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filmmakers defiant over lynyrd skynyrd film rights

a judge's finding that a new lynyrd skynyrd film violates a "blood oath" made by the band to not exploit the group's name following a fatal plane crash hasn't stopped the film's creators from threatening to distribute the film.

l.a. film festival moves to crowded fall festival season for 2018

in a move that could drastically impact the film festival landscape in the city, the la film festival will move out of their long-standing summer slot and next take place from september 20-28, 2018. “everyone wants the film festival taking place in the heart of the film business to be strong, myself...

m night shyamalan announces sequel to ‘unbreakable’ and ‘split’ in new film call

after the amazing success and response to his latest film, split, director/creator m. night shyamalan revealed that a sequel to this film and a crossover with unbreakable will indeed go into production. bruce willis and samuel l jackson are both confirmed to return and reprise their respective roles from the 2000 film in a new film […]

screening room: february brings women in film, unexpected romance and david lync

the ucla film & television archive’s series “what a difference — women and film in the 1970s and 1980s” looks at two decades that featured a breakthrough of creativity from female filmmakers. spurred by feminism and a surge in independent film, directors such as julie dash, joan micklin silver...

‘new mutants’ trailer confirms josh boone’s spin-off is a horror film

the production of 20th century fox’s the new mutants, the new x-men spin-off film from the mutant-centric side of the marvel universe owned by fox, will indeed be a horror film as confirmed by the film’s first trailer. director josh boone said he was making a straight-up horror film, centering on young people with extraordinary abilities. “did you […]

"momotaro," a japanese world war ii-era propaganda animation film, finally gets

the first japanese animated feature, the 1945 propaganda film “momotaro: sacred sailors,” is being released on dvd and video in the u.s. although the occupation forces ordered the film destroyed after world war ii, a copy somehow survived and has been restored. the film is noteworthy in a number...

'in the heat of the night' and sidney poitier to open tcm film festival

once again finding timely subject matter in the celluloid past, the tcm classic film festival opens april 6 with the 1967 crime drama “in the heat of the night.” directed by norman jewison, the film won oscars for best picture, stirling silliphant’s screenplay, hal ashby’s film editing, sound and...

is pakistani film experiencing a revival?

the fortunes of pakistani film have been tied up with its neighbour's film industry, bollywood, but can it go it alone?

paramount shooting major ‘action film’ in marin county

the company has been scouting locations for about three months and is building a set in peacock gap in san rafael, according to deborah albre, marin film liaison for the california film commission.

movie review: “kingsman” sequel lacks punch and vibe of first film

in the first film about a secret spy group known as kingsman, we learned they are well-dressed, courtly and perfectly groomed. but by the second film, there's a decidedly ungentlemanly whiff about them -- of desperation.

south by southwest film fest to world premiere 'baby driver' with jamie foxx and

the year’s film festival calendar continues to roll right along, with the south by southwest film festival on tuesday announcing  its feature film program. the sxsw event in austin, texas, has become established in the festival landscape as a vital place for discovering new talent as well as a...

see the new l.a. film festival poster that's meant to brighten your day

long beach-based artist yoskay yamamoto has created the poster for this year’s los angeles film festival. this follows other festival posters in recent years by los angeles area artists ed ruscha, noah davis and carolyn castaño. the 2017 edition of the los angeles film festival, produced by film...

geoff berkshire named film editor for l.a. times

geoff berkshire is joining the los angeles times entertainment team as film editor. for the past three years, berkshire has served as an associate editor and film critic for variety, overseeing film features, special sections as well as the big festivals and awards shows. prior to that, he worked...

vr at the tribeca film festival

artists and filmmakers at the tribeca film festival offer differing views on whether virtual reality creates more or less 'empathy' in viewers than traditional film.

socialists in france partner with hollywood for m ive tax loopholes to film ‘dun

new tax breaks have brought a rush of hollywood productions to france in the last year as the california taxation and corporate taxes in america drive a ton of big-budget overseas. valerie lepine, of the french film commission, film france, said spending by foreign film companies “almost tripled” to 152 million euros (usd 162 million) from […]

for 'the beguiled,' coppola turns again to dunst and fanning

sofia coppola has rocked the cannes film festival with the premiere of her latest film, "the beguiled," which offers a female spin on a famed 1970s film with the opposite perspective.

schnabel to make vincent van gogh film with dafoe

cannes, france (ap) — julian schnabel will direct a film about vincent van gogh starring willem dafoe as the dutch post-impressionist master. the film, titled “at eternity’s gate,” was announced saturday at the cannes film festival by production company rocket science. the film is to focus on van gogh’s period in auvers-sur-oise and arles, france, […]

cannes film festival releases broad lineup, high security

paris (ap) — a civil war film by sofia coppola, a ukrainian road movie and a film about aids activism are among 18 films competing for the top prizes at this year’s cannes film festival, which organizers hope can help counter nationalist sentiment. the festival is embracing virtual reality and cell phone video as it […]

why the tribeca film festival isn't just about film anymore

for the last 15 years, the tribeca film festival has trafficked in a certain kind of independent cinema. it’s a place where art house hits such as “transamerica,” “city island” and “let the right one in”" — along with some lesser lights — have made their world premieres. these types of movies will...

‘fast & furious 8’ becomes highest grossing film in china

“the fate of the furious” has become hollywood’s highest-grossing film in china. universal pictures’ action film, the eighth installment in its “fast and the furious” franchise, earned an additional $43.7 million last week, bringing its total gross to $360.4 million, according to film industry...

indian film 'dangal' poised to become highest-grossing non-hollywood film ever i

the indian film “dangal" topped the chinese box office last week, putting it on track to become the highest-grossing non-hollywood film ever in china and underscoring the country’s growing fascination with bollywood films. “dangal,” produced by utv motion pictures, has grossed $61 million since...

on oscars red carpet, hollywood luminaries reflect on why film still matters

hollywood can be a bubble, an insulated space where reality is scripted and sometimes even fantastical. still, its cultural productions, especially film, can have an indelible impact on those who watch. as lin-manuel miranda said on the academy awards red carpet on sunday, film is important because...

new kevin sorbo film ‘let there be light’ lands sean hannity as producer, set fo

fox news talking head sean hannity appears to be broadening his resume and business ventures a bit with a role as producer on kevin sorbo’s next feature film, titled  let there be light. sorbo will star as an atheist who has a religious awakening and will also direct the film. the film is headed to post-production […]

3 must-see napa and sonoma film festivals

the alexander valley film festival kicks off the wine county film festival season, which includes napa valley's star-studded extravaganza, too.

dogs on stage at aquatennial film fest

taking cues from the infamous cat film fest the aquatennial will sponsor a dog film fest - starring your pooch perhaps!

pearl jam announces screenings for wrigley field concert film

a film that documents pearl jam's dual concerts at wrigley field last year is going all the way to the big screen. screenings of "let's play two" are scheduled to be held at metro sept. 27-28 for members of pearl jam's fan club. the film, born out of the band's sold-out shows on aug. 20 and aug....

film-to-table dinners in berkeley

there's nothing new about dinner and a movie -- until now. the babette cafe at the berkeley art museum and pacific film archive is doing "film to table" dinners inspired by movies.

la film festival to open with colin trevorrow's 'the book of henry' premiere

the la film festival will open with the world premiere of colin trevorrow’s “the book of henry,” starring naomi watts, jaeden lieberher, jacob trembly, sarah silverman, maddie ziegler, lee pace and dean norris. produced by film independent, the 2017 la film festival is set for june 14-22, based...

israel’s arabs divided by film’s portrayal of changing world

umm al-fahm, israel (ap) — in israel’s arab community, life is imitating art. a new award-winning film about arab women battling their conservative society has touched off a real-life battle: the municipality of a major arab city in israel has called for a boycott of the film, and the film’s director says she has received […]

film and tv company miramax lays off 20 staffers in ongoing restructuring

miramax, the onetime indie film powerhouse founded by the weinstein brothers, has laid off 20 employees in a second round of downsizing this year under a new chief executive. the santa monica film and television company cut executives in the sales and finance departments, as well as workers in...

“stronger” spawns a friendship for gyllenhaal and bauman

as the cast and makers of "stronger" collectively rose to take a bow after the film's toronto international film festival premiere, jake gyllenhaal realized that jeff bauman, whom he plays in the film and who wears prosthetic legs, was still sitting, overwhelmed with emotion.

the l.a. film festival embraces and explores the city with a new spark

it’s right there in the name. as the organizers of the l.a. film festival look to more strongly define their position amid a cluttered landscape of other festivals and summer events, they have focused on their place in the city and the very idea of why to have a film festival in the first place....

standing rock film festival centers around pipeline protest

bismarck, n.d. (ap) — a film festival on the standing rock sioux reservation aims to bolster the anti-pipeline movement that blossomed there last year while also fostering connections between the native american community and the film industry. the inaugural standing rock nation film and music festival, which runs this coming friday, saturday and sunday at […]

orlando bloom praises less ‘big special effects’ in ‘pirates 5’ which is a ‘thro

orlando bloom has joined the promotion for the upcoming film, pirates of the caribbean: dead men tell no tales, the fifth film in the franchise. “i think they can except the best of what we had at the beginning,” the lotr actor, who is back as the beloved character will turner, said at the premiere of his latest […]

dog film festival returns to longmont after national tour

susan kelley got the idea to create a film festival fundraiser that would benefit animal organizations while volunteering at the longmont humane society in 2014. that idea eventually became the bow wow film festival -- a collection of short films about dogs.