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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 »

Magic Mike XXL Doesn't Need a Plot: It's Hot

This more intimate sequel is all about the women: critics

(Newser) - Mike is single again and ready to reunite with his stripper pals for one last hurrah at a stripper convention in Magic Mike XXL. We all know the ladies loved the original flick, but does this one maintain the fire? Here's what critics are saying:
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Whoops: Ohio Theater Starts Wrong Film for Kids

Plays horror flick 'Insidious' instead of 'Inside Out'

(Newser) - Parents and children settled into their seats for a new animated Disney film got a quick jolt when a horror movie came on the southwest Ohio screen instead. The Hamilton-Middletown Journal-News that a projectionist started playing Insidious: Chapter 3 instead of Inside Out. One mother says she and other adults... More »

'Unwatchable' Film Costs FIFA $29M, Brings in $607

At Phoenix theater, just one person bought a ticket

(Newser) - FIFA's ex-VP has promised an "avalanche of secrets" in the wake of the soccer agency's recent scandal , but one thing that's not a secret is how terrible the biopic FIFA financed did at the box office over the weekend. United Passions, an account of the international... More »

Debut Author's 'Staggering' Sales Break Record

The Girl on the Train 's next stop: the big screen

(Newser) - Journalist-turned-author Paula Hawkins has apparently found her calling. Four months after releasing The Girl on the Train, the author's first thriller has reportedly broken a record as the fastest adult hardcover to reach a "staggering" 2 million copies sold, and a film adaptation is now in the works.... More »

Cannes Film Spotlights Hollywood Child Abuse

Victims hope the documentary will help others come forward

(Newser) - A dark side of the movie world has played out onscreen at Cannes in An Open Secret, a documentary about child sexual abuse that calls itself "the movie Hollywood doesn't want you to see." The film, screened outside the festival selection, features interviews with former child actors... More »

Breakfast Club Script Found in School Cabinet

1985 flick was filmed in a sister school in Illinois

(Newser) - Officials clearing out filing cabinets at Illinois' Maine South High School ahead of a move to a neighboring building last month uncovered a piece of movie history: a first draft of John Hughes' screenplay for the 1985 classic The Breakfast Club, dated Sept. 21, 1983. If you're wondering how... More »

$20 Gone With the Wind Dress Sells for $137K

James Tumblin found it on costume company's floor in the 1960s

(Newser) - James Tumblin's 300,000-piece collection of Gone With the Wind memorabilia started with a single gray dress with black appliques that lay crumpled on the floor of the Western Costume Company in Los Angeles in the 1960s. "A docent told me not to bother to pick it up,... More »

Star Wars Fans, It's Time to Grow Up

Martin Daubney is flummoxed by fanboy love over new trailer

(Newser) - The Internet went crazy yesterday when the second official trailer for Star Wars: Episode VII—The Force Awakens was uploaded to YouTube. Maybe a little too crazy, according to Martin Daubney, who pens a scathing yet colorful analysis in the Telegraph of what he thinks of the "mass hysteria"... More »

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