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Oscars race kicks into high gear with nominations reveal

LOS ANGELES: Will Black Panther get the best picture nod? Will Roma be Netflix's first contender for the Academy's top prizes? Will "A Star Is Born" rebound from a thumping at the Golden Globes? All will be revealed on Tuesday morning before dawn in Los Angeles, when the nominations for the Oscars — Hollywood's most coveted awards — are unveiled, just over a month before...

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Ticket reseller sues Sheeran promoter in Germany for fraud

BERLIN — International ticket reseller Viagogo filed a suit Tuesday against superstar Ed Sheeran’s promoter for fraud on allegations the company confiscated genuine tickets from concert-goers and forced them to purchase new tickets, the company said. Viagogo said its suit filed in Germany alleges Stuart Galbraith and his company, Britain-based Kilimanjaro Live Ltd., defrauded fans out of several million pounds...

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Atif Aslam takes flak from Lata Mangeshkar for remaking her track “Chalte Chalte”

Jal-band famed singer  Atif Aslam took flak from renowned Indian icon Lata Mangeshkar for tempering with her ever popular track " Chalte Chalte" from movie "Pakeezah." Atif Aslam, recently, recomposed and sang "Chalte Chalte" for an upcoming Bollywood movie titled ‘Mitron', featuiring  Jackky Bhagnani and Kritika Kamra. The living legend Ms. Mangeshkar, original composer and singer of the song, disproved...

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Willem Dafoe plays tormented genius Van Gogh in Venice biopic

VENICE: With his ginger beard, straw hat and a sad, wounded expression, Willem Dafoe looks uncannily like a Vincent Van Gogh self-portrait, as he plays the artist in a biopic that premiered at the Venice Film Festival on Monday. “At Eternity’s Gate” begins with the impoverished Van Gogh in Paris in the 1880s where his paintings are, at best, ignored...

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She can sing, but can she act? Critics hail Lady Gaga: movie star

VENICE, Italy  - Most of the critics avoided the obvious headline to describe Lady Gaga’s performance in “A Star Is Born”, but they seemed to agree that the singer showed what it takes to lead a major movie. For audiences familiar with the pop diva known for high-concept outfits and extraordinary hair and make-up, Gaga is barely recognizable as Ally...

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‘Crazy Rich Asians’ still on top of N America box office

It has been another crazy good weekend for rom-com "Crazy Rich Asians," which topped the box office for a third straight weekend amid a pretty good summer for North American theaters overall, industry watchers said Sunday. The Warner Bros film, with its mostly Asian cast, took in an estimated $22.2 million for the Friday-through-Sunday period, dropping just 10 per cent...

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Bono says ‘back to full voice’, U2 tour will resume

U2 frontman Bono has said he will be "back to full voice" for the rest of a European tour after the Irish rock band was forced to cancel a gig in Berlin when they were only a few songs in. Thousands of fans were left disappointed on Saturday night when the band´s set was abruptly cancelled after Bono appeared to...

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Coen brothers return to ‘True Grit’ country with six tales of the Old West

VENICE:  Coen brothers fans get six movies for the price of one in The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, an anthology of Western stories starring, among others, James Franco, Liam Neeson, Tyne Daly and Tom Waits. The movie, by the team that pulled off an acclaimed remake of the John Wayne Western True Grit in 2010, had its world premiere at the Venice Film...

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‘ER’ actress waving BB gun fatally shot by US police

LOS ANGELES: Vanessa Marquez, an actress who had a recurring role in the hit TV series ER, was fatally shot by police as she waved what turned out to be a BB gun, authorities said on Friday. Officers had gone to her home in the Los Angeles suburb of Pasadena on Thursday to conduct a welfare check when the 49-year-old Marquez...

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Neil Armstrong film accused of being unpatriotic

Neil Armstrong's sons and the director of a new biopic on the space hero are hitting back against criticism that the film is unpatriotic because of the lack of a flag-planting scene. In a statement issued on Friday, Rick and Mark Armstrong said First Man, starring Ryan Gosling, was intended to depict their father's journey to the moon and delve into "the...

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American Singer LDR cancels Israel show as ‘music is universal’ excuse fails, boycott pressure mounts

JERUSALEM: American singer Lana Del Rey said Friday she was postponing a performance in Israel after failing to set up a show "in Palestine". The surprise cancellation came after a campaign by pro-Palestinian groups calling for a cultural boycott of Israel over its occupation of the West Bank. "It's important to me to perform in both Palestine and Israel and...

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Rap God Eminem goes ballistic on trump in surprise new album

WEB DESK: Eminem astonished his fans by releasing his new album late Thursday named “Kamikaze,” without any prior promotions or hints following the footsteps of his last freestyle rap, tongue-lashing President Donald Trump. He unveiled his new album on Twitter with caption “Tried not 2 overthink this 1 … enjoy" Tried not 2 overthink this 1... enjoy. 🖕#KAMIKAZE Out Now -...

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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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