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The trailer for Pixar's 'Finding Nemo' sequel 'Finding Dory' is out


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Pixar got a huge new original property this year with "Inside Out," but one of its most beloved movies is still 2003's fish adventure "Finding Nemo."

Today the trailer for the follow-up, "Finding Dory," hit the Internet thanks to "Ellen." It calls back to the original while telling the story of Ellen DeGeneres' Dory, the "sleep-swimming" fish who's out to find her family.

The movie will be out in June 2016.

Watch the trailer below:

You can also see the poster for the film here:

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Terminally ill 'Star Wars' fan who saw 'The Force Awakens' early has died


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Daniel Fleetwood, the terminally ill "Star Wars" fan whose dying wish was to see the latest movie in the saga, "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," has died at the age of 32, according to a Facebook post from Daniel's wife, Ashley, Monday night.

Fleetwood — who suffered from spindle cell sarcoma, a rare connective tissue cancer — was allowed to see a private screening of the film earlier this month, after a campaign for him to see it went viral with the hashtag #ForceForDaniel and the support of "Force Awakens" cast members.

This is not the first time "The Force Awakens" director J.J. Abrams has granted a fan's final wish.

In 2012, Abrams sent a rough cut of "Star Trek Into Darkness" to a devoted Trekkie who was terminally ill with cancer five months before the film opened. The fan passed away shortly after watching it.

"The Force Awakens" opens in theaters December 18.

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Netflix and Brad Pitt are making a monster movie starring Jake Gyllenhaal


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The new movie from South Korean director Bon Joon-ho, "Okja," is the latest move by Netflix in expanding its global reach.

The streaming giant has just invested $50 million in "Okja," according to The Hollywood Reporter, which is Bong's follow-up to his hit 2013 movie "Snowpiercer.

Currently in pre-production, the film stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Tilda Swinton and follows a friendship between a girl and an animal/monster named Okja (but for anyone who knows Bong's work, the story is likely more complex than that).

This is on the heels of Netflix committing last spring to a $60 million investment in the upcoming Brad Pitt project "War Machine." That's the company's largest deal to date.

Pitt's Plan B Entertainment has also come onboard the "Okja" project as a co-producer, according to THR.

Netflix is in more than 50 countries with 69 million subscribers around the world. 


With the company's plan to launch its service across Asia in 2016, collaborating with one of South Korea's biggest filmmakers is a smart move.

Bong's "Snowpiercer" was a critical success here in the US, but overseas it was a much bigger hit, grossing over $82 million at the foreign box office. The largest territory was Bong's homeland of South Korea, where it earned $59.8 million. At a $40 million budget, it's the biggest-budget Korean movie of all time. 

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Here are the brands that appear the most in 'Spectre'



“Spectre” opened in the US over the weekend with a strong $73 million take, making it the second-highest US opening for a James Bond film behind the last one, “Skyfall.”

But one thing “Spectre” has undoubtedly bested “Skyfall” at is featuring brands.

Concave Brand Tracking, a marketing company that analyzes brands in entertainment content, reports that the brands featured in “Spectre” had the largest exposure of any Daniel Craig-era Bond movie, with an average of one minute of screen time for each brand.

Concave compiled the top 10 brands seen in “Spectre.” Here they are.

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10. MBB

MBB's Bo150 helicopter is featured in the thrilling opening scene of "Spectre," and does not disappoint. 

9. Rolls-Royce

There are many nods to previous Bond movies in "Spectre," and a fun one is the appearance of a beautiful Rolls-Royce that comes out of nowhere to pick up Bond at a train station.

8. Mercedes-Benz

The Bond villain in "Spectre," Blofeld (Christoph Waltz), gets carted around with his bodyguards in some nice Benzes. The car manufacturer gets twice as much exposure in "Spectre" as it did in "Skyfall."

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Shia LaBeouf asks audiences to watch all his movies with him in real time over 3 days straight


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For the next three days, actor Shia LaBeouf will be sitting in New York City's Angelika Film Center watching all of his movies in reverse chronological order  — and he wants you to come watch, too. 

As part of a performance piece LaBeouf is presenting called #ALLMYMOVIES, the actor is also live-streaming the event. You can watch him watch his movies here

Here's a look at the event. Since it kicked off at 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, LaBeouf is still watching "Man Down," his most recent film. As the performance progresses, he'll also be watching films like "Nymphomaniac,""Transformers,""Disturbia," and "Holes."

There's no sound in the live-stream, but LaBeouf's raw emotions are entertainment enough. Just look at that smile. 

And what movie would be complete without popcorn?

The performance is scheduled to run all day for the next three days. We're just wondering if made-for-TV movies will be included.

If that's the case, we can't wait to watch LaBeouf as he gazes upon his younger self as Louis Stevens in the classic "Even Stevens Movie." 

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Oscar-nominated screenwriter says his Julianne Moore-starring LGBT movie was 'de-gayed'


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A wise man once told Ron Nyswaner that humans are motivated by two things: love or fear. 

The life lesson has stuck with the out Oscar-nominated screenwriter — known for his work in "Philadelphia,""Soldier's Girl,""The Painted Veil,""Ray Donovan" and most recently "Freeheld" and "Homeland"— for most of his. He applied the opposing emotions to his passionate work on behalf of the LGBT community during a moving speech at the Vanguard Awards benefiting the Los Angeles LGBT Center at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza on Nov. 7.

"Growing up gay in the 1960s and 1970s, I was quite familiar with fear. There were no gay characters in the movies, on TV or in books. In my entire childhood and teenage years, I heard the word 'homosexual' spoken aloud only once. My cousin used it — at Sunday dinner, no less — referring to a man in our church," Nyswaner recalled at the event, which also honored Jane Fonda and Miley Cyrus. "Then, I found the gay civil rights movement in the '70s. I can’t describe the relief I felt. But that deep-rooted shame never completely goes away. The challenge isn’t to get rid of it. It’s to do something with it."

And he has. His 1993 film "Philadelphia" was credited for bringing the then-challenging conversation surrounding HIV/AIDS to the mainstream thanks to an Oscar-winning star turn from Tom Hanks. While that film has been described as "groundbreaking" (Hanks received a Trailblazer Award for it last week at Outfest's Legacy Awards), Nyswaner recently faced opposition in telling another gay-themed story.

Though he never mentioned "Freeheld" by name during his Vanguard speech, it's clear he was speaking of the recent film starring Julianne Moore and Ellen Page. Moore plays the real-life role of Laurel Hester, a woman who fought to give her pension benefits to her domestic partner, Stacie Andree, played by Page.

julianne moore freeheld"For those of us who have that privilege I spoke of, earlier, of being artists — we have our challenges, too. We must take care to protect our history and our culture. We must be careful — as we become mainstream — that we don’t forget we’re the descendants of outlaws and rebels. We must resist the tendency to be de-gayed," Nyswaner noted, before getting specific about how that happened to "Freeheld". "One of my recent gay-themed projects had a lot of potential. But the producers became fearful. The gay characters were idealized. Their edges were smoothed out. The conflict between them was softened. Over my vigorous objections, by the way, for the record."

Nyswaner delivered the revelation onstage, after receiving his honor from longtime friend Frances McDormand. He said that the main characters were "turned into Lesbians with lower-case 'l.' "

Lily Tomlin Frances McDormand Ron NyswanerHe added: "Because, God forbid, someone might think we were making a movie about a couple of dykes. Out of fear, they were normalized. We must remember — and insist that others honor — our history and our very specific gay culture. We are the inheritors of a culture that was created from pain and invisibility. From being different."

Gay people "don’t have to be normalized to have all of our rights," said the Pennsylvania-born scribe. "And we don’t have to be normalized to be the main characters of film and TV shows. We can still be fags and dykes. We need to have the courage to insist that our gay characters are created within the fullness of their humanity with all their flaws. Just like straight characters," he said.

Nyswaner then took a vow in front of the capacity Vanguard Awards crowd, one that showed he has not forgotten those words the wise man told him all those years ago. "Tonight, I make this pledge to you," he said. "I'm done with fear. I will never work on something in which I don’t have some measure of artistic authority. I will create art in which gay characters are not normalized. Art that features LBGT characters who are fearless, powerful and scary motherf—ers."


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Scarlett Johansson earned the same amount as 'Avengers' co-stars Chris Evans and Chris Hemsworth


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In the ongoing debate about wage disparity in Hollywood, at least one woman may provide a hopeful narrative.

Scarlett Johansson earned roughly the same compensation for her role as Black Widow in the Marvel "Avengers" movies as co-stars Chris Evans and Chris Hemsworth,"Variety has learned from sources familiar with the actors' contracts.

It should be noted however, that this is actually much less than the pay she was previously reported to have earned. Robert Downey Jr. still gets paid the most of all the "Avengers" stars, with estimated earnings of $80 million a year from all his movie projects.

But it means Johansson is getting a better deal than other women in Hollywood. Jennifer Lawrence wrote a brutally honest essay called "Why Do I Make Less Than My Male Co-Stars?" about her discovery that she had made less than her male peers in "American Hustle.""I'm over trying to find the 'adorable' way to state my opinion and still be likable! F— that," Lawrence said.

For its part, Disney, which owns Marvel Studios, claims that that it's making active efforts to correct the gender power imbalance in its slate of films.

"Audiences have proven that there's an appetite and a market for dynamic female leads and female-driven stories, and as an industry, we have a responsibility to create those roles for women and compensate them accordingly," Alan Horn, the chairman of Walt Disney Studios, told Variety.

That assessment has some evidence to support it. One of Disney's biggest hits of the last five years, 2013's "Frozen," which made $1.27 billion worldwide, revolved around the story of two sisters.

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Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt hold nothing back in 'By the Sea,' an honest look at marriage full of fights and nudity


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"By the Sea" is written and directed by Angelina Jolie (going by Angelina Jolie Pitt), who also stars opposite her real husband, Brad Pitt. They play a couple that goes on vacation during a difficult time in their marriage.

And based just on that description, you've likely made a judgment about whether you're going to see this movie or not.

For some, the Pitts in a melodrama about a marriage at a speed bump is intriguing enough to ignore the blockbusters and CGI fodder that's also in theaters. Others will ignore it because it's a vanity project made by two super-famous, super-rich celebrities who may be looking for a pat on the back for being so creatively brave.

Neither party is wrong, but for a second let's take the stars out of the picture and focus on the story. Set in the late 1970s, it follows Vanessa, a former dancer, and Roland, a struggling author, vacationing in a small town in France and, in the process, playing mind games with one another while drinking and smoking a lot. Emotional defenses are knocked down as quickly as they are built, while the two try to find the drive in their relationship with the backdrop of a gorgeous French village.

Without mention of the Pitts, that sounds similar to many independent films that have been released in the last two decades. That doesn't mean Jolie Pitt shouldn't have written the script, but when stars who are married, especially A-list couples, take on a film themselves, judgments are instantly made, however unfair.

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"By the Sea" is a polarizing film that will be too slow for some, but kept me intrigued because it does capture honest moments of a marriage — the instances when you can't stand the other person but you know you would never be with anyone else.

Jolie Pitt plays Vanessa as an ice queen who stays perched up in the balcony in her hotel room all day as her husband is down the hill getting drunk at the cafe. She isn't necessarily waiting to be noticed, but doesn't mind if someone wants to give her attention, which comes in the form of a newlywed husband in the next room.

Pitt's Roland is a drunk who acts like he's fed up with his marriage, but deep down can't bring himself to leave. It's possible he might have been unfaithful in the past, but we never know that for sure. All we know is he'd rather stay at the cafe drinking while staring at the blank page of the next book he's supposed to write than be with his wife.

The Pitts hold nothing back in their portrayal of the couple. Nudity, angry kicks, and slaps fill the screen time. But in those raw moments, their bond begins to take form again, and they soon find a connection in the strangest of acts: looking into a hole in the wall where they can see the newlyweds in the next room (Mélanie Laurent and Melvil Poupaud).

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Whether it's for lust or the enjoyment of seeing a couple in love, Vanessa and Roland become fixated on watching the two. The buildup to this moment is welcome and surprising.

At times, Jolie Pitt gets too heavy-handed in her acting, but her direction indicates her progression as a filmmaker. Pitt's role is filled with pain, anger, and dark comedy. In a lot of ways, his wife gave him the better of the two roles.

"By the Sea" isn't likely to sneak up on any of the awards-season hopefuls this year, but it is a work that will challenge audiences and showcase strong, honest performances from its leads — even if they happen to be movie stars.

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See 4 new photos of 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' characters


force awakens cover han solo harrison fordIn case you haven't heard, there's a little independent art film called "Star Wars: The Force Awakens"slated for release in December. The film, a J.J. Abrams production practically overflowing with hype, is getting the full blockbuster treatment from Entertainment Weekly, who just unveiled four different covers for their super special "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" double issue:

R2-D2 really has a way with the camera, doesn't he? Balenciaga should give dude a call. EW promises the stacked issue will deliver some much-needed Luke Skywalker insight, a discussion on the cultural importance of Finn and Rey, and a handy 1-minute guide to the increasingly large "Star Wars" cinematic universe.

May the Force be with any other movie daring to release this December.

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Thirteen years after 'Finding Nemo' the movie is getting a sequel


The first trailer for "Finding Dory," the long-awaited sequel to "Finding Nemo," is finally here, a full 13 years after the original came out. However, the story of "Finding Dory" takes place just six months after the events of the first film. 

As the title suggests, "Finding Dory is centered on Dory (Ellen DeGeneres), rather than Nemo. Dory is now living with Marlin (Albert Brooks) and Nemo. For the first time in her life, Dory's memory is beginning to come back, which sends her on a quest to find her family.

Idris Elba, Ty Burrell, and Diane Keaton will star as new characters in the film, which will be in theaters on June 17, 2016.

Story by Ian Phillips and editing by Kristen Griffin

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Will Smith says this the biggest revelation in his new film, 'Concussion'


Will Smith's controversial new film, "Concussion," explores a real cover-up in the NFL.

Smith plays Dr. Bennet Omalu, who discovered a deadly brain trauma that many NFL players were suffering from. 

At the film's premiere, Smith discussed the biggest revelation in "Concussion."

According to Smith, "The thing that was a revelation for me with this is that it's not really the big hits that are the problem, it's definitely an issue, but more the issue is the repetitive head trauma."

"One of the statistics in the film is that by Dr. Omalu's calculations, Mike Webster sustained more than 70,000 blows to his head from the time he was a young man through his high school and college, and his 18-year professional career," Smith said. "So the repetitive head trauma is more the issue, and that's sort of the revelation that comes out in the film."

"Concussion" comes out in theaters on December 25th, 2015.

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ESPN will air commercials for Will Smith's NFL drama 'Concussion'


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ESPN will run advertisements for "Concussion."

Commercials for the controversial Will Smith movie about NFL players suffering from brain damage due to the violent blows they take, have been "accepted" at the network and will begin airing soon, a well-placed source told The Hollywood Reporter.

It is unclear if the spots will run during Monday Night Football or any other NFL-related programming. ESPN's Monday Night Football deal — the richest among the league's TV partners— extends through 2021 and is worth $15.2 billion to the NFL.

A request for comment to Sony, the NFL Network, NBC, CBS and Fox Sports on “Concussion” spots was not immediately returned. 

ESPN declined to comment. 

The film, set for a Christmas Day release, is already generating Oscar buzz for Smith who portrays Nigerian-born Bennet Omalu, a Pittsburgh-based doctor who attempts to expose the correlation between the beating players take on the field and deadly head trauma. 

In 2013, ESPN ended its high-profile collaboration with PBS' Frontline on a concussion investigation project, “League of Denial: The NFL's Concussion Crisis.” The collaboration was axed after pressure from the NFL, according to a New York Times report at the time.

Previously, the NFL said it plans to combat the negative PR from the film by hosting a series of discussions, conferences and scientific strategy meetings about player safety.

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Princess Leia won't be a 'princess' anymore in 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens,' but she has a new title


force awakens princess leiaCarrie Fisher’s Princess Leia Organa is one of the best sci-fi movie characters of all time, male or female. She’s tough, caring, and conflicted; a great leader and a devoted friend. Many of these things will stay the same in the latest trip to that far, far away galaxy, "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," but at least one key thing has changed, her official title.

The latest issue of Entertainment Weekly is full-to-bursting with all kinds of "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" goodies, including interviews, new photos, and some fresh information. Talking about Leia, director and co-writer J.J. Abrams said: "She’s referred to as General. But … there’s a moment in the movie where a character sort of slips and calls her ‘Princess.’"

Hearing characters refer to Leia as "General" is, while very fitting given her leadership role Rebellion and the new world that follows "Return of the Jedi," going to take some getting used to. We don’t know who it is that calls her "Princess," or what the context is, but if we had to place a wager, we’d bet it’s Han Solo — though it’s just as easy to imagine the title being used in an affectionate manner as it is being used as a jab or insult intended to hurt her.

It’s also going to be interesting to see what exactly that means in the grand scheme of things. After the Battle of Endor, the destruction of the second Death Star, and the death of Emperor Palpatine and Darth Vader, the Empire has fractured. But, as we’ve seen in in-canon additions like the novel "Aftermath" and the comic "Shattered Empire," though it’s down, it’s not out, and we know the First Order rises to prominence and poses a very real, very dire threat.

There’s obviously still a large-scale military conflict going on, and with her background and experience, Leia is a perfect fit for a leadership role. Every time we’ve seen her, she’s decked out in military style garb, and she’s been glimpsed multiple times in places that look very much like military command centers, doing her duty, but at what cost?

There’s also a personal angle to Leia that we can’t help but wonder about. With all of these responsibilities, what’s become of her relationship with Han Solo? Did they ever settle down, get married, and have kids, like they do in the Extended Universe? She and Han embrace in that one clip, but it looks sad and despondent, not a happy occasion. There have even been rumors that the two are no longer together and that their son becomes the villainous Kylo Ren, both of which could cause a great deal of tension.

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J.J. Abrams says that Leia’s story has very high stakes, and that hers is one of the heavier arcs. When asked about how her character is coping with all of this weight, Carrie Fisher described Leia as: "[S]olitary. Under a lot of pressure. Committed as ever to her cause, but I would imagine feeling somewhat defeated, tired, and pissed."

That may not tell us a lot in a concrete sense, but it is ominous and sets the mood and tone. And with the escalating clash between the Resistance, and the Rebel Alliance is now known, and the First Order, you can bet that burden is only going to increase.

We’ll find out exactly what this all means and what General, not Princess, Leia has been up to for the last 30 years when "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" finally opens on December 18.

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Han Solo passes the torch in new 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' footage


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J.J. Abrams said no new trailers for "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" would be aired before the film's release, but as promised, new footage did air in a TV spot last night during ABC's #TGIT night of Shonda Rhimes' dramas (Scandal, How to Get Away with Murder).

The 60-second commercial featured some familiar scenes, including footage from the recent Japanese trailer, but new clips show what appears to be Finn's TIE Fighter escaping from a hangar bay and Finn fighting a stormtrooper with Luke Skywalker's old lightsaber. 

Han Solo gets more screentime and is shown handing Rey a blaster saying, "You might need this." Later, Solo and Chewbacca are also shown in the midst of a battle. 

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Also in a new clip, Rey and BB-8 descend into a command room where they find General (no more Princess) Leia, Solo, C-3PO, and an assortment of others gathered in a meeting. 

Check out the full TV spot below:

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Spike Lee reveals why his new movie 'Chi-Raq' will be on Amazon: 'Everyone else said no'


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"I've been making a film almost every year since 1986," says Spike Lee, the 58-year-old director of "Do the Right Thing,""Malcolm X," "He Got Game" and 17 others. He has been nominated twice for an Oscar (and won a Student Oscar in film school), but at the Governors Awards, he'll pick up a statuette for his lifetime contribution to cinema.

One of independent film's most influential filmmakers, Lee will receive an honorary Oscar at the Academy's Governors Awards on Nov. 14. He's previously criticized both Hollywood and the Academy's lack of diversity, but, he says, Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs has made significant changes since taking the helm in 2013.

"She's doing a great job. She's really been active in getting younger and diversified voting members, which I think is needed," adds Lee, who spoke to THR about his latest project, "Chi-raq" (which will be Amazon's first film with a theatrical release; it premieres on Dec. 4), gun violence and the Michael Jackson trilogy he hopes to make.

How has independent filmmaking changed since you started?

That might as well have been a million years ago. Filmmakers like Jim [Jarmusch] and I, the only reason we went to film school was because of the equipment. We didn't care about the MFA. You went to film school to get the equipment. Now students look at the cost of going to schools and say, "I could use that money to buy my own camera and lighting kit." It's a new world.


Is there a project that never got made that you someday hope to go back to?

A lot of them. I was supposed to direct [a film about] Jackie Robinson. I was supposed to direct [one about] James Brown, too. It just didn't work out. I have a script I wrote with Budd Schulberg, about [boxers] Joe Lewis and Max Schmeling. And unfortunately he died before we got it done. I made a promise, so one day we're getting this film done. We're doing it for Budd.

Your next film, "Chi-Raq," about Chicago gun violence, is going to be Amazon's first feature release Dec. 4.

They're a great company. And also everyone else said no.

Why did other companies pass?

They never give you a reason; they just say, "It's not for us." My co-writer Kevin Willmott and I wrote the script and went to Sundance and everybody was saying no, no, no, no, no. Amazon said yes. I tell my students, "All it takes is one yes. You get a bunch of motherf—ing nos, but all it takes is one yes."

How do you think companies like Amazon and Netflix are affecting the industry?

They're doing a lot. I think studios are threatened. That's a good thing. I also think there's enough room for everybody out here. As a filmmaker, artist, the more places there are established that you [can] have your work seen, the better it is.

"Chi-raq" is planned for an awards run. What's your goal with this film?

It's really not about awards. I'm going to save lives. There's people being shot on the streets of Chicago daily. It's not just Chicago, it's happening in cities all over America. It's happening in L.A., New York — what's Baltimore called? Bodymore, Murderland. What's Philadelphia called? Killadelphia. There's a major part of this film that's about guns in our country. What is it going to take for we as people, and supposedly the most civilized country on Earth, to stop this madness? The NRA is not bigger than the United States of America.

How can real change happen?

Legislation. How is it that somebody can go in our states, like Oregon, and buy — why is a store selling an assault weapon? You don't even hunt with an assault weapon. Why are they being sold?

What advice do you give to aspiring filmmakers?

I hope they're doing it because they love it, not because they want to be rich or famous. Not that those things can't happen, but the main reason, the focus is, "This is what I want to do for the rest of my life and I love it." Not to say that you don't want to make money, but the passion should be driven by your love for that particular thing that you're doing.

What's next for you?

We were working overtime [on "Chi-raq"]. On the side, I'm finishing a documentary on the making of Michael Jackson's "Off the Wall" album, for the Michael Jackson estate and Sony Records. I already did "Bad 25," and hopefully the estate will ask me to come back and do "Thriller," and then I'll complete the trilogy.

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'Steve Jobs' director says the movie went 'wide too soon'


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Danny Boyle has spoken out about his latest film "Steve Jobs," which despite solid reviews and an early Oscar-buzz has proved a disappointment in the U.S. box office, taking just $16.9 million so far and only just topping the Ashton Kutcher-led 2013 flop, "Jobs."

Speaking to the BBC, the British director said he was "disappointed" that the film – which was dropped from 2,000 screens by Universal this week after its poor performance – failed to attract the crowds, suggesting the studio's release tactics were at fault.

"It's very easy in hindsight, but I think it's probably that we release it too wide soon," he said.

Danny Boyle Carlos Alvarez Getty"Steve Jobs" proved a hit when it had a limited release in just four theaters in New York in L.A. on Oct 9, taking an average of $130,236 per venue, but flopped when it went wide two weeks later, and Boyle said he thought Universal "should have built more slowly."

But the Oscar-winning director of "Slumdog Millionaire" said he "wouldn't criticize" Universal's release schedule, pointing to the "exemplary" way in which the studio had supported the film after it was dropped by Sony.

"I think [they] are genuinely very proud of the film. Yeah sure, you might have done it in a different way... But you know, you've got to get on now," he added.

Boyle, for whom "Steve Jobs" is the first film he hasn't developed himself, will next move onto the long-awaited sequel to his 1996 breakout hit "Trainspotting." Last month he told The Hollywood Reporter that he was hoping to shoot the film next summer on a budget of under $20 million. 

"Steve Jobs" is released across the U.K. Nov 13.

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The bizarre reason 'The Martian' will be eligible for a Golden Globes comedy nomination


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When the Golden Globes nominations are announced on December 10, don’t be shocked if Ridley Scott’s sci-fi hit “The Martian” is called out in the Best Comedy/Musical category.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the eligibility committee of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which votes on Globes winners, decided to keep “The Martian” and fellow 20th Century Fox film "Joy" in the comedy category, where the studio hoped to land them (though the paper does report “The Martian” made it into the category by one vote).

The Golden Globes, which will air on NBC on January 10, have always been known for their puzzling decisions.

In the Comedy/Musical category alone, films that could be considered “dramedies” by the slimmest margin have found themselves part of the lot. Recently, that’s included “Nebraska,” about an aging father and estranged son’s journey to claim a million-dollar prize, and “My Week with Marilyn,” which starred Michelle Williams as the legendary star.

And it seems the Globes like to throw “Joy” director David O. Russell in the category. His previous two films, “Silver Linings Playbook” and “American Hustle” (which won the Globe in 2013), have been placed there.

“Joy” looks at a family over the course of four generations and particularly focuses on the daughter (Jennifer Lawrence) who builds a wealthy business from the ground up. If it’s like Russell’s previous films, there will be some laughs, but it certainly can’t be categorized as a comedy.

Joy finalBut even for the Globes, putting a sci-fi movie in the category is a far stretch.

Though "The Martian" star Matt Damon, who plays an astronaut stranded on Mars, has some funny moments as he talks to cameras set up throughout his base with a sarcastic tone about his situation and often complains that disco is the only music he has, again, you don’t think comedy when you think “The Martian.”

In awards season, what gives a film the best chance of winning is what dictates how a studio enters it for consideration. This comes up often when a studio behind an awards-worthy movie with an ensemble cast must decide which actors will vie for the Best Lead categories and which will try for Best Supporting (it will be interesting to see how Open Road Films does this for “Spotlight,” the journalist drama with Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo, and Rachel McAdams, among many others).

But the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's category flexibility isn't appreciated by some in the comedy world.

Judd Apatow, who will certainly be in contention for a Best Comedy/Musical Globe nomination with his film “Trainwreck,” tweeted this recently.

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The composer behind some of the most memorable movie scores gives his 4 favorites


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If you enjoyed the music in anything made by Steven Soderbergh or Nicolas Winding Refn, you can thank Cliff Martinez.

The former drummer for bands like Red Hot Chili Peppers and Beefheart turned to a successful career as a film score composer with Steven Soderbergh’s 1989 debut feature “Sex, Lies, and Videotape.” Since then, his unique eerie electronica sound has found its was into the films of Refn (“Drive,” “Only God Forgives”), Joe Carnahan (“Narc”), and Harmony Korine (“Spring Breakers”).

With so many memorable works under his belt, including the second season of Soderbergh’s “The Knick,” now on Cinemax, Business Insider asked Martinez to make the tough decision of telling us his favorite scores he’s created. Here they are, with his words about them:


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1. “Solaris” (2002)

The ninth time Martinez teamed with Soderbergh was for this trippy sci-fi drama starring George Clooney investigating the crew at a research station orbiting a bizarre planet. Loosely inspired by the classic 1972 film of the same title, Soderbergh’s version bombed at the box office, but Martinez’s soothing score stands out.

“That was my first entry with a large orchestra,” he said. “And it was my first experience with a large studio. I was terrified.”

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2. “Traffic” (2000)

Two years before “Solaris,” Martinez was in his sweet spot for Soderbergh’s Oscar-winning “Traffic.” He provided a slick electronic feel that was in contrast to the gritty drug war the film profiled.

“That’s one of my favorites of my electronic scores,” Martinez said.

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3. “Contagion” (2011)

2011 was a good year for Martinez, and in it, he showed the diversity in his work. For Soderbergh’s “Contagion,” he delivered a thrilling score to match the terror of a world infected by a mysterious disease (the sound is very similar to what Soderbergh asked Martinez to create for “The Knick”).

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This movie did so terribly that Universal has pulled it from over 2,000 theaters


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Generally, 2015 has been an incredible year for Universal. It's responsible for three of the top five earners in the country: "Jurassic World,""Furious 7," and "Minions." But no one is bulletproof in Hollywood, and that's evident with one of the studio's most recent releases.

"Jem and the Holograms," the movie reboot of the popular late-1980s cartoon, opened in wide release October 23 and has done so poorly that Universal appears to be yanking it from theaters after only two weeks. Though the movie is still in approximately 50 screens, it has disappeared from most theaters, and Universal isn't reporting any box-office figures for it after last week.

This is an unheard of move for a movie that was in theaters nationwide.

But when you crunch the numbers, it's clear they had to stop the bleeding.

Things didn't start out well for the movie, as early reviews were awful, with the film currently at a 20% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Many critics noted that it wasn't true to the TV show, basically alienating core fans.

Then the harsh numbers were reported.

"Jem" came in 15th place its opening week in theaters, taking in $1.37 million on 2,413 screens. That's $570 per screen.

Things didn't get any better for the movie its following week. In 2,417 screens, "Jem" took in $387,925. That's only $160 per screen. To compare, the new "Steve Jobs" film, even when it was performing poorly in wide release, was making $1,080 per screen.

But taking the movie out of theaters instead of scaling it down was a shock to box-office vets who thought they'd seen everything.

"Theater chains are contractually obligated to hold a film for two weeks after booking it. However, in all my days as an analyst, I've never seen a studio actually stop reporting after two weeks," Jeff Bock, senior box-office analyst at Exhibitor Relations, told Business Insider Monday. "This is unprecedented, and shows just how badly this film flopped. Not only is it the lowest-grossing debut for a studio film this year, but it's the worst all-time — by a considerable margin — for any film released in 2,000-plus theaters."

With a reported budget of only $5 million and obviously little promotion, it won't be a huge dent in Universal's monster year at the box office.

But it's safe to say that the "Jem and the Holograms" franchise has flatlined.


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