‘Hamilton’ makes a successful transition to the big screen

CHENNAI- Cinema sometimes looks to go back to its roots. Some years ago, European auteurs like Lars Von Trier, Thomas Vinterberg and others introduced “Dogme 95” as a new form of moviemaking, which meant using no props, no artificial lighting and no makeup. It did not last long. However,


‘Bulbbul’: A supernatural horror with a feminist angle

With Bollywood now releasing films via exclusive streaming platforms, actress Anushka Sharma’s production house, Clean Slate Films, debuted “Bulbbul” on Netflix last week. After “Phillauri” (2017) and “Pari” (2018), it would seem that Sharma gravitates towar


Daytime Emmys: ‘The Young and the Restless’ wins best drama

“The Young and the Restless” won best drama at the first virtual Daytime Emmys along with three acting trophies on Friday night, with some winners speaking out about racial injustice. Ellen DeGeneres accepted the trophy for best entertainment talk show for her self-titled program. &ldq


A world redrawn: Lebanon film director fears nothing will change

 Prize-winning Lebanese documentary filmmaker Carol Mansour fears the world has learnt nothing from the novel coronavirus shock and will go back to square one or worse when normal life returns.The director, who lost her father living in Canada to the COVID-19 disease, admits “what scares


Nadine Labaki’s short film to feature in new Netflix lockdown movie

A short film by Oscar-nominated Lebanese director Nadine Labaki and her producer husband Khaled Mouzanar is to feature in a new Netflix movie due to be released on June 30.The flick, “Homemade,” is a collection of short movies made by renowned filmmakers from around the world. Confined


Cast Away: 15 Behind-The-Scenes Facts About The Tom Hanks Movie

Warning: spoilers for Cast Away are in play. If you’re not familiar with the film, you might want to turn away from this article. If your name happens to be Wilson, we’re doubly sorry for this fact. Almost 20 years ago, director Robert Zemeckis and actor Tom Hanks took a pretty big ga


Egyptian short film vying for Cannes’ Palme d’Or

Congratulations are in order for Egyptian director Sameh Alaa whose short film “I Am Afraid to Forget Your Face” has been selected among 10 other shorts in competition for the Short Film Palme d’Or at Cannes. The film is up against “Blue Fear” by Marie Jacotey and Lola


Top Saudi titles in catalogue of 44 Arab movies being released by Netflix

Leading internet entertainment service Netflix is releasing a new catalogue of 44 movies by Arab directors, including Youssef Chahine, Youssry Nasrallah, Nadine Labaki, Moustapha Akkad, Anne Marie Jacir, Laila Marrakchi and many more.Among them are various Saudi titles that have made their debut thi


Lebanese film director keeps faith after COVID-19 dashes Cannes dreams

Many directors would have been devastated when their plans to show their first feature at the Cannes Film Festival were wrecked by the spread of COVID-19.But Lebanon’s Jimmy Keyrouz said he took heart from the themes of his movie “Broken Keys”, which tells its own story of finding


Oscars delayed to April due to movie industry coronavirus chaos

The 2021 Oscars ceremony was moved to April from February this week due to the havoc caused in the movie industry by the coronavirus pandemic.The ceremony for film’s highest honors will take place on April 25, 2021, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said in a statement. It had o


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





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