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Roger Stone on Newly Revealed Emails: 'This Is Called Politics'

'NYT' publishes correspondence between Stone, Steve Bannon

(Newser) - Newly released emails from the 2016 presidential campaign appear to show political operative Roger Stone presenting himself as a WikiLeaks insider to Steve Bannon, who was at the heart of then-candidate Donald Trump's run for president. The emails, published Thursday by the New York Times , touch on a central... More »

Ready Player One Wins in Debut

Tyler Perry film takes second, 'Black Panther' third

(Newser) - Steven Spielberg's action-adventure Ready Player One has topped the domestic box office over the holiday weekend. Studio estimates on Sunday say the Virtual Reality-focused film earned a solid $53.2 million in its first four days in theaters from 4,234 locations. Based on Ernest Cline's popular novel... 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 »

The Post Has Serious Theme, but Is 'Highly Entertaining'

Movie chronicles publication of the Pentagon Papers

(Newser) - Steven Spielberg signed on to The Post in March. Just nine months later, the film chronicling the Washington Post's publishing of the Pentagon Papers in 1971 is hitting theaters at what some critics argue is the perfect time. It has a solid 85% "fresh" rating from critics at... More »

Apple Teams Up With Spielberg to Revive '80s Show

It's bringing back Amazing Stories in bid to take on likes of Netflix

(Newser) - Apple is teaming up with no less than the likes of Steven Spielberg for its first major push into TV programming. The iPhone maker is bringing back Spielberg's 30-year-old anthology series Amazing Stories in its attempt to build an online video subscription service to challenge those of Netflix, Amazon,... More »

The BFG Is Spielberg's Biggest Flop Since 1979

At least that's how it's shaping up for the famous director

(Newser) - With a $140 million budget and an opening weekend take of only $24 million, The BFG is poised to be Steven Spielberg's biggest flop in 37 years, Rolling Stone reports. That's left people wondering if the man who essentially invented the summer blockbuster with Jaws has lost his... More »

Indiana Jones Is Coming Back

Disney announces 5th film in franchise

(Newser) - Indiana Jones is swinging back into theaters with Harrison Ford reprising the iconic role and Steven Spielberg directing, the AP reports. Walt Disney Co. announced Tuesday that the fifth film in the series will open July 19, 2019. The last Indiana Jones film was 2008's poorly received Indiana Jones ... More »

5 Celebrity Restaurants That Failed

J.Lo's foray into food wasn't as successful as her acting and music career

(Newser) - There are few industries as volatile as the restaurant biz, but that doesn't seem to stop celebrities from plunking down the money needed to open up a restaurant. Below is just a small sampling of celebs whose eateries went belly up:
  1. Steven Spielberg's Dive!: What could go wrong
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Spielberg Works His Magic in Bridge of Spies

British actor Mark Rylance gives a standout performance as Rudolf Abel

(Newser) - Tom Hanks took some time off from being awesome to star as an American attorney who must negotiate a prisoner swap in Soviet Russia in Steven Spielberg's Bridge of Spies . Critics and audiences are equally in love, giving the flick a 92% and 90% approval rating, respectively, on Rotten... More »

10 Most-Thanked People in Oscar History

And the winner is ... Steven Spielberg

(Newser) - In anticipation of the Oscars on Sunday, Vocativ analyzed all 1,396 acceptance speeches the Academy has archived on its website to figure out which Hollywood bigwigs get thanked the most. The results:
  1. Steven Spielberg: He's been thanked 42 times—and even by people who have simply been inspired
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How Hollywood Killed the Mid-Budget Movie

Studios turn to blockbusters for enormous profits

(Newser) - Wonder what happened to iconic film directors like David Lynch, John Waters, and Francis Ford Coppola? Well, Hollywood checked the balance sheet and decided to stop making their kind of mid-budget films, Flavorwire reports. It's all dollars and cents: Thoughtful or offbeat films costing $5 million to $60 million... More »

5 Celeb Marriages Born in Scandal

Including some very long-lasting ones

(Newser) - The Stir rounds up 11 Hollywood marriages that had a less-than-innocent start—including some very long-lasting ones. A sampling:
  • Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson: Hanks was still married to Samantha Lewes, with whom he had two kids, when he fell in love with Wilson on the set of the
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5 of the Best Films That Never Got Made

These movies could have been classics

(Newser) - In honor of last week's release of Jodorowsky's Dune , a documentary about Alejandro Jodorowsky's planned but never made adaptation of Frank Herbert's science fiction novel, the BBC lists the "10 greatest movies never made." Five standouts:
  • Stanley Kubrick's Napoleon: Kubrick spent years digging
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5 Huge Celebrity Families

The Osmonds could start their own sports team

(Newser) - Holidays must be fun for the largest families in Hollywood. ETOnline rounds up 10 of the biggest clans. A sampling:
  • Between them, siblings Donny and Marie Osmond have 13 kids (five for Donny and eight for Marie).
  • Eddie Murphy has eight children, ages 6 to 24.
  • Steven Spielberg has six
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11 Celebs Who Are Godparents to Celebs

Seems like everyone in Hollywood knows one another

(Newser) - In honor of Prince George, who has seven new godparents , PopSugar rounds up 23 celebrities who are godparents of other celebrities' children. A sampling:
  • Michael Jackson was godfather to Nicole Richie.
  • Simon Pegg is godfather to Apple Martin, daughter of Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin.
  • Drew Barrymore is godmother to
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Madonna Highest-Earning Celeb, Despite 'Flop' Album

Her tour managed to save her—big time: Forbes

(Newser) - Somehow, despite selling fewer than a million copies of her latest album, Madonna made it to the top of the Forbes 2013 top-earning celebs list. She has her tour to thank: It grossed $305 million. Merchandise sales, her clothing line and fragrance, and investments also helped get her to the... More »

Spielberg, Lucas: Movie Industry in Big Trouble

Failed blockbusters could result in game-changing 'meltdown'

(Newser) - George Lucas and Steven Spielberg think the movie industry is headed for a catastrophic implosion that will change entertainment as we know it. At a USC School of Cinematic Arts panel, the Indiana Jones collaborators sketched a future worthy of a disaster flick, blaming the coming doom on the industry'... More »

Microsoft Reveals New XBox, Focuses on TV, Not Games

Including a new Halo series from Steven Spielberg

(Newser) - Microsoft unveiled its long-awaited next-generation XBox today, touting more than anything its bevy of advanced entertainment features, calling it an "all-in-one system for games, movies, and entertainment," and announcing an exclusive, live-action Halo TV show produced by Steven Spielberg. Here's what you need to know, drawn from... More »

And the Oscar Will Go To ...

Nate Silver brings cold, hard statistics to movies' biggest night

(Newser) - Nate Silver has quantified baseball, politics, and the Super Bowl (that last one not so successfully )—and now he turns his big geeky brain to the Academy Awards, trying to sort out the signal and the noise for the year's biggest movies in the New York Times . Just... More »

5 Insane Things Celebs Did to Get Into Character

Tom Cruise ... delivered packages?!

(Newser) - It's fairly common for actors to gain or shed a lot of weight for the sake of a role—but that's not the only intense thing they do to get into character. Cracked lists five of the craziest pursuits undertaken in the name of acting:
  • Tom Cruise, delivery
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