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Angelina Jolie shows her darker side in "Maleficent" trailer

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 8:51am

It's Disney's "Sleeping Beauty" from the perspective of the villain, with Angelina Jolie playing the part of the big baddie herself. This new 1m30s trailer borrows imagery from the 1959 original animated feature, cementing Maleficent's status as the Mistress of All Evil. And where Princess Aurora benefits from her fairy godmothers' blessing, Maleficent has a darker secret to share. Accordingly, the main attraction will always be Angelina Jolie as a terrible witch, resplendant in period dress suited to the surrounding gothic architecture, while Elle Fanning is presented as the innocent Aurora.

Salma Hayek and Vincent Cassel to headline 'The Tale of Tales'

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 8:10am

The two actors have joined the cast of a forthcoming fantasy film from Italian director Matteo Garrone, according to Variety. Mexican-born actress Salma Hayek will share the screen with French actor Vincent Cassel in this adaptation of three Italian fairy tales from Giambattista Basile's "Lo cunto de li cunti." The English-language feature is positioned to bring a modern perspective to the 17th-century stories. Italian director Matteo Garrone will begin shooting "The Tale of Tales" this spring in his home country.

Trailer: Eva Green opposes Sullivan Stapleton in '300: Rise of an Empire'

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 7:54am

The two actors become Artemisia and Themistokles in a popular epic that will extend the success of "300" (2007), based on the Frank Miller graphic novel. This third trailer for "300: Rise of an Empire" focuses on the rivalry between the Persian, Artemisia, and Athenian, Themistokles, after the defeat of Spartan king Leonidas as related in the previous film. Directed by Noam Murro ("Smart People," 2008), the feature film is expected to premiere on March 7 (a day or two earlier in some European and South East Asian countries) and will focus on the naval battle of Salamis in 480 BC, utilizing a host of digital effects.

Selena Gomez finds solace at Sundance

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 5:54am
PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — Selena Gomez says working on her film "Rudderless" that's debuting at Sundance — and even dodging paparazzi at the indie film festival — has been an escape from "the everyday madness that I've got to go through."

Lindsay Lohan at Sundance to announce new film

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 4:40am

PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — With a film crew capturing every moment, Lindsay Lohan made a high-profile debut at the Sundance Film Festival, announcing a new film and a "fresh start."

Anne Hathaway dismisses report of near drowning

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 8:04pm

PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — Don't worry, Anne Hathaway is OK.

Sundance, Women in Film study female filmmakers

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 4:20pm

PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — A study commissioned by the Sundance Institute and Women in Film Los Angeles finds that female filmmakers who participate in the institute's feature and documentary development labs succeed in equal numbers to men.

Commemorations ask what would Martin Luther King Jr. do in 2014?

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 3:34pm

(Reuters) - Visions of what Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. would do to promote civil rights in 2014, had he not been slain decades ago, marked speeches and commemorations held across the country to honor his memory on Monday. Recalling King's famous "I Have a Dream," speech, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed said the late civil rights leader would want school children to hear it as a call to stay in school and become educated to better the world. "We need to swap the lesson plan for a dream plan," Reed told a crowd at Ebenezer Baptist Church gathered for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day federal holiday. He said King would want children to hear: "You are not going to school just to study math, you're going to school to be somebody." In New York City, newly elected Mayor Bill de Blasio, who swept into office promising broader opportunities for poorer residents, said at a tribute: "Dr. King would tell us we can't wait" to bring income equality to New Yorkers.

Sandusky's son takes part in film on Penn St. case

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 2:19pm

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — The son of former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky is participating in a documentary about his father's sexual-abuse case.

Producers pick '12 Years a Slave' and 'Gravity'

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 2:06pm

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — For the past six years, every feature film chosen by the Producers Guild of America for its top honor has gone on to win the best-picture prize at the Academy Awards. Sunday night, Steve McQueen's historical epic "12 Years a Slave" and Alfonso Cuaron's space odyssey "Gravity" tied for the guild's highest honor.

Branagh: From Shakespeare to 'Shadow Recruit'

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 1:20pm

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Kenneth Branagh's role as a director began with the story of a valiant king.

De Niro honors late father with documentary

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 12:49pm

PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — Creativity runs in the De Niro family.

Miles Teller offered role of Dan Aykroyd in Belushi movie

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 12:15pm

Miles Teller's involvement in the John Belushi biopic was spilled at a Creative Coalition event, with co-star Emile Hirsch breaking the news.

PBS' 'Salinger' has more on war, teen relationship

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 12:08pm
NEW YORK (AP) — After making headlines with his book and movie about J.D. Salinger, Shane Salerno is ready for his final stop: the director's cut on PBS.

Kevin Hart and Ice Cube atop worldwide box office

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 7:19am

The comedy "Ride Along" took the place of Disney’s "Frozen" as the highest-grossing film of the weekend ending January 19, according to Rentrak’s worldwide box office data.

U.S. ambassador "deeply concerned" about Japan dolphin killing

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 5:47am

By Ruairidh Villar TAIJI, Japan (Reuters) - In an unusual move, U.S. ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy has expressed deep concern over the traditional dolphin hunt in western Japan, where local fisherman corral the mammals into a secluded bay before killing many for meat. The annual hunt currently under way in Taiji in western Japan has long been a source of controversy and was the topic of "The Cove", an Oscar-winning documentary. Every year the fishermen of Taiji, in Wakayama prefecture, drive hundreds of dolphins into a cove, select some for sale to marine parks, release some back into the sea and kill the rest for meat. Japan has long maintained that killing dolphins is not banned under any international treaty and that the animals are not endangered.

'Ride Along' steers to top of N. American box office

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 5:15am

Police comedy "Ride Along" made its debut at the top of the North American box office, arresting viewers' attention over the US holiday weekend, industry estimates showed Sunday.

'Gravity' and '12 Years' share top PGA prize

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 5:08am

The Alfonso Cuaron film "Gravity" and the harrowing historical drama "12 Years a Slave" shared the top prize Sunday at the Producers Guild of America (PGA), a first for the awards. In the past six years the winner of the PGA then picked up the Oscar for best film at the Academy Awards, as Hollywood's prize-giving season moves into full flow. But it was the first time the big prize at the PGA, in Los Angeles, has been shared in its 25-year history, according to Variety magazine. "12 Years a Slave," about a free black man sold into slavery in 1840s America, and "Gravity," starring Sandra Bullock, who plays an astronaut stranded in space with George Clooney, were already among the Oscar frontrunners.

'Gravity,' '12 Years a Slave' share Hollywood producers' top prize

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 3:36am

By Mary Milliken BEVERLY HILLS, California (Reuters) - Hollywood producers injected drama into the race for Oscars on Sunday by choosing not one but two movies as their best films of the year, the space thriller "Gravity" and the slavery drama "12 Years a Slave". The PGA has correctly chosen the eventual Academy Award winner for best picture for the last six years, including Iranian hostage drama "Argo" a year ago. The PGA decision clashes with that of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG), which on Saturday chose the 1970s-set corruption caper "American Hustle" from director David O. Russell for its top prize, best film ensemble cast.

Director Alfonso Cuaron tries TV for first time

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 10:42pm
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Oscar-nominated director Alfonso Cuaron is trying television for the first time, teaming with producer J.J. Abrams on a new series.