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.

'The Guest' is, loudly and proudly, a B-movie, the kind of film that begs to be seen with a large, involved audience that's not afraid to talk back to the screen.

Former prisoner of war Jessica Lynch is enjoying her latest role, starring in a Christian movie currently in production.

iTunes' Official Music Charts for the week ending September 15, 2014:

Leonardo DiCaprio's movie roles have made him an international star, but his long and little-known commitment to preserving the global environment has led to his new role — as a U.N. Messenger of Peace.

A documentary about Edward Snowden is a late addition to the New York Film Festival.

A central Pennsylvania building that until recently housed a century-old grocery store featured in the Harrison Ford movie "Witness" will become the new home of a wholesale distributor of hardware and dry goods.

The new film "The Keeping Room" opens with a quotation from Civil War Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman, who declares, "War is cruelty ... the crueler it is, the sooner it will be over." The story confirms the idea by opening with violent, disturbing depictions of humans acting inhumanely to others, but then proceeds to defy it by showing its main characters rising to the challenges of extraordinary situations to show their best selves.

Former prisoner of war Jessica Lynch is enjoying her latest role, starring in a Christian movie currently in production.

The title, poster, premise, and the fact that it's been sitting on the shelf for three years make "Autumn Blood" seem like a direct-to-DVD, low-rent Tarantino rip-off. The reality though is that the handsomely shot feature-film debut from German director Markus Blunder is more akin to B-grade Bergman. If anything, it's more likely to infuriate than entertain those who happen to stumble into the theater thinking they're going to see a routine action-revenge-thriller.

Rumors of Kevin "Clerks" Smith's retirement from the silver screen to spend his dotage doing podcasts forhis aging fanbase were alas, grossly overstated. He has used that podcast to generate a tall tale, a serio-comic Canadian-joke of a horror film.

"Anyone who isn't a twin is sort of fascinated by twins," said filmmaker Craig Johnson. Out of that fascination came "The Skeleton Twins," starring Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader as twin siblings reconnecting with each other. It's the second feature film for Johnson, a University of Washington graduate majoring in theater) - and the first to get a national release.

We're heading into Oscar-bait season for Hollywood, when the biggest movies tend to suck up all the oxygen. Just as worthy are the offerings from the art house scene, which reliably features smaller films - indie features, classic films and documentaries - that may lack studio marketing muscle but can be just as worth your time. A quick sampling of what's on offer.

It's been almost two years since Dan Stevens' beloved "Downton Abbey" character, Matthew Crawley, met with an untimely end, and some die-hard fans of the PBS costume drama still may not quite be over it. But for the 31-year-old British actor, Crawley's tragic death marked a kind of rebirth - or at least a chance to strike out in some very different directions as an actor.

It looks like the premiere of the major motion picture "Gone Girl" will happen in Missouri before most of the rest of the country gets to see it.

Georgia officials say all of the state's 159 counties are now ready for a turn in the Hollywood spotlight.

Georgia officials say all of the state's 159 counties are now ready for a turn in the Hollywood spotlight.

An evil Idris Elba and terrified Taraji P. Henson overcame a group of first-rate intergalactic misfits at theaters over the weekend.

George Clooney is sure to take home a trophy at next year's Golden Globe Awards.

Two years ago, Toronto International Film Festival audiences fell in love with Jennifer Lawrence in "Silver Linings Playbook" and loudly cheered all the Canadian references (natives don't pronounce the second T in Toronto) in Ben Affleck's crowd-pleasing "Argo." Then last year, "Gravity" dropped jaws and "12 Years a Slave" had its gala audience clapping in unison through the closing credits before the inevitable, explosive standing ovation.

"The Drop" will forever be known as James Gandolfini's final performance, and fellow actor Matthias Schoenaerts finds the actor's death "insanely difficult to talk about."

In sports and other walks of life, they call it your "game face," that serious expression that shows you're serious, focused on the game or job at hand.

Say, did you catch Cumberbatch? What about Downey and Duvall? Or Dano? Don't forget Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones. Or Reese unwashed - that was wild. Could Winslet get any earthier? Who knew Wiig would find another level of crazy? Can Bill Murray get more saintly? Chris Rock more raucous or raw?

"The Zero Theorem" is director Terry Gilliam's latest dazzling dose of sci-fi eye candy, and the third film in whatsome are calling his "Brazil" trilogy.

Chinese film director Wang Quan'an, a Berlin International Film Festival winner known for the movies "Tuya's Marriage" and "White Deer Plain," has been detained on the charge of hiring prostitutes, Beijing police said Monday.

Filmmaker Rusty Cundieff said his latest project, "White Water," is comparable to the 1994 film "Forrest Gump" in a specific way.

Academy Award winning director and actor Robert Redford is scheduled to discuss his career and lifelong commitments to the environment, civil rights, and the arts at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston.

It's a warm day, not yet 24 hours after "Black and White's" afternoon premiere at the city's annual film festival, and one of its stars, Octavia Spencer, emerges from the doorway - a study in black and white, warm and cool.

Charles Martin Smith would have walked over hot coals for George Lucas during the filming of the seminal 1973 hit "American Graffiti," in which he was sweetly endearing as the nerdy Terry "the Toad" Fields.

"At my age," Jane Fonda says, "it gets hard to find a role that's fun and sexy and a little bit outrageous."

Terry Gilliam's track record as a director is very much a mixed bag, in terms of box office or critical success. But the director of "Brazil" and 12 Monkeys" and "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus" is often compared to the great innovators and visual stylists of the medium - Kubrick and Welles, Burton and Ridley Scott.

Miss New York Kira Kazantsev won the Miss America pageant Sunday night, with the help of a red plastic cup.

"No Good Deed" swam past "Dolphin Tale 2" this weekend, as both films gave the box office a much-needed boost after a summer slump.

"The Imitation Game" has won the Grolsch People's Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival, cementing its status as an Oscar-season front-runner.

A World War II code-breaker drama starring Benedict Cumberbatch has won the top prize at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Actress Daniele Watts, who appeared in "Django Unchained," is complaining that she was handcuffed and briefly put in the back of a squad car after a public display of affection with her white companion.

It took a murderous Idris Elba and a pair of dolphin buddies to defeat "Guardians of the Galaxy" at movie theaters.

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