Syria: Turkey says ground troops moved in on Afrin

Syria: Turkey says ground troops moved in on Afrin AFP Turkish ground troops have crossed into northern Syria as part of Ankara’s campaign to rid the border area of Kurdish fighters, Turkey’s PM says.Binali Yildirim said the aim was to establish a 30km (19-mile) “safe zone” inside Syria, Turkish media report.Turkey launched its operation against … Read more

Kabul: Gunmen shot Intercontinental Hotel diners – eyewitness

Kabul: Gunman shot Intercontinental Hotel diners – eyewitness Media captionGuests tried to escape by using bed sheets to climb down from balconiesAn eyewitness has told the BBC of the terrifying moment gunmen burst into Kabul’s Intercontinental Hotel restaurant on Saturday. The man, who is not being named for security reasons, said he was spared after … Read more

North Korea Moranbong girl band leader heads Olympic inspection team

Asia Asia North Korea Moranbong girl band leader heads Olympic inspection team Image copyright Getty Images The visit is the first of several to prepare for Pyongyang’s participation in the games A North Korean delegation has arrived in South Korea for a landmark visit to inspect cultural venues for next month’s Winter Olympics.It is headed … Read more

Iraq sentences German woman to death over IS involvement

Iraq sentences German woman to death over IS involvement Share this with Facebook Share this with Twitter Share this with Messenger Share this with Messenger Share this with Email Share Share this with These are external links and will open in a new window Email Share this with Email Facebook Share this with Facebook Messenger … Read more

Ethiopia Waldiya: Five killed by police at religious festival

Ethiopia Waldiya: Five killed by police at religious festival Share this with Facebook Share this with Twitter Share this with Messenger Share this with Messenger Share this with Email Share Share this with These are external links and will open in a new window Email Share this with Email Facebook Share this with Facebook Messenger … Read more

‘Wildlife’ Review: Paul Dano’s Directorial Debut Is an Austere Portrait of a Family in Crisis

Sundance Institute Actors Paul Dano and Idris Elba both premiered their feature directing debuts on Saturday at the Sundance Film Festival, but it would be hard to imagine two films more dissimilar than Dano’s “Wildlife” and Elba’s “Yardie.” The latter, which TheWrap will cover separately, is a rough and violent story set in East London … Read more

Keira Knightley Claims a Racy, Feminist ‘Colette’

Even those of us who know of the French writer Colette probably don’t know that she ghost-wrote a series of popular novels under her husband’s name, slept with women at her pleasure and otherwise asserted herself in a very unladylike manner. Keira Knightley, in the title role of “Colette,” brings the early 20th century writer … Read more

‘SNL’ Cold Open: Dr. Ronny Jackson Delivers an Unbiased Report On How Sexy the President Is (Video)

Aidy Bryant kicked off this week’s “SNL” in character as White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, presenting the briefing on the results of Donald Trump’s physical. Or, more specifically, the discussion of “how not fat the president is.” Bryant brought out Beck Bennett as physician Dr. Ronnie Jackson, who seemed overly preoccupied with how … Read more

Blythe Danner Responds to Criticism That Gwyneth Paltrow Spoke About Harvey Weinstein Too Late (Video)

Actress Blythe Danner opened up about her daughter Gwyneth Paltrow’s role in the #MeToo movement — specifically criticism that the Oscar winner waited too long to accuse Harvey Weinstein of sexual misconduct. Speaking with TheWrap at Acura Studios during the Sundance Film Festival on Saturday, Danner discussed a blunt op-ed she wrote for the New … Read more

Independent Films Are ‘Alive and Well’ Because of Digital Platforms, Indie Experts Say

Ryan McMahill Independent film is actually “alive and well,” digital experts said at TheWrap’s Industry Panel at Sundance Film Festival on Saturday. When speaking to TheWrap’s Editor-in-Chief and CEO Sharon Waxman, Joe Pichirallo, a veteran studio executive, producer and film educator, said that digital platforms have made things “more accessible and democratic” for independent filmmakers. “Back then, … Read more