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Behind the Scenes

The SFX talents behind The Matrix, 300, Game of Thrones and more By Joseph Fahim When special effects (SFX) make-up maestros Chadi Abdo and Dan Frye, whose works include renowned blockbuster movies and series such as The Matrix, 300 and Game of Thrones attended Maskoon, the Arab World’s first film festival for horror, sci-fi and fantasy

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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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The Beautiful And The Gooped

Gwyneth Paltrow, famous actress and wellness scold, brings her $300 decorative tassels to San Francisco BY Alexander Nazaryan There are many reasons to hate Gwyneth Paltrow: the Oscar she won before she was 30, the looks she has kept past 40. We miserable mortals divorce; she “consciously uncoupled” from Coldplay singer Chris Martin. She is

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Pope Gives Awards to Richard Gere, George Clooney and Salma Hayek

ROME, May 29 – Pope Francis on Sunday awarded medals to American actors Richard Gere and George Clooney and actress Salma Hayek at an event held at the Vatican to promote the work of a foundation inspired by the pontiff, Scholas Occurrentes. Clooney attended the event with his wife Amal, a lawyer. The foundation, whose

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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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Actor Hugh Jackman Helps Swimmers to Safety from Dangerous Surf

SYDNEY, March 27 – Australian actor Hugh Jackman turned real-life action hero at Sydney’s Bondi Beach on Saturday, when he helped his son and another man to safety from strong currents in the surf. Jackman is shown linking hands with a man and pulling him from a fast-flowing channel on to a sandbar, where the

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Oscar Host Chris Rock Confronts Hollywood Racial Furor

By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES, Feb 29 – Comedian Chris Rock launched his return stint as Oscar host on Sunday by immediately, directly confronting the racially charged elephant in the room—the lingering furor over the all-white field of performers nominated for Hollywood’s highest awards. Strolling on stage in a white dinner jacket and bow tie after an opening display

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Sean Penn Interview Helps Mexico Nab World’s Most Wanted Drug Lord

By Lizbeth Diaz and Simon Gardner MEXICO CITY, Jan 10 – An interview that Hollywood star Sean Penn conducted with Mexican Joaquin “Chapo” Guzman late last year helped Mexico’s government catch the world’s most wanted drug lord, sources said on Saturday. Guzman, the infamous boss of the Sinaloa drug cartel, was arrested in northwest Mexico

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Galactic Hopes for ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’

By Lisa Richwine LOS ANGELES, Dec 5 – The new installment in the Star Wars movie saga opens in theaters this month against a formidable force: the galactic hopes of devoted fans who have waited a decade to revisit their beloved universe of Jedi, droids and lightsabers. Can The Force Awakens, the seventh episode in the celebrated

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