Harry Potter and A Dog's Journey: Chinese cinemas detail plans to lure back audiences after coronavirus

Plans to kickstart business at Chinese cinemas, when most of its 70,000 screens reopen at the end of March, have been announced. Variety reports that China’s main state-owned distributor, which funnels government-approved product into cinemas, has chosen a small handful of popular titles to t


Hollywood movie studios suspend release of box office data after coronavirus slump

Movie studios Walt Disney and Universal Pictures said on Thursday they were suspending the release of box office data because of the closure of movie theaters in multiple countries in a bid to contain the coronavirus. The decision follows the worst weekend in more than two decades at the North Amer


Disney delays Marvel's 'Black Widow' debut due to coronavirus

Walt Disney Co will postpone the May 1 theatrical release of Marvel movie “Black Widow” to a future date because of the coronavirus outbreak, as theaters close and people are advised not to congregate, the company said in a statement on Tuesday. The action movie starring Scarlett Johans


Kim Wall: Netflix distances itself from documentary after participants claim they didn't consent

Netflix have stalled their plans to release an Australian documentary about Danish murderer Peter Madsen, after multiple people involved said it used footage of two people without their consent, and would re-traumatise and “endanger their health” if it airs. Madsen, a well-known Danish


A Quiet Place and Fast & Furious sequels postponed due to coronavirus pandemic

The horror sequel A Quiet Place Part II and action thriller follow-up Fast & Furious 9 are being postponed over fears linked to the coronavirus pandemic. The follow-up to the 2018 hit A Quiet Place was due to launch globally from 18 March but director John Krasinski announced on Thursday on Ins


Returning to acting, Jagger plays a man of wealth and taste

It’s been nearly 20 years since Mick Jagger last acted, but as the new film “The Burnt Orange Heresy” shows, his chops have gathered no moss. In the film, which Sony Pictures Classics will release Friday, Jagger co-stars alongside Claes Bang and Elizabeth Debicki as a devilish art


Giving millionaires the boot: why Cahiers du Cinéma editors quit en masse

The mass resignation of the staff of Cahiers du Cinéma, the film journal that launched the French New Wave, has reignited debate in France about the possibility of critical independence in a society whose major stakeholders frequently operate in several spheres. On Thursday, the 15 staff wri


Berlin stars in tale of a refugee's hunger to belong

Away from Berlin’s clubs, far from the tourist hotspots, young drug dealers, many of them immigrants, eke out a marginal existence on the fringes of the city: theirs is the story of Afghan-German director Burhan Qurbani’s “Berlin Alexanderplatz”.A retelling of Alexander Doebl


Diversity is now centre stage': Berlin film festival sets industry precedent

The Berlin film festival has achieved gender parity in some of its most senior positions a year after signing a pledge that commits film festivals to improve representation in relation to diversity. The Berlin festival, which opened on Thursday, is one of the major events to sign up to 5050x2020, w


Netflix will stream six award-winning Saudi Arabian films

Netflix, the world’s leading video streaming service, will show six award-winning Saudi Arabian short films that tackle thought-provoking social issues starting from February 27. The films, produced by the Saudi and UAE-based studio Telfaz11, will be available to viewers in 190 countries. Re


Inequality tour: The real-life sights of South Korea's Oscar-winning 'Parasite'

From the houses to the noodles, South Korea’s Oscar winning movie “Parasite” tells its story of a suffocating class struggle through the sights and smells of Seoul. “Parasite” made history as the first non-English language movie to win the Oscar for best picture on Sun


Sam Mendes in final push for glory at male-dominated Oscars

The Brits are coming back: every awards bellwether so far this season suggests Sam Mendes’s first world war drama 1917 will scoop best picture and best director at the 92nd Academy Awards this Sunday. The film, which was inspired by stories told to Mendes by his grandfather, Alfred, about his


Joker Scores 11 BAFTA Nominations, Including Best Film & Actor

Joker leads the 2020 BAFTA nominations with eleven nods (including, Best Film), even as the nominees are criticized for being largely white and male.The 2020 BAFTA nominees have been announced, with Joker landing eleven nominations (including, Best Film and Actor). Todd Phillips' DC movie has been a


The Batman Set Photos Reveal First Look At Colin Farrell’s Penguin

Production is underway on The Batman, with leaked set photos offering the first look at Colin Farrell as Penguin. The Caped Crusader is about to get a face-change in the DC Extended Universe (as it's unofficially known), with Robert Pattinson taking over from Ben Affleck after his appearances in Bat


The Favourite lives up to its name at European cinema's night of nights

It was the clear winner at the Berlin ceremony, picking up a total of eight awards, including Best Film and Best Director for Yorgos Lanthimos. Its Oscar-winning star Olivia Colman was unable to attend because of filming commitments, but co-producer Andrew Lowe addressed the audience on behalf of t


‘Star Wars’ stays aloft to again top North America box office

 Los Angeles - “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” stayed on a strong glide path in North American theaters, taking in an estimated $73.6 million for the three-day weekend, industry watcher Exhibitor Relations reported Sunday. The Disney film, marketed as a grand finale of the nine-


‘1917’ is the worst war movie ever

Two British soldiers carry a message of mortal importance across No Man’s Land during the Battle of Passchendaele in April 1917. Thanks to director Sam Mendes’ ham-handed attempts at cinematic innovation, the audience views the sequence of events from the perspective of a small dog dragg


Daniel Craig on returning as James Bond for the last time: We needed to finish something off

Actor Daniel Craig said that he had some unfinished business with the James Bond franchise that made him come back as the famed British spy for one last time. Craig, who took over the role of the suave 007 agent from Pierce Brosnan, has so far featured in four Bond films -- Casino Royale (2006), Qu





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