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Stuntman pinned under SUV driven by Sizemore settles lawsuit

Tom Sizemore

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A stuntman who was pinned beneath an SUV driven by Tom Sizemore on a TV production has settled a lawsuit with the actor and Paramount Pictures. Court papers show that a notice of settlement was filed March 29, and the sides are scheduled to appear in court in July to finalize it. No terms of the …

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Previously persona non grata, Cannes welcomes back Von Trier

Lars Von Trier

NEW YORK (AP) — Seven years after being banned by the Cannes Film Festival for jokingly calling himself a Nazi, Danish director Lars von Trier has been invited back to the French festival. Von Trier was declared “persona non grata” by Cannes after expressing sympathy for Adolf Hitler in a 2011 press conference for his film “Melancholia.” But Cannes on …

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Howard commencement to feature “Black Panther” Boseman

Chadwick Boseman

WASHINGTON (AP) — The “Black Panther” is returning to his alma mater to give the commencement address at Howard University. The university announced Wednesday that Chadwick Boseman will give the keynote address at Howard’s 150th commencement ceremony on May 12. News outlets report Boseman will be presented with an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters, the university’s highest honor. Howard University …

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Dubai film festival to become biennial, skipping this year

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Dubai International Film Festival says it will skip holding the event this year, instead becoming biennial and reconvening in 2019. The film festival made the announcement late on Wednesday night, saying the decision came in part over “the vast changes taking place both in the regional and global movie-making and content industry.” The …

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First Saudi cinema opens with popcorn and ‘Black Panther’

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — The lights dimmed and the crowd of men and women erupted into applause and hoots as Hollywood’s blockbuster “Black Panther” premiered in Saudi Arabia’s first movie theater. Though it was a private, invitation-only screening on Wednesday evening, for many Saudis it marked one of the clearest moments of change to sweep the country in decades. …

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Tribeca opens with ‘Gilda,’ and De Niro comes out swinging

Robert De Niro

NEW YORK (AP) — The 17th annual Tribeca Film Festival opened Wednesday with pugnacious political words from Robert De Niro and the tender opening-night premiere, “Love, Gilda,” an intimate celebration of the beloved comedian and former “Saturday Night Live” star Gilda Radner. Lisa D’Apolito’s documentary opened the New York festival in a star-studded screening at New York’s Beacon Theatre that …

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First Saudi cinema opens with popcorn and ‘Black Panther’

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — The lights dimmed and the crowd of men and women erupted into applause and hoots Wednesday evening as Hollywood’s blockbuster “Black Panther” premiered in Saudi Arabia’s first movie theater. Though it was a private, invitation-only screening, for many Saudis it marked one of the clearest moments of change to sweep the country in decades. It’s …

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Kristen Stewart, Ava DuVernay to serve on the Cannes jury

Kristen Stewart

NEW YORK (AP) — Kristen Stewart and Ava DuVernay will serve on the Cannes Film Festival jury that will choose this year’s Palme d’Or winner, the French festival announced Wednesday. The French film festival Wednesday announced the jury that will serve under Cate Blanchett. Also joining them are filmmaker Denis Villeneuve, French actress Lea Seydoux, Chinese actor Chang Chen, French …

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The Latest: First Saudi Arabian movie theater screens film

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — The Latest on Saudi Arabia screening film in first movie theater to open in the country (all times local): 9 p.m. Saudi Arabia is screening the Hollywood blockbuster “Black Panther” in the first movie theater to open in the country. Authorities welcomed guests at an invitation-only screening Wednesday evening of the movie in a concert …

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Theron’s not leaving the US due to racism but is concerned

Charlize Theron

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Charlize Theron isn’t leaving the United States over racism concerns. But the white South Africa-born actress, who has adopted a black daughter and son, says: “I am constantly concerned about the safety of my kids. I don’t know a parent who’s not.” Theron was quoted in an Elle magazine interview published last week saying that she …

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