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‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ producer settles US suit for stolen funds

The movie company that made ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’, and was co-founded by the Malaysian prime minister’s step son, has settled a civil lawsuit brought by the U.S. government to seize assets allegedly bought with money stolen from a Malaysian state fund. Red Granite Pictures announced the settlement in a filing at the federal Los Angeles court on Friday, without revealing any sum. U.S prosecutors, pursuing a kleptocracy asset recovery initiative, had claimed the 2013 film, directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Leonardo DiCaprio, was financed by Red Granite using funds stolen from 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB). “The parties are pleased to inform the court that Red Granite and the government have reached a settlement in principle,” the filing stated. ...

Directing allows me to ‘champion other people’ – Angelina Jolie

Oscar-winning actress Angelina Jolie, on Sunday, said she never intended to step behind the camera, but travelling around the world for the United Nations opened her eyes to the conflicts that have inspired many of her most recent films. “I never thought I could make a movie or direct,” Jolie told an audience at the Toronto Film Festival, which is screening her Cambodian genocide film “First They Killed My Father” and Afghan film “The Breadwinner.” Jolie said her first major film as a director, the 2011 Bosnian war drama “In the Land of Blood and Honey,” was prompted by her humanitarian work as a special envoy for the United Nations refugee agency. “I wanted to learn more about the war of Yugoslavia. I had been in the region and travelling in...

Patty Jenkins to direct ‘Wonder Woman’ 2019 sequel

Patty Jenkins will return to direct the 2019 sequel to this year’s hit superhero movie “Wonder Woman,” film trade publications said on Monday, after she became the highest-grossing female director in Hollywood history. Jenkins, 46, will once again direct Israeli actress Gal Gadot as the titular superhero in “Wonder Woman 2,” scheduled for release on Dec. 13, 2019, publications including Variety and Hollywood Reporter said. Movie studio Warner Bros did not comment on the news and has not given any further details on the sequel. “Wonder Woman,” was the first standalone movie to star a female superhero since 2005’s box office dud “Elektra,” and the first to be directed by a woman. It rode to the top of the box office in June on a wav...

Will Smith shares first cast photo from live-action Aladdin set

Will Smith, who is set to play the beloved Genie in the Aladdin, went online to give fans, a first look at the film’s cast hard at work on set. “Here we go!” “We just started shooting Aladdin and I wanted to introduce you guys to our new family. Mena Massoud/Aladdin, Naomi Scott/Princess Jasmine, Marwan Kenzari/Jafar, and I’m over here gettin my Genie on,” he captioned. This marks the first time we have seen the entire squad together on the heels of Disney’s announcement that casting has been completed and filming is underway. The film will feature lead performances by Massoud and Scott as well as Navid Negahban as the Sultan and directed by Guy Ritchie. The movie will also include new characters like Dalia, Princess Jasmine’s hand maiden and...

Lil Wayne’s daughter updates fans on Rapper’s health after seizures

In a series of Twitter posts, Lil Wayne’s daughter, Reginae Carter, updated fans on his health. “My dad is doing fine everyone! Thanks for the concerns. You guys are amazing,” she shared Monday morning. “Oh yeah.. & don’t believe everything you hear.” Rapper Lil Wayne has cancelled his Las Vegas show on Sunday night after suffering multiple seizures, TMZ reported. According to the site, the rapper was hospitalized at Northwestern Memorial in Chicago after being found unconscious in his hotel room at Westin Michigan Avenue Chicago. Despite suffering from the debilitating seizures as a result of his ongoing bout with epilepsy, the “Lollipop” hitmaker has reportedly been released from the hospital. There were also reports that a rep for the “...

Colombian Nun raps for Pope Francis

A Colombian nun-turned-rapper in sports sneakers will perform for Pope Francis when he visits her country this week. Maria Valentina de los Angeles is one of a group who will sing the official song for the Argentine pontiff’s visit as he greets the crowds. It is “an opportunity to show him our love the way that we know, which is through music”, Maria Valentina, 28, told newsmen. “The cool thing about rap is that it sticks in your head easily. And when it has the depth of truth, which is Christ, then it is even more striking.” The United Catholic Musicians hailed the naturalness of her rapping and invited her to compose and perform the rap interlude. Pope Francis will visit Colombia, a Catholic country of 47 million, from Sep 6 to Sep 10, where he would be aidi...

Game of Thrones’ Season 7 Finale Director reveals details of the Jon & Dany Scene

The Game of Thrones’ season 7 finale Director, Jeremy Podeswa, reveals what inspired the sex scene and why he waited till the season finale to shoot it. The movie Director gave the fan what they wanted as Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen finally succumbed to temptation and ‘did the deed’ in Game of Thrones’ season seven finale. Director Jeremy Podeswa, in an interview with Indiewire said: “With Jon and Dany’s scene, the important thing for me was that it wouldn’t be prurient in any way, that there’s a very strong undercurrent in that scene. “It was shot very, very simply. It’s basically just one steady push in shot to Jon and Dany and then that very important look between them at mid-level. It wasn’t about shooting a big lovemaking scene. Once...

Will Smith taught me about the “Grapefruit” Oral Sex technique in ‘Girls Trip’ – Jada Pinkett

Girls Trip actress, Jada Pinkett Smith learned a naughty “Grapefruit” oral sex technique from her famous husband, Will Smith. The actress, who recently starred in the romantic comedy, Girls Trip, had audiences laughing during two particular scenes, one when her character is introduced to the “grapefruit” technique and the other, when she gives it a try. As it turns out, she learned the technique in real life from her off-screen leading man a decade ago. “Will Smith was the first one to tell me about it years ago, ten years ago,” she revealed during an interview on Australia’s Sunrise. “‘And I was like, ‘Are you trying to tell me something?'” While their behavior behind closed doors remains solely their business, the star did recently cr...

Pink gives the most inspiring speech at the 2017 MTV VMAs

American singer, Alecia Beth Moore aka P!nk, won the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard award at last night’s VMAs and she gave one of the most inspiring speeches ever that moved her audience to tears. After accepting the award from Ellen Degeneres, the music icon talked about a conversation she recently had with her 6-year-old daughter, Willow. Read the full acceptance speech below: I know I don’t have a lot of time. If I may tell you a quick story. Recently, I was driving my daughter to school and she said to me, out of the blue, “Mama?” “Yes, baby?” She said, “I am the ugliest girl I know.” And I said, “Huh?” And she was like, “Yeah, I look like a boy with long hair.” And my brain went to, Oh my god, you are 6! Why? Whe...

Full List of winners from the 2017 MTV VMAs

The 2017 MTV VMAs has ended, and now we know who won big during the award. Katy Perry who was the host for the evening also took to stage to perform. The show featured so many great performances by Demi Lovato, Miley Cyrus, Ed Sheeran, Kendrick Lamar, and a whole lot more, and had lots of touching and poignant moments about racism, sexism, beauty standards, the current political climate, and more. Here’s a full list of nominees and the winners below: VIDEO OF THE YEAR Kendrick Lamar – “HUMBLE.” – WINNER Bruno Mars – “24K Magic” Alessia Cara – “Scars To Your Beautiful” DJ Khaled ft. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller – “Wild Thoughts” The Weeknd – “Reminder” ARTIST OF THE YEAR Bruno Mars Kendrick Lamar Ed Sheeran – WINNER Ariana Grande The Weeknd Lorde BEST NEW ARTIST Khalid – WINNER Kodak B...

‘Texas Chain Saw Massacre’ Director Tobe Hooper dies at 74

The Horror Film Director, Tobe Hooper, who set the movie world abuzz with The Texas Chain Saw Massacre in 1974, has died in California, US media said. He was born in Austin, Texas, on 25 January 1943 and died in Sherman Oaks at the age of 74. Hooper worked as a college professor and documentary cameraman before breaking into the film world with Chain Saw. ‘Texas Chain Saw Massacre’ was shot in six weeks for less than $300,000 (£128,000) and it tells a story of five young Americans waylaid by the said cannibals in rural Texas. His supernatural thriller, Poltergeist, written by Stephen Spielberg and released in 1982, was also hugely successful and became another classic within the horror genre. His TV adaptation of Stephen King’s vampire story Salem’s Lot was also wid...

‘Wonder Woman’ director Patty Jenkins hits back at James Cameron criticism

‘Wonder Woman’ director, Patty Jenkins, has hit back after James Cameron called the film a “step backwards” for women. The Titanic director called ‘Wonder Woman’, played by Gal Gadot, an “objectified icon” and Patty Jenkins has responded saying “there is no right or wrong kind of powerful woman”. She pointed out the film’s “massive female audience who made the film a hit… can surely choose and judge their own icons of progress.” Wonder Woman has broken box office records and is the highest-ever grossing film directed by a woman. But in an interview with newsmen, James Cameron said “the self-congratulatory back-patting” Hollywood has been doing over Wonder Woman was “misguided. “She’s an ob...

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