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Turkey capital bans German gay film festival

Ankara - Turkish authorities have banned a festival of German-language gay films due to kick off in the capital Ankara Thursday on the grounds it could incite hatred and be at risk from a terror attack.

Weinstein faces class action suit over alleged sexual misconduct

Los Angeles - An actress filed a class action lawsuit Wednesday against Harvey Weinstein, claiming she and other women had been subjected to a variety of brutal sex attacks by the disgraced Hollywood producer.

Hundreds join #MeToo march in Hollywood against sexual abuse

Los Angeles - Hundreds of people marched Sunday in Hollywood, joining a growing movement against sexual harassment and abuse that emerged after movie mogul Harvey Weinstein and later a string of film personalities faced accusations of misconduct.

BBC pulls drama after rape claims against star Westwick

London - The BBC announced Friday it was pulling an Agatha Christie drama from its Christmas schedule after rape allegations were made against one of its stars, British actor Ed Westwick.

Weinstein had 'army of spies' to thwart complaints: report

Los Angeles - Harvey Weinstein hired journalists and highly trained ex-spies and military personnel who used fake identities to try to stop accusers from going public with sexual misconduct claims against him, The New Yorker reported Monday.

UK police investigate Kevin Spacey assault claim: report

London - British police are investigating a claim of sexual assault against Oscar-winning actor Kevin Spacey, Sky News television reported Friday.

Actor Kevin Spacey accused of attempted rape

Los Angeles - A man has accused Kevin Spacey of attempting to rape him when he was 15, amid mounting allegations of sexual harassment and assault against the "House of Cards" star.

Actress Paz de la Huerta accuses Weinstein of rape

Los Angeles - Actress Paz de la Huerta has accused Harvey Weinstein of raping her twice in 2010, joining dozens of women who have levelled sexual assault allegations against the disgraced Hollywood mogul.

Director, radio boss implicated in Hollywood abuse scandal

Los Angeles - Blockbuster director Brett Ratner and the head of news at American radio station NPR were drawn into Hollywood's widening sexual misconduct scandal Wednesday as more women came forward with stories of abuse.

Bangladeshi auto driver sues over movie mobile mix-up

Dhaka - A Bangladeshi auto-rickshaw driver is suing for damages after his phone number was used in a movie, leading to a barrage of calls from female fans of the film's star that he says nearly destroyed his marriage.

Modern tech, rising middle class drive cinema revival in Africa

Abidjan - Like the plot in an old-fashioned movie, cinemas in Africa are making a third-reel comeback after years of worrying decline.

Michele Frantzeskos and Nancy Vazquez honored as 'Best Directors'

Michele Frantzeskos and Nancy Vazquez have a major reason to celebrate. They were named "Best Directors" for their film "The Right to Live."

Hollywood producers kick out disgraced Weinstein

Los Angeles - The Producers Guild of America banned disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein for life on Monday, vowing that sexual harassment would no longer be tolerated within its ranks.

Kevin Spacey apologizes, comes out as gay after 'sexual advance' claim

Los Angeles - Kevin Spacey came out as gay early Monday and apologized to actor Anthony Rapp, who accused the Hollywood star of making a sexual advance on him at a 1986 party when he was only 14 years old.

Jo Weil nominated for 'Best Male Actor' for the indie film 'Lula' Special

German actor Jo Weil has a major reason to be proud. He has been nominated for "Best Male Actor" for his acting work in "Lula."

No Colony cash injection to Weinstein firm: NY Times

New York - The scandal-plagued film studio co-founded by disgraced mogul Harvey Weinstein will no longer get funding from Colony Capital, The New York Times reported on Wednesday.

Actress accuses Weinstein Company of enabling sex abuse

Los Angeles - An actress filed suit against The Weinstein Company on Tuesday, alleging that Harvey Weinstein sexually assaulted her and that the company had enabled his behavior.

US director James Toback accused by 38 women of sexual harassment

Los Angeles - The Hollywood sexual abuse scandal widened Monday after 38 women were said to have accused US film director James Toback of unwanted sexual encounters over a period of decades.

Ethiopian migrant turns perilous journey into film

Addis Ababa - Zekarias Mesfin spent months making a movie about his dangerous illegal migration from Ethiopia -- and when he arrived at the film's premiere, he was in a coffin carried by six white-gloved pallbearers.Not that Zekarias, 33, was dead.

US director James Toback accused by 38 women of sexual harassment

Los Angeles - The Hollywood sexual abuse scandal widened Monday after 38 women were said to have accused US film director James Toback of unwanted sexual encounters over a period of decades.

Ramallah scraps Lebanese film over Israel 'normalisation'

Ramallah - A Palestinian city on Sunday cancelled the planned screening of a Lebanese film after activists called for a boycott over the director's "normalisation" with Israel.

Korean, Iranian dramas share top prize at Asia's leading film fest

Busan - A Korean drama about desperate teens and a movie that exposes the hardships of daily life in the Iranian capital Tehran shared the top prize at Asia's premier film festival on Saturday.

Is Weinstein scandal a watershed for French women too?

Paris - It took the fall of a US movie mogul to breach the culture of silence around sexual assault and harassment in France, but French feminist Caroline De Haas believes the country has turned a corner.

Two more Weinstein accusers go public with sex assault claims

Los Angeles - A former actress accused Harvey Weinstein Friday of unzipping his pants and forcing himself on her, as a separate alleged victim publicly repeated rape allegations she had made in a newspaper interview.

Could Weinstein face trial? The mogul's legal woes

New York - Could Harvey Weinstein go on trial for sexual assault, rape or harassment? Experts assess his mounting legal woes with around 40 actresses publicly accusing the disgraced Hollywood mogul.

South Korea church scandals under spotlight in new film

Busan - Catholic corruption and sex abuse allegations have made global headlines for years. Now a new film shines a spotlight on scandals at South Korea's vast and politically powerful Protestant churches.

Ingmar Bergman's anguish back in spotlight for centenary

Stockholm - Swedish film legend Ingmar Bergman, whose tales of anguished love and loneliness made him one of the 20th century's leading directors, is back in the spotlight with a series of events to mark the centenary of his birth.

Danielle Darrieux, who charmed world as 'Madame d', dies at 100

Paris - Danielle Darrieux, one of France's greatest and most enduring stars despite her wartime collaboration with the Germans, has died aged 100 at her home near Paris, her partner said Thursday.

Ex-French minister Dati wants tough action on sexism at the top

Paris - Former French minister Rachida Dati on Wednesday urged tougher action against sexual harassment, saying efforts should target powerful abusers rather than "street harassment.

Weinstein resigns from board, celebrity accounts of assault snowball

Los Angeles - Harvey Weinstein, the disgraced Hollywood mogul accused of decades of sexual abuse and harassment, resigned from the board of his production company on Tuesday, as Reese Witherspoon became the latest star to open up about her own experience of sexual a...
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