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Israeli Arab rapper touches nerve – Politically-charged lyrics spark controversy

SAKHNIN, Israel, Nov 28, (AFP): Israeli Arab rapper Tamer Nafar’s politically-charged lyrics have sparked the same kind of controversy that may have made his hero Tupac Shakur proud. Nafar, from the pioneering political rap group DAM, has touched a nerve with songs like “Who’s the Terrorist?” skewering what he and …

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28-yr-old turns 17 in Zhang’s film – ‘Seventeen’ encourages young women to seek more

BEIJING, Nov 28, (AP): Differing Chinese and Western expectations over marriage provided the inspiration for Zhang Mo’s directorial debut, “Suddenly Seventeen”, which she says is about encouraging young women to “explore a little further” before they settle down. The daughter of Chinese cinematic great Zhang Yimou, Zhang said returning to …

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‘Summer is Gone’ wins top honor – Chinese films shine at Golden Horse awards

TAIPEI, Nov 27, (Agencies): Films from mainland China dominated this year’s Golden Horse Film Awards in Taiwan, considered the Chinese-language equivalent of the Oscars, with two social dramas scooping up top honours on Saturday. Chinese director Zhang Dalei’s black-and-white film, “The Summer Is Gone”, was the biggest dark horse of …

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DIFF to present strong line-up of Arab films – Spotlight on Oscar hopefuls

DUBAI, Nov 27: The 13th Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF), held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President & Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, unveiled its full line-up of 156 films from 55 countries alongside a diverse industry programme for filmmakers …

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Patel sunk his teeth into ‘Lion’, didn’t let go – Davis pushed actor deeper into Brierley’s pain

Dev Patel knows how special a film like “Lion” is. He’s been waiting nearly 8 years, since his breakout in “Slumdog Millionaire”, for a role as substantive and soulful as Saroo Brierley, an Indian man who was lost as a 5-year-old, adopted and raised by Australian parents, and who, 25 …

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Metallica still rocks – Mars channels 90s RB grooves

NEW YORK, Nov 26, (AP): Inside a Brooklyn soundstage, Metallica has a relaxed vibe. The bandmates are making a music video for the single “Now That We’re Dead” from their new album, “Hardwired. To Self-Destruct”. After frontman James Hetfield returns from the all-white set following his bit in front of …

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Olsen and Williams remember Florence – Iconic show cast recalled

LOS ANGELES, Nov 26, (Agencies): For Susan Olsen, who played youngest Brady girl Cindy on “The Brady Bunch”, the passing of her TV mom, Florence Henderson, is a blow. But she is careful to keep in mind the ones who are really hurting: Henderson’s children. “My heart right now is …

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India’s Khan dreams of global B’wood hit – ‘I like James Bond’

MUMBAI, Nov 23, (Agencies): Indian screen icon Shah Rukh Khan has starred in dozens of Bollywood blockbusters and is adored by millions, but there’s a movie he still dreams of making — one that’s a truly global hit. “I would like to be a part of that one Indian film, …

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‘Honey’, ‘Moonlight’ top Spirit noms – Newcomer Lane nominated for best female lead

LOS ANGELES, Nov 23, (Agencies): Two distinctly American odysseys, Andrea Arnold’s teens-on-the-road film “American Honey” and Barry Jenkins’ coming-of-age tale “Moonlight” led the Film Independent Spirit Awards nominations Tuesday with six nods each, including best feature and best director. Other best-feature candidates are “Manchester by the Sea”, “Jackie” and “Chronic”. …

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Beatty inspires stars – ‘Apply’ actors share unique experience

LOS ANGELES, Nov 23, (AP): At the heart of Warren Beatty’s long-in-the-making “Rules Don’t Apply” is a burgeoning but forbidden romance between a pair of wide-eyed young adults, freshly plucked from their traditional upbringings and thrust into the capricious world of Howard Hughes and 1958 Hollywood. Serving as distant proxies …

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