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Probe into Russian filmmaker Sokurov closed after Putin 'intervenes'

Sanktpeterburg - Russian police on Friday closed a probe into alleged embezzlement by a foundation set up by acclaimed director Alexander Sokurov to help young filmmakers, after President Vladimir Putin reportedly intervened.

Hollywood awards season kicks off with Golden Globes noms

Los Angeles - Hollywood's annual carnival of awards shows begins Thursday with the nominations for the Golden Globes -- the starting gun in the race for the Oscars.

Iraq's Mohamed al-Daradji battles inner demons through film

Los Angeles - The Iraq War may have ended in 2011, but for filmmaker Mohamed al-Daradji, the conflict that tore his country apart remains very much part of his everyday life.

Actor Grayson Low talks 'Dead Love,' future plans and technology Special

Actor Grayson Low chatted with Digital Journal about his starring role as Brandon in the thriller "Dead Love." He also spoke about the digital transformation of the entertainment business.

Italy film recalls pain of forgotten WWII massacres

Rome - A new film is shining an uncomfortable light on the fate of thousands of Italians killed in massacres on the Yugoslav frontier at the end of the Second World War.

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.

Film tribute to French photographer killed in C. Africa

Bangui - A gang of men rampage through a burning village in Central African Republic, rifles and machetes swinging, the bodies of their victims slain on the ground.But then a voice shouts "cut, cut!" and the fighters lower their weapons and the corpses get up.

Lost Disney film showing Mickey Mouse's predecessor found in Japan

Apo - When Yasushi Watanabe bought a cartoon film decades ago as a high school student in the Japanese city of Osaka, he had no idea he was purchasing animation history.But the modest reel he bought for just 500 yen ($4.

Marvel Comics legend Stan Lee dead at 95: US media

Los Angeles - Marvel legend Stan Lee, who revolutionized pop culture as the co-creator of iconic superheroes like Spider-Man and The Hulk who now dominate the world's movie screens, has died. He was 95 years old.

Crimea bridge backdrop for Russian 'propaganda' rom-com

Moscow - A new bridge linking annexed Crimea to the Russian mainland is the unlikely backdrop to a lush state-funded rom-com that has been compared to Soviet propaganda and panned by critics.The sexually charged "Crimean Bridge: Made with Love!

Freddy Mercury biopic 'Bohemian Rhapsody' soars at box office

Los Angeles - Freddy Mercury biopic "Bohemian Rhapsody" soared to the top spot at the North American box office over the weekend, proving again that audiences matter more than critics.

'Blue is the Warmest Colour' director accused of assault

Paris - French prosecutors have opened a sexual assault investigation into Franco-Tunisian film director Abdellatif Kechiche, whose 2013 film "Blue is the Warmest Colour" won the top prize at the Cannes film festival, a legal source said Wednesday.

Review: 'Dead Love,' starring Kate Linder, is a well-crafted thriller Special

The thriller "Dead Love," written by Emanuel Isler and Chad Israel, is a noteworthy horror film. Digital Journal has the scoop.

Sentsov: Ukrainian film director blocked by politics

Moscow - Oleg Sentsov's career as a film director was on the rise when Russia's annexation of his native Crimea abruptly changed the course of his life.

Biopic tribute to slain war reporter Marie Colvin as journalism comes 'under attack'

London - A biopic of war correspondent Marie Colvin, who died in Syria in 2012, is a celebration of journalism as it increasingly comes "under attack", according to the film-makers.

Bruce Willis film cancelled after Fan Bingbing tax case

A Chinese World War II epic featuring Hollywood A-listers Bruce Willis and Adrien Brody has been shelved after co-star Fan Bingbing was targeted by authorities for tax evasion, local media reported.

Chinese action debut and South Korean family drama win at Busan

Busan - A thrill-a-minute actioner from China and a moving South Korean drama about a unique family reunion have taken the top prize at Asia's largest film festival, with judges lauding both for their "original" takes.

Actor Stephen Tobolowsky opens up about 'Strange Nature' Special

Actor Stephen Tobolowsky chatted with Digital Journal about "Strange Nature," which will be screening at Twin Cities Film Fest in Minnesota on October 19.

WWI brought back to life in Peter Jackson's new 3D doc

London - Black and white silent film footage from World War I has been transformed by Oscar-winning director Peter Jackson into a 3D colour movie to mark the centenary of the end of the conflict.

Filmmakers discuss working together on 'Beverly Hills Ghost' Special

Filmmakers Julie and Kemmy Moran chatted with Digital Journal about working together on their feature film "Beverly Hills Ghost."

Review: Tom Hardy soars in new action-packed superhero film 'Venom' Special

Earlier this week, the motion picture "Venom" was released in the United States, starring Tom Hardy. It was directed by Ruben Fleischer.

'Whiplash' producer Blum unrattled by China trade war backlash

Busan - Hotshot Hollywood producer Jason Blum predicts his plans to tap into the lucrative Chinese movie market won't be derailed by the tit-for-tat trade war that has erupted between Beijing and Washington.

'House arrest' drama and others test boundaries in Russia

Moscow - Russian courts are sometimes described as a theatre of the absurd, but it is television and cinema that have recently pushed political boundaries with their depictions of trials on screen.

'On Her Shoulders' tells of painful burden carried by Nobel winner

Los Angeles - In the soon to be released documentary "On Her Shoulders," Nobel Peace Prize winner Nadia Murad says she didn't want to become known as a "victim of Daesh terrorism.

Police interview Besson over rape accusations

Paris - French police interviewed movie mogul Luc Besson for nearly five hours on Thursday over allegations he raped a young actress, sources said.

Asia's stars grace the red carpet at Busan Film Festival

Busan - The looming threat of Typhoon Kong-Rey failed to cloud a glittering opening to the 23rd Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) Thursday, with a parade of the region's brightest stars gracing the red carpet.

'Beautiful Days' portrays N.Korea refugee's past and hope

Busan - This year's Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) opened on Thursday with a movie portraying the plight of a North Korean defector and the unlikely family she formed during her harrowing journey.

Defending Weinstein, convicted in court of public opinion

New York - Disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein is accused of sexual harassment and assault by nearly 80 women, turning him into the catalyst of the #MeToo movement and potentially one of the worst sexual predators of the modern age.

From Tinseltown titan to #MeToo pariah: Weinstein's year of shame

New York - For decades, he was untouchable, holding court in Hollywood as the megaproducer Meryl Streep famously called "God.

Busan film festival seeks 'reunion' after ferry tragedy row

Busan - Organisers of Asia's largest film festival have issued a rallying cry to its supporters as the event emerges from years of starring in its own political drama.
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