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More Lord of the Rings movies to be released over next few years

More Lord of the Rings movies to be released over next few years
Feb 25 2023 Share

Listen up fans of Tolkien! Warner Bros have confirmed that multiple films set in the Lord of the Rings universe are on their way over the next few years. 

The original films, which brought together stars like Orlando Bloom and Sir Ian McKellen, made about $3bn at the box office and went on to win multiple oscars. Director Peter Jackson even won best film and best director for 2004’s Return of the King. 

Warner Bros chief executive David Zaslav announced the news, saying that fans were already treated to a taste of this with 2022’s TV series ‘Rings of Power’ on Amazon.

Costing around £800m to make, work on the second series began in October of last year, with Swedish gaming company Embracer Group having bought the adaptive rights to JRR Tolkien’s work in 2022. 

News platform Variety was informed by Peter Jackson and his team that Embracer and Warner Bros kept them in the loop every step of the way about potential new films and content. 

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Brillanti returns with an emotional rollercoaster episode

Brillanti returns with an emotional rollercoaster episode
Feb 25 2023 Share

Brillanti Goes Dance continues to prove just how many potential dance talent is on the island and is deserving of the title of ‘Brillanti’!

 

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Joseph Chetcuti was once again joined by Patrick Odametey, Andrea Attila and Brenda Lee Grech to seek who has what it takes to move to the next round of the prestigious competition. 

 

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Yesterday’s episode saw the next cohort of dancers pass through: the raw and expressive Rosario, the ever elegant Kim Elloole, the powerful Julia Vella Rosso and the dancer who stole everyone’s hearts Cheyenne Muscat. 

 

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Brillanti will be returning next week to see if they can find even more promising talent to fill in the pantheon of quarter-finalists. What did you think of yesterday’s episode? 

 

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UN delegates stand together in moment of silence for victims of war in Ukraine

UN delegates stand together in moment of silence for victims of war in Ukraine
Feb 24 2023 Share

Malta Daily reporting LIVE from the United Nations Security Council Hall in New York City.

On Friday, international ministers, delegates, press and all those within the United Nations’ Security Council Hall stood up in a moment of collective silence for the victims of Russia’s attacks on Ukraine, upon request of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine.

Addressing the United Nations’ Security Council discussion on the maintenance of peace and security in Ukraine, Kuleba reiterated Ukraine’s commitment in the face of Russia’s aggression, stating “Ukraine will resist as it has down so far, and Ukraine will win. Putin is going to lose much sooner than he thinks.”

“Let us all remember the truth – Russia is the problem of the world”, Kuleba went on to say before he requested the reservation of a few moments of silence for Ukrainian victims of war.

Addressing his own statement as Minister for Foreign and European Affairs and Trade of Malta, rather than UN Security Council President, Ian Borg expressed how Russia’s brutal, unprovoked and unjustified war is a blatant violation of the United Nations Charter and international law.

Borg commended Ukraine and its people for their incredible courage and resilience for defending their right to exist in the face of brutal aggression and also maintaining the values and principles of rule-based international law.

“In closing, as a member of the Security Council, Malta will continue to support all efforts to address the consequences of Russia’s aggression. We also reiterate that the only step towards a lasting peace would be for Russia to immediately cease all hostilities, and unconditionally, completely withdraw all of its forces and military equipment from the entire territory of Ukraine within its internationally recognised borders.”

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Renowned Italian journalist Maurizio Costanzo dies aged 84

Renowned Italian journalist Maurizio Costanzo dies aged 84
Feb 24 2023 Share

Maurizio Costanzo, the renowned Italian journalist, writer, and pioneering TV talk show host, passed away at the age of 84, his press office confirmed on Friday.

Costanzo was widely known for his popular talk show, The Maurizio Costanzo Show, which aired on Silvio Berlusconi’s Mediaset network for years, making him a star and household name in Italy. 

He was recognized for his quick wit, sharp commentary, and penetrating interviews.

Costanzo began his career in journalism at the age of 18 with the Roman newspaper Paese Sera and later founded the short-lived tabloid L’Occhio. He was also a radio and TV host, including for the popular Bontà loro show on state broadcaster RAI. 

Costanzo was also a screenwriter for several films and the co-writer of the lyrics of the hit song Se Telefonando.

Costanzo’s campaigns were well-known and included one against the mafia that almost took his life in 1993. Despite the Cosa Nostra bomb attack, he doubled down on his fight against organized crime. 

Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni led tributes to the journalist, describing him as an “icon of journalism and TV,” thanking him for bringing culture, charm, and kindness into the homes of Italians.

Costanzo’s passing marks the end of an era in Italian media, where he was a key figure, shaping and influencing the industry for decades. His legacy will continue to inspire future generations of journalists, writers, and TV hosts in Italy and beyond.

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