Film

Jake Gyllenhaal and Jennifer Aniston Used the ‘Pillow Technique’ to Film a Sex Scene

The Good Girl might not be on many people’s cinematic radar anymore, but back in 2002 it definitely piqued the curiosity of critics. It featured an uncharacteristically dour, dramatic performance from Jennifer Aniston, then still best known for her comedy chops on Friends, and paired her up with Jake Gyllenhaal, who was just coming off his breakout performance in Donnie Darko.

The plot revolves around the connection that Aniston’s character, a depressed retail worker named Justine, forges with her equally disillusioned coworker Holden, played by Gyllenhaal, and the consequences of the subsequent sexual relationship that the

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The Last Duel: Cinema’s 11 best showdowns

The actors

Vincent Hanna (Al Pacino) vs Neil McCauley (Robert DeNiro) in Heat (1995)

Winner: It’s a draw, for now

Heat boasts one of the loudest, bloodiest shoot-outs ever staged, but the film’s highpoint is a short scene in which two men have a tete-a-tete in a restaurant. According to Michael Mann, the writer-director, the sequence is based on an actual meeting between the real police detective and bank robber who inspired the characters. Whatever its origins, though, what mattered to audiences was getting to see two New York acting legends and old friends, Al Pacino and Robert DeNiro, playing

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Landmark report highlights untapped potential of Africa’s film industry |

The African Film Industry: Trends, Challenges and Opportunities for Growth is the first-ever mapping of the sector, which currently employs some five million people and accounts for $5 billion in GDP across Africa.

Making creativity viable

Audrey Azoulay, the UNESCO Director-General, presented the report in Paris alongside esteemed filmmakers Abderrahmane Sissako and Mati Diop.

“This landmark publication reflects on the importance of strengthening international cooperation to enable all countries, in particular developing countries, to develop cultural and creative industries that are viable and competitive both nationally and internationally,” she said.

The report aims to help the African film industry,

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Loved ‘Squid Game’? Watch These TV Shows and Movies Next.

The Korean TV series “Squid Game” has been a sensation since it debuted on Netflix in September. The twisty thriller — about an assortment of desperate debtors who risk their lives in a series of supercharged children’s games, in hopes of winning a big cash prize — has hooked audiences with its fantastical sets and costumes, its cliffhanger-heavy plotting and its pointed commentaries on human nature and class struggle.

There are only nine “Squid Game” episodes (for now, anyway); so it’s easy to binge the whole series in just a few days. But then what? Where can viewers turn for

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A Chinese War Film Beat ‘Venom’ for the Weekend’s Biggest Box Office

  • The Chinese war film “The Battle at Lake Changjin” grossed more than $200 million over the weekend.
  • The China box office is now the biggest in the world thanks to the success of local blockbusters.
  • Experts say that going forward, the relationship between China and Hollywood will be very different.

“Venom: Let There Be Carnage” may have exceeded expectations at the US box office, but the biggest movie of the weekend was the Chinese blockbuster “The Battle at Lake Changjin.”

The war epic earned $203 million over the three-day weekend and $235 million from Thursday through

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Africa Magic considers making film about Aisha Buhari

The Multichoice-owned entertainment TV channel, Africa Magic, has said it is considering making a film about the life of Mrs Aisha Buhari.

A statement on Wednesday in Lagos said this was disclosed by the Executive Head of Content and West Africa Channels, MultiChoice Nigeria, Busola Tejumola, during a two-day Africa Magic Content Marketplace in Kano.

The statement read partly, “Africa Magic, the MultiChoice-owned movie and general entertainment channel group dedicated to telling African stories, is considering making a biopic of Mrs Aisha Buhari, the wife of President Muhammadu Buhari.

“Africa Magic is committed to supporting producers to tell authentic stories

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‘Encanto’: All the details of Disney’s new film revealed

Set in Colombia, “Encanto” focuses on family.

Disney’s latest animated feature film, “Encanto,” will have people all over the world asking, “How well do we know our own families?”

Set in Encanto, nestled in the mountains of Colombia, the movie centers on the Madrigal family, each of whom gets a magical power when they’re very young. Everyone, that is, except for Mirabel.

In the film, Mirabel must figure out how she fits into her own family — a question so many people

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After seeing a film on the big screen for the first time since before the pandemic, I’m convinced movie-watching in a theater will always beat streaming at home

There’s truly nothing like the immersive, out-of-body experience of seeing a movie in a theater – an experience that streaming at home can’t afford you. Katie Canales/Insider

  • I saw “Shang-Chi” in an Alamo Drafthouse, my first movie theater experience since fall 2019.

  • I ate bottomless popcorn, felt the booming surround sound, and got lost in the film for 2 hours. 

  • I’m convinced that direct-to-streaming movie releases will never live up to the theater.

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“Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” has smashed box office records since it debuted on Sept. 3.

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