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See Niall Horan's Debut Shoot as a Wilhelmina Model, Plus More Fashion News to Catch Up On

See Niall Horan's Debut Shoot as a Wilhelmina Model, Plus More Fashion News to Catch Up On
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Niall Horan’s officially a model!

After One Direction disbanded over a year ago, the 24-year-old singer took a step in a different direction. Sure, Horan’s still releasing music and but he’s also setting his sites from the stage to the runway with a new modeling career.

Wilhelmina Models, the modeling agency that represents other musicians like Shawn Mendes, Nicki Minaj and Nick Jonas, announced they just signed the singer to be on their roster of celebrity model clients. And tonight, you can see Horan for the first time since his modeling announcement
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Strictly Come Dancing: week six - as it happened

Relive all the spooky sambas, terrifying tangos and quivery quick-steps – but which dancer had a truly frightful night?

7.58pm GMT

Simon and Karen dance their final dance to Eric Carmen/Celine Dion’s ‘All By Myself’, and another Strictly week is over. I’ve had all my blog holidays for this year, so I’ll now be at the Strictly helm all the way through until Christmas - thank you all for joining in and being brilliant, have a great week and I’ll see you next Saturday! Hx

7.56pm GMT

All the judges save Mollie and Aj (obvs), so Simon And Karen are going home. Simon thanks Karen for being amazing, and Karen thanks Simon for all the food. Lols.

7.52pm GMT

Mollie and Aj give their devilish Cha-Cha another turn. I had really high hopes for Mollie, but she needs to up her game if she’s going to make it beyond Blackpool,
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Interview: Filmmaker Richard Kelly on Donnie Darko Returning to Theaters in 4K and Southland Tales

Last year marked the 15th anniversary of Donnie Darko, and Arrow Films is making sure that the film celebrates in style. They've teamed up with director Richard Kelly for a 4K restoration of the beloved cult movie, and following its UK theatrical release that began late last year, the 4K presentation is now coming to big screens in the Us (and on a new Blu-ray release this April). Recently, I had the great pleasure of speaking with Kelly to reflect on the making of Donnie Darko, restoring it in 4K, potentially returning to the world of Southland Tales, and the intriguing multiverse connection between his movies.

Thanks for taking the time to talk with me today, Richard. How did the restoration and the theatrical re-release of Donnie Darko come about? Did Arrow Films approach you, and was this something that you had been wanting to do anyway?

Richard Kelly: Yes,
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Beloved Chinese Filmmaker Jia Zhangke Opens His Own Movie-Themed Restaurant

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Beloved Chinese Filmmaker Jia Zhangke Opens His Own Movie-Themed Restaurant
Jia Zhangke has long been revered as a leading figure of mainland China’s sixth generation of filmmakers, with films like “The World” and “Still Life” premiering — and, in the case of the latter, winning the top prize — at major international film festivals. Jia now has a new feather in his cap, and it’s one few (if any) other filmmakers can lay claim to: a noodle shop in his hometown of Fenyang.

Read More: Review: Jia Zhangke’s Ambitious ‘Mountains May Depart

Named for “Mountains May Depart” (“Shan He Gu Ren”), which premiered at Cannes last year, the restaurant features posters for the film as well as some of the honors it received on the festival circuit. The menu is apparently less expansive: Dao Bo Mian, a kind of sliced noodle, is the primary dish served. It comes with dumplings and will set customers back $8.60, according to New China.
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Grange Hill: revisiting 12 memorable school trips

Alex Westthorp Nov 16, 2016

Remember when Grange Hill went to the Isle Of Wight? Or the escaped puma? Here are 12 memorable school trip episodes from the early years...

With just over thirty years worth of screen time, there are plenty of memorable moments in Grange Hill. From its inception in February 1978 the programme proved both entertaining and controversial. It tackled many difficult subjects head-on: bullying, vandalism, racism, censorship, shop-lifting, school uniform protest, teenage pregnancy and - most famously of all - drugs. However, every now and again it would attempt to give viewers a break from the everyday and head off on a day trip or weekend excursion.

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Join us and H5 on a bit of escapism then,
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Alexis Arquette Was Living with HIV for 29 Years Before Dying of Cardiac Arrest: Death Certificate

Alexis Arquette Was Living with HIV for 29 Years Before Dying of Cardiac Arrest: Death Certificate
Alexis Arquette had been living with HIV for 29 years before dying of cardiac arrest on Sept. 11, People confirms. According to her death certificate, the 47-year-old actress and activist had a bacterial infection of the heart for three weeks and had been diagnosed with cardiomyopathy, a disease of the heart, three years prior. The underlying cause of death was confirmed as HIV. People previously reported that Arquette was was surrounded by family when she died from complications related to AIDS. "The whole family rallied around her," said a source of the star's final hours. "And in the end they were always there to support her.
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Alexis Arquette's Friends and Fans Say 'We Lost an Icon' at Celebration of the Late Star's Life

Alexis Arquette's Friends and Fans Say 'We Lost an Icon' at Celebration of the Late Star's Life
Alexis Arquette was honored by her close friends at a special event on Sunday - one week after the late star died at age 47 from complications related to AIDS. Fans of the transgender trailblazer and several friends who belonged to Arquette's close circle gathered at The Pig 'n Whistle in Hollywood for the Alexis Arquette: Celebration of Life Party. The event was hosted by Sham Ibrahim, 37, a fellow drag performer who met the star in 1999. About 50 friends and fans were on hand for the party. Arquette's favorite artists - David Bowie, Tears for Fears, Madonna, the Killers and the
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Films of 1986; Aliens Hits The 30 Year Mark

“Game over, man, game over!” It’s rare for a sequel to live up to the original film, but James Cameron managed to fulfill expectations with Aliens (July 18, 1986). This summer marks the 30th Anniversary of the action-packed sci-fi classic, so “stop your grinnin’ and drop your linen.”

Tune-in Saturday, July 23, to an exclusive Aliens YouTube live stream Q&A with the filmmakers and cast from San Diego Comic-Con! Submit your questions in the comments below for a chance to get them answered. #Aliens30th

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of Aliens (1986), San Diego Comic-Con will host an Aliens reunion on Saturday, July 23. Attendees include director James Cameron, producer Gale Anne Hurd, Sigourney Weaver, Bill Paxton, Lance Henriksen, Paul Reiser, Michael Biehn, and Carrie Henn.

Subscribe to Fox Movies and follow on so you don’t miss this exclusive live event.

The terror continues in James Cameron
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The New Blood: Leonel VHS

*We’ve been letting you fright fanatics know more about the Icons of Fright staffers, more specifically the ones who have joined the fold within the last year or so. Since Icons of Fright’s inception (2004!!), the site has had the privilege of having some really great writers and creators and before joining the team, I frequented it quite regularly as a reader, so I thought it would be a fun idea to let you know about the current crop. My good bud, Leonel VHS is highlighted on this one, so enjoy! –Jerry

Hailing from the Central Valley of California, my love for horror films began in 1982 at the age of eight when, because of curiosity, my father sat me down in front of the original Friday the 13th as both a cruel prank and as an attempt to scare me away from them altogether. Growing up in a strict
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Doc Corner: Jia Zhangke Gets a Tribute in 'A Guy from Fenyang'

Glenn here. Each Tuesday we bring you reviews and features on documentaries from theatres, festivals, and on demand. This week we’re looking at Walter Salles' doc about Chinese film giant Jia Zhangke.

In the opening scene of Jia Zhangke’s sublime Mountains May Depart, characters dance to the Pet Shop Boys’ euphoric rendition of “Go West”. The song may have been a demand for a gay utopia, but it is also an apt choice for a movie in which characters slowly shift from rural China to the blue skies and bright lights of Australia. Zhangke’s characters are often caught between two worlds, travelling down a road (literal of metaphorical) to an unknown future and it is these pervading themes that have made him the unofficial cinematic chronicler of modern day China. They are also what makes Jia Zhangke: A Guy from Fenyang such a fitting tribute to the man.
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Film Review: Sing Street

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★★★★☆ Once director John Carney returns to his native Dublin for Sing Street, a 1980s-set coming-of-age crowdpleaser with real depth, heart and wit to match its toe-tapping musical beats. Conor (Ferdia Walsh-Peelo), a 14-year-old kid who's forced to move from a private school to rowdy public one run by the Christian Brothers when his parents find themselves in financial difficulty. Immediately out of place, Conor is subjected to taunts and attacks by his classmates and teachers. Keen to escape his problems and impress the enigmatic model Raphina (Lucy Boynton) who frequently hangs out across the road, Conor decides to form a band, whose influences range from the Pet Shop Boys to Depeche Mode.
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Exclusive: Clip From Jia Zhangke's 'Mountains May Depart' Visits The Past

Making its World Premiere at the Cannes Film Festival last spring, winning an Audience Award at the San Sebastian Film Festival, and picking up an Original Screenplay prize at the Gold Horse Awards, Jia Zhangke's latest film "Mountains May Depart" enjoyed a terrific festival run in 2015. This weekend, the drama arrives in cinemas and we've got an exclusive clip to give you a peek at the sprawling story. Read More: Review: Jia Zhangke's Ambitious 'Mountains May Depart' Starring Dong Zijian, Liang Jingdong, Sylvia ChangZhang Yi, and Zhao Tao, the film, powered by Pet Shop Boys' "Go West," opens in 1999 where in Fenyang, childhood friends Liangzi, a coal miner, and Zhang, the owner of a gas station, are both in love with the town beauty Tao. Tao eventually marries the wealthier Zhang and they have a son he names Dollar. As the years fly by, her son loses sight of everything in his childhood,
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Celebrate Rick Astley's 50th Birthday with All His Hits That Aren't 'Never Gonna Give You Up'

Depending on your age, you may be interested to know that Feb. 6 marks the 50th birthday of either pop singer Rick Astley - or as you may better know him - the British guy from that video prank meme. The two are one in the same, of course, but as a result of a strange (and apparently deathless) Internet joke, Astley boasts two very different fan bases: The people who bought his records starting in the late '80s and the people who encountered him after being tricked into clicking on the video for his 1987 hit, "Never Gonna Give You Up.
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Review: SkiSwitcher 2 by Peter Schwartz

Ski Switcher 2 for Logic X by Peter Schwartz


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If you are a Logic user, chances are you’ve come across the username “Ski” at one of the numerous online Logic forums. Ski (a.k.a Peter Schwartz) is a composer, orchestrator, and arranger whose long and impressive career has allowed him to work with artists such as Madonna, Michael Jackson, David Bowie, Mariah Carey and Pet Shop Boys to name a few, and his scoring clients include Disneytoons, Mattel, Fox, Warner Bros and many more. Peter Schwartz is also one of MacProVideo’s most pre-eminent Logic Pro instructors and has produced Logic-oriented courses in Midi Orchestration, Template Building and Score Editing.

Throughout all his musical escapades for the past 25+ years Ski has been loyal to Logic and is one of the few people on this planet who actually really know Logic inside-out.
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Film Review: ‘The Naked DJ’

Jagged, ragged and darkly hilarious, “The Naked DJ” consists of one long rant by Singaporean underground musician X’ Ho about his country and late supreme leader Lee Kuan Yew, whom he compares with Hitler. Independent helmer Kan Lume (“Singapore Girl”) accompanies Ho on his first China trip, but the journey is basically just a vehicle for Ho to deliver a snarky running commentary on the city-state’s repressive government and soulless society; while it will be difficult for non-compatriots to gauge the accuracy of his criticism, the eloquence of his vitriol is archly compelling. Pulling no punches on a no-holds-barred personality, Lume’s image-savvy, funkily scored work is perhaps his best to date. The doc’s cocky attitude makes it a peppy pill for festivals.

X’ Ho (the “X” is pronounced as “Chris,” his Christian name) fell into the music scene in the early ’80s as a member of a garage hard-rock band,
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The James Bond 007 themes that didn't make it




Here are the songs that were considered forJames Bond themes but ultimately rejected. Some of them aren't half-bad, too...

Bond title songs are an intrinsic part of the series. But did you know that there were often unused tracks that were considered but rejected? Some of them are damn good too. This is bound to lead to comparisons and what if… discussions, and that's what we are here to encourage today.

As soon as we try to define what makes a great Bond song, we run into the problem that dogs any criticism of the series – every aspect of it is extremely divisive. Whatever element you nominate as a high point, best actor, score or film, for example, is someone else's least favourite and vice versa. The same goes for the Bond theme songs: some people like a bouncy pop song with a nice brass arrangement. For others,
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Lff 2015: ‘Mountains May Depart’ Review

Stars: Zhao Tao, Zhang Yi, Liang Jin Dong, Dong Zijian, Sylvia Chang | Written and Directed by Jia Zhangke

Admitting this is the first film by Jia Zhangke that I’ve seen may lose me some street cred, but I was pleased to finally discover the filmmaker via his latest exploration of modern China, Mountains May Depart. A universal story of the irresistible draw of the present meeting the inexorable march of the future, the film stands as a bold, compassionate statement for the power of gestures and the ripples they cause through time.

And it opens with a dance sequence set to the Pet Shop Boys’ “Go West”, which is about as ambitious an opening as you could hope for.

Taking place in three different periods – 1999, 2014 and 2025, with changing aspect ratios to match – in China and later Australia, the film charts the ups and downs in lives of three friends:
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Watch the international trailer for Cannes-offering ‘Mountains May Depart’

The first trailer for Mountains May Depart was released last week and the Cannes nominee looks to be one of the more interesting films of the year. It is directed by Jia Zhang-ke.

The official synopsis is as follows:

At once an intimate drama and a decades-spanning epic that leaps from the recent past to the present to the speculative near-future, Jia’s new film is an intensely moving study of how China’s economic boom – and the culture of materialism it has spawned – has affected the bonds of family, tradition, and love. Mountains May Depart opens in 1999 to the strains of the Pet Shop Boys’ “Go West,” a song whose promise of blue skies captures the dreams of affluence that seized so many Chinese youth at the turn of the century. In Fenyang, childhood friends Liangzi, a coal miner, and Zhang, the owner of a gas station, are
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Jia Zhang-ke’s ‘Mountains May Depart’ Gets First International Trailer and Posters

“I think in order for a movie to be appreciated, it ultimately needs to be an aesthetic creation,” director Jia Zhang-ke told us at Cannes this year. “Who would care for a film depicting a lot of social realities but devoid of a sense of aesthetics? If my movies have appealed to an international audience, I hope it’s because on a substantial level, they bring the contemporary Chinese experience to the big screen, and that at the same time, they have an artistic quality to them.”

There’s certainly an appeal over here for his latest, Mountains May Depart, which is a three-part, decades-panning drama that stops by New York Film Festival this week following Cannes, Tiff, and more. Ahead of a release in the first half of next year by Kino Lorber, the first (unsubtitled) international trailer has landed, along with a set of evocative posters.

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Music docs take centre stage at Way Out West

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Sold-out screenings for Amy Winehouse documentary and Cobain: Montage of Heck.

Sweden’s Way Out West music festival ran its film programme for the fifth year, and selections included a strong mix of music-related docs (Amy, Cobain: Montage of Heck, The Damned: Don’t You Wish That We Were Dead), Heaven Adores You and features (Eden, Love & Mercy) as well as indie films (Ex Machina, The Falling, Pervert Park) that might appeal to the trendy crowds attending Way Out West.

Films were screened in two cinemas in Goteborg, as well as in a tent on the larger festival site at Slottsskogen park.

The hundreds of musical acts at the main festival included Florence & The Machine, Fka Twigs, Alt-j, Beck, First Aid Kit, Patti Smith, Lauryn Hill, and the Pet Shop Boys.

The event draws 30,000 visitors per day, mostly for music but increasingly taking a look at the film offerings.

The sold-out screenings for film included Amy, Cobain:
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