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Oscar-nominated costume designer Janet Patterson has died

Costume designer Janet Patterson, a four-time Oscar nominee for period films like "Bright Star," ''The Portrait of a Lady" and "The Piano," has died.

Rocco Hindman, the head of the agency that represented her, said Tuesday that she died recently in Australia. Due to the wishes of her family he could not reveal her age or the date of death.

"The Portrait of a Lady" star Nicole Kidman on Monday night paid tribute to the late designer. Kidman said "she's not here anymore but she lives on through those beautiful clothes and images."

The press shy Patterson frequently collaborated with directors Jane Campion and Gillian Armstrong, and became known for her sumptuous 19th century costume creations.

Her last credited work was on "Far from the Madding Crowd."

Kate Beckinsale's husband files for divorce in Los Angeles

Kate Beckinsale's husband has filed for divorce from the "Underworld" actress after 12 years of marriage.

Court records in Los Angeles show that writer and director Len Wiseman filed for divorce on Friday, citing irreconcilable differences.

The pair married in May 2004 and has no children together.

Beckinsale stars in the upcoming film "Underworld: Blood Wars," which Wiseman helped write and produce. Wiseman directed Beckinsale in the first "Underworld" movie, which was released in 2003.

The divorce was first reported Tuesday by celebrity website TMZ.

The top 10 movies on the iTunes Store

iTunes Movies US Charts:

1. Bad Moms

2. Independence Day: Resurgence

3. Ghostbusters (2016)

4. Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016)

5. The Infiltrator

6. The Legend of Tarzan (2016)

7. Café Society

8. Central Intelligence

9. Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising

10. Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates

iTunes Movies US Charts - Independent:

1. The Infiltrator

2. Our Kind of Traitor

3. In a Valley of Violence

4. Emelie

5. Hunt for the Wilderpeople

6. Blood Father

7. Hello, My Name Is Doris

8. Captain Fantastic

9. Swiss Army Man

10. King Cobra


(copyright) 2016 Apple Inc.

Correction: Oscars-Nicholl Fellowships story

In a story Oct. 25 about the film academy's Nicholl Fellowships presentation next month, The Associated Press misspelled the name of a performer. Her name is Alia Shawkat, not Alia Shawka.

A corrected version of the story is below:

Film academy dedicates Nicholl Fellowships event to Yelchin

The organization that presents the Academy Awards is dedicating a performance of promising new screenplays to late actor Anton Yelchin

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The organization that presents the Academy Awards is dedicating a performance of promising new screenplays to late actor Anton Yelchin.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said Tuesday that its annual Nicholl Fellowships live-read event will be presented in Yelchin's honor.

The "Star Trek" actor performed at the first Nicholl live read in 2013. He died in June when his Jeep rolled down his driveway and crushed him. His parents have sued the vehicle's manufacturer.

Yelchin's "Star Trek" co-star John Cho, as well as actors Cary Elwes, Aja Naomi King and Alia Shawkat are set to perform selected scenes from this year's five winning screenplays on Nov. 3 at the film academy's headquarters in Beverly Hills, California. The winning screenwriters were announced last month.

The Nicholl Fellowships is the academy's annual, global screenwriting competition. Winners receive $35,000 and academy support toward the completion of a feature-length screenplay during their fellowship year.

Winning Nicholl scripts have also been produced and released theatrically, including 2006's "Akeelah and the Bee" and "Stockholm, Pennsylvania," which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival last year.

Celebrities of all types are fanning out for Clinton

For television actress Busy Philipps, campaigning for Hillary Clinton isn't always glamorous.

The star of "Dawson's Creek" and "Freaks and Geeks" pitched in recently in Iowa. But she wasn't addressing giant rallies or hosting big-ticket fundraisers. Instead, the exuberant blonde spoke to about 20 women in the cavernous Des Moines skywalk, encouraging them to vote early on their lunch break.

"Listen, I'm not George Clooney," she said, after praising Clinton, posing for selfies and doing two local television interviews. "But I'm happy to show up."

With Election Day approaching, a celebrity strike force is fanning out for Clinton. Jay Z, Jennifer Lopez and Jon Bon Jovi are doing concerts. Miley Cyrus knocked on doors in northern Virginia. Barbra Streisand serenaded an LGBT event. A Hollywood fundraiser recently featured Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Emily Blunt.

And, as Philipps proves, entertainers with slightly less box office appeal can still be superstars at getting out the vote.

Some such celebrities flooding battleground states lately: Sean Astin (of "The Goonies"), Sophia Bush (on "Chicago P.D."), Uzo Aduba (of "Orange Is the New Black") and Molly Ringwald (recall "Pretty in Pink"?). They're hitting coffee shops and campaign offices in battleground states, talking to voters and volunteers and promoting their efforts on social media.

Philipps told Iowans she came out because she was a "concerned citizen." She added: "That's what brought me here on two airplanes and waking up at 4 a.m. and leaving my beautiful girls and their father for two days and missing my SoulCycle classes to be here with you guys and travel around Iowa."

Rachelle Rowe, 26, a Clinton supporter and "Freaks and Geeks" fan, said meeting Philips was a "perk." Another in the crowd, Calvetta Williams, 45, didn't know who Philips was.

Clinton's celebrity lineup shows she long ago locked up most of the entertainment industry. Despite starring in a reality television show, Donald Trump has drawn few celebrity endorsements, though he counts "Charles in Charge" actor Scott Baio and musician Kid Rock among his supporters.

Adrienne Elrod directs the Clinton campaign's operation that deploys prominent supporters as stand-ins for the candidate. They're known as surrogates.

The operation works with celebrities who want to get involved to figure out how best to use them.

The campaign considers the performer's fan base, putting Philipps before young women, for example, or Astin on college campuses, where he has a following from his roles in "The Lord of the Rings" movies as well as in "The Goonies" and "Rudy" from long ago.

Where they go and what they do depends on their location — Los Angeles-based stars are more likely to go to Arizona, while New Yorkers head to Pennsylvania — as well as how much time they have to offer.

No window is too small, according to Elrod, who said the campaign always stresses "we can definitely utilize 6 hours of a surrogate's time."

Astin has been a powerhouse for Clinton. He made eight stops during a visit to Iowa in September, many on campuses. In Iowa City, he led supporters to an early voting station and took selfies with them wearing their "I Voted" stickers.

Opening for Clinton at a rally in Des Moines recently, Astin explained his credentials a bit, mentioning his movies and adding: "most importantly I'm the son of Patty Duke." He went on to talk about being involved on behalf of the Clintons since 1992.

The campaign recruits stars but at times they step up on their own. Clinton aides noticed Jamie Lee Curtis tweeting her support of Clinton and enlisted her to campaign in Iowa before the caucuses.

Curtis starred in "A Fish Called Wanda" and "True Lies" and currently appears on the television show "Scream Queens. She drove around Iowa with Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota and said she relished visiting house parties and community centers and talking to people.

Since then, Curtis has stayed involved, introducing Clinton at some events in California and calling in to campaign offices to offer encouragement.

"I think the value of a celebrity is that people see they are worried about the same things, working on the same things, caring about the same things," Curtis said. "I think it was the perfect place for me to go."

Besides, she said. "I was head cheerleader in high school. I would love to go down as a good cheerleader for Hillary Clinton."


San Francisco filmmaker won't face criminal charges

A San Francisco filmmaker and community activist arrested in connection with a fatal shooting won't immediately face criminal charges, prosecutors said Tuesday.

The district attorney's office found insufficient evidence to immediately press charges against Kevin Epps, the San Francisco Chronicle reported ( ).

Epps, 48, won acclaim for gritty movies about the violence and poverty plaguing city communities. He is best known for his 2001 film "Straight Outta Hunters Point," which explored the devastation of the neighborhood where he was raised. He followed it with "Straight Outta Hunters Point 2" in 2014.

Epps was arrested Monday afternoon, shortly after a man was found shot dead in his house in the Glen Park neighborhood. Epps was booked on suspicion of murder and being a felon in possession of a gun.

Police didn't discuss a possible motive for the shooting at the time. Epps declined to be interviewed after speaking with an attorney from the San Francisco public defender's office, the Chronicle reported.

Friends and family identified the dead man as Marcus Polk, 45, and indicated the two men knew each other, the Chronicle said.

Polk was a registered sex offender with a history of drug abuse and prior convictions for attempted robbery and domestic battery.

Epps' arrest had shocked acquaintances.

"This is one of the last things I would expect to hear," Stanley Cox Jr., an Oakland rapper known as Mistah F.A.B. who appeared in the filmmaker's 2006 documentary, "Rap Dreams."

"He's one of those guys that you idolize," Cox, 34, told the Chronicle. "He became my big brother and mentor because of the work he did in the community."

Review: 'The Eagle Huntress' is a heartwarming all-ages tale

Enter Aisholpan, a 13-year-old nomadic Kazakh girl who wants to be an eagle hunter. Her father is one. Her grandfather was too. And it's a family tradition that dates back 12 generations. It's this shy, rosy cheeked and brave little girl whose story to become the first female eagle hunter in her family is lovingly told in the documentary "The Eagle Huntress ," which is sure to inspire and enchant generations of young children with its heartwarming story and stunning locations.

It's fitting that the film is narrated (and executive produced) by Daisy Ridley, who shepherded the "Star Wars" universe into a more empowering space for women with her portrayal of the ambitious and self-sufficient Jedi-in-training Rey.

Director Otto Bell embeds the audience in Aisholpan's world, which looks both modern and ancient at the same time. She lives with her parents and siblings in a spacious yurt. Her mother cooks and cleans and her father herds goats and cattle across the Mongolian Steppe. Aisholpan helps out with the chores at home and is a top student who hopes one day to become a doctor. But first, she wants to follow in her father's footsteps and train eagles.

There is an obvious girl power message in the film that's spelled out loud and clear by both the narration and the framing of Aisholpan's accomplishments. Although her father and mother support her dreams, Bell makes sure to show a room of elder eagle hunters expressing doubts about a woman's ability to perform the job because they lack the necessary bravery and are "too fragile." They might as well be twirling their mustaches for how on the nose it all is.

In fact, there's an overriding level of artifice to "The Eagle Huntress" that's hard to shake. Bell opts for reality show techniques to up the drama throughout, like a cut of Aisholpan removing her hat at a competition to reveal she's a girl juxtaposed with a shot of a man looking aghast while the music crescendos. Was he really looking at her? Was it an authentic moment? As it plays out, it certainly doesn't feel real even if the spirit of truth is there. It's something that's unlikely to bother or even register with younger audiences and perhaps it's even a necessary storytelling device. But it does break the spell of this otherwise enchanting and quite sincere film.

It's hard not to get swept up in Aisholpan's bravery and determination as she climbs down a rocky terrain to kidnap her very own eagle, or as she braces for impact when her eagle swoops down to land on her arm. The drone shots of the landscapes, too, are something to behold. It is indeed a rare and special story, and, as a film, it's a wholesome lark that you'll want to show your daughters and sons.

"The Eagle Huntress," a Sony Pictures Classic release, is rated G by the Motion Picture Association of America. Running time: 87 minutes. Three stars out of four.


MPAA Definition of G: General audiences. All ages admitted.


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Mirren, Bates, Nyong'o share life lessons at Elle dinner

Lupita Nyong'o, Helen Mirren and Kathy Bates shared life lessons with three generations of actresses at Elle magazine's Women in Hollywood awards.

Nyong'o discussed the value of mentoring. Bates highlighted the importance of humility. Mirren imparted general life tips such as "at the blackjack table, always split aces, eights and nines," and "ignore anyone who judges the way you look." She also vowed to become "the nastiest of all nasty women."

The three Oscar winners were recognized alongside Amy Adams, Felicity Jones, Anna Kendrick, Aja Naomi King and Kristen Stewart on Monday at the magazine's 23rd annual celebration of women's creative contributions in Hollywood. The honorees each appear on the cover of Elle's November issue.

"In a million years, I wouldn't have dreamed that I would be on the cover of a fashion magazine," Bates said. "Ace Hardware, maybe."

The 68-year-old actress told a story about the days after she won her Oscar for 1990's "Misery." The studio sent a limo instead of a town car. Fans on the street asked for her autograph. A bodyguard insisted he accompany her when she took her little dog for a walk to "do his business."

Bates said she was mortified when she realized she didn't have anything with her to pick up after the dog. She used a discarded piece of paper she found on the ground — one with her autograph on it.

"It's been a wonderful night of patting ourselves on the back, and it's great, we need to do that," Bates said. "But humility also goes a long way."

Mirren said the Elle honor inspires her to do more.

"I don't look at this truly meaningful award as a recognition of what I've been fortunate enough to accomplish in the past," she said, "but as a reminder to step up my game in the future."

Nyong'o was introduced by her former mentor, director Mira Nair, and the actress talked about the experience of becoming a mentor herself.

Nyong'o worked as an intern for Nair in Africa more than 10 years ago. While starring in Nair's latest film, "Queen of Katwe," Nyong'o found herself guiding the young actors on set in Uganda — particularly Madina Nalwanga, who plays the title character.

"I learned in the most intimate and personal way how powerfully we can affect young girls with our choices," Nyong'o said.

She encouraged the women at the private dinner ceremony to "demonstrate a larger vision of self-worth to those we mentor and teach."

"Show young women than building community is stronger than the individual instinct to survive," Nyong'o said. "That it's not even who gets what piece of the pie, but about creating the pies ourselves and then making more for those in need."

Ben Affleck introduced Kendrick by calling her "pants-wettingly funny" and "one of the most relevant actors working today." She praised her fellow honorees, even imitating Stewart, and noted that none of them are taller than 5 feet 6 inches tall.

"I know that because I Googled it," she said.

Dakota Fanning introduced Stewart, calling her "one of my best friends in the world."

Other presenters included Ron Howard, Sharon Stone, Regina King and Jeremy Renner. Anthony Anderson hosted the untelevised event, where guests included Chelsea Handler, Tracee Ellis Ross, Vanessa Hudgens, Nikki Reed and Niecy Nash.


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Tokyo festival produces heartwarming trilogy of Asian films

Cannes-winning Brillante Mendoza is among the three directors tapped by the Tokyo International Film Festival to create "Reflections," a trilogy that depicts the intertwining of stories among Asian nations.

Be it a Filipino worker in Japan or a Japanese bureaucrat in love with a Cambodian woman, the main characters are old and lonely, caught in an Asian nation other than their own, in films that reflect the real-life erasing of barriers in this region.

Premiering Wednesday, "Reflections" marks the first production effort by a festival still struggling to gain stature. And so the work is a heartwarming experiment, despite its relatively modest budget of 10 million yen ($100,000) for each of the three sequences.

Mendoza's poetic piece "Dead Horse" centers on an elderly Filipino, who is deported after having worked for decades as a laborer in Japan, betting on horses as well as taking care of them.

His state is actually common: Filipinos are the most numerous foreigners in Japan, after Koreans and Chinese. Mendoza did research, talking to Filipinos working in Japan. And shooting in the snow meant a fun challenge for Mendoza.

The horses form a metaphor for the hero's downtrodden plight, as well as his integrity. The close-ups of actor Lou Veloso's forlorn face, speckled with the snowflakes of northern Japan, which he would never see in his tropical home, are tragically majestic.

"After 30 years, he doesn't have a family any more. You lose the connection not only with his family but with everyone around him. It's a sad situation, but, in fact, it is really happening," Mendoza said in a recent interview.

At a time when Japan is widely criticized for not being repentant enough about World War II atrocities, a piece of Japan that's surprisingly lovable is presented by Cambodian director Sotho Kulikar in her "Beyond the Bridge."

The man, played by Masaya Kato, returns after two decades to Cambodia, where he had a relationship with a local woman. He stands deep in thought on the bridge, built by the Japanese, destroyed during Cambodia's civil war and then rebuilt, a moment symbolic of an ideal love that can overcome cultural differences, separation or even death.

The theme of unshaken love was based on Kulikar's parents. Her father died when she was 2, killed in the war. Kulikar wanted to send a message to Cambodian people not to forget or bury the painful past, but to embrace it, she said.

"That is a big mistake for us because we cannot emotionally move on, if we have not accepted it," said Kulikar, whose next film, a documentary, is about the culture of rice, which she believes also connects Cambodians with Japanese.

"I think the world has so many problems already I don't think we should look into the bad parts only. We should look into the beautiful part of each country, each nation. Because we need to live together. Otherwise, there will be war again," she added. "Why not see the beautiful side, and try to live together?"

Crossing borders was also a welcome theme for Japanese director Isao Yukisada, who worked with Malaysian actors and crew to shoot "Pigeon." It explores Japan's guilt about the colonization of Asia that led to World War II, juxtaposed with an elderly Japanese man living his retirement years in Malaysia.

Yukisada noted that funding from outside Japan, such as China, and filming with non-Japanese staff and actors, are increasingly becoming part of his life, an experience that's feeding into his directing.

"Crossing boundaries is a great way to rethink your own work. I've been making films for 16 years, and so my style and filmmaking environment are getting more established. But if you think that means things are on a roll, that's not the case. If anything, the production side makes demands that take you farther away from the original work you had in mind," he said.

Kenji Ishizaka, professor at Japan Institute of the Moving Image, who oversaw the trilogy, insists independent Asian filmmaking has strengths and appeal, and the festival plans to produce another in 2018, with new directors.

"These films don't destroy everything in their path like Hollywood blockbusters," said Ishizaka, who had a bit role as a police officer in Mendoza's section.

"These movies are about family, community, friends, what you might call human-to-human contact, what ties people together, and they address the effort of various ethnic groups and cultures co-existing."


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Box Office Top 20: 'Madea' tops charts, 'Moonlight' shines

"Tyler Perry's Boo! A Madea Halloween" outmuscled the Tom Cruise vehicle "Jack Reacher: Never Go Back" at the box office this weekend. Perry's film netted $28.5 million — slightly higher than initial projections, while the "Jack Reacher" sequel came in slightly lower with $22.9 million, according to studio actuals Monday.

The horror pic "Ouija: Origin of Evil" opened in third with $14.1 million. Rounding out the top five were the adult thrillers "The Accountant" with $13.6 million and "The Girl on the Train" with $7.2 million.

In limited release, the highly praised indie "Moonlight," expected to be a significant awards contender this year, got off to a sparkling start earning $402,075 from just four theaters.

The top 20 movies at U.S. and Canadian theaters Friday through Sunday, followed by distribution studio, gross, number of theater locations, average receipts per location, total gross and number of weeks in release, as compiled Monday by comScore:

1. "Tyler Perry's Boo! A Madea Halloween," Lionsgate, $28,501,448, 2,260 locations, $12,611 average, $28,501,448, 1 week.

2. "Jack Reacher: Never Go Back," Paramount, $22,872,490, 3,780 locations, $6,051 average, $22,872,490, 1 week.

3. "Ouija: Origin Of Evil," Universal, $14,065,500, 3,167 locations, $4,441 average, $14,065,500, 1 week.

4. "The Accountant," Warner Bros., $13,643,132, 3,332 locations, $4,095 average, $47,538,513, 2 weeks.

5. "The Girl On The Train," Universal, $7,166,015, 3,091 locations, $2,318 average, $58,798,345, 3 weeks.

6. "Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children," 20th Century Fox, $5,894,943, 3,133 locations, $1,882 average, $74,326,778, 4 weeks.

7. "Keeping Up With The Joneses," 20th Century Fox, $5,461,475, 3,022 locations, $1,807 average, $5,461,475, 1 week.

8. "Kevin Hart: What Now?," Universal, $4,118,255, 2,567 locations, $1,604 average, $18,949,900, 2 weeks.

9. "Storks," Warner Bros., $4,003,270, 2,145 locations, $1,866 average, $64,632,798, 5 weeks.

10. "Deepwater Horizon," Lionsgate, $3,399,466, 2,828 locations, $1,202 average, $55,045,137, 4 weeks.

11. "The Magnificent Seven," Sony, $2,285,095, 1,979 locations, $1,155 average, $89,028,462, 5 weeks.

12. "Middle School: The Worst Years Of My Life," Lionsgate, $2,178,487, 1,772 locations, $1,229 average, $16,888,414, 3 weeks.

13. "Sully," Warner Bros., $1,490,479, 1,172 locations, $1,272 average, $120,854,369, 7 weeks.

14. "Denial," Bleecker Street, $954,159, 648 locations, $1,472 average, $1,971,470, 4 weeks.

15. "I'm Not Ashamed," Pure Flix, $927,161, 505 locations, $1,836 average, $927,161, 1 week.

16. "The Birth Of A Nation," Fox Searchlight, $907,974, 633 locations, $1,434 average, $14,173,155, 3 weeks.

17. "Max Steel," Open Road, $680,104, 2,034 locations, $334 average, $3,431,161, 2 weeks.

18. "Desierto," STX Entertainment, $499,743, 168 locations, $2,975 average, $1,145,083, 2 weeks.

19. "Moonlight," A24, $402,075, 4 locations, $100,519 average, $402,075, 1 week.

20. "Suicide Squad," Warner Bros., $385,211, 383 locations, $1,006 average, $324,271,174, 12 weeks.


Universal and Focus are owned by NBC Universal, a unit of Comcast Corp.; Sony, Columbia, Sony Screen Gems and Sony Pictures Classics are units of Sony Corp.; Paramount is owned by Viacom Inc.; Disney, Pixar and Marvel are owned by The Walt Disney Co.; Miramax is owned by Filmyard Holdings LLC; 20th Century Fox and Fox Searchlight are owned by 21st Century Fox; Warner Bros. and New Line are units of Time Warner Inc.; MGM is owned by a group of former creditors including Highland Capital, Anchorage Advisors and Carl Icahn; Lionsgate is owned by Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.; IFC is owned by AMC Networks Inc.; Rogue is owned by Relativity Media LLC.

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