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Austrian music band ‘Nifty’s’ to perform in Islamabad

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ISLAMABAD: The Austrian Embassy in collaboration with the Pakistan National Council of the Arts (PNCA) would organize performance of Austrian music band “Nifty’s” here on October 24, said official on Monday.

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The event would be organized in connection with celebrations of Austrian National Day.

Nifty’s is a Kelezmer-jazz band formed in 1999 in Austria. Their music can be described as a mixture of Kelezmer and eastern European folklore, spiced up with elements of modern music.

The PNCA official told media that a large number of music lovers from twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi would participate in the event.




 

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Wrong Number 2 to be released on Eid

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LAHORE: After the success of block-buster film, Wrong Number, its second part, Wrong Number 2, will be released country-wide on Eidul Fitr.

The trailer of the film, released a few days ago, has got great appreciation from the public.

In an interview, director of the film, Yasir Nawaz, said that a strong story and better cast is going to make it a great success.

Javaid Sheikh, Neelum Muneer, Sana Fakhar and Mahmood Aslam have performed main roles in the Wrong Number 2.

 

 

 

 

 

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Curtains for “The Big Bang Theory,” unlikely ratings giant

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NEW YORK: Peopled by sometimes-awkward geeks making physics references, “The Big Bang Theory,” whose finale episode airs Thursday, seemed destined at first to appeal to a niche audience.

But as the show reaches its conclusion, it has become one of the most-watched series in the world.

Focused on whether characters Sheldon Cooper and Amy Farrah-Fowler will win the Nobel prize, the show is going out on top as it wraps up its 12th and final season.

The show, which airs on US network CBS, has carved its place at the top of American television, with more than 12 million live viewers for much of the most-recent season (17 million when including delayed watchers) — similar levels to “Game of Thrones.”

According to research firm Parrot, “Big Bang” was one of the five most popular shows in the world last year, a streak CBS would have been happy to continue — were it not for Sheldon actor Jim Parsons having announced he would leave the show after the 12th season.

For producer and writer Stephen Engel, who worked on it at the beginning of its run, “Big Bang” owes much of its success to the annoying-but-loveable character.

“It was a serendipitous blending of a character and an actor that was just magic,” he said.

Depicting a brilliant scientist who is socially clueless, Sheldon’s portrayal was “just a perfect marriage of point of view, jokes, voice and actor that made that character jump off the screen,” Engel said.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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‘Harry Potter’ star set to star in new S Africa jailbreak drama

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CANNES: “Harry Potter” star Daniel Radcliffe has finished filming a new thriller where he plays a white anti-apartheid activist who escaped from one of South Africa’s toughest jails, its distributor said Tuesday.

Based on a true story, the breakout tale “Escape From Pretoria” is drawn from Tim Jenkin’s account of his dramatic escape from the notorious Pretoria Maximum Security Prison with his friend Stephen Lee in 1979.

Already in post-production after shooting was wrapped up in South Africa three weeks ago, fresh footage will be on show at the Cannes film festival which begins Tuesday, Arclight Films said.

Jenkin, now 70, was sentenced to 12 years in prison for handing out leaflets supporting the then banned African National Congress.

But he managed to make a set of wooden keys for a series of doors inside the jail, which housed the country’s death row.

Using a device made from a broom handle and a mirror he had hidden in his cell, Jenkin opened his cell door and then freed his neighbour and friend Lee.

Both managed to slip out of the tightly guarded prison and eventually flee to London.

The movie is directed by Francis Annan, a rising young black British director who also wrote the script.

Radcliffe, 29, is also playing the lead in the action comedy “Guns Akimbo”, which is now in post-production.

 

 

 

 

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