Tuesday , September 18 2018


Portugal’s Sobral wins Eurovision – Ballad beats glitz at singing contest

KIEV, Ukraine, May 14, (Agencies): A gentle romantic ballad challenged the Eurovision Song Contest’s decades-long reputation for cheesy, glittery, unbridled excess — and won easily. Portugal’s Salvador Sobral sang his Amar Pelos Dois (Love For Both) in a high, clear tenor accompanied by quiet strings and a piano in Saturday …

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‘King Arthur’ may appeal to ‘GoT’ crowd – Beckham great on screen: Ritchie

Deep into Guy Ritchie’s “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword ,” a bad guy who we’ve never met before informs Arthur (Charlie Hunnam) and his mates that they’d better be at the castle before dark if they want to see “the boy” and “the girl” again. It’s one of those …

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Sniper flick shoots itself in the foot – In ‘Alien: Covenant’, a return to gut-busting horror

Not long into the film “The Wall,” two US soldiers find themselves pinned down by sniper fire in a remote part of Iraq. One gets on the radio and screams, “Requesting extraction!” You’ll know the feeling. This small and lazy film — featuring two actors, one evil voice and a …

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Eurovision favourites Portugal, Armenia sail through first semifinal

The Portuguese and Armenian entrants for the 2017 Eurovision song contest, among the favourites to win the continent-wide songfest, were two of 10 to qualify for the final in the first round of heats in Kiev. In Tuesday’s semifinal, Portuguese singer Salvador Sobral drew some of the loudest applause with …

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Goldsmith receives Star on Fame – A towering figure in movie music

LOS ANGELES, May 10, (RTRS): When Joe Dante was asked about supporting the effort to secure a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Jerry Goldsmith, the director — who had worked with the respected composer on nine films over 20 years — said he was “flabbergasted” to realize …

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‘Pandora-World a star of action’ – A look at Disney World’s Avatar land

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla, May 9, (AP): It’s not a movie set, but visitors to Disney World’s new Pandora-World of Avatar land are in for a cinematic experience. The 12-acre land, inspired by the “Avatar” movie, opens in Florida in late May at Walt Disney World’s Animal Kingdom. It cost …

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Mahal, Keb’ Mo’ join for ‘uplifting’ blues – Blondie updates sound

Taj Mahal and Keb’ Mo’, “TajMo” (Concord) The first collaboration by Taj Mahal and Keb’ Mo’ — the trailblazer and his by-now experienced partner — is an easy listen. It’s as a blues album when “TajMo” sounds best, like Mo’s resonator guitar on Sleepy John Estes’ “Diving Duck Blues,” Billy …

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MTV salutes ‘Beast’, ‘Stranger’ – Watson wins best actor award in a movie

LOS ANGELES, May 8, (Agencies): Film hit “Beauty and the Beast” and Netflix newcomer “Stranger Things” were the night’s big winners with two trophies apiece as MTV partied with its Movie & TV Awards show. For this, the 26th edition of what was formerly known as the MTV Movie Awards, …

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Passionate speeches top winners at MTV awards – New gender revolution

LOS ANGELES, May 8, (Agencies): Spirited speeches were front and center at the MTV Movie and TV awards on Sunday, where the night’s top winners at the usually irreverent awards show took to the stage to champion diversity and inclusion. A rare spell of wet weather in Los Angeles shut …

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H’wood banks on aging franchises – ‘Audiences looking for creative storytelling’

In Hollywood, nothing is more dangerous than an original idea. These days, it’s nearly impossible for studios to justify greenlighting a big-budget movie and sending it out into the heat of summer battle without the armor of a film franchise. It’s too hard to find the right marketing hook to …

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