Tuesday , January 23 2018

Entertainment

‘Hateful’: How Agatha Christie is it? – Tarantino’s film honors enduring appeal of author’s work

I couldn’t help feeling a twinge of skepticism when I first heard “The Hateful Eight” described as Quentin Tarantino’s spin on an Agatha Christie whodunit. That’s not all it is, of course: It’s Sergio Leone crossed with Harold Pinter, “Stagecoach” by way of “The Thing,” and a grimly funny three-hour soak …

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‘Anomalisa’ will break your heart – Big challenges of recreating life on small scale

In “Anomalisa” everyone looks and sounds the same. They have the same face (Caucasian, bland, non-descript). They have the same voice (Tom Noonan’s). They bore our protagonist Michael Stone (voiced by David Thewlis) to death. And this feeling that he’s the only individual on the planet among all these clones …

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Critics pick least favorite films – ‘Pixels’, ‘The Ridiculous 6’ among the duds

LOS ANGELES, Jan 2, (RTRS): A proper accounting of the year’s most egregious cinematic stinkers cannot limit itself to Adam Sandler comedies and pointless Marvel reboots alone. It must take in the full spectrum of cinematic awfulness — which is to say, even those movies ostensibly made with the best …

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‘Unforgettable’ singer Natalie Cole dies – Master of past and present styles

LOS ANGELES, Jan 2, (Agencies): She began as a 1970s soul singer hyped as the next Aretha Franklin and peaked in the 1990s as an old-fashioned stylist and time-defying duet partner to her late father, Nat “King” Cole. Natalie Cole, who died Thursday in Los Angeles at age 65, was …

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Hollywood rules French box office in 2015 – Best results in a decade

LOS ANGELES, Jan 2, (RTRS):  Propelled by “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” “Minions” and “Jurassic World” — the same B.O. juggernauts that are pushing European box office to record (Germany) or standout (UK, Spain) 2015 results — Hollywood punched its best results this decade in France, with US movies taking …

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Stories behind best moving images – Top 10 shots of 2015

This is the ninth year I’ve sat down to digest and meditate on the year in single cinematic images, and every time I do it, it’s an absolute joy. Happy accidents, intriguing intentions, strong visual thematic ideas and unique directorial vision can be found under every stone. You just have …

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Social media, upgraded theaters drive $11 bn year – 2015 ends on high note with ‘Force Awakens’

LOS ANGELES, Jan 1, (AP): It takes more than “Star Wars” to make an $11 billion year. Disney and J.J. Abrams pushed 2015 over the mark days before its conclusion, but many factors helped make the year the biggest of all time  including social media and better theatrical experiences  which …

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‘Sizeable percentage of leaders probably crazy’ – Obama enjoys cars, coffee with Seinfeld

WASHINGTON, Jan 1, (Agencies): He’s not a comedian and going for a coffee run is out of the question, but Barack Obama has nonetheless starred in an episode of Jerry Seinfeld’s “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.” In the latest in a long line of quirky appearances designed to reach a somewhat …

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Beijing, don’t kill my vibe: rappers – Artists called to ‘serve socialism’

BEIJING, Jan 1, (AFP): Straight in at number one on the Chinese government’s banned songs chart is IN3, a trio of brash, tattooed rappers who mix the earthy language of Beijing’s streets with classic hip hop beats. And number two. And three. And so on, down to number 17. They …

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The year in movie superlatives – Rampling and Fassbender top in acting category

With the year winding down, it’s time for an In Contention tradition: Checking off a list of superlatives, from the Academy’s 21 feature categories, to a few traditional critics’ award fields, to a handful of fun categories of our own. This is just how I saw the year, but perhaps …

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