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Oscar ‘Sweepers’ May Be Thing of the Past

The great sweeper, the film that runs away with the evening’s awards, has a strong history at the Oscars. Three films have won 11 Oscars in one night: “Ben-Hur” (1959), “Titanic” (1997) and “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” (2003). Depending on where you stand on those movies, you could love […]

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True Story of China’s Titanic Survivors, Executive Produced by James Cameron, Heads to Cinemas

“The Six,” a documentary film shining a searchlight on the little-known Chinese aspects of the familiar Titanic story is headed for theatrical release next month in the Middle Kingdom. With James Cameron on board as executive producer and contributor, it could make waves in other markets as well.The 97-minute feature will debut in Chinese theaters […]

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‘Demon Slayer’ Surpasses ‘Spirited Away’ as Japan’s Highest-Grossing Film

Hayao Miyazaki’s 2001 masterpiece Spirited Away was a major global crossover hit — a critical and commercial success that earned the animated film an Oscar, and the title as Japan’s highest-grossing film in history, beating out Hollywood blockbuster Titanic. But 19 years after its release, Spirited Away has lost its crown to Demon Slayer. Demon […]

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‘The Exorcist’: The Strange Path to Massive Success for the Unlikely Christmas Smash

Christmas Day is one of the biggest moviegoing days of the year. New holiday release always open by then, and often do so the Friday before. But not the day after.“The Exorcist” opened on December 26, 1973.Director William Friedkin, interviewed by Peter Biskind in 1996, was still angry about it, arguing that the studio’s release […]

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‘The Godfather’ Helped Invent the Blockbuster, Even Before ‘Jaws’ and ‘Star Wars’

In the March 29, 1972 issue of weekly Variety, Paramount ran a 10-page ad for “The Godfather.” This was two weeks after it opened at five Manhattan theaters (then unheard of for a top-tier release), and one week after adding around 290 more in nearly every state. The ad listed each theater, the gross to […]

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‘Demon Slayer’ Overtakes ‘Titanic’ at the Japanese Box Office

The period action animation “Demon Slayer The Movie: Mugen Train” has passed “Titanic” at the Japanese box office, to become the territory’s number two all-time hit, according to figures announced on Monday by distributor Aniplex.Based on a hit comic by Gotoge Koyoharu that has sold more than 100 million copies in all formats, including digital, […]

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My favourite film aged 12: The Sixth Sense

M Night Shyamalan’s ghost story terrified me to my teenage core – and ignited a love for clever storytellingRead all the other My favourite film choicesThe best arts and entertainment during self-isolationI turned 12 in 1999. Some film buffs like to say the year was one of the greatest in cinema’s history, spawning storied releases […]

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