DGA: Alfonso Cuaron wins top prize for 'Gravity'

Jan 26, 2014

DGA: Alfonso Cuaron wins top prize for 'Gravity'

Alfonso Cuaron was awarded the top film honor from the Directors Guild of America for “Gravity” on Saturday night. In the recent bustle of Hollywood shows, “Gravity,” David O. Russell’s con caper “American Hustle,” and Steve McQueen’s historical epic “12 Years a Slave” were ...

China roused by the 'rich scent' of BBC's 'Sherlock'

Jan 19, 2014

China roused by the 'rich scent' of BBC's 'Sherlock'

Zhou Yeling dragged herself out of bed at 5 a.m. for a long-awaited date with her favorite Englishman — Sherlock Holmes. Zhou, 19, watched the third season premiere of the BBC’s “Sherlock” on Jan. 2 on the British broadcaster’s website. Two hours later, the ...

Nobel winner Grass stops writing novels

Jan 13, 2014

Nobel winner Grass stops writing novels

Nobel Prize-winning writer Gunter Grass, author of “The Tin Drum” and one of Germany’s most influential intellectual figures, has said he is unlikely to write another novel. “I’m 86 now. I don’t think I will manage another novel,” Grass told the regional daily Passauer ...

'American Hustle,' '12 Years a Slave' top Golden Globe awards

Jan 13, 2014

'American Hustle,' '12 Years a Slave' top Golden Globe awards

Harrowing drama “12 Years a Slave” won the coveted best drama Golden Globe on Sunday, while crime caper “American Hustle” won the musical/comedy film prize and two acting awards. Hollywood turned out in their fashion finest for the 71st annual Golden Globes, Tinseltown’s biggest ...

French comedian's gesture divides a nation

Jan 12, 2014

French comedian's gesture divides a nation

by Kim Willsher

On Jan 12, 1944, the Gestapo occupying the French city of Bordeaux despatched its Jews, who had been rounded up and imprisoned in their own majestic synagogue, to the death camps. Fast-forward exactly 70 years and a photograph shows a group of youngsters standing ...

Officials get OK to ban French comic

Jan 7, 2014

Officials get OK to ban French comic

Interior Minister Manuel Valls said Monday that local officials have the right to ban shows on a national tour of a comic whose performances are considered anti-Semitic. Hours later, Bordeaux’s mayor, former Prime Minister Alain Juppe, accepted the offer, making the wine capital the ...

French comedian faces ban for 'quenelle' salute

Jan 5, 2014

French comedian faces ban for 'quenelle' salute

A gesture popularized by a French comic — one hand pointing downward, the other touching the shoulder — has caught on like a dance move. But many see it as hateful and anti-Semitic. Now France’s top security official wants to ban him from the ...