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'Global Cooling' Scenario Not So Far-Fetched

Scientist evaluates a Hollywood disaster movie

(Newser) - The 2004 disaster film The Day After Tomorrow depicted a world devastated by climate change—including tornadoes, flooding, and, surprisingly, a modern ice age that freezes the northern hemisphere. All Hollywood exaggeration, right? Scientists said so at the time, but now a professor has run the film's basic theory... More »

New Film The Walk Inspires Vertigo, Vomiting

'My head was reeling'

(Newser) - Business Insider has one piece of advice for moviegoers planning on seeing Robert Zemeckis' new 3D film The Walk: Don't eat a big meal beforehand. The film tells the story of Phillippe Petit, who tightrope walked between the towers of the World Trade Center without a net in... More »

Cinemas May Be Watching You With Night Vision Goggles

In the UK, it's part of an effort to crack down on movie piracy

(Newser) - When the new 007 film Spectre hits UK theaters next month, James Bond won't be the only one with cool spy gear. The Telegraph reports theater staff equipped with "military-style night-vision goggles" will patrol screenings looking for would-be bootleggers. "The bigger the film and the more anticipated... More »

Netflix Changes 'Racist' Summary for Pocahontas

Writer pointed out sexism and stereotypes against Native Americans

(Newser) - Until recently, the Netflix description for the 1995 animated Disney film Pocahontas read like the back cover of a Harlequin novel—and was sexist and racist to boot, a Native American writer asserts, per the Guardian . The original description, seen in a screenshot Adrienne Keene posted on the Native Appropriations... More »

Has Depp Finally Returned to Form?

One critic says role as Whitey Bulger is 'one of his best'; another heartily disagrees

(Newser) - Yes, that's Johnny Depp in those eerie blue contacts and balding blonde wig. The actor transforms into gangster James "Whitey" Bulger in Black Mass , which follows the crimelord's remarkable rise in South Boston, with a strong supporting cast along for the ride. Here's what critics are... More »

5 Crazy-Dangerous Film Sets

Including a 'Noah's Ark' set that actually flooded

(Newser) - Making a movie isn't always all fun and games. Pixable rounds up nine film locations that were extremely hazardous for cast and crew:
  • The Conqueror, St. George, Utah: The 1956 John Wayne flick was filmed near a government nuclear test site in Nevada. Nearly 100 cast and crew members
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The New James Bond Flick Gets a Theme Song

Sam Smith's 'Writing on the Wall' follows Adele's big hit

(Newser) - Apparently Sam Smith was just pulling our collective leg. The British singer who has repeatedly denied singing the theme song for the new James Bond flick, says the song will in fact be out on Sept. 25, reports NME . "This has been top secret mission of my own,"... More »

Twitter Erupts Over Blanchett's New Role

She'll play Lucille Ball in biopic to be written by Aaron Sorkin

(Newser) - I Love Cate doesn't have quite the same ring to it, but no matter: Cate Blanchett has signed on to play Lucille Ball in an authorized biopic following the actress' 20-year marriage to Desi Arnaz, reports the Hollywood Reporter . The couple's children, Lucie Arnaz and Desi Arnaz Jr.... More »

Compton Is Now Highest Grossing Music Biopic Ever

NWA movie wins box office for a third weekend

(Newser) - Straight Outta Compton ruled the box office roost for the third weekend in a row, quietly pulling in $13.2 million as summer fades to black. But as USA Today notes, that was enough to propel it past Walk the Line as the highest grossing music biopic ever, with a... More »

U.N.C.L.E. Is Old-Fashioned —in a Good Way

Critics generally agree it's a good flick, at least for August

(Newser) - Two spies from opposite sides of the Iron Curtain join forces to keep a bomb out of the hands of a mutual enemy in The Man From U.N.C.L.E. , inspired by the 1960s TV show. What do critics think of Guy Ritchie's first flick since 2011?... More »

DiCaprio's Next Role: Man Who Killed at Least 27

He'll play serial killer HH Holmes as Martin Scorsese directs

(Newser) - Leonardo DiCaprio will play to his dark side for a new role as "the 19th century equivalent of Hannibal Lecter," reports Deadline . He'll play serial killer HH Holmes in the film adaptation of Erik Larson's 2003 book, The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, And ... More »

Inside Brangelina's Weird Honeymoon

The pair play an unhappy married couple in flick 'By the Sea'

(Newser) - Most couples don't spend their honeymoons screaming at each other—or so we hope—but most couples aren't Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt. Speaking with the Directors Guild of America , per Vanity Fair , Jolie explains that By the Sea, which she directed Pitt in while on their honeymoon... More »

World's Reigning Top-Paid Actor Keeps His Title

Robert Downey Jr. tops list with $80M in earnings

(Newser) - For the third year in a row, Robert Downey Jr. holds the title of the world's highest-paid actor, according to Forbes ' annual list—though it also includes some fresh faces. This year is different in that Forbes opened the rankings to include actors "working solely in international... More »

Theater Victims: Promising Student and 'Creative Force'

Mayci Breaux, 21, and Jillian Johnson, 33, died in Lafayette, La., attack

(Newser) - One was a popular student studying to be a radiology technician, while the other was an outgoing artist who ran retail boutiques in two Louisiana cities. The two people slain by a gunman who opened fire yesterday in a Louisiana movie theater, Jillian Johnson and Mayci Breaux, had promising careers... More »

Wife of Theater Shooter Got Protective Order

Filing shows she moved all weapons from their marital residence

(Newser) - The wife of Louisiana shooter John Russel Houser sought a protective order against him in 2008 after he "exhibited extreme erratic behavior" and "made ominous as well as disturbing statements," according to court documents cited by the AP . The filing for the order, which was at least... More »

Cops: Theater Shooter Had Wigs, Disguises at Motel

'Drifter' John Russel Houser, 59, was from Alabama

(Newser) - The 59-year-old man who opened fire at a Lafayette, La., movie theater last night, killing two and injuring nine before killing himself, has been identified as John Russel Houser, police said at a news conference this morning, per ABC News . Details are still emerging, but police say Houser, from Phenix... More »

Amazon Has Its First Original Movie

Spike Lee's Chi-Raq stars Nick Cannon, Jennifer Hudson

(Newser) - Amazon Studios says it has acquired Spike Lee's new film as its first Amazon Original Movie . The film, with the working title Chi-Raq, stars Nick Cannon, Wesley Snipes, Jennifer Hudson, Teyonah Parris, DB Sweeney, Harry Lennix, Steve Harris, Angela Bassett, John Cusack, and Samuel L. Jackson. Chi-Raq, which focuses... More »

Sorry, Ryan Reynolds: Self/less Is 'Point/less'

Actor's 'bland' performance tops off a generally bad movie: critics

(Newser) - Ryan Reynolds can't catch a break. Not only was he hit by a car this year , but he can't seem to find his rhythm on screen. In Self/less, he plays the younger form of a wealthy powerbroker who swaps his cancer-riddled body for a newer model and a... More »

Han Solo Is Getting His Own Movie

Star Wars spinoff will follow character in his early years

(Newser) - May the Force be with you a little longer. After the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens this Christmas, production will begin on an untitled movie focusing on the back story of Han Solo's character before all the space action you've come to know and love, reports... More »

'80s Can't Buy Me Love Star Dies at 43

Amanda Peterson found dead in Colorado of unknown causes

(Newser) - Amanda Peterson, who starred as cheerleader Cindy Mancini in the 1987 rom-com Can't Buy Me Love, has been found dead in her apartment in Greeley, Colo. She was 43. While the official cause of death isn't known, Peterson's dad tells TMZ "she had some illness and... More »

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