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Cruz, Bardem team up again for film about Pablo Escobar

MADRID: Oscar-winning Spanish actors Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem will begin shooting a movie about Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar next month, the married couple’s first film together since 2008. “Escobar”, a Spanish-Bulgarian joint project to be filmed in Colombia, will go into production on October 24 with Bardem playing Escobar and Cruz playing his…

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September 28, 2016

 

Sony Pictures and China’s Wanda enter film partnership

BEIJING: Chinese conglomerate Wanda announced plans Friday to invest in movies produced by Sony Pictures under an agreement that moves the company closer to its goal of becoming a major Hollywood player. Owned by one of the country’s richest men, billionaire Wang Jianlin, Wanda is seeking to shift its focus from property to services and…

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September 23, 2016

 

Sharmeen pays tribute to Easter blast victims

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s first Academy award winner, director Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, has paid tribute to victims of the Easter bombing in the eastern city of Lahore with a short film posted to her Facebook page. The 1.5-minute film titled “An Ode to Lahore, the Beautiful City” opens with a shot of the famous Badshahi mosque before showing…

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March 30, 2016

 

DiCaprio visits Indonesian jungle to support environmentalists

JAKARTA:  Oscar-winning actor Leonardo DiCaprio has visited the Indonesian jungle to help protect a biodiverse area from deforestation. Fresh from clinching his long-awaited first Oscar last month, DiCaprio spent the weekend in the Leuser ecosystem, on Indonesia’s main western island of Sumatra. The actor, an ardent supporter of environmental causes, was pictured accompanied by local environmentalists…

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March 29, 2016

 

The Revenue: Pakistani tax official celebrates DiCaprio Oscar win

MUZAFFARABAD: A Pakistani civil servant who never let go of hope Leonardo DiCaprio might win an Oscar became a social media star after his memo ordering a tea break for staff celebrating the actor’s long-awaited victory went viral. Rizwan Ahmed, Assistant Commissioner of the Inland Revenue department in Azad Jammu and Kashmir, told AFP Tuesday…

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March 8, 2016

 

A look into Oscar winning “Girl in the River”

“A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness” directed by Pakistani filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy has won Oscar award for best documentary short. The film follows 19-year-old Saba, a survivor of an attempted ‘honor killing’ who was beaten, shot and thrown into a river after she ran off to marry a man.

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February 29, 2016

 

PM congratulates Sharmeen on Oscar

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister nawaz Sharif Monday congratulated Ms Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy on winning the Oscar’s Award for the second time for her documentary “A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness”. Lauding the efforts of Ms Sharmeen, the Prime Minister said that there was no place for killing in the name of honour in…

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February 29, 2016

 

‘That is the power of film’

HOLLYWOOD: A documentary about a Pakistani girl shot in the face by her own family won an Oscar on Sunday, after helping persuade the government to fight so-called “honor killings.” “A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness” won the Academy Award for best documentary short at the star-studded ceremony in Hollywood. The Oscar…

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February 29, 2016

 

‘Spotlight’ wins Oscar for best picture

LOS ANGELES: “Spotlight,” the movie that recreates the Boston Globe’s probe of sex abuse in the Catholic Church, won the Oscar for best picture on Sunday, the highest honor in the film industry. The film, which took years to research, follows the journalists who in 2002 revealed that church officials had routinely covered up reports…

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February 29, 2016

 

DiCaprio wins best actor Oscar for ‘The Revenant’

LOS ANGELES: Leonardo DiCaprio won his first Oscar on Sunday for his leading role in revenge movie “The Revenant.” DiCaprio, 41, had been nominated four times previously for an Oscar over a career spanning 25 years. But he was favorite to finally take home the best actor Academy Award this year for his grueling portrayal…

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February 29, 2016

 

Brie Larson wins best actress Oscar for ‘Room’

LOS ANGELES: Brie Larson won the best actress Oscar on Sunday for her role as a young woman held hostage for years with a young son in the emotional thriller “Room.” It is the first Oscar and nomination for the 26-year-old Larson, who has starred in more than 45 films and television shows in the…

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February 29, 2016

 

Alejandro Iñárritu wins best director Oscar for ‘The Revenant’

HOLLYWOOD: Mexico’s Alejandro Iñárritu won the best director Oscar on Sunday for drama “The Revenant” about a fur trapper who survives a bear attack and treks across a desolate landscape in winter. Iñárritu was the first filmmaker in more than 60 years to win a back-to-back director’s Oscar. Iñárritu won best director last year for…

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February 29, 2016

 

‘Son of Saul’ wins Oscar for best foreign language film

LOS ANGELES: The Hungarian movie “Son of Saul,” a harrowing Holocaust drama, won the Oscar on Sunday for best foreign language film. It was Hungarian-French director László Nemes’ first full-length film, which had been seen as the favorite to win the award after it won a Golden Globe for best foreign language film and took…

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February 29, 2016

 

‘Inside Out’ wins Oscar for best animated film

LOS ANGELES: The adventure comedy “Inside Out” from Walt Disney’s Pixar studio won the Oscar on Sunday for best animated feature film. The film by Pixar, which made “Toy Story”  nearly two decades ago and “Up” in 2009, is set in the mind of a young girl Riley, where the emotions of Joy, Anger, Disgust,…

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February 29, 2016

 

Sharmeen Obaid wins Oscar

HOLLYWOOD: Pakistani filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy has won Oscar award for her short documentary on the issue of honour killings in Pakistan. She accepted the Best Documentary Short Subject award for ‘A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness’ during the 88th Annual Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre on Monday. The 37-year-old Pakistani-Canadian claimed…

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February 29, 2016

 

Sharmeen Obaid eyes 2nd Oscar

HOLLYWOOD: Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy made history by winning Pakistan’s first Oscar four years ago. Now she’s back in Hollywood, hoping to scoop a second Academy Award for her harrowing film about a teenage girl shot in the face by her own family. But while other Oscar nominees obsess about hair and make-up, the 37-year-old filmmaker has…

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February 28, 2016

 

PM hosts screening of Oscar-nominated film

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Monday hosted a special screening of an Oscar-nominated documentary made by Oscar-winner Pakistani director Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy. “A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness” highlights scourge of so-called honour killings of women in Pakistan and other countries. Related story: Sharmeen Obaid’s film nominated for Oscars Addressing at…

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February 22, 2016

 

Inarritu scoops top DGA prize for ‘The Revenant’

LOS ANGELES: Mexican filmmaker Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s bid for Oscars glory was boosted Saturday as he took top prize at the Directors Guild of America honors — seen as a bellwether for the Academy Awards. Inarritu was crowned best director for revenge and survival epic “The Revenant,” three weeks ahead of the glittering culmination of…

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February 7, 2016

 

‘The Revenant’ becomes Oscar front-runner

LOS ANGELES: Grueling revenge movie “The Revenant” emerged as the Oscar front-runner on Thursday in nominations that pit big-budget movies against small personal dramas and once again shut actors of color out of the industry’s biggest honors. The hashtag #OscarsSoWhite was quickly revived on Twitter. It had emerged last year, when only white actors received…

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January 18, 2016

 

Oscars nominations ceremony begins

LOS ANGELES: Oscars organizers on Thursday began announcing the names of the nominees for the 88th Academy Awards, which will be handed out next month.  The ceremony begins with nominations in technical categories. Nominations for the major prizes including best picture were expected towards the end of the roughly 15-minute announcement by the Academy of…

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January 14, 2016

 

Jennifer Lawrence tackles Hollywood sexism

LOS ANGELES: One of Hollywood’s top movie stars Jennifer Lawrence hit out against film industry sexism in a blunt essay Tuesday for an online feminist newsletter. The Oscar-winning actress blasted pay inequality between the sexes in her post for Lenny, a newsletter co-founded by Lena Dunham, but admitted she had failed to tackle the issue…

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October 14, 2015

 
 
 
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