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‘The Lion King’ Remake: The Circle of Life Returns With a Risk-Free Repeat

‘The Lion King’ Remake: The Circle of Life Returns With a Risk-Free Repeat
Everything money can buy — including the vocal talents of Beyoncé and Donald Glover and the latest in digital pizazz — has been poured into Jon Favreau’s photo-realistic retake on The Lion King, the 1994 Disney animated classic. What’s missing? Let’s start with intangibles such as heart, soul and the faintest hint of originality. Favreau offers up a shot-by-shot remake of the movie that grossed nearly $1 billion. But unlike his playful approach to 2016’s The Jungle Book — a far lesser example of Disney artistry that served to free him up
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Tribeca Film Review: ‘Xy Chelsea’

  • Variety
Tribeca Film Review: ‘Xy Chelsea’
With the imprecisely assembled “Xy Chelsea,” multimedia artist-cum-filmmaker Tim Travers Hawkins makes a bold yet mostly fruitless attempt to tell the infamous whistleblower Chelsea Manning’s remarkable story. While it’s hardly Hawkins’ error that his documentary feels unfinished — the self-defined activist’s dramatic saga is still unfolding as we speak — you can’t help but feel his unprecedented access to Manning should have emanated a portrait a lot more enlightening.

This is not to say Hawkins doesn’t give a sincere shot to understanding his complex subject. Born in Oklahoma in 1987 and raised by heavy-drinking parents, the former U.S. Army soldier and intelligence analyst Manning was arrested in 2010 for leaking thousands of sensitive documents, a decision she made after witnessing a series of war crimes in Iraq. During her jail time of seven years, she came out as a trans woman and was released in 2017 upon a Presidential pardon
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Alter Your Perception of Board Games With Risk Legacy, Now Under $40

  • The AV Club
Risk Legacy isn’t the somewhat boring and long-winded Risk game you’re familiar with. No, it’s a game with real stakes and consequences: You’ll draw on the board, rip up cards, and make decisions that can’t be undone over the course of your playing sessions. The man in black on Westworld should have just played this…
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The 10 Craziest Versions of Risk, Ranked

Risk is one of the biggest strategy board games ever made. It's simple enough that many can learn and play from the start, yet complex enough that it can draw in more seasoned players. It's a gateway into a much larger world of strategy games where only the strong and smart survive.

Within the confines of Risk, there have been many versions and adaptations over the years. Whether it be translating a popular franchise into the formula or coming up with small variations, there are many crazy versions of Risk out there. We're ranking the wildest versions of the game.
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Penny Marshall Dies: ‘Laverne & Shirley’ Star And ‘Big’, ‘League Of Their Own’ Helmer Was 75

  • Deadline
Penny Marshall Dies: ‘Laverne & Shirley’ Star And ‘Big’, ‘League Of Their Own’ Helmer Was 75
Penny Marshall, who went from starring on the smash Happy Days spinoff Laverne & Shirley to helming such features including Big and A League of Their Own, died Monday night of diabetes complications at her home in the Hollywood Hills. She was 75.

Marshall also directed films including Riding in Cars with Boys, The Preacher’s Wife, Jumpin’ Jack Flash and Renaissance Man, which she also produced along with League of Their Own. She was in postproduction on a feature about basketball Hall of Famer and Kim Jong-un pal Dennis Rodman.

Laverne & Shirley was an out-of-the-box smash after premiere in January 1976 on ABC. The characters appeared on briefly on Happy Days — which was created by her brother Garry Marshall — but made enough of an impression to lead their own series. Also starring Cindy Williams, the midcentury-set sitcom about a pair of lower-class workers at Shotz Brewery in Milwaukee would finish as the No.
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NBA Live 19 Review

I’m a long time fan of EA Sports’ NBA Live franchise. In terms of historical significance, NBA Live 95 remains, to this day, the greatest basketball game I’ve ever played. Not because the controls were the best or the graphics were visually stunning; it’s because my friends and I got together almost every day and played it, and played it, and played it again. So my basis of fandom for the franchise is simply tied up into nostalgia for the fun times we had playing together. When EA brought NBA Live back in 2014, it was an abomination and a far cry from those halcyon days in the mid-90s. Now, so far into the shadow of Take-Two’s NBA 2K franchise that it needs to wear a jacket for warmth, NBA Live is desperately trying to reestablish an inside presence in the paint, and with NBA Live 19, they may have succeeded.
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Parlour Tricks: Canadian Horror Icon Tristan Risk Directs Her First Short Film

Canadian performer Tristan Risk has been steadily building a name for herself in our horror and cult film community as an actress over the years.    Our own Izzy Lee directed Risk in her 2015 short film Innsmouth and she has worked with other female directors, specifcally other Vancouver area locals the Soska Sisters (American Mary) and Gigi Saul Guerrero (Madre de Dios).    Well now it is Risk's turn to get behind the camera. She has just completed post on her first short film, a horror comedy Parlour Tricks. Fittingly to Risk's penchant for dark and twisted things, including her dancing with snakes, Parlour Tricks is a short film about a seance with an unexpected guest. The film will be looking to get into...

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‘Nobunaga’s Ambition: Taishi’ Review: Making History Fun

My history with the Koei's Nobunaga's Ambition franchise is a long and storied one. I first picked up the game on the original Nes, back when I was in high school. There weren't many games like it on the seminal Nintendo console, and as a huge fan of world domination boardgames like Axis & Allies, Shogun, and Risk, I found the game right to my liking. While my friends were playing more action-oriented games Metroid and Super Mario Bros. and Ninja Gaiden, I was negotiating trade routes, forging alliances, and plotting my takeover and unification of feudal Japan. And I loved it. Now, the 15th game in the series, Koei Tecmo's Nobunaga's Ambition: Taishi, is here, and while the graphics and controls are a far cry from the 8-bit glory of the Nes, it sure is nice to get back into this world of historical simulations -- arguably the best of the genre.
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Rushes. Robby Müller, 1 Minute Godard, The Grandmaster of Kung Fu Films

NEWSThe great cinematographer Robby Müller has died at the age of 78. His contributions to films by Wim Wenders, William Friedkin (To Live and Die in L.A.), and Jim Jarmusch (Dead Man), among many others, mark him as one of the most important artists in cinema history.Recommended VIEWINGJean-Luc Godard's trailer, which doubles as a charming self-portrait, for the Ji.hlava Film Festival is sublime in ways similar to his latest feature, The Image Book:On the other side of the spectrum of "old man movies," there is Robert Zemeckis' Welcome to Marwen, as glimpsed by this tonally manic and strangely beguiling trailer—a companion piece to Joe Dante's Small Soldiers, perhaps?A rousing trailer for what looks to be an incendiary political film from the American non-fiction filmmaker Robert Greene, Bisbee '17.Museum of Modern Art curator La Frances Hui takes an insightful jaunt through the films
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Hulu Orders R. Kelly Sex-Abuse Documentary Film From BuzzFeed News

  • Variety
R. Kelly’s alleged sexual abuse of women and girls is the focus of a new documentary feature film BuzzFeed News is developing for Hulu.

The film will feature BuzzFeed News reporting by Jim DeRogatis — the veteran music critic and radio host who broke the explosive story on Kelly’s alleged sex cult for the site last year — along with deputy national editor Marisa Carroll, who has overseen BuzzFeed News’ coverage of the ongoing story.

Kelly has been accused of sexually abusive and inappropriate behavior toward numerous women and girls over the past two decades, including allegations from at least five women this month. In 2002 he was indicted on multiple counts of child pornography (before he was later acquitted). The R&B artist has never been convicted of a crime.

The documentary for Hulu also will feature interviews with key figures involved in Kelly’s past, including several survivors and the singer’s associates.
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‘Overwatch’ Lego Sets Are Coming

  • Variety
Blizzard Entertainment’s popular online hero shooter “Overwatch” is getting its own line of Lego sets.

The Legos are part of a wider effort from publisher Activision Blizzard to significantly expand its “Overwatch” merchandising program. There will be multiple Lego building sets across various price points. The publisher also recently awarded Hasbro the master toy license for the franchise and it’s planning a wide range of products, including a Nerf line, Halloween costumes, bags, and even a cookbook. There’s also an exclusive Uniqlo apparel line that launched globally on May 18.

Activision Blizzard’s merchandising program also includes a line of esports apparel for the Call of Duty World League, Mlg Network, and Overwatch League, which is the first major global esports organization with city-based teams. The publisher said it’s currently looking for partners across all product categories to develop merchandise for a new era of esports fans.
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Neon Acquires ‘Border,’ Troll Love Story From ‘Let the Right One In’ Writer (Exclusive)

  • Variety
Neon Acquires ‘Border,’ Troll Love Story From ‘Let the Right One In’ Writer (Exclusive)
“Border” (“Gräns”), a troll love story based on a novel by the writer of “Let the Right One In,” has sold to Neon, Variety has learned. The deal is for North American rights.

“Border” is the second feature from Iranian-born Danish director Ali Abbasi. The film deals with issues of identity through a folkloric perspective. It premiered in the Cannes Film Festival’s Un Certain Regard section. The screenplay is based on a novel by John Ajvide Lindqvist, whose vampire tale “Let the Right One In” inspired two hit films, one Swedish and the other a U.S. adaptation.

“Border” tells the story of a border guard (Eva Melander) who has the ability to smell human emotions and catch smugglers. When she comes across a mysterious man with a smell that confounds her detection, she is forced to confront hugely disturbing insights about herself and humankind.

Indie label Neon is barely a year old,
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‘Rising Sun’ Board Game Review

  • Nerdly
Rising Sun, just in case you’ve missed it, is the latest big-money Kickstarter from Eric Lang and Cmon Games. Where Blood Rage was inspired by Risk, Rising Sun allegedly draws its inspiration from Diplomacy, the classic game of empire building and well timed betrayal.

Like all of Cmon’s headline games, Rising Sun features incredible components and offers a table presence that is just jaw dropping. The base game features five different coloured clans, each with ten miniatures in four different sculpts, whilst a sixth clan was available via the Kickstarter. There are also eight oversized monster figures that are incredibly detailed and in most cases, absolutely grotesque.

Aside from the figures, the game features a plethora of exceptional components elsewhere. The board is huge and simply stunningly beautiful, whilst other components like the Kami tokens, the season cards and all of the other pieces are fantastic. The game even comes with plastic coins,
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Tristan Risk Utilizes Her "Parlour Tricks" in Hollywood North: An Interview

Tristan Risk is a burlesque dancer, fire-eater, actress, writer and now director. For twelve years, she toured North America and Europe as a dancer. More recently, she has appeared in the Soska sister's American Mary (2012) as Beatress Johnson. In 2014, she was again cast by the Soska sisters to perform in "T is for Torture Porn," in the ABCs of Death 2. Born in Vancouver, B.C., she has continued her acting career in other horror titles, including Scott Schirmer's Harvest Lake (2016) and Elias' Ayla (2017), which was just released. In this interview, Risk talks about starring in some of these roles and some of her upcoming roles. She also opens up about directing her first short feature, "Parlour Tricks." Find out the latest on Tristan Risk and her upcoming projects in this one-of-a-kind interview. (Michael Allen) So, let us just jump into the first question, here. How hard was it to sit in a make-up chair,
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Ica forms think tank with Tilda Swinton, Laura Poitras, Apichatpong Weerasethakul

13 members join advisory body.

London’s Institute Of Contemporary Arts (Ica), the organisation dedicated to showcasing indie and artist filmmakers, is forming the Independent Film Council, a body of experienced industry that will advise on the Ica’s activities.

There are 13 members of the inaugural council: Tilda Swinton, producer Stanley Buchtal, filmmakers Gerald Fox, Laura Poitras, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Naeem Mohaeimen, James Richards, Martine Syms, academics Erika Balsom and Laura Mulvey, editor Walter Murch, the Nfts’ head of Screen Arts Sandra Hebron, and Sundance Institute’s documentary programme director Tabitha Jackson.

The council will convene once a year as a think
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A Young Actress Has the Best Worst Date of Her Life (Podcast)

Jillian Welsh remembers her best worst date well. It climaxed in the middle of the night, with the NYPD searching her bag in a subway, and the officers not sure whether to believe her explanation of what they found inside.

What happened next is the focus of our latest episode of “Shoot This Now” podcast, in which Matt Donnelly and I talk about stories we think should be made into movies. You can listen on Apple or Spotify or right here, right now:

The night had started romantically enough — Welsh, who was 20, performed in Shakespeare’s “A Winter’s Tale” with an actor she had a serious crush on. Things got better from there… then much better… then suddenly not so good. Which brings us to that scene in the New York City subway, and officers who weren’t sure whether to trust her.

Welsh’s story has been the subject of wonderful segments on the Risk! podcast and This American Life. We highly recommend both. It’s a story of cops, romance and a stigma that shouldn’t be a stigma. We’ll leave it at that.

Also this episode: We play a rousing game of “Know Your Hemsworths,” and debate the career of Anne Hathaway.

If you like the “Shoot This Now” podcast, feel free to give us a few stars on iTunes or to share it with your friends. And please listen to the full This American Life episode that included the story, and the Risk! episode where Welsh told it herself.

Read original story A Young Actress Has the Best Worst Date of Her Life (Podcast) At TheWrap
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Han and Lando Fight Alongside Each Other in New TV Spot For Solo: A Star Wars Story

"Every ship isn't for everyone, she needs a particular type of pilot."

We've got an exciting new extended TV spot for Solo: A Star Wars Story that you've gotta check out. It's called "Risk" and it offers some more fun footage from the movie including a brief shot of Han and Lando fighting alongside each other with blasters. It also features Lando introducing the Millennium Falcon and getting called by his droid friend for flirting.

Board the Millennium Falcon and journey to a galaxy far, far away in Solo: A Star Wars Story, an all-new adventure with the most beloved scoundrel in the galaxy. Through a series of daring escapades deep within a dark and dangerous criminal underworld, Han Solo meets his mighty future copilot Chewbacca and encounters the notorious gambler Lando Calrissian, in a journey that will set the course of one of the Star Wars saga’s most unlikely heroes.
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Doc Corner: Mariska Hargitay and the Heroes of 'I Am Evidence'

**Before getting into this week's review, I wanted to mention that this column recently won an Australian Film Critics Association Award! My review of Laura Poitras' Risk was awarded the Award for Best Review of an Individual Non-Australian Film from a panel of judges and I couldn't be more chuffed. This column is a labor of love because I love watching and writing about documentaries so I was so happy to see some love of its own thrown back. Thank you to Nathaniel for having it here and to all the readers who follow along.**

By Glenn Dunks

The cult of Law & Order: Special Victim’s Unit is a peculiar one. For nineteen (19!!) seasons, we tune in to new instalments, binge old episodes while sick and in need of comfort television or catch the climax of an episode we've somehow seen several times before. "Oh, I love this one.
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‘Command & Colors: Napoleonics’ Board Game Review

  • Nerdly
Although I am fortunate enough to have hundreds of childhood memories that I think of with incredible fondness, some have certainly stayed with me more than others. When it came to television in the early 1990’s, access to Sky was very limited and no one had hard drive based Freeview boxes for catch up TV – we had to use video cassette tapes or simply watch live TV.

In my house, this simply meant that I was able to stay up for certain programs as long as I remained quiet and calm whilst making occasional (but not too frequent) observations about the subject matter at hand. Among the programs I was allowed to stay up for were Chris Eubank boxing matches, Fred Dibnah’s chimney demolition program and, when possible, the feature length adaptations of Bernard Cornwell’s Sharpe (starring Sean Bean) on ITV. For those who don’t know it,
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The Academy Advances 15 Titles for Its Oscar Documentary Shortlist

The Academy Advances 15 Titles for Its Oscar Documentary Shortlist
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ documentary branch has advanced 15 films out of 170 submissions to vie for the final five Documentary Feature nominations.

As expected, Brett Morgan’s “Jane,” Agnes Varda and Jr’s “Faces Places,” two Syria non-fiction features, “Last Men in Aleppo” and “City of Ghosts,” two social action environmental documentaries, “An Inconvenient Sequel” and “Chasing Coral,” and timely Russian doping expose “Icarus” made the shortlist.

Read More:2018 Oscar Predictions: Best Documentary Feature

Netflix landed four films, including “Chasing Coral,” “Icarus,” “One of Us” and transgender filmmaker’s Yance Ford’s black lives matter documentary “Strong Island.” Amazon delivered Grateful Dead movie “Long Strange Trip,” which qualified even at four hours long, as well as “City of Ghosts” and Ai Weiwei’s immigration feature “Human Flow,” which was backed by Participant Media along with Paramount’s “An Inconvenient Sequel.”

Four features were directed or co-directed by women,
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