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Filmmaker's Interviews With Indian Rapists Horrify

Documentary on murder of Indian woman reveals men's shocking attitudes

(Newser) - Two years ago, medical student Jyoti Singh was brutally gang-raped on a bus in Delhi, India; she died from her injuries almost two weeks later. Now an Israeli-born filmmaker's documentary about the attack, set to air on BBC4 on Sunday and at a New York screening on March 9,... More »

Rowdy Women Arrested at Fifty Shades Screening

Patron allegedly attacked for shushing drunk patrons

(Newser) - A Valentine's Day showing of Fifty Shades of Grey got particularly crazy—and not in a BDSM way—when a male patron was allegedly assaulted, the Daily Record reports. He apparently told a group of rambunctious, inebriated female viewers to calm down at a Scottish theater, and they "... More »

Amazon Getting Into the Movie Business

And it's helping to lead a 'golden age' of television: Michael Wolff

(Newser) - First Amazon's Transparent won big at the Golden Globes , then the company scored a Woody Allen television series ; the trifecta comes as the behemoth announces the rollout of Amazon Original Movies—a series of up to a dozen full-length flicks a year that "focus on unique stories, voices,... More »

Making of Gone With the Wind Was an Absolute Mess

But it's still the top-grossing film domestically

(Newser) - It's been 75 years since Gone With the Wind was released—and given the many hurdles to its production, it's kind of amazing that it ever was. In Entertainment Weekly , Chris Nashawaty tells the story of the film's making, which centered on producer David Selznick. He was... More »

It's the Most Terrible Movie Time of the Year

Studios increasingly schedule junk for the holidays: Nico Lang

(Newser) - Night at the Museum, anyone? How about Annie, or Big Eyes? Once again, it's a year of unappealing films for the holidays—no big surprise, considering what's been released around Christmas in recent years, ranging from It's Complicated to Gulliver's Travels. Christmas has increasingly become what... More »

Another N. Korean Parody Apparently Bites the Dust

Paramount reportedly asks theaters not to air decade-old 'Team America'

(Newser) - If you were planning to get your North Korea parody fix from a theater screening of Team America: World Police in lieu of Sony's now-pulled The Interview , it's time for Plan C. Paramount Pictures reportedly told theaters that were planning on protesting the Interview decision by showing Team ... More »

How Hollywood Killed the Mid-Budget Movie

Studios turn to blockbusters for enormous profits

(Newser) - Wonder what happened to iconic film directors like David Lynch, John Waters, and Francis Ford Coppola? Well, Hollywood checked the balance sheet and decided to stop making their kind of mid-budget films, Flavorwire reports. It's all dollars and cents: Thoughtful or offbeat films costing $5 million to $60 million... More »

Lost 1927 Disney Film Found Near Arctic Circle

'Empty Socks,' first Disney Christmas film, uncovered in Norway library

(Newser) - Before Mickey Mouse, there was Oswald the Lucky Rabbit—and that guy's been hiding out for a long time in a Norwegian library near the Arctic Circle. That's what archivists at the National Library of Norway in Mo i Rana recently discovered during a digitization project, stumbling across... More »

Star Wars Trailer Is a 'Glorious' 88-Second Tease

The Internet is naturally going nuts over 'The Force Awakens' clip

(Newser) - "There's been an awakening. Have you felt it?" That's the ominous-sounding question posed by the newly released trailer for the much-anticipated Star Wars: The Force Awakens , the JJ Abrams-directed film set for release in December 2015, Wired reports. The clip—which blasts the familiar Star Wars theme... More »

You'll Leave Mockingjay 'Still Waiting'

It sets up the finale, but that's largely all: critics

(Newser) - Katniss Everdeen is back and ready to wage war in the first part of what is touted to be an epic Hunger Games finale. But does this flick, with a star-studded cast including Jennifer Lawrence, Donald Sutherland, Julianne Moore, and the late Philip Seymour Hoffman, stand above the rest? Here'... More »

Critics Split on Nolan's Interstellar

Matthew McConaughey's latest is both 'remarkable' and a 'disaster'

(Newser) - Should we save Earth, or leave it? That's the question at the heart of Interstellar, which sees Matthew McConaughey suit up as an astronaut hoping to find other planets capable of hosting human life. Make sure to use the bathroom on your way in: This flick is a long... More »

Toy Story 4 Is Coming

It's due in 2017, and actress Rashida Jones will co-write screenplay

(Newser) - Fans of the Toy Story trilogy will either love or hate this news: Toy Story 4 will be in theaters June 16, 2017, reports USA Today . No word yet on whether any of the big names—Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack, Wallace Shawn, etc.—will be back to... More »

Superhero Movie Genre About to Fizzle

It probably won't survive the coming glut of movies from Warner Bros: columnist

(Newser) - News that Warner Bros. is planning no fewer than 10 DC comics movies in the next six years is great news for superhero fans, yes? No, writes Stephanie Merry at the Washington Post . In fact, the announcement might just herald the end of the genre. "Decades from now, cinephiles... More »

Netflix's Latest Coup: Debut of Crouching Tiger Sequel

Martial arts movie part of deal to shake up movie biz

(Newser) - The sequel to Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is set to deliver a high-flying kick to the movie business as we know it with a first-of-its kind distribution deal. The deal with the Weinstein Co. will see the martial arts movie released simultaneously on Netflix and in some Imax theaters next... More »

Reclusive Pynchon to Cameo in Film Version of His Book?

Director's lips are sealed about author's appearance, but Josh Brolin's aren't

(Newser) - The first movie adapted from one of Thomas Pynchon's novels, Inherent Vice will feature slapstick humor and starring turns from Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Brolin, and Reese Witherspoon—and, apparently, a top-secret cameo by the reclusive Pynchon himself, the New York Times reports. And while it may seem that getting... More »

New Netflix Site Will Spoil Everything for You

Including some of the most popular movies and TV shows of all time

(Newser) - "What you are about to see cannot be unseen." That's the warning you'll get right before you enter Netflix's new website dedicated solely to spoilers for popular movies and TV shows. It’s almost unavoidable to be forewarned about what's going to happen on... More »

Wiig, Hader Transform in Skeleton Twins

Critics call it 'one of the better movies' of the year

(Newser) - Audiences are raving about The Skeleton Twins almost as much as critics. The drama starring Saturday Night Live alums Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader has nabbed a thumbs-up from 83% of viewers and 88% of critics on Rotten Tomatoes . What's to love?
  • Betsy Sharkey at the Los Angeles Times
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Clooney Flick Takes on UK Phone Hacking

Actor will direct adaptation of Nick Davies' 'Hack Attack'

(Newser) - George Clooney will put his stamp on the British phone-hacking scandal, directing an adaptation of Nick Davies' book Hack Attack for Sony. The book is the result of six years of investigation into Rupert Murdoch's News Corp and News of the World, and the flick "has all the... 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 »

If I Stay Offers Tears, Little Else

Critics mixed on emotional teen flick

(Newser) - If I Stay tells the story of a teen girl with a big future who's nearly killed in a car crash. Informed by out-of-body experiences, she must decide whether to stick around on Earth or head to Heaven. It'll make you cry, but it doesn't offer much... More »

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