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Venice film fest a 'sign of hope' for world cinema

Venice - The decision to hold the Venice Film Festival despite the coronavirus pandemic is being hailed as a "sign of hope" for the movie world after months of closed cinemas, shuttered film sets and cancelled galas.

Malaysia drops charges against 'Wolf of Wall Street' producer

Kuala Lumpur - Malaysian prosecutors dropped Thursday 1MDB-linked charges against one of the producers of Hollywood hit "The Wolf of Wall Street" after he struck a deal that should see authorities recover over $100 million.

Harvey Weinstein: from Hollywood 'God' to convicted rapist

New York - For decades, Harvey Weinstein was untouchable, reigning over Hollywood as the mega-producer Meryl Streep famously called "God." On Wednesday the convicted rapist was contemplating spending the rest of his life in prison.

Harvey Weinstein: from Hollywood 'God' to convicted rapist

New York - For decades, Harvey Weinstein was untouchable, reigning over Hollywood as the mega-producer Meryl Streep famously called "God." On Monday he became a convicted rapist facing up to 29 years in prison.

French Oscars academy promises reforms after Polanksi row

Paris - France's Cesar Academy, which awards its version of the Oscars, was in crisis Friday after its entire board resigned, overwhelmed by a series of rows that have infuriated both women's activists and industry insiders.

French Oscars academy board resigns after Polanksi row

Paris - The entire board of the Cesar Academy, which awards France's equivalent of the Oscars, resigned Thursday just two weeks ahead of its gala ceremony after more than 200 actors, producers, directors and movie personalities demanded "profound reform".

Review: Annie Baker’s moving ‘The Flick’ soars high in its Toronto debut Special

Toronto - Annie Baker’s brilliant “The Flick” is about movies, but much more. It’s about working dead-end, minimum-wage jobs and using movies to escape. It’s about the difficulties we have in connecting to each other through our social masks.

Russian celebrities line up behind jailed actor

Moscow - Russian celebrities have launched a major solidarity campaign in support of a young actor who they say was wrongfully jailed for a crime amid a crackdown on the opposition.

Russian celebrities line up behind jailed actor

Moscow - Russian celebrities have launched a solidarity campaign in support of a young actor who they say was wrongfully jailed for a crime amid a crackdown on the opposition.

Freed in prisoner swap, Ukraine's Sentsov warns: Don't trust Russia

Kiev - Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov on Tuesday warned against trusting Russian President Vladimir Putin, after Moscow freed him from jail in a historic prisoner swap with Kiev this weekend.

Polanski sues US motion picture academy for reinstatement

Los Angeles - Oscar-winning film director Roman Polanski is suing the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, demanding his reinstatement nearly a year after the organization expelled him amid the #MeToo movement.

India opposition urges delay to Modi biopic as election looms

New Delhi - India's main opposition Congress party has petitioned election officials to delay the release of a flattering new Bollywood biopic about Prime Minister Narendra Modi until after upcoming elections.

Security worries cloud celebrated African film festival

Ouagadougou - Africa's biggest film festival opened on Saturday marking its 50th anniversary and buoyed by its contributions to the continent's film industry but overshadowed by security problems in host country Burkina Faso.

Italy's 'anti-Netflix' law to protect film industry

Rome - Italy is to introduce an obligatory delay between Italian films screening in cinemas and being shown on streaming services like Netflix, in a bid to protect its domestic film industry.

Russian director Serebrennikov attends closed hearing in fraud case

Moscow - The trial of Russian stage and screen director Kirill Serebrennikov began Wednesday with a closed hearing, more than a year after he was placed under house arrest in a controversial embezzlement probe.

Director Gavras slams 'bad taste' joke after hoaxer tweets his 'death'

Atenas - The Greek-French filmmaker Costa Gavras was forced to deny rumours of his own demise on Thursday after some media were fooled by a fake ministerial Twitter account announcing he had died.

After 'Mary Shelley', pioneering Saudi female director keen to film back home

Paris - Fresh from shooting her first film in English, Haifaa al-Mansour plans to return to her native Saudi Arabia next month for her new project -- but this time, she won't be directing out of view by walkie-talkie from the back of a van.

Art of cinema comes alive in basement of Iraq aficionado

Kirkuk - From black-and-white musicals to action movies, Abdel Qader al-Ayoubi screens films and exhibits paraphernalia of the art form in his basement in the Iraqi city of Kirkuk, a cinema-free zone.

Fire destroys late Greek director Angelopoulos' archives: widow

Atenas - The house and private archives of Greek cinema godfather Theo Angelopoulos, who died in 2012, were destroyed in this week's deadly wildfires near Athens, his widow said Thursday.

Morgan Freeman's lawyer demands CNN retract sexual harassment claims

Los Angeles - Morgan Freeman's lawyer demanded Tuesday that CNN retract a story accusing the 80-year-old movie star of multiple cases of sexual harassment.

China filmmaker delves long and deep into lives on the margins

Bejing - Itinerant workers, abandoned children, forgotten victims of Mao-era re-education camps: all find space in Wang Bing's lengthy cinematic explorations of life on China's margins.

China filmmaker delves long and deep into lives on the margins

Bejing - Itinerant workers, abandoned children, forgotten victims of Mao-era re-education camps: all find space in Wang Bing's lengthy cinematic explorations of life on China's margins.

Films in the running for the top prize at Cannes

Paris - From an African-American detective infiltrating the Ku Klux Klan to Kurdish female fighters battling jihadists, here are the movies that will battle it out for the top Palme d'Or prize at the Cannes film festival this week:- Everybody Knows -Iranian ma...

Op-Ed: Why ‘Superman’ blows newer superhero films away, 40 years later

What an exciting time it must have been to go to the movies, back in the 1970s. I was only a little tyke then, so I didn’t feel the effects of it until years later. But something about that decade brought out the best in Hollywood creativity.

The Great Impersonators: Charlie Chaplin fans parade through Indian town

Gandhidham - Wearing bowler hats and fake moustaches while carrying walking sticks, hundreds of Charlie Chaplin fans shuffled bow-legged through a small Indian town to celebrate the comic actor's birthday this week.

Terry Gilliam rejigs stance on 'monster' Weinstein

Paris - Hollywood director Terry Gilliam, who sparked a firestorm by saying ambitious actresses willingly "paid the price" of having sex with Harvey Weinstein to get ahead, on Wednesday categorically slammed the producer as a "monster".

'Black Panther' on record-setting prowl across North America

Los Angeles - "Black Panther" swept all before it to pass the $500 million mark in only its third week in North America as it stayed on track to be one of the highest-grossing films ever, final figures showed Monday.

Op-Ed: Oscars 2018 — Predictions, personal picks and random commentary

Yes, I’m aware that we don’t need another column about the Academy Awards. Even if there weren’t much more pressing issues in the world, we already get our fill of obligatory Oscar hype from critics who are actually paid to care about it.

Dafoe holds Oscar flag for heart-melting movie about poor kids

Paris - Willem Dafoe frankly doesn't give a damn if he misses out on a best supporting actor Oscar for a third time next month.

Brigitte Bardot, announcing book, slams Macron on animal rights

Paris - French screen icon Brigitte Bardot will next month publish a book on her decades-long campaign for animal rights, she told AFP on Tuesday, taking a swipe at President Emmanuel Macron on the issue.
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Art Deco features restored, a scene of the stage and screen area.
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Signage for the British Film Institute (1970s)
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Entrance to the cinema musuem
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Even the carpet in the cinema carries the air of something special.
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A view from the seats. A hush. A movie is about to be screened at The Odyssey cinema.
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A selection of usherette and usher uniforms from cinemas of yesteryear #3
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Foundation stone for the workhouse (1871) that became the cinema museum
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The special cinema at the Mondrian Hotel in London.
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The exhibition includes several screens showing excerpt from Kubrick's movies, such as 'Barry Lyndon' (1975).
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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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Laundry box for the clothes of ushers and usherettes
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A selection of old movie cameras
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Heading into The Vaults for the Underground Film Club.
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Old laundry box for a launderette in the United Kingdom
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