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Sunday , November 18 2018


Bond thrives on edgy, classical cocktail – British spy seems more popular than ever

LONDON, Oct 21, (AFP): In his five decades seducing cinemagoers, James Bond has foreshadowed social revolutions and the rise of multinational terrorist organisations, turning into a popular culture icon along the way. And with his 24th silver-screen assignment “Spectre” due to premiere on Oct 26, the British spy seems more …

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Benghazi film stirs controversy inside Libya – Bay’s movie sends message that they are ‘fanatical, ignorant’

BENGHAZI, Libya, Oct 21, (AP): Even before the film’s release, Hollywood director Michael Bay’s new action movie is stirring controversy among government officials and residents of Benghazi, Libya’s second-largest city and the birthplace of the uprising against longtime dictator Muammar Gaddafi. The film, “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi,” …

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‘Peanutize’ latest marketing apps – ‘Personalized meme’

LOS ANGELES, Oct 21, (AP): Hollywood is counting on you and your Instagram to help promote its latest movies. If you “Peanutized” your profile pic with “The Peanuts Movie” app or declared yourself Straight Outta Somewhere when “Straight Outta Compton” hit theaters, you’re playing along perfectly. The personalized meme is …

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Apple TV adds CBS All Access – NYT VR project

LOS ANGELES, Oct 21, (Agencies): CBS has expanded the reach of its All Access subscription VOD and live-streaming service to Apple TV, ahead of next week’s release of the next generation of the Internet set-top. Apple TV’s addition of CBS All Access, priced at $5.99 per month, comes as the …

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‘Star Wars’ fans crash ticket sites – ‘Force’ full trailer debuts online

LOS ANGELES, Oct 20, (RTRS): The full trailer for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” has debuted online, following the promo’s premiere during ESPN’s “Monday Night Football” game between the New York Giants and the Philadelphia Eagles. The trailer’s release coincides with the launch of ticket sales for the seventh installment …

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Superb new biography of King of Pop – Fascinating look at MJ’s rise and fall

‘MJ: The Genius of Michael Jackson’ (Scribner), by Steve Knopper Steve Knopper begins his superb biography of Michael Jackson with an anecdote about a protest against school integration in Jackson’s hometown of Gary, Indiana, in 1927, more than three decades before the singer was born. Then he fast-forwards to 1995, …

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Iran film gives voice to Song – Ups … downs

LOS ANGELES, Oct 20, (RTRS): Composer Sara Najafi’s quest to hold a public concert in Tehran featuring the solo female voice, something prohibited in Iran since the 1979 Islamic Revolution, provides the backdrop for “No Land’s Song,” a finely tooled, multi-layered documentary directed by her brother, helmer Ayat Najafi. His …

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Mischie’s ‘237 Years’ a Balkan comedy drama – ‘It’s a bittersweet story’ 

LOS ANGELES, Oct 20, (RTRS): After the UK-financed eight-part 2014 Channel 4 documentary series “Tattoo Twist”, director Ioana Mischie has come to Rome with her first feature film, “237 Years”. Begun five years ago as Mischie’s graduation project, the script was accepted by the Berlinale’s Script Station early this year …

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From ‘Spies’ to ‘Beasts’ studios duke it out for adult crowds – Silly season is over

LOS ANGELES, Oct 19, (RTRS): At the movies, the competition for adult audiences is getting downright gladiatorial. Nine of the top 15 highest-grossing films this weekend were pitched at ticket buyers of voting age — a demographic fight that left some pictures, such as “Crimson Peak,” fatally wounded. That’s to …

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Wolski brings 3D expertise to ‘Martian’ – ‘2001’ is a masterpiece

LOS ANGELES, Oct 19, (RTRS): In Robert Zemeckis’ “The Walk” and Ridley Scott’s “The Martian,” cinematographer Dariusz Wolski is in a rare position right now: he has two major, spectacle films out in the marketplace that are strong showcases for his work behind the camera. Not only that, but each …

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