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‘Drunk’ actor Nick Cage arrested in New Orleans

LOS ANGELES — US actor Nicolas Cage has been arrested in the southern city of New Orleans “after getting drunk” and having a heated argument with his wife in the French Quarter, police said. Cage, who won an Oscar for his portrayal of a suicidal alcoholic in the 1995 film…

‘World’s first 3D porn film’ opens in Hong Kong

HONG KONG (AFP) – Movie-goers flocked to see what is billed as the world’s first 3D porn film as it opened to packed cinemas across Hong Kong on Thursday, with some screenings selling out completely. Loosely based on a piece of classical Chinese erotic literature, the $3.2-million Cantonese-language movie “3-D…

Nails from Jesus’s cross found, filmmaker claims

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Could two of the nails used to crucify Jesus have been discovered in a 2,000-year-old tomb in Jerusalem? And could they have mysteriously disappeared for 20 years, only to turn up by chance in a Tel Aviv laboratory? That is the premise of the new documentary film “The Nails…

Sidney Lumet, ‘Network’ director, dies at 86

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Sidney Lumet, the American film director known for inspiring top-notch performances from actors in a stream of classic films including “12 Angry Men,” “Dog Day Afternoon,” “Network” and “Fail-Safe,” died on Saturday at age 86, the New York Times said. His stepdaughter, Leslie Gimbel, said Lumet died of lymphoma at his…

Hollywood studios sue online film service Zediva

SAN FRANCISCO – Hollywood studios went to court to derail a startup that sidesteps paying film licensing fees by streaming movies online from “rented” DVD players. The Motion Picture Association of America filed a lawsuit charging Zediva.com with violating film copyrights by using a DVD rental “sham” to disguise what…

Ricky Martin gets top award by GLAAD

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Latin pop star Ricky Martin was honored by media group GLAAD for his work as a role model at a gala held on Saturday where he urged people to spread gay rights throughout Latin America. “I just want to be free. I can say, today I…

De Niro and Penn back Palestinian film at UN

UNITED NATIONS, Mar 15, 2011 (AFP) – Sean Penn and Robert De Niro joined stars who appeared Monday at the UN headquarters for the US premiere of a contested movie on the Middle East conflict that Israel tried to get cancelled. Penn, De Niro, Josh Brolin and Steve Buscemi turned…

US film on Gulf oil spill in pipeline

LOS ANGELES — A US film company is to make a movie about last year’s oil rig disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, based on a New York Times article about events leading up to the explosion. Summit Entertainment and Participant Media, along with Imagenation Abu Dhabi, have bought the…

Arab uprisings raise hope, doubts among filmmakers

OUAGADOUGOU – Popular uprisings that toppled veteran leaders in the Arab world have raised hopes among north African filmmakers that the winds of change will also blow across the burgeoning industry. But there are fears too that the revolts which ousted Tunisia’s Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, Egyptian strongman Hosni…

‘The King’s Speech’ wins best film Oscar

HOLLYWOOD — British historical drama “The King’s Speech” was crowned with the best film Oscar, at the climax of the movie industry’s 83rd Academy Awards show. “The King’s Speech” tells the story of how King George VI overcame a stammer helped by an Australian voicecoach. The film took other top…

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