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Movie | In Yesterday, unlikely events bring celebrity status to an unremarkable musician
by Megan Basham
Posted 7/18/19, 12:00 pm

It may be a little early to trot out the old “feel-good movie of the year” designation, but it’s going to be tough to beat director Danny Boyle’s Yesterday

Boyle is perhaps best known for Slumdog Millionaire. Here, veteran romantic comedy screenwriter Richard Curtis (Four Weddings and a Funeral, Notting Hill, Love Actually) has given him an equally optimistic script to work with.

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King of the savanna

Movie | The new Lion King is a worthy remake of a classic prince-in-exile tale
by Megan Basham
Posted 7/15/19, 04:17 pm

Maybe it’s because I still have little people in the house, but I tend to approach Disney’s live-action remakes of animated classics a little differently than a lot of critics. Sure, they’re mostly copies of the originals, and kids could just stay home and watch the old DVDs. But few things make the under-10 set squeal with excitement more than a trip to the movies. So even if these remakes are something of a money grab, as long as they’re done well, most parents will be happy to make a family outing out of seeing them.

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Piraguas in the summer heat

Arts | A drop-in at the New York filming of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s In the Heights
by Emily Belz & Esther Eaton
Posted 7/09/19, 02:58 pm

Today’s New York moment is courtesy of WORLD New York summer intern Esther Eaton.

A woman pushed a stroller down the sidewalk. A smiling couple paused at a corner produce stand to buy mangos. A young man inspected the prices at a barbershop.

“Cut! Reset.”

Pedestrians stopped, turned around, and returned to their starting marks as the film crew members reset their cameras.

“Background, action!”

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