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    Dwayne The Rock Johnson Instagram Razzie Baywatch

    • Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson starred in a 2017 reboot of "Baywatch" with Zac Efron.
    • The movie was given a Razzie Award for being so "rotten" that people loved it. 
    • On Instagram and Twitter, Johnson uploaded his acceptance speech for the Razzie.
    • "We made 'Baywatch' with the best of intentions," he said. "It didn't work out like that, but I humbly and graciously accept my Razzie."
    • Johnson laughed throughout the speech, clearly finding the award amusing. 

     

    This year's Razzie Awards were just doled out to the worst movies of 2017, and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's "Baywatch" reboot was among the recipients. In a humble acceptance speech shared on his social media accounts, Johnson appears to admit that "Baywatch" wasn't exactly the best movie.

    "Look, we made 'Baywatch' with the best of intentions," Johnson says. "It didn't work out like that, but I humbly and graciously accept my Razzie."

    Johnson cracks himself up throughout the full mini-speech in the video (shared in the below tweet).

    The Razzie given to "Baywatch" was an award sponsored by Rotten Tomatoes: "The Razzie Nom So Rotten You Loved It." 

    "That means the s--- sandwich you have been eating is so bad that you eventually started to like it," Johnson said.

    The Rotten Tomatoes score for "Baywatch" was only 18% among critics and 56% for fans. The official Razzie Twitter account retweeted Johnson's video, saying "it takes a big man to pick up [the Razzie] and own his bad! That's love."

    For more on the worst films of 2017, see all of movies awarded Razzies here.

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    The Oscars determine the best in filmmaking. Or do they?

    Often, best picture winners don't line up with the most beloved movie of the year by fans, or even critics. 

    Although many of the most iconic movies in American cinema have been nominated for best picture, some didn't win. But they're loved so much and held in such high regard that you might assume they did. 

    Some years were competitive — which is why "There Will Be Blood" lost the best picture win to "No Country for Old Men." And why 2018's winner was "The Shape of Water," which was fine, but beat a few of the most exceptional films of the year and the decade: "Call Me by Your Name,""Lady Bird," and "Get Out."

    But some votes made by the Academy don't make any sense at all. Some years, the best picture winner was a movie you've probably never heard of. Or worse, sometimes it was a movie that's now considered terrible, like 2005 when "Crash" was awarded best picture instead of "Brokeback Mountain."

    Here are the most beloved best picture nominees that didn't actually win:

    SEE ALSO: 5 reasons 'Wonder Woman' was one of the most important films of 2017, and deserved a best picture Oscar nomination

    "Citizen Kane"

    Year: 1942, at the 14th Academy Awards

    What beat it:"How Green Was My Valley"

    "Citizen Kane," even to those who have not seen it, is one of the most recognizable films of all time, and it didn't even win best picture. A film doesn't have to have "best picture winner" next to its name in order to be iconic, and this movie is a great example. 



    "The Graduate"

    Year: 1968, at the 40th Academy Awards

    What beat it: "In the Heat of the Night"

    "The Graduate" is one of the most iconic films in American cinema. From the Simon & Garfunkel soundtrack, to the cinematography, to its performances, it quickly became one of those movies that is studied in film class, and is still quoted today. 



    "2001: A Space Odyssey"

    Year: 1969, at the 41st Academy Awards

    What beat it: "Oliver!"

    To this day, Stanley Kubrick's revolutionary space odyssey film looks decades ahead of its time. And a mediocre musical beat it. 



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    Black Panther

    • After a huge opening in the US, "Black Panther" now has the China box office in its sights, the second-largest movie market in the world.
    • The big question is whether it can bring in more business overseas than "Star Wars: The Last Jedi," which didn't even claim the top spot its opening weekend in China.
    • Paul Dergarabedian, a comScore box-office analyst, believes the movie will "exceed" what "The Last Jedi" earned there.

    Since opening in theaters, "Black Panther" has destroyed the decades-old conventional wisdom in Hollywood, where it's long been thought that movies with predominantly black casts or those that open in February can't bring in strong business.

    But with its record-breaking opening weekend behind it, Disney now embarks on its final test with "Black Panther"— finding box office success in China.

    "Black Panther" opens in the second-largest movie market in the world on Friday and the studio hopes that this time it will succeed where "Star Wars" couldn't. "The Last Jedi" opened in China in January and failed to claim the top spot its opening weekend there. It went on to take in $42.5 million in the country. 

    A big reason for that modest return is because much China has only been familiar with the "Star Wars" saga since the late 1990s, when the prequels were the first-ever "Star Wars" films shown in theaters (outside of piracy). The original trilogy wasn't released in China until "A New Hope" opened in 2015.

    But thanks to "Black Panther" being within the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), there's more recognition of the story and characters in the country.

    Outside of "The Force Awakens," all the recent MCU titles performed stronger in China than the recent "Star Wars" releases — $109.1 million for "Doctor Strange,"$100 million for "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2," and $116.2 million for "Spider-Man: Homecoming." In fact, none of the "Star Wars" movies have broken the $100 million mark in China since "The Force Awakens" ($124.1 million). 

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    And 2016's "Captain America: Civil War" bested all the above titles in China with a $180.7 million take.  The reason why that's an important stat — and why Disney should be excited about its chances in China — is because that's the movie that introduced the country to Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther.

    And the Disney marketing machine has been in full force ahead of the "Black Panther" opening to remind audiences in China that Black Panther is part of the MCU. 

    The official Chinese trailer for "Black Panther" features Thor, Iron Man, and Captain America, and the studio is also showing a promotional video in China featuring Boseman and Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man) discussing the movie, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

    All of this looks good for Disney going into this weekend.

    "The massive amount of coverage already devoted to the film, its cultural significance, critical acclaim and status of one of the best superhero films to ever come out of Hollywood, the China results should prove to be impressive and exceed 'The Last Jedi's' takings in the country where the 'Star Wars' brand doesn't have the built in audience that Marvel has developed over the years," comScore box-office analyst Paul Dergarabedian told Business Insider. "Conventional wisdom really does not apply since 'Black Panther' has rewritten the record books and more importantly broken down outmoded ideas and preconceived notions about what types of films can 'travel' and be successful around the world."

    With a domestic take of $506.4 million, "Black Panther" is now the ninth-biggest earner all-time at the domestic box office. It has a global box office of $909.8 million

    If the movie can exceed expectations in China, the movie will not only shoot past the $1 billion global box office mark quicker than most ever though, it will be in line to take down some of the biggest all-time box office records.

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    Christopher Robin Disney Winnie the Pooh live action movie

    • Disney's live-action Winnie the Pooh movies stars Ewan McGregor as Christopher Robin.
    • The movie tells the story of a grown-up Christopher Robin who has lost his way.
    • Winnie the Pooh and friends come and find him in the real world to help him.
    • The plot is very similar to the 1991 live-action movie "Hook," where Robin Williams was an adult Peter Pan who needed reminding of his childlike spirit.
    • "Christopher Robin"is scheduled to premiere on August 3 this year.

     

    Disney's "Christopher Robin" is a new live-action movie about Winnie the Pooh and his dearest human friend Christopher Robin. When Disney released the first look at the movie today with a teaser trailer, it became clear that "Christopher Robin" has a lot in common with the 1991 classic Peter Pan movie "Hook."

    Though "Hook" was not a Disney film (it was produced by Amblin Entertainment and distributed by TriStar), there are many similarities between the storytelling choices between it and "Christopher Robin."

    Here's the official synopsis for "Christopher Robin" released by Disney:

    "In the heartwarming live action adventure, the young boy who embarked on countless adventures in the Hundred Acre Wood with his band of spirited and lovable stuffed animals, has grown up and lost his way. Now it is up to his childhood friends to venture into our world and help Christopher Robin remember the loving and playful boy who is still inside."

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    For those who haven't seen "Hook," here's the rundown: Peter Pan has grown up and left Neverland, and become a grumpy dad with a demanding corporate job. Tinkerbell and other Neverlanders work help him remember who he once was and to appreciate the magic of his own life and children. 

    Based on the brief trailer released today for "Christopher Robin," there are some definite parallels. Christopher (played by Ewan McGregor) appears to have grown up into an overworked husband and father who is missing out on family events due to a demanding boss. 

    The movie contains an important nod to the original animated Winnie the Pooh TV series and movies. The same actor, Jim Cummings, is still voicing the iconic Pooh — this time just in realistic CGI. 

    The rest of Pooh's gang will turn up in the movie too. According to Disney, the rest of the cast includes Chris O’Dowd as Tigger, Brad Garrett as Eeyore, Toby Jones as Owl, Nick Mohammed as Piglet, Peter Capaldi as Rabbit, and Sophie Okonedo as Kanga.

    For a look at the other seven Disney movies premiering this year, read INSIDER's full roundup here.

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    Frances McDormand's best actress Oscar for "Three Billboards" was briefly stolen this past weekend — but it wasn't the only time an award has been taken from its rightful owner.

    The history of stolen Oscars— and we're not just talking about "Birdman" winning instead of "Boyhood"— is a rich one. It's filled with misinformation, strange disappearances, and cleaning mishaps.

    Here are the 10 strangest stories of Oscars gone missing.

    Hattie McDaniel's acting Oscar from her "Gone With the Wind" performance went missing from its display at Howard University.

    Until 1943, the Academy gave out plaques instead of Oscar statuettes for its supporting acting awards. Hattie McDaniel — the first black winner for an acting Oscar— had her award stolen sometime around 1970.

    "Unfortunately all of the principals who would have been involved at the university at that time — administrators and others — are no longer with us," Thomas Battle, a researcher at Howard University who investigated the incident, told NPR in 2009. "We have not been able to get the kind of direct information that we would like to be able to pursue this investigation further."

     



    Whoopi Goldberg lost her Oscar when she sent it out for cleaning.

    Goldberg — only the second black actress to win an Oscar, after McDaniel — won her award in 1991, for her performance in "Ghost."

    In 2002, she shipped it out to R.S. Owens & Company, the Chicago firm that forges the statuettes, for cleaning.

    When the company opened the package, it was empty.

    The Oscar was found by a security guard at the airport in Ontario, California. Someone had apparently opened the package, stolen the Oscar, then resealed it — but got cold feet and tossed it away, according to Vanity Fair.



    Someone tried to ransom Olympia Dukakis’s Oscar — but she just bought a replacement for $78 instead.

    In May 1989, a thief broke into Olympia Dukakis’s kitchen and whisked away the Oscar she won a year earlier, for supporting actress in "Moonstruck."

    The thief called her son, asking for ransom money in exchange for getting the Oscar back. He called the police in return, and no exchange ever happened; the thief apparently suspected a sting operation, according to Vanity Fair.

    Dukakis wasn't too bothered. As soon as she discovered her Oscar was missing, she called the Academy and paid the $78 replacement fee for a new statuette, according to the BBC.



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    • John Williams might be done with scoring "Star Wars" movies after "Episode IX."
    • The composer told radio station KUSC that after the ninth movie in the Skywalker saga "that will be quite enough for me."


    John Williams may be walking away from the movie franchise that didn't just make him an icon in the business, but became the soundtrack for the lives of so many.

    NME reports that in a recent conversation on radio station KUSC in California, the legendary composer hinted that the upcoming "Star Wars: Episode IX" will be the final movie he will score in the saga (comments at the 5:00 mark).

    "We know J.J. Abrams is preparing one now, that I will hopefully do next year for him," Williams said. "I look forward to it. It will round out a series of nine, that will be quite enough for me."

    To this point, Williams has scored every "Star Wars" movie within the Skywalker saga (including the prequels). He recently received an Oscar nomination for his score on "The Last Jedi," which marked his 37th nomination (he's won five times).

    If Williams does go through with it, don't worry, we're not going to lose the maestro for good. On deck, along with "Episode IX," he's got Steven Spielberg's "The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara" and the next Indiana Jones movie, which is still being developed but will be helmed by Spielberg.

    Williams is one of the most famous film composers of all time. Along with creating the memorable "Star Wars" scores, he also did the music for "Jaws,""E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial," and the "Harry Potter" movies, to name just a few.

    Business Insider contacted Williams' representative for comment but did not get an immediate response.

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    With the Oscars done, it’s time to start the discussion: Who are the best actors in Hollywood working today?

    There’s a massively long list of contenders, but we’ve been able to size that down to 50.

    Some of these luminaries can carry a movie to box office glory in their sleep, while others bring the acting talents that make a good movie become great.

    Here are the 50 best, broken down into four categories.

    Did your favorite make the cut?

    SEE ALSO: The 100 best movies on Amazon Prime right now

    THE LEGENDS



    Glenn Close

    She hasn't been attached to any major titles of late, but she's still one of the most talented actors on the planet. It seems like the 6-time Oscar nominee will be in the conversation at next year's Oscars when Sony Picture Classics releases "The Wife," which wowed audiences at last year's Toronto International Film Festival.



    Judi Dench

    If any movie has Dame Judi in it you know, despite what you think of the film, she's going to be one of the most memorable things about it. With her regal swagger, if a story needs some class, she's still the top one to call.  



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    Gary oldman

    • Actor Gary Oldman's son, Gulliver Oldman, wrote an open letter defending his father against domestic abuse allegations that resurfaced in recent weeks. 
    • Oldman's accuser and ex-wife, Donya Fiorentino (who is also Gulliver's mother) referenced the alleged abuse in recent interviews with The Daily Mail and TMZ, the latter of which followed Oldman's Oscar win for best actor on Sunday.
    • Gulliver Oldman wrote in his open letter that the alleged abuse "did not happen."
    • He referenced that his father was granted full custody of his children following his divorce with Fiorentino as "proof" of Oldman's innocence. 

     

    Oscar-winning actor Gary Oldman's son, Gulliver Oldman, has written an open letter defending his father against domestic abuse allegations from 2001 that resurfaced in recent weeks.

    After Oldman won the Oscar for best actor on Sunday, his accuser and ex-wife, Donya Fiorentino (who is also Gulliver Oldman's mother), referenced the alleged abuse in an interview with TMZ. 

    Fiorentino accused Oldman of domestic abuse in 2001, alleging that Oldman hit her in the face with a telephone in front of their children. In early February, she also discussed the alleged abuse with The Daily Mail, calling her marriage to the actor "a nightmare."

    In his open letter, however, Gulliver Oldman said that the alleged incident "did not happen."

    "In the case of my father, there is only innocence," he wrote. "There never has been any guilt. The reality is confused in excerpts, and published half truths from years ago." 

    Gulliver went on to note that his father was granted full custody of his children following his divorce with Fiorentino.

    "Custody of children is not given to a wife beater, and under most circumstances, hardly ever a man," he wrote. "My having lived, full time with my father should be in itself, proof enough."

    Read the open letter below:

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    • The latest adaptation of the Madeleine L'Engle novel directed by Ava DuVernay is an inspiring tale for children.
    • But with pacing issues and some underwhelming special effects it's not at the level of Disney stories we've become accustomed to.


    On Friday, Disney goes for round two with Madeleine L’Engle’s 1960s novel, “A Wrinkle in Time.” In 2004, the studio released a made-for-TV adaptation that finally aired after two years of date changes and a recut. 14 years later, the studio has tapped Ava DuVernay (“Selma”) to take on the material.

    Outside of both versions being highly inspirational for kids, these two adaptations could not be any different. DuVernay’s doesn’t feature a predominantly white cast and is fueled by special effects. However, the material is a challenge to make work for the screen, and that is clearly evident with the new movie.

    “A Wrinkle in Time” looks at a family dealing with the sudden disappearance of their scientist father, Alex (Chris Pine), four years ago. His daughter, Meg (Storm Reid), struggles with understanding what happened and being bullied at school isn’t making things easier. Meg’s highly intelligent younger brother, Charles Wallace (Deric McCabe), tries to keep her hopes up while her mother (played by Gugu Mbatha-Raw) also tries to stay positive. But suddenly a strangely dressed woman named Mrs. Whatsit (Reese Witherspoon) shows up in their living room and with the help of her fellow astral travelers, Mrs. Who (Mindy Kaling) and Mrs. Which (Oprah Winfrey), tells Meg, Charles Wallace, and Meg’s friend Calvin (Levi Miller) that they can find Alex.

    a wrinkle in time 3 disneyThe movie then becomes a trippy journey to another universe, where Alex has been captured by the evil “IT,” which feeds off of negativity. Meg must overcome her own issues with self-confidence to defeat the IT.

    The elements created by L’Engle have all the makings of a strong fantasy movie, but DuVernay’s adaptation (written by Jeff Stockwell and “Frozen” writer/director Jennifer Lee) has major pacing issues. The scenes just drag on and seem to marvel at its special effects — which aren’t that strong to begin with — instead of moving the story forward.

    At times the movie’s dramatic moments have the feeling of a cheesy Hallmark Channel movie rather than something that came from the most powerful movie studio in Hollywood. And Winfrey and Kaling look completely out of their element. Witherspoon carries the load a lot in the scenes featuring the three warrior travelers.

    But there are some things that will make you chuckle (in fact, a lot if you watch this movie in an altered state of mind). Michael Peña's evil Red character features unique facial hair and at one point he collapses into multiple pieces. Our heroes encounter a cul-de-sac of zoned-out kids bouncing red balls in unison. And for a good stretch of the middle of the movie Winfrey’s character is a giant and Witherspoon’s character suddenly transforms into a big leaf that the kids ride on (for no clear reason).

    The good thing about "A Wrinkle in Time" is it has an extremely powerful message for kids. It features a strong family structure, encourages you to love the qualities that make you unique, and has a diverse cast. At the very least, DuVernay delivers a story that will speak to all kinds of young people.

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    Warning: Minor spoilers ahead for Disney's "A Wrinkle in Time."

    The hype has been building for Disney's movie adaptation of the 1962 children's novel "A Wrinkle in Time" for years — but some moviegoers are bound to be disappointed. 

    "A Wrinkle in Time" tells the story of Meg Murray, a bright young girl who lives in a constant state of anxiety and self-deprecation after the disappearance of her father — a brilliant NASA scientist — four years ago.

    When Meg's unusually smart six-year-old brother, Charles Wallace, brings three celestial beings to their backyard, Meg is set on a journey to find her father and battle a dark evil spreading throughout the galaxy.

    Why You Should Care: "A Wrinkle in Time" is a groundbreaking movie

    Emmy and Oscar-nominated director Ava DuVernay ("13th,""Selma") is the first black woman to direct a major Hollywood movie with a $100 million-plus budget. The screenplay writers Jennifer Lee ("Frozen") and Jeff Stockwell ("Bridge to Terabithia") have both created acclaimed movies that found success with audiences of all ages.

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    The original book, written by Madeleine L'Engle, was the recipient of the Newberry Medal for disctinct work in children's fiction. It's been a best-selling classic for decades, translated into over 35 languages around the world.

    "A Wrinkle in Time" also boasts a considerable amount of star power with Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, and Mindy Kaling starring as Mrs. Which, Mrs. Whatsit, and Mrs. Who.

    Chris Pine and Gugu Mbatha-Raw shine as Meg's parents, and Zack Galifianakis and Michael Peña also have small but memorable roles in the film.

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    What's Hot: The inspiring message of self-discovery and empowerment is awesome

    If "Wonder Woman" set a new bar when it came to seeing women in action on screen, "A Wrinkle in Time" raises that bar further with its cast of brilliant and capable women fighting with their minds rather than a superhuman strength. 

    DuVernay and her team honed in on Meg's journey of learning to love herself, making it the most impactful aspect of "A Wrinkle in Time." Storm Reid plays Meg with a impressively quiet grace and confidence, and her scenes with Chris Pine are among the most emotionally resonant of the film. 

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    As Meg comes to understand more of the universe around her, and the role she must play in it, her confidence and creative problem-solving grows exponentially.

    DuVernay's reinvention of the planets described in L'Engle's book is gorgeously rendered, and sure to spark the creative imaginations of a new generation. The costuming and world-building brings a stunning and colorful life into a book that has long lived only in the minds of youngsters.

    What's Not: The editing is jarring and leaves a lot of confusion behind

    If you've read the original book as an adult, then you'd notice how chapters sometimes jump from scene-to-scene without much fanfare and often leave things people said or did behind with a frustrating lack of explanation. 

    Unfortunately, the movie version of "A Wrinkle in Time" made several important updates to the original material while keeping the jarring pacing of the book. The cuts between scenes or shots felt both stylized and accidental at the same time, leaving a sense of incompletion or muddled intent.

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    DuVernay and her team also changed up the way the "villain"— a dark force of evil known only as IT — is portrayed. In the books, Meg, Charles Wallace, and their new friend Calvin (a bland and earnest character) make their way through a dystopian socialist planet called Camazotz ruled by a disembodied brain (IT). 

    While we won't spoil the way the movie shifts from this storyline, we will say that the choices made result in IT being an ill-defined antagonist.

    The Bottom Line: "A Wrinkle in Time" is a decent adaptation of a flawed book

    Meg is an instantly iconic role model for young women with her awkwardly defiant personality and relateable evolution into a more confident version of herself.

    But the movie falters in the same places where the book did with pacing and poorly explained scenes or characters. The result is a mixed bag of inspirational and disappointing moments peppered with flashes of brilliance.

    Especially for any moviegoers who haven't read the book, "A Wrinkle in Time" is likely to fall flat.

    Grade: B-

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    Some of the greatest moments in cinematic history are scenes of non-fiction.

    From a profile of boxing legend Muhammad Ali to a portrait of a renowned sushi chef, the best documentaries capture real-life phenomena in a memorable and artful fashion.

    To find out which documentary films have received the most critical acclaim over time, we turned to the reviews aggregator Rotten Tomatoes for its ranking of the top documentaries in history.

    The site ranked the films by a weighted critic score that accounts for variation in the number of reviews each film received. 

    Here are the 50 best documentaries of all time, according to critics:

    SEE ALSO: All 49 of Netflix's notable original movies, ranked from worst to best

    50. "Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me" (2014)

    Critic score: 98%

    User score: 79%

    Summary:"The uncompromising Tony and Emmy Award-winner is showcased both on and off stage via rare archival footage and intimate cinema vérité."



    49. "The Overnighters" (2014)

    Critic score: 98%

    User score: 84%

    Summary:"Broken, desperate men chase their dreams and run from their demons in the North Dakota oil fields. A local Pastor risks everything to help them."



    48. "The Look of Silence" (2015)

    Critic score: 96%

    User score: 90%

    Summary:"A family that survived the genocide in Indonesia confronts the men who killed one of their brothers."



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    • MoviePass has disabled location tracking on its app.
    • This follows privacy concerns after CEO Mitch Lowe revealed that the app is tracking what its customers are doing after leaving the movie theater.


    MoviePass has removed the capability to track its customers, following privacy concerns.

    According to Variety, in an iOS update of the app on Wednesday the notes stated that it has "removed unused app location capability."

    The removal of location tracking comes after comments made by MoviePass CEO Mitch Lowe that sparked complaints that the app was infringing on its customers' privacy.

    Lowe stated at a conference last week that the MoviePass app tracks users “in your GPS by the phone … so we watch how you drive from home to the movies," according to Media Play News. "We watch where you go afterwards, and so we know the movies you watch. We know all about you. We don’t sell that data. What we do is we use that data to market films."

    This comes on the heels of the app navigating through another controversy when it terminated a "small percentage" of its customers for violating its terms of service in February. Many people who had their accounts deleted said they thought they should not have been taken off the service, and were unfairly targeted. MoviePass eventually reinstated roughly 10% of the accounts it deleted, the company told Business Insider.

    In a statement to Business Insider, MoviePass stated: “MoviePass released a new app update, including the removal of some unused app location capabilities. While part of our vision includes using location-based marketing to enhance the moviegoing experience for our members, we aren’t using some of that functionality today. Our members will always have the option to choose the location-based services that are right for them today and in the future.”

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    Over the years, 17 women have lent their voices to bring Cinderella, Belle, Mulan, and the other Disney princesses to life.

    The newest actress to join the roster is 17-year-old Hawaiian native Auli'i Cravalho, who voices Moana — though her character would insist she's the daughter of the chief, "not a princess."

    Here's a little background on the leading ladies behind Disney's princesses.

    SEE ALSO: 7 amazing Easter eggs you probably missed in Disney's 'Moana'

    The original Disney princess, Snow White befriends small forest creatures and takes a long, curse-induced nap in Disney's 1937 seminal classic, "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs."



    In real life, Adriana Caselotti was a convent-educated teenager who beat out 150 actresses.

    Source: New York Times



    Walt Disney personally hired 18-year-old Caselotti for the role of Snow White in his first feature-length cartoon. She made $20 a day reading lines and singing for a total of $970.

    Caselotti said her salary was less than what one of the actors who voiced a dwarf was paid.

    After "Snow White," Caselotti sang opera, worked briefly in real estate and the stock market, and wrote a book on singing. Disney never used Caselotti as an actress or vocalist again.

     



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    • Fandango surveyed over 3,000 women to find out what their movie habits were, and their top favorite genre was action.
    • The least popular genre among women was romance and romantic comedies, which is often assumed as a go-to for women.
    • The survey also asked women about their opinions on women's representation in film: a high percentage said the Time's Up and #MeToo movements would affect the industry

    Before you assume that a woman's favorite movie is something from the 2000s starring Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey, ask her.

    You will probably get a different answer than you were expecting. 

    In honor of International Women's Day, Fandango surveyed over 3,000 female moviegoers between the ages of 18 and 54, to figure out women's movie preferences and habits, and their views on women’s representation in film. 

    The survey showed that the most popular genre for women was action movies, at 22%. Coming in last was romance/romantic comedies, at 9%. Women are half of the world's population, and the majority of moviegoers. Perhaps this is why there has been a dramatic shift away from rom-coms and toward action movies in recent years.

    The survey also showed that women prefer movies with more diversity, and are more likely to see a movie with dynamic female characters. 

    Here are some of the most interesting results of the Fandango survey:

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    57% prefer female-driven stories told by female filmmakers/writers

    While female written and directed movies are a plus, women are still interested in seeing movies written and directed by men. For example, "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle" was directed and written by men (and starred mostly men), but on Fandango 56% of tickets for the movie were bought by women. 



    82% are more inclined to see a movie with dynamic female characters

    The only problem? There aren't many of those. 



    75% prefer to watch movies with diverse casts

    49% of tickets for "Black Panther" purchased on Fandango were bought by women. 



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    Film critics are widely praising "The Death of Stalin," a sharp political satire of the Soviet government that takes place in 1953, immediately following the death of dictator Josef Stalin. 

    Written and directed by Armando Iannucci, the creator of HBO's Emmy-winning series "Veep," the film is a dark and absurd dramatization of the power struggle among Stalin's cronies after the Soviet leader's death. 

    It's based on a French graphic novel of the same name, and it stars Steve Buscemi as Nikita Khrushchev (Stalin's successor), alongside Jason Isaacs, Michael Palin, and Jeffery Tambor.

    In January, the Russian government banned the film from being released in Russia, and a Russian official reportedly described the film as a form of "extremism" intent on "causing rifts in society."

    "The Death of Stalin" currently stands at a 96% "Fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and it opens in the US on Friday. 

    Here's a selection of the best reviews for "The Death of Stalin":

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    "Armando Iannucci's hilarious, profane satire about politburos pole-positioning for power could not be more timely. It's the funniest, fiercest comedy of the year."

    Peter Travers, Rolling Stone



    "As Stanley Kubrick did with 'Dr. Strangelove,' Iannucci has built a satire not by twisting the truth but by nudging reality just a few inches further in the direction it was already going."

    Bilge Ebiri, The Village Voice



    "A riotous farce of doublespeak and plotting laced with moments of bitumen-black horror."

    Philip De Semlyen, Time Out



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    • "Veronica" is a Spanish horror movie now streaming on Netflix.
    • The film is said to be based on real events — and official police reports support part of this.
    • A teenager died in Madrid in the early 1990s after reportedly conducting a séance at school.
    • Her cause of death was ruled unknown in the hospital.
    • Months later her parents called 9-1-1, and the ensuing police report included mention of supernatural events (including mysterious noises).
    • "Veronica" changes the timeline of events and combines two separate incidents.
    • The movie takes a lot of liberties, but the director has acknowledged this in an interview.

    "Veronica" is a fictional horror movie that recently arrived on Netflix. The film is reportedly so terrifying that people are turning it off before finishing it (though not everyone finds it scary). But is it really based on a true story?

    The movie's versions of events take place in 1991 Madrid, where a girl named Veronica holds a séance with her friends at high school. Later, while babysitting her siblings at home, Veronica begins experiencing terrifying supernatural events. 

    "Veronica" touts itself as a movie based on true events and a real police report. Let's take a closer look at exactly what transpired in Spain more than two decades ago.

    The strange death of young girl in Vallecas, Madrid

    According to several paranormal blog sites, including Ghost Theory, police reports from 1992 indicate that a young girl named Estefania Gutierrez died several months after performing a "makeshift sèance" at her high school. The ritual included a Ouija board, which the girls used with a glass turned upside down. 

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    Though the exact cause of her death is unknown, the reports indicate that she began having seizures and telling her parents about seeing shadowy "evil" figures stalking her. 

    Estefania's health eventually deteriorated until she died in a hospital, though the report indicates that doctors were never able to diagnose an illness.

    A police report filed months after her death is the real source of mystery

    The reason paranormal aficionados have latched onto this case lies in the unusual police report filed after officials were called the to Gutierrez household. 

    Estefania's parents placed a frantic call to the authorities after experiencing mysterious events, including seeing shadowy figures walking through their house and even feeling as if a pair of invisible hands had grabbed them.

    According to reports based on the lead detective's account of the event, when police arrived the house was eerily quiet and calm. But as they began walking through the Gutierrez home, a number of inexplicable noises were heard. Several of the police thought they heard a loud boulder rolling across the deck of the home — but there was nothing there when they looked outside. 

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    There were other reports of loud banging noises and an armoire opening suddenly for no apparent reason. The police file also includes mention of a photograph of Estefania burning inside its frame. 

    In the movie "Veronica," a 9-1-1 call is played, mimicking the real call made to Madrid police by Estefania's parents. Though this report was filed months after the real death of Estefania, the movie makes it seems as if the 9-1-1 call is connected to Veronica's death.

    As noted by Newsweek, the director of "Veronica" addressed how the Vellacas case is a popular story in Spain, mainly because it's a rare time when a police officer has written "paranormal" events down in an official report.

    "In Spain it's very popular, this story, because it is, as we say in the film, the only time a police officer has said he has witnessed something paranormal,"Paco Plaza said.  "And it's written in a report with an official police stamp and it's really impressive when you look at it."

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    Plaza continued on to say that he knew from the start that "Veronica" would warp the real story.

    "I think when we tell something, it becomes a story, even if it's in the news," Plaza said. "You only have to read the different newspapers to know how different reality is, depending on who's telling it. So I knew we were going to betray the real events."

    You can stream "Veronica" now on Netflix. For one account of how scary (or not) the movie truly was, read INSIDER's review here.

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    • Reese Witherspoon appeared on CBS's "The Late Show With Stephen Colbert" and discussed her experiences with co-star Oprah Winfrey on the set of "A Wrinkle in Time."
    • Witherspoon said that Winfrey had very specific rules about chewing gum and playing music in the hair and makeup trailer.  
    • On Witherspoon's first day on set, she said that she played music in the hair and makeup trailer and Winfrey's assistant spoke to her three days later saying, "Oprah likes silence in the trailer."
    • When Winfrey caught Witherspoon chewing gum in front of her, she told her, "No one chews gum around me."
    • Witherspoon defended herself by saying that she wasn't aware of the rules: "Nobody gave me the Oprah rules."
    • "A Wrinkle in Time" opens in theaters on Friday.
    • Watch the video below (Witherspoon talks about the rules at 3:37).

     

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    • People are hating on "Ready Player One," directed by Steven Spielberg.
    • The trailers for the movie make it look like a confusing mess.
    • The backlash reflects audience exhaustion with nostalgic fan service.
    • Still, some Spielberg fans are looking forward to it.

     

    "Ready Player One" will be released in less than a month, on March 28, and it's hard to find anyone excited for it. Depending on who you ask, the movie is "nerd culture gone awry" or a "depressing dystopia about how we can't make anything new."

    The movie, directed by Steven Spielberg, is based on a critically acclaimed and bestselling book by Ernest Cline. In it, the creator of the OASIS — an enormous virtual reality world where everyone spends their time — dies, and the person who wins his Easter Egg challenge will be its ruler.

    A guy named Wade Watts, played by Tye Sheridan, tries to win before an evil corporation gets there first and monetizes the OASIS. Along the way, Watts interacts with pop culture figures and concepts from the 1980s like Pac-Man, "Blade Runner," and Spielberg's own movies.

    "Ready Player One" has an enormous scope, but the trailers so far don't inspire confidence or clarify the plot. The most recent one included a haunting cover of "Pure Imagination" from "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory."

    Movie fans don't want pandering, manufactured nostalgia.

    "Ready Player One" is rich with pop culture references. In a way, pop culture references is its entire premise: The characters get to live in a virtual fantasyland where their favorite movie and video game characters walk alongside them. It's like fanfiction.

    But movie fans are tired of big studios manufacturing nostalgia from the 1980s. They've been serving this up for a decade now, with properties like 2010's "The A-Team" and 2016's "Ghostbusters." Sometimes reheating cultural leftovers works, as with "Blade Runner 2049" and "It." But sometimes you just know it's a lazy way of making movies.

    The marketing for the movie makes it appear a bit like a string of references without a plot, and people aren't looking forward to that. It seems a bit like having a friend who's learned all the pop culture references in an attempt to appear savvy, but looped back to being uncool again.

    The whole idea of mashing up a bunch of disparate characters seems childish anyway. To some people, it resembles  cartoon crossover episodes.

    It's also a bit like the 2005 viral video "Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Destiny," where poorly-drawn characters from pop culture all fight each other.

    Steven Spielberg directing "Ready Player One" shows just how much fan culture has taken over Hollywood.

    Paired with the exhaustion of manufactured nostalgia, some movie fans are also upset with how much video games, comics, and other "nerd culture" properties have taken over virtually every big budget movie.

    "Ready Player One" is nakedly about the fight against big corporations monetizing pop culture beloved by fans. Watts wants to secure control of the OASIS before a corporation can and keep things free for everyone.

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    But the real-life world where "Ready Player One" exists suggests the opposite: Warner Bros., a big entertainment conglomerate, wants to make a ton of money from a movie that's filled with beloved characters from "The Iron Giant" and "Street Fighter."

    Steven Spielberg is one of the few directors alive who could likely rustle up any budget he wanted for any project he wanted. The book even references a lot of Spielberg's own movies, which he'll be cutting from his adaptation But still, he caved and made something fan-servicey. And while, of course, many fan-referencing movies are great, like "The Lego Movie" and "21 Jump Street," this one doesn't look promising.

    Many Spielberg fans are still looking forward to it.

    On the other hand, there are still a lot of people looking forward to the movie. Spielberg is one of the greatest filmmakers in history, after all, and maybe he can pull it off — it's just the marketing that can't keep up.

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    • A new deleted scene from "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" shows us a different side of Captain Phasma, the First Order villain played by "Game of Thrones" star Gwendoline Christie.
    • In the scene, Phasma faces off with Finn, one of our heroes.
    • Finn exposes Phasma's betrayal of her own troops, prompting a tense standoff that exposes her true colors.
    • Phasma's character was built up in the "Star Wars" comics and novels, but got curt treatment in the movies.
    • Fans were disappointed.
    • "Look, I love Gwen [Christie]. I love Phasma,"director Rian Johnson told Business Insider. "But it just wasn't the story we were telling. There just wasn't a place for it. We already had quite a full plate to deal with in terms of all the other characters."
    • Watch the deleted scene below.

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    • Actor Russell Crowe is auctioning off more than 200 personal items through Sotheby's Australia following his recent divorce.
    • The items up for auction include artwork, film memorabilia, and a dinosaur skull that Crowe bought from Leonardo DiCaprio, which has an estimated worth between $35,000 and $40,000.
    • Crowe is also auctioning off a suede leather jock strap that he wore in the 2005 film "Cinderella Man."
    • Sotheby's says that all items will be "accompanied by a letter from Russell Crowe stating his ownership."

    Actor Russell Crowe is auctioning off more than 200 of his personal items following his divorce from Danielle Spencer, including a dinosaur skull that he purchased from Leonardo DiCaprio, IndieWire reports.

    Crowe's auction is taking place through Sotheby's Australia on April 7, and the event boasts a strikingly direct title — "Russell Crowe: The Art of Divorce."

    The items up for auction from Crowe include artwork, film memorabilia, and the mounted skull of a Mosasaur that Crowe "acquired from" DiCaprio in 2008. Sotheby's lists the dinosaur skull at an estimated worth of between $35,000 and $40,000.

    "The fossil relative of the monitor lizard family, which includes the Komodo Drago, the Mosasaur was a giant, serpentine marine reptile, which was prevalent during the Late Cretaceous Period, approximately 65 million years ago," Sotheby's writes of the fossil. "Mosasaurs were formidable hunters, with a double-hinged jaw and a flexible skull enabling them to eat their prey whole."

    Crowe is also selling off a suede leather jock strap that he wore in the 2005 film "Cinderella Man." Sotheby's estimates its worth between $500 and $600.

    Sotheby's writes that all items, including the dinosaur skull and jock strap, will be "accompanied by a letter from Russell Crowe stating his ownership."

    If you're so inclined, you can register for an auction paddle here.

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