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‘Mozart 225’ packs all his music – Williams sees Take That reunion

 ‘Mozart 225: The New Complete Edition’ (Decca and Deutsche Grammophon) What measures 11 inches square and 7 inches high, weighs 21 1/2 pounds and takes 10 days and nights to play? Answer: A new box set jam-packed with 200 CDs that contains every note composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in …

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Bieber tops MTV awards – Beyonce snubbed

ROTTERDAM, Netherlands, Nov 7, (Agencies): Pop superstar Justin Bieber pipped Lady Gaga at the MTV Europe Music awards Sunday, snapping up the lion’s share as megastar Beyonce was left empty-handed. In the high-energy show in the Dutch port of Rotterdam, the chart-topping Canadian singer’s legendary army of fans dubbed “Beliebers” …

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Hanks, Portman bag yr’s first honors – Awards-season campaigning underway at HFAs

LOS ANGELES, Nov 7, (Agencies): Tom Hanks and Natalie Portman took top acting honors on Sunday at the Hollywood Film Awards (HFAs), billed as the official start of the film industry’s annual prize-giving season. The “Hollywood Blockbuster Award” went to Disney’s “The Jungle Book” while there was a comedy prize …

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Good intentions spark ‘Doctor Strange’ controversy – Rich tapestry of mind-bending visuals

Director Scott Derrickson knew he had a problem on his hands before the internet did. Two, actually. “Doctor Strange”, now in theaters, contained in its rich tapestry of mind-bending visuals, ideas and dimensions, two very stereotypical East Asian characters — a wise Tibetan mystic, The Ancient One, and a servant, …

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‘Bloom of Yesterday’ tops Tokyo fest – ‘Sami Blood’ gets 2nd place special jury prize

LOS ANGELES/TOKYO, Nov 4, (RTRS): Chris Kraus’ Holocaust-themed drama “The Bloom of Yesterday” was awarded the Tokyo Grand Prix, the top prize of the Tokyo International Film Festival’s 16-title competition, at the closing ceremony on Thursday. The film also received the Wowow viewer’s choice award, selected by a committee of …

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Slimani wins ‘Goncourt’ – 7-yr-old book star brings hope

PARIS, Nov 4, (Agencies): Moroccan-born Leila Slimani won France’s top literary prize, the Goncourt, on Thursday with a novel guaranteed to “scare the wits out of parents”. The chilling tale of a “perfect” nanny who murders the two children she is looking after, “Chanson douce” (roughly translated as “Sweet Song”) …

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‘A Street Cat Named Bob’ brings heartwarming tale to screen

The heartwarming true story of a stray cat that helped change the life of a London busker musician gets a big screen adaptation in “A Street Cat Named Bob” that premiered in the British capital on Thursday. Based on the book of the same name, the film stars “Clash of …

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Brooks rules CMAs – Underwood, Stapleton bag awards

LOS ANGELES, Nov 3, (Agencies): Garth Brooks, who lost entertainer of the year at last year’s Country Music Association Awards when he returned to music after a 13-year break, won the top prize at the show Wednesday, where Beyonce and the Dixie Chicks’ surprise duet performance was met with love …

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Power of true love in ‘Loving’ – Gibson roars back with bruising ‘Hacksaw Ridge’

Jeff Nichols’ “Loving”, about Richard and Mildred Loving, is about simple-minded people, simply being in love. Both born and raised in the hills of Central Point, Virginia, the Lovings wed in 1958. But five weeks later, while Mildred was pregnant, they were roused from their bed at 2 am by …

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Rapper brings immigrant tale to TV – Skaggs, Stapleton honored by ASCAP

MINNEAPOLIS, Nov 2, (AP): For Somali-Canadian rapper K’naan, the story he is trying to tell in his proposed HBO series “Mogadishu, Minnesota” is one he has lived — an immigrant coming to America and trying to adjust. But the 39-year-old ran into vocal opposition from fellow Somalis as he prepared …

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