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- Tom Holland may have given away a spoiler that connects "Avengers 4" and "Ant-Man and the Wasp."
- During an interview for the promotion of "Infinity War" by Access, Holland and Benedict Cumberbatch were asked who, out of the two of them, flubbed the most lines.
- Both of them said Cumberbatch, who plays Doctor Strange.
- Holland quickly added that Cumberbatch has the "most difficult lines" because he has to talk about "so much Quantum Realm stuff."
- Cumberbatch interjected to make sure Holland says nothing more than "Quantum Realm stuff."
- That's interesting because Doctor Strange doesn't discuss the Quantum Realm really at all in "Infinity War."
- It's believed the Quantum Realm will have a role to play in "Avengers 4" since it was just at the center of "Ant-Man and the Wasp."
- 07/18/18--07:43: What the pirates in movies actually looked like in real life
- Netflix just released a trailer for its new series "Insatiable" starring Debby Ryan.
- The show tells the story of Patty, a high school girl bullied for being fat who decides to have her jaw wired shut in order to lose weight.
- "Now that she finds herself suddenly thin Patty is out for payback against anyone who has ever made her feel bad about herself," the synopsis says.
- People are angry and disappointed to see a TV show depict a fat woman as undesirable.
- Many are saying it promotes a toxic message of fat-shaming aimed at teenagers.
- Comcast announced Thursday that it would not pursue assets of 21st Century Fox, including the Fox movie studio, clearing the way for Disney to acquire them.
- It will change the movie business forever.
- Other movie studios are "clear acquisition targets" that could potentially be merged together, like Disney and Fox, says UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television lecturer and former network television/movie studio head Tom Nunan.
- And for the moviegoer, the Disney/Fox deal's "creative and synergistic possibilities are exciting and truly mind boggling," says Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at comScore.
- "The Equalizer 2" marks the first time director Antoine Fuqua and the movie's star, Denzel Washington, have ever made a sequel.
- Fuqua also gave his thoughts about President Trump's remarks following the Parkland school shooting that movie violence is to blame for school shootings.
- And the director addressed the reports that he's in talks to direct a reboot of the Brian De Palma classic, "Scarface."
- Disney fired director James Gunn from the next "Guardians of the Galaxy" movie because of old offensive tweets of his that recently resurfaced.
- "The offensive attitudes and statements discovered on James’ Twitter feed are indefensible and inconsistent with our studio’s values, and we have severed our business relationship with him," Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn said in a statement.
- 07/21/18--07:35: How movie theaters are ruining your movie
- Warner Bros. debuted the first trailer for superhero movie "Shazam" at San Diego Comic-Con Saturday.
- It feels a lot like Tom Hanks' 1988 movie "Big" about a child who transforms into an adult.
- "Shazam," based on the comic-book character, follows 14-year-old foster kid Billy Batson (Asher Angel) who is bestowed with superhero powers by an ancient wizard.
- All he has to do is say the name Shazam and he turns into a superhero.
- The trailer shows Batson with his friend testing out what powers he has until he runs into a bad guy, Dr. Thaddeus Sivana (Mark Strong).
- "Shazam" will be in theaters April 5, 2019. Watch the trailer below:
- Warner Bros. debuted the first trailer for "Aquaman" at San Diego Comic-Con on Saturday.
- Jason Momoa reprises his role as Arthur Curry after his role in "Justice League."
- The movie will follow Curry's origin story as his love, Mera (Amber Heard), convinces him to take over the mantle of King of Atlantis.
- Willem Dafoe and Nicole Kidman also star.
- Yahya Abdul-Mateen II will play the movie's villain Black Manta.
- "Aquaman" will be in theaters December 21. Watch the trailer below.
- Steven Soderbergh says he's "too frustrated by the way that system works" to ever make a studio movie again.
- The Oscar winner believe his next movie, about the Panama Papers, will probably end up at Netflix.
- Sony's "The Equalizer 2" won the weekend box office with $35.8 million.
- That's a bigger opening than its 2014 original ($34.1 million).
- Universal's "Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again" also had a strong opening weekend with $34.3 million.
- 09/17/19--14:22: 15 of the best movies of the 2000s, according to audiences
- A lot of hit movies came out in the 2000s, and some of them are beloved among audience members.
- Insider rounded up some of the best movies from the 2000s using audience scores on Rotten Tomatoes.
- Action movies like "Star Trek,""Iron Man," and "The Dark Knight" were given high ratings for their inventive plots and performances.
- Lesser-known films like "Persepolis" and "Mary and Max" also earned rave reviews from fans.
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- 09/18/19--12:07: 17 of the best kids' movies on Amazon Prime Video right now
- Amazon Prime offers a lot of features with a membership, including Amazon music, free shipping, and Prime Video.
- I like to use movies as a bonding experience for my family, and Prime Video has a lot of new and old options for us to choose from.
- From simple songs and cartoons for toddlers to feature films for the whole family, we compiled a list of some of the best kids' movies on Prime Video.
- 09/18/19--13:06: THEN AND NOW: The cast of 'The Hangover' 10 years later
- It's been 10 years since "The Hangover" first hit theaters in 2009.
- Some of the cast has gone on to star in critically acclaimed movies, while others have left the industry altogether.
- From Bradley Cooper to Ken Jeong, here's what the cast of "The Hangover" has been up to for the past 10 years.
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- Many stars who play onscreen enemies may seem like they are rivals in real life, but sometimes these actors are actually friends.
- Lupita Nyong'o and Michael B. Jordan have an intense rivalry in "Black Panther," but it doesn't continue off-screen.
- Andrew Lincoln was friends with David Morrissey long before the two were rivals on AMC's "The Walking Dead."
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- In this Insider series, our entertainment team decodes the latest in film, music, and pop culture.
- The hit HBO series "Chernobyl" won an Emmy for cinematography, so we break down what went into making one particular scene so special.
- Then, we talk about the significance of the new "Rambo" movie, as well as explain a few Easter eggs hidden in the poster for "Birds of Prey."
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- Disney Channel has been streaming plenty of spooky, fall-staple movies for the past few decades.
- Insider rounded up all of Disney Channel's Halloween-worthy and Halloween-themed movies and ranked them using audience reviews on Rotten Tomatoes.
- "Twitches Too" (2007) and "Halloweentown" (1998) are two audience favorites.
- Audience reviewers didn't really care for "Mom's Got a Date With a Vampire" (2000) or "Invisible Sister" (2015).
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- "Downton Abbey" won the weekend box office with an estimated $31 million at the domestic box office.
- It's the biggest opening ever for a Focus Features movie.
- In second place was the Disney/Fox release "Ad Astra," starring Brad Pitt, with $19.2 million.
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- That made the movie number one at the box office.
- The $31 million take is the biggest opening ever for its distributor, Focus Features (beating out the $22.6 million opening by 2015's "Insidious: Chapter 3").
- The new trailer for "Frozen 2" was released.
- It includes more plot details, new characters, and a few fun easter eggs.
- "Frozen 2" comes out on November 22, 2019.
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Tom Holland may have revealed some Avengers 4 spoilers already.
Marvel Studios is being especially tight-lipped when it comes to the true follow-up to Avengers: Infinity War. They aren't even announcing the film's title until the end of the year (likely when marketing begins), leaving many to try and connect the dots to figure out what comes next. Other Marvel Cinematic Universe movies, like Ant-Man and The Wasp, may provide further clues, but those involved already know much more.
Everyone who worked on Avengers 4 is now in the odd position where filming is done outside of reshoots, which will take place soon. Once those are wrapped, there will still be roughly nine months before Avengers 4 hits theaters - and a major gap between MCU installments overall. As people try to piece together the sequel, an old comment from the actor behind Spider-Man is now being brought into focus.
In the interview with Access posted by Emergency Awesome, Holland is being interviewed alongside Benedict Cumberbatch. They are asked about the difficulty in delivering their lines, which is where Holland maybe slips up.
Holland interjects by saying, "He has the most difficult lines though. He has to talk about so much Quantum Realm stuff. I just have to talk about, ‘Yeah, man, that’s awesome!’ So mine is easy but his is so difficult!"
What makes that quote stand out is the fact that the Quantum Realm was barely discussed in Infinity War.
The Quantum Realm has long been at the core of several Avengers 4 theories and this just continues to add to the evidence. Ant-Man and The Wasp's post-credits aren't subtle in introducing potentially major concepts, such as how time travel could work. With Captain Marvel also expected to deal with the realm in some way, the connections keep on building. Now that Holland's quotes are being reframed after fans have seen the two most recent MCU films, all signs point to the Quantum Realm as the key.
The Quantum Realm has been described as a place beyond time and space, which could point to time travel or even alternate dimensions (or a combination) being used in Avengers 4.
What makes Holland's comments even more intriguing is that Strange is the one who may explain things, and not Ant-Man. It could also point to the fates of the heroes perhaps, as Strange could be with the other "dusted" characters and explain to them (and the audience) how the survivors can save them. So did Holland spoil Avengers 4? Not necessarily, but he's certainly backing up what many are already theorizing.
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Did pirates actually have parrots as pets or hooks for hands? Author of "The Republic of Pirates," Colin Woodard explains. Following is a transcript from the video.
Colin Woodard: I think the average person imagines a pirate with a hook for a hand, a great big floppy hat, a blue waistcoat, and maybe even a peg leg, with a parrot on his shoulder.
This particular gang of pirates, who were active at the very beginning of the 18th century for only 4-5 years. Blackbeard, Stede Bonnet, the women pirates Mary Read and Anne Bonny, were all part of this one gang. It’s this gang that all of the pop culture images and iconography related to pirates comes from.
One of the most common Oceanic sailing routes for English seamen was to go from England to the Caribbean because that was a major route of merchant shipping. And so they would come back to grey, dreary, England, and one of the things they would bring back with them was colorful birds from the tropics, especially parrots, who could be trained to sit on your shoulder but also to actually speak words. And you can imagine how boring it must have been on a pirate ship on your off hours, what are you going to do? The colorful and talkative parrots were treated as a form of entertainment and recreation.
All of these characteristics pirates had, because having a parrot as a pet, missing arms, eyes and hands, was very common among sailors in that time period. And almost all pirates had previously been sailors. Most pirates had been merchant or naval sailors prior to going into piracy. And the big piracy outbreak was prompted by the ending of a big colonial war, the Spanish succession.
So you had thousands of people without a means to sustain themselves with a special skill set. The pressures on sailors were enormous. So many of them mutinied and took over their vessels. These pirates from the golden age of piracy were folk heroes at the time they were still alive. They argued they weren’t thieves and brigands, they said they were engaged in essentially a social revolt against the ship owners and ship captains who made their lives miserable. They were Robin Hood figures, robbing from the wicked rich to settle scores.
Many of them, in fact, had been in accidents because being a sailor, whether a pirate or not, was very dangerous. Rigging fell in storms, cargo and barrels shifted around, in battle you’d be hit by wooden splinters. So lots may have also had eye patches and hooks for arms because they’d lost their eyes and limbs in these various accidents, so pirates probably looked like some crazy fiend from the early Mad Max movies. A bunch of people bizarrely dressed like a post-apocalyptic image.
And that was precisely the idea, especially Blackbeard’s, was to cultivate an image of terror, so somebody would be so scared of them they’d surrender without a fight. In fact, of all the accounts of all of Blackbeard’s raids and captures of ships, he threatened a lot of people but he never actually killed anybody prior to his final, fatal battle with the Royal Navy.
Quentin Tarantino announced earlier this year that Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio would be starring in his upcoming ninth film, "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood," which partly involves the Manson Family murders.
In April, Tarantino and DiCaprio teased a few details about the film at the Las Vegas industry event CinemaCon, and Margot Robbie confirmed to IndieWire that she was playing the role of actor Sharon Tate in the film.
Since then, a strong supporting cast has steadily filled in. A source close to the production told IndieWire last month that Damian Lewis, Dakota Fanning, and Emile Hirsch will appear in the film. Deadline also reported that Al Pacino has also joined the cast.
Pitt worked with Tarantino on 2009's "Inglorious Basterds," and DiCaprio appeared in 2013's "Django Unchained." Longtime Tarantino collaborators Tim Roth and Michael Madsen are also appearing in the film.
This week, Sony Pictures moved up the release date for "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" by two weeks — from August 9, 2019, the 50th anniversary of the Manson Family murders, to July 26, 2019.
Here's everything we know about Tarantino's upcoming ninth film:
The film takes place in "Los Angeles in 1969, at the height of hippy Hollywood."
Tarantino described "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" in a statement in February, calling it, "a story that takes place in Los Angeles in 1969, at the height of hippy Hollywood. The two lead characters are Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio), former star of a Western TV series, and his longtime stunt double Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt). Both are struggling to make it in a Hollywood they don't recognize anymore. But Rick has a very famous next-door neighbor ... Sharon Tate."
While Tarantino's February statement mentions Sharon Tate as a player in the movie, Tarantino previously said that the film would not center on Manson but on the year 1969.
At CinemaCon in April, Tarantino did not add much to the description of the plot, calling the project "very hush-hush and top secret."
It has been five years in the making.
Tarantino said in April that he had been working on the script for the film for half a decade.
"I've been working on this script for five years, as well as living in Los Angeles County most of my life, including in 1969, when I was 7 years old," he said. "I'm very excited to tell this story of an LA and a Hollywood that don't exist anymore. And I couldn't be happier about the dynamic teaming of DiCaprio and Pitt as Rick and Cliff."
It's a "'Pulp Fiction'-esque movie."
Deadline reported in January that DiCaprio would play an "aging actor" in a "'Pulp Fiction'-esque movie.""Pulp Fiction," Tarantino's 1994 classic, told a collection of interconnected stories.
At CinemaCon in April, Tarantino confirmed this sentiment by saying that "Once Upon A Time In Hollywood" is "probably the closest to 'Pulp Fiction' that I have done."
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Netflix just dropped the first trailer for its new "dark, twisted revenge comedy" called "Insatiable," starring Debby Ryan in the lead role of Patty. Within hours of the first footage's release, people are already calling on Netflix to stop promoting the "toxic" and "fat-shaming" series.
In the trailer's opening shots, Ryan can be seen in a fat suit as she talks in voice over about the woes of being the "Fatty Patty" at high school. Then it's revealed that Patty has her jaw wired shut in order to lose weight and plans on exacting revenge upon those who bullied her in the past.
"Having my jaw wired shut lost me more than just my summer vacation," Patty says in the trailer. "Now, I could be the former fatty who turned into a brain. Or an athlete. Or a princess. No — I'd rather have revenge."
Many people are getting vocal about the problematic nature of the plotline and the way Ryan dons a fat suit for the role. Several of the responses to Netflix's tweet of the trailer started the conversation.
This is trash. Netflix I expected a company that’s prided itself on changing the faces in entertainment and inclusivity to be better to fat people. This story like is uncreative and fatphobic. It’s also incredibly insulting to attempt to tell an story of a fat women with a thin— Savannah✨ (@GirlcraftWorld) July 19, 2018
So this is a story about a girl who used to be fat and now she isn't, she can finally have revenge? I don't know. Maybe a story where she loves her fatness would have been better. Rather than her literally having her jaw wired shut so that she cannot eat to lose weight.— MD (@manika0098) July 19, 2018
you have a chance to make creative, engaging, original content from fat people about fat people's lives and you choose to ... put a skinny person in a fat suit and make jokes about how sad her life is and about what a crazy bitch she turns into. That's so lazy and pathetic.— Angie Manfredi (@misskubelik) July 19, 2018
Kristin Chirico, a senior producer at BuzzFeed, tweeted about the trailer's harmful messaging.
This is about a fat girl who is treated like shit and then loses weight and gets revenge on people because she's thin now. It stars a thin actress wearing a fat suit. Please note that you do not have to become "hot now" to live your best life. Thank you for coming to my TED talk. https://t.co/zRRWBXs0I6— Kristin Chirico (@lolacoaster) July 19, 2018
FYI it doesnt matter what the message of the show ultimately is...putting a thin actor in a fat suit is inherently awful &promotes toxic diet culture that leads youth to mental illness, depression, aND EATING DISORDERS. You are mocking fat bodies. These are the outcomes.— Comfy Fat (@comfyfat) July 19, 2018
For another thing, this is exactly what we're saying when we say that society (and Hollywood in particular) fat shames. We're supposed to believe that this girl is uninteresting and unlikable because she's fat, and because she's unlikeable, she eats more and gets more fat— Kate Lopez (@TheMusician94) July 19, 2018
Others went the sarcastic route. Style blogger Chloe Elliot was particularly emphatic about the show being targeted towards a younger audience.
A girl in a fat suit who then breaks her jaw?!? And loses weight to then become popular, desirable, respected - this is marketed at TEENAGERS.— Chloe Elliott (@ChloeInCurve) July 19, 2018
Many are saying "Insatiable" bolsters stereotypes about fat people and the harmful link between media's portrayal of "thin" equating with desirability. It also relies on the trope seen across movies and TV of characters losing weight in order to become "popular" or "attractive."
can we end the girl loses weight and becomes beautiful trope its fucking tiring https://t.co/2peLw6FEor— robbie (@sapphicouture) July 19, 2018
Yay! Another fatsuit. I don’t wanna hear another thing about fat people being lazy in 2018. Focus on your LAZY writing and boring tropes. https://t.co/tjNrP2590f— Meghan Tonjes (@meghantonjes) July 19, 2018
I am done with films looking down at fat people & telling them to change themselves in order to be considered beautiful. This same old narrative is getting boring & annoying. Netflix really spends money on garbage like this when there are quality shows getting cancelled. https://t.co/wzyeSX6T7I— s✨ (@banglagyal) July 19, 2018
PSA to @reedhastings, et al: If you do not cancel @insatiable_ and cease promotion of it immediately, you will inspire thousands of young people to adopt eating disorders. Please do the right thing and fix your mistake.— AllGo (@canweallgo) July 19, 2018
Netflix didn't immediately respond to INSIDER's request for comment.
The first season of "Insatiable," with 12 total episodes, is slated to premiere on Netflix on August 10. Watch the first full trailer below.
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With the news on Thursday that Comcast is stepping aside in trying to buy assets from 21st Century Fox, including its movie studio, it now seems to be smooth sailing for Disney to move forward and take the pieces off Fox's hands.
Back in December, after months of speculation, Disney announced that it had agreed to acquire the Fox studio and a large portion of its television production for $52.4 billion. Recently, Comcast swooped in with its own offer for the Fox assets (excluding Fox News and Fox Business channels). This led to Disney raising its offer to $71.3 billion. Comcast has now cut bait to put its focus on buying the European broadcast company, Sky.
With Fox under the Disney umbrella, the studio Walt Disney created goes from being the most envious in the movie industry to now becoming an unimaginable Goliath. Not only does it beef up Disney's Marvel Studios with the addition of the likes of the X-Men and Deadpool characters, which are currently Fox's big moneymakers, but it also brings countless options of content for Disney's upcoming streaming service with its pick of everything from family-friendly fare like "The Greatest Showman," to prestige dramas from the Fox Searchlight library, which released last year's best picture Oscar winner, "The Shape of Water."
If you combined the 2018 box office market share for both Disney and Fox, it's close to 50%.
It's another win for Disney CEO Bob Iger, and it will add to a legacy that is becoming one of the most successful Hollywood has ever seen.
"In terms of the history of the Walt Disney Company, there's no question that Bob Iger has really done more for that company than perhaps any other individual — even more than Walt Disney," Tom Nunan, UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television lecturer and former network television/movie studio head, told Business Insider. "If you think about the number of characters and franchises that Iger has brought under the same umbrella. Disney himself built it on the shoulders of a little mouse, and that's spectacular. But it's nothing compared to the acquisition of Pixar, Lucasfilm, Marvel, and now the acquisition of Fox. There's just been no comparable experience in the history of Hollywood in terms of a series of success under one individual. It's a tremendous story."
But for a business that's lived on being reactionary, the merging of Disney and Fox has set the stage for an overhaul of Hollywood, in an even more visible way than has already been happening under the surface.
The "big six"— Disney, Fox, Sony, Paramount, Warner Bros., and Universal — have never been shy about making major deals with huge conglomerates. Universal is under the Comcast umbrella. Just recently, AT&T bought Time Warner for $85 billion, giving the large wireless carrier the Warner Bros. studio as well as all the binge-worthy content on HBO. But the studios have never swallowed each other until now. And don't be surprised if you see more deals like the Disney/Fox one in the future.
"There's no doubt that the big acquisition targets seem to be Paramount, Sony, and Lionsgate," Nunan said. "All three of those companies for a variety of different reasons are clear acquisition targets in this market. But in a world of Google, Amazon, and Apple any of these 20th Century-created entertainment giants could possibly get picked off by 21st Century technology wizards."
And that's the reality of today's Hollywood. The magic is no longer created on movie studio lots. It hasn't been for some time. The Disney/Fox deal proves that most of the business is spread out to many other entities, leaving the "big six" as dinosaurs only good at doing one thing.
"They really are just blockbuster movie companies and that's a very small list of people who actually know how to make and produce those movies," Nunan said, noting the emergence of Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu as major employers in Hollywood. And then there's Lionsgate, Annapurna Pictures (which recently took the domestic franchise rights of James Bond from Sony), and STX Entertainment.
"That's become a smaller part of the overall employment in Hollywood," he said of the big studios. "I don't think we should get our violins out too soon to grieve the loss of that. It's really such a tiny part of the overall food chain that exists in the entertainment industry."
But for moviegoers, Disney bringing in Fox leads to more content than many could have imagined.
It "will essentially combine under one umbrella a very powerful slate of content that will be almost second to none in terms of its creative scope and potential combined revenue market share," Paul Dergarabedian, a senior media analyst at comScore, told Business Insider. "The key Fox brands — including of course the all-important 'X-Men,' 'Deadpool,' and 'Fantastic Four' franchises — will be brought into the Disney/Marvel fold and the creative and synergistic possibilities are exciting and truly mind boggling."
Antoine Fuqua has pulled off something no other director working with Denzel Washington has done before: getting him to do a sequel.
“The Equalizer 2” (in theaters Friday) marks not just the first-ever sequel done by Fuqua, but also Washington. The two have worked on numerous projects, from “The Magnificent Seven” reboot to Washington’s Oscar-winning performance in “Training Day.” But it’s Sony’s unlikely hit thriller about a man (Washington) with a mysterious past who disrupts his quiet life to rescue a girl that the two felt was fertile ground to continue with a sequel.
Business Insider sat down with Fuqua in April during CinemaCon (in a backstage room with the film’s producer Jason Blumenthal), to talk about the movie, Trump, and if he’s going to direct the much-rumored “Scarface” remake.
Jason Guerrasio: This is the first time you and Denzel have ever done a sequel. What did Sony have to do to talk you guys into doing another?
Fuqua: It was a conversation that we had toward the end of making “Equalizer 1.” We had a lot of fun together just making the movie. All of us: me, Denzel, the producers. And we were talking about it and it's hard to talk about that stuff with Denzel because he just wants to make this one good. The one we're doing. But we were all kind of like, "Hey, if this works let's do it again." It came out and did well, the audience enjoyed it, and the guys went off to write another. And it wasn't that long, three months after the release.
Guerrasio: Wow, three months after it opened?
Fuqua: Yeah. They gave me the script and I read it and it was better than the first script and much more emotional and deeper. And it hit all the things that I think a lot of people wanted to see. When I would be in an airport people would ask, "Are we going to find out more about this or that?" And the script did those things. And when I read it, Denzel read it as well, and he called me and he said, "This is good!" And I was like yeah, and he said, "Let's do it again!" So that's how it worked.
Guerrasio: I would imagine this was not the first time a sequel to a movie you've done has been floated by you. What sequel pitches have you gotten in the past?
Fuqua:“Olympus Has Fallen,” they wanted me to do that, there were rumors about “Training Day"—
Guerrasio: How can you do “Training Day” again?
Fuqua: I think like a prequel. Yeah, it's been a few times. It’s just not exciting to me to do that really because you have already been down that road and it's rare to get someone like Denzel so you have got to make it right. The script has to be very different from the first one, and it has to be a character he wants to play again, but have enough differences that he feels like he's doing something else. He's an actor's actor, so for him, he's not doing the exact same thing. I can't even get the exact same take. So you think he's going to do a movie twice? [Laughs.]
Guerrasio: I’m thinking about your filmography now, you could probably do another “Magnificent Seven.”
Fuqua: Yeah. I would love to do another one. That's not up to me but I would love to do one. With the right actors. Because that's tricky. You have to get all those guys’ schedules on the same page at the exact same time.
Guerrasio: And do audiences still want to see Westerns?
Fuqua: It's tricky. You never know. The audience sometimes will surprise you. It's timing. You think you know and then the next Western comes out and makes a billion dollars.
Guerrasio: The only thing that will make me disappointed is Vincent D’Onofrio will not be in it. Because he was so entertaining in that movie.
Fuqua: We do it as a prequel. You see what happens? You got the opportunity to do a movie with a great actors and then you kill them off, how do you do another one? [Laughs.]
Guerrasio: I don't want you to give anything away about “Equalizer 2,” but in the trailer there's a shot of Denzel telling a guy to do the Vulcan salute from “Star Trek” and then breaking his fingers when the guy shows him the salute.
Fuqua: That's all Denzel.
Guerrasio: He came up with that?
Fuqua: He did that. That's the fun of it. He's not going to say the exact same line every time the exact same way. Someone on that level, you have to have some fun with it.
Guerrasio: Almost all of your movies deal with gun violence. It's a topic that's big again in society because of the Parkland school shooting. But when you hear President Trump say that school shootings are due to the violence kids see in movies, how do you react to that?
Fuqua: I’m not into politics, I'm a father. I'll say that first. I grew up watching movies — Westerns, war movies, gangster movies, comedies. But are movies the reason people are shooting and killing each other? I don't think so. I would hate to think that's true in any way. We've been making movies since, what —
Guerrasio: Over 100 years.
Fuqua: It seems it's something that's been happening more and more recently, so it's hard to blame something like that on movies. When the president says something like that it's sad because I don't think you should put the blame on one thing. It's all of our problem, not just movies.
Guerrasio: What you see in society, does that affect what stories you want to tell going forward?
Fuqua: It does. That's why I wanted to do “Equalizer.” Because “Equalizer” is about justice. You talk about gun violence, yeah, of course, I'm tired of seeing young black men get shot down in the street like animals. I'm tired of seeing anybody get shot down in the street. Especially innocent people. So you can make a movie with a positive use as well. If you put it in the hands of the right people: Air Force, military, Navy, Navy Seals, Marines, and I'm friends with a lot of these guys and I'm friends with a lot of cops, too. Thank God they are there when you need them, strapped. What I'll say is when you make a movie you have to have a reason you want to make it. I wanted to make “Equalizer” because it's about justice and I think that's the thing we all want. When you see young people die it's heartbreaking, but as a director you can only do a movie to say something. You could get involved with politics if you want to, but I'm not a politician.
Guerrasio: I want your take on the inclusion rider that's been a buzz term since Frances McDormand brought it up at the Oscars. As one of the few African-American directors working regularly in Hollywood currently, do you use that? Do you want to use it more?
Fuqua: I don't know.
Jason Blumenthal: It hasn't been an issue with Antoine, to be honest. We know he wants a very diverse and eclectic group of people around him as a filmmaker. He thrives on that. So we run these colorblind sets. And just so you know, the inclusion rider wasn't even a thing when we shot this movie. Denzel has also been big on that with us, too. He's always wanted us to give people a shot. He's never said, "Give the black guy a shot."
Fuqua: Denzel says, "Give the woman a shot."
Blumenthal: It comes from the top down, so if we weren't running an inclusive set and Antoine and Denzel said we better do that it's going to happen because it needs to happen. But it's been happening with our movies for the last five to six years.
Fuqua: We just do it. There's not really a conversation. We do what's right and who's the best person for the job. And we help bring people up along the ranks as well.
Guerrasio: So I know you're working on a Muhammad Ali documentary.
Guerrasio: After that, are you taking on the “Scarface” reboot?
Fuqua: I don't know. We are still finishing up “Equalizer 2.” Editing a little bit, shaping here and there. Not a lot. The music and all the final stuff we have to do. We did a test last week and it scored through the roof. Scored a little higher than the first one. So “Scarface, “I don't know, man. When I get the script.
Guerrasio: That's such a classic film that if it's going to be attempted I assume, if you were to take it on, you would do it completely different than Brian De Palma's.
Fuqua: Very different.
Guerrasio: Like how De Palma's is completely different from the 1932 original movie.
Fuqua: Exactly. You have to. And you have to find the reason to make it, any movie. I have to find my reason to make the movie. So “Scarface” is one of those movies that I've been talking to the writer and different people about it and I know a lot about that world, it's just making sure when I get the script it's the right reason to make “Scarface.” In today's society everyone feels injustice like Tony Montana. Everyone feels like they are the small guy.
Guerrasio: And hustling to make a better life.
Fuqua: The hustle. So the feeling of that is in the air and coming back to “Equalizer” that's what's important about doing that. It's about justice. When I did “Training Day” it was about street justice. So it always comes back to justice, so I have to figure out what “Scarface” is about for me.
Guerrasio: You're doing “Scarface.”
"Guardians of the Galaxy" franchise writer-director James Gunn has been fired by Disney from the third movie following old offensive tweets of his resurfacing this week.
"The offensive attitudes and statements discovered on James’ Twitter feed are indefensible and inconsistent with our studio’s values, and we have severed our business relationship with him," Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn said in a statement given to Business Insider.
Gunn was writing the script to the third "Guardians" movie, which was to begin shooting in the fall with a 2020 release date.
Gunn's offensive tweets, which he wrote in 2010 and 2011, were brought back to light by conservative personalities who were opposed to Gunn's tweets against President Trump and the Republican Party. In one tweet he wrote: "The Expendables was so manly I f---ed the s--- out of the little p---- boy next to me! The boys ARE back in town!"
On Thursday night, Gunn addressed the controversy in a series of tweets, saying, "As I've developed as a person, so has my work and my humor."
He said in another tweet: "In the past, I have apologized for humor of mine that hurt people. I truly felt sorry and meant every word of my apologies."
The "Guardians of the Galaxy" franchise has been one of the most successful for Disney/Marvel. The recent release of "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" was the fifth highest-grossing domestic release of 2017 and earned over $860 million worldwide.
Business Insider contacted Gunn's representative for comment but did not get an immediate response.
Have you ever noticed ugly gray bars surrounding a movie screen? How about a dark or blurry picture? It turns out movie theaters aren't doing enough to ensure that their audience is seeing a movie the way it is meant to be seen. Many theaters have little quality control over things like screen masking and projector brightness, and it has begun to hurt the moviegoing experience. We talked with two projection experts to help us understand what is going on inside the booth. Following is a transcript of the video.
Narrator: Which looks better? This, or that? Well, what if I told you that you may have been paying a premium to see the worst version.
You know those black bars you sometimes see on the top, bottom or sides of a movie? They occur because movies are filmed at different frame sizes, or aspect ratios. "Lady Bird", shot in widescreen should appear differently than "Star Wars", which was shot in Cinemascope. A Cinemascope movie on your TV will have black bars on the top and bottom, while a movie theater masks the frame with retractable curtains. These curtains at Night Hawk Cinema in Brooklyn absorb the light and create a frame around the projected image. But take away the curtains and...
Chapin Cutler: When you don't have masking what happens is you've got this gray area of screen which isn't reflecting picture, it's not reflecting the image. It just sort-of sits there and looks ugly. There is a move afoot by some theater circuits, I guess in order to save money, that have decided that, that's a waste of money and they're not gonna do it.
Narrator: That's Chapin Cutler. He's been working in the projection and theater business for over 40 years. The empty screen space can be distracting and takes away from the immersive experience of seeing a movie on the big screen.
Another problem? Projector brightness, which can be affected by the age and cleanliness of the bulb, along with any dirt or smudges that may be on the window of the projection booth. Some "Solo" attendees reported seeing extremely dark almost unviewable projections with a few saying that they had to struggle to see what was on screen.
Chapin Cutler: If the standard that's been established for the amount of light that is supposed to be on the screen isn't there, then not only does the picture look dark but you don't see anything that goes on in the shadows. All of that information disappears.
Narrator: And if there was a 3D showing in the theater before a standard 2D showing a lens meant only for 3D movies may still be on the projector making the image two thirds darker than it should be.
Joe Muto: Showing something like that with a very low light level is gonna take away from it. If that's the experience you walk away with that's going to impede your positive judgment of the film, and that's just gonna ruin it for you.
Narrator: Hurting both the team behind the movie and its viewers, and possibly creating customers who may not come back to that theater for a sub-par experience.
The issues aren't limited to "Solo." The past few years have seen numerous reports of theaters not doing enough to ensure quality screenings. Standard 2D movie tickets average about $9.00 in the U.S. And almost twice that in places like New York City. But is the price of admission worth seeing a movie that is not being shown the way it is meant to? You can get a full 4K movie for 15 bucks. Why bother with what may be a questionable theater presentation if you can get cinema-like quality at home?
The picture may be bigger, and the sound may be better but if you're having a bad theater experience, take note. If a theater has a dark blurry picture or leaves empty areas of the screen unmasked try a different theater. Many are still working hard to bring you the best picture possible.
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Steven Soderbergh has spent his career distancing himself from the movie studio system unless there was no other option, and in today's landscape of the majors only wanting to release huge franchise blockbusters, don't expect the Oscar-winning director to have meetings on the lots anytime soon.
Soderbergh recently had a lengthy interview with Filmmaker Magazine to promote the Criterion Collection Blu-ray release of his feature debut "sex, lies, and videotape," and when asked what the future held for him in regards to the kinds of movies he wants to make, he didn't hold back.
"It’s difficult for me to imagine a scenario in which I would literally make a movie for a studio," he said. "I’m too frustrated by the way that system works, both economically and creatively. That’s one of the reasons the Panama Papers project will probably end up at Netflix, because it’s right in that zone of movies that the studios are not interested in, mid-level budget movies for grown-ups."
The project Soderbergh is referring to is his supposed next directing effort, "The Laundromat," which will delve into the largest leak of corporate data in history back in 2015, revealing to the public many legal and illegal ways corporations and powerful people hide their money in offshore accounts.
Soderbergh said he was so convinced no studio would be interested that he didn't even set up meetings.
"We didn’t even take it out," he said. "We went to Netflix first and they seemed inclined to do it. And when we had a meeting, they said, 'So we’re assuming you’re going to want some kind of theatrical release or festivals?' And I said, 'I don’t care. I don’t care if it never shows in a theater and I don’t care if I ever go to a festival again. You do whatever you need to do to get eyeballs on this thing. If that’s the way you want to do it, that’s fine. I’m just telling you, I don’t care.' I have a creative process now that I’m happy with, both in terms of developing projects and then making them and then putting them out. I’m now driven solely by what stories attract me."
Distribution and creative control are two things Soderbergh has battled with his entire career. It's partly why he "retired" from filmmaking briefly and took on painting. But at the same time, he's never been precious about the theatrical experience.
From his 2005 low budget movie "Bubble," which made headlines for being one of the first movies to have a simultaneous release in theaters and cable (which has become the norm now with many indie movies); to his current Fingerprint Releasing company, in which the director oversaw the entire marketing and release of his last two movies "Logan Lucky" and "Unsane" (both released theatrically by Bleecker Street); Soderbergh loves to mess with the established way of doing things.
His comments here just show the latest way he's being a maverick to traditional Hollywood.
Sequels continue to work like gangbusters this summer.
In a surprise outcome, Sony's "The Equalizer 2" took in $35.8 million to win the weekend box office over "Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again."
The first-ever sequel that Denzel Washington and director Antoine Fuqua made in their careers, the movie surpassed the 2014 original's $34.1 million take. It was an impressive performance for a movie that had a 51% score on Rotten Tomatoes (the original had a 60% score).
But Fuqua did tell Business Insider that the sequel did better in test screenings than the original.
The performance by "Equalizer 2" also proves that sometimes star power can work. In a time when superheroes are more of a box office draw than superstars, Washington playing a vigilante seemed to be a draw.
Also performing better than expected was "Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again."
The sequel to the 2008 musical based on the hit Broadway show featuring the songs of ABBA took in an estimated $34.3 million.
That's better than the first "Mamma Mia" ($27.7 million), and turned out to be the perfect movie night for audiences who needed a break from the action-heavy offerings already out, like "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom" and "Ant-Man and the Wasp."
Though time will tell if Denzel's "Equalizer" can match up to the other tough guy movies coming up, Universal may have the rare title this summer that could have legs for weeks to come.
With the movie's big female following, the studio foresees "Here We Go Again" being a big girls night out option with guys' movies like "Mission: Impossible - Fallout,""The Meg," and "Mile 22" opening soon.
But both of these movies doing better than expected is just the latest pleasant surprise this year's summer movie season has given Hollywood.
The 2000s produced a lot of stand-out, impressive films that audiences still can't get enough of.
Using audience reviews from Rotten Tomatoes, Insider rounded up some of the most beloved films from the early aughts. Keep in mind that scores were current on the date of publication and are subject to change.
Here are just 15 of the best films from the 2000s, according to audiences.
"Up" (2009) proved to be a heartwarming, colorful adventure.
Audience Score: 90%
In "Up," Carl Fredricksen has fallen into a rut after his beloved wife passes away, but he surprises his neighbors when he ties thousands of balloons to the roof of his house and plans to float away to South America.
Things grow complicated when Carl realizes he has a stowaway in the form of a young wilderness explorer aboard his flying house.
In reviews, audience members emphasized the movie's beautiful animation and uplifting story, calling it generally enjoyable and powerful to watch.
"Star Trek" (2009) welcomed newcomers to the sci-fi series and impressed lifelong fans.
Audience Score: 91%
In JJ Abrams' 2009 addition to the "Star Trek" universe, James Kirk (Chris Pine) leads a crew of space explorers in a journey across the galaxy.
As the Starfleet crew comes head-to-head with a villain of immense power, Kirk learns to set his ego aside and lead his ship to safety.
Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, and Zoe Saldana also starred in the science-fiction flick.
Both general movie fans and more devout followers of the "Star Trek"franchise applauded the new entry for paying homage to the older films while paving way for a new, exciting series.
"Iron Man" (2008) was heralded as a breath of fresh air for the superhero genre.
Audience Score: 91%
For many comic book fans, Robert Downey Jr. himself has become synonymous with the billionaire genius he plays in "Iron Man" and the subsequent superhero movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
In "Iron Man," Downey Jr. began his decade-long career as Tony Stark, a philanthropist inventor who survives a traumatic hostage situation and emerges as a self-made hero.
Moviegoers and superhero fans remarked that the film came as a pleasant surprise after a string of less-than-successful comic-book adaptations in the 2000s, calling special attention to Downey Jr's "charismatic performance" and the flick's fast-paced action sequences.
Viewers were charmed by the musical performances in "Once" (2007).
Audience Score: 91%
In "Once," Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová star as a busker and a Czech immigrant who feel a kinship for one another.
As their lives begin to pull them in different directions, the two fall in love and express their feelings through original music on the streets of Dublin.
Reviewers on Rotten Tomatoes called the film sweet and charming. Many audience members especially applauded the film's powerful messages and musical numbers.
Filmgoers called "Mary and Max" (2009) a "heart-wrenching" story.
Audience Score: 92%
"Mary and Max" is an Australian, clay-based animated picture voiced by Toni Collette and Philip Seymour Hoffman.
The film spans a 20-year relationship between Mary, a young girl living in Melbourne, and Max, an older New Yorker. Their unlikely friendship evolves through the years as the film portrays the protagonists' dual lives.
Viewers called the film beautiful as well as emotionally moving, applauding its animation and direction.
Viewers praised "Persepolis" (2007) as being both poignant and moving.
Audience Score: 92%
Written and directed by Vincent Paronnaud and Marjane Satrapi, "Persepolis" is an animated recount of a young girl's coming-of-age during the Islamic Revolution.
The autobiographical story follows Marjane across various countries and tracks her growth as she reconciles with her Iranian identity.
Many audience members praised the film for its intelligence and cultural relevance, applauding it for mixing stunning visual art and powerful messages.
"The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters" (2007) earned rave reviews from moviegoers.
Audience Score: 93%
"The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters" is a documentary that recounts the legacy of Billy Mitchell, a man who earned the highest score on the "King Kong" arcade game in 1999, and Steve Wiebe, the challenger who rose to oppose him.
The documentary tracks their heated rivalry over trying to earn a place in the Guinness Book of World Records.
Critics and moviegoers complimented the film on its compelling direction and entertaining material, with some calling it the "one of the best documentaries" they've ever seen.
Horror fans loved the zombie comedy "Shaun of the Dead" (2004).
Audience Score: 93%
In Edgar Wright's "Shaun of the Dead," a hapless British man named Shaun (Simon Pegg) finds himself in the midst of a zombie epidemic.
As society breaks down around him, Shaun, his friend Ed (Nick Frost), and his ex-girlfriend (Kate Ashfield) attempt to take refuge in a bar and survive the invasion.
Viewers praised the gore-filled comedy for its wit and cinematography, taking particular note of Wright's deft direction and the flick's social commentary.
Viewers found "The Cove" (2009) to be revelatory and important.
Audience Score: 94%
In "The Cove," Richard O'Barry, an aquatic-animal trainer turned animal-rights activist, travels to Japan to document the abuse suffered by the local dolphins and the destruction of their habitat.
Many who reviewed the film on Rotten Tomatoes called it difficult to watch, but also described it as "eye-opening" and informative.
Fans felt that "The Dark Knight" (2008) was a dark, captivating thriller.
Audience Score: 94%
The second movie in Christopher Nolan's "Batman" trilogy, "The Dark Knight" chronicles the dark underbelly of Gotham city and follows Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) on his crusade to fight crime.
Aaron Eckhart, Maggie Gyllenhaal, and Morgan Freeman also starred in the film, with Heath Ledger playing opposite Bale as the menacing Joker.
Casual moviegoers and comic-book fans alike still hold the film in high regard due to its stylish direction, exhilarating plot, and impressive leading performances from Bale and Ledger.
Viewers have called "No End In Sight" (2007) compelling and expansive.
Audience Score: 94%
In the "No End in Sight" documentary, Charles Ferguson explores how US policy and government involvement in relation to the civil war in Iraq and the events that followed.
Pulling from over 200 hours of footage, Ferguson constructs a comprehensive look at politics and war in relation to the turmoil in the Middle East.
Filmgoers described the film as riveting and expansive in its breakdown of the Iraq War and some reviewers on Rotten Tomatoes even called it "essential viewing."
"Riding Giants" (2004) was called a must-see sports documentary.
Audience Score: 94%
"Riding Giants" is a sports documentary about surfing and the culture that surrounds it. The film portrays surfing from its beginnings to its present-day impact around the world.
Per Rotten Tomatoes, even some viewers who weren't previously familiar with the world of surfing found the documentary to be enlightening and fast-paced.
Fans enjoyed the high-concept premise of "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" (2004).
Audience Score: 94%
A unique romantic drama with science-fiction overtones, "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" centers around Joel (Jim Carrey) as he finds out that his ex-girlfriend Clementine (Kate Winslet) has had their relationship scrubbed from her memory.
Determined to move on, Joel has the same experimental procedure done to his own mind, only to find himself falling for her all over again as he relives their memories together.
On Rotten Tomatoes, the audience reviews for the film are littered with praise, with many highlighting Carrey's and Winslet's performances.
Many audience members described the leading characters in the film as "entirely lovable" and individuals you want to feel empathy for.
Viewers loved the intricate world-building in "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" (2002).
Audience Score: 95%
Overflowing with countless characters and boundless lore, "The Fellowship of the Ring" is most simply described as an adventure film in which a young hobbit (Elijah Wood) and his companions trek across a vast landscape to destroy a ring bound to an evil force.
Based on the much-beloved book series of J.R.R. Tolkien, "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" was director Peter Jackson's first entry in the ambitious fantasy trilogy.
Audiences have left plenty of positive reviews for the film, often praising its detailed sets, impressive direction, and fascinating plot.
Filmgoers have described "Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father" (2008) as essential viewing.
Audience Score: 96%
Filmmaker Kurt Kuenne's documentary "Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father" depicts the tragic story of his best friend's murder and the harrowing events that would follow.
Both a testimonial to a dear friend and a true-crime documentary, Kuenne impressed viewers with his masterful direction. Many have also called this film compelling and emotional to watch.
My favorite use of screen time for my daughter is to make some snacks, gather in the living room, and have family movie night. My husband and I like to introduce her to some of our old favorites, and we also love experiencing new movies as a family. Amazon Prime Video has plenty of movie options for us to do just that. Prime Video also has a wide selection of hour-long "movie" episodes of kids TV shows — the perfect length to hold a preschooler's attention.
Scrolling through the seemingly endless options on streaming services, choosing a movie often takes more time than actually watching it. When you have a young kid with a short attention span, you don't have that kind of time. To speed along the process, we put together a list of options for you.
Check out our list of the top 17 kids' movies on Amazon Prime Video:
*Series descriptions are provided by Amazon and lightly edited for length.
"Charlotte’s Web” (animated version)
"Charlotte's Web" is such a sweet story that appeals to all ages. Younger kids will love the animals in this animated version, and older kids can learn the story and fall in love with the characters by reading the book before they watch the movie.
Amazon description: Miracles do happen! E.B. White's timeless children's story comes to life in this colorful animated musical.
"Jumanji" is the ultimate adventure movie that encourages kids to use their imagination. It was such a fun and unique movie to watch as a child, and I'm excited to watch it with my daughter. This classic has stood the test of time, and over 1,500 Amazon reviewers have given it 5 stars.
Amazon description: A mysterious game transports its players to the jungles of Jumanji! Thrilling effects! Starring Robin Williams.
Who doesn't love a good mystery? This one will have your family laughing out loud as they follow these cleverly named characters on their journey to reunite with their friends.
Amazon description: Join a phe-gnome-nal adventure inside the secret world of garden gnomes! When Gnomeo and Juliet discover their friends are missing, they team up with detective Sherlock Gnomes to solve the mystery and bring the gnomes home in this family comedy.
"Hugo" is a great pick for when you want to watch something that is appropriate for your kids, but you just can't take one more second of a sing-songy cartoon. The whole family will become engrossed in Hugo's quest to find a special key in this movie directed by Martin Scorsese.
Amazon description: Set in 1930s Paris, an orphan who lives in the walls of a train station is wrapped up in a mystery involving his late father and an automaton.
If your kids are too young to read "Charlotte's Web," this is a great opportunity for younger kids to connect a book to a movie with "The Gruffalo" picture book. Have fun with your kids while teaching them to connect, compare, and contrast.
Amazon description: This enchanting film tells the story of a mouse who goes in search of a nut. Along the way, three hungry animals that think that the mouse looks good to eat confront him. Forced to rely on his wits for survival, Mouse invents an imaginary monster to scare them away, but what happens when he comes face to face with his own creation?
Do you love classic Westerns like "High Noon" or pretty much anything starring John Wayne? Then you'll love to introduce your kids to the world of Western movies with one they'll actually be interested in.
Amazon description: A chameleon that aspires to be a swashbuckling hero finds himself in a Western town plagued by bandits and is forced to literally play the role in order to protect it.
“My Little Pony”
If you grew up with my "My Little Pony," chances are you'll want to share the magic of Ponyville with your children.
Amazon description: When a dark force threatens Ponyville and the Mane 6, they go on a journey to the end of Equestria to save their beloved home, and they meet new friends and dangerous challenges along the way.
“The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About Halloween!”
Even the most benign Halloween movies can be a bit spooky for younger kids, so in order to save you and your kids a night of nightmares, "The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About Halloween!" is the perfect fit to get in the Halloween mood without scaring your kids.
Amazon description: "The Cat in the Hat" takes Nick and Sally on a Halloween ride filled with howlers and shockers and scary fandangles, big laughs and music and fun from all angles! Their fright-filled adventure takes them deep into the Oooky-ma-kooky Closet where Nick and Sally discover the very best Halloween costumes ever.
“The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About Christmas!”
I'm a sucker for anything Christmas, so this is a must-watch for my toddler and me. I love that it promotes spending time with family and that it's a shorter movie (58 minutes) which is ideal for younger kids.
Amazon description: 'Twas the day before Christmas and all through the yard, the Cat in the Hat and his guests partied hard.
Recommended for all ages
“Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Tiger Family Trip”
Just like with the original series "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood," I can always count on the "Daniel Tiger" series to be educational and entertaining for my daughter. If you've already exhausted the regular length episodes of "Daniel Tiger," this movie brings many of the themes together.
Amazon description: The Tiger Family is heading out on a road trip to Grandpere's house! At first, Daniel doesn't know what to expect on the ride, but when Mom Tiger gives him a helpful map, he learns that there are so many exciting things to do and see when you're on a trip with your family.
“Fireman Sam: The Great Fire of Pontypandy"
Amazon description: Fireman Sam and his team are on a mission to save Pontypandy! When a hurricane threatens the town, emergencies pop up everywhere ... from saving the Wildmen of Pontypandy to rescuing a group from the flooding mines to protecting their new fire station. With new recruits, a new station, and a new vehicle, these ultimate heroes are always ready to save the day!
Recommended for all ages
“The Nut Job: No Nuts, No Glory”
"The Nut Job" is your typical simple kids' comedy. Like any truly entertaining kids movie, there are some jokes sprinkled in that only the adults will understand.
Amazon description: An incorrigibly self-serving and exiled squirrel finds himself helping his former park brethren survive by raiding a nut store, which happens to be nearby a bank robbery.
“The Nut Job 2: Nutty By Nature”
If your kids loved "The Nut Job," why not just make it a double-feature night! The sequel is another fun movie that doesn't require you to think too hard.
Amazon description: Surly (Will Arnett) the squirrel and his friends spring into action to save their home, Liberty Park, when the evil mayor plans to destroy it to build an amusement park.
If you're looking for a fun dog movie, this one will charm any animal-lover.
Amazon description: An eccentric chicken farmer, with the help of his granddaughter, trains his mischievous dog, Oddball, to protect a penguin sanctuary from fox attacks in an attempt to reunite his family and save their seaside town.
“Clifford’s Really Big Movie”
This is another great one to pair books with the movie for younger kids. They'll love to watch Emily Elizabeth and Clifford in action after reading all about them in the books.
Amazon description: Worried that he costs too much to feed, Clifford runs away to join a carnival act and help win a lifetime supply of Tummy Yummies.
“Sesame Street: The Cookie Thief”
You really can't go wrong with Cookie Monster and Elmo. Put out a plate of cookies, and head on down to Sesame Street with your family.
Amazon description: Cookie Monster is wrongly accused of stealing world-famous masterpieces in this hilarious parody set at the Museum of Modern Cookies. Can Elmo and friends find the real "Cookie Thief"?
Recommended for all ages
“Sing and Rhyme with Mother Goose Club”
A cross between a movie, TV show, and compilation of songs, I couldn't round out this list without including my daughter's favorite. I don't know what it is about "Mother Goose Club," but it sure captures her attention.
Amazon description: Nursery rhymes, baby videos, and kids' songs that your preschooler can dance to all day long! Enjoy this collection of 22 Mother Goose Club hit videos. Your children can race along the tracks to "Freight Train," spin in circles with their friends to "Ring Around the Rosie," or do a robot dance to the original Mother Goose Club hit "Rockin' Robot"!
Recommended for all ages
The hit comedy — which follows the story of Doug (played by Justin Bartha) and three friends (Cooper, Ed Helms, and Galifianakis) as they head to Las Vegas for what transforms into a bachelor party-gone-wrong — launched several of the cast members' careers and led to lucrative second and third installments in the "Hangover" trilogy.
A decade later, many of the movie's actors and actresses have starred in many more films, received awards, and even started their own shows — or have taken a break from the spotlight altogether.
Read on to find out where the cast is now.
Bradley Cooper played Philip "Phil" Wenneck, a teacher and the childhood best friend of groom-to-be Doug Billings.
Before he appeared in the "The Hangover,"Bradley Cooper had smaller roles in movies "Wedding Crashers,""Wet Hot American Summer," and "He's Just Not That Into You."
He also made appearances in a few TV shows, including "Sex and the City" and "Law & Order," and had a recurring role on the Jennifer Garner show "Alias."
Cooper has appeared in multiple critically acclaimed movies since "The Hangover," including the 2019 Oscar-nominated drama, "A Star Is Born."
Since 2009, Cooper has starred in buzzworthy films like "Silver Linings Playbook,""American Hustle," and "American Sniper." He later lent his acting and directing skills to the 2018 remake of "A Star Is Born." The film, which also stars Lady Gaga, earned seven Oscar nominations, including a best actor nomination for Cooper.
More recently, Cooper returned as the voice behind Rocket Raccoon in the box-office hit "Avengers: Endgame," and is set to do so again for "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3." He is also scheduled to star in and direct the Leonard Bernstein biopic, "Bernstein."
Ed Helms plays Dr. Stuart Price, a responsible dentist who ends up pulling his own tooth out after the bachelor party takes a wild turn.
Helms had already made a name for himself on TV by the time he played Dr. Stuart Price in the "Hangover" franchise.
Although the actor might be best known for his role as Stu, he was previously entertaining audiences as a correspondent on "The Daily Show" and memorably played Andy Bernard in the US version of "The Office."
Helms continued to flex his comedic chops in films like "We're the Millers" and "Tag."
Helms continued to play Andy Bernard in "The Office" throughout his time filming "The Hangover" franchise. After the last film hit theaters, the actor went on to star in the 2015 comedy "Vacation" alongside Christina Applegate.
More recently, he voiced the character of Kyle Carson in the "BoJack Horseman" TV series. He also stars alongside Demi Moore in the comedy/horror film "Corporate Animals," which hits theaters on September 20.
Alan Garner, the eccentric future brother-in-law of Doug Billings, was played by comedian Zach Galifianakis.
Prior to his role in "The Hangover," Galifianakis had several smaller parts on comedy shows.
Shortly before starring in the first "Hangover" film, he began interviewing celebrities on a talk show titled "Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis." Everyone from Barack Obama to Bradley Cooper has taken part in an awkward interview for the show.
Galifianakis went on to prove he was much more than his character from "The Hangover," earning critical acclaim for his supporting role in the Oscar award-winning film "Birdman."
Although films like "Dinner for Schmucks" and "Due Date" weren't a huge departure from what he was used to, Galifianakis impressed critics with his role in "Birdman," and later went on to earn an Emmy nomination for his role in the FX series "Baskets."
Up next, Galifianaki hits the road to interview more celebrities in "Between Two Ferns: The Movie," which will be available on Netflix starting September 20.
Justin Bartha was absent during a majority of "The Hangover" as he played missing groom Doug Billings. However, he made more of an appearance in the later movies.
Prior to his role in "The Hangover," Bartha starred as Riley Poole alongside Nicholas Cage in the 2004 film "National Treasure," as well as the 2007 sequel "National Treasure: Book of Secrets."
The actor has taken on a few smaller roles since his "Hangover" days, appearing in the TV series "Cooper Barrett's Guide to Surviving Life," as well as "The Good Fight."
Although "National Treasure" and "The Hangover" seem to be Bartha's biggest roles to date, he recently appeared alongside "Glee" star Diana Agron in a film titled "Against the Clock."
Bartha also played Thomas H. Ince on an episode of the Comedy Central show "Drunk History."
Heather Graham played Jade, a stripper and escort who ends up marrying Stu during a drunken night out.
Graham already boasted considerable star power by 2009 after appearing in popular films like "Drugstore Cowboy,""Boogie Nights," and "Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me."
In recent years, Graham has spent most of her time on television.
Graham has made appearances on multiple TV shows, including "Californication," the anthology series "Law & Order True Crime," and the TBS comedy "Angie Tribeca."
The actress is returning to film this year where she will star alongside Aaron Eckhart and Tommy Lee Jones in the conspiracy thriller, "Wander."
Ken Jeong played Leslie Chow, an international criminal who loves to have a good time.
Before he was Mr. Chow in "The Hangover," Jeong was a licensed physician in California. He later gave up medicine to become an actor, making his film debut in Judd Apatow's "Knocked Up," before going on to star in comedies like "All About Steve" and "Pineapple Express."
Jeong became a household name after his role as gangster Leslie Chow in the "Hangover," and is also best known for his role as Ben Chang in the TV series "Community."
He's since held several supporting comedic roles such as Dr. Allen Hu in "BoJack Horseman" and Gene in "Fresh Off The Boat."
Ken Jeong has played a small role in multiple comedies since the conclusion of the "Hangover" trilogy, including "The Duff" and "Ride Along 2."
Recently, he starred in the 2018 film "Crazy Rich Asians," and made a brief appearance in the box-office hit "Avengers: Endgame."
Tracy, the concerned wife-to-be of Doug Billings, is played by Sasha Barrese.
Before starring in "The Hangover," Sasha Barrese made quick appearances in films and TV shows like "American Pie,""Boy Meets World,""Legally Blonde,""The Ring," and "Supernatural."
She's best known for playing Tracy Billings in the "Hangover" trilogy.
Since appearing in the "Hangover" films, Barrese has left the movie industry.
She reportedly announced her plans to become a professional poker player back in 2014.
Rachael Harris played Melissa, Dr. Stuart "Stu" Price's domineering girlfriend.
Prior to her role in "The Hangover," Harris scored minor roles in a number of TV shows, including "Star Trek: Voyager" and "Sister, Sister." She also appeared as a correspondent on "The Daily Show."
Although she had a recurring role in the "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" film series, Harris has mostly appeared on television.
The actress appeared on episodes of "Modern Family,""Archer,""New Girl," and "The Office."
In 2015, Harris landed the role of Dr. Linda Martin on the show "Lucifer." She also appears in "Suits" as Sheila Sazs.
Todd Phillips briefly appears as "Mr. Creepy" in the film.
Although he's not technically an actor from the film, Phillips is responsible for writing and directing the trilogy, and has been known to make cameos in his films.
Before "The Hangover," he was producing movies like "Old School,""All The King's Men," and "The More Things Change."
Since the release of the final "Hangover" movie, Phillips has gone on to work on films like "War Dogs" and "Due Date."
Mike Epps played "Black Doug," the laid-back drug dealer who sold Alan roofies.
Before starring in the first and second installment of "The Hangover," Mike Epps was playing L.J. in "Resident Evil: Apocalypse" and "Resident Evil: Extinction."
Although he's best known for his time as "Black Doug," Epps has gone on to star in a number of smaller roles.
Epps' upcoming roles include Carl Black in "The House Next Door" and Richard Pryor in the biopic, "Richard Pryor: Is It Something I Said?"
Bryan Callen played wedding-chapel owner Eddie Palermo in the first film.
Bryan Callen previously starred as Rob Rubino in "Entourage" and Bilson in "How I Met Your Mother" before playing Eddie in "The Hangover."
He also had supporting roles in "Bad Santa" and "Sex and the City."
Callen has reunited with his former "Hangover" director Todd Phillips for the upcoming "Joker" film.
Following "The Hangover," Callen made a number of small TV appearances in shows like "Up All Night,""Death Valley,""In Plain Sight," and "Kingdom."
Callen currently portrays Rick Mellor on the ABC show "The Goldbergs." He will also appear in the Todd Phillips-directed "Joker" as well as "Think Like A Dog" in 2019.
Phil Wenneck's wife Stephanie was played by Gillian Vigman.
Prior to her role in the "Hangover" trilogy, Gillian Vigman played opposite Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly in the 2008 comedy "Step Brothers."
Vigman has appeared on multiple television shows since her role in "The Hangover."
Vigman starred as Kim in nine episodes of "New Girl." She also played Ida Abbott in the CW show "Life Sentence," which was canceled after its first season.
Vigman is currently filming a TV movie called "Overshare."
It's easy to assume that actors who play enemies in movies and on TV shows actually dislike each other in real life, but in reality, some stars are just, well, really great at acting.
From Vanessa Hudgens and Ashley Tisdale in "High School Musical" to Tom Felton and Rupert Grint in the "Harry Potter" films, here are some onscreen enemies who are actually buddies in the real world.
Vanessa Hudgens and Ashley Tisdale began their long friendship when they played foes in the "High School Musical" franchise.
Although Vanessa Hudgens' Gabriella and Ashley Tisdale's Sharpay were enemies in the legendary Disney franchise, the actresses have bonded in real life and continue to be best pals long after the "HSM" films ended.
As Tisdale told Us Weekly this year, "[Me and Hudgens] just have a connection and she's so awesome and one of my best friends. What I love about her is that she's so talented, and I think what we share is that we're really grounded people and I think that that's important, especially with what we do, is to stay grounded."
Hudgens feels the same way about her gal pal, telling Teen Vogue in 2017, "She's one of those girlfriends who will be my friend forever."
Andrew Lincoln was friends with David Morrissey before the two were rivals on "The Walking Dead."
On AMC's "The Walking Dead," Morrissey plays one of the comic's most evil villains, The Governor, whereas Lincoln plays the show's heroic protagonist, Rick Grimes.
In an interview with EW about Morrissey's casting process, the show's executive producer and "The Walking Dead" comic writer Robert Kirkman confirmed that the two leading actors are "actually pretty good friends."
Morrissey spoke about this in an interview with Uproxx, where he talked about how he originally knew Lincoln from drama school.
"Breaking Bad" actors Bryan Cranston and Giancarlo Esposito played rivals on the hit show, but have a fun friendship in real life.
On AMC's "Breaking Bad," Bryan Cranston played Walter White, who eventually took down Giancarlo Esposito's character, Gus Fring.
But the two are friendly in real life, and a few years ago, Cranston showed how close he was to Esposito in the most hilarious way.
When Esposito won the 2013 AFME Robert & Sibylle Redford Creative Achievement Award, Cranston sent a heartwarming yet hilarious video congratulating Esposito on the honor.
In the video, Cranston called Esposito "a dear friend, a great actor, and most deserving of [the] award." But during his speech, the camera zoomed out to reveal that Cranston was delivering the message while sitting atop a toilet.
Although they represent the opposing sides of The Force in the "Star Wars" films, Daisy Ridley and Adam Driver are actually "besties."
Daisy Ridley and Adam Driver may star together as representatives of the feuding light side and dark side of The Force in the newest "Star Wars" films, but in real life they are friends who have respect and love for one another.
In a 2017 piece for V Magazine, Ridley and Driver interviewed each other and showed the world the beauty of their off-screen friendship.
"We became besties last year," Ridley said during the interview. Driver agreed by telling Ridley that becoming friends with her was his favorite part of the filming process.
In an interview with "The Oh My Disney Show" the same year, the actors praised each other's talents as actors and discussed how easy it is to work together.
Despite being enemies in the "Harry Potter" franchise, Rupert Grint and Tom Felton have been friends since they were kids.
The stars of the wildly successful and now-iconic "Harry Potter" movies kicked off their friendship when they first began filming the series as children.
In the series, Rupert Grint played Harry Potter's pal Ron Weasley and Tom Felton played Potter's enemy, Draco Malfoy.
So much so, they even have been seen wearing t-shirts honoring one another. At the "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" movie premiere, Grint donned a homemade "I [heart] Tom Felton" shirt for his buddy.
Later, Felton returned the favor by wearing an "I [heart] Ron Weasley" shirt.
Lupita Nyong'o and Michael B. Jordan have an intense rivalry in "Black Panther," but it doesn't continue off-screen.
In "Black Panther," Erik Killmonger (played by Michael B. Jordan) returns to Wakanda and takes control, whereas Nakia (played by Lupita Nyong'o) stays loyal to T'Challa and tries to take him down.
But in real life, the two regularly post photos of their travels together and send one another kind wishes.
In 2018, Jordan wished Nyong'o happy birthday, writing on Instagram that she has a "beautiful soul."
"Those of us who are lucky enough to know you personally are definitely changed for the better!" he wrote in the post.
For Jordan's birthday that same year, Nyong'o shared a sweet post on Instagram, saying that she loves him and also admires his "beautiful soul."
Andrew Scott and Benedict Cumberbatch face off on "Sherlock" but have bonded in real life.
On BBC's "Sherlock," Benedict Cumberbatch plays the titular character and Andrew Scott is James Moriarty, Sherlock's arch-nemesis.
But the two proved they weren't enemies in real life when Scott attended Cumberbatch's wedding to Sophie Hunter in 2015.
Even though they have beef on "Riverdale," KJ Apa and Charles Melton are friends in real life.
Even though they butt heads often and have a strong rivalry on The CW's "Riverdale" as Archie Andrews and Reggie Mantle, respectively, KJ Apa and Charles Melton are pals in real life.
Although they play on-screen nemeses, Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart have the sweetest friendship.
The British actors behind legendary enemies Professor X and Magneto from the "X-Men" franchise have known each other since the 1970s, but they seem to have really bonded during the making of the 2000s films.
Their friendship grew so strong that Stewart had McKellen officiate his wedding in 2013.
Although the two have both frequently been compared throughout their many years in the acting world, McKellen told CBS News that he considers his friend to be his equal.
"We are the same actor, really," McKellen said. "We've had the same career. So we're peers. We're equals. We're not rivals."
Tom Hiddleston and Chris Hemsworth from the "Thor" movies have a self-proclaimed "bromance."
Throughout the Marvel franchise, these stars are known for playing Norse brothers, Loki and Thor, whose fighting goes way beyond brotherly disagreement.
In real life, however, Tom Hiddleston and Chris Hemsworth are friends.
Hiddleston called Hemsworth his "brother from another mother" when he welcomed his friend to Twitter in 2015. And, in an interview with Collider, Hemsworth said that his off-screen chemistry with Hiddleston made it easy for them to work together.
"You either have chemistry with someone or you don't and, thankfully, it was there," Hemsworth said. "To play brothers was easy and fun."
Hiddleston echoed the sentiment by calling their relationship a "bromance."
"It's such a huge journey. We both spent two years of our lives working on this film, and it's so nice that there's somebody else who's alongside," Hiddleston added.
In parts of the "Fast & Furious" movies, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Vin Diesel's characters are far from friends — but, the actors are like family in real life.
For part of the "Fast & Furious" franchise, Luke Hobbs (played by Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson) and Dominic Toretto (played by Vin Diesel) certainly didn't get along.
But now, as the franchise has continued, the two actors have stayed pals — although they have had some ups and downs, especially regarding the creative direction in "Fast & Furious."
"I don't think the world really realizes how close we are, in a weird way," Diesel told USA Today in 2017, when putting out reports that he and Johnson were feuding. "... In my house, he's Uncle Dwayne."
"Dwayne has only got one Vin in his life. Dwayne Johnson only has one big brother in this film world and that's me," Diesel added.
Lili Reinhart and Madelaine Petsch were once real-life roommates despite playing opposites on "Riverdale."
Although Madelaine Petsch plays mean girl Cheryl Blossom on The CW's "Riverdale," she still managed to bond with co-star Lili Reinhart, who plays the once-innocent Betty Cooper.
The pair has talked about their close relationship in interviews and on social media and, in 2018, Petsch even referred to Reinhart as her "best friend" in an interview with Glamour.
"She's my best friend. I live with her," Petsch said. "We can talk about my relationships or personal lives or whatever and I feel like she's always got my back."
Although they don't get along on "Euphoria," Zendaya and Jacob Elordi seem pretty close in real life.
Even though season one of HBO's "Euphoria" ended with Rue (Zendaya) and Nate (Jacob Elordi) at odds, the two actors are actually friendly in real life.
The two have spoken positively about each other in interviews, with Elordi telling The Hollywood Reporter that he and the "Euphoria" cast are "like a tight-knit family."
In August, the two were reportedly spotted on a trip together in Greece.
As October approaches, it's the perfect time for streaming Disney Channel original movies (DCOMs) that have been autumn staples for decades.
To help you narrow down your spooky made-for-TV selections, Insider ranked the seasonal DCOMS using audience reviews on Rotten Tomatoes. Notably, these scores are subject to change but were accurate at the time of publication.
Here is every Halloween-worthy Disney Channel original movie, ranked from worst to best.
"Mom's Got a Date With a Vampire" (2000) wasn't a huge hit with audiences.
Audience Score: 51%
Starring "Sabrina the Teenage Witch" actress Carolina Rhea, this horror-comedy is about two grounded teens who decide to set their mom up on a blind date so that they can sneak out of the house.
There's only one problem: their younger brother realizes that the charming stranger is actually a vampire who wants to place mom under his vampy spell. Hijinks ensue as the kids join forces with a vampire hunter to save their mother.
User reviews on Rotten Tomatoes are almost evenly split, with over 5,000 reviews resulting in a 51% audience score.
Some called it a "diamond in the rough" and "a good movie for the kids and family," whereas others said the made-for-TV movie was "corny" and a "complete waste of an hour and 25 minutes."
Audiences say "Tower of Terror" (1997) is not as iconic as the attraction it shares a name after.
Audience Score: 53%
This film, which shares a name with an iconic theme-park attraction, stars Kirsten Dunst and "Police Academy" actor Steve Guttenberg.
Guttenberg plays a photojournalist who decides to investigate the legend of The Hollywood Tower Hotel, where five people supposedly once got onto an elevator and were never seen again.
With over 7,500 reviews, "Tower of Terror" has an audience score of 53%.
"It has that made-for-TV cheese about it," wrote one Rotten Tomatoes super reviewer who said they liked the film anyway. Another viewer called the movie "cheesy and pretty uninventive" and said that it was "a lazy TV movie that will be forgotten as soon as it ends."
"Invisible Sister" (2015) shows what can happen when science goes wrong.
"Girl Meets World" star Rowan Blanchard stars in this Halloween-based comedy about a young science whiz who accidentally makes her sister disappear.
It's a race-against-the-clock adventure to reverse the experiment before the effects become permanent.
With a middling audience score of 56%, the movie has been called family friendly and a "safe pick for Halloween night."
According to audiences, the screams were virtually non-existent in "The Scream Team" (2002).
A young Kat Dennings, from "2 Broke Girls," stars alongside Eric Idle and Kathy Najimy, from "Hocus Pocus," in this film.
After the death of their grandfather, two kids move to a new town and discover a building in the woods with a mirror that leads to the afterlife. They must team up with the Soul Patrol in order to free lost souls from an evil ghost.
The DCOM has received mixed reviews, with some audience members saying they loved the film at first but later stopped liking it after they watched it a few times.
"Phantom of the Megaplex" (2000) retells a classic horror story for the new millennium.
Audience Score: 56%
Trade in the opera for a popular 21st-century hangout spot for teens, and you have yourself a movie.
Although the film was initially released in early November, its haunting themes have turned it into a Halloween staple for many.
"Phantom of the Megaplex" was well-received by critics but it divided audiences — nearly two decades later, it has a 56% audience score.
"Under Wraps" (1997) started it all but did not set the bar that high, according to audiences.
Audience Score: 57%
"Under Wraps" is widely considered to be the first DCOM ever released. It premiered on October 25, 1997.
The movie follows a group of pre-teens as they discover a sarcophagus with a living mummy inside. They take the friendly mummy home before learning that if they don't return him to the now-missing sarcophagus before midnight, he will disappear forever.
After 1,500 audience reviews,"Under Wraps" has a score of 57%. Reviewers mostly applauded the movie's "cool Halloween-themed scenes" and said it was a fun film for kids.
"Girl vs. Monster" (2012) blends songs of empowerment with old-fashioned monster hunting.
Audience Score: 58%
This movie proves that it's always awkward when you have to tell your daughter the truth about her monster-hunting heritage on the eve of Halloween.
Olivia Holt from "Marvel's Cloak and Dagger" stars and sings in this fantasy teen comedy about family and overcoming fears.
Not all of the audience reviews are glowing, but most viewers seemed to agree that Holt's performance and the film's songs were the best parts of the film.
"Halloweentown II: Kalabar's Revenge" (2001) brings back a familiar foe and places the entire town under a spell.
The second of four films in the series, Kalabar's Revenge stars Debbie Reynolds and Kimberly J. Brown and involves a stolen spell book, the return of the villain from the original film, and a spell that has turned all of Halloweentown black and white.
According to Rotten-Tomatoes users, "Halloweentown II" didn't match the quality of the first film but it got pretty close with over 15,000 reviews and a 62% audience score.
Some reviewers enjoyed the film, praising its "clear focus on writing a story of the battle between good and evil."
Audiences were ready to "Return to Halloweentown" (2006) ... but perhaps would have preferred if the cast had, too.
Audience Score: 62%
The fourth and final film in the franchise (for now), "Return to Halloweentown" focuses on the young witches Marnie and Dylan Piper as they attend Witch University in Halloweentown.
Actress Sara Paxton from "The Innkeepers" stars as Marnie (who was played by Kimberly J. Brown in the previous films ) and Debbie Reynolds reprises her role as Aggie.
Audiences felt this "Halloweentown" movie was on par with the second one, giving the fourth installment the same 62% user score with over 15,000 reviews.
Several reviewers said they wished that Brown had returned to play Marnie and many noted that this entry in the series seemed to be very "different" from its predecessors.
"Twitches" (2005) has the familiar charm of the Mowry twins but with magic.
Audience Score: 65%
Tia and Tamera Mowry had done the twins-separated-at-birth plot before on "Sister, Sister," but on that series, they weren't powerful witches tasked with defeating Darkness in their homeland of Coventry.
In this novel-inspired film, the two sisters discover their otherworldly powers and try to save their family and home.
A popular criticism of the film was that it did not remain faithful to its source material (novels by H. B. Gilmour and Randi Reisfeld), but viewers still seemed to enjoy the twins and found the story to be cute and fun.
Witches head to class in "Halloweentown High" (2004).
Still not on par with the original but more highly regarded than the sequel, "Halloweentown High" is the third installment in the witchy series.
In the flick, Marnie convinces the Halloweentown Council to let magical students attend mortal school. But, if something goes wrong before midnight on Halloween, Marnie's entire family will lose their powers.
With over 18,000 reviews, "Halloweentown High" has an audience score of 65%. One super reviewer called it "entertaining" and a "Halloween classic."
Per audiences, "Don't Look Under the Bed" (1999) is just the right amount of creepy and fun for the Halloween season.
Audience Score: 69%
Erin Chambers of "General Hospital" fame stars alongside Ty Hodges and the Steve Valentine in a film about a high-school girl who takes on the Boogeyman with the help of her little brother's imaginary friend.
Although it has fewer reviews than other DCOMS, "Don't Look Under the Bed" has an audience rating of 69%, which makes it one of the best-rated spooky films on this list.
"So creepy for kids! I remember being thoroughly entertained by this," one person wrote. Another reviewer said that the 1999 film is their favorite of the DCOMs because of its hilarious and mildly scary plot.
Audience members say "Twitches Too" (2007) took what was established in the first film and did it better.
Audience Score: 70%
"Twitches Too" premiered two years after the original film and focused on the twins' return to Coventry to once again help defeat the forces of evil.
The critical response on Rotten Tomatoes was much lower this time around (this film has 40% and the original has 67%), but the audience score was higher at 70% with over 3,600 reviews.
Audience members praised the Mowry twins' acting chops and positively compared this film to classics like "Hocus Pocus."
When it comes to DCOMs, audiences feel "Halloweentown" (1998) will always be the gold standard.
Audience Score: 72%
"Halloweentown" takes the top spot when it comes to spooky DCOMs.
In this famed film, Marnie Piper (Kimberly J. Brown) discovers she comes from a family of witches and must figure out what to do with her powers.
Over 30,000 people have reviewed the film on Rotten Tomatoes, resulting in a 72% audience score and an 89% from critics.
"I love this movie so much, I grew up with it, and it is the best Halloween movie ever," one reviewer posted, with many others echoing the sentiment.
As many audience members commented, no Halloween season is complete with at least one viewing of this certified classic.
Though it has been off the air for four years there is clearly still an audience for "Downton Abbey."
The big screen version of the show opened in theaters this weekend and the movie brought in an estimated $31 million at the domestic box office:
Despite what you may think of popular TV shows getting big screen versions, it's clear there's a market for them. Coming soon you'll see a "Breaking Bad" movie, Netflix's "El Camino" (which the streaming giant will be releasing theatrically), and movie versions of "The Walking Dead" and "The Sopranos" (the prequel "The Many Saints of Newark"). Everyone involved just hopes they get the success Focus is seeing with "Downton Abbey" and not a dud Warner Bros. had when it made the HBO show "Entourage" into a movie. That opened in fourth place the weekend it was released in 2015 and ended up with a lifetime gross of just $49.2 million worldwide.
"Downton Abbey" beat out a lot of competition to take the top spot. Along with popular holdovers like Warner Bros.' "It Chapter 2," and STXfilms' "Hustlers," there were new releases like Disney/Fox's "Ad Astra," starring Brad Pitt, and Lionsgate's "Rambo: Last Blood."
Out of that group, "Ad Astra" took the second place slot this weekend with $19.2 million (20% of which came from Imax screens). A good start for a movie Disney is hoping will gain traction as we go deeper into award season.
In third place was "Rambo: Last Blood" with $19 million. Fourth place was "It Chapter 2" with $17.2 million. And in fifth place was "Hustlers" with $17 million.