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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.

US chain AMC signs Saudi deal after cinema ban lifted

Riyadh - Giant US cinema chain AMC Entertainment has signed a deal to build and operate movie theatres in Saudi Arabia after the conservative kingdom lifted a decades-old ban.

Saudi Arabia lifts decades-long ban on cinemas

Riyadh - Saudi Arabia on Monday lifted a decades-long ban on cinemas, part of a series of social reforms by the powerful crown prince that are shaking up the ultra-conservative kingdom.

Saudi Arabia lifts ban on cinemas: government

Riyadh - Saudi Arabia on Monday lifted a decades-long ban on cinemas, part of a series of social reforms by the powerful crown prince that are shaking up the ultra-conservative kingdom.

Geoffrey Rush sues paper in Australia for 'inappropriate behaviour' claim

Melbourne - Academy award-winning actor Geoffrey Rush Friday filed defamation proceedings against a News Corp newspaper in Australia over a story claiming he engaged in "inappropriate behaviour" at a Sydney theatre.

French choke up over proposal to ban smoking in films

Paris - A proposal to ban smoking in French films has been met with splutters of indignation in a land raised on images of puffing, pouting silver-screen stars.

Modern tech, rising middle class drive cinema revival in Africa

Abidjan - Like the plot in an old-fashioned movie, cinemas in Africa are making a third-reel comeback after years of worrying decline.

Polanski retrospective angers French feminists

Paris - French feminists have voiced outrage over a planned retrospective of the films of director Roman Polanski, who has been accused of several sexual assaults, calling it "an insult" to women following the Harvey Weinstein scandal.

Employers in finance, fashion get tough post-Weinstein

New York - The repercussions of Harvey Weinstein's downfall spread further beyond Hollywood to the worlds of fashion and finance on Tuesday as employers showed the door to powerful men accused of sexual harassment.

'Matilda' premiere draws extra security in Moscow after threats

Moscow - A Russian cinema chain said Tuesday extra security measures have been put in place ahead of the Moscow premiere of a controversial biopic of the last tsar, that has drawn threats from religious extremists.

Saudis crave revival of night out at the movies

Riyadh - The lights go out, the projector whirls and entertainment-starved Saudis sink into plush seats to soak up an experience they have been denied for decades —- a trip to the cinema.

Workplace harassment not just a Hollywood problem

Los Angeles - The Weinstein revelations have once again shone a light on Hollywood's seedy underbelly -- but rampant sexual harassment in the workplace is hardly confined to the glamorous world of show business.

Star-crossed 'Don Quixote' actor Rochefort dies aged 87

Paris - Jean Rochefort, the French actor who played a key role in one of the most cursed movie sagas in Hollywood history, has died aged 87, his daughter told AFP Monday.

Brigitte Bardot to get a statue in Saint-Tropez

Nice - French screen goddess Brigitte Bardot will be be honoured Thursday in the Riviera resort of St Tropez, where a 2.5-metre (eight-foot) statue of the actress will be unveiled on her 83rd birthday.
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The special cinema at the Mondrian Hotel in London.
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Deep within The Vaults and getting ready to enjoy the underground cinema experience.
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Movie theater poster for Star Trek Beyond (Odeon cinema, Hatfield).
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A cinema ratings board from the 1930s
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Art Deco features restored, a scene of the stage and screen area.
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A selection of usherette and usher uniforms from cinemas of yesteryear #3
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A view of the outside of The Odyssey, August 2016.
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Old signage from a cinema
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Signage for the British Film Institute (1970s)
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Foundation stone for the workhouse (1871) that became the cinema museum
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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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Old laundry box for a launderette in the United Kingdom
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Entrance to the cinema musuem
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Signage for an old cinema chain
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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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The steps leading down to the screening area, designed to capture the 1930s vibe.
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Even the carpet in the cinema carries the air of something special.
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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.