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    wonder woman 2017

    Warner Bros. could have a historic weekend at the box office. 

    The studio finally has a universally acclaimed movie for its still young DC Comics Extended Universe ("Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,""Suicide Squad") with "Wonder Woman," which opens on Friday. 

    The movie, with its 93% Rotten Tomatoes rating (as of this writing), has already pulled in $11 million in Thursday night preview screenings domestically, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The studio projects a $95 million opening weekend, but others in the industry think it can surpass the $100 million mark domestically. 

    With the movie playing on over 4,000 screens, it definitely seems Warner Bros. is going for the gold.

    Anticipation for the first female-focused superhero movie to hit the multiplex in years (and we're still trying to forget past efforts like "Elektra" and "Catwoman") may be enough for the movie, starring Gal Gadot as the iconic DC Comics superhero, to soar past projections.

    Patty Jenkins WW Warner Bros finalAnd the movie is coming out at the perfect time as its only competition this weekend is fellow new release "Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie," which is catering to the kids audience, alongside holdovers like "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales" and "Baywatch," which didn't impress anyone when they opened to low numbers over Memorial Day weekend.

    In that landscape, "Wonder Woman" director Patty Jenkins could take over the title of biggest all-time three-day domestic opening for a female director if she can pass Sam Taylor-Johnson's $85.1 million opening for 2015's "Fifty Shades of Grey."

    But looking even bigger, if "Wonder Woman" can go past $116.6 million, it would become the biggest opening ever for a superhero movie in June, passing 2013's "Man of Steel." That would also give the film the third-biggest opening ever in June.

    SEE ALSO: Why it took so long for Hollywood to make a great female-led superhero movie

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    The INSIDER Summary:

    • A fan film about the rise of Lord Voldemort has approval from Warner Bros.
    • The trailer looks incredible.
    • It's scheduled to come out before the end of the year.


    J.K. Rowling's "Harry Potter" universe is so sprawling that even with its reams of books, Pottermore entries, movies, and prequels, there are still some unanswered questions and stories that haven't been told. For example, how exactly did Voldemort become so powerful?

    That particular question was posed by directors Gianmaria Pezzato and Stefano Prestia, who tried to make a fan film out of the story.

    But to make a fully fledged fan film from a franchise like "Harry Potter," you need to get permission from Warner Bros., which holds the rights to make "Harry Potter" movies. So when the directors' Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for "Voldemort: Origins of the Heir" was suspended last year for copyright infringement, no one was surprised.

    In the past year, the team, under their Tryangle Films production company, struck up a deal to produce the film, and they're now raising money via PayPal. They've also put out a trailer with incredible production quality for a fan-made film.

    "We had a private and confidential discussion with Warner Bros who contacted us during the period of the crowdfunding campaign,"Pezzato told Polygon. "The only thing we can say is that they let us proceed with the film, in a non profit way, obviously."

    With the legal obstacles hurdled, Pezzato and Prestia hope to have the movie released by the end of the year — for free, and on YouTube.

    Based on the trailer, the movie — about Tom Riddle's transformation into Lord Voldemort — will be explored through the non-canonical character Grisha Mac Laggen, an heir of Gryffindor who investigates the murder of Hufflepuff descendent Hepzibah Smith and suspects Riddle was involved somehow.

    J.K. Rowling, of course, is also working on an official "Harry Potter" prequel series. "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them," set in 1929, was released last November, and will have four sequels. They center on Newt Scamander and the rise of Gellert Grindelwald, the wizarding world's big villain before Voldemort came around.

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    Wonder WomanGuys have Batman, Spider-Man, Superman, Iron Man, Captain America, The Hulk, Aquaman. The list is seemingly endless. But the few women superheroes have always been limited in their exposure. Even Wonder Woman, until now.

    Female superheroes usually take a backseat to the male ones in movies, or their stories are only told on the small screen. Yes, we had the pink Power Ranger and the yellow Power Ranger. We had Storm, Catwoman, Supergirl, and Batgirl. But they weren’t at the forefront enough for many girls to even know of their existence, for anyone besides dedicated fans to know the female Power Rangers beyond their colors, and most of them were never given the chance to represent women in the way we want to see ourselves on the big screen.

    Female superheroes from comic books that make it into films are usually reduced to cliches and/or sex objects, with little effort made to humanize them and give them as much depth as their male counterparts. In the Halle Berry "Catwoman," the cat has more substance than she does. In "Batman & Robin," the nipples on George Clooney’s batsuit have more depth than Alicia Silverstone's Batgirl. Even in "The Avengers," Black Widow doesn't get much screen time compared to some of her male costars. 

    Yes, 2017 — which kicked off with the Women's March — is the perfect year for a “Wonder Woman” movie, and it matters to women and to the film industry as a whole because it's a big change. But a Wonder Woman movie after 76 years, and a summer blockbuster directed by a woman to boot, is only the first step in a long, tumultuous journey. It has come decades after it should have. 

    The thing that matters most about “Wonder Woman” is the portrayal of Wonder Woman/Diana Prince herself. Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman is a fully realized character. She’s emotional, confident, yet also insecure. She has hope and she has fear. She can love and lust and she can feel sadness and joy. She’s not just a beautiful face or hot body kicking ass. She does have a beautiful face and hot body and she does kick ass, but that’s not the focus, as it has been for so many female superheroes before her.

    With a female director (Patty Jenkins) behind the lens, Wonder Woman finally gets a story that women are proud of, and see themselves in. And this is how women want men to see them, too. The same connection a boy has to Batman or Superman (or one of the many others) is the same connection girls and women have seen in a character like Wonder Woman, but it’s never been shown on such a massive scale until now. Marvel has tried this in Black Widow and Scarlet Witch in “The Avengers” movies, but they barely have enough presence to scratch the surface.

    Wonder Woman

    In “Wonder Woman,” the typical female/male roles are reversed. Chris Pine’s Steve Trevor is a romantic interest but also a sidekick who needs some saving. It’s meaningful for women (and young girls) to see a woman capable of taking care of herself, and saving others. The romantic element between Diana and Steve doesn’t drive the story — it’s certainly not the only thing that drives Diana — and as opposed to what Black Widow gets in "Age of Ultron," the romance is not the only thing she does in the movie.

     “Wonder Woman” has started to make a slight impact on the industry, even just as it opens. It’s started (or restarted) an important conversation about women in film that’s been brewing for decades. But now it’s really in front of us, thanks to vocal director Patty Jenkins and actress Gal Gadot. And others, like Jessica Chastain, who recently called the portrayal of women in films at the Cannes festival “disturbing.”

    “Wonder Woman” isn’t the only movie to make the conversation happen. “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” made a choice to have a female lead. So did “Rogue One.” We need more female leads like this, more female screenwriters and more female directors, but that’s not where to start. The film industry needs more women in positions of power: more female producers and executives, like Lucasfilm's Kathleen Kennedy, who will have themselves represented the way they want to be seen. More women with the power to choose who tells those stories is the next step to providing half of the world’s population more Diana Princes, more Reys, and more Jyn Ersos. "Wonder Woman" is a great start, but it's just the beginning. 

    SEE ALSO: 'Wonder Woman' is one of the best superhero movies ever made

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    After confirming there will be a sequel to his 1986 hit "Top Gun," Tom Cruise can't seem to stop dishing about the movie.

    While promoting his upcoming movie, "The Mummy," Cruise told "Access Hollywood" what the title of the sequel will be.

    "It's not going to be called 'Top Gun 2,' it's gong to be called 'Top Gun: Maverick,'" Cruise said. "I didn't want a number. You don't need a number."

    The nickname of Cruise's character in "Top Gun" is Maverick.

    Cruise is mum on specifics, though he has said he will shoot the movie within the year.

    According to reports director Joseph Kosinski, who helmed Cruise's 2013 movie "Oblivion," is considering to take on "Top Gun: Maverick."

    Watch Cruise talk about "Top Gun: Maverick" below:

     

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    There were a lot of big movie stars making the rounds at the Cannes Film Festival, but none loomed larger than Al Gore. Attending a posh dinner for the festival’s 70th anniversary, he hobnobbed with a crowd of A-listers while receiving well-wishes from distributors and filmmakers alike. “The Beguiled” director Sofia Coppola paid her respects, as did Sony Pictures Classics co-president Michael Barker and Los Angeles Times critic Justin Chang.

    And so did I. Everyone in the room felt compelled to approach Gore, thank him for his continuing efforts to save the planet, and wish him good luck on the road ahead — which has only gotten rockier with the news that President Donald Trump decided to pull out of the Paris Accord. Back then, just a few weeks ago, Gore was the loftiest figure in a very flashy room; now, he looms even larger.

    The 2015 Paris Agreement takes center stage in “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power,” which finds Gore barreling through a series of negotiations with foreign entities to secure the historic agreement with 195 countries. (The movie opened the 2017 Sundance Film Festival and made its international debut at Cannes.) In scenes far more exciting and constructive than the dry Powerpoint presentations that dominated 2006’s “An Inconvenient Truth,” Gore emerges as a one-man army against climate change skeptics, juggling a laptop and a cell phone as he brokers a deal between India and the American energy company SolarCity to convince the country to join the deal. Whether or not Gore deserves as much credit as the movie gives him, he’s certainly a potent symbol, one who has lost more than one major fight in his storied career, who remains more driven than ever before.

    If that message didn’t fully resonate at the movie’s first screening, it certainly does now, as the world reels from Trump’s decision to stymie the progress against global warming, making America one of just three countries — in the less-than-flattering company of Nicaragua and Syria — to withdraw from the pact to minimize carbon emissions. In its latest version, “An Inconvenient Sequel” finds Gore in the wake of the 2016 presidential election, aware of the challenges posed by an anti-science administration but nevertheless compelled to continue his activism.

    An Inconvenient Sequel Sundance InstituteIn the aftermath of Trump’s announcement, the filmmaking team has announced plans to return to the editing room to acknowledge the latest setback; as they do that, they will need to continue to foreground Gore’s ongoing resilience if the movie’s going to have the appropriate impact when it comes out in late July. Thanks to Trump, Gore just became the summer’s biggest movie star — and, short of Wonder Woman, one of its most exciting superheroes, a larger-than-life figure whose ongoing efforts speak to the prospects of finding hope in dire situations.

    If Trump is steering the planet into a natural disaster movie worthy of Roland Emmerich, Gore has been cast as the nerdy protagonist with the tools to save the world, if only someone will listen to him. “An Inconvenient Sequel” will allow him to have an audience, no matter what Trump does.

    As the president continues to solidify his infuriating, retrograde “America First” policies, documentary filmmaking may be one of the strongest weapons for enlightening society to the dangers at hand. Just as Trump whisperer Steve Bannon found a vessel for his crypto-fascist ideals in non-fiction filmmaking, today’s progressive attitudes need a galvanizing outlet that opens minds less through dry argumentation than emotional clarity. Considering its blander predecessor, “An Inconvenient Sequel” is a surprisingly effective means of dragging real-world problems into the cinematic arena by casting Gore in a heroic light. It finds him enmeshed in one messy debate after another, talking through the practical benefits of creating more jobs with green energy while explaining the catastrophes already unfolding around the world in places faced with rising tides.

    Sometimes, watching Trump bat away questions about global warming on the news, Gore looks crestfallen — but the movie also shows emboldened by his purpose, feeding off the anxiety around him by refashioning it as a call to arms. It’s ironic to consider just how much Gore became a robotic caricature during his ill-fated 2000 presidential campaign. These days, he leaves a far different impression on the big screen, having aged gracefully into a charismatic, salt-and-pepper-haired figure of confidence who wouldn’t look out of place alongside George Clooney on the red carpet.

    This star, however, entered the movies on his own terms. Gore’s efforts in the documentary are only a microcosm of the ones he continues to pursue off-screen. If “An Inconvenient Sequel” successfully rejuvenates enthusiasm for his environmental efforts this summer, it will also set the stage for the battle to come.

    "An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power" will screen for free at select theaters June 6, and will be released officially on July 28.

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    The highly anticipated "Wonder Woman" hits theaters this weekend, and the superhero's first standalone feature film (which took 76 years to become a thing) is already getting great reviews, despite recent critical flops from the DC Extended Universe.

    By now you may have heard of Patty Jenkins, the director of "Wonder Woman," who happens to be a woman, which, even in 2017, is pretty rare for a blockbuster.

    "Wonder Woman" is Jenkins' first feature since 2003's Oscar-winning "Monster." In between she was on board to direct "Thor: The Dark World" but dropped out. She's directed TV shows including "Arrested Development" and "The Killing."

    If "Wonder Woman" is as successful as it's shaping up to be, this definitely won't be the last time you hear about Patty Jenkins, who's out to prove that more women should be directing movies. 

    Here's everything you need to know about "Wonder Woman" director Patty Jenkins:

    SEE ALSO: Why movie critics are in love with 'Wonder Woman'

    Patty Jenkins was born in 1971 in Victorville, California.

    Source: Biography



    But Jenkins spent the majority of her childhood moving from place to place because her dad was an Air Force captain. She lived in Thailand, Kansas, and Germany.

    "To be a director, you need to be reliable, on time, confident, calm, all of those things you see demonstrated in the military," she told The Hollywood Reporter.



    Jenkins attended Cooper Union in New York City, where she studied painting. There, she took a course in experimental filmmaking.

    After she graduated from Cooper Union, she spent nine years in New York learning filmmaking by working on commercials and music videos. Then she moved to L.A. and enrolled at AFI for directing.

    Source: The Hollywood Reporter



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    Warner Bros./DC Comics finally has a major hit.

    Patty Jenkins' highly anticipated, critically acclaimed "Wonder Woman" made history over the weekend by winning the domestic box office with an estimated earning of $100.5 million, according to boxofficepro.com. That makes it the biggest opening ever for a female director (beating out Sam Taylor-Johnson's $85.1 million opening for 2015's "Fifty Shades of Grey").

    The movie — which stars Gal Gadot as the warrior princess who sets out to defeat the God of War, Ares — is the 6th biggest opening ever for the month of June, passing 2014' "Transformers: Age of Extinction" ($100 million).

    Though all the previous Warner Bros. DC Comics Extended Universe titles ("Man of Steel,""Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,""Suicide Squad") have had bigger opening weekends, none of them found the acclaim both by critics or the acceptance by audiences that "Wonder Woman" got. 

    Things looked good for DCEU on Friday when "Wonder Woman" earned $38.85 million, which is a record-breaking single-day figure for a female director (this is also combined with the $11 million earned on Thursday). The movie followed that with a $35.6 million take on Saturday. A minuscule -8% drop (but, technically, +29 million from Friday if you take away the Thursday preview screenings coin).

    As expected, women came out in droves to root on Diane Prince. According to ComScore, 53% of the audience was women, compared to 47% being men.

    Comparing other superhero origin story movies, "Wonder Woman" earned more than 2008's "Iron Man" ($98.6 million), 2011's "Thor" (65.7 million) and 2011's "Captain America: The First Avenger" ($65 million), as well as 2014's "Guardians of the Galaxy" ($94.3 million).

    But it wasn't able to surpass 2002's "Spider-Man" ($114.8 million), 2013's "Man of Steel" ($116.6 million), or 2016's "Deadpool" ($132.4 million).

    Despite that, "Wonder Woman" proved that female-focused superhero movies have an audience and Jenkins, the first female director ever given the reigns of a superhero movie, can make this kind of movie as good (in many cases, better) as the boys. 

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    Gal Gadot plays a superhero on the big screen in "Wonder Woman," but in some ways she was a real-life one while making the movie.

    It turns out Gadot was pregnant through much of the filming of the box-office hit. In fact, when Gadot had to come back to do reshoots last November for the movie, some CGI magic had to be done to keep Gadot's baby bump off the screen.

    According to Entertainment Weekly, Gadot was five months pregnant when she returned to London's Leavesden Studios to film an additional scene and the costume department had to cut a section out of the front of her costume and replace it with green cloth so her figure could be altered in postproduction.

    “On close-up I looked very much like Wonder Woman,” Gadot said. “On wide shots I looked very funny, like Wonder Woman pregnant with Kermit the Frog.”

    wonderwomanpattyjenkinsgalgadotwarnerbrosAccording to reports, "Wonder Woman" did not have many reshoot days, but there was one scene in particular director Patty Jenkins wanted something extra for after seeing a cut of the movie.

    In a scene in which Diana Prince (Gadot) and Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) walk to the frontlines of World War I and have a serious talk about the horrors of war, Jenkins wanted to add something visually to the chat.

    “That scene was just a slightly tense scene of them walking. I was like ‘I need her to see some brutality,’" Jenkins told The Hollywood Reporter. "So we added her seeing the horses being whipped. It was actually something that had been in the script originally.”

    Jenkins told EW about Gadot being pregnant during shooting: “Now, at least, we will be able to tell her [new] daughter Maya that she’s in her mom’s stomach right then, in the middle of that battle scene.”

    SEE ALSO: A "Wonder Woman" sequel is coming and the director already has an idea for it

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    Tom Cruise has teamed up again with his "Edge of Tomorrow" director Doug Liman for "American Made," but it doesn't look like your typical Cruise movie.

    For the last decade we've been used to Cruise saving the world and pulling off amazing stunts to do it, whether it's in the "Mission: Impossible" movies or his upcoming "The Mummy" reboot.

    But for "American Made," Cruise is taking on the uncharacteristic true-story movie, as he depicts drug and gun runner/CIA informant Barry Seal.

    Recreating Seal's involvement with the Medellín cartel in the 1980s, Cruise sports a Southern accent and in one scene in the trailer crash-lands his plane and is covered in cocaine.

    Though this isn't the first movie to explore the sudden jolt of drugs into the United States in the 1970s and 1980s (2001's "Blow" and the 2006 documentary "Cocaine Cowboys" stand out), from the trailer at least it looks like we're going to see Cruise playing a character with lower morals and more freewheeling, and we're quite intrigued by that.

    "American Made" opens in theaters September 29.

     

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    "Wonder Woman" is getting a lot of praise after its opening weekend, and it deserves it. It's given a much-needed boost to the DC Extended Universe, with reviews that are much better than those for 2016's disappointing "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" and "Suicide Squad."

    But it also performed well compared to other superhero films outside of the DC Universe. While the opening weekend domestic box office  numbers (according to Box Office Mojodidn't surpass massive hits like "The Avengers" (2012), "The Dark Knight" (2008), or "Deadpool" (2016), the movie's gross did beat "Captain America: The First Avenger" (2011), "Iron Man" (2008), both "Thor" movies, and even "Guardians of the Galaxy" (2014).

    In the case of most franchises, especially superhero movies, sequels perform better at the box office than the first installments. "Wonder Woman's" opening weekend has definitely proven that a sequel could be another hit for the female-led franchise. "Wonder Woman" also broke the record for the most successful opening weekend for a movie directed by a woman. Director Patty Jenkins took the record from Sam Taylor-Johnson for 2015's "Fifty Shades of Grey."

    See how "Wonder Woman" compares to your favorite superhero movies at the box office:

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    SEE ALSO: Why 'Wonder Woman' matters to women — and is already changing the movies we watch

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    As we're halfway through 2017, we thought it would be a good time to look at the movies that pretty much no one has wanted to see in theaters so far this year.

    While movies like "Get Out,""Logan,""Beauty and the Beast,""Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2," and "Wonder Woman" have all found love at the box office, there are some titles that were seeking major coin and Rotten Tomatoes "Fresh" ratings only to be playing in front of empty seats at the multiplex.

    From "Baywatch" to "Monster Trucks," these are the 10 worst box-office earners of the year — so far:

    Note: This selection is limited to only those titles released by the six major studios that have played in over 2,000 screens for at least two weekends. Grosses below are all domestic earnings from Box Office Mojo.

    SEE ALSO: RANKED: The 11 best movies of the year so far

    10. "Smurfs: The Lost Village" - $43.8 million*

    Reported budget: $60 million

    (Note: Production budgets are estimates and do not include expenses for marketing and release.)

    *Movie is still playing in theaters.



    9. "Baywatch" - $41.7 million*

    Reported budget: $69 million

    *Movie is still playing in theaters. 



    8. "Ghost in the Shell" - $40.5 million

    Reported budget: $110 million



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    The INSIDER Summary:

    • Warner Bros. is holding an open casting call for teen actors for "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them."
    • Actors will play younger versions of Newt Scamander, Albert Dumbledore, Gellert Grindelwald, Leta Lestrange, and a new character named Sebastian.
    • J.K. Rowling said she's planning four sequels in the series.
    • The original stars for the "Harry Potter" movies were also found in open casting calls.


    Do you want to play a teenaged Dumbledore? Now's your chance.

    Warner Bros., the production company developing the "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" movies, is looking for a set of teens to star in the "Harry Potter" spinoff franchise.

    They're looking for three actors between the ages of 13 and 16 to play younger versions of Newt Scamander, Leta Lestrange, and a new character named Sebastian. The scenes will probably be set during Scamander's years at Hogwarts, where he had a complicated relationship with Lestrange.

    The company is also looking for actors between the ages of 16 and 18 to play Albus Dumbledore and Gellert Grindelwald, perhaps during the summer they spent together at Godric's Hollow as friends before they became rivals.

    Jude Law was previously announced to play a younger version of Dumbledore as well, possibly during the years he spent as a Transfiguration professor at Hogwarts while Scamander was a student there.

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    The "Fantastic Beasts" series takes place decades before the events of the "Harry Potter" series, between 1926 and 1945. The next four forthcoming movies center on Newt Scamander, a wizard with a proclivity toward magical animals, and the rise of Gellert Grindelwald as a dark wizard who terrorizes the magical world.

    The first sequel to "Fantastic Beasts" will be released on November 16, 2018, and will be based in Paris and London, according to producer and screenwriter J.K. Rowling.

    Big casting calls are nothing new for the "Harry Potter" movies. The actors for Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, and Hermione Granger — Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, and Emma Watson — were all found at a young age in open casting calls.

    Pottermore also notes that "Faith Wood-Blagrove beat thousands of other young actresses to the role of Modesty in Fantastic Beasts, and Evanna Lynch was chosen for the part of Luna Lovegood out of 15,000 other young women following open casting in 2006."

    Whoever is chosen as the teens for "Fantastic Beasts" will be pivotal in the movies. If you're interested in applying, applications close on June 20.

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    When you left the theater after watching "Wonder Woman" and got over the thrills of the movie, you might have been asking yourself, "What was that Professor M teaser all about?"

    In many markets, a 22-second teaser showed before "Wonder Woman" with the text "Ever Wonder?" appearing on the screen and dialogue like this: "Why don't you write it under your real name?""I created her, she's a smash success because of me..." And "I wonder if you're the one with the secret identity."

    We then got an image of a woman who looks to be in a Wonder Woman costume holding a lasso while a man stands looking in the background. The teaser then ends.

    What the heck does all this mean?

    It's actually some very clever marketing for the latest movie from Annapurna Pictures (behind movies like "Her,""Zero Dark Thirty," and "Sausage Party"), "Professor Marston & the Wonder Women," which looks at the creation of the Wonder Woman comic in 1941. 

    Luke Evans ("Beauty and the Beast") plays Dr. William Marston (get it, Professor M), an American psychologist who along with being responsible for inventing the lie detector also penned the Wonder Woman comic with his wife Elizabeth (Rebecca Hall) and their mutual lover, Olive Byrne (Bella Heathcote).

    Through the pen name Charles Moulton, Marston combined his and Elizabeth and Olive's feminist ideals to create a superhero character that young girls could look up to.

    The movie, directed by Angela Robinson ("D.E.B.S.,""The L Word"), will focus on the creation and success of the comic-book character and how the three dealt with it. 

    Head over to the movie's site for a look at the main characters in comic-book form.

    The movie currently doesn't have a release date, but with the box-office success of "Wonder Woman" over the weekend, expect that to change soon.

     

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    Every year, it often seems like there's at least one actor who is in absolutely everything.

    In 2011, it was Jessica Chastain (her most popular films being "The Help" and "Zero Dark Thirty"). This year, there are so many actors making us wonder how these people have personal lives, and how they even have the time to eat, sleep, or have more than one project going on at the same time. 

    These busy people have already appeared in a lot of things this year, will appear in more things in the next six months, and will appear in even more things come 2018 (and, in some cases, 2019). Tom Cruise is just the latest actor — between his new "The Mummy" out June 9, and news of an upcoming "Top Gun" sequel — to make our heads spin.

    Here are the busiest actors working in Hollywood right now:

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    Tom Cruise

    Cruise is not an actor who likes to slow down. In addition to his new reboot of "The Mummy," he's confirmed for a "Top Gun" sequel, known as "Top Gun: Maverick," that should be shooting soon. He also has "American Made," a based-on-real-life thriller, in 2017, and you can see him in another "Mission: Impossible" movie soon enough.



    Elle Fanning

    The 20-year old actress has four movies set to premiere in 2017, and two projects coming in 2018. And two projects without release dates. Fanning had several movies premiere at the Cannes Film Festival, including Sofia Coppola's "The Beguiled" and "How to Talk to Girls at Parties."

    Source: IMDb



    Nicole Kidman

    One of Kidman's many projects for 2017 is "The Beguiled," with fellow busy lady Elle Fannng. In addition to her critically acclaimed turn in HBO's "Big Little Lies," Kidman will be in the second season of "Top of the Lake," which received great reviews at Cannes. Kidman had two other movies premiere at Cannes in 2017 (including "How to Talk to Girls at Parties" with Elle Fanning), and will be in two movies in 2018. She's also expressed interest in a second season of "Big Little Lies," which she executive produced. 

    Source: IMDb



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    One of the many highlights from the trailer for Steven Soderbergh's "Logan Lucky" is the hilarious voice Daniel Craig uses to play bank robber Joe Bang. 

    It turns out, to keep that high-pitched twang on the tip of his tongue, the James Bond star talked like that even off the set for the entire time he was working on the movie.

    "He was doing the voice the whole time," Riley Keough, who also stars in "Logan Lucky," told Business Insider while she was promoting her upcoming movie "It Comes at Night" (opening in theaters on Friday). "If I saw him at the hotel after shooting he would be doing the voice. It was really funny."

    And Craig wasn't the only comic relief. Between him and costars Channing Tatum and Adam Driver, the jokes were constant, according to Keough.

    Logan Lucky Bleecker Street2"When I start laughing I just can't stop, so that was really hard because they were all so funny," the actress said. "And they wouldn't stop bantering between takes. It was ridiculous."

    In the movie, Tatum and Driver play brothers who hire Craig's Joe Bang to help them pull off a heist during a NASCAR race.

    So why did Craig insist on staying in character off the set?

    "I think the thing is because he's English he wanted to not lose the voice," Keough said.

    It seems like a good theory.

    "Logan Lucky" opens in theaters August 18. Check out Craig's unique voice in the trailer below:

     

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    Universal kicks off its Dark Universe by putting it on the shoulders of one of the biggest movie stars in the world.

    Tom Cruise kicks off being the face of another franchise with "The Mummy" (in theaters on Friday), the first of what's planned to be many reboots of classic monster movies owned by Universal ("Frankenstein,""Dracula,""Wolf Man,""Bride of Frankenstein,""Invisible Man"). Think the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but scarier.

    Or that's the idea, at least.

    "The Mummy" lays the groundwork for what could be an entertaining series of movies featuring some of the most classic monsters ever put on the big screen. But as a standalone, "The Mummy" is not that memorable.

    Though the movie, directed by Alex Kurtzman (who is also one of the main producers behind all the Dark Universe movies), has the thrilling action sequences we've come to expect in a Tom Cruise movie (yes, once more Cruise does intense stunts on an airplane), it gets stuck with a lot of plot and an unecessary, shoehorned love story.

    The Mummy 2 Universal final.JPGCruise plays Nick Morton, an adventurer who with his sidekick Chris Vail (Jack Johnson, who should just show up in every blockbuster from now until the end of time) hits pay dirt when they come across the tomb of an Egyptian princess. After airlifting the sarcophagus out of the desert, with little care for the fact that it's an important artifact, Nick and Chris realize they've been cursed by the newly awoken princess, leading to a cat-and-mouse game between Princess Ahmanet (Sofia Boutella) and Nick, whose soul she needs.

    This eventually leads to Nick corssing paths with Dr. Henry Jekyll (Russell Crowe), who has been searching for Ahmanet and other monsters. Dr. Jekyll even has a nice collection of vintage monster pieces in his lab, like the skull of Dracula and the arm of The Creature from the Black Lagoon.

    And I'm sure you guessed it: Dr. Jekyll also becomes the crazed Mr. Hyde.

    There's a lot of fun action and jump scares in this new "Mummy," but not enough substance to make a lasting impression.

    But I'm intrigued in seeing more movies from Dark Universe.

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    Since his last two "Mission: Impossible" movies, in which he climbed the tallest building in the world and hung from the side of a plane as it took off, it's almost become a requirement that Tom Cruise dazzle us with an impossible-looking stunt in all his movies going forward.

    Following the premiere earlier this week of the trailer for "American Made," in which Cruise plays real-life drug/gun runner Barry Seal, director Doug Liman told Yahoo UK that not only did Cruise do some of the flying in the movie, but at times he also left the cockpit and no one flying the plane.

    “It can be pretty hair-raising — flying extremely fast, small airplanes, low to the ground, is a dangerous environment to be in just on its own," Liman said. "Then, in the story, he’s throwing bales of cocaine out of the airplane, loading them up with guns, so every once in a while in this scene he’s got to climb out of the cockpit and go to the back of the airplane to dump the cocaine out.

    "I’m flying alongside him in a helicopter filming, and that made a big impression on me — there’s nobody in the cockpit of the plane! Tom has gone to the back of the aircraft, and he’s alone in that airplane. It’s one thing to have Tom Cruise alone in the airplane flying it — that’s already outrageous — now he’s alone and he’s not even in the cockpit so he’s gone beyond. It was already a stunt before he left the cockpit, it was already a serious stunt.”

    Sounds like just another day on the set with Tom Cruise. 

    Before "American Made" opens on September 29, you can see Cruise in "The Mummy," which also has the star in a thrilling airplane scene. He spent time in a zero-gravity plane for that one.

     

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    “Wonder Woman” hit theaters last weekend and has been a massive critical and box-office success. It’s a comic book/superhero movie, but it also happens to be a historical movie taking place in Europe during World War I.

    So while this movie's main character is a badass woman made of clay (she can also fly) who fights bad guys with a magical lasso, there are some things that are actually very real about who she's fighting. 

    General Ludendorff, played by Danny Huston, is a general in the Imperial German Army. He’s ruthless, ambitious, and will do whatever it takes to win the war for Germany, including using chemical weapons. 

    General Eric Ludendorff was a real German general in World War I. According to Uproxx, he was an advocate for “total war." And from 1916 to 1918, he was the leader of Germany’s war efforts.

    The real Ludendorff has been credited for coining the “stab in the back” myth. After World War I, right-wing Germans believed that the Germans didn’t lose the war on the battlefield, but instead that they lost the war because other Germans betrayed them on the homefront. Ludendorff blamed the Berlin government and German civilians for failing to support him. In the 1920s, he became a prominent right-wing leader in Germany, serving in Parliament for the National Socialist Party. He also had associations with Adolf Hitler and other Nazis.

    Ludendorff stood for war, and Wonder Woman stands for peace, so it makes sense that director Patty Jenkins and screenwriter Allan Heinberg turned to Ludendorff for their villain.

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    Though Netflix's next big movie, "Okja," is getting high praise from critics, the movie isn't getting any love from the major theater chains in its director's home country. 

    Bong Joon-ho's socially conscious movie about a massive pig and the girl who tries to save it from being slaughtered is going to be shut out of South Korea's three largest theater chains (CJ CGV, Lotte Cinema, Megabox). That's becuase of the streaming giant's plan to release the movie in theaters and on streaming at the same time on June 29.

    This means that the movie will not play on 93% of the country's screens, according to Variety, in spite of the fact that it's an international action movie in both English and Korean and featuring huge stars, including Jake Gyllenhaal and Tilda Swinton.

    CJ CGV has stated that Netflix's simultaneous release plan disturbs the distribution ecosystem in South Korea. It will only allow movies to be available to stream three weeks after a movie has its theatrical run. CJ CGV says the three-week delay is “an important business practice in Korea.” 

    This is on the heels of the negative reaction from some corners to "Okja" and another Netflix title, "The Meyerowitz Stories," when they had their world premieres at this year's Cannes Film Festival. Both titles currently don't have plans to play theatrically in France. This led to the festival changing its rules, making it a requirement that all movies in competition at the festival must have a French release in place.

    "Okja," which is being released theatrically in South Korea through Next Entertainment World, will negotiate with independent theaters to show the movie.

    This is not the first time Netflix has butted heads with exhibitors. 

    Most of the major theater chains in the United States refused to show Netflix's "Beasts of No Nation" in 2015 because it did not adhere to the 90-day exclusive theatrical window. A year later, only a few IMAX screens showed Netflix's "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny" because it was likewise released theatrically and streamed simultaneously.

    Expect the same at most US theaters when "Okja" and "The Meyerowitz Stories" open.

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    The INSIDER Summary:

    • The most annoying movie cliché is when a character says the title of the movie.
    • Someone made an awesome supercut of it in 150 different films.


    There are a lot of movie clichés. The most eye-roll-inducing one is when the characters say the name of the movie.

    It's annoying because it pulls you out of the movie's narrative, often forcing it unnaturally into a line of dialogue instead of letting you stay immersed in the movie. It's a marker of bad films, like when it's used in "Suicide Squad" and "Failure to Launch."

    And the cliché is so frequent, that it's sometimes used in a tongue-in-cheek way. For something like "The Guardians of the Galaxy," a self-reflexive comedy as well as a Superhero movie, it comes across as a self-aware comment that makes the audience want to cheer. And with "Hot Tub Time Machine," it's okay because the audience knows its watching a silly comedy.

    Another way to make the cliché work is when it's natural, like when the title is derived from a line of dialogue. "Dude, where's my car?" is perhaps the best example of that.

    In any case, it's so frequent, that Vimeo user Roman Holiday made a supercut of 150 of these so-called "title drops,"as spotted by Sploid. It's well worth a watch, and it's fun to see how many "James Bond" films use the tradition.

    Check out the supercut out below:

     

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