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Carriage horse foes picket Liam Neeson's NYC home

Sat, 04/19/2014 - 5:43pm

NEW YORK (AP) — Animal welfare activists picketing Liam Neeson's home on Saturday said they don't agree with him that the city's carriage horses should keep working.

Egypt's censorship board head resigns in film spat

Sat, 04/19/2014 - 3:39pm

CAIRO (AP) — The head of Egypt's censorship board has resigned after the country's prime minister overruled his decision to allow a film starring a sultry Lebanese singer to be shown.

Idris Elba & Girlfriend Welcome Baby Boy

Sat, 04/19/2014 - 1:12am

Lawyer: Director not in Hawaii during alleged acts

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 6:44pm

HONOLULU (AP) — Credit card receipts, telephone records and production schedules show that "X-Men" franchise director Bryan Singer was not in Hawaii when a lawsuit claims he sexually abused a 17-year-old on the islands, a defense attorney said Friday.

Salt Lake Comic Con kicks off

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 6:13pm

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Pop culture is taking center stage at the second Salt Lake Comic Con.

Lawyer: 'X-Men' director not in Hawaii in mid-1999

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 5:22pm

HONOLULU (AP) — A lawyer for "X-Men" franchise director Bryan Singer said Friday that credit card receipts, telephone records and production schedules from the first movie in the comic book series show that Singer wasn't in Hawaii when a lawsuit claims he sexually abused a 17-year-old on the islands.

Chelsea Clinton, producer, debuts short at Tribeca

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 4:04pm

NEW YORK (AP) — First-time movie producer and mom-to-be Chelsea Clinton has premiered a short film at the Tribeca Film Festival.

Lindsay Lohan Talks Sex List

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 1:04pm

Lindsay Lohan was in the hot seat on Thursday's "Watch What Happens Live" when host Andy Cohen grilled the actress about her sexual conquest list that includes names like Zac Efron, Justin Timberlake, Colin Farrell, Heath Ledger, James Franco and Adam Levine. "That was actually my fifth step in AA at Betty Ford," she explained. One actor who did deny the list was Franco, who shot down his inclusion on Lindsay's list in March while speaking with Los Angeles Magazine about his new poetry book.

Days after shooting, 'Virunga' debuts at Tribeca

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 12:55pm

NEW YORK (AP) — Days after the director of Africa's oldest national park was shot by gunmen, a documentary about those who protect Virunga National Park from armed poachers and encroaching oil interests premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival.

Idris Elba welcomes baby son Winston

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 12:46pm

NEW YORK (AP) — Idris Elba has welcomed a baby boy named Winston.

'The Raid' remake to feature DEA task force

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 12:04pm

Patrick Hughes, who's helming August's "The Expendables 3," has outlined some of the changes coming to his remake of hit Indonesian action film "The Raid." I think those are my favorite action films of all time, when you can balance the action and the emotion, and what [Gareth Evans] did with his first 'Raid' was phenomenal." "We're following a DEA task team, which was implemented by the Bush administration after September 11th when they realized that terrorism and the drug trade were so closely aligned."

In '1971,' an analog precursor to NSA, Snowden

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 10:49am

NEW YORK (AP) — A trove of government documents reveals widespread domestic surveillance of Americans. Leaked revelations hit the front pages of newspapers. A powerful governmental agency is brought under scrutiny.

Spielberg signs for 'The Kidnapping of Edgardo Morata'

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 10:22am

The true story about an Italian Jew who grew up to become an Augustinian monk is to be produced by Steven Spielberg, with the "Schindler's List" man also in contention to direct. Also on board is Tony Kushner, who wrote the scripts for Spielberg's "Lincoln" and "Munich," though writing is "in the early stages," and will be adapting the David Kertzer novel for DreamWorks and the Weinstein Company, reports Variety. With Spielberg's last film, "Lincoln," having been released in 2012 and "Edgardo Morata" some way off, what's next for the Oscar-winning director? He's also on board for Latin American historical epic "Montezuma," still being written by Steve Zaillian of "Schindler's List," "Gangs of New York" and "Moneyball."

Music films hit distinct note at annual Tribeca Film Festival

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 10:15am

By Chris Michaud NEW YORK (Reuters) - Music and movies played together even before sound revolutionized film during its infancy, and so it is at the Tribeca Film Festival where the documentary lineup is heavy on musical subjects, from hip hop star Nas to shock rocker Alice Cooper. And while documentaries have traditionally comprised as much as half of Tribeca's scores of offerings, films about musicians Bjork, Grateful Dead guitarist Bob Weir, James Brown and others have lent this year's festival a decidedly tuneful air. "We never program to an agenda," said Tribeca's director of programming, Genna Terranova.

First trailer for Clint Eastwood's 'Jersey Boys'

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 7:40am

Clint Eastwood's period piece "Jersey Boys" charts the phenomenal success of 1960s rock 'n' roll vocal group The Four Seasons. Based on the multithreaded Tony-winning musical play, "Jersey Boys" was reworked for cinema by "Gladiator," "The Aviator" and "Hugo" screenplay writer John Logan. Slipping into the shoes of charismatic lead singer Frankie Valli is John Lloyd Young, who already won a Tony and a Grammy for the same portrayal in the Broadway musical. Christopher Walken appears as crime boss Angelo DeCarlo, while "Boardwalk Empire" actor Vincent Piazza can be seen as Tommy DeVito, part of Valli's group, alongside two other vocalists from the stage production, Erich Bergen and Michael Lomenda.

Man details abuse claims against 'X-Men' director

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 11:44pm

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A man who claims he was sexually abused by "X-Men" franchise director Bryan Singer said Thursday that he reported the molestation to authorities at the time, and he does not know why charges were never pursued.

'X-Men' director hit by sex abuse lawsuit weeks before premiere

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 8:49pm

By Dana Feldman and Eric Kelsey LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A man who has sued filmmaker Bryan Singer, the director of the upcoming blockbuster action film "X-Men: Days of Future Past," for allegedly raping him as a teenager said on Thursday that his claims of sexual abuse went unheeded by authorities. Michael Egan, 31, who was an aspiring teen actor, said he and his mother told the Los Angeles Police Department and the FBI in late 1999 and 2000 that Egan was being abused by an underage sex ring. "What happened was basically it fell on deaf ears," Egan said a news conference seated next to his attorney, Jeff Herman. "We didn't get anywhere and then I basically buried it in me as deep as I possibly could." Herman filed a civil lawsuit on Wednesday in federal court in Hawaii, alleging that Singer, 48, used his influence as a Hollywood insider as well as a range of drugs and alcohol to force anal and oral sex on Egan while promising him film roles.

Bryan Singer's lawyer says abuse claims fabricated

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 8:46pm

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Bryan Singer's attorney says claims by a former aspiring actor that the "X-Men" director molested him when he was a teenager are "completely fabricated."