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Security woes at African film festival

Africa's biggest film festival opened on Saturday marking its 50th anniversary and buoyed by its contributions to the continent's film industry but overshadowed by security problems in host country Burkina Faso.
Source: AFP | 2019/2/24 18:13:40

Film 'If Beale Street Could Talk' wins top prize at Spirit Awards

If Beale Street Could Talk was crowned best picture on Saturday at the Film Independent Spirit Awards - as Oscar favorite Roma scooped best international film. Directed by Barry Jenkins, If Beale Street Could Talk took two other prizes: best director for Jenkins, and best supporting actress for Regina King.
Source: AFP | 2019/2/24 17:48:39

Sci-fi fight

With a 132 million yuan ($19.67 million) opening on Friday, Hollywood CGI blockbuster Alita: Battle Angel knocked Chinese sci-fi hit The Wandering Earth from the No.1 spot at the daily box-office in the Chinese mainland, where it had stayed for two weeks.
Source: Global Times | 2019/2/24 17:43:40

Melissa McCarthy wins worst-actress Razzie, but there's a silver lining

Actress and comedian Melissa McCarthy might hope there's truth in the saying that "all publicity is good publicity" now that she has won "Razzie" awards as worst actress for not one but two movies.
Source: AFP | 2019/2/24 17:43:39

Spotlight: China-born filmmakers strive for gold in 2019 Oscar race

As the global film industry's highest accolade -- Hollywood's Academy Awards, or the Oscars -- will be handed out here Sunday, China-born filmmakers are eyeing the prize with their nominated works.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/2/24 15:08:32

Liu Haoran to voice 'How to Train Your Dragon 3' lead

Chinese actor Liu Haoran will dub the lead character of Hiccup for the Chinese version of the last film in the How to Train Your Dragon franchise: The Hidden World. The young actor showed up for the film's premiere in Beijing on Wednesday.
Source: Global Times | 2019/2/21 18:13:41

Queen to open Oscars

British rock band Queen will open this weekend's Oscars show, a representative for the band said on Tuesday, ending the mystery over how the telecast would begin without a traditional host.
Source: Reuters | 2019/2/20 14:53:40

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