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'La La Land' set to win big at Oscars

Los Angeles - The Hollywood awards season reaches its glittering climax at the Oscars on Sunday with "La La Land," a starry-eyed love letter to the glamour of Old Hollywood, tipped for glory.

Nominees in main Oscars categories

Los Angeles - Here are the nominees in key categories for the 89th Academy Awards, to be handed out on Sunday in Hollywood:Best picture:"Arrival" "Fences""Hacksaw Ridge""Hell or High Water""Hidden Figures""La La Land""Lion""Manchester by the Sea""Moonlight"Best direc.

Le Pen film takes aim at French far-right momentum

Paris - Few things seem to stop French far-right leader Marine Le Pen from rising in the polls. Not investigations for fraud and hate speech, attacks by opponents nor warnings from experts about her programme.

Angelina Jolie unveils Khmer Rouge film in 'second home' Cambodia

Siem Reap - Angelina Jolie unveiled her new film on the horrors of the Khmer Rouge era on Saturday at the ancient Angkor Wat temple complex in Cambodia, a country the star shares a deep affinity with through her adopted son Maddox.

Angelina Jolie unveils Khmer Rouge film in 'second home' Cambodia

Siem Reap - Angelina Jolie unveiled her new film on the horrors of the Khmer Rouge era on Saturday at the ancient Angkor Wat temple complex in Cambodia, a country the star shares a deep affinity with through her adopted son Maddox.

Angelina Jolie unveils Khmer Rouge film in 'second home' Cambodia

Siem Reap - Angelina Jolie unveiled her new film on the horrors of the Khmer Rouge era on Saturday at the ancient Angkor Wat temple complex in Cambodia, a country the star shares a deep affinity with through her adopted son Maddox.

Refugee comedy, transgender love story tipped at Berlin festival

Berlin - A European refugee comedy and a transgender love story are tipped to clinch prizes Saturday at the Berlin film festival, an event dominated by criticism of US President Donald Trump.

Richard Gere slams Trump travel ban as stoking hate

Berlin - Hollywood actor Richard Gere said the "biggest crime" of US President Donald Trump and European right-wing populists was to equate refugees with terrorists as it fomented hate.

'Lula' has been selected for UK's National Student Film Festival

The feature film, "Lula," starring German actor Jo Weil has been selected for the UK's National Student Film Festival next month.

Spectre of censorship haunts S. Korea artists

Seoul - When a documentary opened on the deep sea divers who retrieved around 300 bodies, mostly schoolchildren, from a South Korean ferry disaster, tickets sold out -- but it played to half-empty cinemas.

Spectre of censorship haunts S. Korea artists

Seoul - When a documentary opened on the deep sea divers who retrieved around 300 bodies, mostly schoolchildren, from a South Korean ferry disaster, tickets sold out -- but it played to half-empty cinemas.

Spectre of censorship haunts S. Korea artists

Seoul - When a documentary opened on the deep sea divers who retrieved around 300 bodies, mostly schoolchildren, from a South Korean ferry disaster, tickets sold out -- but it played to half-empty cinemas.

'Art has no borders, no color, no creed': Oscars president

Los Angeles - The divisive political climate in America hung over the Oscar nominees luncheon as Academy Awards president Cheryl Boone Isaacs opened the gathering with a call for tolerance and freedom of expression.

Dolores Huerta: little-known militant icon with a big part in history

Bakersfield - "Who has the power? People have the power!"Small, slender Dolores Huerta, with her soft but firm voice, was whipping up a crowd at a Los Angeles rally against an oil pipeline in North Dakota. Dozens of people boisterously echoed her words.

'Hidden Figures' takes top prize at SAG Awards

Los Angeles - Fox's biographical comedy-drama "Hidden Figures" landed the top prize Sunday at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, seen as a major bellwether for the Oscars.Starring Taraji P.

Villeneuve 'very disappointed' at Amy Adams Oscar snub

Los Angeles - Oscar-nominated Canadian filmmaker Denis Villeneuve spoke Saturday of his exasperation at the Academy overlooking Amy Adams's acclaimed performance in sci-fi thriller "Arrival.

Veteran British actor John Hurt dies

London - Oscar-nominated British actor John Hurt, known for his roles in "Elephant Man" and "Harry Potter", has died aged 77 after a battle with pancreatic cancer, his wife said Saturday.

Real-life 'Q' is a woman, British spy chief reveals

London - The inventor behind James Bond's ingenious gadgets, codenamed "Q" in the spy films, exists in reality and is actually a woman, the head of Britain's MI6 espionage agency has said.

James Baldwin 'unfiltered' in Oscar-nominated documentary

Paris - Raoul Peck's Oscar-nominated documentary "I Am Not Your Negro" presents the raw, "unfiltered" voice of US civil rights stalwart James Baldwin through his own words, the Haitian filmmaker says.

Sundance turns lens on Syrian civil war, jihadism

Park City - In early 2014, the Islamic State group entered the northern Syrian city of Raqa, declaring it their capital and beginning a reign of terror marked by grisly public executions.

'La La Land' and black actors score big with Oscar nods

Los Angeles - Romantic showbiz musical "La La Land" topped the Oscars nominations list on Tuesday with a whopping 14 nods, tying an all-time record, as black actors were honored in all acting categories for the first time.

Diverse field of nominees avoids #OscarsSoWhite repeat

Los Angeles - Hollywood appeared to breath a collective sigh of relief on Tuesday as a record number of black actors were nominated for Oscars, averting a repeat of last year's diversity controversy.

The rape case that shadowed Polanski

Paris - Four decades on, award-winning film director Roman Polanski is still dogged by the greatest stain on his reputation: the rape of a 13-year-old girl.

Polanski pulls out of 'French Oscars' after protests

Paris - Director Roman Polanski pulled out of his role Tuesday as the honorary host of the "French Oscars" -- the Cesars -- after pressure from women's groups and the government over his child rape case.

Sundance goes green as VR makers aim to save the planet

Park City - When consumers get excited about advances in virtual reality, they are usually thinking about videogaming, new and immersive movie-watching or -- let's face it -- pornography.

Next 'Star Wars' film has a title: 'The Last Jedi'

Los Angeles - The next chapter in the beloved blockbuster "Star Wars" saga has a title: Episode VIII will tell the tale of "The Last Jedi."Lucasfilm on Monday released the title without additional explanation.

Al Gore beats the climate drum as Trump takes office

Park City - A decade after "An Inconvenient Truth" sent shockwaves around the world with its dire warnings of environmental catastrophe, Al Gore is sounding the alarm on climate change again.

Protests as Polanski is asked to preside at 'French Oscars'

Paris - Feminists called for protests Thursday at the "French Oscars" next month after controversial film director Roman Polanski agreed to preside over the ceremony.

Matt Damon grudgingly roots for Trump

Davos - Movie star Matt Damon said Wednesday he was grudgingly rooting for Donald Trump to make a success of his presidency, despite Hollywood's opposition to the Republican billionaire.

'La La Land' sweeps nominations at Baftas

London - Fresh from its success at the Golden Globes, modern-day musical "La La Land" led the nominations for Britain's Bafta film awards announced Tuesday, with 11 nods including best film, actor and actress.
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