• Original ‘Roots’ still fresh and shocking, decades later

    Updated: Sun, May 29, 2016

    “Roots” premiered on ABC in January 1977, just a few months after Alex Haley published the historical novel upon which it was based — a phenomenon on the back of a phenomenon. Now remade for the flat-screen generations by History, the new version will surely reap the benefits of 40 extra years of technological innovation and historical research. (The accuracy of Haley’s own research has been questioned, and in settling a lawsuit, he admitted plagiarizing material from Harold Courlander’s novel “The African.” But this doesn’t lessen the cultural impact of the series, and there is much to admire in the original, as antiquated as it can now seem.) Broadcast over eight consecutive nights, it was the very definitio

  • Depp's 'Alice' bombs, 'X-Men: Apocalypse' on top with $65M

    Depp\'s \'Alice\' bombs, \'X-Men: Apocalypse\' on...

    Updated: Sun, May 29, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) — Johnny Depp's "Alice Through the Looking Glass" bombed over the Memorial Day weekend with just $28.1 million through Sunday in North American theaters, while "X-Men: Apocalypse" debuted on top with an estimated $65 million. The anticipated showdown of the two big-budget films turned out to be little contest for 20th Century Fox's latest "X-Men" installment. Both films were lambasted by critics, and neither drew the audience many expected over the holiday weekend. Disney's "Alice Through the Looking Glass" had more than bad reviews to deal with. On Friday, as the film was hitting theaters, Amber Heard, Depp's wife, was granted a restraining order after alleging the actor previously assaulted her.

  • Mexico Ariel Film Awards

    Mexico Ariel Film Awards

    Updated: Sun, May 29, 2016

    Mexican director David Pablo accepts his Ariel award for best film, for "Las Elegidas" during the 58th Mexican Ariel Academy Film Awards in Mexico City, Saturday, May 28, 2016.

  • In Covington, saving the past 1 film strip at a time

    In Covington, saving the past 1 film strip at a...

    Updated: Sun, May 29, 2016

    COVINGTON, Ky. (AP) — The basement of the 150-year-old Ice House in Covington is about the closest you can get to time travel. Images of the past 100 years flicker on screens. Stacks of film fill rooms. Staff scuttles between modern computers and decades-old reel-to-reel devices preserving historic footage - including every NASA space shuttle launch. The basement of PPS Group in Covington contains the past as well as the future within its walls. It also has the most incredible collection of ancient technology this side of the last century. That's because PPS CEO Bob Gerding owns large videotape machines the size of cars from the 1950s. He owns old video tapes and the equipment to play them on. He own

  • Connecticut focuses on developing TV and digital industry

    Connecticut focuses on developing TV and...

    Updated: Sun, May 29, 2016

    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Once hoping to be known as Hollywood East, Connecticut is now actively courting the television and digital media industry, working to attract and grow companies that can meet the burgeoning demand for the content used across multiple platforms, from cable TV's TLC to the Internet's YouTube. The push comes about a decade after the state had high hopes of luring major movies, considering so many actors, directors and crew already lived in the state. Connecticut created a new tax incentive program and built up a trained crew base that attracted big-name movie directors like Steven Spielberg, Barry Levinson, Sam Mendes and others to the state. But in recent years, the state has focused more on productions

  • Digital Film Connecticut

    Digital Film Connecticut

    Updated: Sun, May 29, 2016

    FILE -- In this Nov. 3, 2015 file photo, Notre Dame head coach Muffet McGraw, right, sits with Maryland head coach Brenda Frese for a live interview with sportscaster David Lloyd, left, on SportsCenter at ESPN in Bristol, Conn. About a decade after the state had high hopes of luring major movies, Connecticut is now actively courting the television and digital media industry, working to attract and grow companies that can meet the burgeoning demand for the content used across multiple platforms.

  • 400 years after The Bard: Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park celebrating the legacy of William Shakespeare with new season

    Updated: Sun, May 29, 2016

    If you've ever gone on a wild-goose chase, looked with your mind's eye or worn your heart on your sleeve, you've been quoting William Shakespeare even if you didn't know it. “My love for Shakespeare came from the language initially. What I think Shakespeare is attempting to do through poetry is to express those things that are inexpressible in our mundane, everyday communication with each other,” said Kathryn McGill, executive and artistic director and co-founder of Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park. Four centuries after his death, the English author remains widely regarded as the globe's pre-eminent playwright, his vivid turns of phrase becoming the stuff of many common sayings.

  • Loss, accusations mark a turbulent few days for Johnny Depp

    Loss, accusations mark a turbulent few days for...

    Updated: Sat, May 28, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Johnny Depp seemed the picture of rock star cool as he played guitar onstage in Portugal with his band, the Hollywood Vampires. An ocean away, he is facing serious accusations. A judge on Friday ordered Depp to stay away from estranged wife, Amber Heard, after she accused the Oscar-nominated actor of repeatedly hitting her during a recent fight and leaving her face bruised. Depp's publicist has not responded to a request for comment, and the "Pirates of the Caribbean" star made no mention of the allegations during his Friday night concert in Lisbon. Depp appeared on stage puffing a small cigar and playing rhythm guitar to a large crowd that had gathered for a Rock in Rio concert.

  • Sam Mendes: It's time for a new James Bond director

    Sam Mendes: It\'s time for a new James Bond...

    Updated: Sat, May 28, 2016

    HAY-ON-WYE, Wales (AP) — Sam Mendes is finished with James Bond. The acclaimed British director of "Skyfall" and "Spectre" said Saturday he will not direct the next installment in the popular spy series that started with Sean Connery's startling 1962 performance in "Dr. No." "It was an incredible adventure, I loved every second of it," Mendes said of his five years working on the thriller franchise. "But I think it's time for somebody else." Mendes revealed his plans to step down from the series to an audience at the Hay Festival of literature in Wales.

  • Fledgling Shawnee charity looking to preserve veterans' stories in short documentaries

    Updated: Sat, May 28, 2016

    Sean Winn collects war stories. He spends much of his time listening, and recording, the tales of old folks who tramped the rocky sands of Iwo Jima, survived the chill and short rations at the Battle of the Bulge or subsisted on the gruel of a prison camp. Then he takes video of their hours-long recollections, boils them to an essence, cuts in vintage war clips and gives them back to the veterans. “It’s our gift to them,” he said. “People like to say, ‘Thanks for your service.’ This is our tangible way to say, thank you.

  • Chinese developer Wanda opens theme park to take on Disney

    Chinese developer Wanda opens theme park to...

    Updated: Sat, May 28, 2016

    NANCHANG, China (AP) — China's largest private property developer, the Wanda Group, opened an entertainment complex on Saturday that it's positioning as a distinctly homegrown rival to Disney and its $5.5 billion Shanghai theme park opening next month. Wanda executives unveiled their $3 billion "Wanda City" in the southeastern provincial capital of Nanchang to thundering music reminiscent of the "Pirates of the Caribbean" theme and hailed the center as a representative of Chinese entertainment culture in the face of encroaching foreign influences. Wanda's massive site includes an $800 million China-themed park filled with twirling "porcelain teacup" rides and bamboo forests, an indoor shopping mall with cinemas, restaurants

  • San Diego HS takes top award at area film festival

    Updated: Fri, May 27, 2016

    San Diego High School took the top prize at an area festival geared toward improving reading and writing skills through film. With "High School Nightmare," the group earned best film and direction at the festival hosted by the Education Service Center Region 2. "We are a first-year audio/video technology class, and are thrilled to have won," said the group's sponsor Pam Garcia. The service center hosted its first film festival May 20. Students in grades 9-12 from 10 schools in the center's 11-county service area submitted projects. The festival culminated with a showcase and awards ceremony, which student film makers, parents, staff and residents were invited to attend. All schools in the service center's service

  • A Visual History of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

    A Visual History of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

    IGN | Published: Fri, May 27, 2016

    From gritty comic, to syndicated cartoon, to games, movies, and more, we take a look at the history of the world's most fearsome fighting teens.

  • Judge grants Amber Heard a domestic violence restraining order against Johnny Depp

    Updated: Fri, May 27, 2016

    LOS ANGELES — Amber Heard was granted a restraining order against husband Johnny Depp on Friday, after appearing at the courthouse with a bruised face and alleging the “Alice in Wonderland” actor had physically abused her prior to her filing for divorce on Monday. Though the judge granted Heard a temporary restraining order that requires Depp to stay 100 yards away from her until a further hearing next month, several of Heard’s additional requests were denied, including spousal support and an order to protect one of the couple’s dogs from Depp, according to court documents obtained by the Los Angeles Times. Photographs of the actress with what appears to be a bruise surrounding her right eye and damage inside the co

  • Josh Duhamel celebrates Memorial Day by helping veterans

    Josh Duhamel celebrates Memorial Day by helping...

    Updated: Fri, May 27, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Before starting work on the next "Transformers" film, Josh Duhamel is lending his star power to help disabled veterans. Duhamel is supporting a campaign that provides smart homes for injured American veterans, and he's encouraging others to do the same. The 43-year-old actor appears in a video that shows how the #EnlistMe effort restores independence to injured veterans by building wheelchair-accessible homes with high-tech digital features. "My aunt was deployed to the Balkans, into Iraq, my grandfather was a World War II vet," Duhamel said.

  • Movie review: ‘Love & Friendship’ is pure pleasure

    Updated: Fri, May 27, 2016

    Lady Susan Vernon, the dubious heroine of Jane Austen’s 1790s-era novella “Lady Susan,” is a very accomplished flirt: the sort, an acquaintance notes, who “does not confine herself to that sort of honest flirtation which satisfies most people, but aspires to the more delicious gratification of making a whole family miserable.” She is, in short, someone who would be thoroughly annoying in real life, but quite delightful in fiction — and, in Whit Stillman’s sparkling comedy “Love & Friendship,” on screen. As played by a splendidly hatted Kate Beckinsale, Susan is a velvet-voiced, prettily smiling schemer; a young widow seeking well-positioned husbands for herself and her daughter Frederica (Morfydd Clark) while depe

  • The great escape via '58 Ford Fairlane: Film honors Greatest Generation

    Updated: Fri, May 27, 2016

    They called it the jinxed project. Pasadena, Texas, native Bo Brinkman wrote "Last Man Club" in 1995, soon after his father, Chester Harry Brinkman Jr., died. He wanted to pay tribute to his father, who had fought in seven major battles in the South Pacific in World War II before he was 20 years old. He also wanted to honor others of the Greatest Generation, before they were all gone. The problem was that Hollywood, which is obsessed with youth and superhero action films, didn't want to finance a movie about a bunch of old guys. "They said, 'We don't want to do a veterans film or an old person's film.

  • After Cannes awards, Iranian cast receive hero's welcome

    Updated: Fri, May 27, 2016

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's state news agency is reporting that the cast and crew "The Salesman," which won two prizes at the Cannes film festival this week, have returned to the Iranian capital where they were greeted by crowds of fans. IRNA says that a welcoming ceremony on Friday morning was attended by veteran Iranian cinematographers, as well as local journalists and supporters. "The Salesman" was screened for the first time at the 2016 Cannes film festival. Lead actor Shahab Hosseini won a Palme d'Or for best actor and director Asghar Farhadi picked up the award for best screenplay. In 2012 Farhadi received Iran's first Oscar when "A Separation" won best foreign film. "The Salesman" is an Iranian version of

  • Movie review: 'Alice Through The Looking Glass'

    Updated: Fri, May 27, 2016

    'ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS' PG 1:53 2.5 stars The rare summer sequel that manages to improve on its predecessor, “Alice Through the Looking Glass” still comes marred with plot holes bigger than the Red Queen's head. Despite its financial might, Tim Burton's 2010 live-action adaptation of “Alice in Wonderland” was a curiously dark, dreary and uninspired affair. With Burton stepping back into a producer's role, director James Bobin (2011's “The Muppets”) manages to bring much-needed color and verve to the second trip to Wonderland, or “Underland,” as its strange inhabitants call it.

  • What’s on? Rundown of new and returning TV shows this fall

    Updated: Fri, May 27, 2016

    The commercial broadcast networks have presented their plans for 2016-17, and here’s a rundown of new and returning series. You’ll find lots of fantasy, families with three kids, familiar faces, revivals and “reimaginings” of past projects, all in search of ratings and revenues. You won’t find shows that are set for summer air such as “Aquarius” (returning June 16) and “Mistresses” (May 30). And we have to consider that how many of us watch TV keeps changing. Besides the broadcast shows below, and cable and satellite fare, streaming has become ever more commonplace. CBS, for example, is putting both its new version of “Star Trek” and a spinoff of “The Good Wife” (about Diane and Lucca) on its CBS All