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Not Clowning Around, ‘It’ Again Dominates Box Office

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LOS ANGELES – Record-setting horror film It continued its winning ways over the weekend, accounting for nearly three times the combined ticket sales of the next two films in North American theatres, industry websites reported Sunday. The Warner Bros. film, based on a Stephen King novel and starring Bill Skarsgard as a creepy clown who…

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‘Sheikh Jackson’ Moonwalks Into Toronto Film Festival

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TORONTO – Egyptian director Amr Salama pays homage to the late Michael Jackson in his new film “Sheikh Jackson”, a tale of how a young imam struggles to reconcile his desire to be a better Muslim with his love for the King of Pop. The film – which landed a spot as Egypt’s Oscar bid…

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Epic Borg-McEnroe Tennis Clash Opens Toronto Filmfest

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THE 42nd Toronto International Film Festival opened Thursday with a look back at the storied rivalry between tennis stars John McEnroe and Bjorn Borg. The film Borg/McEnroe by Danish director Janus Metz Pedersen stars Sverrir Gudnason as the Swedish tennis legend and Shia LaBeouf as his brash American adversary. Borg’s son Leo also has a…

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Film Festival Opens In Cinema-Less Saudi Arabia

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THE Saudi Film Festival opened Monday with 58 homegrown cinematic works to be screened in the ultra-conservative kingdom that continues to ban public cinemas. “Welcome to all of you, filmmakers, makers of art and makers of hope,” festival director Ahmed al-Mulla told participants at the opening ceremony, which was broadcast online. The fourth edition of…

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Film Factory Budapest, Where Hollywood Dreams Are Made

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RYAN Gosling, Harrison Ford, Hugh Jackman. Spotting hunky Hollywood actors is no big deal any more in Budapest, now one of Europe’s top hubs for foreign film productions thanks to attractive tax breaks and cutting-edge facilities. Some of the biggest US blockbusters in recent years were filmed here, including 2015 action comedy Spy with Jude…

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Perkasa Supports Malaysia Film Festival Language Segregation

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PETALING JAYA: Malay rights group Perkasa said that it stands by the decision to have separate language categories in the upcoming Malaysia Film Festival (FFM), as long as it was done to honour Malay as the national language. Perkasa said in a statement on Tuesday that it would “stand resolute” with the National Film Development…

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Karyawan Backs Two-Category Film Awards

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PETALING JAYA: The Malaysian Artistes’ Association (Karyawan) has backed a decision to have two language categories for Best Film in the upcoming Malaysian Film Festival 2016 (FFM). In a statement on Monday, the association said it supported the decision by the Malaysia Film Producers Association (PFM) to have a Malay and non-Malay category for the…

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‘Divisive’ Film Festival Panned

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PETALING JAYA: A decision by the National Film Development Cor­poration Malaysia (Finas) and Malaysia Film Producers Associa­tion (PFM) to create separate categories for Bahasa Malaysia and non-Bahasa movies in the upcoming Malaysia Film Festival (FFM) has ruffled many feathers, especially among screenwriters and movie fans. Screenwriters Association of Kuala Lumpur and Selangor (Penulis) president Alfie…

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Margot Robbie Responds To Claims Her Suicide Squad Hot Pants Were Photoshopped

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According to Margot Robbie, Harley Quinn’s hot pants may well have been digitally altered in the Suicide Squad adverts to make them less revealing. Fans watching the film for the first time have noted you see a lot more of Margot’s bum than was shown in many of the same clips used in trailers. The…

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Redha Wins 2 Awards In The Philippines

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Local film Redha picked up two awards at the World Premieres Film Festival (WPFF) in Manila, the Philippines on July 3. June Lojong won the Best Actress award for her portrayal as a mother struggling to raise an autistic child (played by Harith Haziq). The film was also presented with the Special Jury Prize for…

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Will The Upcoming Upin & Ipin Movie Make RM20mil?

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The behind-the-scenes drama of Upin & Ipin Jeng, Jeng, Jeng! deserves its own movie. The live action movie – due for release in November – will feature beloved characters Upin and Ipin as their animated selves interacting with actress Puteri Balqis. Les Copaque Productions creative content director Ainon Ariff is coy about the film’s synopsis.…

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Angry Birds Beats Captain America At Box Office

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LOS ANGELES (AFP): “The Angry Birds Movie” hopped to the top of the North American box office over the weekend, booting “Captain America” into second place, according to industry data released on Monday. The 3D animated take on the popular video game features a trio of flightless birds — Red, Chuck and Bomb — who…

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Alpha Course Film Series Launched

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KUALA LUMPUR: The film series of the globally popular Alpha course, which explores the Christian Faith, was launched at Holy Trinity Bukit Bintang on Thursday. Alpha’s pioneer Nicky Gumbel, a vicar from London, was on hand for the launch of the first of 16 new 30-minute documentary style films. These will be offered to churches…

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1MDB Denies ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ Involvement

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PETALING JAYA: 1Malaysia Deve­lopment Bhd (1MDB) has denied funding the production of Holly­wood movie The Wolf of Wall Street which starred Leonardo DiCaprio. In a statement, it said it was not involved with the film in any capa­city as alleged or implied by some foreign media reports. “1MDB has never invested in or transferred funds…

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‘Ola Bola’ Film Hailed By 80s Footballers

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KOTA KINABALU – Unity of Malaysians of all communities can yield tremendous success – that’s the message of the ‘Ola Bola’ film now getting packed audiences in cinemas nationwide, according to two national football heroes of the 1980s. Sabahans Datuk Hassan Sani and James Wong, both of whom were in the national team when Malaysian…

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Mad Max: Fury Road Leads Critics’ Choice Awards Nominations

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‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ leads the 2016 Critics’ Choice Awards with 13 nominations. The movie starring Charlize Theron, Tom Hardy and Nicholas Hoult has received 13 nods for the awards which will be held at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica California on January 17. The reboot has received a Best Picture nomination with other…

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Beijing Film Academy To Help Malaysia Develop Film Industry

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BEIJING: MCA Youth has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Beijing Film Academy in a move to push for the development of the film industry in Malaysia. Its chief Chong Sin Woon said the MoU would pave the way for possible collaboration with the academy in the next three years. “We do not have…

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Schwarzenegger Will Not Be Back

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Following the poor box office performance of Terminator Genisys, Arnold Schwarzenegger won’t be back for more. Paramount is putting any plans to make another Terminator movie well and truly on hold. The most recent outing of the cybernetic organism was meant to serve as a spring board for a new Terminator universe and with it…

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‘Bravo Lima’ Film To Strengthen Patriotism, Unity

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KUALA LUMPUR – Armed Forces General Tan Sri Zulkifeli Mohd Zain hoped the film ‘Bravo Lima’ would further instill patriotism and strengthen unity among the various races in the country. “The film is a true story based on the secret mission of Malaysian Armed Forces commandos to rescue a hostage and cripple the plans of…

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Musical Film ‘Straight Outta Compton’ Beat The Rest To Be No 1

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LOS ANGELES – “Straight Outta Compton” opened in thenumber one position at the north American box offices this weekend, with an estimated US$56 million in ticket sales, reports China’s Xinhua news agency. The Universal Picture sold more tickets than the next six movies combined this week, according to studio estimates gathered by Rentrak. Opening in…

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Brooklyn Beckham Eyes Film Career

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BROOKLYN Beckham wants a movie career. The 16-year-old son of retired soccer star David and fashion designer Victoria Beckham is reportedly keen on carving out a career in the film industry after already securing a modelling contract. A source told the Sunday Mirror newspaper: “He has recently signed to a modelling agency. It appears he…

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David Beckham Lands Role In Guy Ritchie’s King Arthur Film

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DAVID Beckham has reportedly landed the role of “Blackleg leader” in his pal Guy Ritchie’s new movie, ‘Knights of the Roundtable: King Arthur’. The retired soccer star has reportedly signed up for a part in his pal’s latest film, a Middle Ages epic starring Charlie Hunnam, Jude Law, Eric Bana and Poppy Delevingne, and will…

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‘San Andreas’ Filmmakers Disregarded Science Advice, Expert Says

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A USC earthquake expert said his scientific advice was mostly disregarded by “San Andreas” movie filmmakers who asked him to review the script. “I gave them free advice, some of which they took – play up ‘drop, cover, and hold on’ – but much of which they didn’t – magnitude 9’s are too big for…

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‘Lelaki Harapan Dunia’ Wins Special Accolade At Iran Film Festival

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His first mainstream feature received flak from overly conservative critics, but writer-director Liew Seng Tat is having the last laugh when his comedy Lelaki Harapan Dunia was awarded the Special Jury Prize at the Fajr International Film Festival in Teheran, Iran. “I feel very honoured to get this recognition in Iran. It means a lot…

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Zayn Malik Set For Film Career With Bend It Like Beckham Director

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LONDON: He left One Direction only last month but it seems Zayn Malik is already planning a career as a movie star. The talented 22-year-old has been in talks with Bend It Like Beckham director Gurinder Chadha to plan his next move. Film bigwig Gurinder, 55, who is working on Bend It Like Beckham: The…

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Karlie Kloss To Make Film Debut

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KARLIE Kloss will make her acting debut in ‘Zoolander 2’. The 22-year-old model is reportedly set to star in the upcoming comedy sequel with Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson, reports E! Online. The duo announced they were filming ‘Zoolander 2 ‘ when they took to the runway in character as Derek Zoolander and Hansel McDonald…

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Film’s ‘Fifty Shades’ Of Kinky Sex Stoke Domestic Abuse Debate

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LOS ANGELES – A U.S. grassroots movement is urging people to send $50 to women’s shelters rather than see “Fifty Shades of Grey,” while a Midwest child protection league argues the film blurs the lines of what is healthy or harmful in sex. With its whips and chains and a sexual relationship based on domination…

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Idris Elba To Adapt ‘Poe Must Die’ Into A Film Trilogy

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THE British actor will bring Marc Olden’s supernatural thriller novel to the big screen through his Green Door Production Co, Publishers Weekly reports. Published in 1978, “Poe Must Die” centres on a fictional version of the novelist and poet Edgar Allan Poe, who teams with a powerful former boxer to track down an evil sorcerer…

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Hollywood Fils To Be Shot In Pinewood Iskandar Malaysia Studios Next Year

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BEIJING: Pinewood Iskandar Malaysia Studios is poised to be the next shooting destination of a multi-million dollar Hollywood film next year. Creative Content Association Malaysia (CCAM) and MULU Global Creative Cultures Development (Beijing) Inc, on Wednesday signed a Memorandum of Understandings for “Alien City” to be shot in Iskandar. Tony Meng, chief executive officer of…

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MMU Monopolizes 11th Student Film Festival

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CYBERJAYA: Universiti Multimedia Malaysia (MMU) won 10 of the 13 accompanying awards in the 11th Malaysian Student Film festival (FFP11) which was held here last night. The animated film ‘Simfoni’ produced by the students from MMU was crowned the Special Jury Award for Metamorphosis Innovation while another animated film, ‘White Collar Time,’ also also won the Jury…

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