Nawazuddin Siddiqui to portray Manto in Nandita Das’ film

Courtesy The News International CANNES: Hindi cinema’s rising star Nawazuddin Siddiqui has been chosen to portray the famous Pakistani literary character Saadat Hasan Manto in Nandita Das’ upcoming Indo-French co-production named ‘Manto’, according to a Times of India report. Nandita Das, who has twice been part of the Cannes Film Festival jury, made the formal…

Virtual reality films comes to Cannes, Spielberg sounds warning

Courtesy The News International CANNES, France: 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 — all…

British author J.K. Rowling says Trump has a right to be bigoted

Courtesy The News International Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling labelled U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump bigoted after receiving the PEN/Allen Foundation Literary Service Award in New York. Rowling, who won the prize for her efforts to fight inequality and censorship, criticised the presumptive Republican nominee, who has called for a temporary ban on Muslims entering…

The X-Men are back, this time fighting ‘Apocalypse’

Courtesy The News International Hollywood stars Jennifer Lawrence and James McAvoy reprise their roles as powerful mutants in “X-Men: Apocalypse”, this time joining forces against a new supervillain. Oscar-winner Lawrence returns as the blue, shape-shifting Mystique, while McAvoy plays the younger, mind-reading Professor Charles Xavier, a role portrayed by Patrick Stewart in the franchise’s first…

Box office: ‘Captain America’ soars to $73 mn

Courtesy The News International LOS ANGELES: Disney-Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War” remains dominant at U.S. theaters with $72.6 million at 4,426 U.S. locations — the eighth-largest second weekend of all time. George Clooney-Julia Roberts thriller “Money Monster” opened respectably with $15 million. BH Tilt’s low-budget horror-thriller “The Darkness,” starring Kevin Bacon and Radha Mitchell, scared…

Eurovision win lifts spirits in Ukraine, raises eyebrows in Russia

Courtesy The News International Ukrainians hailed their country’s unexpected victory in the Eurovision song contest as a Europe-wide endorsement of Ukraine in its smouldering conflict with Russia, while Moscow said the contest had been hijacked by politics. Ukrainian singer Jamala overtook the bookmakers’ favourites, Russia and Australia, to lift the prize with the song “1944”…