Thursday , September 20 2018


‘11/8/16’ offers insight into US presidency – ‘Obamaland’ a political sci-fi satire

Whether you view our current POTUS as “making America great again” or as a potentially mortal wound to democracy itself, few would disagree that his surprise election over Hillary Clinton was one of those turning points that will linger long in the history books. Just in time for the one-year …

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22 yrs on Selena ‘lives’ on in song – Swift drops new song

LOS ANGELES, Nov 4, (RTRS): Selena Quintanilla would have turned 46 this year. When she died in 1995, the Grammy winner was on the precipice of a Latin music explosion and about to enter a new phase of her career: a crossover. Commanding the stage with breathless sets of cumbia …

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In ‘Flying’ anti-war tale told again – ‘Ragnarok’ takes Thor to funny heights

In this era of rampant sequelizing, has any filmmaker more playfully inverted the standard more-of-the-same monotony than Richard Linklater? His Oscar-nominated “Boyhood” was, if nothing else, a compendium of life’s chapters, filmed — and lived — year after year. His “Before” trilogy reteamed Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke, every nine …

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In wide-open Oscars field, zeitgeist is the key target – More varied and delicious films

This year’s film awards landscape is fascinating for its unwillingness to adhere to an overarching narrative. The players are vastly different — in style, in story, in theme — so much so that it makes what already promises to be an unpredictable season all the more varied and delicious. That …

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Philippine ‘Portrait’ musical drama – ‘Sveta’ disturbing, compelling social horror movie

A stirring musical drama set on the eve of World War II in Manila and centered on the cash-strapped spinster daughters of a famous old painter, “The Portrait” proves a handsomely produced big-screen adaptation of Nick Joaquin’s revered play “A Portrait of the Artist as a Filipino,” featuring classy melodrama and …

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4 Gulf talents vie for IWC award – Cate Blanchett to select the winner at DIFF

DUBAI, Oct 31: The Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) and Swiss luxury watch manufacturer IWC Schaffhausen, ‘Supporting’ Sponsor and Official ‘Festival-Time’ Partner of DIFF, have revealed a shortlist of talented Gulf filmmakers for the sixth IWC Filmmaker Award. The award will be presented during the 14th edition of DIFF, which …

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Dubai fest champions building writing talent with YJA – Winner will secure internship at Gulf News

DUBAI, Oct 31: The Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) has announced the return of the Young Journalist Award (YJA) for a 10th year. Open to promising young writers from across the UAE, the YJA provides eight handpicked, ambitious applicants the opportunity to gain first-hand industry experience working on the ground …

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Star-studded lineup marks Kristofferson – Horan scores 1st No. 1 album

Various Artists, “The Life & Songs of Kris Kristofferson” (Blackbird) A star-studded lineup — including Willie Nelson, Emmylou Harris, Rodney Crowell and Lady Antebellum — performs a live tribute to one of country music’s transformative singer-songwriters. Though he’s scored hits on his own, Kristofferson’s greatest achievements have been as a …

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DIFF brings ‘Cinema of the World’ – Dubai fest to take audiences on cinematic journey

DUBAI, Oct 30: The Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) has revealed the first titles that will form part of its ‘Cinema of the World’ programme. Bringing a variety of films and genres from around the world, the programme is set to take audiences on a cinematic journey of unique perspectives …

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‘Marshall’ movie faithful to facts – Biopic scores with those who knew late justice

WASHINGTON, Oct 30, (AP): Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall’s widow, Cecilia, has seen two showings of the new movie “Marshall” about her late husband. She liked it, but had one observation about actor Chadwick Boseman, who plays the civil rights pioneer and legal giant. “He’s a very good-looking man, but …

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