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Producer's Tweets Reveal How Scripts Depict Women

'Startlingly ageist, sexist, and objectifying'

(Newser) - "JANE, 28, athletic but sexy. A natural beauty. Most days she wears jeans, and she makes them look good." So reads a tweet by film producer Ross Putman, who's taken it on himself to draw attention to the way women are described in scripts. "These are... More »

Here Are Your Golden Globe Winners

Ricky Gervais hosts the star-studded awards show from Beverly Hills

(Newser) - Ricky Gervais kicked off the 2016 Golden Globes with an intro that surprised absolutely no one, starting off by shushing the audience and calling them "disgusting, pill-popping, sexual deviant scum." And the awards were off!:
  • Channing Tatum and the bear from The Revenant (aka Jonah Hill) presented the
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Gibson and Gervais Trade Barbs in Mel's Comeback

Colonoscopies came up during Gibson's presentation

(Newser) - Mel Gibson has been persona non grata for some time in Hollywood, following a string of headline-making infractions, including DUI troubles and accusations of anti-Semitism and domestic violence. As the Guardian puts it, "There was a time when you would have remarked that Mel couldn't get arrested in... More »

JLaw and BFF 'ASchu' Totally Know Everyone Thinks They're Cool

They totally know everyone wants to hang out with them

(Newser) - On the heels of her red-carpet confession earlier in the evening that her private parts were itchy, Amy Schumer and pal Jennifer Lawrence took to the stage to show some clips from their respective movies, Trainwreck and Joy. Before they presented those snippets, the actresses, both nominated for best actress... More »

Tarantino Leaves Rude Message in Theater Footprints

He was wearing special shoes for the occasion

(Newser) - Quentin Tarantino's handprints, footprints, and autograph will soon be immortalized on the sidewalk outside Hollywood's iconic Chinese Theatre along with dozens of other stars. But Tarantino's are a bit different: As TMZ reports, during his print ceremony Tuesday, the director was wearing replicas of the shoes Uma... More »

Hollywood Couple Makes Stunning $1M Donation

Sacha Baron Cohen, Isla Fisher give money for Syrian refugees

(Newser) - Sacha Baron Cohen and his wife, Isla Fisher, are putting $1 million on the table to help struggling Syrian refugees, AFP reports. Half will go to Save the Children for kids' measles vaccinations in northern Syria, and half to the International Rescue Committee so that refugees—women and children in... More »

Here's How Much Money It Took to Bring Han Solo Out of Retirement

He should finally be able to replace that testy hyperdrive now

(Newser) - Well, it looks like the Force was definitely with Harrison Ford's agent. Esquire reports the erstwhile Han Solo made many times what some of his Star Wars: The Force Awakens costars did. Ford's paycheck for the film is believed to be somewhere between $10 million and $20 million,... More »

Hollywood's 6 Most Overpaid Actors

Mordecai was maybe not such a great idea

(Newser) - Hollywood's leading men command huge paychecks to star in would-be blockbusters. But some are "established male leads who charge top dollar but don’t always deliver at the ticket booth," and Forbes released its annual list of Hollywood's most overpaid actors on Tuesday. It's based... More »

Taylor Swift, Cut Out the 'Nazi Barbie Routine'

Camille Paglia isn't thrilled with the 'girl squad' phenom

(Newser) - Girl squads are hot news this year and may indicate a new female power surge in Hollywood. But Camille Paglia—the biting cultural critic and feminist icon—seems a bit annoyed by Taylor Swift and her gal-pal crew wagging tongues at the paparazzi. "With gender issues like pay equity... More »

Archaeologists on Hunt to Unearth Long-Buried Movie Set

Flights over desert helping in 'Ten Commandments' search

(Newser) - Thou shalt restore the Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes to their natural state once filming wraps up. That’s the commandment given to movie director Cecil B. DeMille, who filmed his epic The Ten Commandments in the sand dunes on the Central California coast in the early 1920s, KCBX reports. Apparently, though, he... More »

Woman Who Wrote ET Screenplay Is Dead

Melissa Mathison was once married to Harrison Ford

(Newser) - Melissa Mathison never wrote down to her audiences. Known for her family-friendly films like ET the Extra Terrestrial and the elegant The Black Stallion, Mathison's stories were rich with symbolism, adventure, depth, and darkness. With their intricate plots and grown-up themes of loneliness and loss, her films enchanted a... More »

JLaw: Think I'm 'Bratty'? You Just Made My Point

'Hunger Games' star addresses one of her critics

(Newser) - Jennifer Lawrence returned fire Saturday in a debate about women's pay in Hollywood and the country in general, USA Today reports. Speaking at a presser for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay—Part 2, Jennifer Lawrence addressed a website's response to her essay about being paid less than her male... More »

Movie Star Maureen O'Hara Dies at 95

She starred in How Green Was My Valley and Miracle on 34th Street

(Newser) - Maureen O'Hara, the flame-haired Irish movie star who appeared in classics ranging from the grim How Green Was My Valley to the uplifting Miracle on 34th Street and bantered unforgettably with John Wayne in several films has died. She was 95. O'Hara died in her sleep at her... More »

LeBron Signs Hollywood Deal

He'll team up with Warner Bros. for TV, movies

(Newser) - If you liked LeBron James in the new Amy Schumer film— critics did —get ready for much more. The NBA star has signed a deal with Warner Bros. that includes movies, TV, and digital content, reports USA Today . The deal with James' production company, SpringHill Entertainment, led to speculation... More »

Clark Gable's Secret Daughter Born of Rape: Relative

Linda Lewis accuses Gable of date-raping Loretta Young in 1935

(Newser) - Though the reality was kept from the public for years, Hollywood quickly began whispering after Loretta Young disappeared from the spotlight in 1935 only to resurface with an "adopted" baby girl. Known as one of the most beautiful actresses of all time, Young had just finished Call of the ... More »

Actors Who Nearly Died on Set

Isla Fisher, Aaron Paul, and Jason Statham got pretty close

(Newser) - No question, filming can be dangerous: A camera assistant died while making Midnight Rider last year and a handful of celebrities have been injured on set . But celebrity deaths? A few near-misses, per The Chive :
  • Aaron Paul dodged serious injury or worse on the first season of Breaking Bad when
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Elvis Promoter Turned Hollywood Producer Dies

Jerry Weintraub scored biggest hit with 'Karate Kid'

(Newser) - Hollywood producer Jerry Weintraub called his 2010 memoir "When I Stop Talking, You'll Know I'm Dead"—and at the age of 77, he has stopped talking. Weintraub was behind huge hits like Karate Kid and Ocean's Eleven, but producing was actually his second career, following... More »

Kristen Stewart Not Dating Her Female Assistant, Mom Says

A little gossip about 'Clouds of Sils Maria' star

(Newser) - Kristen Stewart is or isn't dating her female assistant despite a report that she definitely is dating her female assistant—got that? The Mirror quotes Stewart's mom, Hollywood script supervisor Jules Stewart, as saying that 25-year-old Kristen is dating her assistant, Alicia Cargile: "What’s not to... More »

Simpsons Co-Creator Sam Simon Dead at 59

He was 'the real creative force' behind the show, writer says

(Newser) - A creative force is gone: Sam Simon, who influenced The Simpsons and who gave away most of his millions to charity, died yesterday at age 59. He was diagnosed with colon cancer a few years ago, the New York Times reports. He didn't invent The Simpsons' characters—that credit... More »

Hit Sundance Film Shot on an iPhone

'Tangerine' shows LA life of transgender prostitutes

(Newser) - Tangerine surprised audiences at the Sundance Film Festival by depicting the gritty life of transgender prostitutes in Hollywood. Another revelation: The acclaimed film was shot almost totally on an iPhone 5S, the Verge reports. Indie writer/director Sean Baker says it was a budgetary choice that came with other advantages. For... More »

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