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Megalopolis Gets 7-Minute Ovation at Cannes

Critics are split on long-awaited Coppola epic

(Newser) - Francis Ford Coppola's epic Megalopolis, more than 40 years in the making , made its debut at the Cannes Film Festival on Thursday and while reactions were mixed, there was a lot of love for the director. Variety reports that the 85-year-old received a four-minute standing ovation when he entered...

B-Movie Icon Roger Corman Is Dead at 98
He Was a B-Movie Giant,
Launched A-Level Stars

He Was a B-Movie Giant, Launched A-Level Stars

Roger Corman is dead at 98

(Newser) - Roger Corman, the "King of the Bs" who helped turn out such low-budget classics as Little Shop of Horrors and Attack of the Crab Monsters and gave many of Hollywood's most famous actors and directors early breaks, has died at age 98. Corman died Thursday at his home...

New Live-Action LOTR Flick in the Works
Gollum Set for
a New Adventure

Gollum Set for a New Adventure

Andy Serkis to direct and star in 'Lord of the Rings: The Hunt for Gollum,' due in 2026

(Newser) - A new live-action Lord of the Rings film is coming in 2026. Lord of the Rings: The Hunt for Gollum will "explore storylines yet to be told," Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav said Thursday during an earnings call, per Variety . Warner Bros. announced it had inked a...

It Could Be a Rough Summer for Hollywood

Movie season is off to a tough start, though there are lots of sequels on the way

(Newser) - It's not exactly looking like a summer of love when it comes to the big screen. As CNBC reports, Hollywood kicked off its summer movie season last weekend with the Fall Guy—the first time since 2009 a flick from Clan Marvel didn't get the party started. Despite...

Disney Boss Addresses 'Superhero Fatigue'

Bob Iger says company is going to tamp down on Marvel franchise output to focus on quality

(Newser) - Disney had some good news to share during its latest quarterly report, including the profit its streaming services (Disney+ and Hulu) turned this time around. But CEO Bob Iger also noted during Tuesday's conference call with analysts that the company has had to contend with "superhero fatigue" around...

Americans Don't Want to Sit Through 2-Hour Movies

A new poll says 92 minutes is the magic number for movie length, but not everyone agrees

(Newser) - Are Americans tired of sitting through endless movies? A new poll surveying 2,000 Americans from Talker Research suggests so. It found that:
  • Most respondents chose 92 minutes as the ideal movie length
  • 15% of respondents wanted to watch movies longer than 120 minutes
  • Only 2% liked movies over 150

Sex on the Big Screen Is Falling Out of Fashion

It may be hotter, more risque in some films, but sexual content fell 40% from 2000, per one analyst

(Newser) - You wouldn't know it if you've recently seen Saltburn , Poor Things , or Challengers , but sex scenes in Hollywood movies are actually experiencing a downturn. That's according to data analyst Stephen Follows , who was commissioned by the Economist to look into the status of erotic content on the...

On Prom Day, Footloose School Will Get a Big Guest
Kevin Bacon Fulfills His
Promise to Footloose School

Kevin Bacon Fulfills His Promise to Footloose School

Actor visited Utah's Payson High School, where 'Footloose' was shot, on prom day

(Newser) - Kevin Bacon on Saturday fulfilled his promise to students at Utah's Payson High School—where he filmed Footloose four decades ago—when he showed up on campus on prom day. "It's been a long time—40 years—that just blows my mind, you know," the actor...

Blair Witch Project Actors: Studios Have Cheated Us

Trio asks for retroactive payment over the 1999 blockbuster

(Newser) - The three actors in the unexpected 1999 blockbuster The Blair Witch Project say it's long past time they were fairly compensated for their work. In an open letter to Lionsgate, Rei Hance (then known as Heather Donahue), Joshua Leonard, and Michael Williams ask for retroactive money as well as...

Pamela Anderson Boards the Naked Gun Train

'Baywatch' actor will star opposite Liam Neeson in reboot of popular comedy franchise

(Newser) - Liam Neeson had already committed to an upcoming reboot of The Naked Gun, but another big name has jumped on board the project. Pamela Anderson of Baywatch fame will star as Neeson's love interest in the remake directed by The Lonely Island's Akiva Schaffer, "in a...

After 8 Years, Bridget Is Back
After 8 Years,
Bridget Is Back

After 8 Years, Bridget Is Back

Renee Zellweger to reprise iconic role of Bridget Jones for 2025's 'Mad About the Boy'

(Newser) - She's baaaack. Everyone's favorite flailing human Bridget Jones is returning to the big screen for Bridget Jones 4: Mad About the Boy, to be released next Valentine's Day. Renee Zellweger will reprise the title role while Hugh Grant, who last appeared in 2004's Bridget Jones: The ...

Disney's Activist Investor Slams 'Woke' Marvel Films

'Why do I need an all-Black cast?' Nelson Peltz asks in interview with 'Financial Times'

(Newser) - Black Panther's target demographic isn't necessarily the white octogenarian set, and you can count Disney activist investor Nelson Peltz as not a fan of the highly rated 2018 action-adventure flick. Peltz recently gave a wide-ranging interview with the Financial Times in which he criticized a too "woke"...

Infamous Titanic Prop Sells for $720K

Viewers have long wondered why DiCaprio's Jack couldn't fit on wooden slab with Winslet's Rose

(Newser) - Conspiracy theorists have long argued that Kate Winslet's Rose had plenty of room for Leonardo DiCaprio's Jack on the floating door she clung to in the icy waters of the movie Titanic, after they'd abandoned ship. Now, one lucky person will get to examine those dimensions for...

May the Force Help You Sit Through 9 Star Wars Films

All 'Skywalker Saga' movies will play back to back in theaters on May 4, starting with 'Phantom Menace'

(Newser) - Have about 21 hours to spare on May 4? If you're up for it, there's a Star Wars megamarathon in the works for that day at select theaters, with all nine of the franchise's "Skywalker Saga" films planned for the big screen, in celebration of the...

Report: We Have a New James Bond
There's a New
James Bond:

There's a New James Bond: Report

Aaron Taylor-Johnson rumored to be signing the contract this week

(Newser) - Daniel Craig has his out . A new James Bond has reportedly been chosen, meaning the 56-year-old British actor can finally shed the spy role he's held, with some apparent annoyance , since 2006. The rumored new man for the job is, fittingly, another Brit: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, who portrayed Pietro Maximoff/Quicksilver...

Colin Firth's Sexy Shirt Sells for Twice the Estimate

Actor's outfit from 1995's 'Pride and Prejudice' nabs $25K at auction

(Newser) - The cultural impact of Colin Firth's dip in a lake cannot be in doubt now that the outfit the actor swore in that pivotal scene from 1995's Pride and Prejudice has sold at auction for $25,000—or twice the estimate. The 1810s-style outfit from costume designer Dinah...

Dune Sequel Had a Secret Premiere 6 Weeks Ago

Director Denis Villeneuve screened film for sick man in Quebec palliative care facility as his dying wish

(Newser) - Dune: Part Two saw its official wide release on Friday—but a dying man in a Canadian palliative care facility had his own secret screening six weeks before the premiere, thanks to one woman's determination to fulfill his final wish. Josee Gagnon, whose L'Avant charity helps guide people...

For Women in Movies, a 'Catastrophic Step Back'
For Women
in Movies, a
Step Back'

For Women in Movies, a 'Catastrophic Step Back'

Less than a third of top-grossing films of 2023 featured a girl or woman in leading or co-lead role

(Newser) - If you're still torqued that Margot Robbie and Greta Gerwig got snubbed by the Academy, that's just "the tip of the iceberg," according to a new report by USC's Annenberg Inclusion Initiative. The research led by Dr. Stacy L. Smith looked at the 100 top-grossing...

Jussie Smollett Leaves Rehab, Looks to Uncertain Future

He could be attending movie premiere, or he could be in jail

(Newser) - Jussie Smollett is apparently turning over a new leaf. The former Empire star who's waiting to hear whether the Illinois Supreme Court will hear the appeal of his 2021 disorderly conduct conviction for his false reporting of an alleged hate crime, just wrapped up a five-month stint in rehab...

When Harry Met Sally Almost Had Another, Sadder Ending

It's what would've happened if director Rob Reiner hadn't met his wife in real life, he says

(Newser) - In the 1989 film When Harry Met Sally, the title characters end up marrying more than a decade after their first meeting—a happy ending to an ordeal of a relationship. Now, director Rob Reiner says the movie was inspired by stuff going on in his own life at the...

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