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The Predator Scares Off the Competition

The Fox reboot grabs top spot on 4K US screens

(Newser) - The Predator is at the top of the food chain in its first weekend in theaters, the AP reports. 20th Century Fox said Sunday that the film earned an estimated $24 million from more than 4,000 North American theaters. Starring Olivia Munn and Boyd Holbrook, The Predator cost $88... More »

Nicolas Cage Delivers in His 'Craziest Role'

He's on a mission for revenge in 'Mandy'

(Newser) - Throw together revenge, demons, a cult, and a whole lot of blood and you've got Panos Cosmatos' Mandy , making a splash with a 95% rating from critics on Rotten Tomatoes . The film stars Nicolas Cage as a lumberjack living peacefully in a cabin the woods with his girlfriend, Mandy... More »

Report: Henry Cavill Is Done With the Red Cape

Sources say Warner Bros. wanted a Superman cameo in upcoming film, but it didn't pan out

(Newser) - After three go-rounds, Henry Cavill is forever done with the red cape, at least according to the Hollywood Reporter 's sources, though it hasn't gotten confirmation from the actor or Warner Bros. The studio had reportedly been in talks with Cavill over a Superman cameo in Shazam!, but... More »

Olivia Munn: Co-Stars Iced Me Out After Sex Offender Reveal

'Predator' actress says she's been snubbed by other actors in the movie

(Newser) - An actor in the Predator reboot was a registered sex offender, and it was one of his famous colleagues who turned him in to the studio . Olivia Munn discovered Steven Wilder Striegel, a friend of The Predator director Shane Black who'd acted in one of the film's scenes... More »

The Nun Keeps Up Warner Bros Winning Streak

The horror movie banks $53.5M domestically

(Newser) - The horror movie The Nun has topped the domestic box office in its first weekend, scoring a best for the "Conjuring" franchise, the AP reports. Studio estimates on Sunday say the Taissa Farmiga film brought in $53.5 million from North American theaters. It's the fifth consecutive weekend... More »

Predator Actress Gets Sex Offender Cut From Film

Olivia Munn convinces Twentieth Century Fox to delete scene with Steven Wilder Striegel

(Newser) - The new Predator movie that debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival on Thursday was not the same flick that existed mere weeks ago. Hours before the fourth installment in the franchise premiered , Twentieth Century Fox revealed The Predator underwent a last-minute edit to remove a scene featuring a registered... More »

Controversial Oscar Change Walked Back After Outcry

Crowd-pleasing films won't be getting their own 'popular' category—at least not yet

(Newser) - And the winner is … not the new Oscars category. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced a slew of changes last month to its annual awards show, among them a new "outstanding achievement in popular film" category meant to reward films perhaps not critically acclaimed but... More »

Crazy Rich Asians Just Got Crazier

And Melissa McCarthy's 'Happytime Murders' was no match

(Newser) - The opening weekend for Crazy Rich Asians was historic. Its second weekend was even more impressive, the AP reports. The romantic comedy sensation slid just 6% from its chart-topping debut to again lead the box office with $25 million, according to studio estimates Sunday. Almost as many people turned out... More »

Laughs Quickly Lost in Happytime Murders

Critics blast the film as unfunny 'travesty'

(Newser) - Remember the hubbub over this trailer with NSFW puppets ? Well, The Happytime Murders is out Friday, starring Melissa McCarthy as a detective probing a series of puppet murders with her puppet partner. Critics, meanwhile, are busy investigating why the R-rated film is, in their opinions, downright awful. (The film... More »

Crazy Rich Asians Makes America Swoon

Mark Wahlberg's "Mile 22" under-performs while "The Meg" drops to second

(Newser) - Glitz has won out over guns at the North American box office this weekend as the gilded romance Crazy Rich Asians took No. 1 over Mark Wahlberg's action-packed Mile 22, the AP reports. Studios on Sunday say that Crazy Rich Asians took in an estimated $25.2 million from... More »

Long-Lost Marilyn Monroe Nude Scene Discovered

It was locked in a cabinet for decades

(Newser) - A Marilyn Monroe nude scene that people thought had been destroyed long ago has been rediscovered—but it's not clear whether it will ever be released. The scene from 1961's The Misfits, the last movie that Monroe completed before her death, was kept by producer Frank Taylor, and... More »

The Meg Devours the Competition

The American-Chinese co-production doubles estimated draw

(Newser) - The shark thriller The Meg became the latest success in Hollywood's sizzling summer, opening well above expectations with $44.5 million in ticket sales, according to box office estimates Sunday, the AP reports. The Warner Bros. release had been forecast by some for closer to half that total. An... More »

'An Alarm Clock Rings' in Spike Lee's BlacKkKlansman

Critics applaud this history lesson on racism in America

(Newser) - Spike Lee wants President Trump to see his new movie, reports Reuters , and critics want you to see it, too. Based on the true 1970s story of a black police officer who infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan, BlacKkKlansman has a 98% rating on Rotten Tomatoes , with critics commenting on its... More »

4 Searing Reviews of Slender Man

'No one cares,' writes one critic

(Newser) - The reviews are in for Slender Man , the faceless character's jump from the Internet to the big screen thanks to Sony Pictures and director Sylvain White, and they're nearly universally awful. Four zingers summing up critics' 11% rating on Rotten Tomatoes : More »

On Brink of Death, MoviePass Thinks It's Figured It Out

Its new model lets subscribers see 3 movies a month for $9.95

(Newser) - What would you rather do: Pay $9.95 a month to see one movie in a theater per day, or pay $9.95 to see three movies a month? It's sort of a trick question, in that option one will soon no longer exist. MoviePass on Monday announced that... More »

Mission Impossible Fends Off a Little Bear

Christopher Robin takes a respectable second at the weekend box office

(Newser) - Tom Cruise held onto first at the weekend box office and left the world's kindest bear in a cloud of action-movie dust, Variety reports. Mission Impossible—Fallout held top spot for the second week with $35 million while Christopher Robin, a family film about Winnie the Pooh, bowed with... More »

Christopher Robin Is 'Silliness Worth Savoring'

Still, there are missteps and a slow start: critics

(Newser) - Disney's Christopher Robin sees its adult namesake (Ewan McGregor) reunited with his childhood friend Winnie the Pooh (Jim Cummings) outside the Hundred Acre Wood and just in time, as life in post-World War II London is pretty gloomy. What critics are saying about Marc Forster's latest:
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Jaw-Dropping Expose to Get the Affleck-Damon Treatment

Ben Affleck will direct, Matt Damon will star in movie about McDonald's Monopoly scam

(Newser) - Jeff Maysh's deep dive in the Daily Beast about McDonald's rigged Monopoly prize contest is what everyone's been buzzing about the past few days—and which Fox now hopes will translate to Hollywood gold. Deadline reports the film studio nabbed the rights to Maysh's story over... More »

MoviePass Woes Build, Some Predict 'the End Is Near'

Movie subscription service looks like it's in big trouble after stocks fall 60%

(Newser) - Shares for the parent company of MoviePass plunged Monday, dropping 60% to close at $0.80 and prompting Forbes to make a dire prediction: "The end is near" for the subscription service, which was charging users $9.95 per month for the ability to see a movie a day... More »

Mission: Impossible Breaks Franchise Record

'Mamma Mia' takes second, ahead of 'Equalizer 2'

(Newser) - Audiences turned out this weekend to see Tom Cruise in his sixth run as Ethan Hunt in Mission: Impossible—Fallout, which easily took the No. 1 spot at the domestic box office, the AP reports. Studios on Sunday estimate that Fallout earned $61.5 million from 4,386 North American... More »

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