China’s Film Students Told That Morality Should Be Their Top Priority

Following a string of celebrity scandals, Chinese officials have told young filmmakers entering China’s top film school that their foremost task is to develop the “moral cultivation” necessary to further China’s rise in the world. The Beijing Film Academy, cradle of the country’s top filmmaking talent, last week opened a …read more

‘The Big Leap’ Star Simone Recasner on Portraying a Character Who Was ‘Born Confident but the World Told Her Not to Be’

SPOILER ALERT: Do not read if you have not watched the series premiere of “The Big Leap.” “The Big Leap,” the title of Simone Recasner’s new television series, has multiple meanings for the rising star. It is the name of the reality dance competition within the show, on which the …read more

France’s Windowing Reform in Deadlock Over SVOD and TV Channels’ Conflicting Interests

French cinema is having a milestone year with Julia Ducournau’s “Titane” and Audrey Diwan’s “Happening” respectively winning Cannes’ Palme d’Or and Venice’s Golden Lion. But away from the awards spotlight, the country’s film and TV groups are at odds with streaming services over how to reform a windowing schedule that …read more

‘Muse: Enter The Simulation’ VR Concert Experience Set to Launch Via Stageverse Platform

Muse fans looking to relive the band’s sensational 2019 Simulation Theory tour will have a chance to do so via a new VR experience presented by Stageverse, creators of 3D virtual venues and interactive experiences. Opening for beta access today (Sept. 20), “Muse: Enter The Simulation” (the Stageverse app is …read more

Pearl Jam Salutes Asbury Park and Bruce Springsteen’s Rich Musical Legacy at Sea.Hear.Now Festival

The beach in Asbury Park, N.J., may have at first seemed an unlikely venue to host Pearl Jam’s first concert in more than three years, but it turned out to be a highly appropriate locale the weekend of Sept. 18 at the third-annual Sea.Hear.Now festival on the Jersey Shore. “We’ve …read more

U.S. to Lift Coronavirus Travel Ban for U.K. and European Union (Report)

The U.S. is reportedly set to reopen its borders to vaccinated passengers from the U.K. and European Union from November. The Financial Times reports that U.S. President Joe Biden’s administration will announce the changes on Monday, bringing to an end a gruelling 18-month COVID-19 travel ban that was first imposed …read more

Twitter to Pay $809.5 Million to Settle Lawsuit Alleging Jack Dorsey, Others Misled Investors

Twitter disclosed a binding agreement to settle a class-action lawsuit, under which the social network will pay $809.5 million to resolve claims it provided misleading user-engagement info to investors. The original lawsuit, filed in 2016 by a Twitter shareholder, alleged Dorsey and others including former CEO Dick Costolo and board …read more

Josh O’Connor Wins Emmy for ‘The Crown,’ Praises Co-Star Emma Corrin as a ‘Force of Nature’

Josh O’Connor has won an Emmy for outstanding lead actor in a drama series for his portrayal of an embittered and unpopular Prince Charles on the hit Netflix royal family period drama “The Crown.” The episode that was submitted along with his nomination was Season 4’s “Terra Nullius.” On stage …read more

HBO Max Unveils ‘Peacemaker,’ ‘Euphoria’ First Look Footage During Emmys

HBO Max teased footage of the upcoming series “Peacemaker” as part of an image spot that aired during the Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday. The series, set to premiere in January 2022, is based on the DC Comics character created by writer Joe Gill and artist Pat Boyette in 1966. …read more

‘Mare of Easttown’ Star Kate Winslet on Emmy Win: ‘You Made Us All Feel Validated’

Kate Winslet has won the Emmy for lead actress in a limited series. Winslet took home the prize for her role as Detective Mare Sheehan in HBO’s “Mare of Easttown.” During her acceptance speech, Winslet said, “I just want to acknowledge my fellow nominees in this decade that has to …read more