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Roman Polanski hopes plea deal will enable his return to the US

The director has been a fugitive from US justice for 40 years after admitting sex with an underage girl The filmmaker Roman Polanski has plans to return to the United States and is seeking assurances he will serve no further jail time over unlawful sex… Continue reading

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Bollywood film set to open in India after Pakistani actor ban

Deal to ban Pakistani actors from Indian films in future leads Hindu nationalist party to call off threat to cinemas

A top Bollywood film mired in controversy for featuring a Pakistani actor will open as scheduled in India during the festival of Diwali, after an industry body agreed to ban actors from across the border in future.

A hardline Hindu-nationalist party had threatened to attack cinemas that showed prominent Indian director Karan Johar’s film, Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, as tensions run high between New Delhi and Islamabad.

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‘Lost’ movie by silent film pioneer unearthed at Czech film archive

Researchers find mislabelled 1904 Georges Méliès film Match de Prestidigitation, which had been thought lost forever

Researchers at the Czech national film archives have found a film by early cinema pioneer Georges Méliès that was thought to have been lost forever.

The two-minute silent film Match de Prestidigitation (“conjuring contest”) from 1904 was found on a reel given to the archives by an anonymous donor, labelled as another film.

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Bomb sweeps and bag checks as terror threat looms over Cannes

Interior minister says 400 private security agents and hundreds of police officers will be on duty to face high terror threatBomb experts will carry out daily sweeps at the Cannes film festival, opening this week under maximum security as France faces … Continue reading

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Cate Blanchett appointed UN refugee agency’s goodwill ambassador

Australian actor says ‘there has never been a more crucial time to stand with refugees’ and ‘there must be shared responsibility worldwide’

The United Nations has enlisted Oscar-winning Australian actor Cate Blanchett to help raise awareness about the plight of refugees, amid a massive global displacement crisis.

Related: The human face of the refugee crisis

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Just one in five films made in Europe is directed by a woman

Seven-year study finds female directors get less funding but win more awards Only one film in five in Europe is made by a female director, according to a new report that calls for action to combat the imbalance. Related: No female film directors from t… Continue reading

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China helps boost global movie earnings to record $38bn

Box-office takings rose 51% in the world’s most populous nation, helped by locally made films and Hollywood blockbusters

Cinemas reaped record earnings around the world last year – $38.3bn – fuelled by rocketing attendance in China and young people’s continued enthusiasm for a night at the movies, industry data has showed.  

Related: Why, in 2016, are women still (mostly) silent film stars?

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Berlin film festival awards top prize to refugee crisis documentary Fire at Sea

Jury president Meryl Streep praises Gianfranco Rosi’s film on Mediterranean island of Lampedusa, where thousands of asylum seekers have arrived

Fire at Sea, a harrowing documentary about Europe’s refugee crisis, has clinched the Golden Bear top prize from a jury led by Meryl Streep at the Berlin film festival.

The movie by Italian director Gianfranco Rosi offers an unflinching look at life on the Mediterranean island of Lampedusa, where thousands of asylum seekers from Africa and the Middle East have arrived trying to reach the European Union over the last two decades.

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Mad Max director George Miller to head Cannes film festival jury

Film-maker becomes the first Australian to preside over the event, saying of the announcement, ‘What an unmitigated delight!’

Mad Max creator George Miller will head the jury at this year’s Cannes film festival, its organisers said on Tuesday, the first Australian to preside over the world film event.

The 70-year-old director of The Witches of Eastwick, who launched the career of the Hollywood star Mel Gibson and a whole genre of outback-gothic films with the Mad Max series in 1979, reacted to the news in flamboyant fashion. “What an unmitigated delight!” he said. “Such an honour. I’ll be there with bells on!”

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Qatar bans Eddie Redmayne transgender film The Danish Girl

Film about transgender pioneer Lili Elbe, starring Oscar-winning actor, pulled from cinemas after online complaints of ‘depravity’

Qatar has banned The Danish Girl – the film about an artist who undergoes one of the world’s first sex changes and which stars Oscar-winner Eddie Redmayne – from cinemas, officials announced Monday.

The move follows protests online about the “depravity” of the film, which had begun screening at some cinemas in Doha this month.

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Sacha Baron Cohen and Isla Fisher give £670,000 to help Syrian refugees

The showbiz couple are giving half the money to Save the Children and the other half to the International Rescue Committee The comedian Sacha Baron Cohen and actor Isla Fisher are donating £670,000 to help Syrian refugees, the charities receiving… Continue reading

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Balloon activist sends ‘thousands of copies’ of The Interview to North Korea

Lee Min-bok says he has carried out four cross-border balloon launches bearing copies of Seth Rogen comedy since January Continue reading… Continue reading

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The Interview: South Korea bans balloon drop of DVDs into North

Government in Seoul says it will intervene to stop stunt as it would do more harm than good, putting residents along the border at risk of retaliation Continue reading… Continue reading

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