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Taiwan Films and Projects Take Center Stage at Busan’s Virtual Market

A slate of film productions and intellectual properties from Taiwan are on the offer at the Asian Contents & Film Market, a sign that points to increasing ambition on the global entertainment stage from the self-governed island.

The market, held as part of the Busan International Film Festival, has shifted online due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. But individual Taiwanese companies and Taiwan Creative Content Agency, an agency set up by the Ministry of Culture, have responded by setting up a virtual offering.

Among the highest profile are two Golden Horse-nominated feature films “Dear Tenant” and “I WeirDo.” International sales handled by Top Film’s Sanling Chang.

From writer-director Cheng Yu-Chieh, “Dear Tenant” is an intricate drama that explores the notion of family after Taiwan in 2019 became the first territory in Asia to legalize same-sex marriage. The film, which begins with its protagonist looking after the son and mother of

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Best films we saw at LA Asian Pacific fest

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We’re getting a little closer to Asian representation in the film industry, thanks in part to the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival.

The 36th annual showcase (which runs through Saturday), which pivots to streaming this year amid the coronavirus pandemic, has introduced audiences to the work of more than 225 established and emerging Asian American filmmakers – providing a platform for Asian talent that’s been historically underrepresented both behind and in front of the camera. 

There were many insightful and enjoyable feature films from the virtual film festival, ranging from dark documentaries to lighthearted comedies. Here are our five favorites:

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Kazakhstan, which banned the first ‘Borat’ movie, has turned the film’s famous catchphrase, ‘very nice,’ into its new tourism slogan



a group of people standing in front of a building: Sacha Baron Cohen as Borat, a Kazakh TV reporter. Amazon Studios


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Sacha Baron Cohen as Borat, a Kazakh TV reporter. Amazon Studios

  • When the first “Borat” film came out in 2006, the Kazakh government banned the movie and took out ads refuting some of the “facts” the movie presents about the country.
  • But when “Borat 2” dropped last week, the Kazakh tourism board jumped on the opportunity to turn one of Borat’s most famous catchphrases into a tourism slogan.
  • A Los Angeles transplant who lives in Kazakhstan pitched the idea and created four short spots using the slogan “Kazakhstan. Very nice!”
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After initially banning the first “Borat” movie in 2006, a comedy in which actor Sacha Baron Cohen plays Borat, a Kazakh TV reporter, Kazakhstan has now accepted the attention the “Borat” films bring to the country.

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In fact, it’s even highlighting it.

In 2006, the Kazakh government banned the

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iProductions Announces Three New Films, Expansion of Sea Cinema Chain

At the El Gouna Film Festival, Ahmed Fahmy’s iProductions has announced that three new feature films – “Abu Saddam,” “Have You Drunk From The Nile” and “Troubled Omar” – are to go into production from November and run to the end of next year.

Additionally, iProductions has announced that shooting has recommenced on their new fantasy drama television series “Wadi Al Jinn,” in collaboration with Viu platform, scheduled to premiere on Viu next year, and the building of new cinemas in Egypt.

“Have You Drunk From The Nile,” to be directed by Khaled Diab, heads the slate. The movie reunites the team behind Cannes entry “Clash,” with that film’s helmer Mohamed Diab as well as Sherine Diab co-scripting alongside the director. The crime caper stars Mostafa Khater and Hamdi El-Mirghani as two drug dealers who run off with a large shipment of heroin belonging to a crime kingpin.

Egyptian writer

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Toby Emmerich to Oversee HBO Max Original Films

Restructuring shifts Nikki Ramey to New Line and Jessie Henderson has decided to leave the company

Toby Emmerich will now have oversight of HBO Max original films as part of a reorganization at Warner Media.

As part of the shift, Jessie Henderson, the EVP of Original Feature Films at WarnerMedia, has decided to leave the company, and Nikki Ramey, SVP of Original Feature Films at HBO Max, is moving over to New Line and will report to Richard Brener, president and chief creative officer, and Carolyn Blackwood, chief operating officer for Warner Bros. Pictures Group.

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Prices, films, what to know

Even if your local movie theater is open for business, you might not want to go in, especially to see a popular show where every seat is occupied. Health experts warn that being indoors, breathing the same air as groups of people, puts you at a higher risk for contracting the coronavirus, which is known to be airborne, even if everyone wears a mask.



AMC, Cinemark and Alamo Drafthouse let you rent their theater rooms. Angela Lang/CNET


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AMC, Cinemark and Alamo Drafthouse let you rent their theater rooms. Angela Lang/CNET





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If you still want the silver screen experience, but with a smaller group you know and trust, US movie theater groups such as AMC, Cinemark and Alamo Drafthouse will rent you a room for private showings.

We’ll tell you how to get started with the rental process, how many people you can invite, what the rules are on theater snacks and more. Note

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Women In Film’s Hire Her Back Fund Opens Applications

Applications are open for the Hire Her Back Fund, a grant supporting women filmmakers whose careers have been adversely impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. Members of Women in Film local chapters — WIF Los Angeles, New York Women in Film and Television, and Women in Film and Television Atlanta — are eligible to apply.

“We are grateful to all who have answered the call to support this fund so that we, along with our sister chapters in New York and Atlanta, can provide some relief to the women whose work in our industry has suffered,” WIF Los Angeles executive director Kirsten Schaffer said in a statement. “We hope that the fund can buoy these women and make it more possible to sustain their careers in entertainment.”

The fund is part of the Hire Her Back initiative launched in June, urging employers to fight for gender equality across film and television

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The new films premiering on Sky Cinemas in November, 2020

Jojo Rabbit, Doctor Sleep and Last Christmas will all premiere on Sky Cinemas in November. (Twentieth Century Studios/WB/Universal)
Jojo Rabbit, Doctor Sleep and Last Christmas will all premiere on Sky Cinemas in November. (Twentieth Century Studios/WB/Universal)

Autumn blues begone… Sky Cinema has announced a rollicking month ahead in November, with a huge slate of exciting premieres hitting the channel and NOW TV throughout the eleventh month of the longest year ever recorded.

Taika Waititi’s WW2 comedy Jojo Rabbit and Doctor Sleep – the sequel to Stephen King’s The Shining – are just two of the many huge films landing as the nights get longer and a night on the sofa becomes more appealing by the day.

Other highlights to watch out for include Paul Feig’s festive treat Last Christmas, and two new Blumhouse thrillers to give the edge of your sofa something to do.

New Premieres

Ash is Purest White (2018) – 4 November on Sky Cinema and the Sky Cinema Pass on NOW TV

Qiao (Zhao Tao) lives in a depressed mining town. (New Wave Films)
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‘Fast and Furious’ Franchise Ending With 11 Films

This one goes all the way to 11.

The central “Fast and Furious” franchise will come to a conclusion after the 10th and 11th films, Variety has confirmed. Justin Lin, who directed the third, fourth, fifth, sixth and ninth “Fast and Furious” films, will return to direct the final two installments and drive the franchise to the finish line after over two decades in theaters.

This does not, however, necessarily mean that the “Fast and Furious” cinematic universe is coming to an end. While the core storyline following Vin Diesel’s Dominic Toretto and his family of fellow car-enthusiasts-turned-thieves-turned-physics-defying-superheroes will conclude after Lin directs the 11th installment, spin-off movies based on “Fast and Furious” characters are currently in development at Universal.

The first of those endeavors, the creatively titled “Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw” starring Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham, opened in 2019 and grossed over $759 million worldwide.

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‘Back To The Future’ Isn’t Happening, According To Film’s Writer

Unlike Disney, which can make as many Star Wars movies as it wants after acquiring Lucasfilm for a cool $4 billion in 2012, Universal Pictures can’t churn out Back to the Future sequels. That’s because director Robert Zemeckis and writer Bob Gale, a.k.a. the Bobs, retain the rights to the franchise, and will continue to do so until they die. There won’t be a new Back to the Future movie, TV show, or theme park without their permission, and based on an interview Gale did with Collider, they’re not likely to give it.

“We told a complete story with the trilogy. If we went back and made another one, we’d have Michael J. Fox, who will be 60 next year, and he has Parkinson’s Disease. Do we want to see Marty McFly at age 60 with Parkinson’s Disease? Did we want to see him at age 50 with Parkinson’s

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