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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 »

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 »

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 »

Why Is Everyone Riled Up About Aronofsky's New Film?

Psychological thriller 'Mother!' is polarizing viewers and critics alike

(Newser) - Some are calling Darren Aronofsky's Mother! a "masterpiece" and "one of Aronofsky's best." On the flip side: Those calling it the worst big-screen debut in a while. The psychological thriller starring Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem is generating buzz (though apparently not cash ),... More »

Judge: Lynyrd Skynyrd Flick Violates 'Blood Oath'

Southern rock band members made a vow not to exploit band's name, history

(Newser) - A film created with help from a former Lynyrd Skynyrd drummer violates a "blood oath" surviving band members made not to exploit the band's name and history, a judge concluded as he blocked its distribution, siding with a surviving member of the 1970s pioneering Southern rock group and... More »

Love Movies at the Theater? There's a New Plan for You

MoviePass plan for $10 a month gets you a daily showing at nearly any US theater

(Newser) - If all the movies you can watch at home for one low price per month isn't enough, a Netflix co-founder has another proposal: a movie a day at actual movie theaters for one low price per month. That's the idea behind Mitch Lowe's startup company MoviePass, which... More »

Netflix Film About Anorexia Sparks Debate

Some say 'To the Bone' is important, others call it harmful

(Newser) - Director Marti Noxon has been open about her past struggles with eating disorders and says she hopes her new film starring Lily Collins as Ellen, a young woman suffering from anorexia, will "serve as a conversation starter about an issue that's too often clouded by secrecy and misconceptions,... More »

'Nearly Unprecedented' Move for Clint Eastwood's Next Film

Director casts real-life heroes who stopped 2015 Paris train attack to play themselves

(Newser) - Clint Eastwood's Sully was called "electrifying," and the next movie on his directing roster is promising to be another heart-stopper—and headline-grabbing, thanks to an unusual move he made in casting it. The upcoming film is called The 15:17 to Paris, which documents the 2015 terrorist... More »

Heading to See Rough Night? Expect Just That

It's 'excruciating,' says one critic

(Newser) - A mostly female cast gathers for director Lucia Aniello's Rough Night , which reveals just how bad a bachelorette weekend with college friends can get, especially when male strippers are involved. If this plot seems a bit tired to you, you're not alone. The movie has a lackluster approval... More »

Star of Snow White Parody 'Appalled' Over Promos

Chloe Grace Moretz, others say campaign body shames blatantly

(Newser) - The bad news the magic mirror gave the Evil Queen in the original Snow White pales in comparison to the body-shaming backlash over promotions for Red Shoes & the 7 Dwarfs, set to debut in 2018, per People . A movie poster at Cannes showed the animated parody's main character,... More »

Tom Cruise Confirms Top Gun 2

Maverick will be back

(Newser) - Tom Cruise has confirmed he'll be in Top Gun 2, and while there aren't many 54-year-old Navy fighter pilots in the real world, Maverick is unlikely to spend the film on desk duty. Cruise told Aussie interviewers Tuesday he'll be appearing in a sequel to 1986's... More »

7 Revelations From I Am Heath Ledger

Including actor's struggle with self-doubt

(Newser) - I Am Heath Ledger, the new documentary featuring previously unreleased home movies of the late actor, premiered on Spike TV Wednesday night. Rolling Stone , Entertainment Weekly , and USA Today round up highlights from the film:
  • He knew right away he wanted to play the lead in 10 Things I Hate
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Michael Moore Has Been Secretly Making Trump Film

He says 'Fahrenheit 11/9' will help bring president down

(Newser) - Michael Moore has been secretly making an anti-Trump documentary that he says will be powerful enough to bring down the president. The documentary, titled Fahrenheit 11/9 in reference to the day Trump's election win was confirmed, has been acquired by Bob and Harvey Weinstein, the Los Angeles Times reports.... More »

'Poor Shia': LaBeouf Film Makes Less Than $9 in UK

'Man Down' sold the equivalent (if we're being generous) of one ticket

(Newser) - Everyone in the UK must have seen the Rotten Tomatoes reviews for Shia LaBeouf's new movie, because absolutely no one is going to see it—except for maybe one person. Variety , which describes Man Down as a "war thriller," simply says "Ouch" as it reports the... More »

'Best Acting Mamma' Dead at Age 69

Darlene Cates played Leonardo DiCaprio, Johnny Depp's mother in 'Gilbert Grape'

(Newser) - An actress described on IMDB as "lovable, impressionable, and immeasurably talented" has died at the age of 69, though most people recognize her through her character rather than her real name. Family members say Darlene Cates, who played Johnny Depp and Leonardo DiCaprio's obese mom in What's ... More »

Amy Schumer 'Bummed' to Ditch Barbie

Star says 'scheduling conflicts' are to blame for dropping out of movie

(Newser) - Ken will have to find another Barbie. Amy Schumer, who was set to star in the live-action version of the movie based on the doll, has pulled out of the film, Variety reports. It's apparently not because she thinks the Sony flick will be some kind of train wreck,... More »

A Hollywood First, Thanks to Get Out's Jordan Peele

First African-American writer-director whose debut movie hit $100M

(Newser) - Get Out is the fastest film in the Blumhouse movie production company's portfolio to reach $100 million, hitting that mark in just 16 days (the previous record-holder was Split in 19 days), Deadline notes. The movie's director, Jordan Peele, has also claimed a milestone, reports the Wrap... More »

8 of Kimmel's Best Lines

Damon, Trump did not escape his notice

(Newser) - After his success helming the Emmys, some wondered why Jimmy Kimmel had never been asked to man the stage at the the Oscars. The late-night host got his chance Sunday night and brought his A-game to go with the A-list attendees, with USA Today noting he came out "comfortable... More »

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