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Franco Zeffirelli, Italian film and opera director, 96

ROME — Franco Zeffirelli, who directed the world’s greatest opera singers and brought Shakespeare to the cinema-going masses, has died. He was 96.

Brocka and Philippine electoral politics: Passions big and small

LINO BROCKA would have been 80 this April, if he hadn’t been killed in a car crash on May 21, 1991. He was only 52, and had directed around that many films too in the last two decades of his life, though his oeuvre also spanned TV and the legitimate stage, both as an actor and a director, and occasionally, even as a writer. His creative output is probably unequalled by any other Filipino artist in those fields. He was bluntly matter-of-fact about having to grind out five cinematic potboilers to subsidize each worthwhile passion project, such as Insiang (1976), the first Filipino film to be shown at the Cannes Directors Fortnight.

M. Night Shyamalan merges storylines in Glass

LONDON — M. Night Shyamalan, the director known for his film-ending twists, brought his latest offering to London on Wednesday, comic book thriller Glass — a tale merging two of his previous movies.

Big director and actress Penny Marshall, 75

WASHINGTON — Penny Marshall, who played an endearingly graceless character with a thick Bronx accent in US television’s Laverne & Shirley before becoming a pioneering film director with hits including Big and A League of Their Own, died at 75, her publicist said on Tuesday.

Staying true to the manga

CHIHAYAFURU PART 3 is a sports film about a competitive Japanese card game called karuta where players have to memorize 1,000 classic Japanese poems — it’s a game completely unfamiliar to Filipinos but their enthusiastic reactions to the film surprised even the film’s director, Norihiro Koizumi.

Balangiga tops FAMAS winners

KHAVN DE LA CRUZ’s Philippine-American wartime drama, Balangiga: Howling Wilderness (2017) was the night’s biggest winner at the 66th Filipino Academy of Movie Arts...

Woody Allen son says father did not molest his daughter

NEW YORK — Moses Farrow, the adopted son of Mia Farrow and Woody Allen, released a lengthy personal essay Wednesday, disputing allegations that his...

Middle-aged women are real action heroes says Cannes director

CANNES — Forget The Rock and Bruce Willis. Middle-aged women are the real action heroes, according to the maker of a fast-paced feminist film...

Avatar director Cameron traces roots of sci-fi movie explosion

LOS ANGELES — Avatar director James Cameron’s latest project takes audiences back to the humble beginnings of science fiction movies, long before films like...

Avatar director Cameron says he still hopes to film four sequels

MANHATTAN BEACH, California — Avatar director James Cameron said he still aims to make four sequels to the 2009 science-fiction blockbuster and is moving...

Exorcist director Friedkin films the real thing in documentary

ROME — William Friedkin, director of the 1973 classic film The Exorcist, is dealing with the devil again but don’t expect more twisting heads,...

Italian director Vittorio Taviani, 88

ROME — Celebrated Italian director Vittorio Taviani, who made more than 20 films alongside his brother Paolo, has died aged 88, his family said...

Oscar-winning Cuckoo’s Nest director Milos Forman, 86

OSCAR-WINNING Czech-born film director Milos Forman, celebrated for One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and Amadeus, has died aged 86, his agents told AFP...

Marcos-era musical resonates with modern Phl, director Lav Diaz says in...

BERLIN — Filipino director Lav Diaz’s musical about martial law under president Ferdinand Marcos is set firmly in the 1970s, but the movie is...

Film and television director Maryo J. delos Reyes, 65

ACCLAIMED film and television director, Maryo J. delos Reyes passed away Saturday night at the age of 65 after suffering a heart attack in...

Woody Allen backlash grows as daughter says she’s telling the ‘truth’...

NEW YORK — Woody Allen faced a growing backlash Wednesday after his daughter revived child molestation allegations against the legendary director, asking the world...

Film director Maning Borlaza, 82

EMMANUEL “MANING” BORLAZA, the man who brought to the silver screen Bituing Walang Ningning (1985) and gave birth to one of the most famous...

Swiss probe rape allegation against Roman Polanski

ZURICH – A former German actress and model has told Swiss authorities that film director Roman Polanski raped her at his mountain chalet in...

Star Wars: Episode IX delayed after J.J. Abrams takes over

LOS ANGELES – Walt Disney Co. delayed the release of the ninth installment of the Star Wars saga to Dec. 20, 2019 after announcing...

Star Wars: Episode IX loses writer and director Trevorrow over movie...

LOS ANGELES – The Star Wars movie franchise has parted ways with another director, Walt Disney Co. announced on Tuesday, saying that director and...

Texas Chain Saw Massacre director Tobe Hooper, 74

LOS ANGELES – Movie director Tobe Hooper, best known for The Texas Chain Saw Massacre and Poltergeist horror films, died in California on Saturday,...

Luc Besson banking on passion project Valerian

LOS ANGELES -- With its $180 million budget, two relatively new stars and obscure source material, Luc Besson is betting the house on the...

Nolan got personal to summon his miracle of Dunkirk

DUNKIRK, FRANCE -- History -- some of it intensely personal -- leaned heavily on Christopher Nolan when he was making his wartime epic Dunkirk,...

Film director George A. Romero, father of the zombie movie, 77

WASHINGTON -- US filmmaker George A. Romero, whose 1968 cult classic Night of the Living Dead spawned the zombie movie genre, died on Sunday...

Keeping up with the times through innovation

KOREAN electronics giant Samsung has just introduced its new QLED TV line featuring its “Quantum Dot” technology which a local official has termed “the...

Tippi Hedren accuses Hitchcock of sexual harassment in memoir

LOS ANGELES — Actress Tippi Hedren graphically chronicles in a new memoir incidents in which she says she was sexually assaulted and harassed by...