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Published: Wed, 09 Oct 2013 22:47:16 -0400

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Assange slams WikiLeaks film in letter to actor Benedict Cumberbatch

Wed, 09 Oct 2013 22:47:16 -0400

(image) 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. ...



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'Captain Phillips' star Abdi finds a risk worth taking in debut

Wed, 09 Oct 2013 01:44:46 -0400

(image) 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. ...



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France bows to stage director Patrice Chereau, dead at 68

Tue, 08 Oct 2013 11:55:45 -0400

(image) 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. ...



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Scarlett Johansson again named 'sexiest woman alive' by Esquire

Mon, 07 Oct 2013 13:50:52 -0400

(image) (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. ...



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Britain's 'kitchen sink' cinema finds dark new twist

Mon, 07 Oct 2013 09:34:44 -0400

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. ...



Lebanon bans two films in setback for tolerant image

Tue, 08 Oct 2013 04:07:02 -0400

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. ...



In thriller 'Runner Runner,' Timberlake, Affleck explore gambling's underside

Wed, 02 Oct 2013 14:20:58 -0400

(image) 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. ...



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Home of British film launches online player

Wed, 02 Oct 2013 14:42:15 -0400

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. ...



'Gravity' highlights personal adversity in deep space journey

Tue, 01 Oct 2013 09:02:42 -0400

(image) 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. ...



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Born to Bollywood royalty, Ranbir Kapoor makes new film a family affair

Tue, 01 Oct 2013 12:47:40 -0400

(image) 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. ...



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'Meatballs' sequel swallows up U.S., Canadian box office

Sun, 29 Sep 2013 13:39:24 -0400

(image) 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. ...



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'Raging Bull' copyright fight headed for U.S. Supreme Court

Tue, 01 Oct 2013 19:01:39 -0400

(image) 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. ...



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Hollywood dumps romantic comedies for raunchier laughs

Sat, 28 Sep 2013 09:04:40 -0400

(image) 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. ...



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Lebanon bans two films in setback for tolerant image

Mon, 07 Oct 2013 11:56:09 -0400

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. ...



'Foodimals' stalk animated film world of 'Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2'

Thu, 26 Sep 2013 22:18:27 -0400

(image) 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). ...



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Balkans, Central Europe can shine in filmdom, Sundance director says

Tue, 24 Sep 2013 10:09:57 -0400

(image) 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. ...



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'Prisoners' snatches weekly U.S., Canada box office title

Sun, 22 Sep 2013 13:10:29 -0400

(image) 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. ...



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'Rush' screenwriter inspired by rivalry, not Formula One racing

Wed, 25 Sep 2013 09:24:29 -0400

(image) 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. ...



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First U.S. anti-Hitler film discovered in Brussels archive

Fri, 20 Sep 2013 16:23:08 -0400

(image) 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. ...



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Born to Bollywood royalty, Ranbir Kapoor makes new film a family affair

Mon, 30 Sep 2013 16:29:06 -0400

(image) 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. ...



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Critics divided on Orlando Bloom's Broadway debut as Romeo

Fri, 20 Sep 2013 13:04:12 -0400

(image) 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. ...



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Disney and 'Pirates' producer Bruckheimer to end film deal

Fri, 20 Sep 2013 00:46:23 -0400

(image) 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. ...



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Actress Kerry Washington named best dressed woman by People magazine

Wed, 18 Sep 2013 10:55:17 -0400

(image) 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. ...



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'12 Years a Slave' wins top prize at Toronto film fest

Sun, 15 Sep 2013 16:40:07 -0400

(image) 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. ...



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Movie theater still king, but filmmakers slowly warm to online

Sun, 15 Sep 2013 16:11:39 -0400

(image) 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. ...



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Horror flick 'Insidious 2' jolts box office with $41 million

Sun, 15 Sep 2013 11:43:54 -0400

(image) 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. ...



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Julianne Moore joins cast of 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay'

Fri, 13 Sep 2013 17:32:28 -0400

(image) 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. ...



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Canadian directors hear Hollywood's call, but may not head south

Fri, 13 Sep 2013 09:07:35 -0400

(image) 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. ...



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Director Haggis polarizes again with 'puzzle' of a film, 'Third Person'

Thu, 12 Sep 2013 16:36:24 -0400

(image) 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 ...



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J.K. Rowling returns to wizarding world for screenplay debut

Thu, 12 Sep 2013 12:36:35 -0400

(image) 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. ...



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Indian court acquits actor Salman Khan of using illegal arms

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 09:12:58 -0500

(image) NEW DELHI (AP) — Top Bollywood star Salman Khan was acquitted by a court on Wednesday on a charge of using unlicensed weapons while hunting for rare blackbucks in a western India wildlife preserve 18 years ago.



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Bollywood actor Salman Khan acquitted in weapons case

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 05:55:16 -0500

(image) An Indian court on Wednesday acquitted Bollywood movie star Salman Khan of possessing an unlicensed weapon nearly two decades ago, ending a case that threatened to derail the career of one of the country's biggest actors. Khan, 51, had been charged with possessing and using an unlicensed weapon to kill an endangered gazelle in 1998 on a hunting trip in the desert state of Rajasthan, where he was filming the movie "Hum Saath Saath Hain" (We Stand United). The actor could have faced up to seven years in jail if found guilty of possessing an unlicensed gun.



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Polanski to preside over French cinema awards ceremony

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 05:49:08 -0500

(image) PARIS (AP) — Filmmaker Roman Polanski will preside over this year's Cesars Awards ceremony, the French equivalent of the Oscars.



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Review: In 'The Founder,' cutthroat big business, supersized

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 22:17:04 -0500

(image) Ketchup, mustard, two pickles. In John Lee Hancock's "The Founder," about Ray Kroc and the making of McDonald's, the ingredients for success are ruthlessly simple.



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3-minute preview: 'xXx: Return of Xander Cage'

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 11:43:27 -0500

(image) Vin Diesel's 2002 action film "xXx" took $277m internationally -- and then the "Fast & Furious" franchise took off. 2015's "Furious 7" steamrolled to $1.5bn worldwide. Has extreme sports spy movie "xXx: Return of Xander Cage" got what it takes to compete?



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Film about 1960s black mathematicians tops MLK weekend

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 19:36:58 -0500

(image) NEW YORK (AP) — "Hidden Figures," the uplifting film about African-American mathematicians at NASA during the 1960s space race, led the North American box office for the second straight week, selling $27.5 million in tickets over the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend, according to final studio figures Tuesday.



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Art imitates life? Kim Kardashian films cameo for jewel heist movie

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 17:05:31 -0500

(image) Four months after being robbed at gunpoint in Paris, Kim Kardashian is filming a cameo for the upcoming female heist caper "Ocean's Eight." Kardashian, dressed in a white sheer ballgown and fur jacket, and her half sister Kendall Jenner, wearing white lace, were photographed in New York on Monday, after apparently shooting scenes at a fictitious Metropolitan Museum of Art gala for the movie. A Hollywood source said the sisters are making cameos for the film, whose A-list stars include Sandra Bullock, Rihanna, Cate Blanchett and Anne Hathaway.



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