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Cary Fukunaga to direct next James Bond film for 2020

American filmmaker Cary Joji Fukunaga is replacing Danny Boyle as director of the next James Bond movie, producers announced Thursday. Michael G. Wilson, Barbara Broccoli and star Daniel Craig said the still-untitled Bond 25 will start filming at London’s Pinewood Studios on March 4, and will be released on Feb. 14, 2020. Release was delayed from the planned November 2019...

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Michael Moore hopes his film is ‘beginning of the end’ for Trump

Provocative filmmaker Michael Moore said on Thursday he hoped his new documentary would mark “the beginning of the end” for the US presidency of Donald Trump. The liberal activist said Fahrenheit 11/9, which will get its world premiere at the Toronto film festival later on Thursday, was “a siren call” to what he called a “despairing, dispirited public.” “This film is the...

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Twitter permanently bans Alex Jones, website Infowars

Twitter Inc on Thursday permanently banned US conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and his website Infowars from its platform and Periscope, saying in a tweet that the accounts had violated its behaviour policies. "Today, we permanently suspended @realalexjones and @infowars from Twitter and Periscope. We took this action based on new reports of Tweets and videos posted yesterday that violate our...

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Deliverance, Boogie Nights star Burt Reynolds dies

Burt Reynolds, the mustachioed heart-throb of 1970s cinema who won acclaim in "Deliverance" and a host of awards later in his career for "Boogie Nights," died on Thursday, his family announced. The famously suave 82-year-old, a huge box office draw at his peak who had a reputation as a hard-drinking playboy, reportedly suffered a heart attack and died at a...

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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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Begum Nawazish booked with Alcohol possession

KARACHI: Popular actor and host Ali Saleem was caught with a bottle of Alcohol in Karachi, Clifton today. The popular actor who is often seen dawning a drag queen persona to ask dubious and somewhat controversial questions from politicians and celebrities alike was booked by the clifton police station for possession of alcohol. Saleem is not new to controversy, he...

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Sara Iftekhar becomes first hijab wearing woman to enter Miss England Finals

Contestant Sara Iftekhar, 20, from Huddersfield was the first ever hijab-wearing beauty queen to make it to the final, but ultimately she lost out to Miss Newcastle. A British-Pakistani law student had become the first hijab-wearing model to enter Miss England finals. The 20-year-old model is also very active with social work and has launched a fundraiser titled ‘Beauty with...

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Momina emphasises ‘self love’ in the wake of Anam Tanoli’s death

Following the suicide of rising model Anam Tanoli, Coke studio sensation Momina Mustehsan took to social media to address the rampant mental heath issues prevailing in the society. Reports are that Anam committed suicide out of depression and cyber bullying. Taking to Instagram, Momina shared a picture of herself from when she “was going through turmoil not very long ago”...

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Wave of #MeToo complaints strains human rights agencies

HARTFORD, Conn. — A wave of sexual harassment complaints that accompanied the #MeToo movement is straining many of the state and local offices tasked with policing workplace discrimination of all kinds. Places such as New York City and Massachusetts have added resources to deal with the surge in complaints, but human rights agencies elsewhere say their small staffs are struggling...

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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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