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Scientists claim new gibbon species _ name it Skywalker

Researchers in China claim they have identified a new species of gibbon in the remote forests along its border with Burma — and have named it after Star Wars character Luke Skywalker.

Scientists studying hoolock gibbons on China's Mount Gaoligong concluded there were two, not one, species based on both the primate's distinctive brow and a genetic analysis. The study was published in the American Journal of Primatology.

The proposed new species is called the Skywalker hoolock gibbon or Gaoligong hoolock gibbon. The Chinese characters of its scientific name mean "Heaven's movement."

Outside experts are split on whether it's enough to justify new species status.

Actor Mark Hamill, who played Skywalker in the film, tweeted: "So proud of this! First the Pez dispenser, then the Underoos & U.S. postage stamp... now this!"

South Korean cinema leads nominees at Asian Film Awards

South Korean cinema has fared well in the nominations for the Asian Film Awards.

Director Park Chan Wook's erotic period drama, "The Handmaiden," received six nominations, including Moon So-ri for best supporting actress. Five nominations went to the zombie film, "Train to Busan," including Ma Dong-seok for best supporting actor.

Chinese director Feng Xiao Gang's social justice drama "I Am Not Madame Bovary" also received five nominations including best film, best director and best actress for Fan Bingbing.

The other nominees for best picture were South Korean supernatural thriller "The Wailing," Taiwanese crime comedy, "Godspeed," Japanese family drama "Harmonium" and South Korean action thriller "The Age of Shadows." Best-director nominees were Na Hong-jin for "The Wailing," Koji Fukada for "Harmonium," Derek Tsang for "Soul Mate," Feng Xiaogang for "I Am Not Madame Bovary" and Lav Diaz for "The Woman Who Left."

Chinese director Jia Zhangke, who is this year's jury president and unveiled the nominations Wednesday, saw a "diverse and balanced" nomination list based on the previous year's films.

The "Mountains May Depart" director believes that it is reflective of the vibrancy of the Asian film industry, "Every year the creativity is different but in 2016, I think we saw many films from different genres that went head to head. There are art house films or commercial films that presented a lot of creativity," Jia said.

The nominations include 34 films from 12 Asian countries. Under the leadership of Jia, a panel of film experts including Hong Kong actress Karena Lam, will select the winners in 15 categories.

A best-actress nominee a year ago, Lam said she's thrilled to return as a jury member and she'll use her instincts as an actress when the jury votes.

"I will consider the background of the film, but also exchange with the other jury members. I can learn a lot in this process. When we sit down to meet, there are jury members from different parts of the world, you can get 10 different opinions for just 1 film. I think it's great. It'll be an opportunity for me to learn as well."

The Asian Film Awards will be handed out on March 21 in Hong Kong.

Los Angeles beats San Francisco for George Lucas museum site

The force, it seems, was with Los Angeles. And San Francisco was left on the dark side.

"Star Wars" creator George Lucas and his team were on the side of the City of Angels over the City by the Bay on Tuesday, choosing LA as the home of a museum that will showcase his life's work along with a huge collection of exhibits on film history and art.

After what organizers called "extensive due diligence and deliberation," they announced that the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art will be built in Exposition Park, where it will sit alongside the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County and the California Science Center, which houses the space shuttle Endeavour.

Lucas has been trying to build the museum for nearly a decade and is financing the project by himself with plans to spend over $1 billion.

It had several possible locations, but the choice eventually came down to perpetual rivals in Northern and Southern California.

San Francisco offered Treasure Island, with its scenic views in the middle of the bay, as a home that the museum would have had virtually to itself.

The museum will house Lucas's personal collection, which includes 40,000 paintings, illustrations and film-related items including storyboards and costumes from "The Wizard of Oz," ''Casablanca" and, of course, "Star Wars."

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti emphasized that it would not be just "a Star Wars museum."

"This is a collection of narrative art in a city that has the best storytellers and story makers in the world," he said at a news conference.

"I am disappointed, of course, but must respect the decision," San Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee said in a statement. "I am pleased that the museum will be built in California for our state's residents to someday enjoy."

LA seemed an obvious choice for Lucas, not merely because of its film industry legacy. He is an alumnus and major donor to the film school at the University of Southern California, which is right across the street from the museum site.

However, Lucas has strong San Francisco ties as well. He has lived in the Bay Area for most of his life, and the city was home to Lucasfilm until Disney Co. bought it in 2012.

Garcetti said the Exposition Park site will allow museum-hoppers to see movie-magic spacecraft and then walk over to see the real thing: the space shuttle.

"You can go from imagining space, to actually seeing how it got done," the mayor said. "You can see how we are inspired by the natural world, and see how we put it on the screen."

Exposition Park also is home to the LA Memorial Coliseum, where the USC Trojans and Los Angeles Rams play football, and an under-construction stadium for a new Major League Soccer team, LAFC. A light rail line that opened just last year connects the park with downtown Los Angeles and the beaches to the West.

The project also comes amid a museum boom in Los Angeles that includes The Broad, a buzzing new contemporary art museum downtown.

And it makes Southern California the definitive home base of the Star Wars galaxy, with Disney having bought the rights to the franchise and now building a Star Wars-themed land within its Magic Kingdom in Anaheim.

Review: Affleck's stylish 'Live by Night' is by the numbers

The story is adapted by Affleck from a Dennis Lehane novel of the same name. Lehane is the author of the source material for some good to great films like "Mystic River," ''Shutter Island" and Affleck's first stab at directing, "Gone Baby Gone." It was a decent gamble that "Live by Night" would be pretty good, too.

Affleck has put himself front and center here as the lead, Joe Coughlin, a once good man who became jaded after serving in World War I. He came back to his hometown of Boston, where his father (Brendan Gleeson) is the Police Chief, with the intention of never answering to anyone. We don't ever see Joe as a standup citizen, only robbing banks and sleeping with Emma Gould (Sienna Miller), the mistress of the town's most notorious mob boss Albert White (Robert Glenister). Naturally as soon as Emma and Joe decide to skip town and find a new life somewhere warm (where they come so close to saying that they'll "live by night" it's almost annoying that they don't), things take a turn and Joe is left beaten to a pulp, imprisoned and alone. When he gets out, revenge against Albert White is the only thing on his mind, so he heads to Florida to work for a rival.

While the Boston scenes are paint-by-numbers gangster pic, with a few gorgeous shots thanks to cinematographer Robert Richardson, in Florida at least the plot gets somewhat interesting as Joe pairs up with a nearly unrecognizable Chris Messina as Dion Bartolo to get in the Prohibition-era rum business while butting heads with the local KKK thugs, a complicated cop (Chris Cooper) and his troublesome evangelist daughter Loretta (Elle Fanning). Oh, and Joe also falls in love with a Cuban expat Graciela (Zoe Saldana).

By the time Loretta becomes the main focus, and foe, of Joe and Dion the film has already lost most of its steam. "Live by Night" wants to be about everything — capitalism, racism, the American dream, the hypocrisy of the good and moral — while also providing shoot 'em up thrills. It's hard to do that when you don't even care for or about any of the characters, though. In fact, there are so many characters and so much story (not to mention at least four false endings) that it wouldn't be surprising if there exists a better three-hour version of this.

Affleck may have done his film a disservice by making himself the star. On screen the generally effortlessly charismatic Affleck seems to be sleepwalking through the movie — with the exception of his moments with Miller's Emma Gould. He looks out of place and uncomfortable most of the time, and the distractingly ill-fitting jackets don't help.

It was always going to be a tricky thing to follow up a smash like "Argo," so taut and smart and thrilling. Affleck went maximalist with "Live by Night," and it was, indeed, too much.

"Live by Night" a Warner Bros. release, is rated R by the Motion Picture Association of America for "strong violence, language throughout, and some sexuality/nudity." Running time: 128 minutes. Two stars out of four.


MPAA Definition of R: Restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.


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The top 10 movies on the iTunes Store

iTunes Movies US Charts:

1. Sully

2. The Girl On the Train (2016)

3. The Infiltrator

4. Snowden

5. The Magnificent Seven (2016)

6. The Accountant (2016)

7. The Secret Life of Pets

8. Suicide Squad (2016)

9. Storks

10. Jason Bourne

iTunes Movies US Charts - Independent:

1. The Infiltrator

2. The Dressmaker

3. The Autopsy of Jane Doe

4. American Honey

5. The Hollars

6. Solace

7. A Man Called Ove

8. Don't Think Twice

9. The Fits

10. Arsenal


(copyright) 2017 Apple Inc.

Debbie Reynolds' death certificate confirms stroke

Debbie Reynolds died of a stroke and her daughter Carrie Fisher died of cardiac arrest, according to their death certificates.

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health issued Reynolds' death certificate in the name of Mary Frances Reynolds. It was obtained Tuesday by The Associated Press.

Under "cause of death" it says "intracerebral hemorrhage," a type of stroke caused by bleeding in the brain rather than the more common type caused by a clot. The certificate lists high blood pressure as an underlying cause.

Reynolds died at 84 on Dec. 28 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, the certificate says.

The death certificate lists Reynolds' son Todd Fisher as the notifying party, and says Reynolds had been in the entertainment business for 68 years.

Reynolds suffered a medical emergency while making memorial plans for Fisher, who died a day earlier.

Fisher's death certificate, obtained Monday, lists the cause of death as "cardiac arrest/deferred." The "deferred" designation indicates that more investigation is needed by the coroner, usually in the form of toxicology tests that can take several weeks to complete.

The certificate says Fisher had been in the entertainment business for 46 years.

Fisher had a medical emergency on a flight from London to Los Angeles on Dec. 23. She died at 60 on Dec. 27 at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, the certificate says.

Fisher, best known for her role in the "Star Wars" saga, and Reynolds, who starred in "Singin' in the Rain," were mourned in a joint memorial at their neighboring homes on Thursday and had a joint funeral at a Hollywood Hills cemetery the next day.

Relatives have said they are planning a public memorial.


This story has been corrected to show that Fisher died from cardiac arrest. It was not stated whether the cardiac arrest was due to a heart attack.

'La La Land,' 'Moonlight,' 'Deadpool' among PGA nominees

Oscar favorites "La La Land," ''Moonlight" and "Manchester by the Sea" were nominated by the Producers Guild of America for its top award on Tuesday. But the snarky, expletive-spewing superhero of "Deadpool" continued his unlikely awards season campaign.

The guild's 10 nominees for its best picture honor, the Darryl F. Zanuck Award, also included "Arrival," ''Fences," ''Hacksaw Ridge," ''Hell or High Water," ''Hidden Figures" and "Lion." It was a largely expected bunch plus the surprising inclusion of "Deadpool."

But the R-rated "X-Men" spinoff has now run up a slew of nominations, proving the industry has considerable admiration for the comic-book hit. It last week landed a nomination for best adapted screenplay the Writers Guild, and it was twice nominated by the Golden Globes.

PGA nominees have historically been a good predictor for which films will receive Academy Award nominations for best picture. And for seven consecutive years up to last year, the PGA's top prize matched (in one case with a tie) the academy's top honor. Last year, however, the PGA chose "The Big Short," while "Spotlight" won the Oscar. The Producers' Guild uses the same preferential balloting system that the Academy of Motion Pictures employs.

The producers also nominated five films for best animated movie: "Finding Dory," ''Kubo and the Two Strings," ''Moana," ''The Secret Life of Pets" and "Zootopia."

Winner will be announced in a Jan. 28 ceremony at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California.

Latest: Debbie Reynolds' death certificate confirms stroke

The Latest on the deaths of Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds (all times local):

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Debbie Reynolds' death certificate confirms that the actress died of a stroke.

The Los Angeles County death certificate was obtained Tuesday by The Associated Press.

Under cause of death it says "intracerebral hemorrhage," a type of stroke caused by bleeding in the brain. The certificate lists high blood pressure as an underlying cause.

Reynolds died at age 84 on Dec. 28 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, the certificate says.

It lists Reynolds' son Todd Fisher as the notifying party, and gives Reynolds' occupation as "actress."

Her daughter, Carrie Fisher, had died a day earlier. Fisher's death certificate lists the cause as "cardiac arrest."

Fisher, star of the "Star Wars" saga, and Reynolds, the "Singin' in the Rain" actress, had a joint funeral last week.


This story has been corrected to show that Fisher died from cardiac arrest. It was not stated whether the cardiac arrest was due to a heart attack.

'Wolverine' sequel 'Logan' to premiere at Berlin film fest

"Logan," the third movie focusing on Hugh Jackman's Marvel superhero Wolverine, is to premiere at next month's Berlin International Film Festival.

The film, directed by James Mangold, sees the aging Logan set out on a last adventure to protect a young girl with special powers in a post-apocalyptic world.

Patrick Stewart reprises his role as Professor X, while Richard E. Grant plays the villain Zander Rice.

It was among 13 further movies announced Tuesday for the lineup of the festival that opens Feb. 9.

Festival organizers said "Viceroy's House," a film about the 1947 partition of India starring Hugh Bonneville, Gillian Anderson, Manish Dayal and Huma Qureshi, will also premiere in Berlin.

The festival's top Golden Bear prize will be awarded Feb. 18 by a jury under Dutch director Paul Verhoeven.

List of nominees for 2017 British Academy Film Awards

Nominations in the main categories for the British Academy Film Awards, announced Tuesday:

Best film: "La La Land"; "Arrival"; "I, Daniel Blake"; "Moonlight"; "Manchester by the Sea"

Outstanding British film: "American Honey"; "Denial"; "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them"; "I, Daniel Blake"; "Notes on Blindness"

Leading actress: Amy Adams, "Arrival"; Emily Blunt, "The Girl on the Train"; Emma Stone, "La La Land"; Meryl Streep, "Florence Foster Jenkins"; Natalie Portman, "Jackie"

Leading actor: Andrew Garfield, "Hacksaw Ridge"; Casey Affleck, "Manchester by the Sea"; Jake Gyllenhaal, "Nocturnal Animals"; Ryan Gosling, "La La Land"; Viggo Mortensen, "Captain Fantastic"

Supporting actress: Hayley Squires, "I, Daniel Blake"; Michelle Williams, "Manchester by the Sea"; Naomie Harris, "Moonlight"; Nicole Kidman, "Lion"; Viola Davis, "Fences"

Supporting actor: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, "Nocturnal Animals"; Dev Patel, "Lion"; Hugh Grant, "Florence Foster Jenkins"; Jeff Bridges, "Hell or High Water"; Mahershala Ali, "Moonlight"

Director: Denis Villeneuve, "Arrival"; Ken Loach, "I, Daniel Blake"; Damien Chazelle, "La La Land"; Kenneth Lonergan, "Manchester by the Sea"; Tom Ford, "Nocturnal Animals"

Film not in the English language: "Dheepan"; "Julieta"; "Mustang"; "Son of Saul"; "Toni Erdmann"

Documentary: "13th"; "The Beatles: Eight Days a Week"; "The Eagle Huntress"; "Notes on Blindness"; "Weiner"

Animated film: "Finding Dory"; "Kubo and the Two Strings"; "Moana"; "Zootropolis"

Outstanding debut by a British writer, director or producer: Mike Carley and Camille Gatin, "The Girl With All the Gifts"; George Amponsah and Dionne Walker, "The Hard Stop"; Peter Middleton, James Spinney and Jo-Jo Ellison, "Notes on Blindness"; John Donnelly and Ben A. Williams, "The Pass"; Babak Anvari, Emily Leo, Oliver Roskill and Lucan Toh, "Under the Shadow"

Original screenplay: "Hell or High Water"; "I, Daniel Blake"; "La La Land"; "Manchester by the Sea": "Moonlight"

Adapted screenplay: "Arrival"; "Hacksaw Ridge"; "Hidden Figures"; "Lion"; "Nocturnal Animals"

Editing: "Arrival"; "Hacksaw Ridge"; "La La Land"; "Manchester by the Sea"; "Nocturnal Animals"

Production design: "Doctor Strange"; "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them"; "Hail, Caesar!"; "La La Land"; "Nocturnal Animals"

Costume design: "Allied"; "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them"; "Florence Foster Jenkins"; "Jackie"; "La La Land."

Makeup and Hair: "Doctor Strange"; "Florence Foster Jenkins"; "Hacksaw Ridge"; "Nocturnal Animals"; "Rogue One"

Sound: "Arrival"; "Deepwater Horizon": "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them"; "Hacksaw Ridge"; "La La Land"

Special visual effects: "Arrival"; "Doctor Strange"; "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them"; "The Jungle Book"; "Rogue One"

Rising Star: Anna Taylor-Joy; Laia Costa; Lucas Hedges; Ruth Negga; Tom Holland

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