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U.S. movie theater chains fear Justice Department review may hit profits


WASHINGTON U.S. movie theater chains fear that a Justice Department review of little-known mid-century rules may result in studios getting free rein to force them to show unpopular movies in exchange for getting blockbuster releases, threatening their profits.


Silent cinema and empty seats at Vienna's Breitenseer Lichtspiele 12:45pm GMT

VIENNA Cinema buffs familiar with movie theaters in Los Angeles, Cannes and Berlin do not necessarily link their passion with Austria's capital Vienna.


Disney plans new 'Star Wars' prequel series for streaming service 08 Nov 2018

LOS ANGELES A new "Star Wars" prequel series is on its way, this time for Walt Disney Co's planned Disney+ streaming service, Disney Chief Executive Bob Iger said on Thursday.

Box Office: 'Grinch' Sees Green With $66 Million, 'Overlord' Beats 'Spider's Web' 11 Nov 2018

LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - "The Grinch" proved it's never too early for some holiday cheer as the animated family flick stole the weekend box office with $66 million from 4,141 locations.


'Fantastic Beasts' casts its spell over Paris 09 Nov 2018

PARIS Harry Potter fans got their first look at the second "Fantastic Beasts" movie on Thursday at a world premiere in Paris - the setting for the latest wizarding adventure from British author J.K. Rowling. | Video


'Wizard of Oz' draft scripts head for auction block 08 Nov 2018

LOS ANGELES A collection of draft scripts for "The Wizard of Oz" and other material from the archives of the 1939 film are going up for auction in December and could fetch up to $1.2 million. | Video


Michael Douglas joins dad Kirk with star on Hollywood Walk of Fame 07 Nov 2018

LOS ANGELES Michael Douglas celebrated his 50th year in showbusiness on Tuesday with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame near that of his screen legend father, Kirk Douglas, now 101. | Video


Director Steve McQueen says `Widows' not just a heist movie 06 Nov 2018

LONDON At first glance, Steve McQueen's latest film, "Widows", looks like a fast-paced heist movie, but the award-winning British director says he wanted his Chicago-set movie to take a deeper look at the current political and social-economic climate.


Box Office: 'Bohemian Rhapsody' rocks with $50 million, 'Nutcracker' crumbles 04 Nov 2018

LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - There's a new box office queen in town.


'Boy Erased' steps up battle against gay conversion therapy 02 Nov 2018

LOS ANGELES It's been 14 years since Garrard Conley, the gay son of an Arkansas Baptist preacher, was sent to conversion therapy and two years since he published a memoir about what he calls the "psychological torture" he endured there. | Video


British author Rowling says Trump has a right to be bigoted

NEW YORK Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling labeled U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump bigoted after receiving the PEN/Allen Foundation Literary Service Award in New York. | Video