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Animated 'Spider-Man' is gorgeous and funny, say critics

(Newser) - Your favorite web-whipping superhero is back in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse , the Sony Pictures animated release introducing a new boy behind the mask, other "Spider-People," and an overall theme of inclusivity into the mix. It seems to have gone over well, considering it has a 98% rating from... More »

A Shining Star, Plenty of Snubs at SAG Nominations

'Vice' misses out on best ensemble nod

(Newser) - A Star Is Born leads nominations for the 25th Screen Actors Guild Awards with four nods including best ensemble, firmly establishing Bradley Cooper's romantic revival as this year's Academy Awards front runner, reports the AP . In nominations announced Wednesday in West Hollywood, the actors guild—one of the... More »

Aquaman Just Killed—in China

At home, it's still 'Ralph Breaks the Internet'

(Newser) - In the calm before the Christmas storm at the box office, Ralph Breaks the Internet remained No. 1 for the third straight week, while the upcoming DC Comics superhero film Aquaman arrived with a cannonball-sized splash in Chinese theaters, the AP reports. For the second week in a row, no... More »

History Isn't Boring in Mary Queen of Scots

Saoirse Ronan gives 'commanding' performance as Mary Stuart

(Newser) - History paints them as fierce rivals. Mary Queen of Scots paints Queen Elizabeth I (Margot Robbie) and her cousin, Mary Stuart (Saoirse Ronan), as frenemies hobbled by the cruelty of men in a conflict that comes to threaten Elizabeth's crown. Four takes on the film, which carries a 74%... More »

Surprise Front-Runner in Golden Globes: Cheney Biopic

Lady Gaga also earns a nod for 'A Star Is Born'

(Newser) - Adam McKay's Dick Cheney biopic Vice swooped in to lead nominations for the 76th annual Golden Globe Awards, narrowly edging Bradley Cooper's tear-jerking revival A Star Is Born, the interracial road-trip drama Green Book, and the period romp The Favourite. Vice topped all contenders Thursday with a surprising... More »

One Actress Shows Up in 2 of AFI's Best Movies of 2018

Emily Blunt was in 'Mary Poppins,' 'A Quiet Place'

(Newser) - Thinking of wrapping up 2018 with a good book , or perhaps by taking in a movie? The American Film Institute has you covered on the latter with its list of 10 of the most "culturally and artistically significant" films of the year. Actress Emily Blunt shows up in two... More »

Ouch: Crazy Rich Asians Bows in China

Meanwhile, 'Ralph' still rules in America

(Newser) - Ralph Breaks the Internet surfed to a second straight week of box-office dominance by banking another $25.8 million—just a 53% ebb that put it over $100 million, Variety reports. Holdovers filled out the domestic top five with The Grinch ($17.7 million) followed by Creed II ($16.8... More »

Mowgli Might 'Scare the Crap Out of the Kiddies'

Some critics think it's a little dark for children

(Newser) - Originally slated to compete with Disney's The Jungle Book in 2016, Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle joins Netflix's extensive library on Dec. 7 following a limited release this weekend. The change comes after the film's sale by Warner Bros, which ultimately decided against a major release—and... More »

Bullet-Ridden NYPD Car Found in Philly

But it's not exactly what it seemed to be

(Newser) - Philadelphia police say they were startled to spot a bullet-ridden New York City police cruiser with a broken windshield on a city expressway early Thanksgiving morning, the AP reports. Police say they tried to stop the car only to have the driver flee. They say the cruiser was later found... More »

Emotional Creed II Wins Critics

It's good, but perhaps not as good as 'Creed'

(Newser) - "I wanna rewrite history." So says Adonis Creed (Michael B. Jordan) in Steven Caple Jr.'s Creed II , in which the boxer faces a challenge from the son of the man who killed his father, Apollo Creed, in Rocky IV. Good thing he has Rocky Balboa (Sylvester... More »

Looking for Holiday Gifts? These Oscars Are Up for Grabs

Statuettes for 'Mutiny on the Bounty,' 'Gentleman's Agreement' up for sale in rare auction

(Newser) - Two Academy Awards for best picture are going up for sale in a rare auction of Oscars. Auction house Profiles in History announced Monday that an Oscar awarded to Mutiny on the Bounty in 1936 and another given to Gentleman's Agreement in 1948 will go up for auction in... More »

Magic Is Lost in New Harry Potter Spinoff

Critics do not like 'Crimes of Grindelwald'

(Newser) - Early viewers of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald were told to #ProtectTheSecrets . The directive might've been as much to conceal criticisms as to prevent spoilers, based on what critics are saying. Though the first installment in JK Rowling's Harry Potter spinoff was well-received , the second of five... More »

'My Name Is Inigo Montoya': Legendary Screenwriter Dies

2-time Oscar winner William Goldman was 87

(Newser) - A "true legend" in filmmaking has died at 87. William Goldman, who won screenwriting Oscars for All The President's Men and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, died Thursday night at his Manhattan home due to complications from colon cancer and pneumonia, per the Washington Post . Referring to... More »

Young Actor Chalamet Does It Again

Crtics say he shines in 'Beautiful Boy,' with Steve Carell

(Newser) - Timothee Chalamet's acting chops are getting praise for the second time this year. The young actor who made a splash in Call Me By Your Name stars as struggling addict Nic alongside concerned parents (Steve Carell, Maura Tierney, Amy Ryan) in Beautiful Boy , which gets a 69% rating from... More »

Breaking Bad Film to Cover Kidnap, Escape

Mysterious project comes from series creator Vince Gilligan

(Newser) - We may not have seen the last of Breaking Bad. Series creator Vince Gilligan is working on a two-hour film linked to the original AMC show, arguably one of the best of all time. Per the Albuquerque Journal , the film set to begin production in New Mexico mid-month under the... More »

Bohemian Rhapsody Disappoints Despite Star's 'Pixie Dust'

Rami Malek is 'phenomenal,' the film not so much

(Newser) - The trailer may have rocked you , but critics aren't sure you'll be floored by Bohemian Rhapsody itself. The Queen biopic, led by Rami Malek as Freddy Mercury, is a letdown for some critics, while others wonder if director Bryan Singer's sudden exit before the film's completion... More »

Actor Who Posed as War Vet: I Cut Off My Own Arm

Todd LaTourrette, who's appeared on 'Better Call Saul,' admits 17-year ruse in interview

(Newser) - Actor Todd LaTourrette has long claimed to have lost his right arm as a soldier serving overseas. In what seemed a change of luck, the narrative ushered him into roles alongside Ewan McGregor (in 2009's The Men Who Stare at Goats) and, more recently, Bob Odenkirk of Better Call ... More »

'Miniature' Force Powers Jonah Hill's Mid90s

Sunny Suljic delivers what 'might be the performance of the year'

(Newser) - Jonah Hill's writing and directing debut has arrived. Mid90s , partly based on Hill's own childhood, focuses on a 13-year-old looking for acceptance among a crew of older skateboarders in 1990s Los Angeles. The R-rated, coming-of-age flick has a 79% rating from critics on Rotten Tomatoes , and an even... More »

Halloween Is a 'Killer of a Movie' Thanks to Curtis

She's 'moving' in her return as Laurie Strode

(Newser) - Four decades after she first encountered Michael Myers, Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) meets the killer for what is said to be the final time in David Gordon Green's Halloween , a follow-up to John Carpenter's 1978 horror classic that overrides all the other sequels that have come before.... More »

First Man Doesn't Land on Top

'Venom,' 'A Star is Born' remain the champs

(Newser) - The Neil Armstrong film First Man has landed in third place at the North American box office, behind last weekend's champs Venom and A Star Is Born, the AP reports. Studio estimates on Sunday say that the Ryan Gosling-starrer brought in $16.5 million. Directed by Oscar-winner Damien Chazelle,... More »

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