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‘Everest’ director says he knows now why people climb it

VENICE Icelandic director Baltasar Kormakur has made many small-budget movies in his home country, but he says he did not feel out of his depth making the star-studded mountain disaster movie “Everest” that opened the Venice Film Festival on Wednesday. … Continue reading

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Ed Skrein takes over driving seat in ‘The Transporter Refueled’

LONDON Action thriller franchise “The Transporter” is back with a fourth installment and a new star, with British actor Ed Skrein stepping into the black suit of lead character, former special ops mercenary Frank Martin. Skrein, who appeared in the … Continue reading

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Congo bans documentary about renowned rape trauma surgeon

KINSHASA Democratic Republic of Congo on Wednesday banned a documentary film about a doctor who treats war rape victims, leading the film makers to say the government was trying to silence debate about sexual violence. Media Minister Lambert Mende gave … Continue reading

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‘Concussion’ football movie altered to avoid angering NFL -NY Times

NEW YORK Sony Pictures Entertainment executives altered the script of its forthcoming movie “Concussion,” about football-related brain trauma, to avoid antagonizing the National Football League, the New York Times reported on Wednesday. Citing emails between Sony studio executives that were … Continue reading

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Young and quirky YouTube stars lift traditional book publishers

LOS ANGELES Videos like “Walking Around Naked” and “Apps That Need to Be Invented” made Connor Franta a star on YouTube. More than nine million watched “Coming Out,” in which the introspective 22-year-old told his young fan base that he … Continue reading

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Director hits back at critics of Taylor Swift’s African video

NEW YORK The director of Taylor Swift’s new African-set music video on Wednesday sought to deflect mounting criticism over the absence of black people in the mini-film and its romanticized portrayal of the continent “Wildest Dreams,” a love story filmed … Continue reading

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London Film Festival unveils line-up, Blanchett to be honored

LONDON The BFI London Film Festival revealed its line-up on Tuesday, opening with star-studded early feminist movement drama “Suffragette” and closing with a biopic about Steve Jobs. Meryl Street, Helena Bonham Carter and Carey Mulligan will walk the red carpet … Continue reading

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‘Take On Me’ singers A-ha reunite with new album

LONDON Norwegian band A-ha, whose “Take On Me” track remains one of the most popular songs from the 1980s, are reuniting temporarily, releasing their first new material in six years. The band split after a worldwide tour in 2010 and … Continue reading

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Fox News Channel tops basic cable in August prime-time ratings

Twenty-First Century Fox Inc’s Fox News Channel scored the highest prime-time ratings among all basic cable television networks in August, according to Nielsen data, led by the Republican presidential candidates’ debate and anchor Megyn Kelly’s “The Kelly File.” Fox News … Continue reading

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CBS bringing limited live NFL to portable devices

CBS Corp-owned CBS Sports said it will allow viewers to live stream two regular NFL season games, in addition to AFC coverage, on their portable devices, expanding its services to the fast-growing Internet viewer base. Viewers will be able to … Continue reading

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