Thursday , December 14 2017

Entertainment

Madrid celebrates trash films – So bad, they’re good

MADRID, Jan 31, (AFP): You’d think the prospect of bad acting, a terrible script and rock-bottom directing would put movie buffs off. But if Madrid’s CutreCon trash film festival is anything to go by — you’d be wrong. Lured by such films as the musical “Nudist Colony of the Dead” …

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Saudi ‘McCartney’ in rare concert – First major concert in 7 yrs in Jeddah

JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia, Jan 31, (AFP): Saudi Arabia’s “Paul McCartney” took to the stage in Jeddah late Monday for a rare concert in a kingdom seeking to boost entertainment despite religious warnings of “depravity.” The performance by Mohammed Abdu, a mustachioed singer popular throughout the Arab world, was the first …

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Miss France crowned Miss Universe – Winner wants ato promote education, dental health

MANILA, Jan 30, (Agencies): Miss France was crowned Miss Universe on Monday in a made-for-television spectacle free of last year’s dramatic mix-up but with a dash of political controversy as the finalists spoke out on the refugee crisis and other hot-button global issues. Iris Mittenaere, a dental surgery student from …

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List of SAG awards winners

LOS ANGELES, Jan 30, (AFP): Here is the list of winners for the 23rd Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards, held on Sunday in Los Angeles: Film Winners * Outstanding performance by a cast in a motion picture: “Hidden Figures” * Outstanding performance by a male actor in a leading role: …

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‘Hidden’ takes top prize at SAG – Washington wins best actor award

LOS ANGELES, Jan 30, (Agencies): Fox’s biographical comedy-drama “Hidden Figures” landed the top prize Sunday at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, seen as a major bellwether for the Oscars. Starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monae, it took the trophy for outstanding performance by a cast in a …

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Academy troubled by possible visa ban of Oscar nominee – Bollywood director attacked on set by protesters

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif, Jan 29, (Agencies): The motion picture academy calls “extremely troubling,” the possible visa ban of Iranian director Asghar Farhadi, whose feature film “The Salesman” is nominated for a best foreign language Oscar. In a statement released Saturday, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences expressed concern …

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‘La La Land’ wins PGA best film – ‘Zootopia’ bags animated movie award

LOS ANGELES, Jan 29, (Agencies): Dreamy musical “La La Land” took home best movie at the Producers Guild Awards on Saturday, putting it in the box seat for the much-anticipated Oscars next month. The movie beat industry favorites and leading Academy Awards contenders including coming-of-age tale “Moonlight”, stylish alien thriller …

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‘Amour’ star Riva dies at 89 – ‘She had a deeply impact on French cinema’

PARIS, Jan 29, (Agencies): French actress Emmanuelle Riva, star of 1959 classic “Hiroshima Mon Amour” and more recently the oldest best actress Oscar nominee in a late-career revival, died Friday from cancer. She was 89. Riva died in Paris “after a long illness,” her agent, Anne Alvares Correa, told AFP. …

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Sheridan, Huston go to war in Birds – The challenges female filmmakers face post-Sundance

PARK CITY, Utah, Jan 28, (AP): The cast and filmmakers behind “The Yellow Birds,” an adaption of Iraq vet Kevin Powers’ bestseller that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival this past week, wanted to show another side of war — that of the lost individual. “At the moment things tend …

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McConaissance hits limits in ‘Gold’ – Baldwin ‘unfiltered’ Oscar-nominated documentary

The Reformation toppled the Renaissance but the decline of the McConaissance is harder to delineate. It was probably inevitable that Matthew McConaughey’s bold rebirth — that terrific run of “True Detective”, “Magic Mike,”, “The Wolf of Wall Street”, “Interstellar”, “Mud” and “Dallas Buyers Club” — would dissipate. Could it have …

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