Film festivals

This image released by the Sundance Institute shows Radha Blank in "The 40-Year-Old Version," an official selection of the U.S. dramatic competition at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival, running from Jan. 23 thru Feb. 2. (Jeong Park/Sundance Institute via AP)
January 21, 2020 - 6:10 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The Sundance Film Festival, coming at the start of a new movie calendar, is an annual rite of renewal. New movies. New filmmakers. New voices. And that feels especially welcome this year. Sundance always rolls around just as the worst movies are being dumped in theaters ( see: “...
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FILE - In this Dec. 16, 2019 file photo, Spike Lee arrives at the world premiere of "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker" in Los Angeles. Spike Lee will lead the jury of this year's Cannes Film Festival, and festival organizers hope the provocative American director will "shake things up" at the gathering of the world's cinema elite.(Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File )
January 14, 2020 - 3:48 am
PARIS (AP) — Spike Lee will lead the jury of this year's Cannes Film Festival, and festival organizers hope the provocative American director will “shake things up” at the gathering of the world's cinema elite. Lee said he was “honored to be the first person of the African diaspora" chosen for the...
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FILE - In this Tuesday, April 2, 2019 file photo Actor Jeremy Irons attends a photo call for the documentary "Il Museo del Prado. La Corte Delle Meraviglie." at the Spanish Museo Nacional del Prado in Rome, Italy. Jeremy Irons will be the jury president of the upcoming Berlinale film festival that runs from Feb. 20, 2020 until March 1, 2020 in the German capital Berlin. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino, file)
January 09, 2020 - 8:23 am
BERLIN (AP) — British actor Jeremy Irons will head the jury at the Berlin International Film Festival next month, organizers said Thursday. Irons will be jury president at the festival's 70th edition, running from Feb. 20 to March 1. Other members of the jury haven't yet been named. Irons' screen...
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FILE - In this Friday, Jan. 25, 2019, file photo, shows the sun rise outside the Egyptian Theatre on Main Street before a morning premiere during the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, in Park City, Utah. Sundance Film Festival officials are trying to increase diversity among media covering the annual event in Park City by paying travel costs for about 50 journalists who are women, LGBTQ, minorities or have disabilities. The program has become so popular nearly 320 people applied this year. (Photo by Danny Moloshok/Invision/AP, File)
January 04, 2020 - 11:02 am
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Sundance Film Festival program designed to increase diversity among media members covering the annual event in Park City boomed in popularity in the initiative's second year. For this year's festival, 51 journalists were selected out of a pool of 319 applicants to receive...
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Jennifer Lopez reacts as she accepts the spotlight actress award for her role in "Hustlers" at the 31st annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala on Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020, in Palm Springs, Calif. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
January 03, 2020 - 5:51 am
PALM SPRINGS, Calif. (AP) — Hollywood kicked off the year's compressed awards season with an emotional night in the desert. The Palm Springs International Film Festival's annual opening gala is often treated by honorees as a businesslike, pro forma stop on the industry's self-congratulation circuit...
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FILE - In this Aug. 31, 1965, file photo, French movie director Jean Luc Godard and French actress Anna Karina are shown at the International Film Festival in Venice. Anna Karina, the French New Wave actress who became an icon of the cinema in the 1960s and was the muse of Jean-Luc Godard, has died aged 79, the French culture minister announced Sunday Dec. 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Mario Torrisi, File)
December 15, 2019 - 1:38 pm
PARIS (AP) — Anna Karina, the French New Wave actress who became an icon of the cinema in the 1960s and was the muse of Jean-Luc Godard, has died. She was 79. The French culture minister announced her death on Twitter on Sunday. French media said that the Danish-born Karina had cancer and died...
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FILE - This Nov. 24, 2019 file photo shows Taylor Swift at the American Music Awards in Los Angeles. A documentary on Swift will kickoff the next Sundance Film Festival. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)
December 04, 2019 - 5:27 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — A documentary on Taylor Swift will kick off the next Sundance Film Festival, where new films including the Will Ferrell-Julia Louis Dreyfus remake of the Swedish film “Force Majeure" and Benh Zeitlin's long-awaited follow-up to “Beasts of the Southern Wild" are set to premiere...
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FILE - This Oct. 24, 2019 file photo shows Robert De Niro at the Los Angeles premiere of "The Irishman." De Niro will receive the Screen Actors Guild’s life achievement award at its award show in January. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)
November 12, 2019 - 3:17 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Robert De Niro will receive the Screen Actors Guild's life achievement award. The guild announced that De Niro will be the 56th recipient of its highest honor at its SAG Awards on Jan. 19, 2020. SAG cited De Niro's extraordinary accomplishments in film and television, including...
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In this Oct. 11, 2019, photo, Japanese director Nobuhiko Obayashi holds up his hand in the sign language of “I love you” to stress that is an important message in his films, during an interview at his studio in Tokyo. Obayashi has been diagnosed with fatal lung cancer, but his confrontation with death began so long ago it has characterized his entire four decades of filmmaking. Obayashi has stayed true to himself during that whole time, producing more than 40 movies and thousands of TV shows, commercials and other video, devoted to sending the same message, over and over, to warn the world of the horrors of war. (AP Photo/Yuri Kageyama)
October 26, 2019 - 11:54 pm
TOKYO (AP) — Nobuhiko Obayashi has terminal lung cancer, but his confrontation with death began so long ago it has characterized his decades of filmmaking. The filmmaker being honored at the Tokyo Film Festival opening Monday has stayed true to his message about the horrors of war through more than...
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This image released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows Joaquin Phoenix in a scene from the film "Joker." (Niko Tavernise/Warner Bros. Pictures via AP)
October 13, 2019 - 2:47 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The first weekend was no fluke: "Joker" is a hit. The R-rated comic book villain origin story had a phenomenal second weekend at the box office, topping the charts once more over newcomers such as the animated "The Addams Family" and the Will Smith action pic "Gemini Man." Warner...
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