Director Villeneuve says science fiction epic ‘Dune’ more relevant today

Sept 3 (Reuters) – Tackling politics, religion, the fight for precious resources and the environment, Frank Herbert’s 1965 epic science fiction novel “Dune” is more relevant to today’s audiences, director Denis Villeneuve said on Friday as he brought his ambitious adaptation to the Venice Film Festival.

An ensemble cast led by Timothee Chalamet stars in the mammoth project, set in the future where noble families rule planetary fiefs.

Villeneuve, known for “Blade Runner 2049” and “Sicario”, read Herbert’s 400-page book as a child and described it as a “portrait of the 20th century” which through time became “a prediction of what will happen in the 21st”.

“Sadly the book is by far more relevant today about the danger of the blend between … religion and politics, the danger of messianic figures, the impact of colonialism … the problem with the environment,” he told a news conference.

“His book stayed with

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Dune: The Inside Story Of Denis Villeneuve’s Science-Fiction Epic | Movies

Get ready: Denis Villeneuve____’s Dune is coming. A no-holds-barred adaptation of (one half of) Frank Herbert’s ludicrously influential science-fiction novel, it’s a big-screen, big-budget, big-ambition odyssey with a sprawling, starry cast, an epic expanse of desert landscapes, a mind-blowing mythology, and blazing battle sequences. And after COVID delays, it’s finally about to premiere at the Venice Film Festival in a matter of days. Read Empire’s world-exclusive feature, with unparalleled access to one of the most anticipated sci-fi movies ever – going on set, and speaking to Villeneuve, Timothée Chalamet, Zendaya, Oscar Isaac, Rebecca Ferguson, Josh Brolin, Jason Momoa, Sharon Duncan-Brewster, and more…


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What do you do when you’re given the chance to make your dreams come true? We’re talking dreams you’ve had for 30 years, dreams of a desert planet and the extraordinary characters and creatures that inhabit it. Do you shy away, leave all those images safely in

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Timothee Chalamet’s much-awaited science fiction epic Dune will premiere at the Venice Film Festival

The long-awaited science fiction epic film Dune, which stars Timothee Chalamet, will have its world premiere at the upcoming Venice Film Festival.

The hotly-anticipated feature, which is based on Frank Herbert’s 1965 novel of the same name and directed by Denis Villeneuve, will make its debut out-of-competition on September 3rd.

The flick was originally supposed to have its premiere in November of 2020 and has since been set back for several factors, including the onset of the global pandemic. 

Big release: The Timothee Chalamet-lead Dune adaptation will have its world premiere at the upcoming Venice Film Festival on September 3rd

The feature will follow Paul Atreides, played by the 25-year-old lead, who is tasked with traveling to the desert planet Arrakis in the midst of a conflict regarding the control of a life-enhancing drug called Melange, also known as ‘spice.’

The film boasts an ensemble cast, with Oscar Isaac and

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State Board of Education discusses possible action against Epic Charter Schools

OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – The State Board of Education is having a meeting where they’ll discuss possible action for Epic Charter Schools.

In October, a report by the state auditor found that Epic Charter Schools owed the state $11.2 million, most of it for overpaying administrative costs. 

The school hasn’t paid back the money, and the Board of Education is discussing what the next course of action will be.

In the meantime, some lawmakers have tried proposing bills to create more transparency.

“There were several bills run this session on the Democrat side, the Republican side, that would’ve said [to] education management organizations like Epic, ‘We need to know how you’re spending those dollars. These are tax payer dollars,” Rep. Melissa Provenzano, D-Tulsa, said.

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