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India #MeToo claims bring halt to Bollywood blockbuster

Posted by on 13/10/2018
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India #MeToo claims bring halt to Bollywood blockbuster

India #MeToo claims bring halt to Bollywood blockbuster

India’s growing #MeToo storm halted production of a Bollywood blockbuster Friday, with the film’s lead calling for harassment claims against its director and his co-star to be “stringently” investigated. Star Akshay Kumar said he had requested that the making of “Housefull 4” be stopped following allegations against director Sajid Khan and one of the film’s […]

Forbidden City hosts record label’s 120th anniversary concert

Posted by on 11/10/2018
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Forbidden City hosts record label’s 120th anniversary concert

Forbidden City hosts record label’s 120th anniversary concert

The world’s oldest classical record label Deutsche Grammophon on Wednesday marked its 120th anniversary at a special concert in the historic Forbidden City in Beijing. Once the seat of China’s emperors, the palace last played host to a classical music concert in 2001 when the Three Tenors-Placido Domingo, Jose Carreras and the late Luciano Pavarotti-performed […]

Taylor Swift sets new American Music Award record, urges people to vote

Posted by on 10/10/2018
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Taylor Swift sets new American Music Award record, urges people to vote

Taylor Swift sets new American Music Award record, urges people to vote

Taylor Swift, straight off a controversial dive into US politics, was the big winner at the American Music Awards on Tuesday where she used her platform to again urge her fans to get out and vote. The 28-year-old pop singer won a record fourth artist of the year trophy at the fan-voted American Music Awards, […]

Bollywood director denies #MeToo claims, threatens filmmakers

Posted by on 10/10/2018
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Bollywood director denies #MeToo claims, threatens filmmakers

Bollywood director denies #MeToo claims, threatens filmmakers

A prominent Bollywood director accused of sexual harassment denied the allegations yesterday as he threatened to sue two fellow filmmakers for defamation over the case which has helped fuel India’s #MeToo movement. Vikas Bahl is accused of assaulting an employee of Phantom Films-an edgy production house behind Netflix’s first original Indian series, “Sacred Games”-in a […]

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 […]