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'Devastating Tragedy' on Set of Mister Rogers Film

Crew member James Emswiller, 61, dies after falling off 2nd-floor balcony in Mount Lebanon, Pa.

(Newser) - Sad news out of Pennsylvania, where a biopic about Fred Rogers (aka "Mister Rogers") is filming. WPXI and the AP report that a 61-year-old crew member for You Are My Friend has died after falling off a second-story balcony at a Mount Lebanon apartment building. Police say James... More »

Bohemian Rhapsody Trailer Will Rock You

First trailer for Queen biopic is out

(Newser) - The Queen and Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody is finally hitting theaters, having hit several snags since it was first announced in 2010—and the first full trailer , released Wednesday, is getting rave reviews. Forbes notes that the trailer confirms star Rami Malek "looks and sounds like Mercury" and... More »

Internet Not Getting Behind Jared Leto as Hugh Hefner

Nor is the internet a fan of Brett Ratner directing the whole thing

(Newser) - Jared Leto will be playing Hugh Hefner in a biopic directed by Brett Ratner, according to the Hollywood Reporter . And let's just say that's not exactly a sentence making the internet happy right now. Ratner, who is also planning to reboot the talk show Playboy After Dark, which... More »

Eastwood to Direct Captain 'Sully' Biopic

Movie will tell of Sullenberger landing his passenger plane in Hudson

(Newser) - Clint Eastwood has picked his next project as a director—the story of how Capt. Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger landed his US Airways plane safely in the Hudson River in 2009, reports the Hollywood Reporter . The 85-year-old Eastwood is coming off American Sniper, which grossed more than a half-billion dollars... More »

Meet the Sweet Woman at Center of Massive Art Fraud

Margaret Keane painted 'big eyes' works, but husband took credit

(Newser) - In its interview with 87-year-old Margaret Keane, the Guardian points out that the polite woman "is the last person you’d expect to be a participant in one of the great art frauds of the 20th century." But she is indeed, thanks to her "big eyes" paintings... More »

As Clinton TV Projects Die, Hollywood Steps In

'Rodham' will tell love story of Hillary and Bill in their 20s—if it finds a backer

(Newser) - Both CNN 's documentary and NBC 's miniseries on Hillary Clinton were canned last week (as reported by the LA Times ), but hope that we will get to see the Hillary story on screen remains. A third project, a biopic called Rodham, is quietly gaining traction in... More »

Top Contender for Hillary Biopic: Carey Mulligan

Film to tell story of Clinton's early career

(Newser) - Under-40s actresses in Hollywood have been clamoring for the role of Hillary Clinton in an upcoming biopic, but insiders say Carey Mulligan has the best shot. The actress is set to meet with director James Ponsoldt to iron out details. But though the filmmakers and Mulligan are hoping for a... More »

John McAfee Sells Rights for 'Honest' Biopic

Anti-virus pioneer cuts deal with Montreal company

(Newser) - Still stuck in Guatemala on the heels of a nervous breakdown , John McAfee has at least one thing going for him: a movie deal. The anti-virus pioneer has sold the rights to his life story to Impact Future Media, a Montreal-based company that's now seeking partners and investors for... More »

'Gay' Hoover Movie Enrages FBI's Old Guard

Retired agents not happy about J. Edgar 's homoeroticism

(Newser) - Hundreds of former FBI agents are hopping mad about Clint Eastwood's biopic of J. Edgar Hoover, which strongly hints that the first FBI director was a repressed homosexual in love with aide Claude Tolson. In J. Edgar—which stars Leonardo DiCaprio—Hoover is portrayed as an individual "who... More »

Sorkin Writing Steve Jobs Movie?

'Social Network' writer said to be considering the offer

(Newser) - Sony is making a Steve Jobs movie based on the biography by Walter Isaacson, and none other than Social Network scribe Aaron Sorkin is being courted to write it, the Los Angeles Times reports. A source says Sorkin is considering the idea, but neither Sorkin nor Sony gave an official... More »

Sony Pictures Plans Steve Jobs Movie

Studio is acquiring the rights to the upcoming book: Deadline

(Newser) - Steve Jobs the icon will soon be Steve Jobs the movie. Sony Pictures is acquiring the rights to the soon-to-be-released authorized biography of Jobs, reports Deadline . The book by Walter Isaacson of Time—one of the few people Jobs spoke to in his final days, notes the New York Times... More »

Mama Lohan May Sue Over LiLo 'Biopic'

Don't bring the 'negativity,' warns Dina

(Newser) - No one would dispute that an upcoming film starring heiress Lydia Hearst playing a wild young ne'er-do-well actress is about troubled starlet Lindsay Lohan. Even the film's writer says Hearst will play a "bratty movie goddess in and out of rehab and hounded by predatory paparazzi—a role obviously... More »

Angelina Will Play Cleopatra

But will Brad Pitt play Marc Antony?

(Newser) - Angelina Jolie has signed on to play Cleopatra in an upcoming movie about the Queen of the Nile, reports US Weekly . Producer Scott Rudin bought the rights to the book Cleopatra: A Life, with nobody but Jolie in mind. The book is out in November; no word on film plans.... More »

Pattinson as Cobain 'Stupid,' Says Courtney

Finally, Courtney Love says something we can really get behind

(Newser) - It’s always nice when Courtney Love takes a break from being crazy to say something we can all agree with: The idea of Robert Pattinson playing Kurt Cobain is ridiculous. Rumors recently went around that the Twilight star was her personal pick for the upcoming biopic, but she clears... More »

Don't Sprint to See The Runaways

Dakota Fanning-Kristen Stewart vehicle divides critics

(Newser) - Critics praise the performances in The Runaways, about Joan Jett's seminal '70s band, but whether the flick succeeds is up for debate. Some takes:
  • "Say what you will about the Runaways," Peter Travers writes in Rolling Stone , but "they never played it safe. The movie does."
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Vince Lombardi Biopic Will Be Best Sports Flick 'Ever'

If famed Packers coach's quotes don't do it, De Niro surely will

(Newser) - The upcoming movie starring Robert De Niro as Vince Lombardi will undoubtedly be the “greatest sports movie ever,” Julian Sancton writes. The famed Green Bay Packers coach was an inexhaustible source of quotable remarks, and a top-notch sports flick must have at least one memorable line, he writes... More »

Matt Damon to Play RFK in Biopic

Robert F. Kennedy film in the works at New Regency

(Newser) - If shelling out $10 to see a biopic about Robert F. Kennedy doesn’t thoroughly excite you, perhaps this will change your mind: RFK will be played by none other than Matt Damon. Well, make that might be played. Deadline reports the deal is done and Damon is attached—but... More »

Temple Grandin a 'Captivating' Look at Autism

Claire Danes shines in title role as animal behavior expert

(Newser) - Temple Grandin, the renowned animal behaviorist who credits her achievements to her autism, values "tangible results" over emotion—and so does her HBO biopic. The eponymous film, debuting tomorrow, "avoids the mawkish clichés" so typical of made-for-TV movies, instead delivering "a movie that is funny, instructive,... More »

This Amelia Never Takes Off

Swank shines as Earhart in largely forgettable biopic

(Newser) - Hilary Swank is superlative as Amelia Earhart, say critics, but the too-conventional movie around her never really engages in what made the aviatrix tick and stays earthbound as a result.
  • Swank is "strangely mesmerizing as Earhart," writes Connie Ogle in the Miami Herald , but director Mira Nair's biopic
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Starring as Susan Boyle: Robin Williams. Maybe.

(Newser) - A biopic of Scottish singing sensation Susan Boyle just got some added star power, the UK tabloid Daily Star reports. Robin Williams, no stranger to cross-dressing, has been approached to play the dowdy Britain’s Got Talent songstress. “I’ve been asked if I want to play Susan in... More »

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