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We've Got Our First Look at Jupiter From NASA Craft

High-resolution images to follow from Juno

(Newser) - The NASA spacecraft that entered Jupiter's orbit earlier this month has sent back its first image of the planet. Think of it as a test shot, with the better, high-resolution photos to come next month. Still, the image released by NASA shows Jupiter, its famous red spot, and three... More »

'Juno, Welcome to Jupiter'

Probe slips into orbit after 5-year journey

(Newser) - After spending five years traveling to Jupiter , NASA's Juno probe entered the gas giant's orbit Monday night by executing a make-or-break maneuver that was accurate within a second. Team members at the California Institute of Technology's Jet Propulsion Laboratory cheered as they received confirmation that the spacecraft... More »

Humanity Is About to Get Its Closest Ever Look at Jupiter

Juno probe scheduled to enter Jupiter's orbit July 4

(Newser) - Three Lego figures are about to get closer to Jupiter than humanity has ever been. The Legos—representations of Galileo and the Roman gods Jupiter and Juno made out of "spacecraft-grade" aluminum—are aboard NASA's Juno probe, which is scheduled to enter Jupiter's orbit July 4, the... More »

Is Jupiter's Core Dissolving?

Theory holds that midsection is slowly shrinking

(Newser) - Jupiter may be the largest planet in our solar system, but what if its massive core is actually dissolving? Jupiter's core of iron, rock, and ice is suspended in a sea of hydrogen and helium, under pressure 40 million times greater than that which we experience on Earth, and... More »

NASA Probe to Blast Off, Destination: Jupiter

Juno to explore origins of the solar system; liftoff scheduled for 11:34am ET

(Newser) - Today NASA will launch a spacecraft that they're hoping will pry the secrets of the solar system from Jupiter. Dubbed "Juno" (Jupiter’s wife in Roman mythology, get it?), the probe will take five years to travel to Jupiter, arriving on July 4, 2016, the New York Times... More »

The 10 Sexiest Tomboys

Amelia Earhart was just the first of many

(Newser) - In honor of Amelia’s celebration of the tough girl, James Brady Ryan of Nerve takes a look at the top 10 sexy tomboys onscreen and off:
  • Nancy McKeon as Jo Polniaczek, The Facts of Life: Her entrance (on a motorcycle) and eventual career choice (police officer) speak for
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Yeah, Baby, Yeah: The Top 15 Movie Catchphrases

Film.com goes ahead and makes your day

(Newser) - As time goes by, movie catchphrases become a dime a dozen. Luckily, Film.com lists the top 15 one-liners, and as lists go, you must remember this:
  • “Here's looking at you, kid.” (Casablanca, 1942)
  • “Mrs. Robinson, you're trying to seduce me aren't you?” (The Graduate, 1967)
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Forget Oscar—Who Were 2008's Rainmakers?

(Newser) - The Oscars are coming up, but that orgy of self-congratulation doesn’t celebrate what really matters in Hollywood: money. Forbes crunched the numbers for 2008 and selected the winners of a different award: the Rainmaker.
  • Best Actor: Robert Downey Jr. returned $52.60 to Paramount for every dollar it spent
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From Juno to Jane Eyre

Oscar nominee Page set to portray classic heroine in BBC adaptation

(Newser) - Indie film's newest sweetheart is set to play one of Britain's oldest, Variety reports. Ellen Page has signed up to tackle the title role in a new BBC Film adaptation of the Charlotte Bronte classic, Jane Eyre. The Canadian actress, who earned an Academy Award nomination for her performance in... More »

Murdoch's News Corp. Triples Profit

Media conglomerate earns $2.7B, thanks mainly to DirecTV deal

(Newser) - Rupert Murdoch's media conglomerate tripled its profit last quarter on improved results from its cable and broadcast networks and the sale of DirecTV, MarketWatch reports. News Corp. earned $2.7 billion, or 91 cents a share, up from $871 million, or 27 cents a share, in the same quarter last... More »

How Very! Heathers Writer Returns to Film

Sex and Death 101 , out tomorrow, puts Daniel Waters back in left field

(Newser) - Screenwriter Daniel Waters, who made "What's your damage?" part of American slang, is back. His 1989 cult classic, Heathers, paved the way for edgy teen fare from Clueless to Juno, but subsequent unsuccessful projects led him to obscurity. Sex and Death 101 puts him "squarely back into off-kilter... More »

Oscars Pose a Threat to Good Movies

Small, 'self-involved' clique hands out the awards: NYT critic

(Newser) - Oscar night may seem like fun, but it has quietly turned the US market for serious films into a “brutal blood sport,” critic AO Scott writes in the New York Times. The highly commercial fare of January through August is followed by an “avalanche of art” after... More »

Oscar Smiles on Women Writers

A record four are up for screenwriting awards

(Newser) - When the Oscars for screenplays are awarded tomorrow, chances are pretty good that women's names will be on the envelopes. Three are up for best screenplay and one for adapted screenplay, an Oscar record. Women still make up only 19% of film writers, the AP reports, but the tide may... More »

Juno Barbs Prompt Protests

Adoptive parents hurt by 'iPod scene'

(Newser) - Angry viewers are lobbying to axe "hurtful" lines from the trailer of quirky adoption flick Juno before showing it at the Oscars, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. The offending scene—televised at the Golden Globes—has the title character quipping the Chinese "give away babies like free iPods.... More »

Brit Honors to Day-Lewis, Atonement & Coen Brothers

Step closer to Oscar at BAFTA

(Newser) - In what many see as a prologue to the Oscars, Atonement was named best film at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts awards yesterday, and Daniel Day-Lewis won the best actor award for his power performance in There Will Be Blood, reports Variety. In a surprise win French... More »

Fool's Gold Shines at Box Office

Roscoe Jenkins takes second and Hannah Montana drops to third

(Newser) - Movie fans valued Fool’s Gold at $22 million this weekend and made the Matthew McConaughey-Kate Hudson pic tops at the box office, Variety reports. The Martin Lawrence vehicle Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins debuted in second with $17.1 million, and last week’s surprise flick, Hannah Montana, dropped from... More »

Top Breakthrough Roles of 2007

Here's a look at actors who came of age this year

(Newser) - Before No Country for Old Men, Josh Brolin couldn’t get a job. “My most famous role was in The Goonies,” he reflects. Now, scripts are pouring in. Brolin is one of the New York Times’ 15 “breakout” performers of the year. Many, though not all, are... More »

Treasure Shines Again

National Treasure: Book of Secrets keeps top spot as Alvin out-sings Legend

(Newser) - National Treasure: Book of Secrets shone in the top spot again this weekend as filmgoers kept flocking to the movies, Variety reports. Alvin and the Chipmunks crooned its way into second, humbling I Am Legend, as Mike Nichols-directed Charlie Wilson's War claimed fourth over Juno, an offbeat dramedy that nabbed... More »

Things That Won't Shake The Media World in 2008

BusinessWeek columnist takes a stab at '08 predictions

(Newser) - Overloaded with prediction lists, Business Week polishes the crystal ball and looks ahead to see what won't happen in the media world  in 2008.
  1. The writers won't win the current strike
  2. DreamWorks isn't going to leave Paramount after all
  3. Apple won't reinvent TV viewing
  4. "Juno" won't win an Oscar
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Atonement Gets 7 Globe Nods

Charlie Wilson's War follows with 5

(Newser) - The WWII-era romance Atonement leads today's Golden Globe nominations with seven, including best drama, best actor, and best actress. Also among the seven drama contenders—there are typically five—are There Will Be Blood, No Country for Old Men, The Great Debaters, American Gangster, Michael Clayton, and Eastern Promises. No ... More »

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