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Sudan cinema flickers back to life after Bashir ouster

WT24 Desk Talal Afifi has worked for years to revive Sudanese cinema which has languished through decades of authoritarian rule. With the fall of longtime autocrat Omar al-Bashir, he sees new hope. Bashir’s Islamist-backed rule of 30 years had seen cinemas shuttered and US sanctions prevent imports of vital equipment in a country once known as a pioneer for film-making ...

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DiCaprio denies link to Amazon fires

WT24 Desk American actor Leonardo DiCaprio on Saturday denied a claim by Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro that he had helped fund groups allegedly linked to fires in the Amazon rain forest, AFP reports. “While worthy of support,” the 45-year-old DiCaprio said in a statement on his Instagram account, “we did not fund the organizations targeted.” In his weekly broadcast Thursday, ...

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Love in the time of Ebola

WT24 Desk A new Liberian film named “Hell’s Gate” premieres Friday in the capital Monrovia, about two lovers whose wedding plans are upended when the deadly Ebola virus strikes, AFP reports. An outbreak of the disease raged in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea in 2014-16, killing more than 11,300 people across the three countries. “There is a need to have ...

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Pamela Anderson writes to PM Narendra Modi, urges him to support veganism

In a letter written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on behalf of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, Pamela Anderson urged him to serve vegan food at government meetings and functions. WT24 Desk Concerned by the deteriorating Air Quality Index of Delhi, actor and honorary director of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) Pamela Anderson wrote to Prime Minister Narendra ...

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K-pop stars jailed for gang-rape in South Korea

Singer-songwriter Jung Joon-young also convicted of sharing footage without consent WT24 Desk A South Korean court has sentenced two K-pop stars to six and five years in prison for gang-rape and additionally convicted one of them for distributing videos of the assaults and other sexual encounters, Agencies report. Jung Joon-young, a singer-songwriter, and Choi Jong-hoon, a former member of the boy band ...

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Hollywood tackles toxic masculinity with teen drama ‘Waves’

WT24 Desk Reeling from the #MeToo movement, Hollywood has put toxic masculinity under the spotlight this year with a batch of Oscars contenders zeroing in on the father-son dynamic, AFP reports. From Joaquin Phoenix in “Joker” to Brad Pitt’s “Ad Astra,” A-listers have flocked to roles which highlight the damage caused by sons’ quests for their fathers’ approval. But none ...

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ATM Shamsuzzaman hospitalised again

WT24 Desk Veteran actor ATM Shamsuzzaman has been hospitalised again, Agnecies report. The Ekushey Padak-winning actor was admitted to the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) on Monday afternoon as he complained of problems in digestion and breathing, said his wife Runa Zaman. He is now undergoing treatment under professor Atiur Rahman. According to the physician, the actor has been suffering ...

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K-pop star Goo Hara found dead at home

WT24 Desk K-pop star Goo Hara was found dead at her home on Sunday, South Korean police confirmed, AFP reports. Goo, a former member of girl group Kara, was discovered at her home in Seoul early Sunday evening, officers said. The exact cause of death was still under investigation, they added. South Korea has one of the world’s highest rates ...

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Victoria’s Secret holiday fashion show cancelled

WT24 Desk The annual Victoria’s Secret fashion show, known for its jewel-encrusted bras and supermodels sporting angel wings, will not be held this holiday season, parent L Brands Inc said on Thursday, AFP reports. The decision comes after the apparel retailer said in May the TV special was not going to be part of network television as the company evaluates ...

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Angad Bedi doesn’t take success seriously: Failure is a constant, he says

“I don’t take success seriously. For me, failure is a constant,” says Angad Bedi. WT24 Desk Navigating through the tough terrain of showbiz doesn’t come easily. But Angad Bedi has found a way for a smoother sail. Dwelling on past failures is not something that the actor believes in. Instead, he is always ready to lend an ear for constructive criticism, The ...

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