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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...

Liam Neeson Premiere Called Off Amid Backlash

Comments on race might have killed his career

(Newser) - The New York premiere of Liam Neeson's latest movie was abruptly called off Tuesday night amid a backlash to the actor's disturbing admission in an interview published Monday—and some observers think his entire career might be over. Lionsgate studio had no comment on the cancellation of the...

A Dog's Purpose Premiere Canceled After Cruelty Outcry

Producer says he's horrified by video of terrified dog

(Newser) - The Hollywood premiere of A Dog's Purpose was canceled Thursday evening after the event was overshadowed by a disturbing video of a dog apparently being mistreated during filming . Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment said that because the investigation is ongoing, they decided to "cancel this weekend's premiere...

Star Wars Opening Night Sets a Record

And it looks ready to break more records

(Newser) - Star Wars: The Force Awakens has sent a box office record with an estimated $57 million from Thursday night shows. The Walt Disney Co.'s estimate on Friday easily surpassed the previous Thursday night record of $43.5 million by 2011's Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part ...

Shia LaBeouf Gets Nutty at Nymphomaniac Premiere

Movie star wears an 'I am not famous' bag on his head

(Newser) - Ah, Shia: Known plagiarist and head-butter (oh, and actor ) Shia LaBeouf stormed out of a press conference in Germany today and later walked a red carpet while wearing a paper bag on his head, TMZ reports. Ten minutes into the Berlin press conference for his new fim, Lars von...

Hunger Games Takes in $20M Overnight

It's a midnight record for a non-sequel

(Newser) - Sold-out theaters scored a record-breaking $19.7 million for The Hunger Games at its midnight premiere last night. The box office receipts rank as the highest midnight total for a non-sequel, reports Entertainment Weekly , and the blockbuster is well on its way to an opening weekend above $100 million. The...

14 Scariest Twilight Souvenirs

It gets worse: There's a dildo on the list

(Newser) - As thousands of fans mobbed last night’s New Moon premiere (some had been waiting since Thursday afternoon, the AP reports), Gawker runs down the 14 craziest pieces of Twilight merchandise:
  • Edward Cullen panties
  • Edward Cullen sock puppet
  • Jacob Black light switch cover
  • Vampire sparkle dildo
  • Edward Cullen sweatshirt that

'Harry' Charms Kid Reporter

Radcliffe exudes class at premiere

(Newser) - Daniel Radcliffe didn't need his onscreen counterpart's wand to charm a very cub reporter at the New York premiere of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. As journos pressed in on all sides, Radcliffe zeroed in on the nervous 11-year-old Scholastic News reporter, New York reports. He continually—but politely—...

Gordon Brown Is Gay: Bruno

Actor continues naughty antics at UK premiere

(Newser) - Bruno, Sacha Baron Cohen’s gay fashionista alter ego, continued his string of outrageous appearances at the London premiere of his film, the Telegraph reports. This time, he had some advice for Prime Minister Gordon Brown: “The guy needs a total makeover. He needs a fake tan, he needs...

Kidman Isn't 'Proud' of Job in Australia

(Newser) - Nicole Kidman “squirmed” through the Sydney premier of her movie, Australia, and fled the country soon after, the Sydney Morning Herald reports. “I can't look at this movie and be proud of what I've done,” the actress said. “It's just impossible for me to connect to...

Jen Man-Shopped in Mayer Lull

Actress fearful of showing up to premiere sans date

(Newser) - Jennifer Aniston was on the prowl for arm candy when it looked like she might be forced to attend her film premiere dateless, the New York Post reports. During the much-publicized lull in her relationship with John Mayer, Aniston’s camp went out shopping for dates—a task made especially...

Potter Flick Pushed to Summer

(Newser) - Harry Potter won't be working movie magic in November. In a surprise move, Warner Bros. has pushed back the release of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince to July of 2009, MTV reports. The studio says the move isn't because of any problems with the film. It simply needs a...

Abigail Breslin: Little Miss a Serious Actress

Tweener still candid despite Oscar nod and new starring role

(Newser) - Pint-sized Abigail Breslin swears that her Oscar nod and whirlwind career have barely changed her life, Vanity Fair reports. She will admit that her best supporting actress nomination for Little Miss Sunshine “was really exciting," but so are the 12-year-old's veterinary dreams. “I got to ride a...

Aniston to Face Jolie This Fall

Jolie pitted against Aniston in box-office tussle

(Newser) - Finally, Angelina Jolie and Jennifer Aniston will have their day to duke it out—in theaters, that is. Brad Pitt's current partner and ex-wife will go head-to-head on Oct. 24, when both have a movie coming out: Jolie in Clint Eastwood's missing-child drama Changeling and Aniston in the romantic comedy...

'Sex and the City' Mania Builds

Fever builds as fans count down to opening night

(Newser) - Who knew? It's 10 days and counting until Sex and the City opens and the huge surge of interest in the movie has surprised even studio execs, the New York Times reports. In the kind of film fever usually associated with people in Chewbacca costumes, groups of women across the...

Woody Allen Refuses to Quit: Blame Europe

US snubs relentless mediocrity, but director is still welcome abroad

(Newser) - America may have spawned Woody Allen, but “the perpetuation of Allen's zombie-like career is one atrocity for which we refuse to be held accountable,” Joe Queenan argues in the Guardian. The diminutive director’s recent films have bombed stateside; when eight people showed up for a New York...

ScarJo Snubs Woody Premiere

Johansson ditches Cannes showing after movie execs deny diva demands

(Newser) - Scarlett Johansson ditched the Cannes premiere of her Woody Allen-directed film Vicky Cristina Barcelona over the weekend after movie execs refused to comply with the 23-year-old actress's over-the-top travel demands, the Daily Mail reports. ScarJo demanded a personal $8,000-a-day make-up artist and a special hotel suite 30 miles from...

Vampire Flick Takes $16M Bite Out of Box Office

30 Days of Night wins amid slow ticket sales

(Newser) - Vampire-seekers made 30 Days of Night number 1 this weekend amid pale box office numbers, Variety reports. Other new entrants couldn’t top Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married?, The Game Plan, or Michael Clayton, which took second, third, and fourth, respectively. The AP reports that audiences want “...

Springfield, Vt., Takes 'Simpsons' Honors

Beats out 13 other Springfields to host movie premiere July 21

(Newser) - Springfield, Vt., edged out 13 other Springfields to win the right to host the July 21 premiere of The Simpsons movie—set, of course, in Springfield. Voters in an online poll chose the video homage by the team from the Green Mountain State, a spoof of the show's opening sequence.

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