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Queen Biopic Director: Caring for Sick Parent Got Me Fired

20th Century Fox to name new director of 'Bohemian Rhapsody'

(Newser) - Bryan Singer, the director who faced allegations of sexual assault before the dawn of the #metoo movement, has been fired from Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody. In announcing the dismissal Monday, 20th Century Fox blamed the "unexpected unavailability" of Singer, noting production had come to a halt on Dec. 1.... More »

Olivia Munn on Director Ratner: He Masturbated in Front of Me

5 other actresses are also accusing film director of sexual misconduct

(Newser) - Another domino of sexual misconduct allegations stretching from Hollywood to the media has tumbled. This time it involves film director Brett Ratner, with six women telling the Los Angeles Times of incidents they say happened in private homes, at Hollywood events, and on movie sets. Actress Olivia Munn is one... More »

Number of Women Now Accusing Director: More Than 230

LAPD has also received complaints about James Toback

(Newser) - If you were shocked when 38 women came forward to accuse director James Toback of sexual harassment, prepare to be truly taken aback: That number is now closer to 238. After the Los Angeles Times published its original exposé, more than 200 additional women got in touch with the paper... More »

Next Star Wars Movie Gets a Familiar Guiding Hand

JJ Abrams is returning to direct another

(Newser) - JJ Abrams is returning to Star Wars and will replace Colin Trevorrow as writer and director of Episode IX. Disney announced the move Tuesday, per the AP . After several high-profile exits by previous Star Wars directors, Lucasfilm is turning to the filmmaker who helped resurrect the franchise in the first... More »

Kevin Smith Finds a Niche, and He's Pretty Happy There

Live appearances, podcasts, TV directing, and, soon, a reboot of Jay and Silent Bob

(Newser) - Clerks, Mallrats, Chasing Amy, Dogma. Director Kevin Smith didn't just have a run of hits in the 1990s, he "changed American popular culture," writes Abraham Riesman in a profile for New York . These days, one question Smith gets asked a lot is: What happened to you? "... More »

'Poltergeist' Director Tobe Hooper Dies at 74

His ‘The Texas Chain Saw Massacre’ changed the face of indie horror

(Newser) - Tobe Hooper, the horror-movie pioneer whose low-budget sensation The Texas Chain Saw Massacre took a buzz saw to audiences with its brutally frightful vision, has died. He was 74. The Los Angeles County coroner's office on Sunday said Hooper died Saturday in the Sherman Oaks area of Los Angeles.... More »

'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 »

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