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“Feud” exposes the dark side of Hollywood

“Feud” exposes the dark side of Hollywood

Since Hollywood’s birth a century ago, feuds between its stars has generated news headlines and ignited the mass’s interest, more than their own movies. Some of these feuds were real and some were manufactured by the tabloid press in order to increase their sales at magazine stands and elevate t...

Hollywood faces an “existential crisis”

Hollywood faces an “existential crisis”

Every March, Hollywood studio bosses pack their marketing executives and stars into their private jets and head to Vegas to strut their wares before cinema owners, who come from all over the world to attend their largest annual gathering, CinemaCon.  This year, the studios offered more superheroes,...

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...

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...

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...

How did Hollywood pave the way to Trump’s presidency?

How did Hollywood pave the way to Trump’s presidency?

Trump resembles many of the heroes in Hollywood movies. He is a white man, who champions the causes of the disenfranchised, loves America and seeks to defend it from the bad aliens, namely Muslims, Mexicans and Chinese....

Is Whitewashing Ethnic Roles in Hollywood justified?

Is Whitewashing Ethnic Roles in Hollywood justified?

The visage of Tilda Swinton in Marvel’s recently released “Doctor Strange”, in which the English actress plays the Asian Ancient one, has yet again highlighted one of Hollywood’s most criticized habits: Whitewashing, namely casting white actors in non-white roles, particularly the lead ones....

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