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YOU NEED TO KEEP reminding yourself: Damien Chazelle’s adaptation of James Hansen’s biographical book First Man is not The Right Stuff and astronaut Neil Armstrong (played by Ryan Gosling) is no test pilot in the mold of Chuck Yeager, nor was it -- or he -- meant to be. Question: does it manage to stand on its own four radically redesigned fins?

Venom wins US box office again, boosting Sony’s superhero strategy

VENOM, a character from the comic-book world of Spider-Man, topped the box office for a second weekend, breathing life into Sony Pictures’ superhero movie plans.

Disney to release live-action Aladdin remake next May

LONDON — The street rat is back — and this time in the flesh.

Nicole Kidman radically transforms for new drama Destroyer

LONDON — Hollywood star Nicole Kidman undergoes a dramatic makeover for new drama Destroyer, playing a tired-looking and worn out police detective with a painful history.

Cobonpue goes to the stars with Star Wars

KENNETH COBONPUE, Filipino industrial designer par excellence, has reached for the stars in a new collection inspired by the popular movie franchise Star Wars. And the Universe of Marvel may not be far behind.

2 romances, a horror flick, and a family drama make up...

AFTER MONTHS of waiting, the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) selection committee finally announced the final for of eight film entries which will be featured in the festival’s run from Dec. 25 to Jan. 7 in cinemas nationwide.

Star wars

By Noel Vera Movie Review A Star is Born Directed by Bradley Cooper THERE ARE as of this writing five, count em, five, different versions of the story,...

Slew of foreign and local films to be shown at QCinema...

NOW ON its sixth year, the QCinema International Film Festival offers a slew of award-winning foreign films and five original Filipino films as it runs from Oct. 21-30 in select cinemas in Metro Manila.

‘Something different’ in Cinema One film fest

THE 14th run of the Cinema One Originals Festival, titled “I am Original,” will showcase nine original feature films, six international films, 12 original short films, and two restored classics.

Sony superhero outdraws Lady Gaga’s starring role

A POORLY reviewed Marvel movie from Sony Corp. outdrew Lady Gaga’s widely acclaimed remake of A Star Is Born at the North American box office, proving a superhero and lots of special effects still rule the day with film fans.

New cut of Liway to go on general release

A NEW cut of the Martial Law film Liway will be shown for the movie’s nationwide run which starts on Oct. 10.

19 Pinoy films in Busan film fest

NINETEEN Filipino films have made their way to South Korea’s 23rd Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) as Philippines is the festival’s Country of Focus, marking 100 years of Philippine Cinema.

Chinese movie star Fan Bingbing hit with huge tax evasion fines

BEIJING — China has ordered A-list movie star Fan Bingbing to pay about 884 million yuan ($129 million) in overdue taxes and fines, state news agency Xinhua said on Wednesday, as a crackdown on tax evasion in the entertainment industry gathers momentum.

Half of The Last Jedi haters were bots, trolls, activists, study...

LOS ANGELES — How much did movie fans hate Star Wars: The Last Jedi?

Tom Hardy brings out Marvel’s darker side in new movie Venom

LOS ANGELES — In the new movie Venom, British actor Tom Hardy plays an investigative journalist whose body is invaded by an alien with violent instincts who feeds on a diet of human flesh.

Fox is said to plan PG-13 version of Deadpool 2 for...

DEADPOOL, the famously foul-mouthed superhero, may be losing his edge.

HBO doesn’t need boxing to tussle with Netflix

HBO is walking out of the ring, and it’s the right move.

Dancing queen: Abba-period Cher has a new army of devotees

LOS ANGELES — Cher has a stately air as she receives a steady line of journalists in a West Hollywood hotel room with the studied equanimity of Catherine the Great addressing her subjects at the Winter Palace.

Larawan, Changing Partners, 7 Sundays are the top nominees in Saturday’s...

THE musical dramas Ang Larawan by Loy Arcenas and Changing Partners by Dan Villegas, along with Cathy Garcia-Molina’s Seven Sundays lead this year’s Luna Awards nominees with 10 nods each including the top prizes — Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Screenplay, as well as a slew of technical prizes.

The Rocker and the Prince

KOREAN POP fans know Jung Joon Young as the wacky yet competitive member of the reality-variety show, 2 Days 1 Night (2D1N). Every Sunday evening, he — along with five other regular cast members — entertains audiences worldwide with various challenges as the show also showcases suburban Korea.

52 years later, a classic gets a sequel

CAEN, FRANCE — French director Claude Lelouch has started shooting a sequel to his classic romance A Man and a Woman with the same actors, 52 years after the original was a box office smash.

Is Robert Redford retiring from acting? Maybe not, he says

NEW YORK — The Sundance Kid may have a few acting adventures left in him.

Star Wars fans applaud movie release slowdown

NEW YORK — Plans by Disney to slow-down the release of future Star Wars projects are getting a thumbs up from fans, who also hope that new movies in the multi-billion dollar sci-fi franchise will be more creative.

House with a Clock chimes in atop N. America box office

LOS ANGELES — A horror comedy about a clock counting down to doomsday chimed in at the top of the North American box office this weekend, industry estimates showed on Sunday.

Tom Hardy says on-screen Venom stays true to Marvel comics

MOSCOW — British actor Tom Hardy said on Friday he believes his new superhero movie Venom remains faithful to the Marvel Comics books in its portrayal of an investigative journalist whose body becomes the host for an alien with enhanced powers.

Rain haunts Tofarm film festival

IN KEEPING with the advocacy of the Tofarm Film Festival — “bring the stories of farmers to Filipino as well as foreign audiences,” according to the fest’s managing director Joey Romero — the cast and crew of the six finalists shot their films in the countryside and experienced first-hand what it was like to be a farmer and be at the mercy of the weather. It rained for most of the shooting days, and this proved to be a challenge to the film crews. The film productions continued to be haunted by rain during the gala screenings at the Trinoma Cinema; and Typhoon Ompong (international name: Mangkhut) exited the country on the day of the awarding ceremonies at the Shangri-La Manila.

The winners at the 3rd Tofarm Film Festival

• Best Picture: Tanabata’s Wife, directed by Charlson Ong, Lito Casaje, and Choy Pangilinan

Spanish film festival Pelicula/Pelikula unreels in October

THE 17th Pelicula/Pelikula Spanish Film Festival will bring the best of Spanish and Latin American cinema to Greenbelt 3, UP Diliman, and Instituto Cervantes Intramuros from Oct. 4 to 20.

Cine Europa starts outside Manila for the first time in 21...

CINE EUROPA — one of the longest running film festivals in the country — opens its 21st year on Sept. 28 in Cebu, making it the first time the European film festival is opened outside of Metro Manila.

Predator slays competition at N.America box office

LOS ANGELES — The Predator — the latest installment in the long-running sci-fi action series — chewed up its rivals to debut atop the North American box office this weekend, industry data showed Sunday.

Green Book wins Toronto film fest’s top prize

TORONTO — Peter Farrelly’s dramatic comedy buddy movie Green Book, starring Mahershala Ali and Viggo Mortensen, won the Toronto International Film Festival audience prize on Sunday, making it a surprise Oscar contender.

She can sing, but can she act? Critics hail Lady Gaga:...

VENICE, ITALY — Most of the critics avoided the obvious headline to describe Lady Gaga’s performance in A Star Is Born, but they seemed to agree that the singer showed what it takes to lead a major movie.

Mexican films based on great books screened at Instituto Cervantes

THIS MONTH, the Instituto Cervantes and the Embassy of Mexico will treat moviegoers to “La Literatura en el cine mexicano,” a series of Mexican films based on classic literary works. The film cycle, to be held every Saturday at the new Instituto Cervantes branch in Intramuros, is an invitation to discover the richness and variety of Mexican literature and cinema.

Cinema-going is over, says director Cronenberg

VENICE, ITALY — Hollywood director David Cronenberg has predicted that cinema-going will die out — and says he “does not care” in the least.

Author Elena Ferrante supervised screen version of My Brilliant Friend

VENICE, ITALY — The mysterious Italian writer Elena Ferrante pulled the strings behind the first screen version of her Neapolitan novels, the producers said Sunday, as it was premiered at the Venice film festival.

Director of Venice’s Western favorite blasts festival sexism

VENICE, Italy — French director Jacques Audiard went gunning for sexism in the film industry Sunday after his extraordinary new Western, The Sisters Brothers, received a standing ovation at the Venice film festival.

Period drama the latest in yearlong Czech film fest

THE Central-European period drama Sekal Has to Die (1998) is the Czech Movie Gems film festival’s movie of the month for September.

Relationships the focus in the 4th Argentine film fest

THE MOVIES in this year’s edition of the Argentine Contemporary Cinema will revolve around relationship — family, friends, acquaintances, and dreams that are yet to unfold.

Crazy Rich Asians still top of N. America box office

LOS ANGELES — It has been another crazy good weekend for rom-com Crazy Rich Asians, which topped the box office for a third straight weekend amid a pretty good summer for North American theaters overall, industry watchers said Sunday.

Don’t cross

AT LEAST half the time, Robert McCall is more of a Wish Granter/Life Saver than an Equalizer.

Lessons from history

ON DEC. 2, 1899, Filipino soldiers, led by the 24-year-old General Gregorio “Goyo” del Pilar, gave their lives in a battle to block Americans forces from advancing through Tirad Pass, a mountain gap in Northern Luzon’s Cordillera Mountains.

Glamorous Venice Film Festival courts controversy

ROME — Global superstars Lady Gaga, Ryan Gosling, and Vanessa Redgrave descend on Venice this week as the annual film festival kicks off Wednesday to controversy over the inclusion of Netflix productions and there being just one female director in competition.

More box office riches for Crazy Rich Asians

WASHINGTON — Rom-com Crazy Rich Asians continued to sparkle in North America, topping the box office for the second weekend running, according to industry estimates Sunday.

After US hype, Asia greets Crazy Rich Asians with a shrug

SINGAPORE — Crazy Rich Asians has been hailed as a win for diversity in Hollywood and sparked controversy in Singapore for its portrayal of the city-state — but in much of Asia the movie is being greeted with little more than a shrug.

Crazy Rich Asians author wanted in Singapore

SINGAPORE — The author of Crazy Rich Asians, which has been adapted into a hit Hollywood movie, is wanted in his native Singapore for allegedly dodging mandatory national service, authorities said Wednesday.