MANILA, Philippines — It was on April 26, 1986 when the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Ukraine, Soviet Union suffered a massive meltdown and explosion, unleashing radioactive material across Ukraine, Belarus and Russia, and even as far as Scandinavia and western Europe. HBO’s historical drama Chernobyl tells the story of this nuclear accident, and the people who put their reputations and lives on the line to unearth the truth about what had become one of the worst man-made disasters of all time. Airing Tuesdays, 9 a.m., on HBO Go and HBO, the five-episode show (which HBO co-produced with the British network Sky) is creating buzz as the TV gem filling the void left by Game of Thrones. It has been given the top rating on IMDB.com and a critics’ score of 96 percent on Rot-ten Tomatoes. Chernobyl stars Jared Harris (The Crown, Mad Men) as Soviet nuclear physicist Valery Legasov, one of the first to grasp the magnitude of the disaster; Emily Watson (Hilary and Jackie and … [Read more...] about Stellan Skarsgard: Chernobyl is ‘courageous’ storytelling
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LONDON: With hit tunes, a plot about one of the world's best known performers and flamboyant costumes, Rocketman brings Elton John's story to the big screen, the latest musical biopic offering a concert-like experience at the cinema.Kingsman actor Taron Egerton stars as the Your Song and Tiny Dancer hitmaker, belting out John's songs as he revisits the singer's road to success as well as his personal struggles.The film, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival with John present, has drawn comparisons to last year's Bohemian Rhapsody about rockers Queen's stratospheric rise to fame.That movie, which received mixed reviews, won a best actor Oscar for Rami Malek and grossed US$903 million (S$1.24 billion) worldwide – a sign of audiences' appetite for seeing their icons' story and music on the silver screen."I'm very grateful that people compare us and hopefully it shows that there is an appetite for movies of this nature," Egerton said of the two films at … [Read more...] about Is Elton John’s Rocketman this year’s Bohemian Rhapsody?
By Lindsey Bahr The Associated Press Thu., May 9, 2019 There’s something irreconcilable about Poms, a movie about women in a retirement community who start a cheerleading club. The film wants us to laugh at the idea of older women trying to be cheerleaders, but also be inspired and empowered by their determination. There may have been a way to let it be both, but Poms evidently wasn’t interested in digging that deep. Perhaps that’s because it’s too busy being embarrassed of itself, as though director Zara Hayes and screenwriter Shane Atkinson realized too late that they’d assembled a cast of rock star actresses like Diane Keaton, Pam Grier, Jacki Weaver and Rhea Perlman and forgot to write a real movie, or characters, for them. Keaton’s character, Martha, is the most perplexing and underwritten of all. We meet her as she’s selling all her things in a sidewalk sale to prepare to move to a retirement village in Georgia. In … [Read more...] about Poms can’t inspire us with cardboard characters
Devising ways around MIA runway congestion Airlines at Manila International Airport are under the gun. Unsolved runway congestion messes up their flights. But they can’t decry MIA ineptitude outright, lest they be placed on the shit list. Most just grin and bear it. Some bypass procedures, to save money. They come up with technical excuses for flight delays. After all, if due to force majeure, passengers need not be recompensed for cancellations. In the end they cover up the MIA mis-managers. Grateful, the latter in turn ignore the airline’s anomalous shortcuts. Thus are wrongs perpetuated at MIA – until the bubble bursts. Incompetence is at the root of MIA’s runway congestion. At the edge of one runway is a weeks-long digging that shortened its useable length. Only aircraft with reduced payload – fuel, cargo, passengers – can use it. The only other runway was closed many hours during the Holy Week rush. Overlooked … [Read more...] about Devising ways around MIA runway congestion
By Jimmy Golen The Associated Press Sun., April 28, 2019 BOSTON—Matt Duchene scored on a power play at 3:42 of the second overtime to give the Columbus Blue Jackets a 3-2 victory over the Boston Bruins early Sunday morning, tying their second-round Stanley Cup playoff series at a game apiece. Artemi Panarin scored twice and assisted on the winner, and Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 29 shots. The Blue Jackets twice gave up a lead and twice came back to tie it. Matt Grzelcyk and David Pastrnak scored, and Tuukka Rask made 36 saves for Boston. The Bruins won the opener — also in overtime. The series moves to Columbus for Games 3 and 4 on Tuesday and Thursday nights. Panarin’s second goal made it 2-2 with 12 minutes left in the second period, and it stayed that way through a scoreless third and a first overtime in which the Bruins killed off one penalty. But when Patrice Bergeron was sent off for tripping in the second OT, the Blue Jackets made them pay. Less … [Read more...] about Blue Jackets work double overtime for Game 2 win over Bruins