Noah: 'Russell Crowe is just about the only actor who could have pulled this off' – first look review
2014-03-29 19:03:43 UTC
Darren Aronofsky, director of Black Swan and Requiem for a Dream, has here created a sombre, powerful biblical epic, shot through with a certain beserk grandeur and gloomy portentousness. Its desire to do justice to the spirit, if not the letter, of the scriptural source should not be doubted; Ar...
12 Years a Slave' rolls at Spirit Awards
2014-03-02 06:54:41 UTC
SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) — "12 Years a Slave" rolled at the Spirit Awards, winning five awards including best feature at the annual independent film celebration.
On the eve of the Academy Awards, the slavery tale won awards for director Steve McQueen, actress Lupita Nyong'o, screenwrite...
Oscar President: movie could help loosen white dominance
2014-02-23 05:33:13 UTC
As the deadline for voting in the Academy Awards approaches this week, Tinseltown's elite could yet make movie history. If British director Steve McQueen's 12 Years a Slave is named best picture, it will be the first time a black director's film has taken the top Oscar.
Cheryl Boone Isaacs, wh...
From Harry Potter to Gravity: how British VFX talent is leading the world
2014-02-15 09:23:44 UTC
"You don't get very long," says Tim Webber, VFX (visual effects) supervisor on the blockbuster space thriller Gravity. "Five minutes to talk about it, a 10-minute showreel, and then three minutes of question and answer. When you've spent three years on a project, that's not an awful lot of time t...
Oscar-winning actor Maximilian Schell dies at 83
2014-02-01 16:41:39 UTC
VIENNA (AP) — Austrian-born actor Maximilian Schell, a fugitive from Adolf Hitler who became a Hollywood favorite and won an Oscar for his role as a defense attorney in "Judgment at Nuremberg," has died. He was 83.
Schell's agent, Patricia Baumbauer, said Saturday he died overnight at a hospit...
Disney's 'Frozen' freezes out 'Paranormal' spinoff
2014-01-05 21:15:42 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — On a wintry weekend, Disney's "Frozen" retook the box-office top spot with $20.7 million, freezing out the horror spinoff "Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones."
Paramount's "The Marked Ones" debuted in second place with $18.2 million, a total that includes Thursday night scree...
Marine Vacth: 'Nudity is a costume too'
2013-11-25 07:29:03 UTC
The English title of the film that launches Marine Vacth as a screen star is Young & Beautiful, which is undeniably an accurate description of the Paris-born model turned actor. But the original French Jeune & jolie, a knowing nod to a now-defunct young women's magazine, simply means "young and p...
Swedish cinemas launch feminist movie rating
2013-11-06 11:04:56 UTC
STOCKHOLM (AP) — You expect movie ratings to tell you whether a film contains nudity, sex, profanity or violence. Now movie theaters in equality-minded Sweden are introducing a new rating to highlight gender bias, or rather the absence of it.
To get an "A'' rating, a movie must pass the so-cal...
Mexico TV star shows Hollywood what Latinos want
2013-10-25 07:39:04 UTC
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican comedian Eugenio Derbez jokes that it took him 12 years to become an overnight sensation.
The real punch line is that it took much longer.
The writer, director and star of the surprise Hollywood hit "Instructions Not Included" was a virtual unknown among the gener...
Julia Louis-Dreyfus: 'Discomfort is a very underrated feeling'
2013-10-18 09:20:41 UTC
The sweet, sixtysomething couple in pastel leisurewear are curious about the room next to theirs in this Santa Monica beachfront hotel. There have been a lot of comings and goings all day. "So much activity!" the woman chuckles to me while her husband approaches the studio publicist who is loiter...
Ben Foster cycles ahead on Lance Armstrong movie
2013-10-17 17:04:01 UTC
LONDON (AP) — American actor Ben Foster is cycling into the lead as Lance Armstrong in a new movie about the disgraced American cyclist.
Director Stephen Frears said filming started Wednesday on the untitled project, and Foster is already proving to be a champion in the saddle.
'Red October' novelist Tom Clancy dies at 66
2013-10-02 20:09:57 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — In 1985, a year after the Cold War thriller "The Hunt for Red October" came out, Tom Clancy was invited to lunch at the White House, where he was questioned by Navy Secretary John Lehman.
Who, the secretary wanted to know, gave Clancy access to all that secret material?
Bridget Jones' fans horror at death of Mark Darcy
2013-09-29 23:36:12 UTC
Bridget Jones fans have taken to social networking to voice their horror at the news that author Helen Fielding has killed off Mark Darcy.
In extracts from her new book, Mad About The Boy, published in the Sunday Times magazine, Bridget reveals that Darcy - her husband and father to her two ch...
Rogen, Goldberg to make R-rated animated film
2013-09-24 18:26:02 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Sony Pictures will make a raunchy, R-rated animated film written by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg titled "Sausage Party."
The project was announced Tuesday by Sony, which is co-financing the film with Annapurna Pictures. Writing partners Rogen and Goldberg penned the script alon...
Kutcher: Better at keeping personal life private
2013-08-08 05:32:16 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — After embodying Steve Jobs in his new movie, Ashton Kutcher came to admire how the Apple Computer founder was able to balance his public and personal lives.
"He was better at it than I am," the 35-year old actor said.
"This business has a propensity to force you to be more p...
Kathy Bates happy being part of FX's 'Horror'
2013-08-03 00:23:59 UTC
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Kathy Bates says she's thrilled to be a regular on FX's "American Horror Story."
It's almost good enough to rid her of the bad taste from her previous stint on series TV.
Even so, she told reporters at a Television Critics Association session on Friday that she'...
Denzel Washington is returning to Broadway
2013-08-02 01:15:28 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Denzel Washington is returning to Broadway — but he won't be singing.
Standing with his wife, Pauletta Pearson, on the red carpet Monday at the premiere his new movie, "2 Guns," the Oscar- and Tony-winning actor said he's set to appear in a revival of Lorraine Hansberry's "A Ra...
Nelson Mandela film to be released soon
2013-07-27 07:01:27 UTC
CAPE TOWN, July 26 (Xinhua) -- An epic film based on the autobiography of former South African president Nelson Mandela will soon be released, it was learned here on Friday.
The news came as Mandela spent his 48th day in hospital for treatment of a recurring lung infection. He remains in a cri...
Sandra Bullock: five best moments
2013-07-27 01:53:47 UTC
Our pick of the star's most memorable film performances. What else deserves to be on the list?
Since rising to prominence in the mid-90s, Sandra Bullock has been the go-to actor for a certain kind of likeable female lead. In The Heat, a new comedy from Bridesmaids director Paul Feig, she plays...
New ESPN sports docs include 'Tonya and Nancy'
2013-07-25 06:40:36 UTC
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — The knee whack heard 'round the world will be revisited near the 20th anniversary of the rivalry between Olympic figure skaters Nancy Kerrigan and Tonya Harding, as one of six new documentaries on ESPN's "30 for 30" series.
The series' second season begins Oct. 1 w...
Dennis Farina, star of 'Law & Order,' dead at 69
2013-07-23 06:52:11 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Dennis Farina, a onetime Chicago cop who as a popular character actor played a TV cop on "Law & Order" during his wide-ranging career, has died.
Death came Monday morning in a Scottsdale, Ariz., hospital after Farina suffered a blood clot in his lung, according to his publicist...
Pirate drama 'Black Sails' launches at Comic-Con
2013-07-19 17:06:53 UTC
SAN DIEGO (AP) — "Black Sails" cast out into the open waters of Comic-Con.
Starz isn't premiering the mature pirate drama until next year, but the first episode was screened for hundreds of fans — some dressed in pirate regalia — at a movie theater Thursday night during the pop-culture convent...
Internet shows its muscle by making Emmy history
2013-07-19 06:46:58 UTC
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Emmy Awards are television's biggest celebration of itself, but this year's ceremony will face an intruder: "House of Cards," the first online series to nab a top nomination with its best drama series.
Netflix's triumph on Thursday, which includes nods for its revival of...
Harrison Ford can't escape Han Solo, Indiana Jones
2013-07-19 06:12:11 UTC
SAN DIEGO (AP) — It's been years since Harrison Ford played towering film characters Indiana Jones and Han Solo, but the questions still come — especially at Comic-Con.
Ford made his second appearance at the all-things-geek gathering Thursday to promote his new film "Ender's Game." It might as...
Box office: 'Despicable Me 2' holds top spot
2013-07-15 06:16:16 UTC
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Universal's minions ran away with the box office for the second week in a row.
With $44.8 million in domestic ticket sales Friday through Sunday, the animated sequel "Despicable Me 2" outdid the debuts of the Adam Sandler comedy "Grown Ups 2" and director Guillermo del Toro'...