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Reynold’s ‘Deadpool 2’ insane as ever – Film doesn’t disappoint

At a recent screening of “Deadpool 2,” the audience didn’t get up when the end credits came up, patiently sitting through the scrolling names of visual effects supervisors and lighting specialists. Real “Deadpool” fans know to stick around until the ushers toss them out. That’s because the filmmakers aren’t content …

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‘3 Faces’ explores actress life in Iran

2 directors, barred at home, still speak loudly at Cannes CANNES, France, May 14, (Agencies): Despite being banned from making movies, Jafar Panahi delivered one at Cannes which tackles the hot topic of the moment: the problems women actors face in a male-dominated world. “3 Faces” is the story of …

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‘Girls of the Sun’ divides Cannes – Kurdish women fighters film sparks row

CANNES, France, May 13, (Agencies): A harrowing film about Kurdish women fighters taking on Islamic State jihadists sparked a furious row between critics at the Cannes Film Festival Sunday — with some being accused of misogyny. “Girls of the Sun”, which follows a platoon of Yazidi women battling the extremists …

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Tuned to terrain, tradition

Performing arts of the Arabian Peninsula rich and dynamic Dr Lisa Urkevich presented the last lecture of Dar Al Athar Al Islamiyyah’s 23rd cultural season, discussing the music and tradition of the Arabian Peninsula at the Yarmouk Cultural Center on Monday evening. Dr Lisa Urkevich is Professor of Musicology/Ethnomusicology and …

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Eurovision to focus on music, not glitz

LISBON, Portugal, May 12, (Agencies): The kitsch is conspicuously absent this year and the usual extravagant stage effects are nowhere to be seen. Could the Eurovision Song Contest finally be focusing on the music? The annual Euro-pop fest has long been the glittery home of outlandish costumes, high-voltage stage effects, …

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Spotify to stop promoting R. Kelly songs over sex abuse claims

New York, May 11, 2018 (AFP) – Spotify on Thursday announced it would no longer feature R. Kelly songs in its playlists or user recommendations, after the Time’s Up movement for gender equality urged the music business to dump the R&B star over sexual abuse allegations. The move marks the …

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Saudi Arabia: Will film biz’ next big hope pan out?

LOS ANGELES, May 10, (Agencies): Saudi Arabia may be the biggest star at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. The Arab kingdom, which is hosting three panels at the film gathering ranging from theatrical distribution to digital content, has taken up a sprawling space at the Marche du Film, and is …

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Kuwait’s soprano brings Puccini to Gulf

Hajji refuses to give up on her dream KUWAIT CITY, May 9, (AFP): Amani Hajji is nothing if not stubborn: for 20 years, she has refused to give up on her dream of making opera mainstream in her native Kuwait. A soprano by training, and with her trademark bob haircut, …

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ANGLING FOR A NICHE

Samer Arzouni is an entrepreneur and award-winning filmmaker, with over 12 years of experience in the industry, having worked on a wide variety of content and formats, ranging from documentaries to reality TV. He started off working with news and general entertainment networks, producing a variety of current affairs pieces …

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Fest opens with drama on, off screen

A few good women: female filmmakers at Cannes CANNES, France, May 8, (Agencies): The 71st Cannes Film Festival is opening with the premiere of Asghar Farhadi’s “Everybody Knows,” starring Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem, but much of the drama at this year’s festival is off screen. The shadow of disgraced …

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