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“Let’s start with news on Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery, the sequel to 2019’s Knives Out, which reunites a new cast in Greece for a new murder mystery and the case of sharp-dressed detective Benoit Blanc, played by Daniel Craig.
Rian Johnson, who directed both films, helped unravel one of the franchise’s biggest mysteries this week when he explained what the Glass Onion stands for. He told Reuters: “Well, it’s primarily a Beatles song, and it’s kind of a Beatles song about a mystery that’s not a mystery. I ended up working with the idea of a glass onion of this thing, which appears to be densely layered but is actually quite transparent.”””
“Moving on to the news of the long-awaited sequel to James Cameron’s blockbuster Avatar, which will be released in mainland Chinese theaters on December 16, 20th Century Studios announced on its official Weibo account on Wednesday.
Avatar: The Way of Water is one of the few foreign films to hit the Chinese market in recent months, with others including the latest in the Minions franchise and Sony Pictures’ Where the Crawdads Sing.
Cameron’s sequel hits theaters nearly 13 years after Avatar made history. It emerged as the highest-grossing film of all time at the worldwide box office, a record it still holds today, with over $2.92 billion in ticket sales, unadjusted for inflation and including re-releases.”
“Steven Spielberg will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Berlin International Film Festival in February 2023.
Festival organizers said on Tuesday that the 75-year-old American director, producer and screenwriter will be awarded the honorary Golden Bear, the main annual prize, for a body of work that includes more than 100 films and series. The work of the multiple Oscar winner “is unique in the history of international cinema of the last 60 years for its immense diversity,” the festival said.
Spielberg’s productions included everything from ET to Schindler’s List. The Berlin festival will screen his latest film The Fabelmans.’
“It’s not every day you come across a film as visually rich and technically accomplished as Ang Lee’s 2012 directorial Life of Pi. The film, which marked the debut of 19-year-old Sooraj Sharma, also featured the likes of Irrfan Khan, Tabu and Adil Hussain in key parts.
In Aseem Chhabra’s book Irrfan Khan, Life of Pi, director Ang Lee praised Irrfan’s acting, especially in his farewell speech.
“I just want to see results with actors. But that was the effect I wanted. It is very inspiring to many people around the world. His speech was a filmmaker’s dream. He should have received an award for that speech.”
“Filmmaker Yann Demange has signed with Marvel Studios for his highly anticipated Blade film. Demange, known for the critically acclaimed feature films ’71 (2014) and White Boy Rick (2018), will direct the project from a script by Michael Starrbury, according to entertainment news website Deadline. About the project joins months after the departure of director Bassam Tariq, the filmmaker will continue to serve as an executive producer on the film.
Blade centers on the iconic comic book vampire slayer. He is half-mortal, half-immortal, and is trying to free the world from vampires to avenge his mother, who was killed by a vampire when she gave birth to him.
The film will star Oscar winner Mahershala Ali.
“Disenchanted, the sequel to the 2007 musical drama Enchanted, takes forward the story of Giselle Amy Adams and Robert Patrick Dempsey. The film takes place ten years after the prequel.
In an interview with indianexpress.com, disillusioned director Adam Shankman explains what “happily ever after” means to him and why he decided to expand on it in his latest film. He said: “I love the idea of happily ever after, so I wanted to know what comes after that. Does this mean the end of life? We lived in a very complicated time. We have faced many challenges in recent years. So, what is happily ever after?”””
Moving on to news of Chris Hemsworth being the only original Avenger to get four solo films, the Australian actor hinted in a recent interview that his next superhero film could mark the end of his journey as the God of Thunder.Chris assured fans that they will get a chance to say goodbye to him, just like they got a chance with Steve Rogers’ Captain America and Tony Stark’s Iron Man.
He was quoted as saying, “Yeah, sure. I feel like we’d probably have to close the book if I ever did it again, you know what I mean? I feel like that probably justifies it.”””
“Everything Everywhere at Once” received eight nominations at the Film Independent Spirit Awards, with nominations for Best Feature Film, Best Director, Best Actor for Michelle Yeoh, Supporting Actor Ke Huy Quan and Jamie Lee Curtis.
The organization has announced the nominations for its 38th year, where other top contenders include Todd Field’s thriller Tar with seven nominations, including feature film, director, actor for Cate Blanchett and supporting actor for Nina Hoss, Aftersun Charlotte Wells, Sarah’s Women Polly. Talking and Luca Guadagnino’s Bones and All. Apart from Aftersun, nominated for Best First Feature, all are nominated for Best Feature alongside a single nomination for Our Father the Devil.”
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