Chewbacca actor Peter Mayhew dies aged 74

May 17, 2019

Mark Hamill and William Shatner among those pay tribute to Star Wars star: A large-scale guy with a bigger heart The family of Peter Mayhew, who played Chewbacca in the original Star Wars franchise, has announced his death on Twitter on Thursday. He was 74. Mayhew died on 30 April in his North Texas home surrounded by his family, #RIPPeterMayhew @TheWookieeRoars May 2, 2019 Mayhew was a minor actor work…

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Alternate Endgame: what got cut from the Avengers finale?

May 14, 2019

The record-breaking Marvel blockbuster may have sprawled over 182 minutes but still, there were key minutes that didnt make the cut With Avengers: Endgame ending its third weekend of world domination with its self-imposed” vigorously denying early guesses that it would be called Endgame. Another favorite guess was Avengers: Infinity Gauntlet- a direct acceptance of the original comic book series from which the story takes the bulk of its inspiration….

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The Projectionist review Abel Ferrara’s wistful, indulgent ode to cinema

May 14, 2019

In a loving yet overlong film, the director searches back on 1970 s New York and how movie-watching has changed Of Martin Scorsese’s classic Taxi Driver, the cinema critic Ty Burr once wrote,” Before Times Square was a Disneyfied tourist heaven, children, it was hell .” The New York of the 1970 s had the dangerous splendour of a well-polished razor blade, with hedonism and crime simultaneously reaching a hysterical…

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Buffing up Bond: when it’s time to send for the script doctor

May 11, 2019

As Phoebe Waller-Bridge puts a spring in Bond 25 s step, we salute the craft of Hollywoods rewrite maestros, from Carrie Fisher to Quentin Tarantino Script doctors are the well-remunerated but mostly unsung heroes of the cinema world-wide, typically brought in to pep up lacklustre dialogue, assistance fingernail that difficult third behave and generally give the movie an extra touch of class. Recruited from the ranks of established/ red-hot novelists,…

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She was our Michelle Obama: how Gilda Radner changed comedy for ever

May 11, 2019

The death of the SNL star 30 years ago robbed the industry of one its finest voices but not before “shes had” blazed a road for women such as Tina Fey to follow There is no shortage of excellent critical writing about the US comedy scene in the 80 s, and John Belushi, Eddie Murphy and Gilda Radner, one of the original casting members of SNL, alongside Chase, Belushi, Aykroyd…

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The new nerds: how Avengers and Game of Thrones made everyone geek out

May 11, 2019

Fans have followed and pored over the improbably long, detailed and complicated narratives of the Marvel Universe and the Westeros saga for a decade. Will we ever scale such elevations of geekdom again? In our speeded-up world, last weekend could be considered uneventful, but in one respect it will go down in human history. This was Peak-Geek Weekend- a moment of unprecedented, unrepeatable pop-cultural excitement- that was global in magnitude….

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Wine Country review Amy Poehler’s Netflix comedy is a drunken riot

May 9, 2019

The actor induces her directorial debut with a wine-soaked gem about a group of women trying to keep their friendship together during a weekend away Bemoaning the ever-decreasing quality of Saturday Night Live has become almost as much of an institution as actually watching Saturday Night Live, its current season so punishingly unfunny that it’s often hard to remember a occasion when that wasn’t the case. Reminders are usually embedded…

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‘Avengers: Endgame’ had the biggest opening weekend in box office history

April 30, 2019

Image: Movie Frame( c) Marvel Studios 2019 $350 million. That’s the amount of money made from Avengers: Endgame ticket sales in the U.S. during opening weekend, based on Sunday calculates. It’s a ludicrous and unheard of figure, and merely a piece of the record-shattering world total of $1.2 billion . No movie in the U.S. has so far been posted an opening weekend higher than $300 million. No movie anywhere…

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Jim Jarmusch zombie film The Dead Don’t Die to open Cannes

April 29, 2019

-Alist undead slapstick stars Bill Murray, Chlo Sevigny and Adam Driver as policemen analyse small-town slaughter This year’s Cannes film festival is set to kick off with Bill Murray, Sevigny and Tilda Swinton, Steve Buscemi, Rosie Perez, Danny Glover, Tom Waits and Broken Flowers, which starred Murray and Swinton, as well as Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai, Dead Man, Mystery Train and Down By Law. Coffee and Cigarettes:…

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Avengers: Endgame who survived Thanos’ finger-click? Discuss with spoilers

April 27, 2019

Weve ultimately learned who shaped it out alive and the line weve all were ready for. But was the final instalment really as satisfying as the reviewers said? It doesn’t matter if you enjoy or loathe superhero movies. The Marvel experimentation, with its enormous tentpoles of interlocking narratives predominating the international liberate docket, has altered cinema forever. Naysayers may consider it a stranglehold, but devotees celebrate the predominance of this…

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