Monday , November 20 2017

Entertainment

‘World closer to 1930s days’ – Atwood sounds alarm

FRANKFURT, Oct 15, (Agencies): The world is closer to the dark days of the 1930s than at any time since, Canadian author Margaret Atwood said on Saturday in Frankfurt, where she was due to receive a prestigious German literary award. Atwood’s dystopian novel “The Handmaid’s Tale”, first published in 1985, …

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Roya Sadat defies odd with ‘Letter’ – Majidi is long way from home in ‘Clouds’

LOS ANGELES, Oct 14, (RTRS): Roya Sadat needs a champion. Her film, “A Letter to the President,” is Afghanistan’s contender in Oscar’s foreign language film category, but the production just does not have the resources to mount an Oscar campaign. “It is difficult for us, because we still haven’t finished …

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Hidden film treasures brought to life in British vault – ‘Pulling back the veils of early cinema history’

BERKHAMSTED, United Kingdom, Oct 14, (AFP): In a refrigerated vault outside London filled with old film reels, a team of curators is bringing to life forgotten masterpieces of early cinema history. A chemical smell hangs in the air at the British Film Institute’s National Archive, where some 250,000 wheels of …

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Award-winning Iranian filmmaker could face 6-yr jail term – Syrian opposition filmmaker ‘stabbed in Istanbul’

PARIS, Oct 11, (Agencies): An award-winning Iranian director accused by authorities in his homeland of anti-regime propaganda could face up to six years in jail, his film distribution company said Tuesday. Mohammad Rasoulof, who was jailed on similar charges in 2010, had his passport confiscated at Tehran airport on Sept …

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In ‘Marshall’ a young Thurgood in Conn – War vet comedy speaks to modern US

Thurgood Marshall, a titan of 20th-century law and a civil rights pioneer, has until now largely eluded Hollywood’s notice. Despite its title, “Marshall,” too, is wary of taking on the Supreme Court justice in full, sticking to a minor case from Marshall’s early career as counsel for the NAACP. That …

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Stepping over the horizon

In ‘Stepping Over the Horizon’, a fascinating lecture on the life of Dame Freya Stark, Alison Shan Price MBE detailed the explorer’s feats, at the weekly lecture at Yarmouk Cultural Center as part of Dar Al Athar Al Islamiyyah’s 23rd cultural season. In the lecture, Shan Price described how standing …

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Plant back with achy CD – Rich, dance sound on ‘Colors’

Robert Plant, “Carry Fire” (Nonesuch/Warner Bros.) One of the weirder chapters in rock history happened in 2014. That’s when Led Zeppelin won a Grammy for best rock album for a seven-year-old concert recording while the band’s former frontman Robert Plant somehow didn’t even scrounge up a nomination for easily one …

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Last Jedi trailer: hint at Leia’s fate? – Film shot on Australian refugee camp hits foreign screens

LOS ANGELES, Oct 10, (AFP): Lucasfilm debuted its highly anticipated second trailer for “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” on Monday, hinting at dark times ahead for the Resistance and possibly even the end of Leia. The footage from the eighth installment in the blockbuster space opera, due for release on …

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Stunt master Chan flexes his tear ducts in ‘Foreigner’ – An old-fashioned one-man vendetta thriller

Jackie Chan has broken a lot of bones over the years — his own, and those of his unfortunate onscreen rivals — but for the life of me, I can’t remember ever seeing Chan cry. But cry he does in “The Foreigner”, an old-fashioned one-man vendetta thriller very much in …

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‘Last of Bulgarians’ all optimists – First Bulgarian film shortlisted for Oscars

PARIS, Oct 8, (Agencies): Stephan Komandarev’s latest film started as a joke. “I was in a taxi talking to the driver when he asked me, ‘Do you know why Bulgaria is the Land of Optimists?’” said Komandarev, who still laughs at the idea. “It’s the Land of Optimists because all …

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