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Hell or High Water

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Hell or High Water, the modern day country western on par with No Country for Old Men, puts together one of the best bank robbery films since Heat!

I’m sure there will be those that disagree, but I found this to be one of the best “westerns” I’ve seen in 10 years. Before I get attacked for that statement, I do not classify Django as a “western.” However, this film does edge out Hateful Eight and Magnificent Seven. If you feel that I forgot something better, please let me know!

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The story is set out in West-Texas. If you’ve ever been there, I’m sure you decided you probably aren’t going back. It tells the account of two brothers – neither of which with much going for them. Yet what they do have, is under the threat of bank foreclosure. Logically, the only thing they can do is rob…

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Dwayne Johnson’s ‘Jungle Cruise’ Disney Movie Is Official

If we’re going to have a movie based on a theme park ride, then at least it stars Dwayne Johnson. The Rock himself has been attached to a Jungle Cruise movie, based on the Disney adventure, since 2015, but the project has gone through a number of script rewrites and changes (which feels like a smart move). But Johnson is also a very busy actor, attached to so many projects it’s hard to keep up. Nevertheless, it looks like Jungle Cruise will get slotted into spring of 2018 to start production.

As THR reports, Johnson will again team up with Dany Garcia, his co-CEO of the production company Seven Bucks, which is also behind Ballers, Baywatch, the Jumanji remake. Now that a new Jungle Cruise script by J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay reportedly looks solid, it seems the Rock is ready,

The Road to Little Dribbling: Bill Bryson

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I seem to have decided on the pattern of reviewing these from most recently read and working backwards. Actually I’ve been enjoying the sunshine too much and haven’t had much inclination to sit, for more than a minute or two, in front of a computer screen if nobody’s paying me. This is one of my occasional extended reviews from Goodreads. Don’t be fooled by the unimpressed nature of the piece. Like many of you I am a big fan of Bill Bryson. I just don’t think much of this book. If you haven’t read any Bryson before and you’ve got a train or plane to catch then it will pass the time quite nicely. If you haven’t read any Bryson before, and there is a choice between this book and any other that he has written…choose the other.

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Here’s the review.

He’s become the Paul McCartney of travel…

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Carrie Fisher May Still Appear in ‘Star Wars Episode IX’

Carrie Fisher. She represented the emotional core of the initial trilogy, as well as being a first-class action hero, and she was easily the arrival greeted with the most cacophonous applause in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Her scenes for Star Wars: The Last Jedi had been shot already at the time of her passing but the question remained: what about Episode IX? A few months ago, Lucasfilms said it had no plans to digitize her and put her in the last volume of this trilogy and that seemed like the right thing to do. Today, however, brings news that Fisher’s brother, Todd, and her daughter have given Disney the go-ahead to include Fisher in Episode IX.

At first, one might panic and think that they’re going to pull a Rogue One anyway and have   an animated human walking around amongst the real-life ones. That’s not the case. As it turns out, Disney, Lucasfilm, and Trevorrow are planning to use cut scenes from The Last Jedi to bring Fisher back into the fray for one last time. That’s what the family members told the New York Daily News in an interview yesterday, with Todd saying:

“Both of us were like, ‘Yes, how do you take her out of it?’ And the answer is you don’t…She’s as much a part of it as anything and I think her presence now is even more powerful than it was, like Obi Wan – when the saber cuts him down he becomes more powerful…I feel like that’s what’s happened with Carrie. I think the legacy should continue.“

If that’s the case, this could end up giving Fisher and General Leia a proper send-off from the franchise but I can’t help worrying that this ambition might feel awkward or misguided in the movie itself.

Wildlife Wednesday: Nomads of the North – Common Redpolls

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Regularly occurring in small numbers in the village during this past winter, at times eruptive flocks of dozens of colorful Common Redpolls have descended upon Chignik Lake.

Determining the population status of birds in the Chignik area can be challenging. Common Redpolls (Acanthis flammea) are a case in point. Overall, there are estimated to be about 13,000,000 of these crimson-splashed passerines in Alaska – a number which surely fluctuates considerably from year to year. At home in a range of habitats including Arctic tundra, scrub alder and boreal conifer forests, their call, an electric zapping buzz, is frequently heard from high in the sky even when the birds themselves can’t be located.

In addition to the electric zapping call flying redpolls produce, perched birds have a variety of voices, including a cat-like mew.

*Click to listen to redpolls calling.

But how common are redpolls on the Alaska Peninsula? They aren’t included among the over 200…

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The Maid of Norway – The Tragic Story of Scotland’s First Queen Regnant

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The story of Margaret, the Maid of Norway, is short and sad. The little girl died before her 8th birthday, and before she ever set foot in the country of which she was Queen. And her death set into a motion a chain of events that would see Scotland torn apart by war for years to come.

Margaret’s claim to the Scottish throne came from her grandfather, Alexander III. Alexander had come to the throne at the age of 8 and had proved to be a very capable and strong monarch. He had married, on 26th December 1251, Margaret, the daughter of Henry III of England and Eleanor of Provence.

Margaret and Alexander had 3 children together. Their eldest daughter, Margaret, was born in February 1261 at Windsor Castle. And of their 2 sons; Alexander was born in 1264 at Jedburgh and David…

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Review: Beauty and the Beast (2017)

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Disney has taken it upon themselves to give all their classic stories a face lift by making them into live-action films.  The next one on the list may just be the most popular Disney story of all: Beauty and the Beast.  The following review will be spoiler free.

Beauty and the Beast is directed by Bill Condon and stars Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, and Luke Evans.  The film is a re-imagining of the timeless story which follows Belle (Watson) as she is taken prisoner in a castle owned by a Beast (Stevens).  Despite her worries, Belle befriends the enchanted staff members of the castle and begins to learn that the Beast may not be as gruesome as he seems.  All the while, the treacherous Gaston (Evans) bans the townsfolk against the Beast in order to get rid of him once and for all.

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Calvin and Hobbes: Calvin and his imagination.

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If you haven’t heard of Calvin or Hobbes, turn off the computer, switch off the phone and walk over to the library and pickup at least (if you can limit yourself to one) one of Bill Watterson’s comic collections. Get home, sit on the couch, make sure you don’t have to get up, and start reading.

I guarantee you that you will be captivated by the amazing sequence of (generally) plain black-and-white comic strips. The forever six-year-old’s imagination will definitely surpass yours. You probably will not be able to comprehend the extent of this kid’s imagination. After all, he managed to imagine that a stuffed tiger would jump on him every time he came home from school. Also, he managed to imagine the tiger saying things even we don’t understand the meaning of.

After all, their version of monopoly is never fair. Calvin robs the bank, Hobbes starts asking for…

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Complete Oscar Winners List 2017

Best Picture

Arrival

Fences

Hacksaw Ridge

Hell or High Water

Hidden Figures

La La Land 

Lion

Manchester by the Sea

Moonlight – Winner

Best Director

Denis Villeneuve – Arrival

Mel Gibson – Hacksaw Ridge

Damien Chazelle – La La Land – Winner

Kenneth Lonergan – Manchester by the Sea

Barry Jenkins – Moonlight

Best Actress

Isabelle Huppert – Elle

Ruth Negga – Loving

Natalie Portman – Jackie

Emma Stone – La La Land– Winner

Meryl Streep – Florence Foster Jenkins

Best Actor

Casey Affleck – Manchester by the Sea – Winner

Andrew Garfield – Hacksaw Ridge

Ryan Gosling – La La Land

Viggo Mortensen – Captain Fantastic

Denzel Washington – Fences

Best Supporting Actress

Viola Davis – Fences – Winner

Naomie Harris – Moonlight

Nicole Kidman – Lion

Octavia Spencer – Hidden Figures

Michelle Williams – Manchester by the Sea

Best Supporting Actor

Mahershala Ali –Moonlight – Winner

Jeff Bridges – Hell or High Water

Lucas Hedges – Manchester by the Sea

Dev Patel – Lion

Michael Shannon – Nocturnal Animals

Best Original Screenplay

Hell or High Water – Taylor Sheridan

La La Land – Damien Chazelle

The Lobster – Yorgos Lanthimos and Efthimis Filippou

Manchester by the Sea – Kenneth Lonergan – Winner

20th Century Women – Mike Mills

Best Adapted Screenplay

Arrival – Eric Heisserer

Fences – August Wilson

Hidden Figures – Allison Schroeder and Theodore Melfi

Lion – Luke Davies

Moonlight – Barry Jenkins and Tarell Alvin McCraney – Winner

Best Animated Feature Film

Kubo and the Two Strings

Moana

My Life as a Zucchini

The Red Turtle

Zootopia – Winner

Best Foreign Language Film

Land of Mine – Denmark

A Man Called Ove – Sweden

The Salesman – Iran – Winner

Tanna – Australia

Toni Erdmann – Germany

Best Documentary Feature

Fire at Sea

I Am Not Your Negro

Life, Animated

O.J. Made in America – Winner

13th

Best Cinematography

Arrival – Bradford Young

La La Land – Linus Sandgren – Winner

Lion – Greig Fraser

Moonlight – James Laxton

Silence – Rodrigo Prieto

Best Original Score

Jackie – Mica Levi

La La Land – Justin Hurwitz – Winner

Oscar, Oscars, Auszeichnung, Studio

Lion – Dustin O’Halloran and Hauschka

Moonlight – Nicholas Britell

Passengers – Thomas Newman

Best Original Song

“Audition (The Fools Who Dream)” – La La Land

“Can’t Stop the Feeling!” – Trolls

“City of Stars” – La La Land – Winner

“The Empty Chair” – Jim: The James Foley Story

“How Far I’ll Go” – Moana

Best Production Design

Arrival

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Hail, Caesar!

La La Land – Winner

Passengers

Best Costume Design

Allied

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – Winner

Florence Foster Jenkins

Jackie

La La Land

Best Makeup and Hairstyling

A Man Called Ove

Star Trek Beyond

Suicide Squad – Winner

Best Film Editing

Arrival

Hacksaw Ridge – Winner

Hell or High Water

La La Land

Moonlight

Best Visual Effects

Deepwater Horizon

Doctor Strange

The Jungle Book – Winner

Kubo and the Two Strings

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Best Sound Editing

Arrival – Winner

Deepwater Horizon

Hacksaw Ridge

La La Land

Sully

Best Sound Mixing

Arrival

Hacksaw Ridge – Winner

La La Land

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

Best Live-Action Short Film

Ennemis intérieurs (Enemies Within)

La Femme et le TGV

Silent Nights

Sing – Winner

Timecode

Hollywood-Schild, Ikone, Berge

Best Animated Short Film

Blind Vaysha

Borrowed Time

Pear Cider and Cigarettes

Pearl

Piper – Winner

Best Documentary – Short Subject

Extremis

4.1 Miles

Joe’s Violin

Watani: My Homeland

The White Helmets – Winner

HAN SOLO: First Cast Photo Released

Principal photography has begun on Han Solo: A Star Wars Story, and Disney has released a picture (below) of the main cast, alongside the film’s co-directors.

Beginning shooting yesterday at Pinewood Studios in London, and announced on StarWars.com, the film is scheduled for release on May 25, 2018.

The story says that “the movie will explore the duo’s adventures before the events of Star Wars: A New Hope, including their early encounters with that other card-playing rogue from a galaxy far, far away, Lando Calrissian.”

Click here to see the picture!

From left to right: Woody Harrelson, Chris Miller (director), Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Alden Ehrenreich, Emilia Clarke, Joonas Suotamo (as Chewbacca), Phil Lord (director), Donald Glover.

Production on the film – shooting under the working title Red Cup – began last month.

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