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CANNES, FRANCE—Zombies, killer hippies, a rock god and Rambo. Welcome to the 2019 Cannes Film Festival, which is going Hollywood in a big way for its 72nd edition on the French Rivieria. Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.  (Andrew Cooper / via Cannes Film Festival) Iggy Pop in Jim Jarmusch’s […]

LOS ANGELES—As The Young and the Restless head writer Josh Griffith screened the episode in which Neil Winters’ family learns of his death, the tears began to flow. Viewers might brace for a similar reaction when the CBS daytime serial says farewell to Neil and to Kristoff St. John, the actor who played the character […]

The early-morning reveal Thursday of the official selection for the 72nd Cannes Film Festival should have been subtitled “Waiting for Tarantino.” Artistic director Thierry Frémaux and Cannes president Pierre Lescure had plenty of film goodies to announce for the fest’s competitive and non-competitive programs, the latter including the world premiere of the Dexter Fletcher’s Rocketman, […]

“They rape us, we kill them.” That was the motto adopted by the real-life group of Yazidi women in Iraq who decided to hunt down their captors — and who inspired French director Eva Husson to dramatize them in her film Girls of the Sun, opening Friday in Toronto at the TIFF Bell Lightbox. French […]

It takes a lot to scare Mexican filmmaker Guillermo del Toro. He gets haunted right in his own home. The Oscar-winning director of The Shape of Water, the 2017 Best Picture winner, once told me about an unseen whispering ghost he encountered in his abode. He talked about it as if it happens to everybody. […]

TEHRAN — Seven Iranian films have been selected to premiere at Iranian theaters ahead of the Iranian New Year celebration, Noruz, which will begin on March 20, the Screening Council of the Culture Ministry announced on Wednesday. The films will hit the theaters across the country on Saturday. The selection includes Bahram Tavakkoli’s “Gholamreza Takhti”, […]

Filmmakers like Steven Spielberg, George Lucas and Stanley Kubrick are known for their epic space films, riveting tales with villains in far-off galaxies and heroes conquering the intergalactic frontier. They are arguably the best known storystellers about discovery off the planet. But one point in their work can’t be avoided: Spielberg, Lucas and Kubrick never […]

In tracing the triumphant but ultimately tragic life of goalie great Terry Sawchuk, screenwriter-director Adriana Maggs had plenty of clippings and statistics to help her depict his stellar on-ice record. Harder to parse was the inner turmoil of the taciturn Winnipegger, whose remarkable run with the National Hockey League included a career record of 103 […]

LOS ANGELES—Lady Gaga’s Shallow just keeps winning this awards season, picking up a Grammy on Sunday before competing for other major awards later in the day. Gaga won best song written for visual media for Shallow, sharing the honour with co-writers Mark Ronson, Andrew Wyatt and Anthony Rossomando. The song from A Star Is Born […]

Dresses, speeches, tears. The 2019 Academy Awards ceremony will have all of these, but this year, it won’t have an official host. The first round of presenters for the 91st Oscars, to be held on Feb. 24, were announced Monday, with no mention of anyone in the role, which has previously been filled by celebrities […]


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