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Wednesday , November 21 2018


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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AFS Awards – Image Nation honors regional future talent

ABU DHABI, Nov 9: Last night, the regional film industry recognised future talent as Image Nation Abu Dhabi, one of the leading media and entertainment companies in the Middle East, crowned the winners of its sixth annual short film program, Arab Film Studio. Two participants were awarded the coveted ‘Best …

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McDormand gives blistering turn in ‘3 Billboards’ – McDonagh’s film a veritable study in gray

That face. Frances McDormand’s face is one of the first things you see in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” and it’s impossible not to be struck by its pure decency. Perhaps it’s a result of all the other roles we’ve seen this uniquely fearless actress play, on stage and screen, …

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Complexities of growing up in ‘Lady’ – Machine Gun Kelly joins Bullock in ‘Bird Box’

LOS ANGELES, Nov 8, (RTRS): “Why won’t you call me Lady Bird? You promised that you would.” That is the line that popped into actor and filmmaker Greta Gerwig’s head one day and went on to become the opening statement from the precocious teenage heroine of her directorial debut, “Lady …

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India’s ‘Newton’ defies gravity at film festivals – Roven picked for award

LOS ANGELES, Nov 8, (RTRS): “Newton,” India’s contender at Oscar’s foreign-language category, is that rarity, an indie that achieved box office numbers comparable to mid-range mainstream films. Drishyam Films produced the Hindi-language film, about a rookie poll officer who overcomes the odds to conduct free and fair elections in a …

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Mideast hopes to pull off Oscar win – Saudi’s ‘Miss Camel’ shortlisted for Dubai’s IWC Filmmaker Award

LOS ANGELES, Nov 8, (RTRS): With last year’s winner, Asghar Farhadi’s “The Salesman,” hailing from Iran, Oscar handicappers should be sure to give the Middle Eastern titles close scrutiny this time around. Among the region’s 11 submissions are several films likely to be highly competitive in the foreign-language category. These …

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Erdogan hails opera house project – ‘A symbol of Istanbul’

ISTANBUL, Nov 7, (Agencies): Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday launched a controversial project to build a new opera house in Istanbul, lashing out at critics of the plan and saying the building would be a symbol for the city. The 2,500-seat opera house, due to open in early …

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Who will win, & who won’t – CMAs predictions

NASHVILLE, Tenn, Nov 7, (AP): The 2017 Country Music Association Awards take place Wednesday, and we at The Associated Press are placing bets on who will have a great night, and who won’t. Miranda Lambert is the top contender with five nominations, while Little Big Town and Keith Urban earned …

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Ballerini might be country’s next star – Ozzy for ‘final’ tour

NASHVILLE, Tenn, Nov 7, (Agencies): Country singer Kelsea Ballerini got the text of a lifetime recently. “The other day I got a text from a mutual friend that said, ‘Are you in Nashville? Reba wants to grab a drink,’” Ballerini recalled. That was, of course, the one and only Reba …

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