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Pixar co-founder to take six-month sabbatical following unwanted hug complaints from staff

Photo Above: Pixar © Pava on Wikipedia

John Lasseter, head of animation at Pixar and Disney, will be taking a sabbatical following a wealth of allegations building around him.

The allegations, inclusive of Mr Lasseter giving out unwanted hugs and invading personal space, have led to his deliverance of a statement apologising for his actions.

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How German is Edinburgh’s Christmas Market?

Photo Above: Edinburgh Christmas Market © Silja Froehlich

By Silja Froelich

Edinburgh these days feels like strolling through Santa Claus’ winter wonderland. Blinking trees, gift ribbon decorated houses and sparkling light chains illuminate the town. Once again, Edinburgh’s Christmas market opens its doors, adding extra glow to Scotland’s capital.

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Film Previews: Moana, Passengers and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

The Disney Princess franchise welcomes a new member this Friday with animated feature film Moana opening in theatres across the UK.

The movie features the voice talents of Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and newcomer Auli’I Cravhalo. It follows the story of a Polynesian Chief’s daughter who is chosen by the ocean to embark on an epic adventure in order to save her people from an evil curse.

Moana is Disney’s 56th animated feature film and has already received positive reviews in the US following its release on November 23rd.

Check out the trailer below:

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Top Gear on Steroids: The Grand Tour Review

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The Grand Tour starring Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond.

The Grand Tour opens with a woeful scene as Jeremy Clarkson makes his way to a London Airport. News reports are conveniently edited together with the grey British weather in an attempt to create a sense of misery regarding the BBC’s decision to drop Clarkson and his band of merry men.

As Clarkson finds himself in LA, he switches from the modest black cab to an extravagant Mustang. Much of the episode is spent giving the middle finger to his former employer and this switch from gloom to sunshine, whilst being serenaded by the dulcet tones of Hothouse Flowers, serves as overkill.

This opening sequence alone is said to have cost over three million pounds to produce and while overly lavish, does set a tone for the new series.

A story of three middle class, white, British men freed from the shackles of the BBC and free to be as racist, sexist and politically incoherent as they like. The three men drive off into the sunset and are joined by armies of fans on a variety of vehicles in the open desert.

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23rd Edition of the Italian Film Festival

by Giulia Maccagli and Koldo Sandoval

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The 23rd edition of the Italian Film Festival comes at the Filmhouse in Edinburgh, this year.

The Festival, running from the 4th until the 17th of March, has venues in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dundee, and Inverness.

At the Festival, there is the best of the “cinema italiano”, currently on a high with the global and awarded success of Paolo Sorrentino, “Youth”.

Alongside established directors’ names, such as Sergio Castellitto, Cristina Comencini, and Gabriele Salvatores, there are also new film directors, as Edoardo Falcone and Laura Bispuri.

The Festival will see on its screen renown Italian  actors, as Valeria Golino, Elio Germano, and Jasmine Trinca.

This year the Festival has a special focus on Luchino Visconti, an Italian theater, opera, cinema director, and screen-writer, in the occasion of the 40th anniversary of his death.

The 23rd edition of the Italian Film Festival is also welcomed by the Italian Government’s new support to the film industry with an investment of £300 million a year.

 

Adele’s Glasgow show sold out in two minutes

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Adele during a live performance in 2009. Photo/Wikimedia commons

Tickets for Adele’s two concerts in Glasgow’s SSE Hydro in March sold out in two minutes, according to promoters.

 

Fans have experienced long online queues as tickets for Adele’s tour next year are selling out fast.

This is her first tour in four years as she has been suffering from severe stage fright.

Her tour starts in February in Belfast, tickets for her Manchester and London performances will go on sale on Monday.

Pedro Cameron, 26, said: “I didn’t get Adele tickets. I was in the presale queue for 3 hours online before being kicked out. I am exasperated. I think it was to be expected – literally most of the nation wants to go so it’s a bit of a lottery.”

Adele’s latest album, 25, was released on the 25th of November and became the fastest selling album in the UK, selling 800,000 copies in the first week.