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Review: ‘Me Before You’ evokes tears, but lacks depth

Posted by on 02/06/2016
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Review: ‘Me Before You’ evokes tears, but lacks depth

Review: ‘Me Before You’ evokes tears, but lacks depth

Well, I cried anyway. I cried even though halfway through “Me Before You,” I swore to myself I wouldn’t, because the movie felt overly broad, overly simplistic, lacking depth both in characterization and in treatment of the serious issues it raises. At the end, I still thought all those things … but the tears came […]

Depp’s ‘Alice’ bombs, ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ on top with $65M

Posted by on 31/05/2016
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Depp’s ‘Alice’ bombs, ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ on top with $65M

Depp’s ‘Alice’ bombs, ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ on top with $65M

Johnny Depp’s “Alice Through the Looking Glass” bombed over the Memorial Day weekend with just $28.1 million through Sunday in North American theaters, while “X-Men: Apocalypse” debuted on top with an estimated $65 million. The anticipated showdown of the two big-budget films turned out to be little contest for 20th Century Fox’s latest “X-Men” installment. […]

Indian superstar musician AR Rahman claims Fukuoka Prize

Posted by on 31/05/2016
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Indian superstar musician AR Rahman claims Fukuoka Prize

Indian superstar musician AR Rahman claims Fukuoka Prize

India’s multi-Oscar-winning musician and composer AR Rahman has been named as grand prize winner of the prestigious Fukuoka Prize. The Fukuoka Prize was established in 1990 to honor the outstanding work of individuals and organizations to preserve and promote the unique and diverse cultures of Asia. Previous winners include Muhammad Yunus, from Bangladesh, who went […]

Amber Heard says Depp is ‘Scary,’ struggles with drug and alcohol abuse

Posted by on 30/05/2016
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Amber Heard says Depp is ‘Scary,’ struggles with drug and alcohol abuse

Amber Heard says Depp is ‘Scary,’ struggles with drug and alcohol abuse

Amber Heard detailed her husband Johnny Depp’s history of drug and alcohol abuse, saying that she feared for her safety in papers filed during her appearance in Los Angeles County Court early Friday morning. “I am extremely afraid of Johnny and for my safety,” the actress said in her declaration for a restraining order, which […]

STARZ Play and how is it relevant to the region

Posted by on 29/05/2016
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STARZ Play and how is it relevant to the region

STARZ Play and how is it relevant to the region

STARZ Play Arabia is Streaming Video on Demand (SVoD) service that delivers blockbuster movies and exclusive TV series – many day-and-date with the US – in 17 countries across the Middle East and North Africa. Developed exclusively for the MENA region, STARZ Play Arabia is rich in original programming and features one-click Arabic subtitling. The […]

Johnny Depp’s wife files for divorce

Posted by on 26/05/2016
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Johnny Depp’s wife files for divorce

Johnny Depp’s wife files for divorce

Johnny Depp’s wife has filed for divorce, citing irreconcilable differences after 15 months of marriage to the Hollywood star, celebrity news media reported on Wednesday. Court records published by the TMZ website show that Amber Heard submitted the petition to a court in Los Angeles on Monday seeking spousal support from the 52-year-old “Pirates of […]

Kanye West sued by Hungarian over song sample

Posted by on 25/05/2016
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Kanye West sued by Hungarian over song sample

Kanye West sued by Hungarian over song sample

A Hungarian artist is seeking more than $2.5 million from Kanye West, saying the rap superstar’s track “New Slaves” sampled his music without permission or royalties. Gabor Presser, who described himself as a “living legend” in Hungary, said that West’s lawyers put “extraordinary time pressure” on him to sign off quickly on use of the […]

Review: ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ satisfies in superhero summer

Posted by on 24/05/2016
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Review: ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ satisfies in superhero summer

Review: ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ satisfies in superhero summer

It’s a bit of bad timing for “X-Men: Apocalypse” coming third in this summer’s superhero lineup. Director Bryan Singer invigorates his latest X-Men film with vintage 1980s charm in an origin story about how the mutant supergroup unites and divides in response to the villain Apocalypse. And while battles between heroes are an X-Men tradition, […]

Review: ‘Alice Through the Looking Glass,’ a curious sequel

Posted by on 24/05/2016
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Review: ‘Alice Through the Looking Glass,’ a curious sequel

Review: ‘Alice Through the Looking Glass,’ a curious sequel

“Alice Through the Looking Glass ,” like its predecessor, owes very little to Lewis Carroll. Textual adherence is somewhat beside the point when serving as a sequel to something that also cherry picked. But, lest you think that a six-year gap and the absence of Tim Burton in the director’s chair might have allowed for […]

Celine Dion, Kesha give emotional performances at Billboard

Posted by on 23/05/2016
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Celine Dion, Kesha give emotional performances at Billboard

Celine Dion, Kesha give emotional performances at Billboard

Celine Dion and Kesha, both in the midst of drama in their personal lives, gave emotional performances at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards on Sunday. Dion sang Queen’s “The Show Must Go On” in strong form Sunday, sporting a shiny dress and backed by a powerful orchestra. Dion lost her husband and brother in the […]

From ‘I, Daniel Blake’ to ‘American Honey’ to ‘Toni Erdmann,’ the best films at Cannes were Bulletins from a new world

Posted by on 23/05/2016
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From ‘I, Daniel Blake’ to ‘American Honey’ to ‘Toni Erdmann,’ the best films at Cannes were Bulletins from a new world

From ‘I, Daniel Blake’ to ‘American Honey’ to ‘Toni Erdmann,’ the best films at Cannes were Bulletins from a new world

Movies channel the world, even when they’re not trying to. At a festival like Cannes, the films that win awards and the ones that are most celebrated, which aren’t necessarily the award winners-have almost always had a heartbeat of relevance. They’re movies that speak to us because they matter, and they matter because they express […]

Elvis guitar fetches $334,000 at New York auction

Posted by on 22/05/2016
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Elvis guitar fetches $334,000 at New York auction

Elvis guitar fetches $334,000 at New York auction

A guitar given to Elvis Presley by his father in 1969 went under the hammer for $334,000 in New York during an auction that also saw a Michael Jackson vest fetch $256,000. Vernon Presley is said to have changed the finish of the Gibson Dove acoustic guitar to ebony after his son earned his black […]