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Monday , December 10 2018


‘Krisha’ finds catharsis in tragedy – Spencer in talks to star in Del Toro cold war movie

NEW YORK, March 18, (Agencies): Aspiring filmmakers take note: Nine days of shooting at his mother’s Montgomery, Texas, home, a minuscule budget of $100,000 and a cast led by his aunt were enough for writer-director Trey Edward Shults to make one of the more devastatingly empathetic portraits of addiction you’re …

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Now playing in H’wood: A battle over movies future – Startup ‘Screening Room’ sends tremors throughout the industry’

NEW YORK, March 18, (Agencies): Now playing in Hollywood: A battle over the future of the movie business, starring some of its most famous filmmakers. The Screening Room, a startup backed by Napster co-founder Sean Parker and music executive Prem Akkaraju, has sent tremors through the movie industry since word …

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Top indies on AIDS album – Charity sings

NEW YORK, March 18, (Agencies): Top names in indie rock including The National, Grizzly Bear and Courtney Barnett will cover the Grateful Dead on a giant album to raise money to fight HIV/AIDS. “Day of the Dead,” a five-CD set that will come out worldwide May 20 and be followed …

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Nichols lights up sci-fi with sincerity – ‘Midnight Special’ a chase movie

NEW YORK, March 17, (Agencies): Jeff Nichols’ “Midnight Special” — a sci-fi mystery that plays out in a clandestine, nocturnal chase from Texas to Florida — began with an idea of light in the writer-director’s mind, and a desire to recapture the cryptic thrill of science-fiction films like “Starman” and …

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Michelle Obama nixes future presidential bid as she promotes education

US First Lady Michelle Obama said on Wednesday she has no intention to run for president and plenty of plans to affect change once she leaves the White House next January. Obama made the remarks at the South by Southwest music festival in Austin, Texas, where she released a single, …

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Casting complaints show slavery’s impact: ‘Nina’ distributor – ‘It’s a tragic past that still exists today’

LOS ANGELES, March 17, (AP): The distributor of the forthcoming film about Nina Simone says complaints about Zoe Saldana playing the singer reflect an interracial “pathology” established by slave owners. “It’s a tragic past that still exists today,” said Robert L. Johnson, head of the studio releasing “Nina” next month. …

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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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