Director Guillermo del Toro is known for creating movies filled with fantasy and horror, and the setting for his latest movie, “Crimson Peak,” is filled with a whole lot of both.
A run-down Gothic mansion in the English hills is the setting for most of the movie. Young Edith Cushing (Mia Wasikowska) is brought there after marrying Thomas Sharpe (Tom Hiddleston) who also lives with his sister, Lucille (Jessica Chastain).
However, after Edith gets to the Sharpe home, which is slowly sinking into the red clay it sits on, she finds that, along with living in a dilapidated home that has a giant hole in the roof and red clay seeping through the walls, there are creepy ghosts walking the halls.
The Sharpe mansion isn’t the ideal place to live in, but for the audience it’s one of the best parts of the movie.
Thomas E. Sanders, who was the production designer on the film, said the inspiration for the look of the house came from Edward Hopper’s “The House by the Railroad,” which was also Alfred Hitchcock’s inspiration for the Bates house in “Psycho.”
“After talking to Guillermo I printed out a picture of it immediately and we kept it on the wall,” Sanders told Business Insider.
Sanders said that he and del Toro knew they wouldn’t find a real location that could match their vision, so Sanders was tasked with designing the interior of the house in a sound studio.
"I knew we were going to be on stage for a good six weeks, and that’s a long time to be on one set," said Sanders. "You’re usually in fifteen to twenty sets during that length of time, so we needed to build a set that could hold up that long."
To do that Sanders created a 5x5 model of the entire interior of the house, which over eight weeks was tweaked to del Toro’s specifications.
“I would point to a part of the model and say, ‘Okay, Guillermo, if we stand here we’ll be able to see this and this,’” Sanders said. “So you could look with a lipstick cam and figure out if a wall would need to be moved so the camera could get in that spot. It’s kind of backwards from most designers, who would draw things out and then maybe make a model, but I like to change the model organically as we’re building it.”
With a three-dimensional blueprint to work from, the set was then built, which included all three levels of the house, tubes built into the walls for when the red clay needed to seep through, and a working elevator that’s used prominently in the film.
According to Sanders, very few computer graphics were used. The one exception is the ceiling of the house and its giant hole, where light shines down onto the foyer.
For Sanders, the experience on “Crimson Peak” is hard to find. The last time he worked on a movie with this many practical effects was with Francis Ford Coppola on “Dracula” in 1992.
He gives all of the credit to del Toro for making it possible.
“It’s because the director, me, and the DP, all of us, were on the same page and were able to push it in that direction,” he said. “It’s rare to have that on a movie, with everyone on the same page.”
“Crimson Peak” is now playing in theaters.
The whole world is going "Star Wars" crazy right now — even actors from the film are flipping out over their own trailer.
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Do you have a favorite movie that never seems to get old no matter how many times you've watched it?
You're not the only one.
Using data from over 1,000 people, Walt Hickey at FiveThirtyEight put together a list of the 25 most rewatchable movies of all time.
Turns out, when it comes to rewatching movies, many people have pretty similar tastes.
Of course, it's not an exact science. For several entries, Hickey had to interpret whether the person meant an individual film or an entire series, such as "Harry Potter" or "Star Wars."
How many of these movies have you seen?
10. "It's a Wonderful Life" (1946)
9. The "Harry Potter" series (2001 to 2011)
8. "The Shawshank Redemption" (1994)
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After starring in director David O. Russell's "Silver Lining Playbook" and "American Hustle," actors Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro (he had a very brief cameo in "American Hustle"), and Bradley Cooper have reteamed once more for the director's latest film, "Joy."
The film follows a family over four generations with the main focus on Joy (Lawrence), who single-handedly builds a business dynasty while dealing with a lot of drama from the men in her life: her father (De Niro), ex-husband (Édgar Ramírez), and a TV executive (Cooper).
"Joy" opens in theaters on Christmas Day.
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Other than this mysterious shot of a robotic hand reaching out to R2-D2 — which fans have assumed belongs to Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) — and a leaked photo of Hamill in costume that Disney had removed from numerous sites, we have yet to see the fan favorite in marketing for the new film.
Why haven't we seen him? Why is Lucasfilm being so secretive with the big Luke reveal?
Let’s think about this.
Could Luke be evil?
We know Skywalker is capable of turning to the dark side of the Force
The son of Darth Vader, he's the heir to the dark throne. Yoda was hesitant to train him to be a Jedi since he was already beyond the age in which one would typically receive Jedi training, making him possibly more susceptible to dark influences.
He also saw signs of anger and impatience in Luke, just like in his father Anakin, which could lead him to fall prey to the dark side.
Hamill is no stranger to playing the bad guy
After his "Star Wars" run, Mark Hamill has gone on to play one of the most iconic villains in the DC Universe. He's primarily known as the voice of the Joker on the Emmy-nominated "Batman: The Animated Series" and various "Batman" video games and TV movies.
He's also voiced Darth Bane in "Star Wars: The Clone Wars" and has played a few Marvel villains from Red Skull and the Hobgoblin to Ulysses Klaw in animated series.
Recently, Hamill has appeared on "The Flash" reprising an old role as The Trickster.
An old clip from 2005
While Hamill is known for playing some roles that established his chops as someone who could play, say, an up-and-coming Sith Lord, the biggest piece of evidence which has fans thinking about Luke's role in "The Force Awakens" is an old clip from a 2005 episode of IFC's "Dinner for Five," a show featuring actor/director Jon Favreau where a group of celebrities spoke casually with each other about projects they've worked on.
Hamill appeared on one of the episodes along with "The Force Awakens" director J.J. Abrams, Stan Lee, Jason Lee, and Kevin Smith.
Eleven minutes into season four, episode nine, Smith asks Hamill about a "Star Wars" show the two were rumored to be working on at the time. The conversation quickly turns to the prequel trilogy and whether Hamill could have seen Luke turning to the dark side in 1983's "Star Wars: Episode VI — Return of the Jedi."
Surprisingly, Hamill says he pitched that idea to creator George Lucas.
"I pitched that to George," said Hamill. "As an actor that would be more fun to play. I just thought that's the way it was going. When we finished two, I figured that's what will be the pivotal moment. I'll have to come back, but I'll have Han Solo in my crosshairs and I'll be about to kill him or about to kill the princess or about to kill someone we care about."
Hamill said an evil Luke might have turned "Return of the Jedi" into "an old cornball movie."
Even though it wasn't going to happen, Hamill envisioned how he should look if his character became a Sith Lord.
"I should come back having trained somewhere with shaved widow's peak, and a top knot, and like a braid," Hamill added, but he said Lucas refused.
Instead, Hamill and Smith pointed out Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen) ended up having a similar look later on.
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Another reasonable theory is that Luke has pulled a Yoda.
Just as Yoda fled to Dagobah to hide away, maybe Luke has done the same and he'll be called upon to train another Jedi in the ways of the Force.
Honestly, this theory seems to make more sense. If you've seen the one leaked image of a bearded Luke, he's seen visibly wearing Jedi robes.
What do you think? Could Luke be heading to the dark side or are fans just reaching?
As some have pointed out, maybe Lucasfilm just wants to keep some mysteries under lock and key until the movie debuts in December.
With the number of spoilers we see in trailers and marketing today, going in with a few surprises would be nice.
Actor Jeff Daniels can currently be seen in two very different movies at your multiplex, "Steve Jobs" and "The Martian." And the Emmy winner admits one was far more difficult to act in.
"Sculley was tougher to play," Daniels told Business Insider over the phone on Wednesday, referring to his character in "Steve Jobs," former Apple CEO John Sculley.
In "Steve Jobs" Daniels portrays Sculley as one of the Apple co-founder's closest confidants at the company until, in Jobs' eyes, Sculley betrays him and sides with the board in stripping Jobs of his managerial duties over the Macintosh, which led to Jobs resigning. The two never reconciled.
Over in "The Martian," Daniels plays Teddy Sanders, the tough NASA director who is determined to get his astronaut (Matt Damon) back home.
"Teddy had some decisions to make, and I think that's one of the strengths in 'The Martian,' you see these people having to think through problems in front of the camera, but that was pretty much the extent that was needed for Teddy," said Daniels. "Sculley you had to go down some darker hallways."
Daniels said to play Sculley he read through Walter Isaacson's biography of Steve Jobs, and watched interviews of him on YouTube. He said Sculley also came to rehearsal one afternoon. But Daniels didn't want to delve too deep into the man's life.
"You can still see the pain in John [over what happened between he and Jobs] so we were able to slide that into the movie," said Daniels. "But you take what you need for the movie and I didn't need to know how he's been the last 15 years. The movie ends in '98, I just needed to know the breakup. I told him, 'I think I can portray the beginnings of what you've gone through.'"
But there's another reason why Sculley was harder to play than Sanders — the film's screenwriter Aaron Sorkin.
Daniels played the lead character, news anchor Will McAvoy, in Sorkin's recently wrapped TV series "The Newsroom" over its three-season run, and knows his material is not easy to pull off.
"Doing 'The Newsroom' actors would come through and say, 'I don't know how you guys do this, I could never do it,'" said Daniels of the heavy use of dialogue Sorkin is famous for. "You're given these incredibly long scenes, no rehearsal, and we get there at 6:30 in the morning and you've got to know it and know what you're going to do with it because by 7:30 you're shooting."
Making "Steve Jobs," Daniels said he couldn't help but laugh when he first met Michael Fassbender, who plays the title character in "Steve Jobs."
"He is the Will McAvoy of this movie," said Daniels. "But I told him, 'I'm living proof that you can survive this.'"
"Steve Jobs" and "The Martian" are currently playing in theaters.
You may have noticed a lot of similarities between Biff Tannen, the villain in "Back to the Future II," and presidential candidate Donald Trump.
There's the big hair, bigger casinos, and even the massive ego.
Well, apparently that's no coincidence.
In an interview with The Daily Beast, "Back to the Future" writer Bob Gale confirmed that Trump was indeed a big influence on Biff.
"There’s a scene where Marty confronts Biff in his office and there’s a huge portrait of Biff on the wall behind Biff...there’s one moment where Biff kind of stands up and he takes exactly the same pose as the portrait," Gale explains, confirming that the likeness was on purpose.
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Bill Murray has had a pretty impressive career. Not only has managed to transfer from comedy to drama with aplomb, but he’s also remained beloved over several decades now.
But, since he’s human, he was always going to have regrets. And Bill Murray has now revealed that there is one specific movie role that he regrets missing out on, admitting that he wishes he’d have starred in "The Year Of Living Dangerously."
Bill Murray made this admission during his Reddit Q&A on Wednesday evening, which he partook in to promote his upcoming turn in "Rock The Kasbah." After being asked which particular role he missed out that he wished he’d got, Murray opened up his heart to the Reddit masses by explaining:
"The only role I wanted I didn’t get? 'The Year Of Living Dangerously' by Peter Weir. I wasn’t a big shot. Mel Gibson lived in Australia. I’d been to Indonesia, and I thought I understood that movie. When I saw it, I was like, 'Damn!' That was the only one I wanted I didn’t get. Peter Weir is … something else."
It’s actually quite hard to picture Bill Murray in Peter Weir’s 1982 drama. That’s because it stars young Mel Gibson as Australian journalist Guy Hamilton, who starts a love affair with Sigourney Weaver’s Jill Bryant during the midst of the overthrow of Indonesian President Sukarno. All of which is something that you don't associate with early 1980s Murray.
Now, personally I believe that Bill Murray can do anything he sets his mind to. Well, almost anything. Obviously, even he can’t get the Chicago Cubs to win the World Series. Too soon, Cubs fans? It feels like it’s too soon.
Anyway — even I think Bill Murray might have struggled to match Mel Gibson’s portrayal in Peter Weir’s brutal, romantic epic. Especially since it came at a time in the early 1980s where Murray had only really appeared in comedies, such as "Meatballs,""Caddyshack,""Stripes," and "Tootsie."
Obviously, Murray has since gone on to prove that he does possess some rather impressive dramatic acting chops, especially with his performances in "Rushmore,""Lost In Translation,""Broken Flowers," and "Hyde Park On Hudson." But this ability only came to the fore over a decade and a half after "The Year Of Living Dangerously" was shot.
It wouldn’t be long until Bill Murray got the chance to star opposite Sigourney Weaver though, as just two years after "The Year Of Living Dangerously" was released, "Ghostbusters" hit cinemas, and it saw Murray star as Dr. Peter Venkman and Weaver portray his love interest, Dana Barrett.
Meanwhile, Bill Murray’s latest film "Rock The Kasbah" has been met with some rather scathing reviews ahead of its release this Friday. In fact, it currently only has a rating of 6% on Rotten Tomatoes. Ouch.
Check out Mel Gibson in this trailer for "The Year of Living Dangerously," think Murray would have been a good fit?
If you don't live in a major market, chances are you won't have the opportunity to watch "Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension" in a movie theater.
For the first time in franchise history, the sixth entry in the wildly profitable horror franchise will not receive a wide release.
Despite the fact that the most recent entry in the franchise opened wide in nearly 3,000 theaters and grossed $18.3 million in January 2014 , Paramount will be releasing "Ghost Dimension" in only 1,350 theaters nationwide.
The studio has partnered with major theater chains AMC and Cineplex on a deal that will allow the movie to make its home entertainment debut in just 17 days.
In exchange, Deadline reports that these theater chains will receive a 2%-4% share of "digital revenue made between the time the film drops below 300 engagements and 90 days after its opening date."
Other major theater chains like Regal, Cinemark and Carmike are refusing to play the movie as a result, which explains its limited release.
Although Paramount is likely leaving a lot of money on the table (tracking suggests if the film opened in the expected 2,500+ theaters it would net $20 million opening weekend), they're just trying to adapt to modern times.
In an interview with Variety, Paramount's vice-chairman Rob Moore elaborated on the strategy: “We are making an investment in getting information. This is about the longer term health of how we distribute movies. The consumer is changing and we have to change as well.”
By allowing the film to be released on video-on-demand (VOD) platforms within 17 days of its initial release, Paramount won't need to mount a second advertising push 3 months later. They can bank on the ad campaign and awareness drummed up by the initial push.
The experiment comes not too long after Paramount's "Hot Tub Time Machine 2" failed to cash in theatrically. Deadline reports that MGM owned the distribution rights and rushed the film out to VOD, where it then tripled its initial box office haul.
The smaller-scale release means a much smaller advertising push, which also saves Paramount some cash.
Considering the "Paranormal Activity" films have always been low-budget & high-reward, it's a fairly low-risk experiment for the studio, who will likely already be in the black by the end of the week, even with this restricted release.
The film is expected to net somewhere between $10-12 million this weekend.
Watch the trailer below.
"Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension" opens in limited release today and will be available via VOD platforms in 17 days.
It has been 12 years since "Legally Blonde 2" and Reese Witherspoon is ready to brush off her "bend and snap."
The Oscar-winner addressed the idea of a new installment of the movie franchise on Thursday's episode of Lifetime's "Fashionably Late With Rachel Zoe."
"A lot of writers over the years have come up with good ideas for it," Witherspoon, 39, said. "I actually think it's kind of great right now, because we're talking about women in politics and how important that is to get more women. And I think it would be kind of a cool thing to have her be a Supreme Court justice, president, I mean…"
Both "Legally Blonde" and its sequel – which followed sorority girl Elle Woods (Witherspoon) as she proved she could be trendy and serious at the same time – were box office hits. They were followed by a successful musical and a third movie, "Legally Blondes," which Witherspoon didn't star in.
"I think we're ready to see Elle and she what she's up to lately," Witherspoon said. "That said, I don't know. Call [the movie studio] MGM."
Pick up the phone, MGM!
It's clear to some that Daniel Craig has grown a bit tired of doing promotion for the upcoming James Bond film, "Spectre." But he has an obligation to do and he's going through with it.
But once in a while, one can see why he could be over the press. In a video making its rounds on the internet, Craig sat with Sarah Powell, a reporter for UK's ITV show "This Morning."
During the interview, Powell asked if he'd model the pout he uses on-screen sometimes and in the "Spectre" posters.
"Do you know what I'm talking about?" Powell asked.
"Not really, no," Craig, 47, responded.
She asked again two or so more times and nothing. "I really think you need to move on," he finally said.
According to the Daily Mail, sources say that the interview was cut short when Craig lost his patience and cursed. Others deny that the actor cursed.
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Just in case you needed more convincing that Leonardo DiCaprio's next movie is going to be unlike anything we've seen him do on screen before, the actor just clinched it.
"It's going to be one of the most unique film-going experiences that audiences have seen in modern times," DiCaprio boasted about "The Revenant" (out Christmas day) to Yahoo Movies recently.
A very bold statement, but let's look at the particulars: The story follows a frontiersman (DiCaprio) as he sets out to seek revenge on the people that left him for dead after a bear mauling.
And it's by the director who gave us the stunning Oscar-nominated "Birdman" last year, Alejandro González Iñárritu.
So that tells us it's going to be unforgiving and a marvel to look at.
But it's what DiCaprio said later in the Yahoo Movies interview that tells you how all-in DiCaprio was for the role. When asked if he ever asked himself "What the hell have I gotten into?" while filming the actor answered:
"I can name 30 or 40 sequences that were some of the most difficult things I’ve ever had to do. Whether it’s going in and out of frozen rivers, or sleeping in animal carcasses, or what I ate on set. [I was] enduring freezing cold and possible hypothermia constantly," said DiCaprio.
Yes, he slept inside a dead animal. And he went on to say that he also ate raw bison liver.
"When you see the movie, you’ll see my reaction to it, because Alejandro kept it in. It says it all," he said about eating the liver.
See the trailer below to watch how gruesomely real "The Revenant" will be.
Age is but a number, and you don't have to be a teenager to play one on TV or film.
While some actors are closer in age to their character counterparts, others can be two or even 15 years older than the characters they portray.
Here are 11 celebrities who are well-known for their teen roles, even though they weren't teens at the time.
Troian Bellisario plays Spencer Hastings on "Pretty Little Liars," an 18-year-old high school student.
In real life, Bellisario is 29. She was 24 when she was cast as the high school junior. The characters graduated in the mid-season finale, and when the series returns in January, it's jumping ahead five years.
(Als0 0f note: Sasha Pieterse, who plays Alison DiLaurentis, is 19, so when the show returns, she'll be playing an older character.)
Minka Kelly played high school cheerleader Lyla Garrity in "Friday Night Lights."
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Baron Zemo will be the latest villain to enter the lucrative Marvel films when he makes his debut in next summer's "Captain America: Civil War."
And though there aren't many specifics out there of how the former top scientist of the Nazi party will be used against Steve Rogers and other members of the Avengers, we did get a little piece of news from the actor playing him, Daniel Brühl ("Inglorious Bastards").
While promoting his next movie, "Burnt," starring opposite Bradley Cooper (in theaters October 30), Brühl told Business Insider that Zemo will be without one of his trademark looks.
"He does not wear the mask," he said, referring to the purple cloak the character is famous for wearing after a vat of powerful adhesive, known as Adhesive X, spilled all over him during a fight with Captain America, preventing Zemo from ever removing it.
"You would be surprised, it's different than what you'd think," said Brühl, talking about the Zemo character we see in "Civil War.""It's loosely connected to this character. But that's what I like about the Marvel guys, some of the characters and things they're dealing with always reference to current events so my character is from a different area than you would think."
So don't expect Zemo to be a carbon-copy of what's in the comics.
"Civil War" will focus on the aftermath of the events that occurred in the last Avengers movie, "Age of Ultron," which has caused politicians to form a governing body to determine when an incident warrants the Avengers to be called upon. This leads to friction within the team, coming at an inopportune time as another new enemy, likely Zemo, makes his presence known.
Brühl said it's not out of the question that Zemo could return for future movies.
"There's a possibility," said the actor. "That's the way it's written."
"Captain America: Civil War" opens in theaters May 6, 2016.
Halloween is near, so there's no better time to search though Netflix for some scary movies.
But there are a lot of choices. So to make the rest of your October movie-watching easier, here are the 25 best horror movies you can stream on Netflix right now.
Grab a friend and come on in.
This disturbing look at three families who have lost a child is not for the faint of heart.
24. "The Taking of Deborah Logan"
An impressive "found footage" horror that looks at a documentary crew filming a woman suffering from Alzheimer's disease, and finding a lot more.
Newly married and spending their honeymoon in a rustic cabin, Bea and Paul don't have a care in the world. Until they go mad.
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Sequels are taking over Hollywood. However, this isn't a new thing.
If a movie does well, or if it is based off an existing property, the likelihood that it will get a sequel is very high. Some sequels are simply pale imitations of their predecessors.
Then, there are some sequels that take their source material and bring it to another level entirely. They expand the universes they are a part of, and make us all glad we got to spend more time with the characters.
With a new James Bond, "Hunger Games," and "Star Wars" on the way, here are some sequels that outdid their predecessors:
"22 Jump Street" (2014)
Predecessor: "21 Jump Street" (2012)
A sequel to "21 Jump Street" was a bad idea, given that "21 Jump Street" itself was a bad idea to begin with. But like the original, "22 Jump Street" shatters all expectations, creating a meta sequel that is somehow funnier and more self-aware than the original. That is all thanks to Phil Lord and Chris Miller, the creative duo that turned a lot of "bad" ideas (like "The Lego Movie") into something great.
"Army of Darkness" (1992)
Predecessor: "Evil Dead II" (1987)
The "Evil Dead" series is so consistently good that even the remake,"Evil Dead," is solid. It is hard to pick a favorite, but "Army of Darkness" might be the most wildly imaginative and funny. The stop motion skeleton army has only become more endearing with time.
Soon, we will be getting a TV spinoff called "Ash vs. Evil Dead." As Ash (Bruce Campbell) would say, "groovy."
"The Bride of Frankenstein" (1931)
Predecessor: "Frankenstein" (1931)
The original "Frankenstein" is filled with iconic images, but it strips out a lot of the brilliance of Mary Shelley's novel. A sequel was certainly not necessary, but "The Bride of Frankenstein" justifies its existence.
"The Bride of Frankenstein" is a horror movie that won't necessarily scare you, and that is fine. Stick around instead for a hilarious and moving scene where the Monster becomes friends with a blind hermit who teaches him how to smoke and drink.
Nearly 75 years later, and there still hasn't been a monster movie quite like "The Bride of Frankenstein."
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We're now officially into the Oscar bait season.
In November and December the movies that the studios feel have the best chance at Academy Awards are brought out on a weekly basis. But along with dramatic works from the likes of Quentin Tarantino and David O. Russell, there are also big budget titles like "Spectre,""The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2," and "Star Wars: The Force Awakens."
In short, it's a fun time of the year.
Here are 27 titles you shouldn't miss this holiday season.
"Brooklyn" is about an an Irish immigrant caught in a love triangle.
Release Date: November 4
Saoirse Ronan ("Hanna") gives a powerful performance as an Irish immigrant who, in dealing with the loneliness of living in 1950s Brooklyn, begins a romance, but soon finds herself having to choose between a man in the new world and a man in her homeland.
"The Peanuts Movie" features the whole lovable gang and Charlie Brown is smitten with a new girl.
Release Date: November 6
The lovable Peanuts gang embark on their greatest adventure yet as Charlie Brown is smitten with the new girl who just moved into the neighborhood and Snoopy takes on his nemesis, the Red Baron.
"Spectre" is Daniel Craig's fourth James Bond movie.
Release Date: November 6
Daniel Craig returns as James Bond for the fourth time. In this edition, 007 faces the diabolical organization, SPECTRE, with Christoph Waltz playing its leader, Franz Oberhauser, who has history with Bond.
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