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Mystery Footage Found of 1915 Eastland Disaster

A doctoral student finds while doing online research

(Newser) - Ted Wachholz couldn't believe his eyes: He opened Facebook and saw film footage of the SS Eastland disaster, which claimed 844 lives on the Chicago River in 1915, the Chicago Tribune reports. "I'm reasonably confident that this is the first opportunity that the public has had" to... More »

Toy Story 2 Was Almost Destroyed by a Tiny Error

New mom saved the day when Pixar had no backup copy

(Newser) - If it hadn't been for a new mother working from home, we might never have seen Toy Story 2—or any later Pixar film, for that matter, writes Simon Brew at Mental Floss . In his book Creativity Inc, Pixar co-founder Ed Catmull tells the story of how most of... More »

Hit Sundance Film Shot on an iPhone

'Tangerine' shows LA life of transgender prostitutes

(Newser) - Tangerine surprised audiences at the Sundance Film Festival by depicting the gritty life of transgender prostitutes in Hollywood. Another revelation: The acclaimed film was shot almost totally on an iPhone 5S, the Verge reports. Indie writer/director Sean Baker says it was a budgetary choice that came with other advantages. For... More »

Hollywood Honchos Debate Politics of American Sniper

Michael Moore, Seth Rogen, Jane Fonda enter the fray

(Newser) - American Sniper didn't just set a box-office record this weekend. It also triggered debate among Hollywood honchos apparently offended by the flick—who then said they really weren't, USA Today reports. Seth Rogen, for one, tweeted yesterday that the film "kind of reminds me of the movie... More »

Terrible Aniston Film Proves Oscars Are a Joke

Cake is one of the year's worst, yet it's getting plenty of buzz: David Ehrlich

(Newser) - The film Cake, starring Jennifer Aniston, is a likely Oscar contender. It's also "one of the very worst films of 2014," writes David Ehrlich at Slate . Its inclusion in the Oscar conversation simply underlines how "hollow" the awards process is. "Cake is not a reflection... More »

Hey, Seth Rogen: Assassination Isn't Funny

If US is a 'moral force,' it shouldn't laugh at The Interview : David Rogers

(Newser) - In four days, The Interview pulled in $15 million, Sony Pictures says in a press release. That's in the period through Saturday, during which, Sony says, the film was rented or bought two million times online, deadline.com reports. But its success so far isn't something to be... More »

Making of Gone With the Wind Was an Absolute Mess

But it's still the top-grossing film domestically

(Newser) - It's been 75 years since Gone With the Wind was released—and given the many hurdles to its production, it's kind of amazing that it ever was. In Entertainment Weekly , Chris Nashawaty tells the story of the film's making, which centered on producer David Selznick. He was... More »

This Year's Top-Grossing Actor Is...

Jennifer Lawrence, thanks to 'Hunger Games,' 'X-Men'

(Newser) - If you headed to the movies to see the latest Hunger Games or X-Men flicks, you witnessed the year's biggest global box-office star in action. Films featuring Jennifer Lawrence, who played Katniss in Mockingjay and Mystique in X-Men: Days Of Future Past, brought in $1.8 billion, putting her... More »

Jolie's Unbroken Comes Up Short

It's a 'grand' effort, but less than satisfying: critics

(Newser) - Angelina Jolie's second directorial effort is Unbroken, a much-hyped adaptation of Laura Hillenbrand's bestselling book . It tells the story of Louis Zamperini, an Italian-American who, as Richard Corliss writes in Time , "lived three lives before he was 30": He competed in the 1936 Olympics, was stranded on... More »

It's the Most Terrible Movie Time of the Year

Studios increasingly schedule junk for the holidays: Nico Lang

(Newser) - Night at the Museum, anyone? How about Annie, or Big Eyes? Once again, it's a year of unappealing films for the holidays—no big surprise, considering what's been released around Christmas in recent years, ranging from It's Complicated to Gulliver's Travels. Christmas has increasingly become what... More »

Lost 1927 Disney Film Found Near Arctic Circle

'Empty Socks,' first Disney Christmas film, uncovered in Norway library

(Newser) - Before Mickey Mouse, there was Oswald the Lucky Rabbit—and that guy's been hiding out for a long time in a Norwegian library near the Arctic Circle. That's what archivists at the National Library of Norway in Mo i Rana recently discovered during a digitization project, stumbling across... More »

Moviegoer Maces Guy Who Asked Her to Turn Off Phone

She shines flashlight in his face, then sprays him: witnesses

(Newser) - A woman fed up with getting asked to turn her phone off resorted to extreme measures last night: She sprayed her fellow filmgoer with mace, Mashable reports. A witness at Hollywood's TCL Chinese Theater tells the site that the man politely asked the woman several times to switch off... More »

Emmy Winner Polly Bergen Dead at 84

Appeared in Cape Fear , Desperate Housewives

(Newser) - Actress and singer Polly Bergen, known for roles in productions ranging from Cape Fear to Desperate Housewives, has died at 84 of natural causes, reports say. Bergen won an Emmy for her role as Helen Morgan in the series Playhouse 90 in the late 1950s, the AP reports. She also... More »

Are Action Movies Making Us Fat?

Genre linked to heavy snacking: study

(Newser) - If you're looking to lose weight, you may want to consider your movie diet … especially when it comes to action flicks. We seem to have a particular problem with overeating during such films, a study suggests. Researchers asked 94 students to watch one of three programs: The Ewan... More »

If I Stay Offers Tears, Little Else

Critics mixed on emotional teen flick

(Newser) - If I Stay tells the story of a teen girl with a big future who's nearly killed in a car crash. Informed by out-of-body experiences, she must decide whether to stick around on Earth or head to Heaven. It'll make you cry, but it doesn't offer much... More »

Mara Wilson: Robin Williams Was Like a Dad

Mrs. Doubtfire actress reflects on her costar

(Newser) - Mara Wilson —aka Mrs. Doubtfire's youngest kid—is offering a heartfelt remembrance of a man who, to her and many others, felt a bit like a father. "Robin Williams, as I knew him, was warm, gentle, expressive, nurturing, and brilliant," she writes on her blog... More »

Robin Williams: Not 'a Faster Brain on the Planet'

At least when it came to comedy; tributes rolling in

(Newser) - After Robin Williams' sudden death , the tributes are rolling in, with many recalling a comic genius grappling with private challenges. A sampling:
  • When it comes to comedy, "there wasn't a faster brain on the planet," writes Tony Hicks in the Contra Costa Times . We'll be hearing
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4 Robin Williams Films Still to Come

We'll see comedy, drama, voice-over work

(Newser) - Though the world has lost Robin Williams, his work lives on—including a fair bit we haven't seen yet. The actor has four movies due out relatively soon, showcasing his comic and dramatic range—not to mention some voice acting.
  • First up is Merry Friggin' Christmas , with Wendi McLendon-Covey,
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Now Amazon Is Picking Fight With Captain America

Disney films can't be preordered

(Newser) - Add another major firm to Amazon's list of enemies: As the retailer's battle with publisher Hachette continues, it's also taking action against Disney, the Wall Street Journal reports. Amazon has stopped offering preorders of DVDs and Blu-rays of movies like Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Maleficent,... More »

Ninja Turtles Rule Box Office

Leonardo and co. defeat Guardians of the Galaxy

(Newser) - Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles sliced off $65 million at the weekend box office, and the totally tubular ticket sales prompted the studio to announce plans today for a sequel set for June 3, 2016. Paramount Pictures' comic-book adaptation featuring Megan Fox alongside computer-generated renditions of the pizza-eating, sewer-dwelling superheroes lunged... More »

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