NEW YORK (AP) — The investigative journalism procedural "Spotlight" won best feature at the 25th annual Gotham Independent Film Awards, landing the first of what could be a string of awards for Tom McCarthy's acclaimed newsroom drama.
In Pakistan's northwest, devastated by a decade of terrorism, this is how cinema is done now the local film industry is enjoying a renaissance. In the packed, concrete Arshad Cinema in Peshawar, the air conditioning has failed rendering the darkened room a kind of bathhouse filled with the steam of hashish smoke. The story is of vendetta, that established principle of the Pashtun tribal people living in the borderlands between Afghanistan and Pakistan.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Audiences had a number of new movie-going options over the Thanksgiving weekend, including "The Good Dinosaur" and "Creed," but it was "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2" that held on to the top spot for the second weekend in a row.
MILAN (AP) — La Scala's gala season premiere of Verdi's "Giovanna d'Arco" ("Joan of Arc") will take place under extra security in the wake of the Paris attacks and indications that the famed Milanese theater is a possible target for extremists.
The challenges faced by Pope Francis during the dark years of the Argentine military dictatorship (1976-1983) are portrayed in a new film, "Call Me Francesco", which will have its world premiere at the Vatican on Tuesday. The film tells the story of the life of Jorge Mario Bergoglio, from his youth to his election as head of the Roman Catholic Church in March 2013. During the 98-minute biopic the audience gets a glimpse into Bergoglio's life as a young man in Buenos Aires, surrounded by Peronist friends and with a girlfriend he came close to proposing to before getting his calling to become a priest.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State University says the ex-employee who killed himself inside a gallery at the campus' contemporary art museum was a security guard who resigned in 2009 to avoid being fired.
NEW YORK (AP) — On Dec. 10, you can settle down on the couch and catch the regular Thursday fare on TV — "The Big Bang Theory," ''The Mentalist" or "Bones." Or you can see a live musical a few blocks from Broadway.
Film director Steven Spielberg said Monday that he would love to shoot a fifth "Indiana Jones" film before the hero of the series, Harrison Ford, hits 80. The Hollywood legend told French radio RTL that he was itching to make another episode of the adventures of the fictional archaeologist that began 34 years ago with "Raiders of the Lost Ark". "I am hoping one day to make it to an Indiana Jones V. I would hope to make it before Harrison Ford is 80 and I get much older," said Spielberg, who is himself 68.
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean rapper PSY, who is set to release his first album since becoming an international sensation more than three years ago with the smash hit "Gangnam Style," says the pressure to live up to that success caused him to take his time with his latest project.
Seoul (AFP) - "Gangnam Style" star Psy acknowledged Monday that he could never repeat the phenomenal global success of his 2012 hit, but said he was perfectly happy being "just another" K-pop artist. The quirky South Korean singer was catapulted to unlikely international stardom after the "Gangnam Style" music video, with its invisible horse-riding dance, went viral. The song -- a satire of the luxury lifestyle of residents in Seoul's glitzy Gangnam district -- remains the most-watched video of all time on YouTube, with more than 2.4 billion views.
Troubled Irish singer Sinead O'Connor appeared to have attempted suicide, after a statement on her Facebook page said she had taken an overdose. The post, whose authenticity could not immediately be verified, expresses hurt that O'Connor had been cut off from her family by events described as "a horrific set of betrayals". A public relations company linked to O'Connor was not immediately available for comment.
The fourth and final "Hunger Games" movie shrugged off lukewarm reviews to rule the North American box office for the second straight week over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, industry figures showed Sunday. "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay -- Part 2" raked in $75.8 million in ticket sales in its second weekend in the United States and Canada, box office tracker Exhibitor Relations said. The star-studded spy thriller -- with Daniel Craig as 007, and including Italian beauty Monica Bellucci and Austrian Oscar winner Christoph Waltz as the villain -- has taken in $172.3 million in its four weeks in cinemas.
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Chicago was his kind of town, L.A. was his lady and he certainly was a big part of New York, New York. But despite a love-hate relationship, the mile-square New Jersey city where Frank Sinatra was born is finding the centennial of his birth to be a very good year.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — More than a million people have visited The Barnes Foundation since the art museum moved to Philadelphia from a suburb in May 2012. That's almost three times the number of visitors who saw its extensive collection in its former home in the five years before the relocation.
Pop singer Adele's latest album, "25," has sold a record-smashing 3.38 million copies in its first week on the US market, Nielsen Music reported. The British star's release set a record for the largest single sales week for an album since Nielsen began methodically tracking weekly music sales in 1991, the company said late Saturday. It is also the first album in Nielsen history to sell more than three million copies in a week.