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Are Amazon and Netflix Preventing the Next Tarantino?

Weighing the risks and rewards of the new kings of independent film

(Newser) - The Hollywood studio system being what it currently is—hope everyone's excited for the eighth Fast and Furious installment this Friday—it's unlikely Reservoir Dogs would have been able to secure theatrical distribution in 2017. But that wouldn't be its only option in the modern world. Quentin... More »

'Best Acting Mamma' Dead at Age 69

Darlene Cates played Leonardo DiCaprio, Johnny Depp's mother in 'Gilbert Grape'

(Newser) - An actress described on IMDB as "lovable, impressionable, and immeasurably talented" has died at the age of 69, though most people recognize her through her character rather than her real name. Family members say Darlene Cates, who played Johnny Depp and Leonardo DiCaprio's obese mom in What's ... More »

Anne Frank Center to Tim Allen: 'Have You Lost Your Mind?'

Wants apology from Allen for comparing being conservative star to being in '30s Germany

(Newser) - The Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect is calling on Tim Allen to apologize for comparing the experience of being a conservative in Hollywood to living in Germany in the 1930s. Allen made the comments on Jimmy Kimmel Live last week while discussing his attendance at President Trump's inauguration,... More »

A Hollywood First, Thanks to Get Out's Jordan Peele

First African-American writer-director whose debut movie hit $100M

(Newser) - Get Out is the fastest film in the Blumhouse movie production company's portfolio to reach $100 million, hitting that mark in just 16 days (the previous record-holder was Split in 19 days), Deadline notes. The movie's director, Jordan Peele, has also claimed a milestone, reports the Wrap... More »

Now Playing Everywhere: These Mountains

Kualoa Ranch is a Hollywood favorite

(Newser) - Kualoa Ranch is one of those places that few have visited but many have seen—currently a 100-foot-tall beast is rampaging through it as Kong: Skull Island pays across the big screen, notes Radio Times . A privately owned nature reserve on Hawaii's island of Oahu about 25 miles outside... More »

Expect Politics, Celebrity to Collide at Oscars

But will President Trump be watching as usual?

(Newser) - This year's Golden Globes ceremony turned out to be quite the political affair , and Sunday's Oscars will likely be no different, especially with Donald Trump critic Meryl Streep in attendance. Here's what to expect:
  • Will host Jimmy Kimmel mention Trump? It's a safe bet. He tells
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Judy Garland Is Back in Hollywood

Her body was exhumed in NY last week

(Newser) - Judy Garland's remains have been moved cross-country to a mausoleum intended as the resting place for daughters Liza Minnelli and Lorna Luft. The transfer from a crypt in New York's Ferncliff Cemetery to Hollywood Forever Cemetery was completed last Friday, Hollywood Forever rep Noelle Berman tells the AP... More »

'Hollyweed' Prankster Gives Himself Up

Surrenders to police on trespassing charge

(Newser) - The alleged Hollyweed prankster has been apprehended. Zachary Cole Fernandez, 30, turned himself in to Los Angeles Police Department detectives Monday on suspicion of trespassing in the wee hours of New Year's Day in order to alter the iconic Hollywood sign to read "Hollyweed," reports the Los ... More »

Comedy and Darkness at the Globes: Memorable Moments

From Trump disses to Jimmy Fallon hits and misses, the show had them all

(Newser) - There was no shortage of memorable moments at the 74th annual Golden Globes, from Ryan Gosling thanking his partner, Eva Mendes, for handling their family life at home while he was filming his movie La La Land, to Meryl Streep revealing how one recent moment (a moment related to President-elect... More »

Streep's Trump Mention: 'It Kind of Broke My Heart'

Actress accepted Cecil B. DeMille Award with a statement about president-elect

(Newser) - Meryl Streep received the Cecil B. DeMille Award at Sunday night's Globes ceremony, but before she took the stage she received an emotional tribute from Viola Davis, who co-starred with Streep in 2008's Doubt and who won her own award Sunday for best supporting actress for Fences. "... More »

How Mixing Up One Word Got Michael Keaton in Hot Water

Actor called 'Hidden Figures' movie by the name 'Hidden Fences'—and he wasn't the only one

(Newser) - He had just one job, and that job was to present the Golden Globes award for best supporting actress in a film. But when Michael Keaton mentioned Hidden Figures —a movie starring Octavia Spencer (one of the nominees) and documenting a team of African-American women who helped NASA get... More »

La La Land Wins Big at Awards Show

Jimmy Fallon hosted the 2017 awards show from the Beverly Hilton

(Newser) - Jimmy Fallon kicked off the 74th Golden Globes Awards Show with a musical number that incorporated many of the night's stars, followed by a moment of mild panic as he started his opening monologue and realized that his teleprompter was broken (watch his ad-lib via a video posted by... More »

'Hollyweed' Prankster Elusive as Stunt Inspires More Security

Hollywood Sign Trust worries future trespassers will injure themselves

(Newser) - The nonprofit that cares for the Hollywood sign says it will be "deploying additional technology to tighten up surveillance" after the sign was altered to read "Hollyweed" on Sunday. The black and white tarps that transformed the sign had been removed by mid-morning on New Year's Day... More »

Hollywood Sign Now Reads 'Hollyweed'

Police investigating New Year's Eve prank

(Newser) - Los Angeles residents woke up on New Year's Day to find that the famed Hollywood sign read instead, "HOLLYWeeD," the AP reports. A prankster apparently vandalized the sign overnight, and Los Angeles police are investigating, KABC-TV reports. It's not clear why the iconic sign was adjusted... More »

Tech Bigwigs Headed to NYC for Trump Tech Summit

It could be 'super awkward'

(Newser) - Donald Trump has invited some of the biggest names in tech to a summit at NYC's Trump Tower on Wednesday, and a good number of them have RSVP'd yes, per USA Today and Investor's Business Daily . Reported "ayes" are Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg, Apple's Tim... More »

Here's What's Left of Donald Trump's Hollywood Star

Vandal decimated Walk of Fame landmark with pickax, sledgehammer—and it's all on tape

(Newser) - He didn't want to destroy it; he said he wanted to pry it out and sell it. But either way, a guy in construction worker getup smashed Donald Trump's star to bits on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Wednesday morning—and now the LAPD is on the hunt,... More »

Here Are the Highest-Grossing Actors of All Time

Johansson has raked in $3.3B for her movies, making her highest-grossing actress ever

(Newser) - Scarlett Johansson has made lots of money for her bosses, according to tracking site Box Office Mojo , which figured out she's the highest-grossing actress of all time, with her movies earning a cool $3.3 billion over her career lifetime, Entertainment Weekly reports. The 31-year-old Johansson comes in at... More »

2 Decades After Her Murder, a Huge Honor for Selena

She'll get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

(Newser) - Selena Quintanilla-Pérez, "the queen of Tejano music," will get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame 22 years after her death. Selena, who was fatally shot at a Corpus Christi motel by the president of her fan club in 1995, will be honored with the star... More »

The 10 Most Powerful People in Hollywood

Leo is the only actor in the upper echelon

(Newser) - For the first time, the Hollywood Reporter has put together a list of the 100 most powerful people in entertainment, though it's what Paste Magazine describes as a list "celebrating the accomplishments of … white guys." Only 19 women and 10 people of color make the cut.... More »

Graphic Novelist Accused of Girlfriend's Grisly Murder

Blake Leibel allegedly tortured and mutilated the mother of his newborn daughter

(Newser) - The son of a wealthy Canadian family stands accused of a horrifying Hollywood murder. The Washington Post says 35-year-old Blake Leibel is "fascinated by evil." He moved to Los Angeles in 2004 and wrote a graphic novel about serial killers and a screenplay about a "madman on... More »

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