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Fans Requested This for 34 Years. Now, the Trailer

Tom Cruise surprises fans at Comic-Con in San Diego with 'Top Gun: Maverick' trailer

(Newser) - Comic-Con fans got a treat Thursday when one of the world's biggest movie stars showed up and teased a long-awaited film, People reports. "I'm feeling that loving feeling, I'm definitely feeling that loving feeling from you all," Tom Cruise told an audience after surprising them... More »

Scarlett Johansson Clarifies Remarks About Playing 'a Tree'

She says interview was 'edited for click bait and is widely taken out of context'

(Newser) - Scarlett Johansson has received more press than most actors when it comes to the appropriateness of the roles she takes on: She was attacked two years ago for playing an Asian character in Ghost in the Shell , and last year dropped out of Rub & Tug, in which she was... More »

Conan Wings It After Star Guest Cancels at Showtime

The talk show host chides Kumail Nanjiani over the no-show

(Newser) - Conan O'Brien was forced to improvise Friday when one of his guests canceled at the last minute, People reports. O'Brien said in his monologue that he was told a half-hour before showtime that Kumail Nanjiani, star of Stuber, was held up at another show. "I was having... More »

Rising Film and TV Actor Is Dead at 20

Cameron Boyce made his movie debut at age 9

(Newser) - "Too young. Too sweet. Too funny." So wrote one celebrity after the surprising death Saturday of rising star Cameron Boyce, People reports. The 20-year-old actor, known for his Disney Channel roles and cheered for his philanthropy, apparently died in his sleep. "It is with a profoundly heavy... More »

Intruder Calls Police on Halle Berry's Workers

According to LA law enforcement, at least

(Newser) - Con artist, crazy, whatever—a man is accused of trying to move into Halle Berry's place and change the locks while she was away, TMZ reports. Ronald Eugene Griffin, 59, was allegedly so galled when confronted by Berry employees that he called police, who arrived and figured out his... More »

Julia Roberts: 'I Had No Business Being in a Movie Like That'

Julia Roberts explains how 'Pretty Woman' evolved

(Newser) - "I had no business being in a movie like that." So says Julia Roberts about the original Pretty Woman—then titled 3000—a film that apparently went from dark-and-art to Hollywood rom-com before anyone yelled "action!" Roberts tells the story in a Variety Actors on Actors... More »

Alyssa Milano Lights Up Twitter With Proposed Strike

The actor is among those opposing new Georgia abortion law

(Newser) - Georgia's new abortion law —the so-called "heartbeat bill"—is generating heat from Hollywood and elicited an unusual proposal from Alyssa Milano , reports USA Today . The actor and activist urged women on Twitter to join her in a strike against the bill that forbids abortion after a... More »

After 34 Years, Arrest Made in Murder of TV Director

Cops say Edwin Hiatt admitted killing Barry Crane

(Newser) - A man charged with bludgeoning and strangling to death a Hollywood television director more than three decades ago was arrested Thursday in North Carolina after police said DNA and a confession linked him to the crime. Edwin Hiatt was arrested in Burke County for the 1985 death of Barry Crane... More »

Theron: This Is How Hollywood 'Slaps You in the Face'

Actor tells the story of 'Wonder Woman' casting offer

(Newser) - For Charlize Theron, it was a defining moment—and one that reflects how Hollywood recasts women the moment they turn 40, USA Today reports. Appearing on Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen, the actor responded to a rumor she had turned down the film role of Wonder Woman, which... More »

Sonic the Hedgehog to Get Redesign After Trailer Backfires

People want to know why character suddenly has teeth and 'shapely' legs

(Newser) - The film based on the Sonic the Hedgehog video game is due out in November, and the moviemakers hoped the trailer released Tuesday would generate some early buzz—and it did, but not in the way they anticipated. Instead, the Guardian reports on the "considerable derision" the nearly three-minute... More »

Corey Feldman Struggles to Make Doc on 'Hollywood Pedophiles'

The former child star also reassesses his friendship with Michael Jackson

(Newser) - Corey Feldman is still waging a war against what he calls widespread Hollywood pedophilia—which has earned him online enemies and led him to see an old friend in a new light, Rolling Stone reports. "It caused me to have concerns," he says of Finding Neverland , the HBO... More »

John Singleton Is Hospitalized

The 'Boyz N the Hood' director had a stroke

(Newser) - Boyz N the Hood director John Singleton suffered a stroke this week and remains hospitalized, according to his family, the AP reports. Additional details, including his condition, were not immediately available. In a statement released Saturday, Singleton's family announced that the 51-year-old filmmaker was in ICU and "under... More »

Unions to Hollywood Writers: Fire Your Agents

It's a new strike, this time against talent agencies

(Newser) - Welcome to Hollywood chaos. The Writers Guild of America notified its 15,000 members Friday to fire their agents after talks crumbled between the two sides, Variety reports. "We know that, together, we are about to enter uncharted waters," say WGA leaders. "...But it has become clear... More »

Celebs Threaten State Over New Abortion Bill

Alyssa Milano spearheads petition against Georgia's 'heartbeat' bill

(Newser) - Hollywood has Georgia on its mind—and not in a good way. Fifty actors have signed a petition threatening to urge film and TV production away from the state if it passes a new abortion bill, the Huffington Post reports. Alyssa Milano spearheaded the petition, which says "billions of... More »

Angelina Jolie Might Be Adding Superhero Film to Her Resume

Sources say she's in talks to star in Marvel's 'The Eternals'

(Newser) - She's played a video game adventurer , a fairy tale villain , and a comic book assassin ; now Angelina Jolie might be adding superhero to the list. She's in talks to star in Marvel Studios' The Eternals, sources tell the Hollywood Reporter . The Jack Kirby title about near-immortal, godlike beings... More »

Read Telling Texts Between Hollywood Exec, Actress

Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara allegedly tried to boost career of Charlotte Kirk amid affair

(Newser) - A new Hollywood scandal is in the news, thanks to text messages revealed by the Hollywood Reporter . The upshot: Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara, 54, is accused of trying to improperly arrange roles for British actress Charlotte Kirk, with whom he was reportedly having a sexual relationship. A sample of... More »

Here Are Your Academy Award Winners

'Green Book' wins best picture

(Newser) - The Academy Awards kicked off at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles Sunday evening with the pageantry it deserves: a short set by Queen (with guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor), featuring Adam Lambert on vocals crooning "We Will Rock You" and "We Are the Champions,"... More »

After More Than 3 Decades, Spike Lee Has His First Oscar

Lee wins best adapted screenplay for 'BlackKkKlansman'

(Newser) - After more than 30 years in the business (his first feature film was She's Gotta Have It, in 1986), Spike Lee took home his first Oscar Sunday night, and the New York Post notes he got "emotional." Lee leaped into presenter Samuel L. Jackson's arms when... More »

The Political Topic That Made Its Way Onstage

Maya Rudolph, Javier Bardem, chef Jose Andres mentioned walls, immigrants

(Newser) - Politics wasn't a high priority at the Oscars Sunday night, but one particular topic appeared to be broached more than once: the proposed border wall with Mexico. Comedian Maya Rudolph first touched on it in the opening monologue she did with Amy Poehler and Tina Fey, informing the audience,... More »

Doesn't Look Like a Red-Carpet Showstopper? Look Closer

Billy Porter wears a tuxedo dress, plus other red-carpet splashes

(Newser) - Hollywood luminaries showed up in all their finery at the Dolby Theatre on Sunday, kicking off the Oscars festivities in both elegant and irreverent attire. Perhaps generating the biggest buzz on the red carpet, per Page Six : Pose actor and Tony Award winner Billy Porter, who swept in wearing a... More »

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