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Lost 1920s British movie classic found in Amsterdam

One of Britain's "most-wanted" lost films from the 1920s has turned up in a collection of old canisters rescued from a rural Dutch cinema, Amsterdam's EYE Film Institute said on Wednesday. "The long-lost British masterpiece called Love, Life and Laughter (1923) featuring actress Betty Balfour was discovered in the EYE's collection last Friday," spokesman Marnix van Wijk said.

Cate Blanchett wins best actress Oscar for 'Blue Jasmine'

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Australian Cate Blanchett won her second Oscar on Sunday for her role as a socialite who suffers a breakdown in Woody Allen's "Blue Jasmine." Blanchett, 44, was the favorite to win this year's Oscar after sweeping awards season with prizes including the Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild and BAFTA earlier this year. Blanchett beat Amy Adams, Sandra Bullock, Judi Dench and Meryl Streep for the Oscar.

'12 Years a Slave': violent, raw historical drama

"12 Years a Slave,' which on Sunday won the Oscar for best picture, depicts with harrowing realism the true story of a free black man kidnapped and sold into slavery before the US Civil War. In bringing the story of Solomon Northup to the silver screen, British director Steve McQueen offered a radically different take on slavery than recent films handling the topic, like Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained" and Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln."

Briton Chiwetel Ejiofor wins best actor award at 2014 BAFTAs

LONDON (Reuters) - British actor Chiwetel Ejiofor won the Best Actor award at Britain's top film honors on Sunday for his role as a free man tricked and sold into bondage in "12 Years a Slave". Ejiofor, 36, who gained recognition as the lead in the dark 2002 crime thriller "Dirty Pretty Things", said he was "deeply honored and privileged" to receive the award and for having the chance to make "a story of such value". (Reporting by Belinda Goldsmith; Editing by Kevin Liffey)

Liver and let die: James Bond was an alcoholic - study

"A dry martini. Just hand it to me, and I'll do the shaking myself." This, according to British doctors, is somewhat how James Bond would have been in real life. 007 boozed so much that in all reality he would have had the tremulous hands of a chronic alcoholic, according to an offbeat study published by the British Medical Journal (BMJ). If statistics are any guide, Bond would have died from alcohol- and tobacco-related diseases in his mid-fifties, it says. And the paper darkly questions Bond's supposed success as a womaniser.

Settlement over rights to British agent James Bond movies hints at evil Blofeld's return

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Could Blofeld be back? The archvillain from the James Bond films — who's often seen stroking a white cat — might be making a return to the big screen following a settlement announced Friday between studio MGM, production company Danjaq and the estate of Kevin McClory. McClory was a co-writer of the 1965 movie "Thunderball" with Bond book writer Ian Fleming but was embroiled in a legal dispute over the movie rights for over 50 years.

Cormac McCarthy keeps moviegoers guessing in 'The Counselor'

By Mary Milliken LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - When Michael Fassbender faced the challenge of interpreting the lead role in Cormac McCarthy's first original screenplay, he wasn't about to quiz the renowned American novelist about the gaps in the script for the crime drama "The Counselor."

Roman Polanski book tiptoes around 'Chinatown' director's notorious past

By Diane Garrett LOS ANGELES ( - When Roman Polanski agreed to collaborate with James Greenberg, the author knew he had a problem: How should he address the "Chinatown" and "Pianist" director's messy personal life in the career retrospective?

Exclusive: 'Casino Royale' director Martin Campbell to direct 'Alpha' for Paramount

By Lucas Shaw NEW YORK ( - "Casino Royale" director Martin Campbell is in talks to direct "Alpha" for Paramount and Parkes/MacDonald, multiple individuals with knowledge of the deal told TheWrap. Written by Scott Frank and with previous drafts by David Benioff, Graham Roland and Carl Ellsworth, the script follows a Navy Seal sent to South America to train dogs for combat service.

'Third Man' to be made into a musical

The 1949 film classic, "The Third Man", is to be turned into a musical and will be seen first in Vienna, the city where the movie is set, production company VBW said. Vereinigte Buehnen Wien said it was "proud" to announce that the premiere of the musical version of the Oscar-winning black-and-white film will take place in 2016. "This is definitely a real coup. The rights to this cult film were hotly contested," VBW general director Thomas Drozda said in a statement.
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