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‘Ford v Ferrari’ tops US box office

WT24 Desk New Fox release ‘Ford v Ferrari’ roared to the front in North American box offices over the weekend, taking in an estimated $31 million on an overall slow weekend, industry watcher Exhibitor Relations said Sunday, AFP reports. The film is based on the true story of how a team at Ford under legendary designer Carroll Shelby (Matt Damon) ...

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Electronic music fest rocks Tunisian desert

WT24 Desk A two-day electronic music festival got underway Saturday in the southern Tunisian desert where the original Star Wars movie was filmed, drawing thousands of fans and star DJs, AFP reports. As the sun set over the lunar-like landscape of the Sahara desert in Tozeur region near the Algerian border, people danced on dunes in the town of Nefta ...

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Taylor Swift reignites feud over music ownership

WT24 Desk Unleash the Swifties: Taylor Swift has tapped her millions-strong social media fan base to pressure the heads of her former label, who she says are wielding “tyrannical control” over her music, AFP reports. The global superstar’s latest chess move has reignited her months-long public feud with Big Machine Label Group, spotlighting the music industry’s age-old issue of who ...

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Scarier than fiction

Climate worry driving ‘cli-fi’ boom WT24 Desk Imagine a world where storms inundate coastal megacities, entire species become extinct in the blink of an eye, and conflicts are fought over dwindling natural resources, AFP reports. Not so difficult in 2019, perhaps. After a year of devastating extreme weather and worldwide unrest over the emergency posed by climate change, topics that ...

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It’s not easy to be self made in Bollywood: Yami Gautam

WT24 Desk Actress Yami Gautam, who has given a string of hits like “Vicky Donor”, “Kaabil”, “Uri: The Surgical Strike” and “Bala”, is very happy the way her career has shaped up and says it is not easy to be in Bollywood and be self made and make it on your own. Asked how does the brush with stardom feel ...

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Lata Mangeshkar stable, but still hospitalised

WT24 Desk Indian playback legend Lata Mangeshkar remains hospitalised in Mumbai on Tuesday due to “viral chest congestion”, and was fighting the illness like a “fighter”, according to her family, IANS reports. The iconic singer was rushed to the Breach Candy Hospital in the early hours of Monday due to viral chest congestion as a “precautionary measure”. Her condition is stable ...

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Lata Mangeshkar admitted to hospital with chest congestion

WT24 Desk Bollywood playback legend Lata Mangeshkar, who was rushed to the hospital in the early hours of Monday due to viral chest congestion as a “precautionary measure”, is now stable and recovering, IANS reports. “Lata Mangeshkar ji had a viral chest congestion. Keeping her age in mind, as a precautionary measure, she has checked in to Breach Candy Hospital ...

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Beatles album cover photographer Freeman dies

WT24 Desk Photographer Robert Freeman, who helped define The Beatles’ mop top look on their early album covers, has died, the legendary Liverpool band said Saturday. He was 82, AFP reports. “Besides being a great professional he was imaginative and a true original thinker,” Paul McCartney wrote in a blog post. “I will miss this wonderful man but will always ...

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Disney beats forecasts ahead of streaming launch

WT24 Desk Walt Disney Co. on Thursday reported better-than-expected quarterly results, fuelled by the release of blockbuster films “Aladdin” and “The Lion King” as it prepared for its new streaming television service, AFP reports. Disney profit in the recently ended quarter was $1.05 billion, down from $2.3 billion a year ago, on revenue that grew 34 per cent to $19.1 ...

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Bangabandhu could move people, had vision

Shashi Tharoor reflects on Bangabandhu’s leadership at DLF 2019 WT24 Desk As part of the Dhaka Lit Fest 2019, a discussion on Friday commemorated the works of Bangladesh’s founding father Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and his role as a phenomenal leader of postcolonial era, Agencies report. The discussion took place at Abdul Karim Shahitya Bisharad auditorium in Bangla Academy where ...

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