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Film Review: ‘Monk Comes Down the Mountain’

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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 »

New ‘Spider-Man’ Will Be Like ‘A John Hughes Movie,’ Feature New Villain, Says Kevin Feige

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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 »

Diana Douglas Webster, Mother of Michael Douglas, Ex-Wife of Kirk Douglas, Dies at 92

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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 »

Richard Gere: ‘There Will Be a Tibetan Spring Eventually,’ ‘We Have to Be Patient’

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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 »

Box Office: ‘Inside Out’ Outshines ‘Magic Mike,’ ‘Terminator’ Sequels

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“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 »

Ava DuVernay Confirms She Is Not Directing ‘Black Panther’

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Ava DuVernay has officially put an end to the rumors that she would be directing “Black Panther.” In an interview with Essence on Friday, DuVernay provided a definitive answer concerning her possible involvement with the Marvel film. “I’m not signing on to direct Black Panther,” she told the magazine. “I think I’ll just say we had different… Read more »