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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.

Sweet as a spoonful of sugar

Now that’s what I call a fantastic follow-up of a pop-in.

Costume drama The Favourite leads BAFTA awards nominations

LONDON — The Favourite led the nominations for the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) awards on Wednesday, with 12 nods for the costume drama that has already won its leading actress Olivia Colman critical acclaim and several prizes.

The immortal story

ORSON WELLES died in October 1985; his latest film, The Other Side of the Wind, was released in November 2018.

Margot Robbie to play Barbie in live action film

LOS ANGELES — Australian actress Margot Robbie is to play Barbie in the first live-action feature movie about the iconic and controversial doll, who has enjoyed multiple careers in her 60-year lifetime.

Bohemian Rhapsody, Green Book win Globes on night of upsets

LOS ANGELES — The Golden Globes gave Queen musical Bohemian Rhapsody its top prize on Sunday in an unexpected victory over romance A Star is Born, and named 1960s segregation-era roadtrip Green Book the best comedy or musical film.

Bandersnatch: a good introduction to interactive films but not the best

A FEW days before 2018 ended, global internet streaming service Netflix and the people behind sci-fi series Black Mirror decided to release their most ambitious project yet — an interactive film called Bandersnatch, which immediately, it caught viewers’ fancy. It presents an intriguing, yet familiar, proposition, especially for those who grew up reading Choose Your Own Adventure books published by Bantam Books from 1979.

2 reports show women still struggle in Hollywood, black men make...

LOS ANGELES — African-American men made measurable progress in gaining top jobs in Hollywood last year, though women — and particularly non-white women — continue to miss out.

This year, Oscar is more likely to go to a film...

THIS YEAR’S Oscar race is one of the most wide open in recent memory, giving some big-studio blockbusters a shot at the best-picture crown after years of victories by indie darlings.

Superhero movies prove indestructible, lift N. American box office to record...

DESPITE THREATS from streaming services and an overall feeling that Hollywood is bereft of new ideas, the movie industry turned in its best year ever in 2018, with the US leading the way to almost $42 billion in global ticket sales.

China’s 2018 movie box office revenue growth slows

BEIJING -- China’s movie box office revenue rose 9% in 2018 to 60.98 billion yuan ($8.87 billion), state media reported, a slower pace than the 13.45% clocked for the previous year.

Common touch: The best and worst of the rapper’s movie roles

POP QUIZ! What do the following actors have in common:

Bites off more than it can chew

JOEL LAMANGAN’s Rainbow’s Sunset is a convoluted story of a rich troubled clan, whose main conflict revolves around the family members’ having to deal with grandfather Ramon (played by Eddie Garcia), who comes out as gay and wants to live with his best friend and lover Fredo (Tony Mabesa) who is dying from cancer. But Ramon’s outing himself at the age of 84 (“It’s already 2018!”) should be the least of this family’s — and the audience’s — concerns because Rainbow Sunset doesn’t only feature a conflicted clan, but its storyline is problematic too.

Lacking a beating heart

1” is a concept in Filipino romance that’s undefinable in other languages. We could describe it in parts: the giddiness; the rush when you feel a frisson of emotion for your beloved. Could you call “kilig” butterflies in your stomach? In any case, it won’t matter for this review, because I felt no such thing while watching One Great Love, which to me lacks a beating heart.

When Eat Bulaga! meets Ang Probinsyano

WHEN THE hosts and one of the directors of the longest-running afternoon variety show on television, and actors from the action TV remake based on a Fernando Poe, Jr. film team up on the big screen, the audience gets a little bit of everything.

We are family, I got all my sisters with me

NO sisterhood is ever perfect, but Mary, Marry Me makes it look so fun. I guess that’s how I would describe the rest of Mary, Marry Me: imperfect, but at least a good romp.

No ghosts are needed when the monsters are real

By Nickky F.P. de Guzman, Reporter Movie Review Aurora Directed by Yam Laranas EVEN WITHOUT the ghosts in it, Metro Manila Film Festival’s Aurora is a horror story:...

It happened one night

FILIPINOS love love stories, So it comes as no surprise that this year’s Metro Manila Film Festival had three romantic entries: Mary, Marry Me by Paul Soriano, One Great Love by Eric Quizon, and the focus of this review, The Girl in the Orange Dress by Jay Abello.

An all-star cast in a film on the same old things

THIS year, Jose Marie “Vice Ganda” Viceral’s entry to the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) might have avoided the overly obvious product placements of his previous outings, but the people behind the film still made sure their film, Fantastica, would suck in all that blockbuster moolah by stuffing in as many big stars and cameos as they could in the almost two hour-long film.

Promising horror but…

A FOOLISH decision to submit to an oppressor defeats the purpose of proving one’s worth.

Thanks to Star Wars, Lucas tops Forbes list of richest US...

NEW YORK — Filmmaker George Lucas’s Star Wars empire — the movie franchise, not Darth Vader’s fictional galactic government — planted him firmly atop...

Domesticated helper

ALFONSO CUARON’s Roma is, yes, one of the most beautiful-looking films of the year, a blend of artfully lit footage digitally stitched together to appear a seamless whole.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse swings to $35-M debut, Mortal Engines sputters

LOS ANGELES — Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is the new box office king, collecting a solid $35.4 million during its first three days of release.

A Star is Born leads film contenders for SAG awards

LOS ANGELES — Musical drama remake A Star is Born led a wide range of contenders for the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards on Wednesday, landing four nominations, including best movie ensemble.

Manila welcomes Aquaman cast, director

NINETEEN-year-old JC has been a DC Comics fan since grade school. On the afternoon of Dec. 11, he went with his uncle to SM Mall of Asia for the “Aquaman in Manila” fan event where the actors of the film based on the DC Comics title and the film’s director were to meet lucky fans. JC and his uncle stood at the back of the activity center, trying to get a glimpse of the stage across a sea of excited fans. JC clutched a movie poster hoping to get the actors’ autographs.

Klandestine

SO GET this -- Ron Stallworth becomes the first black police officer in a large largely white town (the “Jackie Robinson of the Colorado Springs police force” as his superior puts it). He is consigned to the records room, requests a transfer to undercover; sees a recruitment ad for the KKK, dials the number, gets an unexpected voice at the other end, improvises a racist rant, is invited to join the group.

Avengers: Endgame moved up in crowded year for superheroes

WALT DISNEY CO. offered the first peek at Avengers: Endgame and moved up its release date, navigating a crowded year for superhero movies that may serve as the ultimate test of Marvel’s appeal.

Nominees for the 2019 Golden Globe Awards

NOMINATIONS WERE announced on Dec. 13 for the 2019 Golden Globe awards for movies and television. The Golden Globes, organized by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, will be presented at a gala dinner hosted by Canadian actress Sandra Oh and US comedian Andy Samberg in Beverly Hills, California, on Jan. 6. Following is a list of key film and television nominations.

Cine Europa ends this year’s run at Shangri-La Plaza, offers free...

FILIPINO film historian and award-winning movie maker Nick Deocampo will be giving a series of free lectures from Dec. 12-14 at the EDSA Shangri-la Plaza’s newly opened Red Carpet cinema as part of the Cine Europa film festival which is ongoing until Dec. 16 at the mall.

Ralph Breaks the Internet narrowly defeats Grinch in sleepy pre-holiday weekend

LOS ANGELES — Disney’s Ralph Breaks the Internet topped a quiet weekend at the US box office, marking the third straight win for the animated sequel. It earned $16.2 million in its third week of release, generating $140 million since it opened over Thanksgiving.

A Star is Born, Black Panther are among AFI’s top films...

LOS ANGELES — Musical drama A Star is Born, superhero movie Black Panther, and horror flick A Quiet Place were named as some of the 10 best films of 2018 by the American Film Institute on Tuesday.

Actress Sandra Oh, comic Andy Samberg named as Golden Globe hosts

LOS ANGELES — Canadian actress Sandra Oh and US comedian Andy Samberg will co-host the 2019 Golden Globe Awards in January, organizers said on Wednesday.

Two women

LAST October my mother died.

Aquaman is coming to town

AQUAMAN himself is coming to Manila as Warner Bros. and SM Cinema bring the actor playing the role in the new Aquaman movie, Jason Momoa, and his co-star Amber Heard, for the Asian Premier and Fan Event at the SM Mall of Asia (MOA).