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‘Feminist’ Deneuve apologises to sex assault victims

PARIS: French film star Catherine Deneuve who touched off a worldwide feminist backlash over an open letter she had signed bashing the #MeToo movement apologised to victims of sexual assault, and said there was “nothing good” about harassment. “I warmly greet all the victims of these hideous acts who might have felt offended by that letter which appeared in Le …

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Kangana, Karan hug it out and make peace

The duo posed together on the stage of Star Plus’ new talent hunt show India’s Next Superstar and much to the surprise of onlookers none gave the other a cold shoulder. Photo: Instagram The cold war between ‘flag bearer of nepotism’ ace-director Karan Johar and ‘queen’ Kangana Ranaut seems to have come to an end after the duo were seen …

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Liam Neeson says ‘witch hunt’ in Hollywood over sex allegations

LONDON (AFP) – British-American actor Liam Neeson has said there is a “bit of a witch hunt happening” in Hollywood over allegations of sexual assault and harassment. Asked about the snowballing series of claims against powerful men, he told Irish television late Friday: “There is a bit of a witch hunt happening too. “There s some people, famous people, being …

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Review: Parchi – Theatrical comic gigs put together

Along with Chupan Chupai, Parchi is arguably a great New Year starter for Pakistani cinema that has bagged almost Rs. 4 crores after first week, according to Box Office Detail. Being the first film from Pakistan to release in Saudi Arabia after recent relaxation of the ban, it is likely to appeal desis no matter where they live. Parchi’s story …

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DiCaprio to star in Charles Manson-era Tarantino movie

LOS ANGELES: Leonardo DiCaprio will star in a movie set around the Charles Manson murders, Hollywood entertainment publications reported on Friday, but he will not play the role of the American cult leader. DiCaprio will instead take the part of an aging, out-of-work actor in the as-yet untitled movie being produced and directed by Oscar-winner Quentin Tarantino, Variety and Deadline.com …

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Director Guild embraces women, minorities in awards nominations

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Hollywood directors nominated a woman and two people of color for their 2018 movie awards on Thursday in a line-up that favored newcomers over veterans like Steven Spielberg. “Lady Bird” director Greta Gerwig was among four first-time nominees announced by the Directors Guild of America (DGA), one of the most influential groups in Hollywood because many …

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Pakistani soap operas seek to break taboos

ISLAMABAD: In life, she chased fame, hoping to make her mark in Pakistani society. In death, murdered social media starlet Qandeel Baloch may have achieved her goal. Today she is a household name, and her tragic story has been turned into a soap opera — one of several immensely popular TV shows seeking to challenge the country´s conservative taboos. ´Baaghi´, …

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Mary J. Blige gets star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

LOS ANGELES (AFP) – Grammy-winning soul singer Mary J. Blige — who has earned critical acclaim and award nominations for her acting debut in last year s “Mudbound” — celebrated her 47th birthday Thursday by getting a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. “I am so grateful, and I say that with confidence and not arrogance,” she told the …

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First Pakistan International Film Festival to begin from March 29 in Karachi

KARACHI: Karachi Film Society announced on Friday to hold the first Pakistan International Film Festival, scheduled from March 29, 2018 to April 1, 2018, in Karachi. The PIFF is an initiative of the Karachi Film Society, which hosted a press conference here today. According to the press release, the festival will comprise film premieres and special screenings in the categories …

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Long-term solution needed to create awareness about abuse: Mahira Khan

The artist fraternity in Pakistan came to the fore to protest against the brutal rape and murder of a seven-year-old Zainab in Kasur. Famous Pakistani actress and Mahira Khan, who is also a mother, was present along with other actors at the Karachi Press Club to speak against the issue of child abuse. Mahira Khan called upon those in power …

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