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Tuesday , November 20 2018


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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60 Glasses of Tea: art exhibition inspired by Kurdistan – Old prison in Arbil turned into art expo

ARBIL, Kurdistan Region, July 9, (Agencies): A joint Kurdish-Danish exhibition in Arbil has turned an old prison into an art expo with the Arbil-based Kurdish artist Asuda Rawandzi, and the  Danish artist Lone Bendixen Goulani who will soon be leaving the Kurdistan Region. Goulani said that she has been in …

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‘True Blood’ actor Nelsan Ellis dead – Johnson dies

LOS ANGELES, July 9, (Agencies): Nelsan Ellis — famous for his role as Lafayette Reynolds on HBO’s “True Blood” — has passed away at age 39, Variety can confirm. The actor died after complications from heart failure. “We were extremely saddened to hear of the passing of Nelsan Ellis”, HBO …

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True heroism in ‘City of Ghosts’ – Guzman, Olmas to star in ‘Windows on the World’

So-called heroes sling into action just about every weekend of the summer movie season, but if you want to see the genuine article, you’ll have to make your way to “City of Ghosts”, Matthew Heineman’s documentary about the Syrian citizen journalist collective of Raqqa. Raqqa, the provincial Eastern Syrian city …

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‘The Line’ an entertaining, fast-paced crime thriller – Cast makes even bit parts more than mere stereotype

Redolent of “The Godfather” and “The Sopranos” with a soupcon of “Animal Kingdom” and a welcome dose of black humor, “The Line” is an entertaining, fast-paced crime thriller set in the lawless borderlands of the Slovak Republic and Ukraine prior to Slovakia’s accession to the European Union in 2007. Stories …

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