Monday , October 15 2018


Prince’s ex-wife wants to keep records sealed

MINNEAPOLIS, Aug 5, (AP): Attorneys for Prince’s ex-wife Manuela Testolini are arguing that records from the couple’s 2006 divorce should remain sealed. Testolini appeared in a Minnesota courtroom Thursday but didn’t speak. Prince’s marriage to Testolini was his second. He died on April 21 from an accidental overdose of fentanyl. …

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Potter spinoff ‘Fantastic’ gets sequel

LOS ANGELES Aug 4, (RTRS): The second movie in the Harry Potter spinoff series “Fantastic Beasts” will be released in November 2018, Hollywood movie studio Warner Bros said on Wednesday, promising “much more on the horizon” from the boy-wizard franchise. British author JK Rowling will write the script for the …

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Day-glo superhero circus in ‘Squad’

The superhero movie is at a strange crossroads. It generally either takes itself too seriously (“Man of Steel,” “Batman v Superman”) or delights in not caring a bit (“Deadpool”). the choice, dear moviegoer, is yours. Do you prefer your costumed heroes to brood or to break bad? Right now, good …

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Syrian child actor killed in Aleppo – ‘Aleppan’s’ Abtini had become a local celebrity

BEIRUT, Aug 1, (AP): The sit-com is a little like “I Love Lucy,” starring a comic housewife who gets into shenanigans and bickers with her husband. Except children play all the roles. And it all takes place in one of the historic stone houses in the old city of Aleppo, …

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‘The Wailing’ wins top prize at Bucheon Fest

LOS ANGELES, July 31, (RTRS): Local director Na Hong-jin’s “The Wailing” was named as winner of the Bucheon Choice award at the 20th Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival, Korea’s largest genre movie festival. The occult thriller which premiered in Cannes also won the NH Audience award. The film was recently …

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Comedy ‘Bad Moms’ comes up short

The comedy “Bad Moms” fancies itself a “Hangover” for the PTA set. And, while a wild send-up of modern parental perfection — that insidious idea that exists only in commercials and glossy magazines — is a worthy and fresh subject for a fun summer comedy, “Bad Moms” is ultimately rather …

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Rajinikanth’s ‘Kabali’ opens strongly globally

LOS ANGELES, July 28, (RTRS): “Kabali,” starring cult South Indian superstar Rajinikanth, has opened on a strong note worldwide. The film debuted on July 22 and has collected $36.6 million worldwide in five days of release, according to trade estimates. This includes a five-day total of $22.3 million in India. …

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Egyptian filmmaker Mohamed Khan dies

CAIRO, July 27, (AFP): Celebrated Egyptian film director Mohamed Khan died in Cairo on Tuesday aged 73 after a prolific career making socially engaged films. Khan has been one of Egypt’s leading cinematic figures since the 1980s, making a string of movies tackling social issues that have often revolved around …

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Daughter preserves Jubara’s legacy – Film legend a gift to Sudan

KHARTOUM, July 26, (AFP): As she drove past an apartment complex on a street in Khartoum, Sara Jadallah turned silent. It was here that her late father, the legendary film-maker Jadallah Jubara, set up Sudan’s first private film studio in the 1970s. But in 2008, following an eightyear court battle …

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Where should ‘Trek’ go from here? – ‘Beyond’ too rooted in ancient interplanetary tropes

Pop-culture recycling doesn’t get much knottier than this. In 2009, J.J. Abrams directed “Star Trek,” a reboot of a popular movie franchise spun off from a legendary TV series. The film succeeded beyond all expectations — it was rousing and sharp, nostalgic yet forward-thinking, an adventure for Trekkies and newbies …

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