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Tom Cruise Confirms Top Gun 2

Maverick will be back

(Newser) - Tom Cruise has confirmed he'll be in Top Gun 2, and while there aren't many 54-year-old Navy fighter pilots in the real world, Maverick is unlikely to spend the film on desk duty. Cruise told Aussie interviewers Tuesday he'll be appearing in a sequel to 1986's... More »

Steve Bannon: the Hollywood Bigwig Who Wasn't?

Trump's strategist brags about his time in Tinseltown, but others' memories are murky

(Newser) - Over the past eight months, Steve Bannon has worked his way into the general US consciousness, first as an ex-Breitbart exec tapped as Trump's new campaign chief , next as a "terrifying man" who wanted to set the DC establishment ablaze, and finally, as a White House fixture . But... More »

Elijah Wood: Hollywood Is Hiding Pedophile Scandal

"There are a lot of vipers in this industry."

(Newser) - Elijah Wood, who started his movie career with a bit part in Back to the Future II when he was just 8 years old, says Hollywood is rife with pedophiles and he might have been a victim if his mother had been less protective. In a Times of London interview,... More »

Hollywood Gets Diversity 'Report Cards' (They're Not Good)

2 analyses issue dismal grades for including women, minority, LGBT actors and directors

(Newser) - The #OscarsSoWhite hashtag has bounced around Twitter since last year, and it doesn't look like Hollywood's lack of diversity will be resolved anytime soon, per a USA Today report. The paper surveyed 14 studios about 184 movies being released in 2016, and the results show "disappointingly few... More »

Netflix's Latest Coup: Debut of Crouching Tiger Sequel

Martial arts movie part of deal to shake up movie biz

(Newser) - The sequel to Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is set to deliver a high-flying kick to the movie business as we know it with a first-of-its kind distribution deal. The deal with the Weinstein Co. will see the martial arts movie released simultaneously on Netflix and in some Imax theaters next... More »

Movie Prices May Drop One Day a Week

As fewer Americans head to the cinema

(Newser) - Got a free weeknight? Going to the movies may soon become a more affordable option. Last year, US movie theaters sold 1.34 billion tickets, down 1.5% from the year before. And ticket sales dropped 11% between 2004 and 2013, the Motion Picture Association of America reported yesterday. To... More »

New Movie Strategy: Buy Ticket, Get Video

Canadian deal inspires Hollywood

(Newser) - Some Canadians who went to see Pacific Rim this summer shelled out twice the standard price for a ticket—and got a digital download of the movie, too. The $19.99 SuperTicket was offered by Cineplex, a company that dominates the Canadian cinema market, and the idea has inspired the... More »

Santorum's New Career: Movie Mogul

He's the new boss of Christian film company

(Newser) - Former presidential candidate Rick Santorum has launched a new career in show business. The conservative Republican is the new CEO of Dallas-based Christian film company EchoLight Studios, reports the AP . Santorum, who has invested in the company and has been on its board for a year, says he believes entertainment... More »

Spielberg, Lucas: Movie Industry in Big Trouble

Failed blockbusters could result in game-changing 'meltdown'

(Newser) - George Lucas and Steven Spielberg think the movie industry is headed for a catastrophic implosion that will change entertainment as we know it. At a USC School of Cinematic Arts panel, the Indiana Jones collaborators sketched a future worthy of a disaster flick, blaming the coming doom on the industry'... More »

Sony Most Successful at ... Selling Insurance

Its devices are a money-losing operation

(Newser) - Walkman, Trinitron, PlayStation: In the US, we know Sony as a longtime player in the electronics world. But its electronics arm has lost $8.5 billion over the past decade, the New York Times reports. In fact, the driver of its current success is its insurance business, which doesn't... More »

Peter Jackson Splitting Hobbit Into 3 Movies

...Somehow

(Newser) - Fans of Peter Jackson's Middle Earth flicks are about to have a lot more to love. The director has confirmed that he's going to split The Hobbit into three movies, Deadline reports. Jackson had dropped hints about such a move at Comic-Con. Of course, it remains to be... More »

Director Admits: OK, Battleship 'Didn't Work'

Peter Berg says movie got too big

(Newser) - It's not often that directors publicly admit that a movie was a mess, but that's what Peter Berg did yesterday at a Producers Guild conference. Speaking at a panel called "Passion Projects: Making Films Everyone Says Will Never Get Made," Berg took a moment to acknowledge... More »

PG-13 Rating: Ticket to Box-Office Magic?

6 highest-grossing films all have it

(Newser) - One key to The Avengers' record success this weekend: its PG-13 rating. The top six highest-grossing movies ever made are all rated PG-13; the rating points to a film that's titillating enough for teens but isn't likely to offend adults, the Los Angeles Times notes. The rating has... More »

Spike Lee: Hollywood Clueless About Black People

Sundance speech gets testy

(Newser) - Spike Lee screened his latest film—Red Hook Summer, a quasi-sequel to Do the Right Thing—at the Sundance Film Festival last night, but what really got people talking was the profanity-laden tirade he delivered in the Q&A afterward. The fireworks started when surprise attendee Chris Rock stood up... More »

Hollywood's Biggest 2011 Flops

Ticket sales were down, and these movies help explain why

(Newser) - This was not a banner year for Hollywood, with domestic box office revenue down 4%, breaking a string of record highs. These films were part of the reason why. The Hollywood Reporter compiled a list of 2011's biggest flops, and there were some doozies—we've listed some of... More »

Arnold Schwarzenegger to Star in Western

Lionsgate's 'Last Stand' takes a chance on scandal-plagued ex-governor

(Newser) - Can a post-scandal Arnold Schwarzenegger still fill a multiplex? Lionsgate is about to find out. According to Nikki Finke’s Deadline Hollywood , the studio has signed the former Governator to star in Last Stand, a western that’s long languished in development. The damaged Schwarzenegger will reportedly make a whole... More »

The Movie Star Is Dead

Movies are driven by ideas now, not people: Peter Bart

(Newser) - The Hollywood Boulevard premiere for Larry Crowne felt like a time warp—here was a red carpet event for a simple romance selling itself on genuine starpower. There’s just one problem: The movie was pretty lame. “Oops, here we go again,” writes Variety exec Peter Bart in... More »

Harry Potter Film Leaked Online

First 36 minutes of Deathly Hallows on file-sharing sites, Warner launches probe

(Newser) - The first 36 minutes of the new Harry Potter movie have been leaked online days before its worldwide theatrical debut, and Warner Bros. officials are on a hunt to find the culprit. The footage made available for download on file-sharing sites like the Pirate Bay was watermarked, meaning it came... More »

Filmmaker Arthur Penn Dead at 88

Influential director made 'Bonnie and Clyde,' 'Little Big Man'

(Newser) - Director Arthur Penn, a myth-maker and myth-breaker who in such classics as Bonnie and Clyde and Little Big Man refashioned movie and American history and sealed a generation's affinity for outsiders, died last night, a day after his 88th birthday. Daughter Molly Penn said her father (no relation to actor... More »

Tarantino Film Editor Dies During LA Heat-Wave Hike

Sally Menke worked with director beginning with Reservoir Dogs

(Newser) - Renowned movie editor Sally Menke, 56, was found dead after going for a hike in the Hollywood Hills during yesterday's record-breaking heat wave . Investigators believe she became disoriented in the extreme heat and suspect heat stroke was the cause of her death, the Los Angeles Times reports. Her severely dehydrated... More »

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