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Weekend Magazine


"Ghostbusters" and "The Jungle Book" may have been hard acts to follow, but a new blockbuster attempts to repurpose the biggest Hollywood behemoth of them all - the chariot-racing epic "Ben-Hur." Paramount - still reeling from the unmitigated failure of "Zoolander 2" and "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows," not to mention an underwhelming return on "Star Trek Beyond" - is banking on a hit.
Today our illustrations will be 3 Bridge curios in which there was a deception involved but one purely unintentional. Such plays make Bridge so fascinating. Let me begin with the first one, giving you the west hand:
Oscar-nominated director and former Academy president Arthur Hiller died of natural causes in Los Angeles. He was 92. The Canadian-born filmmaker enjoyed a movie career spanning five decades that included the 1964 comedy "The Americanisation of Emily," ratings smash "Love Story" - for which he was nominated for an Oscar in 1970 - and 1975's "The Man in the Glass Booth."
In recent years, Hollywood has been eyeing the Chinese movie audience as China is one of the largest international film markets, and the two worlds come together in the trailer for upcoming film "The Great Wall.". Hollywood actor Matt Damon stars alongside Asian superstar Andy Lau in the new film by Chinese director Zhang Yimou, the filmmaker of successful Asian crossover films, 'Hero' and 'House of Flying Daggers'.
Bridge is an amazing game. It can change colours when the chips are down. Possibilities that were not conceivable begin to open up and the dark Bridge horizon that a hopeless declarer sees ahead at one time begins to emit its first break of light- A hope arising that anything is possible in Bridge.
Interviewing Hugh Grant - the poster boy for a campaign against press intrusion and a notoriously prickly subject when the mood takes him - can be an intimidating experience. When the actor sits down at a hotel in Beverly Hills to promote his latest movie, "Florence Foster Jenkins," he looks ill at ease but determined to be on form, politely offering coffee and forcing a smile.
Lately I watched a Pakistani movie "Badal" Revenge of the Worthless" as it was Jamal Shah's directorial debut. Jamal Shah is a fine painter and he leave an impression as an actor also. He does quite well considering him an amateur in the field of direction. It is a good effort but needs improvement in many areas from story's plot to editing and production. It is laudable that Jamal Shah has decided to take his crew to the original locations to shoot his film. And it is a plus point of his film that attracted a large number of audiences.