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What Happens When China Makes a Popular Movie Disappear?

A screenshot from the movie Return to Dustwhich has been pulled from streaming in China but is still available through pirated YouTube copies.Screenshot: YouTube Return to Dust, a movie that had been generating buzz in China as a sleeper hit, was unceremoniously pulled from streaming services in the country yesterday, according to multiple reports on …

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Netflix settles dispute with The Unofficial Bridgerton Musical

Actual BridgertonPhoto: Liam Daniel/Netflix Netflix has given up its lawsuit against Abigail Barlow and Emily Bear, creators of The Unofficial Bridgerton Musicalwhich seemed to have the company’s tacit approval right up until Bear and Barlow started winning Grammys and making money off of it. The musical began as a TikTok thing, a love letter to …

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Kevin Williamson’s Latest Is Pandemic Scream

Bethlehem Million and Gideon Adlon in Sick.Image: Miramax With properties like ScreamDawson’s Creek, and The Vampire Diaries, writer Kevin Williamson has always been able to tap into a collective understanding. But a passion for movies or teen angst has nothing on the fear of covid-19, and that’s what Williamson deals with Sicka new film from …

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Kevin Feige felt it was “much too soon” to recast Black Panther

Photo: Matt Winkelmeyer; Frazer Harrison (Getty Images) The release of the Black Panther the sequel is sure to dredge up feelings about the death of Chadwick Boseman, one of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s most beloved stars. While most of the details of Wakanda Forever are still under wraps, we know that the movie will deal …

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Joyce Carol Oates weighs in on the brutality in Blonde

Joyce Carol Oates; Ana de Armas as Marilyn Monroe BlondePhoto: Thos Robinson; Netflix/YouTube (Getty Images) In another press cycle, Blonde would be the most controversial film of the year. It took decades for Andrew Dominik to get his brutally graphic fictionalized version of Marilyn Monroe’s life off the ground, and several years after that to …

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Charlie’s Angels is no feminist manifesto, says Elizabeth Banks

Elizabeth Banks Photo: Leon Bennett (Getty Images) There are many pitfalls on the road to a good remake; Elizabeth Banks, who directed 2019’s ill-fated Charlie’s Angels reboot, may know this better than anyone. But ahead of her return to the director’s chair for the upcoming abortion drama Call Jane, a specific set of complaints about …

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