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Apple cancels premiere of ‘The Banker’ over ‘concerns’

Nov. 20, 2019 5:57 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Apple has canceled the premiere of one of the tech company’s first original films, “The Banker” the day before it was to debut at Los Angeles’ AFI Film Festival. In a statement Wednesday, Apple said that last week it learned of “some concerns”...

The barrier-breaking ‘Atlantics’ heralds Mati Diop’s arrival

Nov. 14, 2019 3:51 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Mati Diop has always lived in Paris but as a French-Senegalese woman whose family is from Dakar, she’s long been acutely conscious of another, unlived existence for herself in Africa. And it’s there that her life as a filmmaker has largely resided. Diop spent nine months in...

Correction: SAG Awards-Robert De Niro story

Nov. 13, 2019 3:40 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — In a story Nov. 12 about Robert De Niro being named the recipient of the life achievement honor at the 2020 Screen Actors Guild Awards, the Associated Press reported erroneously the full name of the union. It is the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists....

Obayashi's 40-film career defined by warning of war's horror

Oct. 27, 2019 8:53 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — At 81, Nobuhiko Obayashi has terminal lung cancer, but his confrontation with death began so long ago it has characterized his decades of filmmaking. Obayashi has stayed true to himself through more than 40 movies and thousands of TV shows, commercials and other video, devoted to warning of...

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,"...

Kevin Smith crafts his 'real big cinematic gravestone'

Oct. 14, 2019 2:33 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Twenty-five years after "Clerks," Kevin Smith says he's crafted his "real big cinematic gravestone." The 49-year-old writer-director-actor said a major heart attack in February 2018 prompted him to rewrite his script for "Jay and Silent Bob Reboot" to make a more personal statement about...

In 'Jojo Rabbit,' Waititi attempts his boldest balancing act

Oct. 14, 2019 11:29 AM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — It's just a few hours before "Jojo Rabbit" will make its world premiere and writer-director Taika Waititi is still figuring out how to talk about it. "I still don't even really know how to describe it without making people shift uncomfortably," says Waititi with a shrug. "Jojo Rabbit" is as...

'Joker' tops box office again, beats 'Addams Family'

Oct. 13, 2019 2:47 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The first weekend was no fluke: "Joker" is a hit. The R-rated comic book villain origin story had a phenomenal second weekend at the box office, topping the charts once more over newcomers such as the animated "The Addams Family" and the Will Smith action pic "Gemini Man." Warner Bros....

Scorsese says he's open-minded about Netflix film revolution

Oct. 13, 2019 12:14 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Martin Scorsese said Sunday he's keeping an open mind about the cinema "revolution" sparked by the rise of video streaming services, as his Netflix-backed mafia epic "The Irishman" closed the London Film Festival . The director said the rise of streaming platforms was "an even bigger...

Bong Joon Ho and 'Parasite' are coming for you

Oct. 9, 2019 1:16 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Even as it's just hitting U.S. theaters, Bong Joon Ho's "Parasite" is already a major award-winner and a box-office smash. "Parasite" will open in theaters Friday having already amassed $70.9 million in Bong's native South Korea, where the film notched one of the country's best opening...