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  • Assange slams WikiLeaks film in letter to actor Benedict Cumberbatch

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    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange penned an open letter to British actor Benedict Cumberbatch, who portrays Assange in an upcoming film, praising the actor's talents but slamming his involvement with the film and turning down the actor's invitation to meet in person. Assange, who is currently holed up at the Ecuadorean embassy in London, wrote a letter to Cumberbatch dated January 15, 2013, that was published on Wednesday on the anti-secrecy website ahead of the October 18 theatrical release of Walt Disney Co's DreamWorks film "The Fifth Estate. ...

    Wed, 09 Oct 2013 22:47:16 -0400
  • 'Captain Phillips' star Abdi finds a risk worth taking in debut

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    By Eric Kelsey BEVERLY HILLS, California (Reuters) - Barkhad Abdi, a tall wisp of a man with a narrow face and a wide grin, sat on the sofa in his hotel suite with one eye on the television and another on a view of the Hollywood Hills. The 28-year-old Somali-American, who had worked the past year at his brother's mobile phone store in Minneapolis, could hardly have called himself an actor when he began production in British director Paul Greengrass' thriller "Captain Phillips. ...

    Wed, 09 Oct 2013 01:44:46 -0400
  • France bows to stage director Patrice Chereau, dead at 68

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    By Tom Heneghan PARIS (Reuters) - The French theatre, opera and film director Patrice Chereau, who mounted one of the most famous productions of Richard Wagner's "Ring" cycle in Bayreuth in the 1970s, has died at the age of 68. Chereau, who was preparing a production of Shakespeare's "As You Like It" when he succumbed to lung cancer, was a restless innovator who began directing at high school in Paris and never looked back. ...

    Tue, 08 Oct 2013 11:55:45 -0400
  • Scarlett Johansson again named 'sexiest woman alive' by Esquire

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    (Reuters) - American actress Scarlett Johansson has been named the sexiest woman alive for the second time by Esquire, the men's lifestyle magazine said on Monday. "The Avengers" star was named sexiest woman in 2006 and is the only woman to have been given the title twice by the publication. The annual recipient of the title is chosen by Esquire editors. Husky-voiced Johansson, who rose to prominence as a teenager in the 2001 cult film "Ghost World," stars in three films this fall. ...

    Mon, 07 Oct 2013 13:50:52 -0400
  • Britain's 'kitchen sink' cinema finds dark new twist

    By Patrick Graham LONDON (Reuters) - British director Paul Wright's new film "For Those in Peril" pans across a dour Scottish coastal town where madness, tragedy and a feared sea monster lurk close beneath the surface. It's a dark tale, typical of a new generation of filmmakers like this year's Oscar hopeful Steve McQueen, who are taking Britain's tradition of gritty "kitchen sink" cinema in a stark and sometimes strange direction. ...

    Mon, 07 Oct 2013 09:34:44 -0400
  • Lebanon bans two films in setback for tolerant image

    By Stephen Kalin BEIRUT (Reuters) - Lebanon has banned the screening of a film about homosexuality and another on short-term "pleasure marriages" practiced in some Muslim communities, in a blow to its reputation as a bastion of tolerance in a deeply conservative region. The films, which had been due to be shown at the Beirut International Film Festival that opened last week, were blocked by a government censorship committee, festival organizers said. ...

    Tue, 08 Oct 2013 04:07:02 -0400
  • In thriller 'Runner Runner,' Timberlake, Affleck explore gambling's underside

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    By Sue Zeidler LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The dark and murky world of online gambling comes alive in new film "Runner Runner," a thriller exploring the depths of greed starring Justin Timberlake and Ben Affleck. Writers David Levien and Brian Koppelman, who penned the 1998 gambling drama "Rounders," return to the poker world with "Runner Runner," out in U.S. theaters on Friday. While gambling is a core theme, the writers said they were inspired by the behaviors and motivations of shady operators from many other industries as well. "We never set out to intentionally hit a topic. ...

    Wed, 02 Oct 2013 14:20:58 -0400
  • Home of British film launches online player

    By Paul Casciato LONDON (Reuters) - The British Film Institute plans to launch a digital service this month offering access to one of the world's richest movie collections stretching from rare Edwardian footage to contemporary cinema. Founded 80 years ago, the BFI will introduce its BFI Player on October 9 to a rapidly growing video-on-demand (VOD) market worth some 243 million pounds ($393.75 million) in Britain in 2012. "I think this is our most important moment since I've been here," BFI Chairman Greg Dyke told Reuters on Wednesday. ...

    Wed, 02 Oct 2013 14:42:15 -0400
  • 'Gravity' highlights personal adversity in deep space journey

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    By Mary Milliken LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Watching an astronaut tumbling into the void of deep space might make a mere mortal's own adversities seem rather small. But "Gravity," a drama starring Sandra Bullock and showing in U.S. theaters on Friday, was born out of the setbacks suffered by one man in the midst of the last recession: its director and co-writer, Alfonso Cuaron. The Mexican filmmaker had already achieved international success with films like "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" in 2004 and "Children of Men" in 2006. ...

    Tue, 01 Oct 2013 09:02:42 -0400
  • Born to Bollywood royalty, Ranbir Kapoor makes new film a family affair

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    By Patricia Reaney NEW YORK (Reuters) - Bollywood heartthrob Ranbir Kapoor is one of Indian cinema's most bankable young stars, and his latest film, "Besharam," which also stars his parents, is set to become one of the most widely released Bollywood films worldwide. Kapoor, a member of India's "first family of film" and the grandson of veteran Bollywood director Raj Kapoor, plays a charming but vulgar car thief in the Hindi-language action comedy that opens on Wednesday in 4,700 cinemas internationally, including 210 in the United States. ...

    Tue, 01 Oct 2013 12:47:40 -0400
  • 'Meatballs' sequel swallows up U.S., Canadian box office

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    By Lisa Richwine and Chris Michaud LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK (Reuters) - The sequel to "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs" devoured the weekend box office competition. The animated 3D "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2," which tells the story of monster-sized fruits, vegetables and cheeseburgers that come to life as "foodimals," earned $35 million at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to studio estimates on Sunday, easily beating all competitors. "Cloudy 2" outpaced car racing drama "Rush," which pulled in $10. ...

    Sun, 29 Sep 2013 13:39:24 -0400
  • 'Raging Bull' copyright fight headed for U.S. Supreme Court

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    By Lawrence Hurley and Erin Geiger Smith WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Emotionally raw boxing movie "Raging Bull" may have come out 33 years ago, but a copyright fight over an early screenplay has found its way to the U.S. Supreme Court. The court on Tuesday agreed to take up the case brought by Paula Petrella, daughter of the deceased screenwriter Frank Petrella. She says MGM Holdings Inc and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment have infringed the copyright of a 1963 screenplay upon which she alleges 1980 movie was based. ...

    Tue, 01 Oct 2013 19:01:39 -0400
  • Hollywood dumps romantic comedies for raunchier laughs

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    By Piya Sinha-Roy LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - From "Some Like It Hot" to "Pretty Woman," "Sleepless in Seattle" to "The Wedding Planner," romantic comedies have long been Hollywood's box office darlings, but this fall raunchy R-rated comedies are getting top billing. Kicking off a season of coarse comedy is actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt's directorial debut "Don Jon," out in U.S. theaters this weekend, about a young, attractive man who struggles to connect with women due to his porn addiction. ...

    Sat, 28 Sep 2013 09:04:40 -0400
  • Lebanon bans two films in setback for tolerant image

    By Stephen Kalin BEIRUT (Reuters) - Lebanon has banned the screening of a film about homosexuality and another on short-term "pleasure marriages" practiced in some Muslim communities, in a blow to its reputation as a bastion of tolerance in a deeply conservative region. The films, which had been due to be shown at the Beirut International Film Festival that opened last week, were blocked by a government censorship committee, festival organizers said. ...

    Mon, 07 Oct 2013 11:56:09 -0400
  • 'Foodimals' stalk animated film world of 'Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2'

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    By Piya Sinha-Roy LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Fruits, vegetables and cheeseburgers get their film shelf-life extended in the animated comedy "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2," as the franchise explores a new world of living, breathing "foodimals." "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs," released in 2009 and inspired by a 1978 children's book of the same name, saw the fictional island of Swallow Falls devoured by giant but inanimate food that falls out of the sky, generated from a machine created by the island's eccentric inventor Flint Lockwood (Bill Hader). ...

    Thu, 26 Sep 2013 22:18:27 -0400
  • Balkans, Central Europe can shine in filmdom, Sundance director says

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    By Daria Sito-Sucic SARAJEVO (Reuters) - Film directors Bela Tarr of Hungary and Jasmila Zbanic of Bosnia are little known except to aficionados, but the U.S.-based independent Sundance Film Festival sees the Balkans and Central Europe as a fertile ground for the movie industry. U.S. filmmakers are touring Bosnia to show their movies to audiences in the Balkan state that not only has become a regional film hub but has attracted the interest of some prominent Hollywood and European directors. ...

    Tue, 24 Sep 2013 10:09:57 -0400
  • 'Prisoners' snatches weekly U.S., Canada box office title

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    By Lisa Richwine and Chris Michaud LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK (Reuters) - "Prisoners," a dark thriller starring Hugh Jackman as a father on a desperate search for his missing daughter, locked up the weekend box office title in the United States and Canada, grabbing $21.4 million in ticket sales during its first three days in theaters. Last weekend's leader, the low-budget horror flick "Insidious: Chapter 2," dropped to second place with $14.5 million, according to studio estimates on Sunday. The dance movie "Battle of the Year" made its debut in the No. ...

    Sun, 22 Sep 2013 13:10:29 -0400
  • 'Rush' screenwriter inspired by rivalry, not Formula One racing

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    By Mary Milliken LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The fast-paced and adrenaline-filled drama "Rush" may be one of the most engaging films about the world of Formula One racing, but British screenwriter Peter Morgan says he couldn't be less of a fan of the elite motor sport. Morgan, a two-time best-writing Oscar nominee for 2006's "The Queen" and 2008's "Frost/Nixon," simply wanted to tell a tale of rivalry between an Austrian and an Englishman. As it happens, the battle for the 1976 F1 championship between Niki Lauda and James Hunt fit perfectly into Morgan's plans. ...

    Wed, 25 Sep 2013 09:24:29 -0400
  • First U.S. anti-Hitler film discovered in Brussels archive

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    By Robert-Jan Bartunek BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The first U.S. film to warn about the dangers of Adolf Hitler's Nazi regime has been found in a Brussels film archive, having lain unnoticed for some 75 years. "Hitler's Reign of Terror" was produced by Cornelius Vanderbilt, an heir to the wealthy American industrialist family, who visited Germany as Hitler was voted into power in 1933. The film revolves around footage that Vanderbilt shot and smuggled out, showing Nazi party rallies, book-burnings and the ransacking of Jewish shops. ...

    Fri, 20 Sep 2013 16:23:08 -0400
  • Born to Bollywood royalty, Ranbir Kapoor makes new film a family affair

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    By Patricia Reaney NEW YORK (Reuters) - Bollywood heartthrob Ranbir Kapoor is one of Indian cinema's most bankable young stars, and his latest film, "Besharam," which also stars his parents, is set to become one of the most widely released Bollywood films worldwide. Kapoor, a member of India's "first family of film" and the grandson of veteran Bollywood director Raj Kapoor, plays a charming but vulgar car thief in the Hindi-language action comedy that opens on Wednesday in 4,700 cinemas internationally, including 210 in the United States. ...

    Mon, 30 Sep 2013 16:29:06 -0400
  • Critics divided on Orlando Bloom's Broadway debut as Romeo

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    By Patricia Reaney NEW YORK (Reuters) - British actor Orlando Bloom scored mixed reviews on Friday for his Broadway debut in a modern-day, interracial remake of "Romeo and Juliet," William Shakespeare's classic tale of doomed, young lovers. Bloom, the star of Hollywood blockbusters "Lord of the Rings" and "Pirates of the Caribbean," plays Romeo opposite Tony-nominated stage actress Condola Rashad in the David Leveaux production that opened on Thursday night. The New York Times praised Bloom for a "first-rate debut" but other critics were less enthusiastic, saying he lacked stage presence. ...

    Fri, 20 Sep 2013 13:04:12 -0400
  • Disney and 'Pirates' producer Bruckheimer to end film deal

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    By Lisa Richwine LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The Walt Disney Co and Jerry Bruckheimer, the producer behind the blockbuster "Pirates of the Caribbean" franchise and the summer flop "The Lone Ranger," will end their long-running film deal next year, the media company announced on Thursday. The company and Bruckheimer decided not to renew their current deal which gives Disney first-look rights to the producer's films, according to a statement from Disney. They will continue working together on various projects, including a fifth installment in the "Pirates of the Caribbean" franchise. ...

    Fri, 20 Sep 2013 00:46:23 -0400
  • Actress Kerry Washington named best dressed woman by People magazine

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    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Actress Kerry Washington, who was nominated for an Emmy for her role in the ABC television drama "Scandal," was named the "World's Best Dressed Woman" by People magazine on Wednesday. Washington, 36, headed a list that included Academy Award-winner Jennifer Lawrence, singer-songwriter Solange Knowles and actresses Jenna Dewan-Tatum and Kate Bosworth. "I don't wear a lot of pants," Washington said in a statement announcing the honor. "When I go somewhere I want to know I'm going to be comfortable and I'm dressed for the event. ...

    Wed, 18 Sep 2013 10:55:17 -0400
  • '12 Years a Slave' wins top prize at Toronto film fest

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    By Cameron French TORONTO (Reuters) - "12 Years a Slave," the true story of a free black man sold into slavery in 1840s Louisiana, won the top prize at the Toronto International Film Festival on Sunday. The film, by "Shame" director Steve McQueen and starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, took home the BlackBerry People's Choice award for best film at the 38th edition of the festival. Based on the 1853 memoir of Solomon Northup, the film has won widespread acclaim from critics and audiences in both Toronto and at the Telluride Film Festival, and has been touted as a top early contender for Oscars. ...

    Sun, 15 Sep 2013 16:40:07 -0400
  • Movie theater still king, but filmmakers slowly warm to online

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    By Julie Gordon TORONTO (Reuters) - A few years ago, a successful run on the festival circuit might have propelled a small independent film into a limited art-house run and then onto the shelves of the local video store, where for the most part, it would be forgotten. The rise of streaming and Video on Demand (VoD) is changing that model, allowing independent filmmakers to skip the studio distribution process and tap directly into new audiences on their computers, smartphones and television sets. ...

    Sun, 15 Sep 2013 16:11:39 -0400
  • Horror flick 'Insidious 2' jolts box office with $41 million

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    LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Low-budget horror sequel "Insidious: Chapter 2" grabbed moviegoers searching for a Friday the 13th scare, winning the U.S. and Canadian box office race over The Robert De Niro comedy "The Family." The fright flick about a family haunted by spirits pulled in more than $41 million in ticket sales in its first three days, according to studio estimates on Sunday. About $20 million came on its Friday the 13th release date. "The Family" finished in second place with $14.5 million over the weekend. ...

    Sun, 15 Sep 2013 11:43:54 -0400
  • Julianne Moore joins cast of 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay'

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    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Actress Julianne Moore will be dipping her toes into the young adult film universe with a key role in the two-part final installment of "The Hunger Games," the film franchise's distributor Lionsgate said on Friday. Oscar-nominated actress Moore, 52, will play President Alma Coin in "Mockingjay" parts 1 and 2. Coin is the leader of the rebel alliance against the dictatorship running the fictional capital city Panem in the novel's dystopian future setting. ...

    Fri, 13 Sep 2013 17:32:28 -0400
  • Canadian directors hear Hollywood's call, but may not head south

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    By Julie Gordon TORONTO (Reuters) - Ask the new wave of Canadian directors why they're getting calls from Hollywood and the answer is easy: Canada's thriving film industry has allowed them the freedom to tell the stories they want to tell, in the way they want. In a Hollywood built around commercial success - often at the cost of originality - Canadian directors are now bringing their voices to major feature films. So far, the response has been good. ...

    Fri, 13 Sep 2013 09:07:35 -0400
  • Director Haggis polarizes again with 'puzzle' of a film, 'Third Person'

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    By Julie Gordon TORONTO (Reuters) - Controversial Canadian director Paul Haggis is back in Toronto with his latest feature, which may end up being even more divisive than "Crash," his 2004 story of racism, love and interlinking lives that won the Oscar for best picture. In "Third Person," which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival this week, Haggis again creates a multi-character drama, this time exploring the themes of love, trust and guilt. "This is an incredibly personal story, the way 'Crash' was an incredibly personal story," Haggis told reporters after the film's ...

    Thu, 12 Sep 2013 16:36:24 -0400
  • J.K. Rowling returns to wizarding world for screenplay debut

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    LONDON (Reuters) - Best-selling "Harry Potter" author J.K. Rowling will return to the wizarding world for her screenplay debut with a film inspired by one of her fictional boy wizard's textbooks. Rowling has agreed to write the screenplay for "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them", a film from Warner Bros. based on the adventures of Newt Scamander - the fictional author of a Hogwarts textbook of the same name. ...

    Thu, 12 Sep 2013 12:36:35 -0400
  • Woody Harrelson goes live from London, talks 'Star Wars'

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    LONDON (AP) — Woody Harrelson is trying to do something that's never been done before, although he's starting to realize why his feat would be a first.

    Mon, 16 Jan 2017 11:49:25 -0500
  • DuVernay talks with Winfrey about Trump, race, her new film

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    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ava DuVernay doesn't want to talk about Donald Trump's election. Her feelings are still too raw.

    Mon, 16 Jan 2017 11:47:56 -0500
  • Hong Kong Film Critics name 'Trivisa' as best film of 2016

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    Crime thriller "Trivisa" wins top accolade at Hong Kong Film Critics Awards, according to Variety.

    Mon, 16 Jan 2017 08:34:07 -0500
  • 'Hidden Figures' keeps orbit at top; Affleck, Scorsese flop

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    NEW YORK (AP) — Labors of love, one from Martin Scorsese, the other from Ben Affleck, proved costly at a casualty strewn weekend box office where the uplifting NASA drama "Hidden Figures" stayed on top for the second straight week.

    Sun, 15 Jan 2017 15:50:22 -0500
  • 1960s John le Carre spy novel coming to BBC and AMC

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    The team behind the Golden Globe award-winning series "The Night Manager" is reuniting to produce another John le Carre espionage novel, "The Spy Who Came in From the Cold," for TV. 

    Mon, 16 Jan 2017 05:46:03 -0500
  • 'Passengers' takes top spot at worldwide box office

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    Thanks to a strong debut in China, Sony's "Passengers" catapulted into the No. 1 spot at the worldwide box office over the weekend.

    Mon, 16 Jan 2017 04:49:38 -0500
  • 'Hidden Figures' soars in second week atop box office

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    "Hidden Figures," a story about three black women mathematicians who helped NASA put the first men in space, soared into its second week atop the box office, industry estimates for North America showed on Sunday.

    Mon, 16 Jan 2017 04:16:13 -0500
  • China overtakes US in screens but cinemas sit empty

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    The brightly-decorated 3-D cinema in this town outside Beijing is showing the latest Chinese and Hollywood films, to row after row of empty red seats. So few people come to watch films here that the theater ...

    Fri, 13 Jan 2017 07:42:29 -0500
  • Lotter challenging Nebraska 3-judge method on death penalty

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    OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A man convicted in the murder case that inspired the 1999 movie "Boys Don't Cry" has joined a fellow death row inmate in challenging Nebraska's three-judge method for determining death sentences.

    Sat, 14 Jan 2017 20:04:42 -0500
  • With no action heroes, Madoff movie landed at HBO

    PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Makers of an upcoming HBO movie on Bernard Madoff initially wanted to make a feature film for theaters but quickly realized that today's movie industry had little interest in an intricate tale about a financial swindle.

    Sat, 14 Jan 2017 19:18:16 -0500
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