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Ben Affleck gets into dark, tough mind-set in 'Gone Girl'

NEW YORK - Ben Affleck is not interested in playing nice guys and would choose an interesting, complicated character over a likeable one, which is what drew him to "Gone Girl," a dark thriller about marriage, intimacy and the roles people play.

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Japan art market boosted by Abenomics after years in the doldrums

TOKYO - Just a decade ago, a lithograph by Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama sold for several hundred dollars at best. But now her pieces, some just the size of a magazine, can fetch as much as $74,000 (45,664 pounds).

Japan 30 Sep 2014

Amazon, Disney appear close to settling dispute over movies - WSJ

- Amazon.com Inc  appears to be close to settling a nearly two-month dispute with Walt Disney Co during which Amazon stopped offering Disney DVDs for preorder, the Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday.

Business, 01 Oct 2014

Netflix 'Crouching Tiger' deal incurs wrath of theatre chains

- U.S. theatre chain Regal Entertainment Group said it would not show the sequel to "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" in any of its IMAX theatres, objecting to a move by IMAX and Netflix to side step a normal theatre release.

01 Oct 2014

From queens to superheroes, film costumes find Hollywood home

LOS ANGELES - Dorothy's famous ruby red slippers from "The Wizard of Oz" have found their way home again as one of the highlights in a new Hollywood exhibition that showcases iconic costumes in film.

30 Sep 2014

Malkki at helm of Finnish orchestra cracks glass ceiling

HELSINKI - Orchestra conductor Susanna Malkki is used to being asked what it is like working in a male-dominated world.

30 Sep 2014