Wednesday , July 18 2018

Entertainment

Raj all the rage for Indian films – Slew of movies tackling colonial history hit the big screens

MUMBAI, Aug 20, (Agencies): As India marks the 70th anniversary of its independence this year, a slew of movies tackling its colonial history are hitting cinema screens, including a controversial account of partition by the director of “Bend it Like Beckham”. Gurinder Chadha’s “Viceroy’s House” released in India on Friday …

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Music biopics ‘Dalida’ and ‘Django’ land US releases – Alan Arkin joins Tim Burton’s live action ‘Dumbo’

LOS ANGELES, Aug 20, (RTRS): Two music biopics get domestic distribution and Harvey Weinstein launches an animated films label. Under the Milky Way has acquired US domestic theatrical rights to the music biopics “Dalida” and “Django”, Variety has learned exclusively. “Dalida”, directed by Lisa Azuelos, will open in the fall. …

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Comedian, activist Gregory dies – He used humor to spread messages of social justice

LOS ANGELES, Aug 20, (AP):  Dick Gregory, the comedian and activist and who broke racial barriers in the 1960s and used his humor to spread messages of social justice and nutritional health, has died. He was 84. Gregory died late Saturday in Washington, D.C. after being hospitalized for about a …

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‘Star Wars’ spin-off on Jedi master Obi Wan in the works – Jackson, Usher to star in ‘Shaft’ sequel

LOS ANGELES, Aug 19, (Agencies): Oscar-nominated filmmaker Stephen Daldry is in early talks to direct a “Star Wars” spin-off about Jedi master Obi Wan Kenobi, US media reported on Thursday. There is no script yet and no actor lined up to play the bearded warrior and sage made famous by …

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‘Marjorie Prime’ raises questions on memory and tech – Davis seeks to be ‘Wonder Woman’

LOS ANGELES, Aug 19, (RTRS): Oscar winner Geena Davis has spent more than a decade pushing Hollywood to create meatier roles for women. Through the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, a non-profit research organization, she’s been urging film and television executives to have as many girls as boys …

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‘Not Dark’ all-covers album – Americana queens unite

Shelby Lynne and Allison Moorer “Not Dark Yet”, (Thirty Tigers Records) What if Don and Phil Everly hadn’t gotten around to making their first joint album until a couple of decades into their solo careers? That’s the kind of hypothetical that comes to mind as you listen to the first …

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‘Bodyguard’ fun, action-packed escape – ‘Dave Made a Maze’ whimsical fantasy

There’s not a whole lot that’s new about “The Hitman’s Bodyguard”. Its mismatched-pals premise is the stuff of classic buddy comedies. Stars Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson play their typical character types: Reynolds the handsome do-gooder; Jackson the unflappable … whose favorite word is … And like many movie …

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Security fears ahead of Ariana Saeed ‘gig’ – ‘Afghanistan’s Kardashian’

LONDON, Aug 17, (RTRS): One of Afghanistan’s most controversial pop stars, Ariana Saeed, famous for her figure-hugging outfits, has vowed to go ahead with a fundraising concert in the capital Kabul on Saturday amid threats from conservatives who oppose women singing in public. The show’s location is being kept secret …

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NJ hip-hop dreams in ‘Patti Cake$’ – Rainie Yang stars in ‘Tag Along 2’

The Sundance sensation “Patti Cake$” may flow with formulaic beats but it’s got spirit for miles (eight of them, at least) and features one of the best mother-daughter relationships of the year. Patricia Dombrowski (the terrific newcomer Danielle Macdonald) is an overweight, white New Jersey 23-year-old living a hardscrabble life …

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London fest serves up ‘Battle’ – Twain, Madsen join Travolta for ‘Trading Paint’

LOS ANGELES, Aug 15, (RTRS): “Battle of the Sexes,” the tennis movie starring Oscar winner Emma Stone and Steve Carell, will be the American Express Gala screening, and have its European premiere, at the upcoming 61st BFI London Film Festival. Stone and co-stars Andrea Riseborough and Elisabeth Shue will attend …

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