Gary Oldman slays dragons to play Churchill in ‘Darkest Hour’

By Jill Serjeant LOS ANGELES, Nov 20 : Gary Oldman has played Beethoven, Lee Harvey Oswald, Sid Vicious and Pontius Pilate in his 35-year acting career, but he says taking on Britain’s Winston Churchill was by far the most daunting. Months of research, four hours for makeup and costumes every day, and capturing the famous […]

Da Vinci portrait of Christ sells for record $450.3 mln in New York

By Chris Michaud NEW YORK, Nov 16 : Leonardo da Vinci’s portrait of Christ, “Salvator Mundi”, sold for a record-smashing $450.3 million on Wednesday at Christie’s, more than double the old price for any work of art at auction. The painting, only recently rediscovered, was the last da Vinci left in private hands and fetched […]

Last piece of missing Magritte painting found in Brussels

By Lily Cusack BRUSSELS, Nov 14 : The missing last piece of a painting by Belgian surrealist Rene Magritte was found underneath another of the artist’s works at a museum in Brussels using x-ray imaging. The fourth part of ‘The Enchanted Pose’ (1927) was painted over by Magritte to create his 1935 to 1936 work […]

Breakfast at Tiffany’s: At long last, Fifth Avenue store opens a cafe

By Barbara Goldberg NEW YORK, Nov 11: A half-century after Audrey Hepburn starred in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” the landmark New York jewelry store is making the title of the 1961 romantic comedy film a reality by opening a cafe where shoppers can enjoy a morning meal. The new eatery, which opened on Friday, is an […]

Greta Gerwig explores complexities of growing up in ‘Lady Bird’

By Piya Sinha-Roy LOS ANGELES, Nov 7 : “Why won’t you call me Lady Bird? You promised that you would.” That is the line that popped into actor and filmmaker Greta Gerwig’s head one day and went on to become the opening statement from the precocious teenage heroine of her directorial debut, “Lady Bird.” “Lady […]

Investors boo cinema stocks after ‘Blade Runner 2049’ underwhelms

By Noel Randewich SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 10 : Shares of cinema stocks dropped on Monday after domestic opening weekend ticket sales for science fiction sequel “Blade Runner 2049” fell short of expectations, the latest disappointment following an underwhelming U.S. summer movie season. AMC Entertainment Holdings Inc, Regal Entertainment Group and Cinemark Holdings Inc were all […]