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Some Jan. 6 defendants try to use journalism as riot defense

Apr. 18, 2021 07:30 AM EDT

The Trump supporters who stormed the U.S. Capitol in January created a trove of self-incriminating evidence, thoroughly documenting their actions and words in videos and social media posts. Now some of the camera-toting people in the crowd are claiming they were only there to record history...

2 documentaries up for Oscars tell stories of nonagenarians

Apr. 16, 2021 13:57 PM EDT

The Oscar isn’t the only one celebrating its 93rd trip around the sun at the Academy Awards ceremony this year. The shorts category features two documentaries, “ A Concerto is a Conversation ” and “ Colette,” about fellow nonagenarians who have led extraordinary and extraordinarily...

German-Australian author Walter Kaufmann dies at 97

Apr. 16, 2021 11:16 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German-Australian author Walter Kaufmann, who survived the Nazi persecution of Jews and later played a prominent role in the literary scene of Communist East Germany, has died at the age of 97. Kaufmann's death was confirmed to The Associated Press on...

Oscar-nominated Romanian film reveals health care failings

Apr. 16, 2021 07:23 AM EDT

BUCHAREST (AP) — Seeing the day that her life changed forever played out on a big screen was an emotional moment for Tedy Ursuleanu. “I watched the film for the first time in this cinema," the 34-year-old told The Associated Press in an interview at Bucharest’s...

Disabled nominees hope their Oscar moment becomes a movement

Apr. 15, 2021 13:00 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Right down to its production design, the Oscars have not always felt like the most welcoming place for people with disabilities. “I’ve always seen that stage with its stairs as a symbol that they don’t expect people who had mobility issues to be...

Review: An intimate, wordless portrait of a pig in 'Gunda'

Apr. 14, 2021 17:50 PM EDT

The barnyard setting of “Gunda” could hardly be more familiar, but in Russian director Victor Kossakovsky's documentary, a pigsty is rendered an almost alien landscape. Kossakovsky's film is shot in textured black and white and his cameras are often situated,...

The gonzo art of writing for 'Borat Subsequent Moviefilm'

Apr. 14, 2021 11:03 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Screenplay writing, usually a fairly solitary, uneventful process, is more of a full-contact sport for a movie like “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm.” Work for the nine Oscar-nominated writers of the “Borat” sequel began conventionally enough....

Chloé Zhao becomes 1st woman of color to win top DGA honor

Apr. 11, 2021 09:18 AM EDT

Chloé Zhao’s “Nomadland” continued its tour of dominance through awards season Saturday night, when Zhao took top honors at the 73rd annual Directors Guild Association Awards. She is the second woman to earn the honor and the first woman of color to do so. Kathryn...

Helen Mirren finds bright side during the pandemic

Apr. 09, 2021 09:26 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Helen Mirren has been finding the bright side of the pandemic. Working from home? “Much more convenient,” she said. She bought a ring light for Zooms, balancing her laptop on two dictionaries. “I love it... I hope elements of our quarantine lockdown...

New film follows 2 zombie moviemakers with Down syndrome

Apr. 08, 2021 07:46 AM EDT

Two best friends with Down syndrome who caused a sensation four years ago when they created their own gory zombie movie are back, this time in a documentary championed by a Hollywood luminary. “Sam & Mattie Make a Zombie Movie,” released Tuesday on Apple TV,...