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Bestselling Book Makes for an 'Almost Laughably Bad' Movie

Critics pan Ron Howard's 'Hillbilly Elegy' as out of touch

(Newser) - Hillbilly Elegy, the bestselling memoir from JD Vance about the struggles of poor white communities, was heralded as a must-read for understanding the political divide in America upon its release in 2016. Hillbilly Elegy, the new movie adaptation from Netflix, written by The Shape of Water's Vanessa Taylor and...

It's Just Not Solo Without Harrison Ford

Some (though not all) critics don't like Alden Ehrenreich's performance in 'Star Wars' flick

(Newser) - Will you miss Harrison Ford? Undoubtedly. Will you still enjoy seeing how Han Solo got his start, and survived his first encounter with Chewbacca? Maybe. So say critics who've given Ron Howard's Solo: A Star Wars Story a 69% positive rating on Rotten Tomatoes . It's a decent...

Ron Howard's Dad Dead at 89

Veteran actor Rance Howard appeared in several of son's films

(Newser) - Veteran Hollywood actor Rance Howard, the father of director Ron Howard, died Saturday. He was 89. Ron Howard announced his father's death on Twitter on Saturday afternoon, reports the AP . He praised his father for the ability to balance ambition with great personal integrity. "A depression-era farm boy,...

Inferno Finds Hell's Basement

A Madea Halloween movie just beat it with $16.6M

(Newser) - Tom Hanks and Ron Howard's latest Dan Brown adaptation, Inferno, went up in flames at the weekend box office, handing Tyler Perry's Boo! A Madea Halloween a surprise victory. Perry's latest Madea movie remained No. 1 for the second straight week, reports the AP , topping the North...

Meatballs Reigns With $35M Weekend

(Newser) - Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 left the competition standing out in a downpour at this weekend's box office, reeling in $35 million—more than three times the $11.2 million total for No. 2 thriller Prisoners, reports the LA Times . Ron Howard's Rush opened in third...

9 Celebs Still With Their High School Sweethearts

See, some Hollywood marriages do last

(Newser) - Not all VIP marriages are doomed to fail. The Huffington Post rounds up nine celebrities who are still with their high school sweethearts:
  • Snoop Dogg and Shante Taylor married in 1997, and though Snoop filed for divorce in 2004, they got back together and even renewed their vows in 2008.

33 Child Stars Who Turned Out OK

They're not all like Angus T. Jones

(Newser) - For every child star like Angus T. Jones trashing his own show , there's a Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who started acting at age seven but has managed to turn into a movie star while apparently remaining well-adjusted and normal. The Huffington Post rounds up an impressive 32 more of the latter:...

15 Weird Celebrity Friendships

You wouldn't guess these pairs hang out as often as they do

(Newser) - Paris Hilton is good friends with ... Kathy Griffin? Yep. You might expect the comedian would spend her time mocking the socialite, but they've actually been spotted shopping and sunbathing together. Fox News rounds up 14 more "unlikely celebrity BFFs":
  • Tyra Banks and Clay Aiken: The supermodel once wrote

Ron Howard: Gay Joke Will Stay in Movie

'I believe in sensitivity but not censorship'

(Newser) - The trailer for Ron Howard's upcoming movie The Dilemma caused a flap because it showed Vince Vaughn mocking an electric car as "gay." Universal pulled the trailer when gay rights groups complained, but the joke will remain in the full movie, Howard tells the Los Angeles Times : "...

King Near Movie, TV Deal for Dark Tower

Ron Howard attached as direct

(Newser) - Roland Deschain may soon be gunslinging his way onto screens big and small. Stephen King is in talks to turn his Dark Tower books into a TV series and a movie trilogy directed by Ron Howard, Deadline New York reports. Both Universal's Imagine Entertainment and Warner Bros.' Weed Road...

Parenthood Has Room to Grow

Series has potential, but there's a lot going on

(Newser) - Can the new Parenthood, a remake of the Ron Howard flick of the same name, help repair NBC’s 10pm timeslot? Maybe, critics say, but it’s got some problems. Here’s what they’re saying about the show, which premieres tomorrow:
  • It’s a “credible dramedy with the

James Earl Jones, Tom Hanks Top Most-Trusted List

Tiger Woods nowhere to be seen in latest Forbes rankings

(Newser) - The man who gave his voice to Darth Vader and the CNN tagline is the most trusted celebrity in America, according to a survey commissioned by Forbes . Tom Hanks came in second and Michael J. Fox third. Deadlist Catch host Mike Rowe came in fourth and Morgan Freeman fifth, based...

Angels & Demons Has Wings

Da Vinci Code follow-up barrels its way through Dan Brown's brand of hokum

(Newser) - Da Vinci Code sequel Angels & Demons is a fast-paced improvement on its sluggish predecessor, say critics, although filmgoers without a high tolerance for hooey are advised to steer clear.
  • Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer: The "ticking-bomb thriller tightly wrapped in a papal plot and cinched with the ribbons of

Howard: Vatican Blocked Permits for Angels & Demons

(Newser) - Director Ron Howard claimed today that the Vatican interfered with efforts to get permits to shoot certain scenes of his Angels & Demons religious thriller in Rome—a charge the Vatican said was purely a publicity stunt. "It was explained to us that through back channels and so forth...

Catholics 'Will Enjoy' Da Vinci Prequel: Howard

Director defends Angels & Demons from 'smear campaign'

(Newser) - Ron Howard wants to make something clear: He is not anti-Catholic, and neither is his upcoming film, Angels & Demons. The beleaguered prequel to the similarly controversial Da Vinci Code is under fire from the Catholic League, and Howard responds to the latest “silly and mean-spirited work of propaganda”...

Frost/Nixon Even Better on Film

Solid interview, good play, better movie

(Newser) - Frost/Nixon is “less a political movie than a boxing film without the gloves,” writes Kirk Honeycutt in the Hollywood Reporter, and it’s knocking out critics. The film is based on a much-honored play, and “the surprising news is that Frost/Nixon works even better on screen,”...

Opie, Andy, Fonzie Endorse Obama

Howard ignites blast from the past in bid to rocket Obama to White House

(Newser) - Ron Howard has taken a trip down TV memory lane to stump for Barack Obama, reports the Chicago Tribune. In a serious-humorous video posted on Funny or Die, Howard reprises his role as Opie alongside TV pop Sheriff Andy Griffith—who tells Opie he could someday grow up to vote...

Italian Churches Ban Da Vinci Code Prequel

Howard, Hanks shut out of would-be shooting locations

(Newser) - The diocese of Rome is branching out into film criticism and banning a DaVinci Code prequel from shooting in two of the city's churches because the first movie was “harmful to religious feeling,” the ANSA news agency reports. Like the original, Angels & Demons is directed by Ron...

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