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IMAX theaters will only play the next ‘Star Wars’ movie for an entire month

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When "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" premieres in theaters on December 18, 2015,  it is almost guaranteed to be the biggest movie in America (probably the world, too). It will also dominate on all of the country's biggest screens. 

All of them. Exclusively. 

According to The Hollywood Reporter, for the four weeks following the release of the anticipated film, IMAX will not be screening any other movie on any of its trademark, large-format screens. 

As THR notes, this sort of complete IMAX takeover, while rare, does happen on occasion — most recently committing to all three "Hobbit" films in on fell swoop a few years back. 

The why of it, of course, makes perfect sense: "The Force Awakens" is perceived to be the rare, elusive, four-quadrant hit — appealing to just about every demographic box office analysts have a metric for. That's why some of the most conservative estimates for its opening total up to $1.75 billion, while others find figures as high as $3 billion totally reasonable ("Avatar" and "Titanic," the top two movies of all time, have grossed $2.7 and $2.2 billion, respectively). 

There also isn't much competition for those IMAX screens in the last month of the year — the only movie to premiere on the same day is the Tina Fey and Amy Poelher-led comedy "Sisters."

Over the four weeks after its release, the currently scheduled competition consists of auteur pictures like Quentin Tarantino's "The Hateful Eight," the biopic "Snowden," another "Alvin and the Chipmunks" movie, and the "Point Break" remake — some of which are highly anticipated, but none of which are expected to be blockbusters anywhere near the size of "Star Wars."

Just about every possible condition is in place to help ensure that "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" becomes the biggest movie ever. 

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The latest 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' footage teases a lightsaber duel

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It looks like Finn (John Boyega) will be facing offer with Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) in "The Force Awakens."

Lucasfilm has released a new teaser via Instagram and it shows once more Ren in the woods with his crossguard lightsaber, but it then cuts to Finn going up against him with his blue lighsaber. 

Check it out.

There has been an awakening... #StarWars #TheForceAwakens

A video posted by Star Wars (@starwars) on Aug 27, 2015 at 10:00am PDT on

 "Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens" opens December 18.

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'Straight Outta Compton' should have been 2 movies

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Rarely does one come out of a two-hour and 30-minute movie thinking that there needed to be more time spent on the story, or – better yet – a second movie expanding on the story that was presented. Yet, that’s exactly how I felt exiting F. Gary Gray’s certifiable blockbuster "Straight Outta Compton," a blistering biopic that bites off a little more than it can chew while documenting the rise and fall of the gangster rap group N.W.A.  

Gray’s "Straight Outta Compton" gets so much right, establishing the political and social unrest in Compton, California in the mid-1980s that led to the creation of N.W.A. We are introduced to teenage artists Andre "Dr. Dre" Young, O’Shea "Ice Cube" Jackson, Eric "Eazy-E" Wright, DJ Yella, Arabian Prince, and Lorenzo "MC Ren" Patterson.

As we get to know the men through their music, we understand the passion and anger that went into the creation of such aggressive lyrics in songs like "Fuck the Police,""Dopeman" and "Express Yourself." And for a full 90 minutes, "Straight Outta Compton" works incredibly well while it retains a focus on the formation of the group… and the predictable reasons why they eventually fell apart.    

Straight Outta Compton Jaimie Trueblood Oscar finalThe last hour of "Straight Outta Compton" isn’t as tight. It’s no less compelling, and largely consists of plot points that deserved coverage. Except, they deserved more coverage than the snapshot glances that are afforded to bring Compton in at a theatrical-friendly 150-minute run time.

F. Gary Gray has said that there exists a much longer director’s cut of his film, and I can only speculate that the bulk of the footage was removed from the film’s final hour, where "Straight Outta Compton" tries to address the various ways that N.W.A’s music influenced the rap community – and the ways that the founding members floated in and out of each other’s personal and professional universes – but realizes that there’s only so much space to tell far too many stories.

If you had told me going into "Straight Outta Compton" that the N.W.A biopic needed to be a trilogy, I’d have laughed you out of the theater. Most biopics are one-sided puff pieces meant to deify the chosen artist, and too few have much to say beyond sampling the Greatest Hits that the musician recorded over the course of a short career.

To be fair, Compton actually overlooks egregious acts by the lead characters, most notably Dr. Dre’s documented cases of physical abuse. But this isn’t a whitewashing of the rap group’s legacy, even if it stops short of fully diving into the sheer number of people their fame impacted.

It’s a complicated line to walk. There’s no way to address Dre’s post-N.W.A career without digging into Death Row Records, and his association with Suge Knight. But the Death Row portion of Dre’s legacy provides enough material – easily – for its own movie.

Instead, because it’s an extended coda to the N.W.A story in "Straight Outta Compton," we get glorified cameos for influential artists like Tupac (Marcc Rose), Warren G. (Sheldon A. Smith) and Snoop Dogg (Keith Stanfield). The D.O. Double G only gets two scenes, and they both basically exist so he can rap a few of his most famous lyrics with Dre.

Corey Hawkins Straight Outta Compton Jaimie TruebloodYou immediately want more of him – and some of Eminem, or 50 Cent, or the story of Dre’s collaborations with Apple on the Beats headphones… but that’s not this movie. This is an N.W.A movie. So the little bits that we get are teases, which will leave you wanting more.

And that’s just Dre. Ice Cube’s life after N.W.A had so many interesting twists and turns, though most are merely glanced over in "Straight Outta Compton." Naturally, the saga of Eazy-E also could have used more screen time, from his controversial relationship with Jerry Heller (Paul Giamatti) to his battle with HIV and eventual death. These are strong scenes in Compton that needed more time to breathe.

The issues of pacing mainly affect the last hour of "Straight Outta Compton," and while they don’t damage the intentions of the film, they clearly suggest that there is a LOT more story to tell here – and not just in a sequel, but in the details of the story that already has been committed to film by F. Gary Gray and his producers.

I’m not certain what the future holds for gangster rap projects at Universal or other studios. There’s no doubt the success of Compton will have studios scrambling for similar artists with compelling stories.

But I hope one lesson that they take from "Straight Outta Compton" is that some stories need more time to be told, when you want to tell them properly.   

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New Julius Caesar biopic will borrow a page from 'Game of Thrones'

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game of thronesIf treated properly, historical biopics on famous leaders can be inspirational - or at the very least entertaining in a thought provoking manner. We’ve seen it with "Frost/Nixon,""Hyde Park On Hudson," and even with the recent Netflix series "Marco Polo." If you handle the facts with enough dramatic flourish, people will take notice. As if taking its cues from that very Netflix series, as well as HBO’s "Game Of Thrones," the producers behind the "300" franchise are ready to tell the tale of Julius Caesar in a similarly thrilling manner.

Variety broke the scoop that producers Gianni Nunnari and Mark Canton, veterans of both "300" and "300: Rise Of An Empire," have jumped on board as two of the producers for "Emperor," an upcoming film about Julius Caesar. According to the trade, the project will aim to tell the untold story of the Rome’s great leader – following him as he rises to power alongside Brutus, and working as "a fresh and contemporary retelling of their rivalries, passions and jealousies."

emperor  Conn Iggulden"Emperor" is an adaptation of the Conn Iggulden authored book series of the same name, which ran from 2009 to 2013 and covered the co-mingled life stories of Julius and Marcus. Considering that the book series took its time going from their shared childhood to Brutus’ infamous betrayal of Caesar on the Ides of March, it will be interesting to see if this is being planned as a single film, or potentially the first part of a trilogy. Shared childhood memories, a leader forged by war, all leading to an ultimate betrayal? Yeah… this is definitely a story that can be told through the "Game Of Thrones" model of storytelling.

In fact, considering that the HBO series, as well as both "300" films are invoked in the announcement of "Emperor’s" development, it’s a fair bet that this film isn’t going to be particularly accurate to history. If anything, this sounds like it’s going to be a hard R-rated spectacle with tons of blood, nudity, and accents of European descent to keep audiences entertained in the theater after they’ve run out of "Game Of Thrones" episodes to watch. While we’ve seen historical films that have played around with the origins and events of the figures that have inspired them, we really haven’t seen Julius Caesar approached in such a manner. So while we might grow a bit tired of the idea’s execution, at the very least we’ll be seeing a historical subject that doesn’t have as much cinematic fatigue attached to it.

At the very least, we should expect "Emperor" to be an entertaining thrill ride that may or may not include speed ramping effects in its bag of tricks. But if we’re lucky, perhaps someone like Ridley Scott will attach themselves to this picture, turning what could be an action schlock fest into an action film like "Gladiator" that manages to balance the human drama involved with the amount of carnage provided.

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'No Escape' may be intense and horrifying, but it's also tasteless

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"No Escape" is a film so hell-bent on giving its audience a nightmarish experience that it pays no mind to its inherently racist premise.

The film follows an American family (headed by Owen Wilson and Lake Bell) as they move from Texas to an anonymous Asian country (it's never explicitly mentioned, but we later find out it's close to Vietnam) and with their two young daughters get caught in the middle of a violent coup. They must do whatever it takes to survive while all the Americans are specifically hunted and killed.

While it does achieve its desired level of intensity, "No Escape" is just another entry in a long line of tone-deaf films that place white Americans in perilous situations while ignoring the humanity of the natives actually affected by the violence. Whitewashing is nothingnew in Hollywood, but that doesn't make it any less problematic.

Every single "other" (or local) on-screen is either a savage inflicting harm on an American, or a corpse. By the end, many are both. None of the natives speak, really, unless the sound of machetes hitting human flesh or a gunshot can be construed as language. The body count here is incredibly high.

no escape owen pierceIt's a horribly ugly film that appears to take great pleasure in its own misery; it has all the bells and whistles of schlock horror, but wrapped around a generic, overly sentimental script. These elements clash throughout and give the film a goofy, inconsistent tone. At one point it literally jumps from a potential rape to a cheesy one-liner.

A geopolitical thriller shouldn't revel so much in its senseless bloodshed. The film plays like a snuff film that just so happens to feature broad strokes of political implications. From the very opening sequence, in which we cut to a classic-horror-style logo after multiple locals are brutally murdered, it's clear the "in-your-face" approach is not a great fit here.

The script only gets more implausible and convenient as it goes along, with Pierce Brosnan playing a character who dips in and out of the film whenever it suits the narrative.

The big action sequences (including the one splayed all over the commercials in which Owen Wilson tosses his children off a roof) are all so ridiculous that they earned genuine laughs from the audience. The decidedly gritty and horrific violence is rendered thematically empty considering the film would never dare do any actual harm to its protagonists.

"No Escape" tries to be a bloody horror film, a geopolitical thriller, and an emotional experience all at once, but fails to strike any sort of meaningful balance between the three and is nothing more than xenophobic propaganda.

Watch the trailer below.

"No Escape" opens in theaters nationwide on Wednesday, August 26.

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Here are the new movies and TV shows coming to Amazon Prime, iTunes, Hulu, and more in September

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As summer comes to a close, it's time to catch up on everything you missed before the fall.

Below are some of the titles coming to your favorite services in September. Highlights include “Pitch Perfect 2” available for purchase on iTunes and the newest season of “The Mindy Project” launching on Hulu.

Check out the rest below:


iTunes

magic mike tatum manganielloAvailable September 2

"Pitch Perfect 2"

Available September 8

“Spy”
“Poltergeist”

Available September 15

“Magic Mike XXL”

Available September 22

“Cinderella”
“San Andreas”
“Insidious: Chapter 3”
“Me and Earl and the Dying Girl”
“The Mend”

Amazon Prime

avengers age of ultronAvailable September 1

“Private Parts”
“The Blair Witch Project”
“Desperately Seeking Susan”
“Hannah and Her Sisters”
“Popeye”

Available September 4

“Dear White People”
“Hand of God” (Season 1)

Available September 5

“I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story”

Available September 10

“Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter”

Available September 21

“Serendipity”

Available September 30

“Grimm” (Season 4)

Purchase on Amazon Instant Video

Available September 1

“Awkward” (Season 5)
“Pitch Perfect 2”

Available September 2

“Drunk History” (Season 3)

Available September 4

“Poltergeist”

Available September 8

“Avengers: Age of Ultron”
“Batkid Begins”

Available September 14

“Happyish” (Season 1)

Available September 15

“Magic Mike XXL”
“Me, Earl and the Dying Girl”

Available September 17

“South Park” (Season 19)

Available September 22

“Gotham” (Season 2)
“Scorpion” (Season 2)

Available September 23

“Fresh Off the Boat” (Season 2)
“Scream Queens” (Season 1)

Available September 24

“Modern Family” (Season 7)
“Law & Order: SVU” (Season 17)
“Empire” (Season 2)
“Rosewood” (Season 1)

Available September 28

“The Blacklist” (Season 1)
“Once Upon A Time” (Season 5)

Available September 29

“At Midnight with Chris Hardwick” (Season 3)
“The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” (Season 21)
“The Last Man on Earth” (Season 2)

HULU

The Mindy ProjectAvailable September 1

“Elementary” (Seasons 1–3)
“The League” (Season 6)

Available September 8

“The Awesomes” (Season 3 Premiere) (Hulu Original)

Available September 15

“The Mindy Project” (Season 4 Premiere) (Hulu Original)
“Dancing with the Stars” (Season 21 Premiere)

Available September 16

“Difficult People” (Season 1 Finale) (Hulu Original)
“Why? With Hannibal Buress” (Season 1 Finale)
“Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris” (Series Premiere)

Available September 17

“South Park” (Season 19 Premiere)

Available September 22

“Castle” (Season 8 Premiere)
“Gotham” (Season 2 Premiere)
“Minority Report” (Series Premiere)
“Scream” (Season 1 Finale)
“The Voice” (Season 9 Premiere)
“Blindspot” (Series Premiere)

Available September 23

“Dancing with the Stars: Results” (Season 21 Premiere)
“Fresh off the Boat” (Season 2 Premiere)
“The Muppets” (Series Premiere)
“Scream Queens” (Series Premiere FOX)

Available September 24

“Black-ish” (Season 2 Premiere)
“Modern Family” (Season 7 Premiere)
“Nashville” (Season 4 Premiere)
“The Goldbergs” (Season 3 Premiere)
“The Middle” (Season 7 Premiere)
“Empire” (Season 2 Premiere)
“Rosewood” (Series Premiere)
“Law and Order: SVU” (Season 17 Premiere)
“The Mysteries of Laura” (Season 2 Premiere)
“A Wicked Offer” (Season 1 Finale)
“Lip Sync Battle” (Season 1 Finale)

Available September 25

“Grey's Anatomy” (Season 12 Premiere)
“Hot to Get Away with Murder” (Season 2 Premiere)
“Scandal” (Season 5 Premiere)
“Heroes Reborn” (Series Premiere)
“The Player” (Series Premiere)

Available September 26

“Shark Tank” (Season 7 Premiere)

Available September 28

“Blood & Oil” (Series Premiere)
“Once Upon a Time” (Season 5 Premiere)
“Quantico” (Series Premiere)
“Bob's Burgers” (Season 6 Premiere)
“Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (Season 3 Premiere)
“Family Guy” (Season 14 Premiere)
“The Last Man on Earth” (Season 2 Premiere)
“The Simpsons” (Season 27 Premiere)

Available September 30

“Marvel's Agents of SHIELD” (Season 3 Premiere)
“Grandfathered” (Series Premiere)
“The Grinder” (Series Premiere)

HBO NOW

Will FerrellAvailable September 1

“Beetlejuice”
“Blades of Glory”
“Blade Runner”
“Bring It On”
“The Departed”
“The Faculty”
“The Good Son”
“The Good, the Bad and the Ugly”
“Her”
“How Stella Got her Groove Back”
“In the Heat of the Night”
“Manhattan”
“The Rocky Horror Picture Show”
“Thelma & Louise”
“Titanic”
“V for Vendetta”

Available September 5

“Wild”

Available September 9

“Hard Knocks: Training Camp with the Houston Texans” (Season Finale) (HBO Original)

Available September 12

“Ferrell Takes the Field” (HBO Original)
“Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb”

Available September 13

“Project Greenlight” (HBO Original)
“Doll & Em” (Season 2 Premiere) (HBO Original)

Available September 19

“Exodus: Gods and Kings”

Available September 26

“Unbroken”

Available September 27

“VICE Special Report: Prisons” (HBO Original)
 
Redbox

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“Far From the Madding Crowd”

Available September 8

“Unfriended”     

Available September 15

“Cinderella”
“Love & Mercy”

Available September 22

“Mad Max: Fury Road”

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Quentin Tarantino thinks this young Hollywood starlet could become one of the greatest actresses of all-time

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If there's one thing writer/director Quentin Tarantino prides himself on, it's casting the right actor to the right role.  

And for his latest movie, "The Hateful Eight," the Oscar-winner considered the highest-paid actress in the world, Jennifer Lawrence, to play the female heroine Daisy in the movie.

“When I was looking for [the character] Daisy, I could have seen Jennifer Lawrence doing a good job with the role,” Tarantino told New York Magazine. “I’m a very big fan of hers. I think she could end up being another little Bette Davis if she keeps on going the way she’s going."

jennifer lawrenceTarantino comparing Lawrence to Davis, one of the greatest actresses of all time (two-time Oscar winner and known for starring in classics like "All About Eve" and "What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?"), is quite a compliment. But there was a big reason why the director didn’t go any further on his idea to cast Lawrence.

“Daisy should be a little older,” said Tarantino. “She should fit in with the guys.”

The “guys” he’s referring to are the bounty hunters who are all snowed in with Daisy at a saloon during a blizzard in “The Hateful Eight.” They include veteran actors Kurt Russell, Samuel L. Jackson, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Bruce Dern, Walton Goggins, and Demian Bichir.

Tarantino cast Jennifer Jason Leigh (“Fast Times at Ridgemont High,” “The Anniversary Party”).

“Jennifer Jason Leigh came in and was really good,” Tarantino said. “She went for a couple of things that other people just kind of playacted. She had to act like she got shot, and she just screamed bloody murder. I kept remembering Jennifer’s bloodcurdling scream. If it had happened in a house, somebody would have called the cops.”

Jennifer Jason Leigh The Hateful Eight Andrew CooperYou can't really question Tarantino's choice as his casting track record is impeccable; even casting actors that Hollywood has long thrown aside.

His most famous instance was casting John Travolta in "Pulp Fiction," which gave the actor’s career a full 180. Following his impressive performance, Travolta went on to becoming a bankable lead actor through the rest of the 1990s.

The casting of Leigh isn’t comparable to Travolta’s. Leigh has been working consistently in movies and TV her whole career.

But it's obvious Tarantino toils over finding the right actors for his characters, regardless of their status in the business.

“I actually think my characters are going to be one of my biggest legacies after I’m done,” he told New York Magazine. “So I have no obligation whatsoever other than to just cast it right.”

“The Hateful Eight” will open in theaters on Christmas Day and in wide release on January 8.

Watch the trailer for “The Hateful Eight:”

 

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WHERE ARE THEY NOW? The cast of 'Bring It On' 15 years later

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It was 15 years ago this week that we first realized we weren't living in a democracy. We are living in a cheerocracy, though sometimes it can feel like a cheertatorship.

That's just one of the many gifts "Bring It On" gave the world when it premiered in theaters on August 25, 2000.

"Bring It On" once again proved to a increasingly cynical young generation that winning wasn't everything and finding a girl who could do gymnastics was. And in the end, we can all be friends -- even with the cheer team from the financially challenged part of town.

The movie would go on to make about $90 million in worldwide box office -- not too shabby for a film made for $10 million. Even better, it would become a cult classic, spawn four TV series, and cemented its stars' careers.

What are the stars up to 15 years later? Let's find out.

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Kirsten Dunst as Torrance Shipman

THEN: Kirsten Dunst is the new Toros cheer leading captain, Torrance Shipman. She'll stop at nothing to make sure the team wins its sixth championship in a row. 



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NOW: "Bring It On" would show Hollywood that previously serious actress Kirsten Dunst had comic skill. She would then go on to play Mary Jane in the "Spider-Man" film franchise from 2002 to 2007. She is currently shooting the first film from the Rodarte label founders' feature directorial debut, "Woodshock."



Eliza Dushku as Missy Pantone

THEN: Eliza Dushku played Missy Pantone, the tough new girl looking for a way to replace gymnastics in her life. She would end up being exactly what the team needed and vice versa.



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Horror legend Wes Craven dies of brain cancer

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Legendary horror writer/director Wes Craven has died of brain cancer at the age of 76, The Hollywood Reporter reports.

Craven is best known for creating the iconic Freddy Krueger character in the "Nightmare on Elm Street" franchise as well as the 'ghostface killer' in the "Scream" films (which is now an MTV series).

The first "Nightmare on Elm Street" film is also notable for being the on-screen debut of ubiquitous American actor Johnny Depp.

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Wes Craven was also responsible for a slew of other classics that have since been remade, including "The Hills Have Eyes" and "The Last House on the Left," which was his debut feature in 1972. 

In 2005, he returned post-"Scream" trilogy to direct both thecritically acclaimed plane thriller "Red Eye" and the not-so-well-received Christina Ricci werewolf film "Cursed." 

He most recently sat in the director's chair for 2011's "Scream 4," eleven years after the release of "Scream 3" in 2000.  

drew barrymore scream ghostfaceThe following is a statement from Wes Craven's family, via The Wrap:

"It is with deep sadness we inform you that Wes Craven passed away at 1PM on Sunday, August 30 after battling brain cancer.   He was 76 years old.  Craven was surrounded by love, in the presence of his family at his Los Angeles home.

Craven is survived by his wife, producer and former Disney Studios VP Iya Labunka, older sister Carol Buhrow, son Jonathan Craven with wife Rachel Craven and their two sons Miles and Max; daughter Jessica Craven with husband Mike Wodkowski and their daughter Myra-Jean Wodkowski; and Wes’ stepdaughter Nina Tarnawksy.  Craven was predeceased by his parents Paul Eugene Craven, a machinist who passed away when Wes was 5 years old, his mother Caroline, a bookkeeper; and his older brother Paul James Craven.

One of the most prolific filmmakers of all time, Craven was also a nature lover and committed bird conservationist, serving as a long-time member of the Audubon California Board of Directors.  He was born in Cleveland, OH on August 2nd, 1939.  Craven was a longtime summer resident of Martha’s Vineyard where he moved permanently 3 years ago before returning to Los Angeles for work and health reasons.

In addition Craven continued to be active as a mentor and producer to newer filmmakers, and is an Executive Producer of the upcoming feature film “The Girl in the Photographs” which will premiere at the 2015 Toronto Film Festival."

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Photos of the real-life locations of 16 classic movies taken by Instagrammers

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If you're a serious movie buff, there's an easy way to  go behind the scenes on the sets of your favorite flicks: by navigating Instagram's new and improved search function.

To start, just Google where your favorite movie was filmed. Then head over to Instagram and search for that location and movie title using the "Places" search.

If you need a little more inspiration for which sets to examine, there are plenty of lists from sites like BuzzFeed and Distractify to get you started. 

Scroll down to see some examples from 16 classic movies, all found on Instagram.

If you're in New York City, check out the firehouse from "Ghostbusters."

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Instagram "Places" search terms: Hook and Ladder 8



Fans of "A Christmas Story" will recognize this house in Cleveland, Ohio. Check out the infamous "leg lamp" in the window.

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Here's a shot of Preston Senior High School in Idaho, where many of the scenes in "Napoleon Dynamite" were filmed.

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Neil deGrasse Tyson explains a fake Mars mission so well it almost hurts

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If you aren't excited for the film adaptation of "The Martian," a bestselling sci-fi novel by Andy Weir, this new video starring Neil deGrasse Tyson may do the trick.

Complete with epic music, stunning animations, and poetic narration from Tyson, it's clear the team behind the upcoming movie created the clip to look like a future episode of Cosmos. Tyson describes the spacecraft and mission so well, it almost hurts that they're not real.

In the fictional episode, Tyson walks the audience through the mission to Mars.

"Ever since our species first looked up at the sky, we've dreamed of reaching Mars," Tyson says in the opening. "Back in 2029 that dream became real when the first human set foot on the red planet."

It's a clear nod to NASA's real-life promise to get us to Mars by the 2030s. Tyson even has some gray hair to make the ruse feel more plausible.

The video is a perfect explanation of the ship that the main character, astronaut Mark Watney, and the rest of the crew will use to get to Mars in the movie.

ares crewThe spaceship is called the Hermes, and it's the most complex and expensive object ever built, Tyson says.

hermes the martianHermes sits in low Earth orbit between missions to Mars.

When an astronaut crew is ready to make the 140-million-mile journey to the red planet, they take a space shuttle up to Hermes and set sail on a cruise-controlled flight.

Here's the inside of the ship, as seen in an earlier promotional video for "The Martian":

hermes ship insideThe journey to Mars is treacherous though, Tyson explains. Hermes is bombarded with cosmic radiation as it flies through the vacuum of space:

The cosmic radiation can rip through an astronaut's DNA, damaging it beyond repair:

Thankfully Hermes is designed to shield the astronauts from the radiation. However, details on how that works are conveniently left out — probably because NASA hasn't solved that problem in real life (at least not yet).

That's not the only risk during a journey to Mars. Solar flares from the sun and asteroids barreling through space could hit Hermes and leave the crew stranded or worse:

If all goes according to plan, though, Hermes will arrive at Mars roughly 124 days later.

hermes marsThe crew will fly down to the surface in a small landing pod:

And spend a month living on Mars in a small habitat. It's designed to protect the astronauts from radiation and supply them with oxygen.

Here's what it looks like on the outside:

the martian hab

And on the inside:

the martian hab"Earth, a magnificent world to which we owe our creation, no longer seems destined to be our final resting place," Tyson says at the end of the video.

We seriously cannot wait for the movie adaptation of "The Martian," and it seems like Tyson is as excited about it as we are. But seriously: Why can't Hermes and the mission be real?

Watch the full viral video teaser starring Neil deGrasse Tyson below.

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Here’s everything leaving Netflix in September

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The list of titles disappearing from Netflix in September is a little longer than usual with the news that cable channel Epix has ended its deal with the streaming giant (and has moved titles over to Hulu).

That means next month high-profile films including "Hunger Games: Catching Fire,""The Wolf of Wall Street," and "Star Trek Into Darkness" will no longer be available.

The list of titles leaving Netflix is below. They also include Quentin Tarantino's "Jackie Brown" and the classic sci-fi title starring Arnold Schwarzenegger "Total Recall." To help you out, we have highlighted a few worth checking out one more time.

Leaving 9/1/15

“Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London”
“Better Than Chocolate”
“Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”
“Curious George 2: Follow That Monkey!”
“Electrick Children”
“FernGully: The Last Rainforest”
“Jackie Brown”
“Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels”
“Mortal Kombat: The Movie”
“Patch Adams”
“Perfume: The Story of a Murderer”
“Rugrats in Paris: The Movie”
“Rules of Engagement”
“Rumpelstiltskin”
“Sarah's Choice”
“School of Rock”
“She's the One”
“Sleepless in Seattle”
“The IT Crowd” (seasons 1-4)
“The Lost Boys”
“Total Recall”

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Leaving 9/2/15

“Cheech & Chong's Hey Watch This”

Leaving 9/4/15

“Delta Farce”

Leaving 9/5/15

“Marilyn in Manhattan”

Leaving 9/9/15

“Kicking It”

Leaving 9/10/15

“100 Below Zero”
“Becoming Chaz”
“Crash & Bernstein” (Season 1-2)
“War Witch”

Leaving 9/13/15

“High Fidelity”

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Leaving 9/14/15

“Corky Romano”

Leaving 9/15/15

“Best of Teletubbies”
“Coach” (Season 1-9)
“Valhalla”

Leaving 9/16/15

“The Slap” (season 1)

Leaving 9/20/15

“Reporter”

Leaving 9/22/15

“National Geographic: Inside Guantanamo”
“National Geographic: The Battle for Midway”

Leaving 9/26/15

“Lethal Force”
“Ron White: A Little Unprofessional”

Leaving 9/28/15

“Undeclared: The Complete Series”

Leaving 9/29/15

“Comic Book Men” (Season 2)
“Coriolanus”

Leaving 9/30/15

“Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues”
“Apocalypse Now”
“If I Stay”
“Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit”
“Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa”
“Nebraska”
“Saved!”
“Star Trek: The Motion Picture”
“Star Trek Into Darkness”
“The Expendables 3”
“The Good Guy”
“The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”
“The Prince”
“The Skeleton Twins”
“The Wolf of Wall Street”

Wolf of Wall Street“Transformers: Age of Extinction”
“World War Z”

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Here’s what’s coming to Netflix in September

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With September upon us it’s time to check in once again on the new movies and TV shows coming to Netflix.

One of the highlights is the documentary on Rolling Stones legend Keith Richards coming in the middle of the month.

Here’s what you should check out on Netflix in September:

TV

rick grimes the walking dead“The League” (Season 6) - Available 9/1
Fantasy football tackles reality in this semi-scripted look at a group of longtime friends whose annual hobby gives them an excuse to get together and escape their everyday lives in a blitz of trash-talking, deceit and ruthless extortion.

“The Walking Dead” (Season 5) - Available 9/27
In the wake of a zombie apocalypse that desolates the world as we know it, a group of survivors led by police officer Rick Grimes holds on to the hope of humanity by banding together to wage a never-ending fight for their own survival.

Movies

lawrence of arabia“Lawrence of Arabia: Restored Version” - Available 9/1
This Oscar-winning epic tells the true story of T.E. Lawrence, who helped unite warring Arab tribes to strike back against the Turks in World War I.

“Moonrise Kingdom” - Available 9/16
Wes Anderson's quirky drama follows the frantic search that ensues in a small New England town when two 12-year-olds fall in love and run away together. As the townsfolk hunt for the vanished kids, a storm causes even more profound communal upheaval.

“Keith Richards: Under the Influence” (NETFLIX ORIGINAL) - Available 9/18
This Netflix original documentary is unparalleled in its access as it looks at one of the architects of rock ‘n’ roll music. The film charts the journey of Keith Richards’ sound and influences, back to the music that inspired him then and now – electric blues, country honky-tonk, southern soul, and more – as he creates his first solo album in 23 years.

Here’s the full list of September releases:

Available 9/1/15
“72 Dangerous Animals: Australia:” (Season 1)
“Arthur” (Season 17)
“Avengers Confidential: Black Widow & Punisher”
“Battle Creek” (Season 1)
“Blackbird”
“Capital C”
“Combustion”
“Da Jammies” (Season 1)
“Divorce Corp.”
“Giggle and Hoot's Best Ever!”
“Hamlet”
“Hardball”
“Heather McDonald: I Don't Mean To Brag”
“Lawrence of Arabia: Restored Version”
“Los hombres también lloran” (Season 1)
“Masters of the Universe”
“Mississippi Damned”
“Mister Rogers' Neighborhood: Volume 1”
“Mouk” (Season 1)
“Our Man in Tehran”
“Pandas: The Journey Home”
“Person of Interest” (Seasons 1-3) *Season 4 arriving on 9/22
“Puffin Rock” (Season 1) (NETFLIX ORIGINAL)
“Rambo: First Blood”
“Rambo: First Blood Part II”
“Rambo III: Ultimate Edition”
“Shake the Dust” “Sleepy Hollow”
“Such Good People” “The Adventures of Sharkboy & Lavagirl”
“The League” (Season 6) “The Monster Squad” “Up in the Air”
“Zathura” “Zoo Clues” (Season 1) Available 9/2/15
“Black or White” “Miss Julie” 

Available 9/3/15

“Drumline: A New Beat”

Available 9/4/15

“Baby Daddy” (Season 4)
“Bad Night”
“Madame Secretary” (Season 1)
“Melissa & Joey” (Season 4)

Available 9/7/15

“Space Dandy” (Season 2)

Available 9/8/15

“6 Years” (NETFLIX EXCLUSIVE) “Love At First Fight”

Available 9/9/15

“Teen Beach Movie 2”

Available 9/10/15

“Fugitivos” (Season 1)
“Longmire” (Season 4) (NETFLIX ORIGINAL)

Available 9/11/15

“About Elly” “God Bless the Child” “Madame Bovary”

Available 9/12/15

“It Happened Here”
“Portlandia” (Season 5)
“The Roughnecks” 
“Why Did I Get Married?”

Available 9/13/15

“Comedy Bang! Bang!” (Season 4) (part 2)
“Pixies”

Available 9/14/15

“Call the Midwife” (Series 4)

Available 9/15/15

“Closer to the Moon”
“Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret” (NETFLIX EXCLUSIVE)
“Kambu” (Season 1)
“Rubble Kings”
“Sin Senos no Hay Paraiso” (Season 1)
“The Bank Job”
“The Road Within”
“Zoobabu” (Season 1)

Available 9/16/15

“Moonrise Kingdom”
“Reservation Road”
“The Blacklist” (Season 2)
“The Fosters” (Season 3)

Available 9/17/15

“The Mysteries of Laura” (Season 1)

Available 9/18/15

“Keith Richards: Under the Influence” (NETFLIX ORIGINAL)

Available 9/21/15

“Gotham” (Season 1)
“The Following” (Season 3)

Available 9/22/15

“Person of Interest” (Seasons 4)
“Philomena”
“SMOSH: The Movie”

Available 9/23/15

“The Loft”

Available 9/24/15

“Iris”

Available 9/25/15

“Blue Bloods” (Season 5)
“Hawaii Five-0” (Season 5)
“Parenthood” (Season 6)
“VeggieTales in the House” (Season 1) (NETFLIX ORIGINAL)

Available 9/26/15

“The Canyons”

Available 9/27/15

“The Walking Dead” (Season 5)

Available 9/29/15

“Bones” (Season 10)
“Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom”
“Monster High: Boo York”
“RL Stine's Monsterville: Cabinet of Souls”

Available 9/30/15

“Agatha Christie's Poirot: Series 12”
“Leafie: A Hen into the Wild”
“Midnight’s Children”
“Murdoch Mysteries” (Season 4-7)
“Ned Rifle”

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Neil deGrasse Tyson explains a fake Mars mission so well it almost hurts

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If you aren't excited for the film adaptation of "The Martian," a bestselling sci-fi novel by Andy Weir, this new video starring Neil deGrasse Tyson may do the trick.

Complete with epic music, stunning animations, and poetic narration from Tyson, it's clear the team behind the upcoming movie created the clip to look like a future episode of Cosmos. Tyson describes the spacecraft and mission so well, it almost hurts that they're not real.

In the fictional episode, Tyson walks the audience through the mission to Mars.

"Ever since our species first looked up at the sky, we've dreamed of reaching Mars," Tyson says in the opening. "Back in 2029 that dream became real when the first human set foot on the red planet."

It's a clear nod to NASA's real-life promise to get us to Mars by the 2030s. Tyson even has some gray hair to make the ruse feel more plausible.

The video is a perfect explanation of the ship that the main character, astronaut Mark Watney, and the rest of the crew will use to get to Mars in the movie.

ares crewThe spaceship is called the Hermes, and it's the most complex and expensive object ever built, Tyson says.

hermes the martianHermes sits in low Earth orbit between missions to Mars.

When an astronaut crew is ready to make the 140-million-mile journey to the red planet, they take a space shuttle up to Hermes and set sail on a cruise-controlled flight.

Here's the inside of the ship, as seen in an earlier promotional video for "The Martian":

hermes ship insideThe journey to Mars is treacherous though, Tyson explains. Hermes is bombarded with cosmic radiation as it flies through the vacuum of space:

The cosmic radiation can rip through an astronaut's DNA, damaging it beyond repair:

Thankfully Hermes is designed to shield the astronauts from the radiation. However, details on how that works are conveniently left out — probably because NASA hasn't solved that problem in real life (at least not yet).

That's not the only risk during a journey to Mars. Solar flares from the sun and asteroids barreling through space could hit Hermes and leave the crew stranded or worse:

If all goes according to plan, though, Hermes will arrive at Mars roughly 124 days later.

hermes marsThe crew will fly down to the surface in a small landing pod:

And spend a month living on Mars in a small habitat. It's designed to protect the astronauts from radiation and supply them with oxygen.

Here's what it looks like on the outside:

the martian hab

And on the inside:

the martian hab"Earth, a magnificent world to which we owe our creation, no longer seems destined to be our final resting place," Tyson says at the end of the video.

We seriously cannot wait for the movie adaptation of "The Martian," and it seems like Tyson is as excited about it as we are. 

Watch the full viral video teaser starring Neil deGrasse Tyson below.

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8 classic Wes Craven movies you have to watch now

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With the sudden passing of filmmaker Wes Craven on Sunday evening due to brain cancer, movie fans have lost one of the masters of the horror genre.

Thankfully Craven, who was 76, left behind some incredible works that pushed the boundaries of what could be done in scary movies.

His best work ranges from a movie about a demon who invades our nightmares to a serial killer who was obsessed with horror movies. 

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"The Last House On The Left" (1972)

Craven's debut feature film would become an instant classic. Following two teenage girls who are taken to the woods and tortured by psychotic thugs, the film was a box office hit. But due to the film's gore, it was banned in several countries, only giving Craven more cred in the horror film community.



"The Hills Have Eyes" (1977)

Craven pushed the envelope further with "The Hills Have Eyes" and ended up getting an X rating on the film along with cult status. We watch a family vacation to the Nevada desert turn horrific when they come across a group of savages. The movie would launch actor Michael Berryman into a horror film icon. 



"Swamp Thing" (1982)

With this adaptation of the DC Comic character, Craven shifted a little closer to mainstream moviemaking. But the film's low-budget feel still gives it an edge that can be enjoyed by horror traditionalists and fanboys alike.



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Zac Efron’s latest movie couldn't even get to $2 million at the box office this weekend

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Zac Efron just had his lowest opening weekend at the box office ever.

Making an estimated $1.8 million over the weekend, “We Are Your Friends” is a huge disappointment for Efron as he continues to find a niche post “High School Musical.”

Bouncing from indies to romantic comedies in recent years, Efron’s greatest success was playing opposite Seth Rogen in the 2014 comedy “Neighbors.” The film grossed over $250 million worldwide and there’s a sequel lined up.

But things are still looking challenging for Efron as the face of a project.

“We Are Your Friends” didn’t even break the top 10 at the box office this weekend (landing number 14th), but couldn’t even make $1 million on Friday, according to Deadline

In the movie, Efron plays a DJ who aspires to play in front of stadiums full of people.

He can even get Emily Ratajkowski of “Blurred Lines” fame to bust some moves.

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emily ratajkowskiBut sadly, looks like audiences aren't as excited to go to the theaters to see his stills on the turntables.

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Michael Shannon says the viral 'Batman v Superman' story about him wearing flippers as General Zod was just a joke

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Turns out it’s hard to know when Michael Shannon is joking.

Earlier this month the actor told a reporter for Vulture that he is starring in the upcoming movie “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” reprising his role as General Zod from the 2013 film “Man of Steel.”

He then went on to tell a funny story about an incident that happened on set. 

“I was in my costume, and I couldn’t use my fingers because in the sequel I have flippers instead of hands,” he told the reporter. “So I had these wax flippers on my fingers, and I couldn’t open the door, and I could hear Zack [Snyder, the director] being like, 'Where’s Shannon? Where the f—k is he?' and the whole crew was standing around. I was like, knocking on the door with my flippers, 'Let me out of here!'”

michael shannon man of steel face finalFortunately, Shannon was finally let out by a person in craft services, as the story goes.

The story went viral across the internet, with many sites coming up with theories as to why General Zod would now suddenly have flippers.

But when talking to Business Insider on Monday Shannon came clean: the story was a joke.

“That was me just having a laugh,” Shannon told BI while doing press for his new movie “99 Homes.

“I mean, honestly, the whole situation is kind of absurd because you’re not supposed to talk about it. They [the studio] tell you, 'Don’t talk about it,' and people keep asking you about it."

Shannon says he made up the story to entertain himself, because it can get boring when reporters ask the same questions over and over again.

"Every once in a while to amuse myself I say something ridiculous and it’s amazing how it takes off," he said. "I guess people are that desperate to get some glimpse into — I mean, can’t you just wait for the movie to come out? Isn’t it more fun that way? I don’t understand this thing about knowing everything about a movie before going to see it.”

Shannon said he wasn’t surprised that his fake story took off. “I have a very dry sense of humor,” he continued. “I deliver this information in a very matter-of-fact way. But Zod has flippers? Are you kipping me? Why would Zod have flippers? That’s Aquaman or something.”

So, it sounds like there will be no flippers for Zod in “Batman v Superman” after all.

Unless, he’s just having fun with another reporter…

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Apple wants to make its own TV shows and movies, according to a new report (AAPL)

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Apple has been meeting with Hollywood executives with an eye toward making its own original TV shows and movies, Variety reports.

The news comes just more than a week before Apple's September 9 event, where it's expected to launch the next version of its Apple TV set-top device.

According to Variety's sources, a division of Apple that reports to iTunes frontman Eddy Cue has been sounding this out for a while. While accounts vary, apparently Apple is looking to make Netflix-style long-form TV content.

In fact, the report says, Apple made an "unprecedented bid" for "Top Gear" hosts Jeremy Clarkson, James May, and Richard Hammond after they left the BBC car-enthusiast show in July. Apparently, Apple ultimately lost to Amazon, which offered $36 million for Clarkson alone.

This move would ratchet up competition with Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon in an effort by Apple to strengthen its own content platform and make the Apple TV a more differentiated device in a crowded marketplace.

Currently, the iTunes store only sells episodes a la carte, but given Apple Music's monthly all-you-can-stream subscription fee structure, it's certainly feasible that it could move to a Netflix-style subscription plan for this content, too.

The news comes as Apple is also reportedly seeking to create an over-the-top streaming television service, which would bundle several cable channels and be available through the Apple TV device. Apple has apparently been negotiating with various media companies for quite some time, but a streaming video service could arrive as soon as next year for a starting price of $40 a month, 9to5Mac recently reported.

Apple's plan to create its own original content is apparently still in the early phase, and will likely not get announced at next week's event. Still, if this report pans out, it's a sign that Apple is even more serious about its TV ambitions.

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This rude, in-your-face comedy is also one of the most heartbreaking movies of the year

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For a crude sounding movie about a foul-mouthed granny taking her granddaughter to get an abortion, "Grandma" winds up packing quite the emotional wallop.

"Grandma" is certainly rude and in-your-face, but that's not its only function. It's not trying to be "Bad Grandpa. It's a small-scale human drama that just so happens to have a biting sense of humor. 

The film opens with Elle (Lily Tomlin, in a career best performance) brutally breaking up with her much younger girlfriend Olivia (Judy Greer, spouse of the summer). We immediately get the sense that Elle is quite a handful, but under that icy exterior is a lonely, pained woman, as evidenced by the next scene in which she bawls, alone, in her shower. 

Her granddaughter Sage (Julia Garner) unexpectedly shows up at her doorstep, pregnant and in need of $600 for an abortion. If Elle were a "normal" grandma, she would simply hand over the money, but she's just as broke as Sage, and thus begins their epic journey to pull together the cash.

The film then becomes a guided tour of Elle's life as she reconnects with several people from her past in an attempt to collect the money for Sage's abortion. She rekindles relationships with ex-lovers and old friends, conjuring up old bad blood in the process, and with each new interaction, another layer is peeled from Elle's cynical mystique. 

tomlin grandma boyfriend"Grandma" is split into chapters, each marked by a single word that appears on-screen and sets up the action. The writing throughout the film really speaks for itself — Weitz's screenplay brilliantly reveals character details naturally via dialogue rather than ho-hum exposition. By the end of the film, we really know (and care about) these people, as they are fully formed beings with clearly defined motivations and backstories. 

There's one segment in particular featuring the incomparable Sam Elliot that is so masterfully handled it stands out as one of the best scenes of the year. Elliot is only on-screen for a few minutes, but he turns in such stellar work that it'd be criminal if he didn't receive recognition from The Academy.

If William Hurt pulled off an Oscar nomination with his less than 9-minute part in "A History of Violence," Elliot should be a lock. In mere minutes, Elliot gives an emotional, transcendant performance that grounds the film and gives us new perspective on its protagonist. 

"Grandma" is a rare film that features just as many laughs as it does powerful, emotionally charged moments. Every performance from the leads down to the most minor supporting characters is terrific, and Tomlin leads the charge with gusto. Sometimes the smallest films leave the biggest impressions. 

Watch the trailer below.

 

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The director of 'Going Clear' says Scientologists have been coming after him 'pretty hard'

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As director Alex Gibney prepares for the release of his latest movie, “Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine,” it’s hard to pass up a chance to talk to the Oscar winner about his other recent film, the HBO Scientology documentary “Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief.

At a recent screening of his Steve Jobs doc, Business Insider spoke with Gibney and asked him if he’s dealt with the same harassment by members of the Church of Scientology that former members of the church shown in the film say they have received.

“They’ve come after the people in the film much harder than I,” Gibney told Business Insider. “But they’ve come after me pretty hard and it’s a strange thing to be vilified 24/7. There is a set of danger around that and I have to be concerned.”

Since Gibney premiered “Going Clear” at the Sundance Film Festival in January, Scientology has done everything from running a full-page ad in The New York Times in an attempt to discredit him to even using social media to run anti-Gibney videos.

Here’s one example:

At the time of the film’s release, Gibney told Business Insider there was a simple motivation behind the church doing this: “They are playing a PR game with [their members] to say, ‘Look at these evil people who are attacking us. Look how valiantly we are trying to defend our organization.’”

goingclear01Like “Going Clear,” “Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine” is not a flattering piece.

Along with chronicling the successes that made Jobs an icon before his untimely death in 2011, the film also delves into his denial that he was the father of his daughter Lisa (which was later proven by a paternity test) and his unflattering treatment of his employees, including Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak before they created the company.

But Gibney sees neither as attack films.

steve jobs documentary final“They are about human psychology,” he tells us. “They are really about power and abuses of power.”

However, exposing the darker side of things comes with a price.

Gibney told Business Insider that he’s not just received pushback from Scientology but from Apple as well. Neither the company nor Jobs’ widow, Laurene, would cooperate with the making of the movie.

However, with Scientology he says he has to be “cautious.”

“The Scientology people are tough, what they try to do is they try to play with your head and destabilize you.”

When asked if there have been instances where he’s had to deal with Scientology members outside of the world of internet trolls, Gibney would only say, “You know that the cyber sometimes become physical.”

In an email to Business Insider, a spokesperson for Scientology calls Gibney's accusations, "another publicity stunt by Gibney’s PR machine to manufacture interest in his grossly inaccurate and fictional film."

"The Church of Scientology has been very public and very transparent in its response to Gibney’s 'documentary,'” the email went on to say. "Our Freedom Magazine website has published videos and white papers exposing the fraud Alex Gibney is perpetrating on his audiences, as well as all the material he ran from because it totally undercut his film. Please watchto see how he avoided the Church for two years."

The email also stated: "Because Mr. Gibney remained anything but objective, the Church has compiled the unvarnished truth in the form of video footage, court documents, publicly available records and testimonials by pertinent individuals who represent Scientology, and were intentionally ignored by Mr. Gibney and HBO.It concluded: "Under the guidance of the leader of the religion, Scientology has expanded faster in the last 10 years than in its previous 50 and is the fastest-growing religion of the 21st century."

Apple has not responded to Business Insider's request for comment. 

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