'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 ...

U.S. considers allowing commercial drones for movie shooting

Jun 3, 2014

U.S. considers allowing commercial drones for movie shooting

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration said Monday it is considering giving permission to seven movie and television filming companies to use unmanned aircraft for aerial photography, a potentially significant step that could lead to greater relaxation of the agency’s ban on commercial use of ...

Porn could affect men's brain size, German research hints

May 30, 2014

Porn could affect men's brain size, German research hints

Researchers have found less gray matter in the brains of men who perused large amounts of sexually explicit material. The research, which appeared Wednesday in the journal JAMA Psychiatry, could not determine if pornography actually caused the brain to shrink, however, and the authors ...

EU Film Days unfreezes movie options

May 30, 2014

EU Film Days unfreezes movie options

by Daisuke Kikuchi

Though it might not seem like it right now, films and animation other than “Frozen” do exist, and the EU Film Days 2014 festival could be a good way to explore some alternatives. This weekend, 30 films reflecting different cultural preferences in film aesthetics ...

Bill Murray turns up at stag party, gives tips on love

May 28, 2014

Bill Murray turns up at stag party, gives tips on love

A young man got a surprise at his bachelor party: a sparkling speech from actor Bill Murray. The deadpan comic, who lives in Charleston, South Carolina, was dining with friends in the city over the weekend when a diner from the bachelor party group ...

Psychedelic bus rolls again

May 25, 2014

Psychedelic bus rolls again

When the late author Ken Kesey and his pals, the Merry Pranksters, took their psychedelic bus ride across America to visit the New York World’s Fair, America was mourning President John F. Kennedy’s assassination and the Grateful Dead was not yet a band. And, ...

Supercharged CEO Musk aims for cars and stars

May 25, 2014

Supercharged CEO Musk aims for cars and stars

by Jon Swaine

When Hollywood wanted to bring to life Tony Stark, the comic-book engineering prodigy who grew up to be the billionaire industrialist and slick playboy alter ego of Iron Man, it turned to the closest thing the real world seemed to offer. “We need to ...

Turkish drama 'Winter Sleep' wins Palme d'Or

May 25, 2014

Turkish drama 'Winter Sleep' wins Palme d'Or

The richly ruminative Chekhovian drama “Winter Sleep” was awarded the Palme d’Or on Saturday, bestowing the Cannes Film Festival’s top honor on an intimate, wintery epic set on Turkey’s Anatolian steppe. Director Nuri Bilge Ceylan accepted the award, handed out by Quentin Tarantino and ...

Iran actress Hatami apologises for Cannes kiss

May 24, 2014

Iran actress Hatami apologises for Cannes kiss

Iranian actress Leila Hatami Friday apologized for kissing the Cannes film festival’s president on the cheek, an act that angered authorities in the Islamic Republic, state media reported. “I am so sorry for hurting the feelings of some people,” she wrote in a letter ...

Actress' kiss at Cannes angers Tehran

May 19, 2014

Actress' kiss at Cannes angers Tehran

Iranian actress Leila Hatami on Sunday angered authorities in Tehran by greeting the president of the Cannes film festival with a kiss on the cheek, an act that outraged conservatives back home. “Iranian womanhood is the symbol of chastity and innocence,” Deputy Culture Minister ...

Monster hits continue to survive the Internet age

May 18, 2014

Monster hits continue to survive the Internet age

by Jennifer Rankin

A monster lays waste to America’s cities, smashing skyscrapers and tearing up passenger trains. It’s the familiar tale of Godzilla, a mutant lizard last seen rampaging through cinemas in 1998 and now back on the big screen. Godzilla, which was made for an estimated ...