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TV makes film a ‘vintage genre’ says Travolta at Cannes

CANNES — Television is making cinema a “vintage genre,” John Travolta said Wednesday at the Cannes film festival, lamenting that films were “not as sought after” as before. Travolta, 64, was in Cannes for the premiere of his film about notorious New York mafia boss John Gotti — a family affair in which Travolta is […] The post TV makes film a ‘vintage genre’ says Travolta at Cannes appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: financeSource: bworldonline bworldonlineMay 17th, 2018

Korean film fest boasts five historical blockbusters

There will be no romcoms at the 2018 Korean Film Festival, which for now shelved the meet-cutes of oppas and eonnis despite the genre's mass appeal. But don't despair, Hallyu fans. The K-cinema showcase more than makes up for the lack of romance with five blockbusters that have instead embraced the Korean peninsula's past. This festival lineup---thematically dubbed "Time Travel"---tells us just how much our East Asian neighbor is willing to push the boundaries of filmmaking for the sake of history, heritage, and offering perspectives about how the past can shape the present. "The five featured films depict critical, decisive moments in Korean history," declared Lee Jin Cheol...Keep on reading: Korean film fest boasts five historical blockbusters.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 1st, 2018

Travolta family’s mob film to finally hit the screen

A long-awaited biopic of the notorious New York mafia boss John Gotti starring John Travolta is slated to premiere at Cannes, the film festival said Tuesday. The movie --- which is being shown at a "private presentation" on May 15 --- traces the epic rise and fall of the Gambino crime clan, one of America's most powerful mafia gangs in the 1980s. The film is very much a family affair, featuring Travolta's wife Kelly Preston as Gotti's wife Victoria, and his daughter Ella Bleu as Gotti's daughter Angel Gotti. "We're hoping to use Cannes as our launching pad," the film's marketing and distribution chief Dennis Rice told the Hollywood Reporter. The project first to...Keep on reading: Travolta family’s mob film to finally hit the screen.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 9th, 2018

2nd season of OPM singing show to focus on idea of ‘homecoming’

A YEAR after its successful season, Coca-Cola Philippines comes back with the second season of Coke Studio — the musical program which makes Filipino music artists collaborate to further the Original Pilipino Music (OPM) genre. The post 2nd season of OPM singing show to focus on idea of ‘homecoming’ appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsSep 3rd, 2018

Khavn makes noise at Silent film fest

Khavn dela Cruz It is quite ironic that one of the most vocal proponents of Philippine independent cinema has been tapped to join this year's International Silent Film Festival Manila. Filmmak.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsAug 25th, 2018

How sobriety turned Rob Lowe’s life around

LOS ANGELES---While some members of his "Brat Pack" generation of fellow actors have faded away, Rob Lowe continues to be a busy thespian. And now, Rob makes his major directing debut with "The Bad Seed," his remake of the classic horror film for Lifetime. The former matinee idol, who directed the TV short "Desert's Edge" in 1997, also stars in the horror-drama about a couple who realizes that their seemingly nice adolescent daughter, Emma (Mckenna Grace), may be a heartless killer. Patty McCormack, who played the daughter in the 1956 movie adaptation of the play which in turn was based on William March's novel of the same name, is in the cast of Rob's version. Excerpts from...Keep on reading: How sobriety turned Rob Lowe’s life around.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 23rd, 2018

WATCH: Anne Curtis takes on the horror genre in Aurora teaser trailer

MANILA, Philippines – Anne Curtis adds chilling horror to the list of genres she's explored this year as she stars in Yam Laranas' upcoming film, Aurora. In the film, Anne plays a girl named Leanna who lives on a small island where a ship named Aurora has crashed. Leanna and her sister ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsAug 22nd, 2018

Sarajevo film fest honors Turkish Palme d’Or winner

Turkish director and Cannes Palme d'Or winner Nuri Bilge Ceylan on Friday received an outstanding contribution award at the opening of the Sarajevo film festival. "This is great honour for me, really, and I accept it with my heart," the director said after receiving the "Heart of Sarajevo" award. Ceylan scooped the top prize at the Cannes film festival in 2014 for his epic drama "Winter Sleep". His latest feature, "The Wild Pear Tree", was also selected to compete for the Palme d'Or at Cannes. The Sarajevo film festival, now in its 24th year, will also celebrate Ceylan's talent as a stills photographer with a exhibition of his work in the Bosnian capital. The...Keep on reading: Sarajevo film fest honors Turkish Palme d’Or winner.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 11th, 2018

What makes Cinemalaya 2018 truly exciting?

Gary Devilles Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino "I want to see more stories like 'Respeto.' This year's Cinemalaya films in competition are really promising. I am looking forward to see films from directors and screenwriters who read literature." Teri Malvar "Distance" actress "This year's lineup is truly exciting. I think we have become more diverse with each film. We have films that talk about martial law, films that are rom-coms, about drama, about poverty and magic realism and many more. It's like having lots of food on our table to be catered to many, not to mention that its excellent quality." Laurice Guillen Cinemalaya Foundation president "While we hav...Keep on reading: What makes Cinemalaya 2018 truly exciting?.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 5th, 2018

I Love You, Hater review: Hard to love, harder to hate

There is one scene in Giselle Andres’ I Love You, Hater that makes the film almost worth all of its very many problems. Noteworthy for several reasons Zoey (Julia Barretto), clearly ecstatic, is in front of Joko (Joshua Garcia), her rival of several weeks for the position ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 15th, 2018

From Austria with love: New Alpine lair for 007 opens

In the last installment of his adventures, film-goers saw James Bond dice with death in the Austrian Alps. Now in the same location, 3,000 meters above sea level, a museum dedicated to the world of the fictional spy has opened its doors. After a vertiginous cable-car ride, visitors to the museum will be greeted by the sight of the futuristic, angular concrete structure jutting out of the sheer cliff-face, facing a panorama of dramatic peaks -- the image of a secret agent's lair. The "007 Elements" installation, which opened this week in Austria's Tyrol province, makes use of one of the standout locations of the last film in the franchise, 2015's "Spectre". Sever...Keep on reading: From Austria with love: New Alpine lair for 007 opens.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 14th, 2018

Anne falls in love with ‘beautiful, surreal’ Batanes

The way actress Anne Curtis puts it, accepting filmmaker Yam Laranas' offer to topbill his latest thriller "Aurora" was a no-brainer. "I've always wanted to work with Direk Yam in a movie, so after I read the script and loved the eeriness of it all... it was an instant yes," recalls Anne, who had collaborated with the director in advertising shoots in the past. Direk Yam describes the script, written by his wife, journalist Gin de Mesa, as "genre-bending." The director explains that the script is "grounded even if it's a compelling supernatural thriller at the same time." He concedes, however: "I know it is very scary, so some audiences will also say that it's a horror film....Keep on reading: Anne falls in love with ‘beautiful, surreal’ Batanes.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 9th, 2018

Manga adaptation trilogy ‘Chihayafuru’ headlines 2018 Eiga Sai

The three-part live-action film adaptation of a popular Yuki Suetsugu manga, "Chihayafuru," is among the highlights of the 2018 Eiga Sai, the annual film festival organized by the Embassy of Japan and Japan Foundation Manila. A study on youth and friendship, the manga-turned-film is about Chihaya Ayase (Suzu Hirose, whose film debut was in Hirokazu Kore-eda's 2015 Cannes entry "Our Little Sister"), a schoolgirl with a passion for the traditional, poetry-inspired Japanese card game called karuta. Series director and screenwriter Norihiro Koizumi will be in Manila for Eiga Sai's July 4 opening night to present the final instalment, "Chihayafuru: Musubi." It was released in Japan ...Keep on reading: Manga adaptation trilogy ‘Chihayafuru’ headlines 2018 Eiga Sai.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 1st, 2018

WATCH: Your Name. animation studio makes new feature film for Netflix

Image: Netflix The animation studio behind hit anime film 'Your Name.' has teamed up with Netflix for a new project, which is set to premiere early next month. Animation studio CoMix Wave.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJun 28th, 2018

Pista Ng Pelikulang Pilipino Year 2 Promises to Be a Bigger Celebration for PH Cinema

For the Film Development Council of the Philippines, the positive response to the first year of the Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino (PPP) was the beginning of a tradition that not only celebrates Philippine Cinema but actively support its growth and development. Launched in August 2017, PPP is a seven-day exclusive screening of quality genre Filipino […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsJun 18th, 2018

‘Incredibles 2’ makes heroic N. America box office debut

LOS ANGELES, United States -- "Incredibles 2," the long-awaited return of a quirky animated superhero family from Disney-Pixar, reigned supreme at the North American box office, raking in a record $180 million in its debut, industry estimates showed Sunday. It was the highest ever opening for an animated film in the US and Canada, easily besting the $135 million debut of its Disney-Pixar stablemate, "Finding Dory" (2016). The film tells the story of the Parr family -- matriarch Helen (Holly Hunter) is called upon to help bring the world's hiding superheroes back into the open, as husband Bob (Craig T. Nelson) navigates the day-to-day work of being a homemaker. Their children...Keep on reading: ‘Incredibles 2’ makes heroic N. America box office debut.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 18th, 2018

French and Filipino cinephiles unite

In a time of suffering and strife, cinema's role becomes all the more crucial in building a progressive and inclusive society. Nicolas Galey, France's ambassador to the Philippines, told the Inquirer: "The root of many conflicts all over the world is intolerance and the failure to accept different beliefs, traditions and values. Cinema is a medium that promotes understanding among different people and cultures. It is a way of opening minds." With this principle in mind, the Embassy of France to the Philippines continues to spearhead the French Film Festival, now on its 23rd year. "Every year, we hope that the festival makes a positive contribution in broadening the perspecti...Keep on reading: French and Filipino cinephiles unite.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 5th, 2018

23rd edition of French fest unreels tomorrow

The Francophile in me is more than excited for the 23rd edition of the French Film Festival (FFF) in the Philippines. This year's festival features 21 contemporary and recent French films, plus a retrospective of the master of French film noir, Jean-Pierre Melville. The FFF continues its tradition of paying tribute to Philippine cinema on Independence Day (June 12). It will feature Raymond Red's "Anino" and "Himpapawid." Red bagged the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival for the short film "Anino." Zig Dulay's "Bagahe" will also be shown. It won the grand prize (Cyclo d'Or) of the Vesoul Asian Film Festival. The FFF will run from June 6 to 12 at Greenbelt 3, June 8-12 at Bon...Keep on reading: 23rd edition of French fest unreels tomorrow.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 4th, 2018

21 films on the 23rd year of the French Film Festival

FOR ITS 23rd year, the French Film Festival is serving 21 films with the aim to “embody the richness and depth of French society through the creativity of French filmmakers.” Among the critically acclaimed films to be shown are Olivier Assayas’ Personal Shopper (2016), which competed in the official competition of the Cannes Film Festival that same year; Cedric Kahn’s Le Priere (2018), which won Anthony Bajon the Silver Bear for Best Actor in the 2018 Berlin International Film Festival; and the jazz biopic Django (2016) by Etienne Comar, which served as the opening film of the 2017 Berlin International Film Festival. The post 21 films on the 23rd year of the French Film Festival appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsJun 4th, 2018

Cate Blanchett on ‘Ocean’s 8’: I have hit the jackpot

  LOS ANGELES---Cate Blanchett, striking in a bright yellow pantsuit, gold heels and the reddest lipstick, walked into a hotel meeting room in Manhattan looking like she owned the world. "No, I think Viacom and Google own the world," she quipped. The Aussie, who recently headed the Cannes Film Festival jury, is one of the few actresses in contemporary cinema who evokes true glamour and the magnetism of the stars of Hollywood's golden age. Asked how she does it---consistently among the stunners on the red carpet---Cate cracks, "Oh it's easy. I wake up and look like that. No hair and makeup people. I do it all myself (laughs). What is great is that I have had a long cr...Keep on reading: Cate Blanchett on ‘Ocean’s 8’: I have hit the jackpot.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 2nd, 2018

Why we can’t all be Citizen Jake

“Citizen Jake” is the reclusive auteur Mike de Leon’s first film in 18 years, which makes it a landmark in itself and with a reputation that precedes it......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 2nd, 2018