Entertainment

‘Force Awakens’ to top $1 bn in global ticket sales – Fan watches ‘Star Wars’ for 46 straight hours

NEW YORK, Dec 27, (RTRS): The Force remains strong with the new “Star Wars” movie, which is on track to top $1 billion in global ticket sales this weekend, making it the fastest-ever film to reach that level. Walt Disney Co said in a statement on Saturday that “Star Wars: …

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‘Revenant’ immersive, very visceral – Cinematographer Lubezki talks digital

Cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki has won two Oscars in a row, for “Gravity” and “Birdman,” and he could be in line to win a record-breaking third for “The Revenant.” Shot on the large-format Alexa 65 digital camera, it’s an interesting note in his career, given that his work in digital photography …

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Ferrell – Wahlberg’s ‘Home’ takes $1.2m in Christmas Eve – Film a silly romp rife with stereotypes

LOS ANGELES, Dec 26, (Agencies): Paramount’s comedy “Daddy’s Home” has launched solidly with $1.2 million at 1,920 US locations in Christmas Eve previews. The movie, which reunites Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg five years after their partnership on “The Other Guys,” is on pace to pull in from $20 million to …

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Radiohead offers Xmas surprise – Docs, nurses beat Bieber to top charts

NEW YORK, Dec 26, (AFP): Art-house rockers Radiohead offered a Christmas surprise Friday — a new song, initially intended for the latest James Bond film. The British band, which has not released an album since 2011 amid persistent speculation about new recordings, said it had been asked to write the theme …

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Children build underwater robots – ‘Science all about collaboration’

Staring through the glass of a tunnel aquarium, teenage students coordinated the movement of homemade robots through an underwater obstacle course. The students, part of a group of 20, 15- to 17-year-olds who were taking part in a two-week sustainable technologies clinic put on by Guam Community College, were inside …

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‘45 Years’ a devastating time bomb – Another great flick written across the enigmatic, profound face of Charlotte

How many great movies could be written across the enigmatic, profound face of Charlotte Rampling? Hundreds? Thousands? At any rate, Andrew Haigh’s “45 Years” is one of them. In it, Rampling stars as half of a childless couple — Kate and Geoff (Tom Courtenay) Mercer — preparing to celebrate their …

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Surgery halts Jackson’s tour – U2 tops

NEW YORK, Dec 25, (Agencies): Pop superstar Janet Jackson has announced a temporary halt to her global tour to undergo surgery for an unspecified condition, raising fears for her health. Jackson, 49, who has returned with an extensive global tour after several years of relative quiet, said late Thursday that …

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‘Star Wars’ dominates digital – Trailers popular on YouTube, Instagram and Twitter

LOS ANGELES, Dec 25, (RTRS): In addition to breaking records at the box office, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” also dominated digital this year, ranking as the #1 film of 2015. With over 280 million engagements across platforms, “Star Wars” trumps every other 2015 release by nearly 100 million. The …

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Real Joy dishes on ‘Joy’ – Miracle Mops to movie stars

NEW YORK, Dec 25, (AP): So then there was that time that Joy Mangano, “Miracle Mop” inventor and home shopping entrepreneur, was sitting at a meeting wedged between Jennifer Lawrence and Robert De Niro. And De Niro leaned over and said: “Joy, I have to talk to you. I have …

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DiCaprio went to extremes for Revenant – Surreal twists bring Kaufman’s ‘Anomalisa’ to theaters

Alejandro G. Inarritu knew Leonardo DiCaprio would go to the ends of the earth to make the 19th century survival epic “The Revenant” exactly as the famously meticulous director wanted. For Inarritu, DiCaprio was the best person to play Hugh Glass, a real life fur trapper who survived a bear …

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