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Notre Dame Cathedral’s 7 most iconic moments in film

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As the world reels in the wake of a destructive fire that damaged the iconic Notre Dame Cathedral in France, many are looking back at some of the structure’s more iconic moments.

Although firefighters were able to contain the blaze before the building fell to rubble, its iconic spire and a good portion of its roof were destroyed. The potential loss of this centuries-old landmark was felt across the world as people wondered if one of history’s greatest feats of architecture would be wiped off the map for good.

The contribution of Notre Dame to history is incalculable. However, for many that have never seen it in person, the famed cathedral has acted as the face of Paris across many iconic films.

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To celebrate Notre Dame Cathedral after such a near-miss, below is a rundown of some of the most iconic times it popped up in film.

“The Hunchback of Notre Dame” (1996)

"The Hunchback of Notre Dame" features the iconic cathedral heavily throughout the film.

“The Hunchback of Notre Dame” features the iconic cathedral heavily throughout the film.
(Disney)

Based on the French Gothic novel by Victor Hugo, this Disney animated feature is responsible for introducing a generation of people to Notre Dame by way of Quasimodo’s story of acceptance for all. Although it’s by no means the first movie to tell the story of The Hunchback, with adaptations dating back to 1905, it’s the most recent and perhaps well-known glimpse into the story of a young man and the French cathedral he calls home.

“Van Helsing” (2004)

'Van Helsing' opens with a fight scene on th roof of Notre Dame.

‘Van Helsing’ opens with a fight scene on th roof of Notre Dame.
(Universal Pictures)

Hugh Jackman stars as the titular character based on the 1897 horror novel “Dracula.” Unlike the book for which the character is based, “Van Helsing” sees the monster hunter travel all across Europe defeating a bevy of well-known horrors along the way. Among the cavalcade of creepy creatures that Helsing faces down is Mr. Hyde. Based on the novel “Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde,” the film opens with Helsing tracking the hulking beast to none other than Notre Dame Cathedral where they have an intense battle that showcases the hero’s abilities before he takes on Count Dracula himself.

“The Three Musketeers” (2011)

'The Three Musketeers' uses the roof of Notre Dame as the setpiece for its climax.

‘The Three Musketeers’ uses the roof of Notre Dame as the setpiece for its climax.
(Summit Entertainment)

Like many inclusions on this list, there are many other adaptations of the “Three Musketeers,” based on Alexandre Dumas’ 1944 novel. However, what makes the 2011 film an inclusion here is the climactic sword fight between d’Artagnan and Englishman Rochefort that takes place on the roof of the iconic building. The thrilling duel uses the iconic French landmark to stage an action scene like no other.

“Amelie” (2001)

The main character in 'Amelie' faces tragedy during a visit to Notre Dame.

The main character in ‘Amelie’ faces tragedy during a visit to Notre Dame.
( Claudie Ossard Productions)

This 2001 romantic comedy deals with a bit of tragedy using Notre Dame as its setting. The film tells the story of a young girl who goes to the cathedral each year to pray for a younger brother. During one trip, however, she faces a horrific moment when a suicidal tourist leaps from the cathedral and lands on her mother, killing her instantly. While the moment is sad, it sets off a chain of events that sends the adult Amelie on an adventure to find love.

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“The Walk” (2015)

Philippe Petit (Joseph Gordon Levitt) plans his walk across Notre Dame.

Philippe Petit (Joseph Gordon Levitt) plans his walk across Notre Dame.
(Sony Pictures)

While “The Walk” is mostly a film about New York City’s Twin Towers, which tragically fell during the 9/11 terrorist attacks in 2001, Notre Dame plays a key role in the beginning of the film. Based on the real-life exploits of French high-wire artist Philippe Petit, the film focuses on his iconic tightrope walk between the top of the twin towers. However, he’s emboldened to try the death-defying stunt after successfully walking between the towers of the cathedral in Paris.

“Rugrats in Paris” (2000)

The Rugrats crash a wedding at Notre Dame in the only way they know how.

The Rugrats crash a wedding at Notre Dame in the only way they know how.
(Nickelodeon)

When a two-year-old learns that his father is going to marry the wrong woman, he does what every baby would do – crashes a giant animatronic dinosaur through the streets of Paris to stop the wedding at Notre Dame. When Chuckie’s dad is duped into marrying an evil French executive that hates children, the babies rally and take a Reptar robot through the city. Along the way, they pass famous landmarks such as the Arc de Triomphe and the Eiffel Tower before making their way to the cathedral where Chuckie objects to the wedding with his first audible word spoken to the adults.

“An American in Paris” (1951)

The main characters of 'An American in Paris' fall in love in the shadow of Notre Dame.

The main characters of ‘An American in Paris’ fall in love in the shadow of Notre Dame.
(MGM)

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Paris earns its reputation as the city of love in this story about an artist who falls in love with a French woman who is already with another man. While the story takes place all throughout the great city, the two main characters’ romance is bookended along the Seine in the shadow of Notre Dame. They fall in love to the tune of the Gershwins’ “Our Love is Here to Stay.”

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Bella Thorne sends hearts racing with sexy bikini snap after Mod Sun split

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Bella Thorne sends hearts racing with sexy bikini snap after Mod Sun split

Bella Thorne is showing her ex what he’s missing.

The former Disney child star posed for a series of sexy snaps on Instagram just days after announcing she had split from rapper Mod Sun.

“Not that chick that wears makeup in the pool,” Thorne captioned the sultry photo in which she dons a barely there black bikini as she exits a pool.

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She wore the same bathing suit days earlier while posing yet again poolside. “It’s hot help me,” she wrote.

Thorne, 21, announced last week that she and the 32-year-old rapper had parted ways after dating for more than a year.

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“I  will always love you. All good things must come to an end,” the actress wrote on Instagram. She punctuated the snap with a broken heart emoji.

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The breakup comes two months after Thorne announced she and girlfriend Tana Mongeau — who she dated concurrently with Mod Sun — split.

“Tana and I aren’t together anymore, pls stop asking. We love U guys,” Thorne tweeted in February.

Mongeau, 20, tweeted at the time, “i love her forever don’t get that twisted. she changed my life forever. don’t rly wanna talk on it.”

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In January, Thorne said of her relationships with Mongeau and Mod Sun, “I don’t think anybody will really understand the bonds that I share with Mod or Tana … Yeah, we joke around about poly, but we aren’t in the sense that we don’t put a word, a box or label too many things. It is what it is.”

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Chris Pratt reveals he’s ‘so thrilled’ to work with re-hired James Gunn on ‘Guardians of the Galaxy 3’

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Chris Pratt reveals he's 'so thrilled' to work with re-hired James Gunn on 'Guardians of the Galaxy 3'

Avengers: Endgame” star Chris Pratt is thrilled that he will work with writer and director James Gunn on the third “Guardians of the Galaxy” movie.

Gunn was fired by Disney in July 2018 after decade-old tweets resurfaced in which he joked about topics like pedophilia and rape. Walt Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn told Fox News at the time that the studio had “severed our business relationship” with Gunn. However, the studio reversed that decision in March.

“I was so thrilled, so excited. I think it’s the right move, I really stand behind it,” Pratt, 39, told People. “I’m really proud of Disney for hiring James back and ultimately thrilled for not only us, but also for the fans. I think it’s going to wrap up the trilogy in the best way.”

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He continued, “And Guardians of the Galaxy are really all about second chances and giving people an opportunity to be their best. We’re a ragtag squad of people coming together and having each other’s back. I think it really worked out the way it was supposed to, and I feel good about it.”

Pratt was among the eight cast members to share a note with Disney urging it to rehire Gunn in the wake of his controversy. At the time, Gunn had already apologized for his past comments noting that, early on in his career, he tried to be provocative with his comedy and regretted it.

Chris Pratt revealed that he's thrilled to work with director James Gunn again on 'Guardians of the Galaxy 3.'

Chris Pratt revealed that he’s thrilled to work with director James Gunn again on ‘Guardians of the Galaxy 3.’
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“My words of nearly a decade ago were, at the time, totally failed and unfortunate efforts to be provocative,” Gunn wrote at the time. “I have regretted them for many years since — not just because they were stupid, not at all funny, wildly insensitive, and certainly not provocative like I had hoped, but also because they don’t reflect the person I am today or have been for some time.”

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Disney announced that not only would it work with Gunn again, but it will use his script for “Guardians of the Galaxy 3” as well as reinstate him as director.

“I am tremendously grateful to every person out there who has supported me over the past few months. I am always learning and will continue to work at being the best human being I can be,” Gunn wrote following his reinstatement. “I deeply appreciate Disney’s decision and I am excited to continue making films that investigate the ties of love that bind us all. I have been and continue to be incredibly humbled by your love and support. From the bottom of my heart, thank you. Love to you all.”

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Before his third adventure with the Guardians, Pratt is expected to appear again in “Avengers: Endgame,” which hits theaters April 26. Meanwhile, Gunn will helm the sequel to “Suicide Squad” for DC and Warner Bros.

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Prince estate to release ‘Originals’ album of late legend’s versions of songs he wrote for other artists

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It’s a rare singer-songwriter who can just give away undeniable hits like “Nothing Compares 2 U,” “Manic Monday” and “The Glamorous Life” to other artists, but that’s exactly what Prince did throughout his 40-year career.

And on his birthday, June 7, the late artist’s estate, in partnership with Warner Bros. Records and Tidal, will release “Originals,” a 15-track album featuring 14 previously unreleased recordings by Prince of such songs. The tracks were selected collaboratively by Troy Carter, on behalf of The Prince Estate, and Jay-Z. (The full tracklist appears below.)

Starting June 7, “Originals” will stream exclusively on Tidal for 14 days. The announcement notes, “In the spirit of sharing Prince’s music with his fans as he wanted, the album will be available to stream in Master quality via Tidal’s HiFi subscription tier. Members will be able to hear the recordings just as the Artist intended the tracks to sound.”

On June 21, Warner Bros. will release the recordings, sourced directly from Prince’s archive of “Vault” recordings, via all download and streaming partners and physically on CD, while 180 gram 2LP and limited edition Deluxe CD+2LP formats will follow on July 19th. (Pre-order the album here.)

Prince was a monumentally prolific artist. By the mid-1980s, in addition to releasing nine of his most commercially successful albums, he also wrote and recorded many dozens of songs for proteges The Time, Vanity 6, Sheila E., Apollonia 6, Jill Jones, the Family, and Mazarati, and countless unreleased tracks. Often, Prince’s original demo recordings would be used as master takes on their albums, with only minor alterations to the instrumentation and a replacement of the vocal tracks. Other times, artists would rely on his demos to guide them through their own recording process, with Prince’s initial take informing their final version of his song.

“Originals” reveals the origins of these songs — many of which were substantial hits — along with deeper album cuts such as Vanity 6’s “Make-Up,” Jill Jones’s “Baby, You’re a Trip,” and Kenny Rogers’ “You’re My Love.” While several of the versions on “Originals” have been available on bootlegs, many have not. The only previously released track is Prince’s original 1984 version of “Nothing Compares 2 U,” which was issued in 2018 as a standalone single (although the 1992 live duet version with Rosie Gaines may be his definitive take). The song was originally released in 1985 by The Family, and made into an unforgettable No. 1 single by Sinead O’Connor five years later. The album also includes Prince’s versions of four songs he produced for Sheila E. and two by The Time.

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