Sunday , September 23 2018


Punk icon Pop looks back darkly – ‘Post Pop Depression’ final statement

NEW YORK, March 17, (AFP): Iggy Pop, struggling to kick a heavy drug habit in the late 1970s, celebrated his own intensity with the song that was arguably his masterpiece, “Lust for Life.” On what he hints will be his final album, the now 68-year-old punk icon has offered a …

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‘Arbalest’, ‘Tower’ win top prizes – Foster, Clooney’s ‘Money Monster’ to play Cannes fest

LOS ANGELES, March 16, (RTRS): “The Arbalest,” Adam Pinney’s droll, puzzle-like tale of unrequited obsession starring Mike Brune as a famed 1970s toy inventor, won the grand jury prize for narrative features at the SXSW Film Festival on Tuesday. The narrative jury, consisting of Lindsey Bahr, Richard Brody and Alonso …

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Star Wars goes virtual reality – ILMxLAB mixes traditional imagineering with VR

LOS ANGELES, March 16, (Agencies): Get ready to practice your virtual lightsaber skills: Lucasfilm and its visual effects unit Industrial Light and Magic took a first step toward bringing the “Star Wars” universe to virtual reality (VR) this week with the unveiling of the “Star Wars: Trials on Tatooine” VR …

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‘Divergent Series: Allegiant’ dull and lifeless – ‘Modern sci-fi dystopias’

In “Allegiant,” the latest installment of “The Divergent Series” (three out of four), dystopian Chicago might be in disarray, but it’s also become as dull as our heroine Tris’ shapeless, grey Abnegation frocks from the first pic. Unless the filmmakers really try to shake things up for the next and …

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Spielberg, Ford reuniting for ‘Indiana Jones’ – Cowell boards Epstein in ‘Life’

LOS ANGELES, March 16, (RTRS): Director Steven Spielberg and star Harrison Ford will make a fifth “Indiana Jones” film, to screen July 19, 2019, Disney announced Tuesday. The release from the studio describes “a fifth epic adventure in the blockbuster series,” adding: “Steven Spielberg, who directed all four previous films, …

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‘Midnight’ an electrifying mystery – ‘Blind Brother’ a refreshing romantic comedy

‘Midnight Special’ is one of those rare, stimulating creations that grabs you and penetrates your bloodstream from start to finish. This unique tale about a kid with special powers skillfully melds mood and story, giving the entire experience the feel of a thrilling getaway chase — one that you’re part …

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‘Miss Stevens’ a well-acted dramedy – Smartly layered performance from Rabe

LOS ANGELES, March 15, (RTRS): A high-school English teacher chaperones three students at a weekend-long drama competition and finds that she’s the one with a lot to learn in “Miss Stevens,” a well-acted and involving dramedy that takes a few too many facile turns en route to upbeat endings all …

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Kanye, Goulding to use fan lyrics – Unique interactive album aimed at fighting poverty

NEW YORK, March 15, (AFP): Top names in music including Kanye West and Ellie Goulding will record songs from lyrics submitted by fans in a unique interactive album aimed at fighting global poverty. Global Citizen, best known for organizing giant annual concerts in New York to further the goal of …

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Abrams not looking forward to ‘Force’ being watched on phones – Howard, Grazer defend Parker home movie plan

AUSTIN, Texas, March 15, (RTRS): With “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” coming out soon on iTunes, the director of the box-office smash said on Monday it was a “nightmare” to think of people watching the big-screen sci-fi adventure on a cellphone. “Anyone who makes movies will say: ‘Please don’t watch …

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Qumra event reaffirms its role as Arab cinema incubator – DFI project draws attention from top-tier fests

LOS ANGELES, March 14, (RTRS): The Doha Film Institute’s innovative Qumra workshop wrapped its second edition March 9 reaffirming its role as formidable facilitator for new voices in Arab cinema and beyond thanks to a format that’s getting great word of mouth, has attracted a larger North American presence this …

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