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A fresh batch of producers selected for the 92nd Oscars

Nov. 15, 2019 6:54 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The 92nd Oscars is getting some fresh faces behind the production. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences says Friday that Lynette Howell Taylor and Stephanie Allain will produce the February show. While newcomers to the Academy Awards, both are veteran producers in the...

French paper: French woman claims rape by Polanski in 1975

Nov. 8, 2019 6:23 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — A French woman in her early 60s claims she was violently raped at age 18 by Oscar-winning filmmaker Roman Polanski, a fugitive from the U.S. for more than four decades since pleading guilty to a sex offense with a minor, a French newspaper reported Friday. Le Parisien said the woman, Valentine...

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...

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...

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...

Film academy honors 16 Student Academy Award winners

Oct. 18, 2019 1:55 AM EDT

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — "I'd like to thank the academy" is a phrase many only ever get to say in front of their bathroom mirrors. But 16 student filmmakers actually got to utter those words on stage Thursday at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science in Beverly Hills. Not only that: They're all...

Today in History

Oct. 14, 2019 12:01 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Monday, Oct. 14, the 287th day of 2019. There are 78 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Oct. 14, 1947, U.S. Air Force Capt. Charles E. ("Chuck") Yeager (YAY'-gur) became the first test pilot to break the sound barrier as he flew the experimental Bell XS-1 (later X-1)...