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Western filmmakers urge action to save Ukraine's Sentsov

Paris - Britain's Ken Loach, Canada's David Cronenberg and dozens of other filmmakers called Monday on Russia to free Ukrainian director Oleg Sentsov, who has been on hunger strike for nearly three months in a Siberian jail.

Amos Genish confirmed as CEO of Telecom Italia

Milan - Israeli Amos Genish was on Monday confirmed as chief executive officer of Telecom Italia, by the new board of directors, after US hedge fund Elliott Management won control of the company following a power struggle with French telecom giant Vivendi.

Telecom Italia head to step down if hedge fund breaks up board: report

London - The head of Telecom Italia has said he will resign if a US hedge fund wins a power struggle this week with French telecom giant Vivendi, its largest shareholder, according to reports in Britain.

Eric Schmidt stepping down as chair of Alphabet board

San Francisco - Google's parent company Alphabet on Thursday announced that Eric Schmidt will step down as chairman, remaining on the board but shifting into a role as a technical advisor.

Most security cameras on BART trains are fake, agency admits

Oakland - Most of the hundreds of security cameras on BART commuter trains around the Bay Area are not working, the agency admitted Wednesday as it began investigating the second onboard shooting in its 45-year history.

'Boyhood' wins BAFTA

The British Academy Film Awards hand "Boyhood" a big win as it further sets up a race between it and "Birdman." After last night's Directors Guild of America awards, some may have settled on "Birdman" for Oscar gold.

Directors boost 'Birdman' as Alejandro Inarritu wins

"Birdman" gets a hearty boost as Alejandro Inarritu wins the Directors Guild of America award last night (Feb. 7). It is now the Oscar front-runner as the directors are a good indicator of what is to come.

Directors Guild of America nominations offer an eye on Oscar?

A strong move on the way to Oscar glory comes through the Directors Guild of America (DGA). They announced their top five directors and Clint Eastwood is in, while Christopher Nolan is out.

'Birdman' soars with six Independent Spirit Awards nods

Los Angeles - The 30th Film Independent Spirit Awards today (Nov. 25) announced the nominations for its best of the year. "Birdman" leads the way with six nominations.

Golden Gate Bridge directors approve barrier to stop suicides

San Francisco - After decades of being an unfortunate magnet for people determined to kill themselves, directors of the Golden Gate Bridge voted Friday to build a suicide barrier along the length of the iconic span.

Oscars invite 271 to join

Los Angeles - Invitations to join The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have been sent out. This time around, 271 artists and executives have been invited to join.

Nestle says chairman sick but will continue duties

Geneva - Swiss food giant Nestle said on Friday that its chairman Peter Brabeck-Letmathe has been diagnosed with an illness requiring six months of medical care, but that he would continue his duties.

RBS poaches Credit Suisse banker as finance chief

London - Britain's state-rescued Royal Bank of Scotland revealed Friday it has poached Credit Suisse banker Ewen Stevenson, a key advisor in the group's vast bailout, to be chief financial officer.

BoE picks senior IMF official in management shake-up

London - The Bank of England on Tuesday said it had appointed Nemat Shafik, a deputy to IMF chief Christine Lagarde, to a new role providing oversight of financial markets and banking.The appointment came as Governor Mark Carney looks to strengthen the BoE's st...

Nadella must renew the world's faith in Microsoft

San Francisco - Satya Nadella has to renew the world's faith in Microsoft and then deliver on the promise if the aging technology giant is to flourish anew.

British supermarket Sainsbury's announces departure of CEO

London - Supermarket chain Sainsbury's said Wednesday that chief executive Justin King will leave the group in July, after a decade at the helm.

Directors go with 'Gravity' while producers serve up a tie

Los Angeles - Now, the Oscar race for top prize may have become more clear. Filling out those ballots for many people will now include Alfonso Cuaron and "Gravity" simply because the Directors Guild of America (DGA) has picked him.

Lufthansa won't confirm Spohr will be new CEO

Frankfurt - Lufthansa, Germany's biggest airline, said Friday it is still looking for a successor to outgoing chief executive Christoph Franz and no final decision has yet been made.

EU Parliament approves Germany's Lautenschlaeger for ECB seat

Brussels - The European Parliament approved on Thursday the nomination of Germany's Sabine Lautenschlaeger to the currently all-male executive board of the European Central Bank.

Three first-timers included in Directors Guild of America picks

Los Angeles - Films do not direct themselves and on that note, the Directors Guild of America today (Jan. 7) announced their nominations. Of the five top directors chosen, three are first-time nominees.

Oscar nomination voting ends before Golden Globes awarded

Los Angeles - One might think the winners of Sunday's Golden Globes will influence the outcome of the Oscar nominations. But, they will not for one important reason.

Oscar Week is more than handing out awards

Beverly Hills - The Academy Awards are much more than handing out statuettes. To give a few examples, here are some activities that will take place running up to the show on Feb. 24.

Directors snub Tarantino but Affleck gets noticed

Los Angeles - Leave it to a powerful guild in Hollywood to make a statement on their industry. As award season rolls along, the Directors Guild of America (DGA) has announced their choices, and they leave out one big name - Quentin Tarantino.

Impressive Christmas sets stage for epic box office battle

Only one film remains to be released as the year is fast coming to a close for Hollywood film studios. And it was a Merry Christmas at the box office, too.

Ben Affleck says 'Argo' soundtrack puts 'you in that place'

A great deal of buzz is being generated by the movie from Ben Affleck titled "Argo." Now, the soundtrack gets some needed attention.

'The Artist' wins award from directors guild

The stream roller continues as Michel Hazanavicius for "The Artist" wins the top honor from the Directors Guild of America Saturday night (Jan. 28).

Spielberg shut out of Directors Guild nomination

It is time for the directors to have their say as the award season rolls along. A quick check at their best directors list has one name excluded - Steven Spielberg.

Film Legend John Hughes Dies At 59

John Hughes, one of the great comedic geniuses of the 1980's and early 1990's passes away unexpectedly in New York City at the age of 59.

Op-Ed: Obama’s Salary Cap Red Herring

In effort to appear attentive and accommodating to the crowd’s discontent, Obama has made a big deal of announcing an executive salary cap policy targeting financial institutions that receive exceptional government assistance. Then, the cap will spread.

Op-Ed: Nortel About To Make A Historic Decision. Bankruptcy?

Nortel, the once venerable stronghold of Canadian high technology, is on the verge of writing its own final chapter. Are we about to read of its denouement?
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