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Aubrey Plaza Has Subtle Reveal
Aubrey Plaza
Has Subtle Reveal

Aubrey Plaza Has Subtle Reveal

Actress refers to director Jeff Baena as her husband

(Newser) - Aubrey Plaza has revealed major personal news in an offhand way, posting, "So proud of my darling husband @jeffbaena for dreaming up another film that takes us to italia to cause some more trouble." The "husband" part is new, and her publicist confirmed that it's accurate,...

Record 3 Women Are on Golden Globe Director Shortlist
A Golden Globes
First for Women

A Golden Globes First for Women

This is the first time there's ever been more than one woman on the director shortlist

(Newser) - As many women have been nominated for the Golden Globe for best director this year as in the first 50 years of the 78-year-old prize combined. Chloé Zhao, Nomadland; Regina King, One Night in Miami; and Emerald Fennell, Promising Young Woman, were nominated, along with David Fincher, Mank ; and Aaron...

Keira Knightley Bans 'Horrible' Sex Scenes With Male Directors

Actor says she won't do intimate scenes with a man behind the camera, or with everyone 'grunting'

(Newser) - Pirates of the Caribbean actor Keira Knightly recently stopped by the Chanel Connects podcast , and she shared her thoughts on films she enjoyed growing up, the luck she's had in her career, and, now, why sex scenes are an iffy thing for her, per the Guardian . First of all,...

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,"...

Director Gave Class System 'a Kick Up the Backside'

Michael Apted said his 'Up' documentaries took 'a long view of English society'

(Newser) - Michael Apted, the acclaimed British director of the Up documentaries series and films as diverse as the Loretta Lynn biopic Coal Miner's Daughter and the James Bond film The World Is Not Enough, has died. He was 79. No cause was given, the AP reports. An incredibly prolific director,...

Gunmen Open Fire on Afghan Film Director

Saba Sahar, also an activist for women's rights, is hospitalized

(Newser) - One of Afghanistan's first female film directors was reportedly shot Tuesday when three gunmen opened fire on her car in Kabul. Saba Sahar, also a popular actress and advocate for women's rights, was taken to a hospital, where she underwent a successful operation, her husband tells the BBC...

Hollywood Just Lost a Big-Name Director
Hollywood Just Lost
a Big-Name Director
obituary

Hollywood Just Lost a Big-Name Director

Alan Parker's films include Midnight Express and Evita

(Newser) - Alan Parker, a successful and sometimes surprising filmmaker whose diverse output includes Bugsy Malone, Midnight Express, and Evita, has died at 76, his family said. A Briton who became a Hollywood heavyweight, Parker also directed Fame, The Commitments, and Mississippi Burning. Together his movies won 10 Academy Awards and 19...

Joss Whedon Accused of 'Abusive Behavior' on Set

Ray Fisher says Justice League director's behavior was 'completely unacceptable'

(Newser) - At the 2017 San Diego Comic-Con, actor Ray Fisher described director Joss Whedon as a "great guy" and a "good person" who stepped in to finish Justice League after Zack Snyder's departure. This week, Fisher tweeted a clip of the statement and said he would like to...

'One of the Luckiest People That Ever Lived' Has Died

Director Joel Schumacher started out as a costume designer

(Newser) - Add Lost Boys director Joel Schumacher to the list of those we've lost in 2020. The 80-year-old, who started out as a costume designer on films like Woody Allen's Sleeper before going on to direct around two dozen movies, died in New York City Monday after a yearlong...

Director Lynn Shelton Dies Suddenly at 54
Indie Film Pioneer
Dies Suddenly at 54
obituary

Indie Film Pioneer Dies Suddenly at 54

Lynn Shelton collapsed after being ill for just a week

(Newser) - An indie filmmaker known for her ad-lib style and complex female characters died Friday after falling ill only a week ago, the Daily Beast reports. Her name was Lynn Shelton. "I have some awful news," said podcaster and comedian Marc Maron, who was romantically involved with her. "...

Natalie Portman Uses Cape to Call Out Academy
Natalie Portman Uses
Cape to Call Out Academy
ACADEMY AWARDS

Natalie Portman Uses Cape to Call Out Academy

It was embroidered with names of female directors

(Newser) - Natalie Portman used her cape to send a message to the Academy on the red carpet at this year's Oscars. Portman—who presented the award for best adapted screenplay to Jojo Rabbit—had the names of female directors not nominated by the Academy embroidered in gold on the left...

Director Detained in France's Shocking #MeToo Accusation

Adele Haenel accused Christophe Ruggia last year, now he's in custody

(Newser) - A French filmmaker is in custody while authorities investigate accusations that he sexually abused an actress when she was between 12 and 15 years old, the AP reports. Director Christophe Ruggia was detained for questioning Tuesday based on allegations last year by actress Adele Haenel , according to the Paris prosecutor'...

Spike Lee Makes History With New Gig

He'll be first black filmmaker to head Cannes jury

(Newser) - Spike Lee will become the first black filmmaker to head the Cannes Film Festival jury this spring. "I'm honored to be the first person of the African diaspora (USA) to be named president of the Cannes jury and of a main film festival," which happens to be...

2019 Was a 'Banner Year' for Female Filmmakers: Study

USC finds first gain in jobs overall in 13 years

(Newser) - Lulu Wang, Lorene Scafaria, Melina Matsoukas and Greta Gerwig led Hollywood to a record year for women in the director's chair. In 2019, women directed more of the most popular movies than any year before. Women directed 12 of 2019’s 100 top-grossing films in 2019, according to a...

Paul Haggis Must Face 'Hate Crime' Accusation

Haleigh Breest's accusation against him can stand, court rules

(Newser) - A movie director's alleged rape of a colleague is now an alleged hate crime. On Thursday, a New York appeals court ruled that accuser Haleigh Breest can proceed with her claim that Paul Haggis perpetrated a gender-motivated hate crime when he allegedly raped her in 2013, per the Hollywood ...

French Movie Industry Has Shocking #MeToo Moment

Actress Adele Haenel says director Christophe Ruggia sexually harassed her when she was a child

(Newser) - A French actress who's won two of her country's Oscars just dropped a #MeToo shocker. The BBC reports Adele Haenel, 30, now says that between the ages of 12 and 15 she was sexually harassed and inappropriately touched by Christophe Ruggia, the director of her first film, The ...

Scorsese: Marvel Movies Are Part of 'Most Ominous Change'

He says movie business has been steadily eliminating risks

(Newser) - Martin Scorsese angered some Marvel fans when he described the superhero genre as "not cinema" —but he says in a New York Times op-ed that he wasn't insulting movies made by "people of considerable talent and artistry," and if he had been born in a...

Scorsese: Marvel Movies Aren't Cinema. Coppola: Hold My Beer

Francis Ford Coppola calls superhero movies 'despicable'

(Newser) - Martin Scorsese caused a bit of a hubbub two weeks ago when he weighed in on the superhero movie genre, offering his take that Marvel movies are emotionally and psychologically bereft and "not cinema." Now, Francis Ford Coppola, the director behind Apocalypse Now and the Godfather franchise, has...

Scorsese Slams Marvel Films: 'Not Cinema'

Fans of the genre push back at acclaimed director

(Newser) - Martin Scorsese's new film, The Irishman, is already spurring Oscar buzz , but the director of other classics such as Goodfellas, Raging Bull, and Taxi Driver is taking his time in the spotlight to reveal a movie genre that just doesn't click with him—and that he doesn't...

'Glitch in the Matrix' Leads to Odd Flight for One Passenger

Filmmaker Vincent Peone had entire Delta plane all to himself

(Newser) - Everyone boarding a plane secretly hopes that no one will be seated next to them, opening up a tad more elbowroom and space for magazines, purses, and other personal items. For Vincent Peone, he didn't have to worry one bit about sharing space on his Delta flight from Aspen,...

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