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Virginia Film Festival to feature more than 150 films

Oct. 21, 2019 4:49 AM EDT

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — The 32nd annual Virginia Film Festival is set to open in Charlottesville this week with more than 150 films and an array of guests, including actor and director Ethan Hawke and bestselling author John Grisham. The festival will open Wednesday with a screening of "Just Mercy,"...

'Abominable' to skip Malaysia theaters over disputed sea map

Oct. 21, 2019 1:16 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — The animated movie "Abominable" will skip Malaysian theaters after producers decided against cutting out a scene showing a map supporting Chinese claims to the disputed South China Sea. Vietnam already pulled the U.S.-Chinese production from theaters over a fleeting image of...

'Maleficent: Mistress of Evil' claims No. 1 over 'Joker'

Oct. 20, 2019 2:37 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Walt Disney Co.'s "Maleficent: Mistress of Evil" knocked "Joker" out of the No. 1 spot at the box office, but just barely. Studios on Sunday say the film starring Angelina Jolie and Elle Fanning grossed an estimated $36 million in North America and $117 million internationally in its...

Cemetery cancels Halloween-themed movie night

Oct. 19, 2019 6:49 PM EDT

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A cemetery in North Carolina has canceled plans for a Halloween-themed movie night after complaints from people with loved ones buried there. WTVD reports the free public event at Lafayette Memorial Park in Fayetteville was going to include snacks and a kid-friendly film. A...

Indian population makes a mark in Pennsylvania

Oct. 19, 2019 3:05 AM EDT

SOUTH FAYETTE, Pa. (AP) — They love the vibrant movies and music that spring from their homeland, but they also follow the Pittsburgh Steelers with the same devotion as someone schooled in black-and-gold lore since birth. Asmita Srivastava and her husband, Ajay, have called South Fayette Township home for...

Southern California man pleads guilty to $14M movie scam

Oct. 18, 2019 6:54 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Southern California man who scammed $14 million from investors by falsely telling them their money would be used to produce a feature film has pleaded guilty to fraud. Adam Joiner of Manhattan Beach entered the plea in federal court Friday. He could be looking at up to 20 years in...

'Maude' co-star, character actor Bill Macy dies at 97

Oct. 18, 2019 4:10 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Bill Macy, the character actor whose hangdog expression was a perfect match for his role as the long-suffering foil to Bea Arthur's unyielding feminist on the daring 1970s sitcom "Maude," has died. He was 97. Macy died Thursday night in Los Angeles, his friend Matt Beckoff said Friday....

Netflix releases Panama Papers movie despite lawsuit

Oct. 18, 2019 11:08 AM EDT

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Netflix has released a movie based on the so-called Panama Papers despite an attempt by two lawyers to stop the streaming premiere. "The Laundromat," starring Gary Oldman, Antonio Banderas and Meryl Streep, debuted Friday on Netflix after a limited release in theaters. Two...

Film academy honors 16 Student Academy Award winners

Oct. 18, 2019 1:55 AM EDT

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — "I'd like to thank the academy" is a phrase many only ever get to say in front of their bathroom mirrors. But 16 student filmmakers actually got to utter those words on stage Thursday at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science in Beverly Hills. Not only that: They're all...

'Spirited Away,' other Studio Ghibli films head to HBO Max

Oct. 17, 2019 8:51 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The vast catalog of storied Japanese animation house Studio Ghibli is heading to the new HBO Max streaming service. Films such as "Princess Mononoke," ''My Neighbor Totoro" and Oscar-winner "Spirited Away" will be among the titles available to stream when HBO Max launches in spring 2020....