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‘4:44’ boosts Tidal streaming site – DJ Khaled scores another No. 1 album

NEW YORK, July 4, (AFP): Jay-Z’s upstart Tidal streaming service has enjoyed a surge of interest after the rap mogul released his latest album exclusively on the platform. Tidal — which Jay-Z acquired in 2015 but trails far behind streaming leader Spotify as well as Apple Music — has seen …

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Birth of modern age tale in ‘Dawson’ – One-of-a-kind curio of a movie

When you see home-movie footage from, say, the 1940s, the images look old, but the people in them appear, more or less, to inhabit the same universe that we do. But when you see documentary footage from the late 19th century, it has an entirely different, slightly spooky not-of-this-world quality. …

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‘Strange’ love story with a twist – Dramatic, compelling film

‘I’ll … your mother, Taleban,” jeers a surly 17-year-old through straggly pink ombre highlights to a brown-skinned catcaller in Stephan Lacant’s provocative and propulsive sophomore feature “Strange Daughter.” It might seem a long way from there — plus jibes about headscarves and bomb-making — to the sight of the same …

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Thurman explains how ‘Kill Bill’ role empowers women – Dates set for ‘Molly’s Game’, ‘Happytime Murders’ with Melissa McCarthy

LOS ANGELES, July 3, (RTRS): Uma Thurman is best known for Quentin Tarantino movies “Pulp Fiction” and “Kill Bill,” and during an onstage interview at Karlovy Vary Film Festival on Sunday she spoke of the positive impact the latter film has had on women. “Women would come up to me …

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‘House’ satire of economic desperation – Comedy’s best friend Mantzoukas says he’s no scumbag

At times, you watch a bad comedy and see hints of the good comedy it might have been. In the case of “The House”, a crude, slipshod, tonally uneven, once in a while chuckle-worthy farce, you have to look very hard and imagine a great many better jokes — just …

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Harris new CD terrific – Lady Gaga readies live shows

Calvin Harris, “Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1” (Columbia Records) A photo of a sun-kissed, empty beach is on the front of DJ/ producer Calvin Harris’ new CD and there’s a palm tree on the back. That’s appropriate for what is a strong contender for album of the summer. The 10-track …

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Bedouine’s debut hushed, haunted – Feek to perform again

Bedouine, “Bedouine” (Spacebomb Records) Bedouine is Azniv Korkejian’s alias and the title of her debut. It’s a hushed, haunted, delicate wonder — a collection evoking 1970s singer-songwriters which pairs her thoughtful words with unfussy arrangements. Born to an Armenian family in Aleppo, Syria, Korkejian grew up in Saudi Arabia before …

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U2 perform their intimate set – MusiCares honors bassist Clayton

LOS ANGELES, June 28, (RTRS): MusiCares is one of the music business’ foremost charities, providing medical and emergency assistance to thousands of musicians and related people, and its statistics — it’s distributed $48 million since it was founded in 1989 and $10 million over the past 10 years to nearly …

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True stories: Moth turns 20 – Shared humanity

NEW YORK, June 28, (Agencies): What’s your story? From mind-blowing circumstances to everyday moments, sharing a story about the human condition provides the stitch work for life’s tapestry. That’s what people are doing through The Moth, a global storytelling initiative inspired by long-ago evenings on a small-town Georgia porch. The …

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’90s nostalgia rules at BET Awards – Chance honored by Obama

The 2017 BET Awards had stumbles, from technical problems during a performance to going well over its planned three-and-a-half hour time slot during the live show held Sunday in Los Angeles. But the show’s performances and special moments made up for having to stay up late on a Sunday. At …

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