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Terror behind terror in ‘Hell on Earth’ – Film takes full measure of tragedy in Syria

  The radical terror army known as ISIS operates far less in the shadows than the underground rebels of Al-Qaeda. Yet for most Westerners, the image of the Islamic State remains that of an abstract and rather murky cult of hooligan warriors. “Hell on Earth: The Fall of Syria and …

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‘Baghdaddy’: New York turns Iraq war into musical – Musical offers potent messages for Trump’s America

NEW YORK, May 1, (AFP): The Iraq war may not sound like musical comedy, but an Off-Broadway revival is spinning intelligence failures and tragedy into a farce that offers potent messages for Donald Trump’s America. “Baghdaddy” officially opens on Monday, telling the true story of an Iraqi defector, code named …

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Jenkins finds herself in rare summer role – ‘There are aliens’

LOS ANGELES, April 29, (Agencies): Director Patty Jenkins first expressed interest in making a “Wonder Woman” movie over 10 years ago. She’d just made “Monster,” which won Charlize Theron an Oscar, and was doing the rounds at various studios talking about what she’d like to do next. Richard Donner’s “Superman” …

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Blige breaks down, toughens on album – ‘Sad Mary’ is back

Mary J. Blige, “Strength of a Woman” (Capitol) Let’s state the obvious here: Mary J. Blige has a way with hurt. Songs like “Not Gon’ Cry” and “No More Drama” might even prove that Blige is at her best when she’s at her worst. Her latest set, “Strength of a …

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With ‘Alien’, ‘Blade’ sequels, Scott looks forward – ‘Audiences can expect some philosophizing, spectacular visuals’

LOS ANGELES, April 27, (AP): Ridley Scott insists he is not a nostalgic person, but you wouldn’t know that looking at the 2017 movie calendar. Not only are audiences getting another “Alien” movie, “Alien: Covenant,” on May 19, but also a long-time-coming “Blade Runner” sequel in October. Scott made his …

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Silence of the Lambs director dies – Demme’s life sounded a steady rock ‘n’ roll beat

NEW YORK, April 27, (Agencies): Jonathan Demme, the Oscar-winning director of “The Silence of the Lambs” whose four-decade career spanned a staggering array of work from romantic comedy and rock music to hard-hitting documentaries, died Wednesday. He was 73. Demme passed away in New York surrounded by his family after …

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‘Guardians’ returns and it’s better than the first – Motley crew of scavengers reunite

In James Gunn’s sequel to his swashbuckling space Western, the Guardians of the Galaxy do their version of “The Empire Strikes Back,” complete with daddy issues but with a considerably more anarchic spirit and enough acerbic interplay among its interstellar gang to make Obi-Wan blush. The wild whiz-bang of the …

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Feist mines pain, passion – Albarn masterminds chaos

Feist, “Pleasure” (Interscope) Canadian singer-songwriter Feist has, by her own account, gone through some low times since the release of her last album, 2011’s “Metals.” So listeners won’t be unsurprised to find deep seam of pain on her new record. But there is also plenty to enjoy on “Pleasure,” a …

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Musicians turn to VR, apps – Visually creative bands find new audience

NASHVILLE, Tenn, April 26, (AP): More musicians are using new technology, including 360-degree cameras, virtual reality musical experiences and vertical videos, to reach the smartphone generation of music fans who are discovering new music on their phones and tablets. Pop singer Ingrid Michaelson made a music video using only Snapchat …

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Kuwaiti singer Emma makes a big buzz on ‘Al-Saif’ talk show – Abdul Reda completes shooting scenes in Selfi 3

KUWAIT CITY, April 25: Kuwaiti singer Emma made a big buzz when she appeared as a guest on the talk show entitled, “Al-Saif,” with presenter Faisal Al-Ajmi, reports Al-Seyassah daily. Emma uttered fiery statements during the show, thereby, provoking the ire of viewers. When asked about her religion — whether …

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