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Glamorous Venice Film Festival courts controversy

ROME: Global superstars Lady Gaga, Ryan Gosling and Vanessa Redgrave descend on Venice this week as the annual film festival kicks off Wednesday to controversy over the inclusion of Netflix productions and there being just one female director in competition. Some 21 features will be locking horns for the prized Golden Lion, which will be awarded on September 8 at the Palazzo del Cinema on the Venice Lido, the iconic setting for Luchino Visconti's masterpiece Death in Venice. The festival jury is chaired by Guillermo…

‘La La Land’ set to win big at Oscars

NEW YORK: The Hollywood awards season reaches its glittering climax at the Oscars on Sunday with "La La Land," a starry-eyed love letter to the glamour of Old Hollywood, tipped for glory. Millions of viewers around the world will tune in for Tinseltown's biggest night, with Damien Chazelle's romantic musical pinning its hopes on 14 nominations, tied with "Titanic" (1997) and "All About Eve" (1950) for the most ever. "When you mention those movies, it makes my head spin even more than it's spinning. I'm a little…

‘La La Land’ leads the pack for Bafta film awards

LONDON: Fresh from victory at the Golden Globes, Hollywood musical "La La Land" leads the nominations on Sunday for Britain's Bafta awards, which are seen as a good indicator for future Oscar triumphs. Damien Chazelle's poetic love story has 11 nominations, including best film, best actor for Ryan Gosling and best actress for Emma Stone. Chazelle, Gosling and Stone are all expected at the ceremony along with a clutch of stars including Amy Adams, Casey Affleck, Emily Blunt and Nicole Kidman. Harry Potter author…

‘La La Land’ director in ‘shock’ over Oscar nods

TOKYO: The director of hit romantic musical "La La Land" said he was jolted and honoured when he learned that his film had earned a record 14 Oscar nominations. Damien Chazelle's whimsical tribute to Hollywood's Golden Age of musicals topped the Academy Award nominations list on Tuesday, tying an all-time record set by "All About Eve" and "Titanic". "It was a little bit of a shock and it was a huge honour," Chazelle told a press conference a day after the film's Japan premiere. The movie scored nods for best…

Emotion-filled ‘La La Land,’ ‘Moonlight’ lead Golden Globe nominations

LOS ANGELES: "La La Land," an ambitious musical about two dreamers falling in love in Hollywood, and the intimate coming of age drama "Moonlight" led nominations for the Golden Globes on Monday, underscoring their front-runner status in the long road to the Oscars. "La La Land" scored seven nominations in all, including for Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling in the comedy/musical acting categories, while writer-director Damien Chazelle received nods for best director and best screenplay. "Making 'La La Land' was a dream come…