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Asia's biggest film fest opens as a shadow of its usual self

Busan - Asia's biggest annual film festival started in South Korea Wednesday at a fraction of its usual scale, but some movie fans will still be able to attend screenings despite the coronavirus forcing many events online.

Troubled Bollywood star Sanjay Dutt confirms cancer diagnosis 

Mumbai - Bollywood star Sanjay Dutt, whose life has been so colourful and tragic that it became the subject of a biopic, confirmed he has cancer following weeks of media speculation."This is a recent scar of my life, but I'll beat it.

Shares in managers of K-pop's BTS double on market debut

Seoul - Shares in the management agency of K-pop sensation BTS more than doubled on their stock market debut Thursday, making an instant multi-billionaire of its chairman and boosting the seven band members' own fortunes.

BTS' management agency set to soar on stock market debut

Seoul - Shares in the management agency of K-pop sensation BTS were expected to rocket on their stock market debut Thursday, making an instant multi-billionaire of its chairman and boosting the seven band members' own fortunes.

'Nun of Your Business': Unveiling a Croatian love story

Zagreb - Marita was a young nun on a Croatian island when she first met Fani, a fellow sister who would become her great love.

Kenyan filmmaker hopes to follow in Hollywood's LGBTQ footsteps

London - The Kenyan director behind a new documentary about a gay couple struggling for acceptance in the east African country hopes its film industry can mirror Hollywood's progressive role in promoting LGBTQ rights.

Mighty little global star: Netflix's Indian superhero toddler

Mumbai - It was a quest worthy of a superhero. Animator Rajiv Chilaka spent years flogging his pitch about a superhuman Indian child to Western executives, to no avail.

Led Zeppelin prevails in 'Stairway' copyright battle

Los Angeles - The US Supreme Court on Monday refused to take up a copyright claim over Led Zeppelin's classic "Stairway to Heaven," capping a long-running legal dispute over the song.

Emmys style: gowns, pajamas and... hazmat tuxedos

Los Angeles - The Emmys on Sunday basically turned into the world's most glamorous Zoom call, with Hollywood A-listers beaming into an empty Staples Center in Los Angeles from their apartments, guest houses and various other locations in 10 countries.

'Virtual' Emmys open with cardboard cutouts, remote video calls

Los Angeles - Host Jimmy Kimmel opened the Emmys on Sunday from an empty Los Angeles theater filled with cardboard cutouts of the nominees, marking the start of Hollywood's first major Covid-era award show.

Race superhero series 'Watchmen' wins big at 'remote' Emmys

Los Angeles - "Watchmen," a dark superhero series that tackles US racism, triumphed at the Emmys on Sunday as the stars beamed in live to an empty Los Angeles theater for Hollywood's first major Covid-era awards show.

Biggie's crown sells for $595,000 at hip hop auction

New York - A plastic crown worn by rapper Biggie during a photoshoot just days before his murder has sold at auction for $594,750 in New York.

Moroccan village riffs on Hendrix legends and myths

Essaouira - Some claim to have seen him, others to have spoken with him -- 50 years after guitar legend Jimi Hendrix's untimely death, a village on Morocco's Atlantic coast pulsates with his memory."I saw him here.

'Nomadland' wins top prize at Venice film festival

Apo - "Nomadland" by director Chloe Zhao scooped the top prize at the Venice film festival on Saturday, the first woman to win the Golden Lion in a decade.

Oscar-tipped road movie 'Nomadland' races between global festivals

Los Angeles - Frances McDormand's Oscar-tipped road movie "Nomadland" raced from Venice to Toronto to California on Friday as major global festivals joined forces to jump-start the pandemic-struck film industry.

Venice film festival gears up to award masked Golden Lion winner

Apo - The Venice film festival will present its coveted Golden Lion award Saturday after a competition marked by facemasks and missing stars but billed as a relaunch of global cinema, bruised by the coronavirus crisis.

Oscars set minimum diversity rules for best picture prize

Los Angeles - Hollywood's motion picture academy unveiled strict new eligibility rules to boost diversity among best picture Oscars nominees and the wider movie industry in a landmark announcement Tuesday.

Hollywood seeks virtual hype at 'hybrid' Toronto festival

Los Angeles - Hollywood's annual exodus to Toronto for North America's biggest film festival will be online-only this week, as coronavirus and a closed Canadian border force A-listers to stay home and peddle their upcoming films remotely.

No Hollywood ending for flood- and virus-haunted Venice

Venice - It's been a bad year for Venice.In November, the highest tides in over 50 years left it submerged -- the famous Italian lagoon city drenched, despondent and economically devastated.

Mulan movie boycott calls grow over scenes filmed in Xinjiang

Fpo - Disney's "Mulan" remake is facing fresh boycott calls after it emerged some of the blockbuster's scenes were filmed in China's Xinjiang, where widespread rights abuses against the region's Muslim population have been widely documented.

NY Philharmonic is back, pandemic-style -- playing in the streets

New York - Its fall season has been cancelled and its concert hall closed indefinitely, so New York's Philharmonic is taking it to the streets.

Disney's all-Asian 'Mulan' makes historic small-screen debut

Los Angeles - Disney's live-action "Mulan" featuring an all-Asian cast finally premieres Friday, launching on streaming service Disney+ in a bold small-screen gamble that analysts say could change Hollywood forever.

Most Germans knew Holocaust was happening, new film claims

Venice - A "vanishingly small number" of Germans were unaware the Holocaust was going on during World War II, the makers of a chilling new documentary said Thursday.

'Thrones' creators join 'Star Wars' director for Netflix series

Los Angeles - The creators of "Game of Thrones" will team up with "Star Wars" director Rian Johnson and Brad Pitt for an ambitious new Chinese sci-fi adaptation, Netflix announced Tuesday.

Final flourishes on eve of unprecedented Venice Film Festival

Venice - The Venice Film Festival counted down to the movie industry's first post-Covid-19 international competition on Tuesday, with excitement, anxiety and a truckload of coronavirus safety signs still to install.

Psychologist-backed documentary labels Trump 'malignant narcissist'

Los Angeles - As battle lines are drawn ahead of Donald Trump's bid for re-election, a new documentary based on the testimony of mental health professionals has labeled the US president a "malignant narcissist.

Lady Gaga wins big at socially distanced — and socially aware — VMAs

New York - Lady Gaga cleaned up at MTV's Video Music Awards Sunday, an unorthodox show that paid socially distanced homage to New York City as themes of voting and racial justice punctuated the night.

Venice Film Festival seeks to dodge coronavirus and controversy

Rome - What if you threw a film festival and nobody came?

'Black Panther' star Boseman dies after private battle with cancer

Los Angeles - Chadwick Boseman, star of the ground-breaking superhero movie "Black Panther," has died at the age of 43 after a private four-year battle with colon cancer, his publicist told AFP Friday.

Rome's last 'Cinema Paradiso' of porn

Rome - It survived the advent of DVDs and the internet era of instant gratification. Now Rome's last remaining adult cinema says it is sure to also overcome its latest challenge as it grapples with coronavirus.
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