China Censorship Crackdown Forces Shanghai Film Festival to Cancel Opening Screening

The official explanation for the shocking last-minute change was “technical reasons,” but industry insiders say the scheduled festival opener, Huayi Brothers’ $80 million war epic ‘The Eight Hundred,’ received sudden censorship complaints from Beijing.

Source: China Censorship Crackdown Forces Shanghai Film Festival to Cancel Opening Screening

Ron Howard Points Blame at ‘Star Wars’ Trolls for ‘Solo’ Bombing at the Box Office

Solo: A Star Wars Story was not the hit that Disney and Lucasfilm were expecting when it hit theaters last year, and Ron Howard thinks he knows why.

Source: Ron Howard Points Blame at ‘Star Wars’ Trolls for ‘Solo’ Bombing at the Box Office

Ridley Scott Still Planning Third ‘Alien’ Prequel — Can Franchise Survive ‘Covenant’ Box Office Bomb?

The worldwide gross for “Covenant” was $240 million, a sharp decline from the $403 million “Prometheus’” made.

Source: Ridley Scott Still Planning Third ‘Alien’ Prequel — Can Franchise Survive ‘Covenant’ Box Office Bomb?

‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’ Director James Gunn Breaks Silence On High-Profile Disney Firing, & What He Learned From The Career Crisis That Followed — Deadline Disruptors

After a very public Disney firing, director James Gunn leaned into the subsequent career crisis to learn lessons about how to be better.

Source: ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’ Director James Gunn Breaks Silence On High-Profile Disney Firing, & What He Learned From The Career Crisis That Followed — Deadline Disruptors

Roland Emmerich On How $150M Mega Project ‘Moonfall’ Is A Mix Of ‘Independence Day’ & ‘2012’ — Cannes

Thematically and tonally, Emmerich views Moonfall as a cross between two of his most successful pictures: Independence Day and 2012.

Source: Roland Emmerich On How $150M Mega Project ‘Moonfall’ Is A Mix Of ‘Independence Day’ & ‘2012’ — Cannes