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Five Must-See Movies Set to Premiere at the London Film Festival

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Launching today, the 60th edition of the London Film Festival is one of the world’s most dynamic, as its schedule of 245 features and 144 shorts is set to bring the industry’s A-listers to town. Among its hard-hitting list of crowd-pleasing blockbusters, edgy documentaries and boundary-pushing debuts is the launch of its Black Star series, which showcases top black acting talent, as well as dedicated strands to music and experimental cinema. Here we’ve picked out five films set to make a major impact this year.

American Honey

Selling a career as a door-to-door salesmen might not sound like an easy job but Andrea Arnold’s slick new road movie does its best. Following a hard-partying crowd led by an effervescent Shia Labeouf, Sasha Lane’s lead protagonist, Star, leaves behind her life in the dead ends of Oklahoma and signs up for a summer on the road selling magazine subscriptions. The gang’s lawless, hedonistic lifestyle is vividly documented on a journey through America’s Midwest that — thanks to a punchy score — sounds as good as it looks.

The Man From Mo’Wax

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James Lavelle has achieved more than most in the music industry, thanks to co-founding Mo’Wax Records way back in 1992. This documentary charts the highs and lows of Lavelle’s ascent to icon status over a career spanning three decades that saw him become a millionaire by the age of 21, produce and put out a critically-acclaimed repertoire of records, and successfully find a balance between creativity with commerce. Plus — given that the film’s contributor list includes the likes of DJ Shadow, Grandmaster Flash and Josh Homme — you can expect big things from the soundtrack.

Nocturnal Animals

Having shown the world his directorial hand with 2009’s A Single Man, Tom Ford applies his trademark sleek aesthetic to this masterful, if not long overdue, followup. As super-sleek as you’d expect from the former head of Gucci, this psychological thriller sees Amy Adams and Jake Gyllenhaal excel in another visual feast that unfolds over the course of this nervy thriller. Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Laura Linney and Paul Shannon also star in what will be a sure-fire contender for next year’s Oscars.

The Red Turtle

The feature film debut of Dutch-British animator Michaël Dudok de Wit, The Red Turtle marks the first time that Japan’s Studio Ghibli has co-directed a production, and the celebrated animation studio has lost none of its magic. Through richly textured visuals, a dialogue-less narrative tells the tale of a castaway’s attempts to escape a desert island and his battles with the island’s underwater inhabitants. The Red Turtle premiered at Cannes this summer, where it picked up the “Un Certain Regard” award, and is further evidence of Studio Ghibli setting the benchmark by which all other animations should be judged.

Arrival

Marking Amy Adams’s second entry on this list, Arrival is an extraterrestrial big hitter set to erase the memory of a mediocre summer blockbuster season. Directed by Denis Villeneuve (Sicario, Prisoners and 2017′s Blade Runner), it sees Adams play a linguist forced to step up and help protect Earth following the menacing arrival of mysterious orbs from outer space. As a global defense mission builds, the fast-paced narrative adeptly manages to team high-wire tension with heartfelt moments in a film expected to do big things at the box-office following its November release.

London Film Festival runs from October 5-16 in venues across the city.

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Pusha T responds to Drake’s alleged ‘Career-Ending’ diss track

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Though Pusha T told Vanity Fair earlier in the week that his beef with Drake is over, in a recent interview with GQ Magazine, Pusha revisits last month’s headline making beef with Drake and addresses the track that could allegedly end the Canadian superstar’s career.

According to J Prince, Drake recorded a response track to Pusha’s “The Story of Adidon,” however was told not to release it due to the negative affects it could have on Drake himself. When asked about Drake’s pending track, Pusha responded, “I just feel like if there was something that was beneficial for either of those two guys, they would do it. I think they’re into doing anything that’s beneficial for them.” He continued, “I don’t want to call them scared. I just want to say that they’re thinking. They’re doing what’s best for them.”

Throughout the rest of the interview, Pusha addresses Drake’s blackface photos, disusses his latest DAYTONA album and being chased by a fox while he was out in Wyoming working with Kanye West.

Head over to GQ for the full interview.

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Nicki Minaj and Future going on tour this September

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Nicki Minaj and Future just announced that they are going on a tour. The first half of the NICKIHNDRXX Tour will kick off in September and run through November. More shows will pick up overseas in February and concludes in March. According to Minaj, fans can expect additional dates to be announced in the coming months. Peep the dates below.

Last week, Nicki Minaj shared the cover of her new album Queen, which is currently slated to drop on Aug. 10. Minaj recently shared a video of herself and Future in the studio. In an interview with Paper magazine, Nicki revealed that she and Future briefly had plans to do a joint tape.

“So even when you like an artist and you respect their work, it’s very hard to make those types of ideas come to fruition, but when they do come together like the Jay and Kanye [Watch the Throne project], then it’s magic for sure,” she said.

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Travis Scott confirms upcoming performance at the NBA Awards

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With the 2018 NBA Finals behind us, the league is gearing up for its second annual NBA Awards ceremony. Set to be a star-studded night, the NBA has just announced that Travis Scott will be providing the musical entertainment for the evening.

Scott is set to perform two of his biggest hits, “Butterfly Effect” and “Goosebumps,” while Blackish star Anthony Anderson will step into Drake’s hosting footsteps.

The second NBA Awards Ceremony will celebrate the league’s MVP and Coach of the Year, along with Best Style, Dunk of the Year, Block of the Year, Clutch Shot of the Year, Assist of the Year, and Handle of the Year. The 2018 NBA Awards Ceremony will be held at the Barker Hangar in Los Angeles and will air on TNT Monday, June 25 at 9 p.m. EST.

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