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- Charlize Theron plays a deadly Cold War-era MI6 spy in "Atomic Blonde."
- She trained for more than two months before the shoot to get in shape.
- Theron, a former dancer, relied on some of those old instincts.
- She's using the movie as an example of a badass role for women.
- "Wonder Woman" just passed "Deadpool" in the domestic box office.
- "Deadpool" star Ryan Reynolds congratulated the DC film on its success.
- He shared a funny photo and caption on Instagram.
- The music video "See You Again" by Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth is the most-watched video on YouTube.
- It beat out the music video for "Gangnam Style."
- The video has nearly 2.9 billion views.
- It was originally written as a tribute for the late "Fast and Furious" star Paul Walker.
- 07/11/17--12:21: 15 movies you need to see that people agree are absolutely perfect
- 07/11/17--13:30: John Oliver is the new Zazu in Disney's live-action "The Lion King"
- John Oliver has been cast as Zazu in Jon Favreau's live-action adaptation of "The Lion King."
- Oliver is best known for his HBO show "Last Week Tonight with John Oliver."
- Zazu was voiced by Rowan Atkinson in the original animated film.
- There's a new Honest Trailer for "The Fate of the Furious."
- It makes fun of a lot of issues with the series, like its attention to scantily clad women and Vin Diesel's enunciation issues.
- It also mocks how convoluted the plots have become over eight movies.
- 07/12/17--11:29: 15 animated movies from the '00s you already forgot about
- The '00s gave us some great animated films, though some were pretty forgettable.
- Not all of these forgettable animated films were bad, but some of them are best left forgotten.
- Some of the best forgotten films include "Flushed Away,""Over the Hedge," and "Bolt."
- 07/13/17--06:30: The 19 best romantic movies on Netflix you'll actually want to watch
- 07/13/17--08:13: 'The Batman' director has tossed out Ben Affleck's script
- 07/13/17--09:55: 12 rom-coms you should watch on Netflix right now
- Looking on Netflix for a movie to watch is tough, but if you love rom-coms the list is narrowed down.
- Movies like "Bridget Jone's Diary" and "10 Things I Hate About You" are just some of the romantic comedies that you can watch on Netflix now.
- 07/13/17--14:02: "The Fate of the Furious" destroyed a lot of cars IRL
Things aren't going smoothly for the live-action remake of Disney's beloved 1992 animated hit, "Aladdin."
Casting for the leads, street-kid-turned-prince Aladdin and Princess Jasmine, has turned out to be more difficult than director Guy Ritchie and the movie's casting department had anticipated, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The global casting call began in March, and though the trade reports that name actors like Dev Patel ("Lion") and Riz Ahmed ("Rogue One") have read for the role of Aladdin, it's likely the role will be going to an unknown.
Around 2,000 actors and actresses have auditioned for the lead roles, but Ritchie is nowhere closer to finding his stars, though THR reports that the casting call specified that production is to begin this month. Sources tell the trade there have been numerous times the production has had to start from scratch on its casting search. "The test process was a mess," one agent told THR about the London casting call, which had actors coming in for up to two weeks at a time.
The biggest challenge seems to be that Disney and Ritchie are looking for a 20 year old of Middle Eastern or Indian descent who can act and sing to play Aladdin (the Disney animated version took place in a fictional Middle Eastern city).
The studio has a few actresses in mind for Jasmine, but are not pulling the trigger until they can see which actress has the right chemistry with the actor they cast as Aladdin.
With the pressure toward Hollywood to tell stories with casts that are authentic to the source material, it's not a surprise Disney is being meticulous in its casting.
Along with going back through tapes of past casting sessions to find that diamond in the rough, THR reports that Disney has brought on two movie-musical veterans to consult: Marc Platt, who along with having experience producing musicals worked on Disney’s upcoming "Mary Poppins Returns;" and Chris Montan, longtime executive music producer for Disney animated projects like "Pocahontas,""Toy Story,""Hercules," and "Frozen."
So far the only casting that seems to be a lock is Will Smith playing Genie.
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It isn't easy being an undercover spy. Charlize Theron braved the flu, twisted her knee, bruised her body, and cracked two teeth when she was preparing for her role in "Atomic Blonde."
At first, Theron thought the tooth pain was a cavity, but her dentist told her she needed an operation.
"I had severe tooth pain, which I never had in my entire life,"Theron told Variety. "Having to cut one of the teeth out and root canals. It was tough."
In "Atomic Blonde" — which she also produced — Theron plays an MI6 agent investigating the murder of a fellow agent in Berlin during the Cold War and has to take down an espionage ring. If the trailer is any indication, she spends a lot of time beating people up. The movie borrows one of the directors of "John Wick," and has the same badass, stylized action that was that movie's signature.
Theron trained for four hours a day for two-and-a-half months before the shoot. On set, she staged many of her own stunts. Theron was a former ballet dancer before she turned to acting in her late teens, and she said that her dancing days helped.
"I’m coordinated because I was a dancer, and I definitely have movement memory," she told Variety. "But I’ve never been a fighter."
At five feet and 10 inches tall, Theron was also concerned that her height would make her look awkward in a fight.
"I’m also really tall and a girl," she said. "That tends to make you look like you’re Big Bird."
When her tooth broke during training, the timing was particularly tricky. It was shortly before she was supposed to go to Budapest for the 50-day shoot. She ended up having an operation that would keep her teeth temporarily settled, and had a second operation after filming was over.
"I had the removal and I had to put a donor bone in there to heal until I came back, and then I had another surgery to put a metal screw in there," Theron said.
Theron has long wanted to embody the "strong female hero" archetype, she told Variety. After winning an Oscar for her role in "Monster" with future "Wonder Woman" director Patty Jenkins, Theron played an assassin in the 2005 science fiction film "Æon Flux." It was a flop, but Theron tried again a few years later with "Snow White and the Huntsmen" and a widely praised performance as Imperator Furiosa in "Max Max: Fury Road." This year, she stars in both "Atomic Blonde" and as the cyber-terrorist villain in "The Fate of the Furious."
"Every once in a while, I’ll see a newspaper with a picture of Gal Gadot on the left and Charlize on the right, and I’ll get emotionally confused," she said. "Those are my girls!"
One way Theron pushed boundaries is by not shying away from showing the damage that the violence in the movie does. Producers, Theron said, don't normally want to show women bleeding or damaged. She tried to make it more realistic instead.
"A lot of times studios or producers are not comfortable with seeing a woman with bruises,"Theron told Variety. "We really wanted to pay attention to that authenticity."
While Charlize Theron waits to see if she'll ever get to play Imperator Furiosa in another "Mad Max" movie, she's spending her time training to kick the butts of more evil men.
Universal has released video of the training Theron went through to prepare for her next movie, "Atomic Blonde" (in theaters July 28).
Based on a graphic novel, Theron plays an undercover MI6 agent who is investigating the murder of a fellow agent in this Cold War-set actioner directed by David Leitch ("John Wick,""Deadpool 2").
To play a spy with incredible fighting skills, Theron went into some heavy training, learning numerous martial arts techniques over two and a half months. Leitch saw that Theron was taking to it so easily he revamped the fight sequences in the movie with his stunt team so they would be shot over longer takes. and be more complex.
"She could do 20 moves without cutting," Leitch said in the video.
Watch Theron train in the video below:
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Deadpool isn't the humblest of antiheroes, but he can admit defeat.
Actor Ryan Reynolds took to Instagram to congratulate DC's "Wonder Woman" and actress Gal Gadot for surpassing Marvel's "Deadpool" in the domestic box office over the weekend. Since opening, "Wonder Woman" has raked in $368 million to "Deadpool's"$363 million, though "Deadpool" still leads worldwide.
Reynolds, 40, shared a photo of Deadpool's hands making a heart over a Wonder Woman necklace and provided a typical Deadpool caption.
"The Merc may be filthier, but her B.O. is stronger. Congrats #WonderWoman #BoxOfficeBoss," he wrote.
Get it? "B.O." stands for body odor and box office.
His congratulatory message was also shared on the official "Deadpool" Twitter account.
"Wonder Woman" director Patty Jenkins thanked Reynolds for his kind message.
"You are the absolute greatest, Ryan Reynolds," she wrote, tagging the actor. "Thank you! We love you and your movie too."
Reynolds is currently filming "Deadpool 2," which is slated for release June 1, 2018. Director Jenkins is in talks to return for the "Wonder Woman" sequel and will reportedly take place during the Cold War.
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For five years, "Gangnam Style," a catchy, dancey tune from South Korean popstar Psy was the most-viewed video on YouTube. No more. Another music video, the song "See You Again" by Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth, has taken the crown. As of writing this article, it has 2,896,663,907 views and climbing.
"Gangnam Style" made its mark on pop culture. It had so many views that Google had to rewrite its code for YouTube's views counter, which previously couldn't handle numbers more than 2,147,483,647.
"See You Again," when it was released in 2015, spent 12 (non-consecutive) weeks on top of the Billboard chart, tied for the longest run in the chart's history. The ballad was created for the movie "Fast 7" as a tribute to Paul Walker, the star of the "Fast and Furious" movies, who died in a car crash in 2013. Its lyrics are unapologetically melancholy, mourning the loss of a close friend and talking about the bonds of brotherhood and family — themes that run through the "Fast and Furious" franchise. It was nominated for three Grammys, among other awards.
"I remember when I signed up for YouTube in 2007 and had hopes of uploading a video and it reaching 10,000 views," Puth said in a statement. "Now a decade later, it feels incredible to be a part of the most-viewed video on YouTube."
Watch the music video for "See You Again" below:
And watch the video for "Gangnam Style":
We've all been there. It's a Friday night and once again you're scrolling through Netflix or the television guide trying to find a good movie.
While some of the films may not shock you — "Toy Story,""There Will Be Blood"— others include great performances you may have overlooked when they were first released in theaters.
The entire list of responses is pretty lengthy, but we've highlighted 15 in here and included the fans' reasonings as to why you should spend time watching these flicks. We encourage you to check out the full list on Reddit here.
1. "Her" (2013)
Synopsis: "A lonely writer develops an unlikely relationship with an operating system designed to meet his every need."
"I don't consider it one of the best things ever or anything but I think it's a near flawless piece of film. It just set things up so well that no real plot point would feel forced or out of character. I love the implications, how the year is never specified, or what the rest of the world is like.
"The story is just really really simple, yet you find yourself getting sucked in easily. As someone doing long distance this film connected with me pretty strongly."— VarrickCarter23
2. "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" (2004)
Synopsis:"When their relationship turns sour, a couple undergoes a procedure to have each other erased from their memories. But it is only through the process of loss that they discover what they had to begin with."
"Almost everything is done flawlessly: The acting is superb, the music is good, the plot is engaging, it's funny, its unique, its dramatic, it's depressing, it's lighthearted, it's surprising ... it invokes almost every emotion out of me and it does it with soaring colors, literally.
"What I really adore is the camera work. The way things disappear out of a scene or a window, or the tricks with lighting, or building giant sets to make it look real, angles and tracking shots ... all of it is masterfully done. Charlie Kaufman did not direct this and he wasn't even the only one who worked on the story but his screenplay just jumps out at you. I think he's one of the best working today and this screenplay solidifies that."— VarrickCarter23
3. "The Thing" (1982)
Synopsis: "A research facility in Antarctica comes across an alien force that can become anything it touches with 100% accuracy. The members must now find out who's human and who's not before it's too late."
"Absolutely perfect horror movie. Interesting premise, awesome characters, incredible special effects, killer soundtrack, perfectly executed tension."— JendoShabo
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The actor Shia LaBeouf was arrested in Savannah, Georgia, on Saturday on charges of public drunkenness, obstruction, and disorderly conduct, and new footage of his arrest shows him unleashing a profane and troubling tirade on the police officers who booked him.
In the body-cam video, obtained by TMZ, LaBeouf calls one cop a "dumb f---" and "f---ing b----" and berates several other officers.
At one point, he yells, "I'm a f---ing American. I pay my taxes. Get these s---s off my f---ing arm," before complaining for an extended period that his handcuffs are too tight on his wrists. The police officers appear unfazed by LaBeouf's conduct.
According to Variety, police said the "Transformers" star was arrested after he "became disorderly, using profanities and vulgar language in front of the women and children present."
LaBeouf has a long history of run-ins with the law throughout his career as an actor, including an arrest on suspicion of assault earlier this year at his art installation in New York protesting Donald Trump's presidency.
Watch some of the footage of his arrest below, but be warned there is language that is NSFW:
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Disney and Jon Favreau’s live-action adaptation of "The Lion King" casts John Oliver ("Last Week Tonight") as Zazu, a royal advisor. Walt Disney Pictures have found success in recent years by adapting some films from their animated classics collection to live-action. While Kenneth Branagh’s "Cinderella" and Bill Condon’s "Beauty and the Beast" were extremely close adaptations – although they added certain elements, like Alan Menken’s new songs in the latter – Robert Stromberg’s "Maleficent" was more of a different interpretation on the "Sleeping Beauty" story, shifting the focus from the princess to the typical villain.
Disney’s live-action adaptation of "The Jungle Book," originally based on Rudyard Kipling’s work published in the 1800s, also found great success when it was released last year. Directed by Jon Favreau, "The Jungle Book" was a hit with critics and audiences alike, receiving largely positive reviews and earning more than $900 million at the worldwide box office. After the film’s success, Disney tapped Favreau to direct "The Lion King," another adaptation of one of the Mouse House’s animated classics.
Now, "The Wrap" is reporting Disney has cast former "The Daily Show" correspondent John Oliver as Zazu, the red-billed hornbill royal advisor to first Mufasa, then Simba in the animation studio’s 1994 hit. The character was voiced by Rowan Atkinson (more widely known as Mr. Bean) in the original animated feature. According to The Wrap, neither Disney nor Oliver’s representatives have commented on the report.
Oliver is perhaps best known as a TV personality for his work on "The Daily Show" and "Last Week Tonight with John Oliver," but has done a great deal of voice work, with roles in "The Smurfs" 1 and 2, as well as guest appearances on "Rick and Morty,""Bob’s Burgers,""The Simpsons." In "The Lion King," Oliver joins previously announced cast members, Donald Glover ("Untitled Han Solo Movie") as Simba, James Earl Jones reprising his role as Simba’s father Mufasa, as well as Seth Rogen and Billy Eichner as Pumbaa and Timon, respectively. Early reports indicated Disney’s first choice for the role of Nala was Beyonce, though she had scheduling conflicts that may have prevented her from signing onto the project.
As evidenced by the current cast list for Disney’s live-action "The Lion King," it seems the Mouse House and Favreau are again bringing in a number of talented and well-known actors to lend their voices to new versions of classic characters – as they did with "The Jungle Book." Unlike "The Jungle Book" though, many of the main cast members in "The Lion King" are more well known for the comedic work, like Oliver. While "The Lion King" is loosely based on William Shakespeare’s "Hamlet," Disney’s animated film injected the story with a great deal of humor. Based on the cast the studio and director have so far assembled, fans of the 1994 animated feature can expect the live-action "The Lion King" to keep that humor in tact.
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The "Fast and Furious" movies are known for many things: fast cars, scantily clad women, and scantily clad arm muscles that belong to Vin Diesel and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. The new entry from Honest Trailers makes fun of them all.
It skewers Diesel's "mumblegrowl," the fact that the actors' names are more recognizable than their characters' names, and just how convoluted the plots and character connections can get. As the video points out, the franchise "really overestimates how much you remember from the last three" movies. It's hard to parse unless you're a big fan of the series.
The plots of these movies, the video points out, makes little sense. Why is it that Vin Diesel's crew in the movie is constantly "off the books," on missions unsanctioned by the United States government? When exactly did these characters go from street racers to Seal Team 6 special forces? Why does Charlize Theron have dreadlocks?
The full mock-trailer is funny and worth a watch. See it below:
Quentin Tarantino is developing a movie about the Manson murders, and he's already got an A-list cast in mind.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the film will focus on the murder of Sharon Tate by Charles Manson's followers. Tarantino is putting finishing touches on the script, and it is set to film in the summer of 2018.
In the late 1960s in California, Charles Manson led a quasi-commune and ordered members to commit murder, the most notable being the murder of actress and model Sharon Tate in her home in 1969. Tate was married to director Roman Polanski. Manson and certain members of his "Family" were found guilty in 1971, and he's still alive and in prison today.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the untitled project is in the early stages of development, and Brad Pitt and Jennifer Lawrence have been approached. Deadline reports that Tarantino has also already approached "Suicide Squad" star Margot Robbie to take on the role of Sharon Tate.
Clint Eastwood has cast three Americans who stopped a 2015 terrorist attack on a Paris train to play themselves in his next movie, "The 15:17 to Paris,"Variety reports.
The film will follow the lives of Anthony Sadler, National Guardsman Alek Skarlatos, and US Airman Spencer Stone — three childhood friends from California who were traveling through Europe on a high-speed train when they thwarted an armed attack from a suspected Islamist militant.
The movie is based on a book that the three men co-wrote about the ordeal, titled "The 15:17 to Paris: The True Story of a Terrorist, a Train, and Three American Heroes."
The three real-life heroes will star alongside Jenna Fischer, Judy Greer, and Ray Corasani in the film. Eastwood reportedly auditioned a number of actors for the role of the three Americans before deciding to cast the real-life men.
Sources told Variety that the movie will "begin during their childhood and show their friendship leading up to the moment that changed their lives." The roles will reportedly be sizable, though not "full-on leads."
"The 15:17 to Paris" follows Eastwood's recent trend of tapping into true stories of American heroism for his films.
His 2014 film "American Sniper" followed US Navy SEAL Chris Kyle's exploits in Iraq, and 2016's "Sully" recounted the US Airways Captain Chelsey "Sully" Sullenberger's emergency landing of a plane on the Hudson River in 2009.
It sounds like Mariah Carey was in peak diva mode when she went to film her cameo for the Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler comedy "The House." It got so bad that it was never shot.
Ferrell didn't even deflect the drama when doing press for the movie.
While on "Watch What Happens Live," host Andy Cohen got to the bottom of it. Cohen asked Ferrell if Carey was four hours late to the set of the movie, which is what was rumored, and Ferrell confirmed that was true. Ferrell also confirmed that Carey refused to sing a song that was agreed upon and cleared before shooting that she would sing. Ferrell couldn't recall what the song was, but it was a Carey song.
Looking back on it, Ferrell called the whole experience a "s--t storm" and only learned that the cameo wouldn't be shot when, "At 11 p.m. there was a knock on my trailer door and they said, 'You can go home,'" Ferrell told Cohen.
That sparked Ferrell's co-star on the movie, Cedric Yarbrough ("Reno 911!") to jump on his Facebook page and give some more horrors from set (the post has since been deleted but you can read his comments on TooFab).
"Okay since Will Ferrell is talking, I'ma talk-ing," Yarbrough wrote. "Yeah, a real funny cameo was SUPPOSED to happen in the new film #TheHouse with the superstar Mariah Carey. But it was ruined by superstar Mariah Carey. The film takes place in a suburban home but is made into a 'Casino.' Why not have Mariah be an act in the casino? Funny idea... It's rumored that she eventually showed up to set. This is true. But after waiting for her for 3-4 hours! While we waited the director & team had the idea of doing a stunt that Mariah's body double would do now & bring in Mariah to match it. They do the stunt. All goes well. When Mariah finally showed up she refused to match the stunt. 'Darling, I would never do it that way...'. I heard her say those exact words... She then requested a large fan for her hair to be blown around and a camera that would be above her, basically a crane shot. This lady was unprofessional & borderline abusive to our director, who tried his best to appease her every wish."
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Carey also requested that her character be able to deflect bullets like Wonder Woman.
"The House" director Andrew Jay Cohen has taken the high road on the matter. "I love Mariah Carey," he told THR. Though with a little shade: "I liked her early stuff but then she got bad with the third album."
But a Mariah Carey cameo probably wouldn't have saved "The House." The movie has a 19% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and to date has grossed $24.6 million worldwide. This includes an $8.7 million opening weekend, the worst for a wide release Will Ferrell movie.
Carey's representatives were not immediately available for comment.
Watch Ferrell talk about the Carey cameo on "Watch What Happens Live" below:
Since his feature debut "Reservoir Dogs" came out in 1992, Quentin Tarantino has established himself as one of the greatest filmmakers of all time — if not always the most varied.
From "Pulp Fiction" to "Django Unchained," his style is defined by a mix of shocking violence and humor.
Tarantino is currently at the beginning stages of a new project, said to be about the Manson Family murders.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Brad Pitt and Jennifer Lawrence have been approached to star. Deadline also says Tarantino has approached "Suicide Squad" star Margot Robbie to take on the role of Sharon Tate, the star who was murdered by Manson's followers.
Here is a ranking of all of Tarantino's films, starting from the worst and going to the best. But hey, even the worst ones are still pretty great:
9. "Death Proof" (2007)
Tarantino’s worst outing as a director requires some context. “Death Proof” was one half of “Grindhouse” (the other was Robert Rodriguez’s “Planet Terror”), an experimental double feature meant to recreate the experience of the schlocky B-movies of the 1970s.
The problem with “Death Proof” is that it feels half-assed. Tarantino is so good with homage, but this still feels lazy. Tarantino’s signature long conversations don’t work for a film this short. Even with a stellar ending and a great performance from Kurt Russell, “Death Proof” feels like the first time in Tarantino’s career when he didn’t just go for it.
8. "Jackie Brown" (1997)
“Jackie Brown” had the unfortunate timing of being Tarantino’s follow-up to “Pulp Fiction.”
No matter what he did next, it was bound to not live up to monumental expectations. When “Jackie Brown” first came out in 1997, people missed one of Tarantino’s smartest and most understated movies, if not his most thrilling.
7. "Django Unchained" (2012)
“Django Unchained” is Tarantino’s most polarizing work to date, and for good reason. It asks a lot of challenging questions about slavery and whether it gives the right answers is entirely up to the viewer.
"Django" is boosted by some strong work from Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Samuel L. Jackson. Maybe the biggest thing running against it is that, at two hours and 45 minutes, it would have been much better if the filmmakers trimmed it down by about an hour.
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The aughts were an age of excellence for animated movies. Pixar continued the momentum they built up on the ’90s, releasing instant classics like "Finding Nemo,""Up,""Ratatouille,""Monsters, Inc.," and "WALL-E." Although Disney had always worked with Pixar, they formally bought the studio in 2006, and two giants became one supergiant.
Pixar was bulletproof in the ’00s, but Disney was not. Although Disney made a lot of great non-Pixar films like "The Princess and the Frog,""The Emperor’s New Groove,""Atlantis: The Lost Empire," and "Lilo & Stitch," they also made a lot of less memorable ones. They may have been a hit with kids, but they were received modestly at best by critics and stayed in our cultural consciousness for roughly one second.
Disney wasn’t the only one with some regrettable ’00s titles, though: DreamWorks and other studios made some forgettable films too. Are you ready to examine these faded films?
Not all of the movies on this list are bad. But, deservedly or not, they have faded from the memories of millennials.
Previously, we’ve looked at 15 forgotten animated shows of the aughts. We’ve also delved into second-tier teen fare of that decade, looking at both movies and TV. Now let’s take a take a refresher course in the movies of the aughts with 15 ’00s Animated Kids’ Movies You Completely Forgot About.
15. Dinosaur (2000)
Disney’s "Dinosaur" was a prestige animation project. The film used an innovative style: the dinosaurs were animated with CGI while the backgrounds were live-action, filmed on location. The idea was to make the dinos look as realistic as possible, and it was definitely a success.
However, "Dinosaur" is a pretty serious and somber affair. After all, it’s about meteors striking the Earth and putting the dinosaurs in peril. Much of the movie is about the dinosaurs dolefully trekking through the world to try to find a place where they’ll be safe from meteors.
"Dinosaur" received generally positive reviews from critics, although many took issue with the decision to create incredibly realistic dinosaurs and then break the illusion by having them talk. But excellent craftsmanship alone isn’t enough to make an animated movie memorable to audiences. You also need some heart, which "Dinosaur" lacked.
14. Robots (2005)
This intricately-animated film takes place in a world of robots and stars Ewan McGregor as an idealistic inventor named Rodney Copperbottom. Actually, all of the characters in this movie have imaginative names, and the voice cast is chock full of famous actors. There’s Fender Pinwheeler (Robin Williams), Piper Pinwheeler (Amanda Bynes), Phineas T. Ratchet (Greg Kinnear), Bigweld (Mel Brooks), and Madame Gasket (Jim Broadbent). And that doesn’t even scratch the surface of this goldmine of a cast.
The film, which is billed as being “from the creators of Ice Age,” has a 64% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Critics praised the movie for its animation but characterized the story as lackluster. Strangely enough, one of the movie’s three screenwriters is David Lindsay-Abaire, the critically-acclaimed playwright who authored "Rabbit Hole."
13. Chicken Little (2005)
This film is a retelling of the folk tale “Chicken Little,” in which a chicken sees an acorn fall from the sky and thinks the world is ending (that’s where the line “The sky is falling!” comes in). There are many different versions of this story, and thus different morals. One is to not be a chicken but instead to be courageous. Another is not to believe everything you’re told.
The 2005 Disney film had something much bigger than an acorn fall from the sky: an alien artifact. Chicken Little tries to tell the world about the weird object that fell on him from the sky, but they dismiss him as crazy, thinking that it was just an acorn that hit him. But aliens are actually invading, and eventually, everyone sees that Chicken Little was right.
"Chicken Little" was significant because it was a non-Pixar Disney movie animated with CGI. The film was met with a generally positive reception from critics.
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"War for the Planet of the Apes" is the sequel to 2014's "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes." Caesar, played by Andy Serkis, the human-like leader of the apes, reluctantly leads his species to war with humans. They make one last stand against the apes after a virus wipes out most of mankind. Caesar will soon find out that sticking to his principles isn't so easy in the face of unimaginable darkness.
Why should you care: It's a major comeback after the last failed reboot.
After a failed reboot directed by Tim Burton in 2001, the legendary "Planet of the Apes" franchise came back in a major way with this brand new series. "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" was a great start and "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" was among the very best "Apes" movies ever made. If you dug the first two movies, you have no excuse not to see the latest installment.
What's hot: The acting, plot, and special effects are superb.
The mix of CGI and motion capture technology is absolutely stunning and as groundbreaking today as the original "Planet of the Apes" was when it came out in 1968. Andy Serkis' motion capture performance as Caesar, the leader of the apes, has gotten more compelling and complex over time. There is also some great work from Woody Harrelson as a terrifying colonel and Steve Zahn as a hilarious chimp named Bad Ape.
The story and the action are compelling and, at times, genuinely unpredictable. While watching it, movie fans might not just think about the original "Planet of the Apes," but other war classics like "Spartacus,""The Great Escape," and "Apocalypse Now."
What's not: It needs to cover a lot of ground and can drag.
Despite the possibilities of sequels, it feels like the final chapter of a trilogy, and like the third part of many trilogies, it's a little overlong, as there is a lot to cover before leaving this world.
The bottom-line: It's a nearly perfect sequel.
"War for the Planet of the Apes" feels like a perfect conclusion while also leaving enough room for the inevitable sequels. It's fun, thought-provoking, and rewards loyal fans, even if it drags a little at parts. The apes are such great characters and humanized so much that it might be the first time in cinematic history where you're rooting for the end of mankind. It's no wonder this is one of the most successfully rebooted franchises in recent memory.
"War for the Planet of the Apes" will be out in theaters on July 14.
Actor Shia LaBeouf has taken to Twitter to apologize for his recent arrest in Georgia on charges of disorderly conduct, obstruction, and public drunkenness.
"I am deeply ashamed of my behavior and make no excuses for it," he wrote in an extended statement.
LaBeouf's apology comes after TMZ obtained body-cam footage of his arrest, which revealed the 31-year-old actor lashing out at his arresting officers with repeated obscenities and racist remarks.
At one point in the video, LaBeouf calls an officer a ""dumb f---" and "f---ing b-----." He later swears at black officer and accuses the cop of arresting him because he is white.
"My outright disrespect of authority is problematic to say the least, and completely destructive to say the worst," LaBeouf wrote on Twitter. "It is a new low. A low I hope is the bottom."
LaBeouf has had a history of run-ins with the law throughout his career, including an arrest on suspicion of assault earlier this year at a protest he coordinated against Donald Trump's presidency in New York.
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"The Big Sick," which will get its wide release in theaters Friday, is already being called one of the best romantic comedies of all time by critics.
The indie flick has a 97% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and is based on the real-life relationship of screenwriters Kumail Nanjiani and Emily Gordon, and the cultural differences and struggles they initially faced as a couple.
Its authenticity and warmth has charmed early audiences.
But what other romantic movies actually make the audience feel something, and are worth your time?
We've prepared a comprehensive list of the best romantic movies to watch on Netflix. From studio rom-coms like “10 Things I Hate About You” and “Bridget Jones' Diary,” to lesser-known titles like “Take This Waltz” and “Punch-Drunk Love,” there’s a lot of passion going on in this list.
Here are 19 romantic movies on Netflix you need to check out:
Note: Numerous Netflix titles drop off the streaming service monthly so the availability of titles below may change.
"Midnight in Paris"
Owen Wilson perfectly plays the lackadaisical Gil, who while on vacation with his fiance Inez (Rachel McAdams) finds himself chasing a new romance every evening when the clock strikes midnight, and he's transported back in time to 1920s Paris.
Two young lovers run away from a New England town leading to a search party to track them down. But from the mind of director Wes Anderson, that means a highly stylized search party.
Barry Egan (Adam Sandler), an emotionally illiterate salesman whose primary hobby includes stockpiling pudding, ends up on an unusual adventure when he finds himself being extorted by a phone-sex line.
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It seems Ben Affleck has less creative control over his standalone Batman movie than we thought.
The actor originally came into playing the latest version of The Dark Knight with an impressive start in "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice," and reports were that he would be writing and directing a standalone movie on the character.
Then in January, Affleck announced that he would no longer be directing the movie, now titled "The Batman." However, the project was still going forward with him in the lead, and with the script he wrote with DC Films' head Geoff Johns and Chris Terrio.
But now it sounds like Affleck will just be the star of the movie.
The new "The Batman" director, Matt Reeves, while promoting his latest movie "War for the Planet of the Apes," told MTV's Happy Sad Confused podcast that he's starting from scratch.
"No, it’s a new story," Reeves said. "It’s just starting again. I’m excited about it. I think it’s going to be really cool."
Sources told the trades back in January when Affleck bowed out as director that Warner Bros. had issues with Affleck's script. Reeves has said in previous interviews that he's planning on giving "The Batman" a noir feel.
Affleck's script had Deathstroke as the villain of the story. Joe Manganiello has been cast for the role. It's unclear if the character will still be in the movie.
Affleck will next be seen playing Batman in "Justice League" coming out November 17.
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Valentine's Day may be six months away, but there’s no better time than the present when it comes to romance, areweright? Whether you’re looking for love, in the throes of a brand-new summer fling, or have been with your beau for years, we’ve got just the Netflix picks for helping you catch the feels in a hurry.
"10 Things I Hate About You"
No matter how many times we watch Julia Stiles’ character, Kat, recite the fake reasons she hates Heath Ledger's character, Patrick, for making her fall so hopelessly in love with him, it never gets old — nor does the moment when Kat’s little sis Bianca (Larisa Oleynik) socks her skeezy ex in the nose.
"Bridget Jone's Diary"
Just try not to crack a smile at the intro scene, in which Bridget Jones (Renée Zellweger) does her best Céline Dion while drunkenly singing “All by Myself” into a hairbrush. This one’s got it all, from gut-busting laughs to a sordid love triangle, and really, what more can you ask for in a rom-com?
"Revenge of the Bridesmaids"
While there have been plenty of flicks about bridal parties gone awry (ahem, "Bridesmaids and Bachelorette"), this one has a bit of a twist, with the bridesmaids (including Raven Symone and Joanna Krupp) actively working to sabotage the would-be wedding of their frenemy in order to get the groom back together with the pal he left for his wicked fiancée. Got it? Good.
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