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Creaming the Competition: Black Panther, With $192M

5th biggest opening weekend ever

(Newser) - Already a much-celebrated pop culture milestone, Black Panther is now a record-setting smash at the box office, too. Studio estimates Sunday say the Marvel superhero film blew past expectations, with $192 million in North American ticket sales over the weekend, the AP reports. That makes Black Panther the fifth-biggest opening... More »

The Hype Is Real: Black Panther Is Fantastic

'One of the best times I've had at the movies this decade,' says Richard Roeper

(Newser) - Black Panther , directed by Ryan Coogler, has been hyped as one of the first superhero films to feature a predominantly black cast. It's those actors—led by Chadwick Boseman as leader of the African kingdom of Wakanda—who ensure the film only exceeds expectations, according to critics, who... More »

10 Best Romantic Comedies

Argue about inclusion of 'You've Got Mail' but not 'Sleepless in Seattle' with your valentine tonight

(Newser) - Earth Girls Are Easy. Coming to America. Those are just two of the surprising films that show up on this list of history's 33 greatest romantic comedies courtesy of Thrillist . They're joined by some old standbys (hello, Love Actually). Thrillist only had two criteria when judging romcoms: actually... More »

Parents Are Miffed About One Scene in Peter Rabbit

It shows bunnies pelting a human with food allergies with the food he's allergic to

(Newser) - If you're wondering why there's a hashtag to boycott a new children's movie, ask parents of kids with allergies. The BBC reports on the pushback against Sony Pictures' Peter Rabbit, which includes a scene in which Mr. McGregor, who's allergic to blackberries, gets the fruit hurled... More »

Game of Thrones Creators Take on New Intergalactic Project

Benioff, Weiss will produce new 'Star Wars' trilogy

(Newser) - Winter is coming in a galaxy far, far away. Disney and Lucasfilm say the writing and producing duo behind Game of Thrones will begin work on a series of Star Wars movies after the HBO series ends in 2019, the BBC reports. No release dates or other details on the... More »

Playwright's Estate: Oscar-Nominated Film Ripped Him Off

Paul Zindel's people say 'The Shape of Water' borrowed from a 1969 play

(Newser) - The Shape of Water has been nominated for 13 Oscars, including best director, best picture, and best screenplay—but the estate of a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright is pushing back on the latter. David Zindel says in an email to the Guardian that the acclaimed movie is "obviously derived" from... More »

Call Me By Your Name Called a 'Masterpiece'

Timothee Chalamet shines alongside Armie Hammer

(Newser) - Call Me By Your Name takes viewers to northern Italy in the summer of 1983, where 17-year-old Elio (recent Golden Globe nominee Timothee Chalamet) meets 24-year-old American graduate student Oliver (Armie Hammer) and, well, things heat up. The film by Luca Guadagnino, adapted from the novel by Andre Aciman,... More »

Paddington 2 Is Getting Crazy Good Reviews

It's 'completely delightful,' says one critic

(Newser) - Since 2014's Paddington , the cuddly bear has settled into his new home with the Brown family in London, but his adventures are by no means over. In Paddington 2 , he gets a job so he can buy a rare book for his aunt but is wrongly imprisoned for its... More »

Biopic Canned After Patty Hearst Lashes Out

She accused Fox film of 'romanticizing my rape and torture'

(Newser) - Twentieth Century Fox has canned a movie about Patty Hearst's 1974 kidnapping after she accused it of "romanticizing my rape and torture." In a Thursday statement, Hearst said the film based on Jeffrey Toobin's 2016 biography of her, including details of her kidnapping and indoctrination into... More »

Report: Williams Got 0.07% of Male Co-Star's Pay for Reshoot

She's said to have made less than $1K for 'All the Money in the World' redo

(Newser) - The biggest controversy surrounding Ridley Scott's latest movie used to be the replacement of disgraced actor Kevin Spacey with Christopher Plummer. Now, new commotion surrounding All the Money in the World, with USA Today reporting a good portion of the money in the reshoot budget went to Mark Wahlberg,... More »

Actress Who Wore Red Takes Flak After Globes

Blanca Blanco didn't like being shamed for color choice on a night noting Me Too movement

(Newser) - Nearly every star attending the Golden Globes wore black as a statement against sexual misconduct in Hollywood—so one red dress didn't blend in on the red carpet. Actress Blanca Blanco ditched the black dress code for a red cutout dress and soon saw heat on social media. Others... More »

Causing a Stir at the Globes: an Ex-Laughingstock, an Ex-Pariah

Tommy Wiseau, Tonya Harding in the spotlight as movies on their careers are recognized

(Newser) - You never know what's going to happen at the Golden Globes, or who's going to show up. Per EW.com , James Franco had vowed to bring Tommy Wiseau, the eccentric filmmaker he portrayed in The Disaster Artist, to the awards show, and he kept his word—and Wiseau... More »

Oprah's Message to 'Brutally Powerful Men': 'Time Is Up'

Winfrey is first black woman to win Cecil B. DeMille Award

(Newser) - Host Seth Meyers joked about Oprah Winfrey running for president in his opening monologue at the Golden Globes—and after giving what the Independent calls "one of the most iconic speeches of all time" at the awards show, Oprah seems to have the speech-making part of the job nailed.... More »

Will Oprah, Tom Hanks Run for Office After Meyers' Opener?

Well, he did ask them, in a reverse-psychology kind of way

(Newser) - While Debra Messing and other celebrities brought up gender inequality in Hollywood on the red carpet at the Golden Globes on Sunday, with a particular focus on the pay gap, host Seth Meyers jumped right into the fray on Sunday night—starting with the first line in his opening monologue,... More »

Molly's Game Is Classic Sorkin

Jessica Chastain's performance generates Oscar buzz

(Newser) - Aaron Sorkin makes his directorial debut in Molly's Game , derived from Molly Bloom's tell-all book of the same name. It chronicles the real-life events surrounding Bloom's weekly high-stakes poker game frequented by celebrities before it was busted by the FBI. Critics give the film starring Jessica Chastain... More »

6 Lines From the Speech That 'Shocked' Hollywood

Tiffany Haddish delivered f-bombs, talked Skype sex

(Newser) - After beating out the competition, winners at Sunday's Golden Globes will face yet another challenge: topping what one film writer is calling "the best acceptance speech of all time," delivered Wednesday. Taking home the best supporting actress prize at the New York Film Critics Circle gala, Girls ... More »

10 Best Movies of 2017

As ranked by various critics

(Newser) - So which were the best movies of 2017? Here's a sampling of the lists from various critics:
  • Peter Travers, Rolling Stone : Dunkirk; Get Out; Call Me By Your Name; Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri; The Post; Lady Bird; The Shape of Water; Detroit; A Ghost Story; and Phantom Thread.
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Deleted Breakfast Club Scene Released

It involves a sink and a potato chip

(Newser) - Diehard fans of The Breakfast Club have a new scene to memorize. In advance of Criterion Collection's re-release of the 1985 film—to include 50 minutes of never-before-seen footage— Vulture got its hands on a 55-second unreleased clip. It finds Molly Ringwald's character, Claire, in a bathroom with... More »

Day-Lewis Goes Out on a High Note

Actor 'gives it his all' in 'Phantom Thread' romance

(Newser) - If Phantom Thread is indeed Daniel Day-Lewis' last film , the actor is going out on a high note. Working with writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson, he plays 1950s London fashion designer Reynolds Woodcock, who gets more than he bargains for in a waitress-turned-muse. Here's what critics are saying:
  • Day-Lewis "
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The Post Has Serious Theme, but Is 'Highly Entertaining'

Movie chronicles publication of the Pentagon Papers

(Newser) - Steven Spielberg signed on to The Post in March. Just nine months later, the film chronicling the Washington Post's publishing of the Pentagon Papers in 1971 is hitting theaters at what some critics argue is the perfect time. It has a solid 85% "fresh" rating from critics at... More »

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