In the heart of Paris, a repurposed monastery known as the Musee des Arts et Metiers serves as a technological shrine to human innovation, where school kids marvel at all manner of inventions.
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Tracing a Taoist priest’s foray from his hermit-like existence into the secular world, Chen Kaige’s “Monk Comes Down the Mountain” is an uncharacteristically lightweight martial-arts caper with a touch of Zen (and sin). Told in the old-school tradition of wuxia serial novels, the film’s simple fable of good and evil unfolds with wondrous visuals that recall… Read more »
The BBC is facing the prospect of absorbing £650 million ($1.01 billion) in lost income as the U.K. government seeks to make the public broadcaster pay for television licenses for the elderly. At present, the Department for Work and Pensions picks up the bill for the 4.5 million TV licenses, which cost £145.50 ($227) per… Read more »
New details about the upcoming “Spider-Man” reboot continue to emerge. In addition to the recent casting news that Tom Holland will play Peter Parker, Marvel honcho Kevin Feige has revealed that the new film will explore Spider-Man in a firmly high-school setting. “Spider-Man will be a ‘John Hughes’ movie,” Feige said in an interview with SlashFilm…. Read more »
Actress Diana Douglas Webster, mother of Michael Douglas and former wife of Kirk Douglas, died of cancer on Friday in Woodland Hills, Calif. She was 92. Webster appeared on film, television and stage. She appeared in more than 20 films, including “Planes, Trains and Automobiles” and “It Runs in the Family,” in addition to TV roles on “The West… Read more »
KARLOVY VARY, Czech Republic — Richard Gere predicted a Tibetan Spring at a press conference on Saturday at the Czech Republic’s Karlovy Vary Film Festival. The actor, who received the festival’s Crystal Globe for outstanding contribution to world cinema on Friday, was addressing a question regarding Chinese control of Tibet, which it has occupied since… Read more »
“Inside Out” is leading the holiday weekend box office, pacing firmly ahead of new releases “Terminator Genisys” and “Magic Mike XXL.” The Disney-Pixar animated pic pulled in $12.5 million on Friday, bringing its cumulative haul to $228 million Stateside in its third week of competition. Amy Poehler, Mindy Kaling and Bill Hader voice the emotions… Read more »
An ironic pink heart dots the ‘i’ in troubled-teen tale “The Violators” — perhaps the sole playful touch in this stern, striking debut from British novelist-turned-helmer Helen Walsh.
The race to sign the three former “Top Gear” hosts for a new automotive-focused unscripted series is said to be heading into the final laps, with ITV and Netflix in the lead. Hulu is also said to be in the mix. It’s no secret that Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May have been in… Read more »
Hal Holbrook is best known for portraying Mark Twain for more than 60 years, but he’s also taken roles of considerable risk for their time, like a gay father in the 1972 TV movie “That Certain Summer” and Deep Throat in the 1976 classic “All the President’s Men.” On a special Fourth of July edition of… Read more »