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Here’s how movie ticket prices have changed over the past 115 years


The National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO) recently announced the average movie ticket price for 2015 cost $8.43.

While that’s the average, prices in many areas are much higher. For instance, ticket prices in New York City range from $15 to $20 depending on the format in which you see a film, whether it's 2D, 3D, or IMAX.

Ticket prices weren’t always that high, though. In 2000, the average cost of going to the movies was $5.39. Back in 1910, the first moviegoers only paid mere cents to enjoy a flick.

Even if you were to adjust for inflation, the price of tickets today is still pretty staggering. A $0.25 ticket from 1924 is the equivalent of $3.47 today, while a $2.78 ticket in 1981 would be equal to $7.25 today.

Tech Insider rounded up the average movie ticket prices since 1910 using data from Box Office Mojo and NATO

Note that data was not available for every consecutive year from 1910 to 1959. The graphic below reflects the original ticket cost.

Price of movie tickets, 1910-2015

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Amazon and Netflix are the top movie buyers out of Sundance so far


manchester by the seaStreaming services Netflix and Amazon are the top buyers out of Sundance so far.

Amazon has acquired four films and Netflix has purchased three, halfway through the 11-day Sundance Film Festival that's currently running. Most traditional distributors still haven't picked up anything.

Sian Heder, the director of Netflix-acquired "Tallulah," told the New York Times, “You always want your film to be shown on a big screen with perfect sound and the best projection, but that’s not always the reality anymore. The way that people consume media is changing.”

Some of the films purchased by the two companies will actually end up getting theatrical runs, such as the Amazon-purchased "Manchester by the Sea," starring Casey Affleck, Kyle Chandler, and Michelle Williams, from writer/director Kenneth Lonergan.

“For every movie that we do, we want as robust a theatrical run as the film will support,” Roy Price, head of Amazon Studios, told the Times. 

That sentiment may come as a surprise to some, coming after Netflix failed in an Oscar bid for its film "Beasts of No Nation," which flopped in theaters with just $90,777 in box-office gross (it was released for streaming at the same time). Amazon's "Chi-Raq," which opened in theaters before arriving on the streaming platform, fared better with $2.6 million.

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Here's everything coming to Netflix in February that you need to watch


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Netflix is reviving some old favorites in February with new Netflix originals.

A sequel to Oscar-winning film "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" and a "Full House" reboot, "Fuller House," are both coming to the streaming service next month.

Other Netflix originals hitting the web are two comedy specials, from Hannibal Buress and Theo Von.

The first season of "Better Call Saul" and part two of the final season of "Mad Men" are also making their way online. 

Here's everything you should check out in February, with our highlights at the top: 

TVmad men"Mad Men" (Season 7, Part 2) — Available 02/05
Last year was the end of an era for ad man Don Draper, and if you've been waiting to see where he ended up, you'll finally be able to watch the final seven episodes of this beloved drama on Netflix. And if you're just looking to start, all of the seasons are currently on Netflix. 

"Fuller House"— Season 1 (NETFLIX ORIGINAL) — Available 02/26
Netflix is reviving "Full House" and most of the original cast is involved. DJ Tanner calls on her sister Stephanie and friend Kimmy to help her raise her three boys in the house the Tanner family grew up in. 

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"Dope"— Available 02/10 
This coming-of-age dramedy follows Malcolm, a geek obsessed with 1990s hip-hop culture, whose dream is to attend Harvard. But life gets a little wild for Malcolm and his friends after they meet a local drug dealer.  

"Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny" (NETFLIX ORIGINAL) — Available 02/26
Michelle Yeoh reprises her role from 2000's Oscar-winning film "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" for this sequel about four Martial World heroes tasked with keeping the Green Destiny sword out of evil hands. 

Available 02/01/16

"Better Call Saul" (Season 1) 
"Masha's Tales" (Season 1) 
"Pokémon: XY" (Season 1) 
"The Lizzie Borden Chronicles" (Season 1) 
"Collateral Damage" 
"Sin City" 
"Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed" 
"Cruel Intentions" 
"Teen Witch" 
"Para Elisa" 
"Charlie's Angeles" 
"Full Metal Jacket" 
"Johnny English" 
"A Picture of You" 
"Star Trek V: The Final Frontier" 
"Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby" 
"The Little Engine That Could" 
"A Faster Horse" 
"Game Face"
"Jennifer 8" 
"Losing Isaiah" 
"My Side of the Mountain" 
"Tin Man: Search for the Emerald" 
"The Year Dolly Parton Was My Mom" 
"Pokémon the Movie: Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction" 

Available 02/02/16

"Land Before Time: XIV — Journey of the Brave" 

Available 02/03/16

"I Love You Phillip Morris" 

Available 02/04/16


Available 02/05/16

"Hannibal Buress: Comedy Camisado" (NETFLIX ORIGINAL) 
"Care Bears & Cousins"— Season 2 (NETFLIX ORIGINAL)
"Turbo: F.A.S.T."— Season 3 (NETFLIX ORIGINAL) 
"Mad Men" (Season 7, Part 2) 

Available 02/06/16

"Lila & Eve" 

Available 02/10/16

"The Girl in the Book" 

Available 02/13/16

"The Face of Love" 

Available 02/15/16

"Open Season" 

Available 02/16/16


Available 02/17/16

"The Returned" (Season 2) 

Available 02/19/16

"Cooked"— Season 1 (NETFLIX ORIGINAL)
"Love"— Season 1 (NETFLIX ORIGINAL) 

Available 02/22/16

"3rd World Cops 2" 

Available 02/23/16


Available 02/24/16

"Marvel Super Hero Adventures: Frost Fight!" 

Available 02/26/16

"Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny" (NETFLIX ORIGINAL) 
"Theo Von: No Offense" (NETFLIX ORIGINAL)
"Fuller House"— Season 1 (NETFLIX ORIGINAL)

Available 02/27/16

"Finding Vivian Maier" 

Available 02/29/16

"Ashes and Embers" 

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This movie just sold to Fox Searchlight for $17.5 million in the biggest Sundance deal ever


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Worldwide rights to the slave-rebellion drama "The Birth of a Nation," which premiered Monday afternoon in Park City to multiple standing ovations, have been picked up by Fox Searchlight at the Sundance Film Festival for $17.5 million, The Hollywood Reporter confirmed.

Searchlight beat escalating bids from Weinstein Co., Netflix (which insisted on a day-and-date theatrical and streaming debut), Paramount and other suitors. Several films have reached $10 million at the festival, including "Manchester by the Sea" (bought by Amazon earlier this week) and "The Way, Way Back" (by Searchlight in 2013).

The sale indicates how the deep-pocketed streaming giants Netflix and Amazon have changed the Sundance market. After the streamers scooped up several titles at eye-popping prices, Netflix helped bid up the price of "Birth" in the overnight auction.

Nate Parker wrote, directed, and stars in the project, which is based on the story of Nat Turner, an American-born slave who led the most successful slave rebellion in American history.

While it's the highest price paid for a film at Sundance, it's not the most ever shelled out at a festival. Two Cannes titles, Tom Ford's "Nocturnal Animals" and Denis Villenueve's "Story of Your Life," each went for $20 million, and those films were not made yet.

When the film premiered Monday at Eccles theater, there was a standing ovation that lasted throughout the entire credits. It continued as Parker, who also produced the film, took the stage for the Q&A session.

"I made this film for one reason, with the hope of creating change agents,"Parker told the audience. "That people can watch this film and be affected. That you can watch this film and see that there were systems that were in place that were corrupt and corrupted people and the legacy of that still lives with us.

"I just want you, if you are affected and you are so moved, to ask yourself, 'Are there systems in my life that need attention whether it be racial, gender?' There are a lot of injustices."

Soon after, several buyers were in the mix, with expectations that the bidding could become the highest of this year's fest. A heated bidding war went on through the night, with at least seven interested parties, including several studios.

As THR previously reported, Parker quit acting for nearly two years to work on getting financing for the film, which also stars Armie Hammer, Aja Naomi King, Jackie Earle Haley, and Gabrielle Union.

Parker, Kevin Turen, Jason Michael Berman, Aaron L. Gilbert, and Preston L. Holmes produced "The Birth of a Nation," with David S. Goyer, Michael Novogratz, Michael Finley, Tony Parker, Jason Cloth, Jane Oster, Barb Lee, Carl H. Lindner III, Derrick Brooks, Jill and Ryan Ahrens, Armin Tehrany, and Mark Moran acting as executive producers.

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It sounds like Darth Vader will appear in the next 'Star Wars' movie


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The biggest, baddest "Star Wars" villain may be back on the big screen this December.

JoBlo is reporting Darth Vader will appear in the upcoming "Star Wars: Rogue One," following rumors we may see the Sith Lord again on screen in some capacity.

According to JoBlo, the infamous villain "is expected to have a larger role than originally thought." 

Birth.Movies.Death previously reported we may see Vader show up as a "holo projection" in the film.

"Star Wars" site MakingStarWars.net had also heard that Brian Muir, who worked on Vader’s helmet in the original 1977 film was working on the film. The site has a screen grab from Muir’s Facebook saying he started work on “Rogue One” in November, so it's starting to sound like we really will see Vader on screen.

"Rogue One" will be the first of three "Star Wars Anthology" films set at different points in franchise's saga. It will take place before the events of the 1977 original "Star Wars: A New Hope" and will follow a group of rebels attempting to retrieve the plans for the Death Star. The infiltration and destruction of the Death Star was a major plot point in  "A New Hope."

Veteran actor James Earl Jones provided Vader's voice for the original trilogy. And for fans hoping to see the character again for "Rogue One," there's hope: Jones voiced the character as recently as last year's "Star Wars Rebels," an animated Disney series set before the events of "A New Hope."

There's no confirmation Jones will return as Vader for "Rogue One."

"Rogue One" will be in theaters December 16. 

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There will be even more 'Star Wars' movies after 'Episode IX'


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The release of "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" kicked off the start of six new "Star Wars" movies from now through 2019.

But Disney and Lucasfilm aren't stopping there. 

According to Disney CEO Bob Iger these six movies will be the start of even more "Star Wars" films.

"There will be more after that, I don't know how many, I don't know how often," Iger told BBC's entertainment vertical Newsbeat.

What does that mean?

It could mean several things. One idea is that Lucasfilm will plan to do more spin-off films or breakout some spin-offs into their own film series, similar to what Marvel is doing with its comic-book adaptations. Another thought is that we'll potentially see another trilogy after Episodes VII, VIII, and IX are over. We could also get some of both.

"Star Wars" fans shouldn't be too surprised. 

"The Force Awakens"broke box-office records after its December debut. It's currently the third highest-grossing movie of all time with $1.9 billion in ticket sales worldwide.

Creator George Lucas apparently had plans for up to a dozen "Star Wars" movies, according to a 1978 Time magazine article.

Bring on all the "Star Wars" movies. We're ready. 

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Stunning before-and-after images from the making of 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens'


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How much of "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" was real and how much was CGI? Even the film's special-effects (SFX) team had trouble keeping track. Fxguide met with Industrial Light and Magic, the effects team behind "The Force Awakens." ILM revealed amazing behind-the-scenes footage of how they created the SFX in the latest "Star Wars" movie.

"The technology that's available to you is just mind-blowing, really, even for me," Roger Guyett, a visual-effects (VFX) supervisor said in the interview. "I work in this business and I'm shocked at how much we were able to just blur the line between the reality of shooting something and the stuff that we [added] later."

A second video, released through Wired, went into detail about Maz Kanata (Lupita Nyong'o) and the "Medusa" capture technology the VFX team used to bring the character to life.

See the incredible before-and-after images, and the full video, below: 

When we first meet Rey in the film, she's scavenging a derelict ship on Jakku.

Daisy Ridley scaled a replica of the hanging object, which then became the ship.

"People clearly wanted some kind of return to the ... DNA of those first three movies," Guyett said.


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The cast of John Krasinski's new comedy reveal what it's like to sell a movie at Sundance


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While waiting for their movie, "The Hollars," to show at this year's Sundance Film Festival, the cast is doing what actors generally do at Sundance: promoting the movie, which happens to be John Krasinski's directorial debut, and chatting in long rounds with press.

The comedy follows John (Krasinski) returning home to his dysfunctional family after his mother goes to the hospital. It also stars Sharlto Copley ("Chappie,""District 9"), the musician Josh Groban, and Charlie Day ("It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia").

Business Insider met up with the three at the festival's Acura lounge to talk about their Sundance experiences so far, why they did the movie, and what it's like to mix indies with big studio projects.

charlie day sharlto copley josh grobanBI: Sharlto, is this your first Sundance?

Copley: Yes. With a movie. I've been here once before. 

BI: And Charlie and Josh, have you been here before?

Groban: I've been here for music.

Day: I've only been to Slamdance.

BI: So for people who have never been to Sundance, how would you explain it?

Copley: It's like an over-packed ski lodge.

Day: It's hard to wrap your head around it.

Groban: It feels like summer camp, to me.

Day: Winter camp.

Groban: Yeah, winter camp. Everyone is coming from different worlds, we shot this movie two years ago, and now we've come back together and I didn't have any scenes with Charlie so we've gotten to know each other from coming here. We are all just kind of here mingling and are like, "What are you here for?" It's different from a music festival. 

Copley: I feel like because it's in this lodge environment, my brain is telling me I should be on holiday, which creates a different feel with everyone. I feel like I'm on holiday with you guys. It's like, if we have time, we'd ski.

BI: But instead you're in a sponsored lounge talking to me.

Groban: Yeah, only our agents have time to ski.

Day: There is a palpable level of enthusiasm, which is nice to be around. For a lot of people here, they are having their big moments with their films. 

BI: So did you guys all know John Karasinski before the movie?

Copley: Charlie and I had met him once before. 

Day: Only once. 

Groban: We worked together on "The Office"— we had a scene together the first time I was on and the second time he directed the episode.

BI: Was it the material that grabbed you guys to come on, then?

Day: Yeah, and his enthusiasm for it. He really was able to spin it. He had this vision for a movie and he was passionate about it and passion is very infections. You want to follow a leader and you hope that you are following them into something good. 

Copley: For me it was the character. It was a chance to just do something that was a little different for me, and a genre that was different. That was the most important thing for me. I felt I could do something different. 

district 9BI: Josh, even though you've done some acting, do you still get nerves doing a movie?

Groban: Sure. You're entering an environment where you're a small cog in a very big wheel and you want to make sure whatever your involvement is you're keeping that vision rolling smoothly. And being the only non-film person on this movie, yeah, I walk into it wanting to trust my director and trust the words on the paper and do the best job I can. So there are more nerves standing on a set in a little town in Mississippi than standing in Madison Square Garden, for sure.

BI: And Josh, you and Sharlto have a lot of scenes together in the movie. Was that comforting?

Groban: Sharlto and I were in my hotel room running lines, working on beats, it was so great. One of the attractive things of doing this was not just the material and working with John, but the educational experience, and working with someone like Sharlto is fantastic. It would have been great to work with Charlie, too, but we didn't have any scenes.

Day: No such luck, pal.

BI: Charlie, was John open to your riffing, or did you stick to the script?

Day: I think we stayed pretty close to the script. We might have done moments here or there of improv. 

Copley: I very often will go off script but there was very little of that for this.

BI: In choosing your movie roles, Charlie, does it come down to what fits between doing seasons of "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia"?

Day: Absolutely. With John's movie, there was something going on.

it's always sunny philadelphiaCopley: He was nagging you.

Day: Yeah, he was nagging me. I think we had two pilots we were producing.

Copley: Did you only do this movie on your break [from "It's Only Sunny in Philadelphia"]?

Day: I think I also did press for "Horrible Bosses 2" and I was flying all over the place. I just look for stuff that's exciting or a refreshing change or a great career opportunity.

BI: How did you fit this in, Josh?

Groban: I had a week off from my tour. I think I was there for four days. 

josh grobanDay: There is actually a shot or two of the back of my head in the movie, which is one of the producers, it's not me. [Laughs] I wasn't available. And I can't help but think he overdid it. [Laughs]

Copley: It's going to bug you the rest of your life when you watch the movie.

BI: Studios don't make these kinds of comedies anymore. They are done at the independent level. So how do you switch up getting a nice payday with a studio movie and doing something like this that you're doing for personal reward, and I would imagine not a lot of money?

Day: For me, I'm a fan of both types of movies. I love a great independent film, but I would never want to solely be an independent film actor. I love a great big studio comedy or an action movie. To me it's always what the job is and if it's an exciting job, there's room for both.

Copley: Yeah, I think you get to a point where you'll be in a box with these big movies to some degree. I've luckily been put into a wide range of characters I've wanted to do. But to be honest, if you do one of these smaller films right, you can also make real money off of them. The "Hardcore Henry" movie that I did, which was done on a shoestring, for example. I go for films that I believe people are going to watch. I don't want to be in a film that I don't think anyone is going to go see, so for me a small film like this that touches people, it can become a big film, in terms of people watching it. To me, I want to share what I do with the most number of people.

"The Hollars" screens at the Sundance Film Festival on Friday. 

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Netflix bought the first great horror movie of the year at Sundance, and here's why you need to see it


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The midnight section at the Sundance Film Festival can be hit or miss, but when the program is done right, it includes some of the best movies at the festival.

The section has a gem this year from a first-time Iranian filmmaker who has looked back on his memories growing up through the Iran-Iraq War in 1980s Tehran to make a chilling horror movie: "Under the Shadow."

Horror movies have been used perfectly over the decades to comment on topical issues within the US — from civil rights in 1968's "Night of the Living Dead" to the Big-Brother-is-watching-you angle of 1988's "They Live." But only recently have filmmakers of Middle Eastern descent begun to tell such stories on an international stage in a significant way.

"Under the Shadow" director Babak Anvari will quickly be compared to Iranian-American filmmaker Ana Lily Amirpour, as she also used the horror genre to explore living in Iran with her acclaimed 2014 film "A Girl Walks Home Alone." But both stories are different in tone and style, with "Alone" shot in black and white and focusing more on female isolation, while "Under the Shadow" has slick camera work and tackles a family dynamic.

"This is a personal story about what I remember as a child and what my family went through, other Iranians went through" during the war, Anvari told Business Insider at Sundance. "I used all those memories and put a horror twist on it."

The film focuses on Shideh (Narges Rashidi) and her daughter Dorsa (Avin Manshadi), who have a hot-and-cold relationship that only gets more challenged when Shideh's husband is sent off to serve in the war while Iraqi air raids rain down on their apartment complex.

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The terror of that setting is elevated when Dorsa tells her mother that an invisible figure — or as they call it, djinn, a spirit that steals those they want to posses — keeps entering their place and has stolen her favorite doll.

The tension and scares only increase from there. As neighbors begin to leave because of the bombings, Dorsa becomes ill and Shideh realizes that what Dorsa tells her may be true.

"From day one I felt like this was a great setting for a horror," Anvari said. "Tehran at that time was very intense and dark because of the war."

Babak Anvari Under the Shadow Sundane Film FestivalAnvari, who lives in London now and hasn't been back to Iran in close to five years, remembers as a child staying up late at night to watch VHS tapes of his favorite horror movies. Anvari points out that at that time VCRs were illegal to own.

"I was influenced by horrors, but they freaked me out," he said. "My parents realized what I was doing and banned me from watching horrors."

But he was already hooked. Writing the "Under the Shadow" script on spec, he found the support of producers Emily Leo and Oliver Roskill, who were able to put together financing through their own production deal and a grant from the Doha Film Institute to shoot the film in Jordan last year.

Though there are some computer-generated scares, most of the things that will frighten you are just good old-fashioned tricks that were used by the masters, like Dario Argento ("Suspiria") and Wes Craven ("Scream").

It's been a long time since I've heard actual screams in a movie theater, and they could be heard numerous times throughout the screening of "Under the Shadow" I attended.

It certainly got buyers' attention. Netflix bought worldwide streaming rights to the movie on the first day of the festival. Then two days later, Vertical Entertainment and XYZ Films announced that they were teaming up to give the film a theatrical/VOD day-and-date release.

But Anvari is realistic about where the film can be released and where it can't — like in Iran.

"Someone will buy it off the street," he said, referring to the bootleg-movie market in Iran. "It would be great to show it there. I don't feel I offend anyone, but my guess is it will be a bootleg version they see."

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Arnold Schwarzenegger says he's starring in a new 'Conan' reboot and reveals plot details


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Though it looks like the "Terminator" franchise has been put on hold after Paramount announced earlier this month that it's taking a sequel to "Terminator Genisys" off its release schedule, Arnold Schwarzenegger is already thinking of another of his legendary franchises to reboot.

During a Q&A with fans in Edinburgh, Scotland, over the weekend, the actor said that a new Conan movie is in the works, which he told the audience is titled “Conan the Conqueror.”

“I’m sitting on the throne for years and years — decades, and then all of a sudden, the time comes when they want to overthrow me,” Schwarzenegger told the audience of some of the plot details. “So that story will be told and that movie will be done.”

conan throneStating that there is “a serious drive” to make the film, he added that a script for “Conan the Conqueror” has been written and that a search for a director is underway.

Schwarzenegger had his breakout in Hollywood with the release of “Conan the Barbarian” in 1982, based on the pulp-fiction character created in 1932 by Robert E. Howard, which was later immortalized into the hulking presence of an Adonis warrior by the cover paintings of Frank Frazetta.

“Barbarian” grossed over $40 million in its domestic theatrical release (over $117 million by today’s ticket prices), and was No. 1 at the box office its opening weekend. 

Schwarzenegger came back to the role two years later in “Conan the Destroyer,” the same year that “The Terminator” was released. The disappointing box office of “Destroyer” and the worldwide success of “The Terminator” led Schwarzenegger to do more modern-day action movies.

The franchise attemped a reboot in 2011, starring Jason Momoa in the lead, but that bombed, making only $48.7 million worldwide. 

But at 68, can Arnold handle the physicality of a “Conan” movie? He says yes.

“When you stay in shape, you do turn back the clock,” he said. “So I feel great and the last few movies that I’ve done, I’ve done many of my own stunts. I did all the physical stuff and it didn’t wipe me out and I have plenty of energy and feel really terrific. So I am absolutely convinced that I can do the Conan movie and do the horseback riding, the sword fights, and all the fighting.”

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The best movies and TV shows coming to Amazon Prime, iTunes, Hulu, and more in February


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The big boys of the streaming world have a couple of original titles coming in February.

For Amazon, it’s the streaming release of the Spike Lee movie it produced, “Chi-Raq,” which has been playing in theaters since early December. And over at Hulu, it’s the premiere of the adaptation of the Stephen King novel “11.22.63,” starring James Franco.

And there are also a whole lot of classics coming to streaming, like “Lost in Translation,” “Zodiac,” and “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.”

All the new movie and TV titles are below. We’ve highlighted in bold some titles we think are worth watching.

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Available February 2

“Steve Jobs”
“Bridge of Spies”

Available February 9

“The Night Before”
“Secret In Their Eyes’
“99 Homes”

Available February 16

“The Danish Girl”
“Miss You Already’

Available February 23

“The Big Short”
“The Good Dinosaur”
“In the Heart of the Sea”
“Victor Frankenstein”

Amazon Prime

Available February 1

“A Better Life”
“Broad City” (Season 2)
“Deliver Us On Evil”
“How To Steal A Million”
“Kings of Summer”
“Lost In Translation”
“Men In Black”
“The Fifth Element”
“The Fury”
“The Karate Kid”
“The Truth About Emanuel”
“Twelve O'Clock High”

Available February 2

“Myanmar: Bridges to Change”
“Poldark” (Season 1)
“Steve Jobs”

Available February 3

“American Crime Story: The People vs. OJ Simpson”

Available February 4

“Talladega Nights: The Ballad Of Ricky Bobby”
Available February 5

“Ouija Exorcism”

Available February 9

“The Leftovers” (Season 2)

Available February 10

“Shameless” (Season 6)

Available February 11

“Girls” (Season 2)

Available February 15

“The Americans” (Season 3)
“The Newsroom” (Season 3)
“Solomon Kane”

Available February 15

“Togetherness” (Season 1)
“The Walking Dead” (Season 6 - second half) 

Available February 16

“Better Call Saul (Season 2)
“The New Yorker Presents” (Season 1)

Available February 17

“Billions” (Season 1)
“Rizzoli & Isles” (Season 7)

Available February 23

“Black Sails” (Season 3)

Available February 21

“Love & Friendship”

Available February 24

“Digging for Fire”
Available February 29

“Inequality for All”


Available February 1

“Astro Boy”
“Butterfly Effect 3: Revelations”
“Dave Chappelle's Block Party”
“From Within”
“The Hand That Rocks The Cradle”
“The Madness of King George”
“Blood Simple”
“Staying Alive”
“The Firm”
“The General's Daughter”
“King Kong” (2005)
“Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult”
“Naked Gun From The Files Of Police Squad”
“An Office and a Gentleman”
“School Ties” 
“She's Having a Baby”
“Species II”
“Species III”
“Summer of Sam”
“Summer Rental”
“Summer School”
“The Talented Mr. Ripley”
“Universal Soldier”

Available February 2

“Castle” (New Episodes)
“Inside the NFL: 2015 Super Bowl Preview: Special”

Available February 3

“UnREAL” (Season 1)
“The Muppets” (New Episodes)
“Fresh Off the Boat” (New Episodes)

Available February 4

“Workaholics” (Season 6 Premiere)
“Idiotsitter” (Season 1)
Available February 5

“Michael Jackson's Journey From Motown to Off the Wall”

Available February 6

Available February 11

“The Thin Blue Line”

Available February 12

“Grey’s Anatomy” (New Episodes)
“Scandal” (New Episodes)
“How To Get Away With Murder” (New Episodes)

Available February 14

“The Imitation Game”

Available February 15

“11.22.63” (HULU ORIGINAL)
“The Aviator”

Available February 17

“A Murder in the Park” 

Available February 25

“Blue Is The Warmest Color”
Available February 26

“Project Runway” (Season 13)
“Duck Dynasty” (Season 5)
“Pawn Stars” (Season 7 & 8)
Available February 29

“Jerry Maguire” 
“The Lifeguard”
“Gotham” (New Episodes)

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Here's what it's like to experience the star-studded Sundance Film Festival up close


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Every winter, the movie world travels to the small ski town of Park City, Utah, to indulge in top-flight independent films and corporate-sponsored parties for 10 days during the Sundance Film Festival, which winds down this weekend.

Though for some the fest is filled with having fun on the slopes or hobnobbing with stars, for journalists like me, the experience is a full-out endurance test with little eating or sleeping.

Here's a glimpse at my time this year at America's most famous film festival.

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Though most stay in the countless condos dotting Park City, there are some hotels, and I put up camp at the Best Western Plus Landmark Inn & Pancake House (no, I didn't have time for the pancakes).

It wasn't close to the theaters that show the films or the parties on Park City's downtown Main St., but every morning the hotel provided a shuttle to all the action.

And my hotel also provided a Continental breakfast starting at 6 a.m. every day, so I was able to jam a couple pieces of fruit into my bag for each day ahead.

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Psychiatrists studied 400 movies to find the most realistic psychopath


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The unassuming Norman Bates might creep you out, and the flesh-hungry Hannibal Lecter might make your skin crawl.

But according to one group of psychiatrists, these men aren't Hollywood's most realistic psychopaths.

In fact, they may not be psychopaths at all.

Psychopathy, loosely defined, is a varying combination of cold-heartedness and violence. The most extreme psychopaths kill without remorse, mutilating victims with as much emotion as you or I might brush our teeth.

This is known as "classic" or "idiopathic" psychopathy, but sometimes the disorder is more covert, like with manipulative smooth talkers who aren't necessarily violent.

In 2014, the Belgian psychiatry professor Samuel Leistedt wanted to find out which movie characters embodied those traits best.

So, as any film buff would, Leistedt called on 10 of his friends to help him watch 400 movies over the course of three years. The films spanned nearly a century, from 1915 to 2010. When the team finished watching all the films, they'd ended up with 126 psychopathic characters, 105 of whom were male. 

Here's the breakdown they ended up with.

Most realistic psychopaths

1. Anton Chigurh, "No Country for Old Men"

No country for old men javier bardemJavier Bardem's character in "No Country for Old Men" is a classic psychopath, Leistedt and his colleagues conclude in their report. He approaches murder with an uncanny sense of normalcy, perfectly happy to empty his trademark bolt pistol without so much as a wince.

"He seems to be effectively invulnerable and resistant to any form of emotion or humanity," Leistedt writes.

2. Hans Beckert, "M"

hans beckertPeter Lorre's child-killing character in the 1931 German film "M" embodies many of the traits that would now be thought of belonging to a child predator, Leistedt and his colleagues observe. 

"Lorre portrays Beckert as an outwardly unremarkable man tormented by a compulsion to murder children ritualistically," they write. The character would most likely be diagnosed as a "pseudopsychopath," which many would more commonly refer to as a sociopath. His brutality also hints at psychosis.

3. Henry Lee Lucas, "Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer"

michael rookerLoosely based on the true story of Henry Lee Lucas, a Texas man who confessed to hundreds of murders throughout the country, the 1990 film chronicles the unstable life of a grisly serial killer. 

Leistedt argues the character's inability to plan ahead, coupled with his turbulent personal life and poor family relationships, make him a textbook idiopathic psychopath.

The unrealistic 

More iconic psychopaths, including Patrick Bateman ("American Psycho"), Gordon Gekko ("Wall Street"), Norman Bates ("Psycho"), and Hannibal Lecter ("Silence of the Lambs"), may be entertaining or frightening, but Leistedt and his team argue their character traits don't quite fit the psychopath mold.

Norman Bates, for example, seems more to be more delusional — or psychotic — than psychopathic. He is at the mercy of a fantasy, not complicit in a real-world crime.

"In our specific topic of interest, it appears that psychopathy in the cinema, despite a real clinical evolution remains fictional," the authors write. "Most of the psychopathic villains in popular fiction resemble international and universal boogeyman, almost as 'villain archetypes.'"

In other words, only a minority of psychopathic characters actually deserve a diagnosis. The rest simply fit our not-so-accurate stereotype.

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Everything we know about the first Star Wars movie spinoff, 'Rogue One,' so far


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We're still 11 months away from the premiere of "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story," but that hasn't stopped fans from breathlessly sleuthing for details about the next movie in the franchise.

The title for the first film in the "Star Wars" anthology series was announced in March 2015, along with news that Felicity Jones was the first to be cast and that the anticipated release date was December 16, 2016.

Since then, very little information has been released, but we've compiled what we do know for now — along with a few popular rumors — to hold us over until the first trailer is finally released.

Here is everything we know so far about "Rogue One":

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The film is the first in the "Star Wars Anthology," a series of standalone films, which will include movies dedicated to Han Solo and bounty hunter Boba Fett.

Gareth Edwards, known for the 2014 "Godzilla" reboot, will direct the film.

The script was written by Chris Weitz ("About a Boy"), based on an idea from visual-effects supervisor John Knoll. Gary Whitta ("After Earth") was originally hired to write the screenplay, but he left the project after writing the first draft.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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The director of ESPN's explosive new O.J. Simpson documentary reveals how he got his hands on never-before-seen evidence and the most surprising things he uncovered


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Warning: spoilers ahead

It was two years ago when filmmaker Ezra Edelman got the offer from ESPN Films’ senior vice president and executive producer Connor Schell:

“I want you to do a five-part movie on O.J. Simpson,” he was told.

The network has found success with its the award-winning “30 for 30” documentary series, which looks at particular sports moments and figures. But for Simpson's story, Schell wanted a deep-dive that put the life, career, and celebrity of the man under a microscope.

“I said, ‘I don’t want to do this,’” Edelman told Business Insider. “Because I lived through this and what could I say about this that someone else hasn’t said.”

Then a few days later Edelman was in L.A. and told some friends about the offer. They scolded him for not saying yes immediately. “They said to me, ‘Are you crazy?’” Edelman recalled. “Out there it’s different in terms of the story and what it means to people.”

Ezra Edelman Frederick M. Brown GettyEdelman eventually agreed to do it. Titled “O.J.: Made In America,” the close to eight hour movie (which ESPN is breaking into a five-part miniseries to air in June) doesn’t just recount the main points of Simpson’s career and infamous fall from grace, but also dissects Los Angeles’ relationship with law enforcement, specifically in African-American communities, which the movie points out could have played a factor into why Simpson was found not guilty in the “Trail of the Century.” 

Looking back on making the film while talking to BI at the Sundance Film Festival, Edelman said he couldn't pinpoint one moment that was the hardest to pull off. “Everything about this was exponentially harder” than anything he’d done before.

But one particularly hard part was was getting anyone to talk for the film.

Edelman knew he wasn’t going to get O.J. to talk (who is currently serving a 33-year sentence in Nevada), and attempts to get Simpson’s first wife, Marguerite L. Whitley, or his loyal friend Al Cowlings (who was the driver of the white Bronco during the infamous chase from police in 1994) on camera never materialized. But the interviews the film have are incredibly insightful and in some cases brought revelations to the surface that the general public never knew about Simpson or the murder trail.

A major reveal is that Simpson’s father was gay. Edelman said he uncovered this from the research he did, but it was one of Simpson’s childhood friends in the film, Calvin Tennyson, who willingly brought it up.

“Calvin was my first interview for the movie, it was back in October of 2014,” said Edelman. “I was going to bring up his dad. I didn’t know that he knew [he was gay], it wasn’t something O.J. talked about. But he brought it up and told a story about [O.J.’s] father very organically.”

Then there was getting some of the jurors from the Simpson murder trail on-camera. Again, insight that's never been made public. The movie features two, but it took months of conversations — even one of the film’s producers gardening with one of them whenever she’d visit L.A. — to gain their trust.

O.J. Simpson Johnnie Cochran trail APBut Edelman wanted to show that even though there were eight black women on the jury, it was far from a slam-drunk win for Simpson and his “Dream Team” of lawyers.

“So much of this story is about what we reduce it to. ‘Oh, there were eight black women jurors.’ What was striking about them is the way they look at the evidence, and the people, they think completely differently, that’s important to see,” Edelman said.

A revealing comment one of the jurors gives about the case is that she voted not guilty during the trial because the police officers who beat Rodney King didn’t go to jail.

“It’s interesting to have someone give voice to something they had on their minds during the case,” said Edelman. "But did I ever think she was going to answer that way? No."

O.J. Simpson Nicole Brown 1980 APHowever, out of all the surprises Edelman got while the making of the movie, nothing was more shocking than what district attorney William Hodgman presented him with. Hodgman was on the prosecution during the Simpson trial and, while being interviewed by Edelman, he presented crime scene photos of the murders of Simpson's ex-wife, Nicole Simpson, and her friend Ronald Goldman.

"Again, we had to convince him to sit down and talk, and when he realized that we were serious and not sensationalists, he came and gave this presentation about how he believes the murders happened and went through the photos," said Edelman. "They had never been shown to the public, and I asked him if he would trust us enough to let us show them."

The photos are extremely graphic, showing the enormous cuts that Simpson and Goldman sustained during the attack. There were loud gasps when the audience at the Sundance screening saw them presented on screen. Edelman admits he doesn't know if they will be allowed to be shown when it airs on ESPN due to TV standards and practices.

A spokesperson for ESPN told Business Insider that the documentary is still too far from its air date for any decision to be made yet regarding airing the crime scene photos.

Simpson arraignment June 20 1994 APWhat Edelman has quickly realized is that Simpson still fascinates audiences, especially the murder trail that happened 21 years ago (in a weird coincidence, FX is airing the much anticipated "The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story" next week). When asked if he believes Simpson committed the murders, Edelman said his opinion doesn't matter.

"I knew I had to satisfy that part of the narrative, but I want you to evaluate what you think of the evidence and make your own decision," he said. "I don't want to take away from the larger point of the movie, which is about more than whether this guy's guilty of murder."

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'We're shooting bullets, but they're using machine guns!' Netflix and Amazon outspent everyone at Sundance — here are the films they dropped millions on


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The 2016 Sundance Film Festival will go down as the year the streaming giants took over.

Even before the festival began, Netflix and Amazon were aggressive with pre-buys, but then when everyone touched down in Park City, Utah, they kicked it up a notch.

Though the traditional indie distributors tried to put up a good fight — like Fox Searchlight, which broke a Sundance record with a $17.5 million deal to acquire one of the hit films from this year's fest, "Birth of a Nation"— it's more than evident that Netflix's and Amazon's checkbooks were much larger than anyone else's.

As one source at a theatrical distributor told Business Insider during the fest, "We are shooting bullets, but Netflix and Amazon are using machine guns!"

Here's a breakdown of all the movies you'll be seeing on Netflix and Amazon in the coming year:

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"Tallulah"— Netflix ($5 million buy)

This mother-daughter drama starring Ellen Page and Allison Janney was one of the titles nabbed by Netflix before the festival began. Theatrical rights for the movie are still in play, as Netflix only took worldwide streaming rights.


"Complete Unknown"— Amazon ($2 million buy)

Amazon also got in on the fun before the festival began and bought this film, which stars Rachel Weisz and Michael Shannon as two strangers who meet at a dinner party. Amazon is planning a fall release and looking for a theatrical partner.


"The Fundamentals of Caring"— Netflix ($7 million buy)

Netflix wasn't done with the early buys. It also grabbed this drama starring Paul Rudd and Selena Gomez.


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The 11 best new movies and TV shows coming out of Sundance that you'll be dying to see


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With the Sundance Film Festival wrapping up this weekend, it's time to take a look at the titles we think you'll want to seek out the rest of the year and beyond.

Along with many titles being nabbed by Netflix and Amazon, the theatrical distributors also found some gems. A few TV shows that were teased at the fest looked promising too.  

Here’s 11 to look out for.

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TV has become more and more prevalent at film festivals and at Sundance, it was no different. One of the big sneak peeks was this adaptation of a Stephen King novel in which a man time travels back to 1963 to stop the assassination of John F. Kennedy. James Franco plays the time-traveler. The show premieres on Hulu in February.

"The Birth of a Nation"

Actor Nate Parker's long-awaited biopic on Nat Turner, the African-American slave who led the most successful slave rebellion in American history, lived up to the hype at Sundance. The world premiere received multiple standing ovations and less than 24 hours later, the film broke the record for highest-sold movie at the fest. Fox Searchlight paid $17.5 million for it. Parker ("Beyond The Lights,""Non-Stop") wrote, directed, and starred in the movie.


Director Antonio Campos ("Simon Killer") looks at the life of one of media's most mysterious figures, TV reporter Christine Chubbuck of Sarasota, Florida, who in 1974 committed suicide on live television. In "Christine," Campos shows the pressures of a woman in the 1970s with Rebecca Hall playing Chubbuck as she struggles to find her place in the world.

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Americans named their favorite movie stars, and the top 5 are all men


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The US has spoken: Tom Hanks is its favorite movie star, according to a new Harris Poll.

It's hard to argue. Over Hanks' 36-year career, he's evolved from being the star of light-hearted, feel-good movies like "Splash" and "The Money Pit" to Oscar-winning dramatic roles in "Philadelphia" and "Forrest Gump." Regardless of the role, he's played the characters with a quality of genuine likability and trustworthiness.

And he's only gotten better with age, whether he's introducing himself to newer generations as Woody in the "Toy Story" franchise or taking on roles of heroes, like James Donovan in "Bridge of Spies" and his upcoming movie "Sully" where he plays pilot Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger, who did an emergency landing of a US Airways flight in the Hudson River in 2009.

The poll listed the results of its survey of 2,252 US adults with Hanks on top, followed by four other men — Johnny Depp in second, Denzel Washington in third (he was the country's favorite actor last year), John Wayne in fourth, and "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" star Harrison Ford in fifth.

The first woman on the list was Sandra Bullock, in sixth place. She was followed by Jennifer Lawrence in seventh place.

This is the fifth time Hanks has taken the honor. He's done it previously in 2002, 2004, 2005, and 2013.

Hanks is third all-time in box office gross with a $4.3 billion lifetime gross. Ford claimed the top spot over Samuel L. Jackson at the end of 2015 with a total lifetime gross of $4.8 billion, thanks to the massive success of "The Force Awakens."


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Will Smith elaborates on the Oscars diversity controversy


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Will Smith has been front-and-center of this year's #OscarsSoWhite controversy following the second consecutive year where only white actors were nominated in the acting categories.

After Smith was snubbed for his performance in the acclaimed film "Concussion," his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, announced that she would boycott the awards ceremony this year.

Smith followed, along with others like Spike Lee and David Oyelowo.

Smith was a guest on the "Graham Norton Show" last night and elaborated on his thoughts on the controversy.

"The media creates the 'us and them' and for me there is no us and them, it's 'we,'" Smith said, adding that he is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which votes for the Oscars.

"There's a regression of America in general of separatism … so for me it's more about putting my hand up and reminding my community, the Hollywood community, that we have to lead. Diversity is America's superpower, that is what makes our country great, and in Hollywood we have to be pushing forward even in a time of wider regression."

Since the controversy around the lack of diversity in this year's Oscar nominations, the Academy board has announced drastic changes to its membership, promising to double the number of female and minority members by 2020. 

Watch Smith's entire comments here:

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'The Force Awakens' will pass $2 billion worldwide at the box office next week


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The historic box office ride for "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" continues as by next week the film will hit the $2 billion mark for worldwide grosses (it's currently at $1.963 billion).

That will make it only the third film ever to hit that milestone, joining "Avatar" ($2.7 billion) and "Titanic" ($2.1 billion).

The film has been released in all territories across the globe, but showing the power of the film at the box office, "Awakens" passed $1 billion globally before it opened in China, the second-largest film market in the world behind the US.

Domestically, "Awakens" is already box office champion. With the movie projected to be at $894 million by Sunday, it will hit $900 million next week, distancing itself farther from the number two all-time domestic earner, "Avatar," at $760 million.

"Awakens" got to the $700 million mark domestically in only 16 days, the fastest ever.

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