Sayuri Yoshinaga's film wins prize at Montreal festival

Sep 2, 2014

Sayuri Yoshinaga's film wins prize at Montreal festival

The movie “Fushigi Na Misaki No Monogatari” (“Cape Nostalgia”) starring veteran actress Sayuri Yoshinaga has won the Special Grand Prix at the Montreal World Film Festival. It is the first Japanese film to win the second-highest award at the festival since “Waga Haha no ...

FBI begins probing nude celebrity photo leaks

Sep 2, 2014

FBI begins probing nude celebrity photo leaks

The FBI said Monday it was addressing allegations that online accounts of several celebrities, including Oscar-winner Jennifer Lawrence, had been hacked, leading to the posting of their nude photographs online. The agency did not say what actions it was taking to investigate who was ...

Jolie, Pitt avoid media glare to wed privately in chateau in France

Aug 29, 2014

Jolie, Pitt avoid media glare to wed privately in chateau in France

The wait is finally over: Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, Hollywood’s reigning royal couple, have tied the knot. Despite two years of feverish scrutiny, the pair managed to keep one of the world’s most anticipated weddings shrouded from the media’s glare. When? Where? Why ...

Authorities shut down Beijing Independent Film Festival

Aug 24, 2014

Authorities shut down Beijing Independent Film Festival

Chinese authorities blocked an annual independent film festival from opening Saturday, seizing documents and films from organizers and hauling away two event officials in a sign that Beijing is stepping up its already tight ideological controls. Li Xianting, a film critic and founder of ...

Jackie Chan takes 'bow of apology' after son busted for drugs

Aug 21, 2014

Jackie Chan takes 'bow of apology' after son busted for drugs

Kung-fu movie star Jackie Chan offered the public a “deep bow of apology” after his son, actor, singer and socialite Jaycee, was arrested in Beijing for drug use. Jackie Chan, 60, served as a goodwill spokesman for the China National Anti-Drug Committee in 2009, ...

'The Enchanted World of Jacques Demy'

Aug 21, 2014

'The Enchanted World of Jacques Demy'

French filmmaker Jacques Demy’s New Wave interpretation of the musical “The Umbrellas of Cherbourg” (1964) is perhaps his most famous film, but he made numerous other unusual musicals, including “The Young Girls of Rochefort” (1967) and “Lady Oscar” (1979), which was co-produced in Japan ...

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 ...