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“F9: The Last Saga” leads Chinese and Global box office.

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The latest installment of the Fast & Furious franchise “F9: The Last Saga” has hit the top of both US and International charts after raking in massive amounts in ticket sales in its opening week. The 9th film in the series will see the original cast of the Fast & Furious return along with a surprise return of the fan favorite Han Lue played by Sung Kung.

The high octane movie raked in $29.6 million from China alone on Sunday. This put it on a path to far exceed the expected revenue from the Chinese Market. Initial estimates were pinned at $33 million.

Overall the film has gained an estimated $162 million in ticket sales within 4 days after its premier. The last film in the series “The Fate of the Furious” made $1.236 billion while the whole series has made $6 billion.

“F9: The Last Saga” will see the return of Vin Diesel as Domini Toretto, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Sung Jung along with famed wrestler turned actor John Cena and Charlize Theron.

Source: Xinhua News Agency.

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Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says she was not consulted by filmmakers regarding “They Are Us”.

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The US-backed film “They Are Us” has been criticized by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern of New Zealand as poorly timed and focused on the wrong subject. According to Prime Minister Jacinda she was not consulted by the filmmakers.

“In my view, which is a personal view, it feels very soon and very raw for New Zealand, And while there are so many stories that should be told at some point, I don’t consider mine to be one of them, they are the community’s stories, the families’ stories” Ardern told TVNZ

The movie, set to depict Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s widely praised response to the Christchurch terrorist attacks, garnered immense backlash in the New Zealand Muslims Community, with community leaders criticizing the project for pushing a “white saviour” narrative. The National Islamic Youth Association’ petition calling for the production to be shut down has gathered more than 58,000 signatures.

According to The Guardian, Philippa Campbell, New Zealand producer announced her resignation from the project stating she had listened to the concerns raised and heard the strength of people’s views. She further stated that she was in agreement that the events of March 15, 2019 are too raw for film at the time being and did not wish to be involved with a project that is causing such distress.

Prime Minister Jacinda was widely praised for her prompt action regarding the worst terror attack in modern New Zealand history where mass shootings at two mosques in Christchurch left 50 dead and 40 injured.

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K-pop band EXO releases new album with members Lay, DO and Xiumin.

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K-pop group EXO band released their new five-track album, Don’t Fight The Feeling, last Monday. Fans celebrated as group member Lay joined the band for the first time in several years. Members DO and Xiumin also rejoined the group for the special album after completing their mandatory military enlistment.

With Members Suho and Chen currently serving their mandatory military service, Members Baekhyun, Chanyeol, Kai and Sehun made up the rest of the members who appeared on the album. Member Lay, recorded and filmed his part remotely from China, where he is currently residing due to the pandemic. Lay, also known as Zhang Yixing, last appeared on the band’s 2018 album, Don’t Mess Up My Tempo.

With more than 1.22 million pre-orders, the album made history for the band according to the group’s agency SM Entertainment.

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Conjuring-The Devil Made me watch it?

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Spoiler Warning!.

The long awaited sequel to 2016’s The Conjuring 2 was released on 26th may 2021. “Conjuring- The Devil Made Me Do It” is set 4 years after the events of The Conjuring 2 and opens up to an all too familiar scene with Ed and Lorraine Warren aiding in the exorcism of 8 year old David Glatzel in their home.

In a twist of events, Ed suffers a heart attack at the hands of the possessed boy and ends up receiving a heart stent, the results of which would show throughout the film.

It is in their absence that the main plot of the story uncovers as the boyfriend of David Glatzel’s sister becomes possessed and stabs his landlord 22 times. The film then sets of on a different tone to what we are used to with the other films in the Conjuring universe.

The film substantially tones down on jump scares and aims to convince the viewers that Satanism and demons exist through ambience and dialogues.

Cinematically, the film’s color grading and lighting departures from the dark and blueish hue in all the films up until now, to a warmer tone.

Another noticeable departure from the other films is the pacing. Unlike the Conjuring 1 & 2, in The Conjuring –The Devil Made Me Do It the pacing and development of the plot is much more rapid that the others. The protagonists are led in the right direction and is able to identify the antagonists far earlier than in its predecessors.

The film also has plenty of major Easter eggs to the other films in the Conjuring universe. The names of the first tormented family, “Perrons” pops up early in the film just as the “Cult of the Ram” from 2012’s Annabelle.

The Conjuring series is known for their memorable antagonists, such as Annabelle and the demon nun Valak. However, in this film the antagonist is the weakest point with no clear motivation and a very weak presence.

The Conjuring- The Devil Made Me Do it is a decent horror film suitable for newcomers and veterans. But if you are a horror buff looking expecting the same jump scar and atmospheric horror from The Conjuring 1 & 2, The Conjuring- The Devil Made Me Do It is not your cup of tea.

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