Film

An Egyptian-Canadian Has Been Cast for Disney’s Remake of Aladdin

By Arfa Shahid Egyptian-Canadian actor Mena Massoud has been cast in the leading role for Disney’s live-action remake of Aladdin, a feat many view as progress in Hollywood with regards to casting actors of color. It was in that moment, as he looked into her eyes, that he saw a soul so beautfully captivating that

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Turkish Police Detain Producer of Erdogan Film Over Gulen Links

ISTANBUL, July 13 – Turkish police detained the producer of a film on the life of President Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday, accusing him of ties to the Muslim cleric Ankara says orchestrated last year’s attempted coup, state media said. His arrest came a day after the release on social media of a trailer for a

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Snowden, A Love Story

Oliver Stone’s new film aims to humanize the infamous NSA leaker and convince viewers he’s a hero, not a traitor BY Jeff Stein Bill Binney found a seat just inside the door of Washington’s Chez Billy Sud, a chic Georgetown pub, as a happy crowd was pouring in after an advance screening of Oliver Stone’s new

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Virtual Reality Films Comes to Cannes, Spielberg Sounds Warning

By Matt Gooderick CANNES, France, May 18  – Virtual reality movie-making is taking flight at this year’s Cannes Film Festival alongside traditional film offerings. A pavilion is dedicated to the immersive technology, with virtual reality film screenings and discussions as part of the festival’s tandem Marche du Film sessions. Among those showing virtual reality films

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Depp Back as Mad Hatter in “Alice Through the Looking Glass”

LONDON, May 11 – Hollywood star Johnny Depp returns as the flamboyant Mad Hatter in “Alice Through the Looking Glass” for more big screen fantasy adventures inspired by the much loved stories by Lewis Carroll. The movie follows on from the 2010 box office hit “Alice in Wonderland”, which starred Depp alongside Australian actress Mia

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Shattered Promises

Iranian filmmakers excel abroad despite theocratic censorship back home BY Roshanak Taghavi When Ayatollah Khomeini ascended to power in the aftermath of Iran’s 1979 Revolution, he promised people a new paradise on Earth: social and economic prosperity, freedom of expression for everybody, and a strong, independent nation. Amidst an atmosphere of war with Iraq and violent

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Celebrities Boycott Oscars for Lack of Diversity

By Ian Simpson Jan 18 – Director Spike Lee and actress Jada Pinkett Smith said on Monday they will boycott next month’s Academy Awards ceremony because black actors were shut out of nominations, and the Academy acknowledged it needed to do more to promote diversity. The Oscar acting nominees announced on Thursday lacked black performers

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Pakistan’s Girl Friday

Mahira Khan’s big-screen portrayals cross the Indo-Pak divide   BY Zahir Janmohamed with additional reporting by Sonal Shah   At a Halloween party last October, Pakistani actress, Mahira Khan posed for a photo with Pakistani director Asim Raza. Khan pointed to a sign held by Raza, which read “Mahira Ko Bahar Nikalo” (Mahira, get out).

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Independent Indian Movie Sheds Light on Disability and Sexuality

BY Anna Yazijyan DUBAI (Nov 2) Forbidden love, a relentless struggle for happiness and a desire to live a “normal” life form the crux of Shonali Bose’s award-winning film Margarita With a Straw. Seen by many as controversial, the movie is an emotional and inspiring story about Laila (Kalki Koechin), a girl with cerebral palsy

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