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  • Thursday, Nov. 28, 2019
In this Dec. 12, 1980 file photo, Jonathan Miller, left, directs Shakespeare's "Taming Of The Shrew" with actor John Cleese, right. The family of theater director and presenter Jonathan Miller says the star of the “Beyond the Fringe’’ comedy revue has died. He was 85 and had suffered from Alzheimer’s disease before his death Wednesday Nov. 27, 2019. (AP Photo, File)

Jonathan Miller, the polymath British stage director, filmmaker and comedian who co-created groundbreaking comedy revue "Beyond the Fringe," has died at the age of 85.

Miller's family said Wednesday that he "died this morning peacefully at home with his family around him following a long battle with Alzheimer's."

"His death is a great loss to our family and to his friends and will leave a huge hole in our lives," the family said.

One of the country's most important and wide-ranging arts figures, Miller had a decades-long career that encompassed theater, television and opera.

Some of Britain's largest and most respected arts institutions, including the National Theatre, the British Film Institute and the Royal Opera, hurried to pay tribute to his long career.

Born in London in 1934, Miller studied medicine and qualified as a doctor before turning to the arts, spurred by the success of "Beyond the Fringe," a satirical More

  • Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2019
In this July 9, 2018 file photo, Harvey Weinstein arrives to court in New York. A New York judge has rejected Harvey Weinstein’s bid to throw out the most serious charges in his sexual assault case, dealing a big blow to the disgraced movie mogul as he sought to limit the scope of his looming trial and any potential punishment. The ruling made public Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2019, clears the way for prosecutors to bolster their case with testimony from actress Anabella Sciorra who says Weinstein raped her in 1993 or 1994. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

A New York judge has rejected Harvey Weinstein's bid to throw out the most serious charges in his sexual assault case, dealing a big blow to the disgraced movie mogul as he sought to limit the scope of his looming trial and any potential punishment.

The ruling made public Wednesday clears the way for prosecutors to bolster their case with testimony from actress Anabella Sciorra who says Weinstein raped her in 1993 or 1994. It also leaves open the possibility of a life sentence if he is convicted at his trial, set to begin Jan. 6.

Weinstein's spokesman said his lawyers didn't have an immediate comment.

Weinstein, 67, has pleaded not guilty to charges he raped a woman in a Manhattan hotel room in 2013 and performed a forcible sex act on a different woman in 2006. He is free on $1 million bail and maintains that any sexual activity was consensual.

In recent court filings, Weinstein's lawyers objected to two of the five counts More

  • Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2019
In this August 12, 2013, file photo, actor Godfrey Gao arrives at the world premiere of "The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones" at the ArcLight Cinerama Dome in Los Angeles. (Photo by Dan Steinberg/Invision/AP)

Taiwanese-Canadian model-actor Godfrey Gao has died after suffering an apparent heart attack while on set in China.

Gao was filming a sports reality show in the eastern Chinese city of Ningbo on Wednesday when he died. His agency, JetStar Entertainment, confirmed his death on its official Facebook page.

The 35-year-old was filming "Chase Me," a Chinese variety series, when he reportedly fell while running. He was rushed to a hospital where he was pronounced dead, according to his agency.

The Taiwan-born Gao initially rose to fame by becoming the first Asian male model for the luxury brand Louis Vuitton. He acted in numerous television dramas and movies, including a role in the Hollywood film "The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones."

His body will be transported Wednesday to Taipei, Taiwan's capital.

  • Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019
This May 6, 2018 file photo shows Ted Sarandos at the 2018 Netflix FYSee Kick-Off Event in Los Angeles. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)

New York City's last surviving single-screen movie house will remain open, thanks to Netflix.

The streaming platform on Monday announced a lease agreement to keep the Paris Theatre open for special events, screenings and theatrical releases.

Netflix's Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos says in a statement that the company is "incredibly proud to preserve this historic New York institution so it can continue to be a cinematic home for film lovers."

The theater located near Central Park shuttered its doors in August and was reopened in October after Netflix announced it will screen Noah Baumbach's new movie, Marriage Story, for a limited time.

The 581-seat venue opened in September 1948 and originally specialized in showing French films.

It is known as one of the oldest art-house theaters in the country.

  • Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019
Syd Mead
HOLLYWOOD, Calif. -- 

Syd Mead, the “visual futurist” and concept artist known for his design contributions to science-fiction films such as Star-Trek: The Motion Picture, Aliens, and Blade Runner, has been named the recipient of the William Cameron Menzies Award from the Art Directors Guild (ADG, IATSE Local 800). The award recognizes his innovative neo-futuristic concept artwork on numerous legendary movies. Presentation of the honor will be made at the ADG’s 24th annual Excellence in Production Design Awards ceremony on Saturday, February 1, 2020, at the InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown. 
“Syd Mead has played a pivotal role in shaping cinema with his unique ability to visualize the future. His visions and illustrations of future technological worlds remain as a testament to his vast imagination. Mead is one of the most influential concept artists and industrial designers of our time. To honor Syd Mead with the coveted ADG William Cameron More

  • Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019
Jonathan Pryce as Cardinal Bergoglio, right, and Anthony Hopkins as Pope Benedict in a scene from "The Two Popes." AARP, the organization for retired persons, has released nominations for its annual Movies for Grownups awards, which is designed to reward films that resonate with older viewers and fight industry ageism. AARP The Magazine on Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019 nominated “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,” “Bombshell,” “Little Women,” “Marriage Story,” “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” “The Farewell,” “The Irishman” and “The Two Popes” for the best picture/best movie category. (photo by Peter Mountain/courtesy of Netflix)

A new batch of film nominations are out from an influential media organization — but superhero flicks and "Frozen 2" need not apply.

AARP has released nominations for its annual Movies for Grownups awards, which is designed to reward films that resonate with older viewers and fight industry ageism.

AARP The Magazine on Tuesday nominated "A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood," "Bombshell," "Little Women," "Marriage Story," "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood," "The Farewell," "The Irishman" and "The Two Popes" for the best picture/best movie category.

The best actress category includes Isabelle Huppert ("Frankie"), Helen Mirren ("The Good Liar"), Julianne Moore ("Gloria Bell"), Alfre Woodard ("Clemency") and Renee Zellweger ("Judy").

Competing for best actor will be Antonio Banderas ("Pain and Glory"), Robert De Niro ("The Irishman"), Eddie Murphy ("Dolemite is My Name"), Jonathan Pryce ("The Two Popes), Adam Sandler (Uncut Gems) More

  • Monday, Nov. 25, 2019
James Mangold (photo by Mel Melcon)

Multi-hyphenate James Mangold will receive the Cinema Audio Society Filmmaker Award at the 56th Annual CAS Awards on January 25th, at the Intercontinental Los Angeles Downtown.

Mangold is an Oscar-nominated writer and director whose work defies easy categorization. Leapfrogging from Sundance indie to cop noir, psychological drama to romantic fantasy, pulp horror to musical biopic, traditional western to round the world caper, two films starring a beloved Marvel hero, and now, with his 10th feature, Ford v Ferrari, Mangold continues to expand his repertoire while keeping constant the humanist themes, intimate moving performances, striking imagery and staging that have come to define and unify his work. Award-winning films Mangold has written and directed include Heavy, Cop Land, Girl Interrupted, Walk the Line, 3:10 to Yuma, and Logan.

“The Cinema Audio Society is delighted to honor James Mangold.  His ability to create More

  • Monday, Nov. 25, 2019
This image released by Disney shows Elsa, voiced by Idina Menzel, sprinkling snowflakes on a salamander named Bruni in a scene from the animated film, "Frozen 2." (Disney via AP)

The record-breaking weekend debut of "Frozen 2" has lifted U.S. movie theater stocks out of a year-long freeze. 

Shares in AMC Entertainment Holdings jumped more than 4% Monday while other chains also posted significant gains.

Movie theater companies have struggled to grow in recent years as streaming services like Netflix produce their own content as well as offer libraries of films that viewers can watch in the comfort of their own homes. Apple and Disney recently joined the streaming party, offering their own monthly subscription-based content.

"Frozen 2" raked in $127 million debut domestically and $350.2 million worldwide this weekend, according to studio estimates. It was enough to boost shares in Cinemark Holdings, Marcus Corp. and Cineworld Group Monday morning.

Shares of AMC, based in Kansas, have lost nearly one-third of their value this year. Cinemark and Cineworld are both down more than 10% in 2019.

  • Sunday, Nov. 24, 2019
Taiwanese director Ang Lee poses on the red carpet at the 56th Golden Horse Awards in Taipei, Taiwan, Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019. Lee is the guest at this year's Golden Horse Awards, one of the Chinese-language film industry's biggest annual events. (AP Photo/Chiang Ying-ying)
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) -- 

Taiwanese filmmaker Ang Lee says China's boycott of Taiwan's Golden Horse film awards demonstrates how politics can take its toll on the arts.

Beijing's order to give Saturday night's awards show the cold shoulder was part of its campaign to rachet up economic and political pressure on the island it claims as its own territory.

Speaking to reporters Saturday night, Lee said politics was "an aspect we do not want to see. But we have to face it, because we live in this world."

"Everybody knows it, it is indeed a loss, no matter the red carpet or the films," said Lee, the festival's chair. "But of course, our best films, I personally think that they are not less good than the previous years. We still have very good films this year."

China held its own Golden Rooster film awards Saturday, featuring films approved by Communist Party censors.

Even without the ban, Chinese artists might have found it difficult to attend after More

  • Sunday, Nov. 24, 2019
In this Dec. 2018, photo provided by Paul Marks shows his father, film and TV producer Arthur Marks. (Paul Marks via AP)

Longtime producer and director Arthur Marks, who helmed many episodes of the "Perry Mason" TV series and produced several hit blaxploitation films, died at age 92.

Marks passed away Nov. 13 at his home in Woodland Hills, California, his son Paul said Saturday.

"My brother and I learned everything about the film industry from my father," said Paul Marks, who is a TV producer. "He was a pillar of the industry. He taught us the morals of the industry and how to treat people."

Arthur Marks' grandparents and parents worked in the film business, and he grew up in it.

Marks was the director and producer of 80 episodes of "Perry Mason." He also directed episodes of the TV shows "I Spy," "Mannix" and "The Dukes of Hazzard."

He made several films aimed at black audiences in the 1970s. They include "Detroit 9000," which was re-released in theaters in 1998 by Quentin Tarantino, and two films starring actress Pam Grier: "Friday More

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