VIETNAM PULLS ABOMINABLE: Vietnam has banned DreamWorks Animation's new feature Abominable because of a scene involving a map that shows China's contested claims in the South China Sea. The decision comes amid increasing attention on U.S. entertainment brands—from Disney to the NBA—receiving blowback from activists for caving to Chinese censorship. The map in questions shows a U-shaped boundary that Beijing wants, though Vietnam, Taiwan, the Philippines, Brunei and Malaysia have also laid claim to parts of the region.
MARTIN SCORSESE DOUBLES DOWN ON ‘THEME PARK' MOVIE COMMENTS: Martin Scorsese isn't backing down. He sparked debate earlier this month when he likened Marvel films to "theme parks," and the Oscar-winner underlined his stance on Sunday ahead of The Irishman's closing-night screening at the BFI London Film Festival. "Theaters have become amusement parks. That is all fine and good but don't invade everything else in that sense," he said. "That is fine and good for those who enjoy that type of film and, by the way, knowing what goes into them now, I admire what they do. It's not my kind of thing, it simply is not. It's creating another kind of audience that thinks cinema is that." Robert De Niro and Al Pacino star in Scorsese's latest effort, which drops in theaters on November 1st, and on Netflix November 27th.
NELSON MANDELA DOC IN THE WORKS: Zig Zag (I Wanna Marry Harry) and Hipster Media are teaming up on a documentary about Nelson Mandela. The series will based on audio recordings for the iconic leader's best-selling autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom. The story follows his memories and thoughts after he was released from prison in 1991, during an era that ended apartheid and welcomed in a new era in democratic South Africa.
EWEN BREMNER, RJ CYLER, MORE SIGN ON FOR FREEDOM'S PATH: The American Civil War-set film Freedom's Path, starring Ewen Bremner (Trainspotting), RJ Cyler (Me And Earl And The Dying Girl) and Gerran Howell (Catch 22), is shooting right now. The story follows the friendship between a Union soldier and a runaway slave who is helping organize the Underground Railroad. Brett Smith is directing the film, which is based on his short story.