The Berlin film festival entered the home stretch Wednesday with a Northern Irish escape thriller and a German tragedy on religious fundamentalism cited as favourites for the Golden Bear top prize. British production "'71" tells the story of an English soldier played by rising star Jack O'Connell who is deployed in Belfast at the height of the Troubles. London's Daily Telegraph called the debut feature from the Paris-born director Yann Demange of hit British television drama "Top Boy" "stunningly well-crafted" while film industry bible Variety hailed it as "a vivid, shivery survival thriller". US director Wes Anderson got the 11-day festival off to a strong start on Thursday with his all-star historical caper "The Grand Budapest Hotel".
The "Tarzan" reboot that's been in development for two years has officially entered into pre-production, Warner Bros. announced on February 12. Warner Bros. also confirmed that Alexander Skarsgard, Margot Robbie, Samuel L. Jackson and Christoph Waltz will star in this new movie based on Edgar Rice Burroughs's books, with David Yates ("Harry Potter") directing.
By Michael Roddy LONDON (Reuters) - Gay characters and themes have become so common in film that it came as a shock when director Adam Csaszi said he changed his movie based on a true story about a gay footballer and his lover in rural Hungary because the reality was too brutal. Speaking at the Berlin film festival, Csaszi said what actually happened in the incident on which his film "Viharsarok" ("Land of Storms") is based is that two gay men were killed by a third man who chopped up their bodies. "If I told the real story...then the motive of the murder would be jealousy and not this homophobia in society," Csaszi told an audience at the film's Berlin premiere on Saturday. But the offerings at the 64th Berlin International Film Festival, known officially as the Berlinale, illustrate a sharp divide between how the subject is treated in societies where homosexuality is no longer taboo, and places where the sight of a man kissing a man or a woman necking with another woman generates hostility, or sometimes violence.
She was the biggest of child stars. She was the top U.S. box-office draw from 1935 to 1938, bigger than Clark Gable, Bing Crosby, Gary Cooper or Joan Crawford. She kept children singing "On the Good Ship Lollipop" for generations, retired from acting at age 21 and went on to a diplomatic career. Here's a look at the life of Shirley Temple, who died Monday at age 85:
Award-winning actor Hugh Jackman will return to host the 68th annual Tony Awards, which honors the best of Broadway, organizers said on Tuesday. It will be the fourth time Jackman will emcee the ceremony on June 8 from Radio City Music Hall in New York City, where it will be broadcast live on the CBS television network. Jackman, 45, also won a Tony award the same year for his role in "The Boy from Oz." The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing, the presenters of the Tony awards, praised Jackman's versatility and showmanship. "Hugh is an extraordinary talent and loyal supporter of the Broadway community - whether he is on-stage or in the audience - and we are honored to have him back as host," Charlotte St. Martin, executive director of The Broadway League and Heather Hitchens, executive director of the American Theatre Wing, said in a statement.
NEW YORK (AP) — Franklin Roosevelt once said: "As long as our country has Shirley Temple, we will be all right. When the spirit of the people is lower than at any other time during this Depression, it is a splendid thing that for just 15 cents, an American can go to a movie and look at the smiling face of a baby and forget his troubles."
By Gareth Jones BERLIN (Reuters) - Frustration with a lack of open discussion in Germany over its involvement in Afghanistan and over Berlin's treatment of Afghans helping its troops there spurred the making of the film "Inbetween Worlds" by director Feo Aladag. The movie's premiere on Tuesday at the Berlin International Film Festival coincided with signs that Germany - long wary of overseas military entanglements due to its Nazi past - is becoming keener to play a more active global role in keeping with its wealth and size. Aladag recounted how irked she had felt on seeing a picture of a German soldier in full combat gear serving in Afghanistan who was clearly there "not just to build bridges". "Germany is doing this now, so why have we seen no feature films about soldiers fighting or dying in combat?
BERLIN (AP) — A drama highlighting the problems facing foreign forces' local helpers in Afghanistan, "Inbetween Worlds," made its debut Tuesday at the Berlin International Film Festival. Filmed in northern Afghanistan, the competition entry from Austrian-born director Feo Aladag follows the efforts of a German army captain to connect with locals via his interpreter, played by 18-year-old Mohsin Ahmady.
By Mary Milliken BEVERLY HILLS, California (Reuters) - This year's Oscar nominees gathered for the ultimate Hollywood power lunch on Monday in a celebration of the old adage "it's an honor just to be nominated" three weeks before the film industry's biggest night. The annual Oscars nominees luncheon convened more than 200 contenders pursuing an Academy Award on March 2 - from 18-time nominee Meryl Streep for best actress in "August: Osage County" to Lupita Nyong'o, who won a best supporting actress nod for her first film role ever in "12 Years a Slave." The eclectic group of movie stars, directors and technical wizards even boasted U2 frontman Bono, who lined up for the "class picture" thanks to his best song nomination for "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom." While no one is foolish enough to look confident of a win before Academy members begin voting on Friday, Monday's luncheon was a chance to turn on the charm by praising the Oscars, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the magic of Hollywood filmmaking.