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Greatest western film? 'Wild Bunch' book argues its case

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"The Wild Bunch: Sam Peckinpah, a Revolution in Hollywood, and the Making of a Legendary Film" (Bloomsbury), by W.K. Stratton. In 1969 the western movie enjoyed its best year in a decade before drifting off onto a side trail of American culture. There was "True Grit," a traditional oater showcasing… Read

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Ichikawa Ebizo sees kabuki through new eyes to reach new audience

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Kabuki actor Ichikawa Ebizo said Wednesday the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo will be an opportunity to try and capture the hearts of international audiences, but that is just one part of his lifelong endeavor to spread the Japanese theater art. In a press conference at the Foreign… Read

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Glenn Close: 'I feel like everyone's rooting for me'

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Glenn Close stands doubled over laughing in the doorway to her downtown Manhattan apartment while her loyal white Havanese, Pip, circles an arriving reporter. It's star time for both. Close, among the most accomplished performers never to win an Oscar, may finally break through with "The Wife," in which, ironically,… Read

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Study: More diverse movie leads in 2018 than ever

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The top films in 2018 featured more female and people of color in lead roles than ever before, according to a new study from the University of Southern California's Annenberg Inclusion Initiative. In a report released Tuesday, researchers found that women were the lead or co-lead in 40 of the… Read

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George Clooney's 'Catch-22' reflects on 'insanity' of war

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George Clooney, who returns to TV for the first time in 20 years with an adaptation of the classic novel "Catch-22," says the Hulu series set in World War II aims to tell a timeless story about the"insanity" of war. At a preview for reporters on Monday, Clooney said he… Read

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Chinese film yanked from Berlin festival competition

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The Berlin film festival said that a new movie by acclaimed Chinese director Zhang Yimou had been pulled from the competition days before its scheduled world premiere. The highly unusual move, which comes amid a Beijing crackdown on the domestic entertainment industry, was announced in a festival statement citing "technical… Read

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Harrison Ford attacks leaders who deny climate change

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Hollywood veteran Harrison Ford on Tuesday attacked U.S. President Donald Trump and other world leaders who deny climate change saying they were "on the wrong side of history". Ford, who famously played the title role of Indiana Jones and also Han Solo in the "Star Wars" franchise, was in Dubai… Read

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With despair and hope, Berlin film fest tackles climate change

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True to its nature as a socially conscious film festival, this month's Berlinale showcases a string of unflinching climate change documentaries raising the alarm about mankind's destructive behaviour while proposing some solutions. Among the Berlin festival's highlights is "Anthropocene: the Human Epoch" filmed over three years on six continents, with… Read

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Actor Liam Neeson fights to recover after sharing racist episode

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After sparking a scandal by recalling a racist episode from his distant past, actor Liam Neeson is now battling to save his career -- a task experts predict will be difficult but not impossible. More than 40 years ago, Neeson recently told The Independent of London, he was enraged to… Read

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Hulu and Marvel to create 4 animated series

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Hulu is teaming with Marvel to make four separate animated series based on comic book characters like Howard the Duck. Director Kevin Smith and comics Chelsea Handler and Patton Oswalt are among the people who have signed deals with the streaming service to help produce the cartoons. Smith is taking… Read

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