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Diane Keaton honored with AFI Life Achievement Award

 Diane Keaton was delighted as old friends and new stars turned out Thursday night as the longtime actress received the American Film Institute’s Life Achievement Award.

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The ceremony for the 45th annual ceremony was held at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, Variety reported. Keaton, 71, won an Academy Award and a Golden Globe for her performance in “Annie Hall,” and also won a Golden Globe for “Something’s Gotta Give.”

Woody Allen, who starred with Keaton in eight movies including “Annie Hall,” “Manhattan” and “Love and Death,” made a rare appearance in Los Angeles to present Keaton with her trophy.

“Diane Keaton and I go back a long way,” Allen said. He roasted her looks, style and men who, he said, were the “most charismatic men in Hollywood and they always dumped her.”

Allen’s fun jabs were only the beginning, as comedians Martin Short and Steve Martin helped out in the roast.

Martin recalled some of the advice Keaton gave him, Variety reported: “Being nice doesn’t cost you anything whereas giving to charity does.”

Jane Fonda said she wore a white suit to honor Keaton. “[White] is not just the color of Donald Trump’s cabinet,” Fonda said in one of the night’s few political comments. 

Al Pacino recalled working with Keaton in the three “Godfather” movies. He said she told him, “Whatever you do, don’t say you’re an artist.” Then he told Keaton in an emotional voice, “You’re an artist, you’re a great artist.” 

Keaton threw away her prepared speech saying it was all too much, Variety reported. “Tonight is astonishing. I am not going to give a speech,” she said. 

Instead, she sang “Seems Like Old Times,” a throwback to her “Annie Hall” performance.

 

‘Wonder Woman’ breaks box office records, makes history

“Wonder Woman” continues to dominate global box offices since its release Friday and shows no signs of slowing down.

Forbes reported that the film about the Amazonian warrior is the highest-grossing comic book superhero movie in history with a female lead. 

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According to Variety, the movie set a record for the biggest U.S. opening weekend for a female director, with $100.5 million in North American box office receipts in the three days since its release. It tops $85.1 million grossed by director Sam Taylor-Johnson’s “Fifty Shades of Grey.”

Related: Texas movie theater hosts women-only ‘Wonder Woman' screening

Globally, the film has done even better. Variety reported that the film has made $122.5 million in 55 international markets, making the movie’s global opening $223 million.

Director Patty Jenkins celebrated the news Monday on Twitter.

“I want to send out the deepest and sincere THANK YOU to all of you who made this so. YOU have helped us make change,” she wrote.

Attorney filing complaint over theater's female-only 'Wonder Woman' shows

A Texas theater’s plan to host two women-only “Wonder Woman” screenings next week has drawn nationwide attention from those praising its female empowerment message, responding to the theater’s smart-aleck responses to people who complained about it and celebrating Austin Mayor Steve Adler for his witty public response to a man who objected to it.

But grumblings over the screenings are beginning to turn into complaints that the theater may be violating the city’s equality laws.

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Albany law professor Stephen Clark, a gay lawyer specializing in sexual orientation and employment law, said the women-only showings at the downtown Austin Ritz theater, and the theater’s posts about it, rubbed him the wrong way.

“I’m a specialist in anti-discrimination law, so I was fairly certain that this was not lawful,” he said. “If they were trying to do a gay-only ‘Brokeback Mountain,’ I would feel the same way.”

The Washington Post first reported Thursday that Clark filed a complaint with Austin’s Equal Employment and Fair Housing Office. He told the American-Statesman on Friday that he had first sent the city a complaint online and is now drafting a formal written complaint. The Statesman has requested from the city all other equal employment complaints filed regarding the screening.

Austin city code bans a public accommodation — which specifically includes a movie theater — from limiting its service or goods on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identification or other factors. It also bars such places from advertising or posting any published statement that indicates services will be limited to certain people.

City code doesn’t spell out a specific punishments for violating the provisions, but says city staff may try to resolve equality issues via “informal methods” or refer the case to the city attorney for prosecution.

The theater’s statement that it would staff only women employees the night of the screening could also be problematic, Clark suggested.

Clark said he originally shrugged off the screening, figuring it was a one-time deal in a city far away from his corner of New York. But he said the Drafthouse’s snarky Facebook posts and suggestion that it would add showings and cities to the event led him to move forward on the complaint.

“Their attitude was really off-putting to me…the suggestion that anybody who pointed out to them that this was illegal was misogynistic or insecure,” he said. “Granted, a number of the men posting were nasty, but if you’re the one hosting the event and you’re already teetering on the edge of illegality, you might dial back the rhetoric.”

Chloe Grace Moretz apologizes for film promo accused of body shaming

Actress Chloe Grace Moretz apologized after promotional material released for her upcoming animated film was accused of body shaming women.

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According to the Hollywood Reporter, Moretz, 20, said she talked to producers for the film “Red Shoes & the 7 Dwarfs about a billboard that appeared last week at the Cannes Film Festival.

The ad showed a tall, thin woman in red heels standing next to a shorter, heavier version of herself holding her heels, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The tagline promoted a Snow White who was no longer beautiful, according to the newspaper.

Social media users criticized the ad Wednesday and Moretz apologized, saying she stands behind the film's script. She said the film held a powerful message for young women.

The film's company, South Korea-based Locus Creative Studios, did not immediately return an email seeking comment, the Hollywood Reporter reported.

Gal Gadot, Lynda Carter meet at ‘Wonder Woman’ premiere

Two are more wonderful than one.

Gal Gadot and Lynda Carter met, embraced and posed for photographs at Thursday’s premiere of “Wonder Woman” in Hollywood, ETOnline reported.

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Carter, 65, made the Wonder Woman character famous during its television series run from 1975 to 1979. Gadot is starring in the movie version, which debuts nationally on June 2. The two women reunited at the Pantages Theatre, along with the film’s director, Patty Jenkins.

"I am the bearer of the torch and now I'm passing it forward to Gal and to Patty," Carter told ET. "I spoke with Patty early on and I couldn't wait to meet Gal. The three of us share some sisterhood by living and breathing this character."

"I just love her very much so," Gadot told ET. "She is such a special women and a unique person and it's always great to see her, especially tonight where she's going to see the movie for the first time. And my heart is going crazy."

Carter admitted she was nervous before watching the film.

"I can't breathe. I am so excited," she said. "I really want you all to embrace this. This is another way to look at her. It doesn't mean to abandon me or abandon the way that I had her, the way that I played her. This is just another way to look at Wonder Woman.”

Georgia named world’s top filming location

Georgia has just surpassed California, the United Kingdom and Canada as the No. 1 filming location worldwide, according to FilmLA's 2016 Feature Film Study

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The study, conducted by the nonprofit film office in Los Angeles, analyzes the 100 highest-performing feature films released every year. It also examines how much it took to make each of those films and how much of that money was spent in the place the film was made.

In 2016, Georgia led the pack in terms of number of films produced in a city, with 17 major movies shot across the state. Multiple shows are filmed in the state, too. California and Louisiana combined only produced one more film than the Peach State. 

>> Related: Check out the locations for 5 Oscar-nominated movies filmed around Atlanta

The Georgia film incentive program is largely responsible for the huge influx of new movies into the state. Georgia offered over $600 million to production companies just last year. 

Did you know all 17 of these movies were filmed in Georgia last year?

Photos: 'Star Wars' celebrates 40 years, a look back at the groundbreaking saga

The movie that set the bar for all sci-fi movies celebrates 40 years. Take a look back at “Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope.”

Actor Roger Moore, longest-serving James Bond, dead at 89

English actor Sir Roger Moore, best known for his portrayal of fictional secret agent James Bond, has died, family members said in a statement Tuesday morning. He was 89.

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Moore died Tuesday in Switzerland after "a short but brave battle with cancer," said his children, Deborah, Geoffrey and Christian, in a statement.

"The affection our father felt whenever he walked on to a stage or in front of a camera buoyed him hugely and kept him busy working into his 90th year, through to his last appearance in November 2016 on stage at London's Royal Festival Hall," the statement said. "The capacity crowd cheered him on and off stage, shaking the very foundations of the building just a short distance from where he was born."

Moore played James Bond in seven films between 1973 and 1985.

Disney may be latest target of cyber ransom, hackers threaten release of latest ‘Pirates' movie

Disney may be the latest victim of a worldwide hacking attack that has brought hospitals and businesses to their knees online.

Hackers claim that they have stolen the film “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” and that they’ll release segments unless the entertainment giant pays a large, undisclosed amount of money via Bitcoin, Deadline reported.

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Disney’s CEO Bob Iger did not confirm that the latest Pirates movie was the one being held for ransom, but he did admit that a threat was issued.

Disney is working with the FBI to track down the origins of the cyber attack and has said that it will not pay the ransom, Deadline reported.

“Dead Men Tell No Tales” is scheduled for release May 26.

This is similar to a case that threatened Netflix. A ransom hacker released episodes of the newest season of “Orange Is the New Black” when Netflix refused the cyber attacker’s demands, the LA Times reported.

The Pirates franchise has grossed more $3.73 billion worldwide, the LA Times reported.

Former Paramount Pictures CEO Brad Grey dies at 59

Television and film producer Brad Gray, who served more than a decade as chairman and CEO of Paramount Pictures, has died, family members said Monday in a statement. He was 59 years old.

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Relatives said Grey died Sunday of cancer at his home in the Holmby Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles.

He is survived by his wife, Cassandra Grey, and four children.

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