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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

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

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

Dune : Denis Villeneuve to direct a two-part adaptation

Canadian director Denis Villeneuve on one of his Cannes Film Festival appearances, this time in 2015. Image: AFP/Valery Hache via AFP Relaxnews After 'Blade Runner 2049' received five nom.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsMay 29th, 2018

Boyband BTS makes K-pop history topping US album charts

SEOUL — Korean boyband phenomenon BTS has become the first K-pop group to rise to the top of the US album charts, a vivid illustration of the genre’s growing global appeal. Known for boyish good looks, floppy haircuts, and meticulously choreographed dance moves, the septet has become one of South Korea’s best known and most […] The post Boyband BTS makes K-pop history topping US album charts appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsMay 28th, 2018

New docu claims Whitney sexually abused as a child

  "Whitney," a new documentary film on the late Whitney Houston, claims that the music icon was sexually abused by Dee Dee Warwick---her cousin and the younger sister of Dionne Warwick. Whitney's half-brother Gary Garland-Houston, and her longtime assistant Mary Jones made the allegations against Dee Dee, who died in 2008. Kevin Macdonald, the director of the documentary, which was recently showcased at the Cannes film festival, said he had sensed that Whitney may have been abused, based on watching interviews about her and various footage of her. "That was just an intuition, and then somebody mentioned it off-camera to me. They wouldn't talk about it on camera, but ...Keep on reading: New docu claims Whitney sexually abused as a child.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 20th, 2018

Japan wins Cannes top prize after Harvey Weinstein accuser takes stage

CANNES, France – Shoplifters, a heartwrenching family tale by Japanese veteran director Hirokazu Kore-eda, won the Palme d'Or top prize at the Cannes film festival Saturday, May 19 at a ceremony marked by an emotional speech from a Harvey Weinstein accuser. Spike Lee accepted the runner-up Grand Prix for BlacKkKlansman, ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMay 20th, 2018

French court authorizes release of ‘cursed’ Terry Gilliam film

A Paris court gave Terry Gilliam the go-ahead Friday to release "The Man Who Killed Don Quixote" in cinemas, a victory for the Monty Python member in the long-running legal battle over the apparently cursed film. The comedy, which is due to close the Cannes Film Festival on Saturday, was supposed to come out in French cinemas on the same day. But Paul Branco, a former producer of the disaster-hit production, made a last-minute court bid to halt its general release. Branco, who claims his Alfama Films owns exclusive rights to the movie, has waged a lengthy legal campaign to stop the Hollywood director from releasing the final version starring Jonathan Pryce and "Sta...Keep on reading: French court authorizes release of ‘cursed’ Terry Gilliam film.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 19th, 2018

Teen wins best actor in Cannes section for transgender role

A 16-year-old Belgian actor won best actor in the Un Certain Regard section of the Cannes film festival Friday for playing an aspiring transgender ballerina who brutalises her body to further her dreams. Victor Polster, a trained dancer, won the award for his cinematic debut in Lukas Dhont's "Girl", about a teen trapped in a boy's body desperate to speed up the gender reassignment process while trying to perfect her dance technique. A jury led by Benicio Del Toro awarded the section's top prize to the Swedish film "Border" by Ali Abbasi, about a female customs officer with a facial disfigurement but a extraordinary sense of smell that helps her detect fraudsters. T...Keep on reading: Teen wins best actor in Cannes section for transgender role.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 19th, 2018

Star power dims at post-Weinstein Cannes AIDS gala

: The downfall of Harvey Weinstein weighed heavily on the most glamorous party of the Cannes film festival Thursday, with many A-listers ducking out of an AIDS benefit gala with which he was closel.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsMay 18th, 2018