Horror master Wes Craven dies at 76

Aug 31, 2015

Horror master Wes Craven dies at 76

Wes Craven, the prolific writer-director who thrilled audiences with iconic and bloody suburban slashers like “A Nightmare on Elm Street” and “Scream” that made his name synonymous with horror, has died. He was 76. In a statement, Craven’s family said that he died in ...

Aug 30, 2015

Sales of unearthed Atari games total more than $100,000

A cache of Atari game cartridges dug up in a New Mexico landfill last year has generated more than $100,000 in sales over the last several months. The April 2014 dig ended speculation surrounding an urban legend that Atari had discarded hundreds of games, ...

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 ...

How Sony sanitized films to please China's censors

Jul 26, 2015

How Sony sanitized films to please China's censors

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In a 2013 script for the movie “Pixels,” intergalactic aliens blast a hole in one of China’s national treasures — the Great Wall. That scene is gone from the final version of the sci-fi comedy, starring Adam Sandler and released by Sony Pictures Entertainment ...

Jul 16, 2015

Johnny Depp's wife charged with sneaking dogs into Australia

Johnny Depp’s wife, Amber Heard, has been charged with illegally bringing the couple’s dogs to Australia — an incident that captured global attention after the nation’s agriculture minister angrily ordered the pooches to get out of the country or face death. Heard was charged ...

Film legend Omar Sharif gets solemn send-off in Egypt

Jul 12, 2015

Film legend Omar Sharif gets solemn send-off in Egypt

Close friends and family paid respects Sunday to cinema legend Omar Sharif, who will forever be remembered as the eponymous “Doctor Zhivago,” at a solemn funeral in his native Egypt. Sharif, 83, died Friday of a heart attack in an upmarket Cairo clinic after ...

Jun 24, 2015

'Eight is Enough' dad Dick Van Patten dead at 86

Charismatic actor Dick Van Patten, star of the popular 1970s “Eight is Enough” television series, died Tuesday in Los Angeles aged 86. The actor, who also starred in “The New Dick Van Dyke Show,” “Happy Days” and “The Love Boat,” died of complications from ...

Composer for 'Titanic,' 'Avatar' dies in plane crash: report

Jun 23, 2015

Composer for 'Titanic,' 'Avatar' dies in plane crash: report

James Horner, the celebrated composer for some of Hollywood’s smash-hit films, including “Titanic” and “Avatar,” died Monday in a plane crash at the age of 61, U.S. media reported. Hollywood trade magazine Variety reported the composer died when his personal aircraft crashed in Santa ...

'Star Wars' shown in Chinese theaters for first time

Jun 16, 2015

'Star Wars' shown in Chinese theaters for first time

China has become one with the Force by showing the original “Star Wars” film in cinemas for the first time, nearly four decades after it became a global hit and a cornerstone of Western popular culture. The Shanghai International Film Festival is showing all ...