• Movie 'Doctor Strange' turns Tibetan man into European woman

    Updated: Wed, Apr 27, 2016

    BEIJING (AP) — A Tibetan male character from the "Doctor Strange" comic books presented such a potential political minefield to Marvel that in the film version they cast a Caucasian woman in the role, reflecting the pressures Hollywood movie makers perceive when trying to appeal to the Chinese market. One of the film's screenwriters has suggested that the casting of British actress Tilda Swinton as sorcerer the Ancient One was partly done to avoid potentially offending China's government and moviegoers, who now represent the world's second-largest annual box office after North America. After his comments circulated widely online, the writer said he was expressing only a personal opinion, not that of Marvel's.

  • BRIEF: Film, panel discussion on addiction recovery set for May 14 at Fox Theatre

    Updated: Wed, Apr 27, 2016

    A showing of a documentary on the difficulty people recovering from drug addiction face will be followed by a panel discussion with local drug abuse prevention and recovery support advocates May 14 at the Fox Theatre. The Substance Abuse Center of Kansas will present the 2014 film "The Anonymous People" at 6 p.m. The 2014 documentary by Greg D. Williams features interviews with people about their own experiences with addiction and recovery, particularly the stigma involved. After the film, a panel of advocates will have a discussion about drug abuse prevention and addiction recovery issues. The panel discussion is sponsored by Reno County Drug Court, Communities That Care, Oxford House, CrossOver Recovery Center and Reno Coun

  • Film Summer Preview Jodie Foster

    Updated: Wed, Apr 27, 2016

    FILE - In this April 21, 2016 file photo, Jodie Foster attends a special 40th anniversary screening of "Taxi Driver" during the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival in New York. Foster directs the upcoming film, "Money Monster," starring Julia Roberts and George Clooney, opening nationwide on May 13.

  • Film Summer Preview Mark Rylance

    Updated: Wed, Apr 27, 2016

    FILE - In this Oct. 4, 2015 photo, Oscar-winning actor Mark Rylance poses for a portrait in New York. Rylance voices the character, Big Friendly Giant, in the upcoming film, "The BFG," opening nationwide on July 1.

  • Film Summer Preview Matt Damon

    Updated: Wed, Apr 27, 2016

    FILE - In this Sept. 11, 2015 photo, Matt Damon poses for a portrait at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto. Damon is reprising his role as Jason Bourne in the self-titled film by Paul Greengrass, in theaters nationwide on July 29.

  • Holocaust Remembrance Day

    Updated: Wed, Apr 27, 2016

    FILE - In this Feb. 8, 2016 file photo, actor Ed Asner arrives at the 15th Annual Movies for Grownups Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif. Asner will team up with actress Jayne Atkinson to read “The Soap Myth” at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center in honor of Holocaust Remembrance Day.

  • Who you gonna call? 'Ghostbusters' is back in business

    Updated: Wed, Apr 27, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) — For decades, the quest for another "Ghostbusters" movie was as elusive as an ectoplasmic phantom. Various iterations for a third "Ghostbusters" movie cycled through countless rumors and possibilities that had one thing in common: Bill Murray just didn't want to do another one. Eventually, the proton pack was passed to Paul Feig, the "Freaks and Geeks" creator turned de facto filmmaker of female comics ("Bridesmaids," ''Spy"). Amy Pascal, then-Sony Pictures chief, convinced Feig to take on a reboot of the 1980s comedy franchise. "I was like: OK, how would I do it? I don't want to compete with the memory of those guys, but if I got the funny women that I love working with, that, to me, I have ideas with,

  • From 'Civil War' to 'Star Trek,' a list of the summer movies

    Updated: Wed, Apr 27, 2016

    Hollywood's 2015 summer was its second biggest ever, with nearly $4.8 billion in box office.

  • Underdogs in summer movies include originality, opportunity

    Updated: Wed, Apr 27, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) — Hollywood's summer, which kicks off with the fittingly combative "Captain America: Civil War," will be a season of struggle: for box office, for originality and for opportunity. More than ever, the big tent of summer moviegoing is held up by a forest of tentpoles stretching from May to August. The swelling size of the summer movie has turned the season into a game of survival. The possibility of bombing lurks as an ever-present threat, testosterone often dominates in front of and (especially) behind the camera, and few non-sequel, non-reboot films dare to compete. Box office and stress levels run high in equal measure.

  • Sam Mendes to head jury at Venice Film Festival

    Updated: Wed, Apr 27, 2016

    MILAN (AP) — Organizers of the Venice Film Festival say Oscar-winning British director Sam Mendes will head the jury that will choose winners in this year's competition. In announcing Mendes' appointment Wednesday, organizers said the director has "established himself as one of the most highly respected film directors of recent years." The 50-year-old Mendes was quoted as saying that his "happiest film festival memory is launching 'Road to Perdition' at Venice in 2002." Mendes' directorial debut, "American Beauty," won five Oscars, including best director and best picture. Mendes is also an accomplished theater director. The Venice Film Festival, the world's oldest, is holding its 73rd edition this year. It will

  • Italy Biennale

    Updated: Wed, Apr 27, 2016

    FILE -- In this Nov. 2, 2015 file photo, director Sam Mendes poses for photographers as he walks the red carpet at the regional premiere of the latest James Bond film, "Spectre," at the National Auditorium in Mexico City. The Venice Biennale says Oscar-winning British director Mendes will head the jury that will choose winners at the world’s oldest film festival this year.

  • The Rev. Billy Kyles dies; was present when ML King was shot

    Updated: Wed, Apr 27, 2016

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The Rev. Samuel Billy Kyles, a longtime civil rights leader who was present when Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated on a hotel balcony, has died in Memphis. He was 81. Erica Cunningham, an administrative assistant at Monumental Baptist Church in Memphis, where Kyles served as pastor for 55 years, said he died Tuesday at a hospital. An official cause of death was not immediately released, but Cunningham said he had been living with dementia. Kyles' family is expected to release a statement later. King came to Memphis in 1968 to help striking sanitation workers, who were seeking safer working conditions and better pay. At about 6 p.m. on April 4, King, Kyles and others prepared to leave the Lorraine

  • Travel news: Universal-Exorcist, Eiteljorg, toilets, LLBean

    Updated: Wed, Apr 27, 2016

    UNIVERSAL PARKS' HALLOWEEN THEME: 'THE EXORCIST' Halloween mazes at Universal theme parks in Hollywood, California, and in Orlando, Florida, will be themed this fall on the classic horror movie "The Exorcist." The mazes at Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood will recreate scenes and moments from the 1973 hit movie about a girl whose mother believes she is possessed by the devil. The film was nominated for 10 Academy Awards and was so influential in pop culture and the horror genre that it was preserved by the Library of Congress' National Film Registry. ___ GRAND CANYON ... IN THE MIDWEST You can explore the Grand Canyon without leaving the Midwest.

  • Kitten stars of 'Keanu' destined for posh Hollywood futures

    Updated: Wed, Apr 27, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Anyone who's spent time with a cat might agree with filmmaker Peter Atencio when he says cats are the "15-year-olds of the animal kingdom." Dogs are eager to please their owners. Cats couldn't care less. But the kittens that play the title tabby in the new action-comedy "Keanu " impressed their human co-stars so much, they've earned permanent places in Hollywood. "They blew away my expectations," said Atencio, director of "Keanu" and a self-described "crazy cat man" who has three cats, two dogs and a rabbit at home. "They took direction really well.

  • In his films, Prince sought to meld music and image into something more, each elevating the other

    Updated: Wed, Apr 27, 2016

    From the Beatles and Bob Dylan to Beyonce, Prince sits within a spectrum of musicians who have deployed the tools of cinema in service of their creative expression. Where many of his albums feature the rather staggering credit “produced, arranged, composed and performed by Prince,” that level of self-contained creativity simply cannot be transposed onto conventional feature filmmaking, an enterprise that demands many collaborators both in front of and behind the camera. Yet in his multiple forays into movies, Prince sought to create a melding of music and image as distinctive and exploratory as the rest of his work.

  • ‘Jungle Book’ likely to remain No. 1 at the box office a third straight weekend

    Updated: Wed, Apr 27, 2016

    “The Jungle Book” is expected to deliver a third-straight win at the box-office for Walt Disney Co. this weekend, continuing a hot-streak for the entertainment giant. The studio’s retelling of the classic Rudyard Kipling stories is likely to collect $30 million to $35 million in ticket sales Friday through Sunday in the U.S. and Canada, adding to an already ferocious domestic total of $192 million so far. Directed by Jon Favreau, the $175 million live-action and computer-generated production has soared to $544 million in worldwide receipts. Disney is enjoying a strong run at the box office — one that is expected to continue May 1 when its latest Marvel Studios picture “Captain America: Civil War” hits American mul

  • BC-US--Summer Movie Preview,ADVISORY, US

    Updated: Wed, Apr 27, 2016

    EDITORS: Hollywood's summer, which kicks off next week with the fittingly combative "Captain America: Civil War," will be a season of struggle — for box office, for originality and for opportunity. In a series of AP stories moving this week, stars and filmmakers reflect on the summer season. Here's a rundown of what we plan... Moving Wednesday: SUMMER PREVIEW — Summer means stress in Hollywood, when the possibility of bombing lurks as an ever-present threat, when testosterone often dominates in front of and behind the camera, and when few non-sequel, non-reboot films dare to compete. By Film Writer Jake Coyle. UPCOMING: 950 words by 3 p.m. EDT Wednesday, photos, video.

  • You don't have to hate "The Huntsman: Winter's War"

    Travis Poppleton, KSL.com | Updated: Tue, Apr 26, 2016

    You've heard some pretty terrible things about "The Huntsman: Winter's War," but can they all be true? Is there still a place for you to genuinely enjoy the sequel to "Snow White and the Huntsman?" We think so.

  • China Film Doctor Strange

    Updated: Wed, Apr 27, 2016

    FILE - In this Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016 file photo, actress Tilda Swinton leaves after a photo call for the film 'Hail Caesar' at the 2016 Berlinale Film Festival in Berlin, Germany. One of the screenwriters of the film "Doctor Strange" has suggested that the casting of British actress Tilda Swinton as sorcerer the Ancient One, who is a Tibetan male character in the "Doctor Strange" comic books, was partly done to avoid potentially offending China's government and moviegoers, who now represent the world's second-largest annual box office after North America.

  • Jane Austen-inspired books, movies, more

    Updated: Wed, Apr 27, 2016

    Jane Austen (1775-1817) isn’t just for English majors anymore. The sharp-witted author of six classic novels including “Pride and Prejudice” and “Emma” has entered the pop culture domain — and just won’t leave. Today, her fiction is the basis for many film and TV adaptations (Jane made Colin Firth an international star) as well as the template for countless rom-com movies or romance novels. But perhaps the strangest development is the unlikely mashups — we’re looking at you, zombies — that bring all manner of monsters and other fantasy creatures into the Austen universe. Here’s a roundup of some of the most notable, not to mention the most unlikely, Jane Austen remixes.




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