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Utah Ordered to Pay $475K in Deadpool Case

State wanted to punish cinema for serving booze during racy superhero movie

(Newser) - A judge has ordered the state of Utah to pay more than $475,000 in legal fees after it lost a court fight over a law that banned serving alcohol during the racy, foul-mouthed superhero film Deadpool. US District Judge David Nuffer handed down a strongly worded decision denying state... More »

Saudis Lift 35-Year Cinema Ban

Clerics stamped movies out decades ago

(Newser) - Saudis are going to be allowed to go to the movies for the first time since ET, Annie, and Blade Runner were in the cinemas. Saudi Arabian authorities have announced that as part of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's reform program, movie theaters, which have been banned for at... More »

Moviegoers Went to See Moonlight, Got Punked

London theater kicked off showing with 20 seconds from 'La La Land' trailer

(Newser) - The "biggest blunder in Oscars history" is now three days old, but a London movie theater decided to extend the error's 15 minutes of fame on Monday. People have been flocking to see Moonlight since its best picture win on Sunday—after La La Land was mistakenly announced... More »

Baghdad's Only Cinema Yanks American Sniper

Despite sellout crowds, some audiences fume over portrayal of Iraqis

(Newser) - Baghdad's only cinema has stopped showing American Sniper. The movie was bringing in money, says the theater's owner—many screenings were in fact sold out, GlobalPost notes—but its portrayal of Iraqis was met with anger, including from the government, the Washington Post reports. "The film makes... More »

New Movie Strategy: Buy Ticket, Get Video

Canadian deal inspires Hollywood

(Newser) - Some Canadians who went to see Pacific Rim this summer shelled out twice the standard price for a ticket—and got a digital download of the movie, too. The $19.99 SuperTicket was offered by Cineplex, a company that dominates the Canadian cinema market, and the idea has inspired the... More »

'Ninjas' Shock Filmgoers Into Shutting Up

Prince Charles Cinema in London brings in black-clad patrol

(Newser) - Next time you're chatting at the movies, don't be alarmed if ninjas—or people in dark body suits, anyway—swoop in out of nowhere. So far only the Prince Charles Cinema in London has brought in volunteer "ninjas" to enforce rules against chatting, seat-kicking, popcorn-throwing, etc, Slashfilm... More »

'Oscar-Worthy' YouTube Snow Video Wows Roger Ebert

Crystalline film show 'extraordinary talent,' gushes critic

(Newser) - One of the gazillions of snow storm videos shot in New York is a crystalline standout that has won praise from none other than Roger Ebert as "Oscar-worthy." Indie cinematographer Jamie Stuart chronicled last week's record storm in his Queen's neighborhood, entitling the short film Idiot With a ... More »

Bedbugs Invade NYC Cinemas

Times Square theater temporarily shuttered

(Newser) - Popcorn isn't the only thing getting eaten at cinemas in New York City. The AMC Empire 25 in Times Square was temporarily shuttered Tuesday night while a team of exterminators tried to rid the place of blood-sucking bedbugs —two weeks after it had initially been treated for the pests.... More »

New Wave Filmmaker Eric Rohmer Dead at 89

Pioneering Frenchman directed 50+ films

(Newser) - Eric Rohmer, a leading light of the French New Wave and a prolific filmmaker for over 4 decades, died today in Paris. He was 89. Overshadowed early in his career by Jean-Luc Godard and François Truffaut, Rohmer made his mark with his "Six Moral Tales," released from... More »

Batman's Commissioner Gordon Dies

Pat Hingle, veteran tough-guy actor, mentored young

(Newser) - Actor Pat Hingle—whose characters included Commissioner Gordon in the '90s Batman movies and Norma Rae's father in the 1979 film—has died of blood cancer at his Carolina Beach home at the age of 84, the Wilmington Star-News reports. The Tony Award nominee and Broadway star had said he... More »

Fangs for the Memories: Best Bloodsucker Stars

Baddest vampires deliver the tingles

(Newser) - As Twilight fans storm the box office, Entertainment Weekly offers up its picks of a dozen of the best toothsome vampires:
  • David (The Lost Boys, 1987): Before he drew blood as Jack Bauer, Kiefer Sutherland drank blood with the two Coreys.
  • Santanico Pandemonium (From Dusk Till Dawn, 1996): Salma
... More »

Movie, Munchie Sales Shrivel

Cash-strapped moviegoers forego snacks, according to latest sales stats

(Newser) - Some Americans seeking a break from economic news may be sitting in the dark in movie theaters—but they're apparently not eating their Raisinets. That's the news from two cinema companies reporting a major munchie drop off. Conventional wisdom holds that people can always afford a movie. Not so. Admission... More »

Disney's Worldly Approach Makes HSM a Global Smash

(Newser) - The success of High School Musical 3 proves that 293 million tweens can't be wrong. The series’ third installment debuted No. 1 in 19 international markets, confirming Disney's success with a strategy that marries the franchise’s universal themes to local cultures, Time reports. “You weave it together, forming... More »

Museum Finds Missing Reels of Sci-Fi Classic

Film historians rejoice as Fritz Lang's iconic Metropolis is revived

(Newser) - The  discovery of long-lost footage from Fritz Lang's futuristic classic Metropolis in the archives of a Buenos Aires museum has given the film world a thrill, reports Der Speigel. Nearly a half-hour of Lang's 1927 vision of 21st-century class struggle can be restored. The new scenes flesh out the characters... More »

It's Karma: Chinese Cinema Bans Sharon Stone Films

Star's take on quake infuriates Chinese

(Newser) - Instant karma got actress Sharon Stone in China yesterday, reports the AP. The nation's biggest cinema chain has banned the actress' movies since the shoot-from-the-lip star suggested that the Sichuan earthquake that killed as many as 80,000 people could have been bad "karma" for the way China treats... More »

Slumping Popcorn Sales Will Pop Ticket Prices

Film fans who balk at $6 popcorn will be coughing up more at the door

(Newser) - Movie tickets have long been partly subsidized by popcorn sales, but that business model is set to pop as the price of corn soars, Advertising Age reports. As moviegoers pass up the pricey snack, cinemas will need to hike ticket charges to cover the difference. One expert on the movie... More »

Take Me Out to the Ballgame... at the Cineplex

Movie theaters boost lagging ticket sales with live broadcasts

(Newser) - Cineplexes are boosting stagnant sales by showing more live broadcasts, the New York Times reports. From the Metropolitan Opera to the Mets, high-def feeds are luring fans for less than the price of a live concert or ball game. "We can now replicate Carnegie Hall across the country,"... More »

Ingmar Bergman Dies at 89

(Newser) - Swedish director Ingmar Bergman, one of the giants of cinematic storytelling, died today at 89 after a career spanning more than half a century and over 50 films. Bergman's films scanned the dreary but often resplendent landscape of the human condition, one deeply conditioned by his native country. More »

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