Entertainment

Egypt filmmakers defy taboos – Qumra commences in Doha, focuses on nurturing new talents

CAIRO, March 12, (Agencies): Filmmakers in Egypt are defying a largely conservative society with television series and movies that deal with modern relationships between men and women and the empowerment of the young. In its heyday between the 1950s and the 1970s, Egypt had one of the largest and most …

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Fantasy rules in ‘Ready Player One’ – Virtual is clever and spellbinding

In “Ready Player One,” Steven Spielberg’s dizzyingly propulsive virtual-reality fanboy geek-out, Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan), a teenager living in a dystopian trailer park in the year 2045, spends most of his time strapping on a headset and immersing himself in the OASIS, a techie surrealist theme park of the senses. …

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Riveting exploration of adolescent psychosis in ‘Shock Waves’ – A fact-based story of a veteran French teacher

The schoolroom drama genre is heavily populated with impassioned, benevolent literature teachers who don’t play by the book, looking on as young minds expand and flourish under their unusual instruction. But what if they get it wrong? What if the freeing of some minds spells danger for others? Such questions …

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Oscars shine spotlight on Latinos – ‘Is Hollywood Mexican enough?’

NEW YORK, March 10, (Agencies): The 90th annual Academy Awards were, by any definition, a moment of triumph for Latinos. Guillermo del Toro became the third Mexican-born filmmaker to win best director, and it was his lavish Cold War fantasy “The Shape of Water” that was crowned best picture. Pixar’s …

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Mad rush for power in ‘Stalin’ – ‘I could never reach giddy heights of Trump’

TORONTO, March 10, (Agencies): How different was Stalin-era 1950s Russia to the Washington DC of “Veep”? For “Veep”-creator Armando Iannucci, there were more similarities than you might think. In his second feature film, “The Death of Stalin,” some quite funny people (Steve Buscemi, Jeffrey Tambor, Simon Russell Beale) play some …

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Cohen cooks up perfect storm in ‘Heist’ – ‘Creating action film in hurricane a delicious challenge’

This year, the US Federal Reserve will shred an estimated 5.6 billion damaged, out-of-date or just a plain grotty banknotes worth a combined $175 billion and send them to be incinerated. Money gets trashed regularly and mostly no one notices — but what if a powerful hurricane and a gang …

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Kuwaiti film chosen for La Spezia film fest in Italy – ‘Serb Al-Hamam’ successful

KUWAIT CITY, March 7: The trailer of “Al-Juza’a Khair Al-Mufkood” (The Not- Missing Part) directed by Ahmad Al-Khadari has been chosen as one among the 2,000 films to be showcased in the La Spezia Film Festival in Italy, reports Al-Rai daily. In a telephonic interview, Al-Khadari expressed joy and honor …

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Ava’s unprecedented journey to ‘Time’ – ‘Wrinkle in Time’ looks to lure children

LOS ANGELES, March 7, (Agencies): Ava DuVernay didn’t pick up a camera until the age of 32. It’s an extraordinary fact, considering the trajectories of most Hollywood directors. Orson Welles filmed “Citizen Kane” at 25. Steven Spielberg was 27 when he made “Jaws.” A 23-year-old John Singleton directed “Boyz N …

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Mixed reactions in Kosovo to Slobodan Milosevic musical

A musical about the late Serbian leader Slobodan Milosevic was staged in Kosovo on Tuesday, drawing strong emotions in the nation still reeling from a bloody war that the former strongman waged here 20 years ago. “Lift: Slobodan Show” premiered at a packed theater in Gracanica, a Serb-populated town outside …

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Mexicans hail Oscars as sign of cultural sway despite Trump – Del Toro celebrates his immigrant heritage

MEXICO CITY, March 6, (RTRS): Mexican director Guillermo del Toro’s Oscars triumph and a win by animated film “Coco” were hailed by Mexicans on Monday as a sign of their nation’s cultural sway in the United States despite growing tensions under US President Donald Trump. Del Toro’s best director win …

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