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LAPD Recovers Swiped Ed Sullivan Statue

20-pound bronze still in good condition, cops say

(Newser) - Ed Sullivan will be back in front of an audience soon, but it won't be a big show. An 18-inch solid bronze statue of the legendary television variety show host was recovered by Los Angeles police yesterday, four days after it was stolen. The LAPD says the 20-pound statue... More »

Summer Box Office Worst in 17 Years

Ticket sales slump in North America

(Newser) - If it seems like it's been a blah summer for movies, know that Hollywood's accountants feel the same way. The New York Times reports that this has been worst summer for the film industry in North America since 1997. Ticket sales from May through August are expected to... More »

Hoffman Left His Kids Out of Will

Longtime girlfriend trusted to keep them from being 'trust fund' kids

(Newser) - Philip Seymour Hoffman left behind a $35 million estate, but not a penny to his three children. The late actor apparently worried that Cooper, 10, Tallulah, 7, and Willa, 5, would be "trust fund" kids, the New York Post reports. Hoffman also stipulated in his will—written before his... More »

Poker Hostess: Celeb Told Me to 'Bark Like a Seal'

In tell-all, Molly Bloom calls Tobey Maguire the 'worst loser'

(Newser) - The hostess of a high-stakes Hollywood poker game is dishing on her celebrity players in a new book, and Tobey Maguire, of all people, comes out the meanie. Molly Bloom says she's given up high living since the feds busted up her game, MyFox New York reports, but an... More »

My Dad Killed Black Dahlia, Says Retired Cop

Steve Hodel says he has new evidence his doctor father was a serial killer

(Newser) - A retired police detective suspects he's getting closer to solving a series of 1940s Hollywood murders, including that of the Black Dahlia —and the man he suspects to be the killer is his own father. Steve Hodel first began to suspect George Hodel while going through his belongings... More »

Arrest Finally Made in Hollywood Sign Severed Head Case

Victim's former roommate, partner charged with murder

(Newser) - Police made a long-awaited arrest over a murder scene that unfolded at the iconic Hollywood sign. In January 2012, two women walking their dogs in Los Angeles' Griffith Park made a morbid discovery: a human head; more body parts were eventually found . Now, 38-year-old Gabriel Campos Martinez has been arrested... More »

Hollywood Is Blowing It With Women

Both as filmmakers and audiences: Maureen Dowd

(Newser) - Cate Blanchett got it right at the Oscars. Hollywood is still treating women-centered films as "niche experiences"—and the industry is similarly marginalizing the women who work in it, writes Maureen Dowd in the New York Times . According to a San Diego State University study last year, women... More »

Veronica Mars' Release Takes Novel Approach for Hollywood

Warner Bros. will make it available for home viewers on same day as opening

(Newser) - Veronica Mars already set a Hollywood precedent by turning to Kickstarter for a successful fundraising campaign. Now it will set another on its release date of March 14, reports the Wall Street Journal . Warner Bros. will make the movie available online and for video-on-demand services the same day it opens... More »

One Reason Celebs Love the Chateau Marmont

Thick walls, hidden walkways make it perfect for privacy

(Newser) - Why do celebrities flock to the Chateau Marmont ? The Hollywood hotel was built in 1926 (and was first an apartment building), and seeing as it's located on a hill in California, it was constructed entirely of steel and concrete. That allows it to withstand earthquakes—but the thick... More »

How Celebs End Up Using Samsung Phones

The company's "White Glove" program aims to sway Hollywood elites

(Newser) - Find yourself glancing at the cellphones celebrities carry? Well if it's Jay Z or Martha Stewart carrying a Samsung device, that may be the result of the company's elite "White Glove" program, writes Shane Snow at Fast Company . Here's how it works: A celeb or high-powered... More »

This Will Be Hollywood's Richest Year Yet

Annual take will be about $11B, though attendance is flat

(Newser) - Despite a string of summertime flops, Hollywood is expected to have a banner year at the domestic box office, coming in just shy of $11 billion, the largest annual take ever. But that's because of higher ticket prices—actual attendance at North American theaters remained flat after a decade... More »

'No Animals Were Harmed'? Not Quite

'Hollywood Reporter' expose says AHA often overlooks abuses

(Newser) - That "no animals were harmed" disclaimer that crops up at the end of movies courtesy of the American Humane Association seems straightforward enough. But an investigation by Gary Baum at the Hollywood Reporter finds that plenty of animals do, in fact, get harmed on sets—even for movies that... 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 »

Clooney's Gravity Might Be a Masterpiece

Critics nearly unanimous in praise for space flick

(Newser) - You'd think a 90-minute film focused solely on two characters could be a bit dull, but critics are over the moon with Gravity, a space thriller that follows a veteran astronaut and newbie in a fight to survive miles above Earth. (It's got a 98% positive rating at... More »

As Clinton TV Projects Die, Hollywood Steps In

'Rodham' will tell love story of Hillary and Bill in their 20s—if it finds a backer

(Newser) - Both CNN 's documentary and NBC 's miniseries on Hillary Clinton were canned last week (as reported by the LA Times ), but hope that we will get to see the Hillary story on screen remains. A third project, a biopic called Rodham, is quietly gaining traction in... More »

Coen Brothers Marvel: We're 'the Mainstream Guys'

In NYT interview, Joel and Ethan surprised they're 'the establishment' now

(Newser) - Joel and Ethan Coen give an interview to movie critics AO Scott and Manohla Dargis of the New York Times in which they marvel at the fact that they are now "the mainstream guys," shed a bit of light on their collaborative writing, and even offer a defense... More »

Elysium Not Exactly the 'Promised Land'

Many critics agree: Matt Damon is great, but 'District 9' was better

(Newser) - Much like in real life , Matt Damon's character in the sci-fi thriller Elysium isn't too fond of government bureaucrats. Set in royally screwed-up Los Angeles (home to the masses) and an idyllic space station in the clouds (home to the rich) circa 2154, this flick from Neill Blomkamp... More »

How Hollywood Caved to the Nazis

Book excerpt gives details of Hollywood execs cutting films to meet Nazi demands

(Newser) - The 1930s may have been a golden age in Hollywood but it was a period tarnished by an alliance with the Nazis. In new book The Collaboration: Hollywood's Pact with Hitler, Ben Urwand discusses the hoops some studios—including MGM, Paramount, and 20th Century Fox—jumped through to please... More »

Hollywood's Highest-Paid Actresses

Jennifer Lawrence is No. 2 and closing in on Angelina Jolie

(Newser) - Hollywood is still apparently a man's world. Angelina Jolie is the highest-paid actress on the new Forbes list , though she would have squeaked in only at No. 10 on the men's side . She pulled in $33 million between June 2012 and June 2013, a far cry from the... More »

Packs of Young Robbers Hit LA Last Night: Police

They're not believed to be connected to Zimmerman protests

(Newser) - A dozen people—all but one of them juveniles—were arrested in Hollywood last night in what, based on the LA Times ' supercharged description, was a pretty apocalyptic scene. The streets were filled with "marauding bands of youths," who roamed about robbing tourists and storefronts, assaulting people... More »

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