Film festivals

This Sept. 7, 2019 photo shows Eddie Murphy, right, star of the film "Dolemite Is My Name," with director Craig Brewer at the Shangri-La Hotel during the Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
September 09, 2019 - 1:06 pm
TORONTO (AP) — It took Eddie Murphy more than a decade to get a movie made about Rudy Ray Moore. Judging by the response to the film at the Toronto International Film Festival, the wait was worth it. "Dolemite Is My Name" drew some of the best reviews of Murphy's career, following the film's...
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Daniel Craig takes a selfie with fans as he attends the premiere for "Knives Out" on day three of the Toronto International Film Festival at the Princess of Wales Theatre on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019, in Toronto. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
September 08, 2019 - 11:41 am
TORONTO (AP) — One of the biggest hits of the Toronto International Film Festival is an old-fashioned whodunit. Rian Johnson's murder mystery "Knives Out" is a star-studded, affectionate ode to Agatha Christie, with some contemporary twists on the genre. The film stars Daniel Craig, Jamie Lee...
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Director Todd Phillips, left, holds the Golden Lion for Best Film for 'Joker', joined by lead actor Joaquin Phoenix at the closing ceremony of the 76th edition of the Venice Film Festival, Venice, Italy, Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019. (Photo by Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP)
September 07, 2019 - 4:20 pm
Todd Phillips' dark comic book film "Joker" won the Golden Lion Award at the 76th Venice International Film Festival on Saturday and cemented its place as a legitimate contender for the rest of the awards season. Jury president Lucretia Martel announced the winners of the prestigious award during a...
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This image released by Sony Pictures shows Tom Hanks as Mister Rogers in a scene from "A Beautiful Day In the Neighborhood," in theaters on Nov. 22. (Lacey Terrell/Sony-Tristar Pictures via AP)
September 05, 2019 - 4:26 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The 44th Toronto International Film Festival is kicking off Thursday with a documentary celebration of Canada's own The Band and the premiere of Armando Iannucci's adaptation of "David Copperfield." The start of the festival, North America's largest, heralds the beginning of the...
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Director Nate Parker, left, and actor Shane Paul McGhie pose for photographers at the photo call for the film 'American Skin' at the 76th edition of the Venice Film Festival in Venice, Italy, Sunday, Sept. 1, 2019. (Photo by Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP)
September 01, 2019 - 12:04 pm
VENICE, Italy (AP) — Three years ago, filmmaker Nate Parker came under scrutiny for a rape allegation from his college days that essentially derailed the release of his Nat Turner film "The Birth of a Nation." Now, with a new film about police brutality debuting at the Venice Film International...
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Russian opposition figure Mikhail Khodorkovsky, the former owner of the Yukos Oil Company, right, and Director Alex Gibney pose for photographers during the photocall of the movie 'Citizen K ' at the 76th annual Venice International Film Festival, in Venice, Italy, Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019. (Claudio Onorati/ANSA via AP)
August 31, 2019 - 11:47 am
VENICE, Italy (AP) — Documentary filmmaker Alex Gibney says profiling exiled Russian businessman Mikhail Khodorkovsky allowed him to explore power in Russia from the end of communism until now. The resulting film, "Citizen K," premiered at the Venice International Film Festival on Saturday. Gibney...
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Actor Joaquin Phoenix, left, greets director Todd Phillips at the photo call for the film 'Joker' at the 76th edition of the Venice Film Festival in Venice, Italy, Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019. (Photo by Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP)
August 31, 2019 - 11:28 am
VENICE, Italy (AP) — Joaquin Phoenix is having a hard time defining the Joker, but then again, he doesn't really want to. The actor spent eight months exploring how a struggling stand-up comedian named Arthur Fleck becomes Batman's antagonist, the villain with a chilling laugh and a love of chaos...
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FILE - In this Wednesday, July 25, 2018, file photo, journalists are silhouetted against the logo presenting the 75th edition of the festival, during its presentation in Rome. It may be the oldest film festival in the world but at 76, the Venice International Film Festival is more relevant, and divisive, than ever. Kicking off Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019, on the sleepy beach town of Lido, this year’s festival has already become a hotbed for discussion about the Oscar hopefuls launching there, its embrace of controversial filmmakers like Roman Polanski and Nate Parker in the #MeToo era and its lack of female directors. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia, File)
August 30, 2019 - 12:16 pm
VENICE, Italy (AP) — Roman Polanski is not at the Venice International Film Festival, but his new film, "An Officer and a Spy" is. Yet, after much hand-wringing over its inclusion among the films in competition for the Golden Lion award, journalists at a news conference Friday stayed focused on the...
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This image released by Showtime shows Imelda Marcos from the documentary "The Kingmaker," which premiered Friday at the Venice International Film Festival. (Lauren Greenfield/Showtime via AP)
August 30, 2019 - 11:47 am
VENICE, Italy (AP) — Documentary filmmaker Lauren Greenfield started interviewing former Philippine first lady Imelda Marcos four years ago thinking that it might be a redemption story for the then 85-year-old. What she found is that Marcos was not only standing by the controversial history of her...
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Actress Scarlett Johansson poses for photographers upon arrival at the premiere of the film 'Marriage Story' at the 76th edition of the Venice Film Festival, Venice, Italy, Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019. (Photo by Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP)
August 29, 2019 - 4:16 pm
VENICE, Italy (AP) — When Noah Baumbach asked Scarlett Johansson to meet with him about a new film he was going to write about a divorce, he didn't know she was going through one in real life. "It felt fated in a way," Johansson said. "It came somehow at just the right time." Johansson stars...
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