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He's Won 2 Oscars, Is Now Accused of Plagiarism

At issue: Asghar Farhadi's film 'A Hero'

(Newser) - Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi took home Oscars in 2012 and 2017 in the best international feature category. His 2021 film, A Hero, managed to win the grand prize at Cannes—but also land him in court to fend off allegations of plagiarism. The director has been accused by former film...

Lyricist Teamed With Husband on 'The Way We Were'

Marilyn Bergman, a songwriting hall of famer, won 3 Oscars

(Newser) - Marilyn Bergman, the Oscar-winning lyricist who wrote, with her husband, Alan Bergman, the words for "The Way We Were," "How Do You Keep the Music Playing?" and hundreds of other songs, died Saturday at her Los Angeles home. She was 93. Bergman died of respiratory failure not...

1964 Western to Premiere in Navajo

'A Fistful of Dollars' is just the third major film dubbed in the language

(Newser) - Manuelito Wheeler isn't sure why Navajo elders admire Western films. It could be that many of them were treated to the films in boarding schools off the reservation decades ago. Some, like his father, tell of gathering around a television growing up to watch gunslingers in a battle between...

Amanda Knox's Reaction to Film: 'Does My Name Belong to Me?"

She blasts 'Stillwater,' starring Matt Damon

(Newser) - The so-so reviews are in for the new film Stillwater, and now Amanda Knox has panned the whole project. The film is fiction and doesn't set out to portray what happened to Knox, an American who was convicted, then acquitted, of the murder of her roommate in Italy. In...

Jennifer Lawrence Injured by 'Controlled Glass Explosion'

She is filming 'Don't Look Up' in Boston

(Newser) - Actress Jennifer Lawrence was left with a cut to her eyelid Friday after what was supposed to be a “controlled glass explosion” went awry during filming of her new movie Don’t Look Up, TMZ reports. “An explosion was set up for a stunt in which glass shatters,...

Director's Death Leaves Legacy Project in Limbo

Michael Apted was best known for his ongoing 'Up' documentary, which spanned decades

(Newser) - So what happens in 2026? That's the big question left in the wake of the death of director Michael Apted , best known for his ongoing Up series of documentaries . If you're unfamiliar, just know that it's "the greatest documentary television series of the last century,"...

Some Disney Movies Just Got 12 Seconds Longer

A warning was added to them on Disney Plus

(Newser) - Dumbo and Peter Pan just got 12 seconds longer. That is, if you watch them on Disney Plus. The New York Times reports Disney's streaming service has placed a 12-second unskippable warning ahead of the start of a number of films. It reads in part, "This program includes...

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...

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

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...

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...

He Was a Character Actor in 'Several Golden Ages'
'I Am All of Those
Characters, and I Love That'
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'I Am All of Those Characters, and I Love That'

René Auberjonois died Sunday at 79

(Newser) - René Auberjonois, a prolific actor best known for his roles on the television shows Benson and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and his part in the 1970 film M.A.S.H. playing Father Mulcahy, has died. He was 79. The actor died Sunday at his home in Los Angeles...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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 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...

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...

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...

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