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Abbas Kiarostami, Palme d’Or-winning Iranian Film-Maker, Dies Aged 76

Abbas Kiarostami, Palme d’Or-winning Iranian Film-Maker, Dies Aged 76

Abbas Kiarostami, the multi-award-winning Iranian director whose 1997 film Taste of Cherry was awarded the Palme d’Or at the Cannes film festival, has died aged 76. “Abbas Kiarostami, who had travelled to France for treatment, has died,” reported the semi-official Isna news agency on Monday. Iran’s house of cinema confirmed the report, Isna said. Kiarostami […]

The Brexit Could Be Bad News for ‘Game of Thrones’

The Brexit Could Be Bad News for ‘Game of Thrones’

Millions of people are set to tune in Sunday to watch the season six finale of Game of Thrones, HBO’s sprawling fantasy epic about warring kingdoms in the fictional land of Westeros. On Thursday, voters in a real-life kingdom will decide whether to break with the European Union — a move that could spell bad […]

‘Spirit of Rebellion’ Wins Best Diaspora Documentary Award

‘Spirit of Rebellion’ Wins Best Diaspora Documentary Award

Spirits of Rebellion scooped theBest Diaspora Documentary award at African Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) held in Port Harcourt, Nigeria. Directed by independent filmmaker Zeinabu irene Davis, and co-produced by Andy Rice, Spirits of Rebellion, is a feature documentary based around a group of filmmakers who attended the University of California, Los Angeles’ (UCLA) film school between the uprisings in […]

The Mysterious Kidnapping Of Bi Kidude, The World’s Oldest Pop Star

The Mysterious Kidnapping Of Bi Kidude, The World’s Oldest Pop Star

Aged 102, Bi Kidude, the gravel-voiced singer known her raucous sense of humour and her love of cigarettes, suddenly vanished from her home. Amid an explosion of intrigue and speculation, friends and fans on the island of Zanzibar, where she had lived all her life, scrabbled to find out what had happened to this doyenne […]

Uganda: Queen of Katwe Trailer Sets Tone for the Movie

Uganda: Queen of Katwe Trailer Sets Tone for the Movie

Last week, academy award winning actress Lupita Nyong’o took to her Instagram and broke the news of the release of Queen of Katwe and announced the release of the trailer that was due in 24 hours. The post was punctuated with the official poster of the film. The next day, though, Ugandans more than anyone […]

Tony Nominee Lupita Nyong’o Explains Why She Chose Broadway Over Hollywood

Tony Nominee Lupita Nyong’o Explains Why She Chose Broadway Over Hollywood

Lupita Nyong’o’s decision to chose Broadway over Hollywood paid off on Tuesday, when her play Eclipsed earned six Tony nominations. But in a new essay, the Oscar winner reveals she always knew the transition to the stage was the right choice for her. Writing for Lena Dunham’s Lenny Letter, Nyong’o shares that a journalist once […]

‘Jungle Book’ Rules Over ‘The Huntsman: Winter’s War’

‘Jungle Book’ Rules Over ‘The Huntsman: Winter’s War’

Disney’s “The Jungle Book” showed serious traction at the North American box office, dominating moviegoing for a second straight weekend with $60.8 million at 4,028 locations. The family-friendly tentpole declined only 41% from its opening frame and left Universal’s launch of “The Huntsman: Winter’s War” in the dust with $20 million at 3,791 locations. “The […]

Bond Director Guy Hamilton Dies Aged 93

Bond Director Guy Hamilton Dies Aged 93

Guy Hamilton, who directed four James Bond films, has died aged 93. Former 007 actor Sir Roger Moore tweeted that he was “incredibly, incredibly saddened to hear the wonderful director Guy Hamilton has gone to the great cutting room in the sky. 2016 is horrid”. Hamilton directed Sir Roger in Live and Let Die and […]

Morgan Freeman Explores The Story of God

Morgan Freeman Explores The Story of God

On the heels of Holy Week, National Geographic presents The Story of God, an ambitious, expansive six-part series hosted by Morgan Freeman. This is an impressive interfaith study, with Freeman traveling to Israel, Egypt, Turkey, Guatemala, India and beyond in search of God, or at least humanity’s efforts to reach God. From the Temple Mount […]

Why Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy’s Oscar-nominated ‘A Girl in the River’ might spur real change

Why Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy’s Oscar-nominated ‘A Girl in the River’ might spur real change

Pakistani filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy has long wanted to make a movie about the thousands of women who have been, and continue to be, murdered in her country by husbands, fathers, brothers and other male relatives who believe the women have shamed their families. But she wanted to tell the story of these so-called honor killings […]

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