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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 on 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 »

- 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 cancelling 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 week-long 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 of »

- 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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