Monday , January 22 2018


‘Get Out’, ‘Call’ top Gotham Awards – Indian court rejects bid to stop ‘Padmavati’ release

NEW YORK, Nov 28, (Agencies): The 27th annual Gotham Awards appeared headed for a sweep for Jordan Peele’s social thriller “Get Out,” but the sensual coming-of-age tale “Call Me By Your Name” swooped in to take best feature film at the first major soiree of Oscar season. Luca Guadagnino’s film …

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Jay-Z leads with ‘8 nominations’ – Swift reigns

NEW YORK, Nov 28, (Agencies): Jay-Z is the leader of the 2018 Grammy Award nominations in a year where the top four categories are heavily dominated by rap and R&B artists, giving the often overlooked genres a strong chance of winning big. The Recording Academy announced Tuesday that Jay-Z is …

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Miss S. Africa wins crown – ‘Women can empower each other’

LAS VEGAS, Nov 27, (AP): Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, who represented South Africa, won the Miss Universe crown Sunday. The 22-year-old, who wants to use her reign to champion HIV/AIDS and self-defense causes, was crowned at The AXIS theater at Planet Hollywood casino-resort on the Las Vegas Strip. “HIV/AIDS is a very …

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‘Unique talent’ wins world praise – From Palestinian refugee camp to int’l boutiques

JERASH CAMP, Jordan, Nov 27, (AFP): In a small workshop in a Palestinian refugee camp in Jordan, Halima al-Ankassuri embroiders traditional patterns onto a blue shawl, destined for sale in an upmarket Paris, London or Dubai boutique. The 54-year-old mother of seven describes her work as “modern products with shimmering …

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How Genie made audience ‘laugh’ – Aladdin turns 25

LOS ANGELES, Nov 27, (RTRS): Before Disney’s animated blockbuster “Aladdin” had its premiere in Japan, directors Ron Clements and John Musker were told not to worry if the audience didn’t laugh. And it wasn’t because the Japanese performer who dubbed Robin Williams’ shape-shifting Genie didn’t capture the actor’s brilliant off-the-wall …

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‘Bold’ rules Golden Horse Awards – Hong Kong actor Kara Wai bags best actress gong

TAIPEI, Nov 26, (Agencies): Taiwanese director Yang Ya-che’s thriller “The Bold, the Corrupt, and the Beautiful” dominated the Golden Horse Awards, dubbed the Chinese “Oscars”, winning the coveted best film and two acting awards on Saturday. The chilling drama about a wealthy family entangled in deadly political and business intrigues …

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Preserved for 168 yrs, Chopin’s heart gives up its secrets – ‘Cause of music genius’ death still debatable’

WARSAW, Nov 26, (AFP): The heart of Frederic Chopin, among the world’s most cherished musical virtuosos, may finally have given up the cause of his untimely death. The prolific 19th-century Polish-French pianist and composer died at the age of 39, of what had long been believed to be tuberculosis (TB). …

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‘Pak toughest woman’ tale in Oscar race – Armenia’s Oscars submission imagines a world without war

QAZI AHMED, Pakistan, Nov 25, (Agencies): As 200 armed men surrounded their house on a hot August night in 2005, Nazo Dharejo and her sisters grabbed their Kalashnikov and puny stock of ammunition and climbed to the roof. The gunfight which followed earned her the moniker “Pakistan’s toughest woman”, and …

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Russian dancer challenges tradition – Ballet in new ‘Context’

MOSCOW, Nov 25, (AP): It’s an uphill battle trying to promote contemporary dance in a country which prides itself on keeping its trademark ballets intact for a century. But acclaimed dancer Diana Vishneva is no stranger to taking risks. Throughout her career on both sides of the Atlantic, Vishneva, a …

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