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‘The Climbers’ Film Review: Chinese Mountaineers Tackle Everest in Old-School Adventure

  • The Wrap
‘The Climbers’ Film Review: Chinese Mountaineers Tackle Everest in Old-School Adventure
The Chinese mountain-climbing adventure “The Climbers” works best when it’s an old-fashioned macho melodrama about the hardships faced by the first mountaineering team to document their summit of Mount Everest’s treacherous North-side in 1975.

In these scenes, writer-director Daniel Lee (“Black Mask”) and his colleagues deliver a less flamboyant but equally nationalistic mountain-climbing answer to “Top Gun,” one that’s mostly focused on the camaraderie and heartbreak that the (predominantly male) National Mountaineering Team faces whenever their stubborn but resourceful leaders Wuzhou Fang and Qu Songlin (Zhang Yi) press on in the face of avalanches, snow drifts, and other killer weather conditions.

Most action set pieces — which are the movie’s biggest selling point, given its IMAX presentation here in America — are marred by cheap-looking computer graphics and image-compositing, especially whenever the mountaineering team is super-imposed on the side of Everest during helicopter or crane shots. But impressive sound design,
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Composer Yoshihiro Hanno to Direct ‘Paradise Next’ (Exclusive)

  • Variety
Acclaimed Japanese music composer Yoshihiro Hanno is turning director again for “Paradise Next,” a road movie involving two hit men on a journey of atonement. He previously got behind the camera with 2015 title “A Woman Wavering in the Rain.”

The Taiwan-set film is a co-venture between Taiwan’s Joint Pictures and Japan’s Shimensoka. The partners will handle distribution in their respective territories and are currently looking for a sales agent to handle business overseas. Additional finance comes from the exhibition and new tech sectors.

The project was announced at the Cannes Film Festival. The film’s stars Satoshi Tsumbuki and Etsushi Toyokawa will be presented at the Taiwan industry party on Saturday.

Production is due to begin in late June, and delivery is tentatively scheduled for the second quarter of 2019.

Hanno has managed to attract the services of Oscar-winning composer Ryuichi Sakamoto to compose the film’s theme song.
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‘Frozen’ Broadway Review: Disney’s Animated Hit Becomes Major Snow Job

  • The Wrap
There’s one spectacularly tacky moment in Disney’s animated film “Frozen.” It’s when the young Queen Elsa, having fled into a wintry self-imposed exile, decides to embrace and then unleash her lethal power to congeal everything in sight into ice. Since she’s already living in sub-freezing temperatures so it’s not really such a big deal. Regardless, upon braying her first “Let it go!” this North Face-attired queen immediately morphs into a Vegas showgirl, decked out in a silver lame gown slit from her high heels almost up to her belly button. That’s female empowerment, Disney-style! Queen Elsa, an embodiment of irrelevant...
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Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber Head Out of Town Together on a Private Plane

Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber Head Out of Town Together on a Private Plane
It's a high-flying weekend for Jelena! Recently reconciled exes Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez are taking their romance to the friendly skies. The two lovebirds were spotted boarding a private jet together on Saturday in Van Nuys, Calif. The newly blonde Selena bundled up in an all-black ensemble for her private flight with her main man. The "Hands to Myself" singer carried an oversize bag for her adventure with her Canadian beau, who opted for jeans and a colorful North Face jacket. The pair appeared to be dressed for winter weather. Additionally, the twosome, who were spotted kissing last month after Selena's split from The Weeknd in October, didn't bring much baggage with them for their...
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Cyber Monday Buys for All Your Favorite Friends

Cyber Monday Buys for All Your Favorite Friends
When Cyber Monday rolls around, it's hard to resist picking up a few things.  By now you're already in full-fledged Christmas shopping mode but before you start spending your life's saving at the department stores, consider logging on to eBay. Why fight the crowds when you can find that very same North Face zip-up seriously discounted online? While you're at it, you might as well bang out your whole shopping list and secure presents for everyone in your life. From state-of-the art watches for your baller friend to diamond studs for your So, these gifts will have even the hardest-to-buy for-friends saying you shouldn't have. For more Cyber Monday shopping inspiration be...
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10 New Photos Released For Game Of Thrones Season 7

New photos for Game Of Thrones Season 7 have dropped thanks to EW, and while they aren't too revealing, there are some subtle differences you'll notice. Dany's trip out of the South brought a warmer wardrobe change as she holds domain over Dragonstone. The Hound is seen out in the cold, so you gotta wonder what role he'll play going into this season. You'll also see Arya giving some directions to a dude in a North Face jacket, which led to the realization that some of these photos are behind the scenes as well. Check out the images below and get ready for Season 7 of Game Of Thrones July 16th. 
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Ben Kingsley to star in Death of an Author

Variety is reporting that Ben Kingsley has signed on to star in director Daniel Alfredson’s Death of an Author, the first instalment of a feature film adaptation of Hakan Nesser’s upcoming Intrigo trilogy of novels. Kingsley will star alongside Benno Furmann (North Face) and Tuva Novotny (Borg/McEnroe).

“Hakan Nesser has fascinated millions of readers all over the world with his thrilling intrigues taking place in Maardam,” said producer Rick Dugdale. “With our trilogy of feature films we have chosen a unique and extraordinary concept to bring this mysterious world to the big screen.”

The Intrigo novels are set for publication next year and “are set in an undefined country in northern Europe” and “deal with the problems of escape, and the concepts of guilt, revenge, and atonement.”

Death of an Author is set to begin production this week, followed by Samaria and Dear Agnes. All three films
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Ben Kingsley to Star in First of Daniel Alfredson’s Adaptation of ‘Intrigo’ Novel Trilogy

Ben Kingsley to Star in First of Daniel Alfredson’s Adaptation of ‘Intrigo’ Novel Trilogy
Ben Kingsley is set to star in “Death of an Author,” the first adaptation of the upcoming planned “Intrigo” trilogy of novels by international best-selling Swedish author Hakan Nesser. Benno Fürmann (“North Face”) and Tuva Novotny (“Jalla, Jalla”) will co-star alongside Kingsley in the first of three films that will be helmed by “The Girl Who Played with Fire” director Daniel Alfredson.

The titles of the three films will be “Death of an Author,” “Samaria” and “Dear Agnes.” They will be set in an undefined country somewhere in northern Europe, where many of Nesser’s stories have been set. The three films will share the same psychology and narrative structure, with plots that include some sort of escape with dark hidden secrets destined to surface, as well as guilt, revenge and atonement.

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Diane Kruger and Norman Reedus in High Spirits After Returning to New York City From Out of Town Trip

Diane Kruger and Norman Reedus in High Spirits After Returning to New York City From Out of Town Trip
Diane Kruger and Norman Reedus are spending quality time together.

The actors were spotted moving things out of Reedus’s sports car after returning to New York City from a trip out of town for a couple days. They were in high spirits and seemed to be having a great time together as Kruger smiled at Reedus while she grabbed bags out of the silver car.

The actress, 40, kept her outfit simple with a black jacket and a long cream skirt while keeping her should-length hair slightly tousled. Reedus, 48, rocked all all black outfit complete with a light North Face
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We Stalked the New Bachelor Contestants on Instagram So You Don’t Have To – Here’s What We Learned

We Stalked the New Bachelor Contestants on Instagram So You Don’t Have To – Here’s What We Learned
A new year, a new pack of Bachelor contestants to start following on Instagram.

While we’re looking forward to Nick Viall‘s dramatic journey to find true love, we’re just as excited about getting to know the women vying for his heart, through watching them on the show and obsessively tracking their social media footprints.

If you don’t have 10 hours to spend looking up all the remaining Bach contestants on Instagram, don’t worry. We got you. Here is what we learned from the Instagram accounts of 16 of the remaining 22 contestants.

Britney Farar: Loves Ice Cream

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Jared Leto: The Unlikely Triumphs of a Rock-Star Movie Star

Jared Leto: The Unlikely Triumphs of a Rock-Star Movie Star
Jared Leto is wearing a preposterous straw hat this morning, a gigantic, not-quite-a-sombrero thing he bought for seven bucks at a corner store. And why not? He's made it this far by committing fully, sometimes crazily, to everything in his life: Method acting, music-making, video directing, tech investing, not to mention the arts of being enigmatic, brainy and really, really good-looking. "I don't dabble," he says. "I dive in, 1,000 percent." So if he needs sun protection for a hike, of course he goes big. In any case, Leto recently turned 44 — "old,
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Bodies Of Climber Alex Lowe and His Cameraman Found 16 Years After They Were Killed By a Himalayan Avalanche

  • PEOPLE.com
The families of renowned climbers Alex Lowe and David Bridges received some closure last week when the remains of both men were finally found 16 years after they were killed by a Himalayan avalanche, according to a statement on the Alex Lowe Charitable Foundation's website. Two hikers found Lowe and Bridges' bodies during their ascent of Shishapangma, the world's 14th tallest mountain, which is located in Tibet. "They had come across the remains of two climbers still encased in blue ice but beginning to emerge from the glacier," the statement said. "[Hiker David] Goettler described the clothing and packs of the climbers to
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Bodies Of Climber Alex Lowe and His Cameraman Found 16 Years After They Were Killed By a Himalayan Avalanche

  • PEOPLE.com
The families of renowned climbers Alex Lowe and David Bridges received some closure last week when the remains of both men were finally found 16 years after they were killed by a Himalayan avalanche, according to a statement on the Alex Lowe Charitable Foundation's website. Two hikers found Lowe and Bridges' bodies during their ascent of Shishapangma, the world's 14th tallest mountain, which is located in Tibet. "They had come across the remains of two climbers still encased in blue ice but beginning to emerge from the glacier," the statement said. "[Hiker David] Goettler described the clothing and packs of the climbers to
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Interview: Jennifer Peedom talks Sherpa

David Opie sits down with director Jennifer Peedom to discuss Sherpa, an inspiring documentary that follows a climbing expedition from the often overlooked perspective of the Sherpa community. The film is currently having a successful run at film festivals worldwide, winning Best Documentary at the London Film Festival, and our four star review is available to read here…

David Opie: Congratulations on winning The Grierson Award for Best Documentary at the London Film Festival. Sherpa is an astonishing achievement. What aspect of the film are you most proud of?

Jennifer Peedom: I think it would have to be the response from the Sherpa community. We just screened Sherpa at the Kathmandu Film Festival over the weekend and I’ve received so many messages from them there. Also, the film has had limited screenings in L.A., New York and at various film festivals, where there’s always been this big Sherpa turn-out.
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Ben Affleck Grins, Is Bushy-Bearded as He Returns to Boston: Photos

Ben Affleck Grins, Is Bushy-Bearded as He Returns to Boston: Photos
Nice beard, Batman. Ben Affleck returned to his hometown of Boston on Wednesday, Sept. 30, where he grinned and showed off his bushy beard. The Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice actor, 43, looked happy to be back in Beantown as he scouted locations for his upcoming Prohibition-era crime drama, Live By Night. Sporting full facial hair for the homecoming, Affleck dressed casually for the outing in jeans and a light gray North Face anorak. Affleck will direct, produce, and star in the film adaptation of Dennis Lehane's best-selling [...]
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New Point Break Trailer Is Here

In Alcon Entertainment’s fast-paced, high-adrenaline action thriller Point Break, a young FBI agent, Johnny Utah (Luke Bracey), infiltrates a cunning team of thrill-seeking elite athletes – led by the charismatic Bodhi (Edgar Ramirez). The athletes are suspected of carrying out a spate of crimes in extremely unusual ways.

Deep undercover, and with his life in imminent danger, Utah strives to prove they are the architects of this string of inconceivable crimes.

The film, inspired by the classic 1991 hit starring Patrick Swayze and Keanu Reeves, is scheduled for release in 3D and 2D in select theaters on December 25, 2015.

Check out the new trailer and featurette below.

The film is replete with the most daring athleticism ever seen in a motion picture. These action adventure feats are performed by elite athletes representing the world’s best in class in big-wave surfing, wingsuit flying, sheer-face snowboarding, free rock climbing, and high-speed motorcycling.

Point Break
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Interview: Charlie Clouser Discusses the Music of Wayward Pines

  • Cinelinx
Cinelinx had the opportunity to speak with Charlie Clouser, formerly of Nine Inch Nails, about his score for the new TV series Wayward Pines. Join us as we get an exclusive in-depth look at the techniques and inspiration behind the music for this hit new show.

Charlie Clouser is a multi-instrumentalist composer, musician, producer, programmer and remix artist who has worked with some of the seminal recording artists of the last twenty years. Charlie came into prominence as a member of Nine Inch Nails from 1994-2000. Before joining the band as keyboardist/programmer, he’d already built a following with his extreme synth work and remixes for Prong, Marilyn Manson, White Zombie, and others. Charlie’s first film scoring effort, Saw, became an instant cult classic. His scores for the subsequent Saw series continue to define the films. Raw, grinding, propulsive, punctuated by incredible layers of sound and energy, they
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SFIFF58: ‘Meru’ Co-Directors and Subjects Talk Mountaineering

Courtesy of the San Francisco Film Society.

Meru may be a meaningless name to those who aren’t a part of the climbing community, but for three American alpinists, veteran Conrad Anker, photographer Jimmy Chin and freestyle extraordinaire Renan Ozturk, making the first successful ascent of the treacherous peak in the Gharwal Himalayas was a goal bordering on obsession. The documentary of their journey weaves together footage from the team’s two attempts, in 2008 and 2011, with interviews with the climbers as well as their loved ones.

Co-directed by Chin and documentary filmmaker E. Chai Vasarhelyi, Meru is a compelling narrative of friendship, teamwork and the triumph of man’s will in the most unforgiving of circumstances. Having won over Sundance earlier this year and taking the Audience Award, the two directors (also husband and wife since 2013) spent a few days promoting the film at the San Francisco International Film Festival,
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'Point Break' Remake First Pictures, Bracey and Ramirez are Utah and Bodhi

Apparently the first look at the upcoming Point Break remake from director Ericson Core was shown during CinemaCon down in Las Vegas yesterday and with that comes the first looks at Luke Bracey and Edgar Ramirez in the film playing FBI agent Johnny Utah and extreme sports enthusiast and criminal Bodhi respectively. The duo are playing roles made popular by Keanu Reeves and Patrick Swayze in Kathryn Bigelow's 1991 film, and for many this remake is completely unnecessary, but it's set to arrive on December 25 nonetheless. One week after Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens, which is to say... we'll see how this turns out. This updated version will follow a similar premise as the first as a young FBI agent, Johnny Utah (Bracey), infiltrates a cunning team of thrill seeking elite athletes, led by the charismatic Bodhi (Ramirez). The athletes are suspected of carrying out a string
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What are your favourite secret places in Britain's countryside?

BBC1’s new series Secret Britain begins this week, exploring the overlooked sylvan corners of the country – so what places would you add to their list? Post your suggestions in the comments below

Romping with North Face-clad wholesomeness onto our screens this week is Secret Britain, the BBC’s Countryfile spinoff that aims to open up the forgotten spaces in our green and pleasant land.

Kicking off in the Brecon Beacons, presenters Adam Henson and Ellie Harrison – who look like they get up at 5am each morning to duet with chaffinches and rehydrate from clouds – gush about hidden waterfalls and cave systems overlooked in the verdant Welsh borders. They’ll head to a different part of the country each episode, all inspired by Countryfile viewers’ suggestions.

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