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Hollywood stars enter Confederate symbols row

Venice, Italy | AFP |Hollywood stars George Clooney and Julianne Moore on Saturday weighed in on the debate raging in the United States over statues and other symbols of the pro-slavery side in the American Civil War. The pair spoke out on the issue at the Venice film festival, where …

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Annette Bening says women progressing in film biz

Venice, Italy | AFP | US actress Annette Bening said Wednesday she believes women are making progress in the movie industry, despite only one female-directed film making it into the competition selection at Venice, where she is chairing the awards jury. “There is sexism of course, no question. But I think …

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Year after album, Frank Ocean drops mellow new track

New York, United States | AFP | Frank Ocean, the introspective singer who has thumbed his nose at music industry conventions, has unexpectedly released a new song, a reflection on relationships set to a mellow R&B vibe. Ocean put out the new track, “Provider,” on his irregularly scheduled Apple Music radio …

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UCC unveils list of festival competitors for 2017

Kampala, Uganda | JULIUS BUSINGE | The Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) has released nominees for the fifth edition of Uganda Film Festival (UFF2017) indicating an increase in number of participants from 118 in 2016 to 145 this year. This development comes as industry players prepare to celebrate Film Festival Week scheduled …

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Indian film industry hails chief censor’s exit

Mumbai, India | AFP |  India’s film industry on Monday welcomed the departure of the country’s chief film censor, who had stoked controversy by axing James Bond’s kissing scenes and briefly blocking the release of a movie for being too “lady-oriented”. The government said late Friday it was replacing Pahlaj …

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