Thursday , September 20 2018


Venice kickstarts Oscars jousting – Stars, VR and migrants dominate fest

VENICE, Aug 30, (Agencies): The 74th Venice film festival gets underway Wednesday with Alexander Payne’s sci-fi satire “Downsizing” in the high-profile opening slot that is increasingly coveted as a launchpad for the Oscars. Starring Matt Damon and Kristen Wiig, “Sideways” director Payne’s latest quirky creation is a tale of a …

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Rapace proves deadly in ‘Unlocked’ – ‘Robin Hood’ moved back 6 months to Sept 2018

There’s been a lot of talk about who should be the next James Bond after Daniel Craig puts aside his shaken drink. Orlando Bloom? Idris Elba? Damian Lewis? After watching the formulaic spy thriller “Unlocked”, might we suggest Noomi Rapace? The actress, who rose to prominence in the original film …

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Can new fall TV be called ‘new’? – Comfort television is the rule

NEW YORK, Aug 30, (AP): Once upon a time, the fall rollout from the Big Three broadcast networks was as eagerly awaited as those shiny new models from the Big Three automakers, unveiled with great fanfare in dealer showrooms. The TV “season” today is a seamless year-round cycle with dozens …

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Hollywood confronts Trump era – Film on marathon bombing survivor to premiere at hospital

NEW YORK, Aug 28, (AP): FBI battles with the White House. Revelatory government leaks on the front page. Soldiers haunted by unwinnable wars. Courtroom clashes over civil rights. Movies take years to make, but many of this fall’s films may feel almost preternaturally programmed for the President Trump era. Some …

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Lamar dominates MTV awards – Swift goes gothic in new video

LOS ANGELES, Aug 28, (Agencies): Rapper Kendrick Lamar dominated the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday as the glitzy gala took a political turn with impassioned denunciations of white supremacists in America. Lamar won the most prestigious award of Video of the Year for “Humble”, his ironic look at his …

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Emirati filmmaker unsettles traditions – Al Kaabi exposes hidden lives

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, Aug 27, (AP): An Emirati filmmaker is pushing boundaries and bypassing state censors by delicately unraveling a story about a traditional Arab family grappling with issues of homosexual love, gender identity, sectarianism and women’s rights. The movie focuses on a conservative Iraqi family who begin seeing …

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Swift ‘Look’ racks up huge sales – Singer sets records for Spotify streams, YouTube views

LOS ANGELES, Aug 27, (RTRS): Taylor Swift’s new single “Look What You Made Me Do” might be getting mixed reviews from critics, but there’s no question the song captured the pop-osphere in its first hours. From the moment of its release at 11:30 pm ET Thursday, the song has racked …

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‘Dragon’ salutes Lee’s epic fight – Spielberg’s Pentagon Papers movie re-titled ‘The Post’

LOS ANGELES, Aug 26, (Agencies): On a crisp December evening in 1960s California, two men near the peak of their powers locked horns in a battle that would go down in the annals of kung fu mythology. On one side was a scrawny 24-year-old monk, newly arrived from eastern China, …

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‘Death Note’ gets lost in translation – Animated ‘LEAP’ sets a low barre

When “Death Note” begins, we learn that Seattle teenager Light Turner has a crush on a cheerleader at his high school. So when these two would-be lovebirds finally talk for the first time and really open up to each other, Turner has to be honest: “It’s going to sound a …

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Star Wars toy launch to unveil new ‘Last Jedi’ character

“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” is still a few months away from hitting theaters, but BB-8-happy fans are about to get a glimpse at a new character as a part of a three-day marketing rollout of toys and products inspired by the film. The Walt Disney Company said Thursday that …

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