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Friday , November 16 2018


Facebook promises personalised music – Tech giant strikes first label deal

NEW YORK, Dec 23, (AFP): Facebook announced a licensing deal Thursday with Universal Music Group, its first with a major label, as the social media giant promised more personalized, interactive music features for its two billion users. The move marks a new foray into music by Facebook, which despite its …

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Kuwaiti singer Al-Kuwaitiyya to participate in operetta

Hamada acts in ‘Al-Bait Al-Maskoun’ 3 play KUWAIT CITY, Dec 21: Popular Kuwaiti singer Nawal Al-Kuwaitiyya will participate in the operetta for Khaleej 23 Championship which will be hosted by Kuwait, reports Al-Nahar daily. Fahad Al-Nasser composed the operetta with the participation of several singers including Abdulkarim AbdulQader, Nabel Shuail, …

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‘Pitch Perfect 3’ returns to form

Stars make the most of final chapter of trilogy A great many people who now know the term “a cappella” probably didn’t before “Pitch Perfect,” in 2012, charmed and annoyed and tickled us with its happy skewed fusion of sunburst harmony and junior-catfight kitsch. Yet the “Pitch Perfect” franchise hasn’t …

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Why The Last Jedi is not one for the ages – ‘It wavers and flags’

At the so-thrilling-you-won’t-quite-believe-youreyes climax of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” (I mean that literally: It’s thrilling, and you won’t completely believe what you’re seeing), there’s a lightsaber duel, as there has been so many times before, even in the middle of some very mediocre “Star Wars” films. The duel is …

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‘Jumanji’ sequel good hearted fun

More than two decades after Robin Williams conquered that pesky board game, “Jumanji” has been resurrected with more and glossier stars (Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart and Jack Black), a comedy director and a “modern” twist. The result, “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle ,” is a very sweet, and generally entertaining …

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Holiday albums – Sia, Fantasia ‘lead’ Xmas music parade

LOS ANGELES, Dec 16, (RTRS): Not everyone wants chestnuts for Christmas. If you’re looking for some holiday music that hasn’t already been said many times, many ways, we’ve surveyed 15 newly released holiday music collections, including superlative sets of all-original material from pop auteur Sia and rock underdogs the Minus …

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Kruger hardly had to act in ‘Fade’ – Akin’s German thriller in Oscar race

LOS ANGELES, Dec 16, (AFP): It is the most intense, critically-acclaimed role of her career, but Diane Kruger hardly had to act at all to play a griefstricken woman robbed of her family in a bombing. Kruger was filming “In the Fade” — Fatih Akin’s German thriller about a woman …

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Palestinian Annemarie Jacir’s ‘Wajib’ wins big at Dubai fest – Saudi filmmakers, businessmen eye return of silver screen

LOS ANGELES/DUBAI, Dec 13, (Agencies): DUBAI, United Arab Emirates The 14th Dubai Int’l Film Festival handed out prizes Dec 13 at an afternoon awards ceremony preceding the evening gala premiere of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.” The Muhr feature jury, headed by prominent German actress Martina Gedeck, gave the best …

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Stormtroopers and princes on London’s ‘Last Jedi’ red carpet

Prince William and Prince Harry joined the cast of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” at the film’s European premiere Tuesday, delighting fans who braved the London cold for a glimpse of Hollywood stars and British royalty. But cast and crew were silent on reports that the royal siblings make a …

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Japan’s capsule toys play big – Cheap and Instagram-worthy

TOKYO, Dec 13, (AFP): A tiny replica of an ancient Egyptian sarcophagus and a plastic cat squatting on sushi: just two of the weird-and-wonderful capsule toys that have become a multi-million-dollar craze in cute-obsessed Japan. The industry is now worth an estimated 30 billion yen ($265 million), with the fastidious …

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