Entertainment

Leonard Bernstein keeps star billing century after birth – Dramatic on-stage, bold off-stage

NEW YORK, Oct 29, (AFP): Decades after his death, Leonard Bernstein may still be the most identifiable conductor in the public imagination — dramatic on-stage, bold off-stage and succeeding unlike so many others in making classical music accessible. But although Bernstein hardly needs rescue from obscurity, the breadth of his …

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Expo seeks to unveil Mata Hari mystery – Legal ballet to end New York prohibition on dancing

LEEUWARDEN, Netherlands, Oct 29, (AFP): She scandalised society by dancing almost naked when women still wore corsets and their dresses long. Yet a century after her death, Mata Hari remains veiled in mystery. Now a Dutch museum in the Friesian town of her birth is seeking to shed new light …

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Teller delivers strong act in vet drama – Noyce to direct WWII action-adventure ‘Killer 10’

‘Thank You For Your Service’ may be an Iraq war film. But its most harrowing scene takes place far from the battlefield: in the sterile, dingy waiting room of the Department of Veterans Affairs. There, as countless veterans, many of them wounded, sit for hours waiting to talk to someone, …

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‘Paddington 2’ near-pawfect thriller – Bond’s film remains a resolutely British creation

‘Bears always fall on their feet.’ So goes a running punchline in Michael Bond’s series of “Paddington” books, and so it proves in the second big-screen outing for one of Britain’s two most beloved literary bears — the one that subsides on marmalade rather than honey. Having already aced a …

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Jessie Ware shows her range – Downie’s farewell album intimately universal

Jessie Ware, “Glasshouse” (Interscope Records) No doubt about it, Jessie Ware can sing. The London-born singer-songwriter has a versatile voice that can whisper and soar against a musical palette drawing from soul, R&B, jazz and pop. “Glasshouse,” her third album, finds that powerful voice in search of a distinctive sound. …

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notes … & nationalism – music in the matrix of political, historical challenges – Congress of arabic music in cairo, 1932

Dr Jean Lambert presented a lecture centred around the Congress of Arabic Music in Cairo, 1932, looking into the local and global impact of the sound recordings at the Yarmouk Cultural Centre on Monday evening, as part of the Dar Al Athar Al Islamiyyah’s 23rd cultural season. Dr Lambert is …

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‘Thank You’ ultimate tribute to vets – Hall’s film an engrossing eye-opener

The men and women who survive war and live to come home have had experiences a million miles removed from most of us. That’s why we’ve often depended on the movies to bring those traumas close. Yet the drama of the returning soldier has generated an image of the veteran …

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Police arrest 7 at Moscow premiere of tsar biopic – Pixar’s ‘Coco’ celebrates Mexico in times of Trump

MOSCOW, Oct 25, (AFP): Seven people were arrested Tuesday at a protest at the Moscow premiere of “Matilda”, a controversial biopic of the last tsar that has drawn threats from religious extremists, police said. Alexei Uchitel’s film has outraged hardline Orthodox believers, who view Tsar Nicholas II as a saint …

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DIFF 365 presents acclaimed Egyptian drama ‘Withered Green’ -Ramallah scraps Lebanese film over Israel ‘normalisation’

RAMALLAH, Palestinian Territories, Oct 23, (Agencies): A Palestinian city on Sunday cancelled the planned screening of a Lebanese film after activists called for a boycott over the director’s “normalisation” with Israel. “The Insult”, which deals with the Lebanese civil war, was scheduled to be screened Monday in Ramallah, in the …

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DIFF to showcase regional creativity – Dubai fest to honor Egyptian writer Hamed

DUBAI, Oct 23: The innovative Muhr Gulf Short section returns to the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) with a diverse selection of creative short films from across the region, providing a crucial opportunity for filmmakers to premiere their unique projects on the world stage. The 2017 lineup of inspiring short …

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