Saturday , September 22 2018


‘Justice League’ brightens DC world – ‘Wonder Woman 2’ moved up to Nov 2019

Peace never reigns in the pages of DC Comics. There’s always a world to be saving, a cataclysm to avert. The making of the DC superhero team-up film “Justice League” was hardly any more tranquil. Made in the wake of the disappointment surrounding its predecessor, “Batman v Superman,” and the …

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‘Roman’ wastes Washington – Increasingly predictable

It’s getting close to Oscar season and that means it’s time for an early prediction. Ready? Here goes: The Academy Award for Worst Title of a Motion Picture will surely go to “Roman J. Israel, Esq.” This complex, untidy but ambitious film starring a brilliant Denzel Washington deserves better. At …

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Domestic servitude in India’s sunshine state – ‘Debriefing’ uneven, engaging

CHENNAI, India, Nov 14, (Agencies): When celebrated Indian fashion designer Wendell Rodricks sat down to write his third book, haute couture was not on his mind. He was thinking about his neighbour Rosa — an elderly woman who had lived her life as a poskem — adopted as a child …

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‘Wonder’ an honest feel-good movie – Roberts, Wilson make a compelling team

Auggie Pullman (Jacob Tremblay), the central character in Stephen Chbosky’s “Wonder,” is a brainy 10-year-old boy with a sweet high voice and a congenital facial deformity, whom numerous corrective surgeries have left looking like a cherub after a car accident. His left eye tugs downward as if a teardrop were …

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Mendes wins best artist at MTV – Cabello bags best pop artist

LONDON, Nov 13, (AFP): Canadian teen singer Shawn Mendes on Sunday won best artist and best song at the MTV Europe Music Awards (EMA) in London, pipping heavyweight competitors such as Taylor Swift, Miley Cyrus and Ed Sheeran. The awards ceremony at Wembley Arena, the first to be staged in …

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DIFF’s Arabian Nights lineup pays homage to cultural vibrancy – 11 films to share regional perspectives

DUBAI, Nov 13: The Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) has announced the vibrant lineup of films for its iconic Arabian Nights programme. A favourite of Festival-goers, the 2017 edition will feature nuanced stories from regional and international filmmakers highlighting the multifaceted nature of Arabian culture. Held during the 14th Festival, …

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Iran’s Oscar submission causes stir – ‘Upon’ gets warm welcome at Tunisia festival

TEHRAN, Iran, Nov 11, (Agencies): A movie about a young girl whose fantasy world helps her escape the hard realities of growing up in the countryside near Tehran in the aftermath of the 1979 Islamic Revolution is Iran’s first-ever submission for the Academy Awards’ foreign film directed by a woman. …

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Scandal-hit H’wood honors Amy Adams – A-listers pay tribute

HOLLYWOOD, United States, Nov 11, (Agencies): Scandal-hit Hollywood left its woes behind Friday to honor Amy Adams for a glittering career that has seen her go from waitress to five-time Oscar nominee. The 43-year-old — famous for the diversity of her film roles — told AFP ahead of being presented …

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Swift’s Reputation pure pop magic – Singer recrafts sound and image

Taylor Swift, “Reputation” (Big Machine Records) If you’d stop thinking about her Reputation, you’d actually appreciate the musicality of Taylor Swift’s “Reputation.” Sure, she named the album that so there will be blog posts and essays deciphering the lyrics — was that about Kanye? Calvin? — but listen to the …

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CMA Awards highlighted by political, emotional moments – Brooks wins top award

The 2017 Country Music Association Awards marked one of its most political and emotional shows in years, as the night offered powerful moments focused on unifying as a country during a year dominated by gun violence, divisive politics and natural disasters. Carrie Underwood broke down while singing during Wednesday night’s …

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