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Toronto Film Festival lineup includes movies from Angelina Jolie, Mike Leigh, more

Jul. 23, 2024 10:28 AM EDT

The Angelina Jolie-directed war film “Without Blood," a documentary about Bruce Springsteen and Mike Leigh’s contemporary tragicomedy “Hard Truths” will have their world premieres at the Toronto International Film Festival this fall. The festival announced its gala and special presentation...

Venice Film Festival lineup includes ‘Joker 2,’ films with Pitt, Clooney, Jolie, more

Jul. 23, 2024 10:02 AM EDT

Five years after “Joker” won the top prize at the Venice Film Festival, filmmaker Todd Phillips is returning with the sequel. “Joker: Folie à Deux” will play in competition with 20 other titles, festival organizers said Tuesday. The highly anticipated follow-up to the...

Ukraine's largest music festival returns with a break from the inescapable reality of war

Jul. 22, 2024 22:10 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — This year, Ukraine’s largest music festival struck a different chord. Gone were the international headliners, the massive performance halls and the hundreds of thousands of visitors. Instead, beloved local artists graced the stage this past weekend at the...

Adaptation of Colson Whitehead’s ‘Nickel Boys’ to open New York Film Festival this fall

Jul. 22, 2024 09:09 AM EDT

“Nickel Boys,” an adaptation of Colson Whitehead’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, will open the 62nd New York Film Festival in September, organizers said Monday. Filmmaker RaMell Ross directed the drama based on the 2019 novel about two Black teenagers in an abusive reform...

Sundance Film Festival narrows down host cities — from Louisville to Santa Fe — for future years

Jul. 19, 2024 13:28 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Sundance Institute on Friday announced six finalists in its search for a new host location for the influential film festival. After 40 years in Park City, Utah, the festival is eyeing locations across the country for festivals starting in 2027 when its...

The bodies of 4 Pakistanis killed in the attack on a mosque in Oman have been returned home

Jul. 19, 2024 05:28 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The bodies of four Pakistanis killed in an attack on a Shiite mosque in Oman this week have been repatriated and handed to their families, officials said Friday. Relatives of the victims were present when the Pakistan International Airlines flights landed at the...

Theater festivals offer to give up their grants if DeSantis restores funding for Florida arts groups

Jul. 11, 2024 14:49 PM EDT

Leaders of two performing arts festivals said Thursday that they would gladly give up their grants if Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis restores the $32 million in state funding he nixed for more than 600 Florida arts groups, explaining the reason for his veto as being because the two theatrical events...

Blackpink rapper Lisa joins Global Citizen Festival lineup in New York's Central Park

Jul. 09, 2024 08:13 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Blackpink rapper Lisa will join the Global Citizen Festival lineup in New York’s Central Park for her first solo performance at a festival, the anti-poverty nonprofit announced Tuesday. Lisa joins headliners Post Malone, Doja Cat, Jelly Roll and Raouw Alejandro...

Essence Festival wraps up a 4-day celebration of Black culture

Jul. 07, 2024 23:20 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — For 30 years, the Essence Festival of Culture has brought together people from all walks of life and from around the world to connect through conversation, shared experiences and, of course, music. The nation’s largest annual celebration of Black culture ended...

Tank and the Bangas to pay tribute to their New Orleans roots at Essence Festival

Jul. 06, 2024 18:02 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Seven years ago, New Orleans band Tank and the Bangas squeezed into the corner of a classroom and recorded themselves performing their song “Quick,” for National Public Radio’s Tiny Desk contest, the nonprofit's annual search for the “next great undiscovered artist.”...