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Why we need humour at a time like this

Comedy has always offered swift relief in times of stress. A good laugh can be good therapy, can lift us out of sadness and depression. Our sense of humor can restore us to high spirits and renew our sense of hope. Some scientists even believe that humor activates pathways in our brain that circumvent the primitive fight-or-flight response that leads to violence or evasion. A deft joke, then, acts much like a wise teacher in a tense classroom, directing us to take Time Out for reflection, re-cha...
Tags: Hong Kong, Europe, Books, Featured, Media, Greece, Film, France, Russia, John Cleese, Africa, Taiwan, Moscow, Ang Lee, Ousmane Sembene, Western Europe

‘Dark Phoenix’ Was the Biggest Box Office Bomb of 2019, Losing $133 Million

The 2020 box office is currently paused, so let’s jump in the Wayback machine and look at the biggest failure of 2019, shall we? A new report reveals that the biggest box office bomb of 2019 was none other than X-Men: Dark Phoenix, the final nail in the coffin of Fox’s X-Men franchise. Yes, even Cats was a bigger “hit” than Dark Phoenix, and that’s saying something.  Deadline crunched the numbers, and it looks like Dark Phoenix is the biggest money loser of 2019. The publication took into acc...
Tags: Movies, Cats, Disney, Fox, Box Office, Universal, Will Smith, Ang Lee, Paramount Pictures, 20th Century Fox, Paramount, Blu, Laika, Dark Phoenix, Fox Disney, Gemini Man

Irrfan Khan, Indian Film Legend and ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ Star, Has Died at 53

Legendary actor Irrfan Khan had been battling cancer these last few years. He died in Mumbai earlier today, after being admitted to intensive care on Tuesday. He lost his mother on Saturday. He was 53.  Khan’s most recent film, Angrezi Medium (sequel to the 2017 comedy Hindi Medium ) hit streaming platforms in April, after being forced off its theatrical course by the recent pandemic. While a presence like his undoubtedly belongs on the big screen, the more people who have access to h...
Tags: Death, Hbo, New York, Hollywood, Movies, India, Fbi, Wes Anderson, BAFTA, Khan, Mumbai, Ang Lee, New York New York, Ladakh, Asif Kapadia, Andrew Todd

James Gunn Recommends a Huge List of Action Movies to Watch During Quarantine – Here’s Where to Find Each of Them

Around the time when the United States began realizing just how serious the coronavirus pandemic was, writer/director James Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy) took to Twitter to share helpful recommendations about what people should watch while cooped up in their homes during the pandemic. Now he’s at it again, and this time he’s narrowed it down to (mostly) one genre: action. The filmmaker blasted out a series of action-heavy recommendations to improve your quarantine viewing, and we’ve done the l...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Hbo, New York, Movies, Youtube, Netflix, United States, Paul Greengrass, Luc Besson, Akira Kurosawa, Kung Fu Hustle, Stephen Chow, Quentin Tarantino, James Gunn, Hulu

The Best Movies and Shows Leaving Netflix in April 2020

The month is drawing to a close, and everything is on fire. We all have to stay the heck inside for the time being – which means we should have more time to sit back and watch Netflix. But you better hurry up on some titles, because as the month ends and April begins, several great movies and TV shows are hitting the road. These are the TV shows and movies leaving Netflix in April 2020. GoodFellas Martin Scorsese‘s masterpiece GoodFellas is one of those movies that’s endlessly rewatchable...
Tags: New York, Movies, Netflix, Harrison Ford, Ridley Scott, Ang Lee, Goodfellas, Nicolas Cage, Rosemary, Michelle Yeoh, Martin Scorsese, National Treasure, Deckard, Henry Hill, Netflix/Streaming Video, Blade-Runner

The 20 Top Movie Tearjerkers

Audiences love to go to movies that make them laugh. The communal good cheer of a comedy cannot be properly enjoyed unless you're part of a group, braying like hyperactive hyenas. Moviegoers also love to be frightened. Again, there is some kind of mutual bonding that occurs when individuals get together and experience the dread and suspense provided by some Master pulling the cinematic strings. When it comes to crying, however, hysterics are fine. Heartstrings are not. But some enjoy going t...
Tags: Music, Tim Burton, Ang Lee, David Lynch, Steven Spielberg, Charlie Chaplin, Robert Redford, Frank Darabont, Giuseppe Tornatore, Franco Zeffirelli, James Hill, Arthur Hiller, Robert Stevenson, Phil Alden Robinson, Leo McCarey, List this

NYU Tisch School of the Arts to Honor Clive Davis

Music industry veteran Clive Davis will be honored by NYU Tisch School of the Arts at the school’s annual gala. A graduate of the program in 1953, he’ll join fellow alumnus Ang Lee, who received an MFA in film in 1984. The event will take place Monday, April 6, at the Ziegfeld Ballroom in Manhattan. […]
Tags: News, Manhattan, Ang Lee, MFA, Clive Davis, NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Tisch School of the Arts, Ziegfeld Ballroom

Exploring the “Cinematic Unrealism” of Rian Johnson and Why It Works So Well

“I just didn’t think it was realistic enough.” How often have you heard someone’s complaints about a movie essentially boil down to this talking point? If you’ve spent enough time on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube comment sections, you’ve heard it. No matter the forum, film-related discourse in the 21st Century undeniably tends to fall back onto realism. Not that this is problematic in and of itself, but look no further than the cottage industry of popular “satirical” video channels that have ga...
Tags: Christopher Nolan, Movies, Features, Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Johnson, Rachel Weisz, Ang Lee, Peter Jackson, Joseph Gordon Levitt, Mark Ruffalo, Tolkien, Stephen, Rian Johnson, Brick, Adrien Brody

‘Parasite’ Crosses $50 Million at the U.S. Box Office, Sets Sights on Passing ‘Hero’ and ‘Life Is Beautiful’

Parasite keeps on climbing up at the box office. Bong Joon-ho’s dark satirical masterpiece has just crossed the $50 million mark at the U.S. box office, buoyed by its historic four wins at the 2020 Academy Awards. While it’s not likely it will reach the top of the list of highest-grossing foreign-language films at the domestic box office (that honor remains with Ang Lee’s Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon), this latest Parasite box office update puts it on track to pass a couple other foreign film...
Tags: Movies, Drama, Mexico, Box Office, Hulu, Ang Lee, Bong, U S Box Office, Bong Joon, Parasite, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, Foreign Language, Oscar win Deadline

Will Smith’s Gemini Man Flopped But Is Still Really Important For The Future Of Movies

Ang Lee's failed action movie was still a major VFX advancement.
Tags: Religion, Will Smith, Ang Lee

Historic Oscars Win for Parasite Sparks Jubilation in South Korea

To say Parasite won big at the 2020 Oscars could very much be the understatement of the year—and it’s only February. Bong Joon-ho made a mark on Hollywood when he went up onstage early in the evening to pick up the award for Best Original Screenplay. It was South Korea’s first ever win at Oscars and that moment itself would have been more than enough to satisfy the country. Except that was just the beginning. Within the span of a few hours, Parasite made history again. And again. And...
Tags: South Korea, Hollywood, News, Uncategorized, Awards, Ang Lee, Natalie Portman, Janelle Monae, Naver, Priyanka Chopra, Yonhap, Sandra, MBC, Bong, Bong Joon, Korea Herald

Parasite‘s Best Picture Oscar Is Historic. Is This the Beginning of a New Era in Film?

When Bong Joon-Ho went onstage to accept the Academy Award for Best International Film for Parasite at the 2020 Oscars, he thought his night was done. “I am ready to drink tonight until next morning,” he said gleefully. He had already collected one Oscar before that, for Best Original Screenplay. But instead, Bong would return to the stage to collect two more trophies: one for Best Director, making him the second Asian to win that award, after Ang Lee —a nd one for Best Picture. Parasite‘s ...
Tags: Apple, South Korea, New York, Hollywood, News, Mexico, Uncategorized, Awards, America, Tom Hanks, Netflix, United States, Arkansas, Korea, Kung Fu Hustle, Brad Pitt

Here’s Everything You Need to Know About the 2020 Oscars

The 92nd Academy Awards kick off Sunday night, capping off an awards season that’s celebrated achievements in television and film over the last year. This year’s ceremony will acknowledge a number of movies, like Joker, which earned the most nominations, and Little Women, which received several nods (though filmmaker Greta Gerwig was shut out from the Best Director category). Some nominations made history, while others prompted contentious conversations about who was snubbed or honored, lea...
Tags: Hollywood, News, Abc, Uncategorized, Awards, Netflix, Oscar, Jennifer Lopez, Scarlett Johansson, Kevin Hart, Kobe Bryant, Sigourney Weaver, Quentin Tarantino, Greta Gerwig, Idina Menzel, Hulu

Steve Martin and Martin Short to Star in True Crime Comedy on Hulu

Steve Martin and Martin Short are currently touring with their two-man comedy show, but the legendary performers and former Three Amigos co-stars have yet another reunion on the horizon. During the Hulu panel at the Television Critics Association winter press tour, the streaming service announced that Martin and Short will star in an untitled true crime comedy series. Get the details below. TVLine has the report, saying that Hulu gave a straight-to-series order to the 20th Century Fox televis...
Tags: Comedy, Television, Movies, Casting, Steve Martin, Hulu, Chevy Chase, Ang Lee, Short, Martin Short, Television Critics Association, Martin, Dan Fogelman, Billy Lynn, Three Amigos, John Hoffman Grace Frankie Looking

Amazon Announces Its ‘Lord of the Rings’ Cast Members, Which Are Mostly New Faces

Fans of J.R.R. Tolkien’s fantasy world have been waiting for months for an official announcement from Amazon Studios about its The Lord of the Rings cast members for the upcoming streaming series. Today, that wait came to an end. Amazon took to social media to reveal fifteen cast members for the show, and you can get a breakdown of each of them below. The Lord of the Rings Cast Members Robert Aramayo, Owain Arthur, Nazanin Boniadi, Tom Budge, Morfydd Clark, Ismael Cruz Córdova, Ema Horvath,...
Tags: Amazon, Hbo, UK, London, Television, Movies, Benedict Cumberbatch, Lionsgate, Casting, La, Natalie Dormer, Berlin, Fantasy, Disney, Iran, Bbc

The Biggest Snubs and Surprises of the 2020 Oscar Nominations

Parasite made history, Cynthia Erivo was given the opportunity to make some more and a bloody comic book film led the way among the nominations for the 92nd Academy Awards, which were presented by John Cho and Issa Rae on Monday morning. While many of the nominees, like Little Women‘s Florence Pugh and the underdog Klaus, were celebrated online, a backlash emerged due to the fact that 19 of the 20 acting nominees are white and no women were nominated for Best Director. Here are the biggest ...
Tags: Asia, Hollywood, News, Uncategorized, Disney, Awards, Netflix, Meryl Streep, Michelle Obama, Jennifer Lopez, Santa Claus, Scarlett Johansson, Jamie Foxx, Sony Pictures, Greta Gerwig, Ang Lee

CS Interview: Jerry Bruckeimer on Gemini Man

BEGIN SLIDESHOW CS Interview: Jerry Bruckheimer on Gemini Man The Will Smith-starring action thriller Gemini Man is finally out on digital services and will be arriving on Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD on January 14, and got the opportunity to chat with producer Jerry Bruckheimer (Bad Boys for Life) about the long journey the project took from its initial inception in the late ’90s to hitting the big screen earlier this year. RELATED: CS Interview: Ang Lee Talks This Weeke...
Tags: Amazon, Movies, Michael Bay, Disney, America, Beverly Hills, Will Smith, Bruckheimer, Tom Cruise, Smith, Eddie, Ang Lee, Jason Statham, Junior, State, Tom

The 10 Movies That Defined the Decade, For Better and Worse

(This article is part of our Best of the Decade series.) Everybody’s got their opinion on the best films of the decade. There are consensus favourites and weird idiosyncrasies on everyone’s list. But what films actually defined the decade? Which films were representative of the changing culture across those ten years? Which films best represent the trends in cinema? It’s been a decade of enormous change, both in the film world and the wider one, and though we can’t sum up all of it in ten film...
Tags: Facebook, Christopher Nolan, Movies, China, Marvel, Disney, America, Features, Jj Abrams, Fox, Netflix, United States, James Bond, Pi, Walt Disney Company, Paul Feig

Exclusive Gemini Man Deleted Scene Starring Will Smith

BEGIN SLIDESHOW Exclusive Gemini Man deleted scene starring Will Smith has an exclusive Gemini Man deleted scene featuring stars Will Smith, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and Benedict Wong. Out now on Digital and releasing on Blu-ray and DVD on January 14, 2020, you can check out Paramount Pictures‘ Gemini Man deleted scene in the player below! RELATED: CS Interview: Ang Lee Talks This Weekend’s Gemini Man Gemini Man follows the story of an older, elite assassin named Henry Brog...
Tags: Video, Movies, Digital, Will Smith, Smith, Ang Lee, Paramount Pictures, Jerry Bruckheimer, Benedict Wong, ComingSoon, Movie News, David Ellison, CS Interview, Don Granger, Smith James Lassiter Dana Goldberg, Mary Elizabeth Winstead Birds of Prey

Ang Lee says China boycott of Taiwan awards show a loss

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwanese filmmaker Ang Lee says China’s boycott of Taiwan’s Golden Horse film awards demonstrates how politics can take its toll on the arts. Beijing’s order to give Saturday night’s awards show the cold shoulder was part of its campaign to rachet up economic and political pressure on the island it claims […]
Tags: Movies, News, Entertainment, China, Taiwan, Beijing, Nation, Ang Lee, Taipei Taiwan, Nation & World

Chinese Oscars: Taiwanese stars shine amid China boycott of awards

Golden Horse chairman Ang Lee says the lack of mainland talent was a ‘loss’ after Beijing was angered by criticism last year A Taiwanese family drama, A Sun, has won the top prizes at the Golden Horse film awards – dubbed the “Chinese Oscars” – in a year marked by the conspicuous absence of talent from the mainland amid plummeting ties between Taiwan and Beijing.The ceremony in Taipei on Saturday night was boycotted by China after a Taiwanese director called for the island’s independence in an a...
Tags: Film, China, Taiwan, Culture, Beijing, Asia Pacific, Awards and prizes, Taipei, Ang Lee, Golden Horse

Competing Golden Horse, Golden Rooster Awards Reveal Complex Price of Artistic Freedom in Chinese Cinema

While mainland China’s Golden Rooster Awards crowed all over social media about the star power of its attendees, the more modest Golden Horses in Taiwan this year had to make do with a red carpet full of relative unknowns and sponsors that had fled the coop. The two events collided in the wake of a […]
Tags: Asia, News, China, Awards, Global, Taiwan, Ang Lee, Golden Horse Awards, Golden Rooster Awards

Oscar-Nominated Composer Danny Elfman Teaches an Online Course on Writing Music for Film: A Look Inside His Creative Process

FYI: If you sign up for a MasterClass course by clicking on the affiliate links in this post, Open Culture will receive a small fee that helps support our operation. To have watched some of the greatest film and television in the last thirty-five years is to have been immersed in the music of Mark Mothersbaugh and Danny Elfman—two artists who have scored Hollywood blockbusters and indie hits alike since the mid-eighties when they started on TV’s Pee-wee’s Playhouse and Tim Burton’s 1985 ...
Tags: Google, Music, Hollywood, Film, College, Tim Burton, Thor, Brian Eno, Ang Lee, Peter Jackson, Martin Scorsese, Brian De Palma, Burton, Facebook Twitter, Gus Van Sant, Devo

China Box Office: ‘Better Days’ Steps Out as World’s Top-Grossing Film

Edgy Chinese youth drama “Better Days” battled through two tangles with Chinese censors to come out on top this weekend as the highest grossing film in the world with a $81.5 million three-day debut, proving that local language melodrama and star power with a dash of grit can go a long way. Globally, it bested […]
Tags: Asia, News, Disney, Global, Ang Lee, China Box Office, Better Days, Derek Tsang, Gemini Man, Zhou Dongyu, Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, Jackson Yee

‘Gemini Man’ and the Fascinating Misfire of High Frame Rate Filmmaking

Gemini Man , in which Will Smith comes face to face with a de-aged clone of himself, was made from a ’90s script originally meant for Tony Scott. At some point, it was saddled with mid-2000s military politics and anxieties — a la the Bourne films — until eventually, Ang Lee got his hands on it, turning it into a futuristic visual experiment. Like Lee’s previous film, the contained war drama Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk (2016), Gemini Man was shot at 120 frames per second, and was...
Tags: Hollywood, Movies, NFL, America, Features, Sons Of Anarchy, Charlie Hunnam, Will Smith, Smith, Ang-Lee, Junior, Brokeback Mountain, Billy, Henry, Lee, Tony Scott

James Cameron Says Avatar Sequels Won’t Be in High Frame Rate

James Cameron says Avatar sequels won’t be in high frame rate When Avatar made its debut in 2009, it didn’t only break movie records but it also introduced the audience into a new level of viewing experience with its use of 3D. However, after almost a decade since its release, 3D has become a common feature in almost all blockbuster movies. That’s why filmmakers, like Ang Lee in his latest film Gemini Man, tend to experiment with new tools that would also change and elevate the audience’s mo...
Tags: Movies, Avatar, Cameron, Kenneth Branagh, James Cameron, Ang Lee, Oona Chaplin, Ang, Stephen Lang, ComingSoon, Movie News, Miles Quaritch, Sigourney Weaver Cameron, James Cameron Says Avatar Sequels Won

‘Avatar’ Sequels Will Use High Frame Rate “Sparingly,” According to James Cameron

The marketing of Ang Lee’s Gemini Man leaned heavily on talking up the high frame-rate technology on display in the sci-fi action flick. But very few theaters were able to display the film the way Lee shot it, and viewers who were able to watch a high frame rate projection came away unimpressed. Whenever HFR was mentioned in relation to Lee’s film, James Cameron‘s Avatar sequels were brought up, because it was rumored that Cameron would be shooting these films in a similar manner. Not so, says ...
Tags: Movies, Sci-fi, Avatar, Sequels, Cameron, Jackson, James-Cameron, Ang Lee, Peter Jackson, Avatar 2, Lee, Cameron Sort, Cameron Back

‘Gemini Man’ is a Huge Bomb, Losing At Least $75 Million at the Box Office

Perhaps the world just wasn’t ready for two Will Smiths in the same movie. Ang Lee‘s Gemini Man, an action spectacle in which Smith has to fight a younger clone of himself, did paltry box office in America, but there was a hope that its weekend release in China could turn things around. But that didn’t happen. The end result is a box office bomb, with Gemini Man suffering a loss of at least $75 million. Ouch. Will Smith is a superstar. Ang Lee is an award-winning director. Yet these elements...
Tags: Movies, Box Office, Paramount Pictures, Will-Smith, Ang-Lee, Gemini Man

China Box Office: Hollywood Sweeps Up With ‘Maleficent’ and ‘Gemini Man’

The first Hollywood blockbusters to hit China after the country’s big National Day holiday have, as expected, swept away holdover patriotic titles that had previously ruled the box office. “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” edged out another new release, “Gemini Man,” to lead the pack with a $22.5 million opening weekend. While Disney’s “Maleficent” arrived in […]
Tags: Asia, Hollywood, News, China, Disney, Global, Box Office, Ang Lee, Bona Film Group, China Box Office, Gemini Man, Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, My People My Country, The Captain