Live Shakespeare tops British cinema box office - for a day


LONDON A live broadcast of Judi Dench and Kenneth Branagh starring in Shakespeare's "The Winter's Tale" was the biggest cinema box office draw in Britain on the night of the screening, the show's publicists said on Friday.

'Carol' leads indie movie Spirit Awards nominations

LOS ANGELES The lesbian romance "Carol" led the field for Film Independent's Spirit Awards with six nominations on Tuesday while the Catholic Church sex abuse tale "Spotlight" and the Netflix war thriller "Beasts of No Nation" picked up five each in the opening of the Hollywood awards season. | Video

24 Nov 2015

Charlie Chaplin, who spun his Tramp costume into gold, feted in archive book

LONDON Charlie Chaplin once said that all anyone needed to make a funny film was "a park, a policeman and a pretty girl". Chaplin failed to mention the "Tramp" costume that made him world famous.

25 Nov 2015

'Rocky' successor 'Creed' highlights Philadelphia's revival

PHILADELPHIA In the final scene of the movie "Creed," aging boxer Rocky Balboa stands atop the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and surveys the gleaming steel and glass office towers of the city's skyline.

24 Nov 2015

Judy Garland's 'Wizard of Oz' dress fetches over $1.5 million at auction

NEW YORK The blue gingham dress worn by Judy Garland in the 1939 movie "The Wizard of Oz" sold for $1.56 million at an auction in New York on Monday. | Video

23 Nov 2015

Once risky, 'Danish Girl' movie catches transgender zeitgeist

NEW YORK "Risky" was a word British director Tom Hooper heard a lot when he was trying to get "The Danish Girl" made seven years ago. | Video

23 Nov 2015

Brussels film brings gritty reality of Molenbeek to big screen

BRUSSELS In a city locked down on high alert, one cinema dared to open its doors to show "Black" – a tense, violent, thriller version of Romeo and Juliet set among the gangs of the deprived Brussels district of Molenbeek, blamed for fomenting suicide attacks.

24 Nov 2015

'Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2' debuts to franchise-low $101 million

LOS ANGELES ( - "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2" dominated the weekend box office. The final film in the science-fiction franchise debuted to $101 million, but even that massive figure wasn't as big a sendoff for Katniss Everdeen and her fellow revolutionaries as some had predicted. | Video

22 Nov 2015

Pay attention 007: In India, you can kill - but don't kiss

MUMBAI If the Indian censors have their way, James Bond can make liberal use of his licence to kill. But he'll have to cut back on the kissing - by exactly half.

19 Nov 2015

Redmayne, playing 1920s transsexual, finds it 'shocking' how little has changed

LONDON Eddie Redmayne said he finds the lack of progress on transgender rights in the past century 'shocking' after playing 1920s transsexual pioneer Lili Elbe in his new film "The Danish Girl". | Video

18 Nov 2015

Tycoons, telecoms and Trotsky: book lifts veil on Carlos Slim

MEXICO CITY Carlos Slim's brother interrogated leftist rebels for Mexico's intelligence agency while his eldest son often hands out a biographical novel about Leon Trotsky as a gift, according to a new book on the tycoon who was long the world's richest man.