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Woody Harrelson Movie Gets 8-Minute Ovation at Cannes

'Triangle of Sadness' satire wows, and maybe shocks a little, during screening

(Newser) - Tom Cruise's Top Gun sequel wowed the crowd at Cannes. Woody Harrelson's latest movie appears to have one-upped it there, reports Variety . The outlet describes an "uproarious eight-minute standing ovation" after the screening of Triangle of Sadness. The film from Sweden's Ruben Ostlund is described as...

Top Gun Sequel, Cruise Blow Away Cannes

Star unexpectedly receives Palme d'Or, movie fest's most esteemed prize, for 'Top Gun: Maverick'

(Newser) - Early buzz on the Top Gun sequel has been astoundingly good , and that only continued this week at the Cannes Film Festival, where the movie received a five-minute standing ovation, and star Tom Cruise was handed a surprise Palme d'Or, the festival's most esteemed prize. Deadline reports that...

40 Years Later, the Sequel We've All Waited For

Rob Reiner to direct follow-up to 1984's 'Spinal Tap,' with Shearer, Guest, McKean all on board

(Newser) - Get ready to turn it up to 11 , because there's a Spinal Tap sequel in the works. Rob Reiner will once more take the director's seat in the follow-up to his 1984 mockumentary, This Is Spinal Tap, with Michael McKean, Harry Shearer, and Christopher Guest all set to...

Finally, After Years of Delays, a Peek Into Avatar Sequel
Footage for 
Avatar Sequel
Is Out, With
One Big Tease

Footage for Avatar Sequel Is Out, With One Big Tease

Could it be that one of Jake and Neytiri's kids are human?

(Newser) - It's been 13 years in the making, but Avatar fans finally can see a sequel on the horizon. Variety reports that 20th Century Studios is offering a sneak peek of James Cameron's Avatar: The Way of Water via a new trailer that tracks down Jake Sully, Neytiri, and...

10 Best Movie Sequels Ever
This Is the Best
Movie Sequel Ever

This Is the Best Movie Sequel Ever

'Vulture' ranks them all, with 'Mad Max: Fury Road' landing on top

(Newser) - Vulture is out with a "best movies" list that has an interesting twist for movie buffs. It's a list of the 101 best sequels of all time. Yes, sequels have a bad reputation these days as unimaginative offerings designed solely to rake in cash for a franchise....

Top Gun Sequel 'Took Everyone's Breath Away' at CinemaCon

It's the 'perfect blockbuster,' says one viewer

(Newser) - The reported 800 hours of footage recorded in the making of the new Top Gun movie was well worth it, according to those who got a first look at the film at CinemaCon in Las Vegas on Thursday. Top Gun: Maverick "generated rave first reactions" and at several points...

Celine Dion Biopic Is Drawing Buzz for Its Weirdness

Valerie Lemercier plays fictional version of star from age 6 to adult in 'Aline'

(Newser) - It's not that unusual for an actor to play a character at different stages of life, using prosthetics and makeup to age them as the film progresses. French filmmaker Valerie Lemercier, however, did something a little bit ... different in Aline, her new movie based on the life of Celine...

He's Won 2 Oscars, Is Now Accused of Plagiarism

At issue: Asghar Farhadi's film 'A Hero'

(Newser) - Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi took home Oscars in 2012 and 2017 in the best international feature category. His 2021 film, A Hero, managed to win the grand prize at Cannes—but also land him in court to fend off allegations of plagiarism. The director has been accused by former film...

China Scrubs Keanu's Flicks From Streaming Platforms
China Isn't
Happy With
Keanu Reeves
in case you missed it

China Isn't Happy With Keanu Reeves

Nation yanks bulk of actor's movies from streaming platforms after he did benefit concert for Tibet House

(Newser) - Earlier this month, Keanu Reeves participated in an online benefit concert held by Tibet House, a nonprofit based in New York that's tied to the Dalai Lama. Now, the 57-year-old Canadian actor is seeing the repercussions, with the Los Angeles Times reporting that China's major streaming platforms yanked...

What Critics Are Saying About The Lost City
Bullock, Tatum, Pitt:
It's Forgettable Fun

Bullock, Tatum, Pitt: It's Forgettable Fun

Critics are mostly amused by 'The Lost City'

(Newser) - Sandra Bullock, Channing Tatum, Daniel Radcliffe, and Brad Pitt join up for The Lost City , a rework of the 1984 adventure Romancing the Stone, in theaters Friday. From directors Aaron and Adam Nee, the film follows a novelist (Bullock) kidnapped by a billionaire (Radcliffe) who thinks she can lead him...

Surprise Guest Shows Up at Batman Screening

Real bat in Texas theater may have been released as a prank

(Newser) - Moviegoers in Austin, Texas, got to see more than one type of bat during a screening of The Batman this weekend, per the AP . An actual bat was spotted swooping around inside the theater, putting the movie on pause while management called animal control and tried—unsuccessfully—to get the...

Critics Weigh In on Our New Batman
Critics Weigh In
on Our New Batman

Critics Weigh In on Our New Batman

Robert Pattinson is 'brooding perfection,' says one critic

(Newser) - Lacking many of his later tricks, Bruce Wayne takes on a serial killer and his own doubts about himself in The Batman—Matt Reeves' take on the hero played for the first time by Robert Pattinson. The nearly three-hour running time hasn't turned off critics, who give the film...

After SAG Awards Win, Oscar Buzz Spikes for Will Smith

'King Richard' role may earn him first Academy Award; same for Jessica Chastain for Tammy Faye biopic

(Newser) - It's not a guarantee that if you win a Screen Actors Guild Award you'll also be taking home an Academy Award, but your odds do shoot up. That's why there's now Oscar buzz around Will Smith and Jessica Chastain, who both took home the top acting...

Ford Coppola Banking $120M of Own Money on His Opus

Director aims to make a classic called 'Megalopolis'

(Newser) - He's 82 now, and Francis Ford Coppola does the math in a lengthy profile at GQ . Based on family history, he might live another 20 years. So to be safe, cut that in half. Ten years. Plenty of time to make the movie he "has been trying to...

'Dead Ringer' Croons His Way Through Elvis Biopic
'Dead Ringer'
Croons His
Way Through 
Elvis Biopic

'Dead Ringer' Croons His Way Through Elvis Biopic

Austin Butler plays the King in Baz Luhrmann film due out June 24

(Newser) - Baz Luhrmann has moved on from Jay Gatsby to the King of Rock 'n' Roll. The trailer for the director's upcoming biopic, Elvis, has dropped, and it stars 30-year-old Austin Butler as a "dead ringer" for the iconic singer and actor, reports USA Today . The film takes...

Phony 'Hollywood Success Story' Sentenced to 20 Years

Actor Zachary Horwitz, aka Zach Avery, hears his fate after bilking investors in $650M Ponzi scheme

(Newser) - Update: A Hollywood actor accused of running a multimillion-dollar Ponzi scheme was sentenced Monday to 20 years behind bars in federal prison, reports CNN Business . Per a DOJ release , Zachary Horwitz (aka Zach Avery), 35, was ordered by Judge Mark C. Scarsi, of the US District Court for the Central...

Fight Club Has a Very Different Ending in China
Ending of Fight Club 
is Restored in China

Ending of Fight Club is Restored in China

It had been replaced with text saying authorities foiled plan

(Newser) - Update: The original ending of Fight Club has been restored on a streaming service in China after an outcry over what appeared to be extremely heavy-handed censorship. On Tencent Video, a scene in which skyscrapers containing credit card records are blown up is back, CNN reports. It had been replaced...

There's a Feel-Good Vibe to the Jackass Pain
There's a Feel-Good
Vibe to the Jackass Pain

There's a Feel-Good Vibe to the Jackass Pain

Fourth installment is a hilarious 'protest against maturity': critics

(Newser) - The Jackass crew is older though apparently not much wiser in Jackass Forever , the fourth film in the main series and the first since 2010's Jackass 3D. Johnny Knoxville and Stephen "Steve-O" Glover, now with gray hair, reunite with most of the old crew members plus some newbies—...

What Critics Are Saying About the New Scream
What Critics Are
Saying About
the New Scream

What Critics Are Saying About the New Scream

It's just what you've come to expect—though 'blunter' and 'bloodier'

(Newser) - Ghostface is back in fictional Woodsboro, Calif.—and on the big screen—in Scream , the latest flick in the long-running horror series and the first not directed by the late Wes Craven. Following 2011's Scream 4 , the film introduces itself as a "requel"—meaning sequel and...

This Is 'By Far the Most Meta Stuff Marvel Has Done'
What Critics Are Saying
About the New Spider-Man

What Critics Are Saying About the New Spider-Man

General sentiment: It's 'undeniable' fun

(Newser) - Before tuning in to Spider-Man: No Way Home , recommends you take in the 2000s Spider-Man trilogy starring Tobey Maguire, the two more recent films starring Andrew Garfield and, in this order, Captain America: Civil War, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Avengers: Infinity War, Avengers: Endgame, and Spider-Man: Far From Home. It'...

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