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'Children of a Lesser God' writer Mark Medoff dies at 79

Apr. 24, 2019 9:22 PM EDT

Mark Medoff, a provocative playwright whose "Children of a Lesser God" won Tony and Olivier awards and whose screen adaptation of his play earned an Oscar nomination, has died in Las Cruces, New Mexico. He was 79. Medoff died Tuesday in a hospice surrounded by family, according to his daughter, Jessica Bunchman....

Oscars amend a few rules but not for Netflix

Apr. 24, 2019 10:21 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Oscars have tweaked a few rules, but not any that would limit the eligibility of Netflix films at the Academy Awards. The Academy of Motion Pictures' board of governors early Wednesday announced a handful of changes passed during its annual April rules meeting. But the biggest news was...

British stage director Peter Brook awarded Spanish prize

Apr. 24, 2019 7:05 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — A Spanish foundation has awarded one of the country's most prestigious awards to British theater and film director Peter Brook for opening "new horizons in contemporary dramaturgy." The jury that awards the Princess of Asturias Awards said Wednesday that the 94-year-old Brook "continues to...

Polanski asks court to restore his film academy membership

Apr. 19, 2019 8:39 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Roman Polanski asked a judge Friday to restore his membership in the organization that bestows the Academy Awards nearly a year after he was expelled from it for sexual misconduct. Lawyers for the 85-year-old fugitive director petitioned Los Angeles Superior Court to compel the Academy...

The Latest: Academy stands by decision to expel Polanski

Apr. 19, 2019 6:49 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on Roman Polanski asking a court to reinstate his film academy membership (all times local): 3:45 p.m. The film academy is standing behind its decision to expel director Roman Polanski, who has asked a court to reinstate him. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences,...

Column: In retrospect, 'Field of Dreams' is a terrible film

Apr. 19, 2019 5:03 PM EDT

"If you build it, he will come." Puh-lease. Thirty years after the release of "Field of Dreams," it's time for a major reassessment. Sorry, all you folks who view baseball — and this movie — as some sort of timeless metaphor for connecting to your past and understanding what America is really all...

Huerta, Hansberry documentaries among Peabody Award winners

Apr. 16, 2019 11:55 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Profiles of activist Dolores Huerta and writer Lorraine Hansberry are among the Peabody Award winners for documentary programs. "Independent Lens: Dolores" and "Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes-Feeling Heart" both aired on PBS. The films are among the eight Peabody-winning documentaries...

Jarmusch's 'The Dead Don't Die' to open Cannes Film Festival

Apr. 10, 2019 11:22 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Jim Jarmusch's zombie film "The Dead Don't Die" will open the 72nd annual Cannes Film Festival. The French festival announced Tuesday that "The Dead Don't Die" will premiere May 14. While the festival's opening slot is often a separate gala screening, Jarmusch's film will screen in...

Man who starred in immigration documentary is deported

Apr. 3, 2019 5:45 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — The protagonist of an award-winning film about immigrants infiltrating a Florida detention facility was deported from the U.S., his attorney said Wednesday. Claudio Rojas, 53, was sent back to his native Argentina after being detained more than a month ago during a government-mandated visit,...

Queen-inspired rock musical to tour North America

Apr. 1, 2019 9:28 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A musical inspired by Queen's music is preparing for a North America tour following the popularity of the Academy Award-winning movie, "Bohemian Rhapsody." Producers announced Monday "We Will Rock You" will open in Winnipeg, Canada, on Sept. 3. The tour will stop in other cities...