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Venice film festival kickstarts Oscars jousting

The 74th Venice film festival gets underway Wednesday with Alexander Payne's sci-fi satire «Downsizing» in the high-profile opening slot that is increasingly coveted as a launchpad for the Oscars.

Raj all the rage as India marks 70 years of independence

As India marks the 70th anniversary of its independence this year, a slew of movies tackling its colonial history are hitting cinema screens, including a controversial account of partition by the director of «Bend it Like Beckham».

«Star Wars» Obi Wan spin-off in the works

Oscar-nominated filmmaker Stephen Daldry is in early talks to direct a «Star Wars» spin-off about Jedi master Obi Wan Kenobi, US media reported on Thursday.

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Returns the Minions, in Los Angeles the first of «Despicable Me 3»

In Los Angeles, the first of «Despicable Me 3», the third animated series coming to Italy on August 24 after the preview at the Giffoni Film Festival. The story tells the family adventures right after the marriage between Crane and Lucy. The now wicked one will have to face it with a middle-aged crisis and a twin.

Russell Crowe to lead new Asian film jury in Australia

Hollywood star Russell Crowe will chair a jury to decide the best Asian production at Australia's annual film awards this year, which will recognise excellence in Asian movie-making for the first time.

«Guardians» dominates again, leaving 2 new films in its wake

Disney's space romp «Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2» continued its hyperspeed performance over the weekend in North America while approaching a quarter-billion dollars in ticket sales for its first two weeks, according to industry estimates.

Films in the running for the Palme d'Or

From the tale of a mysterious beast to a migrant who finds he can levitate after being shot on a border fence, these are the 19 movies competing in the main competition at this week's Cannes film festival:

Record-breaking debut for newest «Fast and Furious» flick

«The Fate of the Furious» debuted in super-high gear this weekend, taking in $100.2 million on North American screens and roaring to record global revenues of more than a half-billion dollars, industry analysts estimated Sunday.

MTV Movie Awards expands into television

The MTV Movie Awards, an annual celebration of youth pop culture, will expand this year to include television in a recognition of the power of the small screen.

Streaming industry in historic win at Oscars

In a first for the streaming industry, Amazon Studios and Netflix walked away with Oscars, underlining their emergence as major players in the entertainment business.

Trump denounces Streep as «overrated Clinton flunky»

Donald Trump took on one of the Hollywood greats Monday, accusing Meryl Streep of being an overrated actress and a Hillary Clinton "flunky" after the multiple Oscar winner tore into him at an awards ceremony.

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