Chinese censors change ending of latest ‘Minions’ movie

Chinese censors change ending of latest ‘Minions’ movie

Censors have altered the ending of the recent animated film Minions: The Rise of Gru for its domestic release in China, social media users across the country noticed over the weekend. The editing is yet another example of Chinese authorities editing a popular Hollywood film to make it more politically correct, leading some viewers to lament the changes. According to posts and screenshots from the movie shared on Weibo, a platform similar to Twitter, censors tacked on an addendum in which Wild Knuckles, a main character in the heist film, was caught by police and served 20 years in jail. Gru, a…
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‘Sopranos’ actor Tony Sirico dies at age 79

‘Sopranos’ actor Tony Sirico dies at age 79

(Reuters) - Actor Tony Sirico, who played the lovable but murderous gangster Paulie Walnuts on the HBO series "The Sopranos" and was frequently cast in Woody Allen films, died on Friday at age 79, his family said. Sirico played a major role in the HBO drama that started in 1999 and became an influential hit early in the era of prestige television. Though he played smaller parts in six Woody Allen movies from 1994 to 2016, Sirico was not especially well known before his breakout role, in which he was a captain in the crime family of lead character Tony…
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Netflix greenlights a ‘Stranger Things’ spin-off series to help build a franchise

Netflix greenlights a ‘Stranger Things’ spin-off series to help build a franchise

LOS ANGELES, July 6 (Reuters) - Netflix Inc NFLX.O said on Wednesday it is developing a spin-off of science fiction series "Stranger Things" as the streaming service works to build its biggest English-language hit into a broad entertainment franchise. The new series will be based on an original idea from Matt and Ross Duffer, the twins who created "Stranger Things," Netflix said in a statement. No details on the story or characters were provided. Netflix also announced a stage play set in the world of "Stranger Things." The supernatural thriller starring Winona Ryder and David Harbour has set viewing records for Netflix, surpassing the…
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Photo Story – James Bond “No Time To Die” World Premiere

Photo Story – James Bond “No Time To Die” World Premiere

REUTERS/ BBC - Daniel Craig's final James Bond film has finally had its world premiere in London, 18 months later than planned because it was delayed by the pandemic. No Time To Die is the British actor's fifth outing as 007. The film industry is watching closely to see how No Time To Die performs at the box office, and whether it can tempt fans back in large numbers now that most cinemas have reopened. British cinema chains will enjoy the luxury of full houses this weekend thanks to the enduring allure of the James Bond franchise, but their challenge…
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‘Spider-Man’ and other Sony films to hit Netflix after theatres

‘Spider-Man’ and other Sony films to hit Netflix after theatres

Streaming service Netflix Inc reached a deal to offer new “Spider-Man” movies and other films from Sony Pictures to U.S. customers after they play in theaters, the companies said on Thursday. The five-year arrangement will begin with the 2022 slate of movies, which is scheduled to include Marvel film “Morbius,” best-selling book adaptation “Where the Crawdads Sing” and Brad Pitt thriller “Bullet Train.” Future releases are expected to include new installments in the Spider-Man, Venom, Jumanji and Bad Boys franchises. The movies will hit Netflix after they have finished their run in theaters and been made available for home viewing…
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Mank leads diverse Oscar nominations. Two women in directors race

Mank leads diverse Oscar nominations. Two women in directors race

LOS ANGELES, March 15 (Reuters) - Netflix's 1930s Hollywood drama "Mank" led a field of Oscar nominations on Monday that was strong on diversity, with nine of the 20 acting nods going to non-white performers and two women competing in the male stronghold of directing. "Mank," about "Citizen Kane" screenwriter Herman Mankiewicz, got 10 nods, including best picture, director David Fincher and for actors Gary Oldman and Amanda Seyfried. It will compete for the top prize in April with dementia drama "The Father," Black Panther story "Judas and the Black Messiah," Korean-language drama "Minari, "Nomadland", #MeToo revenge tale "Promising Young…
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Restored Chaplin films to be released in cinemas worldwide

Restored Chaplin films to be released in cinemas worldwide

LONDON (Reuters) - A hundred years since Charlie Chaplin directed and starred in his first feature-length film "The Kid", some of the silent comic's best-known movies are being restored to be released in cinemas worldwide. French film company mk2 and international distributor Piece of Magic said in a statement they had teamed up to mark the centennial. The Paris-based company's 2k and 4k restorations of Chaplin's films include classics "The Gold Rush", "City Lights", "The Circus", "Modern Times" and "The Great Dictator". mk2 will release a 4K restoration of "The Kid" in France in the autumn while Piece of Magic…
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From fiction to reality – Gomorrah actor arrested for drug trafficking

From fiction to reality – Gomorrah actor arrested for drug trafficking

From fiction to reality. Salvatore Abbruzzese, who featured in Matteo Garrone's film Gomorrah, when he acted as Totò, was arrested in the so-called Case Dei Puffi, an agglomeration of popular houses in the Scampia district. The 26-year-old, had acted in 2008 in Matteo Garrone's film "Gomorrah". At the time of filming he was 13 years old and had acted in the role of Totò, the boy who took the shopping to Maria played by Maria Nazionale, at the Vele di Scampia, then forced to betray the woman because he was a member of a rival clan, thus killing her .…
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Royal family said to be outraged at new season of The Crown

Royal family said to be outraged at new season of The Crown

Britain's royal family is said to be outraged by the new season of the Netflix series "The Crown", which deals with the relationship between Prince Charles and Princess Diana.  A day after the show entered its fourth season (on November 15), British media cited sources close to Buckingham Palace saying that the show was more fiction than fact, with Prince Charles in particular being misrepresented.  "Many are incredibly frustrated and angry that his name is being dragged through the mud," The Telegraph newspaper cited an unnamed source as saying. The Mail on Sunday also reported the royals were angered by…
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Winston Groom, Forrest Gump’s novel writer passes away at 77

Winston Groom, Forrest Gump’s novel writer passes away at 77

Winston Groom, the author whose novel Forrest Gump inspired the Oscar-winning film of the same name, has died at 77. No details on the cause of death were confirmed by the mayor’s office in Fairhope, Alabama, where he had been living. Groom’s novel sold 1.7 million copies based on the popularity of the film, which won six Oscars in 1995, including Best Picture, Best Actor for star Tom Hanks, and Best Director for Robert Zemeckis. Groom’s other novels included Better Times Than These, As Summers Die, Only, Gone the Sun, Such a Pretty, Pretty Girl and the 2016 El Paso. He also wrote the 2000 University…
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Batman director Joel Schumacher dies, aged 80

Batman director Joel Schumacher dies, aged 80

Joel Schumacher, the director of 'The Lost Boys', 'St. Elmo's Fire' and two of the 'Batman' franchise, has died aged 80 in New York City from cancer, according to a Hollywood publicist. Schumacher is associated with a wide variety of films, including Julia Roberts melodrama "Dying Young," the dark satire "Falling Down" starring Michael Douglas, and a pair of thrillers adapted from John Grisham novels, "The Client" and "A Time to Kill."   Bebe Lerner said Schumacher "passed away quietly from cancer this morning in NYC after a year-long battle. He will be fondly remembered by his friends and collaborators." Schumacher began his career…
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Peter Fonda, star of Easy Rider, dies aged 79

Peter Fonda, star of Easy Rider, dies aged 79

Peter Fonda, the star, co-writer and producer of the 1969 cult classic Easy Rider, which just celebrated its 50th anniversary, has died at the age of 79. Peter Fonda was part of a veteran Hollywood family. As well as being the brother of Jane Fonda, he was also the son of actor Henry Fonda, and was married to Bridget, also an actor. In a statement, his family said he suffered respiratory failure due to lung cancer, and died peacefully at home in Los Angeles. His older sister Jane Fonda added: "I am very sad. He was my sweet-hearted baby brother.…
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Photo Story: The Stallone family at ’47 Meters Down: Uncaged’ premiere

Photo Story: The Stallone family at ’47 Meters Down: Uncaged’ premiere

(L-R) US model Jennifer Flavin Stallone, actress Sisteen Rose Stallone, actor Sylvester Stallone, Entertainment Studios CEO Byron Allen, Sophia Rose Stallone and Scarlet Rose Stallone pose for photos prior to the premiere of '47 Meters Down: Uncaged' at the Regency Village Theatre in Los Angeles, California, USA. '47 Meters Down: Uncaged' will be released in US theatre on 16 August. Sistine Stallone is the one of the protagonists of the film.   Photo: EPA-EFE/ETIENNE LAURENT
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Legendary French actor Alain Delon recovered in hospital after stroke

Legendary French actor Alain Delon recovered in hospital after stroke

Legendary French actor Alain Delon, 83, suffered a stroke a few weeks ago and is currently "resting" in Switzerland, his eldest son Anthony Delon revealed. His son said the actor's vital functions were "perfect and his condition stabilised, according to doctors". In mid-June, Alain Delon's entourage said the actor had been admitted to the American Hospital in Neuilly "for dizziness and minor headaches". The veteran French actor is an icon of the European film industry, after starring in over 80 films. The actor known for his roles in films such as "The Swimming Pool" and "Purple Noon", received an honorary…
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Photo Story: Marvel’s next Thor film will be filmed in Sydney

Photo Story: Marvel’s next Thor film will be filmed in Sydney

Australian actor and Thor star Chris Hemsworth speaks to the media during a press conference at the Australian Film Television and Radio School in Sydney, Australia, 26 July 2019. Marvel's next Thor film will be filmed in Sydney after the Federal government dipped into its 97 million us dollar funding pool for major Hollywood productions. Photos: EPA-EFE/BIANCA DE MARCHI    
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Paramount releases trailer for much awaited ‘Top Gun’ sequel

Paramount releases trailer for much awaited ‘Top Gun’ sequel

  The first trailer for long-awaited sequel Top Gun: Maverick has been released, with Tom Cruise’s return to his fan favourite role as a hotshot fighter pilot. The actor made a surprise appearance at San Diego’s Comic-Con to introduce the footage which shows him back as Maverick, who will be dealing with issues of drone technology and fifth-generation fighters in the sequel. He referred to the film as “a love letter to aviation”. The new cast includes Miles Teller as the son of Goose, played by Anthony Edwards in the original, who becomes Maverick’s protege. He’ll star alongside  Glenn Powell,…
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Prosecutors drop sexual assault case against Kevin Spacey

Prosecutors drop sexual assault case against Kevin Spacey

Prosecutors dropped a sexual assault case Wednesday against Oscar-winning actor Kevin Spacey after the alleged victim refused to testify about a missing cellphone. Spacey was charged last year for indecent assault and battery over accusations he groped an 18-year-old man in 2016 at a Nantucket bar where the teen worked as a busboy. Spacey denied the allegations brought forward by the man's mother, former Boston television anchor Heather Unruh, who claimed the Hollywood star got her son drunk at a bar and then stuck his hands down her son's pants and grabbed his genitals. The prosecution's case collapsed after the man invoked…
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US actor Rip Torn dies aged 88

US actor Rip Torn dies aged 88

Rip Torn, who starred in the likes of Dodgeball and Men In Black, has died aged 88. The actor died at his home in Lakeville, Connecticut on Tuesday afternoon, with his wife and two daughters by his side. Star of a string of 60s classics fell foul of Hollywood because of his temper but found a fresh lease of life in comedy, from TV’s Larry Sanders Show to the Men in Black films. Torn's career on stage and screen spanned seven decades and he won an Emmy late in his career for his role in The Larry Sanders Show. The…
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Civil case against Kevin Spacey because “explicit sexual behavior” dropped

Civil case against Kevin Spacey because “explicit sexual behavior” dropped

  A man who says Kevin Spacey groped him in 2016 has dropped the civil action he filed against the actor last week. The alleged victim's lawyer said his client had filed papers on 3 July to dismiss the suit voluntarily. There was no word of any possible settlement or any other reason to explain why the case was suddenly dropped. The civil case was dismissed with prejudice, meaning Spacey's accuser cannot refile the case later. The man had been seeking unspecified damages over Spacey's alleged "explicit sexual behaviour" at The Club Car restaurant in Nantucket. Prosecutors last year filed…
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Photo Story: Far From Home

Photo Story: Far From Home

British actor cast member Tom Holland (L) and US actor cast member Jake Gyllenhaal (R) attend a press conference for the premiere of Spider-Man: Far From Home at hotel in Seoul, South Korea, 01 July 2019. The movie will open in South Korean theaters on 02 July 2019.   Photo: EPA-EFE/KIM HEE-CHUL
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Actor Chris Pratt and Katherine Schwarzenegger are officially married

Actor Chris Pratt and Katherine Schwarzenegger are officially married

Actor Chris Pratt and Katherine Schwarzenegger have announced that they are officially married. Both Pratt and Schwarzenegger shared the news confirming that they tied the knot in a romantic ceremony on Saturday surrounded by family and friends, including Katherine's parents, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver. Pratt's 6-year-old son, Jack, whom he shares with ex-wife Anna Faris, was also in attendance. The ceremony took place at San Ysidro Ranch in Montecito, California, near Santa Barbara. https://twitter.com/prattprattpratt/status/1137788446536228864 The couple, who began dating in the summer of 2018, announced their engagement on Instagram in January. Pratt, 39, and Schwarzenegger, 29, first stepped out…
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Crew member injured in explosion on Bond 25 set in Pinewood Studios

Crew member injured in explosion on Bond 25 set in Pinewood Studios

  A crew member was injured in an explosion at Pinewood Studios in the UK on the set of the new James Bond movie. In the explosion, part of the set was also damaged. The explosion was caused by a “controlled explosion” and damaged the outside of the Pinewood Studios, in Buckinghamshire. No one working inside the studio was hurt, but one crew member outside suffered a minor injury. British media reports indicate that the blast hit the set after a stunt went wrong, taking off part of the roof and several wall panels. It comes after Bond star Daniel…
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Daniel Craig injured during the shooting of latest James Bond movie

Daniel Craig injured during the shooting of latest James Bond movie

Actor Daniel Craig suffered an injury during the filming of the latest James Bond movie. Craig is to undergo "minor ankle surgery" following an accident on the set in Jamaica. Craig, 51, slipped and hurt himself while filming an action sequence and needs to rest for the next two weeks. The as-yet-untitled movie remains on track for the same release date in April 2020. Still known by the working title Bond 25, the film is Craig's fifth outing as Britain's most famous fictional secret agent and is being directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga.   Via BBC
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Photo Story: Rocketman Photocall at the 72nd Cannes Film Festival

Photo Story: Rocketman Photocall at the 72nd Cannes Film Festival

  British musician and producer Elton John (L) and British actor Taron Egerton (R), who stars as the iconic musician, pose during the photocall for 'Rocketman' at the 72nd annual Cannes Film Festival, in Cannes, France. The movie, one of the most anticipated films of the year, is presented out of competition at the festival which runs from 14 to 25 May. 'Rocketman'  explores the singer's long and successful songwriting partnership with lyricist Bernie Taupin, the result of a random pairing by a London record company, which produced seven consecutive US number one albums in the three years between 1972-75.…
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Slideshow: Aladdin film premiere in London

Slideshow: Aladdin film premiere in London

Cast members attend the European Gala premiere of 'Aladdin' in London and the stars were out to celebrate the upcoming release of the film directed by Guy Ritchie . Will Smith, who is the genie in the movie,  was joined his co-stars Naomi Scott, who plays Princess Jasmine, and Mena Massoud, who stars as Aladdin, at the London premiere of Aladdin. The movie produced by Disney Studios will be released in the UK on 24 May 2019.     Photos: EPA-EFE/NEIL HALL
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Disney announces new Star Wars films…Issues Film Release Schedule

Disney announces new Star Wars films…Issues Film Release Schedule

After kicking off with the record-setting success of Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Endgame, The Walt Disney Studios’ 2019 summer slate includes Disney’s Aladdin on May 24, Fox’s Dark Phoenix on June 7, Pixar’s Toy Story 4 on June 21, Fox’s Stuber on July 12 and Disney’s The Lion King on July 19. Fox 2000’s The Art of Racing in the Rain moves up to August 9, and Fox Searchlight’s Ready or Not will release on August 23, while three films move to later dates: Ad Astra (September 20, 2019), The New Mutants (April 3, 2020) and Artemis Fowl (May 29, 2020). The Studios’ 2019 slate rounds out with: The Woman in the Window on October 4. Ford V. Ferrari on November 15.  Maleficent: Mistress…
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‘Avengers: Endgame’ smashes another record…Passes ‘Titanic’ Globally With $2.2B

‘Avengers: Endgame’ smashes another record…Passes ‘Titanic’ Globally With $2.2B

After a record-breaking opening, Avengers: Endgame is now the second-highest-grossing film of all time with $2.189 billion. It reached this level after surpassed James Cameron's Titanic which earned $2.187 billion. Endgame achieved the remarkable feat after collecting another $145.8 million domestically and $282.2 million overseas in its second weekend. The top-grossing film of all time is Cameron's Avatar (2009), with $2.8 billion at the global box office. With a late April release date, “Avengers: Endgame” won’t enjoy that same kind of staying power. It’s worth noting that “Avengers: Endgame” and “Avengers: Infinity War” are the only two films to cross…
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Disney and Make-A-Wish Launch #FriendLikeMe Challenge in Celebration of ‘Aladdin’

Disney and Make-A-Wish Launch #FriendLikeMe Challenge in Celebration of ‘Aladdin’

The Walt Disney Company and Make-A-Wish® have announced the #FriendLikeMe Challenge in celebration of the upcoming release of the highly anticipated new movie Aladdin. Actor/recording artist Will Smith, who stars in the upcoming film as the wish-granting Genie, helped kick off the campaign, which continues through May 24, 2019, when Aladdin opens in U.S. theaters. The global cause marketing campaign began on World Wish Day, the 29th April, and is supported by Disney and Smith, who are both Make-A-Wish wish granters. In a video released for the occassion, Smith encourages fans to join the campaign and help show the world:…
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‘Avengers: Endgame’ makes box office history

‘Avengers: Endgame’ makes box office history

  'Avengers: Endgame' has made box office history by taking a record-breaking $1.2bn (£929m) in global ticket sales in its opening run. The Disney blockbuster has become the fastest film ever to break the $1bn barrier, doing so in just five days. Endgame is the 22nd offering in the Marvel Studios superhero franchise. Its opening takings smashed the previous global debut record of $640m set by last year's 'Avengers: Infinity War'. In the US alone, Endgame brought in a record $350m. It also drew huge audiences in China, where it made a record $330.5m after opening there on Wednesday, ahead…
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Slideshow: The premiere of ‘Avengers: Endgame’ in LA

Slideshow: The premiere of ‘Avengers: Endgame’ in LA

Photos from the  premiere of 'Avengers: Endgame' at the LA Convention Center in Los Angeles, California, USA. 'Avengers: Endgame' will be released in US theaters on 26 April.   The new superhero movie is predicted to set a global box office record with a projected take of up to $900 million. The star-studded movie is a direct sequel to Avengers: Infinity War, which opened a year ago, and wraps up the stories told in 21 films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe starting with 2008's Iron Man. (Photos: EPA-EFE/ETIENNE LAURENT)
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