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Syria's heroic underground female medics hailed in 'The Cave'

Los Angeles - Oscar-nominated Syrian director Feras Fayyad has risked his life to chronicle the atrocities of the Assad regime, and suffered torture in prison because of his films.

Stars head to Eternal City for Rome Film Festival

Rome - US cinema greats Bill Murray, John Travolta and Ethan Coen lead the stars descending on Rome for this year's Film Festival, which kicks off Thursday in the Italian capital.

Review: Annie Baker’s moving ‘The Flick’ soars high in its Toronto debut Special

Toronto - Annie Baker’s brilliant “The Flick” is about movies, but much more. It’s about working dead-end, minimum-wage jobs and using movies to escape. It’s about the difficulties we have in connecting to each other through our social masks.

Filmmaker sheds new light on Britain's role in 1953 Iran coup

London - Filmmaker Taghi Amirani calls them the documents that changed the fate of his country, casting light on Britain's role in organising the overthrow of Iran's leader six decades ago.

Ferry disaster, politics and cinema intermingle at BIFF

Busan - A new film about the Sewol ferry sinking, a disaster that killed more than 300 people -- most of them children, will premiere at Asia's biggest film festival, five years after director Lee Sang-ho caused controversy with his first documentary on the to...

Stars arrive in Busan for Asia's largest film festival

Busan - The night sky cleared over Busan Thursday after days of rain and wind as the city prepared to host Asia’s largest film festival and to welcome a glittering array of stars from across the movie world.

Renia Spiegel, 'Poland's Anne Frank', gets her due

Warsaw - Barely a year after celebrating her first kiss, wartime Jewish teenager Renia Spiegel took to her diary in June 1942 to pray for her life.

'Joker' not a hero, says studio, as Aurora families voice concern

Los Angeles - Warner Bros. on Tuesday denied its controversial film "Joker" portrays its murderous outcast villain as a hero, after families affected by the Aurora theater mass shooting penned an open letter expressing concern.

Malaysia bans hit stripper movie 'Hustlers'

Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia has banned the hit Jennifer Lopez movie "Hustlers", authorities said Friday, criticising the film about strippers as packed with "obscene content" not suitable for cinema-goers in the conservative country.

Spy thriller 'Raazi' steals show at Bollywood's Oscars

Mumbai - Spy thriller "Raazi" stole the night at Bollywood's answer to the Oscars, taking best film and best actress for its young star Alia Bhatt in Mumbai where the glitzy awards gala was held for the first time since being established two decades ago.

Russian celebrities line up behind jailed actor

Moscow - Russian celebrities have launched a major solidarity campaign in support of a young actor who they say was wrongfully jailed for a crime amid a crackdown on the opposition.

Philippine govt attacks drug war film as 'propaganda'

Manila - A new documentary that takes a fiercely critical look at the Philippine government's deadly drug crackdown has come under attack, with President Rodrigo Duterte's spokesman Tuesday slamming it as "propaganda" aimed at gullible foreign viewers.

Russian celebrities line up behind jailed actor

Moscow - Russian celebrities have launched a solidarity campaign in support of a young actor who they say was wrongfully jailed for a crime amid a crackdown on the opposition.

Booming Bollywood comes home for 'Oscars' 20th edition

Mumbai - Mumbai hosts the "Bollywood Oscars" for the first time in India in 20 years this week with the megastars, movers and shakers of a booming Hindi film industry celebrating another bumper year, including in huge markets like China.

Review: Classic '90s film gets musical theatre treatment on Long Island Special

Babylon - The hit '90s British film "Full Monty" got a musical theatre treatment at the Argyle Theatre in Babylon on Long Island. This journalist reviewed its September 14th matinee performance, in particular, its remarkable musical numbers.

'My quest': Priyanka Chopra brings Bollywood to Toronto

Toronto - No Indian star has made a bigger splash in Hollywood than Priyanka Chopra -- and the "Baywatch" actress told AFP she is on a quest to shatter myths about Bollywood, including its approach to sex.

Natalie Portman joins Hollywood space race with 'Lucy in the Sky'

Toronto - NASA may have grounded its space shuttles, but more Hollywood A-listers than ever are exploring the final frontier, with Natalie Portman launching one of two astronaut movie premieres at Toronto's film festival.

Tom Hanks and J-Lo strippers raise pulses at Toronto fest

Toronto - Scantily-clad strippers and softly-spoken kids' TV stars were on show Saturday as the Toronto film festival hit its stride with a wide range of hotly anticipated premieres.

Mary Poppins shocker: 'I swear a lot' admits Julie Andrews

Venice - Mary Poppins, cover your ears.Hollywood legend Julie Andrews shocked the world Tuesday by confessing that she has something of a filthy mouth."I do swear a lot.

Polanski film premieres in Venice as scandal rages

Venice - Roman Polanski's new film premieres in Venice Friday after the defiant director lashed out at critics and as fury over his inclusion in the festival cast a shadow over the star-studded celebration of cinema.

Darth Vader helmet among Hollywood treasures in $10 mn auction

Los Angeles - Darth Vader's helmet from "The Empire Strikes Back" is among a vast collection of coveted Hollywood treasures going under the hammer next month, with experts predicting it could fetch nearly $500,000.

Star-studded Venice opens under cloud of controversy

Venice - The glitzy Venice film festival opens Wednesday with fury over the inclusion of controversial directors Roman Polanski and Nate Parker adding to criticism about a lack of women directors in the running for its top prize.

Alternate lives: Korean orphans' quests for answers

Seoul - On a summer's day in 1985 a seven-year-old boy sat alone at a crowded bus station in Seoul, sobbing as he waited desperately for his mother to return.

Dwayne Johnson returns to top of Forbes best-paid actor list

Los Angeles - Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson has reclaimed his position as the world's highest-paid actor, according to a Forbes rich list otherwise dominated by the cast of Marvel's record-breaking "Avengers" films.Former professional wrestler Johnson raked in $89.

Rape rows risk taking sheen off starry Venice film festival

Venice - The star-studded Venice film festival opens Wednesday with a row raging about the inclusion of controversial directors Roman Polanski and Nate Parker.

François Arnaud talks 'Rapid Eye Movement' film and digital age Special

Actor François Arnaud chatted with Digital Journal about the film "Rapid Eye Movement," and the impact of technology on the entertainment business.

Mainland China to boycott Chinese 'Oscars' in Taiwan

Bejing - China's national film board Wednesday ordered mainland directors and stars to boycott Asia's top cinema awards in Taiwan, as relations between Beijing and the self-ruled democratic island worsen.

Review: U.S. vet Chris Van Etten melts hearts with 'Walk' film about PTSD Special

U.S. Marine veteran Chris Van Etten released his short film, "Walk," which hits the viewer like a shot in the heart. He serves as the narrator of the film, and it was directed by Rome Grant.

'Game of Thrones' cast defend final season at Comic-Con

San Diego - The "Game of Thrones" cast leapt to the defense of its much-maligned final season in front of a boisterous crowd at San Diego Comic-Con on Friday, blaming the backlash on negative media coverage.

Rip Torn, 'Larry Sanders Show' star, dead at 88

New York - Oscar-nominated actor Rip Torn, best known for his roles in the cult TV series "The Larry Sanders Show" and the Hollywood blockbuster "Men in Black", died at the age of 88 on Tuesday, his publicist said.
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