A civil rights film festival is hosting free screenings this week in Washington, following stops in Atlanta and New York City.

An Iowa filmmaker plans to make a documentary about Abraham Lincoln's tomb in Springfield, Illinois.

Comic-Con attendees will have a once-in-a-lifetime chance to enter the mind of Professor X.

Natchez Mayor Butch Brown wants to set up a local group with members who understand the film industry and know how to talk to filmmakers.

Imax and China's biggest state-owned film exhibitor are teaming up to open 19 giant screen cinemas in the world's No. 2 movie market.

Thomas Berger, the witty and eclectic novelist who reimagined the American West in the historical yarn "Little Big Man" and mastered genres ranging from detective stories to domestic farce, has died at age 89.

"Dawn of the Planet of the Apes," maintained its box office rule with $36.3 million over the weekend, according to final studio figures Monday.

July 27: TV producer Norman Lear is 92. Actor Jerry Van Dyke ("Coach") is 83. Singer Bobbie Gentry is 70. Actress-director Betty Thomas ("Hill Street Blues") is 66. Singer Maureen McGovern is 65. Guitarist Duncan Cameron (Sawyer Brown) is 58. Comedian Carol Leifer is 58. Country singer Stacy Dean Campbell is 47. Singer Juliana Hatfield is 47. Actor Julian McMahon ("Profiler") is 46. Actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau ("Game of Thrones") is 44. Comedian Maya Rudolph is 42. Drummer Abe Cunningham of Deftones is 41. Singer Pete Yorn is 40. Actor Jonathan Rhys Meyers is 37. Actress Taylor Schilling is 30. Singer Cheyenne Kimball of Gloriana is 24.

When it comes to designing coveted collectible toys for sale at Comic-Con, the annual celebration of pop culture lifting off Thursday in San Diego, the sky's the limit for the designers at Mattel. Fittingly, the building where Mattel's dreamers conceive of their limited-edition playthings is just down the street from the Los Angeles International Airport.

Two old pros show the kids how chemistry works in a romantic comedy in "And So It Goes," a love-the-last-time-around romp that'll give its target audience the warm fuzzies.

Those of us waiting for Woody Allen's return to nostalgia after "Midnight in Paris," fans who figure his love of 1920s "Hot Jazz" and theatrical, dated dialogue make him most at home with period pieces, are in for something of a letdown with "Magic in the Moonlight."

In Mike Cahill movies, bad things happen to good people, and other good people are guilt-ridden as a result. But the human connections and the spare sci-fi logic that characterized "Another Earth," Cahill's ethereal romantic dramatic debut, are muddied in his second feature, "I Origins."

There's something about a good spy novel that says "fall," and the best films in that genre reflect this. The skies are overcast, a sort of pale gun-metal grey. Everything is rain and shadows, all the better for skulking about underthe ever-present pall of death

"Happy Christmas" is a petite, lived-in character comedy of the Mumblecore school - just a group of chatty twentysomethings, drinking, growing beards and having the occasional bathroom hook-up as they think about growing up.

Court documents show Philip Seymour Hoffman rejected his accountant's suggestion that he set aside money for his three children because he didn't want them to be "trust fund" kids.

The first trailer for the "Fifty Shades of Grey" movie will be released this week and the original Christian Grey, Charlie Hunnam, says he can't wait for the finished product.

A raunchy romantic comedy, an anarchy thriller and an animated kids' flick couldn't unseat the evolved primates ruling the box office.

Actress Skye McCole Bartusiak, who portrayed Mel Gibson's young daughter in the 2000 film "The Patriot," died in her Houston home, her mother said Sunday. She was 21.

"Jim was a mentor to me and a friend, and I will miss him." — Tom Selleck, who early in his career guest-starred on Garner's series "The Rockford Files."

Few actors could register disbelief, exasperation or annoyance with more comic subtlety.

The summer box office continued to lack mojo, as the R-rated "Sex Tape" failed to turn on moviegoers over a weekend where "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" maintained its rule.

Mark Ruffalo had a big smile on his face as he signed ticket stubs and posed for pictures at Chicagoland Speedway. A steady stream of fans approached the actor from all angles, but he made it look as if it was a small party with a bunch of old friends.

Few actors could register disbelief, exasperation or annoyance with more comic subtlety.

Actor James Garner, whose whimsical style in the 1950s TV Western "Maverick" led to a stellar career in TV and films such as "The Rockford Files" and his Oscar-nominated "Murphy's Romance," has died, police said. He was 86.

Extras are needed for a movie being filmed in Charlotte.

A large, colorful billboard from the 1937 release of the animated film "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" has been sold at auction for $10,755.

Hollywood star Tom Hanks has started shooting portions of his new film "A Hologram for the King" in Egypt's Red Sea resort city of Hurghada, the country's state news agency reported Saturday.

Maine students are showing off their work at the Maine Student Film and Video Festival.

The University of Maine is opening its football stadium up to Disney fans to watch a screening of the movie "Frozen" on the facility's new high-definition scoreboard.

Dwayne Johnson says he considers New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie "a buddy" despite making Christie take down an online video that featured the Hollywood star.

Kobe Bryant says he's "scared" about his future after basketball, although he's embracing the challenge of finding something that he can be as passionate about as sports.

Alexandra Shipp has very little time to get ready for her new role as the late R&B singer Aaliyah.

BEIJING - Allegations of industrial cyber-espionage and mass electronic snooping have been flying hot and heavy between Washington and Beijing recently, but director Michael Mann's upcoming cyber-thriller imagines an American and a Chinese army officer - two former MIT roommates - teaming up to stop a ruthless, profit-driven hacking network.

A Georgia entertainment company is suing Tyler Perry, accusing the filmmaker of unfairly working with government officials to transform a former military base into a studio for Perry's company.

Has it really been 10 years? Are things so different now? Are we? Is Zach Braff's new "Wish I Was Here" a spiritual sequel to "Garden State," his 2004 directorial debut? Answer key: yes, yes, maybe, kind of but not really.

To call Michel Gondry's "Mood Indigo" visually inventive is not even scratching the surface, something like characterizing Apple as a company that's had a certain amount of success.

"Sex Tape" is a lump of half-cocked misunderstandings and nakedly affected zaniness.

The one thing many first remark about Richard Linklater's "Boyhood," the Austin director's joyous and life-affirming love letter to adolescence and family, is how he filmed it over the course of 12 years with the same cast. That is no easy feat, but what's even more remarkable than the technical accomplishment is how he has managed to elevate the ordinary to the extraordinary, the mundane to the magical, turning everyday life into something worth celebrating.

There's a cheerful simplicity about the animated "Planes: Fire & Rescue." Contrast it with the chaotic, clanging "Transformers" movie, made for a slightly older preteen audience. The high-flying new Disney cartoon has a clearer story, more engaging characters, more lucid action scenes and jokes that actually raise a smile.

Universal Pictures and the filmmakers behind the planned N.W.A. biopic are distancing themselves from an offensive casting announcement for the film.

A raunchy rom-com, an anarchy thriller and an animated action-comedy with planes will all try to take down "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" at the box office this weekend.

Two filmmakers charged in a train collision that killed a camera assistant while shooting a movie about singer Gregg Allman said Thursday her death "will haunt us forever." But they insisted they committed no crimes that put their crew in harm's way.

Gen. Ulysses S. Grant rode his horse to the front of the McLean House in Appomattox. Some of his infantry stood at attention, ready to greet him.

Elaine Stritch, the brash theater performer whose gravelly, gin-laced voice and impeccable comic timing made her a Broadway legend, has died. She was 89.

At the start of "A Wolf at the Door," Sylvia (Fabiula Nascimento) and her husband Bernardo (Milhem Cortaz) panic after learning a woman claiming to be their neighbor picked up their 6-year-old daughter from school and vanished. Pressured by a detective, Bernardo confesses to being in an affair with another woman, Rosa (Leandra Leal). But he insists Rosa, who is sweet and gentle and kind, couldn't possibly have had anything to do with the kidnapping.

ALAN PARTRIDGE 2 1/2 stars. Steve Coogan imports his long-running stock comic character to the U.S. Partridge, a small-town British DJ, is a vainglorious twit. In this thin feature he gets caught up in a siege at his station that goes on far, far too long. 1 hr. 30 R (profanity, violence, nudity) - David Hiltbrand

David Fincher's "Gone Girl" will make its world premiere as the opening night film at the 52nd New York Film Festival.

"Sex Tape" is not quite the train wreck its TV ads make it out to be. Which turns out to be the good news as far as this last and least of the big R-rated comedies of summer goes.

He was South Africa's last white president, overshadowed by Nelson Mandela when they plotted the historic transition to a multi-racial democracy for which both men won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993. Today, F.W. de Klerk is a distant figure for many South Africans who see his legacy as mixed.

"The Purge: Anarchy" is about as subtle as a sledgehammer. And, often, as effective.

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