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Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle review – fantasy romp likably upgraded for gamer generation

Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Karen Gillan and Kevin Hart have fun in a video-game world in an amiable sequel-by-numbers with a body-swap twist

The 90s family adventure Jumanji was a fantasy romp about children being whooshed into the universe of a magical board game, where a former kid player played by Robin Williams had grown to adulthood, having been marooned there. The film seemed to be using the grammar and rhetoric of video-gaming, which is about getting from one level to another by not getting killed.

Now it has been upgraded for 2017 in a way that makes the gaming idea explicit, and yet also as quaint and antique as board games might have looked in 1995. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is a big, brash, amiable entertainment with something of Indiana Jones, plus the body-swap comedy of Freaky Friday, or F Anstey’s Victorian classic Vice Versa. It features an endearing performance from Dwayne Johnson who,
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Kylie Jenner Gives Bff Jordyn Woods a Mercedes-Benz for Her Birthday Amid Pregnancy News

Kylie Jenner Gives Bff Jordyn Woods a Mercedes-Benz for Her Birthday Amid Pregnancy News
Kylie Jenner may be pregnant with her first child, but on Friday it was all about her Bff Jordyn Woods.

The 20-year-old reality star lead an over-the-top celebration for Woods’ birthday just hours after news broke of her pregnancy, surprising Woods with (among other things) a 2017 black metallic Mercedes-Benz Amg Gle 63 Coupe.

Woods, who turns 20 on Saturday, was seemingly pleased by the gift — saying “Oh my God” and crying over seeing the vehicle in videos posted to Jenner’s Snapchat account.

The two besties were out for a day of fun with their mutual friends that included everything from an
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Kylie Jenner Calls Bff Jordyn Woods Her Girlfriend: ‘I Want People to Know That We’re More Than’ Friends

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Kylie Jenner Calls Bff Jordyn Woods Her Girlfriend: ‘I Want People to Know That We’re More Than’ Friends
Kylie Jenner and Jordyn Woods are taking some time apart.

On Sunday’s Life of Kylie season finale, the reality star supported her best friend when Woods said she wanted to distance herself in order to focus on her career. Before the besties went in separate directions, they declared their love for one another in a commitment ceremony. Still in Peru, where the cosmetics mogul was visiting children who benefitted from the donations of her Smile lip kit, the ladies donned all white and exchanged vows (which Kylie read off of her phone) in front of Kylie’s assistant Victoria
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Idris Elba, Kate Winslet Are Stranded in ‘The Mountain Between Us’ Trailer

Idris Elba, Kate Winslet Are Stranded in ‘The Mountain Between Us’ Trailer
Idris Elba and Kate Winslet are seriously stranded in the snowy wilderness in first trailer for the survival story “The Mountain Between Us.”

The duo portray a pair of busy professionals — he’s a surgeon, she’s a journalist who’s about to be married — who pair up for the sake of convenience to take a small plane (piloted by Beau Bridges) that crashes in the middle of nowhere. They’re both injured and soon realize help isn’t coming.

“The pilot didn’t file a flight plan,” she says. “”Nobody knows where we are. We’re all we’ve got.”

The trailer shows Winslet descending through ice into water and Elba nearly falling off a steep cliff, but remaining resolute. “We’re not going to die — not today,” he declares.

Hany Abu-Assad is directing the film for Fox 2000, while Peter Chernin and Jenno Topping are producing through Fox-based Chernin Entertainment.
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'Wolf And Sheep', 'The Levelling' directors picked for Europe! Voices of Women 2017

10 directors will be presented at Sydney Film Festival.

European Film Promotion (Efp) has announced the line-up for its second year of Europe! Voices of Women in Film at the Sydney Film Festival.

The selection includes both new and established female European directors, with the aim being to introduce them to Australian audiences, industry and the press.

Among those selected this year are Shahrbanoo Sadat, whose 2011 film Vice Versa One earned her a residence at Cinéfondation in Cannes 2011. She presents her feature debut Wolf And Sheep, which is among five features in this cohort.

Hope Dickson Leach, one of Screen’s former Stars of Tomorrow, has also been selected with her feature debut The Levelling.

Amanda Kernell is also among the selection, her film Sami Blood having been shown at Berlin, Venice, Toronto, Sundance and Rotterdam.

The Sydney Film Festival takes place June 7-18, 2017.

Full Europe! Voices of Women 2017 selection:Tizza Covi, Rainer Frimmel, [link
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'Your Name' Anime Movie Director Makoto Shinkai Not Interested in Hollywood Nor An Adaptation

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There have been a handful of “body switching” narratives that Hollywood has played around with over the years--Freaky Friday, The Hot Chick, Vice Versa, and the list goes on. These films always seem to fall under the atrocious--guilty pleasure category and don’t generally make that “Marvel” money. Despite the trend, Japanese director Makoto Shinkai, has taken his anime switching-places film, Your Name, and propelled it to become the second highest grossing Japanese title of all time! In fact, his picture is now in the running to be crowned the Best Animated Feature at the Oscars.

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Wamg Giveaway – Win the My Many Sons DVD

My Many Sons follows the inspirational true story of legendary basketball coach Don Meyer (Judge Reinhold), who, despite becoming wheelchair-bound after a nearly fatal car wreck, passed Bobby Knight to become the most winning basketball coach in Ncaa history. Produced by Brad Wilson (A Family Thing, Becoming Jesse Tate, Set Apart) and Casey Bond and directed by Ralph E. Portillo (The Last Great Ride, Big Brother Trouble), this inspirational motion picture is a story of character, relationships, and turning young boys into men.

Now you can own the new DVD of My Many Sons. We Are Movie Geeks has two copies to give away. All you have to do is leave a comment below answering this question: What is your favorite Judge Reinhold movie? (mine is Vice Versa!). It’s so easy!

Official Rules:

1. You Must Be A Us Resident. Prize Will Only Be Shipped To Us Addresses. No P.
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From film to TV series: Annecy spotlights 'Ernest & Celestine'

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Producer Didier Brunner talks updating the Oscar-nominated animation into a TV series backed by Canal+ and France Television.

Veteran French producer Didier Brunner (The Triplets Of Belleville) has revealed further details about the TV spin off from his 2012 Oscar-Nominated animated feature, Ernestine & Celestine.

The 26-part series is expected to be ready in September of this year.

Speaking on an Annecy Film Festival panel ‘From Feature Film To TV Series (and Vice Versa)’, Brunner highlighted the challenges in transforming a hit feature into a small screen series.

“We didn’t just want to do Ernest & Celestine 2,” Brunner commented.

In order to make the TV series,
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Cannes Today: New Talent Emerges

Halfway through the Cannes Film Festival, buzz is hearing about “Jackie”, now in post-production, an account of the days of First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy in the immediate aftermath of John F. Kennedy's assassination in 1963, directed by Pablo Larraín whose Directors’ Fortnight contender “Neruda” is receiving raves here. Another hot Directors’ Fortnight film “Mean Dreams” with Bill Paxton is praised by one important film buyer as “Mud” meets “Cold in July” in a tense coming-of-age drama about a 15-year-old boy. And Sony Pictures Classics has snatched U.S. rights to the German Competition comedy, “Toni Erdmann”.

This year in the Cannes Film Festival’s Official Competition Section, there are no first time film directors, only established masters, some praised and some panned. However, Cannes Official Un Certain Regard specifically shows emerging filmmakers who are considered to be the next generation of master auteurs of cinema. Out of its 17 films, seven were first features from Romania, France, Israel, USA, Argentina, Finland and the Netherlands. Three of the seven are by women: Stéphanie Di Giusto’s “La Danseuse” (“The Dancer”) is about Loïe Fuller, the toast of the Folies Bergères at the turn of the 20th century and an inspiration for Toulouse-Lautrec and the Lumière Brothers.

Maha Haj From Israel debuted on the first day with “Personal Affairs”, about an old couple in Nazareth and their son and daughter who live on the other side of the border. Other first films are the much-anticipated “The Red Turtle”, a dialogue-free animated feature from Studio Ghibli but made in France and directed by Dutch-born, London-based animator Michael Dudok de Wit, the Finnish-German-Swedish “The Happiest Day In The Life Of Olli Mäki” and Bogdan Mirica’s “Dogs”. The debut So. Korean film, “Train to Busan”, showed in the Official Midnight Screening section and featured a zombie-virus breaking out in South Korea, and a couple of passengers struggling to survive on the train from Seoul to Busan – enough to make me want to stop traveling.

Fool Moon” by France’s Gregoire Leprinr-Foret had a Special Screening within the Official selection and received mixed reviews. In Critics Week, three of ten films selected and judged bycritics as the best films of the year thus far are first features: K. Rajapal’s drama “A Yellow Bird” from Singapore and France about a Singaporean Indian man trying to reconnect with his estranged family after he is released from prison, Mehmet Can Mertoglu’s “Albüm” from Turkey, France and Romania (See the trailer here) and Alessandro Comidin’s “Happy Times Will Come Soon” from Italy. The Acid sidebar of eight very independent features has two first films.

Also noticeable this year is the high number of films co-financed by the Doha Film Institute. Asgaard Farhadi's " The Salesman" will have its world premiere in the Festival’s Official Competition where it competes for the coveted Palme d’Or. “The Salesman” is about a couple who is forced out of their apartment due to dangerous works on a neighboring building. It is one of two Iranian films this year. The other, “Inversion” will play in Un Certain Regard.” Newly established Doha Film Institute lent financial support to two films showing in Un Certain Regard section – “Apprentice” (Singapore, Germany, France, Hong Kong, Qatar) written and directed by Boo Junfeng; and debut feature “Dogs” (Romania, France, Bulgaria, Qatar). Directors’ Fortnight is screens “Divines” (Morocco, France, Qatar) and three Dfi grantee films compete for top honors in the Critics Week: “Mimosas” (Spain, Morocco, France, Qatar) by Oliver Laxe; “Tramontane” (Lebanon, France, UAE, Qatar) by Vatche Boulghourjian; and “Diamond Island” (Cambodia, France, Germany, Qatar) by Davy Chou touted as poetic and beautiful, a part of what might be a Cambodian New Wave. This New Wave from Cambodia is being helped along by the Doha Film Institute whose CEO, Fatma Al Remaihi says:

“At the very core of Dfi’s film funding mandate is to contribute to World Cinema and ensure that great stories continue to be told. These projects will also inspire the young Qatari film professionals to create compelling content that will gain international acclaim.”

Shahrbanoo Sadat’s debut feature “Wolf and Sheep”, in Directors’ Fortnight, is about Sadat herself, who lives in Kabul and Denmark. It takes place in the isolated village in Central Afghanistan where she grew up and where young boys and girls are shepherds. International coproductions are the engine driving the film business today and this one, a Denmark-France-Sweden-Afghanistan coproduction is a prime example. Sadat was spotted previously when her 2011 short “Vice Versa One” screened at Directors’ Fortnight and was invited to develop “Wolf And Sheep” at Cannes Cinefondation Residency in 2010, which mentors emerging talent. Virginie Devesa of the international sales company Alpha Violet picked up the film here in Cannes. Alpha Violet is also selling ”A Yellow Bird” in Critics’ Week and is representing “Luxembourg”, the newest film by Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy, whose first film “The Tribe” played in Sundance and other top fests.
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Cannes: ‘Wolf & Sheep’ Rounds up Directors’ Fortnight Prize

Cannes: ‘Wolf & Sheep’ Rounds up Directors’ Fortnight Prize
Wolf & Sheep,” an Afghan fantasy drama, claimed the Art Cinema Award at the Directors’ Fortnight (aka Quinzaine des Realisateurs) section of the Cannes festival.

The award was announced on Friday evening at an event in Cannes. The Directors’ Fortnight section is essentially non-competitive, but a number of its commercial and cinema industry sponsors arrange prizes.

“Wolf,” which also goes by the title “The Story of an Afghan Community,” is a depiction of rural where everyone is a storyteller and children rule the hills as shepherds. It is directed by Shahrbanoo Sadat a woman screenwriter and director who was previously in the Directors’ Fortnight in 2011 with short film “Vice Versa One.”

“Wolf” also has Cannes connections. It was previously pitched at the Cannes Cinefondation Residency program in 2013, when Sadat was just 20. Production and finance came from Scandinavia and Afghanistan.

The film beat other contenders including favorites: “Neruda,” “Risk,” “Ma Vie de Courgette” and “Raman Raghav.
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Alpha Violet boards Directors' Fortnight drama 'Wolf And Sheep'

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Shahrbanoo Sadat’s debut feature, set in Afghanistan, will play in Cannes Directors’ Fortnight.

Paris-based sales company Alpha Violet has boarded Shahrbanoo Sadat’s debut feature Wolf And Sheep, which is selected for Cannes Directors’ Fortnight.

Sadat, who lives in Kabul and Denmark, based the story on the isolated village in Central Afghanistan where she grew up.

The plot follows young boys and girls acting as shepherds in rural Afghanistan, where one 11-year-old girl is an outsider. The folktales of the community add touches of magical realism.

The film is a Denmark-France-Sweden-Afghanistan production produced by Copenhagen-based Katja Adomeit of Adomeit Film, who was a co-producer on Force Majeure and also a former Screen International Future Leader.

Co-producers are La Fabrica Nocturna Productions (France), Wolf Pictures (Afghanistan) and Zentropa Sweden.

Sadat previously showed her 2011 short Vice Versa One at Directors’ Fortnight. She developed Wolf And Sheep at Cannes Cinefondation Residency in 2010.

Virginie Devesa of Alpha Violet said [link=tt
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Newish to DVD & Streaming. What will you make me watch?

It's that time again. If you missed it in theaters or merely want to revisit here are some newish options from the past couple of weeks or just now.

New to DVD & BluRay

The Choice - In which Broadway's favorite bloody bloody musical star, Benjamin Walker, tries his hand at the Sparksverse and even an annoying catchphrase "bother me"

Jane Got a Gun - Does all the trouble that production had (director walk out / cast changes / delays) show up on screen? With Natalie Portman

• Joy - Decide for yourself if JLaw deserved a fourth Oscar nomination for this drama about a female entrepeneur

Krampus - This horror flick got surprisingly good reviews. With Toni Collette & Adam Scott

A Royal Night Out -If Diary of a Teenage Girl had you intrigued about Bel Powley check out her other introduction. Co-starring ubiquitous Sarah Gadon

• Son of Saul - This drama about a
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10 Best Golf Courses In The World

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If you were to ask any golfer in the world – either on a professional level or a relative novice at their local club – they will most likely give you the same answers when asked what constitutes the ideal golf course.

Finding the perfect venue to test your skills is hard to come by. A course that finds the right balance when it comes to ball-striking from the tee and approach shots into the putting area may not possess a green that is reciprocal of the standard of shot – positive or negative – that you have produced.

Vice versa, some courses may have greens that possess an acceptable pace and deviations that will challenge players without pushing them to unnecessary levels of frustration but lack the type of fairways and rough that make it possible for a birdie opportunity to arise should the first two shots be played well.

However, there
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Bajirao Mastani, Tamasha and Roy lead the nominations in the film category at 6th Gionee Colors GiMA Awards

India’s biggest celebration of music, The Global Indian Music Academy (GiMA) has unveiled its most illustrious nominee list for the year. Only the most outstanding in the industry have the honor of receiving a GiMAnomination, with only the finest getting a chance to walk awaywith the most coveted music award in India- the GiMA award.

For the film category, Bajirao Mastani bagged the maximum nominations by receiving a nod in nine categories. Following closely with seven nominations is the super hit movie Tamasha and Roy with six.

Global music icon A.R. Rahman has been nominated for his incredible work as music director in Tamasha and Arijit Singh features prominently on the list for his playback singing.

Sabbas Joseph, Director – Wizcraft International said, “Every year with the Gionee Colors GiMA Awards, we aspire to bring forth newer talent and recognize true achievements in the music industry. This year we have
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Karlie Kloss and Jourdan Dunn: Liu Joe Spring/Summer 2016 Duo

Adding plenty of female flair to the recipe, Jourdan Dunn and Karlie Kloss share the spotlight in the new Spring/Summer 2016 spread from Liu Joe.

Under the watchful eye of photographer Chris Colls, the pair of pretty posers show off everything from peplum tops to culottes as part of the Vice Versa-themed advertising campaign.

Earlier this month, Karlie and Jourdan were both spotted at the Fall/Winter 2016 presentation from Diane Von Furstenberg as part of New York Fashion Week, along with Gigi Hadid, Kendall Jenner and Lily Aldridge.
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Goteborg’s Nordic Film Market Spotlights Scandi Newcomers

Goteborg — Jonas Matzow Gulbrandsen’s “Valley of Shadows,” Johannes Nyholm’s “The Giant” and Katja Wik’s “The Ex-Wife” are among the flurry of promising debut features set to be showcased at the 17th edition of Goteborg’s Nordic Film Market.

“The Giant” turns on Rikard, a 30-year old man suffering from autism who is haunted by the loss of his mother from whom he was separated at birth. Escaping into an imaginary world where he is a 50-meter tall giant, Rikard sets off to win a petanque tournament, convinced that his mother will take him back.

Produced by Garage Film, “The Giant” marks the anticipated debut feature of Nyholm, who has had three shorts – “Las Palmas,””Puppet Boy” and “Dreams from the Woods” — at Cannes’ Directors Fortnight. “Las Palmas” also played at Sundance.

“Valley of Shadows,” a Norwegian supernatural thriller, takes place in the Norwegian bible belt and centers
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Kevin Spacey's New Comedy Looks Extremely Bizarre

Kevin Spacey has played a wide range of roles in his time as a star of movies and television. From slimy senator to suspicious hood, from police negotiator to legendary crooner, he's made us laugh, cry, and wish we were never born. Yet his latest role in the film Nine Lives is something you have to see for yourself in order to truly believe it. Check it out below, and try to keep an open mind.   Just in case you're still a little shell shocked, this is a real trailer. Famed film company EuropaCorp, the folks behind such hit film franchises as The Transporter and Taken, released this trailer yesterday, and it's a real head-scratcher. Nine Lives is the type of story that films like Big, Vice Versa, and Freaky Friday have used to mill comedy gold for decades, as it tells the story of billionaire Tom Brand, and his
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