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Movie Raid winning hearts in Pakistan

New Bollywood movie, ‘Raid’ starring Ajay Devgan against corruption mafia is winning hearts of the cinemagoers in Pakistan after it was released in the country on March 16.   Written by Ritesh Shah and directed by Raj Kumar Gupta, the action-thriller features Ajay Devgn, lleana D Cruz in the lead. Sannanad Verma and Saurabh Shukla are…

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Women free to speak up as Harvey Weinstein’s company files for bankruptcy

NEW YORK: Harvey Weinstein’s former production company announced it had filed for bankruptcy, less than six months after the Hollywood mogul was beset by avalanching sexual assault allegations. The studio also said it was immediately releasing accusers from non-disclosure agreements which Weinstein had used to silence them, allowing women to speak up without fear of…

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‘Black Panther’ purrs as ‘A Wrinkle in Time’ still flops

LOS ANGELES: Digging in its claws, “Black Panther” clung to its domestic box office lead for a fifth straight week, taking $26.7 million as Disney’s other marquee release “A Wrinkle in Time” crashed and burned, data showed Monday. The 18th release in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe of superhero movies has earned $605 million in the US…

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Filmstar Muhammad Ali being remembered today

LAHORE: The 12th death anniversary of famous film star Muhammad Ali is being observed on Monday (March 19). He was born in Rampur, India on April 19, 1930 and died on March 19, 2006 in Lahore. He was known as Shahenshah-e-Jazbaat, means The Emperor of Emotions. He had starred in over 250 movies played heroes…

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Oscars chief being investigated for sexual harassment: report

LOS ANGELES: John Bailey, president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the body which hands out the Oscars, is being investigated for sexual harassment, Variety reported on Friday. The trade publication said the Academy immediately opened an investigation after receiving three harassment claims against Bailey on Wednesday. Bailey, 75, a cinematographer whose…

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Hollywood director hits out at #MeToo

Paris: Hollywood director Terry Gilliam said Friday that the #MeToo movement has morphed into “mob rule”, claiming that while some women suffered, others used Harvey Weinstein to further their careers. The Monty Python member said Weinstein “is a monster” and that there are “plenty of monsters out there… There are other people (still) behaving like…

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Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik announce split in loving messages

Celebrity couple Zayn Malik and supermodel Gigi Hadid on Tuesday announced they had split up after two years of dating, with both posting statements of mutual love and respect. Malik, a former member of British boy band One Direction, and Hadid, a model for Victoria’s Secret, Fendi and Tommy Hilfiger, gave no reason for the…

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Madonna unveils plan to direct movie on Sierra Leone dancer

NEW YORK: Pop superstar Madonna announced that she will direct a biopic about Michaela DePrince, a war orphan from Sierra Leone who overcame overwhelming odds to become a successful ballerina. “Taking Flight,” taken from the name of DePrince’s 2014 autobiography, will be the musical icon’s third time as a feature film director after “Filth and…

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Rob Cohen cooks up perfect storm in ‘Hurricane Heist’

Los Angeles: This year, the US Federal Reserve will shred an estimated 5.6 billion damaged, out-of-date or just a plain grotty banknotes worth a combined $175 billion and send them to be incinerated. Money gets trashed regularly and mostly no one notices — but what if a powerful hurricane and a gang of sophisticated thieves…

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Marvel man Jon Favreau to direct ‘Star Wars’ series

LOS ANGELES: Veteran filmmaker Jon Favreau is to write and executive produce a live-action series based on the “Star Wars” films for Disney’s forthcoming streaming service, executives said on Thursday. Disney, which owns “Star Wars” production house Lucasfilm, has a decade-long history with the 51-year-old, who has directed, produced or appeared in several superhero movies…

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Saudi Arabia begins issuing cinema licences

Riyadh: Saudi Arabia began issuing licences Thursday to operate cinemas in the kingdom ahead of their reopening after a decades-long ban was lifted as part of a far-reaching liberalisation drive. The move is another step towards opening the Saudi market to regional and international theatre chains, which have long eyed the kingdom as the Middle East’s…

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India bids tearful farewell to Sridevi

Mumbai: Thousands of heartbroken fans and Bollywood actors paid their last respects to Indian superstar Sridevi Kapoor Wednesday following her shock death from accidental drowning in a Dubai hotel bathtub aged just 54. Huge crowds of mourners — some carrying roses, others holding photos of the late actress — lined Mumbai’s streets to see their…

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Shakira pays 20 mn euros tax

Madrid: Superstar Shakira has handed over more than 20 million euros ($24.6 million) to tax authorities in Spain, a report said Tuesday, accused of not paying taxes despite being a resident between 2011 and 2014. Catalan daily El Periodico reported that the Colombian award-winning singer had paid the money “to settle part of the debt…

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This is when Sridevi shocked co-stars in Laadla shooting

MUMBAI: Bollywood’s Chandni Sridevi departed this world after suffering a fatal cardiac arrest on Saturday night in Dubai. Actors who have shared screen space with her in the past, are remembering her and paying tribute to her. Actress Raveena Tandon is one of them. She worked with Chandni in 1994 film Laadla, directed by Raj…

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Here is list of movies in competition at Berlin film festival

BERLIN: The Berlinale, Europe’s first major film festival of the year, will award its Golden and Silver Bear top prizes Saturday at a gala ceremony in the German capital. Nineteen pictures are vying for awards at the 68th edition from a jury led by German director Tom Tykwer (“Run Lola Run”, Netflix series “Babylon Berlin”)….

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Saudi Arabia to invest $64 billion in entertainment sector

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia is to invest $64 billion in its entertainment sector over the coming decade, an official said Thursday, as the kingdom pursues a program of social and economic reforms, according to Arab News. General Entertainment Authority (GEA) chief Ahmad bin Aqeel Al-Khatib said the money will come from both the government and the…

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Good news for Priya, the winking girl

KOLKATA: The budding actress Priya Prakash Varrier heaved a sigh of relief after India’s top court stayed all criminal proceedings against her and director of her maiden film Omar Lulu. The actress and the director of the film ‘Oru Adaar Love’ were booked for allegedly hurting religious sentiments of Muslims in a song of the…

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Saudi Arabia to invest $64 bn in entertainment in next decade

NEWS DESK: Saudi Arabia is to invest $64 billion in its entertainment sector over the coming decade, an official said Thursday, as the kingdom pursues a programme of social and economic reforms, reported AFP. General Entertainment Authority chief Ahmad bin Aqeel al-Khatib said the money will come from both the government and the private sector….

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Deepika Padukone’s Instagram post reveals sterling talent from her childhood days

MUMBAI: Bollywood diva Deepika Padukone who is enjoying the euphoric zone caused by the blockbuster success of her latest flick, Padmavat that is gathering big luck for the movie and those associated with it. Her movie has so far crossed the Rs 500 crore mark at the worldwide box-office. In her latest Instagram post, she…

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Zareen Khan slaps jaw-breaking response to troll; video goes viral

Courtesy: MTV India MUMBAI: Bollywood’s actress Zareen Khan, who debuted into Hindi cinema with movie Veer opposite superstar Salman Khan, is at the center of talk of the town with her treatment of a troll. The video of the actress has gone viral since. Trollers are found everywhere across all social media platforms. These people…

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Watch: Rani Mukerji’s Oye Hichki song video released

MUMBAI: Bollywood’s comely beauty Rani Mukerji is coming back to cinematic world after a hiatus of three years with Hichki- a movie that encourages people to minus discrimination of all sorts from society and embrace all differences of castes, races, complexions, religions, upbringings, and socio-economic backgrounds with open heart. The video has been filmed in…

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