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Cinematic Icon Is Dead at 79

Anna Karina was key to the French New Wave

(Newser) - Anna Karina, the French New Wave actress who became an icon of the cinema in the 1960s and was the muse of Jean-Luc Godard, has died. She was 79. The French culture minister announced her death on Twitter on Sunday. French media said that the Danish-born Karina had cancer and... More »

Jumanji Is No. 1 as Richard Jewell Tanks

Eastwood has one of his weakest openings

(Newser) - Jumanji: The Next Level puts Frozen 2 on second-place ice, while Clint Eastwood's Richard Jewell opened with one of the worst box office debuts for the director. The Sony film starring Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart brought in $60.1 million in the US and Canada to break a... More »

Critics Call Out Eastwood's 'Misstep' in Richard Jewell

The film about a hatchet job is one itself, writes Jake Coyle

(Newser) - Clint Eastwood's Richard Jewell is touted as "a story of what happens when what is reported as fact obscures the truth." With its release Friday, critics have joined the Atlanta Journal-Constitution in pointing out that the film telling how the government and media painted a hero as... More »

Richard Jewell Controversy Now Involves Lawyers

'AJC' attorneys demand disclaimer for portrayal of late reporter Kathy Scruggs in 'Richard Jewell'

(Newser) - Last month, the editor of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution publicly took issue with Clint Eastwood's new movie, Richard Jewell, about the security guard who was investigated (and eventually cleared) after a bomb went off at the 1996 Olympics. Now lawyers for the newspaper are demanding that Warner Bros., Eastwood, and... More »

'I Am All of Those Characters, and I Love That'

René Auberjonois died Sunday at 79

(Newser) - René Auberjonois, a prolific actor best known for his roles on the television shows Benson and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and his part in the 1970 film M.A.S.H. playing Father Mulcahy, has died. He was 79. The actor died Sunday at his home in Los Angeles... More »

Frozen 2 Stays Hot, While Playmobil Is a Historic Flop

Disney sequel nears $1B take worldwide

(Newser) - Frozen 2 blanketed multiplexes for the third straight weekend, continuing its reign at No. 1 with $34.7 million in ticket sales, according to studio estimates Sunday. The Walt Disney Co. animated sequel has already grossed $919.7 million worldwide, the AP reports. It will soon become the sixth Disney... More »

What Critics Are Saying About Dark Waters

Todd Haynes' film with Mark Ruffalo shines in its focus on the facts

(Newser) - Robert Bilott's job is to defend chemical companies—which means there's a lot on the line when the lawyer discovers DuPont has been poisoning folks in Todd Haynes' Dark Waters , based on the true story told in Nathaniel Rich's 2016 feature in New York Times Magazine . Critics... More »

Knives Out Takes a Stab at Frozen 2

But Disney wins the weekend box office again

(Newser) - Frozen 2 kept a wintry wind at its back in its second week, setting a Thanksgiving record with a whopping box office bounty, while newcomer Knives Out found its own broad audience, the AP reports. Disney's new set of adventures for Anna, Elsa, and Olaf brought in $85.3... More »

What Critics Are Saying About Knives Out

Expect a blast, and 'one of the best movies of the year'

(Newser) - A mystery novelist's death prompts a whodunit, and a whole lot of suspicion on his own family, in Knives Out from writer-director Rian Johnson. He works with a star cast, including Christopher Plummer (as the novelist Harlan Thrombey), Daniel Craig, Jamie Lee Curtis, Toni Collette, and Chris Evans. But... More »

He May Be the Culprit in Star Wars Script Snafu on eBay

Actress Daisy Ridley strongly implies John Boyega is the one who lost it

(Newser) - Director JJ Abrams and top actors in the upcoming Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker are making the rounds plugging the movie, and a more-interesting-than-usual anecdote has surfaced. On Monday, Abrams revealed on Good Morning America that one of the film's closely guarded scripts ended up on eBay, reports... More »

What Critics Think About Tom Hanks as Mister Rogers

He's getting Oscar buzz for A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

(Newser) - Need a pick-me-up? A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood arrives in theaters Friday with plenty of heart and a near-perfect 97% rating on Rotten Tomatoes . Critics can't say enough about Tom Hanks' turn as Presbyterian pastor Fred Rogers, who used his long-running PBS show to teach kids how to... More »

Apple Abruptly Cancels Premiere of New Movie

Sources say company is investigating sexual abuse allegations

(Newser) - Apple's move into the movie business isn't off to a promising start: The company has abruptly canceled the world premiere of The Banker, which was set to debut at the American Film Institute's annual festival in Los Angeles Thursday, the Guardian reports. The film—which had a... More »

Studio Exec Wanted Julia Roberts to Play Harriet Tubman

'That was so long ago. No one will know that' Tubman was black, exec said in 1994

(Newser) - Audiences adore Harriet , the film released this month chronicling Harriet Tubman's real-life efforts to save herself and hundreds of other slaves in the mid-19th century. But "it took 25 years before Hollywood was ready" for her story, screenwriter Gregory Allen Howard writes at the Los Angeles Times , noting... More »

Atlanta Paper's Editor Takes Issue With New Eastwood Film

'Richard Jewell' has inaccuracies about coverage of wrongfully accused bombing suspect: Kevin Riley

(Newser) - Clint Eastwood's newest movie, Richard Jewell, about the Atlanta security guard falsely suspected of planting a bomb at the 1996 Olympics when he actually saved lives during the chaos, is not getting rave reviews from the hometown paper. In an emailed statement to Fox News and the Wrap , Kevin... More »

Nicolas Cage Just Took on the Most Nicolas Cage Role Yet

He'll be playing ... Nic Cage in a bizarre-sounding new film once a deal with Lionsgate is wrapped up

(Newser) - If you thought 2002's Adaptation —in which Nicolas Cage plays a mirror image of himself as twin brothers—was appealingly strange, his next movie is about to get even more meta. Actually, Nic Cage fans who've thought any of his movies are strange (and many qualify) will... More »

What Critics Think About Ford v. Ferrari

Expect a thrill ride

(Newser) - The true story of Ford's effort to show up Ferrari at an epic 24-hour auto race in France in 1966 is retold in Ford v. Ferrari , James Mangold's latest film starring Matt Damon as auto designer Carroll Shelby and Christian Bale as the man he recruits to drive... More »

What Critics Think of Hitler Satire Jojo Rabbit

Director-actor Taika Waititi praised for 'hilarious' turn as the fuhrer

(Newser) - A member of Hitler Youth who counts der Fuhrer as an imaginary friend uncovers a Jewish girl hiding in his house in Jojo Rabbit , a satirical take on Nazi Germany from director Taika Waititi ( Thor: Ragnarok ), who plays Hitler himself. Expect laughs and a lesson, according to critics,... More »

Scorsese: Marvel Movies Are Part of 'Most Ominous Change'

He says movie business has been steadily eliminating risks

(Newser) - Martin Scorsese angered some Marvel fans when he described the superhero genre as "not cinema" —but he says in a New York Times op-ed that he wasn't insulting movies made by "people of considerable talent and artistry," and if he had been born in a... More »

Welcome Scorsese's 'Haunting Masterpiece'

Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, Al Pacino shine in 'The Irishman'

(Newser) - A legendary director joins with a trio of A-list actors in The Irishman , a Netflix film based on a 2004 book in which hitman Frank Sheeran confesses to dozens of killings in his work for the Italian mob—including that of Jimmy Hoffa. Now in theaters and debuting on Netflix... More »

Filmmakers Hate This New Netflix Feature

It allows content to be sped up or slowed down

(Newser) - If you want to binge-watch Stranger Things in record time with the characters sounding like Alvin and the Chipmunks, you might like a new feature Netflix is testing—but filmmakers are not happy about it. Netflix is facing a backlash over the new feature, which allows viewers to speed up... More »

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