From refugee to chef: Berlin film festival to showcase Syrian cook

From refugee to chef: Berlin film festival to showcase Syrian cook

BERLIN  – A Syrian refugee will be cooking dishes from Damascus and Aleppo for VIP guests at the opening of the Berlinale International Film Festival next month. The choice of Malakeh Jazmati reflects the mission of the festival, which was set up in 1951 to showcase films that address urgent...

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Oprah says she’s not running for president but fans are undeterred

Oprah says she’s not running for president but fans are undeterred

Media mogul Oprah Winfrey apparently ended her brief flirtation with a run for the U.S. presidency in 2020, telling InStyle magazine in an interview published on Thursday that she was not interested. But the leader of a political action committee supporting Winfrey said it would still to try to persuade...

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Russell Simmons denies latest woman’s claim that he raped her

Russell Simmons denies latest woman’s claim that he raped her

Hip hop music producer Russell Simmons on Thursday denied an accusation leveled in a civil lawsuit that he raped an aspiring documentary film maker at his Los Angeles home in 2016, the latest of several women to claim they were sexually abused by the music and film producer. The filmmaker,...

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Theatrical sales outpace streaming buys at quieter Sundance

Theatrical sales outpace streaming buys at quieter Sundance

PARK CITY, Utah – After years of frenzied bidding wars driven by digital giants like Amazon and Netflix, a more subdued market greeted buyers at the Sundance Film Festival this week, with more traditional theatrical distributors snagging the buzziest films. The most active buyers at the 10-day Park City, Utah,...

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2018 Grammys: Will hip-hop finally even the score?

2018 Grammys: Will hip-hop finally even the score?

NEW YORK  – After several near misses and heaps of outrage, this could finally be hip-hop and R&B’s year at the Grammy Awards on Sunday where rappers Jay-Z and Kendrick Lamar dominate nominations for the top prizes on the biggest night in music. Rap is now officially the biggest music...

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Former teen model accuses magician Copperfield of sexual assault

Former teen model accuses magician Copperfield of sexual assault

A former teen model has accused illusionist David Copperfield of drugging and sexually assaulting her in 1988 after he judged a modeling competition in Japan that she took part in. Copperfield, 61, said in statements on Twitter and Instagram on Wednesday that he had been falsely accused of sexual misconduct...

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Pacific Rim Uprising new trailer: Robots vs Monsters got a whole lot bigger with John Boyega

Pacific Rim Uprising new trailer: Robots vs Monsters got a whole lot bigger with John Boyega

Legendary Entertainment has come up with a new trailer for Pacific Rim Uprising, the sequel to Guillermo Del Toro’s 2013 monsters vs robots extravaganza. John Boyega debuts as Stacker’s son Jake Pentecost and has been more or less been living in his father’s shadow. If you are a fan of...

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Jessica Chastain helped Octavia Spencer get a pay raise

Jessica Chastain helped Octavia Spencer get a pay raise

Octavia Spencer spoke about how without a second thought she said yes to her next with Jessica Chastine, which is to be produced by the latter. Actor Octavia Spencer has revealed that her friend Jessica Chastain helped her get five times her salary for their upcoming movie together. The two...

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Middle Eastern filmmakers celebrate historic Oscar nominations

Middle Eastern filmmakers celebrate historic Oscar nominations

PARIS – A Lebanese and a Syrian film director both made cinema history this week when their films became the first ever from their home countries to be nominated for Oscars. Ziad Doueri’s Lebanese drama “The Insult,” was nominated for best foreign language film, while Syrian Firas Fayyad’s “Last Men...

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Ballet star Acosta’s company is part of Cuban arts rebirth

Ballet star Acosta’s company is part of Cuban arts rebirth

HAVANA – Former Royal Ballet star Carlos Acosta, whose dynamic masculinity on stage exemplified the style of his native Cuba, is breaking more boundaries as his young dance company showcases more foreign choreography in an island-wide cultural revival. “Cuba has been isolated for many years,” said Acosta in his company’s...

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