Film en Two films grapple with the Soviet Union's collapse <p>MOSCOW &mdash; New films explore the end of the Soviet Union and Russia&#39;s new beginning.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Film Hollyworld Soviet Union Entertainment Europe Culture & Lifestyle Russia Mon, 25 Apr 2011 10:03:00 +0000 Miriam Elder 5639092 at Rome's Cinecitta studios showcases the golden age of Italian film <p>ROME &mdash; Cinecitta&#39;s directors are insistent: Opening a museum in the studio doesn&#39;t mean that its days of moviemaking are over.<br /> &nbsp;</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Film Hollyworld Travel/Tourism Entertainment Europe Culture & Lifestyle Italy Sun, 08 May 2011 12:22:00 +0000 Amanda Ruggeri 5642828 at New Zealand plans "Wellywood" sign, arousing Hollywood's ire <p> The planned &quot;Wellywood: sign, which is expected to be about 26 feet by 98 feet, isn&#39;t just creating a furor in Hollywood. The response in Wellington, New Zealand&#39;s capital, has been less than positive as well.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Film New Zealand Travel/Tourism Asia-Pacific Culture & Lifestyle Thu, 26 May 2011 05:40:00 +0000 News Desk 5647448 at Ridley Scott films at Iceland volcano "ready to blow" <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Oscar-winning director is shooting scenes for his new film, "Prometheus,” at the foot of Iceland's Hekla volcano, one of the country's most active. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> News Desk </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> Director <a href="">Ridley Scott</a> has started shooting scenes for his new sci-fi film, bringing actors and crew to the base of a volcano in Iceland that experts say is about to erupt.</p> <p> The Oscar-winning director on Monday began filming part of &ldquo;<a href="">Prometheus</a>,&rdquo; his next film, at the foot of <a href="">Iceland&rsquo;s Hekla volcano</a>, said to be one of the most active in the country.</p> <p> Actors Charlize Theron, Michael Fessbender, Guy Pearce, Lisbeth Salander and Noomi Rice are in Iceland for the two-week shoot. The film is scheduled to hit U.S. screens in June 2012.</p> <p> &ldquo;If one is afraid of nature in this profession then it would be best to find a different job,&rdquo; Scott told reporters in Iceland, according to the website IceNews.</p> <p> According to Agence France-Presse, experts have warned that the <a href="">Hekla volcano</a> is ready to erupt at any moment, based on measurements showing magma movement.</p> <p> Iceland&rsquo;s volcanoes have gained recent notoriety for their tendency to blow ash into Europe&rsquo;s airspace, disrupting air travel across the continent.</p> <p> <a href="">(More from GlobalPost in Reykjavik: Letter from Iceland) </a></p> <p> The Oscar-winning director of &quot;Blade Runner,&quot; &quot;Gladiator,&quot; &ldquo;Black Hawk Down&rdquo; and &quot;Thelma and Louise&quot; said he was drawn to Iceland because of its rugged landscapes.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Film Iceland Natural Disasters Entertainment Weird Wide Web Mon, 11 Jul 2011 17:51:00 +0000 News Desk 5670155 at Final Harry Potter film shatters box-office records <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2" sold a staggering $476 million in tickets around the world over the weekend, and $168.6 million in tickets in North America alone — the biggest opening weekend in history </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> News Desk </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> &ldquo;Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2,&rdquo; the last film in the best-selling wizarding series, opened in the U.S. on Friday, after premiering in London on July 7.</p> <p> And it proceeded to <a href="">break major box-office records</a>, selling a staggering $476 million in tickets around the world over the weekend, and $168.6 million in tickets in North America alone &mdash; the biggest opening weekend in history, not adjusting for inflation, according to the New York Times.</p> <p> &ldquo;The Dark Knight&rdquo; previously held the North American record with $158.4 million, according to, which compiles ticketing data. CNN points out that when <a href="">adjusted for inflation</a>, &quot;The Dark Knight&quot; would still win out in North America, with approximately $173 million in today&#39;s ticket prices.</p> <p> &ldquo;Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2&rdquo; also had the <a href="">biggest opening day of all time</a>, earning $92.1 million Friday alone, the Washington Post reported. The eighth and final Harry Potter movie was the first in the series to be released in premium-priced 3-D. According to Box Office Mojo, the film also has the second-highest-grossing <a href=";p=.htm">3D release</a> (after &ldquo;Alice in Wonderland&rdquo;), although, 57 percent of moviegoers watched the movie in the traditional, and slightly cheaper, 2D.</p> <p> The final adaptation of the J.K. Rowling fantasy book series also set a record for <a href="">biggest midnight screening</a> at $43.5 million, according to USA Today.</p> <p> In London, at the film&#39;s premiere on July 7, the stars hit the red carpet to say goodbye. Emma Watson was visibly emotional as she walked down the red carpet to view her last performance as Hermione Granger. She was crying so much that her makeup ran. For all of the stars who, more or less, grew up playing their characters over the last decade, the premiere marked the end of the Potter saga.</p> <p> (<a href="">See GP photo feature: The final Harry Potter film premiered in London on July 7, 2011</a>)</p> <p> And for Harry Potter fans around the world, this was the one last time to camp out at theaters, dress up as their favorite Hogwarts&#39; characters and eagerly wait to see the final installment of the final film.</p> <p> (<a href="">See GP photo feature: Fans come in character to movie theaters to see the last episode of the Harry Potter series</a>)</p> <p> The Harry Potter movie series is the highest-grossing franchise of all time, with $2.1 billion in box office receipts in North America alone, USA Today said.</p> <p> The film <a href="">did well with critics </a>as well, getting a thumbs-up from 97% of the U.S.&#39;s critics, according to the Rotten Tomatoes survey site, the highest for an entry in the series.</p> <p> CNN sounded a note of caution about the staying power of the huge box office, however:</p> <p class="rteindent1"> <span style="background-color:#d3d3d3;">The film, it should be noted, was extremely front-loaded. Domestically, &quot;Potter&quot; fell 53 percent from Friday to Saturday, which is the steepest Friday-to-Saturday drop ever for a movie opening in more than 2,000 theaters. While its Friday gross of $92.1 million was the largest single-day tally ever, its estimated Saturday gross of $42.9 million ranks ninth among all Saturday results. This kind of massive drop was to be expected, with throngs of &quot;Potter&quot; fans opting to see the movie as early as possible. It&#39;ll be interesting to see how the film holds up next weekend as the initial &quot;Potter&quot;-mania wears off.</span></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Film Americas Entertainment Culture & Lifestyle United States Weird Wide Web Mon, 18 Jul 2011 00:26:39 +0000 News Desk 5670774 at Al Qaeda group plans to release animated cartoon to recruit kids <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Terrorists connected to al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula said they were creating the animated film to inspire children to join the jihad, but some users on jihadi websites said the characters were too "scary" for kids </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> News Desk </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> An al Qaeda affiliate in Yemen is planning to release an animated film cartoon aimed at recruiting young people to the militant network.</p> <p> Terrorists connected to al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, the Yemen-based affiliate, said they were creating the <a href="">cartoon</a> to inspire children to join the jihad, a posting on an extremist website said, according to the Daily News.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Al Qaeda children Film Osama bin Laden terrorism Yemen Conflict Zones War World Religion Culture & Lifestyle Middle East Weird Wide Web Thu, 21 Jul 2011 06:13:07 +0000 News Desk 5671073 at Nicole Kidman's hubby attacks paparazzo's car outside U.S. restaurant <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Nicole Kidman's husband, country singer Keith Urban, has been accused of attacking a paparazzo's car outside a U.S. restaurant </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> News Desk </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> <a href="">Nicole Kidman</a>&#39;s husband, country singer <a href="">Keith Urban</a>, has been accused of attacking a paparazzo&#39;s car as he was leaving a restaurant with her in <a href="">Tennessee</a>.</p> <p> Celebrity photographer Willem Pieterson told police Urban punched and kicked his car after he took pictures of him and Kidman walking to their car on July 27, Radar Online reports.</p> <p> Pieterson claimed Urban drove up to his vehicle in the wrong lane before getting out and yelling at him, according to the reports.</p> <p> He alleged the singer banged on the car window, hit the car with his fist and kicked the rear passenger door.</p> <p> A spokesman for Metro Nashville Police Department, Don Aaron, said police could not see any damage on the paparazzo&#39;s car door and the incident had been classed as &quot;intimidation&quot;.</p> <p> Police are still investigating the incident.</p> <p> Kidman, now 43, announced earlier this year that she had a second daughter, this time born to a <a href="">surrogate</a>. She has adopted two children with former husband, Tom Cruise, Isabella and Connor, who live with their father by their choice.</p> <p> Kidman and Urban - who married in the Sydney suburb of Manly in 2006 - named their second baby Faith Margaret Kidman Urban. She was born on December 28 at the Centennial Medical Centre in Nashville, Tennessee, where the couple had booked out the entire top floor of the hospital.</p> <p> After Kidman gave birth to Sunday Rose in July 2008, the couple tried to conceive again naturally, but failed.</p> <p> They tried again through in-vitro fertilization (IVF), but were not successful. The couple were then advised by doctors to use a surrogate instead.</p> <p> Kidman credited her first daughter&#39;s unexpected appearance to her swimming in the waters of a small Australian outback town during the filming of Australia.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Entertainment Film Music Entertainment Culture & Lifestyle Down Under Wed, 03 Aug 2011 01:16:00 +0000 News Desk 5672051 at First Hitchcock film found in New Zealand archive <p> Hitchcock cut his teeth on what is described as a &quot;wild, atmospheric melodrama&quot;</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Entertainment Film New Zealand Entertainment United Kingdom Wed, 03 Aug 2011 11:03:00 +0000 News Desk 5672198 at Hollyworld: Toronto Film Fest opens <p> TORONTO &mdash; Clooney, Brad Pitt and the Material Girl are all vying for the top prize.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Film Hollyworld Entertainment Canada Wed, 07 Sep 2011 10:17:00 +0000 John Ferri 5674758 at FBI to investigate after Scarlett Johansson nude photos leaked online <p> One leaked photo appears to show Johansson, 26, topless on a bed while another apparently shows her wearing a towel while revealing her naked backside in a mirror.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Film Internet United States Thu, 15 Sep 2011 17:07:28 +0000 News Desk 5675427 at Greek filmmaker Theodoros Angelopoulos dies in road accident <p> He won the prestigious Palme d'Or top prize at the 1998 Cannes Film Festival for his film Eternity and a Day.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Film Greece Entertainment Europe Politics Wed, 25 Jan 2012 11:09:00 +0000 News Desk 5688792 at Idris Elba to play Nelson Mandela in biopic because South African actors 'too short' <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> South Africans angry that yet another foreign actor has been cast as Mandela, their national icon, in a major film. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Erin Conway-Smith </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> JOHANNESBURG &mdash; British actor <a href="">Idris Elba</a> has been cast as Nelson Mandela in a new biopic, a film version of Mandela&#39;s autobiography Long Walk to Freedom &mdash;&nbsp;and South Africans are wondering why, yet again, a foreigner is playing their national icon.</p> <p> Elba (Stringer Bell in legendary HBO series <a href="">The Wire</a>) is the latest big-name actor from abroad to play Mandela, following in the footsteps of Morgan Freeman, Sidney Poitier, Danny Glover and Terrence Howard.</p> <p> In response to criticism from South Africans angry that homegrown actors are passed up in favor of Hollywood stars, the casting director claimed the reason for choosing Elba was not because of a lack of local talent.</p> <p> &ldquo;I was free to cast a South African and I auditioned some extraordinary local actors,&rdquo; Moonyeenn Lee <a href="">told South Africa&#39;s City Press newspaper</a>. &ldquo;But the main problem is the height. Mandela is a particularly tall man. On average, South African actors are not 1.9m.&rdquo; &nbsp;</p> <p> (Elba, at 6-foot-2, is still shorter than 6-foot-4 Mandela.)</p> <p> <strong>More from GlobalPost:&nbsp;<a href="">Nelson Mandela TV miniseries, &quot;Madiba,&quot; in the works</a></strong></p> <p> Mabutho Kid Sithole, president of the Creative Workers Union of South Africa &mdash; which in 2009 protested the casting of Jennifer Hudson as Winnie Madikizela-Mandela in the film Winnie &mdash;&nbsp;isn&#39;t buying Lee&#39;s explanation.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Film Nelson Mandela World Leaders South Africa Weird Wide Web Thu, 22 Mar 2012 21:26:00 +0000 Erin Conway-Smith 5697236 at 'The Dictator,' Sacha Baron Cohen spoof, banned in Tajikistan (VIDEO) <p><em>The Dictator</em>, which stars Sacha Baron Cohen as extravagant autocrat Admiral General Omar Aladeen, has been refused a license for distribution because it doesn't fit with the Central Asian country's "mentality."<p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Film Tajikistan Entertainment Asia-Pacific Hollyworld Fri, 18 May 2012 15:31:00 +0000 Jessica Phelan 5704735 at Sylvia Kristel dead: 'Emmanuelle' actress dies aged 60 <p>Sylvia Kristel, the actress who played a bored and sexually adventurous housewife in the French movie <em>Emmanuelle</em>, has died. She was 60.</p> <p>&quot;She died during the night during her sleep,&quot; her agent, Marieke&nbsp;Verharen, <a href="">told Agence France-Presse</a> on Thursday.&nbsp;</p> <p>The Dutch-born actress had been battling cancer for 10 years and in July she had a stroke that put her in hospital, Verharen said.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BeNeLux Film Entertainment France Hollyworld Thu, 18 Oct 2012 13:56:00 +0000 Jessica Phelan 5722989 at How Hitler helped make Hollywood <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="font-size: 13px; line-height: 20px; ">BERLIN &mdash; Two months after Adolf Hitler&rsquo;s appointment as German chancellor in 1933, Jews working in Germany&rsquo;s groundbreaking film industry were warned there would be no place for them under the new Nazi regime.&nbsp;<span style="font-size: 13px; line-height: 20px; ">Of the some 2,000 movie professionals who left Germany in the 1930s, most ended up in California, where the techniques they pioneered back home would have a lasting impact on Hollywood.&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 13px; line-height: 20px; ">This week, the Berlin International Film Festival is honoring them in a retrospective.</span></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Film Entertainment Want to Know Germany United States Thu, 14 Feb 2013 11:01:50 +0000 Siobhan Dowling 5754873 at