Friday , September 21 2018


‘Bridge of Spies’ absorbing slow burn – Tarantino cuts 2 different versions of ‘Hateful Eight’

Steven Spielberg’s “Bridge of Spies,” much like its misunderstood litigator, is a film that plays the long game. This complex Cold War drama soaked in shadows, blues, greys and furrowed brows, is a slow burn that challenges the audience to trust where it’s going. In this fictional rendering of how …

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Jackson scores seventh No. 1 album on Billboard

LOS ANGELES, Oct 13, (RTRS): Pop star Janet Jackson scored her seventh No. 1 album on the weekly US Billboard 200 album chart on Monday, making her only the third musician to achieve a chart-topping record in each of the past four decades, Billboard said. “Unbreakable,” Jackson’s eleventh studio album …

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Wolf Totem dropped as China’s Oscar submission – Alibaba Pictures gets ‘Real’ with Korean movie investment

BEIJING, Oct 12, (Agencies): Beijing authorities have dropped Sino-French co-production Wolf Totem as China’s foreign language Oscar submission at the last minute in favour of a romantic comedy, reports said, apparently over concerns it was insufficiently Chinese. Wolf Totem, directed by acclaimed French auteur Jean-Jacques Annaud, is in Mandarin and …

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‘Very Big Shot’ slyly amusing drama – ‘Miles Ahead’ feels the love at NY Film Fest

LOS ANGELES, Oct 12, (RTRS): If the fake-moviemaking ploy from “Argo” were repurposed to disguise a drug-smuggling caper, it might inspire a comedy like “Very Big Shot,” a slyly amusing feature debut from Lebanese director Mir-Jean Bou Chaaya. Beginning as a hard-boiled crime drama, the movie gradually reveals a more …

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‘Truth’ is sort of unknowable mystery – Bush memos may always be a mystery: Vanderbilt

LOS ANGELES, Oct 12, (RTRS): James Vanderbilt, the director of “Truth,” says he hasn’t concluded whether the memos at the heart of the controversy over a 2004 “60 Minutes II” piece on George W. Bush’s National Guard service were real or fake. “I don’t know, and that is one of the …

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Actor Quaid expected in court to face charge

HIGHGATE, Vermont, Oct 12, (AP): Actor Randy Quaid was expected to be arraigned in Vermont in connection with a California vandalism case. The 65-year-old Quaid was taken into custody Friday night while trying to cross into the United States from Canada. He was detained by troopers in Vermont after Canadian …

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Nashville calls on NY schools – Big Apple twang

NEW YORK, Oct 12, (AP): As the Bronx middle schoolers harmonized in their auditorium and plucked out basic chords on ukuleles and guitars, in walked their music instructor, Liz Rose – a Grammy-award winning country songwriter from Nashville. Rose has penned tracks for some of the biggest names in the …

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‘He named me Malala’: portrait of girls’ education icon – Stars humbled by teen & her aspirations

LONDON, Oct 11, (AFP): Malala was the name on everyone’s lips this week at the London Film Festival where a documentary about the youngest-ever Nobel Peace laureate had its European premiere. “He named me Malala” is an intimate portrait of Malala Yousafzai, the passionate Pakistani advocate of girls’ education who …

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Female stars say ‘no more’ – Gender gap

LOS ANGELES, Oct 11, (Agencies): Hollywood actresses bemoan pay disparity with their male counterparts, as well as the despised “casting couch” — where film executives sometimes make sexual advances before deciding who gets a coveted movie role. But some of Hollywood’s top female stars are saying “no more,” and are …

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‘Miles’ focuses on Davis’ turbulent life – Cheadle’s Davis has attitude to spare

LOS ANGELES, Oct 11, (RTRS): Don Cheadle flails about trying to channel the spirit of late jazz-trumpeting legend Miles Davis in “Miles Ahead,” a biopic that rejects typical genre conventions to the point of chasing itself down lame, tangential paths. A passion project for its star, who also directed, co-wrote …

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