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Doha – The Doha Film Institute has unveiled the configuration of its long-gestating Qumra event dedicated to fostering first and second works from around the world within an innovative framework blending creative workshop and festival elements.
At the core of the event will be in-depth master classes for young filmmakers to be held by top-notch global talents. Booked to date as “Qumra Masters” are Mauritanian maverick helmer Abderrahmane Sissako (“Timbuktu”); Romanian Palme d’Or winner Cristian Mungiu (“4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days”); foreign-language film Oscar winner Danis Tanovic (“No Man’s Land”); and pluriprized Iranian actress Leila Hatami (“A Separation”).
The first edition, set to take place in Doha from March 6-11 2015, will
seek to serve as a creative laboratory/production springboard for directors and producers of up to 25 projects, some of them shorts, all of which already within the Dfi fold. Selected projects will be either recipients of its grants program »
- Nick Vivarelli
The story of the determined educator struggling against the odds to improve the lives of disadvantaged children is thoroughly well-worn, but that doesn’t make it any less powerful. Here, Kiki King travels to up-country Uganda to sit in on the first lessons in sign language ever taught to local deaf people. Until now, they have never been able to conduct a conversation. While the feelgood aspect is oversold, it’s nonetheless an affecting story. Andrew Mueller
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- Andrew Mueller, John Robinson, Mark Jones, Hannah Verdier, Ali Catterall, Bim Adewunmi, Lanre Bakare and David Stubbs
Courtney Love and Dave Grohl have finally buried the hatchet, thanks to their mutual appreciation for an unnamed actress' breasts. "The other night, we just started talking about this one actress' boobs," the Hole singer shared on Tuesday's episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live! "We'd both seen them. At one point, when she was 20, they were the sexiest boobs in Hollywood. He'd seen them; I'd seen them. And we just picked up where we left off after 20 years of suing each other. Isn't that cool?"
Love's bad blood with the Foo Fighters frontman once ran deep. »
Sunday marks the return of HBO's The Newsroom, a series that isn't exactly known for being subtle—especially in its first season, which featured a memorable scene set to Coldplay's "Fix You." Anvilicious? Oh yeah. Emotionally manipulative? You betcha. Surprisingly effective all the same? Unfortunately, yes, according to EW.com's Lanford Beard. Which is how we came upon this week's PopWatch Confessional question: What's the song that's had a surprising, embarrassing emotional effect on you? Lanford Beard, staff editor: Between all its walk-and-talks, Network rip-offs, and "women be klutzy" gags, The Newsroom's first season actually took on a few actual news events, »
- EW staff
Talk about a landslide. Luke Bryan may have taken home the night's top prize, but Miranda Lambert owned the 48th Annual Cma Awards with a total of four trophies including Album of the Year, Single of the Year ("Automatic") and Female Vocalist of the Year. To put things in perspective: she won a full third of all competitive categories. Not too shabby, Miranda. Check out the full list of tonight's winners below, then let us know what you thought of tonight's show in the comments. Entertainer of the Year: Blake Shelton George Strait Keith Urban **Winner Luke Bryan Miranda Lambert Single of the Year **Winner "Automatic" - Miranda Lambert "Drunk On A Plane” - Dierks Bentley "Give Me Back My Hometown" - Eric Church "Meanwhile Back At Mama’s" - Tim McGraw feat. Faith Hill "Mine Would Be You" - Blake Shelton Album of the Year Crash My Party - »
- Chris Eggertsen
There have been rumors of a Kenny Rogers/Dolly Parton affair for decades, but Rogers says their relationship never went beyond flirtation. Albeit "massive" flirtation. The reason? Neither one of them wanted to ruin a perfectly good friendship. "We flirted with each other for 30 years, and it was much more electric," explains Rogers in an interview with Dan Rather, airing Tuesday on Axs TV. "I think once you consummate a relationship like that, it loses something. And she and I both believe that theory, so we did some massive flirting in front of the nation, but there was never anything more than that. »
- Danielle Anderson, @dak5000
“Guardians of the Galaxy” isn’t just performing well for Disney at the box office. The company is seeing strong interest in the film and its cast of misfits on the small screen, as well — especially for its videogame “Disney Infinity.”
Since becoming available in July, brisk sales for Rocket racoon and the “Guardians” playset have put them in a position to beat out Captain America and Spider-Man to become the game’s top overall pre-selling figures and playsets. The character Groot is No. 3 so far, behind Venom.
In fact, Rocket is currently selling nearly twice as much as the game’s bestselling characters last year, which were “Monsters Inc.’s” Mike Wazowski and “Frozen’s” Elsa. And it keeps climbing with the number of Rockets sold tripling over the previous week. Disney declined to provide actual sales figures.
“The film is really driving all of the awareness” for the “Guardians” characters, »
- Marc Graser
The "Something Bad" singer leads the pack of this year's contenders.
She may be the only woman up for Entertainer of the Year, but Miranda Lambert is still showing the boys how it's done.
The "Something Bad" singer leads the pack of this year's Cma Awards contenders with nine nominations in seven categories, matching a personal best she previously set in 2010. Also up for Entertainer of the Year is Lambert's husband Blake Shelton, last year's winner George Strait, Keith Urban and Luke Bryan.
Pics: Country Stars Go Glam on the 2013 Cma Awards Red Carpet
Many fans were left scratching their heads at Jason Aldean's apparent snub. The "Burning It Down" singer has been nominated for Entertainer of the Year for the last three years running, but has yet to take home the trophy. In years past »
The nominees for the 2014 Cma Awards were released today. The complete list is as follows:
Best Album of the Year
The Outsiders by Eric Church
Crash My Party by Luke Bryan
Fuse by Keith Urban
Platinum by Miranda Lambert
Riser by Dierks Bentley
Entertainer of the Year
Female Vocalist of the Year
Male Vocalist of the Year
Best Vocal Group of the Year
Best Vocal Duo of the Year
Dan & Shay
Love & Theft
The Swon Brothers
Best New Artist of the Year
Best Single of the Year
Automatic, Miranda Lambert
Drunk on a Plane, »
Doctor Who Confidential - a popular behind-the-scenes companion series to the sci-fi hit - was axed by BBC Three back in 2011, with channel controller Zai Bennett citing his desire to move away from "extension shows" in order to focus on original programming.
Just three years later and the UK television landscape is a very different place - Bennett resigned from his post in April, following the news that BBC Three is to become an online-only entity.
So when Doctor Who Extra - a behind-the-scenes companion series to the sci-fi hit, now starring Peter Capaldi - was announced last week, one would be forgiven for assuming that the BBC was reviving Confidential in all but name.
The first edition of Extra is now available online - it seems that 'exclusive to iPlayer' is indeed the new BBC Three - so is it just Confidential rebranded... and perhaps more importantly, is it any good? »
The inaugural edition of International Film Festival of Colombo, the first major international film festival to be held in Sri Lanka, will screen a special package of Indian films curated by DearCinema.
The festival, to be held from September 2-7, is being organized by the Directors’ Guild of Sri Lanka with the support of Okinawa International Movie Festival in Japan.
The package comprises of award-winning and festival-favourite Indian films like Kanu Behl’s Titli, Avinash Arun’s Killa, Anup Singh’s Qissa, Nagraj Manjule’s Fandry, Geethu Mohandas’ Liar’s Dice, Kaushik Ganguly’s Apur Panchali, Jahnu Barua’s Ajeyo, Shilpa Ranade’s The World of Goopi and Bagha and Rajeev Ravi’s Annayum Rasoolam.
Kanu Behl, Avinash Arun, Nagraj Manjule, Geethu Mohandas, Kaushik Ganguly, Jahnu Barua, Shilpa Ranade and Rajeev Ravi will be in attendance at the festival. Actors Geetanjali Thapa (Liar’s Dice) and Rasika Dugal (Qissa) will »
"I haven't always been this old," Kenny Rogers joked to family and friends gathered at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville Wednesday night. "When I was a member of the First Edition, I was a happening dude! I had long black hair, a black beard, shades and an earring. I was totally groovy," said Rogers. "I woke up the other day and I was really old!" Proof of Rogers's grooviness can be seen at the Hall of Fame's new exhibit, "Through the Years," a biographical look at the singer's storied life and career. One standout piece is a »
- Kay West
Some people get their best ideas in the shower. Lionel Richie apparently does his thinking elsewhere in the bathroom. According to longtime pal Kenny Rogers, the "Hello" singer wrote Rogers' 1980 hit song "Lady" while "in the toilet" at a recording studio. "I called Lionel, and I said, 'I'd like for you to write a song for me,'" the "Islands in the Stream" singer, now 75, recalled on the Today show on Thursday, Aug. 14. "Lionel doesn't write entire songs. He writes ideas." Sometimes unfinished ideas. Rogers [...] »
If you're like us and value your sleep, you probably nodded off into your Ambien dreamland before the party started on post-prime time TV. Don't worry; we've got you covered. Here's the best of what happened last night on late night.
Megan Fox continued her "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" press tour by stopping by "Chelsea Lately," where she discussed her crazy home life after having two kids with husband Brian Austin Green. The demands of parenthood are exhausting, Fox said, where "You don't sleep [and] every minute is ... dedicated to someone else." The actress said she's become a homebody because she's always taking care of her sons, though she admits that she prefers not interacting with others. "I don't like people," she told host Chelsea Handler. "That's why you want to hang out with f--king turtles," Handler observed.
- Katie Roberts
The Santa Barbara International Film Festival has announced the lineup for its new summer film showcase, The Wave Film Festival. The first edition of the five-day festival will center on eleven new French films. The program will from July 16-20 at the Riviera Theatre. Photos Cannes: THR's Photo Portfolio With Cate Blanchett, Channing Tatum, Kristen Stewart "It's fitting that as we approach the 30th anniversary, Sbiff expands its programming and have more of a year-round presence with the Wave Film Festival," said Sbiff executive director Roger Durling in a statement. "In the future we hope to have several
- Ashley Lee
Ajyal Youth Film Festival will return with a line-up of international and local features.
The Doha Film Institute has announced that it will host the second edition of its Ajyal Youth Film Festival from Dec 1-6 throughout Katara Cultural Village.
Following the inaugural edition, which showcased more than 40 films including shorts, documentaries, and features, the second Ajyal Youth Film Festival will again bring a selection of international and local films to Doha audiences.
Ajyal’s youth jury programme, the Doha Film Experience, will again provide young jurors from Qatar and the region the opportunity to watch, analyse, and discuss films from all over the world, enabling them to develop critical thinking, self-expression, and appreciation of the artform.
Fatma Al Remaihi, festival director, said: “The Ajyal Youth Film Festival was launched with the goal to encourage a love of cinema among the young people of our community and provide a space where they can express themselves through culture »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
The Doha Film Institute has set Dec.1-6 as the dates for the second edition of its Ajyal Youth Film Festival, where hundreds of kids and adolescents aged 8-21 will be the jurors.
Ajyal’s youth jury programme, the Doha Film Experience, is the central plank of the fest, which fosters film education in Qatar and the surrounding Persian Gulf region where moviemaking is a relatively new storytelling form.
More than 400 jurors from 45 countries – divided in three age categories: 8-12, 13-17 and 18-21 – attended last year’s inaugural edition. The event is modelled on Italy’s Giffoni Film Festival for children with whom the Dfi has a partnership.
“The first edition proved that film can truly bring people together,” enthused Ajyal fest artistic director Fatma Al Remaihi (pictured) in a statement.
“Through the second edition we will continue to contribute to the growth of Qatar’s film culture with a »
- Nick Vivarelli
The 13th annual Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival kicks off today in Manchester, Tenn. As usual, there’s something for everything across the 700-acre farms’s multiple stages--except for Outkast fans-- it's one of the few festivals the reunited duo is skipping. If you’re having trouble figuring out who to see, you can’t go wrong with this list of 11 acts. For the most part, we stayed away from recommending the main headliners since you can make you own mind up on those famous names. The acts are listed in order of their time slot. Real Estate June 12, 7:30 p.m. Ease into Bonnaroo with a nice set by a this guitar driven indie band from New Jersey, who are sure to deliver an uplifting, care-free set. They may have tackled some darker issues on new album, “Atlas,” but there’s still an unquenchable lilt to what they do. »
- Melinda Newman
Unable to make a deal with any TV entity, The Daytime Emmy Awards will instead be livestreamed. The ceremony will be held on Jun 22nd.
Well, I guess One Million Moms will have to stick to lightly toasted white bread in the morning.
Being brave enough to be yourself. #LuckytoBe Original pic.twitter.com/kDlOblpfh5
— Lucky Charms (@LuckyCharms) June 5, 2014
This year’s Tony Nominee men pose at the »
New film festival and market aims to support burgeoning local film industry.
Indonesia is launching a new film festival and market, the Equator Film Expo (Efx), which aims to support the burgeoning local film industry and promote the country as a shooting destination.
The first edition is scheduled to take place March 27-30, 2015 in Jakarta. It will feature an international film festival; a film market, focusing on co-productions; a locations showcase and technology trade show; along with a conference series and networking events.
The event, which has private backing for its first edition, will also feature a competition section for films from emerging nations.
“Indonesia has the fourth largest population in the world but has very little soft power, so our goal is to build up this industry and give Indonesia a voice,” said Guillaume Catala, who co-founded the event with Tedy Tricahyono.
The organisers are collaborating with the newly-established Indonesian Film Council (BPI), founded by the »
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