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This Detroit Singer, A Flop In The U.S., Had No Idea He Was Bigger Than Elvis In Africa

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"Searching for Sugar Man" is the true story of Sixto Rodriguez, a Detroit singer whose career flopped in the U.S., but who became a huge star in South Africa in the 1970s — even though he had no idea of his fanbase there.

"He was the soundtrack to our lives," says one South African music exec in the film trailer. "Everyone I knew had his records."

Rodriguez's first album "Cold Fact" in 1969 was a bomb in the U.S., "maybe selling six records," the trailer explains. But in South Africa, Rodriguez's lyrics about overcoming hardship made him "more popular than Elvis Presley and bigger than the Rolling Stones."

Searching for Sugar ManDespite his popularity, no one in South Africa really knew who Rodriguez was, until one day, word spread that he had committed suicide by lighting himself on fire while performing on-stage.

Decades later, Swedish filmmaker Malik Bendjelloul set out to uncover more information regarding the mysterious figure and his untimely death, but what he found instead was 70-year-old Rodriguez himself—living in Detroit and having no idea of his success overseas.

Knowing he had a huge story on his hands, Bendjelloul went to two of Britain's top producers of big-screen documentaries, Simon Chinn of "Man on Wire" and and John Battsek, to help him make and fund a feature-length documentary film.

But funding only covered a year of expenses and production on the film took three years.

When he had no money left to shoot with an expensive camera, Bendjelloul simply used the Super 8 app on his iPhone.

Sugar ManAccording to the Sundance Film Festival website:

"The lack of funding forced some things to be finished in a way that initially was not intended. The first year of the production there was some money coming in that was used to shoot with a Super 8 camera. But the last three years there was almost no money coming in and it was too expensive to finish the scenes with the same camera. In the end, it proved that a one dollar iPhone Super 8 app worked just as well. The bar scene in the beginning where the producers discover Rodriguez was, for example, shot with that app."

When the film was finally completed and submitted to Sundance, the film institute was blown away and chose the documentary to open the 2012 festival.

"Searching for Sugar Man" went on to win the festival's Special Jury Prize and Audience Awards at Sundance, the LA Film festival, the Tribeca Film Festival and Durban Film Festival.

Sony Pictures Classic released the film this July and it has so far earned $1,435,234 at the box office.

In August, Rodriguez sold out his show at New York's Highline Ballroom–his first major local concert since the film's release in July.

And on Sunday, Rodriguez and filmmaker Bendjelloul were featured on "60 Minutes." Watch the fascinating segment below:

And watch the "Searching for Sugar Man" trailer:

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Charles Schultz's Son & Grandson Are Penning 'Peanuts' For The Big Screen

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Blue Sky Studios issued a press release earlier today announcing an upcoming "Peanuts" movie.

The Charlie Brown-themed film is set to come out November 25, 2015, coinciding with the 65th anniversary of the "Peanuts" comic strip and the 50th anniversary of "A Very Charlie Brown Christmas," the first of numerous "Peanuts" TV specials. 

The movie, which has yet to be named, will be written and produced by creator Charles Schultz's son, Craig, and grandson, Bryan, while Steve Mariano will direct. Mariano co-directed 2008's "Horton Hears A Who!" and this year's "Ice Age: Continental Drift."

Twentieth Century Fox and Blue Sky Studios will be in charge of producing, animating and distributing the film. 

"We have been working on this project for years. We finally felt the time was right and the technology is where we need it to be to create this film," said Craig Schultz in the press release. "I am thrilled we will be partnering with Blue Sky/Fox to create a 'Peanuts' movie that is true to the strip and will continue the legacy in honor of my father."

Voice actors have not been chosen yet, but Schultz said they will most likely be looking for child actors instead of adult celebrities. 

At the comic strip's height, it ran in as many as 2,800 newspapers and currently runs in about 1,800 publications. It has also inspired about 50 animated TV specials, two brief animated TV series, and four previous feature films.

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The Biggest Blockbuster Films Of All Time Are Not What You Think They Are

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Which movies are the biggest money makers of all time? Surely something from Spielberg or Cameron, right? Well, as we took a closer look at all the numbers, we found some surprising results.

The big screen can be big business. Top talent can earn tens of millions of dollars for—at most—a few months' work (plus a few minutes looking pretty and joshing around on Jay Leno's couch come premier time).

It's a pretty sweet deal. But that’s nothing compared to what the major studios who make, release, and market the films stand to earn. Despite all the criticisms of Hollywood from politicians and activists of all stripes, it is, in the end, a business. And like any business, they've become very adept at knowing how to part consumers from their money, and they do it in ways you may not even expect.

If we were to only consider global box office, the top grossing films of all time would both belong to writer/director James Cameron and his super duper mega-sized blockbusters Avatar and Titanic, which earned around $2.8 billion and $2.2 billion respectively. To put those numbers in some perspective, those are each higher than the 2011 gross domestic product (GDP) of the entire nation of Liberia.

That's a lot of money. But also consider that these numbers only factor in theatrical ticket sales. There's a number of ways for films to earn their ginormous expenditures back—everything from TV rights, home media sales (video, DVD, Blue-ray, etc.), broadcast rights, and even product placement.  For example, Avatar—in this age of digital downloads and piracy—still managed to earn close to $200 million in physical DVD sales. While 1997's Titanic generated $1.2 billion from video and DVD sales, plus an additional $55 million on the US broadcast rights alone (from HBO and NBC).

After all is said and done, both Avatar and Titanic earned close to $3.5 billion each (this does not take into account the recent limited-release Titanic in 3D, which cost $18 million to produce and went on to earn an additional global haul of $343.4 million, $100 million of which came from China alone). For a little global perspective: $3.5 billion would be more than the entire 2011 GDP of Belize or Greenland.

Of course, the above numbers don't account for the true success of a film. For example, while Avatar may be the current box office leader, it doesn't fairly compare to the "blockbusters" of different eras. First, you would have to consider inflation—the relative purchasing power of a dollar—in addition to the independent rise of ticket prices (as can be seen in the recent uptick in cost to see a 3D film). To complicate matters further, we have to throw a lot more variables in the mix when considering the global box office draw.

It's not an exact science. However, after taking into account global inflation, Turner Entertainment estimated that 1939's Gone With The Wind (a property it owns) actually earned $3.3 billion theatrically through its 73 years of global release. (This is GDP of Andorra territory.) This estimate may have some sway as the film can boast over 284 million admissions in the US alone, as compared to just under 131 million admission for the original release of Titanic. Furthermore—though they haven't released their exact methodology—Guinness World Records estimates that Gone With The Wind has actually earned more than $5.3 billion dollars. That would put it near the 2010 GDP of the Principality of Monaco.

But once everything is taken into account, that's still not the truly biggest blockbuster of all time. For this, we must also consider the parts of the movie business that have nothing to do with movies. Primarily, we're talkin' about the merchandising—all the lunchboxes, happy meal tie-ins, TV shows, and limited addition sugary cereals. And the undisputed champion of merchandising may surprise you.

Pixar's original Cars film earned a respectable, but not explosive $461 million during its original 2006 run. However, it has gone on to generate approximately $10 billion in global retail sales. This is, to date, the most of any single film (and is the sole reason for there being a sequel to otherwise unremarkable theatrical run). To put that number in perspective, $10 billion from toys and candy tie-ins is more than the 2011 GDPs of either Montenegro or Barbados.

Yes, there is indeed a lot of money to be made in Hollywood. But it's a bit of a trickier business than that. If you choose wrong on your next blockbuster, you not only endanger the careers of everyone involved, you can crater an entire studio around the mess of your horrible film.

Shed a tear for the embattled Hollywood mogul.

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Report: Fox Is Already Calling For 'Taken 3'

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"Taken 2" hasn't been in theaters for a week, yet Fox is already talking about a third film.

Screenwriter Robert Mark Kamen told Hollywood.com the studio wants to carry on with the franchise after its huge $50 million opening weekend at the box office.

"We didn’t start talking about [Taken 3] until we saw the numbers," said Kamen. "But then we said, ‘Oh, okay. I think we should do a third one.’ And Fox wants us to do a third one."

There's just one thing. The lead actor may not be on board.

Liam Neeson didn't believe the idea of a third film seemed credible last week while speaking to Empire magazine.

"I don't think it's going to happen, I can't see a possible scenario, that audiences wouldn't go 'Oh, come on. She's taken again?'"

Director Olivier Megaton said last week bets on a third film were off as well.

"We want to work with Liam again on another movie, and the priority is to do something else, another movie," Megaton told Cinemablend. "I don't think that it will go on for Taken 3, I don't see the point. The second one, it was fine, we closed the books."

Screenwriter Kamen even admitted he doesn't know where a third film would go plot wise. 

"We've taken everyone we can take — it's going to go in another direction," he told Hollywood.com. "[It] should be interesting."

The sequel definitely set the series up for a third film when it was revealed the father seeking revenge for his slain son (who was electrocuted in the first film) has two more sons out there … somewhere.

"I don't think it's going to happen, I can't see a possible scenario, that audiences wouldn't go 'Oh, come on. She's taken again?'" – Liam Neeson on "Taken 3"

We had the thought there may be more to the daughter Kim's (Maggie Grace) new boyfriend Jamie (Luke Grimes). He could be related to the family in some way and could go after Neeson's Byran Mills.  

Sure, it's a long shot, and sort of a lame concept; however, Kamen seems to be out of ideas at the moment. 

And, if they are to carry on with a third film, as seems inevitable at this point, this seems a somewhat logical progression in the storyline as opposed to some random "other direction." 

Think about it, both Mills' daughter and wife asked him not to run a background check on the guy (though he probably defied them anyway as often happens in this series). As far as it seemed, though, he never did one. Rather, Mills found out the guy's address using a GPS tracking device in his daughter's iPhone, and was then slightly pre-occupied by the men of Istanbul. 

Jamie could very well get close to Neeson's Mills, figure out where he stashes some--if not all–of his flashy weapons and spy gear to disarm him,  and then strike when the moment is right.  

We could even see Mills' other downplayed buddies get involved in the saving. 

The problem with this is that we can only hear a variation of "I've been taken" or "Your mom's been taken" so many times before it becomes tired as Neeson pointed out.

And, at the end of the day, there is no "Taken 3" without Liam Neeson.

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Liam Neeson Earned 10 Times More For 'Taken 2' Than The Original Film

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"Taken 2" has helped the box office return from its September slump earning nearly $50 million at theaters, so it would only make sense leading man Liam Neeson was paid a decent sum to return as retired CIA agent Bryan Mills. 

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Neeson received more than $10 million. That's a pay boost of more than ten times his million dollar salary for "Taken." 

(Deadline is now reporting Neeson received $12 million upfront for the sequel and is set to receive even more.) 

How does that stack up to rival action stars Matt Damon and Jason Statham? 

Damon received a reported $10 million for his role in "The Bourne Identity" while "Transporter" star Jason Statham has been said to earn near $750,000 for the first film, according to Rotten Tomatoes

With Fox reportedly interested in "Taken 3" after the film's massive performance at the box office opening weekend, THR believes Neeson could get upwards of $20 million to play Mills once more. 

That sounds about right considering Damon earned $26 million for his sequel "The Bourne Supremacy." 

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Girl In Roman Polanski Case Is About To Go Public With A Massive Tell-All

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After being labeled the "sex victim girl" and ostracized by friends' parents, the girl at the heart of director Roman Polanski's 1977 sex scandal is speaking out.

Polanski was arrested decades ago after he was accused of feeding then-13-year-old Samantha Geimer part of a Quaalude and champagne before raping her.

But in a statement about her tell-all book, expected to be published next year, the now-47-year-old says she isn't angry, she just wants her story told, The Wall Street Journal's Speakeasy blog reported Tuesday.

From Geimer's statement:

“I am more than ‘Sex Victim Girl,’ a tag the media pinned on me. My friends in junior high, scolded by their parents to stay away from that girl, also labeled me. I offer my story now without rage, but with purpose — to share a tale that in its detail will reclaim my identity. I have been dogged by tired thinking and easy tags nearly my entire life. I am not a stick figure. I know what it is like to be a woman and a victim in the realest possible way.”

The saga has sparked headlines for decades after Polanski pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful sexual intercourse and then fled to France hours before he was scheduled to be sentenced.

He was held under house arrest in Switzerland for years after the country refused to deport him to the U.S.

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Anthony Hopkins Looks Completely Unrecognizable As Alfred Hitchcock

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Yesterday, we got our first look at the trailer for Sacha Gervasi's film "Hitchcock," which follows the the director and producer during the making of his classic "PSYCHO." 

However, what we were most taken aback by was Anthony Hopkins transformation into the master of suspense.  

The film comes to theaters November 23, 2012.

Here's Hopkins as Hitchcock: 

hitchcock anthony hopkins Now, here's Hopkins: 

anthony hopkinsAgain, here's Hitch-kins ...

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... who vaguely reminds us of Michael Caine.

anthony hopkins hitchcockAnd, here's a photo of Hitchcock:

alfred hitchcock  Now, check out the trailer featuring Scarlett Johansson and Meryl Streep as well:

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New 'Gangster Squad' Trailer Released After Post-'Dark Knight' Shooting Edits

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A new trailer for "Gangster Squad," starring Sean Penn, Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, and Josh Brolin, was released Thursday after edits were made to the original trailer.

The original trailer featured a scene eerily reminiscent of the Aurora theater shooting in July, where 12 movie-goers were killed during a midnight premiere of "The Dark Knight Rises." The film scene in question showed four armed men shooting at a theater.

The movie, inspired by the true story of LAPD's struggle to keep out East Coast mafia types in the 1940s and 50s, was initially set to be released September 7. Warner Bros. pushed back the release date until Jan. 11, 2013 to allow time for the theater scene to be re-filmed.

Check out the new trailer here: 

Warner Bros. has removed the original trailer, but we first told you about the controversy, and what Nikki Finke has to do with it, HERE.

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'Superman' Creator's Family In 'David & Goliath' Court Battle With Warner Bros. Over Rights

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Laura Siegel Larson and her family have been fighting Warner Bros. for years over the rights for the Man of Steel.

Larson's parents, Jerry Siegel and Joanne Siegel, who have both passed on, are the co-creators of "Superman," and according to Larson, her father's dying wish was to regain rights to the superhero he had a hand in making.

The task has been no easy feat, according to Larson. 

Warner Bros. attorneys filed a motion Wed. night on the basis Larson's family attorney "systematically supressed relevant evidence" which calls for an evidentiary hearing on November 12.

Larson has come out in response with a lengthy letter to fans discussing the struggle to return the proper copyright to her family's name. 

Among the claims in her note, Larson says Warner Bros. has spent some $35 million in corporate lawyers to fight her family's claim for rights.

Larson hopes her letter can set an example for any writers / artists interested in getting involved with the biz.

From Deadline:

"My family’s David and Goliath struggle against Warner Bros, the media conglomerate, goes back to April 1997, when my mom and I exercised our clear right under the Copyright Act to achieve my dad’s dream of recovering his copyrights. In April 1999, my dad’s half of the original Superman rights reverted to us, entitling our family to a significant share of Superman profits, which Warner/DC Comics refused to pay. For over thirteen years they have fought us at every turn, in and out of court, aiming to make recovery of the money they owe us so impossibly difficult that we would give up and settle for peanuts."

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The New 'Carrie' Remake Looks Creepy

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We've been at New York Comic Con (NYCC) for the past three days, and spent the majority of my time today inside the completely packed IGN theater (they began turning people away from the entrance near 2 p.m.). 

Among the panels we viewed was one for upcoming horror remake "Carrie" featuring Julianne Moore and Chloë Grace Moretz ("Kickass") where they not only revealed a creepy, bloodtastic embodiment of Stephen King's classic character, but also the premiere of its teaser trailer. 

We know what you're thinking: another remake?

(Sissy Spacek and John Travolta starred in the original 1976 classic of King's novel centered around a shy teen who discovers she has telekinetic powers.) 

While we originally shared this sentiment (Sissy Spacek and John Travolta starred in the 1976 classic embodiment of King's novel), Moore pointed out one way this film may have a leg up on the original. 

Moretz is an actual teenager (age 15) playing the role of a high school student, whereas Spacek was 26 when taking on the same part. 

We're unsure whether it will live up to the original, but the final image of Moretz as Carrie in the teaser trailer certainly looked terrifying. 

Filmmaker Kimberly Peirce estimated nearly 1,000 gallons of fake blood were used while filming the reimagining of the 1976 horror classic.

For now, here's the teaser poster for the film unveiled at NYCC earlier today (which doesn't do justice to the bloody scene we saw on the big screen):

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How Diane Keaton Has Aged Over The Years

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Diane Keaton has grown up in the public eye since she was 24-years-old.

Since appearing in her first movie, "Lovers and Other Strangers" in 1970, she went on to star in "The Godfather" in 1972 and more than 50 other films.

Keaton's acting has garnered her numerous film awards, including an Oscar and Golden Globe for "Annie Hall" (1977) and a Golden Globe for "Something's Gotta Give" (2003). 

We've gathered images of the now 66-year-old actress from 1969 through today, to show how the actress has aged through the years.
 

1969: Hour After Hour Deodorant Commercial

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BONUS: Skip to 6.35 to see a 48-year-old Betty White advertising Spray N Wash



1970: Watch Diane Keaton in her first movie role in "Lovers and Other Strangers"



1972: "The Godfather"



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'Argo' Nearly Nabs The Top Spot At Theaters—Here's Your Box-Office Roundup

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"Argo" was no match for "Taken 2" this weekend.  

Though the Ben Affleck film came within two million of Liam Neeson's action sequel, Fox came out the top winner this weekend. 

Five new films entered the top ten in what will most likely become a record-high October for the box office. 

"Hotel Transylvania" has already earned $102.2 million in three weeks. "Taken 2" will over power that number with more than $80 million in total in two weeks. 

Summit also saw its seventh-highest opening ever with its new horror flick "Sinister." 

Out of the top ten this week include "End of Watch," which dropped six places, Clint Eastwood's "Trouble with the Curve," "House at the End of the Street" with Jennifer Lawrence, and "The Master."  

The 3D return of "Finding Nemo" also dropped seven spots below the top ten. And "Atlas Shrugged: Part 2," based on the novel by Ayn Rand, bombed with little more than $1.7 million.  

Here are this weekend's box-office winners and losers: 

10. "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" jumped up to the tenth spot this week earning $2.1 million. 

9. Martin McDonagh's quirky comedy "Seven Psychopaths" following seven men who kidnap the wrong man's dog earned $4.2 million. His last film, "In Bruges," earned a total of $7.8 million in the U.S. 

8. "Looper" featuring Bruce Willis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt falls four spots this week with $6.3 million. In three weekends, the time travel flick has earned $51.4 million.  

7."Frankenweenie" drops two spots at theaters with $7 million. After two weeks in theaters, Tim Burton's black and white kid's film has earned $22 million, more than $15 million shy of its $39 million budget. 

6. "Pitch Perfect" drops three places and 37 percent with $9.3 million. The film has now earned $36.5 million to date.  

5. Kevin James' "Here Comes the Boom" earned $12 million. That's the lowest opening of any of his films to date. "Zookeeper" opened to $20 million last summer while "Paul Blart: Mall Cop" debuted to $31.8 million in 2009. 

4. Adam Sandler's "Hotel Transylvania" manages to stay among the top five grossing $17.3 million. In three weeks, the kid's horror flick has surpassed its estimated budget of $85 million with $151.5 million worldwide. 

3. Studios can always count on a horror flick to do well. "Sinister" featuring Ethan Hawke earned $18 million, nearly the entire gross of Summit's earlier film "Man on a Ledge." 

2. Ben Affleck's "Argo" about Americans trapped during a high point of the Iranian revolution, earned $20 million which is nearly in line with 2010's $23.8 million debut of "The Town." 

1. Once again, "Taken 2" easily takes the top spot earning $22.5 million. Despite earning an impressive $86.7 million domestically given theater numbers in the past few weeks, the film is doing even better overseas with a total of $132 million. 

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Sean Astin Had Never Heard Of 'Lord Of The Rings' Before Being Cast In The Film

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During our four-day adventure at New York Comic Con this past weekend, we stopped by a Q&A session with actor Sean Astin.

Astin, who's best known for his lead role in "Rudy" and Frodo's buddy Samwise in "The Lord of the Rings" shared he never actually knew of the popular series by J.R.R. Tolkien when he first received a casting call.

"I thought it was The Phantom Tollbooth,*" Astin shared.

Instead, the actor played along as if he knew exactly what the series consisted of, when, in reality, he had not a clue.

Astin then went to a library, found, and purchased the three books almost immediately.

"I read the first 180 pages in like two hours, so I knew I had enough to do the audition scenes." said Astin. 

*For the record, The Phantom Tollbooth follows the adventures of a young boy with a magic, world-traveling tollbooth which takes him to a place called the Kingdom of Wisdom. (Astin had the right idea at least.)

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The Original 1966 Batmobile Was Bought For $1 From Ford

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While at New York Comic Con this past weekend, we naturally made it a point to attend a few Batman panels.

Friday afternoon we sat in on the premiere of a 58-minute "Batmobile" documentary that will be featured as an extra on "The Dark Knight Rises" DVD December 4.

One of the most interesting things we learned was about the most iconic Batmobile the Dark Knight ever drove. 

In 1966, while working on the Batman television series, Los Angeles car customizer George Barris revealed he bought the Futura from Ford for $1.

To gauge how much of a deal that was, the experimental concept car cost $250,000 to design and build in Italy over a decade earlier.

The car was built to give consumers "an exciting peek into America's automotive future."

Some of the futuristic features it offered? Power-steering and power brakes.

According to the documentary, it took 15 days and $15,000 to create the classic Batmobile that Adam West drove around on the '60s series. 

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These Funny Movie Parodies Poke Fun At Flawed Apple Maps

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Developers and critics have been coming down on the iPhone 5's Apple maps.  

Others have been noticing them, too. 

Movieclips put together three parodies showcasing fictional character's frustration with the new app, and they're pretty funny.

Here's the app showing Katniss ("The Hunger Games") a "safe" route to the Cornucopia: 

And, maybe the Joker wasn't to blame for Rachel Dawes' demise in "The Dark Knight":

The best may be of "The Shining" featuring Jack Nicholson's character chasing Danny.

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'Carrie' Looks Bloody Brilliant In The First Teaser Trailer

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We saw the unveiling of the first teaser trailer for the "Carrie" remake Saturday, and now it's finally made its way online. 

There's not much to it other than the city lying in destruction. However, the real take away is seeing Chloe Gracë Moretz covered in blood at the very end.

Watch it below via Yahoo!:

Need more?

Give the number 207-404-2604 a call. 

You should receive a response from one of the stars Moretz or Julianne Moore.

It's all part of the film's #WhatHappenedtoCarrie campaign.

We leave you with a comparison of Moretz and Sissy Spacek from the original adaptation of Stephen King's novel:

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Jonathan Nolan Finally Explains Robin's Role In 'The Dark Knight Rises'

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It's been one of the biggest unanswered questions from "The Dark Knight Rises" left open for interpretation. 

Who was Joseph Gordon-Levitt's Robin? 

We finally have an answer.

IGN interviewed Nolan at New York Comic Con asking about the perplexing end to the Caped Crusader's run in "The Dark Knight Rises." 

Though Nolan offered some vague thoughts on Alfred and Bruce Wayne's final encounter in Paris, he was slightly more specific on the mention of Robin's name at the end of the film.  

"It's a wink at the audience," tells Nolan. "I think, what we endeavored to do, was not the complete story of Batman, but our complete story of this character. … The wink towards Robin was an acknowledgment that he liked the character, and I liked the character. It's a huge part of that universe for 70 years." 

There you have it. Nolan wasn't suggesting that Joseph Gordon-Levitt was the Boy Wonder or Nightwing. His name was just "coincidentally" Robin as a nod to the famous character. He was no more than John Blake.  

We'll still believe he was the future Nightwing. After all, Gordon-Levitt did very well act as Batman's Robin in the final film. 

And, the actor himself has expressed some interest in a spinoff, too

You can watch the short interview below:

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'Iron Man' Actor Admits He's Never Seen The Movie

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"Iron Man," is undoubtedly one of the most popular superhero film franchises. Both films combined have grossed more than $1 billion worldwide. However, not everyone has seen the film.

In particular, one of the movie's actors.

Paul Bettany, who voices Tony Stark's IA system J.A.R.V.I.S., told Digital Spy he has never watched any of the films, nor has any interest in doing so.

"I have no idea what those movies are like, said Bettany. "My kids love them. My kids have seen them. It's not because of any snobbish-ness. It's just not my thing ... no disrespect Marvel."

However, Iron Man's Tony Stark shouldn't feel stiffed. Bettany said he doesn't watch many of his films. 

"I've never seen one of them, but that's not because ... there's a bunch of my movies I'm in physically that I haven't seen. This just happens to be one of them."

Still, it creates a minor problem for the actor when dealing with fans of his character since he has no idea what they're talking about.

Watch the clip from the interview below:

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Tom Cruise Causes Trouble In The New 'Jack Reacher' Trailer

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Back in July, Paramount released a teaser trailer for Tom Cruise's next film, "Jack Reacher."

We're finally getting a look at the first full trailer for the film in which Cruise plays an ex-military cop based on the popular Lee Child character.

If you think you're getting another "Mission Impossible" film, think again. 

Reacher's no hero, and he doesn't care about the law. Rather, he delivers his own brand of justice.

Watch below: 

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