Thursday , December 14 2017

Entertainment

‘Snowden’ freezes audiences at TIFF – Stone’s most galvanizing political drama in years

LOS ANGELES, Sept 10, (RTRS): Measured by the usually warm standards of the Toronto Film Festival’s audience response meter, the world premiere of Oliver Stone’s “Snowden” received an apparently cool reception. But, as with espionage, there was almost certainly more going on under the surface than appeared at first sight. …

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Filipino drama wins Venice Golden Lion

VENICE, Sept 10, (RTRS): Philippine director Lav Diaz’s nearly four-hour black and white revenge drama “Ang Babaeng Humayo” (The Woman Who Left) won the Golden Lion on Saturday for best film at the 73nd Venice Film Festival. The runner-up Grand Jury prize went to fashion designer Tom Ford’s thriller “Nocturnal …

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Amitabh Bachchan still Bollywood’s big boss at 74 – Hindi film legend hungry for new challenges

MUMBAI, Sept 9, (AFP): Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan turns 74 next month but he says he’s still hungry for new challenges after his latest movie about sexual violence against women left him deeply moved. In an interview at his sumptuous Mumbai office, the Hindi film legend of almost half a …

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Ryan uses maternal instincts in ‘Ithaca’ – ‘Magnificent 7’ remake kicks off Toronto film fest

NEW YORK, Sept 9, (Agencies): Hollywood actress Meg Ryan goes behind the camera for her directorial debut “Ithaca”, a World War II drama for which she said she used her maternal instincts in telling the story. The movie, based on William Saroyan’s novel “The Human Comedy”, follows a teenager who …

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Tupac reigns 20 years after death – Macy Gray returns to jazz

NEW YORK, Sept 9, (Agencies): Two of the most awaited hip-hop albums since last year came from Kendrick Lamar and Frank Ocean. On the final tracks, each album hit a familiar note — the rappers invoked Tupac Shakur. When rapper Khaled M. visited his ancestral Libya after the fall of …

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Cannibals terrorise Venice with ‘Bad’ – ‘Action-adventure fairytale a love letter to America’

VENICE, Sept 7, (Agencies): Ana Lily Amirpour brought a cannibal love story starring Jim Carrey and Keanu Reeves to the Venice Film Festival Tuesday with “Bad Batch”, a savage fairytale which the up-and-coming director compared to an orgasm. The hotly anticipated follow-up to Amirpour’s Iranian vampire western “A Girl Walks …

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Last lightkeeper marks milestone – Boston Light turns 300 on Sept 14

LITTLE BREWSTER ISLAND, Mass, Sept 7, (AP): A singular lighthouse and its unique keeper are celebrating a milestone. Boston Light, the nation’s first and oldest lighthouse station, turns 300 on Sept. 14. Sally Snowman, the Coast Guard’s last resident keeper, is helping with celebrations. Events are planned for downtown Boston’s waterfront and …

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Friendship, death in powerful Syrian film ‘War Show’ – Documentary explores evolution of conflict

VENICE, Sept 6, (AFP): As a documentary on the Syrian conflict, “The War Show” is highly personal, capturing the lives of a group of youngsters from the uprising’s exhilarating first protests to the unspeakable horrors that followed. Most of the footage was shot by Syrian radio DJ Obaidah Zytoon and …

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Fans bid adieu to idol Gabriel – ‘Eternal Love’

MEXICO CITY, Sept 6, (AFP): Fans of Mexico’s late Latin music legend Juan Gabriel sang and wiped away tears on Monday as they filed past his ashes while mariachis played his hits in the capital’s ornate Fine Arts Palace. His son, Ivan Aguilar, placed the polished wood urn containing the …

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Bridget back with unexpected pregnancy – Zellweger gives appealingly warm performance

LONDON, Sept 6, (RTRS): Oscar winner Renee Zellweger puts on her British accent again to play bumbling Londoner Bridget Jones in the third instalment of the film franchise, with the much-loved character, now in her 40s, single again but unexpectedly pregnant. The Texas-born actress reprises the role of the weight …

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