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Here's the dirty little secret IMAX doesn't want you to know


IMAX offers an enhanced viewing experience for movie-goers, who pay a premium on top of the existing ticket price to enjoy it. 

The company's reputation grew based on massive screens and state-of-the-art sound systems. IMAX currently retrofits existing movie theaters with technology that enhances the picture resolution and the sound quality.

However, many of the retrofitted screens pale in comparison to the size of other IMAX screens. Yet movie-goers still pay the same premium, regardless of the screen size.

IMAX doesn't deny the discrepancy. When we talked to IMAX Entertainment CEO Greg Foster, he said: "If there are people out there who have a problem with it, they're not telling us."

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How Robert Downey Jr. got a shirt of Bruce Lee DJing into ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’


robert downey jr bruce leeWarning: If you haven’t seen “Avengers: Age of Ultron” there are spoilers ahead!

Halfway through "Avengers: Age of Ultron,” when it looks like The Avengers have their backs against the wall, Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) begins to devise a plan to gain the upper hand with Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo). What he’s wearing is likely to be the must-have T-shirt of the summer.

As the two speak, Stark is seen casually wearing a gray tee sporting a shirtless, DJing Bruce Lee rocking sunglasses from behind a turntable

The visual is so striking that when it comes on screen, it's difficult to look at anything else.

The T-shirt itself is called “Gung Fu Scratch," and Downey Jr. loves it so much that he single-handedly got it in the movie.



He’s worn it while doing everything from an appearance on "Late Show with David Letterman" to hanging out in a party in Malibu.

The photoshopped shirt (sorry, Bruce Lee was never a DJ) is the creation of the Los Angeles-based high-end T-shirt company, Bow and Arrow, Inc. which has a licensing agreement with Bruce Lee’s estate to sell shirts with the martial arts legend's likeness on it.

Bow and Arrow, Inc. CEO, Peter Lee (no relation), told Business Insider that the shirt made its way to Downey Jr. after the star had a meeting with Bruce Lee’s daughter, Shannon.

“Robert Downey Jr. saw the shirt in her office and liked it so she gave him one,” said Peter Lee.

Lee then ran into Downey Jr. at a party and gave him more samples of the shirt. This led to Lee building a friendship with Downey’s entourage, who reached out to Lee for more shirts and suddenly Lee saw Downey Jr. wearing his shirts everywhere.

“He wore it at Jamie Foxx’s daughter’s birthday party, his own birthday party, a 4th of July party in Malibu, it was awesome,” said Lee.

Here are some shots of RDJ wearing variations of the shirt.





Lee says a little over a year ago he received an email from the placement director at Marvel.

“She said that Robert Downey wanted to see if he could wear one of our shirts in 'Age of Ultron,'” said Lee. “So we developed a few new designs for the movie and sent it to them and he came back and said he wanted to use Gung Fu Scratch.”

Lee said since the movie opened overseas last week that he’s been flooded with requests from Europe and Asia for the DJing shirt. Since Friday morning, he's received requests from the East Coast following Thursday night screenings of the movie.

“We’re getting a huge increase in our sales right now,” said Lee, though he would not reveal specific numbers. “Stores are contacting me all over the world at this point asking if I can sell them the shirts wholesale.”

Lee said the request to have the shirt in "Age of Ultron" was a huge surprise and that’s he’s “very appreciative” of Downey Jr.

And RDJ hasn’t stopped giving love about the shirt.

Friday he posted a giveaway of the Gung Fu Scratch shirt on his Facebook page. 

Opening Weekend Giveaway!! Bruce Lee T-shirt like Tony wears in A2, courtesy of my friends @ Bow and Arrow 78... Respond to enter, winners chosen @ random, no duplicate entries.

Posted by Robert Downey Jr on Friday, May 1, 2015

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How a then-24-year-old filmmaker exposed the Taser industry in a bombshell new documentary


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Nick Berardini was in his senior year at the University of Missouri in 2008 and working the late shift at the local TV station when a call on the police scanner changed his life.

Berardini got word of an in-custody death by the Moberly Police Department and was one of the first reporters on the scene.

Witnesses told him 23-year-old Stanley Harlan had been pulled over by the Moberly police in front of his house. Harlan got out of his car, had a conversation with the officer who pulled him over for speeding or drunken driving (it's still not clear why he was pulled over), and was allowed to call his mother. But when other officers arrived all hell broke loose.

"The second officer on the scene didn't understand [Harlan] was allowed to use his phone," Berardini told Business Insider of what witnesses told him that night. "He tried to take it from [Harlan], and Harlan backed up with his hands in the air and said something like, 'Why are you going to tase me?'"

The officer used a Taser stun gun on Harlan's chest three times for a total of 31 seconds, according to Berardini's reporting. Harlan went into cardiac arrest and died on the scene in front of his mother and stepfather.

stanley3"That seemed so aggressive to me and such an obvious misuse of force that I became really sympathetic towards the family," said Berardini, who at the time of Harlan's death was 24 years old and aspiring to be a filmmaker.

Six months after Harlan's death, Berardini got the dash-cam video of the incident and saw the entire altercation. It not only verified what the witnesses told him that evening, but it also motivated him to make a film that would show how an event like this could fracture a small community.

The journey in telling that story led him to the doors of Taser International, the multimillion-dollar company that manufactures Tasers for law enforcement in the US.

Suddenly, the film became much bigger.

Berardini's documentary, "Tom Swift and His Electric Rifle" (named after the young adult novel that also inspired the trademarked acronym"Taser"), premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival last week and is the first of its kind. Never before had a film looked in great detail at the stun-gun industry, which is dominated by Taser International, and given an objective view of its effect on society and law enforcement.

The film heavily uses archival footage to explore how Taser International founders Tom and Rick Smith created the Taser, which they then sold to police departments across the country with the promise that it was a safer alternative to firearms. (According to Taser International, "suspect injuries have been shown to be reduced by as much as 60% when alternative means of force are deployed.")

In 2012, Taser International said the risk of death from the electrical effects of devices like Tasers had not been "conclusively demonstrated" by a reputable scientific study. (In the US, 17,800 police departments currently carry Tasers.) But with hundreds of apparent Taser-related deaths in the country since Taster International's Taser was created in 1993, criticism of the weapon has grown stronger, and some departments have even decided to stop using Tasers. In 2009, Taser International updated its training guides by stating that officers should not aim for the chest.

"'Tom Swift' highlights the ineptitude not only of Taser International but also of the governing bodies and police departments that have allowed this organization to essentially have a monopoly over the training and safety of the device," wrote BI's Brett Arnold and Amanda Macias in their review of the film.

Rick and Tom Smith Tom SwiftHere's a portion of the statement Taser International sent to Business Insider in regard to the risk of death by being stunned by a Taser (see full statement at the bottom of this story):

TASER® technology is the most extensively researched less-lethal weapon with more than 500 related reports and medical studies. These studies consistently have found that the TASER is generally safe and effective as a response to resistance option ... However, it is still a 'weapon' and it is not risk free and TASER provides in depth warnings to law enforcement to that effect; including that the weapon may cause death or serious injury.

But it took years for Berardini to realize the story he was telling was not about the awful death of Harlan but about the weapon that killed him.

In fall 2009, Berardini began having a conversation with Taser International about filming one of its executives for his film.

"I was 24, impressionable, didn't know a lot, and potentially had a platform of a 90-minute film," Berardini said of why he thought the company would agree to talk to him.

He also got to Taser International at an interesting time in the company's history.

"They were starting to lose lawsuits for the first time," Berardini said. "And internally, they felt the weight of that and wanted to speak from their own perspective."

Tuttle_Ethan Miller_GettySix months of talks with Taser International finally led the company to allow Berardini to come to its headquarters in Scottsdale, Arizona, in March 2010 and film an interview with the company's vice president of strategic communications, Steve Tuttle. Berardini was also invited to record footage of the factory where Tasers are assembled.

At the time, Berardini was working alone on the project. So he got a cameraman from the Missouri TV station he worked at to come along to shoot and a friend to be his production assistant.

"I think they expected me to come there and be converted by this Orwellian headquarters they have," Berardini said. "Because that is what works for police officers."

Berardini said he didn't have any "gotcha" questions for Tuttle. "I expected them to not play a big role" in the film, he acknowledged. But he was hoping that at least Tuttle would acknowledge that Tasers could be dangerous if used excessively.

That didn't happen.

In the film, Tuttle seems unsympathetic to any of the Taser-related deaths and stays on message with the company motto, "Protecting life. Protecting truth."

Taser company_Jeff Topping_GettyTuttle's firm stance during the interview that Tasers could never cause deaths "honestly blew me away," Berardini said.

Berardini left the Taser headquarters three hours later having grown more suspicious of Taser International. He began to research the company, talking to reporters who had covered it and speaking to lawyers who had taken it to court.

He also brought on producers Jamie Goncalves and Brock Williams. They found that Berardini was essentially editing two films, one on Taser and one on Harlan.

"He was still really focused on telling this story on Stanley Harlan," Williams said. "But the thing that I immediately was drawn to was this bigger [Taser International] story and this great [Tuttle] interview."

Around Christmas 2011, Berardini finally came to terms that the Harlan story could not be the main focus of the movie.

"I met Brock for lunch and we were exhausted, and I said, 'We have to start over,'" Berardini said.

What put him over the edge was all the material he got from his research, including Taser International training DVDs, manuals, and over 120 hours of deposition footage. It all gave Berardini a clearer picture of what he viewed as negligence by Taser International in how it made its device attractive to police departments. He had to make that the focus.

The Harlan story would now be in the film as one of the chilling examples of the excessive use of Tasers by police.

Nick Berardini_Andrew Toth_GettyBy the time Berardini had a rough cut of "Tom Swift" last October, he said, Taser International was already trying to stop the film from being released.

Berardini said the company attempted to subpoena the film after the Harlans' lawsuit against Taser International. The filmmakers caught a break, however, because the "discovery period" of the lawsuit had passed, meaning Taser International could not subpoena them. The Harlans' suit against Taser International was dismissed by an appeals court in 2014. The officers on the scene of Harlan's death were not criminally liable because, according to Berardini, there was nothing in the Taser International manual used by the police department that would suggest the use of the Taser could cause a fatality. But the Harlans did get a $2.4 million settlement from the city of Moberly.

All the people involved with the film were convinced Taser International would continue to come after them. But according to Berardini, the company has been quiet since the film was announced to play at the Tribeca Film Festival. And to Berardini's knowledge, no one at the company has seen the film yet.

Tuttle issued this statement to Business Insider, which we have included below in full, regarding the risk of death to those stunned by a Taser:

TASER® technology is the most extensively researched less-lethal weapon with more than 500 related reports and medical studies. These studies consistently have found that the TASER is generally safe and effective as a response to resistance option. In a 5-year TASER safety study by the US Department of Justice 'an expert panel of medical professionals concludes that the use of conducted energy devices by police officers on healthy adults does not present a high risk of death or serious injury.' A US DOJ funded study by the Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center found that in 1201 randomly selected incidents, 99.75 percent of individuals subjected to a TASER device as part of an arrest procedure received no significant injury. The American Medical Association assessed that TASER devices are a 'safe and effective tool' and 'can save lives during interventions' when used appropriately. However, it is still a 'weapon' and it is not risk free and TASER provides in depth warnings to law enforcement to that effect; including that the weapon may cause death or serious injury.

Tuttle told Business Insider he had not seen the film.

But screenings of the film at Tribeca may have affected Taser International's bottom line. After the world premiere of the film, the company's stock began to fall. (Though, recently the stock has surged.)

Berardini and his team are shopping offers for distribution of the film. One of their hopes — especially with the influx of recent stories of officers using excessive force— is that they will get the film shown at police departments that use Tasers.

"The police still get the message from one source, Taser International," he said. "Police need to see this film so when they go out on the street they will think about what the consequences are of using the device."

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One of the stars of 'Goodfellas' almost quit right before it started filming


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It's crazy to think that anybody who starred in "Goodfellas" would ever have wanted to quit. 

However, that was almost the case for Paul Sorvino, who's performance as mob capo Paul "Paulie" Cicero, is perhaps the best-known of his entire career.

At a 25th anniversary celebration of "Goodfellas" at the Tribeca Film Festival over the weekend, Sorvino explained how he almost quit right before filming started. 

"I was quitting after almost four weeks and we were supposed to start three days later and I called my manager and said, 'get me out of this, I can't do it,'" Sorvino said. 

It might be surprising that Sorvino was having second thoughts about the role. His character of Paulie Cicero, based on real life mobster Paul Vario, has a lot in common with Sorvino. They are both middle-aged Italian-American men from New York, as Sorvino acknowledged. However, there was more to playing Cicero than just that.

Goodfellas Tribeca"The real difficulty there was the inner life ... that weird bifurcation of character," Sorvino said. "When they're home, they're family people. When they're out, they're shooting people." 

While the three main characters in "Goodfellas" (Henry Hill, Jimmy Conway, Tommy DeVito) are portrayed as violent sociopaths, Cicero seems the most cautious of them all. After all, he is the only one who stayed away from drugs and won't do criminal transactions over the phone.

Goodfellas PaulieThe actors in the film had screenwriter Nicholas Pileggi (who wrote the book "Wiseguy" on which the film was based) at their disposal to find out what the mobsters were like in real life. De Niro, who played Jimmy Conway, went so far as to find out how Jimmy the Gent held a ketchup bottle.

GoodfellasSorvino ended up changing his mind after one look in the mirror.

He made an intimidating face and realized that he could play this guy. 

"I was going to fix my tie and I saw this guy. And it scared the hell out of me," Sorvino said.

Sorvino might actually be "a poet, an opera singer, a sculptor" and an actor, but he sure made one convincing gangster.

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'Avengers: Age Of Ultron' had a huge $187 million weekend — but it didn't beat the all-time opening record


"Avengers: Age of Ultron" debuted to a huge $187.6 million at theaters opening weekend, giving it the second largest weekend ever at the box office.


Despite the huge number, that's far lower than analyst expectations, which projected the film to open at anywhere from $210 million - $230 million.

It's also less than the first film, "The Avengers," made back in 2012. That film surprised everyone when it debuted at a whopping $207.4 million to become the highest-grossing opening movie at the box office.

By no means is the early $187.6 million figure a disappointment. Sure, many thought it would easily cross the $200 million mark, but "Age of Ultron" now holds the highest-opening weekend in 2015 so far (and will likely only be beat out by "Star Wars," another Disney film). It's also one of the largest opening weekends at the box office ever.

All together, "Age of Ultron" has now made over $626 million worldwide.

Here are the largest opening weekends at the box office. Disney now dominates three of the top five spots. Superhero movies comprise four of the five spots.

MovieRelease DateOpening WeekendWorldwide Gross
1. "The Avengers"5/4/2012$207.4 million$1.5 billion
2. "Avengers: Age of Ultron"5/1/2015$187.6 million$626 million so far
3. "Iron Man 3"5/3/2013$174.1 million$1.2 billion
4. "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2"7/15/2011$169.2 million$1.3 billion
5. "The Dark Knight Rises"7/20/2012$160.9 million$1.1 billion

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How to build an iPhone projector for less than $10


It's incredibly easy to build a projector for your smartphone. All you need are a few household items and a magnifying glass.

We needed a box that was at least 17 inches long for our 2X magnifying glass, so keep that in mind when selecting a box to use.

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Here's the star-studded first photo of DC's 'Suicide Squad'


A few weeks ago, we got our first look at Jared Leto's creepy looking new Joker for DC Comics' upcoming 'Suicide Squad' movie. It now seems director David Ayer is ready to unveil the rest of the cast. 

Today, Ayer posted a photo of the full 'Suicide Squad' cast (minus Leto) on Twitter. Check it out below.

In the photo are (starting from the left): Slipknot (Adam Beach), Captain Boomerang (Jai Courtney), Enchantress (Cara Delevingne), Katana (Karen Fukuhara), Rick Flagg (Joel Kinnaman), Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), Deadshot (Will Smith), Killer Croc (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje), and El Diablo (Jay Hernandez). 

That's a lot of characters.

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17 awesome photos from the set of the next 'Star Wars' movie


Happy May 4th!

Monday marks "Star Wars Day," a day to celebrate all things about a galaxy far, far away.

To celebrate, here are a handful of set images from "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" which debuted at April's Star Wars Celebration event along with a few new images from Vanity Fair's behind-the-scenes video of its Star Wars cover shoot.

Here's director J.J. Abrams filming on set.jj abrams star warsThe team filmed on the hot desert sands of Abu Dhabi. Abrams said it would get to be 128 degrees while shooting.

abu dhabi star warsDaisy Ridley, who plays Rey, is seen below with the new droid BB8. Ridley gave a few more details on her character, saying she’s a scavenger who we will first see in a ship graveyard.

daisy ridley star warsBB8 is a lot smaller than we imagined.

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Here's Ridley again getting some cues from director Abrams.

daisy ridley jj abrams the force awakensIn the first teaser trailer for "The Force Awakens," we see Ridley riding across a desert on the vehicle below.

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Oscar Isaac will play an X-wing pilot named Poe Dameron.

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John Boyega's mysterious character Finn can be seen wearing a stormtrooper suit. It's still not confirmed whether or not Finn is a stormtrooper or is just dressed like one in the film.

star wars john boyegajohn boyega star warsSpeaking of Stormtroopers, here are some of the new Snowtroopers.

snowtroopers star wars the force awakensHere's another look at the three actors, Oscar Isaac, Daisy Ridley, and John Boyega.

star wars actorsOscar winner Lupita Nyong'o will also play a new character on screen. If the motion-capture suit is any hint, she'll be playing something out of this world. According to Vanity Fair, she will play a pirate Maz Kanata.

lupita nyongo the force awakensSome of the original cast members will be back, too. Here's Harrison Ford with the newest leads, Ridley and Boyega. It looks like he may be picking the duo up on the Millennium Falcon.

harrison ford daisy ridley the force awakensThis photo of Abrams with Chewbacca on set is great.

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Here's our first good look at Adam Driver on set getting photographed by Annie Leibovitz. 

adam driver the force awakensHe's presumed to play this guy, Kylo Ren.

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Here's another good shot of Abrams with Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy.

kathleen kennedy jj abrams"Star Wars: The Force Awakens" is in theaters December 18, 2015.

Check out the new trailer below:

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Forget 'The Avengers' — everybody is just waiting for ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’

A huge sports day prevented ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ from breaking box-office records


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Although $191.3 million now makes “Avengers: Age of Ultron” the second-largest box-office opening weekend for a film ever, the latest Marvel blockbuster could potentially have made more if it didn’t run into an epic day of sporting events this weekend.

“Ultron” was projected to make close to $220 million this weekend, surpassing the all-time weekend opening gross currently held by 2012’s "The Avengers" ($207.4 million). However, Saturday had one of the biggest sports days in recent memory outside of the Super Bowl. There were the playoff games in professional basketball and hockey, the Kentucky Derby, and, finally, the touted “fight of the century” between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr.

“It was one of the greatest sports days perhaps in history,” Dave Hollis, distribution chief at Disney, told Variety. “It feels like a barrage of sporting options grabbed a lot of people’s attention.”

Floyd Mayweather and Manny PacquiaoBefore Pacquiao and Mayweather squared off in Las Vegas Saturday evening, there was a lot for sports fans to enjoy before then. Many donned their fancy hats and hit parties to watch American Pharoah win the Kentucky Derby; the latest edition of the rivalry between the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox took place; the New York Rangers and the Washington Capitals squared off in the NHL Playoffs; and in a dramatic Game 7 that was decided by a buzzer beater, the Los Angeles Clippers edged the San Antonio Spurs to advance in the NBA playoffs.

It was certainly evident at the box office as “Ultron” ticket sales dropped 32% on Saturday following it’s $84.4 million take on Friday. (Sunday’s numbers slipped 20% from Saturday.)

In comparison, ticket sales for 2012's "The Avengers"took a 13.9% dip from Friday to Saturday when it opened in 2012.

Looking at the two opening weekends side-by-side is incredible since "Ultron" made more money than its predecessor in Friday ticket sales.

MovieFriday opening weekend gross (ticket sales)Saturday grossSunday gross
"The Avengers" (2012)$80.8 million$69.6 million$57.1 million
"Avengers: Age of Ultron" (2015)$84 million (estimate)$57.2 million$46 million

Kentucky Derby American PharoahBy Sunday night, networks running some of the sporting events boasted their big days.

NBC’s coverage of the Kentucky Derby delivered the highest ratings in 23 years. And HBO/Showtime reported an estimated $400 million take in pay-per-view revenue from the Pacquiao/Mayweather fight, which ended with Mayweather winning in a unanimous decision.

The "Avengers" sequel isn't hurting though. The movie is already well on its way to becoming the second $1 billion film of the year. So far, the sequel has made over $626 million worldwide.

"Ultron" is expected to have another big weekend coming up with the only competition being the comedy "Hot Pursuit," starring Reese Witherspoon and Sofia Vergara.

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Sales for this Bruce Lee DJing shirt in 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' are through the roof


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It looks like Marvel isn’t the only company that had a good weekend.

Following the $191.3 million weekend for “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” making it the second largest domestic opening weekend of all-time, the company behind a T-shirt featured in the film also had a big weekend.

Peter Lee’s Los Angeles-based company, Bow and Arrow, Inc., is responsible for the Bruce Lee DJing T-shirt Robert Downey Jr. wears in the movie.

It turns out Downey Jr. is a huge fan of the shirt, having worn it to numerous events in the past, and asked specifically for it to be in the film. 


Needless to say, featured in a movie that has been seen across the globe helps in sales. But how much?

Lee tells Business Insider that over the weekend the Bow and Arrow website had around a 1,000 orders for its various shirts featuring Bruce Lee, totaling about $60,000 in sales.

That’s an increase of about 10,000% percent, according to Lee.

“Our normal weekend, we do about $600 in web sales,” Lee told BI via email.

Lee said along with the bump in online sales, he’s also fielding calls from the boutiques in L.A. that carry the shirt that need to restock.

The shirt featured in “Ultron,” called “Gung Fu Scratch,” is part of a licensing agreement Bow and Arrow has with Bruce Lee’s estate to sell high-end shirts that feature the martial arts legend.

According to Lee (no relation), the company has had the licensing agreement with Bruce Lee Enterprises since 2011.

The image on the shirt, in fact, is a heavily photoshopped photo of Lee.

According to Lee, Gung Fu Scratch was the first design he and his graphic designer made under the Bruce Lee licensing agreement.

“I really wanted to see Bruce Lee relevant in today’s age,” said Lee in regards to the inspiration behind the shirt.

Here's what's photoshopped in the image.

In the last few years, Downey Jr. hasn’t been the only one seen out wearing the shirt. Here are some other notables.

Nick Cannon:

Snoop Dogg, RDJ, and Will Smith: 


NBA star Jeremy Lin:


“For a while the inside joke in the company was that we had more celebrity customers than actual costumers,” said Lee.

Looks like that's about to change.

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Louis C.K. will write, direct, and star in his own movie


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Star of FX's "Louie" and unstoppable stand-up comedian Louis C.K. is headed back to the big screen.

Following the success of his one-man-band FX production, C.K. will be tasked with writing, directing, and starring in a feature film, according to The Hollywood Reporter. 

The film is titled "I'm A Cop" and "tells of a depressed middle-aged man who is a volunteer police officer living in the shadow of his mother, a highly decorated retired officer. When she dies, her continued influence forces him to become a real police officer, which is something he never wanted to be."

Fans of the comedian will remember his last feature-length directorial effort was the critically maligned 2001 Chris Rock vehicle "Pootie Tang," which was also a bomb financially.

The film has since developed a cult following, but it doesn't quite resemble Louis C.K.'s original vision— the project is notorious for having gone through extensive rewrites and studio interference. 

"I'm A Cop" will be produced by Hollywood super-producer Scott Rudin ("The Social Network,""The Truman Show," No County For Old Men") as well as longtime C.K. collaborators Dave Becky and Blair Breard. 

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Here’s how one of the most memorable scenes from HBO's Kurt Cobain documentary was made



Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck” has a treasure trove of never-before-seen materials that looks back on the childhood and private life of the legendary lead singer of Nirvana, who tragically took his own life in April of 1994 at the age of 27. 

But there’s one particular piece in the documentary, directed by Brett Morgen (“The Kid Stays in the Picture”) that no one, not even Cobain’s family or closest friends, ever knew existed. 

Morgen had been working on the project for five years when he finally got the call. In 2013, he was granted access to a storage space where Cobain’s most intimate materials — journals he wrote and paintings he created — are kept.

“One of the things that would change the direction of the film was a box that I found that said, ‘cassettes,’” Morgen told Business Insider.

montage of heck finalSurprised to find the box, as no one told him any audio was stored there, Morgen tracked down a few cassette decks and began transferring them into digital files. 

Hidden among the hours of recordings of Cobain playing music and joking around, he came across a story Cobain taped in 1988.

“I knew instantly it was different because he was performing it and was doing multiple takes on it,” Morgen explained. “It was a little more narrative than most of Kurt’s art.”

The story Cobain tells in the recording is of his first sexual encounter, which then leads to the first time he contemplated suicide. 

Morgen brought the recording to the Cobain family, who had never heard it. He even brought it to the attention of Cobain’s biographer, Charles R. Cross, who wasn't aware of its existence, either.

Morgen knew it needed to be in the film, but how could he make it work visually for the movie?

Morgen is famously known for using animation in his work. In "The Kid Stays in the Picture," he used effects to bring still photography to life in his story of Hollywood mogul Robert Evans.

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And the 2007 film, "Chicago 10"  a look at the anti-war protestors put on trial following the 1968 Democratic National Convention  is entirely animated. 

But Morgen admits he initially had no intention of animating the Cobain audio.

“We were going to animate his art and his journals (made for the film by artist Stefan Nadelman), but there was never a discussion about animating Kurt,” he said.

But then he came across the work of Dutch artist/filmmaker Hisko Hulsing and his animated film, "Junkyard.

“I felt that he had a similar dystopian view of the world that Kurt had, but a much better craftsman than Kurt,” said Morgen of Hulsing. “But the view and the tone had a lot of similarities, a lot of darkness and twisted reality.”

Junkyard finalMorgen asked Hulsing to join the project to animate the Cobain audio story. Hulsing also animated another audio sequence later on in the film in which Cobain is recording the mundane moments of his life while living at his girlfriend’s house in the ‘80s.

“I’ve never been a Nirvana fan,” Hulsing admits. “I think I was 21 when ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ became a hit and I just had a dark, psychotic adolescence, so it didn’t strike a right cord for me.”

But Hulsing said he agreed to come on because he was fascinated by Morgen’s mission to celebrate Cobain’s life, not mythologize his death.

kurtcobain06 Wendy O'Connor HBOMorgen played Hulsing an edited version of the audio that was more polished and streamlined than the original recording he discovered in the cardboard box. Morgen also came up with a shot list for Hulsing to follow while making the animation, and the two went back and forth for months on storyboards.

From his small studio in Amsterdam, Hulsing compiled a team of 27 people (18 of them animators) and for four months they worked on not only the Cobain audio story, but the other portion of the film Hulsing was responsible for. For the 85 shots that were Hulsing's responsibility, they produced 6,000 animations and 60 oil paintings on canvas. Some of those canvas paintings were as large as six feet.

Hulsing would then take a digital picture of the canvas, input the animation that would go in front of it, and send to Morgen back in L.A. for approval.

Here's an animated rendition of Cobain as a teenager.

cobain bedBelow is an excerpt from Cobain’s audio story in "Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck," accompanied by select GIFs of Hulsing’s animation from the sequence in the film.

cobain friendsTrevor was a guy I hated but resorted to becoming friends with because he was the only person I could get pot from. He was the kingpin. Trevor, Ace, John, Darin, all white trash low life scum of the earth, according to the jocks. They had been going to this girl's house after school and they invited me. We got to the door and a very fat girl let us in.

cobain funny girlIt wasn't obvious to me for over an hour that this girl seemed kind of quiet until one of the guys pointed out that she was in a Special Ed class. I'm sure a lot of kids would call her a retard and some just slow, and at the time, and still to this day, I would call her quiet and illiterate. But not retarded.

cobain stairsThe object of the guys who'd been going there for the past month was to steal booze from the downstairs basement of her house. While others distracted her, one would go down and take a fifth and then exit the downstairs. We did this routine every other day and got away with it for, oh, about a month. 

And during that month happened to be the epitome of my mental abuse from my mother. It turned out that pot didn't help me escape my troubles too well anymore, and I was actually enjoying doing rebellious things like stealing booze and busting store windows.

cobain stealBut nothing ever mattered. I decided within the next month I would not sit on my roof and think about jumping but I'll actually kill myself. And I wasn't going out of this world without actually knowing what it was like to get laid. 

cobain contemplateSo one day after school I went to the girl's house alone and invited myself in and she offered me some Twinkies and I sat on her lap and I said, "Let's f---."

cobain girlAnd I touched her and she went into her bedroom and got undressed in front of me and I watched and actually realized it was actually happening. So I tried to f--- her but didn't know how, so I asked her if she'd done this before and she said, a lot of times, mainly with her cousin. 

I got grossed out very heavily with her smell and her sweat reeked, so I left. My conscious grew to where I couldn't go to school for a week and when I did I got in-house suspension for skipping.

cobain classAnd that day the girl's father came in screaming and accusing someone of taking advantage of his daughter. And so during lunch rumors started and by the next day everyone was waiting for me to yell and cuss and spit at me, calling me "the retard f----r." 

cobain bottleI couldn't handle the ridicule. So I got high and drunk, I walked down to the train tracks and laid down and put two big pieces of cement on my chest and legs and waited for the eleven o'clock train.

cobain trainAnd the train came closer, and closer, and closer and went on the next track besides me. And it stood over me over.

cobain tracksDetention from school had an effect on me, and the train scared me enough to try to rehabilitate myself by lifting weights and mathematics seemed to be improving so I became less manically depressed. I still didn't have any friends because I hated everyone for they were so phony.

Hulsing said the bleak look he gave the animation came from what he observed looking at photos of Aberdeen, Washington, where Cobain grew up.

"Images and videos of Aberdeen clearly show that it's often grey and rainy," Hulsing said. "I believe that the somber palette adds a lot of darkness and hopelessness to the story of young, suicidal Kurt."

cobain aberdeenHulsing also said that Cobain’s blank facial features in the story came from how he and Morgen believed Kurt felt in his social setting. "He's hanging out with a group he's not a real part of," he said. "Kurt's own voiceover already explains his own state of mind as a teenager, the way he felt rejected and ridiculed, I didn't want to overdo that."

cobain blinkThere were also some visuals that don’t match what Cobain says, particularly the line when he goes to the railroad tracks to commit suicide: “Put two big pieces of cement on my chest and legs and waited for the eleven o'clock train." According to Morgen, that was intentional. "I decided to take that one moment and deviate from Kurt's narrative just a bit to kind of embrace the subjectivity of the sequencing and acknowledging that we are interpreting these events," he said.

The music played over the telling of the story is a string arrangement of the Nirvana hit, “Smells Like Teen Spirit," arranged by composer Jeff Danna. "There was already some existing music of strings playing 'Smells Like Teen Spirit,'" Hulsing said. "So [Morgen] put that under my moving storyboards in the beginning and it really worked for Brett, so later he had a new composition done."

kurtcobain10_TheEndOfMusicLLC_HBOLooking back on making the film, Morgen said Hulsing’s work was always the wild card. 

"Once we saw the final assembly edit, Joe Beshenkovsky, who edited the film with me, both of us felt we were pretty comfortable where we landed," said Morgen. "But at the same time we knew Hisko was just getting started [on animating]. There was this fear, 'Hisko is going to be our Achilles heel if he doesn't deliver.' It's not like we could cut out the sequence. I've had some treacherous experiences with animation not really working out the way you'd hoped."

But when Hulsing delivered the first drawings, all the anxiety rushed away. 

“He gave me a gift," Morgen said. "He was really committed to the work. He really wanted to get it right and I really appreciate that about him."

Hulsing said with a chuckle about the experience, "I'm still recovering."

Hisko Hulsing Jaroslav ReptaWhat’s fascinating to learn about Cobain’s audio story is that it may not be true. 

“I met Krist Novoselic, the bass player for Nirvana, at Sundance and he said that he knew Kurt very well from a young age and he never heard that story before," said Hulsing.

Morgen and Cobain’s wife, Courtney Love, also questioned the story’s veracity at a Q&A following the film’s screening at the Tribeca Film Festival last month. 

But, Morgen told BI, whether it’s real or not doesn’t interest him. 

“I’m not a writer or a historian,” he said. “I’m making a movie and it’s a depiction of his art, so I’m out for an emotional truth.”

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Lucasfilm president says ‘Indiana Jones 5’ will happen


‘Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom’

It sounds like our favorite fedora-wearing archaeologist is heading back to the big screen.

Since the Disney purchase of Lucasfilm in 2012, there’s been much speculation on when Indiana Jones would return for a fifth film.

There were even rumors in January that "Guardians of the Galaxy" star Chris Pratt was in talks to star in an Indy reboot. 

But within the pages of the June issue of Vanity Fair, we’ve come to learn that there is, in fact, an "Indiana Jones" project in the works.

Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy told the magazine that another Indy movie “will one day be made inside this company. When it will happen, I’m not quite sure. We haven’t started working on a script yet, but we are talking about it.”

No word if Harrison Ford would return to play Dr. Jones (he will next be seen in "Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens") or if Pratt will be involved (he’ll star next in "Jurassic World"). 

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The last film in the franchise was 2008’s "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull," which made close to $800 million worldwide but had mixed reviews by critics and fans alike.

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'Guardians of the Galaxy' director pleads with Joss Whedon's internet trolls in an epic Facebook post


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Monday, “Avengers: Age of Ultron” director Joss Whedon quit Twitter after receiving backlash for what some deemed a “sexist” depiction of Black Widow in the film.  

*Mini-spoiler* A central storyline to the character is a budding romance with Bruce Banner/The Hulk. *Mini-spoiler*

Whedon is widely known as a champion of strong female characters on screen. Among his works are "Buffy the Vampire Slayer."

After the 50-year-old director deemed a recent “Jurassic World” clip “sexist,” many were quick to call Whedon out on Twitter for Widow in “Age of Ultron.” Among the backlash Whedon received were death threats from Twitter users. You can read some of them, many of which are NSFW, here. 

“Guardians of the Galaxy” director James Gunn was among those who immediately came to Whedon’s defense on Twitter.  



Tuesday afternoon, Gunn, expanded on that Tweet in detail. In a long message with fans on Facebook, he proposed a call for a change toward internet commenters and internet hate in general.  

My plea to all of you - and this is nothing new - is that we all try to be a little kinder, on the Internet and elsewhere. And, honestly, that includes being kind to the people who are tweeting this nonsense. I don't believe you can tweet about wanting to find a movie director and "curbstomp" him and be a happy person. That person's statement might make you a little angry - that makes me angry too. But thank God the circumstances of my life and your life didn't lead us to being the person that has the need to anonymously tweet that to someone on the Internet. And, as much as we may want to respond with vitriol to these tweets, I think that just creates more insanity. 

Gunn drew from personal experience in which he recalled how a single tweet affected him. As a result, the tweet made him reconsider the content he puts in his future bodies of work. 

Whedon is the latest celebrity to receive death threats. Taylor Swift and Selena Gomez are among other stars who have previously been threatened on social media

Read the note in full below: 

Imagine being a guy, like Joss Whedon, who has committed his life to fandom and to creating the best characters he possibly can, characters he loves, and has spent two years of his life working on a movie, and then has to wake up to this shit on Twitter. Yes, I know - Age of Ultron has an "A" Cinemascore, and far and away most people loved it. But the angry contingent of fandom is getting more aggressive all the time, and it's difficult to block out as a person in the public eye.

My plea to all of you - and this is nothing new - is that we all try to be a little kinder, on the Internet and elsewhere. And, honestly, that includes being kind to the people who are tweeting this nonsense. I don't believe you can tweet about wanting to find a movie director and "curbstomp" him and be a happy person. That person's statement might make you a little angry - that makes me angry too. But thank God the circumstances of my life and your life didn't lead us to being the person that has the need to anonymously tweet that to someone on the Internet. And, as much as we may want to respond with vitriol to these tweets, I think that just creates more insanity.

As a young person I was very angry, and it's something I have worked on, both personally and through years of therapy. And if I can say one truth about anger, it is that anger is almost never anger. Anger - especially aggressive and abusive anger - is a way to deal with feeling insecure, sad, hurt, vulnerable, powerless, fearful, or confused. Those feelings, for many of us, are a lot more difficult to deal with and acknowledge than anger. Anger makes us feel "right". And powerful. But it also usually exacerbates whatever the underlying, more uncomfortable feeling is.

A couple months ago someone on Twitter wrote me that something one of my characters said in my movie hurt him. I've gotten hundreds of tweets from people angry about moments in my films over the years, and I just ignore them, or get angry in return. But that one tweet affected me profoundly. The last thing I want to do with my work is hurt someone, especially someone who already feels disenfranchised. That made me think about what I write and what I put in my films, and I will be more thoughtful about situations like it in the future. That is, one honest and vulnerable tweet affected more change in me than hundreds of angry ones.

So, again, it's easy to be outraged by these tweets. But whatever these angry tweeters are in need of, I don't think it's more anger and more rage thrown back at them on Twitter. I actually think that's what they're seeking. But what they need is something different. Compassion, maybe? A kind request for boundaries? I don't know. Maybe you guys have some ideas.

And by the way - Yes, I know there are real issues at play here. But, again, I don't think the way to affect change is through rage. That is just going to increase whatever divide you're experiencing in the first place. I believe that there are a handful of truly evil, awful human beings out there. But the majority of us on all sides of an issue think we're doing the right thing and are doing the best we can. If we assume that of each other, it makes life a lot easier.

Love you all,

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Here are the brands that appear the most in 'Avengers: Age of Ultron'


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"Avengers: Age of Ultron" is going to be one of the biggest films of the summer. It has already made over $643 million worldwide.

So it should come as no surprise that a lot of brands are featured in the "Avengers" sequel.

We're sure you noticed some of the big ones, but can you name all of the big brands featured in the film?

Concave Brand Tracking, a marketing company that tracks and analyzes brands in entertainment content, recorded the brands seen most often in the film.

Here are the five most visible brands in "Age of Ultron":

1. Samsung
2. Audi
3. Under Armour
4. Harley-Davidson
5. Hummel

avengers age of ultron brandsConcave points out that Hummel, a Danish sportswear company, had not appeared in any movie in the US box office top 10 since 2003.

Samsung's addition to the film shouldn't come as a surprise, as it has been a big marketing partner. The devices the Avengers used, including Tony Stark's see-through phone, were all provided by the electronics company.

tony stark see through phoneDuring a fight between the Hulk and Iron Man, the two are seen battling near a store with a giant Samsung logo.

Concave notes that Samsung replaced previous on-screen collaborators including Dell and Apple to have about three minutes of airtime in the 141-minute film.

Audi vehicles are also seen heavily in the film. They are driven by several characters throughout the film including Tony Stark, in the film's final scene, and Hawkeye. You can also spot them in destruction scenes in the film such as the one below.

audi avengers age of ultronAudi has also appeared in two of this year's other biggest films, "Fifty Shades of Grey" and "Furious 7."

Captain America, Tony Stark, and new character Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) can be seen wearing Under Armour throughout the film.

avengers age of ultron quicksilver scarlet witchtony stark under armourA few other brands that make appearances include Beats, Adidas, Vans, Royal Purple, Korean Air, and John Deere. Bruce Banner wears a pair of Beats by Dre early in the film.

avengers age of ultron hulk black widowAccording to Concave, "Age of Ultron" has less brand marketing than previous Marvel movies. 2012's "Avengers" and 2008's "Iron Man" had 20% more brand exposure than "Ultron."

Last year's "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" has the most brand exposure of Marvel movies.

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You can see Concave's study here.

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10 movies to watch with Mom over Mother's Day weekend


Mother's Day is this Sunday, but you don't have to wait until May 10 to start showering Mom with love. (Hopefully you do this year round.)

If your mom is anything like this editor's, then binge-watching a few of her favorite films — Steel Magnolias and Stepmom make her tear up every time — is a pretty solid way to spend some time with her this weekend. Ahead, we're sharing 10 matriarch-approved movies to rent or buy on Amazon. Pro tip: The items below are best viewed before or after a decadent brunch, in her honor. 

1. The Kids Are All Right

kids are all rightSeriously heart-warming, funny, and smart, this unconventional family film is way more than a 2011 Oscar contender for Best Picture. It's all-star cast — Annette Bening, Mark Ruffalo, and Julianne Moore — are the proverbial cherry on top. 

Price: $2.99 to $12.99


2. My Big Fat Greek Wedding

greekNia Vardalos' character is the daughter of a traditional Greek family. She creates a stir when she falls for John Corbett's dreamy character — who is decidedly not Greek. Keep your eyes peeled for The Backstreet Boy's Joey Fatone; he plays Vardalos' cousin, Angelo. 

Price: $9.99

3. Stepmom

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We hope you have your tissue boxes at the ready for this one: Susan Sarandon and Julia Roberts pull on our heartstrings in this drama about a terminally ill mother who has to accept the new woman in her former husband's life who will be her children's stepmother.

Price: $2.99 to $7.99

4. Steel Magnolias

steel magNot enough Julia Roberts for you? Steel Magnolia's can be next on your queue. The ensemble drama revolves around the lives of a close-knit circle of women in Louisiana. Tears of sadness, joy, and every emotion in between will undoubtedly be spilled by Mom. 

Price: $6.99 to $7.99

5.  The Divine Secrets of The Ya-Ya Sisterhood

yayaThis film's mother-daughter tensions are high between Ellen Burstyn and Sandra Bullock's characters — that is, until Burstyn's childhood friends hatch a plan to patch up relations between them. Bonus: Downton Abbey's Maggie Smith plays a supporting role. 

Price: $2.99 to $12.99

6. Austenland

austenlandFor your Jane Austen-loving mom, Keri Russell in Austenland is a no-brainer. The actress' Pride & Prejudice-obsessed character travels to a Jane Austen theme park to meet her own Mr. Darcy — hilarity ensues. 

Price: $9.99 to $13.99

7. Fried Green Tomatoes

fried green tomatoesThis female-driven ensemble spans the generations — i.e. Grandma might want to sit in on this one, too. The inimitable Kathy Bates stars as an unhappy housewife who befriends an older lady (Jessica Tandy) in a nursing home. 

Price: $2.99 to $9.99

8. Begin Again

begin againJust try not to like this feel-good movie, starring Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo, and Adam Levine. Between the compelling storyline and even more compelling music, there's a lot to love here. (Ed note: This. Song.

Price: $9.99 to $12.99

9. Little Miss Sunshine

little miss sunshineThere are few films with as much quirk and charm as Little Miss Sunshine— this ensemble dramedy is truly one for the whole family. The family that travels to kids' beauty pageants and dances to Superfreak together, stays together. Right?

Price: $9.99

10. Little Women

little womenThis isn't the first adaptation of Louisa May Alcott's novel, Little Women. But, it may be our favorite. Watching an A-list cast — including Susan Sarandon, Winona Ryder, Claire Danes, Christian Bale, and Kirsten Dunst — try to figure everything out in post-Civil War America is simply a delight. Mom agrees.

Price: $2.99 to $12.99


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The new trailer for 'Magic Mike XXL' promises a guaranteed box office smash


Warner Brothers just released the second trailer for "Magic Mike XXL," which is the sequel to the 2012 box office hit "Magic Mike."

Channing Tatum returns, along with much of the original cast. The new trailer also offers the first glimpse of newcomers Jada Pinkett Smith and Donald Glover.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger's new movie tries to reinvent the zombie genre and fails miserably



"Maggie" may have sounded like a fun idea on paper, but as the Tribeca Film Festival audience found out Wednesday night at the film's world premiere, its execution leaves a lot to be desired. 

It's a zombie melodrama where nothing really happens. The film opens with NPR radio vaguely explaining how a viral outbreak has started turning people into zombies. Arnold Schwarzenegger plays Wade, father of the titular Maggie (Abigail Breslin), who learns the hard way that there are rules laid out about quarantines and how to deal with an infected loved one, as his daughter has already been bitten prior to the opening scene.

"Maggie" chugs along at a snail's pace and there is absolutely zero payoff for its immense amount of setup. Everything is so bleak and brooding, which would be fine if there was some actual weight to it — all we get is broad strokes of impending doom and melancholic soliloquies. You know how some horror movies have eerily quiet moments, where the tension builds and builds until something crazy happens? That's "Maggie" in its entirety, except it never builds to anything. 

The film is supposed to be an emotional, character-driven drama, but there's never a reason for the audience to care. There's no hook. The audience is thrown into the (lack of) action with no character or world building. The movie is decidedly more melodrama than zombie, and there are only a couple of "action" moments in which Arnie takes on the dead. Most of the screen time is used to show close ups of Schwarzenegger looking pensive, pondering what to do in his tough situation. 

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Simply put, Schwarzenegger has never been some Academy Award-worthy thespian — he's an over-the-top action hero. Just because "Maggie" puts some pain behind his eyes and a tear on his cheek doesn't suddenly make him a dramatic force. A majority of the movie is Arnold meandering around, frowning, often not even saying anything. When dialogue does actually make it out of his mouth, you will wish it hadn't; it's painful to watch him try to emote. He has the subtly of an 18-wheeler. 

Unfortunately, "Maggie" makes the case for Schwarzenegger sticking to what he knows. There's a reason he has yet to star in something this "heavy"— he simply can't pull off the material. Breslin is fine as the zombified girl, but there's not much for her to do here, either. She just mopes around, dealing with her own mortality, and the role just doesn't allow her the chance to really transcend it.

Some are already calling "Maggie" a "slow burn," but to burn, something needs to have been ignited in the first place. 

Watch the trailer below.

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One of the best and most under-seen movies of 2015 is now available to watch



Broken down to its parts, "Black Sea" sounds like a predictable genre thriller with a kooky twist: a heist film set entirely in a submarine. But by combining elements of those classic genres, director Kevin MacDonald ("The Last King of Scotland") has crafted an efficient and exciting old-school thriller that proves familiarity is nothing to be afraid of.

A laid-off English submarine captain (Jude Law) gets lured by his old buddies to assemble a team of professional submarine operators to find a lost U-boat filled with millions of dollars of Nazi gold. The submarine they'll need to use is Russian, and so Law assembles a crew of both Brits and Russians.

As soon as the vessel begins its journey, the two groups of men are at each other's throats. Law says from the start that each man will get an equal share of the bounty, and this doesn't sit well with some crew members, who deem themselves more essential than others. Why should a homeless teenage boy (recruited by Law at the last minute) get the same amount of money as the hulking Russian who does all the heavy lifting?

sub1Law is presented as a working-class hero. In his first dialogue exchange, we learn he's been working on submarines for over 30 years, and that he essentially lost his wife and kid to the job. When the opportunity for "one last big score" comes up, he has no reason not to abandon what little is left of his life and just go for it.

The majority of "Black Sea" takes place on the submarine, and the camera work makes the audience feel just as confined as the men on the boat. These men are far from civilized, and all have severe tunnel vision about the mission.

It's not long before the actions of one rogue man put the lives of those on board and the mission in jeopardy, and from that point forward, there's no telling what may happen next. It becomes a matter of life and death rather than a matter of becoming rich. The cinematography is gorgeous despite the ugliness, and there are some particularly chilling shots when some men leave the boat to find the gold.

sub3It's hard not to compare the film to those that inspired it, as Law's descent into madness is reminiscent of the Humphrey Bogart classic "The Treasure of the Sierra Madre." And there's a "company man" character pulling the strings (Scoot McNairy in his most obnoxious role yet) that feels airlifted out of James Cameron's "Aliens."

"Black Sea" is an amalgam of submarine thrillers and "one last job" heist films that succeeds on all fronts, borrowing ideas we've seen before and executing them so well that they feel fresh. In January, a "dump month used by studios to unload their disasters ("Mortdecai,""Strange Magic), "Black Sea" sticks out like a Russian sub and is one of the best 2015 releases so far.

"Black Sea" is available to rent or own on Amazon Instant and wherever Blu-rays are sold.

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