Arts bring healing after tragedy in ‘Midsummer in Newtown’

By Patricia Reaney NEW YORK, Jan 26 : – A new documentary shows how a children’s play helped the people of Newtown, Connecticut, find solace and a sense of community after a disturbed gunman slaughtered 20 first graders and six educators in their town four years ago. “Midsummer in Newtown,” which opens in U.S. theaters […]

Hollywood’s superheroes, family fare boosted by China in 2016

By Lisa Richwine LOS ANGELES, Jan 7 : China’s moviegoers embraced big-screen superheroes, cartoon animals and a video game-turned-action flick in 2016, adding 1.8 billion dollar in ticket sales to Hollywood’s 20 highest-grossing films of the year. The revenue from the world’s second-largest movie market accounted for 13 per cent of the 13.5 billion dollar […]

Hollywood’s superheroes, family fare boosted by China in 2016

By Lisa Richwine LOS ANGELES, Jan 7 : China’s moviegoers embraced big-screen superheroes, cartoon animals and a video game-turned-action flick in 2016, adding 1.8 billion dollar in ticket sales to Hollywood’s 20 highest-grossing films of the year. The revenue from the world’s second-largest movie market accounted for 13 per cent of the 13.5 billion dollar […]

As Aleppo battle ends, intimate film shows Syria in new light

By Maha El Dahan DUBAI, Dec 14 : When a group of friends took their cameras to the streets of Damascus to document Syria’s 2011 uprising, they could not have foretold how events would spiral out of control and change their lives forever. Obaidah Zytoon, a radio host with big dreams for her country, was […]

Amy Adams leads in sci-fi thriller as Oscar buzz builds in Venice

By Agnieszka Flak and Sarah Mills VENICE, Sep 1 : Five-time Academy Award nominee Amy Adams may get closer to finally landing an Oscar as two of her movies are competing at the Venice film festival this year, including Denis Villeneuve’s sci-fi thriller “Arrival”. In the film, premiering on Thursday, Adams plays a linguist hired […]