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Warning: the First Films of 2017 Will Amaze You!

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Resident Evil: the Final Chapter

GENRE: Action, Horror

TEMPO PREDICTION: 3 stars

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Taking place immediately after Resident Evil: Retribution, this is where Alice is the sole survivor of what is meant to be a daring revolt against the undead. Now, she must travel back to where it all started in Raccoon City and put an end to the Umbrella Corporation’s schemes once and for all.

THE GOSSIP: This film comes out a mere three days after the final installment of the video game series it’s based on.

DIRECTED BY: Paul W.S Anderson

CAST: Milla Jovovich, Ruby Rose, Ali Larter

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Raees

GENRE: Crime, Thriller

TEMPO PREDICTION: 3 stars

In a prohibition state, a cruel and ruthless bootlegger makes a name for himself as a crime boss. However, trouble finds him when law enforcement vows to take him down.

THE GOSSIP: This is the Bollywood debut for the Pakistani actress Mahira Khan.

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DIRECTED BY: Rahul Dholakia

CAST: Shah Rukh Khan, Sunny Leone, Farhan Akhtar

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Live by Night

GENRE: Crime, Drama

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TEMPO PREDICTION: 3.5 stars

During the prohibition of the roaring 20s, speakeasies, gangsters, corrupt cops, and underground distilleries are running rampant. Amongst the chaos, a man named Joe Coughlin attempts to rejoice in the spoils of crime to the best of his abilities.

THE GOSSIP: This is Ben Affleck’s fourth time in the director’s chair.

DIRECTED BY: Ben Affleck

CAST: Zoe Saldana, Ben Affleck, Chris Sullivan

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The Windmill Massacre

GENRE: Drama, Horror

TEMPO PREDICTION: 3 stars

While on the run from her past in Australia, a girl named Jennifer finds herself in Amsterdam taking a tour of its famous windmills. After their tour bus breaks down in the middle of nowhere, the group decides to take shelter in one of the windmills. As the night draws on and members start disappearing, Jennifer learns that they all share a dark secret, one that marks them for doom.

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THE GOSSIP: The title is a play on how windmills influence the culture of the Netherlands, which is where the film takes place.

DIRECTED BY: Nick Jongerius

CAST: Noah Taylor, Charlotte Beaumont, Patrick Baladi

 

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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

These last few weeks, Star Wars fans flocked to the cinema to catch the latest addition to the series, Rogue One! And it’s no wonder they did, as this daring chapter chronicles the adventure of the group of Rebel spies who stole the plans for the legendary Death Star. For those unfamiliar with the series, Star Wars mainly takes place in a universe where a group of rebels clash against an evil empire, battling for the freedom of the galaxy. Under the empire’s control is a devastating weapon called the Death Star, whose impressive power can demolish an entire planet in a single blast. However, there is one fatal flaw that this weapon contains, and in order to find and exploit it, the rebellion needs the original plans. For this mission, a small group made up of former empire puppets and loyal rebels alike must fly into near-certain death to bring peace to the galaxy.

Nothing is certain while you’re viewing this film. Even the rebel victories are overshadowed with doubt, which adds an exciting element to the suspense and keeps you glued to the screen. It also added an interesting contrast to the rest of the series, with the main character Jyn Erso questioning the shadier side of the rebellion, letting fans see a darker side to it and wondering who’s really right, if anyone. No matter your age, you’re sure to find your own enjoyment in it! Rogue One, overall, is a wonderful addition to a beloved franchise. Plus, it’s a stand-alone story, so even those who haven’t seen the original Star Wars films will be able to keep up.

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Catch it on Blu-ray: Pete’s Dragon

Based on an old film of the same name, this movie tells the inspiring story of a young boy named Pete who finds himself orphaned and lost at a young age. While exploring the very forest he found himself in, he stumbles upon an incredible creature: a dragon named Elliot who takes him in and raises Pete as his own. Both Pete and Elliot live happily together in their little corner of the forest, until a woman finds Pete alone in the forest and takes him home, leaving Elliot in a rage while he sets off into dangerous territory to get Pete back, believing him to be kidnapped. Sightings of this incredible creature spark fear in the town, and amongst the chaos a group of men set out to capture Elliot, hoping to profit from caging him like a zoo animal.

This film is a touching story about friendship, exploration of the world outside your home, and how family doesn’t always end with blood relation. Some find their families along the way, even if they are mythical creatures who reside in thick forests. No matter your age, you might find yourself lost in this world of endless possibilities where the best of humanity is brought out from the worst.

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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.

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  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.

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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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