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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
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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
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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
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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,...

Record 3 Women Are on Golden Globe Director Shortlist
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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
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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
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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. "...

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