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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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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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‘Busy schedule’ did not allow me to sing PSL anthem: Ali Zafar

Singer Ali Zafar  revealed that his schedule did not allow him to sing the 4 edition Pakistan Super League  song. Ali rendered his vocals to the first three editions of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) but in a break from tradition, the latest anthem was sung by Fawad Khan. Fans were left wondering regarding why Zafar did not sing the...

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Famed actor Gulab Chandio passes away in Karachi

KARACHI: Renowned film and TV actor Gulab Chandio has died in Karachi due to prolonged illness. He was 60. He acted in more than 200 Sindhi and Urdu dramas. His famous drama was Natak rang. The veteran actor was honoured with a Pride of Performance Award in 2015 by the Government of Pakistan. Chandio is survived by two sons and...

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Manto, the bold and brazen

Death anniversary of renowned Pakistani writer, playwright and author Saadat Hasan Manto is being observed on Friday. Manto was born in Ludhiana, British India on 11th May, 1912. Writing mainly in Urdu language, he produced 22 collections of short stories, a novel, five series of radio plays, three collections of essays, two collections of personal sketches. His best short stories...

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Rihanna files suit against her father

Rihanna has sued her father for trading on her Fenty brand name and suggesting that a business venture he set up in 2017 is associated with her. The “Diamonds” singer, whose full name is Robyn Rihanna Fenty, filed a lawsuit in US federal court in Los Angeles on Tuesday accusing Ronald Fenty and two business partners of fraud and false...

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Meera aspires to work with Bollywood King SRK in films

KARACHI: Pakistan Lollywood actress Meera  has expressed her desire to work with  Bollywood Star Shah Rukh Khan in near future.  The veteran actor, Speaking to media during her visit to an academic institution, said that she is currently penning down a book after reading which the interest of the people in the film industry will be rejuvenated. "There should be an...

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R&B star Alicia Keys to host 2019 Grammy Awards

LOS ANGELES: American singer and songwriter Alicia Keys will host the Grammy Awards next month, she announced Tuesday, one year after the gala came under fire over diversity concerns. Keys -- herself a 15-time Grammy winner -- will be the emcee for music´s biggest night, which this year features a diverse slate of women and hip hop artists as leading...

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Health cards will be issued for senior artists countrywide: Info Minister

KARACHI: Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry on Tuesday announced that health cards will be issued for senior artists countrywide so that they can avail better medical treatment in hospitals. Speaking to film and producers at the Sindh Governor House during his one-day visit to the metropolis, the information minister said health cards will be issued for all artists aged 45 and above....

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Bollywood director Rajkumar Hirani denies sexual assault allegations

Renowned Bollywood director Rajkumar Hirani has denied allegations that he sexually assaulted a subordinate over a period of six months in 2018. Hirani, known for feel-good, comedy films that have grossed record numbers at the Indian box-office, was named in a Huffington Post India story on Sunday. It quoted an unnamed woman, nearly 30 years younger than Hirani, who alleged the 56-year-old...

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Afghan talent show singer finds fame as Justin Trudeau’s double

An Afghan talent show contestant’s striking resemblance to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has turned him into an unlikely celebrity in the war-torn country -- and potentially given him the winning edge. Abdul Salam Maftoon, a wedding singer from a village in the remote and impoverished northeastern province of Badakhshan, had never even heard of his more famous until a...

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‘Yo Imran Khan, It’s Yo boy Akon’, hollered’ the three time Grammy nominated artist

R&B artist Akon who will be performing in Pakistan in April gave a shoutout to Prime Minister Imran Khan and said he is looking forward to performing in the country. “Yo, Imran Khan, It’s ya boy Akon, I’m looking forward to coming to Pakistan, are you ready for me,” Akon said in a video message on Twitter. Dear @ImranKhanPTI, @Akon along with...

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Pakistani drama serials should be aired on Indian TV: Javed Akhtar

MUMBAI: Renowned Indian lyricist, poet and screenwriter Javed Akhtar said that Pakistani drama serials should air on Indian television and that restricting art in the name of culture damage is wrong, in both borders. Lauding Pakistani dramas and the quality of the content here, Akhtar said, “This is all wrong, there shouldn’t be any such talks coming from here, neither...

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Kapil’s show hits ‘top Indian TV ratings

MUMBAI: One of India’s most watch TV shows ‘The Kapil Sharma Show’ remained out of TRP race for many months but the Season 2 has hit all the right chords. The new season, which went on air last week has opened to massive numbers. The show secured the second spot with 8.1 million impressions, according to Indian media reports. The...

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Margot Robbie to play Barbie in doll’s first live-action film

LOS ANGELES: Australian actress Margot Robbie is to play Barbie in the first live-action feature movie about the iconic and controversial doll, who has enjoyed multiple careers in her 60-year lifetime. Toymaker Mattel and movie studio Warner Bros on Tuesday announced they were partnering to make the film, which will star the Oscar-nominated actress. Robbie, 28, will also co-produce the...

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Bollywood director Rakesh Roshan diagnosed with throat cancer

Web Desk: The 'Kaho Na Pyar Hai' Bollywood actor Hrithik Roshan on Tuesday has revealed that his father Rakesh Roshan, a film director and former actor was diagnosed with early stage squamous cell carcinoma of the throat a few weeks ago. Hrithik shared his photo with father on instrgram and wrote, “Asked my dad for a picture this morning. Knew...

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Kevin Spacey denies indecent assault in groping case

NANTUCKET: Kevin Spacey pleaded not guilty Monday to indecently assaulting a teenager who alleged that the Oscar-winning US actor groped him in a bar in Massachusetts in 2016. The House of Cards star, who faces five years in prison if convicted, is accused of repeatedly reaching down into the pants of a man identified as William Little, who was 18 at the...

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