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India: The Padmavati controversy updates.

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Removing an offensive dotted Eye, by Alex Deleon, Pune, Maharashtra                       The big film news at the year end here in India is the ongoing controversy over the release of the new historical drama "Padmavati" by top senior director Sanjay Leela  Bhansali  starring top star Deepika Padukone in the title title role as a real queen of yore. The big joke (seriously) is that the film will get gover...

Yearend News from Bombay

The year 2018 in Bollywood has seen a dearth of box-office blockbuster and the industry has been counting on Salma Khan's latest, "Tiger Zinda Hai" (The tiger is still alive) a giant actioner co-starring his former girl friend Katrina Kaif.  This is the follow up to his megahit "Tiger Hai" of 2012 also costarring zoftic curvy Katrina who,  although only half Indian is the  leading sex symbol of the Bollywood.   The story this tim...

Baron Noir French series presented in 8 parts

The rapid addition of video streaming platforms has considerably expanded program viewing choices accessible to the internet audience. Netflix and Amazon have made a large number of foreign feature films, documentaries and television productions available and foreign series have increasingly become more prominent in their programs which are a mix of acquisitions and sometimes co-productions. Another new feature in the differentiated internet programming scene is subscription video on demand se...

Review from Kerala: THE BLACK JEW -- Karutha Joothan -- INDIA

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KERALA 2017 REPORTS   THE BLACK JEW -- Karutha Joothan -- INDIA       by Alex Chaim Deleon-Sinha             <filmfestivals.com>   Karutha Joothan (The Black Jew)  is a 2017 Malayalam film written, directed and produced by the National Award winning actor Salim Kumar in which Salim Kumar himself essays the lead character. A major new Indian from the Deep Dravidian South. Director, Scenario and leading role, Salim Kuma...

Alex and the smoking gun from Kerala Fest

ALEX Calling from Kerala Namaskor. Best film festival ever. Tops. Adipowli !!!! Awesome. The Best. Top Prize  film  Wajib, from Palestine, was Awesome But overall best film and Audience prize favorite was  "A mon age je me cache encore pour fumer " ... / At my age I still have to hide to smoke ... The film is a smoking gun in the face of Islamic oppression of women and is as only to be expected, banned in all Arab countries ~~ wallapalooza smackeroo  -...

Barco receives the Technology Innovator Award at CineAsia 2017

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  At a reception at the end of the 23rd edition of CineAsia 2017 in Hong Kong, key players in the cinema industry were awarded for significant contributions over the previous year. Barco was saluted as the Technology Innovator of the Year.   ...

5 film projects received vital funding with dubai film connection

Director Mohamed Ismail Laouti (R) and producer Willy Rolle (C) winners of the DIFF Award during the Dubai Film Connection Awards   More than USD 60,000 in prizes and unparalleled networking access to bring projects from script to screen 15 talented Arab filmmakers were awarded crucial funding and key partnership opportunities with the Dubai Film Connection (DFC), the co-production market of the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF). Filmmakers behind shortlisted projects prese...

2018 ECA Conference announced

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The Event Cinema Association’s annual conference is taking place on 7th February 2018 at Vue West End in Leicester Square, London. A highlight of the Event Cinema industry calendar, the conference is now in its 5th year and brings together a diverse range of content producers, technical providers, distributors and exhibitors from all over the world. Usual attendance is around 300 from 20 territories. Tickets will be on sale via the ...

7 films remain in competition in the Makeup and Hairstyling category for the 90th Academy Awards®

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that seven films remain in competition in the Makeup and Hairstyling category for the 90th Academy Awards®. The films are listed below in alphabetical order: “Bright” “Darkest Hour” “Ghost in the Shell” “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” “I, Tonya” “Victoria & Abdul” “Wonder” On Saturday, January 6, 2018, all members of the A...

141 scores are in contention for nominations in the Original Score category for the 90th Academy Awards®

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that “All I See Is You,” Marc Streitenfeld, composer “Annabelle: Creation,” Benjamin Wallfisch, composer “Battle of the Sexes,” Nicholas Britell, composer “Beauty and the Beast,” Alan Menken, composer “Blade Runner 2049,” Benjamin Wallfisch and Hans Zimmer, composers “Born in China,” Barnaby Taylor, composer “Boston,” Jeff Beal, compo...

70 songs are in contention for nominations in the Original Song category for the 90th Academy Awards®

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 70 songs from eligible feature-length motion pictures released in 2017 are in contention for nominations in the Original Song category for the 90th Academy Awards®. The original songs, along with the motion picture in which each song is featured, are listed below in alphabetical order by film title and song title: “U.N.I (You And I)” from “And the Winner Isn’t” “Love And Lies” f...

10 films remain in the running in the Visual Effects category for the 90th Academy Awards®.

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 10 films remain in the running in the Visual Effects category for the 90th Academy Awards®. The films are listed below in alphabetical order: “Alien: Covenant” “Blade Runner 2049” “Dunkirk” “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” “Kong: Skull Island” “Okja” “The Shape of Water” “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” “Valerian an...

Outdoor Premiere of Paddington 2 in Sydney at Moon Light Cinema

A screening for families who did not forget to bring their favourite teddy for this Teddy Bear’s Picnic! Premiere screening of Paddington 2, with some goodies given away like PADDINGTON 2 PRIZE PACKS ! Each pack contained Paddington 2 themed prizes including a bag, notebook, pencil case, pen AND a Moonlight Cinema Family Pass!   get the whole^ropgram and cities where the moonlight cinema happen https://www.moonlight.com.au/  ...

9 foreign language films advance in Oscar® race

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that nine features will advance to the next round of voting in the Foreign Language Film category for the 90th Academy Awards ®. Ninety-two films had originally been considered in the category. The films, listed in alphabetical order by country, are: Chile, “A Fantastic Woman,” Sebastián Lelio, director; Germany, “In the Fade,” Fatih Akin, director; Hungary, “On Body and Soul,&r...

Born in Deir Yassin, Neta Shoshani, Israel, 2016

One of the most important documentaries shown at the November 2017 edition of The Other Israel Film Festival held by the Manhattan JCC [Jewish Community Center] was Born in Deir Yassin by Neta Shoshani.  She introduces her production with text stating the essentials:  April 1948: The Jewish state and army are soon to be established in Palestine. The underground paramilitary organizations – the liberal “Haganah” and the radical “Irgun” and...

Living Among us will compete at Fantasporto 2018

Fantasporto - Oporto International Film Festival | Promoting high quality independent cinema and the new generation of film makers. Mission Promoting high quality independent cinema and the new generation of film makers. Fantasporto. A film festival filled with personality, rated in Variety as one of the 25 leading festivals of the world. All kinds of films, all genres, all audiences. But with a special taste for Fantasy.  Competitive and non-competitive. Closi...

It’s a beast. A crystal clear, suspense amplifier and a stunning work of art...says MGDSquan from Horror Society

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"so professional, so stylized, so futuristic that it’s on par with the most popular movies from Ridley Scott. Writer, director and producer Maurice Haeems and cinematographer David Kruta should be proud of themselves for this achievement.  Chimera is going to be one of thee science fiction titles to watch for in 2018, and it’s going to be a serious contender for numerous awards whether it hits the film festival circuit or goes straight-to-DVD. It’s a beast. A cr...

Part sci-fi, part thriller, part horror, and all outstanding! Excellent review of Chimera in TG Geek

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“Chimera” is part sci-fi, part thriller, part horror, and all outstanding! "From the first few minutes of this film I immediately realized that I was in store for something entirely different. It doesn’t play like your typical monster horror movie, rather it shows us the horror of humanity and exposes some of our darker natures and obsessions, as well as highly compromised morality, all in the name of science.  Chimera is a very intelligent film, and unlike...

French yuletide noir at San Francisco Roxie

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French yuletide noir at San Francisco Roxie By Moira Sullivan Henry Baur as Père Noel In Italy, December 13 is the day St. Lucia is celebrated who was murdered in 304 AD for refusing to be married. Her death on the Julian calendar was closer to the Winter Solstice on the darkest day of the year, but the Nordic countries kept the date when the Gregorian calendar was later adopted and...

Inside the Mind of a Programmer: Breaking Down the 2018 Festival Lineup

Film Still: "The Miseducation of Cameron Post" Nate von Zumwalt Following what's felt like an unusually protracted Sundance Film Festival offseason, and one marked by what Festival Director John Cooper calls a “rejuvenated idea” of the 24-hour news cycle, the 2018 program announcement arrives at a pivotal time for audiences and artists. If we approach 2018 still processing the tumult and instability of the past...

10 live action short films advance in the voting process for the 90th Academy Awards®

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– The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 10 live action short films will advance in the voting process for the 90th Academy Awards®.  A record 165 pictures had originally qualified in the category. The 10 films are listed below in alphabetical order by title, with their production companies: “DeKalb Elementary,” Reed Van Dyk, director (UCLA) “The Eleven O’Clock,” Derin Seale, director (FINCH) “Facing Mecca...

Screen Flanders celebrates fifth anniversary with a record-breaking economic leverage

  BRUSSELS, 6 December 2017. In its second call of 2017, Screen Flanders has allocated 2.1 million EUR (2,495,850 US$) to 10 new audiovisual projects. The call, which ended on 8 September, also marked the fifth anniversary of the fund and generated well over 16.53 million EUR (19.65 million US$) in audiovisual expenditure in the Flanders region. The economic leverage of 7.87 EUR per invested euro is the highest achieved since the launch of the fund in 2012...

Ron Shelton's Just Getting Started World Premiere in LA

From Ron Shelton, writer/director of Tin Cup and Bull Durham, comes the new comedy, Just Getting Started. Morgan Freeman stars as DUKE DIVER, the freewheeling manager of the luxury Palm Springs resort, the Villa Capri. DIVER may have a mysterious past, but he's a pro at making sure that life for the high-spirited residents is one big, non-stop party. But the status quo is challenged when ex-military charmer LEO (Tommy Lee Jones) checks in, triggering a competition between Duke and Leo for ...

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom - Trailer

  With all of the wonder, adventure and thrills synonymous with one of the most popular and successful franchises in cinema history, this all-new motion-picture event sees the return of favorite characters and dinosaurs—along with new breeds more awe-inspiring and terrifying than ever before. Welcome to Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.  Stars Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard return alongside executive producers Steven Spielberg and Colin Trevorrow for Universal Pictures...

World Premiere of Star Wars: The Last Jedi

World Premiere   B-roll and Soundbites with cast, filmmakers, and special guests now available. Video News Release (VNR) posting soon.   Shrine Auditorium  Saturday, December 9 , 2017  Los Angeles, CA 7 ...
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