"The Professor and the Madman," an Irish drama film, is set for theatrical release in the Chinese mainland on Dec. 24.
It tells the story of Professor James Murray, who began work compiling words for the first edition of the Oxford English Dictionary in the 19th century and received over 10,000 entries from Dr. William Minor, a murderer with schizophrenia.
Directed by Farhad Safinia, the film stars Mel Gibson and Sean Penn.
Plenty of force was with "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker" on its first night in theaters, but it fell short of the two previous films in the trilogy.
"The Rise of Skywalker" brought in an estimated $40 million in North America in its Thursday night previews, the fifth biggest Thursday opening ever.
The first film, "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," earned $57 million its Thursday night previews in 2015, at the time the biggest of all time. It was topped by the $60 million take of "Avengers: Endgame" earlier this year.
The second film in the trilogy, "Star Wars: The Last Jedi," had a $45 million tally on its opening Thursday night in 2017.
"The Rise of Skywalker," with "The Force Awakens" director J.J. Abrams back at the helm after Rian Johnson directed "The Last Jedi," didn't appear to be affected by bad critic reviews. The film scored just 58% with critics on Rotten Tomatoes compared to 98% for "The Last Jedi," but its fan score is 85%.
The third film stars Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver and Carrie Fisher and is expected to bring in $200 million by the end of the weekend.
"Ip Man 4," the latest installment in the Chinese martial arts film franchise "Ip Man" based on the life of a legendary Wing Chun master, led the Chinese mainland box office Friday, according to the China Movie Data Information Network Saturday.
The film raked in about 95.90 million yuan (around 13.69 million U.S. dollars) on its opening day, accounting for nearly 48 percent of the daily total.
Set in the 1960s, the new film sees Donnie Yen reprising the title role as the Kung Fu master who travels to the United States to work with Bruce Lee after the latter decides to open a Wing Chun school.
It was followed by Chinese film "Sheep Without a Shepherd," which pocketed nearly 38.44 million yuan.
Coming in third was Chinese romance film "Only Cloud Knows," which grossed about 21.27 million yuan on its first day of screening.
The shooting of ‘Operation Sundarbans’ started at Chunkuri-Harinagar in Shyamnagar upazila on Friday.
The cinema, directed by Dipankar Dipon, is being produced based on the drive to remove pirates from Sundarbans, the world’s largest mangrove forest.
The opening ceremony was held in presence of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) officials at noon.
Three-wheeler Limited is producing the cinema, financed by Rab Welfare Cooperative Society Limited.
Talking to UNB, director Dipon said people watch cinema for entertainment. “In this cinema, we will try to entertain people by depicting various issues of local people who are dependent on Sundarbans.”
Besides, the steps of government, specially the raids of Rab will be shown in the cinema, he said.
The first phase of shooting will be 16-day long and 11 of them will be in dense forest.
Monoj Kumar Pramanik, Samina Bashar, Riaz, Siam, Nusraat Faria Mazhar, and Taskeen Rahman are playing key characters in the cinema.
Ten international films, including widely acclaimed offerings from South Korea, Spain and Senegal, are on the shortlist of movies vying for Academy Award nominations.
The best international feature shortlist announced Monday by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences includes Bong Joon Ho's "Parasite," Pedro Almodovar's semi-autobiographical "Pain and Glory" and "Atlantics," Senegal's entry from history-making director Mati Diop.
In May, Diop became the first black woman to compete for the top prize at the Cannes Film Festival. That honor went to "Parasite," while "Atlantics" won the festival's Grand Prix honor. If "Parasite" or "Atlantics" receive nominations, they would mark the first for South Korea and Senegal, respectively.
It is the first year the Oscar formerly will be awarded under a new name: best international feature film. The category was previously known as the best foreign language film.
The 10 short-listed films are: the Czech Republic's "The Painted Bird"; Estonia's "Truth and Justice"; France's "Les Misérables"; Hungary's "Those Who Remained"; North Macedonia's "Honeyland"; Poland's "Corpus Christi"; Russia's "Beanpole"; Senegal's "Atlantics"; South Korea's "Parasite" and Spain's "Pain and Glory."
The shortlist was culled from 91 eligible films.
The film academy announced nine shortlists Monday in categories including best documentary feature, visual effects and original song.
"Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker," which will be released on Friday, appears on two shortlists for best original score and visual effects. Also on the visual effects shortlist are the blockbuster "Avengers: Endgame" and the upcoming musical "Cats."
No song from "Cats" made the original song shortlist, but two songs from "The Lion King" did: Elton John's "Never Too Late" and "Spirit" by Beyoncé.
Nominations for the 92nd annual Academy Awards will be announced on Jan. 13. The Oscars will be held on Feb. 9 in Los Angeles.