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Album Of The Hour: My Dear Melancholy,

The Weeknd dropped his latest album, My Dear Melancholy, which is his first solo venture since 2016’s Starboy, even though he had kept himself busy collaborating with Lana Del Rey, Future, and Gucci Mane, and by writing a Starboy comic for Marvel. The phenomenal six-track-album features two collaborations with French DJ and Kanye West collaborator Gesaffelstein, as well as production credits for Daft Punk’s Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, Skrillex, Frank Dukes, Mike WiLL Made-It, Daheala, Cirkut and Marz. If you haven’t heard it yet, we are assuming you’re living under a rock or are just not looking for good music. The album is available on Apple Music, Spotify and other streaming services.

Christopher Nolan Wants Bollywood To Help Revive Celluloid Filmmaking

“Filmmaking is full of obstacles... it is not about being logical and pragmatic... it’s about magic, dreams, experiences and bracing your emotional side,” Nolan said after a roundtable dialogue in Mumbai, the home of Bollywood. The 47-year-old Oscar-nominated director said he had “a very productive” meeting with members of Bollywood, the world’s largest film industry. “I am really trying to engage filmmakers in this conversation about how we can maintain, improve and continue to enjoy the celluloid photochemical analogue infrastructure for filmmaking,” Nolan said. Famed for his extravagant vision in films such as “Interstellar” and “Inception”, Nolan is one of the few big names globally who still use celluloid for film-making. “We are trying to preserve for future generation the history of films, especially the way the filmmakers originally intended to make the films in,” Nolan said. Visual artist Tacita Dean and archivist Shivendra Singh Dungarpur who has been working to preserve and restore celluloid films in India were also part of the discussion. “We are fighting to save celluloid films in India whereas people are disbanding it without realizing their importance,” said Dungarpur.“We are talking about co-existence with digital formats. Till 2014, we were shooting in older formats in India,” Dungarpur said. Nolan was set to present his films “Dunkirk” and “Interstellar” in 70mm and 35mm formats to audiences in India, organizers said.

Weyyak VOD engages Arab audience with Bollywood & Indian shows

Weyyak VOD is the first product of Z5X Global, digital service of Zee Entertainment. It is one of the first platforms in the MENA region, offering exclusive Indian and premium Arabic content via AVOD experience, targeting Arabs anywhere, anytime and free of charge. ‘Weyyak’ which means ‘with you’ was launched in Ramadan 2017 and has successfully completed a year winning accolades as an upcoming Video on Demand platform.

Weyyak depicts one of the biggest content libraries including thousands of hours of engaging series and films. In keeping with audience demand, it offers wide and varied content, from Bollywood films; Indian television shows to exclusive Arabic content. Weyyak has made a mark by winning the prestigious award at BroadcastPro ME Selevision Summit and Awards 2017 in the category of ‘OTT Trendsetter Category’ amongst market competitors.

In the upcoming month of April 2018, users can view new shows and films in Arabic, including the interesting ‘Noqta Al Sater’ series. The show depicts the life of a woman who dreams of marriage and a family but they are shattered when she goes through a divorce. However, she is determined to go ahead in life and decides to bring up her son in the right way despite not having support. Ramadan month will offer our viewers a varied range of Indian, Arabic and Egyptian series and films that will give them ample choice of selection. Weyyak users can experience love, hope, relationships, joy and many more emotions along with their family and friends.

Weyyak’s unique selling points include, a user-friendly interface, huge library of premium content and variety of choices for users that is available on Android, iOS, Apple TV and Roku anytime and anywhere.

http://weyyak.z5.com/

Relive the moment Swedish House Mafia returned to the world at the Ultra Miami stage with this picture. A long five years of waiting came to a sudden Swedish end when Axwell, Sebastian Ingrosso and Steve Angello once again joined each other on the Ultra stage on Sunday. Who's going to "Save the World"? Swedish House Mafia, obviously, and we still can't get enough of the hourlong hype. Check out some stage shots and behind-the-scenes photos the reunited trio has shared on its instagram in recent days. @ swedishhousemafia

With 90% of the worlds Rhinos lost in the last 40 years, 97% of the Tiger population since 1900, 30,000 elephants slaughtered for their ivory each year and trade in illegal wildlife estimated to be worth over $15 Billion USD per annum, Music Against Animal Cruelty (M.A.A.C) launches a global music directive to aid wildlife conservation. M.A.A.C. are a non-profit organization with one simple directive; to aid wildlife conservation.

Conceived by Jonny White, international DJ and producer of Art Department and Wade Cawood, CEO/Founder of Pulse Global, the new organization aims to raise revenue from worldwide music events, rallying support from the entire music community to aid its primary cause. White & Cawood will work alongside Jack Baucher from the Tears for Tigers Foundation.

M.A.A.C will stimulate international music fan bases and galvanize the help of the entire music industry, using a worldwide collective of likeminded individuals and influential voices. The organization will launch valuing a trusted and united relationship with artists, DJ’s and industry alike, tapping into an indefinite network and creating a vital source of revenue for international wildlife conservation. Focusing on community led initiatives that will provide support to grassroots conservation projects and further wildlife conservation worldwide.

At the present rate, 20% of the world’s 15 million species could be gone in the next 30 years. This is an unprecedented rate of extinction, which has not been apparent since the disappearance of dinosaurs 65 million years ago.

With 50% of the world’s population living in urban areas, it may be that we are losing our connection with the natural world. It is the mission of M.A.A.C. to create opportunities for artists to travel and experience conservation for themselves.

With the music industry uniting on this global cause, ambassadors for the organization are already coming forward, as the project garners support from many influencers in the electronic music scene including Adam Beyer, Apollonia, Art Department, Audiofly, Chris Liebing, Dubfire, Ida Engberg, Jamie Jones, Nicole Moudaber and Tiga.

'A League of Their Own' TV Series in the Works at Amazon

Amazon's League of Their Own will be produced by Sony Pictures Television Studios, whose Columbia Pictures produced the classic film about the real-life All-American Girls Professional Baseball League that was formed when World War II threatened to shut down Major League Baseball. The film -- which celebrated its 25th anniversary last year -- followed two sisters, Dottie and Kit, as they were recruited to join the AAGPBL and wound up playing for the Rockford Peaches (before a trade that would see them face off in the World Series). Hanks played manager Jimmy Dugan, a character inspired by former big leaguers Jimmie Foxx and Hack Wilson. The cast also included Madonna (Mae), Rosie O'Donnell (Doris), Megan Cavanagh (Marla Hooch) and David Strathairn, who played Ira Lowenstein, the league's GM who kept it going after owner Walter Harvey (played by Garry Marshall) wanted to shut it down after the war.

Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel penned the screenplay based on a story by Kelly Candaele and Kim Wilson. Marshall directed the film. The feature, produced on a budget of $40 million, went on to gross $132 million worldwide. In 2012, the Library of Congress selected the film for preservation in the U.S. National Film Registry for its portrayal of women's choices and solidarity during World War II that was both funny and feminist.

-Compiled by Mariam Nihal


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