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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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Jay Z’s ‘4:44’ goes platinum – Is new music on the way from Eminem, Dr Dre?

LOS ANGELES, July 11, (Agencies): Jay Z’s latest album “4:44” may already be certified platinum but it was noticeably absent from Monday’s Billboard 200 album chart because the rapper’s own streaming platform Tidal did not report numbers to Nielsen Music. The album, on which the Jay Z addresses cheating on …

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‘Homecoming’ lands a heroic debut – Why superhero movies still work

With an estimated $257 million worldwide opening, “Spider-Man: Homecoming” is about as unmitigated a success as is possible for a movie. That’s been a rare sentiment this summer. Franchises like “Transformers,” “Pirates of the Caribbean,” and even “Despicable Me” are showing signs of fatigue and have begun banking more on …

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A thrilling epic in ‘War for the Planet of Apes’ – Riveting and surprisingly poignant epic

Apparently all the new Planet of the Apes films needed to do to really hit a home run was take the humans out of the equation. It’s what this whole trilogy has been leading to, really, as we dipped our toes into the rise, dawn and now war of this …

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French ballet star wins plaudits with contemporary stagings in Moscow

French ballet star Laurent Hilaire, who this year joined Moscow’s renowned Stanislavsky ballet troupe as artistic director, has wowed Russian audiences with his first programme that introduced top contemporary choreographers. Hilaire, a former principal dancer with the Paris Opera Ballet, took over direction of the Stanislavsky Music Theatre six months …

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Aamir now B’wood’s King of Khans – ‘Little Crusader’ tops at Karlovy fest

MUMBAI, July 9, (Agencies): Three Indian actors sharing a surname have ruled Bollywood box offices across three decades, but the success of wrestling blockbuster “Dangal” means it’s Aamir who’s currently king of the Khans. Known as the “Khans of Bollywood”, Aamir, Shah Rukh, and Salman have been the undoubted superstars …

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