Out this week
- Lover by Taylor Swift: Seventh album by the American singer; comes after 2017’s Reputation; includes the singles ‘Me!’ (featuring Brendon Urie of Panic! at the Disco) and ‘You Need to Calm Down’ as well as the song ‘Soon You’ll Get Better’ (featuring Dixie Chicks).
- Angel Has Fallen (starring Gerard Butler, Morgan Freeman, Jada Pinkett Smith, Nick Nolte) - action, third instalment in the Fallen film series; a secret service agent (Butler) finds himself framed for an assassination attempt on the president (Freeman).
- Official Secrets (starring Keira Knightley, Matt Smith, Matthew Goode, Rhys Ifans) - drama, real life story of Katharine Gun; a translator (Knightley) leaks a top-secret memo to the press about illegal activities by the U.S. pushing for the 2003 invasion of Iraq.
- Jacob’s Ladder (starring Michael Ealy, Jesse Williams, Nicole Beharie) - horror, remake of the 1990 thriller; after returning home from war, a veteran (Ealy) struggles to maintain his sanity.
- Burn (starring Tilda Cobham-Hervey, Suki Waterhouse, Harry Shum Jr., Shiloh Fernandez, Josh Hutcherson) - thriller; an unstable attendant tries to make a connection with a man robbing a gas station.
- Ready or Not (starring Samara Weaving, Adam Brody, Mark O’Brien) - comedy thriller; a newly-wed woman (Weaving) becomes hunted by her in-laws.
- Farhan Saeed (@farhan_saeed): Kashmir is the land of Kashmiris; is it too difficult to understand? The world should speak up. It is about time! Kashmiris have suffered a lot already.
- Mehwish Hayat (@MehwishHayat): Why have all channels of communications in Kashmir been blocked? Why are the views of the Kashmiri people being suppressed? What are the Indians trying to hide? In the world’s biggest democracy, shouldn’t freedom of speech be a basic human right??
- Armeena Khan (@ArmeenaRK): If you’re silent then you’re complicit.
Dora and the Lost City of Gold
Cast: Isabela Moner, Eugenio Derbez, Michael Peña, Eva Longoria, Danny Trejo
Director: James Bobin
Tagline: Unlock the mystery.
- Adventure; a teenage explorer (Moner), along with her friends, goes on an adventure to save her parents and solve the mystery behind a lost city of gold.
- Is a live-action adaptation and continuation of the children’s animated television series Dora the Explorer (2000 - 2019).
- Had an estimated budget of $49 million; earned around $30 million in its first week.
- Has received mostly positive reviews from critics, with Moner’s performance in particular earning praise.
- Years ago, comedy website CollegeHumor made a well-received spoof trailer (2012) and miniseries (2013) based on Dora the Explorer starring Ariel Winter in the titular role.
- Score composed by John Debney and Germaine Franco.
Julian Fernando Casablancas
- Born on 23rd August 1978 in New York, U.S.
- Is the son of Spanish American business mogul John Casablancas who founded Elite Model Management, and Danish former model Jeanette Christiansen who was the 1965 Miss Denmark.
- Parents divorced when he was eight.
- Has four paternal half-siblings.
- Formed the rock band The Strokes with his childhood and school friends in 1998. The group received fame and acclaimed with the release of their debut album Is This It (2001). They have since released four more albums: Room on Fire (2003), First Impressions of Earth (2006), Angles (2011), and Comedown Machine (2013).
- His debut solo album, Phrazes for the Young, came out in 2009.
- Started the experimental rock band The Voidz in 2013 with whom he has made two albums, Tyranny (2014) and Virtue (2018).
- Married Juliet Joslin, the then-assistant manager of The Strokes, in 2005. They have two sons - Cal (born 2010) and Zephyr (born 2015).
Also born today: Lil Yachty, Lianne La Havas, Andrew Rannells, River Phoenix, Jay Mohr, Alexandre Desplat, Rick Springfield, Shelley Long