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All the latest news, reviews, pictures and video on culture, the arts and entertainment. Featuring critiques and editorials on movies, television, theatre, music, and other cultural events. Our writers Alexa Mamoulides and Lorraine Schmucker produce weekly. Our section editor is Sonia Hossain.
Sony Pictures’ Venom has landed the studio its largest opening weekend ever in China, with a $111 million gross profit this past weekend.
Nigerian Afro-pop artist Tiwa Savage made history by becoming the first female African musician to win the Best African Act at the recently held MTV European Music Awards (EMAs) in Bilbao, Spain.
The Russian release for Hollywood thriller Hunter Killer was scheduled for last Thursday; however, the release has been postponed. The film, starring Gerard Butler, is about an American submarine captain who rescues the Russian president after he is kidnapped by his defense minister. Just hours before the premiere, Megogo Distribution, the film’s distributor, told theaters not to show it.
Nigerian-American award-winning writer Nnedi Okorafor recently released the first in a series of comics inspired by Black Panther.
Stephen King sold the rights to his short story Stationary Bike to film students in South Wales for $1, The Express Tribune reported Sunday.
The council on African studies at Yale, in partnership with the Yale African Graduate & Professional Students, created the inaugural Yale Africa Film Festival with the aim to highlight forward-thinking African films. According to their website, “The festival sought films with visionary stories and new narratives which re-frame African experiences and identities through innovative, future-facing, empowering lenses. These films acknowledge and honor authentic cultural histories and indigenous languages while reshaping internal and external perceptions of the continent’s diverse nations.”
2018 could be the year that China overtakes Hollywood as the most important film market, an event that some may say has been a long time coming. When Chinese currency is converted to U.S. dollars with a conservative exchange rate, it becomes apparent that China’s box office revenue for the first quarter of 2018 hit $3.17 billion, while theaters in North America grossed $2.85 billion.
Spotify recently launched its Afro Hub initiative as part of its Global Cultures Project. “It’s our mission to uncover every layer of this ancient, expressive and rhythmic musical culture which is an important component of today’s mainstream, modern music,” the popular music streaming service said.
On May 24, 2016, an announcement was made that Blumhouse Productions and Miramax were teaming up to finance the eleventh installment of Halloween, a nearly 40-year-old horror franchise, with the director of the original film taking on the role of executive producer.
Irish film studio Element Pictures has signed an agreement with Fox Searchlight that will ensure that the latter is the first to look at new output from Element Pictures and decide whether or not it would like to distribute its films.
The French government will be giving greater financial assistance to films that have more women in senior positions, Françoise Nyssen, the French culture minister, announced Thursday.
The star’s removal may be a drastic action intended to warn other tax evading celebrities — a hidden threat aimed at the upper-class Chinese.
The 2018 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) concluded on September 16, after running for 10 days and screening 267 distinct titles.
The 43rd Toronto International Film Festival commenced on Thursday, and although the festival will not conclude until September 16, it is appropriate to take a moment to reflect on what has occured at TIFF so far.
Fans of ABBA music group saw on Friday, April 27 via Instagram that the group will be releasing new music for the first time in 35 years. ABBA posted a statement on their account that they will be returning to the recording studio and releasing two new songs and it was confirmed by their manager, Gorel Hanser, in a press release.
There are currently more than 200 streaming services for consumers to choose from, but a new streaming network called Stage will debut in August, and it is billing itself as the world’s first streaming network with a strict focus on theater.
Avicii, the music producer known for hits like “Wake Me Up” and “Hey Brother,” died on Friday, April 20. He died at the age of 28 in Muscat, Oman, and so far, the cause of death is still unknown.
Five of China’s most powerful movie companies have come together to form the A.R.T. Project, an alliance which will provide funding and guaranteed theatrical releases for Chinese art house films.
Filmmaker Milos Forman died on April 14, 2018 after a short illness. He is best known for his 1975 film One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest or Amadeus in 1984, but his career began in his home country of Czechoslovakia.
This week, official numbers were confirmed in the UK concerning the gender pay gap. Businesses with more than 250 employees were required to report their mean and median hourly rates for men and women. The results did not look good for the arts business.
On Sunday, April 1st, millions all over the world celebrated the Christian holiday Easter. Easter used to be the biggest of the Christian holidays, but now in America it seems to have fallen behind Christmas in its cultural importance. However, Brazil and other Latin American countries still put on large events and keep traditions celebrating Easter week.
The ShortsTV app, the world’s first short movie TV app, has been launched recently in the Netherlands.
German photographer Wolfgang Tillmans is coming out of a self-titled solo exhibition in London last year, and is now stamping his name as editor.
Tillmans was the editor for this year’s issue of the “Jahresring,” a German journal of essays on art and culture published annually. This issue “What is Different?” is interspersed with his photography as it explores the role of art in politics in a world that he feels is “post-truth.”
The first Polish series for Netflix, 1983, is being shot by four female directors.
Students across the nation in the recent weeks have been speaking out and walking out as they advocate for national attention and legislation in response to the school shooting in Parkland, Florida. These protests come on the heels of the Time’s Up and #MeToo movements, among others. In these protests, music has become an important instrument in getting the voices of students heard.
The Arizona desert is the most dangerous part of the journey for many South and Central Americans crossing the border on foot into the United States. However, many of these migrants are not aware of just how dangerous it is. In 2016, 154 bodies or remains were found in southern Arizona.
At an event in the UK on Monday, a total of 35 music festivals and conferences committed to the Keychange initiative, which aims for an equal representation of females in the music industry.
After just one week in theaters, Black Panther has brought in $500 million in revenue. The Disney and Marvel Studios’ movie has had the best opening week to date for a Marvel Studios movie in North America. Analysts are even predicting that a $1 billion global revenue could be possible for the film.