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Halloween Kills Has a Healthy Opening
Halloween Kills Looks
Like a Survivor
box office

Halloween Kills Looks Like a Survivor

New installment of horror series tops industry expectations

(Newser) - Halloween Kills may be available to watch at home, but the latest installment in the Michael Myers saga is making a killing at the North American box office in its first weekend in theaters. Universal's David Gordon Green-directed film scared up $50.4 million from 3,705 locations, according...

Dear Evan Hansen Draws Small but Enthusiastic Crowd
Dear Evan Hansen
Draws Small but
Enthusiastic Crowd
box office

Dear Evan Hansen Draws Small but Enthusiastic Crowd

Film opens in second place, behind Shang-Chi

(Newser) - Dear Evan Hansen may have been a hit on Broadway, but the filmed adaptation of the Tony-winning show is off to a slow start in movie theaters. The Universal musical that's playing exclusively in theaters grossed an estimated $7.5 million from 3,364 locations, according to studio estimates...

Melvin Van Peebles Launched Film Genre
Melvin Van Peebles
Launched Film Genre

Melvin Van Peebles Launched Film Genre

Younger filmmakers pay tribute to director, playwright, and options trader

(Newser) - Melvin Van Peebles, the groundbreaking filmmaker, playwright, and musician whose work ushered in the "blaxploitation" wave of the 1970s and influenced filmmakers long after, has died. Van Peeples, sometimes called the "godfather of modern Black cinema," was 89. "Dad knew that Black images matter," his...

Weak Eastwood Opening May Be Message to Hollywood
Eastwood's Weak Opening
May Send Message to Studios
box office

Eastwood's Weak Opening May Send Message to Studios

'Cry Macho' numbers suggest older Americans aren't ready to return to theaters

(Newser) - Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is the top film at the box office for the third straight weekend, while the muted reception for Clint Eastwood's Cry Macho suggests older moviegoers still aren't eager to return to theaters. Marvel's Shang-Chi, directed by Destin Daniel Cretton,...

Shang-Chi Stays on Top With $35.8M Weekend
Shang-Chi Stays on Top
With $35.8M Weekend
box office

Shang-Chi Stays on Top With $35.8M Weekend

Black Widow 's pandemic record falls

(Newser) - Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings stayed on top at the box office, collecting $35.8 million in ticket sales in its second weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday. That was the best second-weekend gross of any film during the pandemic, edging out the previous Marvel movie, Black ...

These 2 Gigs Will Pay You Big Bucks to Get Scared

Watch 13 horror movies, pocket $1,300 (if you're selected)

(Newser) - Done with the beach and ready for fall? A financial advice website is offering a an easy way to transition into the Halloween season, with big bucks for one lucky fan who can hunker down and watch 13 horror flicks in nine days' time, reports UPI . FinanceBuzz will pay $1,...

Barbra Streisand Takes Issue With A Star Is Born

Singer says 2018 film was too similar to 1976 remake

(Newser) - Barbra Streisand said she "loved" Bradley Cooper's version of A Star Is Born when the film came out in 2018. Three years on, she has a bit of a different opinion. "I thought it was the wrong idea," Streisand told Australia's The Project of the...

Ryan Reynolds May Have a New Movie Franchise

'Free Guy' exceeds expectations, and Disney already wants a sequel

(Newser) - Ryan Reynolds may have another movie franchise on his hands in addition to Deadpool. Not only did his new flick, Free Guy , do better than expected at the box office over the weekend, but Reynolds announced that Disney already wants a sequel. Free Guy, a sci-fi action comedy that takes...

Johnny Depp: It's Been a 'Surreal 5 Years'

In interview with 'Sunday Times,' Depp talks new film, 'boycott' against him in wake of legal woes

(Newser) - The reason for the current commotion in Johnny Depp's life? "The absurdity of media mathematics." That's per Depp himself, in a new interview with the Sunday Times in which the 58-year-old actor talks about his new movie, Minimata, and how he thinks he's been snubbed...

Shia LeBeouf Is About to Become a 'Saint'

Director Abel Ferrara says he's cast actor as Padre Pio in his next film

(Newser) - Shia LeBeouf has been living under the radar for a while, reportedly in treatment and otherwise avoiding the spotlight after being accused of abuse by ex-girlfriend FKA Twigs. Now, Variety reports the 35-year-old actor might be lined up for a "comeback." Abel Ferrara, the director behind such films...

10 Summer 'Blockbusters' That Flopped

'Ishtar,' 'Battlefield Earth,' and 'Evan Almighty' were all supposed to hit it big at the box office

(Newser) - After a summer devoid of the big screen last year, moviegoers are flocking back to theaters, though Scott Mendelson noted in his May preview in Forbes that most of the films being released this season are "smaller in scale and not aiming for blowout status. The hope is for...

What Critics Are Saying About New Bourdain Documentary
New Bourdain
Film Shows
'the Empath and
the Narcissist'

New Bourdain Film Shows 'the Empath and the Narcissist'

'Haunting,' 'brilliant,' and 'troubling' are just some of the descriptors for Morgan Neville's documentary

(Newser) - It's been just over three years since celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain died by suicide at the age of 61, and a new documentary by filmmaker Morgan Neville hopes to shed some light not only on Bourdain's life, but also on the aftermath of his death. Roadrunner: A Film ...

Disney Strategy Pays Off for Black Widow
Disney Strategy
Pays Off for
Black Widow
box office

Disney Strategy Pays Off for Black Widow

Marvel film does especially well in theaters, at $80M

(Newser) - Even with an option to watch Black Widow at home, audiences went to the movie theater in pandemic record numbers this weekend to catch the first Marvel movie released in two years. The Walt Disney Co. said Sunday the superhero pic generated an estimated $80 million in ticket sales in...

Throat Cancer, Voice Box Can't Silence Val Kilmer

Actor speaks through personal footage spanning decades in new doc

(Newser) - Val Kilmer's speaking ability was severely limited by an operation on his trachea, but no matter. The actor speaks volumes, through footage personally shot over four decades, in a new documentary premiering this week at the Cannes Film Festival. Val utilizes home video footage "from virtually every chapter...

Cannes Film Fest Is Back, With a Big First

Spike Lee will be first Black person to head jury for the festival, starting Tuesday

(Newser) - For the past 16 months, the Palais des Festivals, the central hub of the Cannes Film Festival, has been lined with hospital beds and even turned into a mass-vaccination site after the film fest was postponed last year, then canceled due to the pandemic. On Tuesday, the film fest, delayed...

We Built You Up, Paddington 2, Only to Tear You Down

Movie that knocked 'Citizen Kane' out of top spot on Rotten Tomatoes gets its first negative review

(Newser) - A bit of redemption this week for Citizen Kane and bad news for its most recent foe, at least according to Rotten Tomatoes. The 1941 classic had claimed the honor of best-reviewed film on the movie review site until April, when a lone bad review emerged, marring its 100% critics...

Kevin Spacey Lands Role in a Movie
Kevin Spacey
Lands Role
in a Movie

Kevin Spacey Lands Role in a Movie

Disgraced actor gets small part in Italian film

(Newser) - Someone wants to make a movie with Kevin Spacey again. Spacey has two Oscars—for American Beauty and The Usual Suspects—but he hasn't been seen in Hollywood much since allegations of sexual abuse surfaced in 2017. Now Variety reports that he's landed a small role in an...

Film Studio: 'Sorry for the Pain' of Laverne Cox Dubbing Flap

Universal hired male actor for Italian version of 'Promising Young Woman'

(Newser) - In the Oscar-winning film Promising Young Woman, Laverne Cox plays the role of Gail, the best friend and boss of Cassie, the protagonist. But the Italian version of the movie has now spurred a dubbing controversy, as the voice of the transgender actor has been replaced with that of a...

Golden Globes Controversy: It's 'Put-Up-or-Shut-Up' Time

A look at the trouble with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association

(Newser) - The Golden Globes is now in flux, thanks to NBC announcing it won't be airing the awards show in 2022, with powerful stars like Tom Cruise and Scarlett Johansson and such corporations as Netflix, Amazon, and WarnerMedia joining the stand against the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's lack of...

Black Panther Sequel Has a Title and Release Date

Marvel Studios puts out trailer showing clips from upcoming films

(Newser) - Marvel Studios announced its plans for upcoming releases in a 3-minute trailer Monday that included a name and date for the Black Panther sequel. Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is due in theaters on July 8, 2022, USA Today reports. Other characters and actors will return, but Marvel has said no...

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