In 'The Farewell,' a family drama straddling East and West

NEW YORK (AP) — The film director Lulu Wang knew her pitch for "The Farewell" might not go over well. She wanted to make an American film set in China, largely subtitled in Mandarin. ...

Fendi, Armani close Milan Fashion Week in fresh venues

MILAN (AP) — Milan mainstays Fendi and Armani close out four days of menswear previews on Monday, capping a lighter-than-usual program with some of the Italian fashion world's top labels altering thei...

"Romeo and Juliet" director Franco Zeffirelli dies at 96

ROME (AP) — Italian director Franco Zeffirelli, who delighted audiences around the world with his romantic vision and extravagant productions, most famously captured in "Romeo and Juliet" and the mini...

Cirque du Soleil in new Vegas show leaves the acrobats out

NEW YORK (AP) — Cirque du Soleil is planning a new live show for the Las Vegas Strip this fall but there's a twist — there won't be a single whimsical clown. The Montreal-based circu...

British stage director Peter Brook awarded Spanish prize

MADRID (AP) — A Spanish foundation has awarded one of the country's most prestigious awards to British theater and film director Peter Brook for opening "new horizons in contemporary dramaturgy." ...

Stars from Willie Nelson to Anna Wintour donate to 2020 Dems

WASHINGTON (AP) — From Ben Affleck and Susan Sarandon to Anna Wintour and Willie Nelson, celebrities lined up to give money — and a dash of star power — to their favorite Democratic presidential candi...

Moscow court orders new study in theater director's case

MOSCOW (AP) — A court in Moscow has commissioned a new expert study in the case of an acclaimed theater and film director accused of embezzlement, and adjourned the hearings for two months. ...

Hong Kong novelist critical of China censored?

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — An episode of Radio Television Hong Kong's docuseries "Hong Kong Connection" (時代的記錄 - 鏗鏘說) featuring the novelist Ni Kuang (倪匡) did not air as scheduled, rai...

Court frees acclaimed Russian director from house arrest

MOSCOW (AP) — A court in Moscow has ordered the release of an acclaimed Russian theater and film director from house arrest, a major development in the case that has drawn international attention. ...

French New Wave film director Agnes Varda dies aged 90

French film director Agnes Varda has died at the age of 90, her family said on Friday. "The director and artist Agnes Varda died at her home on the night of Thursday, March 29, of complications ...

Peabody Awards to honor Rita Moreno for career achievement

NEW YORK (AP) — Rita Moreno's alphabet of awards is gaining another letter. The Peabody Awards on Thursday announced it will honor the actress, singer and dancer with the career achi...

Tourism film portraying Taiwan’s Shen’ao Rail Bike wins Director’s Award at JWTFF

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – A tourism film portraying the Shen’ao Rail Bike along Taiwan’s northern coast won the Director’s Award at the Japan World's Tourism Film Festival (JW...

Retailers, fashion brands struggle with racial insensitivity

NEW YORK (AP) — Retailers and top fashion brands like Gucci and Prada keep apologizing for products that smack of racial insensitivity. The big question is: Why does it keep happenin...

Prada announces diversity council after blackface outrage

MILAN (AP) — Prada has announced a diversity council aiming to "elevate voices of color within the company and fashion industry at large" in response to recent accusations about racism. ...

Embiid leads Sixers past Lebron-led Lakers, 143-120

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Joel Embiid had 37 points and 14 rebounds, Tobias Harris scored 22 points in his second game with Philadelphia, and the new-look 76ers beat LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers ...