Honorary Oscars to go to Spike Lee, Gena Rowlands, Debbie Reynolds

Director Spike Lee and actresses Gena Rowlands and Debbie Reynolds will receive honorary Oscars for their filmmaking legacies, the organizers of the world’s most coveted movie awards said Thursday. Lee and Rowlands will receive the Honorary Award while Reynolds will be given the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award by the Academy ...

Brosnan asks why not a black or gay 007?

Aug 26, 2015

Brosnan asks why not a black or gay 007?

The next James Bond could be black or gay, argues 007 veteran Pierce Brosnan. “Sure. Why not?” the Irish star was quoted as telling men’s magazine Details when asked if he could picture a gay Bond. Brosnan said he doubted Bond producer Barbara Broccoli ...

Police probe Mel Gibson's 'angry tirade' at Australian reporter

Aug 24, 2015

Police probe Mel Gibson's 'angry tirade' at Australian reporter

Police were investigating claims on Monday that controversial Hollywood star Mel Gibson allegedly shoved and verbally abused an Australian photographer during an angry altercation. Kristi Miller, a news photographer with Sydney’s Daily Telegraph, said she had taken two pictures of Gibson leaving a cinema ...

Novelist Ishiguro's notes and works head to Texas library

Aug 23, 2015

Novelist Ishiguro's notes and works head to Texas library

The sweeping archives of award-winning novelist Kazuo Ishiguro will be heading to a University of Texas research library, including a discarded opening chapter for his best-known book, “The Remains of the Day,” the university said. The novelist, who was born in Nagasaki in 1954 ...

Four Japanese win best actress award at Locarno film festival

Aug 16, 2015

Four Japanese win best actress award at Locarno film festival

Four Japanese women together won the best actress award on Saturday at the Locarno International Film Festival in Switzerland for their performances in the film “Happy Hour,” festival organizers said. The four — Sachie Tanaka, 41, Hazuki Kikuchi, 37, Maiko Mihara, 41, and Rira ...

High-tech kabuki performance amazes crowd at Las Vegas venue

Aug 15, 2015

High-tech kabuki performance amazes crowd at Las Vegas venue

The traditional Japanese art form of kabuki made its debut Friday night on the Las Vegas Strip at the famed Fountains of Bellagio. Not the typical kabuki staging of the more than 400-year-old traditional art, the kabuki play “Koi-Tsukami” (“Fight With a Carp”) received ...