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'Star Wars' producer Kennedy wants new movie voices 'to bring world to its senses'

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LOS ANGELES "Star Wars" producer Kathleen Kennedy on Sunday accepted a lifetime achievement award from the organizers of the Oscars and said she hoped it would open the door for new voices in the movie industry who "might bring the world back to its senses."

Box Office: 'Fantastic Beasts 2' charms with $62 million debut

LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - "Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald" enchanted moviegoers with a debut of $62 million. While that's slightly lower than the start of "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them," the first installment in the "Harry Potter" spinoff series, it was easily enough to dominate the weekend box office.

Nov 18 2018

'Eighth Grade,' 'Beale Street' land Indie Spirit nominations

LOS ANGELES Coming-of-age movie "Eighth Grade" and family drama "If Beale Street Could Talk" scored best feature nominations on Friday for the Independent Spirit Awards, the annual honors given to Hollywood's lower-budget movies. | Video

Nov 17 2018

Viacom signs multi-picture film deal with Netflix

Viacom Inc's Paramount Pictures Chief Executive Officer Jim Gianopulos said on Friday it has signed a multi-picture film deal with Netflix Inc.

Tech, Nov 16 2018

Dark, new 'Fantastic Beasts' movie grounded in real world

LOS ANGELES Albus Dumbeldore is a young professor at Hogwarts School; the charismatic but evil Gellert Grindelwald is determined to manipulate the world for his own ends; and Newt Scamander, with his magical suitcase of strange creatures, is trying to stop him. | Video

Nov 15 2018

'Spinal Tap' creators, Vivendi to mediate $400 million U.S. fraud lawsuit

The creators of "This Is Spinal Tap" have agreed to put their fraud lawsuit against Vivendi SA on hold while a mediator tries to resolve their $400 million case over the 1984 cult film.

Nov 14 2018

U.S. movie theater chains fear Justice Department review may hit profits

WASHINGTON U.S. movie theater chains fear that a Justice Department review of little-known mid-century rules may result in studios getting free rein to force them to show unpopular movies in exchange for getting blockbuster releases, threatening their profits.

U.S., Nov 12 2018

Silent cinema and empty seats at Vienna's Breitenseer Lichtspiele

VIENNA Cinema buffs familiar with movie theaters in Los Angeles, Cannes and Berlin do not necessarily link their passion with Austria's capital Vienna.

Nov 12 2018

Disney plans new 'Star Wars' prequel series for streaming service

LOS ANGELES A new "Star Wars" prequel series is on its way, this time for Walt Disney Co's planned Disney+ streaming service, Disney Chief Executive Bob Iger said on Thursday.

Tech Nov 08 2018

Box Office: 'Grinch' Sees Green With $66 Million, 'Overlord' Beats 'Spider's Web'

LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - "The Grinch" proved it's never too early for some holiday cheer as the animated family flick stole the weekend box office with $66 million from 4,141 locations.

Nov 11 2018
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British author Rowling says Trump has a right to be bigoted

NEW YORK Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling labeled U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump bigoted after receiving the PEN/Allen Foundation Literary Service Award in New York. | Video