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September 7, 2018
By Sameen Amer

Raise Vibration by Lenny Kravitz: Eleventh album by the American singer; comes after 2014....

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* Albums


  • Raise Vibration by Lenny Kravitz: Eleventh album by the American singer; comes after 2014’s Strut; includes the singles ‘It’s Enough!’ and ‘Low’.
  • Ruby by Macy Gray: Tenth album by the R&B singer, the follow-up to 2016’s Stripped; includes the songs ‘Over You’, ‘Tell Me’, ‘When It Ends’, ‘Jealousy’, and ‘Witness’.

* Movies


  • Peppermint (starring Jennifer Garner, John Gallagher Jr., John Ortiz) – thriller; a young mother seeks vigilante justice after corrupt officials let her family’s killers walk free.
  • The Nun (starring Demián Bichir, Taissa Farmiga, Jonas Bloquet, Charlotte Hope) – horror, spin-off of 2016’s The Conjuring 2; a priest (Bichir) and a novice (Farmiga) are sent by the Vatican to investigate the mysterious suicide of a nun.
  • Destination Wedding (starring Winona Ryder, Keanu Reeves) – romantic comedy; two strangers invited to a friend’s wedding develop mutual affection.

Celeb Tweets

  • Mark Hoppus (@markhoppus): The most unbelievable part of Die Hard is that gas at AM/PM is only 75¢ a gallon.
  • Nick Frost (@nickjfrost): No one prepared me for just how many different creams I’d be using in my late forties.
  • Conan O'Brien (@ConanOBrien): I just tried out a new flight simulator that’s so realistic, I spent the whole 2 hours grounded at JFK.

Spotlight

Crazy Rich Asians

Cast: Constance Wu, Henry Golding, Michelle Yeoh, Gemma Chan, Lisa Lu, Awkwafina, Harry Shum Jr., Ken Jeong

Director: Jon M. Chu

Tagline: The only thing crazier than love is family.

  • Romantic comedy; a native New Yorker of Asian descent (Wu) goes to Singapore to meet her boyfriend’s (Golding) family who turn out to be very wealthy.
  • Is based on Kevin Kwan’s 2013 novel of the same name.
  • Is the first film by a major Hollywood studio to feature a majority Asian American cast in a contemporary setting since The Joy Luck Club in 1993.
  • Generated controversy for casting non-Chinese lead actors as Chinese Singaporean characters.
  • Had a budget of $30 million; has made over $130 million.
  • Has received positive reviews from critics who found the film visually impressive and appealing despite its formulaic love story.
  • Score composed by Brian Tyler.
  • Is likely to be followed by a sequel which will be based on the original book’s 2015 sequel China Rich Girlfriend.

Star

Evan Rachel Wood

  • Born on 7th September 1987 in Raleigh, North Carolina, U.S.
  • Has three brothers, Ira, Dana, and Thomas, and a sister, Aden.
  • Parents divorced when she was a child.
  • Appeared in theatre productions as a kid.
  • Was awarded a black belt in taekwondo when she was 12.
  • Began her career with made-for-television films in 1994, subsequently appearing in several television series, including American Gothic (1995 – 1996) and Once and Again (1999 – 2002).
  • Gained prominence for starring in the film Thirteen (2003).
  • Currently stars in the sci-fi Western series Westworld (2016 – present).
  • Upcoming projects include an untitled crime drama film that is expected to be released next year.
  • Is part of the electro-pop duo Rebel and a Basketcase, which she formed with multi-instrumentalist Zach Villa in 2016.
  • Was married to actor Jamie Bell from 2012 to 2014; they have a son, Jack (born in 2013) together.

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