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Super-star of rock Johnny Hallyday dies from lung cancer at 74!

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PARIS: Johnny Hallyday, the biggest rock star ever to live in the Hexagon, died today from cancer at the age of 74. 

Commenting on his death, President of France Emmanuel Macron has said that Johnny Hallyday had across generations carved himself into the lives of French people.  

President Jacques Chirac bestowed knighthood (Chevalier of the Legion D’Honneur) upon him in 1977 him He was made a by President Jacques Chirac in 1997.

“He charmed them through the generosity you saw in his concerts: so epic, so intimate, in huge venues, in small spots”, President Macron held. “Nous n’oublierons ni le nom, ni la gueule, ni la voix, ni surtout les interpretations”.

Hallyday, who was born Jean-Philippe Smet, sold about 100 million records and starred in a number of films. Sadly he simply does not exist beyond the francophonie world.

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(VIDEO AND TEXT) CG Grace Shelton celebrates 15th Daniel Pearl World Music Day with Karachiites at Arts Council!

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KARACHI: Scene was set at the auditorium of Arts Council, not very far away from where the Pressman Daniel Pearl’s kidnapping began 15 years ago.

Karachiites converged there to be part of a musical tribute to Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl – a courageous journalist who went harm’s way in search of truth.

Musical performances have been held since 2002 all over the world.

One may marvel why a melodious homage to a slain pressman?

Danny was a talented writer who was adept enough with the written words to make a living in the top ranks of journalism.

But it was in music that he found an essential form of expression.

A talented violinist, fiddler and mandolin player Danny kept passion for music ignited throughout his career.

During numerous postings all over the world he joined town bands, orchestras and chamber groups.

Consequently, he left behind a long trail of musician friends in cities across the world stretching from Los Angeles, Hong Kong, Atlanta, Paris, Tehran to Mumbai.

Daniel Pearl’s family chose music to celebrate the ideals of tolerance friendship and shared humanity. 

They formed a foundation to further the ideals that inspired Danny’s life and work, spotlight his love of music to build bridges and create friendship.

Speaking on the occasion Consul General of USA Grace Shelton thanked President Pakistan Arts Council Ahmed Shah for his support.  

Broadway Bridges (Pakistan) took the audience on the tour of classic and contemporary Broadway from beloved musicals such as Sound of Music to Cabaret to the Cutting-Edge Hit Shows such as Rent and Hamilton.

KARACHI: PRESIDENT ARTS COUNCIL (AC) OF PAKISTAN AHMED SHAH SNAPPED PRESENTING A BOUQUET TO US CONSUL GENERAL GRACE SHELTON ON THE OCCASION OF THE 15TH DANIEL PEARL WORLD MUSIC DAY CELEBRATED HERE AT AC.

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‘The Shape of Water’ a unique love story will be releasing this Valentine’s!

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LOS ANGELES: The Shape of Water is already making waves as the trailer mesmerizes the audience with relatively a unique love story idea.
Recently Digital Spy has released a limited look at the new International trailer for the very unusual love story.
The movie differs from the usual love story situation since the story revolves around Hawkins played by Elisa Esposito, a silent janitor at a shady government facility in 1960s Cold War-era America, who falls in love with an amphibious man being detained for study by her employers.
The conflict of the movie begins as Shannon‘s creepy government spy employer tortures the fish man, Elisa plots a daring escape plan.
The cast includes Richard Jenkins, Octavia Spencer, Michael Stuhlbarg and Lauren Lee Smith.
The Shape of Water will be releasing in the US tomorrow (Friday, 8th of December) Other than the USA, the movie will be released in the UK on February 14, which is falling at the time of Valentine’s Day.

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Atif Aslam’s recent song for ‘Tiger Zinda Hai’ is loved by millions!

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KARACHI: Atif Aslam’s crooning  for Tiger Zinda Hai (harboring Katrina Kaif & Salman Khan in the cast) has reportedly been liked by millions!

Director Ali Abbas Zafar says the film’s new track Dil Diyan Gallan, is a love song shot in a way significant to the classic Yash Chopra songs.

Zafar told in a statement: “I have always wanted to pay a tribute to the classic Yash Chopra romantic songs which I have grown up loving.

“And I’m thrilled that I finally got that song in Dil Diyan Gallan, an out-and-out romantic ballad on the lines of classic, beautiful love songs that the banner is remembered for by generations.

“The song follows the same form/signature of a classic Yash Chopra song – aesthetic, inspired by the innocence of old school romances and at the same time, focuses on mature, deeply felt love,” he further stated.

The high-point of the song is Salman painting a portrait of Katrina on ice. commenting on that she said: “The song is close to my heart. I am happy that I am launching this song with Salman.”

Director of the film adds: “Salman and Katrina shot this song on some very difficult terrain in the Alps. The biggest highlight of this song is the unique Katrina portrait that he has drawn on a frozen lake.

“We had to shoot on this lake and Salman converted it to a canvas. We had to source natural colors, as ice doesn’t catch all kinds of paints, which didn’t come easy.

“But once we got hold of this, he created a huge 20 feet by 20 feet portrait that features Katrina’s face. It’s a sight for sore eyes, this painting, and it makes Dil Diyan Gallan a truly unique romantic song visually.”

Irshad Kamil penned the song while Vishal-Shekhar has composed it. The film will be released on 22nd day of December, 2017. 

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