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SXSW partners with Amazon to put its film festival online

NEW YORK (AP) — The popcorn will be bring your own and the barbecue won't be as good, but the Austin, Texas, SXSW Film Festival is moving online after having its 27th edition canceled by the coronavirus pandemic. SXSW announced Thursday that it's p...

 

'Wonder Woman 1984,' 'In The Heights' postponed due to virus

NEW YORK (AP) — Warner Bros. on Tuesday delayed the summer release of "Wonder Woman 1984" and removed the adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda's "In the Heights" from its schedule due to the coronavirus pandemic. With much of Hollywood's spring...

 

The drive-in, relic of yesterday, finds itself suited to now

NEW YORK (AP) — The drive-in theater, long a dwindling nostalgia act in a multiplex world, is experiencing a momentary return to prominence. With nearly all of the nation's movie theaters shuttered due to the coronavirus pandemic, some drive-in...

 

Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson test positive for coronavirus

NEW YORK (AP) — Tom Hanks and his actress-singer wife Rita Wilson have tested positive for the coronavirus, the actor said in a statement Wednesday. Hanks said the couple were in Australia and felt tired, with colds, body aches and slight fevers....

 

Paramount halts 'Mission: Impossible' shoot over new virus

NEW YORK (AP) — Paramount Pictures on Monday halted production on the seventh "Mission: Impossible" film due to the new virus, as Hollywood began to more drastically adapt to the growing global outbreak. "Mission: Impossible 7" had been scheduled...

 

Sundance festival kicks off with Taylor Swift, 'Crip Camp'

PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — Plenty of change is in the air at the Sundance Film Festival, where 128 feature films are set to premiere over the next 10 days beginning Thursday. Streaming companies are now among the most likely companies to scoop up buzze...

 

2020 box office starts off with 'Star Wars' still on top

NEW YORK (AP) — The box office in 2020 started off where last year left off: with "Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker" still on top. After a historic year, the Walt Disney Co. opened the new year approaching one milestone and surpassing another. With...

 

'Frozen 2' heats up box office with $127M opening weekend

NEW YORK (AP) — Six years after "Frozen" kicked up a pop-culture blizzard, the sequel to Elsa, Anna and Olaf's adventures snowed-in the box office with an estimated $127 million debut domestically and $350 million worldwide. The opening sets a...

 

Tom Hanks didn't want to be Mr. Rogers. Then he met Marielle

NEW YORK (AP) — Tom Hanks has never played a superhero. But when the actor recently donned a very simple cardigan sweater, and the slacks to go with it, he felt like one. "I felt like Batman. It felt like I was wearing the cape and the cowl of the...

 

A CGI James Dean is cast in new film, sparking an outcry

NEW YORK (AP) — James Dean hasn't been alive in 64 years, but the "Rebel Without a Cause" actor has been cast in a new film about the Vietnam War. The filmmakers behind the independent film "Finding Jack" said Wednesday that a computer-generated...

 

Pattinson and Dafoe on the oddities of 'The Lighthouse'

TORONTO (AP) — "Weird" is a vague and imprecise word but it's probably fair to say it can be applied to a boxy black-and-white movie about the feverish psychological battles and explicit mermaid-infused visions of two isolated and increasingly mad...

 

'Downton Abbey' overpowers Brad Pitt, Rambo at box office

NEW YORK (AP) — Raise your tea cups! The big-screen encore of "Downton Abbey" handily (but very politely) thumped both Brad Pitt's "Ad Astra" and Sylvester Stallone's "Rambo: Last Blood" in theaters over the weekend in one of the more unlikely box-...

 

Fox 2000 chief joins Sony after being jettisoned by Disney

NEW YORK (AP) — Elizabeth Gabler, whose Fox 2000 produced acclaimed literary adaptations like "Life of Pi" and "Hidden Figures" before being axed in the aftermath of the Walt Disney Co. acquisition, has found a new home at Sony Pictures. Sony on...

 
 By Jake Coyle    Local    March 1, 2019

'Green Book' wins best picture in an upset at the Oscars

LOS ANGELES (AP) – The segregation-era road-trip drama “Green Book” was crowned best picture at the 91st Academy Awards, delighting those who see the film as a feel-good throwback but disappointing others who ridicule it as an outdated...

 

'Laverne & Shirley' star, 'Big' director Penny Marshall dies

NEW YORK (AP) — Penny Marshall, who indelibly starred in the top-rated sitcom "Laverne & Shirley" before becoming the trailblazing director of smash-hit big-screen comedies such as "Big" and "A League of Their Own," has died. She was 75. Michelle...

 

With new category, Oscars are now a popularity contest

NEW YORK (AP) — Not since Faye Dunaway shouted "La La Land!" has an Oscar announcement caused quite as much chaos as the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences decision to create a new Academy Awards category for "outstanding achievement in po...

 

Cannes doc: Whitney Houston was molested by Dee Dee Warwick

CANNES, France (AP) — Friends of Whitney Houston allege the singer was molested as a child by her cousin Dee Dee Warwick in a documentary that premiered Thursday at the Cannes Film Festival. Houston's longtime assistant Mary Jones tells filmmaker K...

 

In Cannes, Spike Lee lambasts Trump over white supremacists

CANNES, France (AP) — In a passionate, expletive-ridden monologue at the Cannes Film Festival, director Spike Lee lambasted Donald Trump for the U.S. president's response to last year's violent white supremacist protest in Charlottesville, Virginia...

 

82 women walk the red carpet in Cannes film fest protest

CANNES, France (AP) — Eighty-two women climbed the steps of the Palais des Festivals at the Cannes Film Festival in an unprecedented red carpet protest to press for improved gender equality in the film industry. The number of stars, filmmakers and...

 

Ryan Coogler reflects on tsunami that is 'Black Panther'

CANNES, France (AP) — At the Cannes Film Festival on Thursday, filmmaker Ryan Coogler reflected on the historic sensation of "Black Panther" and the changes he hopes it might effect on the movie business. Noting that Hollywood theories can't be...

 

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

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...

 

In TV interview, Farrow describes alleged Allen assault

NEW YORK (AP) — In her first televised interview, Dylan Farrow described in detail Woody Allen's alleged sexual assault of her, and called actors who work in his films "complicit" in perpetuating a "culture of silence." Farrow, the adopted...

 

A growing number of actors are renouncing Woody Allen

NEW YORK (AP) — A growing number of actors are distancing themselves from Woody Allen and his next film, heightening questions about the future of the prolific 82-year-old filmmaker in a Hollywood newly sensitive to allegations of sexual misconduct...

 

Hayek says rebuffing Weinstein led to nightmare on 'Frida'

NEW YORK (AP) — In one of the most vivid accounts yet of Harvey Weinstein's alleged abuse and harassment, Salma Hayek says the disgraced movie mogul turned the making of her 2002 passion project, the Frida Kahlo biopic "Frida," into a nightmare...

 

As Disney swallows Fox, a new era dawns for Hollywood

NEW YORK (AP) — After years of tremors, the earthquake that had long been predicted finally shook Hollywood. Disney's deal to purchase most of 21st Century Fox ends the era of the "Big Six" major movie studios, toppling one of the industry's most...

 

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