Entertainment

‘Ingrid’ satirizes social media envy perils – Film delves into painful reality of digital life

Have you ever been jealous of someone on Instagram? Or gone down a spiral of late night scrolling that starts out as voyeurism and ends in despair? That’s the sensation captured in “Ingrid Goes West,” a new indie film out Friday that skewers both sides of the social media equation …

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New tech strikes right chord in SIGGRAPH winner ‘Song’ – Estonia’s ‘Portugal’ wins top First Look prize

LOS ANGELES, Aug 7, (RTRS): After more than three years of work that carried on after he graduated from Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg Animationinstitut in Germany, director Kariem Saleh now has a chance for Oscar consideration after his animated short, “Song of a Toad,” was named Best in Show at SIGGRAPH 2017. …

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Historical epic ‘Death of Stalin’ to compete at TIFF – DuVernay to receive directing prize at Britannia’s Award

LOS ANGELES, Aug 6, (RTRS): The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) announced on Thursday the dozen films that will compete as part of the Platform slate. The world premiere of historical epic “The Death of Stalin”, from Armando Iannucci, will open the section, and “Sweet Country”, a period western from …

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Chappelle marks 30 yrs in comedy – Grateful, humble to still be living his dreams onstage

NEW YORK, Aug 6, (AP): As Dave Chappelle reflects on spending 30 years in comedy, he says he’s grateful and humble to still be living his dreams onstage. “In all honesty, I mostly feel grateful that I survived it, and that I’m able to still do it, and that I …

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Maxine Waters, the rock star, shines at black women’s event

Fiery Democratic US Rep Maxine Waters was welcomed like a contemporary rock star when she entered the 2017 Black Girls Rock Awards, as the audience screamed loudly and gave her the night’s rowdiest and wildest applause. Waters was one of the honorees Saturday at the annual event honoring black women …

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In ‘Tower’, franchise visions fall flat – Film barely edging out ‘Dunkirk’ with dismal $18m

Ah, August. It’s that time of year when you can head to your local multiplex to see Matthew McConaughey as an interplanetary David Copperfield who’s trying to use his “magics” to destroy a looming tower that protects the universe from ready-to-invade hordes of demons that linger just outside the universe. …

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Bjork to release ‘Moving On’ – LL Cool J to be Kennedy Center’s first hip-hop honoree

PARIS, Aug 5, (Agencies): The Icelandic singer Bjork has said that she will soon release a new album. The avant-garde diva got rave reviews for her last album “Vulnicura”, which detailed the pain of her split from the renowned American artist Matthew Barney. “I am excited to share with you …

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Life is pleasingly witty, well-observed in ‘The Only’ – Callum Turner makes his mark as Thomas

‘The Only Living Boy in New York’ is the new movie from director Marc Webb, who made “The Amazing Spider-Man” and its sequel (as well as the cookie-cutter child-genius drama “Gifted”), and it’s the first film he’s directed since “(500) Days of Summer” — yes, eight years ago — in …

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Inside Bigelow’s journey to ‘Detroit’ – ‘A challenging movie to watch’

The Oscar winner’s ripped-from-the-headlines drama, which opens nationwide on Aug. 4, burrows into one of the most painful chapters in American history. It centers on the Detroit riots of 1967, a response to decades of racial oppression and economic marginalization that exploded during a scorching hot summer and enflamed the …

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Palestinian filmmaker Suleiman to head Antalya Film Festival – In ‘Wind River’ grief blankets Wyoming reservation

For Taylor Sheridan, the West is still alive with frontier tragedies and genre thrills, even if hopelessness has moved in and blanketed the land. “Wind River” makes it a kind of trilogy for Sheridan, the writer behind the West Texas neo-Western “Hell or High Water” and the Mexican border drug …

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