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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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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 in Aleppo— which focuses on the work of the White Helmets volunteer rescuers —...

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Rampage in Indian city against movie Padmaavat

AHMEDABAD: Hundreds of protesters went on a rampage vandalising malls and torching cars in the Indian city of Ahmedabad in a bid to stop the release of a controversial Bollywood film scheduled for Thursday. Violence against Padmaavat, a film about a mythical Hindu queen, started late Tuesday and went into the night in the main city of Prime Minister Narendra...

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Oscar nominations: “The Shape of Water” scores big with 13 nods

Fantasy romance "The Shape of Water" topped the Oscars nominations list on Tuesday with 13 nods, one shy of the record, as the Academy also gave a rare nomination to a woman in the directing category. In second place was tense World War II epic "Dunkirk," with eight nods, while crime drama "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri," generally thought to...

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Hollywood set for Oscar nominations in the year of #MeToo

LOS ANGELES: All eyes will be on Hollywood Tuesday as the Oscars nominees are unveiled, with Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri ahead by a nose in an awards season overshadowed by the industry´s war on sleaze. In a departure from previous years, there are very few clear frontrunners for the March 4 gala, making the major categories a genuine sprint to the...

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Scandal, the show that Twitter built, bows out

LOS ANGELES: ABC's prime-time political soap Scandal launched mid-season with little fanfare in the spring of 2012, to tepid reviews and disappointing ratings. Following the exploits of Emmy-nominated Kerry Washington as Washington, DC crisis manager Olivia Pope and her team of problem-solving "gladiators," the show didn´t immediately take off and it looked destined to be strangled at birth. As it nears its...

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Saba Qamar’s ‘Hindi Medium’ wins big at the Filmfare Awards

Hindi Medium, which marked the debut of Pakistani actress Saba Qamar in Bollywood, was awarded Best Movie at the 63rd Jio Filmfare Awards. Taking home the award for Best Film and Best Actor in a Leading Role (Male), the film was one of the major winners at the award show. It had garnered five notable nominations including Best Film, Best...

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Kim Kardashian names new baby girl Chicago

LOS ANGELES: And the name is .... Chicago West. Kim Kardashian’s new baby daughter with rapper husband Kanye West has been named Chicago, the reality star announced on her app on Friday. The baby girl was born to a surrogate on Monday, a third child for the celebrity couple. Kardashian revealed the name, without explanation, in a simple update to...

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Woody Allen has ‘been lying for so long’ about molestation: Dylan Farrow

NEW YORK: Dylan Farrow — the estranged, adopted daughter of Hollywood director Woody Allen — trashed her father's statement discrediting the claims that he molested her. "He's lying and he's been lying for so long," Farrow told CBS This Morning in the interview that aired Thursday, breaking down into tears when watching a clip of Allen denying the alleged assault. Allen, 82, attempted to...

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Top India court lifts ban on release of Bollywood film ‘Padmaavat’

New Delhi: India's top court on Thursday overturned a ban imposed by several states on the release of a Bollywood epic about a mythical Hindu queen. The Supreme Court said the ban, which followed violent protests by members of the Hindu right who claimed the film falsely depicted a romance between the queen and a Muslim ruler, violated creative freedoms....

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Scathing Trump book ‘Fire and Fury’ heads to television

LOS ANGELES: Michael Wolff’s explosive behind-the-scenes book about US 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 the Hollywood Reporter said. Wolff will executive produce the series, which...

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Kim Kardashian announces birth of third child, this one by surrogate

LOS ANGELES: Kim Kardashian and her rapper husband Kanye West announced their third child on Tuesday, a girl born to a surrogate. “Kanye and I are happy to announce the arrival of our healthy, beautiful baby girl,” Kardashian said in a message on her app. The couple thanked the unidentified surrogate “who made our dreams come true with the greatest...

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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 to fame with hits like “Linger” and “Zombie” to become...

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Box Office: ‘Jumanji’ dominates MLK weekend, ‘The Post’ leads newcomers

LOS ANGELES: Sony’s “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” is dominating the North American box office to easily win the four-day Martin Luther King Jr. weekend with about $33.4 million at 3,849 sites, estimates showed Sunday. Fox’s “The Post” is leading the rest of the pack handily and topped forecasts with $22.2 million at 2,819 locations for Friday-Monday after expanding from...

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‘Feminist’ Deneuve apologises to sex assault victims

PARIS: French film star Catherine Deneuve who touched off a worldwide feminist backlash over an open letter she had signed bashing the #MeToo movement apologised to victims of sexual assault, and said there was "nothing good" about harassment. "I warmly greet all the victims of these hideous acts who might have felt offended by that letter which appeared in Le Monde...

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Sheeran, Dua Lipa lead Brit Award nominations

Ed Sheeran's latest best-selling album is up against four debut offerings at this year's Brit Awards, including one by breakthrough pop star Dua Lipa, who also dominated Saturday's nominations. Singer-songwriter Sheeran, whose "Divide" was the fastest-selling album ever for a male solo artist in Britain, is nominated in the best solo artist and best album categories for the February 21...

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DiCaprio to star in Charles Manson-era Tarantino movie

LOS ANGELES: Leonardo DiCaprio will star in a movie set around the Charles Manson murders, Hollywood entertainment publications reported on Friday, but he will not play the role of the American cult leader. DiCaprio will instead take the part of an aging, out-of-work actor in the as-yet untitled movie being produced and directed by Oscar-winner Quentin Tarantino, Variety and Deadline.com...

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