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We'll always have Van Nuys: Hangar from 'Casablanca' saved

Mon, 29 May 2017 22:10:36 UT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The airport hangar facade from the opening scene of "Casablanca" has found a home a decade after being saved from the wrecking ball. Christine Dunn, who with her late husband recovered the hangar 10 years ago, told the Daily News on Sunday (http://bit.ly/2qv0Y9L ) that it'll be moved to Valley Relics Museum, home to many pop culture items.



Manchester police seek clues in concert bomber's suitcase

Mon, 29 May 2017 17:17:48 UT

LONDON (AP) — Police in Manchester, England issued a picture of the arena suicide bomber holding a blue suitcase and asked anyone who might have seen him with it before the attack to call a confidential hotline. The suitcase was not used in the attack, which was carried out when Abedi detonated an improvised bomb minutes after the concert ended, Greater Manchester Police Detective Chief Superintendent Russ Jackson said. Britain's intelligence services have launched an inquiry into how warnings about the 22-year-old Abedi's radical views were handled amid indications that vital warning signs were missed. Police are scouring 12,960 hours of closed circuit TV recordings in their search for clues, have collected more than 630 pieces of evidence and have searched 21 addresses.



Cannes Palme d'Or goes to Ruben Ostlund's "The Square"

Sun, 28 May 2017 19:58:47 UT

CANNES, France (AP) — The Cannes Film Festival awarded its coveted Palme d'Or award to Ruben Ostlund's Swedish comedy "The Square" on Sunday, while Sofia Coppola became only the second woman to win the best director award. A muscled, grunting man pretending to be a gorilla upsets a black-tie dinner for the museum, sniffing attendees and dragging a woman by the hair. The president of the Cannes jury, Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodovar, praised the film for exploring the "dictatorship" of political correctness and those trapped by it. The film alludes to a series of actual killings that shook Germany six years ago, when it came to light that police had spent more time investigating the possible mob connections of migrant victims than the tell-tale signs of the far-right plot eventually uncovered. Phoenix was recognized for his role in Lynne Ramsay's thriller "You Were Never Really Here," in which he played a tormented war veteran trying to save a teenage girl from a sex trafficking ring. Directed by Robin Campillo, the co-screenwriter of the Palme d'Or-winning film "The Class," the movie centers on the activist group ACT UP in Paris in the 1990s during the AIDS crisis. The film's docu-drama retelling of that painful period, combined with a burgeoning spirit of unity for the gay community, earned it some of the best reviews of the festival.



'Pirates of the Caribbean' tops box office, 'Baywatch' sinks

Sun, 28 May 2017 18:52:28 UT

'Pirates of the Caribbean' tops box office, 'Baywatch' sinks LOS ANGELES (AP) — It was smooth sailing to the top spot at the box office for Pirates of the Caribbean: Studio estimates on Sunday say the fifth installment of the "Pirates of the Caribbean" franchise commandeered $62.2 million in its first three days in theaters. Having the majority of profits come from international receipts is not worrying Walt Disney Studios. 'Pirates' is a huge spectacle film of the kind that international audiences continue to be drawn toward ... but the domestic response also shows that the audience for this film is clearly there. The critically derided update of the 1990s TV show earned only $18.1 million over the weekend against a nearly $70 million price tag. The space opera added $19.9 million to take second place ahead of "Baywatch" at the box office. Even with the star power of Johnson, R-rated Hollywood updates to family friendly television shows have a dubious track record, ComScore senior media analyst Paul Dergarabedian said. Earlier this year, Dax Shepard's R-rated update of "CHiPs" tanked, netting only $18.6 million domestically against a $25 million budget. First up to that challenge: "Wonder Woman." Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to comScore. Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at international theaters (excluding the U.S. and Canada), according to comScore: Universal and Focus are owned by NBC Universal, a unit of Comcast Corp.; Sony, Columbia, Sony Screen Gems and Sony Pictures Classics are units of Sony Corp.; Paramount is owned by Viacom Inc.; Disney, Pixar and Marvel are owned by The Walt Disney Co.; Miramax is owned by Filmyard Holdings LLC; 20th Century Fox and Fox Searchlight are owned by 21st Century Fox; Warner Bros. and New Line are units of Time Warner Inc.; MGM is owned by a group of former creditors including Highland Capital, Anchorage Advisors and Carl Icahn; Lionsgate is owned by Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.; IFC is owned by AMC Networks Inc.; Rogue is owned by Relativity Media LLC.



The Latest: Ostlund's "The Square" wins Palme d'Or at Cannes

Sun, 28 May 2017 18:21:49 UT

The Cannes Film Festival jury has awarded its coveted Palme d'Or award to Ruben Ostlund's "The Square." Bang plays the curator of an art museum, who sets up "The Square," an installation inviting passers-by to altruism. Sofia Coppola has won the Cannes Film Festival best director prize for "The Beguiled," her remake of Don Siegel's 1971 Civil War drama. The jury also presented a special prize to celebrate the festival's 70th anniversary, to actress Nicole Kidman. Kidman wasn't at the French Rivera ceremony, but sent a video message from Nashville, saying she was "absolutely devastated" to miss the show. The Cannes Film Festival jury has awarded two — not one — screenplay awards this year — for "The Killing of a Sacred Deer" and "You Were Never Really Here." The Cannes Film Festival awards show is underway, with Italian actress Monica Bellucci as host. In her opening speech, the Italian actress defended the role of violence in movies, saying they only reflect the violence of the real world. Campillo told French broadcaster Canal Plus he had returned to Paris after the screening of his film, but returned after getting a call asking him back for Sunday's award ceremony. The red carpet at Cannes is humming with stars ahead of the ceremony that will award the coveted Palme d'Or prize. Two-time Academy Award nominee Jessica Chastain, looking fabulous in a white dress with red patterning on the front, said she and other members of the jury led by Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodovar wrestled Sunday with "a very difficult choice." [...] its president isn't letting slip which film it has picked for the coveted Palme d'Or award. No single movie has emerged as the clear favorite among the 19 in competition for the coveted prize being awarded Sunday evening.



Ruben Ostlund's "The Square" has won the Cannes Film Festival's top award, the Palme d'Or

Sun, 28 May 2017 18:11:56 UT

CANNES, France (AP) — Ruben Ostlund's "The Square" has won the Cannes Film Festival's top award, the Palme d'Or .



Sofia Coppola wins the Cannes Film Festival best director prize for "The Beguiled," her remake of 1971 Civil War drama.

Sun, 28 May 2017 18:01:20 UT

CANNES, France (AP) — Sofia Coppola wins the Cannes Film Festival best director prize for "The Beguiled," her remake of 1971 Civil War drama.



Joaquin Phoenix wins best actor award at Cannes for his role in Lynne Ramsay's thriller "You Were Never Really Here."

Sun, 28 May 2017 17:57:16 UT

CANNES, France (AP) — Joaquin Phoenix wins best actor award at Cannes for his role in Lynne Ramsay's thriller "You Were Never Really Here."



Diane Kruger has won the best actress award at the Cannes Film Festival for her role in Fatih Akin's "In the Fade"

Sun, 28 May 2017 17:54:20 UT

CANNES, France (AP) — Diane Kruger has won the best actress award at the Cannes Film Festival for her role in Fatih Akin's "In the Fade"



Some women-only screenings planned for 'Wonder Woman'

Sat, 27 May 2017 16:35:17 UT

Scattered plans among Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas to host women-only screenings of the upcoming "Wonder Woman" movie have produced both support and some grumbling about gender discrimination. Various locations have taken to social media in response, including the operators of the Brooklyn theater promising on Twitter to funnel proceeds from women-only screenings in early June to Planned Parenthood. [...] by women only, they mean staff, too.



Not exactly Cannes, this film fest is Fargo — with drones

Sat, 27 May 2017 14:30:32 UT

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Spencer Kuhlman was playing junior hockey in Canada when a knee injury wiped out his hopes of playing in college. Kuhlman is a finalist in a surprisingly popular first-year film festival that aims to highlight the possibilities of art from above. The festival, part of an annual drone conference that attracts hundreds of participants to a state that has invested $40 million in the unmanned aircraft industry, drew 42 entries from 21 countries. "Apparently there's a bigger appetite for film festivals in the drone space than we even imagined," said Greg Tehven, executive director of Emerging Prairie, the nonprofit that sponsors the conference. Conference attendees will also vote on a people's choice award.



Fishburne, Mantegna to host Memorial Day concert in DC

Fri, 26 May 2017 19:24:08 UT

Performers will include classical singer Renee Fleming; singer and actress Vanessa Williams; country singer Scotty McCreery; and singer John Ondrasik of the band Five for Fighting. The concert will also include a 75th anniversary tribute to the Doolittle Raid, a bombing mission over Tokyo during World War II.



Blake Lively to lead film from 'Big Little Lies' author

Thu, 25 May 2017 19:45:50 UT

CBS Films said Thursday that Lively will play Cecilia Fitzpatrick in the film and also executive produce. The character is a model wife and mother who discovers an unopened letter from her husband that says to open only in the case of his death.



Child actors take the Cannes Film Festival by storm

Thu, 25 May 2017 18:53:24 UT

CANNES, France (AP) — The Cannes Film Festival, with its late-night soirees and throngs of paparazzi, isn't an ideal place for children. Yet at this year's Cannes, kid actors have delivered many of the festival's most memorable performances, often by not just equaling their better-known and taller co-stars, but by towering above them. Monday's bombing in Manchester, England, which took the lives of many young concertgoers there to see one of their favorite pop stars perform, was acutely felt in Cannes. MAGGIE MULUBWA — Rungano Nyoni's "I Am Not a Witch" was one of the standouts of the festival, a film playing in the Directors' Fortnight section that announced the Welsh, Zambia-born Nyoni as a major new talent. [...] it wouldn't have worked without Mulubwa's remarkable lead performance in the surreal, comic, tragic tale of a young African girl who is declared a witch by her village and exiled. AHN SEO-HYUN — Bong Joon-ho's fantastical "Okja" contains some eye-catching characters — Jake Gyllenhaal, Tilda Swinton, a digitally created giant pig. The scene that precedes the boy's flight, in which he overhears his parents trying to pawn him off on the other, provided one of the most haunting, heartbreaking images of the festival.



Pattinson, Sandler lead Oscar contenders out of Cannes

Thu, 25 May 2017 14:57:05 UT

The Oscars aren't much on the minds of the filmmakers or attendees in Cannes; the festival is its own achievement, with nearly as much spectacle and prestige as the Academy Awards. [...] Cannes last year kick-started eventual nominees like the best-picture candidate "Hell or High Water," Isabelle Huppert ("Elle"), Ruth Negga ("Loving"), "The Lobster" (which scored a screenplay nod) and foreign-language winner "The Salesman." While the nod for "The Lobster" suggests considerable support for Lanthimos' grandly demented comedies, the handsome period piece "The Beguiled" — in which Kidman plays the headmaster of a Virginia girls' boarding school — is probably the more likely shot. If the movie, which opens June 30, earned enough buzz, it could lead to attention for others, too, like Colin Farrell (Kidman's co-star in "Sacred Deer"), Kirsten Dunst and Coppola's directing. WIND RIVER — As the writer of "Hell or High Water" and "Sicario," Taylor Sheridan's Texas tales have already earned him a reputation for intense and weighty crime dramas. THE FLORIDA PROJECT — Sean Baker's previous film, "Tangerine," didn't make it to the Oscars, but it nearly did, landing on top-10 lists and taking critics awards — all despite being shot on an iPhone.