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He Wanted to Be a Hollywood Star. Instead, a $690M Scheme

Zachary Horwitz, aka Zach Avery, faces up to 20 years for wire fraud

(Newser) - The US Securities and Exchange Commission has frozen the assets of a Hollywood actor appearing in an upcoming movie with Olivia Munn over charges that he ran a $690 million Ponzi scheme. Zachary Horwitz—who uses the name Zach Avery in film credits—ran a company, 1inMM Capital, that claimed...

Tolkien Fans Go Bananas Over Unearthed Soviet Version of LOTR

They're watching 'Khraniteli,' which aired just once on TV in 1991, with fascination, amusement

(Newser) - If you're a JRR Tolkien fan who can't wait for the next project based on his work , take a trip back in time to a bizarre, previously made adaptation you've likely never seen. A full 10 years before Peter Jackson's The Fellowship of the Ring, the...

Critics on Godzilla vs. Kong : 'Stupid,' but Beautiful
What Critics Are Saying
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What Critics Are Saying About Godzilla vs. Kong

It's 'stupid' but 'awe-inducing'

(Newser) - You'd think you could sum up the plot of Godzilla vs. Kong based on the title itself. But there's a lot more stuffed in to this sequel to 2017's Kong: Skull Island and 2019's Godzilla: King of the Monsters, from secrets held at the center of...

Disney Has Bad News for Cinema Chains

Black Widow , Cruella will be released on Disney Plus and in theaters at the same time

(Newser) - More bad news for America's struggling movie theaters: Disney has overhauled its slate of upcoming movies and delayed potential blockbuster Black Widow once again. Both Black Widow and Cruella will now be released on Disney Plus Premier Access for $30 at the same time they appear in cinemas, Variety...

Movie on Spielberg's Childhood Nabs Another Big Name

Seth Rogen will play role of director's favorite uncle, joining Michelle Williams in the cast

(Newser) - A movie based on Steven Spielberg's boyhood in Arizona is in its earliest stages, and a big name has reportedly been picked to play someone close to the acclaimed director's heart. Per Deadline , which says casting for the film has been "super secretive," sources say Seth...

You've Only Seen the Clean Cut of Mrs. Doubtfire

Chris Columbus confirms R-rated version, toys with releasing some scenes

(Newser) - Somebody start a petition—because director Chris Columbus has confirmed there is an R-rated version of Mrs. Doubtfire somewhere out there. And—cue the horror—he doesn't plan to release it. Last week, the Twitter account @factsonfilm tweeted that Robin Williams, who played a divorcee who posed as a...

At 90, Clint Eastwood Has New Film Coming Out

'Cry Macho' will be released in the fall

(Newser) - Clint Eastwood may be less than a decade away from being a century old, but he's showing no signs of slowing down. His latest film, Cry Macho, will be released Oct. 22, Variety reports. Eastwood, who also directed the movie, stars as a former rodeo star and horse breeder...

Sharon Stone: I Was Duped on Notorious Basic Instinct Scene

Actor says production team member on 1992 film tricked her into removing panties to stop light from reflecting

(Newser) - Sharon Stone's new memoir, The Beauty of Living Twice , is due out at the end of the month, and she's offering a sneak peek via an excerpt in Vanity Fair —with a big revelation about another sneak peek in a movie that helped propel her to stardom....

They Should've Been Enemies. Instead, a Cold War 'Bromance'

'The Courier' tells of unlikely spy's real-life drama

(Newser) - Benedict Cumberbatch stars as an English salesman recruited by British and US intelligence services to spy on the Soviet Union during the Cold War in The Courier , based on the true story of one Greville Wynne. Out Friday, the film—which aired at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival under the...

AMC President Finally Has Some Good News

98% of AMC's US locations to open Friday

(Newser) - A little more than a year after a global pandemic forced the closure of all AMC theaters in the US, almost all will reopen their doors. The company announced Thursday that 98% of its US locations would be open Friday, as more than 40 California cinemas welcome back moviegoers for...

MyPillow CEO Has Dubious New Honor: a Razzies Nomination

Mike Lindell gets a worst actor nod for 'Absolute Proof' in a race filled with worthy contenders

(Newser) - The Oscars will be held on April 25 to honor the best of the best films of 2020 (yes, there were actually some movies floating around last year), but the day before that, another awards ceremony will pay tribute to the worst of the worst. That's right—the Razzies...

Coming 2 America Is a Throwback, With 'No Apology'
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What Critics Are Saying About Coming 2 America

'It feels like a feature-length Easter egg in search of a movie'

(Newser) - Zamunda's Prince Akeem returns to Queens, New York, this time in search of an illegitimate son in Coming 2 America , the follow-up to Eddie Murphy's 1988 cult classic Coming to America. Does it live up to its predecessor? Not according to the 51% critic rating on Rotten Tomatoes...

TCM Is 'Reframing' These 18 'Troubling' Classic Films

Network to reexamine films like 'Psycho,' 'Gunga Din' with new historical, cultural context

(Newser) - As cries of "cancel culture" swirl around changes within the Dr. Seuss and Potato Head spheres, Turner Classic Movies is now reexamining a portfolio of timeless films that it says contain "troubling and problematic" aspects. The Los Angeles Times reports that throughout March, the network will screen 18...

You've Never Seen Dementia Depicted Like This
Anthony Hopkins
Astounds in New Role

Anthony Hopkins Astounds in New Role

'The Father,' also with Olivia Colman, is called a riveting look at dementia

(Newser) - French novelist and playwright Florian Zeller may be a first-time filmmaker, but he appears to have the skills of a seasoned pro. His debut feature, The Father —adapted from his award-winning 2012 play of the same name—has a 100% critic rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 85 reviews....

Eastwood's Gran Torino Co-Star 'Haunted' by Laughter at Film

In NBC News essay, Bee Vang says racial slurs in 2008 movie weren't 'harmless jokes'

(Newser) - When Clint Eastwood's Gran Torino hit theaters in 2008, it smashed at the box office, bringing in nearly $150 million in the US, per People . One person, however, isn't looking fondly back on the movie: Eastwood's co-star, Bee Vang, who portrayed a Hmong teen who befriends Eastwood'...

Watching Nomadland Is 'Like Discovering a New Country'
Critics on Nomadland:
'This Film Is a Small Miracle'

Critics on Nomadland: 'This Film Is a Small Miracle'

Frances McDormand shines in this 'ecstatic hymn to the ties that bind us'

(Newser) - A widow takes to the open road in the wake of the Great Recession in Nomadland , the Golden Globe-nominated film considered a frontrunner for the Best Picture Oscar. In case that's not enough of an indication of how critics are receiving it, the film streaming Friday on Hulu—based...

Mia Farrow: Woody Allen Will Do Anything 'to Save Himself'

Comments come from new documentary focusing on child abuse allegations

(Newser) - Mia Farrow says her biggest regret is meeting Woody Allen, and that she's "scared" of the Oscar-winning writer/director 30 years after their tumultuous split, in a new documentary, the result of a two-year investigation. Allen v. Farrow covers the better years of Allen and Farrow's relationship in...

What Critics Are Saying About Sia's Controversial New Film

'Music,' about a teen girl on the autism spectrum, is getting widely panned

(Newser) - It's been a tumultuous few months for Sia Furler, whose new film, Music, officially comes out Friday amid a good amount of controversy. Furler's directorial debut—about a newly sober drug dealer named Zu (played by Kate Hudson) who suddenly finds herself the caretaker of her teen half-sister...

This Nurse Is Trapped in a Lighthouse Watching Movies
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This Nurse Is Trapped in a Lighthouse Watching Movies

Lisa Enroth won 'Isolated Cinema' contest to hole up on remote Swedish isle, view film fest premieres

(Newser) - While many people are tiring of being stuck at home binge-watching Netflix during the pandemic, one health-care worker is taking it to the next level. Mashable reports that Lisa Enroth, a nurse from Skoevde, Sweden, is now hunkered down on the nation's barren Pater Noster island, holed up inside...

After Second Wave of Movie Criticism, Sia Quits Twitter

Singer-director first apologized to autism community over criticism of 'Music'

(Newser) - Controversy over pop star Sia's directorial debut came to a head Tuesday as Music was nominated for two Golden Globes , including best musical or comedy. Hours later, Sia apologized to the autism community, which has been openly critical of the film's portrayal of the titular nonverbal autistic character...

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