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She Made Film History. So Why Is She Mostly Unknown?

A new documentary revives the career of Alice Guy-Blaché

(Newser) - Heard of Alice Guy-Blaché? Don't worry, you're not alone. That's why there's a new documentary about the pre-World War I film pioneer, the Smithsonian reports. Born in 1873, Guy-Blaché directed hundreds of movies and was among the first to use synchronized sound, close-ups, and hand-tinted... More »

If You Don't Know Who He Is, Tolkien's Estate Is Likely Glad

Author's family and estate do not approve of the upcoming film 'Tolkien'

(Newser) - If you don't know who Nicholas Hoult is, the family and estate of JRR Tolkien is likely glad. The actor is starring as a young Tolkien in a film focusing on the author's "formative years," and the two entities on Tuesday put out a statement making... More »

Keira Knightley: Here's What 'Makes Me Feel Sick'

The 'Colette' star reveals her feelings about gender

(Newser) - Keira Knightley is infusing her Colette promo interviews with a healthy dose of gender politics and observations—not exactly the usual celeb patter, but it jibes with the film's story. Knightley wants to explore "the masculine side of the female, stuck in the dresses and makeup," she... More »

How Peter Jackson Brought WWI to Life

'They Shall Not Grow Old' shows the war in full color

(Newser) - The director of the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit trilogies has brought another world to life—and this one is real. Peter Jackson's latest film, They Shall Not Grow Old, uses colorized World War I footage and old veterans' interviews to tell the story of British soldiers on... More »

Director of 2001 Finally Explains the Film's Ending

Stanley Kubrick had long avoided putting it into words

(Newser) - Ever wondered what Stanley Kubrick's classic sci-fi film 2001: A Space Odyssey is all about? Well, keep wondering, but an excerpt from an unreleased Japanese documentary has Kubrick explaining the film's mysterious ending, BoingBoing reports. "I've tried to avoid doing this ever since the picture came... More »

More Than 100 Walk Out of Shocking Cannes Premiere

Matt Dillon plays serial killer in von Trier's latest

(Newser) - Lars von Trier is back at the Cannes film festival, seven years after he was banned for declaring he was a Nazi —and the Danish director is as controversial as ever. His new serial-killer drama, The House That Jack Built, prompted more than 100 people to walk out of... More »

From Lawrence of Arabia to Fifty Shades, She Was 'Greatest of the Great'

Film editor Anne V. Coates dies at 92

(Newser) - Oscar-winning film editor Anne V. Coates, widely considered one of the greatest in her field, has died at the age of 92. A rep from WME Entertainment says she passed away Tuesday at the Motion Picture and Television Country House and Hospital in Woodland Hills, Calif., per the AP . The... More »

Film on Czar's Affair Causing Some Problems in Russia

4 people suspected of an arson attack linked to a movie were detained

(Newser) - Matilda, a movie about the last Russian czar's affair with a ballerina, isn't due to be released in Russia until October, but it's already sparked harsh criticism and, it seems, arrests. Russian police have detained four people suspected of an arson attack linked to the movie, officials... More »

Judge: Lynyrd Skynyrd Flick Violates 'Blood Oath'

Southern rock band members made a vow not to exploit band's name, history

(Newser) - A film created with help from a former Lynyrd Skynyrd drummer violates a "blood oath" surviving band members made not to exploit the band's name and history, a judge concluded as he blocked its distribution, siding with a surviving member of the 1970s pioneering Southern rock group and... More »

Film Series Pulls Gone With the Wind for 'Insensitive' Portrayals

After 34 years, Memphis theater will cease summer viewing

(Newser) - A Memphis theater is being both cheered and jeered for its decision to pull its annual summer viewing series of the 1939 Academy Award winning-film Gone With the Wind. Per Deadline , the Orpheum Theatre has been increasingly called out on social media for showing the antebellum classic, with critics concerned... More »

Their Film Ran in 14 Theaters. Then Robert Pattinson Called

How the major actor ended up in 'Good Time'

(Newser) - Good Time is a film about one bad night gone worse. Robert Pattinson plays a small-time Queens crook named Connie Nikas whose botched robbery and escape attempt lands his mentally handicapped brother in jail. And that's just in the first few minutes. The film doesn't come up for... More »

Jolie on Vanity Fair Coverage: 'I Am Upset'

Says story about casting children for her new film was misrepresented

(Newser) - A Vanity Fair interview with Angelina Jolie made headlines last week for a range of items, including the revelation she'd developed Bell's palsy last year. But one nugget in particular caught people's attention: how she allegedly cast kids for her new Netflix movie, First They Killed My ... More »

Student Allegedly Burned Cash Near Homeless Man

'Abhorrent and repugnant,' says Cambridge University group

(Newser) - He wore a white tie and tails, but the actions he's accused of exhibit zero class. The Telegraph reports that Cambridge University student Ronald Coyne, the communications officer of the Cambridge University Conservative Association, was allegedly intoxicated and filmed in formalwear burning a 20-pound note (equal to about $25)... More »

Pop Culture's Weirdest 'Cover-Ups'

Vulture compiles 70 biggest celebrity conspiracy theories—including that Katy Perry is JonBenet Ramsey

(Newser) - Take a timeout from Election 2016 conspiracy theories and do a deep dive instead into tinfoil-hat whispers on the pop culture front. Vulture has spent the past few months performing what it calls an "exhaustive cataloguing" of the biggest cover-ups in music, literature, film, TV, and "anything else... More »

Katie Couric Accused of Deceptive Edit in Guns Film

She and documentary maker stand by the final cut

(Newser) - Katie Couric is taking serious flak over the edited version of an interview with gun supporters in a documentary. In Under the Gun, Couric asks the group, "If there are no background checks for gun purchasers, how do you prevent felons or terrorists from purchasing a gun?" As this... More »

John Malkovich Film to Be Screened in 100 Years

It's billed as 'The Movie You Will Never See'

(Newser) - John Malkovich is starring in a movie that no one will see for 100 years—or a teaser that promotes a very expensive cognac. According to the Cannes Film Festival and a teaser released last year , Robert Rodriguez has directed Malkovich in the film 100 Years: The Movie You Will... More »

Month-Long Film Gets a 7-Hour Trailer

It shows a continuous shot of a beach in Sweden

(Newser) - Swedish artist Anders Weberg says he has made 300 films, but his final "moving image" project, experimental film Ambiancé, promises to be his longest. The running time: 720 hours, or 30 days. As befitting a movie of that length, Weberg has just released a second promotional video for the... More »

Wolf of Wall Street Actress to Play Tonya Harding

Margot Robbie will transform into disgraced skater for 'I, Tonya' film

(Newser) - Australian actress Margot Robbie is bent on showing her versatility, first making her breakout in 2013's The Wolf of Wall Street, appearing in Whiskey Tango Foxtrot and The Big Short, starring this summer in Suicide Squad and The Legend of Tarzan, and now announcing her intentions to play shamed... More »

'Farting Corpse' Film Makes Noise at Festival

'Swiss Army Man' divides audiences at Sundance

(Newser) - A new film starring Daniel Radcliffe as a farting corpse is dividing audiences at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, Us Weekly reports. In Swiss Army Man, the erstwhile Harry Potter plays a dead body discovered by a suicidal man (Paul Dano) on a deserted island. Dano rides Radcliffe across the... More »

Archaeologists on Hunt to Unearth Long-Buried Movie Set

Flights over desert helping in 'Ten Commandments' search

(Newser) - Thou shalt restore the Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes to their natural state once filming wraps up. That’s the commandment given to movie director Cecil B. DeMille, who filmed his epic The Ten Commandments in the sand dunes on the Central California coast in the early 1920s, KCBX reports. Apparently, though, he... More »

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