Spike Lee, Gena Rowlands, Debbie Reynolds to receive honorary Oscars


LOS ANGELES - Director Spike Lee and actresses Gena Rowlands and Debbie Reynolds will receive honorary Oscars for their filmmaking legacies, the organizers of the world's most coveted movie awards said Thursday.

Dead rats anyone? Hollywood gets creative to promote movies

LOS ANGELES - Want to create buzz for a space movie? Take journalists to a real NASA lab. Promoting a horror film? Order up taxidermied rats and have zombies deliver them.

26 Aug 2015

'Star Wars' toys get marathon roll-out in Disney merchandising push

LOS ANGELES - "Star Wars" producers on Wednesday announced a marathon, worldwide roll-out of toys next week for its upcoming "The Force Awakens" movie in a promotional push that seeks to capture the excitement that once greeted new "Harry Potter" book releases. | Video

26 Aug 2015

Damon, Bullock lead stars descending on Toronto for 40th film festival

TORONTO - The 40th Toronto International Film Festival will play host to a star-studded roster of top filmmakers and movie stars next month, including Ridley Scott, Matt Damon, Sandra Bullock and Johnny Depp.

25 Aug 2015

Wanted: Transgender actors for Hollywood, little experience required

NEW YORK - When director Sean Baker was looking for transgender women to appear in his indie movie "Tangerine," he did not turn to a traditional talent agency. Instead, he found them through a Hollywood LGBT center.

25 Aug 2015

Mexican animators bring story of Polish WW2 saint Kolbe to screen

MEXICO CITY - Mexcian filmmakers are making a 3D animation movie that introduces to a younger generation the life of a Polish monk who laid down his life for a stranger at Auschwitz death camp and was later canonized by the Roman Catholic Church. | Video

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U.S. court upholds racketeering conviction against Hollywood investigator

SAN FRANCISCO - A U.S. appeals court upheld several convictions against Anthony Pellicano over illegal wiretaps, including racketeering, while reversing a conviction for aiding and abetting computer fraud.

U.S., 25 Aug 2015

Box Office: 'Straight Outta Compton' Schools 'Sinister 2,' 'Hitman: Agent 47' With $26.8 Million

LOS ANGELES ( - "Straight Outta Compton" dominated a trio of underwhelming new releases this weekend, providing a little proof of life in an otherwise moribund box office. | Video

23 Aug 2015

Down syndrome teens in Rhode Island crowdfund zombie movie dream

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Like many U.S. teens, Sam Suchman and Mattie Zufelt are fans of horror movies, which inspired them to begin work on a 30-minute action thriller they are due to finish shooting in the coming days.

22 Aug 2015

Hollywood studios must face animators' anti-poaching lawsuit

- Several major Hollywood studios failed to persuade a federal judge to dismiss a antitrust lawsuit accusing them of illegally conspiring not to poach each others' animators, to help drive down wages.

21 Aug 2015