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Cannes Film Festival, born out of war, grapples with Ukraine

May. 25, 2022 08:14 AM EDT

CANNES, France (AP) — The war in Ukraine took a starring role on the opening night of the 75th Cannes Film Festival and it has rarely been far out of frame since. The parties have continued nonstop, as has the red-carpet frenzy. But throughout the French Riviera spectacular has...

New this week: Dinosaurs, Def Leppard and 'The Responder'

May. 23, 2022 14:09 PM EDT

Here’s a collection curated by The Associated Press’ entertainment journalists of what’s arriving on TV, streaming services and music platforms this week. MOVIES — In the satirical comedy “Emergency,” college seniors Kunle (Donald Elise Watkins) and Sean...

Ethan Coen on his Jerry Lee Lewis doc and filmmaking return

May. 23, 2022 13:18 PM EDT

CANNES, France (AP) — Most in the film industry thought Ethan Coen was done with making movies. Ethan did, too. But on Sunday, Coen premiered his first documentary, “Jerry Lee Lewis: Trouble in Mind," at the Cannes Film Festival, a movie that was unknown until last month's...

Tokyo Olympic film debuts in Japan; headed next to Cannes

May. 23, 2022 05:00 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The documentary film about the pandemic-delayed Tokyo Olympics premiered on Monday, shown to reporters and other invited guests in the Japanese capital. The work of Japanese director Naomi Kawase, the 120-minute film looks at the Olympics primarily from the point of...

George Carlin's comedic journey takes the stage in HBO doc

May. 20, 2022 13:31 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — For comedians of a certain age, there was one album that was worn out on the turntable, dutifully memorized and acted out. That was George Carlin's signature “Class Clown.” “The way George Carlin looked at the world and broke it down taught so many of us how...

'Facing Nolan' looks at Ryan's longer-than-expected career

May. 19, 2022 18:04 PM EDT

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Nolan Ryan was already striking out plenty of batters with his blazing fastball, and at age 22 pitched the last seven innings in the National League pennant-clinching game for the 1969 Miracle Mets and got what would be his only World Series ring. If not...

Vangelis, the Greek 'Chariots of Fire' composer, dies at 79

May. 19, 2022 14:46 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Vangelis, the Greek electronic composer who wrote the unforgettable Academy Award-winning score for the film “Chariots of Fire” and music for dozens of other movies, documentaries and TV series, has died at 79. Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and...

With sequel plans, Rob Reiner turns 'Spinal Tap' up to 11

May. 19, 2022 10:48 AM EDT

CANNES, France (AP) — One of the most memorable lines — and Rob Reiner's personal favorite — of “This Is Spinal Tap” goes: “There’s a fine line between stupid and clever.” You could say the same thing about the classic 1984 mockumentary. It could have so easily not...

Elton John doc ‘Goodbye Yellow Brick Road’ lands at Disney

May. 18, 2022 17:07 PM EDT

Sir Elton John is preparing to say goodbye in fabulous splendor, with the help of a documentary crew and the Walt Disney Co. Disney Original Documentary and Disney+ said Wednesday that the film, entitled “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road: The Final Elton John Performances and the Years...

Zelenskyy opens Cannes Film Festival, links war and cinema

May. 17, 2022 17:35 PM EDT

CANNES, France (AP) — The 75th Cannes Film Festival kicked off Tuesday with an eye turned to Russia's war in Ukraine and a live satellite video address from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, who called on a new generation of filmmakers to confront dictators as Charlie Chaplin satirized...