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    Not even James Bond is living as large as you think.

    The online marketplace for businesses Bizdaq researched the average salaries for the jobs of various TV, film, and other fictional characters.

    Miranda Priestly (Meryl Streep) from "The Devil Wears Prada," tops the list with a salary of $2 million. Liz Lemon (Tina Fey) from “30 Rock," takes a close second. As the head writer for a TV show on NBC, her estimated salary is $1.1 million. 

    While James Bond’s $101,093 seems hefty to the average person, it’s actually not a lot considering how often he risks his life for the job — unfortunately MI6 is no NBC. He makes slightly more than Sheldon Cooper from “The Big Bang Theory,” and slightly less than Ross Geller from “Friends.”

    For the salaries of your favorite characters like Don Draper, Walter White, Ellen Ripley, and Indiana Jones, check out the graphic below:

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    • After being delayed four times, the "Avatar" movie sequels finally have release dates.
    • Director James Cameron and Fox announced the news on the "Avatar" Facebook page.
    • "Avatar 2" will be released on December 18, 2020; "Avatar 3" on December 17, 2021; "Avatar 4" on December 20, 2024; and "Avatar 5" on December 19, 2025.

    The "Avatar" sequels have already been delayed four times

    Now, the movies have finally been given release dates, Variety reports — though you'll have to wait until 2020 to see the first one.

    Director James Cameron and 20th Century Fox announced the big news on the official "Avatar" Facebook page on the morning of April 22, to coincide with Earth Day.

    "Great to be working with the best team in the business! Avatar takes flight as we begin concurrent production on four sequels," the caption on Facebook reads. "The journey continues December 18, 2020, December 17, 2021, December 20, 2024 and December 19, 2025!"

    The second "Avatar" movie was originally expected to be ready by 2018, but now fans will have to wait over three years to see it — and eight years for the final sequel to be released.

    Here are the release dates in full for movie fans' calendars:

    • "Avatar 2"— December 18, 2020;
    • "Avatar 3"— December 17, 2021;
    • "Avatar 4"— December 20, 2024;
    • "Avatar 5"— December 19, 2025.

    And here's the full announcement on Facebook:

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    Though there was a diverse selection of new releases out this weekend ranging from a clever shootout movie starring Brie Larson ("Free Fire"), a film featuring Katherine Heigl playing a crazed ex-wife ("Unforgettable"), and a Disney documentary featuring adorable pandas ("Born in China"), none of them were a match for "The Fate of the Furious."

    Universal's eighth installment in the "Fast and the Furious" franchise followed-up its record-breaking opening weekend with an estimated $38.7 million in its second weekend, according to Variety.

    Though a 61% dip in business domestically compared to its first weekend, it was still enough to be number one at the box office.

    The movie now has a domestic total of $163.6 million.

    What's even more impressive is what the movie is doing overseas. Having earned over $900 million globally, "Fate of the Furious" is doing monster business in China — earning close to $400 million in that country alone.

    Expect the movie to top the box office again next weekend before Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" hits theaters May 5 (and could possibly break all the records "Fate of the Furious" just set).

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    Actors Jenny Slate and Zachary Quinto found stardom through different avenues.

    Quinto spent four years starring on the TV show "Heroes" and has played Spock in the new "Star Trek" movies since 2009. Slate, meanwhile, spent years building a career in the comedy world (which included a short stint on "Saturday Night Live" in 2009) leading to the 2014 comedy movie "Obvious Child," which made her much more visible. She was soon doing voice work on hits like "Zootopia" and "The Secret Life of Pets" and became a tabloid fixture thanks to dating Chris Evans after the two starred in the movie "Gifted."

    But Quinto and Slate share a lot in the kinds of stories they want to tell. At this year's Tribeca Film Festival, the two star in the movie "Aardvark." Quinto plays Josh Norman, who's dealing with an estranged relationship with his brother Craig (Jon Hamm) and has hallucinations of him. Slate plays Emily, Josh's therapist who also happens to be sleeping with Craig.

    It's a story perfect for the independent-film crowd (the movie is seeking distribution at the festival), which means it's not going to be seen by a wide audience. So why make the movie if it can't be seen by the masses?

    Slate and Quinto, who is also a producer on "Aardvark," sat down with Business Insider in New York City following the world premiere of the movie to talk about what motivates the choices they make in their careers.

    Jason Guerrasio: Zachary, you produced this, and you're friends with the writer-director Brian Shaof. Was this always intended as a project you would star in?

    Zachary Quinto: I have a production company, this is the sixth or seventh movie, so it's something that I'm interested in aside from my work as an actor. This is only the second movie we've produced that I've been in. But it's interesting, the journey of this project, because Brian sent it to me probably a year and a half before we made it and it was a different thing. There were different producers, there was an actor attached to play Josh, and he sent it to me to play Craig. And it wasn't something that I responded to from that perspective so I let it go. But that then all fell apart and we had a conversation about it from the production standpoint because he was looking for new partners to make it. So I said, "Look, if I'm going to put my resources and my company's resources into helping you get this together, then I feel I want to be a part of it as Josh, not as Craig." So we reformulated a plan and we came on as producers so from there it was always with the mindset of me playing Josh. And we got it together again.

    Guerrasio: Jenny, how did you get involved?

    Jenny Slate: I had met Zach socially. You came to one of my stand-up shows.

    Quinto: That's right.

    Slate: So we met many years ago through one of our mutual friends and we sort of enjoyed each other. We got stuck at an airport one time for like six hours — it was really fun. [Laughs] Zach was put in the back of the plane and I was randomly put in first class and he was so genuinely pissed.

    Aardvark_Walter ThomsonQuinto: I was so upset.

    Slate: But then we started hanging out and every time we hung out we felt this nice connection and we would hang out for hours. So he sent me the script maybe a few months before we made the movie and asked would I be interested in it. And I was so thrilled to get the script — it's really beautiful and rich and you connect to it the way you connect to a person. It kind of made me nervous. I think the right way to connect to a person you don't understand is to be curious, you know, in an appropriate way that's useful. And I was really curious, I felt I did understand what this was about, I believe I can play this part. But I had to ask some questions about the role and I think there are so many times I get a script that are just, "Here's the woman, here's what she's like, no questions asked, please do this or leave." And you're just like, "That sucks." So this was a different situation and it was just so full of life and energy. So that's what happened. Zach sent me the script, I read it immediately, I emailed him immediately being like, "I think I get it," and I jumped on.

    Quinto: Yeah, from those experiences I had with Jenny socially I knew I really wanted to find a way to collaborate with her and so when we put this version of the film together and had the timing and everything and finally knew when we wanted to shoot it, Jenny was the first person I thought of. So she was the first person that we sent it to and I was blown away by her response, which was really thoughtful and articulate and curious, and I was like, "Wow, she gets it on every level." That was really heartening and I was so grateful. And that's one of my favorite parts of producing, reaching out to my friends and saying, "Hey, this is what I want to do. Do you want to be a part of it?" And when the answer is such an enthusiastic yes, it's even more exciting.

    Guerrasio: Do you two consciously keep pockets in your schedule open to make indie movies? Both of you are getting offers for bigger projects. How important is it to find time to make these smaller movies?

    Slate: This is something that I'm working on, but I will say that for me, my first job was on "SNL," and that's a really specific and rigid environment that is sort of known for having so much output. Every week you're writing a show that's roughly an hour and a half long and it's new material or repeated sketches that are trying to be reinvigorated, and I learned there it was the most stifling creative environment for me because the heartbeat of it was not in line with the way that I am. And seeing that was my first job, I had a real opportunity to be, "Oh, this does not work for me." I know I will sometimes be unhappy with the work — you can't constantly be a bouncing ball — but for me I don't do a lot of large projects. I do a lot of large animated films.

    the secret life of pets universalGuerrasio: Doing voice work.

    Slate: Yeah, but those take two years and take three hours at a time.

    Guerrasio: That's an incredible gig.

    Slate: Yeah, it's awesome, and I didn't do it on purpose, but I will say that it probably shows up because in general what I'm trying to work on is having my life as an artist and my life as a woman be totally as integrated as possible and it's just not worth it to me if it doesn't feel that way. I end up doing a lot of indie movies because that's the least risk-averse environment and I just don't like being bored because it makes me mad and I don't feel comfortable being angry. [Laughs] But in general, there are not blocks of stuff in my life. I'm not on a TV show pretty much on purpose. I don't want to be in anything that will last for seven years, except for maybe hopefully one day another relationship with a person. [Laughs] But currently I've not really been able to get that done. The only thing I try to have blocks for are to call my grandmothers. And exercise.

    star trek beyondGuerrasio: How about you, Zachary? You are kind of contractually obligated to do a big franchise in "Star Trek" for at least a couple of more movies.

    Quinto: I really don't think of it in terms of that. I think of it in terms of looking for material that I am ignited by and kind of the size of it or the scope. I do feel fortunate to have an association with this franchise that comes back around every so often and then gives me the freedom to do other things. I might have had a different relationship to it if I wasn't involved with that. It does take up time, but it also affords me opportunities to do other stuff and theater is something that is enormously important to me, and if I can make the kind of living doing plays that I made doing film and television, like, you would never see me in those because that's all I would do. So that's the kind of thing I like to come back to and I don't really consider the size or the scope of it — I consider the experience of it and how I might evolve from it.

    Guerrasio: You've gone in headfirst as a producer. Are you interested in directing? You haven't done that yet.

    Quinto: I am, actually. I feel like writing and directing are things that I need to carve out more time for, especially on the writing side. I need to cultivate a new type of discipline. I'm working on figuring out how to do that. Once I figure out the kind of story I want to tell, it will become a lot easier to figure out how to tell it.

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    For the most part, Marvel Studios has created movies that follow a uniform story structure and tone that appease the mass audiences that eat them up. But "Guardians of the Galaxy" has tweaked that model slightly, and it's a great thing.

    The franchise starring the now-genuine movie star Chris Pratt as Peter "Star-Lord" Quill — and featuring the likes of Bradley Cooper as the perturbed raccoon Rocket, Dave Bautista as Drax, Zoe Saldana as Gamora, and Vin Diesel as Groot — is arguably the greatest payoff yet for Marvel.

    After the first movie did better than anyone expected in 2014, the sequel, "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" (opening Friday), keeps the mix of a sarcastic tone and an excellent soundtrack that helped the original earn over $770 million worldwide while adding some new elements that elevate the franchise.

    Major kudos must go to writer-director James Gunn, who in an era when tentpole movies (especially superhero ones) have to be everything to everyone has been able to harness an atmosphere in the "Galaxy" movies that would soften even the most snobbish anti-Hollywood moviegoer.

    Though "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" has great action and a story that will keep you from drifting off until the next exciting fight sequence, the chemistry of the cast is what really makes it move. There are new additions to the Guardians this time around: Nebula (Karen Gillan), the sister of Gamora; Elizabeth Debicki as the evil Ayesha; and Kurt Russell as Peter's father, Ego.

    Guardians 3 DisneyAnd that last part is where the plot really lies. Ego suddenly enters Star-Lord's life and persuades him to go back to his planet. Ego, it turns out, is a living planet who has taken a human form to communicate with Peter. All the dots connect to explain Peter's past.

    Meanwhile, after the Guardians stole from Ayesha, she hires Yondu (Michael Rooker), the space pirate who you may remember from the first movie was the one who raised Peter, to track down the Guardians and reclaim Ayesha's property.

    The movie isn't short on subplots. There's Gamora and Nebula working out their differences, Drax's hilarious sexual tension with Ego's telepathic sidekick Mantis (Pom Klementieff), and Baby Groot doing adorable Baby Groot things. The ending is wrapped up nicely, highlighted by Rooker's Yondu, who shines.

    I'll leave it up to the superfans to determine whether this is better than the original "Guardians" movie (honestly, I think the two are equally fun), but what can't be argued is that under Gunn's watchful eye, this franchise is becoming a unique piece of counterprogramming from Marvel Studios. It sets itself apart from the Captain America and Iron Man movies with its colorful language and its insistence on not taking itself too seriously, which goes a long way.

    Sometimes it really pays off to be the oddball in the group.

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    The best thing an actor could do is disappear into the role and make us forget that we're seeing a performance in the first place.

    But that also means that some of the best actors aren't so easy to recognize.

    Some of the greatest working actors today seem perpetually overlooked. In their careers, some actors have consistently given critically-acclaimed performances, but have received little awards recognition or always seem shunted into small supporting roles in big blockbusters that don't do justice to their talent.

    Here are the 17 most underrated actors in Hollywood. They're a mixture of young breakouts and Hollywood mainstays and, hopefully, they're all on their way to wider recognition.

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    Tessa Thompson was the breakout star of "Dear White People"— and now she's on the rise.

    Thompson was hilarious in the 2014 cult favorite "Dear White People,"now turning into a television show without her, and then followed it up as the love interest in "Creed." Since then, Hollywood has offered her small roles in big features, like Charlotte in "Westworld" and Valkyrie in the upcoming "Thor: Ragnarok." But as "White People" showed, she can take on anyone as a main character.

    Barry Pepper has been giving reliable performances for decades in movies like "Saving Private Ryan" and the "Maze Runner."

    Pepper is one of those actors who's had a small role in everything. He's good at disappearing into a movie. But when he gets a big role, you can't stop watching him. His performance as an incompetent kidnapper in "True Grit" was hilarious, and he was solid as Robert F. Kennedy in "The Kennedys" miniseries, but he deserves more.

    Gugu Mbatha-Raw has already played a superstar in "Beyond the Lights"— now she's ready to be one.

    The actress had a breakout period in 2013 and 2014 with the indie darlings "Belle" and "Beyond the Lights." Since then, she's picked up some minor roles in high-profile movies like "Beauty and the Beast" and "Concussion," but her career has largely stalled. Hopefully, that will all change with her role in Ava DuVernay's "A Wrinkle in Time" next year.

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    On Tuesday, Disney and Lucasfilm announced the release dates for numerous upcoming titles — including a future "Star Wars."

    The major headline is that "Star Wars: Episode IX" will be released May 24, 2019. That's the first time a movie from the "Star Wars" saga will be released in May since 2005's "Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith."

    "The Force Awakens" and this year's "The Last Jedi" were given December releases. "Episode IX," the follow-up to "Last Jedi," will be the last film in the new "Star Wars" trilogy from Disney.

    "Episode IX" is currently in preproduction and will be directed by Colin Trevorrow ("Jurassic World").

    The next standalone "Star Wars" anthology movie will also be released during the summer: The untitled Han Solo film will come out May 25, 2018.

    Disney/Lucasfilm also announced that the live-action "The Lion King" movie will be released July 19, 2019, while "Frozen 2" will be in theaters on November 27, 2019.

    And the next "Indiana Jones" movie, with Harrison Ford starring, has been pushed back a year. It's now scheduled to be released on July 10, 2020.

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    Walt Disney Studios just made a major update to its theatrical schedule stretching through 2020.

    Not only did Disney confirm that the long-awaited "Frozen" sequel is finally on its way, but the studio also announced that "Star Wars: Episode IX"will be making its way to theaters in May 2019

    The rest of Disney's upcoming lineup over the next few years includes a mix of animated films, Marvel superheroes, sequels, live-action adaptations, and many more trips to a galaxy far, far away. 

    This list does not include all of Disney's planned and undated live-action films. You can check that out here.

    Here is everything you can expect to see from Disney from now through 2020:

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    "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" is kicking off the summer 2017 schedule.

    Most of the cast from the hit 2014 film are reprising their roles, including Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, and Vin Diesel as an adorably small Baby Groot.

    This time around, Star-Lord (Chris Pratt) will come face to face with his mysterious father (Kurt Russell).

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    Oscar-winning director Jonathan Demme has died of cancer complications, his publicist told Variety. He was 73 years old.

    Demme is best known for directing “The Silence of the Lambs,” the 1991 horror-thriller that was a box office smash, a critical triumph, and introduced moviegoers to Anthony Hopkins’ Hannibal Lecter, a charismatic serial killer with a yen for Chianti, fava beans, and cannibalism. The story of a novice FBI analyst (Jodie Foster) on the trail of a murderer became only the third film in history to win Academy Awards in all the top five categories ( picture, actor, actress, director, and adapted screenplay), joining the ranks of “It Happened One Night” and “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.”

    Though he had his greatest success terrifying audiences, most of Demme’s work was looser and quirkier. In particular, he showed a great humanism and an empathy for outsiders in the likes of “Melvin and Howard,” the story of a service station owner who claimed to have been a beneficiary of Howard Hughes, and “Something Wild,” a screwball comedy about a banker whose life is turned upside down by a kooky woman. He also scored with “Married to the Mob” and oversaw “Stop Making Sense,” a documentary about the Talking Heads that is considered to be a seminal concert film.

    Following “The Silence of the Lambs,” Demme used his clout to make “Philadelphia,” one of the first major studio films to tackle the AIDS crisis and a movie that won Tom Hanks his first Oscar for playing a gay lawyer.

    The director most recently made 2015’s “Ricki and the Flash,” starring Meryl Streep as an aging rocker who must return home to Indiana due to a family crisis. The film disappointed at the box office and reviews were muted.

    Demme’s commercial prowess waned in the late 1990’s and early aughts. “Beloved,” a 1998 adaptation of Toni Morrison’s award-winning book, received some critical support, but was a massive bomb and failed to attract much Oscar attention. Then there was an ill-advised 2002 “Charade” remake “The Truth About Charlie,” which starred Mark Wahlberg and Thandie Newton and proved a disservice to the classic Stanley Donen original.

    He also failed to convince critics that his 2004’s big-budget, high-profile remake of “The Manchurian Candidate” needed to be made. The film starred Denzel Washington, Liev Schreiber and Meryl Streep, which hit in the middle of a contentious presidential election between George W. Bush and John Kerry, but despite the political climate, it didn’t make much of a splash.

    In addition to “Stop Making Sense,” Demme did documentaries on the Pretenders, Bruce Springsteen and Neil Young, and he also directed quite a number of music videos, drawing a Grammy nomination in 1987 for best long form music video for “Sun City: Artists United Against Apartheid.”

    Demme’s non-fiction work also dipped into politics and social issues, profiling the likes of Jimmy Carter and Nelson Mandela.  He made two documentaries about Haiti, 1988’s “Haiti Dreams of Democracy” and 2003’s critically acclaimed “The Agronomist.” Of the latter the New York Times said, “The turbulence that led to the removal of Jean-Bertrand Aristide from Haiti’s presidency gives ‘The Agronomist,’ a superb new documentary by Jonathan Demme, a melancholy timeliness. Its hero, Jean Dominique, embodies the fragile, perpetual hope that Haiti might someday nurture a just and decent political order.”

    Demme came to the attention of Hollywood with the 1980 film “Melvin and Howard,” in which Jason Robards starred as a bearded, bedraggled Hughes encountered by struggling Melvin Dumont, who helps Howard out — only to be left $156 million in a Hughes will of dubious authenticity. The film worked because it was not about Hughes but about Dumont, played by Paul Le Mat (one of Demme’s favorite actors).  The film drew three Oscar nominations, winning for best supporting actress (Mary Steenburgen) and original screenplay (Bo Goldman), while Robards also drew a nomination.

    The 1984 film “Swing Shift,” a romantic dramedy set on the homefront during WWII and starring Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell, was directed by Demme but taken out of his hands by the studio and recut, reportedly to make Hawn’s characterization more flattering. Director and star clashed during the production with Hawn wanting a more conventional love story with laughs and Demme preferring something with rougher edges.

    The same year, however, he also directed Talking Heads concert film “Stop Making Sense.” Reviewing it when it was re-released in 1999, the San Francisco Chronicle wrote of the “tingle of satisfaction” that comes “when a piece of entertainment is so infectious, so original and so correct in its judgments that a viewer can sink into his seat — secure in the knowledge that you’re in good hands. Has there ever been a live concert film as vibrant or as brilliantly realized?”

    In 1986 Demme perfectly paired Jeff Daniels and Melanie Griffiths in the offbeat, New Wave-flavored indie comedy “Something Wild” and drew an erotically anarchical performance from Griffiths — she quickly convinces Daniels’ ordinary business guy that she’s capable of anything. The film featured an impressive debut from Ray Liotta as Griffiths’ lunatic ex-boyfriend.

    Demme next shot monologuist Spalding Gray’s “Swimming to Cambodia” for the screen, with excellent results all around. The Austin Chronicle said, “Laurie Anderson’s tribal score and Demme’s perfectly executed direction take us right inside the mind of this eccentric genius.”

    The director’s 1988 comedy “Married to the Mob,” starring Michelle Pfeiffer, replete with loud hair and a thick New York accent, and Alec Baldwin, with excellent supporting performances by Dean Stockwell as the Mafia boss and Mercedes Ruehl as his far fiercer wife, was a critical and popular success.

    The 2008 film “Rachel Getting Married,” was a return to form for Demme, and served as an excellent vehicle for Anne Hathaway to demonstrate acting ability in a largely unsympathetic but intriguing role of a young woman, out of rehab long enough to attend the wedding of the sister she’s jealous of.

    Demme directed an adaptation of the Ibsen play “The Master Builder,” penned by and starring Wallace Shawn, in 2013. In 2015, in addition to “Ricki and the Flash,” he directed the docu-series “The New Yorker Presents,” bringing to life the iconic magazine.

    Robert Jonathan Demme was born in Baldwin, Long Island, New York, and attended the University of Florida. Like John Sayles, he began his directing career in Roger Corman’s stable, helming women’s prison exploitation film “Caged Heat” in 1974; nostalgic road trip film “Crazy Mama,” starring Cloris Leachman, in 1975; and Peter Fonda action film “Fighting Mad” in 1976.

    The Altman-esque look at small town residents who are CB radio users “Handle With Care” (aka “Citizens Band”) (1977), starring Le Mat and Candy Clark, earned a review (albeit not a glowing one) in the New York Times: “Handle With Care” is “so clever that its seams show. Mr. Demme’s tidiest parallels and most purposeful compositions are such attention-getters that the film has a hard time turning serious for its finale, in which characters who couldn’t communicate directly come to understand one another at long last.”

    He followed “Handle With Care” with the Hitchcockian thriller “Last Embrace,” starring Roy Scheider and Janet Margolin, but his next film, “Melvin and Howard” shared the sensibility of “Handle With Care” but showed an assured, mature director, and the acclaim it received firmly established Demme’s Hollywood career.

    In 2006 Demme was presented with the National Board of Review’s Billy Wilder Award. Demme’s nephew, director Ted Demme, died in 2002 at age 38.

    Demme was married to director-producer Evelyn Purcell. He is survived by second wife Joanne Howard and their three children: Ramona, Brooklyn and Jos.

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    Director M. Night Shyamalan announced on Twitter Wednesday that his next movie will be a sequel to both "Unbreakable" (2000) and this year's "Split."

    "Split," itself already a quasi-sequel to "Unbreakable"— one of Shyamalan's earlier movies with a passionate cult following — was a surprise hit at the box office, earning $275 million worldwide on a relatively tiny $9 million budget. Bruce Willis appears for a brief cameo at the end of the film as his character from "Unbreakable," David Dunn.

    Rumors about a potential sequel have been swirling around, but it's now a reality, and fans will not doubt be delighted.

    Shyamalan said it "was always my dream to have both films collide in this third film."

    He gave out more details on Twitter, confirming that Willis is coming back along with Samuel L. Jackson as Elijah Price/Mr. Glass (also from "Unbreakable"). James McAvoy and Anya Taylor Joy, the stars of "Split," will be in the sequel, too.

    The movie's title, according to Shyamalan, is "Glass." Blumhouse Productions and Universal are partnering on the film, and the director says it's set to come out January 18, 2019.

    "How's that for not keeping a secret!" he said.


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    J.A. Bayona‘s Untitled Jurassic World Sequel is about to get a little more chaotic. 

    Jeff Goldblum, who’s become somewhat of an internet sensation in recent years despite a filmography that stretches back to the mid-1970s, famously starred as chaos theorist Dr. Ian Malcolm in Steven Spielberg‘s 1993 adaptation of "Jurassic Park," written by the late Michael Crichton. Malcolm survived both the initial incident and the follow-up film (and novel), "The Lost World." He was also referenced in "Jurassic Park III" and even mentioned in Colin Trevorrow‘s "Jurassic World;" one of his novels is also shown, so it’s clear that Malcolm is alive and well and profiting from his experiences.

    So it’s a pleasant surprise but not completely unexpected that THR reports that Goldblum will return for "Jurassic World 2" as the chaotician. Little other information is available at the moment, but this news should be welcome for fans of Goldblum and Malcolm alike.

    The bigger questions are: Will Malcolm’s former girlfriend and fellow scientist Sarah Harding (Julianne Moore) be returning? What about Malcolm’s raptor-kicking daughter Kelly (Vanessa Lee Chester) or her two other siblings? Will we find out anything about their mother or Ian’s other ex-wives? This thing could very well turn into a Malcolm Family reunion unless Bayona & Co. decide to avoid the other films completely.

    Also starring Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Justice Smith, James Cromwell and Toby Jones, the currently untitled sequel opens on June 22, 2018.

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    One of the reasons that the "Harry Potter" books can be read over and over again is because of how many details are in J.K . Rowling's universe. Take, for instance, her character names.

    In her early notes for the series, she came up with 40 names to use for Hogwarts students. They're often alliterative, whimsical, and have a kind of Latin-based stodginess to them. The names, as with Rowling's magical spells, have specific linguistic and historical roots that say something about how she thinks about her characters.

    She kept up this tradition with her subsequent works, including those in the "Harry Potter" universe, like the movie "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" and the play "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child."

    Here are the meanings behind 46 names from the "Harry Potter" universe.

    Harry Potter's name is all about his leadership qualities.

    The last name "potter" is a common English, Dutch, and northern German name that refers to, well, people who make pots. "Harry," though, is Middle English version of the name "Henry,"according to Pottermore, which is a name taken by many kings of England. It's a nod at his role as a leader in the wizarding community.

    Ronald Bilius Weasley's name refers to his status as Harry's sidekick.

    The name "Ronald" is an anglicized name derived from the Old Norse name"Rögnvaldr," which refers to a ruler's adviser. That's the role Ron somewhat plays in the series, as Harry's sidekick.

    "Bilius"— who is also Ron's uncle — sounds like the word "bilious,"which means"full of bile." That could refer to a liver disorder, but it also sometimes means "ill-tempered,"in a reference to the four temperaments of the Greek humors, which is more likely. Ron isn't exactly emotionally mature.

    As for "Weasley," it sounds a lot like "weasel," which isn't a popular animal. Rowling herself likes them, though. In a now-deleted post on her website, she wrote that"since childhood I have had a great fondness for the family mustelidae; not so much malignant as maligned, in my opinion."

    Hermione Jean Granger's name is more a reflection of her parents than her own personality.

    Rowling got the name "Hermione" from William Shakespeare's "A Winter's Tale," but she doesn't think her character and Shakespeare's version have much in common. She said the name is a reflection of her parents, "a pair of professional dentists, who liked to prove how clever they were." The name itself is older than that — Hermione is the daughter of Helen of Troy and King Menelaus in Greek mythology.

    Rowling also made sure the name was uncommon because she "didn't want a lot of fairly hard-working little girls to be teased if ever the book was published."

    At some point in drafting the books, Rowling changed Hermione's middle name. In the books, it wasn't encoded as "Jean" until "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," where she's in Dumbledore's will. Prior to that, Rowling said in interviews that her middle name was actually "Jane," but she later changed it because she didn't want her to share a middle name with Dolores Umbridge. "Jean" is also the middle name of Rowling's daughter Mackenzie, and it's rooted in a Latin word meaning "god is gracious."

    "Granger" is a somewhat common English and French name, an occupational name that refers to a farm worker who dealt with grain. Rowling also once considered "Puckle" as Hermione's last name.

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    We need critics to tell us which movies to watch and which to avoid. But their tastes don't necessarily match what audiences actually want.

    Critically derided movies turn into cult classics despite — or maybe because — they're poorly made. Everyone has different tastes when it comes to comedy, so films like "The Replacements" and "Soul Plane" still have their fans. And no matter how much critics despise them, exploitative low-budget horror films have always found an audience.

    Metacritic provided INSIDER with data about which movies since the year 2000 have most divided critics and regular viewers, looking at titles with high user scores but very low critic averages.

    Check out Metacritic's 50 movies that people love but critics hate, ranked from least divergent critic and user scores to most divergent:

    John Lynch contributed to a previous version of this article.

    50. "Soul Plane" (2004)

    Critic score: 33/100

    User score: 8.6/10

    Plot summary:After a humiliating and horrific experience on a commercial flight, Nashawn Wade (Kevin Hart) sues and is awarded a $100 million settlement. Determined to make good with his newfound wealth he decides to create the airline of his dreams.

    What critics said: "An hour and a half of real airplane turbulence is better than sitting through the bad, offensive material that makes up 'Soul Plane.'"— The Washington Post

    49. "Self/less" (2015)

    Critic score: 34/100

    User score: 8.8/10

    Plot summary: An extremely wealthy man (Ben Kingsley) dying from cancer undergoes a radical medical procedure that transfers his consciousness into the body of a healthy young man (Ryan Reynolds). But all is not as it seems when he starts to uncover the mystery of the body’s origin and the organization that will kill to protect its cause.

    What critics said: "'Self/less' is a celluloid smoothie blended from dozens of familiar elements, but it’s neither tasty nor nutritious."— New York Post

    48. "Sweet November" (2001)

    Critic score: 27/100

    User score: 8.1/10

    Plot summary:Nelson (Keanu Reeves) and Sara (Charlize Theron) have nothing in common except an hour spent in DMV hell. Intrigued by each other, but not quite ready to commit, they settle on a rather unconventional courtship: a one-month trial, after which they'll go their separate ways.

    What critics said: "Passes off pathological behavior as romantic bliss. It's about two sick and twisted people playing mind games and calling it love."— Chicago Sun-Times

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    The INSIDER Summary: 

    • Universal Studios is making a movie about Madonna's life.
    • Madonna is not happy about it.
    • She's posting enraged statuses on Instagram, calling the movie's producers and writer liars.

    A major movie studio is making a biopic of Madonna.

    And she's not happy about it.

    Universal's Madonna biopic, "Blond Ambition," will cover Madonna's life in the early 1980s, when she was a young musician trying to make her first album. It's based on a script by Elyse Hollander that topped the 2016 Black List, a list that circulates around Hollywood that ranks the best unproduced screenplays.

    On Instagram, Madonna has made her displeasure clear.

    "Nobody knows what I know and what I have seen,"Madonna posted two days ago. "Only I can tell my story. 📚Anyone else who tries is a charlatan and a fool. Looking for instant gratification without doing the work. This is a disease in our society."

    And yesterday, she posted a snake-emoji-filled post about people involved in the project: "Universal Studios🐍 Brett Ratner 🐍and Rat and Elyse Hollander 🐍🐍🐍 Lies Have No Legs."

    Universal Studios🐍 Brett Ratner 🐍and Rat and Elyse Hollander 🐍🐍🐍 Lies Have No Legs.

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    The script has numerous innaccuracies, according to Madonna. She appears baffled and enraged that it would become a movie.

    "Why would Universal Studios want to make a movie about me based on a script that is all lies???" she wrote in another, now-deleted Instagram post, according to The Hollywood Reporter. "The writer Elyse Hollander should write for the tabloids."

    There is a chance the movie won't get made. Universal hasn't given it a green light yet, according to The Hollywood Reporter. But at the same time, two major producers, Michael De Luca and Brett Ratner, are already attached to the project, indicating that Universal is serious about it.

    One of the biggest legal hurdles for the movie, though, is in Madonna's favor. To use Madonna's early songs in the movie, Universal would have to secure the rights to use them. Given Madonna's stature, she probably has the right to her songs herself, according to a music lawyer cited in The Hollywood Reporter.

    Not including the songs runs the risk of the movie appearing exploitative, like the Lifetime movie "Britney Ever After,"which was widely seen as such.

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    I should get this out of the way: "Casting JonBenet," which is available on Netflix starting Friday, will not give you any insight into the 20-year mystery of who killed 6-year-old beauty queen JonBenet Ramsey.

    In fact, there is not a single image of JonBenet or her family in the movie. And that's the most fascinating part of this documentary/fiction hybrid.

    With true crime being the current craze in Hollywood, the idea of making a movie about one of the most publicized child murders of all time seems obvious. However, director Kitty Green, in her feature directing debut, radically pulls the rug from under the audience by turning the attention away from the case and putting it back on ourselves.

    In an inventive mix of documentary and fiction, Green shoots the casting of a fake movie about the JonBenet murder in which she hires actors who live in the region of Colorado where the Ramseys lived. Some of them even know the family. "Casting JonBenet" is then made up of auditions and reenactments of key events like the police news conference after the murder and JonBenet's parents, John and Patsy, being interviewed by police. We watch a handful of actors portraying the main figures of the case in these moments — yes, even young girls as JonBenet.

    jonbenet ramseyBut then Green gets her actors to open up on camera about their own views of the case. Many of them voice their reasons for thinking JonBenet's parents were behind the murder. Others give insight on why they think certain aspects of the case could be plausible. One of the most comedic personalities in the movie is a man cast to play the police chief who turns out to be a sex educator in real life. However, Green has a reason for this casting as the person eventually opens up about why the theory that JonBenet was the victim of sexual abuse before her death could be valid.

    The movie is really a study on our own obsessions about the case rather than a search for answers (which many other movies and TV programs have done over the years), and how we use our own past to come to judgments.

    Almost everyone in "Casting JonBenet" opens up about their own hardships and uses those to relate to the Ramseys (or vilify them). Essentially, Green is asking her audience to look inward before casting stones.

    Now, there will certainly be those who will think what Green has done is disrespectful to the Ramseys and is just using a well-known case to create a story she wants to tell, and that's valid.

    But what I see is a unique take on how we react to a media sensation like an unsolved murder or a missing plane by using our own personal truths, because that's basically all we have.


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    The calendar is changing to May and that means a new crop of movies and TV shows to stream. 

    This month's highlights include purchase (and soon to rent) titles like Jordan Peele's hit "Get Out,""John Wick: Chapter 2," and season 3 of Hulu's "Casual."

    Here's everything coming to your favorite streaming platforms. We've highlighted some standouts in bold:

    SEE ALSO: 35 movies coming out this summer that you need to see


    Available May 2

    “xXx: Return of Xander Cage”
    “Resident Evil: The Final Chapter”
    “I Am Not Your Negro”
    “The Comedian”

    Available May 9

    “Get Out”
    “The Great Wall”

    Available May 16

    “The Shack”
    “Fist Fight”
    “Before I Fall”

    Available May 23

    “John Wick: Chapter 2”
    “The Lego Batman Movie”

    Amazon Prime

    Available May 1

    “A Christmas Story” 
    “A View to a Kill”   
    “Amhi Jaato Amucha Gava”  
    “Asha Jaoar Majhe” (Labor Of Love) 
    “Bad Influence”  
    “Bait Shop”      
    “Bala Gau Kashi Angaai”  
    “Cabin Fever” 
    “Cabin Fever 2” 
    “Cecil B. Demented”            
    “Chuck & Buck”  
    “Daagdi Chaawl”
    “Dark Blue”   
    “Dr. No”  
    “Fatal Instinct”   
    “For Your Eyes Only”  
    “From Russia with Love”
    “Gone with the Wind”
    “Jyotibacha Nawas”     
    “Law of The Lawless”
    “License to Kill”
    “Life is Beautiful” 
    “Maximum Security”
    “Monkey Shines: An Experiment in Fear”
    “Mumbai Pune Mumbai 2”
    “Naked Gun 2 &1/2: The Smell of Fear”
    “Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult”
    “Naked Gun from the Files of Police Squad”
    “Nick of Time”
    “No Way Out”
    “On Her Majesty's Secret Service”
    “Planes, Trains and Automobiles”
    “Race for Your Life, Charlie Brown”
    “Repo! The Genetic Opera”
    “School Ties”
    “Small Soldiers”
    “Star Kid”
    “Sucker Punch”
    “The Bad News Bears" 
    “The Doors”
    “Tomorrow Never Dies”
    “Winter's Bone”
    “The Wizard of Oz” 
    “WellieWishers” (Season 1) 

    Available May 2

    “Vikings (Season 4b)  

    Available May 3


    Available May 4

    “Youth in Oregon”
    “A Fistful of Dollars”

    Available May 5

    “Manchester By The Sea” (Amazon Original)

    Available May 6

    “The Ardennes”

    Available May 7

    “Jackie Brown”

    Available May 12

    “I Love Dick” (Amazon Original, Season 1)   
    “A Hologram for the King”

    Available May 19

    “Me Before You”

    Available May 20

    “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows”
    “12 Monkeys” (Season 3)

    Available May 21
    “Boardwalk Empire” (Season 5)
    Paradise Lost 2: Revelations”

    Available May 24

    “Tomake Chai”

    Available May 26

    “Dino Dana” (Amazon Original, Season 1)

    Available May 27

    “Poldark” (Season 2)   
    Available May 28

    “The Duel”

    Available May 31

    “Animal Kingdom” (Season 2)


    Available May 1
    “48 Hrs.”
    “Another 48 Hrs.”
    “A View to a Kill”
    “The Bad News Bears”
    “Bad Influence”
    “Bait Shop”
    “Barbershop 2: Back in Business”
    “Beauty Shop”
    “Big Fish” 
    “Cabin Fever”
    “Cabin Fever 2”
    “Cecil B. Demented”
    “Chuck & Buck”
    “Coming to America”
    “Dark Blue”
    “The Doors”
    “Dr. No”
    “Fatal Instinct”
    “For Your Eyes Only”
    “Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home”
    “Free Willy 3: The Rescue”
    “From Russia with Love”
    “Law of the Lawless”
    “License to Kill”
    “Life is Beautiful”
    “Line of Duty” (Season 4)
    “Maximum Security”
    “Monkey Shines: An Experiment in Fear”
    “Naked Gun 2 & ½: The Smell of Fear”
    “Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult”
    “Naked Gun from the Flies of Police Squad”
    “Nick of Time”
    “No Way Out”
    “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service”
    “Planes, Trains and Automobiles”
    “Race for Your Life, Charlie Brown”
    “Repo! The Genetic Opera”
    “School Ties”
    “Small Soldiers”
    “Star Kid”
    “Sucker Punch”
    “Tomorrow Never Dies”
    “Winter’s Bone”
    Available May 2
    “Vikings” (Season 4b)
    “Bodyguards: Secret Lives of the Watchtower Men”
    Available May 3
    “Outsiders” (Season 2)
    Available May 4
    “A Fistful of Dollars”
    Available May 5
    “The Recruit”
    “What About Bob?”
    Available May 6
    “Batman & Bill” (Hulu Original)
    “Hardcore Henry”
    “The Red Pill”
    Available May 7
    “Billions” (Season 2 Finale)
    Available May 9

    “All We Had”
    Available May 12
    “A Hologram for the King”
    Available May 13
    “Bad Moms”
    “Me Before You”
    Available May 14
    “Blue Caprice”
    Available May 15
    “The Next Step” (Seasons 3 & 4)
    “He Got Game”
    Available May 18
    “Downward Dog” (Series Premiere)
    “Underground” (Season 2)
    Available May 19
    “The Last Ship” (Season 3)
    “Before I Disappear”
    Available May 20
    “Becoming Bond” (Hulu Original)
    “Bakery in Brooklyn”
    “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows”
    Available May 21
    “Twin Peaks” (Season 3 Premiere)
    Available May 23
    “Casual” (Hulu Original, Season 3 Premiere)
    Available May 28
    “American Muscle”
    “A Perfect Man”
    “The Duel”
    Available May 30
    “Sex & Drugs & Rock&Roll” (Season 2)

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    “Kill Your Darlings” is a phrase often used in the world of writing and movies. Made famous by William Faulkner, it refers to deleting material that’s near and dear to the creator's heart for the sake of making their story better.

    It’s something writer-director James Ponsoldt ("The End of the Tour") knows all too well after adapting to the screen Dave Eggers’ popular 2013 novel “The Circle” (in theaters Friday).

    "I think any novel that is as ambitious as this one, there was a big unyielding collection of ideas and characters and plots at the start of writing the script," Ponsoldt told Business Insider a day after the movie had its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival. "I think a very literal adaptation of this book would make for a good miniseries, but for a movie, it was figuring out which characters were absolutely essential."

    A cautionary tale of the all-consuming technology and social media around us, the movie stars Emma Watson as Mae Holland, a idealistic twenty something who finally gets her dream job, working at the powerful tech company The Circle. Dazzled by the "anything is possible" vibe of the campus (think Google), she catches the eye of the company's co-founders, Eamon Bailey (Tom Hanks) and Tom Stenton (Patton Oswalt), and agrees to take part in the company's latest big idea — wearing a camera and being 100% transparent to the world all day long. Now having millions of viewers following her every move, Mae becomes a sensation at The Circle and has bigger ideas, ones that bring up questions about privacy and surveillance throughout the world.

    The Circle STX EntertainmentLike in the book, Mae is driven to know everything about The Circle and aspires to change the world through its innovations. But fans of the book will find some major tweaks in the movie version. A big one taken out is the love triangle Mae has in the book with fellow Circle employees Francis and the mysterious Kalden.

    Instead, the roles were combined into the character of Ty in the movie, played by John Boyega ("Star Wars: The Force Awakens"). Though Ty and Mae seems to have a romantic chemistry, he has more of the Kalden character in him, as Ty is the off-the-grid former wunderkind at the company that reveals to Mae the dark secrets of The Circle.

    Ponsoldt said the Francis character was in early drafts of the script, but was lifted as he didn't feel central to Mae's evolution at The Circle.

    "It felt like to properly do justice to that love triangle you would have been another 45 minutes of screen time," Ponsoldt said. "There would have been a totally valid movie that focuses on that, but I think the idea of privacy and surveillance are central to the novel and I wanted to explore that."

    To do that, Ponsoldt also changed the tone of the ending. In the book, Mae comes off as unsympathetic about how the ideas she's come up with about The Circle imposing on people's privacy, even those close to her, have led to disastrous results. The movie gives a more hopeful ending.

    James Ponsoldt Theo Wargo Getty final“I love the ending in the book and in adapting there were a lot of conversations with Dave and with Emma, and it was a feeling that if the audience feels that Mae is purely evil then it becomes too binary or some propaganda film," Ponsoldt said. "I'm not technophobic, I don't think technology is inherently bad, I think technology is great. My issue is more with the companies that are bringing us all that great stuff. Why do they have to collect, store, and perhaps monetize our private information? That was the spirit that we wanted to have with the movie and of Emma's character at the end. She means well, I think, to the very end."

    Ponsoldt wrote the script on spec soon after completing his acclaimed 2015 movie "The End of the Tour." Following numerous conversations with Eggers, in which Ponsoldt said the author encouraged him to tweak his story for it to work on screen, Tom Hanks and his production company Playtone came on board and helped get the project off the ground.

    Ponsoldt is not the first or last writer-director who made sacrifices from a book he loves to get it on screen. But he believes the core of what Eggers tried to get across in book form is in the movie.

    “For me, Mae is in many ways the future of where technology is going and we like disrupters coming along and changing the status quo, but it's also not always for the better," Ponsoldt said. "I think we can certainly see that with the elections in the UK and the US in the past year, where outside forces disrupt things to disastrous effects. I think the ending of the movie has an ambiguity and one hopes for the best and believes that youthfulness and idealism will make things better, but it doesn't always work that way."


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    Documentaries are powerful learning tools, and our society remains very ignorant about sex, so it stands to reason that there’s a lot that we can learn from some good docs dealving into sexuality.

    While putting together my new book “The Sex Effect”— which examines hidden relationships between sex and culture — I came across a slew of compelling documentaries about sex and society.

    The Sex Effect: Baring Our Complicated Relationship with Sex

    A gripping exploration of the relationship between sex and our society, with a foreword by bestselling author A.J. JacobsWhy do political leaders become entangled in so many sex scandals? How did the U.S. military inadvertently help make San Francisco a mecca of gay culture? And what was the orig...

    Here are five great documentaries you need to watch to be smarter about sex:

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    1. "How to Survive a Plague"

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    As AIDS was killing thousands of gay men throughout the 1980s, the US government largely ignored the issue. This documentary shows how activists groups such as ACT UP took matters into their own hands by staging protests that ultimately pressured the government to develop better treatment drugs and roll them out to patients quicker.

    While the grim matter of people dying from a debilitating disease can be an upsetting subject, “How to Survive a Plague” is actually a pretty inspiring documentary because through its incredibly rich archival footage, it illustrates the power of protest and what can be accomplished when everyday people band together and organize to fight unjust power structures.

    Streaming on: Netflix Hulu, YouTube, Amazon Video, Google Play, YouTube

    2. "Coming Out Under Fire"

    It wasn’t until 2011 that the US military officially stopped dismissing soldiers because of their sexual orientation. A hidden consequence of these homophobic policies is that they inadvertently strengthened gay identity in the US by boosting the populations of "gayborhoods" in port cities and making many gay people aware of their orientation.

    This documentary tells that story through the voices of LGBT service members who had to work around policies aimed at excluding them. The most salient point of the documentary is how the military continually altered its reasons for banning gay troops whenever its theories became untenable.

    Initially, sodomy was criminalized. Then, with the rise of psychiatry, homosexuality was branded as a mental illness, and we couldn’t have mentally ill people fighting our wars. After psychiatrists removed homosexuality as an illness, the new claim was that gay service members posed security risks. After that was disproved, gay troops were accused of undermining unit cohesion, which is another theory that has been debunked.

    What “Coming Out Under Fire” teaches us is to be skeptical of the underlying imperatives behind morally branded injunctions.

    Streaming on: Vimeo

    3. "Paris Is Burning"

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    One reason documentaries can be so intriguing is that, when done well, they can give viewers a glimpse into subcultures that many people are totally oblivious to. “Paris Is Burning” provides a fascinating look into drag culture in New York City in the late 1980s, where people were voguing before Madonna commodified the act in her hit single and music video.

    The documentary shows how marginalized groups can develop their own cultures within a broader society that they perceive to be oppressive.

    Streaming on: Netflix, YouTube, Amazon Video

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    Disney is bringing even more animated classics back to life!

    From fairy tales like "Snow White" to classics such as "The Lion King," Disney's live-action list continues to grow with more than a dozen in the works.

    Some of the movies are complete remakes of their animated counterparts, while others are based on origin stories or sequels to existing live-action adaptations. 

    Keep reading to see all of the live-action remakes and sequels Disney has planned so far.

    SEE ALSO: 'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2' lives up to what made the original movie so fun

    A live-action "Beauty and the Beast" is coming in March 2017, starring Emma Watson as Belle.

    The film features Luke Evans as Gaston, Ewan McGregor as the candelabra Lumiere, Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts, and Ian McKellen as the clock, Cogsworth.

    "Beauty and the Beast" will be in theaters March 17, 2017.

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    Few things are original in Hollywood, and that's totally fine. Some of this year's most anticipated movies are based on acclaimed books.

    So before "Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets" or "Murder on the Orient Express" hit theaters this year, be sure to read the book so you know what everyone's talking about.

    Just note that new movie release dates tend to be added or shuffled around throughout the year, so some of the dates here might change.

    Keep reading to see the book-to-movie adaptations coming out this year.

    SEE ALSO: 35 movies coming out this summer that you need to see

    Based on Herman Koch's bestselling novel, "The Dinner" is a thriller about two parents who have dinner with Dutch politicians who suspect their children of terrorism.

    Release date: May 5

    Guy Ritchie's "King Arthur: The Legend of the Sword" movie looks like it'll be a loose and fun adaptation of the classic Arthurian legend.

    Release date: May 12

    Buy the book here >>

    The adaptations of Jeff Kinney's "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" books continue with "Long Haul."

    Release date: May 19

    Buy the book here >>

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