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Venice film fest on a roll with Oscar-lucky openers

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VENICE - The Venice Film Festival is having a good run with opening films winning Oscars, including best picture last year for "Birdman", and hopes to stay on a winning streak when the mountain disaster film "Everest" kicks off the 72nd edition on Wednesday. | Video

London Film Festival unveils line-up, Blanchett to be honored

LONDON - The BFI London Film Festival revealed its line-up on Tuesday, opening with star-studded early feminist movement drama "Suffragette" and closing with a biopic about Steve Jobs.

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Prolific horror filmmaker Wes Craven dead at 76

- Prolific horror filmmaker Wes Craven, who directed the slasher classic "A Nightmare on Elm Street," died on Sunday afternoon, his family said in a statement. He was 76. | Video

People 31 Aug 2015

Box Office: 'War Room' Stuns With $11 Million, Zac Efron's 'We Are Your Friends' Tanks

LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - The box office underwent a religious conversion this weekend as Christian crowds flocked to "War Room," lifting the low-budget salute to prayer above the Zac Efron drama "We're You're Friends" and the Owen Wilson thriller "No Escape."

30 Aug 2015

Steve Jobs seen as brilliant and brutal in Gibney documentary

NEW YORK - Four years after his death, Apple co-founder Steve Jobs still fascinates the public, with two major new films this fall analyzing his life and career. | Video

People 28 Aug 2015

Doubles trouble in family tennis comedy 'Break Point'

LOS ANGELES - Anyone for tennis? Actors Jeremy Sisto and David Walton serve up a doubles dose of the game in "Break Point", a family reconciliation comedy about estranged siblings who reunite for a tennis tournament. | Video

28 Aug 2015

Iranian film on Prophet Mohammad stirs calls for Tehran to ban it

DUBAI - A film on the life of Prophet Mohammad is expected to break box office records in Shi'ite Muslim Iran after its release on Thursday, but some Sunni Muslim clerics in the Arab world are demanding that Tehran ban it.

28 Aug 2015

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.

27 Aug 2015

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