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Villain ‘Venom’ is North American box office hero

Posted by on 09/10/2018
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Villain ‘Venom’ is North American box office hero

Villain ‘Venom’ is North American box office hero

Superhero blockbuster “Venom” saved the day at the North American box office this weekend, pulling in more than $80 million in ticket sales, industry data showed on Monday. The film, a Spider-Man spinoff marking the official launch of Sony’s Marvel Universe, stars Tom Hardy as a journalist who becomes the host for an alien symbiote […]

#MeToo gathers steam in India

Posted by on 08/10/2018
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#MeToo gathers steam in India

#MeToo gathers steam in India

MUMBAI: The year-old #MeToo movement has long failed to take root in India, but a Bollywood actress’ accusations of sexual harassment appear to be emboldening women to speak out at last. In recent days other Bollywood figures, a comedian, a bestselling author and top journalists have all found themselves accused of abusing their positions to […]

James Bond will never be played by a woman

Posted by on 08/10/2018
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James Bond will never be played by a woman

James Bond will never be played by a woman

James Bond will never be played by a woman. Producer Barbara Broccoli has insisted that the franchise featuring the suave spy will never be rebooted with a woman taking on the leading role. She told The Guardian: “Bond is male. He’s a male character. He was written as a male and I think he’ll probably […]

‘House arrest’ drama and others test boundaries in Russia

Posted by on 07/10/2018
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‘House arrest’ drama and others test boundaries in Russia

‘House arrest’ drama and others test boundaries in Russia

Russian courts are sometimes described as a theatre of the absurd, but it is television and cinema that have recently pushed political boundaries with their depictions of trials on screen. A comedy series called “House Arrest” on a popular Russian entertainment channel has links to real, high-profile cases, while a new Leo Tolstoy biopic has […]

Indian actress takes #MeToo claims to police

Posted by on 07/10/2018
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Indian actress takes #MeToo claims to police

Indian actress takes #MeToo claims to police

The Indian actress whose public allegations of sexual harassment by a Bollywood star is sparking a string of similar #MeToo claims has filed a formal complaint, police told AFP yesterday. Former Miss Universe contestant Tanushree Dutta first alleged in 2008 that multi-award-winning Nana Patekar behaved inappropriately towards her during the making of a romantic comedy […]

Boyzone’s connection to Stephen Gately

Posted by on 07/10/2018
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Boyzone’s connection to Stephen Gately

Boyzone’s connection to Stephen Gately

Boyzone insist it has always been “very important” to retain their connection to Stephen Gately. The quartet – Ronan Keating, Shane Lynch, Mikey Graham and Keith Duffy – were devastated when their bandmate died from natural causes in 2009 but they’ve always been “very respectful” of his memory and were delighted to use his vocals […]

Asia’s stars grace the red carpet at Busan Film Festival

Posted by on 04/10/2018
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Asia’s stars grace the red carpet at Busan Film Festival

Asia’s stars grace the red carpet at Busan Film Festival

The looming threat of Typhoon Kong-Rey failed to cloud a glittering opening to the 23rd Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) yesterday, with a parade of the region’s brightest stars gracing the red carpet. South Korean K-pop singer-turned-actress Choi Soo-young was joined at the festival’s opening gala by the likes of Hong Kong actress Sammi Cheng, […]

EgyptAir stands by ‘surreal’ Drew Barrymore interview

Posted by on 04/10/2018
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EgyptAir stands by ‘surreal’ Drew Barrymore interview

EgyptAir stands by ‘surreal’ Drew Barrymore interview

EgyptAir stood by its story yesterday after US actress Drew Barrymore’s spokesperson denied she took part in an interview with the airline’s in-flight magazine that went viral over its bizarre content. “This interview with Drew Barrymore in the Egypt Air inflight magazine is, umm, surreal,” journalist and Yemen expert Adam Baron wrote on Twitter. The […]

Will Bollywood brush #MeToo claims under the red carpet?

Posted by on 04/10/2018
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Will Bollywood brush #MeToo claims under the red carpet?

Will Bollywood brush #MeToo claims under the red carpet?

The first time Bollywood actress Tanushree Dutta accused her co-star of sexually harassing her on set a decade ago, she was threatened with violence – and then ignored. When she repeated the accusation in an interview last week – a year after reports of sexual misconduct engulfed Hollywood – it unleashed a wave of sympathy […]

Disappeared China star Fan ordered to pay $129m over taxes

Posted by on 03/10/2018
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Disappeared China star Fan ordered to pay $129m over taxes

Disappeared China star Fan ordered to pay $129m over taxes

Chinese superstar Fan Bingbing has been ordered to pay more than $129 million in taxes and fines, state media said yesterday, months after the once ubiquitous celebrity disappeared from the public eye. The 36-year-old actress, model and producer has been a household name in China for years and tasted Hollywood success with a role in […]

Neither rich nor crazy: Film noir sheds light on Singapore’s migrant laborers

Posted by on 02/10/2018
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Neither rich nor crazy: Film noir sheds light on Singapore’s migrant laborers

Neither rich nor crazy: Film noir sheds light on Singapore’s migrant laborers

A world away from the opulence showcased in hit rom-com “Crazy Rich Asians”, a critically acclaimed film noir is shedding light on a less well-known side of Singapore-the precarious existence of its migrant workers. “A Land Imagined” tells the story of a Chinese laborer who goes missing while working on a building site, and the […]

Charles Aznavour, France’s eternal crooner poet

Posted by on 01/10/2018
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Charles Aznavour, France’s eternal crooner poet

Charles Aznavour, France’s eternal crooner poet

They told him he was too ugly, too short and that he couldn’t sing. But Charles Aznavour, who has died aged 94, became one of the greatest singer-songwriters of the 20th century. He was dubbed France’s Frank Sinatra, but unlike the American crooner, Aznavour wrote his own songs, often breaking taboos about marriage, homosexuality and […]