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'Father of the Zombie Film' Dies

George Romero was 77

(Newser) - His movies were groundbreaking—and that ground was over a grave. George Romero, the director known as the "Father of the Zombie Film" for 1968's Night of the Living Dead and its follow-ups, died of lung cancer on Sunday, CNN reports. He was 77. Romero, who grew up... More »

Sofia Coppola Scores Historic Win at Cannes

She's the 1st female director to win since 1961

(Newser) - Sofia Coppola scored a historic victory at the Cannes Film Festival on Sunday night when she became only the second woman in the event's 70-year history to win the best director award. The American, who won with Civil War drama The Beguiled , is the first woman to win since... More »

After Daughter's Suicide, Director Bows Out of Justice League

Zack Snyder decided 2-week break wasn't enough

(Newser) - Upcoming superhero film Justice League is getting a new director just six months from its release date. Joss Whedon is taking the reins from Zack Snyder, the director of superhero flicks Man of Steel and Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, who is stepping aside to cope with his daughter'... More »

Judge: Polanski Has to Return to LA for Sentencing

He rejects attempt to end sex abuse case

(Newser) - A Los Angeles judge on Monday rejected Roman Polanski's bid to end his long-running underage sex abuse case without the fugitive director appearing in court or being sentenced to more prison time. Superior Court Judge Scott M. Gordon refused to address how Polanski would be sentenced if he returned... 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 »

Too-Real 1972 Rape Scene Gains New Disgust in 2016

Lost interview reveals 'Last Tango in Paris' scene was sprung on actress by director, Brando

(Newser) - Last Tango in Paris was released in 1972 to critical acclaim, but people are now "sick" and "enraged" after a 2013 interview resurfaced in which director Bernardo Bertolucci admitted the infamous rape scene in it was a little too real. In the interview, which was uploaded to YouTube... More »

LA Confidential, 8 Mile Director Dead at 71

Eminem pays tribute to Curtis Hanson

(Newser) - Curtis Hanson, who won a screenwriting Oscar for LA Confidential and directed the psychological thriller The Hand That Rocks the Cradle and Eminem's tale of Detroit hip-hop 8 Mile, has died. He was 71. Paramedics declared Hanson dead at his Hollywood Hills home late Tuesday afternoon, Los Angeles police... More »

Old Rape Case Resurfaces to Haunt an Oscar Hopeful

Actor/director Nate Parker was acquitted in 2001

(Newser) - Nate Parker hoped his drama about an 1831 slave rebellion would generate Oscar buzz. But talk about The Birth of a Nation—which Fox Searchlight bought for a record $17.5 million after its Sundance premiere—has suddenly taken a turn. As the New York Times recounts, the first-time director... More »

Director Jailed in Assistant's Death Gets Sprung Early

Randall Miller out on legal misstep after plea deal for death on 'Midnight Rider' set

(Newser) - In what Deadline calls a "shock ruling," Midnight Rider director Randall Miller was set free Wednesday from a Georgia jail after serving only half of his plea-deal term for his role in the death of a 27-year-old camera assistant, the AP reports. The early release was due to... More »

Nosferatu Director's Head Taken From Grave

German cops believe there may be link to occult

(Newser) - FW Murnau was one of the first—and best—horror movie directors and he is still at the center of creepy goings-on more than 80 years after his death. Police in Germany say the Nosferatu director's grave in a family plot near Berlin has been raided by people who... More »

This 72-Minute 'Teaser' Is for a Month-Long Movie

The actual trailer, due in 2 years, is expected to run 7 hours and 20 minutes

(Newser) - Here's a dream come true for couch potatoes: You're not going to have to stop watching this movie for an entire month when it is ultimately released. Ambiancé, by Swedish director Anders Weberg, will be a full 720-hour film to be screened only once, starting on New Year'... More »

Oscar-Winning Director Killed Himself, Says Brother

'Searching for Sugar Man' filmmaker reportedly suffered from depression

(Newser) - The sudden death of acclaimed director Malik Bendjelloul may be a case of suicide. Bendjelloul's brother has told a Swedish newspaper that the 36-year-old killed himself, explaining that he had struggled with depression for a short period of time. Bendjelloul was found dead in Stockholm yesterday. The filmmaker rose... More »

Actor Maximilan Schell Dead at 83

Won 1961 best actor Oscar

(Newser) - Austrian-born actor Maximilian Schell, a fugitive from Adolf Hitler who became a Hollywood favorite and won an Oscar for his role as a defense attorney in Stanley Kramer's classic Judgment at Nuremberg, has died. He was 83. Schell's agent said he died overnight at a hospital in the... More »

Jon Stewart Will Take Break to Direct Movie

He'll be away from 'Daily Show' 12 weeks to work on drama

(Newser) - Jon Stewart plans to take a 12-week hiatus from the Daily Show in June to, surprise, surprise, direct a serious movie, reports the New York Times . What's more, Stewart adapted the screenplay for Rosewater himself. It's based on a book by Maziar Bahari, a journalist who was detained... More »

Affleck's Argo Racks Up Another Win

Directors Guild of America normally indicates a Best Director Oscar is coming

(Newser) - The good news for Ben Affleck: He's won the award that should make him a shoo-in to win Best Director at the Academy Awards. The bad news: He's still not nominated. Affleck took home the top prize at last night's Directors Guild of America awards for Argo,... More »

Snubbed by Oscar, Affleck Wins Critics' Choice Top Honors

He takes best director and best film for 'Argo'

(Newser) - The Critics' Choice Awards are generally a good barometer for the Oscars, which makes Ben Affleck's night a bittersweet one. He took home honors for best director and best film last night for Argo, hours after failing to even get nominated in the directors' category for an Academy Award.... More »

Star Trek Director Gives Dying Fan Sneak Screening

JJ Abrams sends rough cut of sequel to cancer patient

(Newser) - A Star Trek fan with just days to live got to watch a rough cut of upcoming sequel Star Trek: Into Darkness after a plea on social media reached director JJ Abrams. The film won't be released until May, but Abrams and producer Damon Lindelof arranged for a copy... More »

Tony Scott Was Cancer- Free: Coroner

Still no known motive behind Top Gun director's suicide

(Newser) - Contrary to earlier reports , Top Gun director Tony Scott wasn't suffering from brain cancer or any other serious illness when he committed suicide in August, the coroner says. Scott did, however, have "therapeutic levels" of sleep drug Lunesta and antidepressant Mirtazipine in his body, the Los Angeles Times... More »

Family: Tony Scott Didn't Have Brain Cancer

Director looked nervous before suicide leap: witness

(Newser) - Elements of director Tony Scott's suicide remain a bit of a mystery. Family members have denied reports that the director had inoperable brain cancer—or any kind of brain tumor, an investigator says. ABC News, citing a source close to the director, was first to report that diagnosis, but... More »

Forget Ridley: Tony Was the More Talented Scott Brother

Alex Pareene reflects on why he loved the late director

(Newser) - Ridley Scott may be the better known Scott brother, but Tony Scott—who jumped to his death yesterday —was the better film director, writes Alex Pareene on Salon . He realizes this sounds "ridiculous," but challenges readers to "stop and think about how many films by each... More »

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