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The Latest Knockout Films to Watch this November 2016!

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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

GENRE: Adventure, Fantasy
TEMPO PREDICTION: 4 stars

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Newt Scamander is an expert on all forms of magical beasts, and on how to handle them. When a multitude of these mythical monsters are unexpectedly set loose in the streets of New York, the American wizarding community must call in such an expert to wrangle them up before trouble strikes.

THE GOSSIP: The original novel did not feature a story, but a memoir of all of Newt’s findings, and all profits generated by the book have been going directly to charity.
DIRECTED BY: David Yates
CAST: Ezra Miller, Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston


Moana

GENRE: Adventure, Comedy
TEMPO PREDICTION: 3.5 stars

Moana Waialiki is a young navigator, and the only daughter of a chief. To save her people she sets sail on a perilous journey with her hero, the demi-god Maui, towards a fabled island. On the way, they overcome dangerous ocean and all it holds, and learn how powerful friendship can be.

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THE GOSSIP: This is one of the first Disney movies where the main character doesn’t have a love interest.
DIRECTED BY: Ron Clements, John Musker
CAST: Auli’i Cravalho, Dwayne Johnson, Alan Tudyk


Rules Don’t Apply

GENRE: Comedy, Drama
TEMPO PREDICTION: 3 stars

In 1950’s America, devout Baptist and aspiring actress Marla Mabrey struggles with her attraction to Frank Forbes, her driver, who is a deeply religious Methodist. Their growing love for one another challenges not only everything they believe in, but also their boss, the infamous Howard Hughes, who forbids any relationship between two co-workers.

THE GOSSIP: Andrew Garfield was lined up for a major role, but later turned it down.
DIRECTED BY: Warren Beatty
CAST: Haley Bennett, Lily Collins, Taissa Farmiga

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Allied

GENRE: Action, Drama
TEMPO PREDICTION: 3.5 stars

It’s right after World War II, and Max Vatan and Marianne Beausejour have a picture-perfect marriage, full of mutual love and caring for one another. However, when evidence is dug up that strongly suggests that Marianne is a German spy, Max makes it his personal mission to find out the truth.

THE GOSSIP: Brad Pitt’s character’s surname, Vatan, means “homeland” in Turkish and Arabic .The character however is French-Canadian.
DIRECTED BY: Robert Zemeckis
CAST: Brad Pitt, Marion Cotillard, Jared Harris

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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

The novel was a cult favourite, incorporating photographs into young adult storytelling. It centres around a sixteen year-old boy named Jake, who grew up listening to his grandfather’s incredible tales of the children’s home he grew up in, which included the interesting abilities of the other children. A little girl stronger than ten men, a teenage boy who can bring life into inanimate objects, and a girl lighter than air are only a few who are overseen by Miss Peregrine, the headmistress who can not only morph into a falcon at will, but can also manipulate time itself. Together, the peculiar children live happily in a time loop in late September 1943. However, not all peculiars are good, and a particularly ghastly group of them, known as Hollows, seek to hunt the peculiar children down to feed on them, as well as to kidnap Miss Peregrine and use her powers to make themselves immortal. Jake finds himself caught up in this conflict after his grandfather’s death, and finds out that he’s not as ordinary as he originally thought.

Directed by Tim Burton, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children has that grimdark touch that he’s so famous for. It wouldn’t be October without a Burton film or two, and this addition to his filmography is rather notable. If you, like so many of us, long for that youthful wonder you used to see the world through, then this is the film for you. It has everything that inner child of yours dreams of, from megalomaniacal villains, to fantastical monsters, to children working together and saving the day. If the story didn’t already have you hooked, perhaps the big names will: including Samuel L. Jackson and Eva Green. Miss Peregrine’s is a must-see for everyone of all ages!

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Catch it on Blu-Ray: The Purge: Election Year

The Purge is a trilogy that takes place in a world where crime is at an all-time low, a feat achieved only by rendering one day out of every year legal for the committing crimes – legal, that is, for twelve consecutive hours! This time around it follows the story of an American presidential candidate wishing to put an end to this gruesome annual massacre. After witnessing her entire family slaughtered in front of her eyes as a child, Charlie Roan bases her political campaign on banning Purge Night. However, a heavily influential group of wealthy government individuals who benefit from the Purge are also in the race, and they’re not planning to let Charlie win. When Purge Night rolls around, Charlie must escape the maze of assassination attempts and purgers, with no one to guide her but her secret service officer and a small group of her supporters.

As a series, the Purge has gained mixed reviews. Some people like it, and some say that it’s a great concept poorly executed. But wherever you stand on this argument, there are redeeming qualities about Election Year. For instance, the constant suspense keeps one on the edge of their seat, the tense atmosphere maintains that creepy, uncertain feeling, and, like any good horror movie, the end leaves the viewer relieved but generally creeped out. Election Year is great for those nights when you want to put a little thrill into an otherwise boring day!

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10 amazing Fun Facts you probably didn’t know about the making of Star Wars

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Making of Star Wars

In 1977, the world was introduced to the Skywalkers, Darth Vader, Yoda and the rest of the Star Wars universe. Star Wars soon became iconic in popular culture. Its cinematography was light years ahead of its time. The original 1977 movie started with the rebel force acquiring the plans to the Death Star. 39 years after, the force was still strong with its fans who patiently waited to finally discover how the plans of the Death Star was stolen in a standalone movie, Rouge One. Now, this year, Star Wars fans celebrate the 40th anniversary of the world that George Lucas built. Or perhaps, it should be referred to as an empire or a legacy. Here are some behind the scenes facts about the creation of this legacy.

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  1. One of George Lucas’s inspirations for Star Wars was old Western movies. Han Solo is actually representative of the cowboy figure in western movies and the cowboy inspiration can be seen in his costume.

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  1. The sound designer, Ben Burtt collected an extensive library of sounds for the movie. Chewbacca’s growls were actually compiled mostly from the sounds of bears but also from other animals like walruses and lions. Burtt recorded Darth Vader’s breathing sound by breathing inside a scuba divers mask. The combined sounds of an extended elephant call and a car screeching on a wet pavement became the sound of TIE fighter engines.

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  1. Props were often created out of existing objects. The now iconic light saber was created out a flash gun from an old Graflex film camera. Roger Christian utilized a lot of airplane scraps to create a significant amount of the props and set design for Star Wars.

Making of Star Wars

  1. Darth Vader’s mask was assembled out of a Japanese Samurai helmet. It was painted black, and then fitted with the rest of the ensemble which included a part of a world war mask.

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  1. Anthony Daniels who played C-3PO would sometimes be left in his suit when filming wasn’t happening. At the start, he had a lot of cuts for the suit and he purposefully damaged one of C-3PO’s arms to make sure that he got an improvised suit.

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  1. A lot of effort went into filming the different parts of the movie. During the blast scenes, the parts of the props were cut in certain ways called break patterns so that they would break apart in a certain way during the explosion.

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  1. When they were filming in California Redwoods, Chewbacca was told not to go wandering around in costume for the fear of him being mistaken as Bigfoot by hunters.

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  1. The Bantha’s in New Hope were actually elephants in costumes

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  1. There were no clone trooper costumes as they was created with CGI.

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  1. Makeup artist and designer, Stuart Freeborn modeled Yoda’s face based on his own face shape.

 

Images from http://www.starwars.com/

 

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What happens to The Last Jedi (Behind the scenes)?

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Fans of the Star Wars movie franchise are over the moon (or should I say Jedha?) by the release of the behind the scenes video for the eighth episode, The Last Jedi. The official video was posted in the Star Wars YouTube channel on July 15 and already has over 4 million views as of today. After the success of the last two films of the franchise, Episode VII – The Force Awakens and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, fans are ecstatic yet skeptical about the upcoming episode thinking, “How it can possibly even live up to the reputation of the previous ones?”

 

The behind the scenes video included soundbites from the actors who play the intergalactic peace makers in the film. Daisy Ridley who plays the role of the female protagonist Rey said, “Rian (director) has written a story that’s unexpected but right.” She then goes on to say how even though the film is part of a trilogy, it is in itself unique and the audience can expect to be surprised by the twists and new elements in the story.

 

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The video goes on to show different characters of the movie, both old and new. They also showed footage of a few creatures of various kinds and some stunt training that the actors had to go through.

 

Although excitement is primarily felt, fans can’t help but express their grief and longing for their beloved Princess Leia. Carrie Fisher, who played the role of the rebel royalty, passed away last year and has truly left a void in the hearts of the fans. Seeing a few clips of her in the behind the scenes video made a lot of emotions stir, to say the least.

 

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is the second movie from the sequel trilogy. The Skywalker saga continues as the heroes of The Force Awakens join the galactic legends in the epic adventure that unlocks age-old mysteries of the Force and shocking revelations of the past. The film is set to open in cinemas across the Middle East from December 14.

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Watch the official trailer here.

Watch the behind the scenes video here.

Visit the official Star Wars Facebook page.

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Fans dress up as their favorite Emojis and set a new Guinness World Records™

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Our favorite emojis have come to life on the big screen in the widely-anticipated release of “The Emoji Movie”. As fans from all over the world wait for the showing of the movie in their local cinemas along with the celebration of the 4th annual World Emoji Day (July 17), they have gathered together to set a new Guinness World Records™ title for the “Largest gathering of people dressed as emoji faces simultaneously across multiple venues”. Spanning three different continents, hundreds of fans in Dubai, Moscow, London, Dublin, and Sao Paulo showed up in their set locations dressed as emoji faces inspired by the film’s characters. Additional countries showed enthusiastic support by echoing the effort, with their own emojis participating in similarly themed celebrations; it is estimated that more than 1,000 emojis not associated with the record were in the mix throughout Europe, Asia and South America.

 

 

Emojis have become a necessity for regular texters. Sometimes you just cannot find the words to express how you truly feel, so it’s a good thing that we have emojis that we can turn to instead. From only having the standard colon, dash, and a right parenthesis combination to form a smiley face, we have certainly come a long way that we even have more than one smiley face available at our disposal.  

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Because of the frequency and ease of emoji use, it has also become a language of its own that you aren’t even required to use words at all. Josh Greenstein, President of Worldwide Marketing and Distribution for Sony Pictures Entertainment, said, “Achieving a Guinness World Records title is a testament to the enormous worldwide appeal of emojis.  It’s great to see so many people getting excited for the worldwide release of ‘The Emoji Movie.’”

 

“The Emoji Movie” is about an emoji that simply cannot stick to just one expression and goes on a wild adventure with his emoji friends. It features the voices of T.J. Miller, James Corden, Anna Faris, Maya Rudolph, Steven Wright, Jennifer Coolidge, Jake T. Austin, Christina Aguilera, Sofia Vergara, and Sir Patrick Stewart. The movie is due for release in cinemas across the Middle East on August 10.

 

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Which one is your favorite emoji? Let us know in the comments section below.  

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