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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...

Actor Gets Big Defenders After Criticism on Monroe Role

Some aren't buying Ana de Armas as Marilyn, but late icon's estate, Brad Pitt are all in

(Newser) - A trailer was released last week for Blonde, Netflix's upcoming biopic on Marilyn Monroe, and not everyone was buying the sneak-peek performance of Ana de Armas in the lead role, with criticism especially directed at the fact that the Cuban-Spanish actress's accent doesn't especially sound like the...

Jordan Peele's Latest Will 'Blow You Away'
Jordan Peele's Latest
Will 'Blow You Away'

Jordan Peele's Latest Will 'Blow You Away'

'Nope' is 'consistently surprising,' will leave you 'in awe,' critics say

(Newser) - Jordan Peele's third feature film is Nope, a story of Black horse trainers in Hollywood (siblings OJ and Emerald Haywood, played by Daniel Kaluuya and Keke Palmer) who, after coming to suspect their father's death might have been caused by aliens lurking around their ranch, hope to make...

Stallone: One Thing About Rocky 'Eats At My Soul'

Star says 'parasitical' producer Irwin Winkler didn't assign him ownership rights

(Newser) - Sylvester Stallone has taken to social media to bash Rocky producer Irwin Winkler, arguing he's withholding rights to the movie franchise that made Stallone a star. Stallone, who wrote all six movies in the initial Rocky series and directed four, called for a "FAIR gesture" from the 91-year-old...

It's Netflix's Priciest Flick, Yet 'Should Be Better'
Netflix's Priciest Movie
Is Getting Lousy Reviews

Netflix's Priciest Movie Is Getting Lousy Reviews

'The Gray Man' takes from other action films, lacks 'a narrative engine,' critics say

(Newser) - Ryan Gosling returns to the big screen for the first time in years in The Gray Man , reportedly the most expensive movie Netflix has ever made. Based on the first in a series of books by Mark Greaney, it follows an off-the-books CIA assassin gone rogue. So did the reported...

What Critics Are Saying About the New Thor
What Critics Think
About the Latest Thor

What Critics Think About the Latest Thor

'Love and Thunder' is silly, and not necessarily in a good way

(Newser) - Returning for his fourth titled film, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) is on "a quest for inner peace" that's interrupted by Gorr the God Butcher (Christian Bale), whose mission you can surely guess. Enter Thor's ex-girlfriend Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) and ally King Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson), who are called...

Cameron Takes Preemptive Strike at Avatar 'Trolls'

Director doesn't want to hear whining about running time, forgotten characters

(Newser) - The running time of the upcoming Avatar sequel hasn't yet be revealed, but you can expect it to be long. After all, director James Cameron "hasn't made a movie under two-hours-long since The Terminator" of 1984, reports Slashfilm . Avatar itself was 2 hours and 40 minutes long....

Trailer for Trump Documentary Emerges
for Trump

Trailer for Trump Documentary Emerges

Politico obtains the clip for Alex Holder's 'Unprecedented'

(Newser) - The trailer for a documentary about former President Trump that caught the attention of the Jan. 6 House panel has been obtained by Politico . The approximately two-minute teaser for Alex Holder's documentary contains no bombshells. Instead, it demonstrates what Politico describes as the "filmmaker's unique access to...

What Critics Are Saying About Elvis
What Critics
Are Saying
About Elvis

What Critics Are Saying About Elvis

Austin Butler is 'spot on' as Presley in a film with flaws

(Newser) - The king lives— in Austin Butler . The 30-year-old actor effectively transforms in Elvis, director Baz Luhrmann's (Moulin Rouge!, The Great Gatsby) musical exploring Elvis Presley's 20-year career and relationship with manager Tom Parker, played here by Tom Hanks. Four takes on the film, with a 81% rating from...

HBO Max's Latest Film Is a Record-Smasher

Latino remake of 'Father of the Bride' is streaming service's most-viewed movie to date

(Newser) - The latest Father of the Bride remake was created to broadcast on HBO Max exclusively, and it's a move that's paid off for the streaming service. Deadline reports the new version of the film, starring Andy Garcia and Gloria Estefan, drew HBO Max's largest audience ever for...

Robot Cat Steals Buzz Lightyear's Show
What Critics Think About
the Buzz Lightyear Movie

What Critics Think About the Buzz Lightyear Movie

'Lightyear' is a solid addition to the franchise, but Sox the cat steals the show

(Newser) - Buzz Lightyear breaks out of the Toy Story franchise to showcase the adventure that led to him becoming an action figure in Lightyear , the Disney-Pixar film in theaters Friday. From director and co-writer Angus MacLane, it finds Buzz (voiced by Chris Evans, not Tim Allen) and friends trapped on a...

Here's What Critics Are Saying About Jurassic World Dominion

Reviewers not feeling it for conclusion of 'Jurassic World' trilogy

(Newser) - Audiences are loving Jurassic World Dominion, handing it an 80% score on Rotten Tomatoes . Critics not so much. Director and co-writer Colin Trevorrow's conclusion of the modern trilogy about humans and dinosaurs inhabiting the same planet—reuniting Jurassic Park stars Laura Dern, Sam Neill, and Jeff Goldblum for the...

Top Gun: Maverick Is a Throwback—and a 'Blast'
'A Textbook Example of
How to Make a Sequel'

'A Textbook Example of How to Make a Sequel'

Critics praise visuals, nostalgia of 'Top Gun: Maverick'

(Newser) - The praise for Top Gun: Maverick has not let up. The sequel to Tony Scott's 1986 classic, out Friday, drew rave reviews at CinemaCon and now has a 96% rating from critics on Rotten Tomatoes . Audiences are even happier, at 99%. Still harboring a streak of rebellion, Navy pilot...

Woody Harrelson Movie Gets 8-Minute Ovation at Cannes

'Triangle of Sadness' satire wows, and maybe shocks a little, during screening

(Newser) - Tom Cruise's Top Gun sequel wowed the crowd at Cannes. Woody Harrelson's latest movie appears to have one-upped it there, reports Variety . The outlet describes an "uproarious eight-minute standing ovation" after the screening of Triangle of Sadness. The film from Sweden's Ruben Ostlund is described as...

Top Gun Sequel, Cruise Blow Away Cannes

Star unexpectedly receives Palme d'Or, movie fest's most esteemed prize, for 'Top Gun: Maverick'

(Newser) - Early buzz on the Top Gun sequel has been astoundingly good , and that only continued this week at the Cannes Film Festival, where the movie received a five-minute standing ovation, and star Tom Cruise was handed a surprise Palme d'Or, the festival's most esteemed prize. Deadline reports that...

40 Years Later, the Sequel We've All Waited For

Rob Reiner to direct follow-up to 1984's 'Spinal Tap,' with Shearer, Guest, McKean all on board

(Newser) - Get ready to turn it up to 11 , because there's a Spinal Tap sequel in the works. Rob Reiner will once more take the director's seat in the follow-up to his 1984 mockumentary, This Is Spinal Tap, with Michael McKean, Harry Shearer, and Christopher Guest all set to...

Finally, After Years of Delays, a Peek Into Avatar Sequel
Footage for 
Avatar Sequel
Is Out, With
One Big Tease

Footage for Avatar Sequel Is Out, With One Big Tease

Could it be that one of Jake and Neytiri's kids are human?

(Newser) - It's been 13 years in the making, but Avatar fans finally can see a sequel on the horizon. Variety reports that 20th Century Studios is offering a sneak peek of James Cameron's Avatar: The Way of Water via a new trailer that tracks down Jake Sully, Neytiri, and...

10 Best Movie Sequels Ever
This Is the Best
Movie Sequel Ever

This Is the Best Movie Sequel Ever

'Vulture' ranks them all, with 'Mad Max: Fury Road' landing on top

(Newser) - Vulture is out with a "best movies" list that has an interesting twist for movie buffs. It's a list of the 101 best sequels of all time. Yes, sequels have a bad reputation these days as unimaginative offerings designed solely to rake in cash for a franchise....

Top Gun Sequel 'Took Everyone's Breath Away' at CinemaCon

It's the 'perfect blockbuster,' says one viewer

(Newser) - The reported 800 hours of footage recorded in the making of the new Top Gun movie was well worth it, according to those who got a first look at the film at CinemaCon in Las Vegas on Thursday. Top Gun: Maverick "generated rave first reactions" and at several points...

Celine Dion Biopic Is Drawing Buzz for Its Weirdness

Valerie Lemercier plays fictional version of star from age 6 to adult in 'Aline'

(Newser) - It's not that unusual for an actor to play a character at different stages of life, using prosthetics and makeup to age them as the film progresses. French filmmaker Valerie Lemercier, however, did something a little bit ... different in Aline, her new movie based on the life of Celine...

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