Tuesday , December 12 2017

Entertainment

Quebec marks festival model – Top stars, low cost

QUEBEC CITY, July 16, (Agencies): The top names in music playing some of their careers’ largest shows, with tickets selling for a sliver of the price they usually command. Such is the unique model of Quebec City’s summer festival, which turned 50 this year with a lineup teeming with A-list …

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‘Valerian’, thinking kid’s superheroes – Besson banking on passion project

PARIS, July 16, (AFP): It may as yet be obscure in the English-speaking world, but the comic book series on which the new mega-budget film “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets” is based has long been the thinking kid’s favourite elsewhere. The sci-fi heroes on which “Fifth Element” …

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‘To the Bone’ depicts eating disorder – Noxon’s film deeply moving

Writer and director Marti Noxon struggled with anorexia and bulimia for 10 years. It’s her story, albeit a fictionalized version, that she tells in “To The Bone,” a feature film coming to Netflix on Friday about a 20-year-old artist whose eating disorder has reached a dire point. Lily Collins, who …

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Can comedy survive the ‘superhero’ era? – Laughs drying up

NEW YORK, July 13, (AP): Days before the opening of the Will Ferrell-Amy Poehler comedy “The House,” producer Adam McKay could see the writing on the wall. The box-office forecast for the film wasn’t looking good. In the end, “The House” opened with just $8.7 million, the latest in an …

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FB brings live video broadcasting to VR – Gates to address moguls

LOS ANGELES, July 13, (RTRS): Facebook under its CEO Mark Zuckerberg, is more closely integrating its social VR efforts with Facebook proper, starting with video streaming: Users of Facebook Spaces, the social hangout in virtual reality that the company launched earlier this year, can now broadcast via Facebook Live. The …

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Wife’s bloody rebellion in ‘Macbeth’ – Zellweger, Common join Parker’s ‘Best Day’

‘Unsex me here’ was Lady Macbeth’s plea to the spirits for manly ferocity in Shakespeare’s tragedy, but the protagonist of “Lady Macbeth” has no such designs on shedding or subduing her already perfectly potent femininity in William Oldroyd’s austere but thick-blooded drama about a young, 19th century woman’s unrepentant rebellion. …

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Bollywood spotlights India’s sanitation crisis in new film – ‘Served Like a Girl’ explores complexity of female vets’ lives

NEW DELHI, July 12, (RTRS): Bollywood is bucking the trend of its usual lavish landscaped song-and-dance romantic comedies to take on the more serious issue of open defecation in India with the release of “Toilet: A Love Story”, the film’s promoters said on Tuesday. The film, starring one of Hindi …

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Real-life heroes to star in ‘Paris’ – WWII ‘Kamikaze’ movie in the works

LOS ANGELES, July 12, (RTRS): In an unconventional move, Clint Eastwood has tapped Anthony Sadler, Alek Skarlatos, and Spencer Stone to play themselves in his next movie, “The 15:17 to Paris.” The film will tell the story of the three Americans who stopped a terrorist on a train bound for …

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A creative thrill ride in ‘Valerian’ – Besson establishes his own rival universe

A long time ago in our very own galaxy, Luc Besson dreamed of directing a movie version of “Valerian and Laureline,” a sexy French comic book series featuring a pair of futuristic crime fighters who travel through space and time to uphold the law. Although scholars consider the pulp source material …

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Breathtaking visual effects in ‘War’ – ‘Apes’ flags dangers of lack of empathy: Serkis

LOS ANGELES, July 11, (Agencies): As Caesar sits astride a horse rallying his legions to battle you’d be forgiven for thinking you were watching a Roman-era war epic — except that the protagonist is a chimpanzee. “War for the Planet of the Apes,” the third installment of the rebooted simian …

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