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Is the collapse of Wanda-DCP deal heralding the end of Chinese Investments in Hollywood?

Is the collapse of Wanda-DCP deal heralding the end of Chinese Investments in Hollywood?

Last Friday, Dick Clark Productions (DCP)’s owners, Eldridge Industries, issued a statement confirming the termination of its sale to Chinese conglomerate Wanda, saying that “Wanda failed to honor its contractual obligations, and that it was legally demanding the release of $25 million deposit t...

Denzel Washington on race relations: You can’t legislate love

Denzel Washington on race relations: You can’t legislate love

After winning the Tony Award in 2010 for playing the lead character, Troy, in August Wilson’s Pulitzer winning play, Fences, Denzel Washington reprises the role in the play’s film adaptation, which he also directs. Yet again, his performance was greeted with critical praise and garnered him a 7t...

Why is La La Land sweeping the awards?

Why is La La Land sweeping the awards?

Last month, “La La Land” broke the record for most Golden Globes won by a single film after snagging 7 trophies out of 7 nominations. Two weeks later, it made history again when it collected 14 Academy Awards nominations, record-tying with “All About Eve (1951)” and “Titanic (1997)”. It ...

Is Hollywood changing its attitude towards Muslims?

Is Hollywood changing its attitude towards Muslims?

When Donald Trump signed an executive order barring travelers from seven predominantly Muslim countries from entering the United States, Hollywood reacted with outrage and disgust. Many of its stars took to social media to condemn their president and his decree, and others joined demonstrators at na...

What Foreign Language films get nominated for Golden Globes and Oscars?

What Foreign Language films get nominated for Golden Globes and Oscars?

When the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences released its 5 Oscar nominees in the Foreign Language Film category, no one was surprised by the absence of  The People’s Republic of China’s submission, Huo Jianqi’s Xuanzang, which depicts the legendary seventh-century spiritual journey ...

The Awards Machine Behind the Golden Globes and Oscars

The Awards Machine Behind the Golden Globes and Oscars

Before I joined the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) in 2010, and became a Golden Globe awards voter, I had often been baffled by the Oscars and Golden Globes choices of nominated films and talent, and vexed by the absence of my favourite movies, which I thought were more artistically dese...

Hugh Grant: I struggled to make up my mind about Brexit – interview

Hugh Grant: I struggled to make up my mind about Brexit – interview

Four years ago, Hugh Grant told me that he preferred “playing golf in Scotland to acting,” and that he was planning to quit his craft and move into politics. But he didn’t keep his word, continuing to show up in movies nearly every year since then and even vying for accolades. This year, he h...

Mark Wahlberg wants to spread love around the world – interview

Mark Wahlberg wants to spread love around the world – interview

Mark Wahlberg is not just an actor, he is one of the most prolific producers in Hollywood. In fact, he exec-produced so many shows on HBO, such as Entourage, Boardwalk Empire, How to make it in America and Ballers, that he was dubbed Mr. HBO. In this interview with me for the BBC, he tells me that h...

How is China extending its influence across the world?

How is China extending its influence across the world?

As the incoming US administration promises to abolish trade agreements and severing trade ties with the rest of the world, China is spreading its economic and cultural tentacles across the planet, reaching as far as Africa, Latin America and the Middle East. And while major Chinese media companies a...

Damien Chazelle: Musicals are the best genre to examine dreams vs reality

Damien Chazelle: Musicals are the best genre to examine dreams vs reality

In 2013, Damien Chazelle arrived into Sundance Film Festival with “Whiplash,” a drama about a young drummer trying to please his tyrant teacher, and left with the festival’s audience and jury awards, and later went on to collect four Oscars. This September, his musical “La ...

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