Entertainment News Roundup: Danish director Von Trier adjusts to life with Parkinson’s disease; Netflix Agrees to Give ‘Bardo’ a Rare Run in US Theaters & More

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Danish director Von Trier gets used to living with Parkinson’s disease

Danish filmmaker Lars von Trier said on Thursday he felt fine after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, but acknowledged it would take time to get used to the tremors caused by the disease. The 66-year-old director’s new supernatural TV series “The Kingdom Exodus” is screening at the Venice Film Festival. As his cast traveled to Canal City to promote the project, von Trier spoke to reporters via Zoom.

Netflix agrees to give ‘Bardo’ a rare run in US theaters

In a break from its normal business model, US streaming giant Netflix has agreed to show Oscar-winning director Alejandro González Iñárritu’s latest film in US and Mexican cinemas before releasing it online. ‘Bardo, False Chronicle of a Handful of Truths’, which had its world premiere on Thursday at the Venice Film Festival, is a three-hour epic that follows the memories and fears of a Mexican journalist reflecting on his journey in life.

Tencent and Sony to take stake in ‘Elden Ring’ publisher FromSoftware

Units of Tencent and Sony will take minority stakes in FromSoftware Inc, Japan’s publisher of the hit role-playing game title “Elden Ring,” through a third-party allotment of new shares, FromSoftware’s parent Kadokawa said on Wednesday. Corp. Following the transaction, which will raise 36.4 billion yen ($263 million), units of Tencent Holdings Ltd and Sony Group Corp will own 16.25% and 14.09% respectively, with publishing giant Kadokawa retaining 69.66%.

Young stars, fragile families in the spotlight in Venice without a mask

The Venice Film Festival opens on Wednesday with all health limitations lifted, but with the emotional fallout of the pandemic found in the many films exploring families coping with trauma, which spotlight a new generation of talent. For moviegoers, it will be a welcome return to normalcy at the world’s oldest film festival, as they can once again greet the stars arriving on the Lido red carpet for the 11-day festival.

Cate Blanchett sees no agitprop in #MeToo Venice film TÁR

American director Todd Field puts a devastating #MeToo scandal at the heart of his new film, ‘TÁR’, but calling it social commentary or political propaganda would hurt the work, its star Cate Blanchett said on Thursday. Blanchett plays a tough, gifted, gay conductor of a major German orchestra, whose seemingly unstoppable career hits the hurricane with an abuse scandal that is never fully explained.

Bollywood broken? The spell of movie moguls on India is fading

Bollywood can be broken, and it has itself to blame. This is the verdict of one of its biggest and brightest stars after the latest flop of a Hindi-language film industry that has long fascinated Indians and the world with its dazzling singing, a mark of escape on the big screen.

Adam Driver Likes What He Sees As He Gets Plump For Venice Movie

American actor Adam Driver strings together the years in his latest film, ‘White Noise’, which premiered in Venice on Wednesday, but said he liked what he saw as his hairline receded and his waist swelled. A former Marine who appeared muscular in previous films, Driver was asked if he was “freaked out” at having to become a middle-aged father with a belly in the new Netflix movie directed by Noah Baumbach.

The battle to stop deforestation in the Amazon laid bare in the film “The Territory”

Filmmaker Alex Pritz delves into the shrunken heart of the Amazon Basin in documentary ‘The Territory’, documenting the dangers an indigenous tribe faces to protect their heritage at a pivotal time for the world’s largest rainforest.

The American cinematographer-turned-director follows members of the Uru-Eu-Wau-Wau tribe as they try to stop farmers and settlers from taking their ancestral lands in the state of Rondonia.

Venice Film Jury Leader Julianne Moore Says Put Art Before Business

Art should trump business in any debate over the future of cinema, American actress Julianne Moore said on Wednesday as she took charge of the Venice Film Festival jury. The 11-day event brings together filmmakers from around the world, providing invaluable exposure to small, experimental production houses alongside some of the industry’s behemoths, including streaming giant Netflix.

New Lord of the Rings prequel series hailed as a ‘masterpiece’

The long-awaited “Lord of the Rings” prequel, “The Rings of Power,” has received high praise from television critics, with most critics applauding the plot, visuals, and cinematography of the first two episodes. The show is based on appendices to JRR Tolkien’s original ‘Lord of the Rings’ novels and is set thousands of years before the events of ‘The Hobbit’ and ‘Lord of the Rings’ novels and films.

(With agency contributions.)