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Hollywood legend Brian De Palma to tackle Weinstein story

“Scarface” director Brian De Palma is to tackle the story of disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, the Hollywood legend told AFP. The maker of “Carrie” and “The Untouchables” said he was toying with the idea of dealing with Weinstein and the #MeToo movement the Hollywood producer unleashed after claims that he had raped and abused…

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Sony buys EMI Music Publishing in $1.9bn deal

Japanese entertainment giant Sony on Tuesday announced a deal to acquire the music publishing firm and record label EMI for a price of around $1.9 billion. Sony signed a deal with Abu Dhabi-based investment firm Mubadala to buy its 60 percent holding in EMI, giving the Japanese firm an indirect stake of approximately 90 percent,…

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‘Avengers: Infinity War’ reaches box office helm again

“Avengers: Infinity War” dominated the North American box office for a third straight weekend, raking in $61.8 million as it easily fended off competition, industry estimates showed Sunday. The Disney blockbuster, featuring a string of Marvel superheroes out to save the universe from powerful purple alien Thanos (Josh Brolin), has had a cumulative take over…

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‘Star Wars’ as big as The Beatles, says Ron Howard

Oscar-winning filmmaker Ron Howard said Saturday directing a movie in the “Star Wars” universe was as daunting as making his Beatles documentary thanks to the intense fan love. Howard, 64, who made the acclaimed “The Beatles: Eight Days a Week” (2016) about the peak years of the Fab Four, told a news conference in southern…

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Five takeaways from life of Frank Sinatra

Crooner, charmer and fighter: Frank Sinatra died 20 years ago, leaving an indelible mark on the world. AFP draws on its archives to look over his exceptional life. – ‘The Voice’ – Born on December 12, 1915 in Hoboken, New Jersey, Sinatra — the son of Italian immigrants — cut his first record in 1939…

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Stars throng world premier of latest Star Wars film about a most adored villain

Lucasfilm brought the biggest party in the galaxy to Hollywood as rapt devotees gathered under the Millennium Falcon for the world premiere of the latest “Star Wars” spin-off. “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” which gets its US release on May 25, tells the coming-of-age tale of smuggler Han Solo before he was the galaxy’s most…

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Here is a list of prominent women at Cannes

In a year dominated by the #MeToo movement, the Cannes film festival — which starts Tuesday — is feeling the heat to address glaring gender imbalances in the competition for its top prize, the Palme d’Or. But the numbers show the festival still has some way to go in the battle of the sexes. –…

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‘Avengers’ muscles rivals aside to continue box office dominance

“Avengers: Infinity War” flexed its considerable muscle anew this weekend in North American theaters, pulling in a robust $114.8 million and leaving other top films in its dust, according to figures released on Monday. The three-day take by the Marvel superhero epic gave it the second-highest second weekend of all time, behind only “Star Wars:…

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Saudi sovereign fund plans entertainment centers across kingdom

Saudi Arabia’s main sovereign wealth fund will set up a network of entertainment centers across the kingdom as the government tries to jump-start a domestic leisure industry, the chairman of the company carrying out the plan said on Sunday. Abdullah al-Dawood, chairman of Development and Investment Entertainment Company (DIEC), said his firm envisaged about 20…

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Disney delights ‘Star Wars’ devotees at CinemaCon

LAS VEGAS: Disney treated attendees at Las Vegas movies convention CinemaCon to footage from its hotly-anticipated “Solo: A Star Wars Story” on Tuesday as it whetted appetites for its upcoming slate of blockbusters. While the world’s largest movie studio traditionally keeps back its juiciest surprises for its own biennial D23 Expo, it delighted delegates with…

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Actress who sparked #MeToo movement lends support to Meesha Shafi

Hollywood actress Rose McGowan who triggered the global #MeToo movement, called Meesha Shafi a heroine following the latter’s accusations of sexual harassment against Ali Zafar.  “A heroine of our times. I stand with Meesha Shafi,” tweeted Rose McGowan. Rose McGowan was one of the first women who came forward and accused Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein…

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Natalie Portman not to accept $2m prize in protest against Netanyahu policies

JERUSALEM: Hollywood actress Natalie Portman said she was backing out of a Jerusalem ceremony where she was to receive a $2 million prize to protest against the policies of Israel’s prime minister. “I chose not to attend because I did not want to appear as endorsing Benjamin Netanyahu, who was to be giving a speech…

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Here is what celebs say about Motorcycle Girl

Adventure movie, Motorcycle Girl, has been screened in cinemas across Karachi. Adnan Sarwar’s directorial presents the life of 21-year-old Zeenat Irfan, who traveled northern areas of Pakistan all alone. The flick showcases the troubles a common young woman faces in daily life. Watch this video report to know what showbiz personalities say about the Sohai…

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Kendrick Lamar becomes first rapper to win Pulitzer

California rapper Kendrick Lamar on Monday became the first rapper to win the Pulitzer Prize for music, one of the most prestigious arts awards in the United States. Lamar, 30, won the Pulitzer for his 2017 album “DAMN.” and was also the first music winner in the 100-year history of the Pulitzers to come from…

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New York Times, New Yorker win Pulitzer for #MeToo watershed

NEW YORK: The New York Times and The New Yorker won the Pulitzer Prize for public service on Monday for explosive reporting that brought down Harvey Weinstein and spawned a cultural watershed on the issue of sexual harassment. The prestigious prize was awarded to the Times team led by Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey and…

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Top music videos including ‘Despacito’ defaced by hackers

New York: Some of the most popular music videos on YouTube including mega-hit “Despacito” momentarily disappeared Tuesday in an apparent hacking. Fans looking for videos by top artists including Drake, Katy Perry and Taylor Swift found the footage removed and replaced by messages that included “Free Palestine.” Luis Fonsi’s “Despacito” — the most-watched video of…

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India’s eco warriors who sent Bollywood’s Khan to jail

New Delhi: In the movies Salman Khan always wins. But offscreen, the Bollywood tough guy hero may have met his match in a 530-year-old Hindu sect that puts animals above humans — especially superstars. The determination of the Bishnoi community forced Khan to spend two sleepless nights in a Rajasthan jail following his conviction last…

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Salman Khan walks free after spending two nights in jail

Bollywood’s superstar has been granted bail in a 1998 blackbuck poaching case Saturday after spending two nights in Jodhpur Central Jail. Khan was sentenced to a 5-year jail term on Thursday. Judge Ravindra Kumar Joshi of the Jodhpur District and Sessions Court heard Salman Khan’s bail plea. The actor will have to furnish Rs 50000…

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Schwarzenegger back home after heart surgery: spokesman

LOS ANGELES: Action hero Arnold Schwarzenegger is back home in Los Angeles and in good spirits after undergoing open heart surgery following complications with a routine operation, his spokesman said on Friday. The 70-year-old “Terminator” and “Predator” star, and former governor of California, was at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, near Hollywood, to have a valve…

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Mawra Hocane defends Salman Khan

KARACHI: After five-year jail sentence given to Bollywood superstar Salman Khan, fans and celebrities in Pakistan and India have been expressing their support for the actor through social media. Pakistani actress Mawra Hocane also reacted to the verdict. She raised her voice for Salman on Twitter. “In a world with no “NO” human rights, a…

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Bollywood in shock over Salman Khan’s jail term

Mumbai: Hundreds of disbelieving fans flocked to the home of Bollywood superstar Salman Khan on Thursday in protest against the five-year jail term given on the action hero for poaching endangered antelopes. Khan’s army of devotees took selfies outside the Galaxy apartment complex in the Indian film capital Mumbai as their hero was taken off…

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