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Amy Schumer 'Bummed' to Ditch Barbie

Star says 'scheduling conflicts' are to blame for dropping out of movie

(Newser) - Ken will have to find another Barbie. Amy Schumer, who was set to star in the live-action version of the movie based on the doll, has pulled out of the film, Variety reports. It's apparently not because she thinks the Sony flick will be some kind of train wreck,... More »

Beauty and the Beast: 'Less Magical' but Entertaining

Disney's live-action remake is in theaters

(Newser) - Disney's original Beauty and the Beast was the first animated film nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars. In other words, its live-action remake starring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens has a tough act to follow. According to critics, it's good—but doesn't quite measure up to... More »

Orson Welles' Last Film to Finally Be Released

Get ready, Netflix subscribers

(Newser) - For nearly 50 years, fans of Orson Welles have been patiently awaiting the completion of The Other Side of the Wind, a film Welles began in 1970 but was still unfinished at the time of his death in 1985. They may not have to wait much longer: Netflix has signed... 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 »

The Latest King Kong Is Worthy of the Legend

You're in for 'shocking violence,' 'great fun'

(Newser) - A team sets out to explore a mysterious island in the aftermath of the Vietnam War and soon discovers the fist of a massive monkey in Kong: Skull Island . It might be a familiar story, but critics are mostly applauding Jordan Vogt-Roberts' telling. Here's what they’re saying:
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This Is Not Your Typical Superhero Movie

Hugh Jackman's latest turn as Wolverine is fantastic in 'Logan'

(Newser) - After 17 years as Wolverine, Hugh Jackman is apparently calling it quits. If so, critics love his finale. In Logan , Wolverine believes himself to be one of the world's last remaining mutants. Then he meets a mute girl with claws just like him. Here's what critics are saying:... More »

Moviegoers Went to See Moonlight, Got Punked

London theater kicked off showing with 20 seconds from 'La La Land' trailer

(Newser) - The "biggest blunder in Oscars history" is now three days old, but a London movie theater decided to extend the error's 15 minutes of fame on Monday. People have been flocking to see Moonlight since its best picture win on Sunday—after La La Land was mistakenly announced... More »

8 of Kimmel's Best Lines

Damon, Trump did not escape his notice

(Newser) - After his success helming the Emmys, some wondered why Jimmy Kimmel had never been asked to man the stage at the the Oscars. The late-night host got his chance Sunday night and brought his A-game to go with the A-list attendees, with USA Today noting he came out "comfortable... More »

Most Political Moment Came From Guy Who Wasn't There

Iran's Ashgar Farhadi, whose 'The Salesman' won best foreign film, boycotted the show

(Newser) - Everyone predicted politics would take center stage at this year's Oscars, and those prognostications proved accurate. Some of the more notable moments of the night:
  • Before the red carpet was populated, Mike Huckabee kicked off the snark, USA Today reports. "Watch celebs spew ignorant political venom at
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'Powerful and Historic' Speech From Best Supporting Actress

Viola Davis had everyone emotional in Dolby Theatre

(Newser) - In what Business Insider calls a "powerful and historic" speech , Viola Davis accepted her best supporting actress award for Fences, and she didn't hold back the tears. Davis—the first black performer to win an Oscar, Emmy, and Tony for acting—noted that everyone with the greatest stories... More »

What Went Wrong During Kimmel's Tour-Bus Prank

Poking fun of tourists' names didn't go over well online

(Newser) - Jimmy Kimmel pulled a prank on a bunch of unsuspecting tourists at the Oscars Sunday night to mixed reviews. The award show host arranged for a tour bus to be brought to the Dolby Theatre, at which point the people on board were brought inside the auditorium as the audience... More »

Your Academy Award Winners Here

Jimmy Kimmel serves as host for star-studded event

(Newser) - Celebrities rolled from the red carpet into Hollywood's Dolby Theatre Sunday night for the 89th annual Academy Awards, with Justin Timberlake greeting everyone with a peppy rendition of "Can't Stop This Feeling." Jimmy Kimmel then took the stage , noting, "This is my first time here.... More »

An Upset for Moonlight? Oscar Preview and Predictions

Will 'Moonlight' upset 'La La Land'

(Newser) - The Academy Awards are on Sunday, and Slate notes it could be a history-making night at Hollywood's Dolby Theatre. In one development that might make some headway against previous "Oscars So White" backlash , 18 black performers and filmmakers are nominated this year, including Moonlight director Barry Jenkins (who... More »

Get Out Is Receiving Insanely Great Reviews

Jordan Peele flick has 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes

(Newser) - A young black man ventures to white suburbia to meet his girlfriend's parents but soon realizes he better Get Out in the first feature film from director Jordan Peele of comedic duo Key & Peele. (He also wrote the script.) The satirical horror film with its fair share... More »

10 Highest Grossing Films Ever

'Gone With the Wind' is the king

(Newser) - With Oscars week upon us, 24/7 Wall St. has dug into Hollywood numbers to figure out the highest grossing films of all time. The site used data from Box Office Mojo, and the results reveal that 14 of the 25 films on the list came out prior to 1980. The... More »

The Great Wall Isn't Even Good

The Matt Damon film is a mess, though it is pretty: critics

(Newser) - Movie executives surely thought The Great Wall —a $135 million film shot entirely in China but starring American actor Matt Damon—had the potential to be a blockbuster in both the Chinese and North American markets. Unfortunately, they may have overlooked the fact that the movie about warriors and... More »

Super Bowl LI to Go From Small to Big Screen

Book, movie will recount Patriots' comeback win: report

(Newser) - Super Bowl LI was one for the ages—and also one destined for the big screen, apparently. Deadline reports an upcoming book and film will recount the New England Patriots' remarkable comeback win in overtime with a focus on quarterback Tom Brady, who's now won more Super Bowls than... More »

John Wick's Return Is a 'Wicked Blast'

'Chapter 2' is bloody yet beautiful, say critics

(Newser) - In his first hurrah , John Wick managed to kill an incredible 84 people . You can expect the count to rise in John Wick: Chapter 2 , hailed as beautiful despite all the blood. Wick, an assassin played by Keanu Reeves, embarks on a final mission but ends up with a $7... More »

Student Allegedly Burned Cash Near Homeless Man

'Abhorrent and repugnant,' says Cambridge University group

(Newser) - He wore a white tie and tails, but the actions he's accused of exhibit zero class. The Telegraph reports that Cambridge University student Ronald Coyne, the communications officer of the Cambridge University Conservative Association, was allegedly intoxicated and filmed in formalwear burning a 20-pound note (equal to about $25)... More »

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