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China's Most Expensive Film Just Bombed

Producers pull 'Asura' after a disastrous opening weekend

(Newser) - The movie is called Asura, and it's seen as the first attempt by China's burgeoning film industry to put out a genuine Hollywood-style blockbuster. One problem: The $110 million movie did so poorly in its weekend debut—it pulled in a mere $7.1 million—that producers yanked... More »

Director of 2001 Finally Explains the Film's Ending

Stanley Kubrick had long avoided putting it into words

(Newser) - Ever wondered what Stanley Kubrick's classic sci-fi film 2001: A Space Odyssey is all about? Well, keep wondering, but an excerpt from an unreleased Japanese documentary has Kubrick explaining the film's mysterious ending, BoingBoing reports. "I've tried to avoid doing this ever since the picture came... More »

Skip the Rock, Go Straight to Eighth Grade

Bo Burnham's debut is one of the funniest teen movies ever: Peter Travers

(Newser) - Rawson Marshall Thurber's Skyscraper arrives at the box office this weekend with the most wham: It's "the biggest-budgeted 'not based on anything' release of the year," per Forbes , and stars heartthrob Dwayne "the Rock" Johnson as a former FBI operative turned security expert under... More »

Ant-Man and the Wasp Stings Hard

The Marvel Cinematic Universe strikes again

(Newser) - Despite its heroes' diminutive size, Ant-Man and the Wasp opened with typical Marvel might at the box office, with an estimated $76 million in ticket sales, the AP reports. According to studio estimates Sunday, the "Ant-Man" sequel easily surpassed the $57 million debut of the 2015 original in North... More »

'Good Vibes' Dominate Ant-Man and the Wasp

Film's 'goofball charm' wins over critics

(Newser) - A size-adjustable superhero finds trouble and a partner in Marvel's Ant-Man and the Wasp, so far much better received than its predecessor. The film from director Peyton Reed features Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly (Kate, from Lost) in the titles roles— a first for a female Marvel character. As... More »

Scarlett Johansson's Latest Role Has Activists Fuming

And she's firing back, too

(Newser) - Scarlett, meet tweetstorm—again. Scarlett Johansson is under fire for accepting a trans male role in the upcoming film Rub & Tug only a year after playing a character that perhaps belonged to an Asian actor, Deadline reports. Johansson released a statement defending her decision to play the trans character,... More »

Jurassic World 2 Stomps Again, With a Couple Surprises

'Sicario: Day of the Soldado' and 'Uncle Drew' do better than expected

(Newser) - The Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom dinosaurs are ruling the box office for the second weekend in a row, the AP reports. Studios on Sunday estimate that the blockbuster sequel earned $60 million in its second weekend in North American theaters, bringing its domestic total to $264.8 million. Worldwide, the... More »

Jurassic World Sequel Crushes Box Office

'Incredibles 2' slips to second as 'Ocean's 8' takes third

(Newser) - The dinosaurs still rule the box office. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom surpassed expectations to open with an estimated $150 million in ticket sales in US and Canada theaters over the weekend, the AP reports. While that total didn't approach the record-breaking debut of 2015's "Jurassic" reboot, it... More »

Jurassic World 2 Fails to Evolve

It's derivative, but not the worst film you could watch: critics

(Newser) - When you last saw them , the dinosaurs of Jurassic World had overrun the park—no surprise there. Now they need saving, specifically from a volcano rumbling to life beneath their feet. Enter Owen (Chris Pratt) and Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom , a JA Bayona film that... More »

Disney Issues Seizure Warning for Incredibles 2

Flashing lights scene can trigger seizures, other issues

(Newser) - After anecdotal warnings circulated on social media , Disney has issued an official seizure warning for Incredibles 2. Both the film and the trailer contain flashing or strobe light effects, which can cause seizures for some epileptic viewers; the Epilepsy Foundation spoke out about the issue, and a petition called for... More »

Incredibles 2 Makes History

'Ocean's 8' settles into second spot

(Newser) - Disney and Pixar's Incredibles 2 has broken the record for the best animated opening of all time and the biggest for a PG-rated film, the AP reports. Disney estimates Sunday that the film has earned $180 million in its first weekend in theaters. The previous animation record-holder was another... More »

'Dumb Pleasures' of Tag Split Critics

'A sense of madcap fun is conspicuously absent,' complains one

(Newser) - What happens when a group of childhood friends continues playing Tag, often at inopportune times, well into adulthood? Here's what critics (who are split 60-40 on Rotten Tomatoes ) are saying about Jeff Tomsic's Tag , starring a host of funny people from Isla Fisher to Hannibal Buress:
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Coming to a Theater Near You This Summer: Kevin Spacey

Actor stars in 'Billionaire Boys Club,' filmed before he was accused of sexual assault

(Newser) - We may not be seeing Kevin Spacey in House of Cards anymore, but he will be coming to the big screen this summer. Sky News reports the 58-year-old actor, virtually banished from Hollywood after sexual assault allegations against him first emerged in October, will appear in Billionaire Boys Club, co-starring... More »

Ocean's 8 Breaks the Bank

Female-led heist flick wins weekend box office

(Newser) - Ocean's 8, the female-fronted overhaul of the starry "Ocean's" heist franchise, opened with an estimated $41.5 million at the box office, taking the weekend's top spot from the fast-falling Solo: A Star Wars Story, the AP reports. At a lower price point and in a... More »

Solo Slows Down Over Second Weekend

Roguish pilot feels gravitational pull at the box office

(Newser) - Solo: A Star Wars Story is losing momentum quickly at the box office, the AP reports. After an underwhelming launch , the space saga fell 65% in weekend two with $29.3 million from North American theaters, according to studio estimates on Sunday. Solo has now earned $148.9 million domestically.... More »

Sesame Street Sues Over Film With 'Ejaculating Puppets'

Trailer suggests Sesame's endorsement, suit claims

(Newser) - The first trailer for an R-rated movie starring Melissa McCarthy and a bunch of drug-sniffing, sex-crazed puppets notes it's "No Sesame. All Street." But the makers of Sesame Street aren't sure viewers will get the message. Sesame Workshop, which produces the kids show, is suing STX... More »

Han Solo Comes in a Little Low

The 'Star Wars' prequel struggles at home, tanks abroad

(Newser) - Is the world getting tired of a galaxy far, far away? The underwhelming debut of Solo: A Star Wars Story suggests as much over the Memorial Day weekend, per the Hollywood Reporter . The Disney and Lucasfilm prequel opened with a debut estimated around $83.3 million over three days and... More »

Movie Ranking: 15 Years of Big-Budget Flops

Check out the most spectacular money losers

(Newser) - Film studios dream of the box-office blockbuster–the big-budget movie that pays off huge and justifies all the work and money that went into it. But as Looper observes, there is a familiar law of physics that applies to big-budget movies: For every brilliant big-budget film that inspires and entertains,... More »

It's Just Not Solo Without Harrison Ford

Some (though not all) critics don't like Alden Ehrenreich's performance in 'Star Wars' flick

(Newser) - Will you miss Harrison Ford? Undoubtedly. Will you still enjoy seeing how Han Solo got his start, and survived his first encounter with Chewbacca? Maybe. So say critics who've given Ron Howard's Solo: A Star Wars Story a 69% positive rating on Rotten Tomatoes . It's a decent... More »

DeadPool 2 Beats Infinity War

Two female-driven films take third and fourth

(Newser) - Superheroes ruled the weekend box office as DeadPool 2 ousted Avengers: Infinity War from its top perch, per Variety . The Ryan Reynolds sequel scored $133.5 million at home, beating the original's $132.4 million domestical haul and making it the highest-grossing R-rated debut ever. Infinity War banked another... More »

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