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Big names headed to New Mexico to film ‘The Comeback Trail’

Morgan Freeman

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Oscar winners Robert De Niro, Tommy Lee Jones and Morgan Freeman soon will be on their way to New Mexico to start work on “The Comeback Trail.” The feature film will begin shooting in early June in Albuquerque, Tojajilee and other locations. Work is expected to last about a month and will include more than …

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Jenner, Banderas, turn out for glitzy amfAR gala near Cannes

Kendall Jenner

ANTIBES, France (AP) — Kendall Jenner, Antonio Banderas and other stars attending the nearby Cannes Film Festival turned out Thursday for the 26th amfAR Gala to raise money for AIDS research.  Mariah Carey gave a special performance for the dinner guests along with Tom Jones and Dua Lipa during Thursday’s event at the famed Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc. Charli XCX provided …

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Rotten Tomatoes to link audience ratings to ticket purchases

Mena Massoud, Will Smith

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Rotten Tomatoes is taking another step to verify that users posting a rating of a movie have actually seen it. The review aggregator says Thursday that users who purchase tickets on Fandango will get a verified badge next to their review, beginning with films out this weekend like “Booksmart” and “Aladdin.” The verified audience scores will …

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GLAAD: LGBTQ representation in film is up, but not for all

Rami Malek

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The advocacy organization GLAAD says that LGBTQ representation is up for major studio films released in 2018, but that none included transgender characters. Of the 110 movies surveyed, 20, or 18.2%, contained an LGBTQ character. This is a significant improvement from 2017’s all-time low of 12.8% and the second-highest in the seven years that GLAAD has …

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Geoffrey Rush awarded $2 million in Sydney defamation case

Geoffrey Rush

SYDNEY (AP) — Oscar-winning actor Geoffrey Rush was awarded an Australian record of 2.9 million Australian dollars ($2 million) damages by a Sydney judge on Thursday in defamation case against a newspaper publisher and journalist over reports he had been accused of inappropriate behavior toward an actress. The 67-year-old Australian had sued Sydney’s The Daily Telegraph’s publisher and journalist Jonathon …

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Daniel Craig to undergo minor ankle surgery for Bond injury

Daniel Craig

LOS ANGELES (AP) — James Bond is out of commission for a few weeks. Star Daniel Craig is undergoing minor ankle surgery after sustaining an injury while filming the 25th installment in the franchise in Jamaica. The news comes Wednesday in a tweet from the official James Bond twitter account. The statement says that production will continue during the 51-year-old …

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US, China appear to brace for long haul in trade dispute

WASHINGTON (AP) — With negotiations on hold and tariffs piling up, the United States and China appear to be bracing for a prolonged standoff over trade. Beijing is airing Korean War movies (antagonist: America) to arouse patriotic feelings in the Chinese public and offering tax cuts to software and chip companies as U.S. export controls threaten Chinese tech companies. In …

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Garcia Bernal finds Cannes more relaxing as a director

Gael Garcia Bernal

CANNES, France (AP) — Gael Garcia Bernal is finding it’s a lot more relaxing being at the Cannes Film Festival as a director than as an actor. “As a director everything is done,” says Garcia Bernal, whose film “Chicuarotes” is playing as an official selection but out of competition at Cannes. “There’s nothing else to do. So, I just, I …

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Christopher Nolan’s new espionage film gets a title: ‘Tenet’

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Filmmaker Christopher Nolan’s upcoming international espionage film has a title. Warner Bros. on Wednesday says the action epic is called “Tenet.” The ensemble cast includes Robert Pattinson, John David Washington, Elizabeth Debicki, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Michael Caine and Kenneth Branagh. Production is currently underway and the studio says filming will span seven countries. Nolan is directing off …

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Pitt, DiCaprio talk Tarantino’s love letter to Hollywood

Leonardo DiCaprio, Margot Robbie, Quentin Tarantino, Brad Pitt, David Heyman

CANNES, France (AP) — Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio said they forged a “cinematic bond” making Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time a Time … in Hollywood,” while Tarantino bristled at the suggestion at the Cannes Film Festival on Wednesday that Margot Robbie’s Sharon Tate isn’t primary enough in the film. “Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood” made its …

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