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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 »

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 »

Prepare to Be 'Shellshocked' by Annihilation

One critic labels it 'an emotional and mental tightrope'

(Newser) - Often diverging from the Jeff VanderMeer novel that inspired it, Annihilation from writer-director Alex Garland sees five female specialists set out to explore something akin to a force field that has appeared in Florida. Only one man has escaped it, and he's, well, rattled. You might be, too, after... More »

Creaming the Competition: Black Panther, With $192M

5th biggest opening weekend ever

(Newser) - Already a much-celebrated pop culture milestone, Black Panther is now a record-setting smash at the box office, too. Studio estimates Sunday say the Marvel superhero film blew past expectations, with $192 million in North American ticket sales over the weekend, the AP reports. That makes Black Panther the fifth-biggest opening... More »

Parents Are Miffed About One Scene in Peter Rabbit

It shows bunnies pelting a human with food allergies with the food he's allergic to

(Newser) - If you're wondering why there's a hashtag to boycott a new children's movie, ask parents of kids with allergies. The BBC reports on the pushback against Sony Pictures' Peter Rabbit, which includes a scene in which Mr. McGregor, who's allergic to blackberries, gets the fruit hurled... More »

Game of Thrones Creators Take on New Intergalactic Project

Benioff, Weiss will produce new 'Star Wars' trilogy

(Newser) - Winter is coming in a galaxy far, far away. Disney and Lucasfilm say the writing and producing duo behind Game of Thrones will begin work on a series of Star Wars movies after the HBO series ends in 2019, the BBC reports. No release dates or other details on the... More »

Report: Williams Got 0.07% of Male Co-Star's Pay for Reshoot

She's said to have made less than $1K for 'All the Money in the World' redo

(Newser) - The biggest controversy surrounding Ridley Scott's latest movie used to be the replacement of disgraced actor Kevin Spacey with Christopher Plummer. Now, new commotion surrounding All the Money in the World, with USA Today reporting a good portion of the money in the reshoot budget went to Mark Wahlberg,... More »

6 Lines From the Speech That 'Shocked' Hollywood

Tiffany Haddish delivered f-bombs, talked Skype sex

(Newser) - After beating out the competition, winners at Sunday's Golden Globes will face yet another challenge: topping what one film writer is calling "the best acceptance speech of all time," delivered Wednesday. Taking home the best supporting actress prize at the New York Film Critics Circle gala, Girls ... More »

You May Be Afraid to Type Your Favorite TV Show Into This Site

Rotten Apples lists films, shows linked to those with sex misconduct accusations against them

(Newser) - There have been so many allegations of sexual misconduct in Hollywood since the Harvey Weinstein story broke that it's been hard to keep track. Now one group is trying to do just that, with a site Vanity Fair is calling "Rotten Tomatoes with a post-Weinstein twist." The... More »

10 Most, Least Popular Star Wars Characters

Darth Vader is No. 1; only the biggest fans will know any of the least favorites

(Newser) - Star Wars: The Last Jedi opens in wide release on Friday, meaning social media feeds are already jammed with movie reviews, theories, and reminiscences about previous films in the franchise. What is bound to pop up: heated arguments about who's the most beloved (or hated) Star Wars character ever,... More »

Jada Pinkett Smith Blasts Globes for Snub, Gets Pushback

Actress says HFPA ignored 'Girls Trip,' but sources say there was a screening, other HFPA outreach

(Newser) - The latest class of Golden Globe nominees were announced this week, and People and , report that Jada Pinkett Smith Twitter-blasted the Hollywood Foreign Press Association after Tiffany Haddish, her co-star in the comedy Girls Trip, didn't receive a nod. But Pinkett Smith says it's not that... 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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