Filipino movie director welcomes Tokyo award for 'Crocodile'

Feb 9, 2015

Filipino movie director welcomes Tokyo award for 'Crocodile'

Francis Xavier Pasion, a movie director from the Philippines, says that winning a Tokyo Filmex award for his independent film “Crocodile” may help it reach a broader audience in his home country, where Hollywood products predominate. Pasion’s third film, “Crocodile” is based on the ...

'Birdman' filmmaker wins top prize at Directors Guild Awards

Feb 8, 2015

'Birdman' filmmaker wins top prize at Directors Guild Awards

“Birdman” has cracked another awards ceremony. After taking top honors from the acting and producing guilds, the film about a washed-up Hollywood actor played by Michael Keaton won the top prize at the Directors Guild Awards. “Birdman” writer-director Alejandro Inarritu was honored at Saturday’s ...

'Crouching Tiger' star Zhang Ziyi to marry rocker

Feb 8, 2015

'Crouching Tiger' star Zhang Ziyi to marry rocker

Chinese actress Zhang Ziyi has accepted a marriage proposal from a romantic rock star who delivered a diamond ring to her by drone, media said Sunday. Musician Wang Feng sent a white drone carrying the ring flying into Zhang’s 36th birthday party, Chinese web ...

Jan 31, 2015

U.S. First lady defends 'American Sniper' at veterans event

First lady Michelle Obama urged Hollywood to give a more accurate portrayal of veterans and defended the Oscar-nominated “American Sniper,” which has received criticism for its depiction of war. Bradley Cooper, who is nominated for best actor for his portrayal of the late U.S. ...

Jan 28, 2015

Tajik TV airs films in English as learning aid

Tom Cruise’s Tajik and Russian are on the way out in Tajikistan, where state television has made English — without subtitles — the preferred lingo to boost opportunity in the impoverished former Soviet state. Viewers can now watch Hollywood films in the original language, ...

Emma Watson to star in live-action 'Beauty and the Beast'

Jan 27, 2015

Emma Watson to star in live-action 'Beauty and the Beast'

Emma Watson will play Belle in Disney’s live-action remake of “Beauty and the Beast.” The Walt Disney Co. announced the casting of the “Harry Potter” star Monday, setting the prettier half of the romance at the center of the fairy tale. Who will play ...

Spielberg warns of growing anti-Semitism

Jan 27, 2015

Spielberg warns of growing anti-Semitism

Film director Steven Spielberg told a group of Holocaust survivors on Monday that Jews are again facing the “perennial demons of intolerance” from anti-Semites who are provoking hate crimes and trying to strip survivors of their identity. His warning came in a speech to ...