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All the Best Films to Catch this December 2016!

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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

 

GENRE: Sci-Fi, Adventure

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TEMPO PREDICTION: 4 stars

 

The galactic rebellion makes a risky move to steal the plans for the legendary ‘Death Star’. Enlisting the help of a skilled soldier and criminal named Jyn Erso, a master swordsman, and non-allied forces, and her team set the stage for the original Star Wars trilogy, giving fans a chance to see the story behind the Empire.

 

THE GOSSIP: This will be the 3rd film in the Star Wars franchise to be shot digitally, the last one being Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith.

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DIRECTED BY: Gareth Edwards

CAST: Felicity Jones, Mads Mikkelsen, Ben Mendelsohn

 

 

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Assassin’s Creed

 

GENRE: Fantasy, Adventure

TEMPO PREDICTION: 3.5 Stars

 

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Callum Lynch never thought himself to be out of the ordinary, until Abstergo, a powerful corporation, snatches him off the street and hooks him up to an extraordinary device called the Animus. With this technology, Abstergo can unlock the genetic memories of Callum’s long-dead ancestors, but they’re particularly interested in a Spanish assassin named Aguilar.

 

THE GOSSIP: When filming the signature “leap of faith,” the only CGI used is seen in the background; Damien Walters had to free jump from a height of 125 feet to capture it.

DIRECTED BY: Justin Kurzel

CAST: Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, Jeremy Irons

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Bad Santa 2

 

GENRE: Comedy

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TEMPO PREDICTION: 3.5 stars

 

It’s been thirteen years since their last escapade, and now the team has their sights on a Chicago charity. It seems like the perfect heist until Willie meets an unexpected partner in crime in his mother.

 

THE GOSSIP: Although Billy Bob Thornton plays the son of Kathy Bates, he is really only seven years younger than her.

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DIRECTED BY: Mark Waters

CAST: Christina Hendricks, Billy Bob Thornton, Kathy Bates

 

 

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The Edge of Seventeen

 

GENRE: Comedy, Drama

TEMPO PREDICTION: 3 Stars

 

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It’s hard growing up, especially in high school, but that’s what friends are for. At least, that’s what eleventh-grader Nadine thought before her best friend started dating her brother. Now, she must overcome her own adolescent awkwardness and venture outside her comfort zone.

 

THE GOSSIP: The film got its title from a Stevie Nicks song of the same name.

DIRECTED BY: Kelly Fremon Craig

CAST: Hailee Steinfeld, Haley Lu Richardson, Blake Jenner

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By Noelle Pope-George

War Dogs

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Based on an insane true story, War Dogs documents the tale of two best friends whose get-rich-quick scheme actually worked… except that it was massively illegal. While the war in Iraq was still raging, David Packouz (Miles Teller) runs into an old friend from Junior High, Efraim Diveroli (Jonah Hill). Efraim convinces David to join him in becoming international arms dealers, supplying weapons to the American military and splitting the comically large payments they reaped in return. At first their little project takes off without consequence, until they become blinded by their own greed. When they stumble upon a contract offering 300 million dollars in exchange for 100 million bullets to arm American forces in Afghanistan, the pair eagerly jumps on the opportunity. However, the deal quickly turns sour when every conceivable thing that could go wrong… ends up going wrong.

 

War Dogs is an interesting take on the thrilling story of David Packouz and Efraim Diveroli. For one thing, it’s a dramatic comedy – emphasis on ‘comed’y. The contrast that this genre choice placed on the film offers quite a distinctive viewing experience. Between nail-biting suspense, you’ll be giggling at the clever humour. This balance makes for a movie that unexpectedly sucks you in, and before you know it, you’re glued to your screen, waiting on the edge of your seat for what happens next. You know that what David and Efraim are doing is wrong, but for the duration of the film you may find yourself in their corner regardless, hoping they won’t get caught, wishing that their deal is successful. For the film industry, basing a movie on a true story is a bargain, as they often get a poor reception, but War Dogs knocked it out of the park. A must-see for any fan of the crime genre. 

 

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Catch it on Blu-Ray: Star Trek Beyond

 

When it comes to Star Trek, there are so many different routes to take. Perhaps you enjoyed The Next Generation, or are a stickler for the originals… or you preferred the different, yet quirky Deep Space Nine. But no matter where your allegiance lies, there’s something to be said about the newest addition to the beloved sci-fi franchise. Taking place after the events of Star Trek: Into Darkness, the film drops the Enterprise crew into a seemingly straightforward rescue mission. However, their quest quickly turns sour when the starship is ravaged, and the crew barely escapes the wreckage with their lives. However in the confusion, they end up separated, some lost on the strange planet while others are held captive by Krall (Idris Elba), In their attempt to escape and piece together what went wrong, the crew finds themselves trapped in a galactic battle that could determine the fate of the whole of Starfleet.

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If you’re a self-proclaimed “Trekkie,” then you’ll love this new spin on the series! The plot keeps you guessing, with unexpected turns around every corner. The characters are expertly developed, making it all too easy to cheer them on and become invested in their struggles and triumphs. The perfectly placed comic relief keeps audiences laughing, and adds a bit more fun to the whole experience. Plus it’s a wonderful choice for a family movie night, with classic Star Trek wackiness and valuable life lessons about the importance of companionship, unity and loyalty sprinkled throughout.

 

 

 

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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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