Friday , September 21 2018


Why Bullock, Cooper could not save ‘Crisis’, ‘Burnt’ – ‘These films were too wonky, too niche, not very good’

LOS ANGELES, Nov 2, (RTRS): The passion project is as old as Hollywood itself. Film icons like Charlie Chaplin, Orson Welles and Steven Spielberg have all cashed in chits, mortgaged their prestige and wrung their last ounces of influence to bring their visions to the big screen. The results are …

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‘Peanuts’ amuses with simple romance – Toon feels like first day of new school year

You’re in love, Charlie Brown (and wouldn’t you know it, so is Snoopy). That’s the simple, slender premise behind “The Peanuts Movie,” Blue Sky’s gorgeous fan’sbest- friend adaptation of a comicstrip that is beloved by so many around the world, director Steve Martino’s biggest challenge was simply not to screw …

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‘Big surprise’ – Geeks swarm unique event

LOS ANGELES, Nov 2, (RTRS): Thousands of geeks from Italy and abroad poured into the medieval Tuscan town of Lucca over the weekend for the Lucca Comics & Games fest/convention which served as a platform to promote several hot upcoming US titles, including “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” “The Peanuts …

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Holograms go ‘mainstream’ – Dead celebs

NEW YORK, Nov 1, (AFP): Concert promoters hoping to bring out legends such as Whitney Houston, Billie Holiday and Elvis Presley used to face an obvious problem — the singers are dead. But with rapid advances in technology, those stars and many more are returning to life through holograms, the …

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Bond director Mendes stirs franchise – ‘Spectre’ could trigger $80 mln in US debut

NEW YORK, Nov 1, (RTRS): Here’s a theory: If not for Sam Mendes, Universal never would’ve entrusted an indie greenhorn like Colin Trevorrow to direct “Jurassic World,” nor would George Lucas have dreamed of handing the reins of his “Star Wars” franchise to the likes of Rian Johnson (“Brick”). This …

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Iran film industry sees int’l hope with nuke deal – Lifting of sanctions may open roads for foreign film companies

LOS ANGELES, Nov 1, (RTRS): Will the Iran nuclear deal energize the country’s filmmakers and open up the Iranian film industry internationally? Now that the landmark accord between Iran and the US, Britain, France, Germany, China and Russia has been officially adopted, it’s likely that economic sanctions against Iran will …

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Akon decides to amplify next album – R&B star to give away music for free

LOS ANGELES, Nov 1, (AP): On the cusp of his first album release since 2008, Akon wants to steer his considerable fan base away from services like YouTube to a new – and Akon-branded – app where he’ll give away music for free, supported by ads. That might strike you …

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Reese praised as ‘modern day feminist’ – Britannias for Streep, Ford

LOS ANGELES, Oct 31, (RTRS): The American Cinematheque honored Oscar-winning actress Reese Witherspoon and DreamWorks Animation honcho Jeffrey Katzenberg at the organization’s annual fundraising gala Friday night at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza. Witherspoon received the American Cinematheque Award, reserved for an extraordinary artist currently making a significant contribution to …

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Brazilian drama ‘Nise’ wins Tokyo Fest Grand Prix – Bond is shaken, stirred by fate of migrants

LOS ANGELES, Oct 31, (Agencies): “Nise — The Heart of Madness,” Brazilian director Roberto Berliner’s biopic about a crusading woman doctor in a Rio psychiatric hospital, was awarded the Tokyo Grand Prix on Saturday. Prizes were handed out at the closing ceremony of the 28th Tokyo International Film Festival (Oct …

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‘Space’ informative, inspiring docu – ‘Valedictory tribute to NASA’s past accomplishments’

LOS ANGELES, Oct 31, (RTRS): Eyes will be duly popped and imaginations stirred by “Journey to Space,” a valedictory tribute to NASA’s past accomplishments that offers a sneak preview of the agency’s exciting next frontier. Balancing rich footage from previous shuttle missions with a fascinating survey of forthcoming innovations (including …

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