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  • Deadpool 2: Ryan Reynold Witty and Funny Sequel

    Fox’s Deadpool 2 should grab the second place slot in its sophomore weekend with $54.5 million from 4,349 theaters. The addition should give the “Deadpool” sequel an 11-day total of around $220 million. Starring Ryan Reynolds, Deadpool 2 sees the titular antihero forming the X-Force in an effort to save a young mutant from Josh […]

    Mary Shelley: Elle Fanning as the Famous Writer

     Image: Courtesy of TIFF Directed by Haifaa Al-Mansour, Mary Shelley shows the young author (Elle Fanning) falling in love with married Percy Shelley (Douglas Booth), thus beginning a life of travel, infidelity and loss. She wrote the original concept for Frankenstein (at the Geneve home of Lord Byron, played by Tom Sturridge), Mary Shelley (born […]

    Women in Film: Only 16 Percent of Film Writers in U.K. Are Female

    Only 16 percent of working film writers in the U.K. are female and only 14 percent of primetime TV is predominantly female-written, according to a report by the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain.

    Love, Cecil: Lisa Immordino Vreeland’s Docu about Legendary Designer (Oscar Winners Gigi, My Fair Lady)

    Estimable distributor Zeitgeist Films presents the theatrical release of Love, Cecil, Lisa Immordino Vreeland’s documentary about the British Oscar-winning designer (Gigi, My Fair Lady).

    Cannes Film Fest 2018: Yomeddine, Egyptian Director Amateurish Debut

    Egyptian director A.B. Shawky’s feature directing debut, Yomeddine, didn’t win any prize at the 2018 Cannes Film Fest. Thematically, the film was interesting–sort of The Elephant Man in a different geographical and political context. But artistically, it left a lot to be desired.  It was, in my humble view, one of the weakest entries in […]

    Gay Cinema 2018: LGBTQ Characters in Decline in Mainstream Hollywood

    Hollywood celebrated Call Me By Your Name and its two boyfriends at the most recent Oscars, where James Ivory won best screenplay Oscars, studio movies actually turned away from depicting LGBTQ characters in 2017. In a new survey of the 109 films released theatrically by the major studios last year, the advocacy group GLAAD reports […]

    Cannes Film Fests 2018: Jia Zhang-ke’s Ash Is the Purest White

    Tradition Vs. Modernity has been a consistent theme in the work of the highly acclaimed Chinese director Jia Zhang-ke, a staple presence in all the major world festivals, especially Venice and Cannes. His new work, Ash Is Purest White represents a point of departure in some ways: It is a genre work, jianghu underworld movie, […]

    Cannes Film Fest 2018: Long Day’s

    S YNOPSIS Luo Hongwu revient à Kaili, sa ville natale, après s’être enfui pendant plusieurs années. Il se met à la recherche de la femme qu’il a aimée et jamais effacée de sa mémoire. Elle disait s’appeler Wan Quiwen… Luo Hongwu returns to Kaili, the hometown from which he fled several years ago. He begins […]

    Cannes Film Fest 2018: Wildlife–Carey Mulligan on Playing Unfaithful Woman

    Carey Mulligan plays a woman who cheats on her husband in Paul Dano’s feature directing debut, Wildlife, a 1960s-set drama that opened the selective Critics Week sidebar of the 2018 Cannes Film Fest.

    Highest Paid Actors in Hollywood: Size of Blockbuster, Special Effects, Social Media–All Matter

    Variety Reports: In the 1990s, stars likes Julia Roberts, Will Smith, Tom Hanks, and Jim Carrey commanded salaries of $20 million for every film they made, plus profit participation  But those days are gone, and the number of actors who get pay packages on that order is dwindling. Superheroes and Star Wars movies are the […]

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