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Academy names 2016 Oscar producers

Los Angeles - The Oscars will get two new producers as it was today (Sept. 1) announced by Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences President Cheryl Boone Isaacs.

Jailed filmmaker inspires Ukraine with bestselling book

Kiev - Ukrainians are snapping up the autobiography of film director Oleg Sentsov, who was last week sentenced by Russia to 20 years in prison in a shock ruling that sparked global condemnation.

'War Room' puts up a fight but falls to 'Compton'

"Straight Outta Compton" may have won the box office crown again this weekend, but it was "War Room" that gets the glory.

Migrant drama hits European screens in film 'Mediterranea'

Paris - As migrant tragedies overflow in the news cycle, especially in Europe, a new movie opening in France puts a human -- and artistic -- face on the phenomenon up on the big screen.

Iran premieres top-budget epic film 'Muhammad'

Tehran - Iran's most expensive ever movie, "Muhammad", which chronicles the childhood of the Muslim prophet, opened nationwide on Thursday, winning praise from early audiences.

Sentsov: Film director turned political prisoner

Moscow - Oleg Sentsov, jailed by Russia Tuesday for 20 years on "terrorism" charges, is a promising young film director who financed his first movie from the proceeds of his children's computer and video-gaming club.

Russia court jails Ukrainian filmmaker for 'terrorism'

Rostov-on-don - A Russian military court on Tuesday sentenced a Ukrainian filmmaker to 20 years in a prison colony on terror charges in a trial condemned by Kiev, Western rights groups and top film directors.

Box office slowdown is typical now

"Straight Outta Compton" wins another weekend at the top of the box office as the newcomers fizzled. A box office slowdown is quite normal this time of year.

Review: 'Digging For Fire' is an organic take on marriage and parenthood Special

A depiction of marriage’s sacrificial nature, Joe Swanberg’s latest film, "Digging For Fire," stars Rosemarie DeWitt and Jake Johnson as a young couple struggling with the difficult aspects of marriage and child-rearing.

Russia prosecutors seek 23 years jail for Ukraine filmmaker

Moscow - Russian prosecutors on Wednesday demanded that Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov be jailed for 23 years on terror charges, in a trial decried by the West.

'Straight Outta Compton' plays well to all demographics

UPDATE: With the actual figures coming in Monday (Aug. 17) for the box office, it looks like "Straight Outta Compton" made $60.2 million.

Hollywood Foreign Press Association hands out grants

At times it seems that groups in Hollywood only hand out awards to themselves. However, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) gathered last night (Aug. 14) and handed out grants.

Executive producers Christa and Lati talk Jennifer Aniston film Special

Executive producers Christa Campbell and Lati Grobman chatted with Digital Journal about their newest Jennifer Aniston film, "She's Funny That Way."

'Fantastic Four' falls flat as 'Mission' wins again

"Fantastic Four" did not do what other superhero films have done - conquer the box office. It flopped and let "Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation" retain the top spot at the box office.

Ukraine slaps broadcast ban on 13 Russian artists, including Depardieu

Kiev - Ukraine on Saturday named 13 pro-Russian actors and singers whose work would be banned from TV, radio and cinema, including France's Gerard Depardieu.

Carburetor blamed for Harrison Ford plane crash

Washington - A faulty carburetor was to blame for the California crash of a vintage World War II training aircraft piloted by "Star Wars" and "Indiana Jones" star Harrison Ford, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said Thursday.

'Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation' crushes competition

It was a good weekend for Tom Cruise and "Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation." The film not only won, it beat expectations.

'Vacation' takes to the road; Cruise relies on another 'Mission'

"Vacation" started early and it may be a rough road as it continues. Even with the early start, it will not overcome the other newcomer, "Mission: Impossible - Rouge Nation."

Box office charts are changing fast

With the fast pace in which "Jurassic World" climbed the box office charts, it is time again to look at them and see where it has landed.

Review: New book on unfinished movie a must-read for Orson Welles fans Special

May 6 of this year marked the hundredth anniversary of Orson Welles' birth. But despite the name recognition and the wide film-school reverence for “Citizen Kane”, it sometimes seems as if Welles is still being neglected, even posthumously.

'Pixels' plays lower than expected as 'Ant-Man' wins again

"Pixels" proved not worthy of a box office title as it fell to "Ant-Man." Adam Sandler has lost his luster as his new video game action film fell flat.

Russia puts Ukraine film director on trial for 'terror'

Rostov-on-don - A Ukrainian film director went on trial on terror charges in southern Russia on Tuesday after Moscow held him for more than a year in a case decried by Kiev, rights groups and prominent film directors across the globe.

Carol Burnett to receive 2015 SAG Life Achievement Award

It has been announced that Carol Burnett will receive the 2015 SAG Life Achievement Award. The announcement was made today (July 20).

'Ant-Man' crawls to the top

UPDATE 7.21.15: It turns out both "Ant-Man" and "Minions" came in a bit smaller than the Sunday estimates. "Ant-Man" came in at $57.1 million while "Minions" saw a $49.3 million weekend haul.

'Ant-Man' arrives and will battle 'Minions' for top spot

After an impressive first weekend win, "Minions" will be tough to beat. But, "Ant-Man" is here and the buzz has been good. The buzz, however, is still solid for those pesky "Minions."

Snowden filmmaker sues U.S. govt over border stops

Washington - Filmmaker Laura Poitras, whose documentary about fugitive intelligence leaker Edward Snowden won an Oscar, is suing the US government to find out why she was repeatedly detained at immigration checkpoints.

Making millions with 'Minions' is too easy

Making money with "Minions" was easy for Universal this weekend as the yellow wise-crackers won the box office. They made it look too easy.

Egypt to bid farewell to film legend Omar Sharif

Cairo - Cinema legend Omar Sharif, who will be forever remembered as the eponymous "Doctor Zhivago", will be buried Sunday in his native Egypt after a funeral service at a Cairo mosque.

At Comic-Con in San Diego, fans are marketing superheroes

San Diego - An old woman dressed as a zombie. A man disguised as a drag-queen Joker. Entire families kitted out as superheroes.At first glance, the crowds at Comic-Con International in San Diego can looks like they've escaped from a strange sect.

Omar Sharif, the eternal 'Doctor Zhivago', dies at 83

Cairo - Egyptian-born film legend Omar Sharif, who died Friday aged 83, captivated audiences worldwide for more than half a century, but will forever be remembered as the eponymous "Doctor Zhivago".
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