Steve-O dropped out of college in 1993. He told everyone his plan was to become a famous stuntman with his home video camera. He remembers people feeling genuinely sorry for him. To be fair, he wasn’t even sure it would work or that he’d be successful, in the least, he just wanted to amass e…

CAIRO (AP) — A Lebanese father tells his teenage daughter she is free to choose whether to have sex with her boyfriend despite his reservations.

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A federal judge resentenced “Tiger King” Joe Exotic to 21 years in prison on Friday, reducing his punishment by just a year despite pleas from the former zookeeper for leniency as he begins treatment for early-stage cancer.

After spending one weekend in second place, “Spider-Man: No Way Home” proved it still had some fight left. Sony's superhero juggernaut swung back to first place in its sixth weekend in theaters and became the sixth highest grossing film of all time, globally. 

The final weekend of the 21st annual Anchorage International Film Festival is this weekend and among the favorites in the Made-in-Alaska category is the debut documentary effort of a Vermont director featuring a Vermont dairy farmer with a strange and romantic longing for The Last Frontier.

The 21st annual Anchorage International Film Festival kicks off Friday night at Bear Tooth Theatrepub with a film that has only shown at one festival so far and is already 1-for-1 in winning best documentary.

It’s become fashionable to the point of trite in recent years to casually assert that you ‘do not give a fuck,’ or, ‘give zero fucks’, or in social media and text message circles that you do not ‘GAF.’

LOS ANGELES (AP) — In weighing his vote on a proposed union contract with Hollywood producers, veteran stagehand Matthew “Doc” Brashear looked closely at the agreement and beyond, to the now-closed New Mexico film set where a cinematographer died.

NEW YORK (AP) — “Eternals,” one of Marvel's most ambitious efforts to expand its superhero universe, arrived in theaters with about $71 million in ticket sales over the weekend, according to studio estimates. 

The woman in charge of weapons on the movie set where actor Alec Baldwin fatally shot cinematographer Halyna Hutchins said Wednesday night that she had inspected the gun Baldwin shot but doesn’t know how a live bullet ended up inside. 

Alec Baldwin has spoken publicly for the first time on camera about the cinematographer he fatally shot on the movie set of “Rust,” calling her a friend and saying he is in “constant contact” with her grieving family.

On October 21, actor Alec Baldwin shot and killed one person (cinematographer Halyna Hutchins) and wounded another (director Joel Souza) on the set of Rust, a western film he was making in New Mexico.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — As questions linger about safety protocols on the movie set where Alec Baldwin killed a cinematographer with a prop gun he’d been told was safe, Hollywood professionals say they’re baffled by the circumstances and production crews have quickly stepped up safety measures.


SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Actor Alec Baldwin fired a prop gun on the set of a Western and killed the cinematographer, officials said. The director of the movie was wounded, and authorities are investigating what happened.

The International Fly Fishing Film Festival, coming virtually to all of Alaska beginning Oct. 16, features 10 films, 6- to 16-minutes in length, from all corners of the globe showcasing the passion, lifestyle, and culture of fly fishing.

Audrey Diwan’s abortion drama “L’Evenement” (“Happening”) has won the Golden Lion at the 78th Venice International Film Festival, while the runner up honor went to Paolo Sorrentino’s “The Hand of God.”

NEW YORK (AP) — Actor Michael K. Williams, who as the rogue robber of drug dealers Omar Little on “The Wire” created one of the most beloved and enduring characters in a prime era of television, died Monday.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Like a lot of Asian actors, Simu Liu has played the nameless guy who can do martial arts but inevitably loses out to a more skilled white guy. It was one of his very first stunt jobs.

NEW YORK (AP) — They're smooching on a yacht off Saint-Tropez. They're cuddling on a walk in the Hamptons. They're nuzzling over sushi at dinner in Malibu. 

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Scarlett Johansson is suing the Walt Disney Co. over its streaming release of “Black Widow,” which she said breached her contract and deprived her of potential earnings.

M. Night Shyamalan’s “Old” easily won a slower weekend at the North American box office, while the G.I. Joe pic “Snake Eyes” lived up to its name.

The Palais des Festivals, the central hub of the Cannes Film Festival, a massive bulwark of filmmaker-named halls and pristine movie screens, is about as close as you can get to a cinema temple. To enter, you must ascend red-carpeted steps. 


When Joe Hamilton built the Swing Bar, the Russian Room and the decor for the outdoor patio at Koot’s back in the 1990s, he got his wood from Greg Bell at Valley Sawmill, just as he always did for any of his projects.

Alaska Public Media (AKPM) announced the premiere of a new documentary series The BlackChurch: This is Our Story, This is Our Song, airing February 16 and 17, 2021 at 8:00 p.m. AKST on Alaska Public Media TV (KAKM Ch.7) and other PBS stations nationwide. This moving four-hour, two-part serie…


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Among its many, many, many casualties, COVID-19 scourge has claimed festivals of all sorts.

A brigade of pearl-clutching, virtue-signaling, cancel-culture keyboard warriors wants you to know that Cuties (Mignonnes -- it's actually a French film) is a bad, bad movie that no one should watch and that Netflix should immediately remove from its lineup.


All art must be defended against censorship — not just good art.


I had just finished Jerzy Kosiński’s quirky satire ‘Being There’ when I wandered into Powell’s bookstore in Portland to find a copy of ‘The Painted Bird’. There was only one; a worn, black-covered second edition from the seventies. I nearly decided to look elsewhere because of its condition,…


As I pull up to the storefront of Rainbow Video, I finally identify the strange feeling that has been brewing in my guts; I’m intimidated. I’m about to walk into a building that apparently nobody I know has walked into before — and I’ve asked. Nobody has a factual answer, only urban legends …


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There are very few delights better than scary films and popcorn on a dark, cold night; and the Anchorage International Film Festival has just the thing-- “SHORTS: Late Night Chills”. The program of seven shorts plays at the Alaska Experience Theater. One of the short films not to miss in ton…


Filmmakers from across the globe are braving the wintery wilds of Alaska to showcase, compete, and celebrate their work during the 19th Annual Anchorage International Film Festival beginning on Dec. 6.

HUSTLERS by Lorene Scafaria starring Jennifer Lopez and Constance Wu, et al is everything one expects it to be, and I must say, I have never loved JLo so much! The film is about 10 minutes too long, but goddam, it's good. The film, based on a true story, is about a handful of strippers that …

Two local filmmakers recently set up an office in downtown Palmer, just off South Colony Way.


After three years of production, “Peaks and Valleys” an independent film made in the Mat-Su Valley, is set for a sneak peek screening on April 1 at the Glenn Massay Theater. Directed by Michael Burns and written by Michael B. Dillon, this gritty tale of survival follows the relationship of a…

The Oscars would not be complete without short films, these jewels that are often just as compelling, fun, and riveting as any feature, and represent stepping stones for actors and directors on their respective career paths. This year’s short films are absolutely worth watching. Some of the …

There are some years when choosing an Oscar favorite is like shopping for avocados in Alaska, it’s about choosing the less rotten one; luckily this year, the top two contenders are perfectly fresh, aesthetically delicious, and emotionally complex, they are Alfonso Cuarón’s Roma, and Yorgos L…

Staying Human is a documentary by the musician Michael Franti; it is directed by Franti, produced by Franti, stars Franti, it’s about Franti, with music by Franti… so for viewers who LOVE Franti and want a piece of him, come and get it! For the rest, well, that’s a different story. The docum…

The arctic holds the earth’s oldest and the deepest secrets. Genesis 2.0, the documentary by Swiss director Christian Frei takes viewers through a journey the leaves them with more questions than answers, and along the way presents poignant moments when one realizes that human being’s thirst…

Revolutions stir in Europe, sending a new cast of characters and unrest to the British shore. Season three (S3) of Masterpiece’s Victoria picks up in 1848 as Queen Victoria, played by Jenna Coleman, is about to deliver her six child and her rule faces new challenges that divides her country,…

ROMA, Alfonso Cuarón Orozco’s newest film is his best film yet; it’s pretty perfect, compelling, relevant, and brilliantly insightful into human nature and the complex, human-designed social and economic systems that play out in Mexico in 1970. ROMA is the kind of movie that comes just a few…


Tom Volf's MARIA by CALLAS is perhaps one of the most respectfully and delicately made films about Maria Callas, her sublime voice and her genius, to play on the big screen; and films there have been many. Volf exhibits a deep understanding of Callas and he defers completely to her, thus the…


Maybe the saddest and most shameful fact of the homelessness crisis in Anchorage — at least so far as it concerns the Alaska Native population — is that many are merely shipwrecked here because they can’t get a flight back home even though they’re in a city with probably more flights per cap…