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Iron curtain falls on Hong Kong cinema as censors demand cuts

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Once renowned for world-class cinema, Hong Kong's film industry was already struggling before the latest hurdle -- Chinese mainland-style censorship as authorities take their purge of dissent into the cultural sphere. Filmmaker Mok Kwan-ling's heart sank when the email from the government censors dropped. In June, authorities announced all films… Read

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Tony Soprano returns in prequel film 'The Many Saints of Newark'

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Fourteen years after the last episode of the cult television series "The Sopranos," a film retracing the early years of future mob boss Tony Soprano premiered Wednesday in New York. Series creator David Chase, co-writer of the prequel "The Many Saints of Newark," introduced the cast at the historic Beacon… Read

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'Godfather of modern Black cinema' Melvin Van Peebles dies at 89

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Pioneering African-American writer and director Melvin Van Peebles, whose groundbreaking 1971 film "Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song" inspired a younger generation of Black filmmakers, has died at the age of 89. Van Peebles, often called the "godfather of modern Black cinema," died Tuesday night at home with his family, his actor… Read

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Done with delays, Academy movie museum rolls out red carpet

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The projectors are rolling. The ruby slippers are on. Many an Oscar sits glistening. The shark has been hanging, and waiting, for nearly a year. Nine years after it was announced, four years after its first projected open date, and five months since its last planned launch date, the U.S.… Read

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Owen Wilson, Sudeikis, Malek, Kardashian West to host 'SNL'

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Owen Wilson, Kim Kardashian West, Rami Malek and Jason Sudeikis are lined up to host the first four episodes of “Saturday Night Live” this fall. NBC announced Wednesday that Wilson, who is starring in the upcoming film “The French Dispatch,” will host the show for the first time to open… Read

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Neflix acquires the whole works of Roald Dahl

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Netflix says it has acquired the whole works of acclaimed children's author Roald Dahl, creator of such classics as "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" and "Matilda." The streaming giant said it had bought The Roald Dahl Story Company -- the family firm which owns the late British author's copyright. Netflix… Read

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In ‘This is the Night,’ a love letter to cinema, ‘Rocky III’

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Filmmaker James DeMonaco remembers the day “Rocky III” hit theaters as if it were yesterday. On Staten Island in 1982, it was an all-out event. He waited four hours in line to get tickets and saw it twice in a day. Kids at his school carried the poster around like… Read

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'Slam Dunk' movie will be released in autumn 2022

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An animated movie of one of the most popular basketball series, "Slam Dunk," has been announced for autumn next year. Furthermore, Takehiko Inoue, the manga author of "Slam Dunk," will be in charge of writing the script and directing the movie. The movie will first be released in Japan, then internationally. The… Read

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Tokyo International Film Festival to open with Clint Eastwood movie

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The Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) has announced this year’s Opening and Closing Films. "Cry Macho," directed by Clint Eastwood, will open the festival on October 30, and "Dear Evan Hansen," directed by Stephen Chbosky, will close the festival on November 8. Eastwood directs, stars and produces "Cry Macho," marking 50 years as a filmmaker, and… Read

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Nirvana's 'Nevermind': An album forged by contradictions

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Released 30 years ago this week, "Nevermind" was a generation-defining milestone that sold 30 million copies and made a tragic icon of Kurt Cobain. Ranked the most influential band of all time by U.S. magazine Spin last year, Nirvana's ethos continues to reverberate in artists as varied as Billie Eilish,… Read

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