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Petition Seeks to Block 'Blasphemous' Paris Jackson Film

Michael Jackson's daughter plays Jesus in Habit

(Newser) - Christian campaigners may have inadvertently given a "blasphemous" new movie featuring Paris Jackson as Jesus plenty of free publicity. A petition seeking to block the release of Habit now has more than 275,000 signatures, but it has also brought the movie to wider attention. The petition,... More »

Here Comes the Sun—10 Years of It, in One Hour

NASA releases hypnotizing film showing a decade of our resident star

(Newser) - You're not supposed to stare at the sun, but a new NASA film lets you safely do so for an entire hour. Per the Guardian , the space agency has released a decade's worth of "mesmerizing" footage of our resident star, taken from February 2010 all the way... More »

Jon Stewart's New Film Takes a Beating

One reviewer likens it to 'a stale corn chip trampled into Party-convention carpeting'

(Newser) - Steve Carrell plays a Democratic political consultant hoping to recruit a widowed farmer and retired Marine to run for office in rural Wisconsin in the aftermath of the 2016 election in Jon Stewart's new political satire Irresistible . But the second feature from the writer-director isn't nearly as well-received... More »

Gone With the Wind Is Back, With a New Explainer

Movie returns to HBO Max with introduction by Turner Classic Movies host Jacqueline Stewart

(Newser) - Gone With the Wind is back on HBO Max, but it's now got a nearly five-minute intro for context. "Eighty years after its initial release, Gone With the Wind is a film of undeniable cultural significance," Jacqueline Stewart, an African American host for Turner Classic Movies, notes... More »

New Zealand Makes an Exception for James Cameron

Director and crew given entry to nearly virus-free nation to shoot 'Avatar' sequels

(Newser) - No outsiders are generally allowed inside New Zealand these days as the nation continues its three-month-old travel ban to keep COVID-19 in check . If you're James Cameron, however, there's a little wiggle room. Bloomberg reports that the director and a 30-person crew have been bestowed with an exemption... More »

27 Years Later, This Film Is Back on Top

'Jurassic Park' makes a comeback, along with other Spielberg classics

(Newser) - There's a new No. 1 at the box office—and by new, we also mean old. Steven Spielberg's 1993 classic Jurassic Park nabbed the No. 1 spot at the US box office for a fourth time in its history over Father's Day weekend, earning $517,600 at... More »

It Cost $0 to Make. It Was a Box Office No. 1

Unsubscribed makers found loophole that brought them to the top of the charts

(Newser) - "In any other climate, this would be impossible," says filmmaker Christian Nilsson, who had a No.1 box office hit with a movie that cost $0 to make. Nilsson and his friend Eric Tabach, an actor and YouTuber, shot 29-minute horror film Unsubscribed entirely on Zoom in mid-May... More »

5 of the Worst Slams Against Artemis Fowl

'Nothing to see here'

(Newser) - Disney's Artemis Fowl might've kicked off a franchise had the film adaptation of the first two books of Eoin Colfer's children's fantasy series been at all well-received. Instead, the big-budget movie about a 12-year-old son of a criminal mastermind with a lot of secrets has a... More »

These Are the Best Movies Released Since Theaters Closed

Yes, new films are still coming out

(Newser) - Believe it or not, a lot of new films have been released since movie theaters were shuttered by the coronavirus pandemic—and a lot of good films. They have arrived by streaming service, cable television, on-demand, drive-in, and even Instagram. But the movies have kept coming. Here are some of... More »

'Whitewashed' Cop Movies, TV Shows Have to Go

In 'WaPo,' Alyssa Rosenberg calls for more realistic storytelling about police

(Newser) - In the wake of the death of George Floyd , the subject of racism and police brutality is now top of mind for most Americans. Alyssa Rosenberg has one idea on how Hollywood can help move things forward on these pervasive, intertwined issues: "Halt production on cop shows and movies... More »

Mindy Kaling Signs On to Legally Blonde 3

She'll write the script along with Dan Goor; Reese Witherspoon to resume her role as Elle Woods

(Newser) - Writers who worked on NBC's The Office and Parks and Recreation have signed on to pen Legally Blonde 3, which will see Reese Witherspoon resume her role as perky lawyer Elle Woods. The Office alum Mindy Kaling, who starred alongside Witherspoon in 2018's A Wrinkle in Time, will... More »

A Big Test for Hollywood, and America, Comes in July

New Christopher Nolan film, Tenet, is scheduled for release in theaters

(Newser) - Director Christopher Nolan has a new movie scheduled to come out in theaters on July 17. In normal times, that in itself would be big news in the entertainment world. In these weird pandemic times, that is even bigger news, and not just in the world of entertainment. Coverage:
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A New King of Movie Profanities Is Crowned

Samuel L. who? Jonah Hill claims the most cussing in his movie roles

(Newser) - Samuel L. Jackson is no longer the king of swearing in film. Jonah Hill was "humbled" to learn he'd nabbed the honor upon reading an article published Wednesday by the Wrap , which was based on an analysis by Buzz Bingo . The analysis found Jackson had uttered 301 profanities... More »

Michael Moore's New Film Is Denounced—by the Left

Critics say 'Planet of the Humans' is wildly inaccurate and smears the green movement

(Newser) - Michael Moore is used to taking all kinds of criticism over his films. His new one, however, offers a twist on that. Many environmentalists and other usual Moore supporters on the left are outraged over the documentary Planet of the Humans, while conservative sites, including Breitbart , are singing its praises.... More »

AMC to Universal: We're Not Showing Your Movies Anymore

Movie theater chain upset at studio's decision to show more films digitally

(Newser) - Before the coronavirus pandemic took hold, Trolls World Tour was set for release on April 10. But with theaters closed, Universal Pictures made a decision the Wall Street Journal notes has "[paid] off handsomely": The studio behind the animated film made the sequel available to rent digitally that day... More »

Slumdog Millionaire Actor Dead at 53

Indian film star Irrfan Khan was hospitalized with colon infection

(Newser) - A beloved Bollywood star who transitioned to Hollywood, with roles in Slumdog Millionaire and Life of Pi, has died. Irrfan Khan, who'd been admitted to a Mumbai hospital with a colon infection, was just 53, per the BBC . He announced his diagnosis with a rare neuroendocrine tumor in 2018... More »

Oscars Will Have a 2020-Only Rule Change

Films won't need a theatrical run to qualify

(Newser) - Movies that debuted on a streaming service without a theatrical run will be eligible for the Oscars, but only for this year. The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences on Tuesday announced the change for the 93rd Academy Awards as a response to how the coronavirus pandemic has impacted... More »

Obama's Title in Jordan Film Gets a Laugh

But director has his reasons for labeling him 'former Chicago resident'

(Newser) - ESPN began airing its 10-part Michael Jordan documentary Sunday night, and one small moment from The Last Dance drew a bit of attention online. When Barack Obama appeared in the film, the chyron described him only as "Former Chicago Resident," notes People . Sites such as BuzzFeed and Vulture... More »

Tired of Frozen? Stream These Less Obvious Kids Movies

'Fly Away Home' starring Anna Paquin and Jeff Daniels is among them

(Newser) - Weeks of quarantine with kids have a way of burning through a movie collection. Even with the libraries of streaming services like Netflix, Amazon, Disney Plus, and others, there are plenty of households that have already had their fill of Frozen and overdosed on Onward. In the best of times,... More »

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 »

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