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Court told actress swore at Geoffrey Rush to leave toilet

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 11:43:05 UT

SYDNEY (AP) — An actress who accused Oscar-winning actor Geoffrey Rush of inappropriately touching her on a Sydney stage later swore at him when he followed her into a toilet at a party after a performance, Australian court documents allege. Rush is suing Sydney's The Daily Telegraph newspaper in Federal Court for defamation over articles last year that he argued portray him as a pervert and sexual predator. The articles allege inappropriate behavior and touching during the Sydney Theatre Company production of "King Lear" in 2015. Accusations in defense documents previously suppressed by the court were made public on Tuesday.



Letitia Wright steals show in 'Black Panther' breakout role

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 19:12:13 UT

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Letitia Wright still can't believe she made the "Black Panther" poster. The 24-year-old actress has an out-of-nowhere star-making turn in the Marvel superhero film as the whip-smart Shuri, teenage sister to T'Challa and top scientist in Wakanda. Vibrant, funny and cool, it's the kind of performance that has already left audiences wondering who she is and where they've seen her before. Tessa Thompson has tweeted her praises, as has Diddy, Common and "Deadpool" actress Brianna Hildebrand. "She's the scene-stealer of the movie," said Jamie Broadnax, who created the website Black Girl Nerds. "(Executive Producer) Nate Moore has said she is the smartest person in the Marvel universe.



As 'Black Panther' shows, inclusion pays at the box office

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 16:36:31 UT

NEW YORK (AP) — A lavish, headline-grabbing premiere. Lightning word-of-mouth stoked by glowing reviews. Packed movie theaters with sold-out shows, long lines and fans decked out as characters from the film. The phenomenon of "Black Panther" had the look and feel of a classic, bona fide blockbuster in route to its record-setting $201.8 million debut over the weekend, or an estimated $235 million Friday through Monday. Much has been made about the film industry's struggles to tap into pop culture the way it once more regularly did — that TV and streaming options and a dearth of fresh ideas have diminished the power of the big screen.



Religious protests against gay films show divide in Romania

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 15:02:46 UT

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Religious protesters in Romania have disrupted the screenings of two movies featuring gay themes, saying they violate traditional values. In response, a new screening of the Cannes award-winning movie "120 Beats Per Minute" is going to be held Tuesday in Bucharest. The dispute illustrates Romania's divided views about homosexuality, which remains a difficult topic in the eastern European Union member where more than 85 percent of its people belong to Christian Orthodox churches. Homosexuality was only decriminalized when Romania prepared to join the EU in 2002. Protesters calling themselves Christian Orthodox burst into a movie theater on Feb.



Court told Geoffrey Rush inappropriately touched actress

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 12:59:51 UT

SYDNEY (AP) — A lawyer accused Oscar-winning Australian actor Geoffrey Rush in court Monday of touching an actress inappropriately on an Sydney stage three years ago while he was starring in a production of "King Lear." Rush is suing Sydney's The Daily Telegraph newspaper in Federal Court for defamation over articles last year which alleged inappropriate behavior and touching during the Sydney Theatre Company production in 2015. The newspaper's lawyer, Tom Blackburn, told the court on Monday that Rush, now 66, touched an actress who has not been identified on five consecutive nights in the last week of the production in a way that he had not done before and that made her uncomfortable. "She said stop — he didn't. He went on doing it.



'Three Billboards' wins, women make waves at UK film awards

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 11:13:50 UT

LONDON (AP) — The ferocious female-led tragi-comedy "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" was the big winner at the British Academy Film Awards in London, where women demanding an end to harassment, abuse and inequality dominated the ceremony. Martin McDonagh's film about a bereaved mother seeking justice won five trophies Sunday including best film, outstanding British film and best actress, for Frances McDormand. Producer Graham Broadbent said the movie is "the story of a woman taking on the establishment and status quo." "It seems more timely now than we could ever have imagined," he said.



Legendary African filmmaker Idrissa Ouedraogo dies at 64

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 10:38:50 UT

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Colleagues say prolific filmmaker Idrissa Ouedraogo has died in his home country of Burkina Faso. The National Union of Burkina Faso Filmmakers on Sunday announced Ouedraogo's death at the age of 64 from an undisclosed illness. During his career Ouedraogo produced more than 40 films including "Tilai," which won the Grand Prix at the 1990 Cannes Film Festival. In 1993, his film "Samba Traore" was featured at the Berlin Film Festival where it won the Silver Bear prize. In a tweet, Burkina Faso's president praised Ouedraogo's "immense talent," saying he had helped to bring "Burkina and African cinema beyond our borders.



'Three Billboards' wins, women make waves at UK film awards

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 22:18:22 UT

LONDON (AP) — Ferocious female-led tragicomedy "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" was the big winner Sunday at the British Academy Film Awards in London, where women demanding an end to harassment, abuse and inequality dominated the ceremony. Martin McDonagh's film about a bereaved mother seeking justice won five trophies including best film, outstanding British film and best actress, for Frances McDormand. Producer Graham Broadbent said the movie is "the story of a woman taking on the establishment and status quo." "It seems more timely now than we could ever have imagined," he said.



Winners of the 2018 British Academy Film Awards

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 21:33:53 UT

LONDON (AP) — Winners of the 2018 British Academy Film Awards, presented Sunday: Film — "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" British Film — "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" Director — Guillermo del Toro, "The Shape of Water" Actor — Gary Oldman, "Darkest Hour" Actress — Frances McDormand, "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" Supporting Actor — Sam Rockwell, "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" Supporting Actress — Allison Janney, "I, Tonya" Rising Star — Daniel Kaluuya British Debut — Writer-director Rungano Nyoni and producer Emily Morgan, "I am Not a Witch" Original Screenplay — Martin McDonagh, "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" Adapted Screenplay — James Ivory, "Call Me By Your



The Latest: 'Three Billboards' named best picture in Britain

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 21:28:30 UT

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on the British Academy Film Awards (all times local): 9:25 p.m. "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" has capped a winning evening at the British Academy Film Awards by taking the trophy for best picture. The tragicomic tale of a bereaved mother in search of justice beat rivals including "The Shape of Water" and "Darkest Hour." Writer-director Martin McDonagh said a film about an angry woman who decides to act is appropriate in an awards season dominated by the campaign against sexual misconduct and bullying. He said at Sunday's awards ceremony in London that "our film is a hopeful one in lots of ways, but it's also an angry one.



"Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" named best picture at British Academy Film Awards

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 21:22:47 UT

LONDON (AP) — "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" named best picture at British Academy Film Awards.



Frances McDormand named best actress at British Academy Film Awards for "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri."

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 21:11:01 UT

LONDON (AP) — Frances McDormand named best actress at British Academy Film Awards for "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri."



Gary Oldman wins best actor prize at British Academy Film Awards for "Darkest Hour."

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 21:05:10 UT

LONDON (AP) — Gary Oldman wins best actor prize at British Academy Film Awards for "Darkest Hour."



'Black Panther' blows away box office with $192M weekend

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 20:50:52 UT

NEW YORK (AP) — A wave of feverish anticipation, fawning critical acclaim and groundbreaking cultural meaning pushed "Black Panther" to a record-setting $192 million debut in U.S. and Canada theaters, firmly establishing the superhero sensation as a box-office landmark. The Marvel film from the Walt Disney Co. blew past expectations to become the fifth-highest-grossing debut ever, not adjusting for inflation, following only "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," ''Star Wars: The Last Jedi," ''Jurassic World" and "The Avengers." In estimates Sunday, Disney predicted a four-day holiday weekend of $218 million domestically and a global debut of $361 million.



Roger Deakins wins 4th ASC award. Is Oscar next?

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 10:13:04 UT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Roger Deakins may be inching closer to making good on his 14th Oscar nomination after winning the American Society of Cinematographers' feature film award for "Blade Runner 2049." His wife, James Deakins, accepted the award on her husband's behalf Saturday night, saying he was busy filming in New York. Roger Deakins has received ASC accolades before, but none translated into an Oscar. His wife said he shares the award with his fellow nominees in the category, all of whom are also in contention for the cinematography Oscar next month. Deakins beat out Bruno Delbonnel ("Darkest Hour"), Hoyte van Hoytema ("Dunkirk"), Dan Laustsen ("The Shape of Water") and Rachel Morrison ("Mudbound") to claim the ASC prize.