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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 &#39;Catastrophic Step Back&#39;
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...

Sally Field Calls Out Bullying of a Young Julia Roberts

Actor knocks director Herb Ross' 'awful' treatment of 'Steel Magnolias' star

(Newser) - Julia Roberts was a relative newcomer in film when she snagged a starring role in 1989's Steel Magnolias, and according to co-star Sally Field, she was pushed around by late director Herb Ross. "Herb was very, very, very hard on Julia. If you ever talk to Julia, she'...

Nanjiani: I Sought Therapy After Crappy Film Reviews

'Eternals' star says it was 'very, very tough' to hear criticism of the 2021 Marvel movie

(Newser) - When Kumail Nanjiani shot 2021's Eternals, alongside big names like Angelina Jolie, Salma Hayek, and Barry Keoghan, he had a blast. "I had the best time doing that movie, and I realized this is how work should feel like," the 45-year-old Silicon Valley star said Tuesday on...

Netflix Tosses Halle Berry Film
Netflix Tosses
Halle Berry Film

Netflix Tosses Halle Berry Film

'The Mothership' will vanish just like the farmer in its story

(Newser) - A film starring Halle Berry is headed for the waste bin. Netflix is canning the science-fiction film The Mothership, which has floundered in post-production for years, per Variety . It starred Berry as one half of a farming couple who finds herself a single mother when her husband mysteriously vanishes. A...

Biggest Oscar Snubs of the Year
Biggest Oscar
Snubs of the Year

Biggest Oscar Snubs of the Year

'Barbie' director Greta Gerwig and star Margot Robbie are shut out

(Newser) - It's that time of year when actors and moviemakers huddle around screens for the reading of the Oscar nominations , shedding tears of joy and disappointment. For those who worked on Christopher Nolan's Oppenheimer, which nabbed the most nominations for the 96th Academy Awards at 13, it was surely...

List of SAG Awards Nominees Missing a Few Big Names

Leonardo DiCaprio didn't make the cut

(Newser) - "Barbenheimer" continues to rule Hollywood's awards season, just as it did the summer box office. The 30th Screen Actors Guild Awards on Wednesday heaped nominations on Greta Gerwig's Barbie and Christopher Nolan's Oppenheimer—while snubbing Leonardo DiCaprio for best male actor, reports the AP . Each film...

Restaurant That Inspired Ratatouille Reopens in Paris

Tour d'Argent is back in business, overlooking a Notre Dame Cathedral also undergoing renovations

(Newser) - The Tour d'Argent already boasts a 320,000-bottle wine cellar, a world-famous duck recipe, and a storied 441-year history. Now, the legendary Paris restaurant is about to serve up its "plat de resistance": a front-row view of two of the biggest events of 2024—the renaissance of Notre...

Trump Has Beef With Cameo on Home Alone 2

Former president says he didn't bully his way into the 1992 sequel, was responsible for its success

(Newser) - The only Home Alone 2 actor to ever become president of the United States is now defending how he nabbed his secondslong cameo in the 1992 film. In 2020, director Chris Columbus told Business Insider that Donald Trump had more or less forced his way into the movie, which was...

There Were Christmas Day Winners, Losers at Box Office

'The Color Purple' lands squarely in the winners category

(Newser) - It was a green Christmas for The Color Purple. The film bested expectations with its $18 million opening on Monday, a figure that makes it the second-biggest Christmas Day opening of all time. The Hollywood Reporter says the biggest Christmas Day opener remains 2009's Sherlock Holmes, which brought in...

This Actor Will Star as a Young Donald Trump

Film will reportedly chart the early days of Trump's rise in NYC real estate

(Newser) - Sebastian Stan, who's played such notable real-life figures as Tonya Harding's husband, the Robinhood Markets CEO, and Tommy Lee, will soon be able to add Donald Trump to that list. Multiple outlets are reporting the Marvel Cinematic Universe star will be playing a young Trump in an upcoming...

What Critics Are Saying About Ridley Scott&#39;s Napoleon
What Critics Are Saying
About Ridley Scott's Napoleon

What Critics Are Saying About Ridley Scott's Napoleon

One critic finds Joaquin Phoenix riveting, another 'expressionless'

(Newser) - From the beheading of Marie Antoinette through the Reign of Terror and on to the Battle of Waterloo, Ridley Scott's Napoleon , hitting theaters Thursday before heading to Apple TV+, charts the dramatic rise of French military commander and emperor Napoleon Bonaparte, who is often regarded as a military genius....

Iconic Stop-Motion Studio Pooh-Poohs Ominous Report

Aardman Animations says it has 'high levels' of clay

(Newser) - Aardman Animations says it's "touched" by concerns that it might be running out of clay for its stop-motion animation creations—but fans have "absolutely no need to worry." In a post on X on Monday, the British maker of the Wallace & Gromit and Chicken Run...

A Star Is Born in Hunger Games Prequel
A Star Is Born in
Hunger Games Prequel

A Star Is Born in Hunger Games Prequel

Tom Blyth impresses as a young Coriolanus Snow, opposite Rachel Zegler's tribute

(Newser) - Sixty-four years before Katniss Everdeen volunteers as tribute in the 74th annual Hunger Games, marking the beginning of the end for Panem President Coriolanus Snow, a teenage "Corio" is assigned to mentor another District 12 tribute in the 10th Hunger Games. His subsequent rise to power is told in...

Legend of Zelda Is Getting Its Time on the Silver Screen

Nintendo hopes for the same kind of success as with 'The Super Mario Bros. Movie'

(Newser) - Link is about to leap from the Nintendo Switch screen to the big screen. Sony Pictures and Nintendo will team up to make a live-action film based on the beloved videogame franchise The Legend of Zelda, first released in 1986 and starring the elf-like hero Link, Deadline reports. Wes Ball...

'Hollywood of the South' Struggles Amid Strikes

Atlanta, once booming with work for crew and actors, is now at a virtual standstill

(Newser) - A lighting technician is mowing lawns. A camera assistant is teaching guitar again. An actor has thought about shifting careers. For more than a decade, work had been nonstop in Atlanta's booming film industry, thanks to Georgia's extremely generous tax break. Dubbed the "Hollywood of the South,...

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...

His Work Was a &#39;Turning Point&#39; for Black Actors
'First Black
Action Hero'
Is Dead at 81

'First Black Action Hero' Is Dead at 81

Richard Roundtree, who played lead character in 'Shaft' franchise, succumbed to pancreatic cancer

(Newser) - Richard Roundtree, the trailblazing Black actor who starred as the ultra-smooth private detective John Shaft in several Shaft films beginning in the early 1970s, has died. He was 81. Roundtree's longtime manager, Patrick McMinn, said the actor had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and died at his home in...

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