Robin Williams fondly remembered by Japan's film industry

Aug 13, 2014

Robin Williams fondly remembered by Japan's film industry

by Kaori Shoji

It was an open secret among Japanese film distribution companies that Robin Williams, who died at his California home on Monday in an apparent suicide, was a “yobitai sutaa” (“a want-to-invite star”). Unlike other Hollywood celebrities, Williams was famed for two things: He never ...

Legendary actress Lauren Bacall, star of 'The Big Sleep,' dies at 89

Aug 13, 2014

Legendary actress Lauren Bacall, star of 'The Big Sleep,' dies at 89

Lauren Bacall, the slinky, sultry-voiced actress who created on-screen magic with Humphrey Bogart in “To Have and Have Not” and “The Big Sleep” and off-screen magic in one of Hollywood’s most storied marriages, died Tuesday at age 89. Bacall, whose long career brought two ...

Actor Robin Williams dies at 63 in apparent suicide

Aug 12, 2014

Actor Robin Williams dies at 63 in apparent suicide

Robin Williams, the Academy Award winner and comic supernova whose explosions of pop culture riffs and impressions dazzled audiences for decades and made him a gleamy-eyed laureate for the Information Age, died Monday in an apparent suicide. He was 63. Williams was pronounced dead ...

Jul 27, 2014

Godzilla returns: Sequel announced at Comic-Con

Godzilla is coming back. A sequel to the massive-monster film featuring classic creatures from the franchise is in the works. Legendary Pictures chief Thomas Tull made the announcement Saturday at Comic-Con before showing teaser footage that revealed the winged Mothra and Rodan and the ...

Jul 22, 2014

Here's sellin' to you, kid. Casablanca piano up for sale

The iconic piano from Hollywood romance “Casablanca” will go on sale at auction in New York in November, the highlight of more than two dozen collectors’ items from the fabled war-time classic. “Play it, Sam,” says a stunning Ingrid Bergman, cajoling Dooley Wilson into ...

Jul 10, 2014

North Korea takes case against Rogen film to U.N.

North Korea has lodged a formal protest at the United Nations against a Hollywood comedy about an assassination bid on leader Kim Jong Un and asked Washington to block the film’s release. “The Interview” stars Seth Rogen and James Franco as two tabloid television ...

Batman celebrates 75th birthday

Jul 4, 2014

Batman celebrates 75th birthday

Ker-pow! Batman is celebrating his 75th birthday this month with a series of comic-book, video-game and other events putting Gotham City’s famed caped crusader firmly back in the spotlight. July 23 is officially Batman Day, and to mark the occasion in Hollywood, Warner Bros. ...