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Sarajevo Film Festival Builds Bridges Through Art

  • Variety
Rising from the rubble of the Bosnian War to become one of Southeastern Europe’s leading film and TV industry events, the Sarajevo Film Festival has plenty to celebrate as it marks its 25th edition this year.

The festival was established in 1995 during the four-year siege of Sarajevo as part of an effort to help the reconstruction of society and save the cosmopolitan spirit of the city. Today Sarajevo not only plays a vital role for the region’s growing film and TV industries, it is also becoming an increasingly significant conduit to global partners in Asia, the Middle East, Africa and the Americas.

“From the very start, we have been inspired by art and it helped us create new values and break the existing social and cultural barriers,” Sarajevo Film Festival director Mirsad Purivatra says.

Indeed, Unesco is honoring the fest this year for its promotion of “dialogue and tolerance through the arts.
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Stephan Komandarev and Catalin Mitulescu Films Among Sarajevo’s 23 World Premieres

  • Variety
Stephan Komandarev and Catalin Mitulescu Films Among Sarajevo’s 23 World Premieres
The latest films from Bulgarian director Stephan Komandarev and Romania’s Catalin Mitulescu are among 23 world premieres competing for the Heart of Sarajevo awards at the 25th Sarajevo Film Festival.

Komandarev’s 2017 film “Directions” played in Cannes’ Un Certain Regard and his 2008 opus, “The World Is Big and Salvation Lurks Around the Corner,” was shortlisted for the Oscars. Whereas “Directions” centered on taxi drivers, the new film, “Rounds,” focuses on police officers.

Also world premiering in Sarajevo is “Heidi,” directed by Mitulescu, whose 2006 pic “The Way I Spent the End of the World” and 2011’s “Loverboy” both played in Cannes’ Un Certain Regard. “Heidi” centers on an elderly policeman who has to persuade a teenage girl to testify in an organized-crime case involving human trafficking.

Joining “Rounds” and “Heidi” in the main competition lineup are two other world premieres. “Open Door,” the debut feature from Albanian director Florenc Papas, is
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Kumail Nanjiani Recruited ‘Silicon Valley’ Co-Star Martin Starr to Replace Him on ‘Conan’ – But It Was Too Late

  • The Wrap
Kumail Nanjiani Recruited ‘Silicon Valley’ Co-Star Martin Starr to Replace Him on ‘Conan’ – But It Was Too Late
When Kumail Nanjiani realized he wouldn’t be able to make it to his scheduled appearance on “Conan” last week, he tried to make up for the last-minute cancellation by enlisting “Silicon Valley” co-star Martin Starr to go in his place.

Unfortunately, Conan O’Brien had already moved on with an episode-long bit poking fun at Nanjiani bailing on him, which involved O’Brien’s longtime assistant, Sona Movsesian, and promoting “The Lion King” over Nanjiani’s new movie “Stuber.”

Nanjiani and O’Brien broke down the now-infamous cancellation on Monday’s episode of Conan’s podcast, “Conan Needs A Friend,” with Nanjiani revealing his “Silicon Valley” shooting schedule was to blame for his absence on the TBS late-night host’s show last Thursday.

Also Read: Kumail Nanjiani Cancels on 'Conan' Last-Minute, So Conan Plugs 'Lion King' Over 'Stuber' (Video)

“You are famously a very nice guy,
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Radu Dragomir on Romania’s Stalled #MeToo Movement and His Debut ‘Mo’

  • Variety
Cluj, Romania–Two students accused of cheating by an older professor appeal to him for clemency, only to end up in his apartment, where he quickly gains the upper-hand. After initially succumbing to his advances, one of the girls tries to resist, prompting a gut-wrenching denouement as he’s determined to get his way.

“Mo” is the feature directorial debut of Radu Dragomir, who was inspired by real-life events to tell a story that confronts Romania’s troubling track record with rape. It stars Dana Rogoz, Mădălina Craiu, and Răzvan Vasilescu, and is produced by Scharf Film Production and Strada Film, with support from the Romanian Film Center, Media Investment, The Group and Elmiplant. The film had its world premiere this week at the Transilvania Film Festival.

Dragomir spoke to Variety about the real-life events that inspired “Mo,” why #MeToo hasn’t caught on in Romania, and whether local audiences
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‘American Idol’ deaths: Remembering the 6 contestants who’ve passed away, including Michael Johns, Rickey Smith, Leah Labelle

‘American Idol’ deaths: Remembering the 6 contestants who’ve passed away, including Michael Johns, Rickey Smith, Leah Labelle
As the 17th season of “American Idol” premieres on Sunday, March 3, we remember those six contestants who have left us since the reality TV show began in 2002. Some were fan favorites. Others were memorable oddballs who often made the wrong kind of impression. But all contributed in some way to making “American Idol” what it is today. In our “American Idol” deaths photo gallery above, we take a moment to reflect on the those who we have lost over the years, including such talents as Michael Johns, Rickey Smith and Leah Labelle.

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Paula Goodspeed

Died: November 11, 2008

Cause of death: Suicide via drug overdose at age 30 in Sherman Oaks, California.

Show history: Born Sandra May McIntyre, she didn’t make it past the Season 5 auditions. But that didn’t stop her from obsessing over “Idol” judge Paula Abdul,
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The New Doctor Who Villain May Be A Character From The Past In Disguise

Those who saw Sunday’s Doctor Who episode will probably be wondering when, not if, we’re going to lay eyes on time-meddling teddy boy Krasko again. While the Doctor and her companions might have foiled his plan to prevent Rosa Parks from kicking off the Civil Rights Movement, being blasted into past with his own time displacement weapon will probably prove to be a setback rather than an end for him. After all, if you have a villain who wants to mess with the course of history, then the last place they should be is in the distant past.

But Krasko was such an enigmatic antagonist that some fans have started to dig a little deeper and wonder whether he might be a new incarnation of someone we’ve seen before. One theory I think we can discard right away is that this is a version of Captain Jack Harkness.
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Richard Roxburgh joins Helen Mirren in ‘Catherine the Great’

Richard Roxburgh in ‘Rake’ (Photo: ABC)

Richard Roxburgh is playing Grigory Orlov, a former lover of the 18th Century Russian Empress in the HBO/Sky UK miniseries Catherine the Great.

Helen Mirren is playing the title role in the four-part drama written by Nigel Williams which is now shooting in palaces and on sets in Russia, Latvia and Lithuania.

With his brother Alexei (Kevin McNally) Roxburgh’s character helped orchestrate the coup that brought Catherine to power. Gina McKee is Countess Bruce, her lifelong friend and confidant, with Joseph Quinn as Prince Paul, Catherine’s son and heir.

Rory Kinnear is Minister Panin, a skillful politician, adviser and governor to Prince Paul, and Sam Palladio as Alexander Vasilichikov, Catherine’s young lover.

Jason Clarke is Grigory Potemkin, a Russian military commander who became Catherine’s lover and favoured statesman. Despite scandal, intrigue and immense conflict, they had a devoted relationship
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Sharp Objects Fans Need to Talk About Amma, the Creepiest Character on TV Right Now

  • Popsugar
The following contains spoilers for Sharp Objects.

If you've been watching HBO's chilling miniseries Sharp Objects, then you're well aware that something seedy is going on in Wind Gap, Mo - and something even seedier is going on in the Preaker-Crellin household. Protagonist Camille has family issues that make your average dysfunctional clan look like the Brady Bunch, and one of the most mysterious leaves on Camille's family tree belongs to her younger half-sister, Amma.

Amma Crellin - a two-faced teen who plays her narcissistic mother's (Adora) baby doll by day and hell-on-wheels high school bully by night - is precisely the sort of love-to-hate character we haven't seen since Joffrey on Game of Thrones. Whether she's throwing a childlike fit about imperfect upholstery in her remarkably spooky dollhouse, taking unsettling pleasure in observing nursing piglets being raised for slaughter, or sticking a lollipop in her older sister's hair after publicly berating her,
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Sharp Objects Fans Need to Talk About Amma, the Creepiest Character on TV Right Now

The following contains spoilers for Sharp Objects.

If you've been watching HBO's chilling miniseries Sharp Objects, then you're well aware that something seedy is going on in Wind Gap, Mo - and something even seedier is going on in the Preaker-Crellin household. Protagonist Camille has family issues that make your average dysfunctional clan look like the Brady Bunch, and one of the most mysterious leaves on Camille's family tree belongs to her younger half-sister, Amma.

Amma Crellin - a two-faced teen who plays her narcissistic mother's (Adora) baby doll by day and hell-on-wheels high school bully by night - is precisely the sort of love-to-hate character we haven't seen since Joffrey on Game of Thrones. Whether she's throwing a childlike fit about imperfect upholstery in her remarkably spooky dollhouse, taking unsettling pleasure in observing nursing piglets being raised for slaughter, or sticking a lollipop in her older sister's hair after publicly berating her,
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The Missouri Heat in Sharp Objects Isn't the Only Thing Making Us Sweat - Meet Detective Willis

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HBO's latest new series, Sharp Objects, is the closest onscreen adaptation to an image I've had in my head while reading a book maybe ever. That includes its selection of absolute hunk Chris Messina to play Richard Willis, a Kansas City detective sent to investigate a potential serial murder case in Wind Gap, Mo. When the show's main character, journalist Camille Preaker (Amy Adams), first runs into Detective Willis in the novel, I immediately felt that he'd be effortlessly handsome - despite being kind of an assh*le at first - which is exactly the kind of role Messina thrives in, let's be real.

If you, too, felt like your lust for Detective Willis came on stronger than a Missouri heatwave, it may be because you've crushed on Messina before. The 43-year-old has been acting for quite some time, starring most notably in The Mindy Project as Mindy's love interest,
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Jason Clarke To Star Opposite Helen Mirren In ‘Catherine The Great’ Limited Series For HBO & Sky

  • Deadline
Jason Clarke To Star Opposite Helen Mirren In ‘Catherine The Great’ Limited Series For HBO & Sky
Jason Clarke has been tapped to star opposite Helen Mirren in the HBO/Sky limited drama series Catherine the Great.

Written by Nigel Williams and directed by BAFTA and Emmy winner Philip Martin, the four-episode series is set against the politically tumultuous and sexually charged court of Russian empress Catherine the Great (Mirren). Catherine wielded supreme power throughout Russia for nearly half of the 18th century; strong-minded, independent, brilliantly intelligent and sexually liberated, she was the definition of the modern woman.

Produced by Origin Pictures and New Pictures, the limited series will follow Catherine toward the end of her reign and her passionate affair with Grigory Potemkin (Clarke), a Russian military commander who became Catherine’s lover, favored statesman and life-long friend. Amid scandal, intrigue and immense conflict, they develop a unique and devoted relationship, overcoming their adversaries and together
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The Missouri Heat in Sharp Objects Isn't the Only Thing Making Us Sweat - Meet Detective Willis

HBO's latest new series, Sharp Objects, is the closest onscreen adaptation to an image I've had in my head while reading a book maybe ever. That includes its selection of absolute hunk Chris Messina to play Richard Willis, a Kansas City detective sent to investigate a potential serial murder case in Wind Gap, Mo. When the show's main character, journalist Camille Preaker (Amy Adams), first runs into Detective Willis in the novel, I immediately felt that he'd be effortlessly handsome - despite being kind of an assh*le at first - which is exactly the kind of role Messina thrives in, let's be real.

If you, too, felt like your lust for Detective Willis came on stronger than a Missouri heatwave, it may be because you've crushed on Messina before. The 43-year-old has been acting for quite some time, starring most notably in The Mindy Project as Mindy's love interest,
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Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds Live in Copenhagen – Distant Sky Review

  • HeyUGuys
Whether he likes it or not, for the time being at least, each new project released by Nick Cave and his trusty Bad Seeds will be scrutinised for additional depth; be it intentional or otherwise. Every arched eyebrow, contorted mouth and pointed finger will be interpreted as some sort of significant, conscious gesture hinting towards the residual imprint left as a result of the tragic, sudden passing of his son Arthur, who died aged 15, in 2015.

It was in this manner that 2016’s touching, elegiac One More Time with Feeling reverberated. In that instance, what began life as a straightforward documentary primarily aimed at charting the recording process of what would become their latest record (Skeleton Tree, also released in 2016) ended up as a visual parchment of pain and loss that far outstretched and transcended the original Mo. If the experience acted as any sort of therapy for the grieving family remains unclear,
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The bizarro horror movies of Donnie Yen

Craig Lines Jan 4, 2017

He's currently starring in Star Wars: Rogue One, but there are some fascinating horrors to be found in Donnie Yen's back catalogue...

After his recent show-stealing turn in Rogue One, it felt like the right time to write a little about Donnie Yen, one of my favourite actors. From his incendiary breakthrough performance in Tiger Cage (1988) to the acclaimed Ip Man trilogy (2009 - 2016), Yen's body of work has earned him a reputation as one of the all-time greatest martial arts stars and action choreographers. His high-energy blend of fighting styles has been hugely influential on the genre both in the east and west, and his charismatic performances have kept him popular with fans for decades.

However, while his kung fu films have been written about extensively, there's not quite as much about his brief forays into my other favourite genre: horror. He's arguably been on
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A beginner’s guide to Chinese black magic movies

Craig Lines Jul 6, 2016

From The Boxer's Omen to the genuine unpleasantness of Calamity Of Snakes, we take a look at a stomach-churning subgenre of cinema...

In 1975, Ho Meng Hua’s Black Magic cast its spell over Chinese audiences and summoned up a subgenre that produced some of the most extreme, esoteric and stomach-churning horror films of all time. Between the late 70s and early 80s, Chinese black magic movies were pumped out en masse, feeding audiences their fill of evil sorcery and twisted moralizing. The formula usually featured some poor schmuck enlisting a dark wizard to help them achieve something (more often than not, something sexual) and finding that the forces they’ve unleashed are more than they can handle. Cue the flamboyant special effects and abundant nudity.

These films took inspiration from authentic folk magic for their various spells and rituals which, sadly, means they frequently feature real animal slaughter.
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Sammo Hung: The Man, The Legend

Sammo Hung is regarded as one of the greatest Kung Fu performers of his generation. His high tempo, hard htting fight sequences have captured audiences all over the world. Future generations will look back and watch in amazement, witnessing one of the very best in world cinema.

Peking Opera Days

The Peking Opera school was run from a small theatre by Master Yu Jim Yuen, this was where Sammo Hung would begin his journey. In them days, the stundents would normally enroll for around 10 years, each day performing gruelling tasks for up to 18 hours a day which included training in the Martial Arts, weapons training, acrobatics, acting and singing. The Peking opera of course brought together Sammo Hung, Jackie Chan, Yuen Biao, Yuen Wah, Corey Yuen, Yuen Tak and Yuen Mo, who would eventually be known as the 7 Little Fortunes. They took the first name “Yuen” in a sign of
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Kingofkungfu – Top 40 Kung Fu Movies (70′S) 10-1

This is a run down of my Top 40 kung fu movies of the 1970′s. There were so many great films in this era, i just hope i do this list some justice. The movies chosen are just my personal choice, i understand others might have different views.

Any of the movies that make the Top 40 list must have something special to make it in the first place. So i hope you enjoy my Top 40 Kung Fu movies and some of your favorite movies are in there also.

Here it is, my top 10 kung fu movies of the 70′s. I have really enjoyed putting this list together and whatever ends up as number 1 will also count to the impact that movie as had all over the world since it was released.

10.Disciples Of Shaolin (1975)

Starring: Fu Sheng, Chi Kuan Chun, Fung Hak On, Kong Do

Fu Sheng stars as Kuan Feng-yi,
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