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Saima Baloch all set to impress in ‘Maula Jatt 2’ Movie

Actress, Model Saima Baloch is all set to return in Bilal Lashari production Maula Jatt 2. Maula Jatt is an upcoming Pakistani action drama film directed and written by Bilal Lashari, co-produced by Faisal Rafiand Bilal Lashari. Saima Baloch needs no introduction. She has been in the industry for several years and worked in different film productions commercials and is...

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‘Game of Thrones’ creators to make new ‘Star Wars’ films

LOS ANGELES: Lucasfilm announced plans Tuesday for a new series of "Star Wars" films made by the team behind "Game of Thrones," as it seeks to build on the lucrative sci-fi franchise. David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, the creators of the smash-hit, Emmy Award-winning television series, will write and produce new films that are separate from the main Skywalker saga...

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Berlin filmfest to spotlight #MeToo moment

BERLIN: This month’s Berlin film festival, Europe’s first major cinema showcase in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein revelations, will shine a light on sexual misconduct in the industry, its director said Tuesday. Berlinale chief Dieter Kosslick told a news conference that the screenings and guests from Hollywood and the global film industry at the 68th edition would open up...

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Sony´s ‘Jumanji’ in rare return to top box office in North America

LOS ANGELES: Sony´s "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle" managed the rare feat this weekend of regaining the No. 1 spot in North American box offices on its seventh week out, industry figures showed on Monday. Taking in $10.9 million for the three-day weekend -- as competition with football´s Super Bowl depressed ticket sales -- "Jumanji" became the first film since...

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Hollywood abuses being ‘jack-hammered into oblivion’: Oscars chief John Bailey

LOS ANGELES: The president of the group that hands out the annual Oscars declared on Monday that some of the worst abuses in the movie industry were finally being “jack-hammered into oblivion”. John Bailey — the president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences — told more than 200 Oscar nominees that the Academy was working hard toward...

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New French film raises ghosts of Nazi medical horrors

A new documentary about the scale of Nazi medical experiments has reopened old wounds in France as one of the country's leading universities investigates whether its stores still contain the remains of some Jewish victims. Dr Michel Cymes, the star of a French television medical advice programme, believes that the remains of some of the 86 Jews tortured and mutilated...

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Fashion industry sets new guidelines to fight sexual misconduct

NEW YORK: Ahead of the New York Fashion Week (NYFW), the industry is unveiling new professional guidelines to combat the kind of sexual harassment and assault allegations plaguing some of the world’s most renowned fashion photographers. Designers, show producers, and photographers are asked to provide spaces "where models can change in privacy" at runway shows, according to recommendations sent by...

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Malaysia bans ‘Padmaavat’ over negative portrayal of Muslim ruler

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia has barred controversial Bollywood film Padmaavat from being screened in theatres, the home ministry said on Friday, citing the movie’s negative portrayal of a Muslim ruler. The film has already attracted protests in India after groups critical of the project accused Sanjay Leela Bhansali — its director — of distorting history by portraying the Muslim ruler as the “lover” of...

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Justin Timberlake says Janet not part of Super Bowl show

LONDON: Justin Timberlake caused a national controversy when he performed the Super Bowl halftime show with Janet Jackson in 2004, and the pop singer said on Thursday not to expect his partner in crime to appear this time around. Timberlake on Sunday will return to America’s biggest stage 14 years after a “wardrobe malfunction” overshadowed his last gig at the...

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Nintendo to produce Super Mario animation film with Minions studio

TOKYO: Japanese videogames maker Nintendo Co Ltd said on Thursday it would team with US film studio Illumination Entertainment to produce an animation film using its Super Mario Bros characters. The film would be distributed by Universal Pictures, President Tatsumi Kimishima said at a meeting with analysts on Thursday. The launch date has not been decided. It is part of...

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Angelina Jolie urges NATO to tackle sexual violence in war

BRUSSELS: UN refugee agency special envoy Angelina Jolie has called on NATO to help stop the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war, as the Hollywood star broadened her international efforts to protect women’s rights. Jolie, who earlier this week visited a Syrian refugee camp in Jordan, made her appeal to the US-led alliance’s top decision-making body, the...

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‘Glee’ actor Mark Salling, who pleaded guilty to child porn, dead at 35

LOS ANGELES: US actor Mark Salling — known for his role in the hit musical TV series Glee — died Tuesday, weeks before being sentenced for possession of child pornography, his lawyer said. He was 35. News outlet TMZ, citing law enforcement, said Salling had committed suicide by hanging. "I can confirm that Mark Salling passed away early this morning," his lawyer...

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Malaysia’s National Film Censorship Board ban ‘Padmaavat’

Padmaavat has been banned in Malaysia by National Film Censorship Board (LFP), viewing that it might offend the Muslim majority. The film directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, starring Shahid Kapoor, Deepika Padukone, and Ranveer Singh, was released on 25th January in India after facing much controversies. The chairman of National Film Censorship Board (LPF) Mohd Zamberi Abdul Aziz qouted Free...

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Rare Picasso painting in Hong Kong ahead of historic auction

A rare Picasso painting on auction for the first time made its debut in Hong Kong at the start of a global tour on Tuesday and is expected to fetch $50 million, auction house Sotheby's said. The painting -- "Femme au beret et a la robe quadrillee (Marie-Therese Walter)" -- is a colourful and angular depiction of Picasso's French lover...

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Ed Sheeran picks up two pop Grammys

NEW YORK: English pop songwriter Ed Sheeran, one of the most successful artists of the past year, on Sunday won his third and fourth Grammys -- both outside the major categories. Sheeran won Best Pop Vocal Album for Divide and Best Pop Solo Performance for the album´s single Shape of You, a minimalist dance number about finding love in a bar. He beat...

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Bill Clinton repays a favour to Fleetwood Mac at MusiCares ceremony

NEW YORK: Their 1977 song “Don’t Stop” helped power Bill Clinton into the White House in 1992, and on Friday it was the former US president doing the honours for Fleetwood Mac. Clinton presented Fleetwood Mac with statuettes as the 2018 MusicCares honorees, making them the first band to win the annual award given to a musician for creative achievements...

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Winfrey fans Persuades her for the next election in 2020

Media mogul Oprah Winfrey apparently ended her brief flirtation with a run for the US 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 her to run and continue seeking to recruit 1 million...

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