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Hollywood manga adaptation 'Alita: Battle Angel' to take on film version of author Liu Cixin's 'The Wandering Earth' in China

Director James Cameron has returned to China, this time as producer of the latest Hollywood sci-fi blockbuster Alita: Battle Angel, an adaptation of the popular Japanese manga series from Yukito Kishiro. Opening this Friday, the film from director Robert Rodriguez will hit theaters at a time when Chinese sci-fi film The Wandering Earth, itself an adaptation of a short story, is still dominating the domestic box office with more than $575 million earned so far.
Source: Global Times | 2019/2/19 18:53:40

French court okays screening of film on priest's abuse of boy scouts

A French court on Monday approved cinema screenings of an award-winning director's new film about the real-life story of a priest accused of sexually abusing boy scouts, even though the case has yet to come to trial.
Source: AFP | 2019/2/19 18:38:40

'Alita' vanquishes box-office rivals

Fox's new sci-fi spectacle Alita: Battle Angel is dominating North American box offices with an estimated $33 million take this four-day holiday weekend, industry trackers said on Sunday.
Source: AFP | 2019/2/18 17:38:39

Leads for Wang Xiaoshuai's 'So Long, My Son' win Silver Bears

Chinese netizens cheered on Sunday morning when news hit that director Wang Xiaoshuai's new film So Long, My Son had grabbed two Silver Bear trophies for its lead actress Yong Mei and actor Wang Jingchun at the 69th Berlin International Film Festival, or Berlinale.
Source: Global Times - AFP | 2019/2/17 17:08:39

Chinese films galore at Berlin Film Festival

Some 10 Chinese films, featuring topics including China's ethnic groups in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region and homosexuality, are scheduled to be screened at the Berlin International Film Festival, with many Chinese movie goers excitedly calling the festival “a big year for Chinese films.”
Source: Global Times | 2019/2/14 18:58:40

Streaming, diversity drive 'epic' African stories: Ejiofor

British-Nigerian actor-director Chiwetel Ejiofor said the rise of streaming platforms and a growing appetite for new voices in movies have opened the door for "epic" African stories to reach a global audience.
Source: AFP | 2019/2/14 17:38:40

Netflix wars hit Berlin filmfest as lesbian drama premieres

The first Netflix movie in competition at the Berlin film festival, telling the extraordinary true story of a gay marriage in Spain a century ago, premiered on Wednesday amid a protest from German cinema operators.
Source: AFP | 2019/2/14 16:28:40

Chinese sci-fi blockbuster 'The Wandering Earth' catches audiences at home and abroad in its gravitational pull

New sci-fi blockbuster The Wandering Earth had gained a lot of attention from Chinese media and audiences long before its premiere in the Chinese mainland on February 5 as it is an adaptation of Hugo Award winning sci-fi writer Liu Cixin's novel of the same name and stars Wu Jing, the actor/director behind patriotic mega-hit Wolf Warrior 2.
Source: Global Times | 2019/2/13 18:23:40

Directors of Netflix Catalonia documentary return award

The directors of Netflix documentary Two Catalonias said on Tuesday they had returned a German award because the involvement of Catalonia's former president Carles Puigdemont in the ceremony had "politicized" the "neutral" spirit of their work.
Source: AFP | 2019/2/13 17:38:40

Swinton overlooked daughter at first for starring film role

Tilda Swinton and a childhood friend prepared for months to make a film about a traumatic experience from their youth before realizing that the actress's daughter would be perfect for the starring role.
Source: AFP | 2019/2/13 16:23:40

Latest 'Lego' film clicks well enough to lead N.American box office

A new movie starring a bunch of interlocking plastic bricks has snapped its way to the top of North American box offices this weekend, according to industry estimates on Sunday.
Source: AFP | 2019/2/11 17:48:39

'Roma' wins Bafta glory in new advance for Netflix

Netflix black-and-white production Roma triumphed at the Bafta film awards on Sunday, boosting Academy Award hopes for the US streaming giant despite concerns that its business model is undermining the film industry.
Source: AFP | 2019/2/11 16:53:39

Domestic sci-fi films dominate China's Spring Festival holiday period

After setting a new single day box-office record for the Chinese mainland with 1.44 billion yuan ($213 million) on Tuesday, the first day of the Chinese New Year, the seven-day Spring Festival holiday brought in an estimated total of 5.86 billion yuan, a 1.6 percent year-on-year increase from 2018's festival period.
Source: Global Times | 2019/2/10 20:08:39

Binoche hails starring role for women as Berlin filmfest opens

Europe's first major film festival of the year, the Berlinale, kicked off on Thursday with jury president Juliette Binoche welcoming an unprecedented line-up of female directors.
Source: AFP | 2019/2/10 19:38:40

Chinese New Year's day box office sets a new record

The Chinese mainland film made 1.43 billion yuan ($212 million) at the box office on its Lunar New Year's day on February 5, a 11.7 percent increase over last year's 1.28 billion yuan, a new high.
Source: Global Times | 2019/2/6 13:36:48

"Glass" tops North American box office for third weekend in a row

Universal's presentation of superhero thriller film "Glass" topped North American box office with an estimated 9.53 million US dollars for a third weekend in a row, leading the weakest Super Bowl weekend in nearly two decades.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/2/4 10:35:02

Chinese mainland's January box-office lowest since 2015

The Chinese mainland box office brought in a total of 3.36 billion yuan ($499 million) in January, 1.59 billion lower than the same period in 2018 for a 32.1 percent year-on-year decrease.
Source: Global Times - Agencies | 2019/2/1 18:03:40

'Alita: Battle Angel' gets lukewarm reception

Some 15 years in the making and after multiple delays, sci-fi epic Alita: Battle Angel finally arrived on Thursday, but the Japanese manga-inspired action film earned only lukewarm reviews.
Source: Reuters | 2019/2/1 16:58:40