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The 90th Academy Awards ceremony, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), honored the best films of 2017, and took place at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California. The ceremony was held on March 4, 2018, rather than its usual late-February date to avoid conflicting with the 2018 Winter Olympics. During the ceremony, AMPAS presented Academy Awards (commonly referred to as Oscars) in 24 categories.
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  • Masala.com

    Ranbir Kapoor has Reportedly Approached Sandeep Vanga for Film After Success of Shahid Kapoor's Kabir Singh

    Ranbir Kapoor is a versatile actor. He's always on the go to explore different projects in terms of storylines and roles. This is evident through his hit performance in Sanju. Earlier, it was reported that the Bollywood star is eager to work with film-makers with whom he has not worked before. And it seems like Ranbir has finally taken the plunge! According to the grapevine, he was super impressed by Shahid Kapoor's performance in Kabir Singh and felt the need to play a character like that, despite all the criticism that came Shahid's way. Meanwhile, he has met the film's director Sandeep Reddy Vanga if recent reports are to be believed. The Tamasha star allegedly approached Vanga for a possible

  • the Guardian

    From Beyoncé to Bob Dylan, why music docs are all over our screens

    When the rock star PJ Harvey let visitors to London's Somerset House watch her recording her next album through the smoked panels of some one-way glass in 2015, it seemed a rare chance to spy on a major talent at work. Spectators dutifully filed past the event, entitled Recording in Progress, while Harvey and her collaborators made music together. According to May's edition of Billboard magazine, 11 new films about mainstream musicians, either documentaries or biopics, were all due out in cinemas over the next year, with many more niche productions lined up for music festivals or going out on streaming services. Last month Netflix brought us Martin Scorsese's Rolling Thunder Revue, charting Bob Dylan's mid-1970s tour, while just the month before critics were praising Amazing Grace, the late Sydney Pollack and Alan Elliot's long-awaited film treatment of Aretha Franklin's 1972 gospel session in a Los Angeles church.

  • Huma Qureshi is missing from first official pic of Zack Snyder's Army of the Dead. See here
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    Huma Qureshi is missing from first official pic of Zack Snyder's Army of the Dead. See here

    The first official picture of director Zack Snyder's upcoming Netflix film, Army of the Dead, has been released. But curiously, it doesn't include actor Huma Qureshi, who is said to be playing an important role in the zombie film. The picture, shared by lead actor Dave Bautista and released in conjunction with the ongoing San Diego Comic-Con, shows cast members Ella Purnell, Omari Hardwick, Theo Rossi, Garret Dillahunt, Raül Castillo, Chris D'Elia, Samantha Win, Matthias Schweighöfer and Ana de la Reguera. Huma, who was said to have been cast in May, isn't included. “Couldn't make it to #SDCC2019 because we're busy killing zombies,” Bautista wrote in his Instagram caption. “The idea of working

  • Kadaram Kondan: Actor Chiyaan Vikram Speaks on His Latest Film and on Being Appreciated by Kamal Haasan
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    Kadaram Kondan: Actor Chiyaan Vikram Speaks on His Latest Film and on Being Appreciated by Kamal Haasan

    Actor Chiyaan Vikram -- who predominantly appears in Tamil language movies -- is the lead in action thriller Kadaram Kondan, which released on 19th July 2019. The actor has previously worked with several senior directors but for this movie he teamed up with Rajesh M Selva, who has only directed one film before Kadaram Kondan. Speaking to the media before the movie's release, Vikram said, “It was fantastic working with Rajesh, he was very clear about his requirements and at the same time, he gave me a lot of freedom to experiment with my looks. I also believe in directors' conviction; if they are firm about something, I would definitely do it because they are the decision-makers on the sets. All

  • the Guardian

    Mark Kermode chooses 25 of the best films for children

    From early animation to foreign-language gems via all-time classics, a range of movies to whet budding cinematic appetites What is a children's film? Is it a film aimed specifically at younger viewers, tailor-made to cater to their growing needs? Maybe it's a film about childhood, a coming-of-age story that resonates with a wide range of viewers, young and old alike. Or perhaps it's simply any film that a child could watch, anything that isn't restricted by its nature to adult-only audiences. When I was a kid in the late 60s and early 70s, there were two movie classifications that excluded younger viewers: the AA category, introduced in 1970, for which you had to be at least 14 years old; and

  • Natalie Portman to play Lady Thor opposite Chris Hemsworth in Marvel sequel
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    Natalie Portman to play Lady Thor opposite Chris Hemsworth in Marvel sequel

    Natalie Portman will return to the Thor franchise with elevated status as a female version of the superhero.The news was announced as part of the star-studded panel that saw Marvel Studios reveal every new film it will release up until 2020, including a solo outing for Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow, a sequel for Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) and The Eternals, which will star Angelina Jolie and Richard Madden.Director Taika Waititi, who oversaw Thor: Ragnarok, will return for the next instalment, officially titled Thor: Love and Thunder.Portman will reprise the role of Jane Foster alongside Chris Hemsworth, but this time around she’ll lift the god of thunder’s hammer as a superhero in her own right.Tessa Thompson’s character Valkyrie will also appear in the film.You can find the full list of 10 films – as well as Disney+ TV shows – Marvel announced at Comic-Con here.Thor: Love and Thunder will be released in November 2021.Check out our ranking of every main Marvel character – from worst to best – here.

  • Anushka Sharma, Virat Kohli pump iron in the gym, share inspiring videos on Instagram. See them here
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    Anushka Sharma, Virat Kohli pump iron in the gym, share inspiring videos on Instagram. See them here

    Actor Anushka Sharma and her husband, cricketer Virat Kohli have returned to Mumbai post the ICC Cricket World Cup in England and Wales and hit the gym as part of their fitness routine. The actor shared videos from the gym on her Instagram stories as she pumped some iron. Sharing a video of herself lifting weights, she wrote, “Lift it like a pro.” She can be seen performing squats while lifting weights in another video. Another video shows Anushka doing some stretches with a dumbbell in one hand. Virat, too, shared a combination of three videos from his weightlifting session and captioned it, “Hard work has no substitute.” Anushka has also been sharing pictures of cups made by her during her

  • Articles » The Golden Age of Science Fiction: Fantasia
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    Articles » The Golden Age of Science Fiction: Fantasia

    The Balrog Award, often referred to as the coveted Balrog Award, was created by Jonathan Bacon and first conceived in issue 10/11 of his Fantasy Crossroads fanzine in 1977 and actually announced in the final issue, where he also proposed the Smitty Awards for fantasy poetry. The awards were presented for the first time at Fool-Con II at the Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, Kansas on April 1, 1979. The awards were never taken particularly seriously, even by those who won the award. The final awards were presented in 1985. The Film Hall of Fame Awards were not presented the first year the Balrogs were given out, being created in 1980. Released on November 13, 1940, Fantasia was

  • 'Avengers: Endgame' Finally Conquers King Of The World James Cameron's 'Avatar' To Become Highest-Grossing Film Of All Time
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    'Avengers: Endgame' Finally Conquers King Of The World James Cameron's 'Avatar' To Become Highest-Grossing Film Of All Time

    Marvel boss Kevin Feige made it official Saturday at the studio's Comic-Con panel, announcing Avengers: Endgame is clicking past Avatar's $2.7897 billion global box office this weekend to become the biggest film of all time. It took nine years for the record to fall, but it finally happened. There is currently a gap of $500K in global ticket sales between Avatar and Endgame, and the latter will click past that tomorrow. “Thanks to you, Avengers: Endgame is the biggest film of all-time,” Feige told Hall H at the top of the Marvel panel. As of this minute, the global B.O. for Endgame through yesterday stands at $2,789.2 billion. Why are Avatar's grosses higher than what's on Box Office Mojo? Because

  • the Guardian

    Titan of mythology movies left behind a treasure trove of ideas

    Ray Harryhausen created extraordinary characters, including sword-wielding skeletons and a Medusa with writhing asps as hair, for 16 films – yet a new book about his “lost” screen projects reveals that he also worked on nearly 80 more films. Hundreds of sketches and models that reflect his visionary ideas are being published for the first time. There is so much unseen material for a project called the Force of the Trojans – from sketches, including a talking sphinx, to a screenplay – that there are plans to make a film based on its epic story of love and betrayal. John Walsh is one of the trustees of the Ray and Diana Harryhausen Foundation – the largest animation archive of its kind outside of the Walt Disney Studio, with an estimated 50,000 items.

  • The Lion King cast: ‘Anyone can identify with these characters’
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    The Lion King cast: ‘Anyone can identify with these characters’

    “I didn’t want to play The Lion King at Coachella Festival,” admits Hans Zimmer. The composer – who not only scored the 1994 animation but is responsible for many of the greats (from Gladiator to Inception) – had, decades into his career, gone on tour for the first time. Zimmer been “badgered” into it by Pharrell Williams and ex-Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr, he claims. They told him: “There comes a point where you can’t hide behind a screen anymore, you have to look people in the eyes.” He caved in to their demands and, in 2017, secured a slot at the Californian festival, although he didn’t feel like including the Disney musical on his setlist. That is, until Marr’s 23-year-old son Nile confronted him and said: “Hans, get over yourself. It’s the soundtrack of my generation. Play The Lion King!” And so, Zimmer played The Lion King. “For the first time, I looked out across a sea of people, and I saw that it meant something to them,” Zimmer, who won an Academy Award for his score, says. “It meant something to everybody.” Even two decades since the film’s release, it’s impossible to deny the impact it had on a generation. Still the highest-grossing 2D animation ever made, it is the film of people’s childhoods – a kind of comfort blanket to return to in times of trouble. It brings families together and has been passed down between the generations. These are intense emotions that we’re dealing with and ones that Disney’s new remake of the film, directed by Jon Favreau, hopes not only to reignite but to build upon – all with the help of cutting-edge technology and an A-list voice cast including Donald Glover and Beyoncé Knowles-Carter. We know the story well: the lion cub Simba, heir to the Pride Lands, is rescued from a stampeding herd by his father Mufasa, only to watch as the great king falls to his death. Simba blames himself, not knowing that it was actually his evil uncle Scar who was behind the tragedy. Banished from the kingdom, Simba must learn to rise up, face his destiny, and claim what is rightfully his. “It unabashedly deals with the human condition,” says Keegan-Michael Key, who voices the hyena Kamari in the remake. “I feel like any human being, from any walk of life, can identify with these characters, especially Simba.”Key was at university when the film was first released, and was one of the many who immediately saw the parallels to Shakespeare’s Hamlet, along with a few other classic influences. “I felt intelligent watching it,” he jokes. “I was, like, you guys should watch this cartoon. This is a very, very intelligent cartoon.” For 11-year-old JD McCrary and 14-year-old Shahadi Wright Joseph, who play the younger versions of Simba and Nala, The Lion King is still something they watch with their families. “I see my Dad as like Mufasa,” McCrary says. The film even inspired Joseph to get into acting and, at the age of eight, she was cast as young Nala in the Broadway adaptation. It’s almost impossible to find a cast member of The Lion King remake who doesn’t have a connection to the original. It ends up lending an air of giddiness to the film’s promotional tour, as if everyone has been caught up in the scale of it, on both a literal and emotional level. When I speak to Dr John Kani, who plays Rafiki, it’s the morning after the world première in Los Angeles. “I’m 75, but I was about 11 years old last night,” he says. “I just allowed myself to believe. I just allowed myself to let the story wash over me.” Others have the buzz that comes from being in the same orbit as a superstar like Beyoncé (“My mom and I watch Homecoming, like, twice a week”, enthuses Joseph). Beyoncé not only voices the adult Nala, but also curated and produced an entire album, The Gift, which was inspired by the film and features a number of its musically talented cast, along with poignant clips from the dialogue. When I sit down with Billy Eichner and Seth Rogen, who play Timon and Pumbaa, they’re recovering from the film’s UK première, where they shook hands with literal royalty during a visit from the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. There’s a dazed look in their eyes that suggests they are yet to fully snap out of that dream world. You could perhaps put it down to the fact that, in a way, they are standing on the precipice of a new era. When Disney first started integrating 3D animation into its films during the early Nineties, including in The Lion King’s famous wildebeest stampede, it marked the beginning of the end for 2D animation. Now, as Favreau says: “These new tools and techniques, and the sophistication of the audience in what they want to experience visually has moved on from that. So anything 2D is being made for nostalgia, but it’s not part of the mainstream animation language.” And, just as the 1994 version signalled that major change was around the corner, the new Lion King may well do the same. Building on what Favreau accomplished with 2016’s The Jungle Book – where a real, human performance (Neel Sethi’s Mowgli) was shot against a blue screen while VFX company MPC created a photorealistic jungle and cast of animals for him to interact with – The Lion King has removed the human element altogether.Most importantly, it made use of a “virtual set” where Favreau, alongside his crew and cinematographer Caleb Deschanel, could put on VR headsets and enter a digital rendition of Pride Rock. Meanwhile, pieces of camera equipment, including tracks and cranes, were laid out in an empty room and fitted with infrared signals – meaning their movements would be translated onto digital cameras existing within the “virtual set”. This allowed for scenes to be shot in real time, using simplified models of the characters, all by interacting with the physical camera equipment. “That’s how I’m used to making movies,” says Favreau. “My filmmaking partners are my film crew, and so by having that dialogue, and VR allowing us to all walk around together in this environment, it contributed to this feeling like a live-action version of the film, even though it was animated.” Although virtual reality had previously been used by filmmakers to help make decisions about certain shots, such as whether the characters of Solo: A Star Wars Story could make the jump between carriages during the film’s train heist sequence, this was the first film to actually capture footage on a “virtual set”. And, while this doesn’t mean every film is about to shot in this way (Favreau says it wouldn’t have worked for Disney’s forthcoming Mulan, for example, which hews closely to the traditional aesthetics of a martial arts film), it may prove useful to any filmmaker who’s trying to build a world from scratch. It’s part of a continuing process of development that has been shared by filmmakers across years of work. “If I hadn’t done Jungle Book, we wouldn’t have figured out this,” says Favreau. “And had they not made Avatar, we would never have known how to do Jungle Book, and then [James] Cameron was coming to our set, looking at our tools – and he’s working on the new Avatar films. So, we’re all constantly hipping each other to what new techniques we’re using and giving each other ideas.” Another innovation involved the actors who, normally for a voiceover job, would come in with their scripts, prop them up on a music stand and read through their lines. Not here. “It was very unexpected,” says Eichner. “Jon had this whole performance room set up with cameras all around the perimeter and microphones all over, recording everything we did, and he actually had us physically act out all the scenes. At one point, he had us throw the scripts down and improvise through the entire movie. And a lot of that actually ended up in the final product.” Key says that it “felt like we were being directed in a play by Jon”, as he was encouraged to move around the space and interact with his co-star Eric Andre, who plays fellow hyena Azizi. The footage would then be handed off to the animators, who would translate their movements from human to animal behaviour in a way that felt organic. In fact, “organic” was the word of the day when it came to making a photorealistic Lion King work. Take, for example, the film’s main comic relief, Timon and Pumbaa, who in the original were depicted as vine-swinging, hula-dancing Broadway vaudevillians (voiced by stage veterans Nathan Lane and Ernie Sabella). “I think, for us, we needed to do something a bit more conversational, because the animals looked so real,” says Eichner. “We still have our larger-than-life, over-the-top moment, but it’s a bit scaled down from what the original was.” It also meant the duo – Eichner, who’s best known for screaming pop trivia at New Yorkers on his series Billy on the Street, and Rogen, Hollywood’s go-to stoner – could let their own comedic voices shine through. “I think that was part of the fun,” says Rogen. “Being able to weave in and out of new material and kind of make people think maybe they were going to get the same joke, but then being able to switch it just enough that it felt a little unexpected and therefore funny.”It was the film’s trio of hyenas that underwent the most dramatic change. Originally voiced by Whoopi Goldberg, Cheech Marin and Jim Cummings, the characters were the goofiest of the film as they bumbled around the Pride Lands and cackled hysterically at the ineptitude of their leader, Scar. In Key’s opinion, they were created mostly to help diffuse some of the film’s darker moments, but were due a refresh now that filmmakers are starting to “give kids a little more credit” when it comes to handling menace. The new hyenas are not only less silly, but have been fleshed out as characters, fitting into what the actor labels as a “post-Killmonger” world (in reference to the multi-layered villain of Marvel’s Black Panther). In this new narrative, the hyenas just want to fill their empty stomachs, but end up falling for Scar’s lies and allowing themselves to become pawns in their own selfish schemes. Incidentally, the changes solve some of the accusations that were levied at the original, which painted the hyenas as an ever-multiplying mass of “slobbering, mangy, stupid poachers” in what could easily be read as an anti-immigrant narrative. Although the idea was never actively discussed, Key believes in the importance of seeing these characters from multiple angles. “They were looked at as the faceless horde, but now you have more faces to them,” he says. Kani also speaks to the depth that was brought to Rafiki, as Favreau encouraged the actor to draw from his own personal experiences. As a highly revered actor, playwright, and political voice in his native South Africa, Kani has found that, at his age, he’s been increasingly invited to act as an elder in the ceremonies of the Xhosa tribes. It’s this role he wanted to impart on Rafiki, who he saw as a kind of sage or sangoma of the lion pride. “He’s the custodian of the culture and the legacy of this pride of lions,” Kani says. He views The Lion King as very close to Africa’s own storytelling traditions, which have been so crucial in preserving history, as “lest we forget, history tends to repeat itself”. He sees many Scars in Africa’s political landscape… “and in America, I see a lot of Scar in the use of power, the ambition, the power-hungry, the exploitation of the weaker, the using of corruption around you, building a nest of people who believe in you and who would do anything for you. It felt like, in the end, this is a story of us as well.”Working on the film, Kani was also reminded of the stories his grandmother used to tell him as a child, in which animals would act out various moral lessons. At one point, a young Kani asked her: “‘What do you mean the eagle said to the chicken? These birds can’t talk!’ And she said: ‘They talk in my story, shut up!’ And that was my grandmother.” He then adds, more thoughtfully, that these stories were from a time when “we lived in interdependent with nature, we fed from nature and nature fed us”. “When western culture developed, we became detached from nature, detached from our relationship with the animals,” he says. “We saw animals perhaps as only the rhino horn, the elephant’s tusk, we saw it as making money. But this movie just took me back to that time when we were all one.”Zimmer has similar hopes that this new Lion King can bring us a little closer to nature. “We’ve always used animals in a symbolic way, to explain the human condition,” he says. Perhaps, now, seeing them play out this familiar story in a way that seems so much closer to life, we can start to bridge the gap between animal and man. “I really think we’re starting to see the world differently,” he agrees. “We’ve suddenly realised that – OK, let’s use Tim [Rice]’s lyrics – we are part of the ‘Circle of Life’. And we need to take care of each other and we need to respect each other, and we need to respect this planet, otherwise we’re not going to have a planet anymore. We need to look after these animals, and if anybody can, it’s us. We’d better do it.”The Lion King is out now

  • New Thor 4 Details: Release Date, Title, And Natalie Portman's Return Confirmed At Comic-Con
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    New Thor 4 Details: Release Date, Title, And Natalie Portman's Return Confirmed At Comic-Con

    The Thor movies have become one of the most beloved parts of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, thanks in large part to the Taika Waititi-directed Thor: Ragnarok, which injected the series with some much-needed quirk and humor, while still capturing the essence of the god of thunder. The series seems perched to continue in that vein, judging by the new details revealed at Marvel's San Diego Comic-Con 2019 panel. During the Marvel panel, the studio confirmed Thor 4's full, official title: Thor: Love and Thunder. Disney also confirmed Thor: Love and Thunder's release date: November 5, 2021. And lastly, the panel confirmed that Natalie Portman's character Jane Foster, last seen in any significant capacity

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    Co-stars say Huffman remorseful for role in college case

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Felicity Huffman's co-stars in a new Netflix movie say they found her remorseful about her role in a college admissions scandal. Actress Angela Bassett said Huffman appears ready to take whatever steps are necessary in her case. Patricia Arquette said she believes Huffman feels terrible about her participation in the case. Huffman didn't meet reporters to promote the film "Otherhood." She pleaded guilty in May to paying $15,000 to a college admissions consultant to have a proctor correct her daughter's answers on the SAT. "Nobody is perfect in this world," Arquette said. "And I do think she's genuinely sorry." In the movie, "Otherhood," producer Cathy Schulman noted that there

  • Move over Hollywood, tourist island Cyprus is ready to roll
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    Move over Hollywood, tourist island Cyprus is ready to roll

    Watch out Hollywood and Bollywood, the eastern Mediterranean island of Cyprus that has built a reputation as a tourist magnet thanks to its pristine beaches wants a piece of the action: enter "Olivewood" and Nicolas Cage. Cage's action packer "Jiu Jitsu" is, along with adventure flick "S.O.S: Survive or Sacrifice" featuring US actor William Baldwin, the first foreign film to take advantage of the incentive plan dubbed "Olivewood". The scheme was launched by the government, which tasked Invest Cyprus to implement it in cooperation with the tourism and finance ministries, in a bid to attract foreign investment to the European Union member.

  • Dennis Marek: What do viewers see today in 'Forest Gump?'
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    Dennis Marek: What do viewers see today in 'Forest Gump?'

    This summer, the film turns 25. What was called a “total crapshoot” when it was being produced, went on to win six Oscars. A second Oscar in a row went to Tom Hanks as the leading actor, and a best director went to Robert Zemeckis. The film grossed $330 million that year alone beating out “The Lion King'' for the top spot. The more I read about its creation, the more I am amazed it was even made, let alone that it became an all-time hit. Several leading actors turned down various parts after reading the script, including John Travolta, Bill Murray, Chevy Chase, as the lead, and Ice Cube as the part of Bubba Blue. Gump's life passes through four decades of American history. Young Forrest, played