Sunday , September 23 2018


India’s ‘Lipstick Under My Burkha’ to finally hit screens – Theron on a mission to defy gender norms in ‘Blonde’

MUMBAI, July 18, (Agencies): The release of a Hindi movie exploring female sexuality in India this week after a battle with the country’s film censors is a victory for women’s rights, its director said. “Lipstick Under My Burkha” will hit screens on Friday, five months after the country’s notoriously prudish …

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Styles shines in debut film ‘Dunkirk’ – ‘Harry put on amazing performance’

DUNKIRK, France, July 18, (Agencies): The path from pop to screen stardom is strewn with the wreckage of a thousand broken dreams but British singer Harry Styles may have pulled it off first time in wartime epic “Dunkirk”. If initial reactions to the big-budget wartime epic — which is released …

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‘Docu a vaccination to Vietnam War’ – Lively to play assassin in ‘Rhythm Section’

HANOVER, NH, July 17, (Agencies): Filmmaker Ken Burns views the Vietnam War as a virus that infected Americans with an array of chronic illnesses — alienation, a lack of civil discourse, mistrust of government and each other. And he hopes his new documentary can be part of a cure. “What …

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Romero, father of zombie film, dies – ‘He was incredibly gentle’

NEW YORK, July 17, (AP): George Romero, whose classic “Night of the Living Dead” and other horror films turned zombie movies into social commentaries and who saw his flesh-devouring undead spawn countless imitators, remakes and homages, has died. He was 77. Romero died Sunday following a battle with lung cancer, …

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Atsuko Chiba reinvents prog rock – Jay-Z extends record for No. 1 albums

QUEBEC CITY, July 17, (AFP): If the progressive rockers who briefly dominated the cultural landscape in the 1970s were just getting started today, how would they sound? Perhaps like the band Atsuko Chiba. The Montreal-based group played Sunday on the final night of the 50th anniversary edition of Quebec City’s …

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True story thriller ‘Neerja’ tops IIFA – B’wood stars dazzle at India film awards

EAST RUTHERFORD, United States, July 16, (AFP): India’s biggest Bollywood stars led a triumphant celebration of dance, music and fashion at the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) awards Saturday, cheered by thousands of ecstatic fans just outside New York. The five-hour show at an American football stadium in New Jersey, …

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Quebec marks festival model – Top stars, low cost

QUEBEC CITY, July 16, (Agencies): The top names in music playing some of their careers’ largest shows, with tickets selling for a sliver of the price they usually command. Such is the unique model of Quebec City’s summer festival, which turned 50 this year with a lineup teeming with A-list …

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‘Valerian’, thinking kid’s superheroes – Besson banking on passion project

PARIS, July 16, (AFP): It may as yet be obscure in the English-speaking world, but the comic book series on which the new mega-budget film “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets” is based has long been the thinking kid’s favourite elsewhere. The sci-fi heroes on which “Fifth Element” …

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‘To the Bone’ depicts eating disorder – Noxon’s film deeply moving

Writer and director Marti Noxon struggled with anorexia and bulimia for 10 years. It’s her story, albeit a fictionalized version, that she tells in “To The Bone,” a feature film coming to Netflix on Friday about a 20-year-old artist whose eating disorder has reached a dire point. Lily Collins, who …

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Can comedy survive the ‘superhero’ era? – Laughs drying up

NEW YORK, July 13, (AP): Days before the opening of the Will Ferrell-Amy Poehler comedy “The House,” producer Adam McKay could see the writing on the wall. The box-office forecast for the film wasn’t looking good. In the end, “The House” opened with just $8.7 million, the latest in an …

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