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Donald Trump won a 'worst supporting actor' Razzie award for his role in this 1989 film

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Donald Trump's campaign antics fill today's headlines, but there was a time when the real estate mogul was known simply for being just that. Trump capitalized on his wealthy, larger than life persona by appearing in various TV shows and movies throughout the 90s  as himself.

Ghosts Can't Win Donald TrumpBut one cameo remains the most memorable.

In 1989, Trump starred opposite Bo Derek in a crime fantasy film titled "Ghosts Can't Do It."

The film would go on to win Razzie awards for Worst Picture, Worst Actress, Worst Director, and Worst Supporting Actor, Donald Trump.

In one incredible line of dialogue during Trump's cameo, he tells Bo Derek: "Be assured Mrs.Scott, that in this room there are knives sharp enough to cut you to the bone and hearts cold enough to eat yours as hors d'oeuvres." 

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Bo Derek's character responds by flirtatiously saying to Trump: "You're too pretty to be bad." 

"You noticed," Trump says with a smile and this pout that will forever haunt your dreams.

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Here's a description of the movie from IMDB: "Elderly Scott kills himself after a heart attack wrecks his body, but then comes back as a ghost and convinces his loving young hot wife Kate to pick and kill a young man in order for Scott to possess his body and be with her again."

Watch Trump's full scene below: 

 

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The world's 2nd highest paid actor Jackie Chan reveals the biggest challenge in making 'Dragon Blade' and the truth about John Cusack's horrid sword skills

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Jackie Chan is known best in America as an international action star who does his own stunts and has comedic chops.

In his homeland of China, he’s know for all those things, plus being the owner of a successful theater chain, merchandise, and a Segway dealership

All of this has led him to be the second-highest paid actor in the world for 2015, according to Forbes. A striking achievement seeing he hasn’t had a hit in the US since the reboot of “The Karate Kid” in 2010. 

But with China being the largest movie market behind the US an actor no longer has to be a viable name in Hollywood to find success.

15_Jackie Chan as Huo An_2This is evident with Chan’s latest movie, “Dragon Blade,” which is being released for the first time in the US this Friday after having played all over the world, including China where it’s one of the biggest hits of the year having grossed over $116 million

“I’ve been very fortunate that my recent films have all been hits in China,” Chan told Business Insider via email. “Audiences are willing to take a risk on me, knowing that I’ll give them something different every time.”

“Dragon Blade” is a period action thriller set on the ancient “Silk Road” desert trade route. Chan plays a leader of a squad that protects the route who teams with an exiled Roman general (played by John Cusack) to go up against evil Roman legion leader Tiberius (Adrien Brody).

The action, big-name stars, and sequence not usually seen in the genre — like when Chan and Cusack sing an old Roman anthem with their troops — made the film number one at the box office in China when it opened in mid-February. 

But the film took 7 years to get off the ground. In 2009, Chan met with rising Chinese director Daniel Lee who pitched the superstar actor the period film set on the Silk Road. They agreed that Lee would direct the movie and Chan would oversee the fight sequences as its “action director.” Lee is known in China for action films like “14 Blades.” 

Chan takes the blame for the long delay; he says he had to find an opening in his schedule to take on “Dragon Blade.” But he points out that if it wasn’t for the delay, they likely wouldn’t have gotten Brody as his co-star.

“One day I got a message, out of the blue, from Adrien Brody asking if we will ever have the chance to work together,” Chan recalled. “I told him I was preparing to make this movie and that we could work together right away. I sent him the synopsis in the morning and got a call that night agreeing to work together. It was fate.”

Adrien Brody as Tiberius_16Chan complimented Brody’s dedication to training for the fight sequences. The Oscar winner asked Chan for videos of sword fighting so he could practice the techniques with a broom before he arrived in China.

Cusack, however, needed a little more work.

“John is really good at kickboxing but not very experienced with weapons,” wrote Chan, who said he had to teach Cusack from scratch how to use the swords and knives his character handles in the film.

Though Chan added, “When it comes to acting, there isn’t anything I can teach him.”

Dragon Blade fallChan said the greatest challenge when making “Dragon Blade” was the setting. Shot in the Gobi Desert, the heat and sandstorms took a toll on everyone. “Just keeping your eyes open during the fighting scenes was painful,” said Chan, who during the sandstorms assisted in keeping the horses calm. 

Though the US will see Chan in action mode once more with “Dragon Blade,” the 61-year-old says he wants to begin focusing on more dramatic roles going forward.

But don’t expect him leaving the action genre completely. He said another installment of “Rush Hour” is not out of the question— if he and co-star Chris Tucker can “find the right story that will satisfy the audience.” US audiences will also see him next in an action comedy opposite Johnny Knoxville titled “Skiptrace.

“The genre is still important to me because it’s where I came from,” Chan said of action movies. “I will still continue to do [them].”

“Dragon Blade” opens September 4.

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There will be two hosts for next year’s Oscars — here's who they should be

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Although the Academy Awards aren’t for another five months, it’s never too soon to start talking about who will take on hosting duties.

It sounds like the 2016 Oscars will have two hosts, according to Entertainment Weekly.

EW got the confirmation from David Hill, one of the two producers who were announced Tuesday as overseeing the show. 

“There will be multiple hosts for sure — there will be two,” Hill said.

Who would be the best duo for the job?

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are an obvious choice. But would they want to do it after hosting the Golden Globes for the last three years?

Tina Fey Amy Poehler Golden GlobesThere’s also Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele, who are hot commodities right now and will have some free time, seeing as their hit show on Comedy Central, “Key & Peele,” is about to end its five-season run.

Key and Peele would be a great choice after the universal bashing the Academy received last year for its nominees (and voting body) not being diverse enough.

Key & PeeleThe Oscars have had success in the past with a hosting tandem.

In 2010, Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin teamed up and received positive reviews.

Oscars Alec Steve Kevin Winter GettyBut a year later the Academy tried it again with James Franco and Anne Hathaway, which led to a disastrous evening.

Oscars Anne James Kevin Winter GettyOne choice that would be completely outside the box but would be great TV is if they chose new BFFs Amy Schumer and Jennifer Lawrence to host.

jennifer and amyNot only would they be great on stage together (actually, they already have experience), but with Lawrence’s next film, “Joy,” having major Oscar buzz, imagine if Lawrence was also nominated that night? Schumer would spend the whole evening razzing her as Lawrence awaits her category to come up.jennifer lawrence amy schumer billy joel headLet us know in the comments who you think would be a perfect pairing for Oscar night.

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Steven Spielberg's DreamWorks is splitting from Disney and it may get snatched up by Universal

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With "Jurassic World" crushing box-office records, Steven Spielberg has reminded Hollywood of his might, putting him in a powerful position as he negotiates a distribution deal for DreamWorks before its current arrangement with the Walt Disney Co. expires in August 2016.

Sources say the Spielberg-directed "The BFG," based on the Roald Dahl book and set to unspool on July 1, 2016, will be the last released under the Disney deal, which began in 2009.

The consensus among those with knowledge of the situation: Spielberg’s likely future home is Universal, where he has maintained his offices even as DreamWorks distributed its films through Paramount and then Disney. Spielberg, 68, who was a hands-on executive producer on Universal's "Jurassic World," is essential to future dinosaur movies (the next already is dated for June 2018) as well as associated theme-park attractions. Sources say Spielberg commanded his rich director’s fee for "Jurassic World"— a percentage of profit worth tens of millions of dollars — from which he then paid helmer Colin Trevorrow. He also is key on potential reboots of other Universal franchises such as "Jaws" and "Back to the Future." Universal declined to comment, as did DreamWorks. A Universal source says "the studio would welcome the chance to be DreamWorks' distribution partner" but any deal is premature.

DreamWorks will bring money to its new arrangement as sources say Jeff Skoll’s Participant Media is making an investment of $200 million and the company is said to be raising an additional $150 million to $200 million from other sources. That financing could enable DreamWorks to greenlight its own films and set budgets.

Bridge of SpiesSpielberg, whose next film is the Tom Hanks Cold War thriller "Bridge of Spies" (Oct. 16), is not known for overspending, but in the current Hollywood climate, the studios are not investing much in the kind of adult fare that Spielberg often likes to make. As the low-profile Universal Filmed Entertainment chairman Jeff Shell hammers out terms with DreamWorks, says a longtime Spielberg associate, "This is a new generation coming to terms with Steven’s desire to make quality movies at whatever price."

Several DreamWorks movies are in or near production. Lasse Hallstrom’s "A Dog’s Purpose," filming now, might appeal to Disney but likely will be released by the company's new partner, as will two other films: "The Girl on the Train," with Tate Taylor ("The Help") directing and Emily Blunt starring, set for release in 2016; and "Ghost in the Shell," starring Scarlett Johansson, which is dated for March 2017 (Paramount will distribute that movie overseas.) Spielberg has committed to direct his next movie, "Ready Player One," for Warner Bros.

A new deal could mean a fresh start for DreamWorks, which has faced struggles from the inception of the Disney relationship. Sources say the DreamWorks team felt something of a strain from the start because its deal was negotiated with Dick Cook, then chairman of the studio, with the understanding that Disney would invest in DreamWorks' films and invite DreamWorks to participate in some of its projects. But soon after the deal was made, Cook was ousted and Disney CEO Bob Iger set a strategy of fully financing Disney movies.

Given market factors at the time, DreamWorks was left to fight for financing. It found backing from Indian giant Reliance, which could retain some participation in a new deal, but money became very tight as DreamWorks hit a prolonged cold streak, with disappointments including "Need for Speed" and "Delivery Man." Spielberg's partner in DreamWorks, CEO Stacey Snider, left last year for a top job at Fox and was replaced by former Turner exec Michael Wright, who will maintain the job as the company transitions to a new distribution partner.

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'Spectre' might be Daniel Craig’s last movie as James Bond

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We all know it’s only a matter of time.

Daniel Craig is hinting that “Spectre,” his fourth time playing James Bond, might be his last as 007.

In a new profile for the UK version of Esquire, the 47-year-old actor hinted at the possibility of not returning.

“I really don’t know. Honestly. I’m not trying to be coy. At the moment I can’t even conceive it,” he said in the story.

When pressed if he’d consider at least one more turn at Bond, Craig replied:

“At this moment, no. I have a life and I’ve got to get on with it a bit. But we’ll see.”

This is not the first time Craig has made this kind of statement.

While doing press for the last Bond film, "Skyfall," he told Rolling Stone that film would be his final time playing Bond. According to reports, he’s signed on to star in at least one more Bond movie after “Spectre.”

The James Bond franchise is one of the most successful franchises in movie history, and though the role always changes hands, Craig would be missed as his involvement has earned the franchise over $2 billion at the box office worldwide. 

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Former Sony employees whose data was leaked after the hack agree to a settlement

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LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Former Sony Pictures Entertainment employees whose personal information was posted online last year after a massive data breach have reached a settlement in a proposed class action lawsuit, their attorneys said Wednesday.

The settlement was announced in a filing in a federal lawsuit that was seeking class-action status on behalf of nearly 50,000 current and former Sony employees whose private personal, financial and medical information was posted online. The filing does not detail the settlement's terms or how many people would be covered under it.

"We believe the proposed settlement is a favorable resolution of the claims asserted by the plaintiffs," attorney Daniel C. Girard wrote in the filing.

Girard did not return an email message seeking further comment. Sony declined comment on the settlement, which was reached Tuesday but still needs to crafted into a formal agreement. Additional details about the settlement are expected to be filed in a Los Angeles federal court by mid-October.

At least 10 former Sony employees sued the company in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles over the breach. A hearing on whether the case would achieve class-action status had been scheduled for Sept. 14. Cases filed in Los Angeles Superior Court remain active.

The federal lawsuits accused Sony of failing to protect employees' data, especially in light of previous breaches of the company's servers.

A complaint by Sony Pictures' former director of technology Lionel Felix cited previous hacks on Sony's servers, including a 2011 attack that breached millions of accounts of its PlayStation Network. It also cited a security audit from earlier this year that found faults with the company's electronic security procedures.

Other former employees criticized Sony's response to the data breach, contending the company emphasized protecting its public image instead of ensuring that its workers were protected from identity theft as a result of having their Social Security numbers, salary details and other sensitive data posted online.

The breach, which became public in November and was later linked by the FBI to North Korea, included the posting of a trove of internal company emails and the leak of several unreleased films.

The materials are still creating headaches for the studio, which this week has been defending itself against claims that it altered the upcoming Will Smith film "Concussion" to keep from running afoul of the NFL. The film dramatizes the work of forensic pathologist, Dr. Bennet Omalu, who uncovered the fatal effects that repeated head trauma has had on many NFL players.

Users of the online discussion site Reddit and then the New York Times used leaked emails this week to try to show that Sony watered down the film to avoid a confrontation with the NFL.

Sony has called the Times story misleading.

"As will become immediately clear to anyone actually seeing the movie, nothing with regard to this important story has been `softened' to placate anyone," Sony wrote in a statement.

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Pennywise would have been even more terrifying in Cary Fukunaga's 'It'

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Sadly, we will never get to see a Cary Fukunaga-directed adaptation of Stephen King's "It." The filmmaker started working on the big screen project all the way back in 2012, but wound up having too many disagreements with the studio and ultimately left the production behind.

As a result, we'll now only ever have the director's descriptions of what his version of the story would have been — and from the sound of things, his version of Pennywise The Clown would have been truly terrifying.

It was just last month that Fukunaga opened up about his parting ways with It, but it's in a new interview with Variety that the filmmaker has revealed his special approach towards making the central villain scare the souls from viewers.

According to the director, New Line wanted "a much more inoffensive, conventional script," and one of the sticking points was the way Fukunaga wanted to do Pennywise. He explained:

"The main difference was making Pennywise more than just the clown. After 30 years of villains that could read the emotional minds of characters and scare them, trying to find really sadistic and intelligent ways he scares children, and also the children had real lives prior to being scared."

The director went on to say that all of this character building led to a version of "It" that was more of a slow burn, and the studio just didn't have the patience for it.

He still has all the confidence in the world in his approach, though, as he told the trade, "It’s a slow build, but it’s worth it — especially by the second film, but definitely even in the first film it pays off."

Getty Images cary fukunagaBefore he left the project, Fukunaga cast Will Poulter to play the role of Pennywise in his version of "It"— and while the casting selection was surprising just because of how different Poulter is from "It" mini-series star Tim Curry, it also suggested a fantastic new approach to the character.

 

It could have been fascinating to see Fukunaga's vision of "really sadistic and intelligent" methods of torture coming from a much younger actor, but sadly the horror genre will have to do without.

While Fukunaga and his co-writer Chase Palmer are no longer involved with the project, "It" is still a developing project at New Line. As we learned back in July, the studio has filled the director's chair by hiring Mama director Andy Muschietti.

There is still a plan in place to make the movie as two separate features, though the film has obviously been pushed off schedule (filming was originally going to start in June). The current status of the project is unknown, and no release date has been announced — but Fukunaga's comments certainly are helping it from a PR perspective.

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The US summer-movie box-office total may hit $4.4 billion

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Summer 2015 will go down as the box-office season of the haves and have-nots. Universal, which until this year had not released a billion-dollar-grossing film, opened three from April through July ("Furious 7,""Jurassic World," and "Minions"). Meanwhile, Warner Bros. and Sony — the former kings of warm-weather hits — suffered a mostly chilly summer.

The season's lone constant was that tracking, the prerelease radar of the movie business, malfunctioned weekend after weekend, appearing altogether broken. Summer domestic box-office revenue may hit $4.4 billion, tying with 2011 as the second-biggest summer of all time after 2013 ($4.9 billion), but it was an especially bumpy ride.

A slew of films opened to a third or half of what prerelease tracking suggested despite pricey marketing campaigns. "Jurassic World," on the other hand, flew clear past domestic opening-weekend forecasts of $125 million. The lack of predictability can strain a studio's relationship with talent and prompt internal finger-pointing as to what went wrong.

Tracking has become increasingly unreliable during the age of social media, when poor reviews and buzz can derail even the most carefully calculated marketing campaign. But insiders say the problem has reached a tipping point. "This was a summer completely designed by reviews and word-of-mouth," says Megan Colligan, Paramount's president of worldwide distribution and marketing. "I would actually hear people in the grocery store talking about Rotten Tomatoes scores."

Indeed, many titles that failed to reach tracking projections had poor scores on review-aggregation sites. Paramount and Skydance's "Terminator Genisys" was expected to clear $55 million during the five-day July 4 holiday; instead, Genisys, with a 26% score on the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, opened to a disappointing $42.5 million. Warners was blindsided repeatedly as "Entourage,""Magic Mike XXL,""Vacation,""The Man From U.N.C.L.E.," and "We Are Your Friends" came in well behind tracking. None was particularly well received. Fox's "Fantastic Four," savaged by reviews and its director's own tweet, lagged far behind initial tracking.

terminator genisys arnoldThe opposite was true for movies with strong marks on Rotten Tomatoes, including "Trainwreck" (85% "fresh"), "Straight Outta Compton" (90%) and "Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation" (93%). Each came in well ahead of projections. Universal and Paramount promoted Rotten Tomatoes scores rather than individual critics in ads for "Trainwreck" and "Rogue," respectively, a Hollywood first.

"There is a point where traditional tracking can't tell you everything anymore because of word-of-mouth," Universal domestic distribution chief Nicholas Carpou says. Fox domestic distribution head Chris Aronson adds: "We're seeing these wide swings because of immediacy of social media. Maybe we need to reexamine the methodology."

mission impossible rogue nation Chiabella JamesThe main authority in tracking remains the National Research Group. MarketCast is another trusted firm, but on a smaller scale. (Both declined comment.) The two companies' main focus is testing marketing materials months and weeks out, though it is tracking that generates the headlines.

NRG and MarketCast have changed their process during recent years, using the web and mobile phones rather than land lines to survey consumers. Now, facing pressure from studios, they intend to make more tweaks. For example, both survey only avid moviegoers, defined as those who attend six to eight films a year. But casual moviegoers could be more important than previously thought. "That's where the surprises come in, like 'Jurassic World,'" a studio research executive says. NRG is considering incorporating reviews into its final prerelease surveys.

"The inherent flaw with tracking is that they are using it to come up with a number to satisfy this need studios have to guesstimate what a movie will open to, but the unpredictability of the social conversation can change your fortunes," says Paul Dergarabedian of Rentrak, which in 2013 launched the social listening service PreAct, which can monitor a film a year out.

The hard lesson of the summer is that neither tracking, testing marketing materials, nor social listening can capture word-of-mouth on opening night. Says Disney distribution chief Dave Hollis, "You don't have the luxury anymore of bad buzz not being immediately known."

Below is a look at which films and studios fared best. Since the summer box-office frame, commencing May 1, doesn't officially end until Sept. 7 (Labor Day), final numbers aren't yet in.

See a larger version of the box-office chart.

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Alex Gibney explains why his Steve Jobs documentary may cause you to put down your iPhone for good

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For Alex Gibney it all started with the death of Apple cofounder Steve Jobs on October 5, 2011.

"The motivation to make the film was why so many people who didn't know Steve Jobs were weeping when he left," Gibney told an audience last week who had recently seen his film "Steve Jobs: Man in the Machine" (in theaters Friday).

Gibney opens the film with footage of people all over the world crying at makeshift memorials for Jobs, lifting their iPads and iPhones picturing a single burning candle in remembrance. Gibney also included people giving emotional video testimonials online reacting to Jobs' death, including a young boy who shouts in amazement, "He made the iPhone!"

Steve Jobs memorial Kevork Djansezian GettyGibney acknowledges that, like many of us, he loves his Mac and his iPhone. But it was more than that to him.

"I grew up on IBM and PCs, and when I switched over to Mac it felt like I'd been liberated," Gibney told Business Insider. "I really did buy into that — I had entered a new zone and these were my people."

That "sticking it to the man" quality Apple had, as Gibney perceived it, came to a crashing halt for the filmmaker when he started making the Steve Jobs documentary 2 1/2 years ago (financed by CNN Films).

"I do react differently now," Gibney told Business Insider about using his iPhone since making the film. "I get a lot more pissed off."

steve jobs unveils first iphoneIn the film he shows Jobs as a marketing genius who revolutionized the personal computer and then made us addicted to mobile devices. But behind the scenes Gibney paints him as a maniacal taskmaster who ruled by intimidation and mind games. In one instance, while giving the exit interview to a top employee who was leaving Apple, Jobs gave him a "Godfather"-like speech promising him he'd be hunted down if he took any other Apple employees (or in Jobs' words, "his family") with him.

And Jobs wasn't any better in his personal life. The film highlights that in Apple's early days Jobs repeatedly denied being the father of his daughter Lisa. Then, when a DNA test proved he was the father, he paid only $500 a month in child support.

"I didn't want to do the official bio pic of Steve Jobs," Gibney said. "In fact, just the opposite. I never really made a film like this before where you sort of go in and wonder."

That wonder led him to many closed doors when he started out.

Alex GibneyThe Oscar winner is known for making unapologetic films that have exposed everything from Enron and Jack Abramoff to legends James Brown and Frank Sinatra to most recently the controversial Church of Scientology.

So needless to say when he reached out to Apple for assistance in getting people within the company to talk to him for the film he was given a swift "no." Gibney also tried to speak to Jobs' widow, Laurene, but was turned down.

"I had to go down different pathways to find interesting information, and that's why you can't call it a complete biography," Gibney said. "It's not that. It's about an idea, like, 'Why is he so important to us?' That means you have to reckon with him, but we also have to reckon with ourselves."

To do that, Gibney retraces the rise of Jobs from 26-year-old Apple CEO to an icon behind one of the top companies in the world.

But he also exposes some things that could make you think less about the company.

The film suggests that workers in China who were on the assembly line making the iPhone 4s, along with earning considerably low wages, suffered nerve damage while putting the phones together. Its top supplier, Foxconn, over a two-year span, had 18 workers kill themselves. The suicides allegedly got so serious that Foxconn installed nets around the building the workers lived in to dissuade jumpers.

Foxconn Kin Cheung APGibney also spotlights the company's alleged elaborate tax avoidance. By enacting a loophole called a "Double Irish," Apple uses holding companies in Ireland (a lower-tax country) to pocket around $137 billion in profits, according to the film.

These revelations have made Gibney rethink what his iPhone means to him, and he hopes those who see the film will do the same. But he knows it will be hard, as Apple products, particularly the iPhone, are now constantly attached to our hands. And with that comes a blind faith.

Gibney recalls the backlash by Apple workers and fans of its products after the premiere of the film at the South by Southwest Film Festival earlier this year.

Here's how Eddy Cue, Apple's senior vice president of internet software and services, reacted to it:

Gibney believes what Jobs was incredible at was making Apple products a reflection of you. His goal with the film was to show that a company that makes so many people happy is still just a corporation at the end of the day — a corporation Gibney believes was trained by Jobs to be ruthless and unforgiving to succeed and make the most money possible.

"We are to believe that what you have in your hand is all good," Gibney said. "I love my iPhone, but I have to look myself in the eye and say, 'Is it turning me into someone that I like?'"

"Steve Jobs: Man in the Machine" opens Friday.

Watch the trailer:

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20 of the coolest 'Star Wars' toys coming out Friday

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Disney is unleashing its new line of "Star Wars" toys and products Friday.

Tech Insider got an early preview of some of Hasbro's anticipated "Star Wars" toys reveals ranging from new lightsabers to "Star Wars"-themed Nerf guns.

We'll be checking out everything hands on Saturday.

For now, here are the ones kids and fans of the series will be clamoring over.

Ever since the release of the first teaser trailer for "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," who hasn't wanted their own three-pronged lightsaber? Hasbro will release two versions of the new villain Kylo Ren's lightsaber. There's this one below, which retails for $12.99, where you flick your wrist and the lightsaber extends outward.

 

 

 



And then there's this slightly more expensive electronic lightsaber for $29.99 which lights up and makes sounds.



If you want to sound like the new member of the dark side, this mask will change your voice to sound just like Ren.



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69-year-old actor who plays C-3PO in 'Star Wars' says he faced Disney's wrath over a rogue tweet

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 anthony daniels c3po April 9, 2008 St Carnegie Science Center in PittsburgIt isn't only journalists and fans who have been affected by the levels of mystery that Disney has shrouded over "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" since it was first announced. Even some of the cast members have seemingly found it a little OTT.

"The secrecy has been beyond ludicrous,” claimed Anthony Daniels, who has played C-3PO in all seven films, in a wide-ranging interview with The Guardian. “For heaven’s sake, it’s a movie. When I got the script, it was typed in black on paper of the deepest red so you couldn’t photocopy it. I got a hangover just reading it.”

The 69-year-old revealed that he'd found himself facing Disney's wrath over a rogue Tweet he had made about the upcoming film.

“I said that I’d met so-and-so. An actor who plays a … thing in the film. A character," he said. "Immediately I received a message from Disney: ‘Remove the tweet! You’re not allowed to say that!’ Honestly. It’s a kind of Kremlin attitude. Look, I know perfectly well not to tell you now what I’m giving you for a Christmas present because it would spoil the surprise. And these films are all about opening the box on Christmas Day.”

Daniels also threw his support behind J.J. Abrams for revitalizing the franchise after the prequels.

"George [Lucas] has changed a lot over the years, but I think he finds it slightly hard to collaborate. He made decisions that I believe might have been better discussed with other people," he said. "J.J. is more collaborative. He likes to listen.”

Regarding his own iconic robotic character's place in the new film, Daniels asserted that Abrams was "too respectful" to suggest altering C-3PO's character at all.

"There was, however, some debate about a certain issue, whose outcome will become apparent in due course."

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Aretha Franklin sues to stop a documentary on her from being shown at a major film festival

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In a complaint filed in the US District Court in Colorado, legendary singer Aretha Franklin is seeking to stop the Telluride Film Festival from screening the documentary "Amazing Grace" on Friday. 

According to Variety, Franklin contends that the documentary, which is culled from concert footage shot in 1972 by the late actor/director Sydney Pollack, "was taken with the express understanding that it would not be used commercially without agreement and consent by Ms. Franklin."

Franklin is seeking a court order to prevent Telluride from showing the movie on Friday.

This is not the first time Franklin has tried to prevent the concert footage from being shown.

In 2011, the singer sued "Amazing Grace" producer Alan Elliott and, as stated in the current complaint, the "lawsuit was resolved after Elliott agreed not to release the film."

Another "Amazing Grace" producer, Joe Boyd, told the Detroit Free-Press that "we are operating under the existing contract between Aretha Franklin and Warner Bros., which has governed the use of footage from this session in the past."

"Amazing Grace" is a behind-the-scenes look at Franklin's best-selling album "Amazing Grace," which consists of the two days of gospel performances she did at the New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Watts, Los Angeles, in January 1972.

The film has been a passion project of Elliott's since the 2008 death of Pollack, who always hoped the film would one day be released.

The Telluride Film Festival is one of the main destinations for films that want to be considered for awards season. 

"Amazing Grace" is scheduled to screen at the Toronto International Film Festival next week.

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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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Donald Trump won a 'worst supporting actor' Razzie award for his role in this 1989 film

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Donald Trump's campaign antics fill today's headlines, but there was a time when the real estate mogul was known simply for being just that. Trump capitalized on his wealthy, larger than life persona by appearing in various TV shows and movies throughout the 90s  as himself.

Ghosts Can't Win Donald TrumpBut one cameo remains the most memorable.

In 1989, Trump starred opposite Bo Derek in a crime fantasy film titled "Ghosts Can't Do It."

The film would go on to win Razzie awards for Worst Picture, Worst Actress, Worst Director, and Worst Supporting Actor, Donald Trump.

In one incredible line of dialogue during Trump's cameo, he tells Bo Derek: "Be assured Mrs.Scott, that in this room there are knives sharp enough to cut you to the bone and hearts cold enough to eat yours as hors d'oeuvres." 

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Bo Derek's character responds by flirtatiously saying to Trump: "You're too pretty to be bad." 

"You noticed," Trump says with a smile and this pout that will forever haunt your dreams.

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Here's a description of the movie from IMDB: "Elderly Scott kills himself after a heart attack wrecks his body, but then comes back as a ghost and convinces his loving young hot wife Kate to pick and kill a young man in order for Scott to possess his body and be with her again."

Watch Trump's full scene below: 

 

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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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A faith-based movie edges out 'Straight Outta Compton' to top the weekend box office

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In a very slow Labor Day holiday weekend at the multiplex, it's faith-based film "War Room" that finally drops N.W.A. biopic "Straight Outta Compton" from its box office perch.

In its second weekend in theaters, "War Room" tops the three-day weekend with an estimated $9.35 million. "Straight Outta Compton" took in an estimated $8.85 million to come in second, according to pro.boxoffice.com.

"War Room" is the latest project from brothers Alex (director) and Stephen (producer) Kendrick, whose Christian-focused titles have found box office success in the last decade with titles like "Courageous" and "Fireproof."

While the new release this weekend, "The Transporter Refueled," didn't fare so well. A reboot of the actioner without star Jason Statham debuted with an estimated $7.1 million over the three-day weekend. Setting an opening weekend low for the franchise.

And with this weekend being the official end of the summer movie season, the film has the dubious distinction of being the lowest opening weekend sequel of the summer.

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Steve Jobs had a spiritual advisor — here's what it was like the first time they met

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Alex Gibney’s documentary “Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine” (currently in theaters) has many revelations about the man and the company he co-founded, Apple.

But one that stands out is the first time Jobs met his spiritual advisor, Zen priest Kobun Chino Otogawa.

A big reason why it’s so memorable is that the whole scene, which is a recollection by Otogawa, is told entirely through animation.

Gibney told a room of reporters in New York last week that the idea came after a video of Otogawa talking about Jobs at a 1992 event was brought to his attention. Gibney used Otogawa’s audio from that footage and incorporated black and white animation to visualize the priest’s description of their encounter.

Here’s select stills from the scene along with Otogawa’s story:

“When I was living in California 23 years ago…I answered the door at midnight and there he was in bare feet with long hair and jeans with many holes everywhere. He wanted to see me…18 years old he was.”

JOBSAnim_HiRes_Stills_02“I looked into his eyes, they looked terrible but he’s not crazy. I [had] to talk to him. I put my jacket on and took him on a midnight walk in downtown Los Altos."

JOBSAnim_HiRes_Stills_04"All [the] stores [were] closed. One bar called “The Tea Cup” was open. So we sat down at the counter and I had an Irish coffee and he had juice."

JOBSAnim_HiRes_Stills_05“What he said was, ‘I feel enlightened, and I don’t know what to do with this.” I said, “Oh, that is very wonderful. I need proof of it.”

“A week later he came back with a little metal sheet…I didn’t know what it was…that little thing was the proof. It was a chip of a personal computer. He said, ‘I designed it, my friend Woz helped me. It’s called Lisa.’ Which is the name of his daughter. That is the origin of the Apple computer."

JOBSAnim_HiRes_Stills_06"And [I'm] still not quite sure it was the proof...He always said, ‘Make me [a] monk. Please, make me [a] monk.’ I said, ‘No, not until [I have] proof.’”

JOBSAnim_HiRes_Stills_07The animation was created by Gibney’s 26-year-old son Nick, who is an animator by trade.

According to the Oscar-winning director, the choice to use animation for that sequence was because it’s difficult to tell how truthful Otogawa’s story is.

“The way Kobun Chino tells it is let’s just say a dream-like rendering,” he explained. “So much of the dates and details don’t quite match up, like his idea of how old Steve was.”

Gibney said he decided on a black-and-white hand drawn look because it would suggest that it was a “magical story” but also match the black and white conceit that Jobs had with the Apple products.

Regardless of the accuracy of Otogawa’s recollection, there’s no doubting how important he was to Jobs.

Kobun_Chino_Otagowa WikiAccording to reports, Jobs studied with Otogawa in the 1970s, focusing on Zen meditation. This led to Otogawa being Apple’s corporate spiritual adviser.

In 1991, Otogawa presided over the marriage of Jobs and Laurene Powell.

Otogawa tragically drowned in 2002 trying to save the life of his 5-year-old daughter Maya, who also died.

Les Kaye, a Zen teacher in Silicon Valley who also knew Jobs, told USA Today in 2011 how Jobs reacted when he got word of Otogawa’s passing. “Kobun’s death really struck him,” Kaye said. “He was beside himself.”

It seems Jobs’ search for enlightenment was a struggle. Like Gibney’s film, Walter Isaacson’s biography of Steve Jobs notes the Apple co-founder’s maniacal drive that made working under him extremely difficult. The author writes:

“Unfortunately his Zen training never quite produced in him a Zen-like calm of inner serenity, and that too is part of his legacy."

Watch the 1992 Kobun Chino footage that inspired the animated scene in "Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine" (stars at 29:27 mark):

 

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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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9 new movies that could become big-time Oscar winners

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With the Toronto International Film Festival kicking off on Thursday, award season is officially off and running.

Many of the movies heading north of the border hope to leave with the momentum that will lead to nominations at the top award shows at the end of the year. Though all of them won't get the buzz to make it to the finish, some of the much-anticipated titles going to TIFF will live up to the hype.

Here are nine that you're likely to hear about when the Oscars roll around. 

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1. "Beasts of No Nation"

This drama is based on the civil war in Africa, and it could be a gamechanger for both Netflix — which will release the film simultaneously on its streaming service and in theaters in October — and for its director Cary Fukunaga.

With Oscar buzz for Idris Elba, Netflix's first-ever feature-length award contender will give the company the same clout it has in the TV world. For Fukunaga, who could have a nomination in his future, he'll finally have something on his resume to top his incredible work directing all the episodes of the first season of "True Detective."



2. "Black Mass"

Having already screened at the London and Telluride film festivals to rave reviews, Johnny Depp's portrayal of infamous Boston mobster Whitey Bulger could put him back into the category of top actors in the business. A Best Actor Oscar nomination is a good bet.



3. "The Danish Girl"

Winning the Best Actor Oscar last year for playing Stephen Hawking in "The Theory of Everything," Eddie Redmayne is looking for more Oscar glory in another biopic. In "The Danish Girl" he stars as Lili Elbe, the 1920s Danish artist who was one of the first recipients of sexual reassignment surgery.



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57-year-old government employee admits to running a big DVD bootlegging operation under the Department of Labor's nose

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Those who have found themselves walking the street of a busy city have probably seen plenty of individuals running their own bootleg movie businesses on the sidewalk — but what you probably don't know is that there was one recently operating out of our nation's Department of Labor in Washington D.C.

CNN has published an article about former Labor Department employee Ricardo Taylor, who has admitted to running a bootleg movie operation out of the government department. Following his capitulation, it was ruled that he will serve 24 months of probation for the federal charge of copyright law violation. He will not serve any time in prison.

So how exactly did this work? Court documents say that the 57-year-old government employee — who served as the supervisor of the department mail room — had access to a five-bay DVD burner that he would use to copy discs. It's not mentioned in the report, but this presumably means that he was only selling films already available on home video — not new releases. He would then sell the movies to his colleagues at a price of $4 or $5 each.

Perhaps the most surprising detail about this story is the fact that Taylor was seemingly not in any way shy about his operation. Not only was he selling illegal DVDs during work hours, but he used his Department of Labor email and contacts to make sales. It is estimated that he started this "business" in 2008, and apparently it was massively successful. In 2013 alone he made over $19,000 thanks to the sale of 1,268 discs.

Now knowing the details of this operation, there is one big question that springs to mind: how the hell was Ricardo Taylor able to run this business for more than five years within a government institution? Surely he was very hush-hush about his side project when he first started out, but you don't start making thousands of annual sales without a lot of people being very aware of exactly what you're doing. Court documents say that Taylor kept a "ledger of his sales" and that the book also includes customer names. While that information has not been made public yet, it will be interesting to see if there are any notable names that wind up being discovered.

Within their report on the matter, CNN mentions an interesting factoid about Ricardo Taylor. In addition to his job at the Labor Department, the caught bootlegger was apparently also a manager at a local movie theater. At this time it's unclear if that's a position that he still holds.

It's not clear at this time when Ricardo Taylor was initially charged for his crimes, and while CNN reached for comment from his attorney, no statement was given before publication. Stay tuned for more updates on this story.

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