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    Kissing is a big part of life — everyone wants to know if they're good at it, bad at ittips on how to do it better, etc.

    It is no wonder, then, that kissing is also a big part of pop culture.

    From Britney Spears and Madonna's infamous lip lock at the 2003 VMAs, to the moment Harry and Sally finally get together in "When Harry Met Sally...," some kisses stay with us forever.

    We've rounded up the 50 most iconic kisses in history. Keep scrolling to see if your favorite smooch made the cut.

    The kiss between a soldier and a nurse celebrating the end of World War II.

    Greta Zimmer and George Mendonsa had never met before their famous kiss, and had no idea that they had been photographed until years later. But their kiss made the cover of Life to celebrate the end of World War II, has inspired countless copycats that visit Times Square, and has even been recreated as a giant statue in both Sarasota, Florida and San Diego, California, called "Unconditional Surrender."

    That said, the picture isn't without its controversies. Some believe the kiss depicts sexual assault, as the two were perfect strangers. Further, the man was drunk and the woman allegedly had no idea he was there until he had his arms around her and began kissing her.

    "I felt that he was very strong. He was just holding me tight. I'm not sure about the kiss," the woman in the picture said during her interview with the Veterans History Project. "It was just somebody celebrating. It wasn't a romantic event."

    The famous rain kiss between Noah and Allie in "The Notebook."

    There are many things to love about 2004's "The Notebook," but the most enduring moment of the film is when ex-lovers Noah and Allie reunite amid a thunderstorm after years of being apart due to class differences and World War I. The whole movie up to that point had been building up to their reunion, so obviously it had to be epic — and it was.

    The recreation of the famous rain kiss in "The Notebook" by stars Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling at the 2005 MTV Movie Awards.

    One of the reasons that "The Notebook" became so beloved was possibly due to the real-life love story of its stars Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling. The chemistry between the two of them was palpable.

    When the two won the 2005 MTV Movie Award for Best Kiss they decided to recreate said kiss... and it was amazing.

    The audience's reactions, plus everyone's obsession with the real-life romance, makes this the most widely-remembered MTV Movie Awards moment ever.

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    Though MoviePass is losing millions every month and its parent company’s stock continues to plunge, it can’t be denied that the service is popular.

    The 2018 box office is on an incredible run, as it’s up over 8% from this time last year, and it’s hard to ignore that MoviePass may have helped in that spike.

    Yes, the movies this year, especially the summer releases, are performing beyond expectation. But could the bump in box office numbers also be due to the over 3 million MoviePass subscribers hitting the multiplexes on a daily basis?

    MoviePass’ CEO Mitch Lowe thinks so.

    “We bought over 5% of all tickets in the first half of the year, and 70% of the time our subscribers were bringing people who don’t have MoviePass,” Lowe told Business Insider, citing company data. “We think we’ve played at least some role in energizing moviegoing.”

    And it looks like over the summer MoviePass is dishing out some major coin for all the movies its subscribers are going to see.

    Here’s a breakdown of the top 12 titles MoviePass has bought the most tickets for this summer:

    (Note: The range is from April 27 - July 13)

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    12. "Sicario: Day Of The Soldado" - Over 300,000 tickets

    11. "Book Club" - Over 300,000 tickets

    10. "Life of the Party" - Over 300,000 tickets

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    • Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson earned the highest-ever total for acting earnings in the history of Forbes' Celebrity 100 for the outlet's 2018 list.
    • Johnson earned $124 million from June 2017 to June 2018, nearly double the earnings he posted on 2017's list. 
    • He moved up to 5th overall on the list from 22nd last year.

    In the past year, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson has brought home the highest-ever total for acting earnings in the 20-year history of Forbes' Celebrity 100 list, the outlet reported on Monday.

    From June 2017 to June 2018, Johnson earned $124 million, nearly double the earnings total of $65 million he posted on 2017's list. 

    Johnson ranked 5th overall on 2018's Celebrity 100, up 17 spots from his ranking of 22nd on last year's list.

    Though Forbes has labeled him "Hollywood's highest-paid actor" in a recent profile, "The Rock" technically earned less in the past year than a fellow actor, George Clooney.

    But Clooney made his way to No. 2 on the list largely through the $700 million sale of his tequila company, Casamigos, to the British liquor company Diageo, while "the vast majority" of Johnson's $124 million came from acting earnings, the outlet said.

    Forbes reported that Johnson earned his record total "thanks to giant upfront paychecks and a cut of profits on blockbusters including 'Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle.'" He also negotiated a previously reported seven-figure salary for posting about his films on his own social media pages.

    On Tuesday, Johnson shared his Forbes profile on Twitter, recalling how he was "the dude who started w/ $7bucks." He added: "I'm awestruck ($124M) grateful & hungry."

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    As a cinematic genre, "drama" has taken many forms over the decades. 

    The Rotten Tomatoes' list we compiled here from the site's most critically heralded drama movies includes the most acclaimed films that feature a "drama" tag. This resulted in a list that spans classic drama films, contemporary dramas, and dramadies of all sorts.

    The list ranks movies by an adjusted critical score that Rotten Tomatoes derived from a weighted formula to account for the variation in number of reviews for each film.

    It includes classic dramas like "Citizen Kane" and "Taxi Driver," along with recent titles like the Best Picture-winning films "Spotlight" and "Moonlight." At the top, there's a conspicuous lack of movies made in the 1980s and 1990s, with the most acclaimed titles falling into either the oldies or more recent films.

    Here are the 100 best drama films of all time, according to critics:

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    100. "Love & Friendship" (2016)

    Critic score: 97%

    Audience score: 60%

    What critics said: "Following many staid and treacly Austen adaptations, this sublime period romp adds a thrilling splash of bemused, acidic humor."— Minneapolis Star-Tribune

    99. "The Rules of the Game (La règle du jeu)" (1939)

    Critic score: 98%

    Audience score: 90%

    What critics said: "The word 'Mozartean' ... gets thrown around a little too eagerly by critics, but one movie, as almost everyone agrees, deserves this supreme benediction -- Jean Renoir's 'The Rules of the Game.'"— The New Yorker

    98. "City Lights" (1931)

    Critic score: 98%

    Audience score: 96%

    What critics said: "Excruciatingly funny and terribly, terribly sad."— New York Daily News

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    Despite a painfully self-aware title, Greece in green screen, and very little Meryl Streep, critics love "Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again."

    2008's "Mamma Mia!," based on the 1999 musical of the same name, is a musical comedy featuring music from ABBA. The movie, starring Meryl Streep, Amanda Seyfried, Pierce Brosnan, Stellan Skarsgård, and Colin Firth wasn't a hit with critics, with a 54% on Rotten Tomatoes. 

    But it was a box-office hit, and audiences loved it as much as they loved the hit Broadway musical. The movie made $615 million on a $52 million budget, and was the fifth-highest-grossing film in 2008. "Mamma Mia!" follows a young woman about to be married in Greece who wants to find out who her real father is before the wedding. 

    Exactly ten years later down to the week, "Here We Go Again" is gaining the same positive attention it got a decade ago. Except now, with an 89% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, critics love it, despite its flaws. Critics love the music, Cher, and Lily James, who plays the young version of Streep's character, Donna. 

    Here's what critics are saying about "Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again":

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    "It mostly succeeds in its own glittery, aggressively winsome way..."

    Leah Greenblatt, Entertainment Weekly 

    "Swede Jesus, they've done it."

    Johnny Oleksinski, New York Post

    "It's as if you were watching the CliffsNotes to an old studio weeper that happened to be carried along by some of the most luscious pop songs ever recorded. Yet the feeling comes through, especially at the end..."

    Owen Gleiberman, Variety

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    • Armie Hammer appeared on CBS' "The Late Show With Stephen Colbert" on Monday.
    • The actor talked about fan encounters outside the Broadway show he's starring in, called "Straight White Men."
    • Hammer said that the people who wait to meet him at the play hand him "at least a peach or two after" almost every performance, as a reference to his role in "Call Me by Your Name."


    Armie Hammer gained attention in early 2018 for his role as Oliver in "Call Me by Your Name," and the actor says that nowadays, fans regularly give him peaches in real life. 

    Hammer appeared on CBS' "The Late Show With Stephen Colbert" on Monday and discussed the Broadway show that he's currently starring in, titled "Straight White Men." When asked if "CMBYN" viewers have attended the play, the 31-year-old said yes — and revealed how he can identify such attendees. 

    'The people who come, you can usually spot them right away," Hammer said. "And the biggest, dead giveaway is they will normally hand me a peach. I get handed at least a peach or two almost every stage door."

    Those who saw the Oscar-winning film know that the fruit is part of an intimate scene that involves Oliver and Elio (played by Timothée Chalamet)

    Hammer went on to say that although it has become normal for fans to give him peaches outside the Helen Hayes Theater, he was puzzled the first time someone approached him with one. 

    The "Sorry to Bother You" star explained that he initially thought the fan was giving him a peach to keep. But instead, they wanted him to sign it.

    Hammer said that he was confused because "they're going to put that peach on a shelf because it has my signature and in 10 days, it's going to putrefy and their entire place is going to be full of fruit flies." 

    Previously, Hammer's co-star, Chalamet, appeared on ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live" and joked about his fear that peaches will haunt him in his old age.  

    "I'm worried that 50 years from now, I'll be singing peaches behind a desk," he said. 

    Watch the video o Hammer on "Colbert" below (he talks about his fans at 3:47).

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    Acting is a unique profession in which you can find yourself sequestered with your co-workers for 15 hours a day, seven days a week. So it makes sense that personalities clash and drama ensues.

    But it's always sad to find out that your BFF goals couldn't actually stand being in a room together, like Julianna Margulies and Archie Panjabi, who played dynamic duo Alicia and Kalinda on "The Good Wife." And what hasn't been said about the legendary falling out of Sarah Jessica Parker and Kim Cattrall on "Sex and the City"?

    Here are 13 on-screen besties that reportedly couldn't stand each other off-screen.

    Three of the four stars of "Desperate Housewives" got along great — but they all reportedly couldn't stand Teri Hatcher.

    The feud between the ladies of Wisteria Lane is well-publicized. It appears to have stemmed from Teri Hatcher, who played Susan, considering herself the star of the show, though all four of the actresses were technically leads.

    While Nicolette Sheridan (who played Edie before getting killed off in season five) called Hatcher "the meanest woman in the world," the drama came to a head when the cast appeared on the cover of Vanity Fair.

    According to Today, an ABC rep demanded that Hatcher wouldn't be the first to get to pick her wardrobe, and wouldn't be shot in the center of the cover photo, in order to appease the rest of the group.

    When Hatcher finagled her way into wardrobe first anyhow, Marcia Cross allegedly stormed off set, while Eva Longoria shot off angry texts to their rep.

    The drama was seemingly confirmed by a telling omission on the wrap gifts the stars gave to the crew — Hatcher's name was completely left off the card.

    And if you thought this was all in the past, you're wrong. In 2018, six years after the show ended, Longoria appeared on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" claiming that the crew was all still "very good friends," before correcting herself with, "99% of us are."

    The feud between "Sex and the City" co-stars Kim Cattrall and Sarah Jessica Parker has reached a fever pitch recently.

    Kim Cattrall and Sarah Jessica Parker have had a long-simmering feud that recently exploded when Cattrall was blamed for "Sex and the City 3" not happening. The actress, who played Samantha Jones on the hit HBO comedy, tweeted that "The only 'DEMAND' I ever made was that I didn't want to do a 3rd film."

    Things got even more heated when Parker publicly expressed her condolences when Cattrall's brother passed away. Cattrall blasted her former co-star on Instagram, ending her caption with "Let me make this VERY clear. (If I haven't already) You are not my family. You are not my friend," adding, "I'm writing to tell you one last time to stop exploiting our tragedy in order to restore your 'nice girl' persona."

    Parker has yet to respond to Cattrall's comments, though she stands by the fact that in her eyes, there's no feud

    For years, Jennie Garth was rumored to have gotten Shannen Doherty fired from "Beverly Hills, 90210."

    Doherty and Garth are reportedly friends now, 20 years after the filming of "Beverly Hills, 90210," but at the time their drama almost came to blows.

    Garth told E! News in 2014 that "there were times when we wanted to claw each other's eyes out." When Doherty's character Brenda was unceremoniously written off the show, while Kelly, played by Garth, stayed on for the show's 10-season run, people were suspicious.

    However, it was revealed that a third party was responsible for Brenda's indefinite trip to London: fellow star Tori Spelling, whose father Aaron Spelling, produced the show. She admitted on a Lifetime special "Tori Spelling: Celebrity Lie Detector" that she asked her father to write Doherty off the show after Doherty and Garth almost got into a physical fight.

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    Warning: Minor spoilers ahead for "Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again." 

    "Mamma Mia!: Here We Go Again," the sequel to "Mamma Mia!," is finally coming out 10 years after the first. 

    Almost all of the original cast returns for the sequel, but the movie is also a prequel of sorts, following a young Donna as she ends up on Kalokairi and meets all three of Sophie's potential dads. In the present day, Sophie is working to reopen her mother's hotel, finds out she's pregnant, and meets her estranged grandmother, played by none other than Cher. 

    It's a heartwarming and worthy follow-up to the original movie. 

    Why you should care: It's a sequel that's better than the first movie.

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    As many fans guessed with the first trailer, Donna (Meryl Streep) is dead. But even though her absence is felt, it doesn't make the movie any less fun. 

    The flashbacks to young Donna, played by Lilly James, are interwoven throughout the movie at the right moments to add more color and context. The parallels to the first movie are fun to spot, but the new story is more fun and silly. 

    There are also incredibly quotable lines coming from Tanya (Christine Baranski) and Rosie (Julie Walters), who show up to support Sophie in the reopening of her mother's hotel.

    And if fans were worried, Streep is still in the movie in a small capacity.

    What's hot: The new and returning cast are full of wonder. 

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    Almost all of the cast returns in the sequel and their characters are just as silly and fun. Amanda Seyfried and Dominic Cooper are lovely as Sophie and Sky, Streep's small turn as Donna is emotional, and Baranski and Walters are perfect as Tanya and Rosie. Then the dads — Sam (Pierce Brosnan), Bill (Stellan Skarsgard), and Harry (Colin Firth) — are just as endearing.

    But with the flashbacks, new actors are introduced to play young versions of our favorite characters. Jeremy Irvine is a young Sam, Hugh Skinner is a young Harry, and Josh Dylan is a young Bill, who all woo the heart of a young Donna. Her two friends are played by Alexa Davies as young Rosie and Jessica Kennan Wynn as young Tanya. Wynn's impersonation of Baranski is spot-on and her exact mannerisms are impressive. 

    Then of course there's Andy Garcia as new character Fernando Cienfuegos and Cher, who is wonderful as Sophie's estranged grandmother. 

    But the standout is James. Her enthusiasm and joy for life as young Donna is projected beautifully in all of her scenes. It's easy to see how her carefree life led her to Greece and the events that would change her life. 

    What's not: The timeline is a little off. 

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    The best thing about the movie is that it leans into the wild and corny moments, so my only critique, as someone who isn't taking this movie too seriously, is that the timeline doesn't exactly make sense. 

    The events in Donna's diary from the first movie don't line up with the flashbacks. In the sequel, she meets Harry in Paris and the two hook up there before she heads to Greece where she later meets Bill and Sam. It's unclear how many weeks or days pass, and it's a little out of wack. 

    But really, none of that matters. 

    The bottom line: It's the perfect movie to escape to. 

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    The "Mamma Mia" movies are not Oscar-worthy films that are going to transform your life. But that's not why you watch them. 

    "Mamma Mia!: Here We Go Again" is an utter delight. Between the glorious soundtrack that made me dance in my seat to the corny moments that made me laugh, I couldn't stop smiling the whole time. It's fairly predictable but a pure joy to sit through. And the end may even make you tear up — it sure made me sniffle. 

    Grade: A-

    "Mamma Mia!: Here We Go Again" arrives in theaters on Friday, July 20. Watch the full trailer below:

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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."

    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.

    Related: Was Ant-Man Protected From Thanos' Snap?

    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!" 

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    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.

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    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.

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    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:

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    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."

    In July 2017, early reports of the film described its script as focused on the murder of actress Sharon Tate by Charles Manson's followers.

    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 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. 

    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."

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    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.

    Kristin Chirico, a senior producer at BuzzFeed, tweeted about the trailer's harmful messaging.

    Others went the sarcastic route. Style blogger Chloe Elliot was particularly emphatic about the show being targeted towards a younger audience.

    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."

    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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    • 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.

    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.

    avengers x-menThe "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."

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    • "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."

    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.

    Equalizer 2 Sony finalGuerrasio: 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.]

    Equalizer 2 SonyGuerrasio: 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.

    Parkland Florida shootingGuerrasio: 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.

    Fuqua: Yeah.

    scarface pacinoGuerrasio: 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.”

    Fuqua: [Laughs.] 

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    • 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.

    "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. 

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    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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    • 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:


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    • 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.

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    • 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.

    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.

    Read the entire Steven Soderbergh interview.

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    • 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.

    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.

    mamma mia here we go again universalAlso 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.

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