If you haven't realized it yet, Leonardo DiCaprio is really pulling out all the stops to try and win his first Academy Award.
The five-time Oscar nominee (and zero-time winner) has done everything from moving us with his portrayal of a mentally impaired young boy in "What's Eating Gilbert Grape" to blowing us away with his range in films for master director Martin Scorsese. Though these parts have punched his Oscar ticket, he's always left the ceremony empty-handed.
So with Alejandro González Iñárritu's "The Revenant," he's going the shock-and-awe route.
Set in the rugged US frontier of the 1800s, the movie has DiCaprio playing a fur trader who is mauled by a bear and left for dead. His drive for revenge is the only thing that keeps him from dying out in the wilderness.
DiCaprio suffered freezing conditions to play the role, but the actor wanted to go a step further. In one scene, his character, Hugh Glass, comes across a recently killed buffalo. He begins to eat its liver, raw. He dry-heaves while chewing on the blood-soaked organ, the first solid food he's had in days.
According to Clay Landry, who was the historical and wilderness technical adviser on the film, and who was on the set when the scene in question was shot, DiCaprio really did eat raw bison liver.
"The props guys had come up with an artificial bison liver [for the scene]," Landry told Business Insider. "They showed me a picture of it, it was made up of protein bars. It looked real to me."
But then a few days before the scene was to be shot, word came down that plans had changed.
"Leo had talked it over and they were going to use a real liver," Landry told BI.
DiCaprio briefly talked about the liver-eating scene to Yahoo Movies in October. "When you see the movie, you’ll see my reaction to it, because Alejandro kept it in. It says it all," the actor said.
Landry notes that the scene is true to how a frontiersman would have eaten a buffalo back in the 1800s.
"Bison liver would be one of the first things that a real mountain man would eat when he killed a buffalo," he said. "He would eat it raw because it was good food for him and nutritious."
When asked how he thought DiCaprio took on the scene, Landry said:
"That was quite impressive."
We'll see if Oscar voters feel the same.
"The Revenant" opens in limited release Christmas Day and everywhere January 8.
"Star Wars: The Force Awakens" premiered in Los Angeles last night, and the verdict is in: Hollywood is thrilled.
A number of celebrities joined a few lucky fans to catch the first public showing, and took to Twitter to express their pleasure.
Rainn Wilson, who dressed as a Jedi Knight, wrote on Twitter, "1st Star Wars review: it was epic, awesome & perfect. The cast was stellar. JJ killed it!"
1st Star Wars review: it was epic, awesome & perfect. The cast was stellar. JJ killed it!— RainnWilson (@rainnwilson) December 15, 2015
Check out some other celebrity reactions — from Patton Oswalt, Rob Lowe, and more — below:
Amazing!Amazing!Amazing! In awe. It's all you want it to be.Old/new/funny/heartbreaking.Daisy Ridley is astonishing! pic.twitter.com/XKoyw8XXcj— Fred Savage (@thefredsavage) December 15, 2015
The Force has undoubtedly awakened. It's everything we've been waiting for. Can't wait for the world to see it-keepin my mouth shut til then— Darren Criss (@DarrenCriss) December 15, 2015
Well, I've seen Star Wars: The Force Awakens. My prediction: #1 at the box office this week.— Eric Stonestreet (@ericstonestreet) December 15, 2015
The Force Awakens is a wonderful movie. So happy to say Star Wars is truly badass again. Photo from premiere: pic.twitter.com/1qeMZSx5x8— Adam Scott (@mradamscott) December 15, 2015
And Patton Oswalt couldn't contain his enthusiasm.
JJ did it. #StarWarsForceAwakens— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) December 15, 2015
And without spoiling it, I can say that #StarWarsForceAwakens has the BEST final shot of any Star Wars film. Wow.— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) December 15, 2015
"I am SO not excited about the new Star Wars m--" *a thousand Hells Angels ride up and start blowing him he's so cool— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) December 15, 2015
The new trailer for the Coen brothers' latest movie, "Hail, Caesar!," adds a little private-eye work to Hollywood's usual goings-on.
In the 1950s, one of the city's big stars (George Clooney) goes missing and a studio head (Josh Brolin) enlists his actors to track the man down, including characters played by...
And Scarlett Johansson.
As with any movie by the Coens (also responsible for "The Big Lebowski"), expect the highly unexpected. The trailer tags it as a "dangerous comedy."
"Hail, Caesar!" opens in theaters February 5. Watch the complete trailer here:
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What started off as an unlikely underdog story turned into a phenomenon that changed the world.
While Hollywood expected "Star Wars" to be a huge flop in 1977, it ended up, as we know, one of the most financially successful films of all time, and kicked off a franchise that can't be killed.
"The Force Awakens," the seventh film in the "Star Wars" saga, will be released on December 18, 2015. Expectations are incredibly high. No less a Hollywood mythmaker than Steven Spielberg thinks it could be "the biggest movie ever."
While George Lucas gave up control of the franchise in 2012, he still made a tremendous profit off of it. That is not just because he created the original story. Lucas gained control of licensing and merchandising rights before "A New Hope" was even released. This smart move ultimately turned him into one of the most successful people in the entertainment industry.
This is the path that George Lucas took that turned him into a billionaire.
In 1973, George Lucas had just finished directing the beloved coming-of-age film "American Graffiti."
The high school comedy remains one of the most profitable movies of all time. Made on a budget of $777,000, it earned $140 million in revenue.
The success of "Graffiti" gave Lucas some much-needed clout in Hollywood. Producers were excited to hear his next idea. Lucas wanted to direct a sci-fi Western called "Star Wars."
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"Star Wars: The Force Awakens" is in theaters Friday and Disney has done a good job keeping big spoilers under wraps.
The seventh installment in the franchise had its world premiere in Los Angeles Monday night, but don't expect to hear many reveals until the film makes its way into theaters — at least not from press.
Disney and Lucasfilm gave press a set of rules to follow for screenings.
Phones will be collected. Electronics are to be left at home. No one should be checking in on social media to tell people the location of the screening.
Reviews are to be held until 12:01 a.m. PST Wednesday.
Press embargoes aren't the only precaution Disney is taking to prevent "Star Wars" spoilers.
Here are a few other ways the Mouse House is ensuring fans head into "The Force Awakens" with some surprises intact:
1. The movie tie-in book was delayed until January
The book, from Penguin Random House's publisher Del Rey, won't be out on store shelves until January 5, 2016, more than two weeks after the film's release in the U.S. The book was expected to be released during the holiday season. The WSJ notes that publishers typically release movie tie-ins two months before a film's release.
The e-book version of the novelization will be available December 18.
2. "The Force Awakens" soundtrack will be released the same day as the movie.
Track titles can sometimes give hints about the direction or plot of a film. You won't be able to hear legendary composer John Williams' new score until the movie is released in theaters.
3. No one has said anything about this movie.
Everyone from director J.J. Abrams to Harrison Ford and newcomer actors John Boyega and Daisy Ridley have been extremely tight-lipped.
Mark Hamill hasn't revealed why his character has been hidden from marketing.
When director J.J. Abrams, Ridley, Boyega, and Adam Driver were on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" on November 23, the most we learned was that the first word in the film is "this." Some of the cast also discussed how they landed their roles in the film.
4. Scripts were printed on red paper.
In order to prevent the script from leaking, "The Force Awakens" was printed on dark red paper. If anyone tried to photocopy anything, the printed copies will be illegible.
5. Some of the toys still haven't been released.
While many "Star Wars" toys have already been released for the movie, a Hasbro representative previously told Tech Insider there are, unsurprisingly, other toys set for release after the film as well.
Like the prequel trilogy before it, continuing from the original "Star Wars" trilogy of "A New Hope,""Empire Strikes Back," and "Return of the Jedi" is a huge task because the story has to compete with decades of conversations and theories fans of the saga have had.
But with "Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens" director J.J. Adrams successfully delivers a story that is loaded with nostalgic moments of the previous episodes as well as building a foundation of the next story line we are to embark on.
The main focus is Finn (John Boyega) and Rey (Daisy Ridley), two outsiders who come together for a unlikely journey.
Finn is a stormtrooper who has gone rogue. Not made out to be the killer he was bred to be, he ends up on a dessert planet as he tries to escape the First Order (which is what the Empire is called now).
Rey is a scavenger who spends her days getting little money from stripping parts from destroyed star destroyers, X-wings, and TIE fighters that crashed on her planet ages ago when the Empire fell thanks to the now mythical heroes like Luke Skywalker and Han Solo.
Finn and Rey connect through the droid BB-8, which is the property of hot shot rebel pilot Poe Dameron Oscar Isaac).
Getting into why BB-8 is important would be opening the floodgates to a rush of spoilers, so what's best to say is the lovable droid (who would think a big ball could be so adorable) is the key for why Finn and Rey enter into the world of the Rebellion, where they cross paths with Han Solo (Harrison Ford), Chewbacca (Peter Mayhew), and General Leia (Carrie Fisher).
"The Force Awakens" is chock-full of battles (both in the sky and with the lightsaber), but what Abrams and fellow screenwriters Lawrence Kasdan and Michael Arndt have made strides in creating strong dialogue and emotion from the characters.
As George Lucas was always criticized for filling the earlier episodes with cold, stringent performances (especially in the prequels), the characters in "The Force Awakens" are passionate, joking, and give performances that don't feel forced.
This is evident with the new members to the saga. The struggle of Boyega's Fin to be a stormtrooper gives the first signal that this is going deeper than what we've seen in the franchise.
Adam Driver as the villain Kylo Ren is the perfect mixture of intimidation and conflicting. Wanting desperately to be the second-coming of Darth Vader, he is filled with doubts if he has enough of the dark side in him (by the end of the movie we realize he does). However, he also comes off as a spoiled brat at times as he uses his lightsaber to throw temper tantrums. It plays well for some comedy, just barely.
Then there's Ridley 's Rey, who gives a performance that gets better as the movie progresses and is a blueprint of how women in action movies should be portrayed here on out. Rey is a no-nonsense hero that doesn't need any assistance to do anything. She insists numerous times for Finn to let go of her hand while they run from danger. She flies the Millennium Falcon. She wields a lightsaber. Whether it was intentional or not, Abrams has announced that in his galaxy far, far away women don't just kick butt, they are the focus of the story. I can't wait to see what else is in store for Rey.
"The Force Awakens" is an epic story for an epic franchise that has set the table for an intriguing new chapter.
"Star Wars: The Force Awakens" opens in theaters everywhere on December 18.
Continuing the original "Star Wars" trilogy of "A New Hope,""Empire Strikes Back," and "Return of the Jedi" would have been a difficult task for anybody. The new "Star Wars" movie, "The Force Awakens," needed a plot that wouldn't disappoint millions of fans who have spent decades theorizing about what might happen next in a galaxy far, far away.
But with "Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens," director J.J. Abrams nailed it. He successfully delivered a franchise movie loaded with nostalgic moments playing on previous episodes that also builds a foundation for the next storyline to come. (Only mild spoilers for the plot ahead.)
The movie's main focus is Finn (John Boyega) and Rey (Daisy Ridley), two outsiders who come together for an unlikely journey.
Finn is a stormtrooper who has gone rogue — he finds he's not meant to be the killer he was bred to be. Instead, Finn ends up on a desert planet trying to escape the First Order (which is what the Empire is called now).
Rey is a scavenger who spends her days scrounging together money by stripping parts from ruined Star Destroyers, X-wings, and TIE fighters that crashed on her planet ages ago when the Empire fell (thanks to the now-mythical heroes including Luke Skywalker and Han Solo).
Finn and Rey connect through the droid BB-8, which is the property of a hot-shot rebel pilot, Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac).
BB-8 is important — but getting into why would open the floodgates to a rush of spoilers. So it's best to say the lovable droid is the key to why Finn and Rey enter into the world of the Rebellion, where they cross paths with Han Solo (Harrison Ford), Chewbacca (Peter Mayhew), and General Leia (Carrie Fisher).
"The Force Awakens" is chock-full of lightsaber battles, chase scenes, and explosions, but Abrams and fellow screenwriters Lawrence Kasdan and Michael Arndt also crafted strong dialogue that evokes serious emotion from the characters.
George Lucas was always criticized for filling earlier "Star Wars" episodes with cold, stringent performances (especially in the prequels). But the characters in "The Force Awakens" are passionate — even funny — and give performances that don't feel... forced.
This is especially evident in the plot lines of new "Star Wars" charaters.
Adam Driver as the villain Kylo Ren is the perfect mix of intimidation and conflict. He wants desperately to be the second coming of Darth Vader but isn't sure if he has enough of the dark side in him (by the end of the movie we realize he does). Ren's character also has a refreshing hint of humor, like when he uses his lightsaber to throw temper tantrums.
Then there's Rey. Daisy Ridley gives a performance that gets better as the movie progresses and is a blueprint for how women in action movies should be portrayed. Rey is a no-nonsense hero who doesn't need any assistance to do anything. She insists numerous times that Finn let go of her hand while they run from danger. She flies the Millennium Falcon. She wields a lightsaber. Whether it's intentional or not, Abrams has announced that in his galaxy far, far away, women don't just kick butt — they are the focus of the story.
The bottom line: "The Force Awakens" is an epic story for an epic franchise that has set the groundwork for an intriguing new chapter that might just be as exciting as the first one.
"Star Wars: The Force Awakens" opens in theaters everywhere on December 18.
Year-end holiday advance ticket sales for J.J. Abrams' "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" have crossed $100 million in North America, an unheard-of number, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter.
That includes $50 million to $60 million in advance ticket sales for the film's opening weekend. "Force Awakens," which held its world premiere Monday night in Los Angeles, begins rolling out Thursday night before playing everywhere Friday morning.
Disney continued to decline comment on advance tickets sales. In recent days, theater owners have been adding screenings of the film to accommodate demand, with studio insiders stressing there are still plenty of seats available over opening weekend. In order to play the movie, theaters have to commit to carrying "Force Awakens" for four to five weeks.
The previous record-holder for advance ticket sales was "The Dark Knight Rises" in 2012 with $25 million. Sources say "Force Awakens" sales could even be north of $120 million.
On Tuesday, online ticketing service Fandango reported that "Force Awakens" has become the company's top-selling title in the company's 15-year history in terms of advance ticket sales, outpacing such record-setters as "Avengers: Age of Ultron" and this summer's "Jurassic World," which debuted to a historic $208.8 million domestically.
MovieTickets.com also reports record advance ticket sales, saying "Force Awakens" has sold more than double the number that "Age of Ultron" did and 20 percent more than "Jurassic World."
Tracking services suggest "Force Awakens" will debut in the $180 million-$220 million range in North America. December isn't known for huge openings, since many consumers are distracted by holiday preparations and holiday travel the weekend before Christmas. Rather, holiday titles can have huge multiples, thanks to the stretch between Christmas and New Year's weekend being the most lucrative corridor of the year in terms of moviegoing.
The lovable new droid in "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," BB-8, may speak in a mechanical garbled sound like the saga's best-known short droid, R2-D2, but there was actually an actor behind it.
In the previous "Star Wars" movies, R2-D2 and other droids that didn't speak with words were given voice thanks to the skills of sound designer Ben Burtt and his team.
HitFix, however, spotted in the end credits of "The Force Awakens" that Bill Hader was credited as BB-8's "vocal consultant."
The actor is known best for his comedic talents in front of the camera for years on "Saturday Night Live" and most recently in the film "Trainwreck" opposite Amy Schumer. But for years he has lent his voice to video games and TV shows, most recently "South Park." And he is skilled at coming up with multiple different voices.
But it seems getting the right "voice" for BB-8 put his vocal talents to the test.
Hader told HitFix what the job consisted of:
"J.J. [Abrams] f-----g around with this sound effects app on his iPad that was attached to a talk box operated by me. It looked ridiculous but it made BB-8's voice. At first I tried doing a voice, but we all agreed it sounded too human."
And Abrams didn't call only on Hader. According to HitFix, actor Ben Schwartz is also credited as a BB-8 voice consultant.
Admittedly, BB-8's voice attracts less attention in the movie than the droid's actions. Much more dynamic than R2's, BB-8's movements and gestures throughout the movie are quite impressive (yes, every kid is begging for one for Christmas) — even if NASA isn't too impressed.
Still, it's pretty cool to learn that Abrams had actors like Hader come in to find BB-8's voice.
With your busy and hectic life, you may not have 9 hours and 14 minutes to spare in order to get up to speed on the "Star Wars" universe before "The Force Awakens." Yes, that's how long it would take you to watch all six "Star Wars" films. So, we got several "Star Wars" experts to run through everything that happens before "The Force Awakens." Here's everything you need to know about the "Star Wars" universe.
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Shooting a sex scene for a movie is awkward. You don't need to do it to know that.
You're pretending to do something spontaneous and intimate while being methodical and surrounded by a crew.
But Jennifer Lawrence revealed exactly how awkward the whole process is on Seth Meyers' "Late Night" on Tuesday, appearing to promote her new film "Joy." The sex scene was filmed with Chris Pratt for next year's sci-fi film "Passengers."
"I'm a predator!" Lawrence joked to Meyers. She said working with Pratt, who is "the sweetest" and made it easier, but she really was worried about coming across the wrong way.
"I was so nervous," the actress said. "With sex scenes, you don't know what to do. Is it enough? Your worst nightmare: Is it too much? You don't know what to do."
Lawrence also said that "you don't talk about it at all" with your costar because it's "too uncomfortable."
To prepare, as Lawrence had revealed before, she drank whiskey— a lot of it.
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Ever wished you could prolong the "Star Wars" scene when Luke builds a funeral pyre and burns his father? Well look no further. In the spirit of ridiculous "yule log" holiday videos, a YouTuber named BenjaminApple created a 5-hour loop of Darth Vader's burning body.
In a time when fans are inundated with "Star Wars" news and headlines, people seem keen on this take.
Darth Vader yule log video is just about the greatest Star Wars based thing I have seen lately: https://t.co/ThwI0A2bXc— Matthew Gordon (@ratherironic) December 15, 2015
I know we're all tired of Star Wars hype but this five-hour Darth Vader Yule log is solid gold. https://t.co/x5yWCl0o6S— Uncle Pilot (@unclepilot) December 15, 2015
The description on the upload reads: "Cuddle up with your loved ones and bask in the warming glow of this five hour Darth Vader yule log. Perfect for holiday parties."
And perfect for what we've officially dubbed "Star Wars Week" with the premiere of "The Force Awakens" just days away. We only wish BenjaminApple had listened to a commentor and renamed the video "Hearth Vader."
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Adam Driver is a commanding presence, both on the screen and off of it.
The 32-year-old actor stands at 6'3", but it's his background that makes him really stand out.
Driver is a Marine turned Juilliard-trained actor with Midwest charm and an intense discipline that shines through in his performances.
He got his start acting in Broadway and Off-Broadway shows and slowly began the transition to TV and film roles. His portrayal of the sometimes-obnoxious boyfriend to Lena Dunham's also sometimes-obnoxious Hannah in HBO's "Girls" put Driver on the Hollywood map.
While he's taken on roles in major films ranging rom Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln" to the Coen brothers' "Inside Llewyn Davis," none compares to the hype surrounding his casting as the newest villain in the "Star Wars" universe, Kylo Ren, a Darth Vader enthusiast in "The Force Awakens."
And that military background and classical training are what gave Driver the "ferocity" for the role, according to director J.J. Abrams.
"Star Wars: The Force Awakens" comes out Friday, but before you catch him as the evil Kylo Ren, get to know the actor below:
Adam Douglas Driver was born on November 19, 1983, in San Diego, but when he was seven, he moved to Mishawaka, Indiana, following his parents' divorce. His stepdad was a Baptist minister and Driver sang in the church choir growing up. But he and his friends also created their own "Fight Club"-inspired group.
Driver was involved with school productions at Mishawaka High School and was president of the school choir.
(Source: South Bend Tribune)
After graduating from high school, he auditioned for Juilliard but was not accepted, so he sold vacuums and was a telemarketer while trying to figure out what career path to pursue. During this time, he paid $200 in rent to live in the back of his parents' house and was forced to buy his own appliances, including a fridge.
(Source: Rolling Stone)
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Vesa Lehtimäki has loved "Star Wars" since he was 10 years old.
"I saw the first [movie] in its first theater run back in 1977. For my generation, that's like Woodstock," Lehtimäki tells Tech Insider. "I should get a T-shirt with [the] text 'Star Wars 1977 theater run: I was there.'"
Now, the Finnish photographer is out with a new photo book, "Small Scenes from a Big Galaxy," that depicts classic (and totally unreal) movie moments from the "Star Wars" universe — in LEGO form.
Lehtimäki, recently named on Tech Insider's list of the biggest "Star Wars" fans in the world, shared some of his breathtaking images with us. Follow him on Instagram or check out the book for more.
Vesa Lehtimäki has no idea how much money he's dropped on LEGO toys, and he prefers to keep it that way.
The Finnish photographer began shooting his kid's LEGO toys in 2009, reigniting his lifelong love of the "Star Wars" franchise.
Eventually he started buying duplicate sets of the ships and fighter aircrafts so he wouldn't have to rebuild them after playtime.
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"Star Wars: The Force Awakens" looks ready to demolish box-office records when it comes out Friday, with advance ticket sales that are quadruple the previous record.
So it's a good time to look back at what are the highest-grossing movies ever. For this list, we looked at domestic box-office grosses adjusted for inflation, to see what old movies would have made in today's dollars, as calculated by Box Office Mojo. So there's no "Avatar" on this list.
The original 1977 "Star Wars" comes in high, but not quite first. You might be surprised by some of the other titles.
10. "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" (1937)
Adjusted gross: $909,060,000
Unadjusted gross: $184,925,486
Walt Disney's first cel-animated feature-length film, about the princess and the Queen fearful of her beauty, is also the company's biggest hit in adjusted dollars.
9. "The Exorcist" (1973)
Adjusted gross: $922,397,100
Unadjusted gross: $232,906,145
The '70s horror film about a young girl who is possessed is widely regarded as the best in the genre. And at the time it came out, William Friedkin's masterpiece was by far the most terrifying thing around.
8. "Doctor Zhivago" (1965)
Adjusted gross: $1,035,289,700
Unadjusted gross: $111,721,910
The David Learn-directed epic starring British icons Alec Guinness and Julie Christie tells the story of a romance set against the backdrop of World War I.
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DreamWorks' Steven Spielberg has finalized a new deal putting him in business with billionaire Jeff Skoll's Participant Media, to form a new company called Amblin Partners, which will create content drawn from the DreamWorks and Participant Brands. Anil Ambani, chairman, Reliance Group, Darren Throop, president and CEO of Entertainment One, are also part of the new partnership.
Amblin Partners will be lead by CEO Michael Wright and COO Jeff Small. In addition, Amblin Television will become a division of Amblin Partners.
Timed to the financing, DreamWorks has also closed a new distribution deal with Universal even though Spielberg's existing deal with Disney doesn't expire until August 2016, say sources.
As a result, Universal, and not Disney, will release DreamWorks' high-profile film adaptation of bestselling novel “The Girl on the Train,” which hits theaters Oct. 7. Other DreamWorks titles that will move from Disney to Universal include “Ghost in the Shell,” scheduled for March 31, 2017. The BFG, directed by Spielberg, remains a Disney title since the studio is co-financing the family film, which is being produced via Spielberg's Amblin label and not DreamWorks.
THR first reported in May that Jeff Skoll's Participant Media could invest as much as $200 million in DreamWorks.
The deal with Universal is a symbolic homecoming of sorts for Spielberg, who has long maintained his offices on the studio's lot, where Amblin was first based, and it comes on the heels of the blockbuster success of Universal's “Jurassic World.” Spielberg, 68, was a hands-on producer on the tentpole and his involvement is key to future installments. Spielberg and director Colin Trevorrow are set to work on the sequel, which will hit theaters June 22, 2018. He also is key on potential reboots of other Universal franchises such as “Jaws” and “Back to the Future.”
Spielberg founded DreamWorks in 1994 with Jeffrey Katzenberg and David Geffen with the aim of building a full-fledged studio. However, facing financial pressure, DreamWorks Animation was spun off in 2004 and DreamWorks proper sold in 2005 to Viacom, parent company of Paramount Pictures. The partnership with Paramount proved fraught, and in 2008 DreamWorks signed a $1.5 billion deal to produce films with India's Reliance and struck a distribution pact with Disney.
Director Quentin Tarantino accused Disney of alleged "extortionist practices" Wednesday for refusing to give up the Arclight Hollywood's famed Cinerama Dome in order to make room for a 70mm run of his "The Hateful Eight," beginning Christmas Day.
"They are going out of their way to f— me," said Tarantino during an appearance on "The Howard Stern Show."
Disney booked the space months ago for "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," which begins rolling out Thursday night. It is scheduled to play at the dome throughout the holidays.
The Weinstein Co., which is distributing "Hateful Eight," spent months trying to convince the Arclight to give them the dome for "Hateful Eight," considering "Force Awakens" is also booked at the nearby TCL Chinese Theatre and the Disney-owned El Capitan Theatre, also premium venues.
"It's vindictive, it's mean and it's extortion," Tarantino said, alleging that when the Arclight theater chain tried to tell Disney higher-ups that they would be honoring a contract to show "The Hateful Eight" at the Cinerama Dome, the studio threatened to pull "Star Wars" from all Arclight locations. "It was real bad news and it fucking pissed me off," added Tarantino.
Insiders on all sides, however, say there was never a contract to play "Hateful Eight," and that Tarantino is incorrect. TWC has known since advance ticket sales went on sale for "Force Awakens" in late October that it would not get the dome, but Tarantino wasn't informed until recently.
Instead, "Hateful Eight"— which held its worldwide premiere at the Cinerama Dome — will play in another auditorium at the Arclight equipped to project in 70mm film. Tarantino's revenge Western debuts exclusively in a 70mm roadshow in 100 theaters across the country before being made available in digital formats on Dec. 31.
The Oscar-winning director went on to say that his problem isn't with "Star Wars" or with director J.J. Abrams, but is with Disney execs, saying "I love J.J."
"I made a lot of money for the Disney corporation," he said. Disney used to own Miramax, which distributed many of Tarantino's early movies, including "Pulp Fiction" and "Kill Bill."
"As far I'm concerned, let all the entertainment reporters call up Disney and ask for their comments on their extortionist practices," said Tarantino.
The Hollywood Reporter has reached out to Disney and TWC for comment.
Many actors say they don't like to watch their own performances. However, "Hunger Games" star Jennifer Lawrence doesn't feel the same way.
Despite the fact that it makes her uncomfortable, Lawrence feels like it's necessary to watch her own movies.
"I think it's important to watch my performances," Lawrence said. "It's kind of like an athlete watching, because I can see if I repeat something, or I didn't believe that moment, why? I think it's important to dissect yourself, but that's really hard to do because once you're watching it, it's done, and it's set in stone, and it survives forever. So when you watch something and you hate it, it's hard to sleep that night."
Lawrence plans to watch her latest movie, "Joy," with her parents at the premiere. The movie comes out December 25th.
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