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Lisa Marie Slammed New Elvis Film's 'Vengeful' Script

Singer's late daughter didn't like how he was depicted in Sofia Coppola's 'Priscilla,' per 'Variety'

(Newser) - Priscilla Presley has been making headlines this week for her recent sit-down with Piers Morgan, in which she broke down while talking about her daughter, Lisa Marie Presley, who died in January at the age of 54. Now, Lisa Marie is the one dominating the news, with a report on...

Renowned Iranian Filmmaker Is Stabbed to Death

Dariush Mehrjui and his wife, Vahideh Mohammadifar, were killed in their home

(Newser) - A filmmaker hailed as "one of the pioneers of Iranian cinema" has been stabbed to death along with his wife in their home near Tehran, reports AFP . Dariush Mehrjui was killed Saturday night along with wife Vahideh Mohammadifar, a screenwriter. Authorities say Mehrjui texted his daughter about 9pm to...

Scorsese Saw Hollywood's Ills at Screening for Departed

'Studio guys' were upset because it clearly would not be a franchise

(Newser) - Martin Scorsese turns 81 in November, and he's making the rounds to plug his new film Killers of the Flower Moon with Leonardo DiCaprio. In a wide-ranging interview with GQ , Scorsese talks about feeling out of step with modern Hollywood. For instance, he rarely goes to Los Angeles anymore...

Exorcist, French Connection Director William Friedkin Dies

Oscar-winner was 87

(Newser) - William Friedkin, the Oscar-winning director who became a top filmmaker in his 30s with the gripping The French Connection and the horrifying The Exorcist but struggled in the following decades to match his early success, has died. He was 87. Friedkin, who won the best director Oscar for The French ...

Greta Gerwig's '113-Minute Love Letter to Barbie'

Greta Gerwig's
Love Letter
to Barbie'

Greta Gerwig's '113-Minute Love Letter to Barbie'

Willa Paskin takes a deep dive into the director's complicated tribute to the iconic Mattel doll

(Newser) - Greta Gerwig has wondered more than once why Mattel, Warner Bros., and the producers of her upcoming Barbie movie gave her free rein to put her unusual live-action spin on the iconic doll. In her piece on the 39-year-old director for the New York Times , Willa Paskin notes that "...

James Cameron on Sub: 'I Wish I'd Spoken Up'

Director details flaws he saw in Titan's construction, slams OceanGate's lack of third-party certification

(Newser) - James Cameron says he knew "in my bones" that the Titan submersible was gone as soon as he heard it was missing. Now, the Titanic director and deep-sea explorer is expressing regret at not speaking up more on his concerns about the OceanGate vessel, which he says "shouldn'...

First Details Out on Tarantino's Possible Last Movie

'Hollywood Reporter' says his 10th film may center on the late critic Pauline Kael

(Newser) - It looks like Quentin Tarantino knows what his 10th and likely final movie will be about. The Hollywood Reporter quotes insiders who say it will be called The Movie Critic and be set in the 1970s with a female lead. THR speculates it might center on Pauline Kael, an influential...

Coppola Film Has Reportedly 'Descended Into Chaos'

'Megalopolis' set in Atlanta said to be mired in mass firings/resignations, spiking costs

(Newser) - Just a few weeks ago, all seemed to be chugging along on the set of Megalopolis, the latest film in the works by Francis Ford Coppola, with a star-studded cast that includes Adam Driver, Aubrey Plaza, Talia Shire, Dustin Hoffman, and Forest Whitaker. But appearances were apparently cloaking what's...

Taylor Swift Strikes Deal to Direct
Taylor Swift
Strikes Deal
to Direct

Taylor Swift Strikes Deal to Direct

Searchlight project will be her first feature film

(Newser) - Having been honored for her directing of two short films, Taylor Swift is moving to a longer form. Calling her "a once in a generation artist and storyteller, Searchlight Pictures has announced that it has a deal for the pop star to direct a feature film, Variety reports. The...

Lawyer: Director Died by Assisted Suicide

Jean-Luc Godard decided to say, 'Now, it’s enough,' lawyer says

(Newser) - Moviemaking legend Jean-Luc Godard died Tuesday —and it was his decision to do so, lawyer Patrick Jeanneret says. Jeanneret says the 91-year-old French-Swiss director died by assisted suicide in Switzerland, where he had lived for decades, the Guardian reports. The lawyer told AFP Godard "had recourse to legal...

A Genius of Film Is Dead
A Genius of
Film Is Dead

A Genius of Film Is Dead

French New Wave director Jean-Luc Godard dies at 91

(Newser) - Jean-Luc Godard, the ingenious "enfant terrible" of the French New Wave who revolutionized popular cinema in 1960 with his debut feature Breathless and stood for years as one of the world's most vital and provocative directors, has died, French media reported, per the AP . He was 91. Godard...

Das Boot , Neverending Story Director Dead at 81
Das Boot, In the Line of Fire
Director Dies

Das Boot, In the Line of Fire Director Dies

German director Wolfgang Petersen's other hits included The Neverending Story

(Newser) - Wolfgang Petersen, the German filmmaker whose World War II submarine epic Das Boot propelled him into a blockbuster Hollywood career that included the films In the Line of Fire, Air Force One, and The Perfect Storm, has died. He was 81. Petersen died Friday at his home in the Los...

Directors of Nixed Batgirl React to the Shock Move

'We still can't believe it,' say Belgian filmmakers Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah

(Newser) - One studio exec called the move by Warner Bros. Discovery to never release Batgirl, despite the fact that shooting on the film has already wrapped up, "unprecedented." The movie's directors seem to agree with that take. They're now speaking out on the move that has taken...

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...

Bank Mistakes Black Panther Director for Bank Robber

Ryan Coogler tried to make discreet withdrawal from his Bank of America account

(Newser) - Black Panther director Ryan Coogler and two colleagues were briefly arrested after he was mistaken for a bank robber while trying to discreetly withdraw $12,000 from an Atlanta bank. According to a police report obtained by TMZ , the 35-year-old went to a Bank of America branch on Jan. 7,...

Director Peter Bogdanovich Was No Stranger to Controversy

Filmmaker is dead at 82

(Newser) - Longtime director Peter Bogdanovich has died of natural causes at the age of 82, his family announced Thursday. He gained fame early in his career in 1971 in just his second film, The Last Picture Show, per the Hollywood Reporter , which has a detailed obituary. Among the long list of...

Rape Case Against Director Luc Besson Takes a New Turn

Paris judge dismisses allegation against French moviemaker; meanwhile, his accuser has left acting

(Newser) - A Paris judge has dismissed a rape allegation against French director Luc Besson by the actress Sand Van Roy. The Dutch-Belgian actress, who starred in Besson films including 2017's Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets and 2018's Taxi 5, claimed the director raped her in a...

Robert Downey Sr. Dies
Robert Downey Sr. Dies

Robert Downey Sr. Dies

Son pays tribute to 'true maverick filmmaker'

(Newser) - Robert Downey Jr. is mourning the man who brought him into the world—and into the acting business. The Iron Man star said Wednesday that director, producer, and actor Robert Downey Sr., had died Tuesday, two weeks after his 85th birthday, People reports. "Last night, dad passed peacefully in...

Superman, Lethal Weapon Director Richard Donner Dies

Richard Donner was 91

(Newser) - Filmmaker Richard Donner, who helped create the modern superhero blockbuster with 1978’s Superman and mastered the buddy comedy with the Lethal Weapon franchise, has died. He was 91. Lauren Shuler Donner, his wife and producing partner, told Deadline that Donner died Monday. After years working as a TV director,...

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,...

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