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Math film ‘Gifted’ a mixed equation

There are several positive factors in the mixed equation that is “Gifted,” starring Chris Evans and the appealing 10-year-old Mckenna Grace: A brilliant and precocious yet sweetly empathetic young girl. A devoted and decidedly hunky father figure. And then there’s math itself, presented not as a refuge for social misfits, …

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3 legends on aging as actors

‘Going With Style’ a new old-guy buddy comedy NEW YORK, April 5, (Agencies): Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine and Alan Arkin would, if they ever sat still long enough, make a respectable Mount Rushmore. One could hardly find a more formidable trio of such overwhelming character. Their voices, alone, are utterly …

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‘Finest’ blends wit, romance in WWII

‘Their Finest’ is a movie about making a movie, specifically a glossy propaganda film meant to bolster morale in Britain in the darkest days of the Second World War. It is also very much a movie-movie. Good-looking, finely acted, and well-told, director Lone Scherfig (“An Education”) has made a charming, …

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Lambert wins album of year, female vocalist of year – Backstreet Boys bring nostalgia

While Justin Timberlake had a show-stopping moment alongside Chris Stapleton at the 2015 Country Music Association Awards, it was the Backstreet Boys who shined brightly at the 2017 Academy of Country Music Awards. The boy band had the night’s liveliest moment Sunday in Las Vegas: the fivesome brought the party …

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Asian American Media Group Accuses Scarlett Johansson of ‘Lying’ About ‘Ghost in the Shell’ Whitewashing Controversy

LOS ANGELES: The Media Action Network for Asian Americans (MANAA) has blasted the casting choice of Scarlett Johansson in “Ghost in the Shell” just ahead of the film’s opening weekend. In a statement released Friday, the group condemned the movie’s “whitewashing” of Johansson’s character Motoku Kusanagi who first appeared in …

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Perkins’ son follows in father’s footsteps – Arkin on Going in Style

NEW YORK, April 1, (Agencies): Some might say the horror genre is in Oz Perkins’ genes. The actor, whose father Anthony Perkins starred in “Psycho,” is making his directorial debut this spring with the psychological thriller “The Blackcoat’s Daughter.” He said he was inspired by the classic film “Rosemary’s Baby.” …

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Hall gave new life to ‘Ghost’

LOS ANGELES, March 30, (RTRS): Taking on a remake can be daunting for a cinematographer, with pressure to honor the original but also to re-create the story and put a personal spin on it. Imagine the angst in taking on a multimedia franchise. Such was the task of cinematographer Jess …

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First Kuwaiti Film Festival concludes

Winners in short, long docu film categories announced KUWAIT CITY, March 29: A panel of judges Tuesday announced the winners in the short and long documentary film categories at the concluding activities of the First Kuwait Film Festival held in Dasma Theater under the patronage of the acting State Minister …

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Studios present upcoming slate

LAS VEGAS, March 28, (Agencies): Iron Man just put Spider-Man in time out. Sony Pictures on Monday unveiled the second trailer for “Spider-Man: Homecoming” at CinemaCon, featuring Tom Holland, the newly anointed web-slinger, being put in his place by Robert Downey Jr’s more seasoned Tony Stark. The film, out July …

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Toscanini’s legacy remembered – One of 20th century’s most enduring conductors

MILAN, March 27, (AP): Italian conductor Arturo Toscanini’s legacies included abolishing encores at La Scala. So it was a playful touch when one of the maestro’s musical heirs included a Verdi encore during a tribute at the Milan opera house marking the 150th anniversary of Toscanini’s birth. The Saturday night …

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