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    NEW YORK (Reuters) - The North American movie box office raked in $11.4 billion in 2016, making it the highest-earning year in history, according to box office tracker comScore.

    Last year's total eclipsed the previous record of $11.14 billion in 2015.

    The crop of blockbuster movies in 2016 was topped by "Finding Dory," which tallied $486.3 million in sales in the United States and Canada, comScore said.

    The latest Star Wars movie, "Rogue One," finished the year in second place, but it was only released on Dec. 16 in the United States and continues to enjoy strong sales.

    Disney had six of North America's top 10 grossing movies in 2016 and all of the top three, including "Captain America: Civil War," which took in $408 million, according to comScore.

    "Forgetful fish, super-heroes, household pets and space travelers led the charge in a year that was marked by an incredibly diverse selection of films from every genre and of every size and scope from all the studios," comScore's senior media analyst, Paul Dergarabedian, said in a news release on Sunday.

    (Editing by Peter Cooney)

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    Disney could get financial compensation for the death of Carrie Fisher.

    The company behind "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" and all new movies in the franchise put in place an insurance policy on Fisher before she signed a three-picture deal to reprise her role as Princess Leia from the original trilogy in the event that she could not fulfill her contract, according to The Insurance Insider.

    Because Fisher died on December 27 — after suffering a heart attack on a flight four days earlier — Disney could receive $50 million, according to The Insurance Insider.

    Fisher starred in "The Force Awakens" and she will also be in the next "Star Wars" film, "Episode VIII," which has completed filming. However, production on "Episode IX" hasn't started yet.

    There's no word on if Disney has similar policies for "Star Wars" actors Mark Hamill and Harrison Ford.

    It is also unclear how the franchise will address Leia in "Episode IX." In the first standalone "Star Wars" movie, "Rogue One," digital effects brought Peter Cushing, who died in 1994, back to the screen to reprise his role as Grand Moff Tarkin from the original 1977 "Star Wars" movie. But Industrial Light and Magic, which created the computer-generated Tarkin — and a younger version of Fisher as Leia in the movie — has said it doesn't plan to do that sort of effect often.

    "We're not planning on doing this digital re-creation extensively from now on," John Knoll, chief creative officer of ILM and visual effects supervisor on "Rogue One,"told The New York Times. "It just made sense for this particular movie."

    "Star Wars: Episode VIII" opens in theaters in December 2017.

    Fisher's representatives and Disney did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Business Insider.

    SEE ALSO: RANKED: Every character in "Rogue One" from best to worst

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    robin williams hagrid harry potterPretty much every Harry Potter fan out there absolutely loves Hagrid. He was an incredibly central character to the book series and was brought to life magnificently by Robbie Coltrane in the movies. It turns out things could have been a whole lot different, because Robin Williams really wanted the role for himself, but he was ultimately rejected for it.

    Janet Hirshenson, who served as the casting director for the Harry Potter movies, was recently interviewed by The Huffington Post and revealed that Robin Williams did indeed reach out to the team behind the movie about the part. Unfortunately, due to a "Brits-only" rule during the casting process, he wasn't really considered seriously for the part of Hagrid. Here is what she had to say about it:

    "Robin had called because he really wanted to be in the movie, but it was a British-only edict, and once he said no to Robin, he wasn't going to say yes to anybody else, that's for sure. It couldn't be."

     You would be hard-pressed to find a Harry Potter fan who wasn't happy with the way the casting worked out for the movies, especially in hindsight. For many, it would probably be very difficult to picture anyone but Robbie Coltrane in the role of Hagrid, who just so happened to be author J.K. Rowling's first choice for the part. That said, it would be equally hard not to see Robin Williams absolutely crushing it in a role like that. It is the type of thing he was truly great at doing. Even though it was an animated character, just look at what he was able to bring to the role of Genie in Aladdin. Couple that with his ability to do truly grounded, serious drama in something like Good Will Hunting and it is hard to argue against, in many ways.

    The first entry in the franchise, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone was released in 2001 and the final installment, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, was released in 2011. During that decade-long run, Robin Williams worked plenty, but he didn't do anything nearly as significant in terms of critical acclaim or financial success as the Harry Potter movies. The closest thing would be the Night at the Museum trilogy, but that is simply dwarfed by the success of the Harry Potter. Not counting Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the Harry Potter movies made a grand total of $7.72 billion worldwide, making it one of the most successful franchises ever. Robin Williams talked a little bit about getting passed over for the part in 2001 in an interview with the New York Post. Here is what he had to say.

    "There were a couple of parts I would have wanted to play, but there was a ban on [using] American actors."

    Sadly, we lost Robin Williams in 2014 but he remains a truly beloved actor and so much of his work is still celebrated regularly. It is hard to imagine how his legacy would have been shaped had he appeared as Hagrid in Harry Potter. It certainly would have had a major impact on his career in some way. Putting anyone, let alone someone as beloved as Robin Williams, in a hugely successful movie franchise can bring a lot of opportunity someone's way. Things ultimately worked out well the way they did and at the very least, this is something interesting for fans of the Harry Potter franchise to think about.

    SEE ALSO: THEN & NOW: The cast of 'Harry Potter' 15 years later

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    Warning: Spoilers below if you haven't seen "Rogue One."

    In the latest reveal of what went on behind the scenes of "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,"Yahoo UK spoke to two editors on the film, John Gilroy and Colin Goudie, who divulged some interesting insight on putting together the "Star Wars" standalone movie, which got a lot of attention for its reshoots.

    Goudie, who also edited "Rogue One" director Gareth Edwards' breakout 2010 movie "Monsters," had been involved since the beginning of production on the "Star Wars" spin-off, along with editor Jabez Olssen ("The Hobbit" trilogy). Gilroy was called on last summer when his brother, Tony Gilroy, was hired to do the reshoots.

    In the lengthy interview, both delve into their contribution to the project — like Goudie using an interrogation scene from "Aliens" as a reference point for how to cut Jyn (Felicity Jones) being interrogated by the Rebels in the movie, or Gilroy talking about calling in actor Angus MacInnes to rerecord dialogue for outtakes of himself as Gold Leader from the original 1977 "Star Wars" that were repurposed in "Rogue One."   

    But the most revealing recollections are about the reshoots.

    "They gave you the film that you see today," Gilroy said of what was redone over the summer.

    Introduction scenes like Cassian (Diego Luna) meeting with the spy who tells him about the Empire making a "planet killer" weapon and Bodhi (Riz Ahmed) being led to meet Saw Gerrera (Forest Whitaker) were added in the reshoots. The added filming also provided a scene in which Jyn breaks out of the transporter thanks to the Rebels.

    Rogue One DisneyGoudie says originally we met Jyn and Cassian in the scene in which Jyn is interrogated by the Rebels and offered the mission to track down Saw Gerrera.

    "[The] opening scene, in the prologue, was always the same," he said. "Jyn’s just a little girl, so when you see her as an adult what you saw initially was her in a meeting. That’s not a nice introduction. So having her in prison and then a prison breakout, with Cassian on a mission... Everybody was a bit more ballsy, or a bit more exciting, and a bit more interesting. They got there eventually in the film, but this way we came in on the ground running, which was better."

    And the last part of the movie "changed quite a bit," according to Gilroy, who stays vague about specifics.

    "The mechanics of the [third] act changed quite a bit in terms of the characters, and I don’t want to go into too much detail about what had been there before, but it was different," he said. "We moved some of the things that our heroes did, they were different in the original then they were as it was conceived. Everything was connected to everything so doing something to one venue would change all the other venues, so really we had to... We were working on that until the last minute."

    But fans' hopes of a lot of deleted scenes or an extended cut that shows a very different movie — which "Rogue One" star Ben Mendelsohn hinted at recently—  in future Blu-ray releases may be premature.

    Gilroy couldn't think of any scenes that were left on the cutting-room floor that are worth showcasing and Goudie said the first assembly of the film isn't much longer than the finished cut.

    "Maybe 10 minutes longer?" he said. "I genuinely can’t remember because that was nearly a year ago now. There’s no mythical four-hour cut, it doesn’t exist." 

    Read the entire Yahoo interview here.

    SEE ALSO: How this scene-stealing character from "Rogue One" was created

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    "Deadpool" shattered one more record before 2016 came to a close, but it's likely not one its studio is very proud to hold.

    The surprise hit of the year, having the best opening ever for an R-rated movie ($132.4 million) and earning over $780 million at the global box office, was also the most illegally downloaded movie of 2016, according to TorrentFreak.

    The movie was downloaded millions of times since its theatrical release in February, according to the site about torrents, which allow users to share files.

    TorrentFreak came up with a list of the 10 most illegally downloaded movies in 2016. Most of them came out within the year, like "Warcraft" and "Suicide Squad," though there were two 2015 releases on the list: "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," which came in fourth place, and "The Revenant," which was in tenth.

    Look at the entire top 10 illegally downloaded movies in 2016 below:

    1. "Deadpool"
    2. "Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice"
    3. "Captain America: Civil War"
    4. "Star Wars: The Force Awakens"
    5. "X-Men: Apocalypse"
    6. "Warcraft"
    7. "Independence Day: Resurgence"
    8. "Suicide Squad"
    9. "Finding Dory"
    10. "The Revenant" 

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    The INSIDER Summary:

    • There's a hilarious "Doctor Strange" parody on "Saturday Night Live Korea."
     It features Strange as a street magician, performing tricks that blow everyone's minds.



    There was a lot to love and a lot to be frustrated with in Marvel's "Doctor Strange" movie.

    And of all the superhero parodies, the best one comes from "Saturday Night Live Korea."

    The show has a running series of sketches where Dr. Stephen Strange is basically a version of David Blaine in "David Blaine: Street Magic." He walks around and blows people's minds: He does perfect water bottle flips, knows the phone number of a random girl on the street, and splits an ice popsicle perfectly in half. After each trick, he gives a knowing look to the camera while his posse fawns over him.

    Watch the best sketch here, with English subtitles:

    "Doctor Strange" is one of the most popular movies of the year in South Korea, grossing $39 million, so it's no surprise that "SNL Korea" turned it into a recurring bit.

    An earlier video features an extended bit where the Strange character parodies a card trick from the David Blaine show.

    There are also a fewother videos of the sketch that don't have English subtitles yet, but they're still really funny. Check them out.

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    2017 is going to be a huge year for movies. If you thought 2016 had a bloated summer, just wait until this year. Stretching from April to August — the summer movie season is starting earlier each year — there's the potential for over a dozen sure-fire big blockbusters.

    Much of that will be because we are getting a lot of sequels. While some are hotly anticipated (we're looking at you "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2"), others may feel like cash grabs — we only keep getting those "Transformers" movies because they're making a lot of money overseas

    Keep reading to see all of the big sequels coming in 2017. You may not have even realized some of these were coming to the big screen.

    January 6: "Underworld: Blood Wars"

    Kate Beckinsale is back in the vampire franchise's fifth film and is joined this time by "Divergent" star Theo James. The movie was originally set for an October release before being pushed back.

    While reviews for the film aren't pretty, that shouldn't deter from the film's box-office potential. Collective reviews for the series have always been pretty rotten, yet each film is well-received by its fan base.

    The series' last movie in 2012 was the highest-grossing of the franchise.



    January 20: "XXX: Return of Xander Cage"

    Yep. Vin Diesel is back in the role of the athlete-turned-spy 12 years later.

    It's tough to say if this will be a big performer since the third film is out a decade later, but Diesel's been talking about this film since 2006. Never count out the star's loyal fanbase on Facebook.



    January 27: "Resident Evil: The Final Chapter"

    Is it ever really the final chapter of "Resident Evil"? One of the most profitable video game movie franchises, Milla Jovovich is back once again as Alice with Ali Larter fighting the undead and mutants.

    The first five movies combined have grossed over $915 million worldwide.



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    Making a movie is hard, but if there's anything that tops a film's production in difficulty, it has to be scheduling it to open.

    With as many films as there are in theatrical release at any given moment, believe it or not, there are still some that find it hard to get onto our screens. Now it's not always the studio's fault, as sometimes extenuating circumstances and financial drama make it hard for a movie to even be advertised with any degree of certainty. The list of films we have here can attest to that, as they all have a story to tell, and they all end the same way: they never saw the light of 2016, but 2017 is a new chance for freedom.

    "Monster Trucks"

    Original Release Date: March 18th, 2016

    New Release Date: January 13th, 2017

    In case you forgot, Monster Trucks is actually a movie, and it was delayed to a 2017 release date as early as 2015. Paramount was going to make this film about a boy, the monster he befriends and the horsepower behind their friendship as a spring offering last year. However, considering this was scheduled for around the time Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice hit theaters, we can see why this monster was sent back to the garage, and with a hefty write-down nonetheless.



    "The Bye Bye Man"

    Original Release Date: June 3rd/October 14th/December 9th, 2016

    New Release Date: January 13th, 2017

    You're going to see a lot of horror movies on this list, so be forewarned. This is probably because no other genre is more fickle with what's popular and when it's released than that very type of film. There's only two really good windows for horror films: the weeks leading up to Halloween, or the first quarter of the calendar year. As you can see, STX Entertainment is just as afraid of The Bye Bye Man as the film's protagonists are, as the film had three different release dates before getting bumped to 2017.



    "Bastards"

    Original Release Date: November 4th, 2016

    New Release Date: January 27th, 2017

    Much like Owen Wilson and Ed Helms' characters in Bastards, Warner Bros doesn't seem to know where its comedy belongs in the busy world of cinema. Thankfully for the film and the studio's sake, whoever was in charge of scheduling moved the film from its original November 4th date. Doctor Strange just happened to have that opening weekend to call its own, and knowing how well that film turned out, January 27th is definitely a safer place to raise a movie.



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    It looks like the latest fad of using CGI to make iconic actors look like their younger selves isn't stopping soon.

    The producer of Martin Scorsese's next movie "The Irishman," which will reunite both the Oscar-winning director with Robert De Niro as well as De Niro and Al Pacino, has revealed that it will feature technology that will make De Niro and his fellow costars look younger.

    "Well, it's an extraordinary technology that we've been looking at," producer Gastón Pavlovich told Cinemablend. "You don't use prosthetics, makeup, they have acting and the technology is able to have them go through different time ages without the prosthetics. So we've seen some tests and it looks extraordinary. We were able to film Bob and just do a scene, and we saw it come down to when he was like 20, 40, 60, so we're looking forward to that, from that point of view, for 'The Irishman' ... Imagine seeing what De Niro looked like in 'The Godfather 2' days, that's pretty much how you're going to see him again."

    Like Scorsese's latest release "Silence,""The Irishman" has been on the shelf waiting to be made for years. A big reason for was matching the schedules of its huge stars, who include not just De Niro and Pacino but also Harvey Keitel and possibly Joe Pesci (he hasn't confirmed involvement).

    young robert downey jr captain america civil war finalBased on the Charles Brandt book "I Heard You Paint Houses," the story looks at the hitman Frank Sheeran, who admitted to killing Jimmy Hoffa. De Niro will play Sheeran in the movie. Sheeran's recollection of his days in the mob will involve flashbacks in which De Niro and the rest of the cast will look how they did in the 1970s. 

    In the last few years, we've seen this technology used in a number of movies. A younger version of Michael Douglas was featured in "Ant-Man," a younger Robert Downey Jr. was in "Captain America: Civil War," and just recently in "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story," a young Carrie Fisher shows up as Princess Leia.

    But you'll have to wait a little longer to see CGI De Niro, Pacino, Keitel, and Pesci on the screen. "The Irishman" isn't slated for released until 2018.

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    Warning: Spoilers head about "Star Wars: Episode VIII" and "Episode IX."

    Carrie Fisher's Dec. 27 death has left a disturbance in the Force. Her iconic Princess Leia is set to appear in the next two "Star Wars" films, and insiders tell The Hollywood Reporter that at least two key scenes are planned for "Episode VIII" (Dec. 15) and "Episode IX" (2019): a Leia reunion with Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) and a confrontation with Kylo Ren (Adam Driver), her son who killed Harrison Ford's Han Solo in 2015's "The Force Awakens."

    Details of where those scenes fit into the movies remain unclear, but insiders say Leia was to have been a bigger part of "Episode IX" than "VIII.""Episode VIII" director Rian Johnson has finished shooting, but "Episode IX" doesn't have a start date; both "Force Awakens" and "Episode VIII" began production at the beginning of a year so it is very likely that "Episode IX" will begin shooting in early 2018 for a December 2019 release. And the status of its script, being written by Colin Trevorrow and Derek Connolly, is unknown. (Disney won't comment.)

    Trevorrow, the filmmaker behind "Jurassic World" who is directing "Episode IX," is due to arrive in L.A. the week of Jan. 10 for meetings with Lucasfilm's Kathleen Kennedy to discuss options. But unlike in other cases where actors died during the filmmaking process — Paul Walker in "Furious 7" comes to mind— it appears that the team has time to explore solutions.

    (As well as time to grieve. As one insider puts it, "People are still deeply mourning Carrie's death over there.")

    princess leiaLeia could be written out and her scenes reshot, options not unheard of in the "Star Wars" universe. "Rogue One" went through a major overhaul and was met with glowing reviews and blockbuster box office. "Episode VIII" also went through a major rewrite with Johnson, who had to overhaul his script after he saw the significant changes J.J. Abrams made to the overarching "Star Wars" story thanks to his extensive postproduction work during "Force Awakens." (Johnson had based his script on "Force Awakens"' earlier drafts.)

    Another solution is to use CGI effects; a reduced role could mean Leia would only appear in glimpses. "'Rogue One 'is the road map," says one "Star Wars" source, referring to Lucasfilm resurrecting Peter Cushing and making Fisher young again in the current hit.

    "I have no doubt, given some of the recent work I've seen, there are filmmakers who will be willing to take up the challenge," says Michael Fink, an Oscar-winning VFX supervisor who teaches at USC. But, "so far, we have seen moments of success but not full performances." He says there's also ethics to weigh: "Should we create additional roles for Princess Leia? I don't think so."

    SEE ALSO: "Rogue One" editors reveal what was changed about the movie in reshoots

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    For many, Michael Keaton's version of Batman was the best ever to grace the big screen, even surpassing director Christopher Nolan's more recent films. So when the actor left the character before Joel Schumacher's 1995 "Batman Forever" (in which Val Kilmer took over the cape and mask), many fans were bummed. 

    And they were even more disappointed with what Schumacher did with the franchise, changing Tim Burton's dark and mysterious vibe from the first two movies into a wacky, Day-Glo fiasco.

    Keaton certainly has no regrets about walking away. Recently on the Hollywood Reporter's podcast "Awards Chatter," he delved into some of his issues with Schumacher's movie, mainly that the script "sucked."

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    "I didn’t understand why [Schumacher] wanted to do what he wanted to do," he said. "I knew it was in trouble when he said, 'Why does everything have to be so dark?'"

    Keaton said he went through "many meetings" before finally departing the film franchise.

    The actor will return to the comic-book world when he plays villain the Vulture in the upcoming "Spider-Man: Homecoming," which opens in theaters July 7.

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    One of the directors of "Frozen" has a theory that the Disney films "Frozen" and "Tarzan" are connected.

    Last year in a Reddit AMA, "Frozen" co-director Chris Buck explained that when Princess Elsa and Anna's mother and father sailed away and their ship was lost at sea, they didn't die on the boat. The queen gave birth to a baby son and they were washed up on shore on a jungle island where they built a treehouse. Tragically, both the king and queen were then eaten by a leopard.

    reddit tarzan and frozen connection

    If that plot sounds familiar, it should — it's the beginning of another of Disney's animated films, "Tarzan," which Chris Buck was also a director on back in 1999. That would mean that little Tarzan was the brother of Anna and Elsa.

    In an interview with MTV News this August, Buck confirmed that while directing "Frozen" he had connected the two worlds in his mind [emphasis ours]:

    When you're working on a feature, you have a lot of time to think about stuff because it takes four years to make one. I think Jen [Lee] and I were walking to a meeting, and I just start to tell her the entire story.

    I said, 'Of course Anna and Elsa's parents didn’t die. Yes, there was a shipwreck, but they were at sea a little bit longer than we think they were because the mother was pregnant, and she gave birth on the boat, to a little boy. They get shipwrecked, and somehow they really washed way far away from the Scandinavian waters, and they end up in the jungle. They end up building a tree house and a leopard kills them, so their baby boy is raised by gorillas. So in my little head, Anna and Elsa's brother is Tarzan— but on the other side of that island are surfing penguins, to tie in a non-Disney movie, 'Surf’s Up.' That’s my fun little world.

    It's a cute theory, but it probably won't be official Disney doctrine anytime soon. First of all, the ship in "Tarzan" was on fire when it sank; the "Frozen" ship was caught in a storm.

    frozen and tarzan ships sinking

    And here's a comparison of the parents in Tarzan and the parents in Frozen. Their clothes and hair look pretty different, but there are a few similarities:

    parents frozen and tarzan side by side

    Though Buck seems only half serious about this idea, Disney super fans have long connected the universes in these stories. "Frozen" has also been tied to "Tangled" — fans believe that wedding the king and queen were sailing to was actually Rapunzel and Flynn Rider’s wedding. The pair later allegedly make an appearance at Elsa's coronation.

     

    And according to one popular fan theory, "Frozen" and "The Little Mermaid" could also be linked. When Elsa and Anna's parents' ship sinks, some Disney addicts think it could later become the shipwreck where Ariel spends so much time exploring with her best friend Flounder.

    tumblr little mermaid frozen tangled

    But while it's one thing for fans to dream up these connections, it's very rare for a director to tie the worlds together in a public statement, albeit couched by saying it was all in his imagination.

    "I say, whatever people want to believe, go for it," Buck told MTV News. "If you want to tie them all together, then do it. That’s the spirit of Disney."

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    Disney has not responded to a request for comment at the time of this post.*

    *Note: This story was originally published on Tech Insider in 2015.

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    The INSIDER Summary

    • A third "Thor" movie will be released November 3.
    • It will be called "Thor Ragnarok."
    • Not much has been known about the sequel, but Disney just released an official synopsis for the movie.
    • The third movie in the franchise will have Thor "imprisoned on the other side of the universe."


     

    This fall, we'll be getting a third "Thor" movie!

    While Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston are set to reprise their roles as the God of Thunder and Loki, respectively, not a whole lot more has been known about the sequel.

    Get excited, because Disney has revealed the synopsis for "Thor: Ragnarok," and it's not sounding good for the Avenger.

    In a press preview for the studio's lineup of 2017 movies, Disney revealed our hero will be locked up without his mighty hammer in "Thor 3." That may not come as a surprise to fans who are familiar with the Ragnarok story line which sees Thor disappearing and a clone(!) made by Tony Stark named Ragnarok taking his place.

    Here's the official synopsis in full:

    In Marvel Studios' "Thor Ragnarok," Thor is imprisoned on the other side of the universe without his mighty hammer and finds himself in a race against time to get back to Asgard to stop Ragnarok—the destruction of his homeworld and the end of Asgardian civilization—at the hands of an all-powerful new threat, the ruthless Hela. But first he must survive a deadly gladiatorial contest that pits him against his former ally and fellow Avenger—the Incredible Hulk!

    There's a lot to unpack there.

    First, Thor is really going to have his hands full! Also, why is the Hulk fighting with Thor?

    hulk thor

    For those unfamiliar with Hela, she's the Asgardian goddess of death. Her addition is huge because, in the comics, she's the alleged daughter of Loki.

    The synopsis also confirms that Anthony Hopkins will be back! He played Thor's father Odin and the ruler of Asgard in the first two films. At the end of the second movie his character was presumed killed off by Loki, who then took over Asgard masquerading as Odin. In an end-credits scene for "Doctor Strange" we saw (presumably) the real Thor tell Strange he's on Earth searching for his dad. Interesting, indeed.

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    "Thor: Ragnarok" will be in theaters November 3, 2017.

    And, in case you're wondering, here's the full list of Disney releases for 2017 along with release dates. Mark your calendars!

    Movie Release Date
    1. "Beauty and the Beast" March 17, 2017 
     2. "Born in China" April 21, 2017 
     3. "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" May 5, 2017 
     4. "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales" May 25, 2017 
     5. "Cars 3" June 16, 2017 
     6. "Thor: Ragnarok" November 3, 2017 
     7. "Coco" November 22, 2017 
     8. "Star Wars: Episode VIII" December 15, 2017 

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    All the big hitters from film and television will hobnob this Sunday at the first major award show of the year, the Golden Globes.

    In movies, the frontrunners are "Manchester by the Sea" and "Moonlight" in the drama category while over on the comedy/musical side "La La Land" is the favorite (and it could take home awards in multiple categories). 

    Over on TV, FX is most likely going to rule the day with drama "The People v. O.J. Simpson" and Donald Glover comedy "Atlanta." But they should watch out for challenges from Netflix's "The Crown," HBO's "Westworld," and Amazon's "Mozart in the Jungle."

    Which movies, TV shows, and stars are most likely to hold the gold this year? Here's who we think will be taking home Globes in 2017:

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    Best Drama

    “Hacksaw Ridge”
    “Hell or High Water”
    “Lion”
    “Manchester by the Sea”
    “Moonlight”

    What will win: "Moonlight"
    The movie has quickly become an award-season darling, adored by critics and audiences alike. It's worthy of the top honor.

    What could win: "Manchester by the Sea"
    Critics have instantly taken to "Manchester" since it premiered at the Sundance Film Festival early last year. With only 90 or so members in the Hollywood Foreign Press, the movie doesn't have to win over many for it to take the prize. 



    Best Comedy/Musical

    “20th Century Women”
    “Deadpool”
    “La La Land”
    “Florence Foster Jenkins”
    “Sing Street”

    What will win: "La La Land"
    This incredible modern musical about love and how ambition gets in the way is powerful for so many reasons. It would be a complete shock if it didn't win.

    What could win: It's "La La Land" or bust.



    Best Director

    Damien Chazelle, “La La Land”
    Tom Ford, “Nocturnal Animals”
    Mel Gibson, “Hacksaw Ridge”
    Barry Jenkins, “Moonlight”
    Kenneth Lonergan, “Manchester by the Sea”

    Who will win: Damien Chazelle ("La La Land")
    With Chazelle's imaginative vision and his homage to the musicals of the past, it's hard to see him not winning the award. 

    Who could win: Barry Jenkins ("Moonlight")
    If the HFPA leans more toward the top dramas of the year, it's likely they would favor Jenkins' powerful story of a man's life through three important stages.



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    Arrival movie before after

    "Arrival" was 2016's most inventive sci-fi movie. And one of its biggest features are the mysterious alien "landing sites."

    The big egg-like features weren't the only thing added with special effects. The visual effects artists also added roads, trees, cars, and all sorts of things to create the movie's specuacular landscape shots.

    Take a look at some of these before-and-after stills, taken from a making-of video published by Oblique FX, a Montreal-based visual effects firm that worked on the film. You can see just how much the movie was made through visual effects.

    The big landing site wasn't there in this beautiful shot.



    But the fog was real.

    "That shot was a total gift: All that fog appeared out of nowhere,"Bradford Young, the cinematographer on "Arrival" told Variety. "We cleared a ridge line and there it was, that fog rolling off the St. Lawrence. It was like, ‘Hold on, is this really happening?’ That’s all in camera. It’s one of those happy accidents where the movie gods are looking out for you. An aerial shot that was just going to be the most mundane shot in the history of cinema turns into something really special.”



    They also designed the ship's underside, for when the human characters go in.



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    The INSIDER summary:

    • "Beauty and the Beast" just released a new TV spot for the film.
    • Belle and Beast flirt it up big time and it's adorable. 



    There are only two months left until the long-awaited live-action version of Disney's classic "Beauty and the Beast" hits theaters, and clearly the PR team over at Disney is kicking it into high gear.

    In the past couple of weeks, they took the highly sought-after first commercial slot during ABC's season premiere of "The Bachelor" using the rose theme to their full advantage and then they doubled-down with a Facebook audio clip of "Something There" proving once and for all that Emma Watson can sing.

    Here's your exclusive first listen of @EmmaWatson​ singing 'Something There' from Beauty and the Beast. #BeOurGuest

    A video posted by Beauty and The Beast (@beautyandthebeast) on Dec 30, 2016 at 6:50pm PST on

    Now a new TV spot is making its rounds. This isn't your average "Bauty and the Beast" commercial though. Unlike the previous trailers and ads that have circulated before it, this one finally gives fans the one thing they've been waiting for: some romance and sparks flying between Belle and Beast.

    It's one of the first glimpses we've gotten into the on-screen chemistry between the two main characters. 

    The two can be seen flirting it up outside the castle when Belle thanks Beast for saving her life and he jokes about her not letting him get eaten by wolves. Fans have noticed it's different from the original animated version where they have the conversation inside the castle and the dialogue is less playful (below).

    The switch could be a sign Disney is toying with some of the original lines of dialogue from the classic film. Either way, Emma Watson and Dan Stevens (even if he is looking rather beastly) flirting is almost too cute for words. 

    "Beauty and the Beast" comes out March 17. 

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    The world lost two of Hollywood's most towering figures in little more than the blink of an eye with the shocking deaths of Carrie Fisher, on December 27, and her mother Debbie Reynolds the next day.

    As is so often the case in the career of Sheila Nevins, head of HBO Documentary Films, her cameras will be the coda to the story.

    On Saturday at 8 p.m., HBO will air the documentary “Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds.” Directed by Fisher Stevens and Alexis Bloom, it gives an intimate final look inside the lives and professions of the two legends who have been dominating the news and your social-media timelines for weeks.

    This is familiar ground for Nevins. When the West Memphis Three were finally let out of prison in 2011 after decades of being on death row for a crime they didn’t commit (a story brought to light by the HBO documentary “Paradise Lost” and its sequel), her cameras were there among the throng of press to recount their release. The event would later be fleshed out in Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky’s final chapter, “Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory.”

    From the shocking conclusion to the true-crime miniseries “The Jinx” to director Laura Poitras’ encounter with NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden in the Oscar-winning “Citizenfour,” Nevins has made HBO the home for getting the deeper story behind news that's captivated the country.

    But the death of Carrie Fisher was different because Nevins was a close friend of the actress and writer.

    Nevins first became captivated by Fisher while sitting with an audience to watch her one-woman show “Wishful Drinking” in 2009. She went to Fisher so HBO Documentary Films could tape a version for the channel. That led to a friendship between the two until Fisher’s sudden death.

    Sheila Nevins Stephen Lovekin Getty“It was instant love,” Nevins recently told Business Insider over the phone while getting emotional. “I so admired her honesty and her intelligence. I mean there was nothing about her that was phony.”

    Nevins recalls that Fisher was the same to everyone, whether they were going to stores together, having lunches, or Fisher was signing autographs at New York Comic-Con.

    “Carrie was no different with those people on that line than she was with celebrities,” Nevins said. “She was one person fighting to be alive, fighting to have fun, fighting to survive mental illness.”

    Then two years ago Nevins got a call from Fisher Stevens with the idea of doing a documentary about the lives of both Carrie Fisher and her mother Debbie Reynolds, an icon in her own right going back to her starring role in the 1952 musical "Singin' in the Rain."

    “Bright Lights” follows the two through their everyday lives, which often started with Carrie walking the path to her mother’s house, as the two lived beside one another in separate houses on the same plot of land they called “the compound.” When the two aren’t having back-and-forth repartee similar to the leads from the landmark Maysles brothers’ documentary “Grey Gardens,” they are on the road giving the fans what they want. For Reynolds, at 83, it’s doing a lounge act in a casino in Connecticut while Fisher goes to a comic convention or is in London shooting “The Force Awakens.”

    “I was always interested in that house. I was always bewitched by the relationship, but it didn't occur to me that it would be something to make a documentary about,” said Nevins, who gave complete credit to Stevens and Alexis Bloom for convincing her it could be a movie.

    Bright Lights HBO“Bright Lights” has been completed for a while and played at the Cannes and New York Film Festivals in 2016. It was scheduled to premiere on HBO May 8 (Mother’s Day) and even when Nevins got word of Fisher’s death she was wasn’t going to change the airdate.

    “When I found out she died, I almost couldn't speak because I thought she would be okay,” Nevins said. “I didn't realistically face what could happen and we weren't given information that she wasn't responding. If she's breathing she'll come back.”

    Nevins made the decision to keep the Mother’s Day airdate as the film would now be for Reynolds to remember her daughter. But then when Reynolds died, Nevis felt it had to air immediately.

    “It seemed like a piece of memorabilia that needed to be shared with the public,” she said. “This movie was them, unadulterated, this was the way they were. From Debbie not wanting anyone to come in because she didn't feel well, Carrie losing weight and drinking Coca-Cola — that was the life as I had seen it and it seemed like it was time to share it because it couldn't be given to someone like Debbie, but it could be given to the audience.”

    The passing of Debbie Reynolds is another step away from the old Hollywood royalty that was born and bred within the studio system. But Nevins said she could never see an end in sight for Fisher and that’s what’s most painful about her death.

    “Carrie still had a million books, a million shows, a million wisecracks,” Nevins said. “There were many, many more songs that Carrie had to sing, and I don't mean just music. I think she still had a lot of things to talk about. She wasn't the end of anything — she ended too soon.”

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    Part of the fun of the Golden Globes, which will be handed out on Sunday, is seeing what kind of surprises the Hollywood Foreign Press Association throws at us. And we're quite happy with one of them: The movie "Sing Street," directed by John Carney, was nominated for best comedy or musical movie.

    Unless you're really steeped in the world of independent film, you likely missed this one when it was in theaters in April. But the word of mouth around it will certainly kick up, thanks to the nomination.

    This isn't Carney's first time delivering a cult hit. He directed the 2007 movie "Once," which won an Oscar for best song and became a hit Broadway show.

    If you've seen that and you liked it, then you have to check out "Sing Street." Like "Once," it's powered by original songs, which are used to delve into the characters' feelings.

    "Once" looks at the loneliness of two people who find each other in Dublin and begin to write love songs together. "Sing Street" is much more playful. It's set in 1980s Dublin and follows a boy who starts a rock band to impress a girl.

    Here, Carney takes the usual beats of a teen comedy and combines that form with songs influenced by the bands the main character, Conor, admires, like Duran Duran and The Cure. We follow Conor as he recruits his band and uses some DIY tricks to pull off a music video, which features the girl he's trying to impress.

    You can watch the whole movie on Netflix now— we highly recommend it. But in the meantime, check out one of the songs featured in the movie:

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    "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" had to battle a wicked winter storm on the east coast and a strong performance by Oscar contender "Hidden Figures" to win the weekend box office for a fourth consecutive weekend, according to estimates.

    "Rogue One" has been dominating the box office since it opened the weekend before Christmas. It took in $21.9 million over the weekend, according to boxofficepro.com, upping its total to $477.2 million domestically and surpassing $900 million worldwide.

    But "Hidden Figures," the 20th Century Fox release starring Taraji P. Henson and Octavia Spencer about a group of African-American women who were essential to NASA's victory in getting a man to the moon in the 1960s space race, has been building attention the last few weeks in limited release thanks to a 93% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and award season hype. The movie took in and estimated $21.8 million in its first weekend in wide release (a strong $8,822 per-screen average).

    With just an estimated $100,000 difference between "Rogue One" and "Hidden Figures," it's possible that "Hidden Figures" could win out the weekend when final weekend box office figures are reported on Monday.

    Coming in third is "Sing," the latest animated hit from the makers of "Despicable Me" and "The Secret Life of Pets," which continues to be a strong performer up against "Rogue One," as it took in $19.5 million. It's total domestic tally is now a healthy $213.3 million (over $360 million worldwide) over three weeks.

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