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'Red Christmas': Film Review

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Offering something to offend viewers from many walks of life, Craig Anderson's Red Christmas uses Jesus' birthday as an occasion for an abortion-themed slasher pic whose boogeyman happens to have Down Syndrome. The literal-minded may also take offense at the pic, and not just because its Yuletide horrors are being delivered in the dog days of summer. But some horror buffs will appreciate this irreverent little gorefest, especially those with a nostalgic soft spot for topliner Dee Wallace, the scream queen of The Hills Have Eyes and The Howling (not to mention E.T.) who remains impressively prolific even as she »

- John DeFore

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SAG Awards: Morgan Freeman to Receive Life Achievement Honor

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Morgan Freeman will receive the SAG Life Achievement Award, SAG-aftra announced Tuesday.

The Oscar-winning actor will be honored at the 24th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, which is set to air on TNT and TBS on Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018 at 8 p.m. Et/5 p.m. Pt.

The award, the guild's highest honor, is given to an actor who fosters the "finest ideals of the acting profession." In addition to his Oscar, Freeman's accolades include a SAG Award, the Cecil B. DeMille Award and a Kennedy Center Honor.

“I am thrilled to announce Morgan Freeman as this »

- Hilary Lewis

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Oscars: Azerbaijan Selects 'Pomegranate Orchard' as Foreign-Language Submission

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Azerbaijan has selected Ilgar Najaf's Pomegranate Orchard — the story of the return home of a wayward son — as its submission for best foreign-language film for next year's Oscars.

The film is about an old man living in a decrepit old house with his grandson and daughter-in-law surrounded by a vast orchard of pomegranates. When the man's son returns home in an attempt to heal deep emotional scars, the ancient tranquility of the rural idyll is harshly interrupted.

The film, which had its world premiere last month in Karlovy Vary's East of the West competition, was written by Asif Rustamov, »

- Nick Holdsworth

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Toronto: Angelina Jolie, Javier Bardem, Helen Mirren Added to Speakers Lineup

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Angelina Jolie, who is bringing her Cambodian genocide pic First They Killed My Father and the animated Afghan drama The Breadwinner to the Toronto Film Festival, is joining the lineup of keynote speakers to appear at the Sept. 7-17 event.

Keynotes will also be delivered by Javier Bardem, Helen Mirren and Gael Garcia Bernal, organizers said Tuesday. As Toronto programmers rounded out their 2017 edition lineup, they added Discovery program titles that include the sidebar opener, the Argentine film Tigre, by directors Silvina Schnicer and Ulises Porra Guardiola, and the closer Human Traces by New Zealand director Nic Gorman.

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- Etan Vlessing

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Tiff First Look: Christian Bale Is a 19th-Century Army Captain in 'Hostiles'

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Christian Bale is a contemplative Army captain in the first-look image of Hostiles.

Directed by Scott Cooper, the Western is set in 1892 and stars Bale as Captain Joseph J. Blocker who, after stern resistance, reluctantly agrees to escort a dying Cheyenne war chief and his family back home to tribal lands. Making the harrowing and perilous journey from New Mexico to the grasslands of Montana, the former rivals encounter a young widow whose family was murdered on the plains. Together, they must join forces to overcome the punishing landscape, hostile Comanche and vicious outliers encountered along the way.

Wes Studi also stars »

- Ashley Lee

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Clooney Joins Forces with Civil Rights Group: "No Two Sides to Bigotry and Hate"

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The Southern Poverty Law Center (Splc) is partnering with the Clooney Foundation for Justice to combat hate in the wake of the deadly violence at a white nationalist gathering in Charlottesville, Virginia.

"Amal and I wanted to add our voice (and financial assistance) to the ongoing fight for equality," George Clooney said. "There are no two sides to bigotry and hate.”

George and Amal Clooney on Tuesday gave the Splc  a $1 million grant from the Clooney Foundation for Justice. 

One person was killed and many others injured while protesting a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville on Aug. 12. Shortly thereafter, »

- Ryan Parker

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Hollywood Studios Could Launch $30 Movie Rental Service Early Next Year

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If Hollywood studios get their wish, a new premium video-on-demand service could finally be introduced in the first two months of 2018. One likely scenario: Consumers would pay $30 to rent a movie only 30 to 45 days after the film has opened in theaters.

That’s less aggressive than some studios might want — there have been suggestions of making a movie available for $50 after 17 days — but the more modest $30 price point could help to soothe the frayed nerves of theater owners, as well as lure more consumers to hit the “buy” button.

Insiders say Comcast, »

- Pamela McClintock

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Russian Director Detained in Fraud Probe

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Prominent Russian film and theater director Kirill Serebrennikov was detained early Tuesday on suspicion of a role in the embezzlement of government funds.

"Creative director of Moscow's Gogol Center theater Kirill Serebrennikov has been detained on suspicions of organizing embezzlement of at least 68 million rubles [$1.2 million], allocated in 2011-2014 [by the government] for the execution of Platforma theater project," a spokeswoman for the Investigative Committee said.

She added that charges against Serebrennikov, former head of the theater center Sedmaya Studia, which ran the Platforma project, would be brought shortly. Under Russian law, embezzlement of this size is punishable by »

- Vladimir Kozlov

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Robert Pattinson, Woody Harrelson to Get Deauville Festival Honors

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Robert Pattinson and Woody Harrelson will join this year’s Deauville Film Festival as honorees, with Pattinson picking up his award after canceling last year and Harrelson on hand to present his latest film, The Glass Castle.

They will join director Darren Aronofsky and actors Jeff Goldblum, Laura Dern and Michelle Rodriguez in receiving honors at the weeklong festival.

This year’s lineup highlights independent films, festival organizers noted, with five being debut films. Online video players are also well represented, with Netflix’s Sweet Virginia, Amazon’s The Only Living Boy in New York and E-Cinema’s The Bachelors among the selections.

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- Rhonda Richford

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'Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri' to Close London Film Festival

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This year's BFI London Film Festival has a closing night film. 

With an opener already announced in Andy Serkis' directorial debut Breathe, and Battle of the Sexes getting a gala screening, Martin McDonagh's black comedy Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri has been revealed as the curtain closer.

The film – starring Frances McDormand as a mother seeking justice for her murdered daughter, alongside Sam Rockwell, Woody Harrelson, Abbie Cornish and Peter Dinklage – will have its U.K. premiere on Oct. 15 at the Odeon Leicester Square theater, with McDonagh, McDormand and Rockwell expected to attend. 

"I'm excited to bring this »

- Alex Ritman

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MPAA Wins Copyright Infringement Case Against Chinese Streaming-Video Site

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The Motion Pictures Association of America has notched another victory against copyright infringement in China.

On Monday, a Chinese court in Shenzhen found Xunlei Networking Technologies Co., a large online video company based in southern China, guilty of infringing upon the copyrights of over two dozen U.S. movie titles.

The MPAA brought the case on behalf of its member studios in January 2015. The Shenzhen court found Monday that Xunlei did not have the authorization to make the movies available to the public via its websites, f.xunlei.com and kuai.xunlei.com. The court awarded damages of RMB1.4 million (about $210,000) and legal costs »

- Patrick Brzeski

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Jerry Lewis Died of Heart Disease, Says Coroner

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Authorities in Las Vegas say Jerry Lewis died of heart disease, but the wording of his death certificate differs from what was reported earlier.

Clark County Coroner John Fudenberg said Monday that Lewis' official cause of death was end-stage cardiac disease and peripheral vascular disease.

Lewis was the clownish comic hailed as an artistic genius and the host for decades of annual muscular dystrophy telethons.

He died Sunday of natural causes in Las Vegas at age 91.

Fudenberg says coroner deputies had been told Lewis died of ischemic cardiomyopathy.

Ferozan Malal is the hospice and palliative medicine physician »

- the Associated Press

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Common Joins Amandla Stenberg in Ya Adaptation 'The Hate U Give' (Exclusive)

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Common, who is up for an Emmy for his musical work on Ava DuVernay’s 13th, has joined Amandla Stenberg in The Hate U Give, Fox 2000's adaptation of the Black Lives Matter Ya novel of the same name.

George Tillman Jr. is directing the big-screen translation of Angela Thomas' debut novel that is due to begin shooting in Atlanta starting in September.

Hunger Games actress Stenberg is toplining with Russell Hornsby, Regina Hall and Algee Smith on the call sheet

The story follows a 16-year-old girl named Starr who grew up in a poverty-stricken slum but now attends a suburban prep »

- Borys Kit

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