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Goodbye to the Filmmaker Who Brought Us Romeo and Juliet

Franco Zeffirelli was 96

(Newser) - Italian director Franco Zeffirelli, who delighted audiences around the world with his romantic vision and often extravagant productions, most famously captured in his cinematic Romeo and Juliet, has died in Rome at 96. Zeffirelli's son Luciano said his father died at home on Saturday, per the AP . "He... More »

Nation Bans Rocketman Over Gay Sex Scene

Samoa censor says it 'violates laws against same-sex marriage'

(Newser) - Samoa is feeling the heat from LGBT activists after it banned the Elton John biopic, Rocketman , which includes a gay sex scene. The principal censor in Samoa, where sodomy is punishable by up to seven years in prison, said the film is "not good for public viewing" and "... More »

Dark Phoenix Has the Worst X-Men Debut of All Time

'The Secret Life of Pets' takes the top spot

(Newser) - After nearly 20 years and a dozen films, the current manifestation of X-Men movies is going out with a whimper. Scorched by poor reviews, the $200 million Dark Phoenix earned a franchise low of $33 million from 3,721 North American locations over the weekend for a second place finish,... More »

What Critics Think About Mindy Kaling's Movie

'Late Night' shines spotlight on 'tangled ideologies of modern feminism'

(Newser) - Office alum Mindy Kaling pulls from personal experience in her script for Late Night , the story of TV host Katherine Newbury (Emma Thompson), whose world is rocked by a "diversity hire" on the writing staff—Kaling's Molly Patel. The flick has a 77% rating from critics on Rotten... More »

Weekend Winner Kind of Lost

While 'Rocketman' and 'Ma' debut in the top 5

(Newser) - The latest iteration of the Godzilla franchise took over the top spot from Aladdin and roared louder than Elton John at the weekend box office, but it still left a notably smaller footprint on North American theaters than its city-wrecking predecessors, the AP reports. Godzilla: King of the Monsters, Warner... More »

The Elton John Biopic Is Out. What Critics Are Saying

Most are impressed as Taron Egerton channels the singer in 'Rocketman'

(Newser) - Anyone familiar with Elton John's five-decade-spanning career should expect a wild ride in Rocketman . That's exactly what director Dexter Fletcher delivers, according to critics, who've given the film a 90% rating on Rotten Tomatoes . Most are applauding star Taron Egerton, whose own voice you'll hear throughout.... More »

Notorious Case That Rocked NYC Gets 'Intimate' New Look

Ava DuVernay's 'When They See Us' on Netflix examines the Central Park Five

(Newser) - It was a story "big enough, terrible enough, to electrify a city grown numb to its own badness." So writes Jim Dwyer for the New York Times on the story that inspired When They See Us, a four-part Netflix movie by Ava DuVernay debuting Friday on the Central... More »

Borat Claims New Victim: Pam Anderson, Kid Rock's Marriage

Sacha Baron Cohen says his movie, which Anderson co-starred in, did the couple in

(Newser) - The reasons why couples split up are often a complicated mixture of daily irritations and larger issues, but for Pamela Anderson and Kid Rock, there was one main impetus: Borat, USA Today reports. That's according to Sacha Baron Cohen, who appeared on an installment of the Daily Beast's... More »

Aladdin Casts a Spell Over Raunchy New Comedy

Will Smith-starrer takes first, crushing other new movies

(Newser) - A Middle Eastern folk tale just trounced a raunchy high school comedy at the weekend box office, Variety reports. Aladdin grabbed top spot with a higher-than-expected $86.1 million and will likely hit $105 million by Monday, making it the sixth-highest Memorial Day long weekend grosser ever. Among other new... More »

What Critics Are Saying About Booksmart

Everybody loves it

(Newser) - It's not often you see a Rotten Tomatoes critics score as high as 99%. But that's exactly what Olivia Wilde has achieved with her feature directorial debut, Booksmart . The R-rated film tells of brainiac best friends Molly (Beanie Feldstein) and Amy (Kaitlyn Dever), who attempt to cram four... More »

Who Knew a 'Festival of Death' Could Be So Beautiful?

John Wick 3 'elevates violent action to an art form'

(Newser) - At one point, John Wick uses both a gun and a massive sword to fend off a gang of attackers while on a speeding motorcycle—a slight upgrade from the horse he was previously riding. You should expect nothing less from Chad Stahelski's John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum... More »

4 Killer Slams of New Anne Hathaway Movie

'It's hard not to wonder why they've made it at all'

(Newser) - Chris Addison impressed in directing numerous episodes of Veep. Not so in his feature film directorial debut, The Hustle , facing an abysmal 16% rating from critics on Rotten Tomatoes . Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson star as rival con artists in a gender-switch remake of 1988's Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, itself... More »

AOC May Get 2nd Documentary

Report says it would be on her Green New Deal; another is currently on Netflix

(Newser) - A sign that the buzz around Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez isn't dying down: She's prominently featured in one documentary currently on Netflix, and Axios reports that she might get more of a solo treatment in a second film. AOC is one of four women in the 2018 elections featured in... More »

Now, It's Just Endgame vs. James Cameron

The Marvel epic is ahead of 'Titanic' but behind 'Avatar'

(Newser) - Avengers: Endgame crushed the global box office for a second straight week and hit $2.189 billion worldwide—putting it ahead of one James Cameron-directed movie and behind another for the highest-grossing movie ever, per the Hollywood Reporter . Specifically, Endgame is ahead of Titanic ($2.187 billion, adjusted for inflation)... More »

Long Shot Isn't Your Typical Rom-Com

Seth Rogen, Charlize Theron getting good reviews in rom-com

(Newser) - A firebrand journalist bumps into his former babysitter, the US secretary of state and a soon-to-be presidential candidate, to kick off Jonathan Levine's Long Shot . The romantic comedy is not at all a long shot with critics, who give the film starring Charlize Theron and Seth Rogen a solid... 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 »

Man Allegedly Attacked for Blabbing About Avengers

Incident reportedly happened in Hong Kong

(Newser) - The first rule of Fight Club is you don't talk about Fight Club—a rule that should now perhaps apply to Avengers: Endgame. Fans have been going wild for what's said to be "the most fulfilling" Marvel movie yet , but in Hong Kong, some may have gone... More »

What Critics Are Saying About Avengers Finale

It's 'the most fulfilling' Marvel flick yet, according to one

(Newser) - How do superheroes bounce back after seeing half of the universe's creatures destroyed? With a focus on family, and a much needed dose of humor, according to critics, who give Avengers: Endgame a 96% rating on Rotten Tomatoes . Set five years after the events of 2018's Infinity War... More »

Durst's Final Jinx Words Seem 'Damning.' They Were Also Edited

As trial approaches, documentary makers under fire for presenting his words out of order

(Newser) - Dramatic storytelling or manipulation of the truth? That's the question posed by the New York Times about the HBO documentary The Jinx, which in 2015 aired an apparent "confession" by Robert Durst—accused of killing friend Susan Berman and long suspected of killing his wife—in its final... More »

What the Heck? Theater Alters Film Name to Hide 'Profanity'

'Hellboy' is now 'Heckboy' on marquee of theater in Dickson, Tenn.

(Newser) - If you want to catch a screening of Hellboy at the Roxy 8 movie theater in Dickson, Tenn., you're out of luck. You will, however, be able to watch Heckboy. That's how the theater is billing Neil Marshall's R-rated film, a reboot of the 2004 superhero flick,... More »

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