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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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