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Prosecutors ask for Depardieu rape case to be reopened

Paris - Paris prosecutors said Saturday they had asked for an investigation into rape allegations against French actor Gerard Depardieu to be reopened after an earlier probe was dropped last year.

Nolan blockbuster 'Tenet' set for August 26 international release

New York - Christopher Nolan's hotly-awaited, super-secret sci fi epic "Tenet" will finally release internationally on August 26 before hitting a limited number of US screens in September, Warner Bros said Monday.

Book that exposed French author to be made into film

Paris - A bestselling book that exposed the acclaimed French writer Gabriel Matzneff as a paedophile is to be adapted for the big screen, its producers said Monday.

Hat tip to 'Star Trek'? US Space Force names new unit 'SpOC'

Washington - The United States' new Space Force military wing revealed Tuesday that one of its units would be named "Space Operations Command" -- or "SpOC" for short, in an echo of pointy-eared "Star Trek" character Spock.

Eight women accuse Colombian director Ciro Guerra of sexual harassment, assault: report

Apo - Eight women accused Colombian director Ciro Guerra -- known for his film "Embrace of the Serpent" -- of sexual harassment and assault in an article published Wednesday.

'Bohemian Rhapsody' screenwriter to pen new Whitney Houston biopic

New York - The Oscar-nominated screenwriter behind "Bohemian Rhapsody" and "The Two Popes" has been lined up to write and co-produce a new feature film on the life of Whitney Houston, US media reported Wednesday.

Woman rejects settlement, sues Weinstein over sex assault claim

New York - A woman who alleges disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein sexually assaulted her when she was 16 filed suit against him on Thursday and rejected a settlement reached by other accusers.

Droid leaks: How C-3PO crossed his legs for 'Star Wars'

Paris - Anthony Daniels has been holding something in for 42 years.You may know Daniels better as C-3PO in "Star Wars", the uptight golden robot with the manners of an English butler.

Weinstein agrees to $25 million settlement with accusers

New York - Disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein has reached a $25 million settlement with dozens of women who accused him of sexual misconduct, one of the women's lawyers told AFP on Wednesday.

Polanski faces calls for boycott of new film after fresh rape claim

Paris - Roman Polanski was facing calls for a boycott of his new film which opened in France Wednesday, in the wake of the latest rape accusation against the controversial director.

Weinstein accusers poised to see first compensation as trial looms

New York - Harvey Weinstein and his former studio partners have reportedly reached a tentative settlement with women who filed civil suits against the disgraced film mogul for sexual harassment, but the multi-million-dollar deal will not forestall his criminal tr...

Ladj Ly: From Paris riots to Cannes red carpet

Clichy-sous-bois - The 2005 riots that shook France began in the suburban high rises where he grew up. Now Ladj Ly, who has been dubbed France's answer to Spike Lee, is bringing his story of angry youth to the red carpet at the Cannes film festival.

En garde! France embraces the lightsaber — as sport

Lyon - It has for decades been the dream of the young and the young-at-heart -- to be like Luke Skywalker from Star Wars and vanquish foes with a lightsaber.

Global box office had record 2018, earning $96.8 bn

Los Angeles - The film industry has never been more successful than it was in 2018, when it earned $96.8 billion -- including over $40 billion in cinema ticket sales, according to figures published Thursday by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA).

Actress refuses to work with ex-Disney animation chief over harassment accusations

Los Angeles - British actress Emma Thompson has quit an anticipated film produced by California's Skydance studios because it hired former Disney creative director John Lasseter, who is accused of sexual harassment, her publicist told AFP Tuesday.

'Custody' wins big at French film awards

Paris - "Custody", a film about domestic violence and a divorced couple's battle over their son, was the big winner at the "French Oscars" -- the Cesars -- on Friday, where veteran US actor and director Robert Redford was presented with an honorary award.

Americans who thwarted train attack become French citizens

Sacramento - Three Americans hailed as heroes for thwarting a jihadist attack on a train between Amsterdam and Paris were officially welcomed as French citizens on Thursday in a ceremony in the US state of California.

'Black Panther' scores big win at Screen Actors Guild Awards

Los Angeles - Groundbreaking superhero blockbuster "Black Panther" on Sunday won the top prize at the Screen Actors Guild Awards -- a major boost to its campaign for Oscars glory next month.

Alleged victim of Spacey sexual assault filmed part of incident

New York - A young man who accused Kevin Spacey of sexually assaulting him at a seaside restaurant near Boston in 2016 filmed part of the incident, according to court filings obtained by AFP.

Weinstein back in court seeking dismissal of sex assault case

New York - Could Harvey Weinstein, public enemy number one of the #MeToo movement. end up walking away a free man?

In its 40th year, Havana film fest a far cry from its heyday

Havana - In the good old days, Havana came to a near-standstill for 10 days for its annual film festival, with 500 movies screening in dozens of theaters.

'Last Tango': the tainted 'masterpiece' that dogged Bertolucci

Paris - It was a scene that scarred the life of a young actress and left a stain on the career of Bernardo Bertolucci, one of cinema's most talented directors, who died Monday of cancer aged 77.

Russia allows release of US sub movie, after delay

Moscow - Russia has allowed the release of a Hollywood blockbuster in which an American submarine crew rescue a Russian president, after it was mysteriously postponed, its local distributor said Wednesday.

New film documents terrifying Yosemite rock climb, daredevil who did it

Washington - Imagine climbing a 900-meter (3,000-foot) granite wall without ropes and almost nothing to grip, moving slowly and perilously upward for four hours.A brave soul named Alex Honnold completed such a climb -- and lived to tell the tale.

Exiled Syrian actress who took on Assad buried in France

Dourdan - May Skaf, a prominent Syrian actress and activist who emerged as a fiercely outspoken critic of President Bashar al-Assad's regime after the uprising began in 2011, was buried Friday in France, where she had fled after being freed from prison.

Weinstein lawyers claim actress Judd made sexual 'deal' with disgraced mogul

Los Angeles - Harvey Weinstein's lawyers are calling on a US judge to dismiss a lawsuit from actress Ashley Judd -- who accuses the disgraced mogul of torpedoing her career -- on the grounds that she had made a sexual "deal" with him.

French actors protest as Russian director's house arrest extended

Avignon - Actors protested at one of the world's biggest theatre festivals in support of Russian director Kirill Serebrennikov as judges in Moscow on Wednesday extended his 11-month-long house arrest.

Award-winning Bosnian Roma actor dies penniless

Sarajevo - Bosnian Roma actor Nazif Mujic, who won a Silver Bear acting award at the Berlin Film Festival in 2013, has died aged 48, following a harrowing descent into extreme poverty despite his film success.

Burkina filmmaker Ouedraogo dead at 64

Ouagadougou - Burkinabe filmmaker Idrissa Ouedraogo, a towering figure in African cinema, died Sunday at the age of 64, the national film makers guild announced in a statement.

Weinstein: the Svengali who demanded a high price for Oscar glory

Paris - Small European films like "Shakespeare in Love", "Amelie" and "Cinema Paradiso" might never have become huge worldwide hits without Harvey Weinstein, the powerful Hollywood producer now at the centre of an escalating scandal over his alleged sexual ass...
 

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