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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 »

One Band Will 'Likely Draw More Eyeballs' to Oscars

Queen, with Adam Lambert filling in as singer, will perform Sunday at awards show

(Newser) - The Academy's plan this year to shorten the Oscars by giving out some awards during the commercials failed . Now it had better hope one of its featured bands doesn't play one of its most famous tunes in its entirety. Queen is set to perform at the awards show... More »

Academy Nixes Oscars Plan After Backlash

Decision reversed on not showing 4 awards live

(Newser) - Twitter tweeted , A-listers revolted , and now, the Academy has acquiesced. A decision to not show live four awards (those for cinematography, film editing, live action short, and makeup and hairstyling) during the Feb. 24 broadcast received much pushback since it was announced earlier this week, and now the Academy of... More »

Hollywood A-Listers Revolt Against Oscars

Hundreds of big-name actors, directors, cinematographers slam Academy decision

(Newser) - The backlash against the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences continues, and increasingly bigger names are joining the fray. After announcing that four awards would be bestowed during commercial breaks at the Feb. 24 Oscars, there was immediate pushback from those who said it was insulting to recipients in... More »

Looks Like Pete Has Bounced Back

The SNL actor seems to be dating Kate Beckinsale

(Newser) - Earth to Pete Davidson: You do this how, exactly? The 25-year-old Saturday Night Live star was seen holding hands with the glamorous 45-year-old actress Kate Beckinsale on Friday night in Los Angeles after he performed at a comedy venue—where he did a joke about former fiancee Ariana Grande, People... More »

Atlantic Releases Yearlong Investigation Into Bryan Singer

'A troubled man who surrounded himself with vulnerable teenage boys'

(Newser) - "After the Harvey Weinstein news came out, everyone thought Bryan Singer would be next." So one "prominent actor" told Alex French and Maximillian Potter for the Atlantic in regard to the director. Next wasn't exactly right, but a giant investigation into allegations against Singer has arrived:... More »

The Movies You Likely Didn't See in 2018 (but Should)

'Death of Stalin,' 'Sorry to Bother You,' 'Mandy' among the flicks you shouldn't miss, per the Daily Beast

(Newser) - Yes, everyone is still doing the Wakanda salute from Black Panther, cringing along with Elsie Fisher's character in Eighth Grade, and singing "Shallow" from A Star Is Born. But as Marlow Stern writes for the Daily Beast , there were more than 700 movies released this year, and "... More »

CBS Paid $9.5M Sex Harassment Settlement to Eliza Dushku

Actress reported harassing comments from 'Bull' star Michael Weatherly

(Newser) - An investigation into sexual misconduct allegations against Leslie Moonves, as well as "cultural issues at all levels of CBS," revealed that the company paid $9.5 million to actress Eliza Dushku to settle harassment claims on the set of Bull. The Buffy the Vampire Slayer alum, 37, had... More »

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