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In a Body-Positive Moment, Why Does Hollywood Remain Out of Step?

And then she is slowly but surely pushed into bit parts, many of which are defined by weight. Photo Nikki Blonsky, opposite Zac Efron, in “Hairspray.” After some television roles, she went through a long acting drought. Credit David James/New Line Cinema Consider Nikki Blonsky, who shot to fame in 2007 as the plucky Tracy Turnblad in “Hairspray.” It was ...

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‘Deadpool 2’ Stuntwoman Dies in Motorcycle Accident on Set

Photo A police officer at the scene of a fatal motorcycle crash on the set of “Deadpool 2” in Vancouver, British Columbia, on Monday. Credit Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press, via Associated Press A woman died Monday on the set of “Deadpool 2” in Vancouver, British Columbia, while attempting a stunt on a motorcycle, the Vancouver Police Department said in a ...

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Joseph Bologna, Onscreen Tough Guy With a Sense of Humor, Dies at 82

That bought the Bologna-Taylor team major credibility, which they turned into their next film, “Made for Each Other” (1971), a satire based on their own love story. Mr. Bologna made his screen debut, starring opposite his wife as an Italian-American bachelor who meets a neurotic Jewish actress in an encounter group and does psychological battle with self-esteem issues and a ...

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Growing Pains: Horror Directors on Their Creepy Childhood Memories

What scared today’s horror movie directors when they were kids? Here are remembrances from five with films out this year. Their comments have been edited and condensed. Andrés Muschietti “It” (due in theaters Sept. 8) A print of a Modigliani painting at my house in Buenos Aires terrified me. He does these portraits of elongated people with empty eyes and ...

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Review: In ‘The Trip to Spain,’ Everything Tastes Stale

Photo Rob Brydon, left, and Steve Coogan in “The Trip to Spain,” the third entry in Michael Winterbottom’s franchise. Credit Rory Mulvey/IFC Films One way to enjoy “The Trip to Spain,” the third entry in Michael Winterbottom’s gags-and-gastronomy franchise, would be to periodically mute the sound. That way, the therapeutic calm instilled by the glorious Iberian scenery (photographed by James ...

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Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Names New President

The Academy Awards have experienced slumping ratings, in part because members ignore mass-market films in favor of art-house nominees. Will the group finally embrace Netflix as a member of the Hollywood club? Some hard-liners say no way, no how; others point out that Netflix plans to make 50 original movies a year. Photo The cinematographer John Bailey. Credit Associated Press ...

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The In-Your-Face Films of Alan Clarke

Clarke was highly regarded by filmmakers and actors alike. I asked a few — Ken Loach, Paul Greengrass, Harmony Korine and Mr. Roth — to explain why. Here’s what they had to say: Paul Greengrass, Director Mr. Greengrass, the director of “United 93” and several Jason Bourne films, has long championed Clarke’s work, and said by phone that just because ...

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Disney’s Challenge: Keeping It ‘Frozen,’ but Still Fresh

“People know this material profoundly, and have seen lots of different interpretations,” he added. “That can be a very positive thing, or maybe not a positive. I don’t know.” Just Enough Surprises For Disney there is great potential. “Frozen” is expected to cost between $25 million and $30 million to develop, on the high side for Broadway but a small ...

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Haruo Nakajima, the First Actor to Play Godzilla, Dies at 88

In that interview, Mr. Nakajima recalled Godzilla’s creator, Eiji Tsuburaya, struggling amid Japan’s postwar shortages and rationing to find enough rubber and latex to construct the costume. “You don’t learn this from a textbook but by doing,” Mr. Nakajima said of those early days. “There is no chance to learn now.” Photo Mr. Nakajima in 1966. He donned the Godzilla ...

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‘Detroit’ Suffers Box-Office Setback as ‘Dark Tower’ Is No. 1

“Detroit,” released on 3,007 screens in North America, took in roughly 30 percent less than box-office analysts had predicted before release. Ticket buyers gave it an A-minus in CinemaScore exit polls. “Detroit” is Ms. Bigelow’s first feature film in five years and stars John Boyega, Anthony Mackie and Will Poulter. Mark Boal wrote the screenplay. Photo Idris Elba, left, and ...

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