After bright career, Donald Sutherland finally nabs an Oscar
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After bright career, Donald Sutherland finally nabs an Oscar

By ANTHONY McCARTNEY, AP Entertainment Writer BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — For every era of film in the last half-century, there’s a memorable Donald Sutherland role. Whether it’s his breakthrough performance in “The Dirty Dozen,” his portrayal of demented arsonist in “Backdraft” or playing a ruthless president in “The Hunger Games” films, Sutherland’s career spans roughly … Continue reading

Ron Howard takes helm of Han Solo ‘Star Wars’ film
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Ron Howard takes helm of Han Solo ‘Star Wars’ film

NEW YORK (AP) — Ron Howard is taking command of the Han Solo “Star Wars” spinoff after the surprise departure of directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. Lucasfilm announced their replacement director Thursday, two days after Lord and Miller left the project over creative differences. Howard gives the reeling production a veteran hand in the … Continue reading

Alejandro G. Inarritu part of Mexican film’s new golden age
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Alejandro G. Inarritu part of Mexican film’s new golden age

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Movie buffs in Mexico are abuzz with the possibility native son Alejandro G. Inarritu could snag this year’s directing Oscar for “The Revenant,” which would be an unprecedented third in a row by Mexicans. If that’s not enough for Mexicans to cheer about during Sunday’s Academy Awards show, Emmanuel “Chivo” Lubezki … Continue reading

Matt Damon says Hollywood must do more to support diversity
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Matt Damon says Hollywood must do more to support diversity

PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — Matt Damon says the movie business has “a long, long, long way to go” when it comes to diversity. Hollywood must do “much, much, much more” to reflect the audiences who watch movies, the best actor nominee told The Associated Press on Saturday. “We’re talking about huge systemic injustices around … Continue reading

Original song nominees at Oscars is battle of the pop stars
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Original song nominees at Oscars is battle of the pop stars

NEW YORK (AP) — The race for best original song at the Academy Awards is a full-blown battle of the 20-something pop stars, with Lady Gaga, Sam Smith and the Weeknd up for the honor this year. In recent years chart-topping singers who co-wrote their songs have earned nominations for original song at the Golden … Continue reading

Oscar-winner Morricone composes Mass for pope, Jesuits
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Oscar-winner Morricone composes Mass for pope, Jesuits

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Oscar-winning Italian composer Ennio Morricone this week will premiere a Mass he composed to mark the 200th anniversary of the restoration of the Jesuit order and named for its most illustrious member, Pope Francis. The Jesuits said in a statement that the 86-year-old Morricone will conduct “Missa Papae Francisci” on Wednesday … Continue reading