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Entertainment

Snoop honored in BET Awards – Hip-hop royalty pay homage to a ‘legend’

ATLANTA, Sept 18, (AP): Snoop Dogg said he initially felt misunderstood at the beginning of his rap career that ended up turning into a legendary one while accepting his “I Am Hip Hop” honor during a politically-charged BET Hip-Hop Awards show near Atlanta. Rapper Kendrick Lamar surprised attendees Saturday evening …

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‘Land’ new-style old-school musical – Best movies of the ’16 Toronto Film Fest

As the Toronto International Film Festival comes to a close, our critics choose the 10 best movies (out of a whopping 296 features) unspooled this year. From Damien Chazelle’s magical musical “La La Land” to Barry Jenkins’ intense coming-of-age drama “Moonlight,” these are the films (in alphabetical order) that left …

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Iran picks ‘Salesman’ for Oscar foreign film entry

TEHRAN, Sept 17, (AFP): Iran on Saturday chose Oscarwinning Asghar Farhadi’s “The Salesman” as its entry for Best Foreign Language film at this year’s Academy Awards. “After long deliberations on the five shortlisted films, a strong majority of the board picked The Salesman… to compete on behalf of our country,” …

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Bercot’s ‘150 Milligrams’ a whistle-blower call to arms – ‘True story of a very courageous woman’

TORONTO, Canada, Sept 14, (AFP): A weight-loss drug, a health scandal, Big Pharma and a leading lady crusading against it all arrived on the silver screen Tuesday at the Toronto Film Festival in “150 Milligrams.” The movie, based on the true story of “a very courageous woman” in the words …

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Yende’s ‘Journey’ inspiring – Shires explores meaning of home

Pretty Yende, “A Journey” (Sony Classical) What’s not to love about Pretty Yende? Her voice is delightful, her personality sparkles, and her story is inspiring. Just 31, Yende has gone from life in a South African township to stardom on the world’s opera stages. Now her first album, titled “A …

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Refugees sell out shows in Berlin – 65 musicians weekend concert

BERLIN, Sept 14, (AP): At the neoclassical Concert House in Berlin’s Gendarmenmarkt, busts of German composers Beethoven, Bach and Handel looked on as the 65 musicians took their seats for a sold-out weekend concert. The Syrian Expat Philharmonic Orchestra settling in to play represents a much more recent chapter in …

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‘Snowden’ freezes audiences at TIFF – Stone’s most galvanizing political drama in years

LOS ANGELES, Sept 10, (RTRS): Measured by the usually warm standards of the Toronto Film Festival’s audience response meter, the world premiere of Oliver Stone’s “Snowden” received an apparently cool reception. But, as with espionage, there was almost certainly more going on under the surface than appeared at first sight. …

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Filipino drama wins Venice Golden Lion

VENICE, Sept 10, (RTRS): Philippine director Lav Diaz’s nearly four-hour black and white revenge drama “Ang Babaeng Humayo” (The Woman Who Left) won the Golden Lion on Saturday for best film at the 73nd Venice Film Festival. The runner-up Grand Jury prize went to fashion designer Tom Ford’s thriller “Nocturnal …

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Amitabh Bachchan still Bollywood’s big boss at 74 – Hindi film legend hungry for new challenges

MUMBAI, Sept 9, (AFP): Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan turns 74 next month but he says he’s still hungry for new challenges after his latest movie about sexual violence against women left him deeply moved. In an interview at his sumptuous Mumbai office, the Hindi film legend of almost half a …

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Ryan uses maternal instincts in ‘Ithaca’ – ‘Magnificent 7’ remake kicks off Toronto film fest

NEW YORK, Sept 9, (Agencies): Hollywood actress Meg Ryan goes behind the camera for her directorial debut “Ithaca”, a World War II drama for which she said she used her maternal instincts in telling the story. The movie, based on William Saroyan’s novel “The Human Comedy”, follows a teenager who …

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