Hyperborean digital animation meets old-fashioned storytelling in this faithful remake, which loses the songs but brings new, ingenious twists on the original.
What on earth is the point of remaking Walt Disney’s great and possibly greatest masterpiece, the glorious animated musical from 1967, based on Kipling’s tales, all about the “man cub” Mowgli, brought up by wolves in the Indian jungle – famously the last film to get Disney’s personal touch? A remake which furthermore leaves old-fashioned animation behind, departing for the live-action uncanny valley of hypertext CGI, which hermetically loses most of the songs and which also abandons the original’s last, unforgettably exotic glimpse of a real-life human girl?Well, no point really … other than simply to create a terrifically enjoyable piece of old-fashioned storytelling and a beautiful-looking film: spectacular, exciting, funny and fun.
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The veteran BBC director Terry Wogan died of cancer on Sunday morning at the age 77, the family has confirmed.
The BBc director he worked on-and-off since 1972 at the radio station Radio 2. Bob Shennan announced on-air his dead.
His fellow radio DJ and successor as the voice of Eurovision, Graham Norton, paid touching tribute on Twitter, saying Sir Terry made the job “seem effortless”.
Terry Wogan’s sign-off for his last Radio 2 show was heartbreaking
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Celine Dion has chosen not to sing at the funeral of her husband René Angélil , though one of her songs maybe played during the service.
Despite reports she was planning to perform a tribute to her husband of 21 years, a rep insisted to TMZ that it had never been an option for the star because she’s still in the throes of grief, though there is a chance a favourite track could be used during the ceremony.
A statement released at the time stated: “Rene Angelil, 73, passed away this morning at his home in Las Vegas after a long and courageous battle against cancer.
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The singer celebrated his 69th birthday on Friday when he released his 25th album, called Blackstar.
David Bowie has died after an 18-month battle with cancer, the singer’s son has confirmed.
Duncan Jones wrote on Twitter: “Very sorry and sad to say it’s true. I’ll be offline for a while. Love to all.”
Statements were posted on the star’s official Facebook and Twitter accounts saying the star died on Sunday.
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Golden Globe nominations 2016: See the full list
The nominees for the 73nd annual Golden Globe Awards — celebrating the very best in film and television
The film nominations included Brie Larson for Best Actress in a Drama Film for “The Room” and Eddie Redmayne for Best Actor in “The Danish Girl.”
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Charlie Sheen revealed he is HIV positive .
“It’s a hard three letters to absorb. It’s a turning point in one’s life,” the 50-year-old actor said.
Sheen said he made the announcement to end a smear campaign and extortion efforts.
“I have to put a stop to this onslaught, this barrage of attacks and of sub-truths and very harmful and mercurial stories that are about me, threatening the health of so many others that couldn’t be further from the truth,” he said.
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Amazon Prime has promised Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May they can make the show they want, and this freedom that you don’t get with TV broadcasters might extend to them naming it.
‘Gear Knobs’ certainly doesn’t sound like it was invented by suits in a board room, a wilfully stupid and self-deprecating title you could quite imagine the trio coming up with.
BuzzFeed spotted that it was quietly registered as a trademark by Clarkson’s law firm Olswang just a couple of weeks before the Amazon Prime show was formally announced, meaning that the phrase can be used for television, merchandise, magazines – just about anything.
This is all very speculative at the moment (and they could just be trying to throw everyone off the scent), but given the trio’s general irreverence, it wouldn’t be surprising if they went for a jokey title for the show – poking fun at the BBC in the process – rather than meaningless car-based titles like ‘Top Gear’ and ‘Fifth Gear’.
The show reportedly has an eye-watering £160 million budget, with more money being poured into it per episode than House of Cards.
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The cortege route for Cilla Black’s funeral in Liverpool on Thursday has been announced.
The family of the entertainer, who died on 1 August, has asked those wishing to pay their respects to line a two-mile stretch of Woolton Road.
The funeral will be held at St Mary’s Church, in the suburb of Woolton, at 13:00 BST (12:00 GMT).
More than 3,000 people signed books of condolence in Liverpool, the star’s home city, following her death.
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