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On an otherwise quiet movie weekend, ‘Ralph’ wrecks it again

Posted by on 10/12/2018
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On an otherwise quiet movie  weekend, ‘Ralph’ wrecks it again

On an otherwise quiet movie weekend, ‘Ralph’ wrecks it again

Disney’s “Ralph Breaks the Internet” has again topped North American box offices, taking in an estimated $16.1 million for the weekend to narrowly edge out another family-oriented animation, Universal’s “The Grinch,” industry tracker Exhibitor Relations said Sunday. On a last quiet weekend before the coming crush of holiday films, the order of the top five […]

‘Joy’ snags Etoile d’Or at Marrakesh film festival

Posted by on 09/12/2018
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‘Joy’ snags Etoile d’Or at Marrakesh film festival

‘Joy’ snags Etoile d’Or at Marrakesh film festival

Austrian filmmaker Sudabeh Mortezai’s “Joy”, an unflinching look at migrant sex workers in Europe, won top prize Saturday at the Marrakesh film festival in Morocco. Italian actress Monica Bellucci presented the trophy for the film, which tells the story of a young Nigerian forced into prostitution in Vienna. Marrakesh’s 17th annual festival was attended by […]

Hollywood awards season kicks off with Golden Globes noms

Posted by on 06/12/2018
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Hollywood awards season kicks off with Golden Globes noms

Hollywood awards season kicks off with Golden Globes noms

Hollywood’s annual carnival of awards shows began yesterday with the nominations for the Golden Globes-the starting gun in the race for the Oscars. The announcements, which come a week before the influential Screen Actors Guild nominations, are the first major bellwether of momentum going into the Academy Awards, which take place in February. Awards analysis […]

Marrakech International Film Festival honors Jillali Ferhati

Posted by on 06/12/2018
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Marrakech International Film Festival honors Jillali Ferhati

Marrakech International Film Festival honors Jillali Ferhati

Moroccan actor and director Jillali Ferhati received the Golden Star of the Marrakech International Film Festival. A tribute to the director of “The Beach of Lost Children”, ” From the Dawn” or “Ultimate Revolt” on the evening of December 5th. After Robert De Niro and Agn├Ęs Varda, it is the turn of Moroccan filmmaker Jillali […]

Ariana Grande’s ‘Thank U, Next’ video smashes records

Posted by on 06/12/2018
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Ariana Grande’s ‘Thank U, Next’ video smashes records

Ariana Grande’s ‘Thank U, Next’ video smashes records

Pop star Ariana Grande’s sugary new music video for the hit “Thank U, Next” is now the fastest to rack up 100 million views on YouTube, the platform told AFP Wednesday. After dropping Friday, the clip needed little more than three days to eclipse South Korea’s Psy, whose video for “Gentleman” took a few hours […]

Sean Penn in Istanbul to film Khashoggi documentary

Posted by on 05/12/2018
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Sean Penn in Istanbul to film Khashoggi documentary

Sean Penn in Istanbul to film Khashoggi documentary

American actor Sean Penn was in Istanbul yesterday to film a documentary about the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the kingdom’s consulate, Turkish media reported. Khashoggi, a US resident since 2017, was killed during his visit to the consulate to obtain marriage-related paperwork on October 2. In one image shared by state news […]

Director Gray lambasts ‘imbecile’ Trump at Marrakech film fest

Posted by on 04/12/2018
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Director Gray lambasts ‘imbecile’ Trump at Marrakech film fest

Director Gray lambasts ‘imbecile’ Trump at Marrakech film fest

US director James Gray, chairman of this year’s Marrakech film festival, on Monday lambasted his country’s President Donald Trump as an “imbecile” and source of embarrassment for Americans abroad. “It’s been very hard for me to be here because the president of the United States is a moron and a very dangerous moron,” he told […]

Iraq’s Mohamed Al-Daradji battles inner demons through film

Posted by on 03/12/2018
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Iraq’s Mohamed Al-Daradji battles inner demons through film

Iraq’s Mohamed Al-Daradji battles inner demons through film

The Iraq War may have ended in 2011, but for filmmaker Mohamed Al-Daradji, the conflict that tore his country apart remains very much part of his everyday life. “You could say that my movies are a way of coping with the (aftermath) of the war,” the 40-year-old told AFP in Los Angeles this week as […]

Varda receives Honorary Award at Morocco festival

Posted by on 03/12/2018
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Varda receives Honorary Award at Morocco festival

Varda receives Honorary Award at Morocco festival

French film director Agnes Varda reacts as she receives a Honorary Award during the 17th Marrakech International Film Festival on Sunday. US director Martin Scorsese and actor Robert de Niro also on Sunday discussed the changing nature of cinema in the age of streaming services on the sidelines of the Marrakech Film Festival. “The cinema […]

Kites, dancing penguins and magic: ‘Mary Poppins Returns’

Posted by on 02/12/2018
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Kites, dancing penguins and magic: ‘Mary Poppins Returns’

Kites, dancing penguins and magic: ‘Mary Poppins Returns’

Flying through the clouds with a black parrot umbrella and holding her signature carpet bag, whimsical British nanny Mary Poppins made her “practically perfect” movie comeback on Thursday, more than 50 years after first charming audiences worldwide. “Mary Poppins Returns,” set some 20 years after the film that made Julie Andrews a star, had its […]

Qatari female ‘pioneers’ bask in filmmaking spotlight

Posted by on 02/12/2018
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Qatari female ‘pioneers’ bask in filmmaking spotlight

Qatari female ‘pioneers’ bask in filmmaking spotlight

As Qatari filmmakers gathered on the red carpet at Doha’s Ajyal Film Festival one thing stood out-the majority of local directors are women. “I think this is a question that everyone is mesmerized by: the idea that we have more women in filmmaking here in Doha than men,” said festival director Fatma Al-Remaihi. Among those […]

Chopra, Jonas married in traditional Hindu ceremony

Posted by on 02/12/2018
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Chopra, Jonas married in traditional Hindu ceremony

Chopra, Jonas married in traditional Hindu ceremony

US singer Nick Jonas and “Quantico” actor Priyanka Chopra married in a traditional Hindu ceremony yesterday, the culmination of a three-day long wedding celebration that featured cricket matches and Bollywood songs, all taking place in a heritage Indian palace atop a hill. The couple exchanged vows in a Christian ceremony on Saturday, wearing custom-made Ralph […]

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