Film

'Guardians,' 'Fault' and 'Neighbors' lead MTV Movie Award nominees

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LOS ANGELES - Marvel's space caper, "Guardians of the Galaxy", will take on weepy teen romance, "The Fault in Our Stars", and raunchy bromance comedy, "Neighbors", at the MTV Movie Awards this year, as each garnered seven nominations in the irreverent annual youth-oriented awards ceremony.

Tribeca Festival blends films, live performances in varied slate

NEW YORK - From a crime drama starring actress Glenn Close to an Arnold Schwarzenegger film about a deadly zombie epidemic to an expose of the financial crisis, the Tribeca Film Festival unveiled a varied slate of movies on Thursday.

Arts, 05 Mar 2015

Rebel-turned-filmmaker asks why Syria went so wrong

ISTANBUL - With Syria's civil war spilling across its borders and Islamic State militants beheading captives in their self-declared caliphate, it is little wonder Syrian movies have had pride of a place at an independent film festival in Turkey.

05 Mar 2015

India's censor blocks 'Fifty Shades of Grey' from cinemas

MUMBAI - India's government censors have said they will not allow the big-screen adaptation of erotic novel "Fifty Shades of Grey" to be shown in Indian cinemas, a decision most had anticipated in the largely conservative country.

04 Mar 2015

Franchise Man swoops in to save Bollywood

MUMBAI - Bollywood is looking for its next superhero, one who can swoop in to amuse audiences in a film industry bereft of fresh ideas. Its name might be Franchise Man.

04 Mar 2015

Film on 2012 Delhi gang rape stokes debate on Indian male mindset

NEW DELHI - A new documentary based on the fatal gang rape of a woman in New Delhi in 2012 highlights gender inequality and sex crimes in India, with the seeming lack of remorse among those convicted of the crime shocking even the film's director.

World, 03 Mar 2015

Tribeca Film Festival showcases movies about 'everyday life'

NEW YORK - Feature films from 31 countries, many of them about the struggles of everyday life and featuring stars such as Richard Gere, James Franco and Dakota Fanning will be screened at the 14th Tribeca Film Festival.

Arts 03 Mar 2015

Catholics and Jews pan film defending wartime Pope Pius XII

VATICAN CITY - A new Italian film that attempts to defend wartime Pope Pius XII against accusations he turned a blind eye to the Holocaust has been panned by the Vatican as well as Catholic and Jewish media.

Italy 03 Mar 2015

New film on China's pollution sparks debate, seen as milestone

SHANGHAI - Could "Under the Dome", Chinese journalist Chai Jing's new documentary about pollution, become China's "Silent Spring", the 1962 book that spurred the development of the U.S. environmental movement?

Environment, China 02 Mar 2015

Will Smith's 'Focus' opens with $19.1 million to win U.S. box office

- Will Smith's new action drama "Focus" booted the kinky sex tale "Fifty Shades of Grey" for its perch atop U.S. and Canadian weekend box office charts, racking up $19.1 million in ticket sales.

01 Mar 2015
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Celebrated Turkish novelist Yasar Kemal dead at 91

ISTANBUL - Yasar Kemal, one of Turkey's greatest writers who celebrated the lives of the downtrodden and whose works were translated into 40 languages, died on Saturday. He was 91 years old.