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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 ...

Woody Allen: I feel alienated and out of touch

Woody Allen: I feel alienated and out of touch

Woody Allen has often described reality as a miserable existence and that he made movies in order to escape it and suppress the thought of his ultimate end. In his recent movies, such as “Midnight in Paris,” “Cafe Society,” and TV show “Crisis in Sex Scenes” he j...

Viggo Mortensen: I played characters I don’t want to meet – TV interview

Viggo Mortensen: I played characters I don’t want to meet – TV interview

Before he gained his international fame thanks to playing the role of Aragon in the epic film trilogy “Lord of the Rings,” Viggo Mortensen inhabited supporting roles in Hollywood movies, but instead of using his newfound stardom to take lead roles in big movies, he parlayed it into suppo...

Nicole Kidman: There is no difference between biological and adopted children – TV interview

Nicole Kidman: There is no difference between biological and adopted children – TV interview

Being an adoptive mother, Nicole Kidman felt a special connection with Sue Brierley, whom she played in “Lion,” which tells the story of an Indian child, Saroo Brierley, who got lost and could not find his family, and ended up being adopted by an Austrian couple, John and Sue Brierley....

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....

Venassa Redgrave: Terrible things done to women in the name of God – TV interview

Venassa Redgrave: Terrible things done to women in the name of God – TV interview

Regarded as one of the finest actresses of her generation, 80-year-old Vanessa Redgrave is still very busy, performing in theatre, TV and film. “I do it to pay my mortgage,” she jokes. But then she adds that “acting gives her artistic satisfaction.” I caught up with her at To...

Tim Burton: my directorial decisions are emotional not intellectual – TV interview

Tim Burton: my directorial decisions are emotional not intellectual – TV interview

  Like many of the characters in his earlier movies, such as Alice in Wonderland, Frankenweenies and Edward Scissorhands, the central character in his latest picture “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children,” Jakob, is an aloof dreamer, who finds comforts in a fictional wo...

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....

Why Can’t China Win an Oscar?

Why Can’t China Win an Oscar?

Early this month, the American academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences revealed the list of films from 85 countries that would compete for the Best Foreign Language Oscar. This year, mainland China is represented by Huo Jianqi’s historical epic “Xuanzang,”  which depicts the legendary se...

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