Entertainment

Fiascos and fumbles: Oscar organisers stumble to restore glory

First it was the furor over a proposed new “popular” film category, then it was the fiasco over planned host Kevin Hart, and last month the organisers of the Oscars were accused of intimidating celebrities not to present at rival award shows. Last week, another storm erupted when, as part of a pledge to shorten next Sunday’s Oscars ceremony, plans...

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Bollywood Superstar Juhi Chawla in Karachi, Pakistan

Web Desk: Yesteryear Bollywood starlet, Megastar Juhi Chawla has graced Pakistan with her presence as she was seen out and about the metropolis. Juhi Chawla was spotted in Karachi with her girlfriends heading out for what seemed like a 'movie night'. "In Karachi, out for lunch to the Boat Club with family friends... and then to the movies ...a delightful...

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London Film Festival champions female directors

The London Film Festival said Thursday it was championing female directors, as half of the official competition films were made by women. Around 38 percent of the movies screened across the whole festival are directed by women, up from 24 percent last year. The 62nd London Film Festival, which runs from October 10 to 21, features 225 movies from 77...

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Actress Nargis slams Fayaz-ul-Hasan over over misogynistic remarks

Web Desk: Stage actress Nargis on Thursday has threatened Punjab Information Minister Fayaz-ul-Hasan Chohan with legal action over latter’s obscene remarks. “I left industry of showbiz long ago and now living a happy life,” she asserted on the remarks of Punjab Information minister Fayazul Hasan Chohan. Nargis urged provincial minister to review his selection of words. “Nobody should use such...

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Music Ace Xulfi traces Bayaan’s Inception and Discovery

By: | Muhammad Ali Azlan | Veteran Musician and guitar wizard Zulfiqar Jabbar Khan a.k.a Xulfi, a true representative of the golden age of music in Pakistan who has now taken a backseat and is more involved in the music production side of things typed an somewhat emotional post about the much talked about musical reality TV show competition of...

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Ed Sheeran plays himself in Danny Boyle’s next film

LOS ANGELES — Ed Sheeran plays himself in Danny Boyle’s next film, his first significant role on the big screen. In the movie written by Richard Curtis, former “EastEnders” star Himesh Patel plays a singer-songwriter who wakes up one day as the only person in the world who remembers the Beatles. “And then I discover him and take him on...

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Taylor Swift pays tribute to Aretha Franklin at Detroit show

DETROIT — Taylor Swift honored Aretha Franklin with a moment of silence during a concert in the Queen of Soul’s hometown. Swift told a sold-out crowd at Detroit’s Ford Field on Tuesday that Franklin did so much for music, women’s rights and civil rights. Swift said words could never describe how many things Franklin did that made the world a...

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Star Gosling took flying lessons for new astronaut film

Hollywood star Ryan Gosling said Wednesday that he tried to learn to fly to play astronaut Neil Armstrong in an emotional new biopic about the strong but silent space hero. The Canadian actor renewed his Oscar-winning partnership with "La La Land" director Damien Chazelle for "First Man", which tells how Armstrong overcame tragedy after tragedy to become the first man...

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London fans pay tribute to Michael Jackson on 60th birthday

LONDON: Fans of Michael Jackson honored the “King of Pop” on what would have been his 60th birthday on Wednesday by gathering at a temporary monument in the shape of a crown erected in his honor in London. Braving the rain, fans imitated his famed dance and moonwalk moves around the 13-foot (4 meter) white, sparkling crown erected by record...

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Govt to support film industry: Information Minister

ISLAMABAD: Information and Broadcasting Minister Fawad Ahmed Chaudhry Wednesday told Senate that the ministry was committed to make all out efforts to promote film industry on a priority basis for entertaining the public. While responding to the question of Senator Azam Swati he said, previous government had spent huge amount of money on the projection of their projects. Previous federal...

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Thousands pay respects as Aretha Franklin lies in state

Fans paid their respects en masse Tuesday to US music icon and "Queen of Soul" Aretha Franklin, whose body lay in a golden casket while dressed in a red dress and matching stilettos in Detroit. The 76-year-old singer, beloved by millions around the world, died of cancer on August 16, closing the curtain on a glittering six-decade career that made...

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With minuscule drop, ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ is No. 1 again

NEW YORK— The opening weekend for “Crazy Rich Asians” was historic. Its second weekend was even more impressive. The romantic comedy sensation slid just 6 percent from its chart-topping debut to again lead the box office with $25 million in ticket sales, according to studio estimates Sunday. Almost as many people turned out over the weekend for “Crazy Rich Asians”...

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Glamorous Venice Film Festival courts controversy

ROME: Global superstars Lady Gaga, Ryan Gosling and Vanessa Redgrave descend on Venice this week as the annual film festival kicks off Wednesday to controversy over the inclusion of Netflix productions and there being just one female director in competition. Some 21 features will be locking horns for the prized Golden Lion, which will be awarded on September 8 at...

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George Clooney tops Forbes’ highest-paid actor list

LOS ANGELES: George Clooney soared to the top of an annual list of the world’s highest-paid actors. Clooney, 57, earned an estimated $239 million between June 2017-June 2018, marking the highest earnings of his 35-year career in film and television, Forbes said. Clooney, who hasn’t starred in a Hollywood movie since 2016 crime thriller Money Monster, sold the Casamigos tequila company...

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Next season of ‘Big Bang Theory’ to be its last

Award-winning ratings smash "The Big Bang Theory" will end with the finale of its 12th season in May next year, CBS said on Wednesday, lavishing praise on the long-running comedy. Focusing on a highly intelligent but socially-awkward professor and his group of scientist friends, "Big Bang" was the biggest comedy ratings draw on broadcast television for years, winning 10 Emmys....

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Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist Ed King, co-writer of ‘Sweet Home Alabama’, dies

Former Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist Ed King, a Southern rock pioneer who co-wrote the hit "Sweet Home Alabama," has died, his official Facebook page account announced on Thursday. He was 68. The post said he died at home on Wednesday. It did not mention the cause, but rock music bible Rolling Stone said he had been battling lung cancer. "It is...

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Stevie Wonder, Faith Hill among all-star lineup for Franklin

NEW YORK  — An all-star lineup that includes Stevie Wonder, Faith Hill, Jennifer Hudson, Fantasia, Shirley Caesar and many more will perform at Aretha Franklin’s funeral next week. The Queen of Soul’s service will be held in Detroit on Aug. 31. Also slated to perform are Ron Isley, Chaka Khan, Yolanda Adams, Jennifer Holliday and Franklin’s son, Edward Franklin. The...

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