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Sridevi, Irrfan Khan win top Bollywood awards

Bollywood superstar Sridevi Kapoor was honoured for her final role at India’s movie awards in Bangkok, winning best actress at the celebration of dance, music and film just months after her shock death. Sridevi was considered one of the most influential Bollywood actresses of all time. Her death from accidental drowning in a Dubai hotel…

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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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Oscar winner Danny Boyle to direct next James Bond film

Academy Award winner Danny Boyle will direct the next James Bond film, the movie’s producers said on Friday, with actor Daniel Craig returning for his fifth outing as Britain’s famous fictional spy, the smooth-talking, martini-drinking 007. Production on the 25th installment in the Bond movie franchise will begin in December at Britain’s Pinewood Studios. The…

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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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‘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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New York Times’ Weinstein investigation to be developed as film

A behind-the-scenes dramatization on how the New York Times broke the story that accused powerful Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein of a pattern of sexual misconduct will be developed as a feature film, one of its backers said on Wednesday. Annapurna Pictures and Brad Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment acquired the film rights to the story by…

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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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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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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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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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Review: Cake is a polished film

By Rafay Mahmood Rafay Mahmood is a culture journalist from Balochistan. He is a Chevening scholar, pursuing an MA in Global Creative & Cultural Industries at SOAS

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Schwarzenegger wakes from heart surgery declaring: ‘I’m back!’

Los Angeles: Hollywood action star Arnold Schwarzenegger is in a stable condition after undergoing emergency open-heart surgery, his representatives said Friday, adding that his first words on waking were “I’m back.” The 70-year-old actor turned activist — famous for the catchphrase “I’ll be back” — was in a Los Angeles hospital Thursday to have a…

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Selfies banned on red carpet at Cannes film festival

Paris, France: The head of the Cannes film festival said Friday he was banning selfies on the red carpet, claiming they caused “unwanted disorder” before premieres. Thierry Fremaux tried once before to ban the “ridiculous and grotesque” practice at the world’s most prestigious film festival in 2015, before backing down. Instead he pleaded with filmgoers, who…

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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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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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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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