Palestinian films about oppression from without are not unusual. Helmer Tawfik Abu Wa'el's debut feature "Thirst," however, looks at oppression from within.
Robert Redford as a heavy? No star has been more diligent about burnishing his public image. As benefactor of Sundance, he has assumed the position of an elder statesman/guru of independent film. His…
Opening a multiplex is a risky business at the best of times. Cinema City, Israel's biggest and newest multiplex, opened just north of Tel Aviv at the end of 2002, one of the bloodiest years in the…
Oscar picked an odd time to get media-shy. Without any fanfare, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences on Dec. 29 mailed out nomination ballots for the 76th Academy Awards, nearly two weeks…
Thank the Lord for "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King." That was the mantra from international distribs and exhibs as 2003 drew to a close amid sizzling returns for the finale of Peter…
National Film Development Corp., India's principal state-run movie production and distribution outfit, is zooming into Hollywood.
Indie shingle Emerging Pictures recently wrapped principal photography in the northern Chinese coastal city of Qingdao, on "Fei," the first production it will handle from concept through release. Pic…
The Producers Guild of America, which announces its award nominees Jan. 5, has already worked out how to avoid a traffic jam at the podium.
Blighty's Carlton Intl. Media is refurbishing its huge library of movie classics, including "The African Queen," to take advantage of the DVD boom and high-definition TV.
Blurb ads are a staple of Oscar campaigns. Now Newmarket has invented a new wrinkle on behalf of Charlize Theron and the film "Monster": the transcript ad.
An odd trifle about a young French actress determined to conquer Manhattan, Amos Kollek's "Nowhere to Go but Up" (aka "Happy End") lands with a thud. Despite an energetic central perf by Audrey…