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Disturbing Video of Scared Dog on Movie Set Investigated

'A Dog's Purpose' handler seen forcing dog into water

(Newser) - The American Humane Association has launched an investigation and PETA is calling for a boycott over disturbing footage of a dog on the set of A Dog's Purpose. In a video released by TMZ, an apparently terrified German shepherd struggles as a handler forces it into churning water, the... More »

Comedy and Darkness at the Globes: Memorable Moments

From Trump disses to Jimmy Fallon hits and misses, the show had them all

(Newser) - There was no shortage of memorable moments at the 74th annual Golden Globes, from Ryan Gosling thanking his partner, Eva Mendes, for handling their family life at home while he was filming his movie La La Land, to Meryl Streep revealing how one recent moment (a moment related to President-elect... More »

La La Land Wins Big at Awards Show

Jimmy Fallon hosted the 2017 awards show from the Beverly Hilton

(Newser) - Jimmy Fallon kicked off the 74th Golden Globes Awards Show with a musical number that incorporated many of the night's stars, followed by a moment of mild panic as he started his opening monologue and realized that his teleprompter was broken (watch his ad-lib via a video posted by... More »

The Top 10 Movies of 2016 to End All Other Top 10 Lists

Digg 'smashed together' a bunch of Top 10 lists to come up with this master list

(Newser) - It's that time of year when we're all being bombarded with "best of 2016" lists, and Digg realizes we can't possibly have time to read them in full. So the site has charitably aggregated as many Top 10 lists as it could track down, "smashed... More »

La La Land Wins Big at Critics' Choice Awards

Host didn't mention his Trump-related legal troubles

(Newser) - The host of the 22nd Critics' Choice Awards chose not to discuss his legal troubles and instead focused on President-elect Donald Trump and the controversies surrounding his election, the Los Angeles Times reports. TJ Miller, a star of the TV series Silicon Valley, was arrested Friday after he allegedly slapped... More »

Last Tango Director: People Upset at Rape Scene 'Naive'

Bernardo Bertolucci says actress knew about that part of script—just not part about butter

(Newser) - The butter was the surprise, not the simulated rape. That's what director Bernardo Bertolucci is adding to the conversation on the recent dustup about one of his most famous movie scenes. Outrage ensued after an interview with him from 2013 emerged in which he said he and Marlon Brando... More »

Aptly Named Inferno Is 'Hell'

'One of the worst movies of the year'

(Newser) - Even the ever-lovable Tom Hanks can't save this movie. Critics are giving the latest Robert Langdon adventure Inferno , based on the Dan Brown book in which Langdon must use Dante Alighieri's Divine Comedy to track down a virus with the potential to destroy half the world's population,... More »

Spinal Tap Star Sues for $125M

Harry Shearer says Vivendi is hiding his profits

(Newser) - One of the makers of This Is Spinal Tap is suing entertainment group Vivendi, claiming the company is hiding millions from those who made the film possible. Harry Shearer—perhaps better known as the guy who voices dozens of Simpsons characters —co-created the 1984 film along with Rob Reiner,... More »

The Most Shocking TV Moment Barely Anyone Has Seen

2 movies take on the on-air 1974 suicide of journalist Christine Chubbuck

(Newser) - It was one of the most shocking moments on TV, but because it happened before everyone had DVRs (or even VCRs), barely anyone has seen it. Now, USA Today reports, two movies are hitting theaters based around the incident: the suicide of Florida journalist Christine Chubbuck, who killed herself on... More »

Christopher Guest's Mascots: Like 'Best of Show,' but With Humans

Movie features lots of familiar faces and 'deadpan' jokes—but they may be too familiar

(Newser) - There's no finer purveyor of the "mockumentary" than Christopher Guest, the director behind Waiting for Guffman and Best in Show (and, of course, known for his portrayal of Nigel Tufnel in Spinal Tap). Which is why the internet turned it up to 11 when it was announced in... More »

Lion King Getting a Live-Action Reboot

Jon Favreau heading up the Disney project

(Newser) - You can feel the love tonight if you already own a copy of 1994's Lion King on DVD, but soon you'll be able to feel the love live-action style, too, Us reports. Disney announced Wednesday it's working on a do-over of the animated film, per a press... More »

Suicide Squad 'Gives Villainy a Bad Name'

'It's terrible,' says one critic

(Newser) - Audiences seem to like Suicide Squad, but critics most certainly do not. One of the most hyped films of the year has just a 27% approval rating from critics on Rotten Tomatoes , compared to a 74% rating from viewers. Here's what critics are saying:
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'Bad' Breastfeeding Moms Asked to Leave Bad Moms

Theater says kids 6 and under not allowed into R-rated movies

(Newser) - Bad Moms is doing…just OK on Rotten Tomatoes , but moms going to see the Mila Kunis flick went a little meta in Fort Myers, Fla. More than 50 moms who organized through Facebook to see the movie gained their own "bad mom" rep at a Regal Cinemas when... More »

Critics Split on the Return of Bourne

One says it's 'the best the series has yet offered'

(Newser) - Jason Bourne returns from what was believed to be a watery grave to surprise the CIA in the fifth Bourne installment and fourth starring Matt Damon. In this flick, Bourne is bent on discovering the story behind his initial recruitment. Critics are mostly split. Here's what they're saying:... More »

Original Trek Fans Will Love This Movie

It's 'like a souped-up version of the old show'

(Newser) - We already know one character turns out to be gay , but what else can you expect from Star Trek Beyond , in which the Starship Enterprise falls to pieces and its crew ends up scattered across the planet Altamid? Well, contrary to what George Takei might think , original creator Gene Roddenberry... More »

UT Students, Meet Professor McConaughey

Star will teach film class, though mostly by recorded video

(Newser) - Can we get an "all right, all right, all right" for the University of Texas at Austin's new film instructor? The college announced Thursday that Matthew McConaughey will team up with Gary Ross, the director of his new film, Free State of Jones, and a university instructor to... More »

Skarsgard Is Hot, Tarzan Is Not

Flick is dull and 'dispirited,' say critics

(Newser) - Tarzan is invited back to the Congo, where a Belgian captain hopes to serve him to his enemy on a silver platter. Critics, who've given The Legend of Tarzan a 32% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes , argue it's as tangled as jungle vines. Here's what they're... More »

Here Are the Highest-Grossing Actors of All Time

Johansson has raked in $3.3B for her movies, making her highest-grossing actress ever

(Newser) - Scarlett Johansson has made lots of money for her bosses, according to tracking site Box Office Mojo , which figured out she's the highest-grossing actress of all time, with her movies earning a cool $3.3 billion over her career lifetime, Entertainment Weekly reports. The 31-year-old Johansson comes in at... More »

It's No Nemo, but Dory Still Makes a Splash

Ellen DeGeneres is superb: critics

(Newser) - A flashback to her childhood sends Dory—a blue tang suffering from memory loss—fishing for her family in Finding Dory—Pixar's much-anticipated sequel to 2003's Finding Nemo. Despite its threat to real-life fish , critics argue it was worth the wait. Here's what they're saying.
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Jennifer Lawrence to Play Disgraced Biotech Boss

She's signed on for Theranos movie

(Newser) - It could be a blood-testing blockbuster: Jennifer Lawrence has signed on to play 32-year-old biotech startup founder Elizabeth Holmes in a movie about the wild ride of Theranos, Deadline reports. The company, which claimed it could test blood with a single finger prick , recently saw its value plummet from $9... More »

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