toiling and hoping and …

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Saudi finds funny bone in comedy – ‘It’s a relief to laugh about our own problems’

RIYADH, Dec 9, (AFP): Saudis took the stage one by one to poke fun at the world — and themselves — introducing a hissing, cackling audience to an art form widely unknown in the conservative kingdom: stand-up comedy. Chuckles and squeals ran through the crowd at a rare amateur comedy …

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Arab female director Sarra Abidi brings ‘immigration tale’ of people left behind

LOS ANGELES, Dec 6, (RTRS): World premiering in Dubai, Sarra Abidi’s shattering debut feature “Benzine” tells the story of a Tunisian couple agonized by loss. They have heard nothing from or about their only son who left for Italy nine months earlier. The film will open in Tunisian cinemas on …

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Chris Stapleton puts music first – Eminem reveals more collaboration on new album

NASHVILLE, Tenn, Dec 6, (Agencies): These last few years, Chris Stapleton is often surprised by early-morning texts of congratulations from his friends. Take, for instance, last week, when the Grammy Award nominations were announced. “That’s how I usually find out. People go ‘Congratulations’ and I go ‘What for?’” Stapleton said. …

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