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‘Jurassic World’ sequel stomps its way to $150 million debut

NEW YORK (AP) — The dinosaurs still rule the box office. “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” surpassed expectations to open with $150 million in ticket sales in U.S. and Canada theaters over the weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday. While that total didn’t approach the record-breaking $208.8 million debut of 2015’s “Jurassic World,” it proved the 25-year-old franchise still roars loudly …

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Bangkok hosts Indian film industry’s biggest annual event

Kartik Aaryan

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand’s capital has hosted the Indian film industry’s biggest annual event, with awards given to top Bollywood actors and movies, and dazzling performances by Indian artists. The International Indian Film Academy Awards has been held in cities around the world since its inception in 2000 to celebrate the Hindi-language film industry globally. This year’s three-day extravaganza, which …

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Han Solo’s Blaster from ‘Return of the Jedi’ tops auction

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Han Solo’s Blaster from the “Return of the Jedi” has sold for $550,000 at a Las Vegas auction. Julien’s Auctions says Ripley’s Believe It or Not bought the item Saturday. The sci-fi weapon was the top-selling item at the Hollywood Legends auction. The blaster was part of a collection from the U.S. art director on the …

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DuVernay scores another milestone for black female directors

Ava DuVernay

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Filmmaker Ava DuVernay has checked off another milestone for black female directors. This week her film “A Wrinkle in Time” crossed the $100 million mark domestically, a first for a black woman. The film got a late-game boost playing as a double feature at drive-in theaters with the record-breaking “Incredibles 2” this past weekend. DuVernay said …

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Jailed filmmaker in Russia loses 44 pounds on hunger strike

Oleg Sentsov

MOSCOW (AP) — A lawyer for a Ukrainian filmmaker who has been on hunger strike for more than a month in a Russian prison says his client has lost about 20 kilograms (44 pounds) and is severely weak. Oleg Sentsov, a vehement opponent of Russia’s 2014 annexation of Crimea from Ukraine, is serving a 20-year sentence on a conviction for …

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New leaders tapped for Berlin film festival from 2020

BERLIN (AP) — Carlo Chatrian, the director of the Locarno film festival, and German movie industry official Mariette Rissenbeek have been tapped to take charge of the Berlin International Film Festival starting in 2020. A committee led by Germany’s culture minister, Monika Gruetters, on Friday designated Chatrian as the festival’s future artistic director and Rissenbeek as its managing director. Dieter …

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Fox News Channel chides rivals for not airing Trump speech

Donald Trump

NEW YORK (AP) — Fox News Channel is not content simply to televise President Donald Trump at a campaign-style rally. The network is compelled to point it out when its rivals don’t. Fox’s onscreen message during Trump’s speech on Wednesday night is the latest example of how formerly little-noticed news judgment decisions can become political issues in themselves. Fox carried …

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Directors Guild says industry is still mostly white and male

NEW YORK (AP) — A new study by the Directors Guild of America finds that despite high-profile releases like “Get Out” and “Wonder Woman,” film directors remained overwhelmingly white and male among the movies released last year. The DGA examined all 651 feature films released theatrically in 2017. It found that among those films to make at least $250,000 at …

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Jane Fonda to be honored at Traverse City Film Festival

Jane Fonda

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Jane Fonda will receive a lifetime achievement award at a northern Michigan film festival led by fellow Oscar winner Michael Moore. Moore announced Thursday that the actress, author and political activist will be honored during the 14th annual Traverse City Film Festival, which runs from July 31 to Aug. 5. Details of her appearance and …

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Envoy: Filmmaker on hunger strike has heart, kidney problems

Oleg Sentsov

MOSCOW (AP) — Ukraine’s human rights envoy said Thursday that jailed Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov has heart and kidney problems after a hunger strike lasting more than a month. Lyudmila Denisova said on Facebook that she spoke to Sentsov’s Russian lawyer who visited him Thursday and said that he was at a prison hospital with an unspecified heart and kidney …

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