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Weinstein movie library gets new home under former MGM chief Barber

FILMS backed by disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, from The King’s Speech to Inglourious Basterds, have found a new home.

Ulan: The Shapes of Water

GENTLE sun-dappled rainfall is the benign form water takes for the child Maya (Elia Ilano) who lost her parents in a storm at sea. In Filipino folklore, this odd synchronicity of sunshine and rain is whimsically believed to happen during the weddings of tikbalang, those horse-headed creatures of our lower mythology who like to lead wayfarers astray. Do take note of the lovely cinematography and the thoughtful production design of this beautifully photographed film.

Bifocal

It isn’t as if the life of Vincent Van Gogh hasn’t been adapted for the big screen before. Lust for Life was Vincente Minnelli’s lustily melodramatic take (based on Irving Stone’s novel), with Kirk Douglas holding little back as he strained to suggest Vincent’s intensity; Robert Altman’s Vincent and Theo focused on the relationship between the Van Gogh brothers and their destructively parallel course; Maurice Pialat’s Van Gogh — easily the most unsentimental of the group — presents a harsh, uningratiating view of a harsh, uningratiating artist, avoiding the traditional highlights (including that ear thing) and focusing on more quotidian activities — Pialat doesn’t even make much effort to show the paintings, or approximate Vincent’s unmistakable style onscreen.

Porn stars, gravediggers, gay beauty queens, and drug addicts featured in...

THE Sinag Maynila International Film Festival is back for its fifth year, promising to present “diverse and compelling” film starting April 4 in select cinemas. This year’s festival will have five full-length feature films, 10 short films, and five documentaries.

Hello Kitty does Hollywood after years of film rights talks

ONE OF Japan’s most beloved cat cartoon characters is headed for Hollywood.

Captain Marvel stars roll out female-led action flick

LONDON — Marvel Studios brought its first female-led superhero movie to London on Wednesday, where the stars of Captain Marvel said they hoped to inspire with a different kind of action flick.

Analyzing the ills of Philippine Cinema

IN EARLY February, one of the country’s most prominent film directors — Erik Matti — bemoaned the state of Philippine cinema, saying that despite the “industry being the busiest [it has been] in the past three years” only a handful of movies have achieved box office success. He called his lengthy Facebook post on Feb. 7 a “plea for help” for the government to intervene to save the industry.

Green Book wins best picture; Colman and Malek are best actors

LOS ANGELES — Road trip movie Green Book won best picture at the Oscars on Sunday, while Mexico’s Alfonso Cuaron was chosen as best director for his sentimental film Roma.

No host? No problem

LOS ANGELES — There will not be a host and Sunday’s Oscars ceremony will not open with the traditional monologue in which celebrities and politicians are skewered.

Instituto Cervantes celebrates Women’s Day with Spanish and Filipino films

THIS MARCH, Instituto Cervantes, in collaboration with the Embassy of Spain, Intramuros Administration, and the Film Development Council of the Philippines, will present “Espacio Femenino: Spanish and Filipino Female Filmmakers,” a film cycle featuring movies by female directors, with the aim of highlighting the contribution of women to the film industry.

Fiascos and fumbles: Oscar organizers stumble to restore glory

LOS ANGELES — First it was the furor over a proposed new “popular” film category, then it was the fiasco over planned host Kevin Hart, and last month the organizers of the Oscars were accused of intimidating celebrities not to present at rival award shows.

Israeli director’s film Synonyms wins Berlinale

BERLIN — Nadav Lapid’s Synonyms, an anarchic story about an Israeli who tries to suppress his origins after moving to Paris, won the Berlin Film Festival’s coveted Golden Bear award on Saturday.

Netflix row riles Berlin Film Festival

BERLIN — A row over whether films produced for streaming platform Netflix should be shown at the Berlin Film Festival has overshadowed the premiere of Elisa & Marcela, Isabel Coixet’s tale of two Spanish lesbians.

Watergate movie was meant to be funny. Then came Trump

BERLIN — The makers of Watergate, a film about the scandal that brought down Richard Nixon, first intended to make a lightly humorous study of the affair. Then came Donald Trump.

FDCP unveils plans for box-office tracking system, film archives

THE Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) has unveiled plans to create an online box office tracking system in order to “take the guesswork out of box office grosses,” according to the council’s chief executive.

The Favourite rules BAFTAs with most wins; Roma takes top prize

LONDON — Costume romp The Favourite was the biggest winner at the BAFTAs on Sunday, taking seven awards, but Netflix black and white film Roma picked up the Best Film prize, as well as Director, at Britain’s top movie honors.

High box office stakes for Alita: Battle Angel

LOS ANGELES — Manga-inspired action epic Alita: Battle Angel begins its worldwide cinema roll out this week but with a hefty budget and years in the making, producer James Cameron and director Robert Rodriguez acknowledge the stakes are high at the box office.

Berlinale unrolls green carpet for politically charged film festival

BERLIN — A mother fleeing her violent husband, a serial killer who preys on women, and famine in 1930s Ukraine are among the weighty social and political themes explored in films showcased at this year’s Berlin Film Festival.

Oscars to go hostless for only second time

LOS ANGELES — This year’s Oscar ceremony will go ahead without an official host for only the second time in its history, an ABC television executive said on Tuesday.

Odd couple

A FARRELLY movie up for the Oscars?

Manila then and now, seen through Brocka and Bernal

MANILA in 2019 is a bustling concrete jungle where the middle class and urban poor strive to have decent life, but in reality its streets are riddled with victims of extrajudicial killings, nine-year-old street urchins used by drug peddlers, inefficient public transport, and other inequalities and injustices.

Cuaron wins at Directors Guild for Roma, Cooper empty-handed

LOS ANGELES — Alfonso Cuaron was named best director by his peers on Saturday for his semi-autobiographical film Roma, cementing his front-runner status ahead of the Oscars in three weeks time.

Ang Pangarap Kong Holdap: Wa-is Guys

PERHAPS the MTRCB wasn’t in on the jokes between the wonderful ensemble cast and their brilliantly demented director and screenwriter Marius Talampas. That may have been why this puckishly politically incorrect feature got the R-16 rating which also effectively restricted its access to screens nationwide. When God closes off a cineplex, Mama Mary opens a cinematheque, and it is along the art house circuit that Mr. Talampas’ first full length feature has found its destination audience.

Smile Train’s Aldrian in the LA film fest

SMILE TRAIN’ s short film, Aldrian, has been included in the LA Under the Stars Film Festival 2019, announced the world’s leading cleft organization, which is marking its 20th anniversary.

Goodbye Hello: Unseen Beatles footage becomes movie project for Peter Jackson

LONDON — Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson is making a movie about The Beatles with previously unseen studio footage, the band’s website said on Wednesday — 50 years to the day after the Fab Four performed live together for the final time.

Universal is the first big Hollywood studio to sign the female-director...

UNIVERSAL PICTURES, part of Comcast Corp., became the first major movie studio to commit to the “4% Challenge,” a bid to rectify the lack of female directors in Hollywood.

Michael Jackson’s family calls new docu ‘public lynching’

LOS ANGELES — The family of Michael Jackson on Monday described reaction to a new documentary about alleged child sex abuse by the late singer as a “public lynching” and said he was “100% innocent” of such accusations.

Black Panther’s SAG win boosts chances at Oscars

LOS ANGELES — Superhero movie Black Panther, a film heralded for its predominantly black cast and vibrant celebration of African culture, won the top award from Hollywood’s Screen Actors Guild on Sunday, boosting its chances in this year’s Oscars race.

Jackson docu puts star back under microscope

MICHAEL JACKSON, whose music remains ubiquitous nearly a decade after his death, is under fresh scrutiny.

Oscar body distances itself from UK controversy on child murder film

LOS ANGELES — The body that hands out the Oscars on Friday sought to distance itself from a furor over the Academy Award nomination of a film about two boys who murdered a British toddler in 1993.

Goyo: The Boy General now streaming

BRASH ladies’ man Gregorio “Goyo” del Pilar rises to become one of the Philippines’ youngest generals in this historical epic sequel to Heneral Luna which is now streaming on Netflix.

Key nods for the 2019 Oscar Awards

NOMINATIONS for the 2019 Oscars, or Academy Awards, the highest honors in the movie industry, were announced on Tuesday. The awards will be handed out on Feb. 24 at a ceremony in Hollywood.

Angerman

PANOS COSMATOS’ Mandy is a trip through a tabletop landscape dotted with scenic views and sudden detours, with long sessions of intravenous pleasure, with jolts of hilarity and horror.

History-making Oscar nominations leave top prize up for grabs

LOS ANGELES — Netflix movie Roma and British historical romp The Favourite from Fox Searchlight led nominations for the Oscars on Tuesday in a history-making lineup that left the best picture race wide open.

Green Book boosts Oscar odds with big win at producers awards

IN A surprise win on Saturday, Hollywood producers named Green Book the best film of 2018, boosting its profile just days before nominations are announced for the annual Academy Awards.

Netflix movie Bird Box draws 80 million viewers

LOS ANGELES — Netflix Inc. on Thursday said more than 80 million member households will have watched its thriller movie Bird Box in its first four weeks, but the streaming giant gave no viewing data for Oscar hopeful Roma.

Quebec slams use of crash footage in Bird Box

QUEBEC urged entertainment giant Netflix Inc. to remove footage of a deadly rail disaster from two of its productions, including new horror movie Bird Box.

Rambo producer Vajna, 74

BUDAPEST — Andrew G. Vajna, the Hungarian movie producer behind Rambo, Evita and other international hits, died in his Budapest home on Sunday following a long illness, the Hungarian National Film Fund said.

Exhibit honors Brocka, Bernal

THE legacies of the iconic auteurs Lino Brocka and Ishmael Bernal, both Philippine National Artists for Film, will be honored a special exhibition called Brocka, Bernal and the City, at the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde (DLS-CSB) School of Design and Arts (SDA) Campus starting Jan. 25.

The hate list

FROM WHERE I’m standing it’s been a fearful year, an angry year, a hateful year; a rollercoaster ride, a terror-filled plunge, a horror show.

Alternative movie, video entries solicited

THOSE who think that the annual Metro Manila Film Fest is rubbish, full of recycled formulaic films, here is their chance to create their own better and smarter movies: they can join a contest for alternative films and videos.

Aquaman swims past Batman into record books

TURNS OUT Superman and Batman have nothing on Aquaman.

Captain Marvel advance tickets may shatter series record

ADVANCE-TICKET sales for Walt Disney Co.’s Captain Marvel are off to a strong start, a sign of pent-up demand for the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s first film with a female lead.

MMFF 2018 breaks box office record

THE 44th Metro Manila Film Festival drew to a successful close on Jan. 7, with the festival’s chairman announcing that they had not only surpassed last year’s gross but also recorded the highest ever take in the film festival’s history.