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‘Moonlight’ wins best picture at botched Academy Awards

Posted by on 27/02/2017
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‘Moonlight’ wins best picture at botched Academy Awards

‘Moonlight’ wins best picture at botched Academy Awards

Oscar winner, take two. Barry Jenkins’ “Moonlight” – not, as it turned out, “La La Land” – won best picture at the Academy Awards in a historic Oscar upset and an unprecedented fiasco that saw one winner swapped for another while the “La La Land” producers were in mid-speech. Presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway […]

Iran’s ‘The Salesman’ wins Oscar as Farhadi boycotts

Posted by on 27/02/2017
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Iran’s ‘The Salesman’ wins Oscar as Farhadi boycotts

Iran’s ‘The Salesman’ wins Oscar as Farhadi boycotts

Iranian film “The Salesman” on Sunday won the Oscar for best foreign language film, but director Asghar Farhadi skipped the Hollywood gala in protest at a travel ban by US President Donald Trump. Farhadi initially said he would head to Hollywood for Oscars night, where his film-the story of two actors whose relationship turns sour […]

‘Moonlight’ sweeps Spirit Awards; Affleck wins best actor

Posted by on 26/02/2017
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‘Moonlight’ sweeps Spirit Awards; Affleck wins best actor

‘Moonlight’ sweeps Spirit Awards; Affleck wins best actor

Sunday might be dominated by “La La Land,” but Saturday belonged to “Moonlight.” Barry Jenkins’ luminous coming-of-age tale swept Saturday’s Film Independent Spirit Awards, taking home six awards including best feature. “Moonlight” won every award it was nominated for at the 32nd annual indie awards, the dressed-down, beachside ceremony held the day before the Academy […]

Bethlehem fetes Palestinian Arab Idol singing hero

Posted by on 26/02/2017
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Bethlehem fetes Palestinian Arab Idol singing hero

Bethlehem fetes Palestinian Arab Idol singing hero

Hundreds of Palestinians celebrated in Bethlehem after a young singer from the occupied West Bank city became the second Palestinian to win the Arab Idol television song contest. Yacoub Shaheen, the 23-year-old son of a Syriac Christian carpenter, on Saturday night won the pan-Arab singing competition, defeating a fellow Palestinian and a Yemeni in the […]

David Bowie honors, George Michael tribute top Brit Awards

Posted by on 23/02/2017
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David Bowie honors, George Michael tribute top Brit Awards

David Bowie honors, George Michael tribute top Brit Awards

The Brit Awards recognized big international stars including Drake and Beyonce and a cross-section of home-grown talent Wednesday – but the ceremony was overshadowed by the much-missed David Bowie and George Michael. Bowie, who died in January 2016 at age 69, was crowned British male artist of the year and won British album of the […]

Harvard names Rihanna its humanitarian of the year

Posted by on 23/02/2017
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Harvard names Rihanna its humanitarian of the year

Harvard names Rihanna its humanitarian of the year

Rihanna may be best known as an R&B superstar, but on Wednesday she was named the 2017 Harvard University Humanitarian of the Year for her charity work. The 29-yearold singer from Barbados will be given the award in person on campus on February 28, the university announced. “Rihanna has charitably built a state-of-the-art center for […]

Review: In ‘Get Out,’ the two-faced horrors of racism

Posted by on 22/02/2017
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Review: In ‘Get Out,’ the two-faced horrors of racism

Review: In ‘Get Out,’ the two-faced horrors of racism

Fifty years after Sidney Poitier upended the latent racial prejudices of his white date’s liberal family in “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner,” writer-director Jordan Peele has crafted a similar confrontation with altogether more combustible results in “Get Out.” “Do they know I’m black?” Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) asks his white girlfriend Rose (Allison Williams) as they […]

Chris Brown restrained from model after abuse account

Posted by on 22/02/2017
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Chris Brown restrained from model after abuse account

Chris Brown restrained from model after abuse account

Troubled singer Chris Brown has been ordered to stay away from an ex-girlfriend, model Karrueche Tran, after she said he punched her and threatened to kill her. In documents made public Tuesday, a Los Angeles court granted a restraining order requested by Tran, with Brown facing arrest if he comes near her. Tran, who has […]

A boost for Nollywood with ‘The Wedding Party’ success

Posted by on 21/02/2017
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A boost for Nollywood with ‘The Wedding Party’ success

A boost for Nollywood with ‘The Wedding Party’ success

‘Our weddings are very colorful, a lot of dancing, a lot of drama, that’s who we are’ Nollywood film “The Wedding Party” has shown Nigerian cinema at the top of its game, with its success at the box office taking it to new audiences across Africa and the world. The country may well be in […]

UNESCO appoints Iraqi composer ‘Musician for Peace’

Posted by on 21/02/2017
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UNESCO appoints Iraqi composer ‘Musician for Peace’

UNESCO appoints Iraqi composer ‘Musician for Peace’

UN Education Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) announced Monday it is appointing Iraqi composer and Oud virtuso Nasser Shamma as its “Artist for Peace” in recognition of his life’s work in favor of peace, a statement from that body said. The UN organization’s Director-General, Irina Bokova, will formally honor Shamma on February 23 and appoint […]

Alcohol, drugs and sexuality: Arab Israeli film faces backlash

Posted by on 19/02/2017
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Alcohol, drugs and sexuality: Arab Israeli film faces backlash

Alcohol, drugs and sexuality: Arab Israeli film faces backlash

The culture clash in “Bar Bahar” starts off when Nur, a veiled and conservative Muslim, moves into a flat with two other Arab Israeli women and sees their drug-taking, party-going lives. But for its director, the real shock of the film, which opened last month in Israel, has been the controversy it has whipped up, […]

Hungarian slaughterhouse love story wins Berlin fest Golden Bear

Posted by on 19/02/2017
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Hungarian slaughterhouse love story wins Berlin fest Golden Bear

Hungarian slaughterhouse love story wins Berlin fest Golden Bear

Hungary’s “On Body and Soul”, a tender love story set in a slaughterhouse, won the Golden Bear top prize Saturday at the Berlin film festival, Europe’s first major cinema showcase of the year. The drama by Ildiko Enyedi, one of four female filmmakers in competition, features graphic scenes in an abattoir set against the budding […]

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