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Here Are Your Golden Globe Nominees

'The Shape of Water' leads the pack with 7 nominations

(Newser) - Guillermo del Toro's Cold War-era fairy tale The Shape of Water earned a leading seven nominations from the Golden Globes, while the HBO drama Big Little Lies led the television nominees with six nods. In what's been seen as a wide-open Oscar race so far, several films followed... More »

Saudis Lift 35-Year Cinema Ban

Clerics stamped movies out decades ago

(Newser) - Saudis are going to be allowed to go to the movies for the first time since ET, Annie, and Blade Runner were in the cinemas. Saudi Arabian authorities have announced that as part of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's reform program, movie theaters, which have been banned for at... More »

Greta Garbo Letters Reveal 'Almost Unbearable' Sadness

Swedish letters, photo album expected to fetch up to $27K at auction

(Newser) - She's a legend in Hollywood, but Greta Garbo apparently didn't feel like one. Some 36 letters written by Garbo to a Swedish countess whom she met in the 1930s and enjoyed a lifelong friendship with reveal the movie star to be "heartbreakingly different from the sociable, jolly... More »

Robbie's Harding Is the 'Performance of a Lifetime'

She's a 'revelation' and 'a powerhouse,' says one reviewer

(Newser) - You may think you know Tonya Harding, the US figure skater whose career was ruined when she was associated with an attack on her rival, Nancy Kerrigan, ahead of the 1994 US Figure Skating Championships. But Craig Gillespie's I, Tonya might convince you otherwise. Presented as a faux documentary,... More »

Queen Biopic Director: Caring for Sick Parent Got Me Fired

20th Century Fox to name new director of 'Bohemian Rhapsody'

(Newser) - Bryan Singer, the director who faced allegations of sexual assault before the dawn of the #metoo movement, has been fired from Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody. In announcing the dismissal Monday, 20th Century Fox blamed the "unexpected unavailability" of Singer, noting production had come to a halt on Dec. 1.... More »

Franco, Disaster Artist Pull Off an Amazing Feat

They turn 'trash into art'

(Newser) - Determined to make it in Hollywood despite an avalanche of rejections, Tommy Wiseau set out to make a movie of his own. The Room , released in 2003, is arguably one of the worst movies ever made. But the same can't be said of James Franco's The Disaster Artist,... More »

Daniel Day-Lewis Isn't Regretting His Decision to Quit Acting

Even if he hasn't quite figured it yet

(Newser) - Daniel Day-Lewis surprised the film industry and his legions of fans with the announcement earlier this year that he was done with acting. The 60-year-old didn't explain why, and in an interview with W , he sheds little new light on the decision—because he says he doesn't quite... More »

Coco Is a Feast for the Eyes and Ears

Anthony Gonzalez 'can sing like nobody's business'

(Newser) - A 12-year-old boy with music in his heart finds himself transported to the Land of the Dead in Pixar's first feature film with a minority lead character, co-directed by Lee Unkrich and Adrian Molina. Giving the film a 96% rating on Rotten Tomatoes , critics are singing its praises:
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Orient Express No Match for Thor at Box Office

In fact, Daddy's Home 2 finished in second place

(Newser) - The God of Thunder isn't ready to relinquish his box office throne yet. Studios on Sunday estimate that Thor: Ragnarok added $56.6 million from North American theaters in its second weekend in theaters, bringing its domestic total to $211.6 million. It easily beat out new openers including... More »

Three Billboards' McDormand 'Will Blow You Away'

Cue the Oscar buzz for this 'renegade masterpiece'

(Newser) - Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri stars Frances McDormand as a woman who swears a whole lot more than a sailor. She also happens to be grieving over the unsolved murder of her daughter, which prompts her to erect three billboards highlighting what she views as police incompetence. The flick , written... More »

Disney Backs Down in Tiff With LA Times

After critics groups, other media outlets threatened repercussions

(Newser) - The Walt Disney Company backed down Tuesday and will once again grant film critics from the Los Angeles Times access to advanced press screenings after a number of news outlets—including the New York Times and AV Club—announced they would boycott screenings in solidarity, the New York Times reports.... More »

Critics Are Absolutely Dazzled by Lady Bird

Greta Gerwig's solo directorial debut is getting near unanimous raves

(Newser) - Actress Greta Gerwig makes her solo directorial debut in Lady Bird , a film she wrote based on her experience growing up in Sacramento. But don't expect it to feel like a first attempt. The film following a year in the life of a teenage girl played by Saoirse Ronan,... More »

Full Cast of New Lion King Movie Revealed

Beyonce's excited about joining project

(Newser) - The full cast of the upcoming Disney live action and CGI remake of The Lion King has been revealed—and it includes Queen B as Nala. Beyonce posted a photo of the cast on Facebook on Wednesday, with the caption #TheLionKing 2019, E! Online reports. Other cast members in Jungle ... More »

Green Code That Opens The Matrix Is Surprisingly Mundane

Simon Whiteley shares its origins

(Newser) - If you're the type who would take the blue pill and would prefer to "just wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe," stop reading. If you want to discover the truth about a mystery of The Matrix, pop the hypothetical red pill... More »

Clooney's Suburbicon Is 'Tone-Deaf' Failure

Critics call it 'shameful,' 'strikingly bad'

(Newser) - You'd think only good fun could come from George Clooney directing Matt Damon in Suburbicon . Apparently not so. The satire touching on murder, fraud, and also racism in 1950s suburbia has just a 29% rating from critics on Rotten Tomatoes . Here's what they're saying.
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Mark Wahlberg Sorry He Played Well-Endowed Porn Star

Catholic actor has prayed to God for forgiveness for his role in 1997's 'Boogie Nights'

(Newser) - Mark Wahlberg says he hopes God will forgive him for his turn as a porn star in PT Anderson's 1997 film Boogie Nights. Wahlberg told the Chicago Tribune ahead of an event with Chicago Cardinal Blase Cupich on Friday that he hopes "God is a movie fan and... More »

Critics Have Nothing Warm to Say About The Snowman

Critics pick apart the plot of this 'thrill-free thriller'

(Newser) - The Snowman, a film about a detective on the trail of a serial killer slogging around chilly Norway, is getting, well, a wintry reception. And that's putting it kindly. The Tomas Alfredson-directed film, based on the best-selling novel by Norwegian Jo Nesbo, currently has an abysmal 12% rating from... More »

Inspired by #metoo, Bjork Specifies Alleged Harassment

This time she makes clear it was a 'Danish director'

(Newser) - "Let's break this curse," writes Bjork, in what is a second post about the sexual harassment she alleges to have received at the hands of a director who she has yet to name, but who she signals is Lars von Trier. In a Tuesday Facebook post , she... More »

5 Best, Worst Movie Sequels Ever

'Godfather: Part II' is among the elite, but so is one of the 'Toy Story' sequels

(Newser) - Quick, name the best movie sequel of all time. The debate may be endless, but 24/7 Wall St . has come up with its own metric to figure out the best and worst Hollywood follow-ups. Among the considered factors are the domestic box-office haul and the average critics' ranking. Here are... More »

Blade Runner 2049 Isn't Just a Movie. It's 'High Art'

Critics are raving about this 'original' sequel

(Newser) - Set 30 years after the original Blade Runner, Denis Villeneuve's Blade Runner 2049 finds LAPD cop and blade runner K (Ryan Gosling) on a meandering path that eventually leads to Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), who's long been in hiding—and hiding a secret. What critics are saying about... More »

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