Thursday , December 14 2017

Entertainment

Cumbia music finds intl success – Diamond to celebrate career with world tour

NEW YORK, Dec 2, (Agencies): With a sparkling smile and chic, refined poise, Mariana Yegros is merging Latin America’s cumbia music with electronica and finding growing international success. La Yegros, the Argentine singer’s stage name, has been dubbed the “queen of electrocumbia.” She brings a modern, club-music edge to the …

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‘Jackie’ a fractured Kennedy fable – Intricate performance from fully committed Portman

History, lately run amok, is ordered with such tidy, forceful finesse by Natalie Portman’s Jacqueline Kennedy in in the piercing “Jackie.” Summoning a journalist to Hyannis Port in 1963, not long after the assassination of John F. Kennedy, she coolly sets the record for her late husband’s legacy, coining “Camelot” …

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Stones sound ‘Blue’ – Weeknd expands his universe

The Rolling Stones, “Blue & Lonesome” (Interscope) It shouldn’t be a surprise, really, but still it’s a bit startling to hear just how well the Rolling Stones can play the blues. Strip away the glitz, the oversized stages and the pyrotechnics, and you’re left with two terrific guitarists, a frontman …

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‘Moonlight’ sweeps Gotham Awards – Huppert wins best actress

In a formidable sweep, and perhaps a sign of things to come this awards season, “Moonlight” won best feature at the 26th annual Gotham Independent Awards on Monday. It was a big night for the coming-of-age story directed by Barry Jenkins, which landed four prizes, including best screenplay, best ensemble, …

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Chastain enlivens ‘Miss Sloane’ – Portman taking on an icon in ‘Jackie’

There’s never a hair out of place in “Miss Sloane”, a painstakingly slick political thriller from director John Madden about a brilliant lone wolf lobbyist consumed with the win. It’s a wannabe Aaron Sorkin-meets-Shonda Rhimes glimpse into the hollow and cynical world of inside the beltway dealings from first-time screenwriter …

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Grant explores sad side of Xmas – Zimmer channels his inner rock star for tour

NASHVILLE, Tennessee, Nov 29, (AP): ‘Tis the season for bright, cheery holiday music playing ad nauseam on the radio, in shopping malls and television commercials. But if you’re not feeling the Christmas spirit, there’s still a song for you. Take Elvis’ mournful “Blue Christmas”, released in 1957, which has become …

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‘Moana’ latest feminist hit – Disney film based on strong female protagonist

LOS ANGELES, Nov 28, (RTRS): The box office success of “Moana” confirms Disney’s status atop the pecking order of major studios. It owes its apex predator status to the way it has deftly bolstered and built on the power of its suite of cinematic brands, as well as its ability …

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Israeli Arab rapper touches nerve – Politically-charged lyrics spark controversy

SAKHNIN, Israel, Nov 28, (AFP): Israeli Arab rapper Tamer Nafar’s politically-charged lyrics have sparked the same kind of controversy that may have made his hero Tupac Shakur proud. Nafar, from the pioneering political rap group DAM, has touched a nerve with songs like “Who’s the Terrorist?” skewering what he and …

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28-yr-old turns 17 in Zhang’s film – ‘Seventeen’ encourages young women to seek more

BEIJING, Nov 28, (AP): Differing Chinese and Western expectations over marriage provided the inspiration for Zhang Mo’s directorial debut, “Suddenly Seventeen”, which she says is about encouraging young women to “explore a little further” before they settle down. The daughter of Chinese cinematic great Zhang Yimou, Zhang said returning to …

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‘Summer is Gone’ wins top honor – Chinese films shine at Golden Horse awards

TAIPEI, Nov 27, (Agencies): Films from mainland China dominated this year’s Golden Horse Film Awards in Taiwan, considered the Chinese-language equivalent of the Oscars, with two social dramas scooping up top honours on Saturday. Chinese director Zhang Dalei’s black-and-white film, “The Summer Is Gone”, was the biggest dark horse of …

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