Seen and heard at the Cannes Film Festival
2013-05-25 05:55:52 UTC
CANNES, France (AP) — Associated Press journalists open their notebooks at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival.
LIBERACE'S POODLE IS TOP DOG AT CANNES
Canine glamour was honored Friday in Cannes, with pampered poodle Baby Boy from Steven Soderbergh's Liberace biopic "Behind the Candelabra" ...
Glitzy amfAR raises $25 million, goes to space
2013-05-25 05:51:06 UTC
CAP D'ANTIBES, France (AP) — With an apt rendition of "Gold-finger," singing legend Shirley Bassey roused celebrity-revelers to dig deep into their pockets at the 20th amfAR gala in the Cap D'Antibes Thursday, helping to raise an estimated $25 million for AIDS research.
The British-born ...
At Cannes' movie palace, talk of TV's rise
2013-05-25 05:46:26 UTC
CANNES, France (AP) — The annual Cannes festival on the French Riviera is the grandest platform in the world for the highest ambitions of film, a place where the art form is worshipped with wild passion and adoring reverence. Movies are projected pristinely in regal theaters, where they're ...
Steely Cotillard shines in 'The Immigrant'
2013-05-25 05:09:07 UTC
CANNES, France (AP) — Academy award-winner Marion Cotillard gave her all and even learned another language to play a Polish woman struggling with the realities of 1920s New York in James Gray's terse offering, "The Immigrant."
The gritty drama, which premieres Friday at the Cannes Film...
Gold becomes a theme at glitzy Cannes amfAR gala
2013-05-21 04:52:05 UTC
There's always glitz and glamour at Cannes, France, during its annual film festival, and it's no different this year. But there's still a heavy infusion of gold to come this week at Thursday's amfAR gala, which will treat its celebrity guests to 40 of the world's top models in "The Ultima...
'Trek' does $70.6M but falls short of studio hopes
2013-05-19 17:29:13 UTC
LOS ANGELES (AP) — "Star Trek: Into Darkness" has warped its way to a $70.6 million domestic launch from Friday to Sunday, though it's not setting any light-speed records with a debut that's lower than the studio's expectations.
The latest voyage of the starship Enterprise fell short o...
Cannes helps actors Bejo and Rahim cross borders
2013-05-19 16:48:54 UTC
CANNES, France (AP) — The magic and glamour of Cannes can be hard to spot on a day when rain is lashing the palm trees, roiling the gray Mediterranean and pooling in puddles along the Croisette.
But the world's leading film festival can transform careers — something no one knows that ...
A Native American tale with international pedigree
2013-05-18 16:00:23 UTC
CANNES, France (AP) — It took an international production starring a Puerto Rican and a Frenchman to bring the Native American tale "Jimmy P.: Psychotherapy of a Plains Indian" to the big screen.
The film, an English language one from French director Arnaud Desplechin, made its premier...
Julianne Moore: 'bad Mom' role is her antithesis
2013-05-16 18:19:06 UTC
CANNES, France (AP) — Julianne Moore sometimes identifies with the characters she plays but when it came to playing a bad mother in "What Maisie Knew," she couldn't relate.
In the recently released film, Moore portrays a rock-star mom going through a bitter divorce who's having trouble c...
US judge in Ore. dismisses movie pirating lawsuit
2013-05-15 07:17:04 UTC
MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed a movie company's Internet piracy complaint against 34 Oregonians, saying the company was unfairly using the court's subpoena power in a "reverse class-action suit" to save on legal expenses and possibly to intimidate defendants into paying tho...
'Django Unchained' back in Chinese movie theaters
2013-05-12 17:08:03 UTC
BEIJING (AP) — Quentin Tarantino's violent slave-revenge movie "Django Unchained" returned to Chinese theaters on Sunday, about a month after it was pulled on opening day for unspecified "technical reasons."
The rare suspension order on April 11 by the movie's importer, China ...
'Gatsby' gives 'Iron Man 3' a run for its money
2013-05-12 16:56:18 UTC
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Gatsby looks almost as great as a superhero at the weekend box office.
Leonard DiCaprio's "The Great Gatsby" partied like it was the Roaring Twenties with a $51.1 million debut that made it a surprisingly strong runner-up to comic-book blockbuster "Iron Man 3."
Lucasfilm: New 'Star Wars' movie to be shot in UK
2013-05-11 17:35:37 UTC
LONDON (AP) — The next "Star Wars" movie will be shot in a galaxy far, far away from Hollywood — Britain.
Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy says the company has reached a deal with British Treasury chief George Osborne to make "Star Wars: Episode VII" in the U.K.
She said Friday ...
Will Downey suit up again after $175M 'IM3' haul?
2013-05-06 04:38:00 UTC
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Iron Man reigns as the standard-bearer of Hollywood superheroes with a $175.3 million domestic opening weekend for his latest sequel and an overseas haul of a half-billion dollars in less than two weeks.
According to studio estimates Sunday, "Iron Man 3" has raced to...
Keira Knightley says 'oui' to rocker James Righton
2013-05-05 17:25:06 UTC
PARIS (AP) — A French mayor says Oscar-nominated actress Keira Knightley has said "oui" to rocker James Righton in a small wedding ceremony in southern France.
Aime Navello said Sunday the couple followed French tradition when he married them at the Mazan town hall on Saturday. Navello read ...
'Iron Man 3' coins $175.3M in No. 2 US debut
2013-05-05 16:45:49 UTC
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Iron Man is a bigger golden boy than ever with a $175.3 million opening weekend at the domestic box office for the superhero's latest sequel.
According to studio estimates Sunday, "Iron Man 3" had the second-biggest debut ever, behind the $207.4 million start last year fo...
Witherspoon: I lied about pregnancy during arrest
2013-05-03 05:25:29 UTC
ATLANTA (AP) — Actress Reese Witherspoon recalled that she panicked, said some "crazy things" and even claimed to be pregnant the night she was arrested in Atlanta on a disorderly conduct charge.
During an interview Thursday on ABC's "Good Morning America," Witherspoon repeatedly apologized ...
DreamWorks buying AwesomenessTV for about $33M
2013-05-02 04:59:54 UTC
GLENDALE, Calif. (AP) — DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc. is buying AwesomenessTV, a YouTube teen network, for about $33 million in cash as it looks to tap into the popularity of online content.
DreamWorks said Wednesday that AwesomenessTV founder and CEO Brian Robbins will continue to direct g...
Candice Bergen producing film on her famed father
2013-05-01 05:10:50 UTC
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Candice Bergen is producing a film about her late father, the famed ventriloquist Edgar Bergen, a spokeswoman said Tuesday.
The big-screen project will tell the story of Bergen's dad and his ventriloquist's dummy that became an unlikely celebrity, spokeswoman Heidi S...
James Bond studio to open 1st US facility in Ga.
2013-04-30 06:15:53 UTC
ATLANTA (AP) — The British film studio that's home to the James Bond movie franchise announced plans Monday for its first U.S. film production facility, at a site near Atlanta.
The large-scale film complex will be called Pinewood Atlanta, and Pinewood will manage the facility under an ...
Big growth likely for Georgia's film industry
2013-04-29 04:06:54 UTC
ATLANTA (AP) — A few years ago, Georgia was locked in a bidding war with North Carolina over the Disney movie, "The Last Song," starring Miley Cyrus.
Both states wanted the movie to film in their state, and North Carolina was close to sealing the deal with an attractive tax incentive p...
F. Scott Fitzgerald's handwritten ledger online
2013-04-28 17:10:38 UTC
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — An intriguing peek into the daily scribbles and life of author F. Scott Fitzgerald is now available online, just weeks before the opening of the movie "The Great Gatsby."
Researchers from the University of South Carolina's Thomas Cooper Library put a digital versi...
'Iron Man 3' rules world, 'Pain & Gain' takes US
2013-04-28 17:05:30 UTC
LOS ANGELES (AP) — "Iron Man 3" is the heavy-lifter at theaters with a colossal overseas debut that overshadows a sleepy pre-summer weekend at the domestic box office.
The superhero sequel starring Robert Downey Jr. got a head-start on its domestic launch next Friday with a $195.3 million op...
Jerry Lewis makes appearance at 'King of Comedy'
2013-04-28 17:00:50 UTC
The Tribeca Film Festival has ended on a royal note with Jerry Lewis showing up at the 30th anniversary screening of "The King of Comedy."
The 87-year-old comedian-actor walked out to thunderous applause after the screening Saturday, joining co-star Robert De Niro and director Martin S...
Zach Braff raises $2M on Kickstarter in 3 days
2013-04-28 05:28:23 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Zach Braff has met his goal on Kickstarter, raising $2 million in three days to fund his follow-up to "Garden State."
The actor-director's crowd-funding campaign follows Rob Thomas' wildly successful use of Kickstarter to finance a movie of the defunct TV series "Veronica Ma...