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For Okja, growing a GMO pig from page to screen

Posted by on 24/06/2017
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For Okja, growing a GMO pig from page to screen

For Okja, growing a GMO pig from page to screen

The giant genetically modified pig of Bong Joon Ho’s “Okja” is 8-feet tall, 13-feet long and would, if real, weigh six tons. It looks most like a hippo, but it has big floppy dog ears and moves a little like an elephant. It’s a hybrid creature for a hybrid movie. Like the South Korean director’s […]

‘El Chapo’ to sue Netflix over series

Posted by on 24/06/2017
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‘El Chapo’ to sue Netflix over series

‘El Chapo’ to sue Netflix over series

Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman plans to sue Netflix and Univision for allegedly defaming him with a TV series about his life, one of his lawyers said Thursday. The series, “El Chapo”-which premiered in April-presents Guzman as a “heartless criminal,” damaging his image just as he faces trial in US federal court next […]

Philippine star announces new transgender name

Posted by on 22/06/2017
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Philippine star announces new transgender name

Philippine star announces new transgender name

US television star and music sensation Charice Pempengco of the Philippines has announced a new transgender identity, revealing his new name on Twitter: Jake Zyrus. “My first tweet as Jake. Overwhelmed. Saw all your love comments and I’m so happy. Finally. I love you, everyone and see you soon,” the 25-year-old wrote this week on […]

Bangladeshi actress’ film to faith tale proves smash hit

Posted by on 21/06/2017
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Bangladeshi actress’ film to faith tale proves smash hit

Bangladeshi actress’ film to faith tale proves smash hit

In Bangladesh, where morality tales top bestseller lists, the real-life transformation of Naznin Akter Happy from an actress embroiled in scandal to a fully-veiled ultra-conservative Islamic preacher has proved sensational. An expose shedding new light on the 22-year-old’s moment of revelation is flying off shelves in the conservative country, where a stricter interpretation of Islamic […]

Coppola’s ‘The Beguiled’ disturbing and beautiful

Posted by on 20/06/2017
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Coppola’s ‘The Beguiled’ disturbing and beautiful

Coppola’s ‘The Beguiled’ disturbing and beautiful

“The Beguiled ” is a strange and uncomfortable film in both of its iterations. Sofia Coppola’s take is more nuanced than the 1971 original, with deeper insight into the ladies of Ms Farnsworth’s Seminary and perhaps not enough into the wounded soldier who disrupts their lives. The writer-director brings her characteristic elegance to the film, […]

Bill Cosby faces 2nd sex assault trial after jury deadlocks

Posted by on 18/06/2017
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Bill Cosby faces 2nd sex assault trial after jury deadlocks

Bill Cosby faces 2nd sex assault trial after jury deadlocks

Prosecutors found themselves back to square one Saturday after the jury in Bill Cosby’s sexual assault case declared itself hopelessly deadlocked, resulting in a mistrial for the 79-year-old TV star facing accusations he first drugged then molested a woman more than a decade ago. Cosby’s team declared victory, however temporary, as the comedian and actor […]

Richard Gere: ‘Pretty Woman still has its magic’

Posted by on 13/06/2017
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Richard Gere: ‘Pretty Woman still has its magic’

Richard Gere: ‘Pretty Woman still has its magic’

Richard Gere thinks ‘Pretty Woman’ had a special “magic” to it. The 67-year-old actor – who played businessman Edward Lewis in the 1990 romantic comedy alongside Julia Roberts as his lover Vivian Ward – admitted the iconic movie isn’t always “in his life”, but he is regularly asked about it, and he believes its enduring […]

‘Wonder Woman’ buries ‘The Mummy’ at box office

Posted by on 13/06/2017
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‘Wonder Woman’ buries ‘The Mummy’ at box office

‘Wonder Woman’ buries ‘The Mummy’ at box office

Superhero movie “Wonder Woman” maintained its lead at the North American box office over the weekend pulling in $58.5 million and burying newcomer “The Mummy,” industry figures showed. The action film starring Gal Gadot has grossed an impressive $206.3 million in domestic ticket sales in two weeks, placing it in the top tier of movies […]

Intimate, wrenching ‘Evan Hansen’ takes top honors at Tonys

Posted by on 12/06/2017
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Intimate, wrenching ‘Evan Hansen’ takes top honors at Tonys

Intimate, wrenching ‘Evan Hansen’ takes top honors at Tonys

An intimate, heart-wrenching musical about loneliness, teen angst and suicide in the age of hyper connectivity capped its unlikely journey to Broadway smash by winning top honors at the Tonys. “Dear Evan Hansen,” starring 23-year-old Ben Platt in a breakout – and knockout – performance, took six awards Sunday evening at Radio City Music Hall, […]

Condoms, bribery, warlords: Afghans find truth in comedy

Posted by on 10/06/2017
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Condoms, bribery, warlords: Afghans find truth in comedy

Condoms, bribery, warlords: Afghans find truth in comedy

They are a thorn in the side of abusive Afghan warlords, corrupt policemen and double-dealing politicians, skewering them on television-with laughter. Comedy can be a dangerous business in Afghanistan, but the stars of TV show “Shabak-e-Khanda”-or Laughter Network-are unabashed even in the face of threats of violence. Their skits calling out wrongdoing and incompetence with […]

Hollywood seeks to scare new generation with shark thriller

Posted by on 10/06/2017
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Hollywood seeks to scare new generation with shark thriller

Hollywood seeks to scare new generation with shark thriller

More than 40 years ago, Americans were afraid to go into the water as “Jaws” scared the daylights out of a generation of ocean swimmers. Hollywood is hoping for a repeat this summer with the movie “47 Meters Down.” There have been more than 50 shark movies since Steven Spielberg made cinematic history with “Jaws” […]

Palestinian violinist brings music to young refugees

Posted by on 10/06/2017
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Palestinian violinist brings music to young refugees

Palestinian violinist brings music to young refugees

As a boy, Ramzi Aburedwan found himself caught up in the first Palestinian uprising, a well-known photo at the time showing him holding stones to throw at Israeli soldiers. He has since become a respected musician and composer, who gives back to children from Palestinian refugee camps, like himself. Today, he provides musical training to […]

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