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Manga films highlighted in the Eigasai film fest’s 21st year

FOR ITS 21st year, the EIGASAI Japanese Film Festival announces a lineup of 15 films including the third installment of the film adaptation of Yuki Suegetsu’s manga, Chihayafuru.

Incredibles 2 shatters records with heroic $180-M US opening

LOS ANGELES — The opening weekend of Incredibles 2 was, well, incredible.

The Hobbit’s five armies clash in Czech forest

DOKSY, The Czech Republic — Spears crossed, swords touched and arrows flew in a Czech forest over the weekend as hundreds of fans of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit reenacted a major battle.

Sylvester Stallone under scrutiny in sexual assault case

LOS ANGELES — US prosecutors have launched a probe to determine whether film star Sylvester Stallone should be charged in connection with a sexual assault reported last year, a spokesman said Wednesday.

Record Australia payout to actress Rebel Wilson slashed on appeal

MELBOURNE — Hollywood actress Rebel Wilson’s Australian record defamation payout was slashed on appeal Thursday to just Aus$600,000 (US$454,000) in a major win for publisher Bauer Media.

Short docu on a special Uber driver tops 1st Istorya ng...

A FIVE-MINUTE documentary about an Uber driver with Tourette’s Syndrome won the top prize at the recently concluded Istorya ng Pag-asa (INP) Film Festival.

Citizen me

MIKE DE LEON’s first film in — has it been 18 years? — has to be an event; the latest from one of our finest filmmakers, in the same league as Lino Brocka, Mario O’Hara, Ishmael Bernal, Celso Ad. Castillo. If it’s arguably the weakest feature he’s done to date (hopefully not his last) it still stands head and shoulders above most anything out there today, Filipino or Hollywood.

What to see this week

What to see this week 4 films to see on the week of June 15-22, 2018

Balangiga tops FAMAS winners

KHAVN DE LA CRUZ’s Philippine-American wartime drama, Balangiga: Howling Wilderness (2017) was the night’s biggest winner at the 66th Filipino Academy of Movie Arts...

The women of Ocean’s 8 steal a big lead at US...

LOS ANGELES — The women of Ocean’s 8 proved this weekend that they know how to steal the show — and much more — as the new heist flick took in an estimated $41.5 million in North American theaters.

Weinstein Co. must face sexual harassment suit, judge rules

WEINSTEIN CO. must return to New York court to face a lawsuit by women who say the firm is responsible for alleged sexual misconduct by founder Harvey Weinstein, a federal judge ruled.

21 films on the 23rd year of the French Film Festival

FOR ITS 23rd year, the French Film Festival is serving 21 films with the aim to “embody the richness and depth of French society through the creativity of French filmmakers.” Among the critically acclaimed films to be shown are Olivier Assayas’ Personal Shopper (2016), which competed in the official competition of the Cannes Film Festival that same year; Cedric Kahn’s Le Priere (2018), which won Anthony Bajon the Silver Bear for Best Actor in the 2018 Berlin International Film Festival; and the jazz biopic Django (2016) by Etienne Comar, which served as the opening film of the 2017 Berlin International Film Festival.

China launches tax evasion probe into film, TV industry

SHANGHAI — China will launch a tax evasion investigation into the country’s film and television industry, the tax bureau said in a statement posted on its official website on Sunday.

Solo stays aloft but loses altitude in N. American theaters

LOS ANGELES — Solo: A Star Wars Story clung to the top spot in North American theaters this weekend but again fell below expectations, taking in $29.3 million, just over a third its opening-weekend receipts, said box office tracker Exhibitor Relations.

Film producer Weinstein indicted for rape

NEW YORK — Movie producer Harvey Weinstein was indicted on Wednesday on charges of rape and a criminal sexual act, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance said, the first case to emerge from a slew of sexual misconduct allegations against him.

Rock the Devil

NOT LONG AFTER Brillante Mendoza’s Amo (which takes its cue from Respeto’s rap-driven score) we have Lav Diaz’s take on the Duterte regime. Panahon ng Halimaw (Season of the Devil, 2018) is no small-scale response: 234 minutes long, some six minutes short of four hours. And it’s a musical.

The Devil in the details

ANG PANAHON ng Halimaw (Season of the Devil) is a musical, the way the pasyon (passion play) may be broadly and loosely defined as a musical. There are 33 songs, of varied forms, uneven musicality and occasionally strained rhymes, all of them written and arranged by the director Lav Diaz. The incantatory refrains are mesmerizing and primal as katutubo (indigenous persons) chants, especially as rendered by the Kwentista (Bituin Escalante as the Narrator, a sort of omniscient muse). Amazingly, these musical sequences are one-take wonders, performed without any instrumental accompaniment.

Film mogul Harvey Weinstein appears handcuffed in court to face rape...

NEW YORK — Movie mogul Harvey Weinstein appeared in handcuffs in a New York court on Friday to face charges of rape and other...

Weinstein attorney could face ‘impossible’ task

AFTER sexual assault charges were dropped against former International Monetary Fund chairman Dominique Strauss-Kahn in 2011, his lawyer Ben Brafman assailed the accuser’s credibility,...

Actor Morgan Freeman apologizes

ACTOR Morgan Freeman said on Friday any suggestion he assaulted women or created an unsafe workplace is false and apologized to anyone he may...

Solo: A Star Wars Story struggles to take off in opening...

LOS ANGELES — Solo: A Star Wars Story, the latest prequel in the hugely popular film franchise, struggled to achieve escape velocity this holiday...

It’s ‘Love, Actually’ as bachelor Hugh Grant marries at 57

LONDON — Hugh Grant, best known for playing bumbling Britons in romantic comedies like Four Weddings and a Funeral, has married for the first...

Han Solo battles tougher reviews, along with galactic bad guys

HAN SOLO has been frozen in carbonite, made the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs, and helped blow up a Death Star or...

Respeto, Balangiga bag most Gawad Urian noms

GAWAD URIAN, considered the most prestigious film award in the country, enters its 41st year by announcing this year’s nominees, with a hip-hop film...

2018 is the Year of the Kid

By Richard Roeper Warning, warning, warning! SPOILERS TO FOLLOW. In the global mega-hit Black Panther, the smartest (and most charming and endearing) person in any room...

Woody Allen son says father did not molest his daughter

NEW YORK — Moses Farrow, the adopted son of Mia Farrow and Woody Allen, released a lengthy personal essay Wednesday, disputing allegations that his...

Japan wins Cannes top prize after Weinstein accuser takes stage

CANNES, France — Shoplifters, a heartwrenching family tale by Japanese veteran director Hirokazu Kore-eda, won the Palme d’Or top prize at the Cannes film...

Red carpet looks that dazzled Cannes

CANNES, France — With two powerful protests by female stars calling for equal pay and treatment, the red carpet at the Cannes film festival...

Iron Fist actors to attend 4th AsiaPop Comicon

ARGUABLY THE biggest pop culture convention in the country today, AsiaPop Comicon Manila (APCC Manila) 2018 has announced the first batch of celebrities expected...

Childish Gambino: America’s new favorite Donald?

LOS ANGELES — Hollywood’s latest sensation Donald Glover, eyebrow arched with the detached insouciance of a rockstar but the poise of a chess grandmaster,...

Middle-aged women are real action heroes says Cannes director

CANNES — Forget The Rock and Bruce Willis. Middle-aged women are the real action heroes, according to the maker of a fast-paced feminist film...

Marvel icon Stan Lee in $1-B lawsuit against the company he...

LOS ANGELES — Comic books legend Stan Lee is suing the entertainment company he cofounded for damages topping $1 billion, accusing bosses of trying...

Best superhero movie of the year

By Noel Vera Video Review Psychokinesis (Yeom-Iyeok) Directed by Yeon Sang-ho Netflix I KNOW, I know, I know, I know — if you’re sick of the genre as I...

Women take over the red carpet at Cannes

CANNES — Jane Fonda, Salma Hayek and Marion Cotillard were among 82 women who made a symbolic walk up the red carpet at the...

Leave the movie at the bedroom door say Cannes star couples

CANNES — Hepburn and Tracey, Bogart and Bacall, Joel Coen and Frances McDormand: movie magic often has real-life love stories behind it, but star...

The Eternity Between Seconds the big winner at CineFilipino film fest

ALEC FIGURACION’s The Eternity Between Seconds, a film about two strangers meeting at an airport and creating a fleeting, yet lasting connection, earned the...

Male stars must take pay cuts says Salma Hayek

CANNES — Hollywood star Salma Hayek said Sunday that male stars will have to take pay cuts if they are serious about equality for...

Watch movies under the stars

SPEND THE weekend watching films under the stars as Circuit Makati holds its first Cine Circuit Indie Film Festival, from May 11 to 13...

The Dude abides: The Big Lebowski at 20

LOS ANGELES — Twenty years ago, a bathrobe-wearing stoner and his two buddies entrenched themselves in the public consciousness with a strange little movie...

A really good John Hughes high school movie for the 21st...

By Richard Roeper Movie Review Love, Simon Directed by Greg Berlanti MAYBE IT’S TOO EASY to say Love, Simon feels like a 21st-century John Hughes high school movie...

Fewer films in this year’s Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino

THE Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP)-led Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino (PPP) continues to celebrate Filipino-produced films as it gears up for its...

Weinstein’s absence looms over scandal-hit Cannes

CANNES, France — Disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein once held court like a king at the Cannes film festival, but this year it is...

Actress Cate Blanchett’s feminist wake-up call to Cannes

PARIS, France — Cate Blanchett knew there was something seriously awry with the Cannes film festival when the winners of its top prize, the...

Balangiga, Larawan top FAMAS nominations

WITH 11 nominations including Best Picture, Best Director, Khavn dela Cruz’s Balangiga: Howling Wilderness leads the list of nominees of the 66th Filipino Academy...

Avengers: Infinity War scores second-biggest second weekend ever

LOS ANGELES — Avengers: Infinity War can check off yet another record: The second-highest second weekend of all time. Disney and Marvel’s latest collaboration earned...