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Film on Czar's Affair Causing Some Problems in Russia

4 people suspected of an arson attack linked to a movie were detained

(Newser) - Matilda, a movie about the last Russian czar's affair with a ballerina, isn't due to be released in Russia until October, but it's already sparked harsh criticism and, it seems, arrests. Russian police have detained four people suspected of an arson attack linked to the movie, officials... 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 »

Film Series Pulls Gone With the Wind for 'Insensitive' Portrayals

After 34 years, Memphis theater will cease summer viewing

(Newser) - A Memphis theater is being both cheered and jeered for its decision to pull its annual summer viewing series of the 1939 Academy Award winning-film Gone With the Wind. Per Deadline , the Orpheum Theatre has been increasingly called out on social media for showing the antebellum classic, with critics concerned... More »

Their Film Ran in 14 Theaters. Then Robert Pattinson Called

How the major actor ended up in 'Good Time'

(Newser) - Good Time is a film about one bad night gone worse. Robert Pattinson plays a small-time Queens crook named Connie Nikas whose botched robbery and escape attempt lands his mentally handicapped brother in jail. And that's just in the first few minutes. The film doesn't come up for... More »

Jolie on Vanity Fair Coverage: 'I Am Upset'

Says story about casting children for her new film was misrepresented

(Newser) - A Vanity Fair interview with Angelina Jolie made headlines last week for a range of items, including the revelation she'd developed Bell's palsy last year. But one nugget in particular caught people's attention: how she allegedly cast kids for her new Netflix movie, First They Killed My ... More »

Student Allegedly Burned Cash Near Homeless Man

'Abhorrent and repugnant,' says Cambridge University group

(Newser) - He wore a white tie and tails, but the actions he's accused of exhibit zero class. The Telegraph reports that Cambridge University student Ronald Coyne, the communications officer of the Cambridge University Conservative Association, was allegedly intoxicated and filmed in formalwear burning a 20-pound note (equal to about $25)... More »

Pop Culture's Weirdest 'Cover-Ups'

Vulture compiles 70 biggest celebrity conspiracy theories—including that Katy Perry is JonBenet Ramsey

(Newser) - Take a timeout from Election 2016 conspiracy theories and do a deep dive instead into tinfoil-hat whispers on the pop culture front. Vulture has spent the past few months performing what it calls an "exhaustive cataloguing" of the biggest cover-ups in music, literature, film, TV, and "anything else... More »

Katie Couric Accused of Deceptive Edit in Guns Film

She and documentary maker stand by the final cut

(Newser) - Katie Couric is taking serious flak over the edited version of an interview with gun supporters in a documentary. In Under the Gun, Couric asks the group, "If there are no background checks for gun purchasers, how do you prevent felons or terrorists from purchasing a gun?" As this... More »

John Malkovich Film to Be Screened in 100 Years

It's billed as 'The Movie You Will Never See'

(Newser) - John Malkovich is starring in a movie that no one will see for 100 years—or a teaser that promotes a very expensive cognac. According to the Cannes Film Festival and a teaser released last year , Robert Rodriguez has directed Malkovich in the film 100 Years: The Movie You Will... More »

Month-Long Film Gets a 7-Hour Trailer

It shows a continuous shot of a beach in Sweden

(Newser) - Swedish artist Anders Weberg says he has made 300 films, but his final "moving image" project, experimental film Ambiancé, promises to be his longest. The running time: 720 hours, or 30 days. As befitting a movie of that length, Weberg has just released a second promotional video for the... More »

Wolf of Wall Street Actress to Play Tonya Harding

Margot Robbie will transform into disgraced skater for 'I, Tonya' film

(Newser) - Australian actress Margot Robbie is bent on showing her versatility, first making her breakout in 2013's The Wolf of Wall Street, appearing in Whiskey Tango Foxtrot and The Big Short, starring this summer in Suicide Squad and The Legend of Tarzan, and now announcing her intentions to play shamed... More »

'Farting Corpse' Film Makes Noise at Festival

'Swiss Army Man' divides audiences at Sundance

(Newser) - A new film starring Daniel Radcliffe as a farting corpse is dividing audiences at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, Us Weekly reports. In Swiss Army Man, the erstwhile Harry Potter plays a dead body discovered by a suicidal man (Paul Dano) on a deserted island. Dano rides Radcliffe across the... More »

Archaeologists on Hunt to Unearth Long-Buried Movie Set

Flights over desert helping in 'Ten Commandments' search

(Newser) - Thou shalt restore the Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes to their natural state once filming wraps up. That’s the commandment given to movie director Cecil B. DeMille, who filmed his epic The Ten Commandments in the sand dunes on the Central California coast in the early 1920s, KCBX reports. Apparently, though, he... More »

Movie Star Maureen O'Hara Dies at 95

She starred in How Green Was My Valley and Miracle on 34th Street

(Newser) - Maureen O'Hara, the flame-haired Irish movie star who appeared in classics ranging from the grim How Green Was My Valley to the uplifting Miracle on 34th Street and bantered unforgettably with John Wayne in several films has died. She was 95. O'Hara died in her sleep at her... More »

CBS Won't Run Ads for Redford Film Unflattering to CBS

Network won't be accepting advertising for movie based on Dan Rather debacle

(Newser) - CBS has refused to run advertising for Truth, the film starring Cate Blanchett and Robert Redford that revisits a painful episode in the network's past involving a discredited 2004 news story on former President George W. Bush's military service record. CBS has denounced the movie, which opens Friday,... More »

Story That 'Haunted' New Yorkers Since 1964 Becomes a Movie

Kitty Genovese's gruesome killing to become feature film

(Newser) - A legendary New York City crime that once inspired soul-searching and public debate is finally coming to the big screen. Spoiler alert: It's called "37," after the number of witnesses who allegedly watched, listened, or did nothing while Queens resident Kitty Genovese was raped and fatally stabbed.... More »

Here's a Business That Really, Really Died

One-hour photo processing fell victim to digital's swift attack

(Newser) - Sure, the digital revolution has brutalized video-rental stores and slashed newsstand numbers in half—but consider the poor one-hour photo shop. Those friendly kiosks and stores have fallen off by a stunning 94% since 1998, the worst decline of all business categories in the US Census. "The photo business... More »

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 »

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