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New Zealand's Ardern criticizes mosque attacks film amid backlash

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New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Monday criticized a planned movie about her response to the 2019 Christchurch mosque attacks as poorly timed and focussed on the wrong subject. The U.S.-backed film "They Are Us" has sparked an intense backlash among New Zealand Muslims, with community leaders slamming the… Read

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Neglected creator of 'Bambi' celebrated in Vienna show

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While the 1942 Disney film "Bambi" is world famous as a classic of animated cinema, the man behind the story -- an eminent writer in pre-war Vienna who had to flee the Nazis -- is little known. Felix Salten was a product of the cultural blossoming in the capital of… Read

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Ned Beatty, who starred in 'Deliverance,' 'Network,' dies at 83

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Ned Beatty, the indelible character actor whose first film role as a genial vacationer raped by a backwoodsman in 1972's “Deliverance” launched him on a long, prolific and accomplished career, has died. He was 83. Beatty's manager, Deborah Miller, said Beatty died Sunday of natural causes at his home in… Read

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Actor Riz Ahmed leads bid to change way Muslims seen in movies

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British actor Riz Ahmed has launched an effort to improve the way Muslims are depicted in movies after a study showed that they are barely seen and shown in a negative light when they do appear. Ahmed, the "Sound of Metal" star and the first Muslim to get a best… Read

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Danny Elfman writes a solo album with 'venom' pouring out

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When Danny Elfman started creating music during quarantine, what came out was a surprise even to him. “When I opened my mouth to sing more venom than I ever knew that I had in me came pouring out,” he said recently. “I didn’t really know what I had to work… Read

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A minute with Boy George on turning 60, new music and biopic

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Culture Club frontman Boy George is looking for an actor to play him in a new music biopic due to start filming this summer. The British singer, who turns 60 this week, launched the casting call on social media in April for the movie called "Karma Chameleon" after one of… Read

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Major Asian short film festival opens in Tokyo in hybrid format

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One of Asia's largest short film festivals opened Friday in a hybrid format combining screenings at venues in Tokyo and online amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, offering audiences a chance to see a variety of stories, from life amid the coronavirus pandemic to the struggles of migrants. "We want to… Read

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Warner Bros plans anime movie in 'Lord of the Rings' series

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The Warner Bros movie studio will produce an anime feature film set in the world of J.R.R. Tolkien's popular "The Lord of the Rings" books. "The Lord of the Rings: The War of the Rohirrim" will tell the story of a legendary battle that shaped Middle Earth in the years… Read

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U.S. music publishers sue Roblox for $200 mil over copyright

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U.S. music publishers representing artists such as Ariana Grande, Imagine Dragons and the Rolling Stones said they are suing hit video game Roblox for allegedly using songs without permission. National Music Publishers' Association (NMPA) chief David Israelite announced the copyright suit at an annual meeting at which he stressed that… Read

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Netflix online store offers limited-edition merchandise

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Netflix Inc will launch an online store to sell limited-edition apparel, lifestyle merchandise and collectibles based on "Stranger Things," "Lupin" and other popular shows, the streaming giant said. Netflix.shop will be available in the United States and expand to other countries in the coming months, Netflix said in a blog… Read

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