Movies

TRAILER: Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker

The Verge reports: The final installment of the Star Wars sequel trilogy finally has a name. During a panel at Star Wars Celebration today, Lucasfilm debuted the first trailer for Episode IX, which will officially be called Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. The film will be directed by J.J. Abrams, who kicked off Disney’s Star Wars efforts with The …

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With Peabody Award, Rita Moreno Hits PEGOT Status

NBC News reports: Rita Moreno’s alphabet of awards is gaining another letter. The Peabody Awards organization Thursday announced it will honor the Puerto Rican actress, singer and dancer with the career achievement award. That means Moreno, 87, will become the third person to achieve PEGOT status by winning a Peabody, Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony award. Film director Mike Nichols …

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Actor Luke Perry Dies After Stroke At Age 52

Entertainment Tonight reports: Luke Perry, best known for his roles on Beverly Hills, 90210 and Riverdale, has died. He was 52. His rep confirmed his death on Monday. “Actor Luke Perry, 52, passed away today after suffering a massive stroke,” the statement reads. “He was surrounded by his children Jack and Sophie, fiancé Wendy Madison Bauer, ex-wife Minnie Sharp, mother …

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Spielberg Pushes To Block Netflix From Future Oscars

Indie Wire reports: Steven Spielberg isn’t basking in the glow of Best Picture Oscar-winner “Green Book,” which he supported in this year’s contentious Oscar race. His Academy Award attention is now devoted to ensuring that the race never sees another “Roma” — a Netflix film backed by massive sums, that didn’t play by the same rules as its analog-studio competitors. …

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Actress Katherine Helmond Dies At Age 89 [VIDEO]

From the Hollywood Reporter: Katherine Helmond, the seven-time Emmy-nominated Texas actress who played the feisty, man-crazy mother Mona Robinson on the long-running ABC sitcom Who’s the Boss?, has died. She was 89. Helmond, who earlier starred as the wide-eyed socialite sister Jessica Tate on another popular ABC comedy, Susan Harris’ daytime-serial spoof Soap, died Saturday of complications from Alzheimer’s disease …

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CHINA: Bohemian Rhapsody Gets Surprise Release Approval But Censors Will Still Cut Gay Kissing Scenes

From the Hollywood Reporter: 20th Century Fox’s smash hit Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody received permission Wednesday to open theatrically in China. The decision came as something of a surprise to the country’s local film industry given Beijing’s past repressive stance on content featuring gay characters. At the same time that news of Bohemian Rhapsody’s release clearance was circulating through …

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Hail Satan? The Satanic Temple Documentary [VIDEO]

From the trailer’s description: Chronicling the extraordinary rise of one of the most colorful and controversial religious movements in American history, Hail Satan? is an inspiring and entertaining new feature documentary from acclaimed director Penny Lane (Nuts!, Our Nixon). When media-savvy members of the Satanic Temple organize a series of public actions designed to advocate for religious freedom and challenge …

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Rotten Tomatoes Moves To Thwart Right Wing Trolls

NBC News reports: Rotten Tomatoes is fighting back against trolls. The powerful movie review aggregation website announced Monday it would ban user comments before a film premieres in theaters. The move is in part a bid to crack down on what it called “non-constructive input, sometimes bordering on trolling, which we believe is a disservice to our general readership.” The …

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Hostless Oscars Score Ratings Bounce Over Last Year

Deadline Hollywood reports: The Favourite‘s Olivia Colman shocked and delighted the crowd with her Best Actress win and her wonderful speech, and early numbers indicate viewers at home were taken with the ABC broadcast itself too. Running around 3 hours and 21 minutes and experimenting with no frontman or frontwoman for the first time since 1989, Sunday’s Oscars snared a …

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Green Book Wins Best Picture At 2019 Academy Awards

The Guardian reports: Green Book has won the Oscar for best picture at the 91st Academy Awards. Based on a real-life road trip through the deep south in the early 1960s, Green Book triumphed in a field considered the most wide-open in years, containing the likes of Alfonso Cuarón’s 70-set drama Roma, period black comedy The Favourite, and Marvel superhero …

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Brands Boycott YouTube Over Pedophile Commenters

The New York Times reports: Nestlé, Epic Games and other major brands said on Wednesday that they had stopped buying advertisements on YouTube after their ads appeared on children’s videos where pedophiles had infiltrated the comment sections. The companies acted after a YouTube user posted a video this week to point out this behavior. For the most part, the videos …

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MoviePass Parent Company Delisted By Stock Exchange

Deadline Hollywood reports: Shares in MoviePass parent Helios & Matheson began trading over the counter today after the beleaguered company was delisted by the Nasdaq. The ouster from the major stock market comes after several warnings relayed in SEC filings in recent months, given that companies cannot have their shares trade below $1 for extended periods. Helios stock has been …

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Five-Time Oscar Nominee Albert Finney Dies At Age 82

The BBC reports: Oscar-nominated British actor Albert Finney has died aged 82 after a short illness. He was a five-time Oscar nominee who began his career at the Royal Shakespeare Company before making his mark in film. His big film break came as “angry young man” Arthur Seaton in Saturday Night and Sunday Morning. He went on to star in …

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Woody Allen Sues Amazon For $68M Over Movie Deal

Variety reports: Woody Allen filed a $68 million suit against Amazon Studios Thursday, alleging that the streamer has backed out of a four-picture deal due to “a 25-year-old, baseless allegation.” Allen alleges that Amazon has refused to release his film “A Rainy Day in New York,” though it has been complete for more than six months. The suit also states …

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GLAAD Pulls Media Awards Nomination Of Bohemian Rhapsody After New Allegations Against Bryan Singer

Via press from GLAAD: In light of the latest allegations against director Bryan Singer, GLAAD has made the difficult decision to remove Bohemian Rhapsody from contention for a GLAAD Media Award in the Outstanding Film – Wide Release category this year. This week’s story in The Atlantic documenting unspeakable harms endured by young men and teenage boys brought to light …

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Director Bryan Singer Hit With New Sex Allegations

The Huffington Post reports: Four more accusers have come forward with sexual misconduct allegations against movie director Bryan Singer in an investigation published in The Atlantic on Wednesday. Singer, who directed the “X-Men” franchise, “The Usual Suspects” and “Bohemian Rhapsody” has in the past been accused of abusing or raping teenage boys, and creating toxic work environments on his movie …

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Actress/Singer Kaye Ballard Dies At Age 93 [VIDEO]

Palm Springs’ The Desert Sun reports: Kaye Ballard had a contented smile on her face as she watched herself, larger than life, at the Palm Springs International Film Festival screening of her documentary, “Kaye Ballard: The Show Goes On,” this month at the Palm Springs Cultural Center. But there was one more celebration. A film festival official called her Saturday …

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Roma And The Favourite Dominate 2019 Oscar Noms

The New York Times reports: For the first time in history, a film with no box-office gross could win the top prize at the Academy Awards. Netflix received its first-ever nomination for best picture on Tuesday, with Oscar voters naming “Roma” as one of the best movies of 2018. The meditative black-and-white film about life in Mexico in the 1970s …

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Trump Nominated For Worst Actor At 2019 Razzies

The Daily Beast reports: Donald Trump has bagged two nominations at the 2019 Razzie Awards—one for worst actor and another joint nomination for worst screen combo alongside “his self perpetuating pettiness.” His nominations come from his roles as himself in Dinesh D’Souza’s Death of a Nation and Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 11/9, while Melania Trump won a nomination for “worst actress” …

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Broadway Legend Carol Channing Dies At Age 97

The Huffington Post reports: Actress and singer Carol Channing died early Tuesday morning at the age of 97 at her home in Rancho Mirage, California. Her longtime publicist B. Harlan Boll confirmed she died of natural causes. Whether you knew her as Dolly, Lorelei, Muzzy or just Carol, Channing was a one-of-a-kind talent who captivated any audience. Her razor-sharp wit, …

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