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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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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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Tiger Shroff’s girlfriend keeps checking his phone

MUMBAI: The romance between Tiger Shroff and Disha Patani has been the talk of the town for a while and the couple has been spotted together on vacations. Reports emerging in the media suggest that Disha is a control freak and has been controlling Tiger. The young actor is apparently forbidden from interacting with his…

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Aamir Khan’s film tops Chinese box office

MUMBAI: Bollywood film Secret Superstar starring Aamir Khan and Zaira Wasim, has created a mayhem in China, accumulating 117.61 million dollars, Indian Express reported. The 2017 film had earned Rs 63.40 crore in India. Aamir Khan has become a huge star in China. His Dangal too dominated the Chinese box office. It ended its theatrical…

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#MeToo debate dominates Berlin filmfest opening

Acclaimed US director Wes Anderson’s new animated feature “Isle of Dogs” will on Thursday kick off the Berlin film festival, which is set to be rocked by aftershocks of the #MeToo movement. With the global cinema industry in turmoil over allegations of rampant sexual misconduct, the 11-day event will seek a delicate balance between Hollywood…

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Pakistani actor Sanam Saeed slams ban on PadMan

NEWS DESK: Akshay Kumar’s Padman, which has got a green signal from as many as 50 countries, won’t be releasing in Pakistan. An exhibitor from Pakistan says that the film has been denied a No-Objection Certificate (NOC) due to its subject. Another industry source told the Indian website that Padman was initially bought by Amjad Rashid…

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Madhuri rejoins co-actor after 23 years in Marathi film

MUMBAI: Former Bollywood diva Madhuri Dixit is all poised to work again with her former co-star from her box office hit ‘Hum Aapke Hain Koun’ but this time round in Marathi movie. The two Maharashtrian divas, Dixit Nene and Renuka Shahane last worked together 23 years ago in the blockbuster Salman Khan-starrer Hum Aapke Hain…

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Watch: I’m writing a film’s script, says Ali Gul Pir

NEWS DESK: Ali Gul Pir of Waderay ka Beta fame is penning the script of a film. He told our reporter Shah Jahan Khurram that once he has prepared it, he will go about knocking doors for funds to make the film. Watch here:

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Devil is back: Kick 2 to be released on Christmas 2019

MUMBAI: After seizing the box office with his latest flick, Bollywood’s superstar Salman Khan is all poised to act in the sequel of movie Kick set to be released on Christmas 2019. The makers of Kick 2, the production company Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment announced it on their official account of on Wednesday. The wait is…

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