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Pakistan’s qawwali music fights to be heard after singer’s death

Posted by on 26/04/2018
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Pakistan’s qawwali music fights to be heard after singer’s death

Pakistan’s qawwali music fights to be heard after singer’s death

 Nearly two years after Pakistan’s foremost qawwali singer Amjad Sabri was gunned down in Karachi, the devotional music of Islam’s Sufi mystical sect is struggling to survive, as fears of sectarianism and modern pressures slowly drown out its powerfully hypnotic strains. Thousands poured into the streets near Sabri’s family home after his death for […]

Marvel heroes together en masse for ‘Avengers: Infinity War’

Posted by on 25/04/2018
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Marvel heroes together en masse for ‘Avengers: Infinity War’

Marvel heroes together en masse for ‘Avengers: Infinity War’

More than two dozen superheroes. One big baddie. Let the mega-battle begin-and watch the box office receipts pile up. This week, Marvel Studios unleashes the highly-anticipated “Avengers: Infinity War” on theaters worldwide, almost 10 years to the day that it introduced movie fans to its ever-expanding comic book world with “Iron Man.” The film, set […]

Japan pop star accused of forcibly kissing teen

Posted by on 25/04/2018
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Japan pop star accused of forcibly kissing teen

Japan pop star accused of forcibly kissing teen

A member of popular Japanese boy band Tokio has been accused of forcibly kissing a high school girl at his apartment, local media said yesterday. Tatsuya Yamaguchi’s agents have acknowledged the incident and apologized. Police have referred the incident to prosecutors, local media said. Yamaguchi, 46, is accused of asking the high school girl, whose […]

Sony wows CinemaCon with glitzy opening show

Posted by on 24/04/2018
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Sony wows CinemaCon with glitzy opening show

Sony wows CinemaCon with glitzy opening show

Oscar-winning filmmaker Quentin Tarantino vowed Monday that his leading men Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt would make as iconic a silver screen duo as Paul Newman and Robert Redford. The 2019 movie “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” will look at the death throes of the old studio system-seen as a pivotal time in show […]

Madonna loses bid to stop auction of intimate items

Posted by on 24/04/2018
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Madonna loses bid to stop auction of intimate items

Madonna loses bid to stop auction of intimate items

Madonna lost Monday a nearly year-long bid to stop an auction of intimate items, including a breakup letter from rap legend Tupac Shakur. A judge ruled that the Material Girl had directed her legal action against the wrong target in going after Darlene Lutz, a New York art dealer who helped Madonna build a collection […]

South Africa’s Pops rocks

Posted by on 23/04/2018
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South Africa’s Pops rocks

South Africa’s Pops rocks

A unique musical blend of tradition and modernity  In an ambience of melodious tones, South Africa’s Pop Mohamed and his group enthralled the audience as they unleashed their instrumentals in their unique form of music at the Al-Yarmouk Theater on Sunday. The event was organized by the Embassy of the Republic of South Africa […]

A Syrian dancer’s journey from hell to the Paris stage

Posted by on 23/04/2018
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A Syrian dancer’s journey from hell to the Paris stage

A Syrian dancer’s journey from hell to the Paris stage

Yara Al-Hasbani was putting the finishing touches to her make-up for a performance of “Romeo and Juliet” in Damascus when she found out her father had been tortured to death. It was the moment the dancer’s world turned upside down. “The little girl in me died at that moment,” says the 24-year-old, who had protested […]

‘Avatar’ director Cameron says he still hopes to film four sequels

Posted by on 22/04/2018
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‘Avatar’ director Cameron says he still hopes to film four sequels

‘Avatar’ director Cameron says he still hopes to film four sequels

“Avatar” director James Cameron said he still aims to make four sequels to the 2009 science-fiction blockbuster and is moving ahead with production while regulators review the proposed sale of 21st Century Fox’s film studio to Walt Disney Co. Speaking to reporters on Saturday, Cameron said he is about 100 days into filming the second […]

‘Mini-Me’ actor Verne Troyer dead at 49

Posted by on 22/04/2018
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‘Mini-Me’ actor Verne Troyer dead at 49

‘Mini-Me’ actor Verne Troyer dead at 49

Verne Troyer, best known for his role as Mini-Me in the “Austin Powers” movies, died Saturday. He was 49. While no cause of death was given, a statement on the actor’s social media accounts said he had gone through a “recent time of adversity” and alluded to suicide and depression as “serious issues.” “Over the […]

Cinema makes return to Saudi Arabia

Posted by on 21/04/2018
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Cinema makes return to Saudi Arabia

Cinema makes return to Saudi Arabia

  Saudi Arabia hosted its first public film screening in over 35 years on Friday, two days after US movie giant AMC unveiled the kingdom’s debut theatre in Riyadh. Clutching prized tickets for what AMC said was a sold-out showing of Hollywood blockbuster action film “Black Panther”, men and women walked into the movie hall […]

Dance music superstar Avicii dead at 28

Posted by on 21/04/2018
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Dance music superstar Avicii dead at 28

Dance music superstar Avicii dead at 28

Avicii, one of the world’s most successful DJs who helped usher in the global boom in electronic music but struggled to cope with the hard-partying lifestyle, died Friday in Oman, his representative said. He was 28. Two years after his unusually early retirement from touring amid recurring health scares, the Swedish DJ was found dead […]

Film Review ‘Rampage’

Posted by on 19/04/2018
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Film Review ‘Rampage’

Film Review ‘Rampage’

I remember playing ‘Rampage’ as a wee lad in the year 2000 on my clunky Playstation 1. It was a straightforward game where you and a friend can play as monsters and go berserk on cities – destroying buildings, eating people and fighting off the army. Whatever little story it had was told in between […]