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The Box Office Numbers Aren't Pretty

On a terrible weekend, 'Onward' stays at the top

(Newser) - Ticket sales plunged to their lowest levels in at least 20 years at North American movie theaters, as the coronavirus pandemic led to one of Hollywood's worst weekend's ever at the box office, the AP reports. Studio estimates Sunday show receipts totaled about $56 million in US and... More »

Actor Dead at 38 of Unspecified Illness

Nicholas Tucci had acted in a range of TV shows

(Newser) - Nicholas Tucci, who you might know from shows like Pose and Rami, died Tuesday of an unspecified illness. Variety reports that his father, Alexander Tucci, posted a Facebook message saying his 38-year-old son wanted "to keep his illness private so that he could continue to pursue his professional and... More »

What Critics Are Saying About Ben Affleck's Latest

He's getting great reviews for 'The Way Back'

(Newser) - Ben Affleck plays a version of himself in Gavin O'Connor's The Way Back , though the fictional Jack Cunningham is no actor. The alcoholic construction worker is far removed from his years as a high school basketball star when he's asked to coach his old team, in a... More »

Reviews Lift The Invisible Man

'Hedgehog' and 'Call of the Wild' trail, while Peter Pan tale doesn't soar

(Newser) - The Elisabeth Moss-led thriller The Invisible Man rode a wave of good reviews to a very visible spot atop the box office this weekend, the AP reports. Universal Pictures on Sunday estimated that the film from writer-director Leigh Whannell earned $29 million from North American theaters. Internationally, it picked up... More »

This Is Why Movie Bad Guys Never Have iPhones

Knives Out director spills the beans

(Newser) - In the version of the world that Apple wants to see on the big screen, only the good guys have iPhones, according to Knives Out and Last Jedi director Rian Johnson. In what may be a spoiler for Knives Out and numerous other films, Johnson tells Vanity Fair that "... More »

Clint Eastwood Backs a Dem for President

The Hollywood luminary also talks about #MeToo and why he likes 'Gran Torino'

(Newser) - Clint Eastwood's wide-ranging chat with the Wall Street Journal touches on his films, his politics, and playing golf with Donald Trump—but his line about Mike Bloomberg is making the biggest splash. "The best thing we could do is just get Mike Bloomberg in there," he says... More »

Comedy 'Legends' of 1996 to Reunite

Bette Midler, Goldie Hawn, Diane Keaton to star in 'Family Jewels'

(Newser) - Goldie Hawn, Bette Midler and Diane Keaton are finally reuniting on screen. The stars of the 1996 comedy classic The First Wives Club, in which they play former college friends who seek revenge on their exes after getting reacquainted at a funeral, will appear in a new comedy, Family Jewels.... More »

Ben Affleck: My Divorce 'the Biggest Regret of My Life'

Says playing an alcoholic in new movie was 'very therapeutic'

(Newser) - The second of four movies due out this year starring Ben Affleck has him playing an alcoholic who goes to rehab after ruining his marriage . If that sounds a little close to home for the actor, well, that's kind of the point. "Regarding The Way Back , the benefits,... More »

Trump Slammed Film, Universal Shelved It. It's About to Debut

New marketing campaign for 'The Hunt' launched ahead of March release

(Newser) - The Hunt has a release date. The controversial film in which a group of liberal elites hunt conservatives for sport hits theaters March 13, with not a single scene changed since Universal Pictures opted to shelve the film in the wake of mass shootings last year, per the New York ... More »

Tough-Guy Star Robert Conrad Is Dead at 84

He starred in the TV series 'The Wild Wild West'

(Newser) - Robert Conrad, the rugged, contentious actor who starred in the hugely popular 1960s television series Hawaiian Eye and The Wild Wild West, died Saturday, the AP reports. He was 84. The actor died of heart failure in Malibu, Calif., family spokesperson Jeff Ballard said. A small private service is planned... More »

1917 Wins at Much-Derided BAFTAs

Many nominees criticized lack of diversity

(Newser) - Gut-wrenching World War I epic 1917 was the big winner at Sunday’s British Academy Film Awards, winning seven prizes including best picture and best director. Sam Mendes’ drama about one of the most devastating conflicts in British history bested hotly tipped American contenders including Joker, The Irishman, and Once ... More »

Here's What to Be Excited About as Sundance Begins

Big names including Taylor Swift, Hillary Clinton, Lin-Manuel Miranda featured

(Newser) - Plenty of change is in the air at the Sundance Film Festival, where some 118 feature films are set to premiere over the next 10 days beginning Thursday, the AP reports. Streaming companies are now among the most likely companies to scoop up buzzed-about breakthroughs. The marquee event of opening... More »

Downey Jr.'s Latest: 'a Calamity for the Ages'

Actor takes flak for his accent in muddled 'Dolittle'

(Newser) - Robert Downey Jr., Antonio Banderas, Emma Thompson, Rami Malek, and Octavia Spencer are just some of the Oscar winners and nominees starring in Dolittle , the latest film about an animal doctor sprung from Hugh Lofting's imagination. Just don't expect any Academy Awards here. The film—credited to director... More »

As This James Bond Exits, Producer Nixes a Big Rumor

Barbara Broccoli says 007 will never be a woman

(Newser) - Daniel Craig is retiring as James Bond after No Time to Die comes out in April, and as whispers start circulating on who will replace him, the franchise's long-time producer quashes at least one rumor: that 007 could be a woman. The Los Angeles Times notes speculation had arisen... More »

Another 'Huge Honor' for Billie Eilish

18-year-old is youngest artist to record James Bond theme

(Newser) - Billie Eilish isn't done making history. The youngest person to be nominated in the four main Grammy categories in a single year, also the youngest to be named Billboard's Woman of the Year, is now the youngest artist in history to write and record a James Bond theme... More »

Aaron Hernandez's Sexuality Was a Huge Struggle: Ex-Teammate

College teammate talks about NFL star ahead of 2 upcoming documentaries

(Newser) - A teammate of Aaron Hernandez's at the University of Florida tells People the football star, who went from the Florida Gators to the NFL before ultimately killing himself in prison in 2017 at age 27, was dealing with a lot. "Everything about Aaron was a struggle," the... More »

What Critics Are Saying About 1917

'Technical wizardry'

(Newser) - With communications down, two young soldiers embark on a mission to alert British forces of an ambush in Sam Mendes' 1917 . It should be no surprise that the film awarded Golden Globes for best motion picture, drama, and best director following a limited 2019 run has an 89% rating from... More »

Netflix Ordered to Pull Film About Gay Jesus

Brazilian judge says 'freedom of expression ... is not absolute'

(Newser) - A Brazilian judge has ordered Netflix to remove a film depicting Jesus Christ with a boyfriend. The First Temptation of Christ, released as a Christmas special, caused such fury among Brazil's conservative Christians that 2 million signed a petition calling for its removal, while a group lobbed firebombs at... More »

JLo Admits She Nearly Turned to Stripping

The actor/singer/producer says it was tempting when she 'was broke and eating pizza'

(Newser) - Jennifer Lopez knows how to play a stripper—her role in Hustlers scored her a Golden Globe nomination—and now, she admits, she nearly became one. "There was a moment in my life when my friends, who were also dancers, told me about making thousands of dollars at clubs... More »

Cats to Prove Costly for Universal

Some predict a $100M loss for studio

(Newser) - Universal Pictures could be out $100 million thanks to its horribly received holiday film, Cats. The star-studded musical has drawn only $38.3 million globally, and $17.8 million in the US and Canada, since its Dec. 20 release, reports the Los Angeles Times . And though studio executives expect those... More »

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