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Martin Scorsese Talks Impact of Hollywood Blockbusters on Cinema: “Well, the Industry Is Over”

Martin Scorsese isn’t especially happy with what Hollywood effects-driven popcorn movies have done to the film industry he helped pioneer with iconic box office hits like Taxi Driver and Mean Streets.   “Well, the industry is over,” Scorsese told GQ magazine in an interview conducted ahead of the release of his latest film, Killers of […]

Ontario Film Industry Must Make Sustainability a Priority, Says Report

The Ontario film and TV industry is working to reduce its carbon footprint and introduce sustainable practices as Hollywood studios and streamers have increasingly shot their originals in the Canadian province in recent years. But a report unveiled Monday indicates far more sustainable steps are needed for real change that reduces overall carbon emissions. The […]

Oscars 2024: Poland Picks ‘The Peasants’ Over ‘The Green Border’ After Government Attacks

Poland’s Oscar committee has selected The Peasants, a sumptuous animated literary adaptation from Loving Vincent directors DK and Hugh Welchman, as the country’s submission for the best international feature category at the 2024 Oscars, over The Green Border, a critically-acclaimed film from two-time Oscar nominee Agnieszka Holland (Europa Europa, In Darkness). The decision, announced by […]

China Box Office: ‘Oppenheimer’ Still Holding Strong, Nears $60M

Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer nudged near the $60 million mark in China during a somewhat downbeat weekend for moviegoing in the world’s second-largest theatrical territory.  The Universal Pictures-backed historical blockbuster added $2.5 million from Friday to Sunday, taking its total to $58.1 million, according to data from box office tracker Artisan Gateway. Oppenheimer came in fourth […]

Tokyo Film Festival: Xiaogang Gu and Mouly Surya to Receive Kurosawa Akira Award

The Tokyo International Film Festival revealed Monday that China’s Xiaogang Gu and Indonesia’s Mouly Surya will jointly receive the festival’s prestigious world cinema honor, the Kurosawa Akira Award, at the upcoming 36th edition of the event. The award, which until last year had been on a 14-year hiatus, is presented to “filmmakers who have made […]

Robert De Niro Is Not Reprising ‘Taxi Driver’ Role for Uber U.K. Ad Campaign, Rep Says

Robert De Niro will be doing an Uber U.K. ad campaign, but it will not be tied to his memorable Taxi Driver role. Reports earlier this week in U.K. tabloid The Sun suggested that the Oscar-winning actor would be bringing one of his most memorable roles, Travis Bickle, to the commercial space. The ads were […]

Box Office: ‘Expendables 4’ Debuts With Franchise Low, Bested by ‘Nun II’

During what is expected to be the worst weekend for theatrical ticket sales so far this year, Expendables 4 landed $8.3 million in its opening weekend, representing the worst opening for a film in the Jason Statham-fronted franchise. It was narrowly bested by The Nun II, which continues its reign at the September box office. […]

Michael Caine Questions Role of Intimacy Coordinators: “In My Day, You Just Did the Love Scene”

Michael Caine is sharing his thoughts on the need for intimacy coordinators during amorous scenes in film and television projects. The 90-year-old actor, who is currently promoting the film The Great Escaper, told The Daily Mail in an interview published online Saturday that he was unfamiliar with the concept of a project hiring someone to […]

Box Office: ‘Expendables 4’ Lands Only $3.2M Friday on Way to Franchise Worst Opening

Lionsgate and Millenium’s Expendables 4 has hit theaters with $3.2 million in Friday grosses as the movie heads for a franchise-low opening. Friday’s tally includes $750,000 in Thursday evening previews. The $100 million budgeted film, financed by Millenium, had been looking to open in the $15 million range, with some estimates on the high end placing it closer to $17 million. But early returns, however, now show it […]

Pauly Shore Says He Has “Reached Out” to Richard Simmons About Portraying Him in Film: “I’m Trying to Make It Happen”

Pauly Shore said he is hoping for Richard Simmons’ blessing to portray the ’80s fitness guru in a biopic. The Encino Man star took to social media Thursday to share that he has reached out to Simmons to discuss a potential film. “I’ve noticed all the reactions to me playing Richard Simmons in a new […]

Jake Gyllenhaal Was Considered for Batman in Christopher Nolan’s Trilogy, David S. Goyer Says

[This story contains spoilers for Batman Begins and The Dark Knight Rises.] It’s hard to imagine anyone other than Christian Bale in the Batsuit?for Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy, but screenwriter David S. Goyer revealed that Jake Gyllenhaal was considered for the role. During Thursday’s episode of the Happy Sad Confused?podcast, Goyer, who helped develop […]

Robert Rodriguez Says Alexa PenaVega, Daryl Sabara Weren’t in ‘Spy Kids: Armageddon’ Because “It’d Been So Long” Since Last Film

Robert Rodriguez isn’t against bringing original Spy Kids stars Alexa PenaVega and Daryl Sabara back for another film. But the director says the time between the latest installment, Armageddon, and 2011’s Spy Kids 4: All the Time in the World, meant that it was “important to just start the franchise fresh.” The filmmaker spoke about […]

‘Smile 2,’ ‘Mean Girls’ Musical Set 2024 Release Dates

Paramount is hoping to bring smiles to audiences’ faces for Halloween season 2024. The studio has set a release date for its untitled sequel to the surprise horror hit Smile of Oct. 18, 2024. The studio also set a date for the musical adaptation of Mean Girls, which will bow on Jan. 12, 2024. It […]

Ex Posse Studios Inks Development Deal with Sony Music Entertainment in Japan

Ex Posse Studios, which is behind indie comics such as Night of the Cadillacs and the spinoff Lip Stick Cliqa, is getting a financial boost as develops its properties for the screen. Ex Posse has inked a deal with Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) for Sony to fund and develop films and TV shows. Financial details […]

Participant Launches Education Fund Inspired By Eugenio Derbez’s Upcoming Film ‘Radical’

Participant continues to work at the intersection of film and social impact. In honor of its upcoming release Radical, based on the true story of Mexican schoolteacher Sergio Juárez Correa, who used immersive education techniques to help elevate his students from mostly failing to among the top in the nation, the studio is launching a […]

Sex Pistols Documentary in Works Based on Memoir by Founding Member Glen Matlock (Exclusive)

Legendary British punk rockers The Sex Pistols are getting a new documentary, this time based on the memoir by one of its original bandmembers. I Was a Teenage Sex Pistol, adapted from the tell-all 1990 novel by bassist Glen Matlock, is being developed, with VMI Worldwide producing The film will follow Matlock’s journey as a […]