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. ...

'Frozen' warms hearts across Japan

Jun 18, 2014

'Frozen' warms hearts across Japan

by May Masangkay

Michiko Miyata had never watched Disney movies, thinking they were only for young people. But she was in for a big surprise when she saw the company’s latest animated film about a princess with ice powers and her sister. “I was touched by the ...

British comedian Rik Mayall dead at 56

Jun 10, 2014

British comedian Rik Mayall dead at 56

British comedian and actor Rik Mayall, who found fame in the cult TV series “The Young Ones,” died on Monday aged 56, his management company said. The star, whose portrayal of the puerile anarchist Rick in BBC’s “The Young Ones” endeared him to a ...

Jun 5, 2014

Japan, Vietnam to embark on first joint film venture

Japan and Vietnam have agreed to co-produce a film for the first time based on a novel about an expatriate Japanese family and their bonds with a Vietnamese community. A media event was held Tuesday in Hanoi for the new film, provisionally titled “Last ...

Stone ready to tackle film about Snowden

Jun 4, 2014

Stone ready to tackle film about Snowden

Oliver Stone will write and direct a film about Edward Snowden, one of two high-profile films in the works about the National Security Agency leaker. Stone announced Monday he plans to adapt “The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World’s Most Wanted Man,” ...

'Hunger Games' salute banned by Thai military

Jun 4, 2014

'Hunger Games' salute banned by Thai military

The three-finger salute of resistance from Hollywood movie “The Hunger Games” is being used as a real symbol of defiance in Thailand. Protesters against the military coup are flashing the gesture as a silent act of rebellion — and they are being threatened with ...