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- 05/23/18--13:13: Everything coming to — and leaving — Netflix in June
- The list of everything that will be coming to and leaving Netflix in June has been released.
- Among those joining the streaming site are "Thor: Ragnarok,""Star Wars: The Last Jedi," and season 2 of "Luke Cage."
- Titles that will be removed include "Men in Black,""The Giver," and "Captain America: Civil War."
- 05/24/18--06:24: The 41 best HBO original movies of all time, according to critics
- "Deadpool 2" is being criticized for reviving the "Asian hair streak" trope.
- In the film, the only Asian-American character, Yukio, has streaks of neon purple hair.
- It's a style and a trope that's become synonymous with having a "rebellious attitude."
- "Cobra Kai" creators Jon Hurwitz, Hayden Schlossberg, and Josh Heald talk about how their YouTube Red hit show got off the ground.
- It included getting multiple rights holders to agree on the project and convincing Ralph Macchio to come back and play the role that made him a star.
- Actor Matthew McConaughey told Jimmy Kimmel about his experience of "being Snooped" by Snoop Dogg, when the rapper swapped prop weed for real marijuana in a scene they both appeared in for Harmony Korine's upcoming movie, "The Beach Bum."
- "We pass back and forth and all of a sudden at the end, he goes, 'Yo, Moondog — that's my character — that ain't prop weed. That's Snoop weed,'" McConaughey told Kimmel.
- Eight women accused Morgan Freeman of inappropriate behavior in a CNN report published Thursday.
- The accusers included Chloe Melas, a CNN reporter who cowrote Thursday's report. She accused Freeman of subjecting her to inappropriate comments about her appearance at a press junket.
- Altogether, CNN said it spoke with 16 people who "described a pattern of inappropriate behavior by Freeman" on film sets, in his work at his production company, Revelations Entertainment, and in media interviews.
- MoviePass is getting in the movie distribution business with the Sundance hit, "American Animals," coming to theaters in June.
- It is teaming with The Orchard to release the movie.
- MoviePass is an equal partner in the release, paying for half the movie with The Orchard and will be splitting half of the box office, a source told Business Insider.
- "American Animals" director Bart Layton told Business Insider that the movie would be released even if MoviePass were to go out of business.
- 05/24/18--11:18: 9 common words you probably didn't know came from movies
- Movies like "Star Wars,""Ghostbusters," and "Clueless" are celebrated as classics.
- They also have made some surprising contributions to our vocabularies.
- Common words popularized by movies include "catfish,""my bad," and even "toast."
- Video from 2015 and 2016 showing Morgan Freeman making comments on the bodies of female reporters has been republished.
- Entertainment Tonight found the clips after CNN published accusations by eight women who said Freeman had harassed them or behaved inappropriately.
- One of the ET clips shows Freeman asking reporter Ashley Crossan if she would "fool around with older guys."
- In a second, Freeman strikes up a conversation about correspondent Janet Mock's legs, and gestures to them.
- Since the CNN story broke, Morgan issued an apology to "to anyone who felt uncomfortable or disrespected."
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- "Matilda" actress Mara Wilson received a script with a Christian redemption arc for child actors.
- The script used the names of child actors instead of characters.
- Wilson called it out, saying her life doesn't need redemption.
- "Solo: A Star Wars Story" earned a record-breaking $14.1 million at its Thursday night preview screening.
- It's projected to earn around $140 million during the Memorial Day weekend, which would also be a record.
- But that would make "Solo" the lowest-grossing opening ever for a "Star Wars" movie since Disney took over the franchise.
- Even "Rogue One" had a better opening weekend ($155 million).
- "Solo: A Star Wars Story" has some great moments, but as a whole is a flawed movie.
- The third act of the movie has major problems and feels uninspired.
- However, Alden Ehrenreich gives a worthy Solo performance, Donald Glover's Lando is fantastic, and the movie beautifully shot.
- President Donald Trump told reporters he wasn't familiar with the Harvey Weinstein case.
- Weinstein has been accused of sexual misconduct by more than 80 women. He turned himself in to police Friday morning and is out on bail.
- President Trump himself has been publicly accused of sexual misconduct by 19 women.
June marks the start of summer, beach days, and vacations — but it's also a great time to catch up on your favorite movies and TV shows. Luckily, Netflix is adding new titles that will please everyone.
In June, Netflix will add "Thor: Ragnarok,""The Departed,""Step Up 2: The Streets," and "Star Wars: The Last Jedi." Fans of "Sense8" will also be thrilled, yet heartbroken when the show's series finale is added on June 8.
Major films and TV shows will join the streaming site, but you'll have to say goodbye to "Captain America: Civil War,""The Spy Next Door," and "50 First Dates."
Here's a list of everything coming and going on Netflix in June.
Arriving in June
"Busted!" (season finale) NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Disney's "101 Dalmatians"
George Balanchine's "The Nutcracker"
"He Named me Malala"
"Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth"
"Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist"
"November 13: Attack on Paris" NETFLIX ORIGINAL
"Rumor Has It"
"Terms and Conditions May Apply"
"The Prince & Me 4: The Elephant Adventure"
"The King's Speech"
"The Break with Michelle Wolf" (streaming every Sunday) NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Marvel Studios' "Thor: Ragnarok"
"Hyori's Bead & Breakfast" Season 2 (streaming every Thursday)
"The Night Shift" Season 4
"Alex Strangelove" NETFLIX FILM
"Ali's Wedding" NETFLIX FILM
"Marcella" Season 2 NETFLIX ORIGINAL
"Sense8" (series finale) NETFLIX ORIGINAL
"The Hollow" NETFLIX ORIGINAL
"The Staircase" NETFLIX ORIGINAL
"Treehouse Detectives" NETFLIX ORIGINAL
"Wynonna Earp" Season 2
"Portlandia" Season 8
"Cutie and the Boxer"
"Marlon" Season 1
"La Hora Final"
"Lust Stories" NETFLIX FILM
"Maktub" NETFLIX FILM
"Set It Up" NETFLIX FILM
"Step Up 2: The Streets"
"Sunday's Illness" NETFLIX FILM
"The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus"
"The Ranch: Part 5" NETFLIX ORIGINAL
"True: Magical Friends" NETFLIX ORIGINAL
"True: Wonderful Wishes" NETFLIX ORIGINAL
"Voltron: Legendary Defender" Season 6 NETFLIX ORIGINAL
"Grey's Anatomy" Season 14
"Club de Cuervos presents: La balada de Hugo Sánchez" NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Marvel's "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." Season 5
"Hannah Gadsby: Nanette" NETFLIX ORIGINAL
"Brain on Fire" NETFLIX FILM
"Cooking on High" NETFLIX ORIGINAL
"Derren Brown: Miracle" NETFLIX ORIGINAL
"Heavy Rescue: 401" Season 2 NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Marvel's "Luke Cage" Season 2 NETFLIX ORIGINAL
"Us and Them" NETFLIX FILM
"To Each, Her Own (Les Goûts et les couleurs)" NETFLIX FILM
"Hotel Transylvania" Season 1
"Secret City" NETFLIX ORIGINAL
"Star Wars: The Last Jedi"
"W. Kamau Bell: Private School Negro" NETFLIX ORIGINAL
"Churchill's Secret Agents: The New Recruits" NETFLIX ORIGINAL
"GLOW" Season 2 NETFLIX ORIGINAL
"Harvey Street Kids" NETFLIX ORIGINAL
"Kiss Me First" NETFLIX ORIGINAL
"La Forêt" NETFLIX ORIGINAL
"La Pena Maxima"
"Nailed It!" Season 2 NETFLIX ORIGINAL
"Paquita Salas" Season 2 NETFLIX ORIGINAL
"Recovery Boys" NETFLIX ORIGINAL
"TAU" NETFLIX FILM
"Fate/EXTRA Last Encore: Oblitus Copernican Theory" NETFLIX ORIGINAL
"iZombie" Season 4
"Life Sentence" Season 1
"Supergirl" Season 3
Leaving in June
"50 First Dates"
"Men in Black"
"My Left Foot"
"Out of the Dark"
"The Angry Birds Movie"
"The Brothers Grimm"
"The Spy Next Door"
"The Young Victoria"
"What Our Fathers Did: A Nazi Legacy"
"While You Were Sleeping"
"Shark Men" Season 3
"Grace of Monaco"
"The Trials of Muhammad Ali"
"Bonnie & Clyde"
"Naz & Maalik"
"The Great Gatsby"
"Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown" Seasons 1 — 8
"Backstreet Boys: Show 'Em What You're Made Of"
"Cedar Cove" Seasons 1 — 3
"Baby Daddy" Season 1— 6
"Sin City: A Dame to Kill For"
"Curious George 3: Back to the Jungle"
Marvel Studios' "Captain America: Civil War"
"Alpha and Omega"
"Bad Grandpa .5"
"On Golden Pond"
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Decades before Netflix original films existed, HBO transformed the critical perception of what a "TV movie" could be.
For years, HBO cornered the market on quality original films for at-home consumption, routinely cranking out critically acclaimed documentaries and biopics or dramas with notable Hollywood names.
The cable network has had its fair share of misfires as well, including its most recent feature, a critically panned adaptation of Ray Bradbury's "Fahrenheit 451."
But altogether, with biopics like "Gia," starring Angelina Jolie as the heroin-addicted supermodel Gia Carangi, or Claire Danes' role as the revolutionary autistic scientist "Temple Grandin," HBO has produced many acclaimed films and performances since it released its first original movie, "The Deadly Game," in 1982. And now thanks to on-demand streaming, if you are an HBO subscriber you can watch the whole back catalog through either HBO Go or HBO Now.
To figure out which HBO original films are worth seeking out, we turned to the reviews aggregator Rotten Tomatoes and compiled every HBO film that had above a 70% "fresh" rating on the site. We excluded HBO coproductions that were distributed in theaters by other studios.
Here are the 41 best HBO original movies of all time, according to critics:
41. "Barbarians at the Gate" (1993)
Critic score: 71%
Audience score: 73%
Summary:"CEO F. Ross Johnson has just been burned by a failed product and begins drawing up plans to buy the company outright so he'll have no one to answer to but himself. Unfortunately for Johnson, his company is being coveted by a sharkish 'buyout king.'"
40. "Hysterical Blindness" (2002)
Critic score: 73%
Audience score: 62%
Summary:"Two aging single women in 1980s New Jersey enact a routine of deluded barroom romance."
39. "The Wizard of Lies" (2017)
Critic score: 73%
Audience score: 63%
Summary:"In 2008, stockbroker, investment advisor and financier Bernie Madoff made headlines around the world when he was arrested for perpetrating perhaps the largest financial fraud in U.S. history."
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"Deadpool 2" is a hit superhero movie — both with critics and with audiences. But it has some problems, and critics are particularly frustrated with one tired trope it revived: the "Asian hair streak."
If you're not familiar with the concept, the "Asian hair streak" cliché is when an East Asian character has a streak of neon dye in their hair, often to signal that they're rebellious. It's present in all sorts of movies and TV shows, from "Glee" to "Big Hero 6."
In "Deadpool 2," the character who embodies the trope is Yukio, played by the Japanese-Australian actress-model Shiori Kutsuna.
She's the girlfriend of the character Negasonic Teenage Warhead, played by Brianna Hildebrand, and has black hair with streaks of pink. It doesn't help that Yukio has only a few lines in the movie and doesn't do much until the last few scenes, rendering her a two-dimensional character. (Yukio was also portrayed by Rila Fukushima in 2013's "The Wolverine" with dyed red hair.)
The critique was revived when the Twitter account @nerdyasians, which tracks Asian representation in media, posted it to Twitter.
it’s time for western media to drop the idea that asian girls need neon streaks of color in their hair to stand out. pic.twitter.com/r2YRNdENbG— nerdy (@nerdyasians) May 22, 2018
Yukio was even worse than usual because her main purpose was to wave “Hi!” in a ditzy way to Deadpool, and that she’s someone’s girlfriend. Also they just HAD to have her do the move with her leg that’s a callback to GoGo from Kill Bill, cuz *Asian*s.— 조닉 Nick Cho (@NickCho) May 22, 2018
My hair is blue but the western media perpetuates Asian girls with dyed hair as rebels, girls who don’t conform to the rest is Asian stereotypes. While obviously this doesn’t apply to EVERY movie including Asian women, often the women with undyed hair represent the docile Asians https://t.co/Qo99tReJ6T— boo boo the fool (@ayyyooorianne) May 23, 2018
this is so weird like why is this even a thing lol who decided that the streak of colored hair makes asian girls cool lmao https://t.co/e2sBKrj8Qc— glolita (@LilGlolita) May 23, 2018
this is so weird like why is this even a thing lol who decided that the streak of colored hair makes asian girls cool lmao https://t.co/e2sBKrj8Qc— glolita (@LilGlolita) May 23, 2018
Before you say "but I'm Asian and I love my colored hair!", that's great!— Alise Quynh (@zeezackczs) May 23, 2018
But we're here talking about how American media refuses to create complex Asian female characters and would rather just slap on a purple streak https://t.co/mRgLgzV8Jl
I was thinking this the whole movie. The all over pink was cute, WHY WE GOTTA GO TROPE-Y and then back to all pink again? HER HAIR JUMPED AROUND A LOT WITHOUT ANY EXPLANATION. WIGS? MAGIC? Is this her power? I don't know Xmen https://t.co/sAjJ94TNtT— Austen Marie (@AustenMarieTV) May 22, 2018
Some people on Twitter have argued that the cliché isn't a big deal.
Just read a story about how it's time to stop putting neon streaks in the hair of Asian female movie characters and I realized we have officially run out of things to complain about.— Amy 🐘 (@WaltzingMtilda) May 24, 2018
Just read a thread about how the western media are misrepresenting asian women by always having them have colored streaks in their hair 🙄— dustanreacts (@dustanreacts) May 24, 2018
I hate this world sometimes we make the biggest things out of nothing and ignore the actual big thing like they're nothing
But the critique is more narrow. It's not that having streaks of color in hair is a problem. It's that the hair color has become a stereotypical trope signifying that a character is cool and edgy. It also seems to say that characters who don't dye their hair neon somehow aren't interesting enough to be represented onscreen.
To counter this idea, people started sharing examples of great Asian characters who don't embody the trope.
thuy trang, the original yellow ranger, rocked her natural black hair back in the day & stood out just fine. rip icon. pic.twitter.com/VNobVEMSRF— nerdy (@nerdyasians) May 22, 2018
At least Cho Chang didn't have highlights pic.twitter.com/wnShomHu3b— Saimon (@sai_hahaha) May 22, 2018
Sense 8 didn’t need to add streaks to sun’s hair FYI pic.twitter.com/clCrIm40Z4— Trying2becrueltyfree (@ttbcrueltyfree) May 22, 2018
and Yunjin Jim who played Sun-Hwa Kwon on LOST pic.twitter.com/E7QyDXNKp3— jhubeJELLO (@jhubeJELLO) May 22, 2018
There you go! No dye necessary.
It was around the time filmmakers Jon Hurwitz, Hayden Schlossberg, and Josh Heald started seeing billboards of the lovable character from “Full House,” Kimmy Gibbler, around LA for the release of Netflix’s “Fuller House” series that they realized an update of “The Karate Kid” could be possible.
The three grew up on the iconic 1984 movie that follows Daniel (Ralph Macchio) overcoming the constant torment of fellow high schooler Johnny (William Zabka) by learning the ways of karate through Mr. Miyagi (Pat Morita).
The movie wasn’t just the ultimate telling of a kid overcoming a bully, but also showed the importance of respect, hard work, and a killer 1980s soundtrack.
Hurwitz, Schlossberg, and Heald were childhood friends and stayed in touch as they began careers in Hollywood. Hurwitz and Schlossberg launched the successful “Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle” franchise while Heald was the story creator and one of the screenwriters of the “Hot Tub Time Machine” franchise (the original even starred Zabka).
The idea of continuing to tell the story of the original characters from “Karate Kid” intrigued them, but with the franchise rights owned by Will Smith’s Overbrook Entertainment production company (which made a “Karate Kid” movie in 2010 starring Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan), they figured the guys behind “Harold & Kumar” and “Hot Tub Time Machine” wouldn’t get a fair shake to make a serious movie that looked at the original guys 30-plus years later.
But then streaming services began making original TV series and suddenly there was a new way of bringing back popular shows and movies that were beloved decades earlier.
“The changes and the evolution of TV led us to think it could work,” Schlossberg told Business Insider.
Two years ago, the guys decided to ditch the movie idea and seriously go for a “Karate Kid” reboot as a TV series. The result is YouTube Red’s first real hit show, “Cobra Kai,” which looks at Daniel and Johnny all grown up and living with the memories of what occurred back in high school and how it's affected them.
But the path to becoming the latest hit streaming series was a gargantuan task that included wooing the multiple rights holders and gaining the trust of Macchio, who for most of his adult life has tried to distance himself from the role that made him famous.
Chasing the movie rights.
The first hurdle to clear for the guys was to get the rights to “The Karate Kid.” It was not just owned by Smith’s Overbrook but also the estate of Jerry Weintraub, who produced the original movie, and the studio that released it, Sony.
Hurwitz and Schlossberg’s agent was able to get a meeting in the books with Caleeb Pinkett, head of creative at Overbrook. Now it was up to Hurwitz, Schlossberg, and Heald to shine.
“We went into that meeting thinking that we would say to him you can still have the movie universe and if Jaden wants to do another ‘Karate Kid’ feature you can still do that, but like Marvel, there’s now a TV show and the movies,” Hurwitz said.
To their shock, Pinkett didn’t need much convincing. The 40-minute pitch turned into a strategy meeting of how to get the show off the ground.
“He said he was going to talk to Jerry Weintraub’s estate,” Hurwitz said. “He was like, ‘We’re doing the show!’”
Pinkett, who has an executive producer credit on “Cobra Kai” (along with Will Smith), became the show’s champion when the project went to Sony.
“He was the one fighting the fights in our meetings,” Hurwitz said.
A big reason for that, the guys assume, is because they brought a package to Pinkett and Overbrook for “Karate Kid” that they hadn’t thought of.
“I got the vibe that there was always talks of doing a sequel but it wasn’t clear where that was,” Schlossberg said. “But TV wasn’t even thought of.”
Getting Ralph Macchio on board.
With a green light to make the show, Hurwitz, Schlossberg, and Heald then went to Zabka with the good news.
“It was just mind blowing to him,” Heald said of telling Zabka. “It took two or three times for him to understand that we were going to further the story of Johnny. He was in shock. There's not a day that's gone by that Billy hasn't thought about Johnny Lawrence because it's such an iconic role for him. The character never really left him.”
With Zabka on board, the trio turned their attention to Macchio, which they knew right away was going to be a harder sell.
“None of us knew him but we had heard he was very hesitant to engage with anything ‘Karate Kid’ related over the years,” Heald said.
As the decades passed, “The Karate Kid” continued to grow a loyal fan base, but like many things from the 1980s, the movie became a punchline. The memorable scenes became fodder as YouTube grew in popularity and the song from the movie, “You’re the Best,” also became a staple in the comedy community. And it didn’t help that the movies made after 1986’s “The Karate Kid Part II” — “The Karate Kid Part III" (1989), “The Next Karate Kid” (1994) and Jaden Smith’s “The Karate Kid” (2010) — were nowhere as popular as the first two movies.
But Hurwitz, Schlossberg, and Heald didn’t take "no" for an answer and finally got a lunch meeting with Macchio in New York.
“And that lunch turned into a four-hour lunch where we pitched him the whole show and that we were not trying to make a ‘Harold & Kumar’ or ‘Hot Tub Time Machine’ experience with this show,” Heald said. “We told him it has this new way in because the guys are adults now. Ralph was not expecting any of that and a couple of days later we had a two-hour phone call with him, and a few days later another two-hour phone call, and by the end of that week Ralph was in.”
Looking back on the process Macchio went through with them to finally agree to do the role, they respect the time he took to finally say "yes."
“Because he knew if he came back as Daniel it would be a big deal to people, not just in this country but all over the world, and he wanted to make sure it was the right decision to do,” Hurwitz said.
“He wanted to make sure we had answers to the big questions that he had,” Schlossberg added. “He didn't want to hear, ‘That's a great question we'll figure that out.’ He wanted to make sure we thought about this beyond memorizing a pitch.”
What’s in store for season 2.
After “Cobra Kai” launched on YouTube Red in the beginning of May, the show was immediately praised by critics (it got a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes), and the hardcore fans, as the show reportedly performed better than many shows on Netflix and Hulu.
The show didn’t just have strong character development for its leads Macchio and Zabka, but also introduced younger characters who are going through their own issues and will be influenced by both older characters — for better and worse.
Hurwitz, Schlossberg, and Heald say season two, which YouTube Red has already renewed, will delve deeper into all the characters. And as the last episode teased, Johnny’s old sensei, Kreese (Martin Kove), is now in the mix.
“We knew from the beginning we wanted him to be on the show but we wanted to wait for the right moment,” Hurwitz said. “There was enough story to be told in season one and we thought it would be really fun for Martin to pop up at the end and be that curve ball for season two.”
When they approached Kove, the actor was immediately into the idea and assumed he would be in the storyline right away, seeing the title of the series is named after his character's dojo. But the guys had to make him understand that it wasn’t his time yet.
“We promised him when he does show up on screen it’s a huge moment and we’ll have more to do with him in the future,” Hurwitz said.
“We have said all along that there’s really no character that’s off limits from the movies,” Schlossberg said. “But we also want to make sure we are introducing the characters the right way. We want it to feel impactful and be connected to the stories we’re telling.”
Hurwitz, Schlossberg, and Heald say season two will pick up right where season one left off and there will be new characters on the horizon, maybe even some from the old movies.
“We had a lot of thoughts about the second season before making the first,” Schlossberg said. “This is something that has a plan.”
See the rest of the story at Business Insider
Actor Matthew McConaughey appeared on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" on Wednesday and recounted his experience of "being Snooped," or unknowingly getting high, with rapper Snoop Dogg in an upcoming movie they both appear in.
McConaughey told Kimmel that his "snooping" occurred in a filmed scene of Harmony Korine's movie "The Beach Bum," when Snoop Dogg swapped McConaughey's prop weed for real marijuana.
"My snooping happened when it was a scene where I'm going to Snoop, I've got writers block, and Snoop has the magic weed, all right?" McConaughey said.
"But I go to Snoop and I go to the prop man and make sure I've got prop weed," he continued. "Now, prop weed is not real weed. It's like crushed oregano and stuff. So we get in the scene, it's about a six-minute scene. We pass back and forth, and all of a sudden at the end, he goes, 'Yo, Moondog — that's my character — that ain't prop weed. That's Snoop weed.' And I went, 'Oh, you son of a gun.'"
The Oscar-winning actor added: "The next 9 hours were a lot of fun but I don't think we used one word in the English language."
Harmony Korine's "The Beach Bum" stars McConaughey and Snoop Dogg alongside Isla Fisher, Zac Efron, and singer Jimmy Buffett. "The Beach Bum" doesn't have a release date yet. It follows Korine's 2013 film "Spring Breakers."
Watch McConaughey's interview below:
Eight women have accused Morgan Freeman of inappropriate behavior, including sexual harassment.
In a report published Thursday, CNN said it spoke with 16 people in a "months-long reporting process" who "described a pattern of inappropriate behavior by Freeman" on the sets of several of his films, in his work at his production company, Revelations Entertainment, and in media interviews. Half of those people were women who said they had been subject to inappropriate behavior, while the rest said they had witnessed such behavior, according to CNN.
Freeman's representatives did not respond to multiple requests for comment from CNN before the story's publication. Following the report, Freeman apologized in a statement to CNN, saying, "Anyone who knows me or has worked with me knows I am not someone who would intentionally offend or knowingly make anyone feel uneasy. I apologize to anyone who felt uncomfortable or disrespected — that was never my intent."
Three reporters, including CNN's Chloe Melas, who cowrote the report on the allegations, accused Freeman of making inappropriate comments about their appearance at press junkets.
Melas said Freeman told her during a 2017 interview when she was six months pregnant, among other comments, that "you are ripe."
Among the five other accusers, an unnamed production assistant who worked on the set of the 2017 movie "Going in Style" said she experienced several months of sexual harassment from Freeman on the film's set, including unwanted touching and comments.
The woman said Freeman "kept trying to lift up my skirt and asking if I was wearing underwear." She said Freeman stopped only when Alan Arkin, his costar on the film, "made a comment telling him to stop," after which, she said, "Morgan got freaked out and didn't know what to say."
At this year’s Sundance Film Festival, MoviePass announced the launch of a distribution arm of the company, called MoviePass Ventures. The plan was for the monthly movie-ticket subscription service to start teaming with film distributors to buy titles for theatrical release.
Days later at the festival, MoviePass announced it was working with The Orchard (“Cartel Land”) to buy North American rights to one of the festival’s acclaimed selections this year, "American Animals," a narrative/documentary hybrid that follows a group of friends who attempt to pull off an elaborate heist.
At the festival, Ted Farnsworth, CEO of MovePass’ parent company Helios and Matheson Analytics, told a room full of distributors and industry players, “We aren’t here at Sundance to compete with distributors, but rather to put skin in the game alongside them and to bring great films to the big screen across the country for our subscribers.”
But a lot has happened since Farnsworth made those remarks.
In April, his company filed its 10-K to the SEC and reported a loss of $150.8 million in 2017. That was followed by a new filing revealing that the company has been losing $20 million a month on average since September. Due to all of this, the company’s stock is down more than 98% since its high in October, but Farnsworth and MoviePass CEO Mitch Lowe are adamant that everything is fine, stating that MoviePass can tap $300 million that will keep it going for over a year (though the company's access to that money is far from certain).
Now “American Animals,” which will be the first release by MoviePass Ventures, is coming to theaters on June 1. And despite all these new developments, the movie’s director, Bart Layton, told Business Insider he had no regrets about taking the deal with MoviePass back at Sundance.
“I don’t have insight or understanding of their financial strategy, that’s for people more clever than I am, but they came in, they seemed very dynamic, they seemed to have a lot of enthusiasm,” Layton said on Wednesday. “As a filmmaker, your whole intention is for people to experience your movie in the theater, that was the thing that was very appealing to me. They are all about the theatrical experience.”
Layton also said that if MoviePass were to shut down before or during the release of “American Animals,” it would not affect the movie’s theatrical release.
“The cinemas are booked, the movie will go out,” he said. “How it will affect us? I guess if it happened we would have a few less of their subscribers going to the movie. But hopefully at this stage those people are still engaged enough in the film that they want to see it badly enough that they would pay full price to see it.”
And it makes sense for distributors, especially the ones in the indie market, to be interested in teaming with MoviePass. With over 3 million subscribers, it’s not just a good tool for the movie’s promotion — it plans to plaster "American Animals" all over its app, and where it has partnerships — but the distributor its working with will have direct data from MoviePass on how the movie performed with its subscribers through the movie’s theatrical run (what day and time they went to see the movie, where they saw it, the ratio of males to females who saw the movie, and so on).
But how much skin does MoviePass really have in the game?
It turns out the answer is "a lot." For “American Animals,” specifically, according to a source familiar with the deal, the company is an equal partner with The Orchard in all costs related to the release, including prints and advertising (the physical delivery of the movie to the theaters and the advertising to promote it). In turn, it will split box office revenue with The Orchard down the middle.
If the company were to fold before or during the movie’s release, The Orchard would then have to cover the costs MoviePass was responsible for.
MoviePass Ventures has also signed on to release “Gotti,” starring John Travolta, which is coming out June 15. It will team with distributor Vertical Entertainment on the release.
MoviePass did not give an immediate response for this story.
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Movies have long influenced the way people talk, and sometimes, it's in ways we don't even realize.
Movies from "Star Wars" to "Clueless" have contributed words and phrases to our vocabularies that we use every day. Linguists are always keeping tabs on the subtle ways cinema has crept into our lexicons.
Take the word "toast" as a synonym for "dead," like when someone says, "I'm toast." Surprisingly, the first known use of "toast" in that way came from Bill Murray in "Ghostbusters"— and he came up with the line on the spot.
Read on to learn about some popular and words and phrases for which we can thank the movies.
When Bill Murray uttered "All right, this chick is toast!" in 1984's "Ghostbusters," few knew he was making linguistic history.
But believe it or not, Murray's line — delivered right before the film's climactic showdown — is the first known instance of the word "toast" being used to mean dead, finished, or doomed.
Funnily enough, Murray's famous line wasn't even in the "Ghostbusters" script, which originally called for him to say, "I’m gonna turn this guy into toast." Murray was said to have ad-libbed the line that eventually appeared in the film, and the change was significant:
"In our opinion, Murray’s alteration made all the difference. There's a huge semantic gulf between 'I'm gonna turn you into toast' and 'You're toast,'" wrote the editors of the blog Grammarphobia.
Murray's coinage spread like wildfire, and is so widespread today that it's hard to believe it's less than 35 years old.
"Clueless" introduced millions of viewers to Valley Girl slang, including gems like "As if!" and "Whatever."
While both of those slang expressions enjoyed decades of documented use before "Clueless" came out in 1995, there's another popular phrase whose popularity is even more closely tied to the film: "My bad."
Despite its widespread popularity today, "my bad" was largely still a niche expression pre-"Clueless." The earliest print citations for "My bad" are from as recently as 1985, according to linguist Ben Zimmer, and it was used primarily in the world of playground basketball. By the end of the decade, the phrase was still uncommon enough that sportswriters felt the need to explain its meaning in newspaper columns.
"After making a bad pass, instead of saying 'my fault,' Manute Bol says, 'my bad.' Now all the other Warriors say it too,"USA Today wrote in 1989.
While "Clueless" didn't invent "my bad," it was instrumental in bringing it into the mainstream, and provided many viewers with their first exposure to the phrase.
In 2007's "The Bucket List," two terminally ill strangers go to great lengths to fulfill each others' greatest wishes before they die, or "kick the bucket."
Many people incorrectly believe the phrase "bucket list" was in use before the film came out, but in reality, it was the film's screenwriter Justin Zackham who invented the term back in 1999, when he wrote up his own bucket list, according to linguist Ben Zimmer.
"The film’s release brought the phrase into common parlance, and, as a testament to how natural and idiomatic it sounds, many people assume the term must have long predated the movie," Zimmer wrote.
Once the phrase entered the English language, its meaning expanded to include a list of things to do before any deadline, such as the last day of school or the end of summer.
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Warning: There are major spoilers ahead for "Solo: A Star Wars Story" ahead.
"Solo: A Star Wars Story" answers some trivial questions you never thought to ask about the extended "Star Wars" universe.
Where did Han Solo's blaster come from? Where did those dice shown in one scene of "Star Wars" but in many scenes of 'The Last Jedi' come from?"
They're questions you really don't need answers to (and the answers themselves aren't that interesting). But if you were wondering where Han's last name "Solo" came from, the new "Star Wars" spin-off gives you the answer you've been long craving.
This is your last chance to head back before spoilers.
Near the start of "Solo," Han is making a quick escape from the planet of Corellia. He quickly decides to enlist with the Empire in the hopes of becoming a pilot.
When he speaks to an Imperial officer, Han is asked his last name.
Since he's an orphan, he explains he doesn't have one.
"I don't have people," Han tells the officer. "I'm alone."
The officer gives him a once over and decides to name him Han Solo.
That's the grand reveal.
While the origin of Solo's last name may be a mystery, the reveal itself falls a bit flat in the movie's first 20 or so minutes. It's not that interesting or mind-blowing. The moment feels a bit forced and too short. The exchange, meant to have a bit of an emotional punch, happens so quickly that it seems as if it was a mandate from the powers that be at Lucasfilm inserted merely for the sake of having a reveal before carrying on with the rest of the movie.
If it had more of a buildup, perhaps tied to family Han lost, it would have made for a more rewarding reveal. Instead, the scene feels like a throwaway, with a random officer taking credit for giving the iconic smuggler his cool surname.
Its insertion in the final movie adds little value to our historical knowledge of the character. Many fans probably expected this moment to appear somewhere in the "Star Wars" movie.
In 2017, Disney CEO Bob Iger casually revealed during a lecture at the University of Southern California that Solo isn't really Han Solo's last name. He teased over a year ago that fans would learn how Han wound up with his last name.
"There are a few significant things that happen in Han Solo’s life," Iger said. "Like acquiring a certain vehicle and meeting a certain Wookiee that will happen in this film. But you will also discover how he got his name."
It's cool to answer these "Star Wars" trivia questions to add more to the "Star Wars" universe. But if you're going to answer them in the first place, make sure you're providing an answer worthy of the question in the first place.
Warning: There are spoilers for "Solo: A Star Wars Story" below.
"Solo" is the first story in "Star Wars" history that won't feature C-3P0, but if you head out to see the movie, it does include actor Anthony Daniels.
You just may not recognize him out of the droid look.
Daniels' name appears in the credits playing Tak.
It's the name of one of the humans Chewbacca runs into on Kessel. According to "Solo" screenwriter Jonathan Kasdan, the character is named after cinematographer Tak Fujimoto.
Here's how to find Daniels' cameo
Pay close attention when Chewbacca makes his way out of the mines on Kessel with another Wookiee named Sagwa.
Han, Lando, and their crew are preparing to take off in the Millennium Falcon. Meanwhile, a group of Wookiees is escaping nearby. Sagwa is called over by a slave on Kessel to get out of there. That's Tak.
The Wookiee, in turn, asks Chewie to join him and Tak.
He considers it, but ultimately stays with Han when he sees Lando's droid, L3-37, get shot several times.
If you've been keeping up with "Star Wars" news, you may have already had an inkling Daniels would appear in the movie.
In early May, Mark Hamill spilled the beans during a podcast with The Washington Post that Daniels was in "Solo."
Did you spot Daniels?
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Warning: There are major spoilers ahead for "Solo: A Star Wars Story."
There are a few returning actors from the "Star Wars" franchise you may recognize in "Solo: A Star Wars Story."
But the spin-off leaves its biggest return for the movie's final minutes.
This is your last chance to head back before spoilers.
Near the movie's end, Emilia Clarke's Qi'ra betrays Crimson Dawn leader, Dryden Vos (Paul Bettany), killing him. It looks like she's about to run off into the sunset with her old flame, Han (Alden Ehrenreich), but then she shows her true colors.
Instead of hightailing it with Han and Chewie to go on their own missions to save the galaxy, Qi'ra has her own agenda. She makes a quick call and a robed figure shows up on a hologram.
When he finally drops his hood, he's revealed to be Darth Maul, the villain from the end of "Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace."
It's clear that Qi'ra is working with him.
If you've only watched the "Star Wars" movies, his return probably shocked you.
How is that possible? He was cut in half!
Yes, Maul met a seemingly gruesome end in "Phantom Menace." After Maul killed Qui-Gon Jinn (Liam Neeson), Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) finishes the fight by slicing him brutally in half. (We recommend watching the full duel here.)
But it turns out, he's a tough guy to kill.
"Star Wars" fans who have watched animated series "Star Wars: Rebels" and "Star Wars: The Clone Wars" won't be as surprised to see Maul back.
It was hinted the character survived his gruesome fate on Naboo on season three, episode 14 of "The Clone Wars," written by "Star Wars" creator George Lucas' daughter, Katie.
At the end of the next season, we learn what became of Darth Maul. He wound up on the planet Lotho Minor and stayed there losing his mind in exile for a decade until he was found by his brother, Savage Opress.
When we saw Maul again, he looked a bit different.
Yeah, that's Maul.
He looks like an insect here with six legs that he assembled out of junk. When Savage brought his brother back to his home planet of Dathomir, he was reborn and given replacement limbs by his biological mother, Mother Talzin.
When Maul's mind is fixed, he's hellbent on getting revenge on Kenobi and reveals that the only thing that kept him alive after the events of "The Phantom Menace" were holding onto his hatred.
"My hatred kept my spirit intact even though my body was not," Maul recounts to his brother. "I was apprentice to the most powerful being in the galaxy once. I was destined to become so much more, but I was robbed of that destiny by the Jedi, by Obi-Wan Kenobi."
You can watch Maul's return to the "Star Wars" universe on the two-part season four finale of "The Clone Wars."
Wait. When do these animated series with Maul take place in the "Star Wars" universe?
The six season series "The Clone Wars" takes place between "Star Wars: Episode II — Attack of the Clones" and "Star Wars: Episode III — Revenge of the Sith." In other words, after "The Phantom Menace" where Maul was sliced in half.
Animated series "Star Wars Rebels" takes place between "Solo" and "Rogue One." So the Maul we're looking at now is the one from Rebels, if the films decide to follow that storyline at all.
But are these even considered canon?
"The Clone Wars" series ran for six seasons from 2008 until 2015. "Rebels" ran for four seasons starting in 2014. Disney purchased Lucsafilm in late 2012. "Rebels" was the first new "Star Wars" series released after Disney's acquisition of Lucasfilm.
While much of the expanded "Star Wars" universe was no longer considered canon after the purchase, both of the animated series, along with an animated "Clone Wars" movie, are considered canon along with all of the "Star Wars" movies in the Skywalker saga.
Why Maul's return is even sweeter — the men who played the character returned as well
Ray Park, who played Maul in "Phantom Menace," is listed in the credits as reprising his role in "Solo." But it's not just Park who returned to bring back Maul.
Maul never spoke in 1999's "Phantom Menace." When he appeared again in the "Star Wars" universe on "The Clone Wars," he was voiced by Sam Witwer. If you thought Maul sounded familiar, that's because Witwer once again is voicing the character in "Solo." Pretty cool.
What Maul's return to the franchise means for future "Star Wars" movies — expect to see more of him and maybe more iconic characters
Alden Ehrenreich, who plays the younger Solo, has said he's signed on for three "Solo" movies. If so, it seems likely they’ll continue Maul’s story teased at the end of "Solo" and introduce a few other familiar characters he runs into on the animated series.
Maul's fate is left open-ended again in "The Clone Wars." He has a run-in with Darth Sidious/Emperor Palpatine and watches as Sidious kills his brother, Savage. Sidious tortures Maul, but leaves him alive suggesting he has plans for him.
In the scene, we see Maul fight Sidious with a Darksaber, an ancient weapon which is hinted at in "Rogue One" when Jyn Erso reads a list of project names held by the Empire.
Maul appears again on the second season of newer animated series, "Rebels." That's important to note because "Rebels" is the first "Star Wars" show Disney releases after acquiring Lucasfilm, making it part of official canon.
On "Rebels," Maul spends his time seeking revenge on popular "Star Wars" characters, including Darth Sidious and, naturally, Obi-Wan Kenobi. (He just can't let that leg thing go.) He has another big battle eventually with Kenobi while he's in exile on Tattooine watching over a young Luke Skywalker.
Ewan McGregor has expressed interest in returning for a movie centered around Kenobi and one is reportedly in the pipeline. It wouldn't be bizarre to see him on screen again since he's a big character in animated series "Rebels" and you almost certainly can't have Maul's return without including Kenobi.
It's also worth noting that earlier on "The Clone Wars" series, Maul was also the leader of a criminal organization called the Shadow Collective, made up of a few other groups. The Shadow Collective has the support of crime families including Jabba the Hutt's clan.
Why that's important: Think back to the end of "Solo"
In "Solo," Qi'ra is part of a crime syndicate known as Crimson Dawn. By the movie's end, it's revealed she's part of something larger run in part by Maul.
It's not clear from Maul's small appearance in "Solo" whether or not we're seeing a version of him solely from "Rebels" where he and Qi'ra are both working for Sidious or if the movies will take a different turn and either combine a version of him seen on both animated "The Clone Wars" and "Rebels" or go their own route.
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Old video footage of Morgan Freeman making suspect comments to female reporters has been republished after he was accused of sexual harassment.
Entertainment Tonight published footage which shows Freeman asking one correspondent whether she would "fool around with older guys," while a second shows Freeman commenting intently on his interviewer's legs.
Here is a video showing the two encounters, which begin around the 1 minute, 10 seconds mark.
The video clips follow a report by CNN in which eight women came forward to accuse Freeman of inappropriate behavior, including sexual harassment. Freeman apologised after the report was published.
The first ET clip features a 2016 interview between Entertainment Tonight reporter Ashley Crossan and Freeman to promote "London Has Fallen."
Here is their exchange:
Freeman: My goodness, are you married?
Freeman: Fool around with older guys?
[Crossan laughs nervously]
Freeman: I'm just askin'.
As the interview draws to an end they shake hands and Crossan tells him it was a pleasure, to which he says: "Mine. Look at yourself," and watches her from behind as she walks off.
The second clip is a separate, earlier encounter in 2015 in which author and activist Janet Mock speaks to Freeman ahead of the film "5 Flights Up." In the exchange Morgan points to her dress and comments about how it looks on her legs.
Freeman: I don’t know how you all manage to do that all the time.
Mock, gesturing to her make-up: All of this?
Freeman: No. You got a dress that's halfway between your knee and your... hips, and you sit down right across from me and you cross your legs...
[Mock laughs the comment off]
Mock gave a statement to ET about the encounter before they republished the video.
It said: "I was deeply disappointed that someone who was seen as America’s grandfather was susceptible to such disturbing behavior and felt comfortable enough to do that as cameras were rolling, and that he could take claim of my body and look at it before even looking into my eyes."
Following the CNN report Freeman issued a statement, saying, "Anyone who knows me or has worked with me knows I am not someone who would intentionally offend or knowingly make anyone feel uneasy. I apologize to anyone who felt uncomfortable or disrespected — that was never my intent."
With "Solo: A Star Wars Story" now in theaters, it's time to see where it stands in the beloved franchise.
From the recent "The Last Jedi" to those polarizing prequels, here's where the movie that looks at a young Han Solo stands in our list of best to worst in the saga.
10. "Attack of the Clones" (2002)
It's a movie I struggle with ranking every year. I watched it again recently and I'm back on the disapprove side. There's a lot to enjoy about the second episode in the prequels — mainly, how Ewan McGregor has fit into the Obi-Wan Kenobi role nicely. The movie focuses heavily on his storyline as he encounters Jango and Boba Fett as well as Count Dooku. From a nostalgic standpoint, the last third of the movie brings to life dreams you've had for decades, as Lucas gives us the start of the Clone Wars as well as Yoda having a lightsaber battle. But the agony of watching the Anakin Skywalker/Padmé Amidala storyline was just too much for me in this latest viewing. (I'm sure I'll change the placement of this title again next year.)
9. "The Phantom Menace" (1999)
George Lucas has said from the beginning that "Star Wars" was made for kids, and he really took that to heart when he unveiled "Episode I: The Phantom Menace," 16 years after finishing the groundbreaking original trilogy. Introducing us to Anakin at the age of 9 as he's plucked by Qui-Gon Jinn as the "chosen one" who will bring balance to the Force, the first prequel gives us a lot of tame action and unlikely scenarios for Anakin to be in, even in a galaxy far, far away.
The best part of the movie is its villain, Darth Maul, who has an incredible duel with the Jedi at the end of the movie. It's one of the only goose-bump moments in the whole movie — heightened by John Williams' score — and, sadly, you have to wait over an hour to get to it.
Yes, this is the movie that introduced us to Jar Jar Binks. That is all I'll say about that.
8. "Revenge of the Sith" (2005)
The conclusion of the prequel trilogy is one of the saga's darkest. A grown Anakin is seduced by the dark side of the Force and wipes out the Jedi, including the younglings (!). Padmé dies, but not before giving birth to their twins, Luke and Leia.
The most agonizing part of this movie to sit through is Hayden Christensen's performance as Skywalker conflicted with the dark side — more a sniveling 20-something than a disillusioned "chosen one." We don't get a good performance of that pull to the dark side until Adam Driver comes along to play Kylo Ren in "The Force Awakens." We can only partly blame Christensen: Lucas was never big on giving actors instructions, which proved here to be costly.
On the bright side: Another excellent performance by McGregor as Kenobi, and the duel at the end of the move between Skywalker and Kenobi is worth the wait.
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Writer and "Matilda" actress Mara Wilson said she received a script that offers a Christian redemption narrative for child actors, and uses the names of famous child actors in the script instead of character names.
On Twitter, she said she rejected the premise of the story, which apparently implied that child actors somehow need to be redeemed. Wilson also identifies as Jewish and bisexual.
Just because I’m a has-been doesn’t mean I want to be in your right-wing Christian movie— Mara “Get Rid of the Nazis” Wilson (@MaraWilson) May 24, 2018
I got one about a month ago that had actor names in place of character names, namely, the actors they wished would play each part. Like half of them were former child stars.— Mara “Get Rid of the Nazis” Wilson (@MaraWilson) May 24, 2018
It’s as if they want us to be part of a vey specific redemption narrative. Being a child star, falling from grace and public view, then finding Jesus and making liberal Hollywood safe for right-wing Christians.— Mara “Get Rid of the Nazis” Wilson (@MaraWilson) May 24, 2018
Wilson came to prominence after playing the title role in 1996's "Matilda," when she was around eight years old. Wilson quit acting and has mainly made her name as a writer, including her 2016 memoir "Where Am I Now?: True Stories of Girlhood and Accidental Fame."
But she still gets movie scripts sent to her. And she found it frustrating that this script wanted to define her life story as somehow needing redemption.
The idea that our lives might be more then a cautionary tale, or some cheap inspiration, is beyond their comprehension.— Mara “Get Rid of the Nazis” Wilson (@MaraWilson) May 24, 2018
And yeah, obviously some former child actors have gone on to embrace their faith, and if that brings them peace, good for them.— Mara “Get Rid of the Nazis” Wilson (@MaraWilson) May 24, 2018
But I don’t need anybody else to shape my life according to their narrative.— Mara “Get Rid of the Nazis” Wilson (@MaraWilson) May 24, 2018
Wilson didn't immediately respond to INSIDER's request for comment.
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"Solo: A Star Wars Story" is starting off strong by breaking the Thursday preview box-office record going into Memorial Day. But it's still up in the air if this latest release in the beloved franchise will perform like the previous titles since Disney took over the reins.
"Solo," which looks at the origin story of Han Solo, took in $14.1 million on Thursday night, according to The Wrap. That beats the previous record holder, 2007's "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End," which took in $13.2 million.
With the movie being released on 4,381 screens, Disney is setting the stage for a typical huge release for a "Star Wars" movie. But it's going to be a big test for the franchise.
"Solo" comes out just five months after "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" opened. So for the first time ever in the storied saga, fans could be suffering franchise fatigue. Also, the movie has received mixed reviews. It's sporting a 70% rating going into the holiday weekend. That is low for "Star Wars" (the lowest since"Attack of the Clones"). And Memorial Day weekend is one of the few holidays when audiences don't flock to the theaters.
Disney is certainly rolling the dice.
Though industry projections have "Solo" breaking the Memorial Day weekend box-office record ("At World's End," $139.8 million), it still will be the lowest opening ever for a Disney-era "Star Wars" movie. In fact, it probably won't earn as much as the previous "A Star Wars Story" movie, "Rogue One," which had a $155 million opening.
Whether you chalk it up to "Star Wars" fatigue or mistakenly releasing this movie in the summer instead of in December, which has been the home for the franchise since "The Force Awakens," this weekend will be the first time Disney and Lucasfilm executives will feel a little uncomfortable.
Warning: Minor spoilers below.
The moment I realized “Solo: A Star Wars Movie” wasn’t for me was toward the two-hour mark of the movie, when I realized we were nowhere near the end.
Granted, there was about only 15 minutes left in the movie, but it felt like an eternity. I’ve had that feeling in many movies in my life — when it just won’t end. But never for a “Star Wars” movie.
“Solo” is not an awful movie, it just has a few awful parts that feel uninspired. This is particularly true in the third act of the movie.
In “Solo” (opening May 25), we follow the progression of Han Solo (Alden Ehrenreich) from a small-time hood on his home planet of Corellia, with dreams of being a great pilot cruising through the galaxy, to eventually becoming a space pirate.
There are thrilling action sequences, cinematographer Bradford Young (“Arrival”) gives the movie a beautiful look, there are fantastic performances by Ehrenreich and Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca, and Donald Glover completely knocks it out of the park as Lando Calrissian.
But the movie crumbles following Han and the gang's thrilling completion of the legendary Kessel Run. The conclusion of the movie is stale, filled with cliches, and tries too hard to set the foundation for future “Solo” movies by featuring one of the most random cameos you’ll ever see in a movie (more on that in a sec, but don’t worry, no spoilers).
That’s certainly not my only issue with the movie.
It starts with some really lame opening text that sets the stage. The worst piece is the use of the words “mean streets” in describing the planet Solo grew up on. And the movie at times tries a little too hard to make Han an idealistic jokester. Personally, I think this is less the leftover effect of Chris Miller and Phil Lord’s involvement in the movie as one-time directors, and more on eventual director Ron Howard’s vanilla style.
However, there are some great elements to the story, as well.
Young’s photography goes from smoky original “Blade Runner” vibe in the beginning to wide epic shots by the end. Glover’s Calrissian sounds like the actor who originally played him, Billy Dee Williams, and has a flawless style. He’s also paired with a sassy robot co-pilot, L3-37 (Phoebe Waller-Bridge) that is a total scene stealer. And Ehrenreich actually pulls off playing Solo, not so much by doing his best Harrison Ford impression, but instead showing us a different side of the character. This is how Solo was before the galaxy chewed up all the youthful optimism he had about life and spit him back out.
And we see the Millennium Falcon at its one-time pristine condition, which is a thrill to take in.
The biggest issue the movie has is that the screenwriters Lawrence and Jonathan Kasdan try to shoe-horn a plot twist at the end that is so unnecessary. In teasing a potential villain path for Han’s love interest in the movie, Qi’ra (Emilia Clarke), they bring back a character from the “Star Wars” saga that is a fan favorite, but is a bizarre choice to be included in this story. It certainly is going to make an uproar when general audiences see the movie, primarily because it feels so blatantly force fed.
Like all “Star Wars” movies, there will be those who will absolutely love this movie, and there are certainly things to enjoy about it. The supporting cast — filled with veterans like Woody Harrelson, Paul Bettany, Thandie Newton, and one character voiced by Jon Favreau — are all great and mesh perfectly with the leads.
But my fear is “Solo” shows signs that Disney/Lucasfilm are hitting a point where the beloved “Star Wars” universe could be headed to a watered-down moment. Is there a need to have a “Star Wars” movie released every single year, especially with multiple “Star Wars” series coming to Disney’s streaming service in the coming years?
To this point, all the movies released so far since Disney took over Lucasfilm have been enormous money makers, so obviously the studio won’t want to slow down. But “Solo” may be the first indication that it might be time to pump the brakes and take more time to focus on the stories, and make sure everything is right (especially the creatives involved) before making a movie.
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President Donald Trump told reporters today that he doesn't know much about the accusations that led to the downfall of former Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, who turned himself into police this morning.
"[I'm] not familiar with the case," Trump told reporters, according to the New York Daily News. "But it's too bad."
More than 80 women have accused Weinstein of sexual harassment and abuse since October, when The New York Times first broke the story of his decades of alleged sexual misconduct. New York prosecutors are charging him with first-degree rape and third-degree rape in one case and first-degree criminal sex act in another. Weinstein says he's not guilty to the charges and was released on bail Friday.
Trump himself is the subject of claims of sexual misconduct by at least 19 women. Earlier this week, his lawyers asked state judges to delay the proceedings against him by one of his victims, Summer Zervos, who says Trump sexually harassed her when she was a contestant on his NBC show "The Apprentice."
In October, Trump said he was aware of the accusations against Weinstein.
"I've known Harvey Weinstein for a long time. I'm not at all surprised to see it," he said.
The two have a relationship that stretches back decades. As the host of "The Apprentice," Trump ran in Hollywood circles and has attended several parties with Weinstein in the New York City socialite scene. The two have also been prominent donors to Democratic politicians in the past.
The Weinstein case is frequently covered by Fox News, the president's preferred news network. The network itself has paid or mediated tens of millions of dollars to settle its own sexual misconduct cases.
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Spoiler warning: Don't read if you have yet to see "Avengers: Infinity War."
Spider-Man's death in Iron Man's arms in "Avengers: Infinity War" was heartbreaking and now we have even more reason to mourn the moment.
Directors Joe and Anthony Russo spoke with Bill Bradley for HuffPost and confirmed the fan theory that Peter's spidey sense gave him time to register what was happening to him.
"That’s correct," Joe Russo answered when Bradley asked about Spider-Man's ability to perceive danger. "He was aware of something."
Fans had guessed that theory after seeing the movie.
The reason why Spider-Man said “Mr. Stark, I don’t feel so good.” is because his spidey sense was tingling. The death affected him more because he could feel it before it happened.— ⚯͛ Deep in my Zone △⃒⃘ (@DrDreddyMurphy) May 22, 2018
Peter’s spidey sense was trying to alert him about his own death moments before it happened which is why he wasn’t feeling so good 🤧— Toy Sldrs (@ToySldrs) May 6, 2018
"SPOILER"— Mark Yu (@takeYUrMARK) May 2, 2018
"LOOK AWAY NOW"
What's so depressing & tragic about Peter/Spidey's death wasn't only that he was just a kid, but, because of his Spidey-Sense, he would've been the first to know that something very, very wrong was happening.
Can you imagine the panic? The dread?? 😭
At the end of "Infinity War," Thanos, played by Josh Brolin, snaps his fingers while wearing the Infinity Gauntlet full of all six Infinity Stones. His snap results in many of the universe's residents, including many beloved Marvel superheroes, turning into dust.
Peter starts feeling ill before disappearing, falling into Tony Stark's arms and saying, "I don't feel so good."
"I don’t want to go," he cries. "I don’t want to go, Mr. Stark, please.”
The movie deaths have also spawned some hilarious memes, though.
Fans have to wait for the fourth "Avengers" movie, set for 2019, to see if beloved characters will somehow come back.
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Warning: MAJOR spoilers if you haven’t seen “Deadpool 2.”
After successfully bringing the complex Marvel character Deadpool to the big screen in 2016, screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick quickly became one of the top screenwriting teams currently working in Hollywood. And their stock in town is only going to rise after the box-office success of "Deadpool 2" over the weekend.
Thanks to the rule-breaking mentality Reese, Wernick, and franchise star Ryan Reynolds (who received a writing credit in the sequel) have always had about the character, “Deadpool 2” is more outlandish than the first. And because of all the Easter eggs, funny lines, and cameos buried throughout the movie, it needs to be seen more than once (to the glee of the studio behind the franchise, 20th Century Fox).
Reese and Wernick gave Business Insider insight on many of the big spoilers and Easter eggs scattered in the movie:
Why this huge star decided to do the voice of Juggernaut.
The massive Juggernaut made a glorious return to the Marvel franchise (he was previously seen in 2006’s “X-Men: The Last Stand”) in “Deadpool 2.” There was no actor playing him on screen this time (he was CGI), but the voice was done by quite a big star.
Though in the credits Juggernaut is credited as only “Himself,” Reese and Wernick revealed that it was Ryan Reynolds who did the voice — thanks to some voice manipulation by the audio team.
Reese and Wernick said during post production, Reynolds was the one coming up with lines for the character.
“We just looked at him and were like, ‘You should just do the voice,’” Wernick said.
But what really sold Reynolds was when the sound department began modulating his voice to sound like the character. Reynolds fell in love with it. And then there was the ease with which Reynolds could do it.
“Ryan essentially recorded the lines into his iPhone, emailed it to the editor, and it gets plugged into the cut of the movie; it’s that quick,” Reese said, as opposed to Reynolds having to spend a day in an audio booth recording lines.
Reynolds also used the same method when new lines or jokes were added in post production for Deadpool.
How the movie nabbed all those great cameos.
From Brad Pitt as Vanisher, to Matt Damon as a redneck with a lot to say about toilet paper, “Deadpool 2” has some major cameos. And the screenwriters have a simple answer for why: once you’re making a successful franchise, everyone says "yes."
“We got a fair amount of people saying 'no' last movie,” Wernick said. “This one, it was 'yes' across the board. It was a real treat for us.”
And for the audience, too (if you caught them).
Pitt shows up in the blink of an eye when mutant Vanisher accidentally glides into power lines due to the rough winds, as X-Force does its skydive to rescue the young mutant Russell. “Deadpool 2” director David Leitch told Business Insider that getting Pitt was a combination of Pitt’s kids loving the first movie, an ask by Reynolds, and Pitt knowing Leitch from the days when he was the actor’s stunt double.
Damon is even harder to catch in the movie. He’s completely unrecognizable as one of the men Cable encounters when he shows up in the present day from the future. Damon is the redneck in back of the pickup truck talking to his friend about toilet paper. Reese and Wernick said it was a chance encounter with Reynolds that led to Damon getting in the movie.
“I think they were at some event together and Matt was telling Ryan how much he loves ‘Deadpool,’” Wernick said. “We were in the process of writing the script and around that time Rhett had written this fantastic diatribe about toilet paper. Ryan told Matt about it, Matt said to send him the pages and he just fell in love with it and told Ryan he would do it.”
And the yeses kept coming. Reese and Wernick said Hugh Jackman approved the footage used in the post credit sequence from “X-Men Origins: Wolverine,” and the footage of “Yentl” is in the movie thanks to Barbra Streisand — with an assist from her son-in-law Josh Brolin, who plays Cable in the movie (Brolin’s father, James Brolin, is married to Streisand).
“We actually wrote all the Streisand and ‘Yentl’ stuff before we cast Josh,” Wernick said. “So once Josh came aboard it became a lot easier. We said to him, ‘Hey, do you mind picking up the phone?’”
This Christopher Plummer joke is so buried even one of the screenwriters missed it.
When Deadpool decides to try and be part of the X-Men, his first assignment (as a trainee) is to stop Russell from wreaking havoc outside the orphanage he’s staying at. In the scene, a news crew shows up to cover the chaos and there’s a shot of news footage with a crawl at the bottom of the screen. If you look at the right moment, you’ll see the text in the crawl read: “Christopher Plummer turns down role in ‘Deadpool 2.’”
It’s a recognition of the #MeToo movement that was in full throttle toward the end of the movie’s post production. The Plummer joke also seems to reference one of the movie's stars, T.J. Miller, who has been accused of sexual misconduct (Reynolds said Miller will not be in the upcoming “X-Force” movie).
But Reese and Wernick are not taking ownership of the joke. In fact, Wernick didn’t even know about the Plummer line until Business Insider told him.
“I thought that was hilarious,” Reese said. “I don’t know who put that in, probably David Leitch or one of the editors.”
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The latest “Star Wars” release, “Solo” (opening Friday), looks at not just a young and idealistic Han Solo as he begins his path to becoming one of the most infamous pilots in the galaxy. It also shines a spotlight on the origin story of Han’s true love, the Millennium Falcon.
Before becoming one of the standout ships in the Rebel Alliance fleet against the Empire in the Skywalker “Star Wars” saga, it was the prize possession of card hustler Lando Calrissian. In “Solo,” the ship has a slightly different look (no gap in the front of the ship, and much cleaner), but shows the traits that will make it one of the most beloved aspects of the franchise. The ship’s main highlight in "Solo" happens when Lando teams with Han and Chewbacca and they use the ship to complete what will become one of the Falcon’s most legendary adventures: the Kessel Run.
With Han getting his origin story, we thought this would be the perfect time to recount just how the Millennium Falcon was born through the sweat and tears of a small group of designers who, under the guidance of George Lucas, made the iconic ship for the first movie in the “Star Wars” saga, “A New Hope.”
Business Insider spoke to Roger Christian — who was the set decorator on “A New Hope” (and won an Oscar for his work) — about the movies that inspired the space western style of the Falcon, the truckloads of airplane scraps he collected to create the interior sets of the ship, and how he crafted the famous dice that hung in the cockpit.
Creating references for a space western.
It was around 1975 that Roger Christian began work with production designer John Barry, and art directors Norman Reynolds and Leslie Dilley, at a small studio outside of London on designs for “Star Wars.” All of them worked for a small wage George Lucas paid them out of his own pocket, as no studio had greenlit the movie yet.
“The difficult thing, especially with science fiction in 1975 and 1976, is there’s nothing to reference,” Christian said. “Flash Gordon, ‘Barbarella,’ Robby the Robot, nothing was real at all. So all we had was a communication and it just happened that my DNA matched George’s.”
Christian said Lucas’ vision of “Star Wars” was a space movie that was also a “dusty western.” So for the Millennium Falcon specifically, Christian said he saw the ship having a worn-out look that was “always dripping oil and being repaired again and again.” Those thoughts would then be matched with references to the movies they would watch at night in the studio.
“We used to watch 16 millimeter prints and project them at the studio, we very much related to ‘Solaris,’” Christian said, referring to the classic Andrei Tarkovsky sci-fi epic.
This would all lead to sketches by Ralph McQuarrie that were the first visuals of what “Star Wars” could become.
“Ralph is the unsung hero of this whole process,” Christian said. “He was in the army and understood all of that and the mechanical reality of things. So when George arrived with six paintings from Ralph that included Tatooine, Darth Vader, and the Millennium Falcon, all of it showed exactly what we were all thinking.”
Building the Falcon out of junk.
By the end of 1976, “Star Wars” had found financing and the team moved to Elstree Studios in the UK to begin making the sets. Immediately they realized they didn’t have the space to build a full-scale set of the Millennium Falcon, so they built half of the exterior along with specific sections of the interior of the ship.
Christian’s idea of the Falcon having this look of, well, as Luke Skywalker famously said in the first movie, “a piece of junk,” led him to the junkyard.
“I had the idea that if I bought scrap junk airplanes I could break it down and build the sets,” Christian said. “That was key to making the Millennium Falcon.”
With an okay from Lucas, Christian set out to get the airplane scraps, which entailed him getting on a prop plane and flying to three different airfields that were basically airplane graveyards.
“I went in and found mountains of junk,” he said. “I could buy it for nothing. I bought 20 jet engines, a ton of cockpit gear, containers that they used to heat up food, anything I could get my hands on."
It was all sold by weight so most if was very cheap to purchase because it was light metal for airplanes.
“It would be 50 pounds for a whole load,” Christian said.
Back at Elstree, the prop room was completely cleared out and a giant 18-wheeler pulled right up and all the airplane scraps Christian bought were unloaded into the room. The prop department was then instructed to break it all down, as Christian would then use certain pieces for the interior Falcon sets.
“I had no clue if any of this would work,” Christian said. “But George loved it.”
Matching the work done in America — sometimes to a fault.
The team at Elstree weren’t the only ones working on making the Falcon. Back in the US, visual effects artist Joe Johnston (he would go on to direct “The Rocketeer,” “Jumanji,” and “Captain America: The First Avenger”) and his team were building a model of the ship, which would be be used for the exterior shots as well as a guide for the art team in the UK.
But this was the 1970s, and the process to see each team’s work took days and led to miscommunication at times.
“There weren’t any fax machines back then, we had a pouch that would be mailed every Tuesday to America and Thursday it would come back,” Christian said. “We were sent pictures of the model and John Barry and the draftsman had to match that. They would build it full scale and I would find scrap that I could match and stick to the sides. It was a brand new process. No one had done this before.”
When they were done with a section in the UK, they would then take pictures of the Falcon set and send them back in the pouch to the US so Johnston and his team made sure the model matched.
However, Christian pointed out that their pouch system wasn’t mistake free. There is one error to this day that’s on the Millennium Falcon, though it’s impossible to find.
Christian said one Thursday the pouch came back and Johnston wrote a note to the team, “You built in my mistake.”
Turns out the previous round of photos of the model sent to the UK were taken when Johnston was still working on it.
“Just before they photographed it, Joe didn’t like one piece and pulled it off, expecting to replace it,” Christian said. “They photographed it before he did that. The photo came back in the pouch and we built it. So somewhere on the Millennium Falcon there’s glue marks where a piece is missing that we built full-scale. Neither Joe or I can remember where it is exactly. It’s on there somewhere.”
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