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Oliver Stone, visiting Iran, calls US a global 'outlaw'

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 12:52:44 UT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Oliver Stone, making his first-ever visit to Iran, says the United States is a global "outlaw" that has made a mess of the Middle East. The director of "JFK" and "Platoon" spoke at a press conference Wednesday during his visit to the country, where he attended an international film festival. Stone reprised his criticism of the 2003 Iraq war and suggested the U.S. has acted similarly in Libya and Syria, saying: "We are outlaws, we're doing something that is outlawed internationally, we had no permission to invade Iraq from the U.N., we did it, and we continue to do this.



US filmmaker Martin Scorsese wins Spain's Asturias art prize

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 10:08:43 UT

MADRID (AP) — American filmmaker Martin Scorsese has been awarded Spain's Princess of Astorias award for the arts, with the jury describing him as an uncontested major figure of contemporary cinema. New York-born of Italian descent, Scorsese has produced and directed dozens of fiction and documentary films, including "Taxi Driver", "Cape Fear", "Casino" and "The Wolf of Wall Street." The 75-year-old has also worked on popular TV series and performed as an actor. The jury says describes his work as "transcendent," uniting "mastery, innovation and classicism.



'A Star is Born' steals show in starry Warner Bros. slate

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 07:10:20 UT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Warner Bros. Pictures brought out the big names for its CinemaCon presentation Tuesday, from stars like Sandra Bullock to movies like "Wonder Woman 2," but it was Bradley Cooper's "A Star is Born" that stole the show. Cooper showed the emotional first trailer for the film to conference attendees in Las Vegas to some hearty, and rare, applause from the crowd of theater owners and exhibitors. It's the directorial debut for Cooper, who also stars in the film alongside Lady Gaga, who plays the aspiring singer. This marks the third remake of "A Star is Born," which has classic versions with Judy Garland and Barbra Streisand in the role of the ingénue Lady Gaga is playing.



3 murdered Mexican film students caught in gang turf battle

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 03:48:34 UT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Three vanished film students whose case had become emblematic of Mexico's 30,000 missing people were killed after being caught unaware in the midst of a drug gang turf battle, officials say. Prosecutors in the western state of Jalisco said late Monday the three were abducted by the Jalisco New Generation Cartel because they were filming a school project at a house used by the rival Nueva Plaza gang. The students were using the residence on the outskirts of the city of Guadalajara because it belonged to one of their aunts. "Without knowing it, the students were in a very dangerous place which was being watched by hit men from the New Generation cartel," the prosecutor's office said.



Review: In 'Avengers: Infinity War,' Marvel goes nuclear

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 22:10:44 UT

After 10 years of lean, threadbare, Lilliputian tales, Marvel Studios has, thank heavens, finally decided to go big. The scale of "Avengers: Infinity War," of course, isn't a departure for Marvel. It's an apotheosis. But is it possible to supersize what is already colossal? "Infinity War," which brings together more than 30 significant characters from the Marvel Cinematic Universe and enough spandex to clothe a small nation, is a little like launching an invasion after the war was already won. Despite assured dominance, Marvel has gone nuclear. "Infinity" is an interesting word for the Marvel machine, which sets much of its development pipeline a decade in advance.



MPAA head says theaters will survive rise of streaming sites

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 21:23:23 UT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Two film industry leaders told theater owners Tuesday that are optimistic about the movie and theatrical exhibition business despite concerns about declining attendance and competition from streaming services. New MPAA chief Charles Rivkin and John Fithian, the president and CEO of the National Association of Theater Owners, delivered a state of the industry speech at CinemaCon, saying the strength of the movies being released will dictate box-office sales. "Our business rises or falls on the movies in our cinemas," Fithian said.



The top 10 movies on the iTunes Store

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 19:52:32 UT

iTunes Movies U.S. charts for week ending April 22, 2018: iTunes Movies US Charts: 1. The Post 2. The Greatest Showman 3. The Commuter 4. Molly's Game 5. Justice League 6. Baby Driver 7. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle 8. Peter Rabbit 9. Hostiles 10. Super Troopers iTunes Movies US Charts - Independent: 1. Super Troopers 2. Borg vs McEnroe 3. Phantom Thread 4. Lady Bird 5. Darkest Hour 6. Wildling 7. Outside In 8. In the Fade 9. The Disaster Artist 10. 10X10 __ (copyright) 2018 Apple Inc.



Disney shows how Han Solo and Lando meet at CinemaCon

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 19:52:22 UT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Walt Disney Studios has previewed a scene from the Star Wars spinoff "Solo" featuring the card game where Han Solo and Lando Calrissian meet at CinemaCon Tuesday in Las Vegas. The scene cuts off right as the two space scoundrels decide to bet their ships. The studio also unveiled early footage from its live-action adaption of "Dumbo" and "Aladdin," starring Will Smith as the Genie, and showed the first scene from "The Incredibles 2," which picks up right where the first left off in 2004. Both "Solo: A Star Wars" story and "The Incredibles 2" hit theaters this summer. Unlike most studio presentations at the annual theater owner convention, Disney doesn't generally bring out the stars of its films.



Kansas makes case for visit from 'Star Wars' actor

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 19:23:48 UT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas is rolling out the welcome mat after "Star Wars" actor Mark Hamill tweeted about wanting to visit. Gov. Jeff Colyer suggested Monday in a tweet that Hamill come on May 4, which fans call Star Wars Day for the wordplay on "May the Force be with you." Kansas Highway Patrol Trooper Ben Gardner responded with "I only let Jedi Warriors drive my patrol car." The state touted its roads in a tweet that included a video clip of Batman's archenemy, the Joker, whom Hamill has voiced. The love fest began after Hamill was asked in Twitter where he'd never been but wanted to go. He responded with the one-word answer of "Kansas.



From 'Jumanji' to Tarantino, Sony teases varied slate

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 10:33:15 UT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Sony Pictures Entertainment Chairman Tom Rothman assured theater owners Monday that his studio is dedicated to appealing to a range of audiences — from global franchises such as "Spider-Man" and "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" series to family films, action pics, comedies and even Quentin Tarantino's Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt film "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood." Both Tarantino and DiCaprio surprised the audience of exhibitors with their appearance at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas, but unlike most of the films Sony would hype Monday with new footage and celebrities, they had nothing to show. They haven't shot a frame yet. "It's hard to speak about a film that we haven't done yet," DiCaprio said on stage.



At Tribeca, the night belongs to Patti Smith — and Bruce

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 03:46:31 UT

NEW YORK (AP) — The night belonged to Patti Smith at the Tribeca Film Festival — and to her friend Bruce Springsteen, who thrilled the crowd with a surprise visit to perform the hit they co-wrote, "Because the Night." The occasion was Monday night's premiere of a new concert documentary about Smith, "Horses: Patti Smith and Her Band," directed by Steven Sebring. After the film, which documents the January 2016 Los Angeles concerts where Smith performed her album, "Horses," to mark its 40th anniversary, the curtain rose at Manhattan's Beacon Theater. Standing there was Smith, 71, and her band — this time in the flesh. They performed several hits, including "Dancing Barefoot" and "Gloria.



Box Office Top 20: 'A Quiet Place' narrowly beats 'Rampage'

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 22:19:07 UT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — John Krasinski's thriller "A Quiet Place" rose to the top spot of the box office in its third weekend in theaters, just barely beating out last week's champ "Rampage" for the title. "A Quiet Place" added $20.9 million from North American theaters, bringing its domestic total to $131.3 million, while "Rampage," in its second weekend grossed $20.1 million. Both films beat out newcomers like Amy Schumer's comedy "I Feel Pretty," which placed third with $16 million, and "Super Troopers 2," which landed in fourth with $15.2 million. The top 20 movies at U.S.



'Caddyshack' redux: Bid to smoke out woodchuck burns 2 acres

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 21:36:27 UT

MONMOUTH, Maine (AP) — A Maine apple orchard employee's attempt to channel the soul of Bill Murray's character in "Caddyshack" has ended with a similar result. Authorities say the orchard employee started a fire on Saturday to try to smoke a woodchuck out from a hole in the ground in Monmouth. The Kennebec Journal reports he accidentally started a brush fire that burned almost 2 acres (0.8 hectares) of grass and brush. Monmouth assistant fire chief Ed Pollard describes the effort as "not the way to get rid of a woodchuck." Pollard says it's unclear if the woodchuck was harmed or scared off by the fire.



Oscars returning to February, announce key dates of season

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 21:26:09 UT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Next year's Oscars season has been set, with several events leading up to the broadcast of the 91st Academy Awards on Feb. 24, 2019. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced key dates during the season on Monday, including the handing out of its honorary Oscars, the Governors Awards, on Nov. 18. Nominations will be announced on Jan. 22, and scientific and technical awards will be bestowed during a Feb. 9 gala. The Oscars are traditionally handed out in February, but were bumped to March this year due to the Winter Olympics. This year's Oscars reached 26.5 million viewers, easily a record low for what is often the second most-watched program of the year after the Super Bowl.



Director Oliver Stone in Iran for movie festival

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 18:39:31 UT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — American movie director Oliver Stone was Iran on Monday attending an international film festival. Stone hosted a workshop for filmmakers during the Fajr Film Festival and planned to hold a news conference on Wednesday, Iranian media reported. French actor Jean-Pierre Léaud and Italian producer Giovanni Spagnoletti are also attending the festival. The semi-official Tasnim news agency said Stone briefly visited the historical city of Isfahan the previous day. This is the Hollywood director's first visit to Iran. In 2007, Iran's then-President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad rejected a proposal by Stone to make a film about him.