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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...

“Schindler’s List” producer Branko Lustig dies at 87

Nov. 14, 2019 1:50 PM EST

ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — Branko Lustig, an Oscar-winning Croatian film producer and Holocaust survivor, died Thursday. He was 87. The Yad Vashem center in Jerusalem said Lustig died in Zagreb, the capital of his native Croatia. No other details were immediately released. Lustig is best known for winning...

5 screenwriters get career jumpstart with film academy honor

Nov. 8, 2019 12:14 PM EST

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Five emerging screenwriters gained the film academy's stamp of admission into Hollywood with help from an ensemble of actors that included Tyrese Gibson and Amandla Stenberg. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences honored each screenwriter at the Nicholl Fellowships in...

Streep, Miranda and Stone are named as Met Gala co-chairs

Nov. 7, 2019 12:57 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Next year's Met Gala may be the closest we'll ever come to getting a Miranda Priestly moment at the starry event. Meryl Streep has been named as a co-chair of the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute. The Oscar-winner played Priestly, a thinly veiled fictional version of Vogue...

Stars advocate for progress at honorary Oscars event

Oct. 28, 2019 3:31 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Inequality in the film industry got a high-profile spotlight at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' 11th annual Governors Awards, where Cherokee actor Wes Studi, Italian director Lina Wertmüller and filmmaker David Lynch all received honorary Oscars on Sunday. Dire...

Wes Studi to make Oscars history for Native American actors

Oct. 26, 2019 11:43 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — When Cherokee actor Wes Studi was thinking about moving to Los Angeles to take a shot at being an actor in the 1980s, he asked a friend if it was a good idea. The friend said "why not? There aren't many Native American actors." Instead of a deterrent, Studi took that as a plus. "I...

Clarification: Oscars-Governors Awards-Wes Studi story

Oct. 25, 2019 6:39 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — In a story Oct. 24, The Associated Press reported that actor Wes Studi will be the first Native American recipient of an Academy Award. The story should have specified that in 1982, Cree musician Buffy Sainte-Marie, who was born in Canada, won an Oscar for co-writing the music to best...

Actresses cite lack of Hollywood stylists who get black hair

Oct. 25, 2019 1:55 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Tiffany Haddish recalls leaving the set of a big-budget movie in tears in search of someone who could properly do her hair. Lorraine Toussaint blithely recounts the times her tresses have been damaged by stylists inexperienced with managing black hair. And Tia Mowry-Hardrict recalls...

Pioneering director Lina Wertmüller to finally get her Oscar

Oct. 25, 2019 1:25 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — In 1977, Italian filmmaker Lina Wertmüller became the first woman to ever be nominated for best director at the Academy Awards. Although she didn't win that year — "Rocky" director John G. Avildsen did — the 91-year-old with the famous white glasses will finally get an...

Governors Awards honoree Geena Davis on advocacy and equity

Oct. 23, 2019 2:19 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — When Geena Davis got a message on a Saturday morning that the president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences needed to speak to her urgently, she thought "I hope I'm not in trouble." It was quite the opposite. The call was to inform Davis that she had been selected to...