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Oscars So Divided: Hollywood Still Struggles With Race

Oscars So Divided: Hollywood Still Struggles With Race

On their way to this year’s Oscars, Dev Patel searched for his Indian roots, Denzel Washington wrestled with racism as an angry African-American patriarch and Octavia Spencer became a top black female mathematician. With seven nominations for actors and actresses of color, the Oscars this year have been touted as an improvement on diversity after […]

Mel Gibson Confirms New Film Project On Jesus’ Resurrection

Mel Gibson Confirms New Film Project On Jesus’ Resurrection

  Mel Gibson confirmed that he is making a movie about the resurrection of Jesus, recalling that he had the “tar kicked out of” him for his movie about the last days of the Christian messiah, “The Passion of the Christ.” “That’s a very big subject and it needs to be looked at because we don’t […]

Gene Wilder, Star Of Willy Wonka And Mel Brooks Comedies, Dies Aged 83

Gene Wilder, Star Of Willy Wonka And Mel Brooks Comedies, Dies Aged 83

  Gene Wilder, the star of such comedy classics as The Producers and Blazing Saddles, has died. He was 83. Wilder’s nephew said on Monday that the actor and writer died late on Sunday in Stamford, Connecticut, from complications from Alzheimer’s disease. “It is with indescribable sadness and blues, but with spiritual gratitude for the […]

Chess Queen Of Africa

Chess Queen Of Africa

I first met Phiona Mutesi in September 2010 sitting on the mud stoop of her family’s shack in one of the most challenging places on earth: Uganda’s Katwe slum. I had been told about Phiona; how at the age of nine she could neither read nor write and had dropped out of school, when she […]

The Unlikely Romantic: How Kim Jong-il Introduced Love To North Korean Cinema

The Unlikely Romantic: How Kim Jong-il Introduced Love To North Korean Cinema

North Korea’s founding father, Kim Il-sung, was a tyrant who banned market activity, religion and all declarations of love in films, books or music. The only permissible public expressions of affection were to the leader and the revolution. Touching the hand of the opposite sex was considered indecent, while kissing the red banner was normal. […]

Ava DuVernay Becomes First Woman Of Color To Direct A $100m Film

Ava DuVernay Becomes First Woman Of Color To Direct A $100m Film

Ava DuVernay has made history as the first woman of color to direct a live-action film that boasts a budget over $100m, with Disney’s upcoming A Wrinkle in Time. The Selma director has been attached to the project since February, after passing up the opportunity to direct Black Panther for Marvel, but the milestone wasn’t […]

Will Smith really can’t stand Donald Trump Over His Hateful Treatment Of Women

Will Smith really can’t stand Donald Trump Over His Hateful Treatment Of Women

THE polarising effect of Donald Trump and his slew of outrageous statements has hit Hollywood hard. Will Smith has had enough. “For a man to be able to publicly refer to a woman as a fat pig, that makes me teary. And for people to applaud, that is absolutely f**king insanity to me,” an emotional […]

Life In Film: Preserving The Legacy Of Sudanese Film-Maker Jadallah Jubara

Life In Film: Preserving The Legacy Of Sudanese Film-Maker Jadallah Jubara

As she drove past an apartment complex on a street in Khartoum, Sara Jadallah fell silent. It was here that her late father, the legendary film-maker Jadallah Jubara, set up Sudan’s first private film studio in the 1970s. But in 2008, following an eight-year court battle over ownership of the land, the government demolished Studio […]

Marvel Serves Star-Studded Surprises At Comic-Con For New Film Slate

Marvel Serves Star-Studded Surprises At Comic-Con For New Film Slate

Amid fog and lasers on Saturday, Marvel gave frenzied fans at Comic-Con their first look at a new Black Panther movie cast, the mysterious Doctor Strange, a Spider-Man teen movie and an Oscar-winning actress as the new Captain Marvel. The 6,500-plus audience, many of whom had queued overnight at San Diego’s annual film and pop […]

Inciting An Online Hate Campaign Does Not Make You ‘Relevant’

Inciting An Online Hate Campaign Does Not Make You ‘Relevant’

A grimacing emoji face to Leslie Jones, one of the stars of the new Ghostbusters, who is probably spending this weekend recalling a happier era when Hollywood stars were protected behind electric gates and their only view of the great unwashed was through the tinted windows of their Cadillac Escalade. This week, Jones encountered what […]

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