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Katie Hill Blasted on Own Twitter Feed by 'Former Staff'

Ex-congresswoman says account was hacked after movie announcement

(Newser) - News broke Tuesday that former Rep. Katie Hill's memoir would be turned into a film starring Elisabeth Moss, before disapproval spewed from Hill's old congressional Twitter account. Only Hill wasn't the one tweeting early Wednesday. Instead, anonymous posters identified as "Katie's former staff" blasted Moss... More »

It's a Photo of a Bearded Dead Man. Could It Be Priceless?

Some experts believe the dead man is Abraham Lincoln

(Newser) - The image is haunting, depicting a gaunt-faced man with a familiar beard, staring ahead lifelessly. The right eye is bulging and appears disfigured from an unseen wound. Some experts believe the man is Abraham Lincoln, captured hours after the nation's 16th president succumbed to an assassin's bullet on... More »

Netflix Film Reveals Last Texts of Chris and Shanann Watts

Final messages between doomed Colo. mom, husband ranged from loving to mundane

(Newser) - As Chris Watts serves life without parole in a Wisconsin maximum security prison, the story of what got him there is debuting on Netflix. American Murder: The Family Next Door, which begins streaming Wednesday, is, per Mashable , a "stomach-churning, emotional missing-persons story," focusing on the August 2018 disappearance... More »

Actress Shares 'Astounding' Chadwick Boseman Story

Actor cut his own salary to boost female co-star Sienna Miller's

(Newser) - Sienna Miller was not at all interested in returning to acting when Chadwick Boseman offered her a role opposite him in the 2019 thriller 21 Bridges, on which he served as producer. "I'd been working nonstop and I was exhausted, but then I wanted to work with him,... More »

Netflix on Backlash Toward Film: Just Watch It Already

Detractors say 'Cuties' sexualizes young girls; platform, director say it's 'social commentary'

(Newser) - On Wednesday, Netflix started streaming its newest movie, Cuties. By Thursday, the hashtags #BoycottNetflix and #CancelNetflix were trending on social media, and by Friday, a petition pushing for the latter had amassed more than 600,000 signatures. The controversy around the film, which centers on an 11-year-old girl who rebels... More »

Critics Bash Netflix Film They Say Sexualizes Young Girls

Detractors want Netflix to drop 'Cuties,' which won Sundance award; defenders say it's a 'beautiful film'

(Newser) - Netflix is taking heat over an award-winning French film on its platform from those who say the movie's promotional materials, as well as the film itself, sexualizes young girls. Per the Los Angeles Times , the movie is about a rebellious 11-year-old girl who joins a "free-spirited dance crew"... More »

Here Comes the Sun—10 Years of It, in One Hour

NASA releases hypnotizing film showing a decade of our resident star

(Newser) - You're not supposed to stare at the sun, but a new NASA film lets you safely do so for an entire hour. Per the Guardian , the space agency has released a decade's worth of "mesmerizing" footage of our resident star, taken from February 2010 all the way... More »

Gone With the Wind Is Back, With a New Explainer

Movie returns to HBO Max with introduction by Turner Classic Movies host Jacqueline Stewart

(Newser) - Gone With the Wind is back on HBO Max, but it's now got a nearly five-minute intro for context. "Eighty years after its initial release, Gone With the Wind is a film of undeniable cultural significance," Jacqueline Stewart, an African American host for Turner Classic Movies, notes... More »

New Zealand Makes an Exception for James Cameron

Director and crew given entry to nearly virus-free nation to shoot 'Avatar' sequels

(Newser) - No outsiders are generally allowed inside New Zealand these days as the nation continues its three-month-old travel ban to keep COVID-19 in check . If you're James Cameron, however, there's a little wiggle room. Bloomberg reports that the director and a 30-person crew have been bestowed with an exemption... More »

27 Years Later, This Film Is Back on Top

'Jurassic Park' makes a comeback, along with other Spielberg classics

(Newser) - There's a new No. 1 at the box office—and by new, we also mean old. Steven Spielberg's 1993 classic Jurassic Park nabbed the No. 1 spot at the US box office for a fourth time in its history over Father's Day weekend, earning $517,600 at... More »

'Whitewashed' Cop Movies, TV Shows Have to Go

In 'WaPo,' Alyssa Rosenberg calls for more realistic storytelling about police

(Newser) - In the wake of the death of George Floyd , the subject of racism and police brutality is now top of mind for most Americans. Alyssa Rosenberg has one idea on how Hollywood can help move things forward on these pervasive, intertwined issues: "Halt production on cop shows and movies... More »

A New King of Movie Profanities Is Crowned

Samuel L. who? Jonah Hill claims the most cussing in his movie roles

(Newser) - Samuel L. Jackson is no longer the king of swearing in film. Jonah Hill was "humbled" to learn he'd nabbed the honor upon reading an article published Wednesday by the Wrap , which was based on an analysis by Buzz Bingo . The analysis found Jackson had uttered 301 profanities... More »

Michael Moore's New Film Is Denounced—by the Left

Critics say 'Planet of the Humans' is wildly inaccurate and smears the green movement

(Newser) - Michael Moore is used to taking all kinds of criticism over his films. His new one, however, offers a twist on that. Many environmentalists and other usual Moore supporters on the left are outraged over the documentary Planet of the Humans, while conservative sites, including Breitbart , are singing its praises.... More »

AMC to Universal: We're Not Showing Your Movies Anymore

Movie theater chain upset at studio's decision to show more films digitally

(Newser) - Before the coronavirus pandemic took hold, Trolls World Tour was set for release on April 10. But with theaters closed, Universal Pictures made a decision the Wall Street Journal notes has "[paid] off handsomely": The studio behind the animated film made the sequel available to rent digitally that day... More »

Obama's Title in Jordan Film Gets a Laugh

But director has his reasons for labeling him 'former Chicago resident'

(Newser) - ESPN began airing its 10-part Michael Jordan documentary Sunday night, and one small moment from The Last Dance drew a bit of attention online. When Barack Obama appeared in the film, the chyron described him only as "Former Chicago Resident," notes People . Sites such as BuzzFeed and Vulture... More »

Tired of Frozen? Stream These Less Obvious Kids Movies

'Fly Away Home' starring Anna Paquin and Jeff Daniels is among them

(Newser) - Weeks of quarantine with kids have a way of burning through a movie collection. Even with the libraries of streaming services like Netflix, Amazon, Disney Plus, and others, there are plenty of households that have already had their fill of Frozen and overdosed on Onward. In the best of times,... More »

Actor Dead at 38 of Unspecified Illness

Nicholas Tucci had acted in a range of TV shows

(Newser) - Nicholas Tucci, who you might know from shows like Pose and Rami, died Tuesday of an unspecified illness. Variety reports that his father, Alexander Tucci, posted a Facebook message saying his 38-year-old son wanted "to keep his illness private so that he could continue to pursue his professional and... More »

Reviews Lift The Invisible Man

'Hedgehog' and 'Call of the Wild' trail, while Peter Pan tale doesn't soar

(Newser) - The Elisabeth Moss-led thriller The Invisible Man rode a wave of good reviews to a very visible spot atop the box office this weekend, the AP reports. Universal Pictures on Sunday estimated that the film from writer-director Leigh Whannell earned $29 million from North American theaters. Internationally, it picked up... More »

Trump Slammed Film, Universal Shelved It. It's About to Debut

New marketing campaign for 'The Hunt' launched ahead of March release

(Newser) - The Hunt has a release date. The controversial film in which a group of liberal elites hunt conservatives for sport hits theaters March 13, with not a single scene changed since Universal Pictures opted to shelve the film in the wake of mass shootings last year, per the New York ... More »

Peter Venkman Will Be Back in Ghostbusters: Afterlife

Murray, Aykroyd, Hudson will reprise roles

(Newser) - Some 36 years after he was first seen carrying out dubious ESP research at Columbia University, Dr. Peter Venkman is back. Vanity Fair has confirmed that Bill Murray will be reprising his role as one of the original Ghostbusters in upcoming sequel Ghostbusters: Afterlife. Fellow Ghostbusters Dan Aykroyd and Ernie... More »

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