Gucci, Gus Van Sant challenge fashion cycle with film collab ‘GucciFest’

Colleen Barry, The Associated Press Sat Nov 14 2020 09:56:13 MILAN — Gucci creative director Alessandro Michele has been looking to transcend the runway show, and the coronavirus pandemic has provided an apt moment. Michele teamed up with American film director Gus Van Sant to create a seven-part miniseries revealing Gucci’s latest collection, titled “Ouverture.” […]

Closed theatres, nervous moviegoers push Cineplex to $121.2M Q3 loss

TORONTO — Canada’s largest theatre chain is trying to quell the “severe” financial impacts of COVID-19 with a more prudent approach to ventures, new private cinema rentals and reductions to expenditures.Cineplex Inc. said Friday that it will decrease the number of new projects it pursues and continue to try to reduce real estate and payroll […]

Horrors of slavery at centre of Janelle Monae’s ‘Antebellum’

By John Carucci, The Associated Press NEW YORK — Janelle Monae says she “felt so much rage and anger” when she stepped onto a former slave plantation for the first time to film the psychological thriller “Antebellum.” In the movie, set for release Friday, the pop star and actress plays a successful modern−day author that […]

Disney Plus launches beta test for streaming watch parties in Canada

Production Code: A0190 By David Friend, The Canadian PressTue Sep 15 2020 11:44 Disney Plus is testing a new feature exclusively with Canadian subscribers that recreates the experience of watching TV with a group of family and friends. The streaming service says it recently launched the virtual social feature GroupWatch, which allows up to six […]

Met Opera skips this season, 1st black composer opens ’21-22

By Ronald Blum, The Associated PressWed Sep 23 2020 12:04 NEW YORK — The Metropolitan Opera will skip an entire season for the first time in its nearly 140−year history and intends to return from the pandemic layoff next September with the company’s first presentation of a Black composer, Terence Blanchard’s “Fire Shut Up in […]

Why is Facebook banning users who share the “Plandemic” movie?

What Happened Facebook has halted users from sharing the link to the “Plandemic movie.” Now, part 2 called Plandemic: Indoctornation has been released and millions are feeling incredibly moved by the information, but are not allowed to share it on social media. According to a recent article published in Forbes, the film promotes what is […]

Perfume brand says cutting black actor from ad was misstep

By The Associated PressSun Sep 13 2020 16:06 NEW YORK — British perfume brand Jo Malone has apologized to Black actor John Boyega of “Star Wars” fame after cutting him out of the Chinese version of a cologne commercial he helped create. Jo Malone London said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter that the […]

Academy Museum details plan for inaugural Miyazaki exhibit

By Lindsey Bahr, The Associated PressFri Sep 11 2020 10:10 The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures is finally opening its doors in Los Angeles in April with an exhibit celebrating the works of the legendary Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki. Envisioned as a journey through his six−decade career, it’s the first of its kind in North […]

Hollywood’s inclusion problems still run deep, study finds

By Jake Coyle, The Associated PressThu Sep 10 2020 13:57   NEW YORK — As Hollywood searches for a response to the reckoning brought on by the death of George Floyd and the Academy Awards move to make Oscar nominees more inclusive, a new study captures how the film industry has improved in diversity and […]

Oscars diversity criteria ‘not about exclusion’ say leaders

By Lindsey Bahr, The Associated PressThu Sep 10 2020 11:08 Any change to the Oscars is going get people talking, so the leaders of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences were not exactly surprised that the new best picture inclusion standards became a trending topic on social media as soon as they were […]