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The box office was dominated by villains and sequels as Disney and Buena Vista’s ‘Maleficent: Mistress of Evil’ toppled ‘Joker’ from the top spot after two weekends of dominance. The $185 million (Dh679.4 million) film, which stars Angelina Jolie as the titular ‘Sleeping Beauty’ sorceress, opened with a disappointing $36 million, well below analyst projections of $45 million to $50 million, according to estimates from measurement firm Comscore. Internationally it earned $117 million for a global cumulative of $153 million. It earned a mixed reception with an A CinemaScore but a 41 per cent “rotten” rating on review aggregation site Rotten Tomatoes. A follow-up to 2014’s ‘Maleficent,’ the sequel failed to recapture the allure of the first film, which opened with $69.4 million in North America on its way to $758 million in global ticket sales. The result may reflect fatigue among moviegoers of Disney’s live-action remakes, following underperformers such as ‘Dumbo’ and ‘Alice Through the Looking Glass.’
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Award-winning British-Pakistani filmmaker Asim Abbasi has wrapped up the shoot of his next, which is a web series, a first for him. The Cake director who earned kudos even from India when the feature was released on Netflix early this year, took to social media to make the happy announcement. He wrote: “500+ script pages, 150+ locations, 100+ characters, 75+ days of principal photography ... And finally it’s a wrap!” He didn’t disclose what the series is about or its casting line-up or even the title. On the contrary, he tried to arouse excitement by saying that he wasn’t sure “if our audiences are even ready for this narrative.” His hashtags such as #GenderTrouble and #EatYourMan only added to the mystery. But he promised that the series had “female characters [who] will kick some serious [expletive] ass and be shamelessly unapologetic. Just like the good lord intended.” Abbasi posted this with a photo of himself wearing a statement T-shirt that read: “Khasma nu kha!” [a Punjabi slang for ‘Buzz off’]. He went on to say that “the tee [which literally translates to ‘eat your husband’] sums up just about everything.” In the end, he thanked “everyone who was a part of this insane journey — a journey that broke all of us into a million little pieces, physically, mentally and emotionally. I don’t know if the blood, sweat and tears will show on screen or if the end result will be what we had hoped it would be.”
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Singing in the kitchen, dancing in a field and impersonating frontman Freddie Mercury, Queen fans are giving renditions of three of the rock band’s hit songs in new user-generated music videos unveiled on Thursday. More than 10,000 people from 120 countries took part in the group’s ‘You Are The Champions’ project after the British band asked fans to submit musical and artistic versions of ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, ‘Don’t Stop Me Now’ and ‘A Kind of Magic’. The campaign was launched to mark ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, Queen’s hugely popular six-minute 1975 track, becoming the first pre-1990s music video to receive one billion views on YouTube. The huge musical collaboration, involving Queen, YouTube Music, Universal Music Group and Hollywood Records, shows fans of all ages from around the world performing ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, dancing to ‘Don’t Stop Me Now’ and artistically interpreting ‘Kind of Magic’ lyrics “It’s one of the most rewarding things that can happen to an artist of any kind: to see that our work has inspired folk all around the world to create their own performances and visual art is a thrill,” Queen guitarist Brian May said in a statement. For the ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ video, performers are shown singing the tune at home or outside as well as playing an array of instruments from piano and guitar to harp and violin. Fans sent in videos of themselves dancing to ‘Don’t Stop Me Now’, showing off moves created by choreographer Polly Bennett, who worked with actor Rami Malek for his Oscar-winning performance in Queen film ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’. The clips show them dancing at home, on the street, at the beach, in a stable, and in front of cows in a field. Some dressed up in costumes, Queen T-shirts and as Mercury, the band’s lead singer who died from Aids-related pneumonia in 1991. For ‘A Kind of Magic’, fans were asked to send in art inspired by the song’s lyrics. Their submissions included portraits of the band and colourful prints of the song’s words. Watch the 'Bohemian Rhapsody' vieo here: