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Roman Polanski's wife rejects invitation to join Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences body

The wife of Roman Polanski, French actress Emmanuelle Seigner, said on Sunday she had rejected an invitation to join the body that awards the Oscars in protest at its decision to expel her husband over his historic statutory rape conviction in the US.
Source: AFP | 2018/7/8 18:33:40

'Dying to Survive' shoots to top of Chinese weekend box office with estimated 920m yuan take

Chinese black comedy Dying to Survive, which focuses on a businessman who imports generic pharmaceutical medicine from India to provide affordable treatment to leukemia patients in China, topped the Chinese mainland weekend box office with an estimated 920 million yuan ($138.5 million) to surpass the weekend debut of last year's summer hit Wolf Warrior 2, which is currently the highest-grossing film in China's history. Kicking off a limited-release run on June 30 and official debuting on Thursday, the film has made an estimated 1.3 billion yuan in total and is the 50th movie to break the 1 billion yuan mark in China.
Source: Global Times | 2018/7/8 18:18:39

S.Korean music and dramas becoming growing cultural power in China

Bands like EXO, Wanna One, BTS, and TV series such as Misty and Descendants of the Sun are some of the first things that pop into people's minds when it comes to South Korea.
Source: Global Times | 2018/7/5 18:58:39

Call for feminist education

Feminism should be taught in schools, said the French film legend Agnes Varda, who has become an icon for the #MeToo and Time's Up movements demanding equality in the film industry.
Source: AFP | 2018/7/5 17:48:39

Chinese 'Dallas Buyers Club' focuses on the illicit import of generic anticancer drugs from India to China

Three years ago, Chinese merchant and leukemia patient Lu Yong was charged with selling "fake" drugs; today, his story has become the basis for a new domestic film that looks ready to win big at the Chinese box office.
Source: Global Times | 2018/7/4 18:08:40

Marvel's newest star on female villainy, karaoke with Spielberg

When Hannah John-Kamen learned she was to be Marvel's next supervillain, she let out a yelp, hung up the phone and cranked up "Do My Thang," Miley Cyrus's empowering paean to self-determination.
Source: AFP | 2018/7/4 17:43:40

Post-apocalypse now

From the Bible to Nostradamus, the Mayan calendar and the Millennium Bug, fatalists, and the fervently religious have long been fascinated by the end of the world.
Source: AFP | 2018/7/3 18:28:39

"Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom" stays atop for second straight weekend in North America

Universal's "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom" stayed atop for the second weekend in a row at the North American box office with an estimated 60 million US dollars.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/7/3 14:01:01

'Jurassic' shakes box office

Big-grossing films Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom and Incredibles 2 again dominated the North American box office this weekend, but two new entrants beat expectations to place third and fourth, according to industry estimates on Sunday.
Source: AFP | 2018/7/2 17:42:19

'Animal World,' Chinese gambling manga adaptation, debuts in China

While recent Chinese adaptations of Japanese works have been getting the cold shoulder in China, Animal World - a film adaptation of Fukumoto Nobuyuki's gambling-themed manga Gambling Apocalypse Kaiji, which mixes imaginative clown-monster battles with a Hunger Games-type survival competition - is very likely to break this trend.
Source: Global Times | 2018/6/28 16:48:40

'Jurassic' tops N. America box office

Huge, green and scary stomped on cute, young and funny this weekend as Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom debuted at $148 million to dislodge Incredibles 2 from the top spot at the North American box office, sales data showed on Monday.
Source: AFP | 2018/6/26 18:38:39

New Chinese animated film tries to win audiences through their stomachs

As a country with a long-standing and diverse food culture, China is well-known around the world for its tasty cuisine. Looking to capitalize on this facet of the country's culture, a recent Chinese animated film Foodiverse seeks to use anthropomorphic food characters to tell the story of a young disabled girl's struggle to accept herself.
Source: Global Times | 2018/6/26 18:18:39

'Star Wars' struggles with the Dark Side of fandom

As much as they are about lightsabers, hyperspace and the eternal struggle of good versus evil, the recent installments in the Star Wars saga have also been about rebutting conventional wisdom on who can lead a movie.
Source: AFP | 2018/6/26 17:38:39

Bollywood star Sridevi wins posthumous prize

Bollywood superstar Sridevi Kapoor was honored for her final role at India's movie awards in Bangkok, winning the best actress prize at the colorful celebration of dance, music and film just months after her shocking death.
Source: AFP | 2018/6/25 17:28:40

'Ant-Man and the Wasp': Marvel's first superheroine movie

They made history and $1 billion with the first titular superhero of color in Black Panther - now Marvel's creatives and stars are repeating the trick for gender equality.
Source: AFP | 2018/6/25 17:18:40

Berlinale film festival to get new leadership duo to ensure event can continue to 'evolve'

Berlin authorities on Friday named a duo, including the director of the Locarno film festival, to jointly lead the Berlinale from 2020, taking over from long-time chief Dieter Kosslick.
Source: AFP | 2018/6/24 17:03:40

Hit Russian soccer film 'Coach' to make Chinese mainland debut on Friday

Coach, one of Russia's most successful soccer films in recent years, will hit Chinese mainland cinemas on Friday.
Source: Global Times | 2018/6/24 17:03:40

Indian film challenges India's traditional sanitary culture

The Bollywood production, Toilet: A Love Story, has raised quite a stink in China where it was recently released, sparking serious online discussion about sanitary conditions in the country's southern neighbor. The 2017 release that had the tills ringing in India is doing good business in the Chinese mainland with audiences giving it a thumbs-up after they heaped their appreciation on Dangal and Bahubali 2 - two other Indian blockbusters.
Source: Global Times | 2018/6/21 16:08:40