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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Enrique Iglesias sues Universal over streaming royalties

Enrique Iglesias sues Universal over streaming royalties

The Latin pop star and actor Enrique Iglesias on Wednesday sued Universal Music Group in the United States, claiming that his former label short-changed him out of millions of dollars of streaming royalties. In a complaint filed with the U.S. District Court in Manhattan, Iglesias said Universal had paid only...

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Goodbye yellow brick tours; Elton John announces farewell world concerts

Goodbye yellow brick tours; Elton John announces farewell world concerts

NEW YORK  – Elton John on Wednesday announced a three-year farewell world tour, saying he would quit traveling afterward to focus on life with his family. The 70-year-old singer, one of the best-selling recording artists in the world over a 50-year career, told a news conference in New York that...

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British pop musician Elton John to quit touring, Daily Mirror says

British pop musician Elton John to quit touring, Daily Mirror says

LONDON (Reuters) – British pop musician Elton John is to quit touring after nearly 50 years, the Daily Mirror reported. The 70-year-old star, whose record sales have been in decline in recent years, is calling time on the road after one last world tour, the newspaper said. The newspaper said...

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nominations for the 2018 Academy Awards

nominations for the 2018 Academy Awards

LOS ANGELES – Nominations for the 2018 Oscars, or Academy Awards, the highest honors in the movie industry, were announced on Tuesday. The awards will be handed out on March 4 at a ceremony in Hollywood hosted by comedian Jimmy Kimmel. Best Picture Call Me by Your Name Darkest Hour...

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Radio host Keillor fired over ‘dozens’ of incidents: network

Radio host Keillor fired over ‘dozens’ of incidents: network

LOS ANGELES  – Minnesota Public Radio ended its contracts with “Prairie Home Companion” host Garrison Keillor over multiple accusations of sexual misconduct by a woman who had worked on the show and not a single incident, the network’s president said on Tuesday. In a posting to members and listeners on...

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U.S. author Ursula K. Le Guin dies at 88: family

U.S. author Ursula K. Le Guin dies at 88: family

 Science fiction and fantasy author Ursula K. Le Guin, author of “The Left Hand of Darkness” and the Earthsea series, died in her home in Portland, Oregon, her son said on Tuesday. She was 88. Her son, Theo Downes-Le Guin, said by telephone that the cause of his mother’s death...

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‘Shape of Water’, ‘Three Billboards’ lead best picture race after Oscar nominations

‘Shape of Water’, ‘Three Billboards’ lead best picture race after Oscar nominations

LOS ANGELES  – Fox Searchlight’s fantastical romance “The Shape of Water” and its dark comedy “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” emerged as front runners for the Oscar best picture prize on Tuesday after capturing nominations in all of the major categories. “The Shape of Water” earned a leading 13 nominations,...

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10 movies that were better than the book they were based on: Fight Club, Jurassic Park, The Godfather and others

10 movies that were better than the book they were based on: Fight Club, Jurassic Park, The Godfather and others

We have had quite a few films which managed to outdo the text in many ways. Either the execution of the story was nicer or they just added their own theme to the plot which worked better than the original. Movies based on book rarely do justice to their source...

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Paul Bettany in talks to play Prince Philip in The Crown

Paul Bettany in talks to play Prince Philip in The Crown

Paul Bettany does look the part, but may be too young, or at least too young to play older Duke of Edinburgh. He plays the role of Jarvis and Vision in Marvel Cinematic Universe films. Paul Bettany is reportedly all set to don the role of Prince Philip in Netflix’s...

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Black Panther is Marvel’s James Bond: Ryan Coogler

Black Panther is Marvel’s James Bond: Ryan Coogler

Black Panther will kick off 2018 for Disney’s Marvel Cinematic Universe. Chadwick Boseman’s Black Panther debuted in 2016’s Captain America: Civil War (fighting from Tony’s side). Black Panther will kick off 2018 for Disney’s Marvel Cinematic Universe. Chadwick Boseman’s Black Panther debuted in 2016’s Captain America: Civil War (fighting from...

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When Meryl Streep recommended an exorcist to Steven Spielberg

When Meryl Streep recommended an exorcist to Steven Spielberg

Meryl Streep’s latest movie titled The Post is her first time in front of the camera for Spielberg and the Oscar-winning actress said she was “completely unprepared” for his approach to filmmaking, including a lack of rehearsal process. Hollywood veteran Meryl Streep helped filmmaker Steven Spielberg find an exorcist to...

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Diplo to raise funds against child sexual abuse

Diplo to raise funds against child sexual abuse

KARACHI: Any diehard fan of electronic music has heard of Mad Decent, a record label founded by American DJ and record producer Diplo. He also holds a series of concerts around the globe called Mad Decent Block Party, and it is finally set to make its debut here in Pakistan next...

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Lebanon allows Spielberg film ‘The Post’ after censorship threat

Lebanon allows Spielberg film ‘The Post’ after censorship threat

BEIRUT  – Lebanon will let cinemas show Stephen Spielberg’s latest film “The Post” after the interior minister ruled on Wednesday against a request to ban it over the director’s links to Israel. Activists had campaigned against the film because Spielberg gave financial support to Israel during its 2006 war with...

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Scathing Trump book ‘Fire and Fury’ heads to television

Scathing Trump book ‘Fire and Fury’ heads to television

LOS ANGELES  – Michael Wolff’s explosive behind-the-scenes book about U.S. President Donald Trump, “Fire and Fury,” is headed for television, Hollywood trade publications reported on Wednesday. Hollywood entertainment company Endeavor Content has bought the rights to the best-selling book and plans to adapt it for a television series, Variety and...

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‘Jersey Shore’ star Sorrentino to plead guilty in tax case

‘Jersey Shore’ star Sorrentino to plead guilty in tax case

 Former reality TV celebrity Michael “The Situation” Sorrentino is expected to plead guilty in a tax evasion case where U.S. prosecutors accused him and his brother of hiding millions of dollars he made while starring in the MTV series “Jersey Shore.” In a letter dated Wednesday, prosecutors said Sorrentino and...

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Alec Baldwin defends film maker Woody Allen as Hollywood backs away

Alec Baldwin defends film maker Woody Allen as Hollywood backs away

LOS ANGELES – Actor Alec Baldwin on Tuesday expressed support for film maker Woody Allen as a growing number of entertainment industry stars seek to distance themselves from the “Annie Hall” director as part of the Time’s Up campaign against sexual misconduct. Baldwin, who appeared in three of Allen’s films,...

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Death of Cranberries star O’Riordan not suspicious – police

Death of Cranberries star O’Riordan not suspicious – police

DUBLIN – The death in London of Cranberries lead singer Dolores O‘Riordan is not being treated as suspicious, police said on Tuesday, as tributes flowed in for one of Ireland’s most successful artists. O‘Riordan, 46, was found dead in a London hotel on Monday morning during a recording trip to...

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Miramax bid for Weinstein Co. complicates sale process: LA Times

Miramax bid for Weinstein Co. complicates sale process: LA Times

An attempt by Qatar-owned film company Miramax to buy Weinstein Co. has complicated plans to sell the studio to a group of investors led by former Obama administration official Maria Contreras-Sweet, the Los Angeles Times reported on Tuesday, citing people familiar with the matter. In November, Contreras-Sweet put together a...

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‘Making a choice, like Inarritu did in Birdman, is like shooting yourself’, says Gill Bateman

‘Making a choice, like Inarritu did in Birdman, is like shooting yourself’, says Gill Bateman

Contemporary film directors and cinematographers chose to make camera movements visible, as opposed to the traditional method of trying to make sure that the camera movement went unnoticed, Gill Bateman said. In a film like Alejandro G Iñárritu’s multiple award-winning Birdman (2014), which was shot in a single long take,...

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Kim Kardashian and husband Kanye West welcome baby girl

Kim Kardashian and husband Kanye West welcome baby girl

Kim Kardashian West announced Tuesday on her app under the headline “We’re so in Love” that their third baby was born early Monday and weighed in at 7 pounds, 6 ounces. Kim Kardashian and her rapper husband Kanye West announced the birth of their third child on Tuesday, a girl born...

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Bidder for the Weinstein Company says bankruptcy may be best option

Bidder for the Weinstein Company says bankruptcy may be best option

Killer Content Inc, the movie producer that has partnered with philanthropist Abigail Disney in a consortium vying to acquire the Weinstein Company, said on Monday that a bankruptcy may be the best way forward for the U.S. film and TV studio. Killer Content’s comments come as the studio continues to...

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Cranberries lead singer Dolores O’Riordan dies at 46

Cranberries lead singer Dolores O’Riordan dies at 46

DUBLIN: Dolores O‘Riordan — the lead singer of rock group The Cranberries — died suddenly on Monday at the age of 46 during a trip to London for a recording session, her publicist said. The Irish group — which combined indie guitar with O‘Riordan’s distinctive Irish lilt and yoddle — shot...

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Chris Evans feels Robert Downey Jr is irreplaceable as Iron Man

Chris Evans feels Robert Downey Jr is irreplaceable as Iron Man

Chris Evans says unlike characters like Batman and Superman, there can be only one Iron Man, and that is Robert Downey Jr. The two will next be seen together in Avengers: Infinity War. Iron Man and Captain America may be at loggerheads with each other right now, in real life...

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Ashley Judd praises James Franco for response to sexual misconduct claims

Ashley Judd praises James Franco for response to sexual misconduct claims

James Franco has been accused of sexual misconduct by five women after Golden Globe Awards. He has however denied the allegations, saying he is someone who always takes responsibility for his actions. Ashley Judd has praised James Franco for being accountable for his actions in the wake of sexual allegations...

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Aziz Ansari on sexual misconduct allegations: I took her words to heart and responded privately

Aziz Ansari on sexual misconduct allegations: I took her words to heart and responded privately

Comedian Aziz Ansari has said that he had indeed gone out on a date with the said woman, but whatever had transpired between them was consensual. Comedian Aziz Ansari has responded to allegations of sexual misconduct by a woman he dated last year. Ansari said in a statement Sunday that...

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Mark Wahlberg donates $1.5 million after pay gap controversy

Mark Wahlberg donates $1.5 million after pay gap controversy

American actor Mark Wahlberg announced Saturday he would donate $1.5 million (1.2 million euros) to a legal fund for victims of sexual harassment following a controversy over the massive pay gap between him and a female co-star. Ridley Scott partially re-shot his latest movie, “All the Money in the World,”...

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‘Sell Drugsz’ rapper sentenced for narcotics trafficking in Rhode Island

‘Sell Drugsz’ rapper sentenced for narcotics trafficking in Rhode Island

BOSTON (Reuters) – A Rhode Island rapper whose songs include “Sell Drugsz” and “Feds Watching” has been sentenced to three years in federal prison for trafficking heroin and fentanyl, federal prosecutors said on Wednesday. Michael Persaud, 30, who performs under the name “Montana Millz,” was sentenced on Tuesday after pleading...

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Fans shake, rattle and roll at Australia’s Elvis festival

Fans shake, rattle and roll at Australia’s Elvis festival

SYDNEY – Hundreds of hip-shaking and wig-wearing Elvis Presley lookalikes and fans of the late King of Rock and Roll took trains from Sydney bound for Australia’s annual Elvis festival on Thursday. Strains of “I Was The One” rang out along the platforms of Sydney’s Central railway terminal as jumpsuited,...

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Actor Michael Douglas makes pre-emptive move to deny sexual misconduct

Actor Michael Douglas makes pre-emptive move to deny sexual misconduct

LOS ANGELES  – Oscar winning actor Michael Douglas has issued a pre-emptive denial of a sexual misconduct accusation, saying he wanted to get ahead of a potential story being investigated by Hollywood publications. In a lengthy interview with entertainment industry website Deadline.com, published late on Tuesday, Douglas denied that he...

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Meghan Markle shuts down social media accounts

Meghan Markle shuts down social media accounts

Prince Harry’s fiancee and actor Meghan Markle closed her Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts. The U.S. actress and the queen’s grandson will marry on May 19 at Windsor Castle. Kensington Palace confirmed Tuesday that Prince Harry’s fiancee Meghan Markle has shut down her social media accounts in line with royal tradition. The...

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Actor Lindsay Lohan eyes Batgirl role

Actor Lindsay Lohan eyes Batgirl role

Lindsay Lohan has expressed a wish to play the DC character Batgirl in Joss Whedon directed film. This may be Lohan’s attempt to revive her floundering career, and we cannot really blame her for that. American actor Lindsay Lohan has expressed a wish to play the DC character Batgirl in...

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Who was Fearless Nadia?

Who was Fearless Nadia?

Fearless Nadia represented a profound shift in the way women were portrayed in Indian cinema, usually as vamps, virgins or victims, and became what no woman had ever been before — the hero. If reports are to be believed, Kangana Ranaut’s character “Jaanbaaz Miss Julia” in Vishal Bhardwaj’s Rangoon heavily...

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2018 Golden Globe Awards Winners list

2018 Golden Globe Awards Winners list

Golden Globe Awards 2018 Winner List: The 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards were held at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California. Here’s a quick look at who won what at this year’s Golden Globe Awards. The 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards were held at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills,...

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Germany’s In the Fade wins Golden Globe for foreign film

Germany’s In the Fade wins Golden Globe for foreign film

In the Fade alludes to a series of actual killings that shook Germany six years ago. It is directed by Fatih Akin, who is a German-born filmmaker of Turkish descent. In the Fade, a German film that tackles terrorism from multiple, and multicultural, perspectives won the Golden Globe on Sunday...

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Remembering David Bowie: How the legendary singer was cast in Christopher Nolan’s The Prestige

Remembering David Bowie: How the legendary singer was cast in Christopher Nolan’s The Prestige

The iconic singer-songwriter David Bowie left us almost two years ago, but he is unlikely to be forgotten for years to come because of the dent in the universe he made with his work. The iconic singer-songwriter David Bowie left us almost two years ago, but he is unlikely to...

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Pixar’s ‘Coco’ strikes a chord in Mexico guitar town

Pixar’s ‘Coco’ strikes a chord in Mexico guitar town

PARACHO, Mexico  – Pixar’s hit film “Coco” has struck all the right notes in the tiny Mexican hamlet of Paracho, home to the traditional Mexican guitar made famous in the movie. Nestled in the western central highlands of the Sierra Madre, Paracho is seeing a boom in guitar sales following...

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Box Office: ‘Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle’ roars past ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi,’ ‘Insidious 4’

Box Office: ‘Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle’ roars past ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi,’ ‘Insidious 4’

LOS ANGELES  – Sony’s “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” handily won the first box office weekend of 2018 over the launch of “Insidious: The Last Key” and “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” with $36 million at 3,801 North American locations. The fourth installment of the “Insidious” horror franchise scared up...

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French pop star France Gall dies at 70

French pop star France Gall dies at 70

PARIS  – Singer France Gall, whose hits — including a Eurovision triumph with Serge Gainsbourg — made her an icon of French pop music, has died aged 70. Gall passed away on Sunday after a two-year struggle against cancer, French media reported. The news prompted tributes including from President Emmanuel...

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Was Blade Runner 2049 director Denis Villeneuve offered Bond 25? Here’s the truth

Was Blade Runner 2049 director Denis Villeneuve offered Bond 25? Here’s the truth

Blade Runner 2049 director Denis Villeneuve has revealed that he was approached by Barbara Broccoli for Bond 25 but could not sign the project as he was already booked for Dune. Hollywood Director Denis Villeneuve, who was a front runner to direct the upcoming Bond movie, has revealed that he...

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Christian Bale was almost cast in Solo A Star Wars Story

Christian Bale was almost cast in Solo A Star Wars Story

Christian Bale, who will be next seen in Hostiles, says that he did not watch Ben Affleck’s Batman or any of the Avengers movies as he is not a big fan of superhero films. We could have got the Dark Knight himself fighting in a galaxy far, far away. Confused?...

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