But perhaps the most significant decision in terms of the future film landscape was that of Universal, with Trolls World Tour. The second film in the popular animated gonk karaoke franchise bypassed cinemas and went straight to VOD, catering to a grateful audience of frazzled families grasping for entertainment options. It was the biggest digital debut ever and later surpassed the revenue total of the first Trolls. Add to that the fact that online distribution recoups the studio a greater percentage of the revenue – around 80% compared to 60% of cinema ticket sales, and the implications become clear. While the extent of the film’s success was called into question by US entertainment website The Wrap (a story quoted an executive who suggested Trolls’ figures were less impressive once you took into account the amount spent on marketing), it was still enough to ignite tensions between Universal and AMC Theatres, one of the UK’s “big three”, which owns … [Read more...] about The future of film: can cinema survive Covid-19?
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The rest of the film's production was more conventional. Khalili hired a casting director, location scouts, make-up artists and a Hollywood star (two-time Oscar nominee Gena Rowlands), bringing the total budget up to $500,000. The money was supplied by Chris Kelly, former chief privacy officer at Facebook, when Nokia turned down Khalili's request for funding. … [Read more...] about Olive, first film to be shot entirely on Smartphone, heads to cinemas
Cate Blanchett rocks a leather jumpsuit in the first photos... Cate Blanchett cuts a chic figure in a navy corduroy suit... British Fashion Awards 2019: Cate Blanchett is the belle of... I'm always biting off more than than I can chew: Playing a... … [Read more...] about Cate Blanchett recalls the terrifying moment she got caught in a storm with cast and crew while filming Where’d You Go, Bernadette
Into these auditions comes Zula (Joanna Kulig), an enigmatic young woman posing as a village girl who significantly performs not a Polish mountain tune but a song learned from a Russian movie. Irena detects “a bit of a con” but Wiktor is smitten by Zula, who is whispered to have killed her father (“He mistook me for my mother, so I used a knife to show him the difference”). Soon Zula is one of the stars of Mazurek, unfazed by the authorities’ co-opting demands that they sing the praises of Stalin and agricultural reform. When Wiktor spies a chance to defect during a 1952 engagement in East Berlin, he begs Zula to come with him. But are her pragmatic priorities in sync with his western-leaning dreams? … [Read more...] about Cold War review – love in a communist climate
Based on the publication of the same name by Andrew Morton, British actress and model Serena Scott Thomas also found some praise for her portrayal in this made-for-TV movie. Entertainment Weekly said Serena showed 'great charm' in the role, but said she 'more closely resembles a softer version of Murphy Brown‘s Faith Ford than she does the angular princess.' Interestingly, Serena later played Carole Middleton in the 2011 TV movie William & Kate, depicting the courtship between the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. … [Read more...] about ‘They don’t even look alike!’ Twitter erupts as Kristen Stewart is cast as Princess Diana in new biopic… that will depict her troubled marriage to Prince Charles