Monday , February 19 2018


Connor’s fierce blues on ‘Six’ – Spears is not winning, even if we want her to

Britney Spears, “Glory” (RCA) All signs pointing to new Britney Spears music screamed disaster: Her Billboard Music Awards performance reminded us, for the 100th time, she’s a robot, and her last album, 2013’s “Britney Jean”, had some of the worst songs Spears ever recorded even though Sia, David Guetta and …

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Statham leaner, meaner in ‘Mechanic’ – Washington circling Gilroy’s ‘Inner City’

LOS ANGELES, Aug 26, (RTRS): “You’re different!” So says an old colleague (Michelle Yeoh) who hasn’t seen Arthur Bishop, the mission-improbable hitman in “Mechanic: Resurrection”, for a long time. “Older”, he replies, coming out and stating the obvious. In fact, Jason Statham doesn’t merely look older than he did when …

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Phelps, gymnasts to present at MTV VMAs

NEW YORK, Aug 26, (AP): Recent Olympic gold medalists Michael Phelps and the Final Five are heading to the MTV Video Music Awards. MTV said Thursday that Phelps, Simone Biles, Aly Raisman, Gabby Douglas, Laurie Hernandez and Madison Kocian will present awards at Sunday’s show in New York City. Jimmy …

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When Barack met Michelle in ‘Southside’ – Reagan biopic draws ‘Soul Surfer’ director

Writer-director Richard Tanne’s feature film debut “Southside With You” views history through an unlikely, heart-shaped prism: the first date between Barack Obama and Michelle Robinson. Contemplating further such forays into presidential romance is indeed frightful. Are we itching closer to a rom-com about the courtship between Gerald and Betty? Or, …

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‘Divorce’ funny, well-observed – New series for modern pampered audience

The fall television season has been an annual rite since viewers were splitting their time between the trio of networks on their black-and-white TVs. Nowadays, watching TV isn’t even limited to TV screens, while dozens of channels are spewing out new series for the modern pampered audience. Although the major …

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De Niro, Ramirez enter ring in ‘Stone’ – Sumpter gives birth to ‘Southside With You’

 ‘Hands of Stone” is a sprawling yet fairly conventional biopic about the Panamanian boxing champion Roberto Duran — a man The Associated Press once declared the 7th greatest fighter and No. 1 lightweight of the 20th century. For the uninitiated, the title refers to Duran’s nickname. He was known for …

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Rapper remanded for insulting Islam

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 22, (AFP): A Malaysian rapper was remanded in custody by a court Monday for a music video entitled “Oh my” which allegedly insults Islam because it was partly filmed in a mosque. Namewee, whose real name is Wee Meng Chee, will be held for four days, a …

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Tragically Hip holds final show – Canada celebrates, mourns as rock band say good-bye

KINGSTON, Ontario, Aug 21, (AP):  The rock concert did not begin with a rock song. Instead, it started with flag-waving fans breaking into a national anthem, “O Canada.” The impromptu tribute by an emotional sold-out crowd that included Prime Minister Justin Trudeau began what was expected to be the final …

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‘Huntwatch’ queries Canada seal hunt

BOSTON, Aug 19, (Agencies): It’s not an easy movie to watch: Hunters clubbing seals to death and bloodying the otherwise pristine ice of the Canadian Arctic. But for the Cape Cod-based International Fund for Animal Welfare, “Huntwatch” — a new documentary about the fight to end commercial seal hunts — …

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