Santa Barbara Film Festival unveils its 2021 lineup
Bill Murray poses for a portrait at the 2012 Toronto Film Festival in Toronto on Sepy.9, 2012, left, and Carey Mulligan poses for a portrait during the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah on Jan. 25, 2020. Murray will receive the Maltin Modern Master Award and Mulligan will receive the Cinema Vanguard Award during this year's Santa Barbara International Film Festival. (Photos by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, left, and Taylor Jewell/Invision/AP)The Santa Barbara International Film Festival is always starry a celebration of up and coming filmmakers and Oscar hopefuls, but this year the programmers have also decided to make it more accessible. Virtuoso Award recipients include Riz Ahmed, Maria Bakalova, Kinglsey Ben-Adir, Andra Day, Sidney Flanigan, Vanessa Kirby, Tahar Rahim and Zendaya. AdThe Santa Barbara International Film Festival regularly attracts more than 100,000 attendees annually.
AP PHOTOS: Magic in Greek moonlight as outdoor cinemas open
(AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)ATHENS ATHENS, GreeceThey're like enchanted pleasure gardens concealed in the depths of the city that open their gates for a few months every year. Business so far has been slow, due to these establishments' main operational hazard even in sunny Greece rain. ... We don't ever close all summer and we like that, we have a good time here.Lepeniotis works at the Zephyros cinema in Athens' central Petralona district, built in 1933. Cinema operators expect revenues to fall up to 40% due to the restrictions. People want to go to the cinema.___Follow AP coverage of the pandemic at https://apnews.com/VirusOutbreak and https://apnews.com/UnderstandingtheOutbreak
Pepper, American sculptor who made Italy home, dies at 97
Pepper, an acclaimed American sculptor, died Wednesday at her home in Todi, Italy. (AP Photo/Domenico Stinellis)MILAN – Beverly Pepper, a fixture of the Roman “Dolce Vita” and renowned American sculptor who made Italy her home and backdrop to many of her monumental steel creations, has died. Her son, John Pepper, made the announcement on Facebook, saying she died Wednesday. “The Dolce Vita wasn’t so sweet,” John Pepper told the Italian newspaper Il Foglio in a story published Friday. Her husband, Curtis Bill Pepper, died in 2014.