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Be Sure Not to Miss These March Film Releases!

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Logan

GENRE: Action, Drama

TEMPO PREDICTION: 4 stars

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Logan cares for a weary Professor from the near future. When the Professor entrusts the care of a young girl named Laura to him, Logan must combat the dark forces wishing to capture her.

THE GOSSIP: This will be Hugh Jackman’s last performance as the fan-favourite Wolverine.

DIRECTED BY: James Mangold

CAST: Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Doris Morgado

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Beauty and the Beast

GENRE: Family, Fantasy

TEMPO PREDICTION: 4 stars

In a live-action adaptation of the beloved Disney film, a woman named Belle finds herself imprisoned by a monstrous-looking prince who has grown bitter and hateful. Through her, he learns the meaning of compassion, and through the prince, Belle learns where true beauty resides.

THE GOSSIP: The original teaser trailer ended up scoring the world record for most views of all time, of a teaser trailer.

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DIRECTED BY: Bill Condon

CAST: Emma Watson, Luke Evans, Dan Stevens

Power Rangers

GENRE: Action, Adventure

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TEMPO PREDICTION: 3 stars

A group of ordinary high school students are bestowed with extraordinary abilities. Now, they must use their talents to team up and save the world.

THE GOSSIP: This is the first theatrical Power Rangers film to be released in 20 years.

DIRECTED BY: Dean Israelite

CAST: Bryan Cranston, Elizabeth Banks, Becky G.

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Nocturama

GENRE: Thriller

TEMPO PREDICTION: 3.5 stars

Tired of the society they live in, a group of French teens plan a bomb attack on Paris.

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THE GOSSIP: The metro scenes were shot “guerrilla style.”

DIRECTED BY: Bertrand Bonello

CAST: Finnegan Oldfield, Vincent Rottiers, Hamza Meziani

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Hidden Figures

An Oscar-nominated tribute to the brilliant and diverse minds of NASA’s space programme, Hidden Figures tells the true story of three POC women who pushed back against the racial and gender-based prejudices of the 1960s, and proved to the world that genius doesn’t discriminate. Katherine Johnson, Mary Jackson, and Dorothy Vaughn all struggle with life in segregated America, especially as computers for a highly-sophisticated scientific programme. With Russia hot on America’s heels in the space race of the Cold War, the pressure is on NASA to send a living, breathing human being into space, but they can’t do that without the numbers. Katherine is a mathematical genius, Mary is gifted in the engineering arts, and Dorothy has the leadership skills needed to command an able-bodied team. Each of them endure hit after hit in their quest to be seen as equals, with dwindling support networks. But their ambition drives them to break the barriers holding them back.

Hidden Figures has been praised as one of the most powerful films of the year, and it’s no wonder why: the striking scenes that reflect the general attitude of the time with all but the three main characters seeing nothing wrong about their discrimination. Viewing this film now, we feel anger and disbelief at the blatant roadblocks they face over something they can’t control. The actors and film crew beautifully portray the social norms of a segregated society. One of the best examples of this is a scene where Dorothy is talking to a white coworker, who turns to Vaughn and says “I have nothing against you people,” to which Dorothy replies “I know you probably believe that.” Hidden Figures is an immensely compelling film whose messages of equality are eloquently presented.

Catch it on Blu-Ray: Masterminds

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The Loomis Fargo heist was one of the largest cash robberies ever committed on American soil, and the co-conspirators behind it have their stories told in this crime-comedy. David Ghantt was a trustworthy employee of Loomis Fargo, and a vault supervisor overseeing nearly 18 million dollars in cash. Kelly Campbell, a friend of David’s, convinces him to aid her and her brother in an overnight robbery, instructing him to stuff the money in a company van, destroy the security tapes, leave the money with Kelly and her brother, and escape to Mexico for a few years until the heat wore off. All would have gone according to plan if David hadn’t accidentally left one security tape at the scene, leaving a massive loose end for the team to tie up while the authorities started to investigate.

Something about the crime and comedy genres seem to mix so well together, and Masterminds is a great example of this. The film is solidly entertaining, evenly-paced, and funny enough to entice many laughs. Whether you lean to the comedy or the drama, you can’t really go wrong with this movie.

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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.

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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