A Myanmar court on Tuesday sentenced a prominent ethnic Rakhine leader to 20 years in jail for treason, a verdict likely to intensify anger amid fighting between the ethnic group and the army. Security forces tried to calm hundreds of supporters outside the court in Rakhine state capital Sittwe as Aye Maung was escorted to a waiting police van following the verdict. Aye Maung, the former chairman of the Arakan National Party -- which is renowned for hardline views against the Rohingya Muslim minority -- was sentenced for treason and defamation over an allegedly inflammatory speech in January 2018, a day before deadly riots. State-backed media at the time said he railed against the central government for treating the ethnic Rakhine as "slaves" and said it was the "right time" for the community to launch an armed struggle. The following evening, Rakhine protesters briefly seized a government building and police opened fire, killing seven people. Aye Maung and a fellow detainee -- writer … [Read more...] about Myanmar court jails Rakhine leader for 20 years for treason
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By Joel Rubinoff Torstar News Service Sat., Feb. 23, 2019 With their usual attention to polling and analytics, the oddsmakers have picked their leading contender for Best Picture at Sunday’s 91st Academy Awards (8 p.m. on CTV and ABC): the searing Netflix drama Roma. But John Tutt is skeptical. Tutt, the proprietor of Waterloo’s joint Princess Cinemas, has a foolproof method for determining Oscar winners in the Best Picture category: he counts his box office receipts. “If you go by the success of the Princess as a bellwether for Oscar winners, then I would say Green Book,” he says when I point out the past Princess/Oscar correlation. “If Roma takes it, it indicates a real changing of the guard in terms of academy members.’’ Article Continued Below Sure, Roma is a highly touted, brilliantly crafted masterpiece that has critics raving. It’s also a 135-minute black-and-white foreign-language flick available free on … [Read more...] about Does a pair of theatres in Kitchener-Waterloo hold the key to Sunday’s Oscar Best Picture winner?
By Reggie Ugwu New York Times Thu., Jan. 3, 2019 To the scabrous pile of breakdowns, shutdowns and scandals that will memorialize 2018, a humble submission: Paul Dano, acclaimed 34-year-old actor, did not appear in a single movie. Granted, this might seem a minor point in the grand scheme. But consider this: To find another 12-month span in which discerning moviegoers were deprived of even one Paul Dano performance — in more generous times, there were as many as four — you would have to go all the way back to 2003, a year when (coincidentally!) Bennifer, Saddam Hussein and the Chingy song “Right Thurr” were on top of the world. To be fair, Dano didn’t plan things to work out this way. Far from it! He loves movies and they love him right back. For the past decade and a half, he’s been a constant, animating (if not always showy) presence in a run of good and strange films, many involving a winning bingo card of the great … [Read more...] about Paul Dano disappears from movie roles to direct Wildlife, star on Broadway and have a child
The thing about movies is that most of the good ones come out at the end of the year, when everyone's trying to go for that Oscar. My list usually solidifies around March or April, when I've seen all the ones I think have a shot at being on this list. Having said that, this preliminary list is so good it could be a definitive one. Walang tapon, as local parlance would put it. I highly recommend you try and watch everything here. If you haven't seen Roma, at least it's only a matter of clicking on Netflix now. 10. LIWAY Kip Oebanda's Liway was the perfect movie for 2018's insanely tumultuous political climate. It takes a step back to say that beyond all our online bickering and soapboxing there are actual people whose lives were consumed by Martial Law. It doesn't feel like propaganda, because it never really goes out of its way to say that Martial Law is bad, and I also think that's why it's so effective. This is the role of Glaiza de Castro's career. When she … [Read more...] about The top 10 movies of the year
Production has begun on the sequel to smash hit “Maleficent”, Disney announced on Tuesday, with Elle Fanning and Angelina Jolie reprising their roles as Sleeping Beauty and her conflicted surrogate mother. The movie is being filmed at Pinewood Studios, near London and in locations around Britain, the world’s largest movie studio said in statement. “It’s bring your mum to work day on the Maleficent II set,” 20-year-old Fanning joked in an Instagram post that had been shared a quarter of a million times within an hour. Alongside the message, she posted a picture of her in front of a laughing Jolie, who was in the famous “Maleficent” horns, as well as a pair of sunglasses and a toweling bathrobe. “Maleficent”, a modern retelling of the life of Sleeping Beauty’s archnemesis, cast an instant spell on audiences in 2014, debuting at the top of the North American box office and going on to gross more than $750 … [Read more...] about Return of a notorious villain