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Oscars reform path starts with studios, academy
Change at the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, where membership is for life, does not come easily. As Spike Lee said on Tuesday, its 6,000-plus membership can't be changed "hocus pocus, presto chango" overnight.
 
The deadly militant attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya in 2012 continues to haunt U.S. Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton, this time in the form of a Hollywood action movie.
 
A long time ago in country far, far away, mainland Chinese authorities managed to obtain a copy of America's ultimate cultural weapon, a blockbuster movie with enough special effects to wow an entire planet.
 
Sundance festival serves up a provocative mix of movies
The Sundance Film Festival opens in the mountains of Utah Thursday with a provocative mix of movies focused on topical and timely issues, as well as the usual selection of quirkier fare.
 
'Grand master' of Italian film Ettore Scola dies aged 84
Film director Ettore Scola, one of the last grand masters of Italian comedy, died on Tuesday at the age of 84, press reports said.
 
Oscar-winning actor George Clooney has weighed in on the swirling controversy over the all-white roster of acting nominations for this year's Academy Awards, saying the industry is moving backwards and needs to do better.
 
The average U.S. movie ticket has hit a record high of US$8.70.
 
Calls for boycott of Oscars grow over low diversity of nominees
Amid calls for a boycott of the Academy Awards over its all-white acting nominees and Spike Lee and Jada Pinkett Smith both announcing they would sit out this year's ceremony, the academy's president said it was time for major changes -- and soon.
 
'Spotlight,' DiCaprio, Larson win at Critics' Choice
The investigative journalism drama "Spotlight" won the top prize at the Critics' Choice Awards on Sunday, while awards favorites Brie Larson and Leonardo DiCaprio won the top acting prizes for "Room" and "The Revenant."
 
"Star Wars: The Force Awakens" was finally dethroned from its weeks-long grip atop the North American box office, shoved aside by cop comedy "Ride Along 2" and Oscar favorite "The Revenant."
 
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