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'Joker,' Tom Hanks' Mr. Rogers pic among TIFF selections

Jul. 23, 2019 1:14 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — An origin story about the Joker starring Joaquin Phoenix, a Mr. Rogers biopic with Tom Hanks and a film about strippers scamming Wall Street bankers with Jennifer Lopez and Cardi B are among the films premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival in September. TIFF Artistic...

Deneuve, Hawke film 'The Truth' to open Venice Film Festival

Jul. 18, 2019 12:16 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The 76TH Venice Film Festival is opening with Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda's "The Truth." Festival director Alberto Barbera announced the selection starring Catherine Deneuve, Ethan Hawke and Juliette Binoche in a statement Thursday. This is the first time in years that Venice has...

In 'The Farewell,' a family drama straddling East and West

Jul. 10, 2019 5:07 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Film director Lulu Wang knew her pitch for "The Farewell" was unconventional. She wanted to make an autobiographical drama about the time when, in 2013, her family learned that her grandmother in China, affectionately called Nai Nai, had stage 4 lung cancer and was given three months to...

Filmmaker sentenced again in second sexual abuse case

Jul. 9, 2019 6:34 PM EDT

WEST JORDAN, Utah (AP) — A filmmaker who co-founded the Sundance Film Festival and produced a movie whose lead actress won an Oscar in the mid-1980s was sentenced Tuesday on a sexual abuse charge for the second time in as many weeks. Under the terms of a plea agreement, Sterling Van Wagenen avoided time...

'The Father' wins Karlovy Vary film fest's top prize

Jul. 6, 2019 2:30 PM EDT

PRAGUE (AP) — "The Father," a movie directed by Bulgaria's filmmaking duo Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov, has won the top prize at the 54th edition of an international film festival in the Czech spa town of Karlovy Vary. The movie was chosen from 12 contenders for the Crystal Globe by the Karlovy...

Sundance co-founder gets at least 6 years in sex abuse case

Jul. 2, 2019 7:31 PM EDT

AMERICAN FORK, Utah (AP) — A filmmaker who co-founded the Sundance Film Festival and produced a movie whose lead actress won an Oscar in the mid-1980s was sentenced Tuesday to at least six years in prison after pleading guilty to sexual abuse of a child. The judge who delivered the sentence of six years to...

Actress Lily Tomlin to be honored at Michigan film festival

Jun. 28, 2019 2:21 PM EDT

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Emmy and Tony award-winning actress Lily Tomlin will receive a lifetime achievement award at the 15th annual Traverse City Film Festival in northern Michigan. Oscar winner and festival founder Michael Moore is expected to present the honor to Tomlin on Aug. 3. The festival runs...

Almodovar to receive Venice Film Festival career achievement

Jun. 14, 2019 9:20 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — The Spanish Oscar-winning writer and director Pedro Almodóvar will be awarded the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement by the Venice Film Festival. The decision from the board of the Biennale di Venezia, follows a proposal by the festival's director, Alberto Barbera. Almodovar, whose film...

Czech film fest to honor US actresses Moore, Clarkson

Jun. 11, 2019 8:22 AM EDT

PRAGUE (AP) — The international film international at the Czech spa of Karlovy Vary will honor U.S. Oscar-winning actress Julianne Moore for her outstanding contribution to world cinema. Moore, who won the 2015 Oscar for best actress for her performance in "Still Alice," will present "After the Wedding," a...

Q&A: 'Late Night' power duo Emma Thompson and Mindy Kaling

Jun. 4, 2019 2:40 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — "Late Night ," a new comedy from Mindy Kaling, establishes itself as a fantasy from the outset. It's about a veteran late night talk show host who is a woman, after all. Emma Thompson plays said host, Katherine Newbury, who decides to allow the hire of a very green, but very eager...