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Women are underrepresented in key movie positions, USC study finds

"Frozen,"Disney's animated musical about a pair of royal sisters, was last year's highest-grossing film worldwide — and also one of its most unusual, according to a study being released Thursday by researchers at USC.<p>That's because one of its directors, Jennifer Lee, is female, and so are its lead …

Star Trek

David Lynch: ‘I’ve always loved Laura Palmer’

If you follow David Lynch into the woods he will not hold your hand. He cannot guarantee you will find your way home. He truly hopes that you’ll emerge unscathed.<p>The director, painter and transcendental meditation disciple has never been one to explain his work and, on the occasion of the release …

Animation tops action as UK's favourite film genre for first time

Animation has replaced action as the UK's favourite film genre for the first time.<p>Figures from the British Film Institute show British audiences are being drawn to the cinema in their millions for films such as Despicable Me 2, Disney's Frozen, Monsters University and The Croods, all of which were …

Forbes Released Its List Of 10 Highest Paid Actors And You Won’t Believe Who’s Number 1 (It’s Robert Downey Jr.)

Forbes magazine has once again printed its list of the 10 highest-paid male actors in Hollywood (I feel like this is what Forbes does almost exclusively now. They just kinda count peoples’ money it seems.) And at the top of that list for the second year in a row is none other than Robert Downey …

Earth to Echo review – a contemporary homage to Steven Spielberg's ET

This good-natured family movie is smart and dynamic, but lacks the sense of wonder of its inspiration<p>Earth to Echo is a good-natured family movie, which at times looks like Josh Trank's 2012 sci-fi adventure Chronicle. Actually, it is a contemporary homage to Steven Spielberg's masterpiece ET: The …

Take Another Look at Ben Affleck as Batman, Courtesy of Zack Snyder

The last photo of Ben Affleck's Batman released into the wild indicated that the character would be even more brooding than usual in the upcoming "Batman vs. Superman." Now, director Zack Snyder isn't doing anything to change that perception by sharing another emo-looking snap of the character on …

Great cast but 'Very Good Girls' could be better

Screenwriter-turned-director Naomi Foner aims to capture what she calls "mythic" memories in her coming-of-age story "Very Good Girls." But little resonates as persuasive, let alone memorable, in the underwhelming sexual-awakening exploits of two Brooklyn friends. Despite a finely wrought lead …

Demi Moore

John Malkovich rubbishes Sydney Opera House’s ‘hideous’ acoustics

Actor John Malkovich has rubbished the Sydney Opera House, suggesting a 2011 opera he staged at the venue bombed partly because of the concert hall’s “hideous” acoustics and “continent-sized” stage.<p>“It’s lovely to drive by on a motor boat and it has a very nice crew, and very capable, but the …

Sandra Ng: The Hong Kong rebel

Sandra Ng made her name in a gangster film and went on to star as a prostitute in a comedy franchise. Tom Brook reports on the boundary-pushing actor.<p>She’s played a prostitute in a comedy franchise and a lesbian pimp in a drama series: it’s clear that Sandra Ng is unafraid of risqué roles. A …

Hong Kong

'Magic in the Moonlight' is an amusing trifle of a film

In "Magic in the Moonlight," an amusing trifle and sugary truffle of a film,<p>Woody Allendallies with some of his favorite themes — true romance, magicians and spirituality — and favorite tropes — beautiful women and scenery.<p>The movie stars<p>Colin Firthas a master magician out to unmaskEmma Stone's …

Roadsters

'Happy Christmas' piles insecurities, angsty comedy under tree

For all the things<p>Anna Kendrickplays in "Happy Christmas," truly happy is not one of them.<p>Kendrick's Jenny is a needy younger sister, a trying sister-in-law, an unreliable aunt, a miserable ex and a depressed drunk. She's also someone the actress makes you inclined to care about in times of …

Los Angeles

Why I'd like to be … Chewbacca in Star Wars

My parents named me after Luke Skywalker, so it's a happy coincidence that I love Star Wars with a ferocity located somewhere between distracting and actually dangerous. If I didn't, the first time someone quipped, "Luke, i am your father" would have been just as tiresome as the billionth; as it …

Lindsay Lohan is falling over herself to collect her comeback award

There are moments when, in Lost in Showbiz's eyes, the media sorely lets itself down, where the real story is missed in pursuit of tacky sensationalism. Let us take, for example, Lindsay Lohan's recent visit to Italy. There was, as you may recall, a great deal of coverage of the fact that the …

Marvel studio at Comic-Con to map future of comic-book superhero films

We're expecting some major announcements when Marvel take to Hall H at Comic-Con, especially as the Disney-owned studio recently revealed its basic timeline for a dozen new films between now and 2019.<p>Beyond Guardians of the Galaxy in a week's time, The Avengers: Age of Ultron and Ant-Man in 2015 …