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James Hawes giving evidence on British film and high-end television to the Culture, Media and Sport Committee at the Houses of Parliament, London. Picture date: Wednesday February 21, 2024.

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A night at the soap opera

British director James Hawes recently testified to Parliament’s Culture, Media and Sport committee that AI might be able to make realistic soap operas within three to five years. That number comes from Hawes’ own polling of visual effects professionals in the film industry and lawyers advising the Hollywood screenwriters union in its negotiations with major studios this summer.

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Art imitates life, but politics quash both in India and Pakistan.

Luisa Vieira

Art imitates life, but politics quash both in India and Pakistan

As the hit 2022 film “The Legend of Maula Jatt”, the best-performing movie in Pakistan’s history, was set to be released in one of the world’s largest movie-watching markets last weekend, it was abruptly canceled. No official reason was given by India’s film authorities, but right-wing Indian politicians took credit for the change of plan.

Pakistani films have not been screened by India’s lucrative film market since 2011. Though there’s no official ban, New Delhi adheres to an unofficial prohibition aimed at reducing the presence of Pakistani art on Indian screens. This has been expanded under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu-nationalist rule to also exclude Pakistani actors from performing in India’s Bollywood.

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Local films do well in Taiwan as Covid-19 affects foreign productions

January 02, 2021 5:00 AM

In any other year, a Taiwanese filmgoer would rather opt for a Hollywood blockbuster over a locally produced film. But with Covid-19 ravaging countries worldwide, last year was different. Film lovers around the world were no longer spoilt for choice.

'Demon Slayer' nears Japan movie history, boosts economy with resilience message

December 14, 2020 4:18 PM

The tale of a boy fighting human-eating demons is poised to become Japan's top-grossing film ever.

Mixed reactions as controversial Korean film-maker dies of Covid-19

December 13, 2020 5:00 AM

SEOUL • There were mixed reactions yesterday in South Korea to the death of acclaimed director Kim Ki-duk, whose cinematic legacy was tarnished by allegations of sexual assault.

'Monster Hunter' movie pulled in China after race row

December 08, 2020 4:35 PM

A brief line of dialogue was targeted by Chinese social media users as racist.

Disney says it had to work with Chinese government on Mulan, in letter to British politicians

October 10, 2020 4:28 AM

LOS ANGELES (BLOOMBERG) - Walt Disney defended its cooperation with government entities accused of human-rights abuses in China's Xinjiang region, saying the company had to work with the government in order to make films there.

Amid calls for boycott and bad reviews, Mulan heads towards opening weekend in China

September 09, 2020 9:47 PM

BEIJING - Even before hitting the big screens in mainland China, Disney's lavish US$200 million (S$273.8 million) live action remake of Mulan has been hit with controversy, delays and calls for a boycott.

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