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'The Trust': Cage makes a creepy comeback

Aug 17, 2016

'The Trust': Cage makes a creepy comeback

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These days, two things practically never happen with a movie starring Nicolas Cage: 1) we see his real hairline; 2) it’s actually a good film. Online movie gossip claims Cage is knee-deep in financial trouble, which is why he’s been working like a slave, ...

'Star Wars' R2-D2 performer Kenny Baker dies at 81

Aug 14, 2016

'Star Wars' R2-D2 performer Kenny Baker dies at 81

Kenny Baker played the lovable droid R2-D2 in the “Star Wars” films, achieving cult status and fans’ adulation without showing his face or speaking any lines. The 3-foot 8-inch (112-cm) performer — a word he preferred to actor — inside the waste-bin-shaped costume has ...

Wanted: Four women to save the world

Aug 11, 2016

Wanted: Four women to save the world

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In 1989, “Ghostbusters II” was released in theaters where it did well in terms of profit, less so in terms of critical response. Reviews didn’t matter, though — the original 1984 film was so popular that fans couldn’t wait to see a third sequel. ...

These women ain't afraid of the 'Ghost-bros'

Aug 10, 2016

These women ain't afraid of the 'Ghost-bros'

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Excuse the time-honored phrase, but the new “Ghostbusters” is a whole new ball game. The hype surrounding its U.S. release last month was considerable, and not just because it’s a long-overdue followup of a beloved 1984 Hollywood classic: It has also dared to do ...

'Race': Jesse Owens, the winner against all odds

Aug 10, 2016

'Race': Jesse Owens, the winner against all odds

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Now that the Olympic Games are underway, it’s a good time to delve into the history of some of the great athletes of the past — in this case, U.S. track-and-field legend Jesse Owens, who astonished the world by winning four gold medals at ...

'The Jungle Book': Darker yet infinitely more beautiful

Aug 10, 2016

'The Jungle Book': Darker yet infinitely more beautiful

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After decades spent wrestling with the logistics of international shoots, Hollywood seems to be coming full circle. It’s like the early days of cinema again, when exotic locales were evoked within the confines of a movie studio, though today’s filmmakers aren’t so reliant on ...

Momoi is on fire in her new indie film 'Hee'

Aug 3, 2016

Momoi is on fire in her new indie film 'Hee'

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In her four-decade acting career Kaori Momoi has always been a free-spirited stand-out, indifferent to convention. But beneath her easygoing attitude and signature drawling delivery (which used to make me wonder what she had been ingesting before the cameras started rolling) was a thorough ...