Monday , October 23 2017

Entertainment

Journo recounts years as Syrian prisoner – Documentary retraces Padnos’ journey

BOSTON, Sept 5, (Agencies): In 2012, freelance journalist Theo Padnos slipped into Syria to cover its unfolding civil war and was promptly kidnapped by members of an al-Qaeda branch. Convinced he was a CIA agent because he spoke Arabic, the group held the Massachusetts native for nearly two years before releasing …

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Koolhoven’s ‘Brimstone’ survival epic – ‘Wild West from a female perspective’

The Dutch director Martin Koolhoven had a major hit in the Netherlands with his 2008 WWII drama “Winter in Wartime” (released in the US in 2011). He got offers from Hollywood, but chose instead to make “Brimstone” his first internationally financed English-language production. When you see the movie, which premiered …

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Messinis brought migrant crisis home – AFP photographer’s work provides extraordinary record of human tragedy

PERPIGNAN, France, Sept 4, (AFP): Greek AFP photographer Aris Messinis has covered conflicts in Libya and Syria, but it was for his dramatic images of a migrant crisis on his doorstep that he was honoured Saturday at photojournalism’s biggest annual festival. Messinis won the Visa d’Or for News, the most …

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Stone, Chazelle on magic, alchemy of ‘Land’ – ‘Ryan was a total discovery’

LOS ANGELES, Sept 4, (RTRS): Director Damien Chazelle and actress Emma Stone are fresh off a trip to the Venice Film Festival, where “La La Land” opened the 73rd annual event last week. Oxygen containers in hand (the altitude can be a killer here), they’re soaking up the Telluride mountain …

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Hall & Oates get Walk of Fame star – ‘We’re kind of in our own world’

LOS ANGELES, Sept 3, (Agencies): Top-selling rock duo Daryl Hall and John Oates, know for such hits as “Out of Touch” and “Maneater”, were honored with a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame on Friday. “It’s an honor to be part of the great sidewalk of fame,” Oates said during …

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Character actor Jon Polito dead at 65

LOS ANGELES, Sept 3, (AP): Jon Polito, the prolific and raspy-voiced character actor whose more than 200 credits ranged from “Homicide: Life on the Street” and “Modern Family” to the Coen Brother films “Barton Fink” and “The Big Lebowski”, has died. Polito died Thursday at City of Hope Hospital in …

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Domingo opens Dubai Opera – Interactive exhibition features Bjork’s work

DUBAI, Sept 1, (Agencies): Spanish tenor Placido Domingo performed Wednesday at the opening of Dubai Opera, a venue the emirate hopes will boost cultural life in the Gulf business hub, organisers said. The 2,000-seat opera house was packed for the opening after tickets sold out months in advance, leaving many …

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Chazelle’s ‘La La Land’ puts Oscar season on notice – ‘Bold and beautiful film’

The first time I heard the name Damien Chazelle, it was at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. Filmmaker Jason Reitman was there as the producer of an under-the-radar short film called “Whiplash”, starring J.K. Simmons as a gnarly band instructor. “This kid is talented”, Reitman said of the film’s young …

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Canadian PM latest superhero of Marvel

MONTREAL, Sept 1, (AFP): He snowboards, he hikes, he surfs — Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is already a bit of an action hero. But now, Marvel has made him into a real superhero, in a comic book that hit news-stands Wednesday. Trudeau graces one of two covers of the …

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Magical musical kicks off Venice fest – Star-studded festival under heightened security

VENICE, Aug 31, (Agencies): A bewitching musical starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone will open the Venice Film Festival Wednesday, kicking off a US-heavy line-up of flicks vying for the coveted Golden Lion. Damien Chazelle’s “La La Land”, described as a tribute to the Golden Age of American musicals, reunites …

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