Saturday , September 22 2018



‘Alison believes that Kuwait has considerable talent. “So many people in Kuwait offer help; it is a joy to stage productions here.” This year, Alison has several new productions lined up including the first Arab-Anglo Shakespeare production set in an archaeological dig in 1913, which weaves historical fact, Mesopotamian myth, …

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Final Cut throws spotlight on African, Arab filmmakers

Syrian director to show human face of war in Venice film LOS ANGELES, Sept 1, (Agencies): Moroccan villagers doing battle with a rapacious mining company, armed only with poems and songs. Four aging Sudanese filmmakers looking to inspire a love of cinema in their countrymen. A celebrated South African poet …

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Epic farewell to Queen of Soul

President, stars join Franklin’s funeral DETROIT, Sept 1, (AP): Former presidents and preachers joined a parade of singers Friday in a hip-swaying, piano-pounding farewell to Aretha Franklin, remembering the Queen of Soul as a powerful force for musical and political change and a steadfast friend and family member. “Aretha’s singing …

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Actress in ‘ER’ shot by police

LOS ANGELES, Sept 1, (AP): An actress who appeared on the TV medical drama “ER” and starred in the film “Stand and Deliver” was fatally shot by police officers in Southern California after they say she pointed a replica handgun at them. Vanessa Marquez, who gained attention last year when …

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‘Man’, ‘Star’ kick off Venice Festival

Women directors slam ‘toxic masculinity’ of fest LOS ANGELES, Aug 29, (RTRS): With this year’s lineup, the Venice Int’l Film Festival has taken a quantum leap toward becoming a cinematic juggernaut, prevailing over Toronto and Telluride and giving Cannes cause for concern. Vis-a-vis Cannes, the clincher this year has been …

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I wanted to nail Eichmann to gates of Auschwitz: Kingsley

Dench to receive Donostia Award NEW YORK, Aug 29, (Agencies): Ben Kingsley said he didn’t portray Adolf Eichmann out of love or admiration. Rather, he wanted to “nail him to the gates of Auschwitz.” The Oscar-winning Kingsley, who has tackled historical figures before, including Mahatma Gandhi, Otto Frank and Simon …

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Prestige movie wave from Netflix

6 Netflix films head to Venice fest The frustratingly long wait for Tamara Jenkins’ follow-up to her 2007 Oscar-nominated film, “The Savages”, seemed to finally be coming to end. She had spent two years on the script to “Private Life”, and secured Kathryn Hahn and Paul Giamatti to star as …

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Redford rides into sunset in ‘Gun’

Film based on a true story heist In “The Old Man and the Gun”, the elderly bank robber Forrest Tucker, played by Robert Redford, walks up to a bank teller, smiles, says a few words in a kindly manner, and collects a heap of money. Later when the teller is …

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Mendes tops at MMVAs

Drake wins 2 awards LOS ANGELES, Aug 28, (Agencies): Shawn Mendes dominated the 2018 iHeartRadio Much Music Video Awards on Sunday night, performing twice and taking home the Artist of the Year, Best Pop Artist or Group, Fan Fave Artist, and Fan Fave Video awards. Fellow hometown hero Drake added …

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Swift set to make music biz history

A free agent Talk about your blank spaces: Taylor Swift is about to have one in the spot where her label affiliation goes. In less than three months’ time, she’ll be a free agent, as the first anniversary of the release of her sixth album, “Reputation”, marks the official expiration …

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