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Rare 'Dracula' poster sells for $525,800 at auction

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 02:08:09 UT

DALLAS (AP) — An auction house says a rare poster for the 1931 horror film "Dracula" has sold for $525,800. Dallas-based Heritage Auctions said the sale Saturday appears be the highest amount a movie poster has garnered at auction. Heritage says the poster, which features the image of actor Bela Lugosi as Dracula, is one of only two known to be left of that particular version. The buyer wishes to remain anonymous. Heritage says the poster was put up for auction by the family of longtime cinematographer and photographer George J. Mitchell Jr., who had owned the poster since the 1950s.

Bounty offered for beheadings of Bollywood director, actress

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 00:48:28 UT

NEW DELHI (AP) — A member of India's Hindu nationalist ruling party offered 100 million rupees ($1.5 million) to anyone who beheads the lead actress and the director of an unreleased Bollywood film "Padmavati" rumored to depict a relationship between a Hindu queen and a Muslim ruler. Suraj Pal Amu, a Bharatiya Janata Party leader from the northern state of Haryana, offered the bounty against actress Deepika Padukone and filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali on Sunday. The film's producers postponed the release of the film, which was set to be in theaters Dec. 1, and Amu was reported by local media to have said at a public rally that the film would not be allowed to be released at all.

Box Office Top 20: 'Justice League' falls to $93.8 million

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 23:53:41 UT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — "Justice League" opened even lower than Warner Bros. estimated on Sunday. According to Monday's final tally of the weekend's box office receipts, the costly superhero ensemble pic grossed $93.8 million from 4,051 North American theaters making it the first film in the DC Extended Universe to debut under $100 million. It left room for the family friendly drama "Wonder" to make a surprisingly strong showing in second place with a $27.5 million launch. "Thor: Ragnarok" fell to third place in its third weekend in theaters with $21.7 million, while "Daddy's Home 2," in its second weekend, took fourth with $14.4 million. Also in weekend two, "Murder on the Orient Express" placed fifth with $13.8 million.

In 'Coco,' Pixar journeys to Mexico and beyond the grave

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 22:02:40 UT

NEW YORK (AP) — Pixar films have never been shy about death. The "Toy Story" films are, in part, about mortality. The poetic highlight of "Up" is a wordless sequence of a spouse's passing. The Earth, itself, was left for dead in "Wall-E." But Pixar plunges fully into the afterlife in "Coco," a brightly colored fable surrounding the Mexican holiday Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). The imagery of skeletons and graves in a kids' movie might have put off other animation studios. But director Lee Unkrich ("Toy Story 3," ''Monsters, Inc.") envisioned a film about family heritage and keeping alive the memories of deceased loved ones so they aren't, as he says, "just fading photos in an album.

'The Wire' star makes documentary 'Baltimore Rising'

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 20:34:59 UT

NEW YORK (AP) — Sonja Sohn has gone from being in front of the camera to behind it. The actress, who played a Baltimore detective on "The Wire," has become a documentary filmmaker and her debut offering is a powerful look at her beloved adopted city. "Baltimore Rising," which was to debut Monday on HBO, examines a fearful community in the wake of riots after the death of Freddie Gray, who was fatally injured while in police custody in 2015. Sohn and her team accumulated some 600 hours of footage over a year to make the 90-minute film. Sohn leveraged the good will she created from "The Wire" as well as her own help in the community to gain amazing access to both police and social activists.

Review: As moving as it is colorful, 'Coco' a joy for all

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 14:32:14 UT

At first, Disney-Pixar's latest, "Coco ," sounds a lot like the 2014 Fox film "The Book of Life." Both are animated features steeped in the aesthetics and customs of Day of the Dead: the Mexican tradition of creating elaborate altars, painted skulls and paths of marigolds to welcome the spirits of dead loved ones for a temporary visit to the world of the living. And both films focus on a young boy who follows his musical dreams at the risk of disappointing his family.

'Justice League' disappoints in US with $96 million opening

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 19:55:13 UT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Only in the modern era of superhero films could a $96 million opening weekend be considered anything less than impressive. But that's the situation Warner Bros. and DC's "Justice League" find themselves in. The big budget superhero mashup came in well under expectations, which had pegged it for a $110 million launch in North American theaters. If studio estimates hold, it will also have the dubious distinction of being the lowest-opening film in the DC Extended Universe. It has been a rollercoaster for the DC Universe since "Man of Steel" kicked off the comic book franchise in 2013, with films battling high expectations, critical reviews and the impossible standard of competing against the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Actor Tom Sizemore denies groping allegations

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 18:19:35 UT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Actor Tom Sizemore is denying recent allegations that he groped an 11-year-old Utah girl during a 2003 photo shoot. Sizemore called the claims "highly disturbing" in a statement late Thursday. He lamented his history of drug abuse and domestic violence arrests, but says he would never inappropriately touch a child. A Salt Lake City police report says the girl reported that Sizemore kissed and groped her during production of the movie eventually titled "Born Killers." Utah prosecutors didn't file charges, citing witness and evidence problems. The report says the woman responsible for juvenile performers didn't see inappropriate touching. A lawyer said Sizemore was fired from the production.

Daniela Vega, trans actress, stars in 'A Fantastic Woman'

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 17:23:24 UT

TORONTO (AP) — In one of the dreamy moments of surrealism that punctuate Sebastian Lelio's otherwise realistic "A Fantastic Woman," the film's transgender protagonist, Marina (Daniela Vega), walks down the street but an extreme, exaggerated headwind makes moving forward nearly impossible. She's tilted, as if climbing a mountain, as the gale-force winds try to beat her back. To watch "A Fantastic Woman," Chile's Academy Awards submission, is to walk in the shoes of a trans woman, to feel the everyday indignities slung at Marina and be awed by her resolution in overcoming them.

Comedy or not, 'Get Out' is a unique Oscar contender

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 22:14:47 UT

NEW YORK (AP) — The movie year seems destined to conclude the way it essentially began: With everybody talking about "Get Out." Jordan Peele's horror sensation is again the subject of debate after it was reported that Universal Pictures submitted the film for Golden Globe Awards consideration as a comedy, rather than a drama. The film's classification will ultimately reside with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, but whatever the outcome, the controversy shows how "Get Out" is already challenging the conventions of Hollywood's prestige movie season. Peele, himself, has showed no desire to quell the backlash, only to slyly prod it. "Get Out," he said simply on Twitter, is a documentary.

In 'Mudbound,' Dee Rees crafts a Jim Crow epic of 2 families

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 20:10:20 UT

NEW YORK (AP) — The movies have tended to skip from slavery to the Civil Rights movement, but Dee Rees' "Mudbound" plunges into the complex tragedies of the in-between era of Jim Crow. The film, which Netflix hopes will be its first feature-film Oscar contender, follows two neighboring families — one black, one white — on a hardscrabble farm in 1940s Mississippi. "I was interested with exploring the idea of who gets to be in possession of the land — how it's sometimes impossible to go back home, how family can be the thing that drags you down," Rees says. "It's not just about race. It's not just about oppression. It's about how our histories are intertwined, how we're connected to be the people who came before us.

School that trained, housed Hollywood's canine stars closes

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 19:30:47 UT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Los Angeles kennel that housed and trained some of Hollywood's canine stars has closed its doors after nine decades. Rick Karl, who's owned the Hollywood Dog Training School for the past 40 years, retired this week. The school was opened in 1927 by Carl Spitz, a German immigrant who found work training dogs for the movies. According to the school's website, Spitz's family dog, Terry, starred as Toto in "The Wizard of Oz." The school says the original Lassie, one of several dogs that played the namesake collie in the long-running TV series, was housed at the facility in the San Fernando Valley.

'Wind River' filmmakers take control back from Weinstein

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 19:26:38 UT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Like an avenging character straight out of one of his films, writer-director Taylor Sheridan said he was not going to let "Wind River" stay in Harvey Weinstein's control. The Weinstein Co. acquired his film and released it theatrically in August, positioning the Elizabeth Olsen and Jeremy Renner drama as a possible awards contender. But Sheridan's film was about sexual violence against young women on a tribal reservation, and suddenly Weinstein was being accused of similar things. For Sheridan, a 47-year-old native Texan who wrote "Sicaro" and was nominated for an Oscar for writing the working class revenge tale "Hell or High Water," it was an unacceptable situation that had to be rectified.

Actress Rose McGowan arraigned on cocaine charge

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 18:06:53 UT

LEESBURG, Va. (AP) — Actress Rose McGowan was arraigned Thursday on a felony cocaine charge, days after she alleged in The New Yorker that the drugs may been planted to discredit her. One of the most outspoken actresses to accuse Harvey Weinstein of sexual abuse, McGowan told the magazine that she's been so fearful of the movie mogul that she hired her own private investigator to make sure the drug warrant against her was real. Weinstein has denied the allegations. McGowan, 44, is accused by prosecutors of possessing cocaine that was found in a wallet recovered by an airline crew after her Jan. 20 flight to Washington Dulles International Airport, where she had flown to join the Women's March in the nation's capital.

The Latest: Rose McGowan waives appearance on drug charge

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 17:01:41 UT

LEESBURG, Va. (AP) — The Latest on actress Rose McGowan's arraignment on felony cocaine charges (all times local): 11:50 a.m. Actress Rose McGowan has waived her appearance in court on a felony charge of cocaine possession. McGowan had been expected to appear in a courtroom for her arraignment Thursday, but a judge agreed to waive her appearance at the request of her lawyer. The judge scheduled a preliminary hearing for Jan. 23, when McGowan is expected to enter a plea. Prosecutors say cocaine was found among McGowan's belongings that were left on a Jan. 20 flight to Washington Dulles International Airport. McGowan is among several actresses who've said movie mogul Harvey Weinstein forced them into unwanted sex.