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Sunday , November 18 2018


Ndegeocello excels on covers album – Bleeps and lots more from Frisell

Meshell Ndegeocello, “Ventriloquism” (Naive/Believe) Meshell Ndegeocello strips much of the glossy production off the 11 covers on “Ventriloquism” but keeps — and sometimes boosts — the songs’ emotional charge, investing them with an ethereal quality that acts as a counteragent to these accelerated times. Ndegeocello’s voice travels the breadth of …

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‘Youth’ wins top prize at Asian Awards – Japan’s Yuya wins best director

LOS ANGELES, March 18, (RTRS): The 12th edition of the Asian Film Awards saw Chen Kaige’s “The Legend of the Demon Cat” emerge as the numerical winner. But it missed out on the best film prize, which went to “Youth,” directed by fellow mainland Chinese director Feng Xiaogang. “Demon Cat,” …

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Doha Film Institute’s Qumra event wraps positively – Women rule at Guadalajara Festival

LOS ANGELES, March 17, (RTRS): The Doha Film Institute’s innovative Qumra workshop wrapped its fourth edition Thursday on an upbeat note, reiterating its support for new voices in Arab cinema and its determination to overcome obstacles posed by tiny Qatar’s diplomatic rift with several Arab countries. While executives and directors …

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60 years later, Novak reflects on ‘Vertigo’ – ‘Being Lara Croft takes months of training’

NEW YORK, March 17, (AP): Last fall, on her ranch in southern Oregon, Kim Novak found herself doing what she calls “my own Me Too painting.” Novak, who turned 85 on Tuesday, had recently broken her left wrist — her painting hand — but was compelled enough to give it …

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Indian singer Daler Mehndi convicted of trafficking jobseekers to America

NEW DELHI (AP) — A popular Indian pop singer was convicted of human trafficking and cheating Friday by a court that found he took money to pretend people were in his performance troupe so they could get jobs in North America. Daler Mehndi said he is innocent. The court in …

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‘The Trial’ exposes travesty of justice – Vatican releases Wender’s Pope Francis docu trailer

It was always clear to anyone paying attention that the 2016 impeachment of Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff was a diversionary tactic to cover up rampant corruption from across the aisle. Maddeningly, news outlets outside the country spoke more about whether she was qualified for the job — a blatantly misogynistic …

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China dragoons viewers to make pro-Xi film a blockbuster – ‘It’s a very patriotic movie’

SHANGHAI, March 14, (AFP): Citizens across China are being corralled into cinemas to watch a propaganda film extolling the Communist Party and Xi Jinping, as an intensifying personality cult around the 64-year-old leader hits the big screen. The mass viewings by staff from companies and government agencies have catapulted the …

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Kuwaiti actor Al-Barooni dies

MANAMA, March 13: A Kuwaiti actor, Abdullah Al Barooni, 44, died Tuesday morning reportedly from a heart attack, according to gulfnews. com. The young actor, who was well-known in Kuwait and the GCC countries, was outstanding and played different roles in several dramas. The late friends of the deceased who …

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Major plot twist for students at Saudi Arabia’s first cinema school – Qatari talents highlight evolution of country’s film scene

JEDDAH, March 13, (Agencies): Student Sama Kinsara adjusts her camera at Saudi Arabia’s only cinema school, her dream of seeing her work on the big screen coming into focus after the lifting of the country’s 35-year ban on cinema. “Everything is about to change,” the first-year student of “visual and …

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Father-daughter drama in ‘Boundaries’ – Plummer portrays charming and selfish father

We’ve seen him dozens of times before, saying any damn thing that comes into his head (because living on the planet for 70 or 80 years has given him the right to do so). He’s on his own incorrigible wavelength, dropping putdowns as fresh as his body is old, spicing …

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