Wes Anderson wins at Berlin film fest

American Wes Anderson was named best director Saturday at the Berlin International Film Festival for his animated movie Isle of Dogs, a journey that begins with a city’s dogs being exiled to a vast garbage dump and features the voices of Bill Murray, Jeff Goldblum and Scarlett Johansson, among others.

Anderson couldn’t be in Berlin on Saturday, so Murray accepted the award.

“I never thought that I would go to work as a dog and come home with a bear,” he said.

Touch Me Not, an experimental movie about intimacy from Romanian director Adina Pintilie, won the top Golden Bear prize at the festival.

The movie, which follows the story of a woman who can’t bear to be touched and various other people searching for intimacy, was chosen from a field of 19 competitors at the first of the year’s major European movie festivals. The Berlin jury was led by German director Tom Tykwer.

Keillor calls emails ‘romantic writing’

Garrison Keillor described several sexually suggestive emails he exchanged with a former researcher who accused him of sexual misconduct as “romantic writing” that never resulted in a physical relationship, and the radio host rejected the idea that because he was her boss — and the driving force of a hugely popular radio program — it could be sexual harassment.

The woman responded, via her attorney, that Keillor’s power over her job made her afraid to say no to him.

In one of his first extended interviews since Minnesota Public Radio cut ties over the allegations against the former A Prairie Home Companion host in November, Keillor said he never had a sexual relationship with the woman, a freelance contributor to the show.

Suit against John Oliver dismissed

A West Virginia judge has dismissed a lawsuit brought by Ohio-based coal company Murray Energy against HBO host John Oliver.

A segment of Oliver’s Sunday show Last Week Tonight in June poked fun at Murray Energy CEO Robert Murray, who blames regulatory efforts by the Obama administration for damaging the coal industry. Oliver said the 77-year-old looked like a “geriatric Dr. Evil.”

The judge ruled Wednesday that Murray’s company failed to state a claim.