Emmy-winning actress and singer Polly Bergen, who in a long career played the terrorized wife in the original "Cape Fear" and the first woman president in "Kisses for My President," died Saturday, according to her publicist. She was 84.

A film starring Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin was one of the biggest beneficiaries of a tax credit program designed to lure movies and television shows to Massachusetts.

Michael Shaeffer has a lot on his mind.

An Iowa prison's practice of showing male inmates sexually graphic movies is the focus of a trial beginning next week in which a female officer will argue the images encouraged them to harass and threaten her.

Rare home movie footage of Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig during a 1920s barnstorming tour in California will lead off this weekend's Baseball Hall of Fame Film Festival.

Even as Bodine Alexander Boling, or "Alex" to those who knew her well, grew up in Denton and went to high school at Sts. Peter and Paul, she always identified herself as an actor. She took part in any community theater she could, earned roles in movies by a local filmmaker and continued at Barnard College in New York City. Even as she formed a career as a freelance producer and film editor, she gained work as a voice actor.

Three people involved in a film about former Northern State University basketball coach Don Meyer are scheduled to appear at the South Dakota Film Festival next week in Aberdeen.

Director Shawn Levy (the super-successful "Night at the Museum" series) cashed in some of his studio good will to make "This Is Where I Leave You," a modestly budgeted comedy-drama in which adults speak with one another and nothing blows up.

Clark Terry, the Grammy Award-winning trumpeter whose career spans 70 years, played in Count Basie's and Duke Ellington's bands, performed with Ella Fitzgerald, Oscar Peterson, Dizzy Gillespie and Dinah Washington, and mentored Miles Davis and Quincy Jones - the latter when he was just 13.

With the Decibel Festival opening in Seattle next week and electronic dance music (EDM) all the rage, a film about the rise and fall-and rise-of the modular synthesizer feels quite timely.

Robin Lord Taylor remembers seeing the "Batman" film starring Michael Keaton and Jack Nicholson on its opening night in 1989.

Sometimes the stories we think we know, the stories where we don't want to hear another word, turn out to be the most involving of all, the ones we in fact know the least about. So it is with "Last Days in Vietnam."

The desert trek in "Tracks" is as brutal as it is beautiful; the performance by Mia Wasikowska as raw as the reality. And the camels? If they don't steal your heart it must be stone-hinged.

At 44, Simon Pegg thinks he's finally found happiness. The "Star Trek" and "Mission: Impossible" actor has that particular achievement on his mind recently, thanks to his new film, "Hector and the Search for Happiness."

"Life's a Breeze" is a small film with a considerable amount of charm. Comic and idiosyncratic, it takes a warmhearted view toward its protagonists while still seeing them for exactly who they are.

The B-17 bomber that appeared in the film "Memphis Belle" will be in Sanford for free ground tours and paid flights.

The twisted tale of "Tusk," where a smug podcaster is surgically turned into a walrus, comes across as mainstream movie making's answer to "The Human Centipede." It's not as vilely disgusting as "Centipede," but it does push the boundaries of blending absurdest comedy with ghoulish visuals.

"A Walk Among the Tombstones" is DOA.

One of the problems with movies based on young adult fiction-"Divergent," "Ender's Game" and "The Giver"-is that they tend to take a long time trying to explain the complicated world where the action unfolds.

Dysfunctional-family comedies can be enduring classics you want to watch again and again, like "Home for the Holidays" and "The Royal Tenenbaums," or lowbrow fare good for a few laughs before erasing from memory, like "Meet the Fockers."

Give all the credit to Jason Bateman for making "This Is Where I Leave You" work. The former "Arrested Development" star-one of the more under-rated actors working today-gives this family dramedy the strong emotional core needed to hold together the less interesting storylines.

Is there room at the multiplex for yet another entry in the young adult/dystopia/survival genre? Those who hunger for more could do worse than "The Maze Runner," based on the first book in John Dashner's trilogy.

Alec Baldwin says he is passionate about green energy and is hoping next week's U.N. climate summit brings home to Americans that the United States has fallen behind other countries in promoting wind and solar power.

LOS ANGELES - "The Maze Runner," the latest young adult book adaptation to hit the big screen, is expected to speed past other newcomers at the box office this weekend.

"Love is Strange" is a sweet, random little nothing that pairs up John Lithgow and Alfred Molina as a longtime couple whose lives change, for the worse, when they finally get married after gay marriage becomes legal in New York.

There were few juvenile actors in more demand around the turn of the 20th Century than Haley Joel Osment.

Zachary Quinto got his big acting break on NBC's "Heroes," but he's ruling out any role in the "Heroes Reborn" miniseries due to air on the network next year.

With its latest thriller, Universal arrives a day late and a few dollars short in the Liam "Particular Skills" Neeson revenge sweepstakes.

A Massachusetts woman who threatened to blow up, torture and castrate Oscar-winning actor Kevin Spacey in what prosecutors called a "persistent and malevolent" cyberstalking campaign has been sentenced to more than four years in prison.

AS ABOVE/SO BELOW Not Previewed. Horror and thrills in the catacombs of Paris. From the director of Quarantine and Devil.

There's one thing nobody can take away from "This Is Where I Leave You": its stellar cast.

The effects aren't much and the story is something of a confused psycho-muddle.

"This is Where I Leave You" is a big, broad dysfunctional family comedy, sort of a "Parenthood" pushed into R-rated "Adulthood" territory.

This month's "young adults save the future" film franchise is "The Maze Runner," an indifferent quest tale about boys trapped in a gigantic maze with no idea how they got there.

Take "The Human Centipede" - the gross-out midnight movie about the mad doctor who stitches humans together - and sprinkle liberally with the old Bob and Doug McKenzie sketches from "SCTV "and the result is "Tusk," director-writer Kevin Smith's under baked horror-comedy hybrid that, despite some promise, ultimately fails at both of its goals.

A companion guide to Christopher Nolan's "Interstellar" promises not only some background on one of the year's most anticipated movies but also some basic science.

British actor Emma Watson says she is "immensely touched" by the reception she received in Uruguay, where she traveled as a goodwill ambassador for the UN's women's agency.

Venezuela's leftist government says it is moving to revoke the citizenship of actress Maria Conchita Alonso, a bitter critic of the government.

"I'm a podcaster who happened to make a movie," is how Smith now describes himself.

A pretty crafty genre pastiche until it stalls, director Adam Wingard's "The Guest" introduces its title character after he knocks on the front door of a small-town New Mexico family that recently lost their older son in the Iraq War. Door opens, a man's head is turned away from the camera ...

Barbra Streisand's new album of duets only includes male singers, but it wasn't a conscious effort to exclude females.

More than most movies, romantic dramas are defined by point of view. Are we seeing the film through the lens of a man or woman? The jilted or the jilter? Or does a filmmaker seek to avoid specific vantage points entirely, keeping us at arm's length?

A handsome, polite young man arrives at the door of a modest, middle-class family in New Mexico saying he served in the military with their recently deceased son. They invite him in. Wouldn't anyone?

"Cousin Matthew! What are you doing with that gun?"

For animal trainers on film sets, the job can be wild. Getting snakes on a plane takes a bit of heat or light, but cajoling a bear to perform for the camera can require buckets of fried chicken.

That Chris Flook is open to learning new things became apparent when he excitedly talked about the drone, one he plans to equip with a camera, that he recently bought.

"The Maze Runner"

Ratings by the Motion Picture Association of America are: (G) for general audiences; (PG) parental guidance urged because of material possibly unsuitable for children; (PG-13) parents are strongly cautioned to give guidance for attendance of children younger than 13; (R) restricted, younger than 17 admitted only with parent or adult guardian; (NC-17) no one younger than 17 admitted.

"Love is Strange" is a sweet, random little nothing that pairs up John Lithgow and Alfred Molina as a longtime couple whose lives change, for the worse, when they finally get married after gay marriage becomes legal in New York.

Police in Beijing have formally arrested the son of Hong Kong martial arts film star Jackie Chan on suspicion of allowing other people to consume drugs, a charge that carries a maximum sentence of three years' imprisonment, prosecutors said Wednesday.

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