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    • "Saturday Night Live" alum Bobby Moynihan said he witnessed a fascinating interaction between former "Episode IX" director Colin Trevorrow and Daisy Ridley, who plays Rey in the saga.
    • Ridley wanted to know from Trevorrow what happens to Rey in the final movie of the trilogy. 
    • It led to Ridley crying, according to Moynihan.

    Director Colin Trevorrow has left the "Star Wars" saga, but not before he left a strong impression on Daisy Ridley. 

    The "Jurassic World" director was supposed to be the director of the next movie in the saga, "Episode IX," which would close out the current trilogy. But last September it was announced that he and Lucasfilm decided to "mutually" part ways. J.J. Abrams, who directed "The Force Awakens," has taken over.

    But the questions about how much of Trevorrow's plot will stay in the movie will only increase after a new revelation from "Saturday Night Live" alum Bobby Moynihan.

    Colin Trevorrow Joshua Blanchard GettyThe comic was on Collider's "Jedi Council Podcast" and shared a moment he witnessed between Trevorrow and Ridley: 

    “I was in 'The Book of Henry,' the movie that Colin Trevorrow directed, and we talked about ["Star Wars"] a great deal. We’re both big fans, one of the reasons why I think he put me in the movie was because we hit it off talking about that,” Moynihan said. “I introduced him to Daisy Ridley at the 'SNL' after-party, it was the first time they had met. I saw a moment where she said, ‘What happens to me?’ And he said, ‘Do you want to do this now?’ And she said, ‘Yeah,’ and they went off into a corner of the bar and he whispered it into her ear and she started crying.”

    “I was like, I’m witnessing ‘Star Wars’ history right now," Moynihan continued on the podcast. "I remember being so amazed and feeling so wonderful and so happy for Colin because he’s such a fan. I haven’t spoken to him since the news came out that he’s not doing it, but it kills me because I would’ve loved to see what he would have done with it because he was very passionate about it.” 

    Now we wait to see if Trevorrow, Ridley, or Abrams will reveal if Rey's fate that made Ridley cry is still in the movie.

    Listen to Moynihan tell the story below:

    SEE ALSO: Video shows a man slapping embattled Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein in the face at a restaurant

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    Though good looks can get an actor very, very far in Hollywood, a good performance is even more crucial. Talent is what should be the name of the game, the thing that helps win awards, earn positive reviews and get audiences in seats.

    Sometimes, actors have to eschew their good looks in favor of a good performance and the results are mind-blowing. These seven actors were barely recognizable in their roles with the help of makeup, special effects, or in some cases, weight loss and dedication to their craft.

    Bill Skarsgård as Pennywise in "IT"

    Bill Skarsgård terrified audiences as the demonic clown Pennywise in the 2017 remake of "IT." Coincidentally, Skarsgard admitted that he also terrified himself when he looked in the mirror while wearing the scary clown makeup.

    "It was an amazing, terrifying feeling of seeing the makeup go on for the first time," Skarsgard told US Weekly.

    By the end of filming, though, Skarsgard told the LA Times that it was easy to doze off during his makeup process.

    "It’s a lot easier to have this done early in the morning," Skarsgard said. "Then you’re too tired to know it’s going on."

    But the best acting transcends makeup. Skarsgard proved this with the help of his Pennywise-style smile without makeup. Yikes. Don’t worry, though. As long as he’s not doing that creepy smile or wearing that makeup (obviously), Skarsgard remains a hottie, at least according to Twitter.

    Charlize Theron as Aileen Wuornos in "Monster"

    Charlize Theron is known for being one of the most beautiful actresses in Hollywood, but with her role as serial killer Aileen Wuornos in "Monster" she also proved that she’s one of the most talented.

    According to CNN, Theron bulked up for the role by chowing down on potato chips, as well as hitting the makeup chair for prosthetics and a set of fake teeth. As intense as that sounds, her co-star in the 2004 film said that her skills were the true test.

    "There's not enough fat or prosthetics in the world to hide a bad performance, and she is incredible in the movie," Theron's co-star, Christina Ricci, told members of the press.

    Critics agreed. Theron won the Oscar for Best Actress that year and she carried on with a new outlook on acting transformations.

    "Every movie is its own animal and you have to kinda respect it and treat it that way," Theron told"Entertainment Tonight."

    Ralph Fiennes as Voldemort in “Harry Potter"

    Ralph Fiennes is known for roles in several different films, but he may be most well-known for the role in which he’s the least recognizable.

    Fiennes played Voldemort in the "Harry Potter" series over the course of all of the movies, which spanned from 2005 to 2011.

    This meant years of special effects makeup and time prepping for the part with a physical transformation, but it also meant new developments in visual effects for film, which explain how filmmakers removed his nose.

    Somehow, the actor’s whole look had to be done in two hours.

    "On Harry Potter, the designs were done in an art department, then we took a head cast of Ralph Fiennes. We only had about two hours to do Ralph's makeup, because of all the filming restrictions," makeup artist Mark Coulier explained to Bustle. "They only wanted him in the chair for two hours instead of six hours, so we had to design it around that."

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    • Chris Hemsworth appeared on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" Wednesday night to briefly talk about wrapping up the next two "Avengers" movies, his daredevil son, and his new movie, "12 Strong."
    • Jimmy Kimmel asked the Australian actor if he stole one of his character's mighty hammers from the set of "Avengers: Infinity War."
    • Hemsworth surprised the late-night host by saying he has "about five" of Thor's hammers in his own home. It was the location of one in particular that really caught Kimmel off guard though.
    • "It's next to the toilet, if you need some assistance," said Hemsworth. Kimmel joked that it's essentially an expensive toilet paper holder. 
    • Kimmel said if he saw the hammer in Hemsworth's bathroom he doesn’t think he would want to come out. "Often people stay in there a little longer, and I think it’s because of the hammer," said Hemsworth.
    • You can watch most of his interview with Kimmel below. Hemsworth discusses his personal hammer collection around the 1:10 mark.


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    • Warner Bros.' "It" is available on Blu-ray and DVD. 
    • There are 15 minutes of deleted scenes and gags.
    • One of the scenes shows Ben looking at an old portrait of Derry, Maine, featuring a well.
    • It hints at the origin of the movie's villain, Pennywise the Clown.
    • The boys later have to head down a well at the film's end to discover Pennywise's lair.
    • Pennywise actor Bill Skarsgard previously told Variety he filmed a disturbing origin scene in the 1600s where we would have seen the clown without his makeup.
    • The portrait in the deleted scene seems to hint at that cut scene.

    "It" is finally out on Blu-ray and DVD and the adaptation of Stephen King's horror thriller has a lot of deleted scenes.

    Among the 15 minutes of deleted footage released is one short, creepy moment you may have overlooked.

    During a deleted scene featuring Stanley's Bar Mitzvah speech, each of his friends are shown one by one as he talks about the importance of friendship to stave off monsters. When the scene flashes to Ben, he's seen in the town library and a portrait catches his eye. 

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    The image shows a woman cradling a baby outside a village. The movie then zooms in on the portrait and a closer look shows that the woman is hovering a little too close for comfort next to an open well. The camera lingers for a bit as it zooms in slowly.

    (For what it's worth, the scene occurs briefly in the original movie too, but in a slightly different context.)

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    You may not think much of it, but you may want to take another look at the portrait. It may hold a big clue about Pennywise the Clown's origin.

    What's up with the creepy portrait?

    In the movie, Ben reads up on the history of Derry, Maine. About an hour into the film, the gang heads to Ben's house where he gives them a small lesson on the history of the town.

    "Ninety-one people signed the charter that made Derry, but later that winter they all disappeared without a trace," Ben tells his friends. "There were rumors of Indians but no sign of an attack. Everybody just thought it was the plague or something. But it's like one day everyone just woke up and left. The only clue was a trail of bloody clothes leading to the well house."

    An image of the well house on Ben's wall looks like the one that was in the same portrait Ben spied in the Derry Public Library.

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    That well has direct ties to Pennywise. When the group of kids finally discover Pennywise's lair late in the movie, it's shown that they need to head down a well which is located under a house on Neibolt Street.

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    But there's more to learn about Pennywise than his ties to a mysterious well. 

    The historical aspect of Pennywise's origin

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    In the movie, Ben was seen looking through old archives of Derry from the early 1900s, but we almost saw some scenes of the town even further back in time.

    According to Bill Skarsgard, who plays Pennywise in the movie, a flashback scene was filmed that dealt with the clown's mysterious origin. It's never addressed much in the novel so this would have been an added bonus for fans. While the scene never made the final film, it sounds like the disturbing scene would have had direct ties to that old portrait Ben spies in the library.

    "There was a scene we shot that was a flashback from the 1600s, before Pennywise [was Pennywise],” said Skarsgard on Variety’s Playback podcast. "The scene turned out really, really disturbing. And I’m not the clown. I look more like myself. It’s very disturbing, and sort of a backstory for what 'It' is, or where Pennywise came from."

    It's believed the scene would have shown Pennywise eating a child. Variety reports at least one early draft of the film included a colonial-set scene with Pennywise eating a child.

    The image Ben sees in the library certainly looks like it could have been from a colonial period. It's worth noting that the woman in the portrait is holding an infant. She almost looks like she could be preparing to sacrifice him to the well. Was she considering giving her child to Pennywise to keep the town safe hundreds of years ago?

    Don't be surprised if we see more of that image of the well house pop up in the sequel. Skarsgard hinted to Variety that Pennywise's origin may be something that can be explored when the sequel comes to theaters in September 2019.

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    • "Deadpool 2" will now open in theaters on May 18.
    • It will now come out a week before "Solo: A Star Wars Story."

    It looks like we're going to get the return of the Merc with a Mouth sooner than expected.

    20th Century Fox is moving up the release of "Deadpool 2," the sequel to its 2016 box office sensation, from June 1 to May 18.

    First reported on Thursday by The Hollywood Reporter, and confirmed by Business Insider, the release will now have the anticipated sequel in theaters before the next "Star Wars" movie, "Solo," the standalone Han Solo movie. "Solo" will open a week later on May 25.

    Fox is also shifting around some other Marvel IPs.

    "The New Mutants," which will look at teen heroes from the X-Men world, is being moved from April 13 of this year to February 22, 2019. And "Gambit," the long-in-development project starring Channing Tatum in the title role, is being moved from February 14, 2019 to June 7, 2019. A big reason for that move is that the project can't hold onto a director. Gore Verbinski ("A Cure for Wellness") exited the movie on Thursday.

    The first "Deadpool" movie earned over $783.1 million worldwide.

    SEE ALSO: Ousted "Star Wars" director made Daisy Ridley cry when he told her about what would happen to Rey, according to Bobby Moynihan

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    • "Paddington 2" is the best-reviewed movie of 2018 so far, with a solid 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
    • It was supposed to be distributed by The Weinstein Company in the United States, but producers looked for another distributor following allegations of sexual misconduct against Harvey Weinstein.
    • The movie is adorable and enjoyable for kids and adults, and has received glowing reviews from critics. 


    Ok, we get it. It's only the first half of January. But a lot of movies have come out already, and "Paddington 2" is the best reviewed so far, with a 100% rating on reviews aggregator Rotten Tomatoes. 

    The first movie, "Paddington," which starred Nicole Kidman and Jim Broadbent, was released in 2014. Based on the children's stories of the same name by Michael Bond, "Paddington" and "Paddington 2" tell the story of Paddington, a friendly bear from Peru, now based in London. He wears an old red hat, a blue coat, carries a battered briefcase, and loves marmalade.

    In "Paddington 2," Paddington is adjusting to his new life in London with the Brown family. He gets framed for stealing a special pop-up book of London, gets sent to prison for the crime, and has to figure out how to prove he was framed. It's one of those rare sequels that's better than the original. It stars an adorable computer-generated British bear voiced by Ben Whishaw and features Hugh Grant, Sally Hawkins, Hugh Bonneville, and Brendan Gleeson in live-action roles. 

    "Paddington 2" was originally meant to be distributed in the United States by The Weinstein Company, but following the allegations of sexual harassment and assault against Harvey Weinstein, producers began looking for another American distributor. Producers believed that a pleasant, upbeat children's film should not be associated with the scandal. In November, Warner Bros. acquired the film's North American distribution rights for $32 million. 

    Here are the most breathless quotes from critics about "Paddington 2," along with adorable images of Paddington Bear:

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    "'Paddington 2' is 'The Godfather Part II' of Peruvian bear movies, a sequel that surpasses the superb original."

    Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal. 

    "It's an exquisite reminder of the wondrous things that can happen when a storyteller of boundless imagination avails himself of some rigorous discipline."

    Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times. 

    "If you have kids, take them. If you have nieces and nephews, take them. If you don't have kids but just want to feel like one yourself, go see it. Paddington is a bear for all seasons."

    Adam Graham, Detroit News. 

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    • People are upset over Johnny Depp's presence in the "Fantastic Beasts" franchise.
    • Depp's ex-wife Amber Heard accused him of domestic abuse. The charges were dropped during their divorce settlement.
    • J.K. Rowling and producers have defended keeping Depp in the series. 
    • Now Harry Potter actor Daniel Radcliffe is weighing in
    • He says he "can see why people are frustrated with the response they were given."
    • Radcliffe also mentioned how an actor in the original "Harry Potter" movies was reprimanded for growing marijuana.
    •  "Obviously what Johnny has been accused of is much greater than that," he said.

    The controversy over Johnny Depp's role in the "Fantastic Beasts" movie franchise isn't going away — despite numerous statements from J.K. Rowling herself and producers involved with the film series. 

    Now Harry Potter himself, Daniel Radcliffe, has made a statement about the issues fans have with Depp given the previous allegations of domestic abuse levied against him by ex-wife Amber Heard.

    "It's a very hard thing for me," Radcliffe told Entertainment Weekly. The report said Radcliffe "wants to be supportive of the film's producers" who gave the actor his young start.

    "I can see why people are frustrated with the response that they were given from that," Radcliffe said. "I'm not saying anything that anybody hasn't already said — and this is a weird analogy to draw — [but] in the NFL, there are lots of players arrested for smoking weed and there is other people's behavior that goes way beyond that and it's tolerated because they’re very famous players."

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    Radcliffe went on to mention how Jamie Waylett, the actor who played Vincent Crabbe, was unable to return for the final two "Harry Potter" movies after he was arrested for growing marijuana.

    "I suppose the thing I was struck by was, we did have a guy who was reprimanded for weed on the [original Potter] film, essentially, so obviously what Johnny has been accused of is much greater than that," Radcliffe said.

    People's negative reactions to Depp's casting was renewed when Warner Bros. released the first image of "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Crimes of Grindelwald." 

    Fantastic Beasts Grindelwald's Crimes movie sequel cast photo

    Calls for Depp to be removed from the franchise were only stoked after the movie's director defended keeping the actor and called the protests a "dead issue." Then Rowling herself released a statement on the matter. 

    "Based on our understanding of the circumstances, the filmmakers and I are not only comfortable sticking with our original casting, but genuinely happy to have Johnny playing a major character in the movies," Rowling said.

    You can read Rowling's entire statement here

    "Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald" arrives in theaters on November 16, 2018. To learn more about all four planned "Fantastic Beasts" sequels, read our full breakdown here.

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    • Leonardo DiCaprio has reportedly signed on to star in Quentin Tarantino's next movie.
    • The movie is set in Los Angeles during the summer of the Charles Manson murders.
    • This will be the first time Tarantino and DiCaprio have teamed up since 2012's "Django Unchained."

    Quentin Tarantino is diving into his rich stable of actors for his next movie. 

    The writer-director has reportedly signed on Leonardo DiCaprio to star in his next movie, according to Deadline (however, Business Insider is hearing the actor is still in talks and hasn't officially signed on yet). The movie will be set in 1969 Los Angeles, during the summer of the Charles Manson murders.

    Tarantino and DiCaprio last teamed on the 2012 movie "Django Unchained."

    According to Deadline, DiCaprio will play an aging actor in the movie. Specifics on the movie are still under wraps, however, the site is reporting that it will not be fully focused on the Manson murders, in which a group of Charles Manson followers entered the home of actress Sharon Tate and murdered her and four other people. Deadline also reported that the story will have a "Pulp Fiction" feel. (Tarantino's 1994 classic told a collection of interconnected stories.)

    The movie will be released by Sony, which nabbed the project following a bidding war in the wake of Harvey Weinstein's firing from The Weinstein Company. Up until then, Tarantino had only made movies at Weinstein-backed companies TWC and Miramax.

    Sony declined to comment for this story. Business Insider contacted DiCaprio and Tarantino's representatives for confirmation but did not get an immediate response.

    SEE ALSO: Critics cannot stop gushing about "Paddington 2," the best-reviewed movie of 2018 with a 100% on Rotten Tomatoes

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    Mark Wahlberg and Michelle Williams All the Money in the World

    • Mark Wahlberg made $1.5 million to reshoot scenes from 'All the Money in the World,' while his co-star Michelle Williams made less than $1,000.
    • They had to re-do the scenes to cut Kevin Spacey out of the film after sexual misconduct accusations against Spacey surfaced.
    • Wahlberg said he "100 percent" supports fair pay in Hollywood. 

    NEW YORK (AP) — Mark Wahlberg has agreed to donate the $1.5 million he made for reshoots on the film "All the Money in the World" to the sexual misconduct defense initiative Time's Up.

    The actor said Saturday he'll make the donation in the name of his co-star, Michelle Williams, who was reportedly paid less than $1,000 for the reshoots.

    The agency William Morris Endeavor represents both actors and said it will donate an additional $500,000, also in Williams' name.

    The reshoots occurred over 10 days when Christopher Plummer replaced Kevin Spacey in the film after sexual misconduct accusations against Spacey surfaced.

    Both Plummer and Williams were nominated for Golden Globes for their performances.

    Williams had no immediate comment Saturday. Wahlberg said he "100 percent" supports the right for fair pay in Hollywood.

    SEE ALSO: What knowing that you make less money because you're a woman does to your brain, according to science

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    This fall, fervor for the latest take on Stephen King's "It" pushed the film near the top of the highest-grossing horror films in history.

    But over the months since its release, "It" has gone on to overtake the top spot on the list, as the movie crossed $700 million at the worldwide box office on Friday. 

    To find out what the rest of the list looks like, we turned to Box Office Mojo for its worldwide box office data on the top-performing horror movies.

    Here are the 20 highest-grossing horror films of all time: 

    Note: We have not adjusted the grosses for inflation.

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    20. The Ring (2002) — $249.3 million

    19. "Get Out" (2017) — $254.6 million

    18. "The Village" (2004) — $256.6 million

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    • "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle" wins the domestic box office for the second-straight weekend.
    • The movie will take in an estimated $33.4 million over the four-day Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend.
    • "The Post" and "The Commuter" also had strong weekends.

    The Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend at the box office is going strong, and Hollywood can thank The Rock, Meryl Streep, and Liam Neeson.

    Yes, that's quite a unique trio, but this January seems to be that rarity where audiences are being offered a unique mix of options that's motivating different demos to head to the multiplex.

    Topping the domestic box office heap for a second-straight weekend is Sony's "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle." The Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson-powered teen-friendly actioner took in an estimated $27 million by Sunday ($33.4 million by the Monday holiday), according to, putting its domestic total at just under $300 million by Monday. That places it sixth all-time for Sony's best domestic grossing movies ever. Once it passes the $304 million mark it will pass "Skyfall" for fifth all-time.

    That's an impressive take for a movie that had to fight for every dollar at the start of its theatrical run when it was up against "Star Wars: The Last Jedi."

    the commuter lionsgateBut this Martin Luther King weekend is a rarity as a major holdover from the previous year isn't the only hot ticket. 

    Steven Spielberg's "The Post" expanded to over 2,819 screens and it paid off with a $18.6 million take up to Sunday ($22.2 million four-day). With the movie's Oscar hype, Golden Globes nominations, the Meryl Streep-Tom Hanks lead duo, and the storyline's connection to current politics, Fox has a title that's motivating the thirty-somethings and over to the theaters.

    One of the major wide releases this weekend also had a strong outing. Lionsgate's "The Commuter," Liam Neeson's latest action movie, came in third place with $13.4 million ($16 million, four-day). Though Neeson is 65 he seems to still be believable enough to be running around doing thrilling things.

    However, "Paddington 2," despite having a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and Warner Bros. playing it on over 3,700 screens (around 800 more than "The Commuter"), only took in $10.6 million ($14.5 million, four-day). A drastic drop from its $19 million domestic opening the original had in 2015. But don't be too sad for the bear — the movie has already made over $125 million overseas.

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    • "Call Me by Your Name" star Timothée Chalamet is also in Woody Allen's upcoming film.
    • The actor is donating his salary to Time's Up, the LGBT Center in New York, and RAINN.
    • Allen has been accused of sexual assault by his adopted daughter, Dylan Farrow.
    • Chalamet says he cannot answer questions about his choice to work with Allen due to "contractual obligations."
    • He does say he doesn't want to profit from working on the movie.

    Rising Hollywood star Timothée Chalamet just announced he will donate his salary from the upcoming Woody Allen movie, "A Rainy Day in New York," to three different charities. The statement came after another of of the film's stars, Rebecca Hall, said she would also be donating her wages for the movie to the Time's Up initiative.

    In an Instagram post, Chalamet, who recently earned a Golden Globe nomination for his performance in "Call Me by Your Name," acknowledged that he had been asked several times in recent months about his decision to work with Woody Allen for the coming film.

    "I am not able to answer the question directly because of contractual obligations. But what I can say is this: I don't want to profit from my work on the film, and to that end, I am going to donate my entire salary to three charities: TIME'S UP, The LGBT Center in New York, and RAINN.

    I want to be worthy of standing shoulder to shoulder with the brave artists who are fighting for all people to be treated with the respect and dignity they deserve."

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    The announcement comes weeks after Dylan Farrow, Allen's adopted daughter, published an op-ed in the LA Times asking why the #MeToo movement had yet to reach the famous filmmaker. Farrow publicly accused Allen of sexually assaulting her, though the filmmaker denies the allegations.

    "I have long maintained that when I was seven years old, Woody Allen led me into an attic, away from the babysitters who had been instructed never to leave me alone with him," Farrow wrote in LA Times. "He then sexually assaulted me. I told the truth to the authorities then, and I have been telling it, unaltered, for more than 20 years."

    The renewed conversation around Allen's alleged sexual assault comes as part of the shifting power dynamic in the country as a string of allegations have surfaced against powerful men. Many notable media figures including Matt Lauer and Harvey Weinstein have faced swift consequences after reports of sexual misconduct and abuse were levied against them.

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    Several prominent stars have yet to make a public statement about their choice to work with Allen in the wake of the #MeToo movement and Time's Up initiative. Selena Gomez, who is starring opposite Chalamet in "A Rainy Day in New York," said she's not sure how to answer questions about the decision. 

    For more on Hollywood's response to Farrow's allegations, read our list of stars who controversially starred in a Woody Allen movie and what they've said about it.

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    The 2018 Sundance Film Festival begins Thursday, and if the past couple of years are any indication, that means it’s time to take a glimpse at the movies Netflix and Amazon will be throwing lots and lots of money at to acquire.

    Last year Amazon snagged “The Big Sick” for $12 million and Netflix got “Mudbound” for $12.5 million. Both are now in the hunt for award-season glory. Which titles from this year are going to get that kind of treatment?

    Here are 21 titles playing at the fest that we think are going to grab people’s attention:

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    “America To Me”

    Steve James (“Hoop Dreams,” “The Interrupters,” “Life Itself”) has made a career looking at the social melting pot of Chicago. For his latest, he examines racial inequality in the education system. This 10-part documentary series gives a one-year look at one of Chicago’s most progressive and diverse public schools.


    From a script by Tony Gilroy (the Jason Bourne movies, “Michael Clayton"), and starring John Hamm and Rosamund Pike, director Brad Anderson (“The Machinist”) looks at a US diplomat (Hamm) who, after leaving Lebanon in the 1970s following a tragic incident, returns 10 years later on a new mission. This political thriller already has distribution (Bleecker Street), so keep an eye out for it when it hits theaters in April.


    Ethan Hawke’s latest directing effort spotlights the little-known talents of country music songwriter Blaze Foley. Newcomer Benjamin Dickey takes on the role of this talent that is examined in three different story threads. 

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    As the #MeToo movement gained momentum in Hollywood following the Harvey Weinstein sexual assault allegations, Dylan Farrow asked pointedly in a Los Angeles Times op-ed in December, "Why has the #MeToo revolution spared Woody Allen?"

    In 1993, Allen faced accusations that he had sexually abused Farrow, his then-seven-year-old adoptive daughter. Allen, who has continually denied the accusations, was investigated but never prosecuted. 

    But Farrow has long maintained that Allen sexually assaulted her, after she first discussed the issue publicly in a New York Times op-ed in 2014. 

    In her 2017 op-ed, Farrow asked why A-list actors like Kate Winslet, Blake Lively, and Greta Gerwig have continued to work with and praise Allen.

    Farrow's words appear to have shifted to the tide, however, as a number of actors who played in Allen's movies (including Gerwig, Rebecca Hall, and Timothée Chalamet) have now either disavowed him or donated their salaries from his films to abuse victims charities in recent months.

    Here are all the actors who have disavowed Woody Allen after working in his movies:

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    Griffin Newman

    In October, before the LA Times published Farrow's op-ed, actor Griffin Newman said on Twitter that he regretted his "one-scene role" in Woody Allen's upcoming film, "A Rainy Day in New York," and would donate his salary from the film to RAINN (the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network).

    "I need to get this off my chest: I worked on Woody Allen’s next movie. I believe he is guilty. I donated my entire salary to RAINN," Newman tweeted. 

    Newman said he "spent a month debating whether or not to quit" the movie, but decided to speak out following the "compounded" list of sexual misconduct allegations in the wake of Harvey Weinstein.

    Rebecca Hall

    Rebecca Hall, who starred in Allen's 2008 film "Vicky Cristina Barcelona," said in an Instagram post on Saturday that she regretted her brief role in Allen's "A Rainy Day in New York," and would donate her salary from the part to Time's Up, a movement in solidarity with victims of sexual misconduct.

    "After reading and re-reading Dylan Farrow’s statements of a few days ago and going back and reading the older ones — I see, not only how complicated this matter is, but that my actions have made another woman feel silenced and dismissed," Hall wrote in the post.

    "I regret this decision and wouldn’t make the same one today. It’s a small gesture and not one intended as close to compensation but I’ve donated my wage to @timesup," she continued. 

    Timothée Chalamet

    Timothée Chalamet, the breakout star of "Call Me by Your Name," said in an Instagram post on Monday that he would donate his salary from "A Rainy Day In New York" to Time's Up, The LGBT Center in New York, and RAINN.

    "I have been asked in a few recent interviews about my decision to work on a film with Woody Allen last summer. I am not able to answer the question directly because of contractual obligations," Chalamet wrote. "But what I can say is this: I don't want to profit from my work on the film, and to that end, I am going to donate my entire salary to three charities: TIME'S UP, The LGBT Center in New York, and RAINN."

    "I want to be worthy of standing shoulder to shoulder with the brave artists who are fighting for all people to be treated with the respect and dignity they deserve," he continued.


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    • Selena Gomez doesn't want to apologize for working with Woody Allen, according to her mother and former manager, Mandy Teefey.
    • "Sorry, No one can make Selena do anything she doesn’t want to," Teefey wrote. "No one controls her."
    • Gomez will appear in Allen's upcoming film, "A Rainy Day in New York."
    • Allen allegedly sexually abused his previous adopted daughter, Dylan Farrow, in 1992.
    • Other "A Rainy Day in New York" stars have apologized and pledged their salaries to an organization that fights sexual abuse.


    Selena Gomez's mother and former manager, Mandy Teefey, said the singer didn't apologize for working with Woody Allen despite "a long talk" about not working with him."

    Teefey made the comments on Instagram, responding to a fan who asked why Gomez wouldn't apologize for acting on Allen's next film, "A Rainy Day in New York." INSIDER confirmed the comments came from Teefey's verified account.

    "Sorry, No one can make Selena do anything she doesn’t want to," Teefey wrote. "I had a long talk with her about not working with him and it didn’t click."

    Teefey said Gomez was in control of her own actions.

    "Her team are amazing people," she wrote. "There is no fall person here. No one controls her. She makes all her own decisions. No matter how hard you try to advise. It falls on deaf ears."

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    Allen allegedly sexually abused Dylan Farrow, his then-adopted daughter, in 1992. Following several court battles, a Connecticut judge ruled that Allen's behavior was "grossly inappropriate and that measures must be taken to protect [Dylan]."

    As the #MeToo movement continues to roil Hollywood, several celebrities who worked with Allen have apologized. Timothée Chalamet and Rebecca Hall, who both star "A Rainy Day in New York,"pledged their salaries to Time's Up, an organization that fights sexual harassment, and other charitable organizations.

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    But Gomez has mostly stayed silent, despite outrage from her fansIn an interview with Billboard in November, she declined to answer whether she considered Allen's past before signing on for her role.

    "To be honest, I’m not sure how to answer — not because I’m trying to back away from it," Gomez said. "[The Harvey Weinstein allegations] actually happened right after I had started [on the movie]. They popped up in the midst of it. And that’s something, yes, I had to face and discuss. I stepped back and thought, 'Wow, the universe works in interesting ways.'"

    Teefey and representatives for Gomez didn't immediately respond to INSIDER's request for comment.

    If you are a victim of sexual assault, you can visit RAINN or call its hotline at 1-800-656-4673 to receive confidential support from a trained staff member.

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    With "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" starting to wind down its theatrical run — becoming the highest-grossing movie of 2017 in the US, though underperforming in some regions overseas (especially China) — it's a good time to take a look at how all the "Star Wars" movies have done at the domestic box office. 

    Since George Lucas introduced the franchise with "A New Hope" in 1977, the "Star Wars" saga has defined how the blockbuster movie could earn Hollywood more money than it ever saw before, from its sequel strategy to how to cash in with merchandising.

    But how do all the films compare to one another in dominating the US box office?

    Here are the lifetime grosses of all the "Star Wars" movies: 

    Note: Box office figures below are domestic earnings adjusted for inflation. Totals also include reissue and special edition releases. All figures are courtesy of Box Office Mojo

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    9. "Attack of the Clones" (2002) — $477.5 million

    Unadjusted: $310.7 million
    Budget: $115 million

    8. "Revenge of the Sith" (2005) — $530 million

    Unadjusted: $380.3 million
    Budget: $113 million

    7. “Rogue One” (2016) — $540 million

    Unadjusted: $532.2 million
    Budget: $200 million

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    • "Voldemort: Origins of the Heir" is a fan-made "Harry Potter" prequel movie.
    • You can watch the full 50-minute movie on YouTube (scroll down for the video).
    • Warner Bros. greenlit the movie to be released as a non-profit fan film. 
    • It's an unofficial story about rise of Voldemort, as imagined by director Gianmaria Pezzato.


    Seven months after being greenlit by Warner Bros., the unofficial Harry Potter prequel about Voldemort has premiered online.

    The film, titled "Voldemort: Origins of the Heir," is a 50-minute prequel that chronicles the story of Grisha McLaggen, the Griffyndor heir who spearheads the search for Tom Riddle.

    The prequel takes place following the murder of the Hufflepuff heir, and McLaggen is under the impression that Riddle can still be redeemed. The film is narrated in flashbacks and accentuated with elaborate costumes, special effects and beautiful sets.

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    Back in 2016, the Tryangle Films production originally sourced for funding on Kickstarter, but it was taken down from the site after Warner Bros. claimed "copyright infringement" with the project.

    Luckily director Gianmaria Pezzato made a deal with Warner Bros. in June 2017 so that the movie could be released as not-for-profit.

    Of the project, Pezatto previously said, “We wondered, 'What made Tom Riddle become Voldemort? What happened in those years, and what really went down at Hogwarts when he came back?' A lot goes unspoken." 

    He then added, "This is the story we want to tell: The rise of the Dark Lord before Harry Potter and his first demise."

    Even though Warner Bros has started to explore the backstory and origins of the wizarding world with the "Fantastic Beasts" series, the fan-made film definitely adds some colour to the story.

    Hopefully there's an official one coming in the near future.

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    This post includes spoilers for "Star Wars: The Last Jedi."

    An apparent "Star Wars" fan who's fed up with "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" edited the movie to reduce the role of women.

    The result is a semi-coherent 46-minute film that erases the entire role of resistance admiral Amilyn Holdo, played by Laura Dern, and kills off Princess Leia, played by Carrie Fisher, early in the film. It's also racist, severely curtailing the role of the character who the editor calls "Asian chick," presumably Kelly Marie Tran, who plays Rose Tico in the movie.

    The anonymous fan posted a torrent file for the edited movie to The Pirate Bay on Sunday, titling it "The Last Jedi: De-Feminized Fanedit (aka The Chauvinist Cut)" and describing it as "basically The Last Jedi minus Girlz Powah and other silly stuff." It's cut from an illegal camera recording of the movie from a movie theater, the user wrote in the torrent description.

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    The new edit of the movie is part of a sexist and racist backlash towards "The Last Jedi" by "Star Wars" fans who resent that a woman, Rey, is at the center of Disney's new trilogy. Following the movie's release, members of the Alt-Right took credit for organizing a wave of negative attention toward the movie.

    Among the changes, Luke Skywalker's character is modified so he starts training Rey immediately, instead of "whining" at first, and doesn't drink green milk. The editor cuts out "most shots showing female fighters/pilots and female officers commanding people around/having ideas." And Leia "never scolds, questions nor demotes Poe," who eventually carries out the kamikaze attack instead of Admiral Holdo, who's cut out of the edit.

    Furthermore, Kylo Ren kills Leia and kills most of Snoke's guards, while Rey struggles with a single one, and there's "no bomber heroism by china girl in the beginning."

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    The editor of the "De-Feminized Fanedit" concedes the brief runtime isn't ideal, but stands behind it.

    "You will probably enjoy it most when you view it less as a blockbuster movie and more as some kind of episode from some non-existent mediocre Star Wars series," they wrote. "But for what it's worth, it can now at least be viewed without feeling nauseous about most of the terrible big and small decisions they made in this film."

    Since the news site Pedestrian wrote an article about the edit on Monday, fans of "The Last Jedi" have taken to Twitter to mock it as the work of a "men's rights activist" or "MRA."

    Many of them mocked the man for editing a film to reflect his own lonely life devoid of female companionship.

    Another referred to the video as "the first movie in history that actually gives its viewers cooties."

    Others simply pointed out how ridiculous the project is.

    Even "The Last Jedi" director Rian Johnson chimed in — even if only to laugh at the guy.

    Here's a full list of changes the editor said were made in "The Last Jedi: De-Feminized Fanedit," with typos perserved:

    - No whiny/reluctant/murderous psycho Luke. He does tell his story, but that's it. In the beginning of the movie, he has already started to train Rey, no convincing needed.
    - No green milk.
    - Cut out most shots showing female fighters/pilots and female officers commanding people around/having ideas.
    - NO HALDO! She simply doesn't exist. Her whole subplot doesn't exist. The Kamikaze is carried out by Poe. ( = Poe dies.)
    - Leia never scolds, questions nor demotes Poe. He is a respected and very skilled high-ranking member of the resistance.
    - Lea dies. Kylo kills her.
    - Kylo is more badass and much less conflicted and volatile, for example he does not smash his helmet. Luke did not try to murder him, he chose for himself.
    - Snoke disappears after he is "killed", leaving a reverb laughter (could be done better, but was lazy).
    - Kylo takes on more of Snoke's guards, Rey struggles with a single one.
    - No bomber heroism by china girl in the beginning.
    - No Canto Bight. ( = No weird goggled alien woman during union dispute.)
    - No superpowered Rey. She does get to show off a little bit of skill, because she is now shown to already be in training in the beginning of the movie. Interestingly, with these edits she now seems more graceful and real to me, that I almost like her as a character. She still saves the people in the end.
    - Less Porg nonsense.
    - Luke is not a semi-force-ghost and is smashed by the first laser cannon shot. (sorry, I just had to!)
    - When Rey and Kylo fight for the lightsaber, Rey flies away, Kylo remains standing. (there is no footage showing how she gets away, unfortunately - maybe with deleted scenes someday? My idea was that Kylo has mercy and lets her get away)
    - No force-connection between Kylo and Rey. Was kinda pointless. (Though now there's no good explanation why she goes on Snoke's ship. Let's say she wants to save Finn.)
    - Wookie eats the Porg, or at least isn't interrupted in trying to do so.
    - No Rey beating up Luke. (obviously)
    - No Yoda.
    - No Jedi archives.
    - Rey does not force-grab Kylo's lightsaber. One of the many things that made him look like a weakling.
    - The Keymaster is now simply some random guy from the crew who isn't really important or even introduced.
    - Phasma is finished after the first blow by Finn. (Women are naturally weaker than men, she isn't force-sensitive, and we know nothing about any exo-skeleton in her suit)
    - Finn's final sacrifice would have been awesome, but it was ruined by the Asian chick, so the whole sequence was dropped.
    - Asian chick speaks less, doesn't bully Finn, Finn doesn't try to escape, she is never formally introduced. She is just there and occasionally smiles at Finn or screams "Finn!". She has no sister. Serves her right for all the heinous stuff she did.
    - "General Leia's" is censored from the intro "General Leia's resistance fighters". It's just "resistance fighters" now.
    - Lots of little cuts reducing the number of female facial shots. Too many to count. (Pun intended.)
    - For example, when there's a scene where a woman is cut in making some important statement that can be substituted by another statement by a guy, then she gets cut out. Works pretty well actually.
    - Quite a few scenes rearranged so that the flow of the shortened movie is still somewhat coherent.

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    The most successful actors in Hollywood history have combined talent, versatility, and longevity to appear in hit after hit.  

    Tom Hanks, for instance — the third highest-earning actor in the history of the U.S. box office — has all three qualities in spades.

    We turned to Box Office Mojo to rank the top 20 actors of all-time by the total career hauls for their films at the U.S. box office.

    The ranking shifted recently after the blockbuster release of "Star Wars: The Last Jedi," with motion-capture icon Andy Serkis entering the top 20 for the first time. 

    Check out the actors with the top U.S. box-office grosses of all time:

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    20. Bruce Willis — $3.189 billion

    Highest grossing film: "The Sixth Sense" ($293.5 million)

    19. Will Smith — $3.205 billion

    Highest grossing film: "Suicide Squad" ($325.1 million)

    18. Emma Watson — $3.206 billion

    Highest grossing film: "Beauty and the Beast" ($504 million)

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