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Mendoza heads French festival jury

VESOUL jury head Brillante Ma. Mendoza. Photo by JILSON SECKLER TIU

Filipino filmmaker Brillante Ma. Mendoza heads the main competition jury at this year’s Vesoul International Film Festival of Asian Cinema, set Feb. 11-18 in France.

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Nazi hunters call for protests against French comic

In this Feb. 19, 2005 file photo, French comic Dieudonne M'Bala M'Bala looks at a book "Blacks in the Nazi camps" by Serge Bile during a statement at La Main d'Or theater, in Paris. The Paris prosecutor's office said Thursday Jan 2, 2013, it is investigating threats against a comedian the French interior minister wants banned from the stage for what he says are racist and anti-Semitic performances. (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon, File)

A Nazi-hunting family has called for protests against controversial French comedian Dieudonne over his vitriolic brand of humor targeting Jews, as a government minister said he must pay fines accrued for racist abuse.

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World’s oldest cinema to reopen on Wednesday

Technicians are at work on Oct. 4, 2013, in the projection room of the world's oldest cinema "L'Eden" in La Ciotat, southern France. L'Eden cinema, which screened in 1895 the first films of the French Lumiere brothers, closed in 1995 for security reasons and will open to public after revamp on Oct. 9.  AFP

The world’s oldest movie theater, where the first films of the pioneering Lumiere brothers were screened in 1899, reopens in a sleepy southern French town Wednesday after an extensive facelift.

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‘Diana’ film poster taken down from Paris crash site


The French distributor of the film “Diana” has removed an advertising poster that sparked outrage for being placed at the site where the Princess of Wales died in 1997.

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Travolta, Douglas line up for French seaside film fest

John Travolta and Michael Douglas  INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

John Travolta, Nicolas Cage, Cate Blanchett and Michael Douglas are among the stars who will tread the red carpet at France’s 39th Deauville film festival, which kicks off Friday.

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French actor Depardieu hurt in Moscow road crash—report

Gerard Depardieu AFP FILE PHOTO

French movie star Gerard Depardieu was slightly injured in a traffic accident in central Moscow, where he is shooting scenes of his latest film, Russian media reported Tuesday.

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Postscript to Cannes

DRENCHED but dressed to the nines, cineastes queue up for “Like Father, Like Son” gala. Photo by Bayani San Diego Jr.

Speaking like the grizzled veteran of countless skirmishes on Boulevard de la Croisette that he was, Filipino filmmaker Tikoy Aguiluz told a skeptical neophyte: “The pink press ID is the best badge in Cannes.”

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Lesbian romance ‘Blue Is the Warmest Color’ wins Cannes’ Palme d’Or

From left, actress Lea Seydoux, director Abdellatif Kechiche, centre, and actress Adele Exarchopoulos pose for photographers as they arrive for the awards ceremony of the 66th international film festival, in Cannes, southern France, Sunday, May 26, 2013.  AP/LIONEL CIRONNEAU

The tender, sensual lesbian romance “Blue is the Warmest Color: The Life of Adele” won the hearts of the 66th Cannes Film Festival, taking its top honor, the Palme d’Or.

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Ryan Gosling’s violent new crime movie booed at Cannes

Ryan Gosling Photo by Ruben V. Nepales

Boos rang out at the Cannes Film Festival on Wednesday for a blood-spattered revenge tale starring Ryan Gosling as a US fugitive running a Bangkok drugs racket and Kristin Scott Thomas as a cross between “Lady Macbeth and Donatella Versace.”

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Reaching Cannes via ‘Maynila’


It’s a fitting “homecoming” for the late National Artist for Film Lino Brocka in this resort city south of France.

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Cannes lineup celebrates world film, old favorites

President of the Cannes Film Festival Gilles Jacob, right, and artistic Director Thierry Fremaux, attend a news conference to announce this 2013 festival lineup in front of the Cannes International Film Festival poster for the upcoming 66th edition featuring US actors Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward, in Paris, Thursday April 18, 2013. The festival will run from May 15 to May 26, 2013.  AP PHOTO/FRANCOIS MORI

The Cannes Film Festival’s 2013 lineup announced Thursday features work from some of the globe’s most dangerous locales for artists, and a sprinkling of works by old favorites including Roman Polanski, the Coen brothers and Steven Soderbergh.

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Will.I.Am records Mona Lisa song in Paris’s Louvre

This file picture taken on February 21, 2012 shows US musician Will.I.Am arriving at the 2012 BRIT Awards in London. Will.I.Am recorded one of his next solo album's song at the Louvre museum in Paris, next to Leonardo da Vinci's "Mona Lisa" (La Gioconda or La Joconde), he said during a press conference on Wednesday, April 17, 2013.  AFP/BEN STANSALL

Grammy award-winning US musician Will.I.Am was allowed into Paris’s Louvre museum at two in the morning to record part of a song entitled “Smile Mona Lisa” in front of the famed painting by Leonardo da Vinci, he told reporters in Paris on Wednesday.

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