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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.

It's all over for 'It' as 'Kingsman' sequel tops box office

Washington - The espionage comedy "Kingsman: The Golden Circle" dominated North American box offices in its debut weekend, industry figures showed Sunday.It ousted "It", a freaky horror hit which had held the crown for two weeks.

1970s French screen siren Mireille Darc dies at 79

Paris - Mireille Darc, a star of French cinema in the 1970s who caused a sensation in a plunging backless gown in "The Tall Blond Man With One Black Shoe", died on Sunday night at age 79, her agent said.

Craig confirms he's back as 007... one last time

New York - Daniel Craig, the British actor who famously complained he'd rather slash his wrists than play James Bond a fifth time, has finally confirmed he's returning as 007 after all... one last time.

Op-Ed: 'Casablanca' even with its classic magic, endures thanks to tech Special

Publishing a book about an old film may seem to some a moot point. But to author Noah Isenberg in his bestseller "We Will Always Have Casablanca," it says that film as an art form is transcendent.

Shaken, not replaced: Craig reportedly back as 007 in 2019

New York - Daniel Craig, the British actor who once complained he'd rather slash his wrists than play James Bond a fifth time, is returning after all as 007, US media reported Tuesday.

Bollywood superstars dazzle at India film awards

East Rutherford - India's biggest Bollywood stars led a triumphant celebration of dance, music and fashion at the International Indian Film Academy awards Saturday, cheered by thousands of ecstatic fans just outside New York.

Indian film kicks off New York awards extravaganza

New York - The International Indian Film Academy fired the opening salvo in a weekend of glitz, glamor and music for its annual awards, sending fans wild with excitement by hosting Bollywood stars in Times Square.

Indian cinemas shut in tax protest

New Delhi - More than 1,000 cinemas in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu have closed in protest at a hike in taxes after the government introduced a nationwide levy.

Hooray for... Kumawood! Ghana's fastest filmmakers

Kumasi - India has its Bollywood and Nigeria, Nollywood. Even New Zealand has a Wellywood. In Ghana, films made in Kumasi and the surrounding region go by a similar shorthand -- Kumawood.

Hooray for... Kumawood! Ghana's fastest filmmakers

Kumasi - India has its Bollywood and Nigeria, Nollywood. Even New Zealand has a Wellywood. In Ghana, films made in Kumasi and the surrounding region go by a similar shorthand -- Kumawood.

Hooray for... Kumawood! Ghana's fastest filmmakers

Kumasi - India has its Bollywood and Nigeria, Nollywood. Even New Zealand has a Wellywood. In Ghana, films made in Kumasi and the surrounding region go by a similar shorthand -- Kumawood.

New sound diffuser improves the cinematic experience

An 'ultra-thin' sound diffuser has been developed, boasting improved sound quality and being physically 10 times thinner than commercially available devices. The new diffuser is intended for cinemas and recording studios.

Review: Ridley Scott returns to form with Alien Covenant Special

For those slightly disappointed with Prometheus, Ridley Scott has returned to form with his second Alien prequel - Alien Covenant. The movie veers sometimes towards an 'Alien greatest hits', but it's none the worse for it.

Afghans find some escape as 'family cinema' opens in Kabul

Kabul - The lights go off, the projector whirls,and for the first time in years Afghan families find themselves sharing popcorn and soda as Hollywood and Bollywood stars romp across the silver screen.
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Entrance to the cinema musuem
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A cinema ratings board from the 1930s
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Movie theater poster for Star Trek Beyond (Odeon cinema, Hatfield).
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Signage for the British Film Institute (1970s)
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Old laundry box for a launderette in the United Kingdom
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A selection of film books on display
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Deep within The Vaults and getting ready to enjoy the underground cinema experience.
Deep within The Vaults and getting ready to enjoy the underground cinema experience.
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A selection of usherette and usher uniforms from cinemas of yesteryear #3
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Old signage from a cinema
A view from the seats. A hush. A movie is about to be screened at The Odyssey cinema.
A view from the seats. A hush. A movie is about to be screened at The Odyssey cinema.
LG’s LW6500 model with Cinema 3D TV offers flicker-free and a brightness booster to allow users to...
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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Laundry box for the clothes of ushers and usherettes
Laundry box for the clothes of ushers and usherettes
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Old device for printing cinema tickets circa 1930
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A view of the outside of The Odyssey, August 2016.
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People take to their seats as an organizer explains how the underground cinema experience will proceed.
The steps leading down to the screening area  designed to capture the 1930s vibe.
The steps leading down to the screening area, designed to capture the 1930s vibe.
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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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Art Deco features restored, a scene of the stage and screen area.
Even the carpet in the cinema carries the air of something special.
Even the carpet in the cinema carries the air of something special.