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U.S. playwright David Mamet turns his sights on Harvey Weinstein

Fri, 02/23/2018 - 12:33pm
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - David Mamet has written a new play about film producer Harvey Weinstein, the Pulitzer Prize winner said in an interview published on Friday.

Oprah Winfrey says 'definitely not' running for U.S. president

Fri, 02/23/2018 - 10:10am
(Reuters) - Oprah Winfrey put to rest any lingering questions about a potential 2020 bid for the presidency, declaring on a late-night talk show on Thursday that she was "definitely not running."

British actor Stephen Fry reveals battle with prostate cancer

Fri, 02/23/2018 - 7:47am
LONDON (Reuters) - British actor Stephen Fry said on Friday he has had surgery to remove his prostate after battling cancer for two months, adding in a video posted on Friday that the operation appears to have been successful.

A wartime tragedy resurfaces in Berlinale refugee study

Thu, 02/22/2018 - 3:25pm
BERLIN (Reuters) - Decades after he won a Silver Bear prize for a pioneering film about the fate of Jews fleeing Nazi Germany, Swiss director Markus Imhoof returns to the Berlinale with "Eldorado", a meditation on Europe's attitudes to refugees arriving today.

Idris Elba brings 'Yardie' to Berlin International Film Festival

Thu, 02/22/2018 - 12:34pm
BERLIN (Reuters) - A film depicting the Jamaican community in London in the 1980s is a reminder of Britain's multicultural complexity, British actor Idris Elba said presenting "Yardie", his directorial debut, at the Berlin Film Festival.

Film about downfall of Brazilian President Rousseff hits screen in Berlin

Thu, 02/22/2018 - 10:24am
BERLIN (Reuters) - Brazilian society remains deeply divided one and a half years after President Dilma Rousseff was impeached and removed from office, said the director of a new documentary about the period.

Malaysian rapper Namewee in the dog house over 'obscene' Lunar New Year video

Thu, 02/22/2018 - 6:44am
KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Malaysia detained rapper Namewee on Thursday amid an uproar over an "obscene" Lunar New Year music video depicting people in dog masks dancing in what appears to be the administrative capital of Putrajaya.

Make-up artist pushes boundaries with prosthetics for Oscar-nominated 'Wonder'

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 11:34pm
GLENDALE, Calif. (Reuters) - Adhering to child labor laws and building an authentic-looking facial structure were key concerns for make-up artist Arjen Tuiten in his work on the movie "Wonder", which has been nominated for an Oscar.

Oscar contender 'Shape of Water' accused of ripping off 1969 play

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 7:04pm
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - "The Shape of Water," a contender for this year's best picture Oscar, was hit with a plagiarism lawsuit on Wednesday, alleging that its fantastical plot about a romance between a cleaning woman and a mysterious river creature was lifted directly from an American stage play.

Dua Lipa, Stormzy take top honors at BRIT awards

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 5:59pm
LONDON (Reuters) - Singers Dua Lipa and Stormzy were the biggest winners at this year's BRIT awards, Britain's most high-profile pop music awards, taking two trophies each at an event that saw performances from some of music's biggest acts.

Soderbergh's thriller shot on iPhone premieres in Berlin

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 3:41pm
BERLIN (Reuters) - Director Steven Soderbergh said on Wednesday he so enjoyed making his psychological thriller "Unsane" on an iPhone, he would find it hard to go back to conventional filmmaking.

"Khook - Pig" challenges images of Iran at Berlin film festival

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 2:46pm
BERLIN (Reuters) - A comedy depicting a movie director being protected by his family from a serial killer challenges stereotypes about Iran and Iranian women at the Berlin Film Festival, the director said on Wednesday.

'Get a grip': Jennifer Lawrence offended over plunging dress furor

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 2:26pm
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Jennifer Lawrence on Wednesday blasted a controversy over a photo of her wearing a plunging black dress outside on a cold London day as sexist, ridiculous and "not feminism."

Marcos-era musical resonates with modern Philippines, director says

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 11:10am
BERLIN (Reuters) - Filipino director Lav Diaz's musical about martial law under President Ferdinand Marcos is set firmly in the 1970s, but the movie is as much about today, he told Reuters at the Berlin film festival on Wednesday.

Italian investor looks to rev up Shanghai Tang sales

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 10:00am
MILAN (Reuters) - Italian entrepreneur Alessandro Bastagli set his sights on Shanghai Tang two decades ago and having finally bought the brand in 2017 from Richemont he aims to increase the group's sales by 15-20 percent next year.

Judge says IMDb can show Hollywood actors' ages under First Amendment

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 6:37pm
(Reuters) - A federal judge on Tuesday declared unconstitutional a California law requiring IMDb, the movie and television information website, to remove actors' ages at their request.

Brazil's 'What a shot' music video stirs debate amid violent crime wave

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 4:35pm
RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - A viral music video called "What a shot" is stirring debate in Brazil about the glamorization of crime and freedom of expression, as surging crime in Rio de Janeiro has led the government to put troops in charge of security in the tourist city.

Disabled by alcohol - Van Sant brings cartoonist biopic to Berlin

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 8:25am
BERLIN (Reuters) - It was a role Robin Williams wanted to play in honor of his friend "Superman" actor Christopher Reeve - the true story of a quadriplegic who despite his disability makes his name as a talented cartoonist.

Box Office: 'Black Panther' Heads to Glory With $235 Million Holiday Weekend

Mon, 02/19/2018 - 2:28pm
LOS ANGELES ( - Disney-Marvel's "Black Panther" is heading for a stunning $235 million debut over the four-day President's Day weekend at 4,020 North American locations, estimates showed Monday.

Film at Berlin festival shows 2011 massacre on Norwegian island

Mon, 02/19/2018 - 7:59am
BERLIN (Reuters) - Director Erik Poppe says his latest film is part of the healing process in the aftermath of one of Norway's most horrifying events - the massacre of 69 people, many of them teenagers, at a youth camp on the island of Utoya.