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Big accident: This popular actor’s studio catches fire!

The famous Annapurna Studios, established by Nageshwara Rao Akkineni (father of actor Nagarjuna) situated on Banjara Hills, Hyderabad, reportedly encountered a fire accident on Monday (November 13, 2017).

The studio reportedly caught fire at around 6:15 pm and though the flames were high, it is said that the fire was completely extinguished in about two hours with the help of four fire tenders. Short circuit is suspected to be the cause and the good news is that no one got hurt due to this fire that broke out at the Annapurna Studios established in 1975.

Based on a True Story: Why So Many Biopics Create Oscar Buzz But Become Box-Office Flops

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Based on a True Story: Why So Many Biopics Create Oscar Buzz But Become Box-Office Flops
Fall is the season of Real-People movies — the biopics that often fuel Oscar hopes. Recent weeks brought “The Battle of the Sexes,” “Stronger,” and “Victoria & Abdul” and there’s more than a dozen to come, including “Marshall,” “The Post,” “Darkest Hour,” and “The Current War.” There’s good reason to believe that a biopic might produce awards. In the last five years, 28 of the 100 Oscar acting nominees played real-life characters, as did four of the 20 winners. But when it comes to the box office, the odds aren’t as kind.

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Since 2012, there have been about 100 biopics including hits like “The King’s Speech,” “The Social Network,” and “Julie and Julia.” But while recent years featured real-life characters and stories in some of the biggest non-franchise hits, the format may have reached a saturation point.

Last year,
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Benedict Cumberbatch Doesn’t Understand Why ‘Doctor Who’ and ‘Sherlock’ Can’t Have a Female Hero

Benedict Cumberbatch Doesn’t Understand Why ‘Doctor Who’ and ‘Sherlock’ Can’t Have a Female Hero
Earlier this year, BBC made a groundbreaking announcement when it revealed “Broadchurch” actress Jodie Whitaker would be the new lead on “Doctor Who,” making her the first female doctor since the series first began over 50 years ago. The news was a cause for celebration, but of course a certain section of the fandom was not too pleased the show was making a gender switch. Within hours of the announcement, the hashtags #NotMyDoctor and #NurseWho became the official slogans of the opposition. The months since have seen the BBC and previous Doctors defend Whitaker, and you can count fellow BBC favorite Benedict Cumberbatch among her most vocal supporters.

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“It’s an alien. Why can’t it be a woman? Why can’t it be any gender? It doesn’t matter to me,” Cumberbatch said to Variety. The actor
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‘I Love You, Daddy’ Review: In Louis C.K.’s Black-and-White Cringe Comedy, Everybody’s a Pervert — Tiff

‘I Love You, Daddy’ Review: In Louis C.K.’s Black-and-White Cringe Comedy, Everybody’s a Pervert — Tiff
“Everybody’s a pervert.” So says one woman to Glen (Louis C.K.) in “I Love You, Daddy,” C.K.’s sweeping black-and-white cringe comedy, but in this movie’s self-contained universe that’s a given, because everybody’s an extension of its lead character’s twisted perceptions.

As the writer, director and star, C.K. expands the awkward, introspective humor of his now-defunct F/X show to a grander cinematic terrain, but otherwise it may as well be an exuberant two-hour installment of that same program. Shot on glorious 35mm film with a wry style that emulates 40’s-era classic Hollywood, “I Love You Daddy” echoes Woody Allen’s “Manhattan” in that the vibrant, antiquated style strikes an odd contrast with its anti-hero — a neurotic, disaster-prone middle-aged man in the midst of self-destructive circumstances with little hope of redemption.

As with all of C.K.’s output, “I Love You, Daddy
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‘Brad’s Status’ Review: Ben Stiller Gives a Soulful Performance in Mike White’s Heartfelt Father-Son Tale — Tiff

‘Brad’s Status’ Review: Ben Stiller Gives a Soulful Performance in Mike White’s Heartfelt Father-Son Tale — Tiff
There’s a standout moment in “Brad’s Status” when Brad Sloan (Ben Stiller) sits down at a bar with a college-aged woman less than half his age who puts him in his place. After he spends hours drunkenly whining about his life’s work at a non-profit, expressing concerns that he never gets enough respect, she offers a succinct rejoinder that bursts his bubble in an instant. The scene epitomizes the movie’s appeal: Writer-director Mike White’s screenplay juggles warmth with a caustic edge that doesn’t only put Brad in his place; it sums up the essence of Stiller’s performances, giving a slew of solipsistic characters the medicine they deserve.

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In the process, it also consolidates Stiller’s recurring motifs into a deeper, more melancholic version. Trapped in his
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‘Love Means Zero’ Review: An Entertaining Doc About the Tennis World’s Greatest Monster

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‘Love Means Zero’ Review: An Entertaining Doc About the Tennis World’s Greatest Monster
Remember Anwar Congo, the aging mass-murderer profiled in Joshua Oppenheimer’s “The Act of Killing?” Well, imagine if that guy had been born in the United States instead of Indonesia, and had become a children’s tennis coach instead of the genocidal leader of a North Sumatran death squad, and you’ll have a pretty good idea of who Nick Bollettieri is and what he’s all about.

Of course, that’s not at all to suggest that these men are equally evil — one slaughtered untold numbers of innocent people, the other just ruined Andre Agassi’s chances of winning the 1989 French Open — but rather to say that both of them personify the same type of narcissistic madness. It’s not a rare condition; we all know people like them: people who dehumanize the rest of us as a defense mechanism. People who pretend that the past can’t hurt them.
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We chat to The Graduate Producer Lawrence Turman to celebrate 50 years of the awesome classic

Author: Adam Lowes

Here’s to you, Mrs. Robinson! The classic coming-of-age yarn The Graduate is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. To mark this very special occasion we spoke with the film’s producer, Lawrence Turman.

Having reached something of a landmark age himself last year in turning 90, Mr. Turman has had a long and illustrious career in Hollywood, with an array of iconic films under his belt as producer, including The Thing, American History X and Short Circuit. Taking time out from his schedule (still working, he teaches film classes at the University of Southern California) Mr. Turman chatted with us about the enduring legacy of the film.

HeyUGuys: Congratulations on this milestone. Firstly, what do you think it is about the film which has awarded it this longevity?

Lawrence Truman: I chuckle because if I knew, I’d have constantly repeated it.

How did the project materialise?
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‘The Goldbergs’ Are Doing ‘Weird Science’ in the Season 5 Premiere [TCA 2017]

‘The Goldbergs’ Are Doing ‘Weird Science’ in the Season 5 Premiere [TCA 2017]
The movie-themed episodes of The Goldbergs have been fan favorites, and favorites of creator Adam F. Goldberg. Movies like The Karate Kid, Dirty Dancing, Short Circuit and Batman have provided the basis for several episodes of the family sitcom. On a Television Critics Association set visit to the Sony Studios lot, Goldbergs star Wendi McLendon-Covey told reporters that […]

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Autobot Prowl joins Transformers: Forged to Fight

Kabam Games and Hasbro have announced the latest addition to the roster of Transformers: Forged to Fight as Autobot Prowl joins the battle.

He may look like your friendly neighborhood cop on patrol, but check under the hood and he’s 100% military-trained police on a mission to serve and protect. Autobot Prowl is a trusted strategist and friend of Optimus Prime, but he’s decidedly less friendly to those who don’t follow protocol…his protocol.

Here’s Prowl’s abilities:

Signature Ability – Good Cop:

After charging his Melee Buffs, Prowl gets a surge of Power based on how many Melee Buffs he activated.

Passive:

After charging his Melee Buffs, Prowl gets 1.5 ~ 4% Power for each Melee Buff activated.

Special Attacks:

Special 1 – Short Circuit

His short fuse and their short circuit.

100% chance to Power Burn, consuming up to 23.8 ~ 36.4% of the target’s max Power. If the opponent reaches zero Power
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John Badham interview: Saturday Night Fever at 40

Don Kaye May 15, 2017

Director John Badman looks back at his disco classic four decades later...

Saturday Night Fever is the film that made John Travolta into a legitimate star, launched the Bee Gees to the pinnacle of pop success and introduced the world to the subculture, music and fashion of disco dancing - specifically the scene in the clubs of the insular blue collar Brooklyn neighbourhood of Bay Ridge. The movie made the scene and music into a national phenomenon that lasted several years, until the disco craze petered out in the early '80s.

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The whole thing was based on a New York magazine article called 'Tribal Rites Of The New Saturday Night', written by a British journalist named
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After the Hollywood Romances, Sex and Dugs — What Happened to the Brat Pack?

With a multi-generational reunion of sorts between Brat Pack alum Molly Ringwald and Andrew McCarthy’s son in the works, we’re taking the opportunity to catch up with all of the former ’80s teen phenoms — and their offspring — over 30 years after they first earned their iconic nickname.

During a recent appearance on The Moms, McCarthy revealed that his 15-year-old son, Sam, will appear in an upcoming movie called All These Small Moments alongside the famous red-head.

“She emailed me on the first day and she said, ‘Your son just did a scene and when he walked away, it was
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Means of Film Production: The Documentary Cinema of Manfred Kirchheimer

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The American Skyscraper and Louis Sullivan. Courtesy of the filmmaker.It’s rare to come across such a humble yet cogent body of work as that of Manfred Kirchheimer. His career stretches across six decades but it would be a mistake to reduce his films to mere historical records, for they can enclose enthralling stories of ordinary New Yorkers or celebrate the beauty of urban structures all while confronting head-on layered questions on class, race and identity. Throughout the years, his subjects have fluctuated from workers pushing carts through New York’s Garment District, the docking of a transatlantic ocean liner or a community of Jewish émigrés in the Manhattan neighborhood of Washington Heights. As modest as his filmography might seem, one shouldn’t oversee its substantial contribution to American documentary and independent cinema.During a recent conversation, Kirchheimer told me he had recently retired as a teacher at the
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'The Circle' Trailer: Emma Watson Falls for Tom Hanks' Cult-Like Tech Company

Every decade gets its own wave of movies, usually thrillers, built around whatever technology is grabbing headilnes at the time. In the '80s it was all about robots (Runaway, Chopping Mall, Short Circuit, RoboCop). In the '90s it was all about the personal computing revolution (The Net, You've Got Mail, Hackers, Brainscan). The 2000s were about mobile tech (One Missed Call, Cellular, Swordfish, even The Dark Knight has a huge cell phone-related subplot). And now in 2010 we're moving into movies all about live streaming. Recently we've gotten a trio of web video thrillers that are all better than you'd expect (The Den, Unfriended, Nerve), and now a bunch of your favorite people are joining that list. The Circle stars Emma Watson, Tom...

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Consider This: How Fisher Stevens Rebooted His Career and Joined Forces With Leonardo DiCaprio to Save the World

Consider This: How Fisher Stevens Rebooted His Career and Joined Forces With Leonardo DiCaprio to Save the World
In 2004, Fisher Stevens went to Ohio with a coalition of artists to help John Kerry get elected president. It didn’t work, but Stevens — an actor-turned-director best known for campy roles in a string of ’80s and ’90s films such as “Short Circuit” and “Hackers” — emerged a changed man. “It was a fucked-up time,” Stevens recalled over lunch near his offices in downtown Manhattan, “but this a whole other fucked-up time.”

Flash forward a dozen years and Stevens is enmeshed in a new stage of his career, as a prolific documentarian who moonlights as an actor. Six years ago, he won an Oscar as a co-producer of “The Cove,” photographer-turned-filmmaker Louie Psihoyos’ thrilling exposé of the Japanese fishing industry. By then, he had stepped away from GreeneStreet Films, the independent production company he started in 1996 with John Penotti. That same year, Stevens launched Insurgent Media with Andrew Kirsch and Erik Gordon
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Leonardo DiCaprio’s documentary ‘Before The Flood’ will stream for free online

Leonardo DiCaprio‘s documentary on climate change Before The Flood, which played at both the Toronto and London Film Festivals, will air for free in 171 countries on Sunday, October 30th.

Before The Flood will stream on all platforms the same day it premieres on the National Geographic Channel. Those platforms are YouTube, iTunes, Hulu, Amazon, Twitter, Facebook and Google Play. It will also air on the National Geographic channel on the same day.

The film, which is directed by Fisher Stevens (Short Circuit) took three years to make and sees DiCaprio meet with scientists, activists and world leaders to discuss the dangers of climate change and possible solutions.

Watch the trailer for the film below.

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Lego Ideas Turns Down ‘Jurassic Park’ and ‘Short Circuit’ Sets

Lego Ideas Turns Down ‘Jurassic Park’ and ‘Short Circuit’ Sets
Johnny 5 is dead and life didn’t find a way. That might as well be what Lego Ideas told fans when they announced that both proposed Lego sets for Jurassic Park (seen here) and Short Circuit (seen here) were turned down by the official review board that decides which custom creations become mass produced Lego […]

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Newswire: BMW is bringing back its short film series, The Hire, for one more job

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In the early 2000s, the German automaker BMW gave eight world-famous directors carte blanche to make lavishly expensive short films with the only apparent criteria being that they prominently feature BMW cars and star Clive Owen as a professional wheelman known only as The Driver. The resulting anthology series, The Hire, remains one of the most fondly remembered advertising campaigns of its time, notable both for the creative freedom it seemed to foster and for the amount of talent involved both in front of the camera and behind it.

The good news is that BMW is resurrecting the concept. The bad news is that for now, it appears to be for just one film: The Escape, directed by Neill Blomkamp, the South African behind District 9, Elysium (which is basically District 9), and Chappie (which is basically Short Circuit meets District 9). Per the press release sent out by the
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Class of 1986: The End of Childhood and the Legacy of Labyrinth

Like all the best fairy tales, Jim Henson’s 1986 film Labyrinth is a much more grown-up effort than its fantasy trappings let on. Sure, it’s directed by the man who introduced both The Muppets and Sesame Street to the world, but don’t be fooled by all of the puppets and cute creatures and catchy songs: this is a film geared at children but actually about the end of childhood. Bittersweet, that.

On its face, Labyrinth offers a traditional take on the hero’s journey codified by Joseph Campbell: Jennifer Connelly’s sixteen-year-old Sarah wishes her baby brother would be taken away by Goblin King Jareth (the late, great David Bowie) and, when he is, must travel to a fantasy realm to rescue him. On a deeper and darker level, however, the screenplay by Monty Python’s own Terry Jones is the story of a young woman maturing into an adult,
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Class of 1986: Somewhere That’s Green: Why Little Shop Of Horrors is Still One of the Greatest Movie Musicals Ever Made

I fell in love with Frank Oz’s Little Shop of Horrors before I even saw a single frame of the film in December 1986. My mom’s boyfriend at the time worked for the Warner Bros. distribution center in Illinois, and sometime in the fall, he brought home an advanced copy of the soundtrack to Oz’s adaptation of the popular off-Broadway show, which of course was originally based on Roger Corman’s 1960 horror movie that featured performances from the likes of Dick Miller and Jack Nicholson.

And as I spent countless hours laying on my bedroom floor, humming along to the different songs (and singing the swear words whenever I thought I could get away with it), Little Shop of Horrors transported me to a place where underdogs could overcome the odds, alien plants could sing and craved human blood, and Steve Martin was a demented motorcycle-riding dentist addicted
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Netflix's Stranger Things: Shawn Levy interview

Louisa Mellor Jul 15, 2016

We chat to the producer-director of 80s-set sci-fi horror series Stranger Things, now on Netflix, about Spielberg, nostalgia and more…

Read our spoiler-free Stranger Things review here.

Stranger Things, Netflix’s new sci-fi horror series is made by and for our kind of people. Movie nerds Matt and Ross Duffer have translated their love of classic Steven Spielberg, John Carpenter, Wes Craven and Stephen King pictures into an eight-part drama that feels as comfortable as sinking into your favourite chair.

Set in 1983 Indiana, Stranger Things is the story of a boy’s disappearance, odd goings-on at a local government facility and the mystery arrival of a peculiar little girl. With a very likeable young cast (think Freaks & Geeks if Sam, Bill and Neil had to deal with real monsters, not just the high school variety) and Winona Ryder, David Harbour and Matthew Modine capably leading the grown-ups,
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