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Only one in five European films made by women, says report

Paris - Only one film in five in Europe is made by a woman director, according to a new report which calls for positive discrimination to combat the imbalance.

Review: Dazzling bars and a basement cinema, a day at the Mondrian Hotel Special

London - The Mondrian is a high end 5 star hotel in the center of London. The hotel contains a cool cocktail bar, classy restaurant and a delightful basement cinema.

Film vs. Digital: Can there ever be a winner?

The film vs. digital debate has been waged for more than a decade with the latter gaining momentum. So why were two of the most anticipated December releases — ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ and ‘The Hateful Eight’ — still shot on film?

Kim Novak praises Canadians, defends Hitchcock at Toronto fest Special

Toronto - The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) is known as a launching pad for future Oscar-winning films, but on its final day yesterday, the festival hosted a special free screening of a past masterpiece: Alfred Hitchcock’s “Vertigo”.

Review: 'The Disaster Artist' — How an awful film became a brilliant book

Back in 2002, Greg Sestero was ready to give up on acting, after spending the last few years chasing his childhood dream; but then an old friend offers him one last throw of the dice. "Take it", Greg decides. "It's not like anyone's going to see this..."

Child soldier drama makes Netflix award contender

Venice - Officially its full title is the International Exhibition of the Cinematographic Arts.

Review: New book on unfinished movie a must-read for Orson Welles fans Special

May 6 of this year marked the hundredth anniversary of Orson Welles' birth. But despite the name recognition and the wide film-school reverence for “Citizen Kane”, it sometimes seems as if Welles is still being neglected, even posthumously.

'Drifter' gunman kills two, himself in cinema rampage

Chicago - A "drifter" with anti-government views randomly killed two women in a Louisiana movie theater and then took his own life as police closed in, authorities said Friday.

Women take spotlight as Cannes film fest opens

Cannes - The Cannes film festival eschews its usual blockbuster kick-off on Wednesday, opening with a gritty French film that marks only the second time a female director has won the coveted first slot.

Istanbul film festival scraps competitions in censorship row

Istanbul - The annual Istanbul Film Festival on Monday announced that it had scrapped all its competitions this year due to a bitter row over a film about Kurdish rebels pulled from the event following intervention by Turkish authorities.

Op-Ed: A tale of two 'classic' movies about teenage angst

John Hughes' beloved 1980s teen drama “The Breakfast Club” turned thirty years old last weekend, while the iconic James Dean flick “Rebel without a Cause” will be sixty later this year. Which movie holds up better today? You may be surprised.

Lebanon mourns legendary 'songbird' Sabah

Birut - Iconic Lebanese singer and actress Sabah died Wednesday aged 87, after a seven-decade career and a colourful love life that kept her in the headlines until the end.

Billy Elliot live is U.K. cinema hit

A live screening of "Billy Elliot the Musical Live" has topped the U.K. and Ireland box office. This is the first time an event screening has reached number one.

Clooney marries Amal Alamuddin in star-studded Venice bash

Venice - Hollywood heartthrob George Clooney and Lebanese-British lawyer Amal Alamuddin married in Venice on Saturday before partying the night away with their A-list friends in one of the most high-profile celebrity weddings in years.

Review: McKellar's Newfoundland comedy may charm, but never seduces Special

Feel-good comedies like “The Grand Seduction” remind me of “nice guys” who try to attract women with flowers and nonstop compliments. Sure, he's harmless, he may even be sincere, but where's the edge? What makes him different from the others?

Review: Memoir tells story behind 'The Room' with expected hilarity Special

If you've never been to a public screening of Tommy Wiseau's 2003 cult film “The Room”, you've been missing a wonderful, surreal experience. Few legitimate intentional comedies hurt your belly from laughter the way this terrible flick can.

Murdoch's 21st Century Fox sees profits fade

New York - Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox reported a drop in quarterly profits Thursday despite revenues rising strongly at the film and television conglomerate.In the second fiscal quarter to December 31, net profit fell by half to $1.

Op-Ed: 'Dr. Strangelove' – Still hilarious and potent after 50 years

Could present-day Hollywood produce a satire as bold and subversive as Stanley Kubrick's 1964 masterpiece, “Dr. Strangelove, or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb”? Not bloody likely. And there are several reasons for that.

Music helps elderly remember, documentary reveals at Sundance

Park City - It won't cure dementia or Alzheimer's disease, but music can nevertheless help sufferers "wake up" their memories, reveals a moving documentary presented at the Sundance Film Festival.

Brokeback Mountain, the opera, makes world premiere

Madrid - "Brokeback Mountain", the Oscar-winning epic about the relationship between two cowboys in the American West, is coming to the stage as an opera, with a world premiere in Madrid this month.

Short Documentary: 'The Way of the Dodo' — Ümit Mesut and film

London - Ümit Mesut started working life as a rewind boy in a cinema. Now his wife thinks he's obsessed and should see a doctor, but Ümit simply loves what he does for a living. Videos and DVDs mean nothing to him, as he prefers the real thing.

'Gravity' leads BAFTAs with 11 nominations

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) handed "Gravity" 11 nominations while "12 Years a Slave" and "American Hustle" grabbed 10 each.

Photo Essay: Movie magic at London's Cinema Museum Special

London - London’s Cinema Museum is devoted to keeping alive the spirit of cinema from the days before the multiplex. The museum is tucked away in an old Victorian workhouse in south London.

Op-Ed: Frank Capra made other great movies too, y'know

When modern movie viewers hear the name Frank Capra, chances are high that only one title (if any at all) comes to their minds. No Christmas cookie for guessing that I refer to “It's a Wonderful Life”, a beloved holiday tradition for some.

Op-Ed: Joan Fontaine and her five greatest roles in the movie business

Carmel - Joan Fontaine passed away Sunday at the age of 96 due to natural causes. Her death is certainly buried in the news because of Peter O'Toole's passing, but that should not take away from Fontaine's immense talent and beauty.

Op-Ed: All Rise — 10 best courtroom dramas in film history

Beverly Hills - There’s nothing better than to watch an intense courtroom motion picture on a hot summer evening. Unfortunately, for most of the United States and Canada, it’s cold now, but that doesn’t mean you can’t crack a sweat with these unforgettable films.

Op-Ed: Remodeled cinema re-opens in San Francisco, movie-goers rejoice! Special

San Francisco - Sleek, new and very 21st Century contemporary, the newly renovated Embarcadero Cinema in San Francisco held a morning-breakfast reception for members of the press on November 5.

Popcorn shown to make moviegoers 'immune to advertising'

Cologne - A group of researchers from Cologne University has shown that eating popcorn while at the movies has a unique side effect — it numbs the eater's interest in advertising.

Review: I, Frankenstein — A new type of monster movie

January 2014 is the release date for an all new monster movie. This movie will feature everyone's favorite monster, Frankenstein, as a hero. The twist of this movie will be exciting, thrilling, and have you gaping in interest and terror at the same time.

Review: Watermark is cinematic eye candy of Burtynsky's photo art Special

Toronto - The latest documentary tracking the photographic project of Canada's Edward Burtynsky is visually mesmerizing, but it's also layered with an urgent message on how mankind has mishandled water and its ecological value.
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Old cinema sign from the 1940s
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Laundry box for the clothes of ushers and usherettes
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A cinema ratings board from the 1930s
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A selection of film books on display
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Signage for the British Film Institute (1970s)
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Signage for an old cinema chain
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Old signage from a cinema
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Researchers are discovering that actions portrayed in movies likely influence "real life" behaviors, especially for children and adolescents.
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Old device for printing cinema tickets circa 1930
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LG’s LW6500 model with Cinema 3D TV offers flicker-free and a brightness booster to allow users to switch on the 3D feature without much dimming of the picture.
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Deep within The Vaults and getting ready to enjoy the underground cinema experience.
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Old cinema signage - the mystery of movies
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People take to their seats as an organizer explains how the underground cinema experience will proceed.
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The special cinema at the Mondrian Hotel in London.
The special cinema at the Mondrian Hotel in London.
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Foundation stone for the workhouse (1871) that became the cinema museum
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A selection of old movie cameras
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Heading into The Vaults for the Underground Film Club.