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Sony opens CinemaCon with stunning show of new footage

Sony kicked off the annual CinemaCon convention in Las Vegas Monday with an array of stars and plenty of thrills in never-before-seen footage of its upcoming slate of movies.
Source: AFP | 2017/3/28 19:18:39

‘Small Talk’: One Taiwan director’s courageous tale of family strife

Filmmaker Huang Hui-chen felt bound by labels while growing up in Taiwan - impoverished, a school dropout and daughter of a lesbian Taoist priestess who she yearned to understand.
Source: AFP | 2017/3/28 18:58:40

Film festival opens in cinema-less Saudi Arabia after weather delay

The Saudi Film Festival opened Monday with 58 homegrown cinematic works to be screened in the ultra-conservative kingdom that continues to ban public cinemas.
Source: AFP | 2017/3/28 18:23:39

‘The Underground Railroad’

Director Barry Jenkins, whose movie Moonlight won this year's best picture Oscar, is writing and directing a drama for Amazon based on a prize-winning novel about escaping from slavery.
Source: AFP | 2017/3/28 18:18:39

"Kong: Skull of Island" tops Chinese box office

American blockbuster "Kong: Skull Island" saw 500 million yuan (72.6 million US dollars) in earnings for the week ending March 26, the clear box office winner for the week, China Film News reported Tuesday.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/3/28 13:56:10

Lucasfilm lost sleep over ‘Rogue One’ resurrections

It grossed $1 billion and picked up numerous awards nominations, but a particular aspect of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story proved one of the most controversial moments in the entire franchise.
Source: AFP | 2017/3/27 18:58:40

Hong Kong filmmakers cooperate with Chinese mainland police for new crime movie

Looking for a way to fit into the Chinese mainland market has been one of the biggest challenges for many Hong Kong filmmakers since they first started heading north. Now, about a decade later, it seems that some have found a way to get their foot in the door: Create political mainstream works in cooperation with the government.
Source: Global Times | 2017/3/27 18:58:39

'Beauty' stays on top, but much-maligned 'Rangers' shows box-office power

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast continued its blockbuster ways this weekend, dominating North American movie screens with a three-day take of $88.3 million, according to an estimate from the specialized Exhibitor Relations.
Source: AFP | 2017/3/27 18:38:39

Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" continues to lead North American box office

Disney's live-action remake of "Beauty and the Beast" continued to dominate the North American box office with an estimated 88.3 million US dollars this weekend, and powered the movie studios to have the best cumulative march film attendance ever.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/3/27 9:14:15

Oscar winner Brie Larson to play first female presidential candidate in the US in new film

Academy Award-winning actress Brie Larson will star in a movie about the first woman to run for US president decades before US women even had the right to vote.
Source: Reuters | 2017/3/26 17:53:39

‘The Fate of the Furious’ to be revealed in theaters this April

With its box-office take of 2.43 billion yuan ($352.7 million) in the Chinese mainland, Furious 7 has remained the top highest-earning imported film in China since it released in the country in April 2015. Two years later, The Fate of the Furious, the eighth installment in the franchise, will hit theaters in the Chinese mainland and North America on April 14.
Source: Global Times | 2017/3/26 17:33:39

Mediterranean film festival kicks off in Morocco as Chinese films shine

The 23rd edition of the International Mediterranean Film Festival opened on Saturday in Morocco's northern city of Tetouan, with China as the guest of honor.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/3/26 9:43:52

Crowdfunding brings ‘The Summer Is Gone’ to cinemas on Friday

The Summer Is Gone, director Zhang Dalei's maiden film and winner of the best film award at the 2016 Golden Horse awards, hits cinemas in the Chinese mainland on Friday.
Source: Global Times | 2017/3/23 18:38:40

Global Box office 2016

The global box office for films took in a record $38.6 billion last year, industry figures showed Wednesday, although receipts outside North America declined for the first time in 12 years as the Chinese market slowed.
Source: AFP | 2017/3/23 18:38:39

Global box office hits record $38.6 billion in 2016: movie lobby group

The global box office showed continued strength in 2016, rising 1 percent over last year's record-breaking figures to reach a new high of 38.6 billion US dollars, said the annual report released Wednesday by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA).
Source: Xinhua | 2017/3/23 13:39:28

Gyllenhaal breathes ‘Life’ into alien invasion genre

Eight decades after Flash Gordon hinted that aliens might not have our best interests at heart, mankind still risks destruction in the movies to make contact with extraterrestrial life.
Source: AFP | 2017/3/21 17:33:39

China welcomes Disney film’s gay content

Despite the various outcries over gay content in Disney's latest fantasy film Beauty and the Beast in countries and regions such as Malaysia, Singapore, Russia and Hong Kong, the reaction in the Chinese mainland has been relatively low-key even though gay-themed content is still a sensitive subject here when it comes to film.
Source: Global Times | 2017/3/20 19:00:47

‘Beauty’ proves a beast in sales

Disney's Beauty and the Beast smashed box-office records in its opening three-day weekend, taking in an unexpected $170 million, according to industry estimates.
Source: AFP | 2017/3/20 18:53:39