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Amy Schumer's I Feel Pretty Has Pretty Good Bow

But surprise horror winner 'A Quiet Place' regains No. 1

(Newser) - John Krasinki’s horror flick A Quiet Place reclaimed the top spot from Dwayne Johnson's Rampage this weekend and held off two film debuts, per the Hollywood Reporter . With A Quiet Place banking $20 million and Rampage at $18 million, Amy Schumer's I Feel Pretty held a respectable... More »

Amy Schumer's New Movie Is a Flop

Its 'body-positive message gets lost,' says one critic of 'I Feel Pretty'

(Newser) - It's another disappointing showing for Amy Schumer, say critics, who've given new flick I Feel Pretty a 36% rating on Rotten Tomatoes . (Audiences were even less kind, at 26%.) Alongside other funny females like Busy Philipps, Aidy Bryant, and Sasheer Zamata, Schumer stars as a self-conscious woman... More »

One of Most Unpopular SCOTUS Rulings Now a Movie

Susette Kelo's story turned into a movie starring Catherine Keener

(Newser) - Susette Kelo's Supreme Court case now has a Hollywood ending, just not the one she hoped for. Kelo wasn't looking for a fight when she bought her house overlooking the Thames River in New London, Connecticut, in 1997 and had it painted Odessa Rose pink. Shortly after she... More »

Film Icon Kidnapped by North Korea Dies

Choi Eun-hee later shared recording in which Kim Jong Il apologized

(Newser) - Choi Eun-hee led a fascinating life—even before the actress was kidnapped by North Korean agents and forced to make films for the state. A film icon, Choi died Monday at a South Korean hospital, where she was receiving dialysis, her son tells Yonhap News . She was 91. Beginning her... More »

A Non-Actor Wows Critics in The Rider

Brady Jandreau, director Chloé Zhao getting high praise

(Newser) - The Rider is an American cowboy tale from a relatively new Chinese director. It also features a cast of people who've never acted before. And it's apparently awesome. Brady Jandreau, a real-life cowboy who suffered a brain injury in a 2016 fall, stars alongside his friends and... More »

A Quiet Place Is 'Masterful'

Critics are wowed by the John Krasinski horror film

(Newser) - Make a noise, get hunted. That's the premise of A Quiet Place, set in a world ravaged by sound-sensitive aliens. Directed by John Krasinski (yes, Jim from The Office), the film follows a family led by Krasinski and his real-life wife, Emily Blunt, and has an impressive 96% rating... More »

Black Panther to Make History Again

It'll be first film shown in Saudi Arabia in 35 years

(Newser) - Black Panther is one of the top 10 highest grossing movies of all time, with a worldwide box office tally of more than $1.279 billion, per Deadline . Its historic run isn't over: The Marvel film will be the first shown in Saudi Arabia as the country lifts its... More »

Spielberg Gets Nostalgic in Ready Player One

Dozens of 1980s references are 'too sweet to spoil,' critic says

(Newser) - Steven Spielberg's Ready Player One , adapted from Ernest Cline's 2011 novel of the same name, is set in 2045, but it's clearly homesick for the 1980s. Packed with nostalgic references, it follows gamer Wade Watts on a quest to take control of a virtual-reality world in which... More »

Wes Anderson's Latest Is an Odd, Visual Treat

'Isle of Dogs' is a stop-motion tale

(Newser) - Nabbing an all-star cast for his ninth feature film about the exile of dogs to a trash island in a future Japan appears to have paid off for Wes Anderson. The stop-motion Isle of Dogs —with Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Bryan Cranston, Jeff Goldblum, Scarlett Johansson, Tilda Swinton, and... More »

3rd Time Not the Charm for Tomb Raider

'There's nothing here we haven't seen before,' says Adam Graham

(Newser) - Fifteen years after Angelina Jolie last took on the role, Lara Croft gets a fresh face. In Roar Uthaug's Tomb Raider , Swedish Oscar winner Alicia Vikander plays the daughter of a missing adventurer who falls into a world of trouble on a remote Pacific island while trying to trace... More »

Jay-Z, Beyonce Pay Homage to 1973 Film in Tour Promo

'On the Run II' promo apparently a shoutout to Senegalese movie called 'Touki Bouki'

(Newser) - Film buffs may perk up at seeing the new video clip for Beyonce and Jay-Z's "On the Run II" tour, released Monday. Nestled in the 45-second video (and also used as a promotional still for the tour) is a shot of the couple on a motorcycle adorned with... More »

Wrinkle in Time May Not Be Worth Yours

Joe Morgenstern calls big-budget film 'a great disappointment'

(Newser) - More than 50 years after it was written, Madeleine L'Engle's beloved children's tale about a girl who hopes to rescue her father from a distant planet, to which he's traveled through a wrinkle in time, is hitting the big screen. What did Ava DuVernay manage with... More »

Toddler's Request for Movie Popcorn Ends in Charges

Cops say woman dumped container on the child's head because she was talking

(Newser) - A two-month police investigation involving popcorn, a toddler, a movie theater, and The Last Jedi has resulted in child endangerment charges for a Long Island woman and her father. Police say Keri Karman, 28, got angry when a 2-year-old girl near her at the movies asked her mom for popcorn,... More »

No Miscues: Shape of Water Wins

Director Del Toro has a big night

(Newser) - Some said it was nothing more than "masochistic nostalgia," while others predicted it was going to provide the "ultimate Hollywood ending." That would be Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty making a repeat appearance Sunday night to present the award for best picture—after famously announcing the... More »

Weinstein's Accusers Take Center Stage at Award Show

Ashley Judd, Annabella Sciorra, and Salma Hayek appear for tribute to Me Too, Time's Up movements

(Newser) - Jimmy Kimmel referenced Harvey Weinstein in his opening monologue for the 90th Academy Awards, but it got more personal when three of Weinstein's accusers stepped out onto the stage Sunday night to introduce a video montage on gender equality in Hollywood, per People and E! Online . "It's... More »

Transgender Actress on Oscar First: 'Thank You for This Moment'

Daniela Vega is award show's first openly transgender presenter

(Newser) - Chile's A Fantastic Woman won best foreign language film at the Oscars Sunday night, and its star, Daniela Vega, made her own mark on the Dolby Theatre stage. Per the New York Daily News , the 28-year-old actress became the first transgender presenter at the Oscars, introducing Sufjan Stevens and... More »

2 Immigrant Stars Stick Up for Dreamers

Lupita Nyong'o and Kumail Nanjiani: 'Dreams are the foundation of America'

(Newser) - The fate of Dreamers in the US is still up in the air , but at the Oscars Sunday night, two presenters offered their support to this vulnerable group. Lupita Nyong'o and Kumail Nanjiani took the stage to offer the award for best production design, with Nyong'o deadpanning, "... More »

Oscars Kick Off With #MeToo, Politics, and ... a Jet Ski

Watercraft up for grabs for shortest acceptance speech, per Jimmy Kimmel

(Newser) - Jimmy Kimmel kicked off the 90th Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre, his second turn hosting, by first riffing on last year's Academy Awards—specifically, Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway messing up the best picture announcement . "This year when you hear your name called, don't get up... More »

Red Sparrow May Be Too Bloody for Its Own Good

Despite a valiant performance from Jennifer Lawrence

(Newser) - After a career-ending injury, Russian ballerina Dominika becomes a seductive spy in Red Sparrow , a Francis Lawrence-directed film based on Jason Matthews' novel. Starring Jennifer Lawrence, it's a bloody affair that might not be worth its 2.5-hour run time, based on what critics are saying. It had a... More »

Alleged Victims May Get $90M After Sale of Weinstein Co.

Up to 95% of company assets to be acquired in $500M deal

(Newser) - The Weinstein Company will cease to exist as we know it under a new sale that also sets aside about $90 million for its co-founder Harvey Weinstein's alleged victims , reports the New York Post . The company's board has agreed to a $500 million deal to sell 90% to... More »

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