Palestinian-Algerian filmmaker Lina Soualem will be joining the jury panel at Cannes Docs

Palestinian-Algerian filmmaker Lina Soualem will be joining the prestigious jury panel at the forthcoming Cannes Docs, set to take place virtually from Monday, June 22 to Thursday, June 25.Soualem will be joined on the jury by Zane Balcus, head of the Baltic Sea Forum for Documentaries in Latvia, an

7 Things Bond's 25th Movie No Time To Die Is Doing Very Differently

When a movie promises to “change everything” about a storied franchise that’s been operating for several decades and counting, one has to wonder exactly how those changes are going to show up. No Time To Die is making that exact claim in its advertising, and while there are some hi

Nolan movie ‘Tenet’ to test audience appetite as it opens July 31

Director Christopher Nolan’s thriller “Tenet” will debut in cinemas on July 31, distributor Warner Bros. said on Friday, the first new blockbuster in months for movie theaters that need fresh films to lure audiences after pandemic-related closures. Theaters are starting to reopen

Cairo film festival's art director resigns amid controversy

An Egyptian movie critic has resigned from a role in Egypt’s oldest film festival due to criticism about “inflammatory” social media posts. Ahmed Shawky’s resignation comes after a wave of anger erupted on social media against his appointment as artistic director of this

AT&T launches HBO Max, vying with Netflix, others for quarantine viewing

AT&T’s WarnerMedia division launches its HBO Max streaming service on Wednesday, taking on Netflix, Disney and Amazon at a time when coronavirus lockdowns have boosted demand for streaming even as rising unemployment has cut disposable incomes. HBO Max launches to a captive audience stuck

Venice Film Festival will go ahead in September, says Veneto governor

The Venice Film Festival will go ahead as scheduled at the beginning of September, Luca Zaia, the governor of the region around the Italian city said on Sunday as the spread of the new coronavirus in the country slows. Organized by the Biennale di Venezia company, Venice is the world’s longes

The drive-in movie stages a comeback in U.S. in coronavirus era

The drive-in movie, dismissed by many as a relic of an earlier time in America, is making a comeback as entertainment seemingly designed for the coronavirus era.Beth Wilson, who owns the Warwick Drive-in about an hour’s drive from Manhattan, says it has been sold out since May 15, the first da

‘Hollywood’ rewrites Tinseltown’s history

Netflix’s 2018 deal with writer, director and producer Ryan Murphy was a real statement of intent for the streaming service, and the arrival of “Hollywood” marks the second Netflix project from the US powerhouse behind shows including “Nip/Tuck,” “Glee,” &ld

Tom Cruise aims higher with movie shot on space station

Action star Tom Cruise is working on a movie shot in outer space, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration said on Tuesday. “NASA is excited to work with @TomCruise on a film aboard the @Space_Station!,” NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine wrote on Twitter. “We need popul

NASA is working with Tom Cruise to shoot a film in outer space. Yes, really

Tom Cruise wants to fly into outer space in the name of filmmaking, and NASA says it's happening. The head of NASA confirmed Tuesday that the space agency is working with actor Tom Cruise to make a movie on the International Space Station. A NASA spokesperson also confirmed to CNN Business that Cru

Disney announces new 'Star Wars' theatrical film directed by Taika Waititi

Oscar-winning “Jojo Rabbit” screenwriter Taika Waititi will direct and co-write a new “Star Wars” feature film for theaters, Walt Disney Co (DIS.N) said on Monday. A new “Star Wars” series for streaming service Disney+ also is in development from “Russian D

World's biggest film festivals unite for 10-day global streaming event

More than 20 film festivals around the world have joined together to stream movies free on YouTube after the coronavirus pandemic shuttered movie theaters and forced the cancellation of annual showcases in Cannes and New York. The 10-day “We Are One: A Global Film Festival” will feature

Whitney Houston's life to be made into feature film

Whitney Houston is headed back to the big screen in a feature film about the singer’s life that took her to the heights of fame but ended in drug addiction and tragedy. Taking its title from one of Houston’s biggest hits - “I Wanna Dance with Somebody” - the film has the bac

Coronavirus lockdown inspires animation about deteriorating conditions in Lebanon

A one-minute animated video, inspired by the infamous Super Mario video game, is making Lebanese stuck at home under lockdown smile but also lament their collective situation. Entitled “The life of a Lebanese in 1 minute”, the video is accompanied by Arabic lyrics that poke fun at the u

Watching ‘Trolls World Tour’? Bring ear plugs

On the heels of the excellent serial remake of “High Fidelity,” about a tasteful Brooklyn record store owner, comes “Trolls World Tour,” in which different pixie clans each representing a music genre vie for sonic domination. Both are quaint in their own way, pretending that

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