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Will Smith says there will 'definitely' be a 'Bad Boys 3'

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Will Smith has just made it official: There will be a "Bad Boys 3."

Now, Sony had already announced last summer that it was going ahead with two "Bad Boys" movies, but there was no indication if Smith or Martin Lawrence would return to their vehicle.

But on Tuesday, Complex highlighted a recent chat Smith had with BBC Radio 1 in which he settled things.

"I saw Martin a few weeks ago," Smith reveals. "I haven't seen him for about two years. We just looked at each other. We hugged. In that moment, we knew we were making another 'Bad Boys.' We're definitely doing another one." 

Currently, "Bad Boys 3" is slated for release on February 17, 2017, and "Bad Boys 4" is set for July 3, 2019.

The previous two "Bad Boys" films have grossed over $400 million worldwide.

SEE ALSO: Ryan Reynolds explains what it was like to shoot a nude fight scene in "Deadpool"

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Here are all of the Oscar-nominated movies you can stream right now

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The 88th annual Academy Awards are less than a month away.

If you're hoping to catch up with some of the big Oscar contenders before the ceremony, you can head to the movie theater to catch some that are showing, like Leonardo DiCaprio's "The Revenant."

Or you could stay home. Luckily, some of the other nominees are available — or will soon be available — on streaming services. 

Here are all of the Oscar nominees you can stream, rent, or buy online before the Oscars on February 28: 

SEE ALSO: The 15 most successful Oscar best picture winners, ranked

"Bridge of Spies"

Nominated: Best picture, best director, best supporting actor, best supporting actress, best original screenplay, and best film editing.

Rent/buy: iTunes, Google Play, Amazon Video, YouTube



"Mad Max: Fury Road"

Nominated: Best picture, best director, best sound editing, best sound mixing, best production design, best cinematography, best makeup and hairstyling, best costume design, best film editing, and best visual effects 

Stream: HBO

Rent/buy: Google Play, iTunes, Amazon Video, YouTube



"The Martian"

Nominated: Best picture, best actor, best adapted screenplay, best sound editing, best sound mixing, best production design, and best visual effects 

Rent/buy: Amazon video, Google Play, iTunes, YouTube



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You'll be able to buy J.K. Rowling's next 'Harry Potter' story this summer

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Wizarding fans around the world are anxiously awaiting the opening of J.K. Rowling's upcoming play, "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child."

But if a trip to London's West End isn't on the cards or you weren't able to get tickets, you're in luck. Rowling's website, Pottermore announced they will be publishing the full script of the two-part play. The script, which is being referred to as the eighth story in the franchise, will be available as an eBook, priced at $14.99. The release date? Harry Potter's birthday: July 31. 

In case you're not up to snuff on Rowling's newest endeavor, here's what you need to know. The play picks up 19 years after the end of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows."

Here's the synopsis of what the play will be about:

It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband, and father of three school-age children.

While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes darkness comes from unexpected places.

The book will be released in the UK by Little, Brown Book Group and in the US and Canada by Scholastic.

Here's the current artwork for the book:

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Johnny Depp nails Donald Trump in this incredible spoof biopic of the candidate

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The comedy site Funny or Die has released its most ambitious project yet, a 50-minute "movie of the week" spoof adaptation of Donald Trump's book "The Art of the Deal," starring Johnny Depp as the business tycoon before his aspirations to become president.

Depp is pretty much unrecognizable as Trump, as he's decked out in the usual Trump business suits, a paler shade of skin, and he's bloated with the trademark hair. And Depp also has the Trump voice down.

The movie starts with Ron Howard introducing it as an adaptation of Trump's best-selling book that Trump directed and starred in but has never seen the light of day. But Howard found a VHS copy of it at a yard sale and, after wrestling it from an old lady, he's brought it to light.

The movie has a bunch of cameos — including Alfred Molina, Patton Oswalt, Henry Winkler, Stephen Merchant, Christopher Lloyd, Alf, and even "Room" star Jacob Tremblay — and a slew of '80s references.

Sit back and enjoy (and check out some pics of Depp as Trump below):

You can watch the full movie over at Funny or Die.

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Ryan Reynolds hints he may have leaked the 'Deadpool' footage that got the movie made

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"Deadpool" hits theaters February 12, but the highly-anticipated raunchy comic-book film took 11 years to make and only officially happened after test footage leaked a few years ago. 

In an interview with Jimmy Fallon on Tuesday's "Tonight Show," star Ryan Reynolds, who played the antihero when he appeared in 2009's "X-Men Origins: Wolverine," explained the extensive process of putting the film together — and why it all happened because of a leak that, well, may be his responsibility.

“It was the worst relationship I’ve ever been in,” Reynolds said. “On-again, off-again. Occasionally we sleep together and it just causes more pain. And then somehow, someway, we got married.”

A script, written by "Zombieland" writers Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese, was developed six years ago and leaked online, which prompted Fox to film test footage. That ended up being put away for four years, but a little less than two years ago, that footage "leaked accidentally onto the Internet."

"Accidentally?" Fallon asked.

"Here's the thing, the 'Deadpool' fans freaked out and overwhelmed Fox and Fox basically had to greenlight the movie," Reynolds said. 

Though he isn't owning up to leaking the footage, Reynolds doesn't exactly deny it. 

"I know that one of us did it,” the actor said. “There’s four of us: me, Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick, and Tim Miller, the director. We all said at the beginning that somone should leak it, so the idea was planted, but I’m 70-percent sure it wasn’t me.” 

Watch the interview below:

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Justin Theroux talks about writing 'Zoolander 2' with Ben Stiller and why it's not like the original

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The public profile of Justin Theroux has increased substantially in the last few years thanks to his lead role in the love-it-or-hate-it HBO series “The Leftovers” — oh yeah, and being married to Jennifer Aniston, too.

But what many don’t know is that the actor is also an accomplished screenwriter, with credits including “Iron Man 2,” “Rock of Ages,” and Ben Stiller’s war comedy “Tropic Thunder.”

He recently teamed with Stiller again to write “Zoolander 2,” the long-awaited sequel to the 2001 cult hit that opens in theaters this weekend. Theroux also reprises his small role as the “Evil DJ,” which is just one of many familiar faces returning from the original (Owen Wilson, Will Ferrell, and even Billy Zane come back). There are also abundant cameos by Justin Bieber and real-life fashion legends.

Theroux talked to Business Insider about the challenges of making a sequel to a beloved comedy, what’s in store for the final season of “The Leftovers,” and how he came up with Tom Cruise’s hilariously vile studio head, Les Grossman, in “Tropic Thunder.”

Zoolander 2 2 Wilson Webb ParamountBI: You didn't write the original "Zoolander," so how did you and Ben connect for the sequel?

Justin Theroux: I’m a huge fan of the first one, and we had just finished another movie together and when we were finishing I was like, "Hey, are you ever going to do 'Zoolander 2'?" And at the time he was like, "Yeah, we've been rolling it around. We have one script for it."

BI: And the movie you guys had just finished was "Tropic Thunder?"

Theroux: Yeah, we were finishing "Tropic," and I just sort of casually said, "Look, if you ever do do that, please call me because I would love to work on that with you." And about a year and a half later, he called and he was like, "I think we're going to try to do it." So we got together with [fellow screenwriters John] Hamburg and [Nicholas] Stoller and just figured it out.

We needed a reason to make a second one. We didn't want to phone it in. So we struck on this idea, which is what is now the movie, going international with it and doing this historical conspiracy-type story dating back to Adam and Eve. So I went to Hawaii for about a month with Ben and wrote it. 

BI: Well, that's not a bad gig.

Theroux: Yeah, it was great. Though there is something cruel about being in Hawaii and you have a computer in front of you the whole time. 

BI: Looking out the window and wishing you were out there.

Theroux: Yeah, it's worse. 

BI: So was the challenge upping the ante so it's not a carbon copy of the first movie?

Theroux: I think we were all like, let's not try to beat the first one, let's not think about it like that. Let's think about where the characters would be historically 10 years later and see if there's a funny idea of them being aged out. We basically decided to run right at the fact that, yeah, they are older, instead of trying to pick up the movie one day after or one week later. We thought it would be funny if they were washed up and had to come back into the industry. 

BI: With all the cameos, were there times when Ben would call you and say, "Write something quick for so-and-so."

Theroux: That happened. A lot of times it was something that came together on set. But there were definitely a couple of must-have cameos. We definitely wanted real designers, but we didn't know who would agree to do it. Bieber and a few others were baked into it from early on, so if they said no we were going to be bummed. It would have made things difficult. But for the other ones it was about scheduling them and getting them to Rome. It wasn't cheap to get these people, and I mean we weren't given them their quotes —

BI: And they weren't going to fly commercial.

Theroux: Yeah, exactly. Logistically, we had to fly them out and put them up.

Justin Bieber Zoolander 2BI: The way you get these writing gigs, are they different every time? Like for "Iron Man 2" or "Rock of Ages," do they call you or are you going after those?

Theroux:”Iron Man 2" was after I worked with Robert [Downey Jr.] on "Tropic" so that was his idea. And same thing with "Rock of Ages"— Tom [Cruise] was doing it so I came in and worked with him. People requesting and obviously some self-generated stuff.
 
BI: What's ironic is your writing credits are so different from most of the movies and shows that you star in.

Theroux: I know. [Laughs] It's weird. I wouldn't know how to write the stuff that I have been currently acting in. Like "The Leftovers," it's not my comfort zone writing that kind of thing. I don't think I'm at all bright enough to write those scripts. I feel more comfortable writing firmly comedic or slightly comedic stuff.

There was a time when doing "Zoolander 2" that I was literally flying between the "Zoolander" shoot and "The Leftovers" in Texas and at that point, I was getting comedy whiplash. It was a relief, though, to get to Rome and be like, "Oh my God, I get to laugh on set."

BI: You don't have to cry for a whole scene.

Theroux: Yeah. Find old memories and figure out how to weep. I forgot what it was like to giggle.

BI: So what's your favorite joke you came up with for "Zoolander 2"?

Theroux: We really wanted to give Mugatu [played by Will Ferrell] a big entrance. I don't want to give it away, but his entrance and the buildup to the end of that scene, that was one of those scenes that when we figured it out, it was like, "That's the way to do it." I'll say it's a Hannibal Lecter homage.

Zoolander 2 Wilson Webb Paramount PicturesBI: I’m a big fan of "The Leftovers," and not just season two. I really liked the first season.

Theroux: I’m with you. I do, too. 

BI: But are you shocked by the reaction people had to season two? It was a total 180.

Theroux: I feel once Damon was free of the source material, and when I say that I don't mean that in a bad way, but when he was let off the leash, he and [co-creator] Tom [Perrotta] — I think he was able to take more daring chances and run at the themes he wanted to deal with, which were basically meaning-of-life questions. And I think once he was free of the book in season two, he was able to bring in new characters that didn't exist. He was able to play harder in the sandbox, I guess. 

karaoke6 finalBI: If you were calling the shots, how would you like to see the show end?

Theroux: Oh God, that's the last thing I want the responsibility of. I really don't know if it's going to go out with a whimper or a bang. And Damon hasn't told me and I really don't want to know. I've talked to him at length, even before we started the show, when we were just filming the pilot. He was like, "Just so you know, this is not a six-season type of show, this is going to be two, three, or four. We have to see what this is going to look like." So from the get-go, it wasn't like, we'll be able to milk this for nine years. And I think he always saw this as a trilogy.

BI: And I have to know. How did you and Ben Stiller create Tom Cruise’s Les Grossman character in "Tropic Thunder," and what was Tom's input?

Tropic_Thunder_Les_Grossman_ParamountTheroux: That was one of those amazing experiences. We were talking to Tom about maybe doing Ben's part — we wanted him to be in the movie. We thought it would be a real coup to get him in the movie. And he had said, "What if there's a studio guy or a producer?" And Ben and I thought that was a great idea and I went back and started working on it and sketching it out and basically creating the most vile character I could create. And there was a moment of going, "Oh, shit, eventually Tom is going to see these pages and he's going to be like, 'What the hell are you doing?'" But he got totally into it, and not only that, because he knew we were writing toward a hard R [rating], he was like, "Go further, go crazy, I'll say whatever you want." He came in and just blasted through the material with such commitment that it was so exciting to see Tom in that makeup and saying those words.

BI: Was that the look you guys came up with for Les or did Tom have suggestions?

Theroux: It was scripted that he looked chubby and balding, and then we started doing screen tests and he wanted these prosthetic hands — big, chubby hands — but he was just down. It was really cool. 

BI: There have been rumors forever of a sequel that's focused on Les. Would you be game for that?

Theroux: I would totally be game for that. We've talked about it, but it's one of those things where we go, we don't want to jam anything, we just want to make sure the tone is right and it would be the right story. 

“Zoolander 2” opens in theaters on Friday.

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'Deadpool 2' is already in the works, here’s what we know

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In case you hadn't noticed, "Deadpool" is getting quite a bit of buzz. Critics have been giving it positive reviews the last few days, raising its profile, and right now it looks like the comic book movie could make as much as $70 million in its first weekend. So you know what that means... it's sequel time!

The Hollywood Reporter has gotten word from its sources that 20th Century Fox is already very eager for more "Deadpool" action, and have apparently given "Deadpool 2" the green light behind closed doors. As you probably could have guessed, Ryan Reynolds will be back in the titular role, and the trade says that Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick — producers on the film and the only writers to work on the script — will be taking care of the screenplay.

If the trade's sources are correct, that's three big and important names being brought back for "Deadpool 2," but the big question mark of the moment seems to be surrounding director Tim Miller. The filmmaker signed on to make the first "Deadpool" movie all the way back in April 2011, but apparently is not contracted for a follow-up. That being said, the report says that Fox is eager to keep the four key players together, so Miller will probably be back in the director's chair again.

Story-wise, there really is an incredible number of directions that Deadpool 2 can go in - as he has been a character consistently featured in Marvel Comics for decades (on beyond his own series, which passed 250 issues last year). One popular option that fans have been clamoring for would be to see him as part of a team-up film - specifically X-Force

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If you wanted to make X-Force as a completely separate project, however, there would also be the option of simply making "Deadpool 2" as "Deadpool & Cable"— a buddy movie that features the Merc With The Mouth teaming up with/annoying the piss out of Cable, an incredibly powerful mutant from the future who also happens to be Cyclops' son. The studio could always follow "Deadpool & Cable" with X-Force, given that Cable was the original leader of the team.

Right now we don't have any firm details about the story direction for "Deadpool 2," or when 20th Century Fox has plans to release it, but we will be hungrily waiting for it. 

SEE ALSO: James Cameron read an early "Deadpool" script years ago — here's what he thought

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Everything you should know about Psylocke, the anticipated breakout character of 'X-Men: Apocalypse'

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The new Super Bowl spot for "X-Men: Apocalypse" just debuted one of the most highly-anticipated characters in the "X-Men" universe.

Olivia Munn has been cast as Psylocke, the first on-screen appearance of the popular "X-Men" character. Anticipation for Psylocke's debut was so high that Munn cemented her role in the film after sending director Bryan Singer and producer Simon Kinberg fan-creations where she was styled to look like the character. 

Psylocke is part of a new generation of characters debuting in "Apocalypse," including younger versions of Jean Grey, Cyclops, Storm, and Nightcrawler. But she also brings in a complex comic backstory and a large number of longtime fans ready for her to make her mark on the cinematic universe. 

Not familiar with the character? Here's what you should know about Psylocke before her appearance on the big screen this summer.   

Who is Psylocke?

Psylocke, real name Betsy Braddock, is a trained ninja and assassin with powerful telepathic abilities. She can read minds and use telekinesis like Professor Xavier (James McAvoy) and Jean Grey (Sophie Turner), but she's also a lethal swordswoman.

She's first seen in the new Super Bowl spot casually slicing through a car in mid-air. 

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Using her telepathic powers, she can create a blade made of pure psychic energy. Munn told Collider the weaponry adds to the psychology of the character.

"She can kill from afar, like Magneto or Storm," she said. "But she chooses to create a sword, which is a very intimate way to kill someone. She experiences it.”

She wields her psychic knife with extreme skill and it both physically and mentally devastates her enemies. Personality-wise, she's a cold, but determined and highly-experienced warrior. 

Where did she come from?

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Psylocke first appeared in 1976's "Captain Britain #1" with blue eyes and blonde hair.

There, she was a pilot and Captain Britain's sister. In the late '80s, she was brought into the X-Men universe and radically redesigned with purple hair and prominent Japanese features. While the comics used a complicated series of mind control and body swapping plotlines to explain this, Kinberg said they'll be much more straightforward in "Apocalypse."

"Anything can happen in these films, but no. We’re not attempting that," he told Collider. "She’s pretty consistently the same character throughout the movie."

Mind control is an important recurring theme in Psylocke's comic book history and may play a major part of her role in "Apocalypse." 

How does she tie into the events of "X-Men: Apocalypse?

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In "X-Men: Apocalypse" the X-Men will face off against the mutant Apocalypse. He's known as the first mutant, thousands of years old, and wants to destroy and remake the world. In keeping with the biblical story of the apocalypse, he has four horsemen: powerful allies that the X-Men will have to fight as well. Psylocke is one of his four horsemen, meaning she's going up against Xavier and his school for gifted children.

It's likely she's being manipulated somehow, in keeping with the character's backstory. How will the mutants fare against this psychically superpowered samurai? 

Hopefully, better than the car. 

 "X-Men: Apocalypse" comes to theaters May 27.

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Sacha Baron Cohen stunned Jimmy Kimmel with a scene from his new comedy that's too graphic for TV

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We've seen Sacha Baron Cohen recently in brief cameos like "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues," and more serious fare like playing Thénardier in "Les Misérables," but we haven't seen a comedy written by Cohen since 2012's "The Dictator."

Thankfully, a comedy from the mind behind Borat and Ali G is finally here: "The Brothers Grimsby."

Mark Strong ("Kingsman: The Secret Service") plays an MI6 agent whose brother (Cohen) is a slacker who loves his English football club more than anything. But the brothers must join forces for a new spy assignment.

Here's the latest trailer. The movie opens in theaters March 11.

And just to drive home the point that audiences are in store for a very graphic comedy that's in keeping with Cohen's work, Jimmy Kimmel on Wednesday night showed his audience a clip from the movie that is so raw (we assume) that he could only film their reaction watching it.

 

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THEN & NOW: The cast of the original 'Zoolander' 15 years later

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After 15 years, Derek Zoolander is back. 

"Zoolander No. 2," the sequel to the 2001 cult-hit comedy, is in theaters Friday and features some of the original cast reprising their roles.

When the "world's most beautiful people" are being assassinated, the only people to call are ex-models Derek Zoolander (Ben Stiller) and Hansel McDonald (Owen Wilson). 

Stiller created the dimwitted character of Zoolander for a short film that aired during the 1996 VH1 Fashion Awards. Another short film was made for the Fashion Awards the following year and later developed into the feature-length film.  

"Zoolander" featured cameos from celebrities including Posh and Baby Spice, Donald and Miliana Trump, Billy Zane, Mark Ronson, and David Bowie. And while some players are back for the sequel, a number of other celebrities — including Justin Bieber, Benedict Cumberbatch, Kristen Wiig, and Penelope Cruz — are making cameo appearances in the second film.  

Here's a look at the original cast 15 years later:  

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THEN: Ben Stiller was already a comedy star before he turned his "Zoolander" short films into a feature film. He plays Derek Zoolander, a model who finds himself in the middle of an assassination conspiracy. Though it was Stiller's third time directing a feature, it was his first full-length screenplay, which he cowrote with Drake Sather and John Hamburg.



NOW: Stiller has since appeared in a number of comedies and has continued to direct and produce films. He's reprising his role in the sequel and also serves as a cowriter and director.



THEN: Owen Wilson made his film debut in Wes Anderson's "Bottle Rocket" (1996) and landed roles in films such as "Armageddon" and "Shanghai Noon" before playing a rival model, Hansel, in "Zoolander."



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No, J.K. Rowling isn’t writing another 'Harry Potter' book — here's her response to fans

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J.K. Rowling twitter profileOn February 10, “Harry Potter” fans got perhaps the best news of their lives — J.K. Rowling was coming out with another installment of her classic series concerning The Boy Who Lived.

It would be the eighth story about Harry Potter and take place directly after the epilogue of the last book, “Deathly Hallows.” The internet blew up as people wrote about Rowling’s new “book.”

The only problem? It’s not a book at all, but a script of her upcoming play, “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.” A point which the author quickly took to Twitter to correct:

Rowling assured her fans not only is it not a prequel — a refrain we’ve heard from the author before— but that it will simply be a book version of her upcoming London play’s script and not another novel about the wizarding world.

Though it may not be the type of book some fans were hoping for, it is a wonderful alternative for anyone who can’t afford a trip to London or didn’t get tickets to the two-part “Cursed Child” play.

And to be fair, this is not the first play script to become a widely read book. Tony Kushner’s two-part play “Angels in America” won numerous awards, including the Pulitzer Prize in 1993, and is now sold in book form, as well.

Either way, we can’t wait to read it.

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‘Star Wars’ producers charged in U.K. over Harrison Ford accident

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LONDON (AP) — British health authorities announced Thursday they have issued criminal charges against the producers of "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" over an on-set accident in which Harrison Ford broke his leg.

The actor was struck by a hydraulic door on the set of the Millennium Falcon — his character Han Solo's spaceship — at Pinewood Studios near London in June 2014. He was airlifted to a hospital where he underwent surgery.

Production on the film was suspended for two weeks after the injury to Ford, who was 71 at the time.

The Health and Safety Executive said Thursday it had charged Foodles Production (UK) Ltd. — a subsidiary of the Walt Disney Co. — with four breaches of workplace health and safety laws.

It said "by law, employers must take reasonable steps to protect workers — this is as true on a film set as a factory floor."

Foodles Production said the safety of cast and crew was "a top priority" and it was disappointed by the decision to prosecute.

The first court hearing is scheduled for May at High Wycombe Magistrates' Court, near the studio.

"The Force Awakens" is the seventh installment in the space saga and has taken more than $2 billion at the worldwide box office since its release two months ago.

Filming is underway on episode eight, directed by Rian Johnson and due for release late next year.

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'Deadpool' is the most unique superhero movie in years — here's why you need to see it

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As many prepare for the battle between Team Captain America and Team Iron Man in “Captain America: Civil War,” out in May, for now we're taking a detour in the Marvel universe as we’re introduced to one of its most complex characters, Deadpool.

Led by Ryan Reynolds as the character, the new movie adaptation of the comic book, in theaters February 12, is the first look at a Marvel character from an R-rated perspective. Filled with graphic violence and a lot of bad language, 20th Century Fox's effort brings a harder-edged feel to the superhero genre than what we're familiar with from the Disney releases (“The Avengers,” “Iron Man,” etc.).

But there’s more to why “Deadpool” is one of the most unique superhero movies ever made.

We’ve come up with 5 big reasons you should see it:

(Warning: spoilers ahead.)

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1. Ryan Reynolds making fun of himself

The Deadpool character is a former Special Forces operative who, after an experiment, possesses accelerated healing powers. True, that doesn’t sound much different from any other superhero origin story, but it’s the psychotic persona of Wade Wilson (aka Deadpool) that sets him apart. To harness that on the big screen, Hollywood has called on Mr. Sarcasm himself, Ryan Reynolds.

But “Deadpool” goes a step further than having Reynolds throw a fun line or two. To really portray the character correctly, it had to be brutal. And Reynolds obliged. He plays on his box-office bomb as Green Lantern in 2011, once being People’s Sexiest Man Alive, even taking jabs at his own acting talents.

It’s fun to see Reynolds can take a joke (or five). 



2. Lots of pop-culture references

Don’t fret if you’re not up on your “Deadpool” comics knowledge. The movie is made for both the super-fan and the novice. One of the pleasures is taking in the references to pop culture that are filled throughout. From a Salt-N-Pepa song to Deadpool throwing out lines about Negasonic Teenage Warhead looking like Sinéad O’Connor (and then there’s the scene after the end credits; don’t worry, we won’t give it away), it’s a fun ride for the '80s-and-'90s-nostalgic audience.

One of the biggest threads through the movie is Deadpool’s love for the band Wham!, specifically the group's hit “Careless Whisper.”



3. Breaking the fourth wall

Most superhero movies are focused entirely on the action, but Deadpool is fully aware there’s an audience looking at him, and he can’t help but chat it up. This leads to some enormously entertaining moments, like explaining how he met his roommate, Blind Al, or giving us his backstory while being pummeled by Colossus. And as anyone familiar with Ryan Reynolds' style of comedy knows, he is very comfortable doing that.



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BB-8 originally spoke actual words — here's how the 'Star Wars' droid's voice was made

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Soon after the first screenings of "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," word began to spread that actors Bill Hader and Ben Schwartz ("Parks and Recreation") were credited as "voice consultants" for BB-8.

Recently, Schwartz did a Reddit AMA and gave a whole rundown of his experience. It turns out there was even written dialogue for BB-8 before it was turned into beeps, and it took time to nail the droid's sound.

Here's what Schwartz said:

I was lucky enough that when JJ Abrams was making the new Star Wars film, he came home on a little break and he said, “Hey I have this new droid called BB-8, and I want him to have personality. You know, everybody loves R2-D2, but I want to put him in situations where he can feel warmth, and he can be funny, and he can do all these things.” Because he had these big scenes with Rey – and I can talk about it all finally – all these big scenes with Daisy Ridley’s character, and John Boyega’s character, and so the process was at the beginning. We wrote real dialogue for him.

So, there’s recordings of me overseeing this. JJ would show me scenes, and I would say real dialogue as BB-8 in response to whatever Rey or people were saying. And then, the goal was to give that to LucasFilms and they would turn them into beeps and boops. So they tried it, and when it came back, I feel like it felt like… you can feel like it was a human being turned into beeps and boops. So then they gave me a synthesizer, and this great sound guy named Robby Stambler – when we were in the room for hours, I would call us “The Beautiful Boys,” because we both looked terrible. Nah, he’s a great guy. But Robby Stambler, amazing sound guy, and we did this thing where I would take this microphone that was hooked into a computer, and I’d literally try to do the beeps and boops.

First, we tried it with words, and it didn’t work. And then I tried to do the beeps and boops. And in the end, we did a bunch and bunch of scenes, and I was very fortunate and got to see the movie beforehand, and all this stuff and really work with it. I don’t know how much of those are in it, but I was told by the editors that all the dialogue that I did for the film was used while they edited. So, if Rey, Daisy Ridley’s character, is having a scene with BB-8, they would edit with my dialogue in there to know when to cut to back and stuff like that. And I was so excited, because I don’t know how much percent of my actual voice is in there, hopefully there is some, but I know that all the editors were so kind to me in saying that it really helped with the way they edit, and the cadence.

It'd be awesome if Lucasfilm ever released the recordings of the English dialogue Schwartz and Hader used while creating BB-8.

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Here's Schwartz's full AMA video:

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'Deadpool' has two end-credits scenes — here's what they mean for the sequel

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"Deadpool" is now in theaters.

If you head you to see the film starring Ryan Reynolds as the kooky, foul-mouthed antihero, don't leave the theater once the film's done. The film will have not one, but two end-credits scenes

The first one, which played in front of early screenings, doesn't contain any important information, but it's that second coda which you'll want to catch.

Missed both of them? 

Here's what happened.

Turn back now! Spoilers ahead!

The first end-credits sequence

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Deadpool greets us in a Ferris Bueller-like bathrobe. He takes a jab at other movie end-credits scenes, including those in Disney's Marvel movies, by asking the audience why we're still here. 

"You're still here? It's over. Go home," he says as he gets closer to the camera. "OH you're expecting a teaser for Deadpool 2? Well, we don't have that kind of money."

He then turns away from the camera and starts to walk away while saying, "What are you expecting Sam Jackson to to show up in a eye patch?" 

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Jackson, of course, plays the Avengers recruiter Nick Fury in Disney's Marvel Cinematic Universe. He showed up at the end of 2008's "Iron Man" to start recruiting superheroes for the Avengers team.

The second end-credits sequence

Deadpool returns in his bathrobe to tell us a new character, Cable, will be in the sequel.

"We have no idea who we're gonna cast yet, but it could be anyone," Deadpool teases. "We just need a big guy with a flat top. Mel Gibson, Dolph Lundgren, Keira Knightley — she's got range."

Deadpool then tells the audience to not leak the end-credits scene online. "It's a total d--- move." (That hasn't stopped people from doing it.)

A "Deadpool" sequel?

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Yup. You heard right.

According to "The Hollywood Reporter," 20th Century Fox has already given the go on "Deadpool 2" with Ryan Reynolds reprising his role and screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick returning to write the screenplay. There's no word yet on director Tim Miller.

The R-rated antihero film is expected to have a huge debut this weekend. Analysts are calling for the film to make anywhere from $55 milion to $70 million.

Who is Cable?

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Known as Nathan Summers, the X-Men character was introduced in 1990 and is the son of Cyclops and a Jean Grey clone named Madelyne Pryor. (Yeah, we're starting to go down the comic-book superhero rabbit hole, kids.)

Cable was created as the leader of the New Mutants, a group of X-Men teens. Think of him as a Charles Xavier-type character. You know, the leader of the X-Men.

The big thing with Cable is that in addition to telekinesis, he can time travel. That's pretty big since time travel just changed the entire course of the X-Men franchise in 2014's "Days of Future Past." 

At one point, Cable traveled back in time to prevent the creation of Apocalypse, the X-Men's big bad villain in this summer's movie "X-Men: Apocalypse."

If you're thinking the pairing of Cable in a Deadpool sequel seems odd, it isn't. Cable also had a comic series with Deadpool, which was canceled after 50 issues. The series followed Cable as he set out to create a better world, you know, since he's a time traveler who has seen how the world winds up.

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What does this mean for the "Deadpool" sequel? Maybe we'll see Cable's origin along with a bunch of other X-Men characters.

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There's a big mystery surrounding who is paying to release Michael Moore's new movie

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In September, Michael Moore announced he had sold his anticipated documentary "Where to Invade Next" to a new, unnamed company headed by ex-Radius executives Tom Quinn and Jason Janego and Alamo Drafthouse founder Tim League. But as "Invade" limps into 300 theaters Feb. 12, questions surround the film and the mysterious outfit releasing it.

"Invade," in which Moore visits countries that offer a better version of the American dream, was set to roll out nationally Dec. 23, then pushed to Jan. 15 and eventually Feb. 12. In December, Moore, 61, said he would embark on a 50-state bus tour to promote the film, but that never happened. (An empty bus with Invade signage instead is making the rounds.)

Insiders blame the delays on not wanting the political satire to open against "Star Wars: The Force Awakens." And they attribute the scuttled tour to Moore turning his focus to the water crisis in his hometown of Flint, Mich. Plus, the director canceled appearances on "Conan" and "Real Time With Bill Maher" because he's battling pneumonia.

"You can't burn it at both ends, and if u do, it's best not to do so in the winter nor anywhere near a place full of toxic water!" he wrote on his Facebook page.

Still, many are skeptical of the company that landed Moore's first movie in six years. Quinn, Janego and League have yet to name their label or financial backers, and a company title card will not appear before the film, stoking speculation that the trio didn't actually buy "Invade" out of Toronto and instead are being paid a service fee to release the film, which was financed by WME-IMG. Quinn and Janego insist League put up funds to buy the film for an undisclosed sum and pay for its prints-and-advertising budget (two sources familiar with the deal say a third party paid for P&A).

Either way, the distributor is trying to make the most of the timing of the release amid the U.S. presidential campaign, with TV spots airing during debates. Says Janego, "This is the single most relevant film right now, and it will be the most relevant film all year."

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'Deadpool' is already breaking box-office records with $12.7 million Thursday opening

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Ryan Reynolds' "Deadpool" is off to a racy start at the North American box office, grossing $12.7 million Thursday night to score the biggest preview number ever for R-rated film and the biggest of all time for the month of February.

"Deadpool"— the first Marvel superhero movie to be rated R — will easily rule the long Valentine's Day and Presidents Day weekend with a four-day gross of $65 million or more. Some box-office analysts believe it will sail past $70 million, one of the top debuts ever for an R-rated title, but Fox is being more conservative in suggesting $60 million to $65 million.

The previous top Thursday night opening for an R-rated film belonged to "The Hangover Part II" ($10.4 million), which launched over Memorial Day weekend in 2011, followed by "Fifty Shades of Grey" ($8.6 million) a year ago on its way to scoring the top Presidents Day weekend debut of all time with $93 million.

A passion project for Reynolds, the irreverent, tongue-in-cheek movie follows Wade Wilson (aka Deadpool), a foul-mouthed, witty superhero who is bestowed with special powers after going through an experimental treatment for cancer. The actor first appeared as the character in "X-Men Origins: Wolverine." In "Deadpool," the superhero searches out the men who subjected him to the treatment.

"Deadpool"'s rating is considered a "hard" R, and theaters across the country will likely find themselves monitoring ticket buyers to make sure those under 17 years of age unaccompanied by a parent or adult guardian don't gain entry to Deadpool, since teenagers are used to be able to seeing Marvel superhero movies on their own.

The movie is also off to an impressive start, where it could earn north of $80 million for the weekend. It's a key victory for Reynolds, whose previous superhero film, Green Lantern, fell flat. Deadpool cost $58 million to make. Directed by Tim Miller, Deadpool also stars Morena Baccarin, Ed Skrein, T.J. Miller and Gina Cara.

The other two holiday offerings are Zoolander 2 and How to Be Single.

From Paramount, "Zoolander 2," reuniting Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson and Will Ferrell, is expected to open in the $25 million range. The sequel is rated PG-13.

"How to Be Single," an R-rated romantic comedy, stars Dakota Johnson, Rebel Wilson, Alison Brie and Leslie Mann. The New Line and Warner Bros. film is packing to open to $21 million.

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Betty White gives the most hilarious review of the 'glorious' 'Deadpool'

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Betty White wants you to see "Deadpool." 

The 94-year-old actress and comedian reviewed the film, giving the raunchy comic-book film "four Golden Girls" and calling it "glorious" and "the best picture of the year."

According to White, this is a "once-in-a-generation" film that certain kinds of families will love. 

And if that's not enough, White said, "Plus, Ryan Reynolds looks so f---ing handsome in his red, leather suit." 

Watch her review below:

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'Deadpool' brilliantly uses 2 actors and special effects to Frankenstein this X-Men character to life

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"Deadpool" is out in theaters this weekend. While Ryan Reynold's self-aware, often inappropriate antihero is definitely the star of the film, there are a few other X-Men characters who steal the spotlight.

One of those characters is Colossus, a seven-foot-tall gentle giant made out of metal who repeatedly badgers Deadpool to join the X-Men.

You've probably seen him in trailers:

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While you may think Colossus is just one actor doing a motion capture performance, to bring the character to life, he was actually performed by two actors, Stefan Kapicic and veteran motion capture artist, Greg Lasalle. Typically, characters that need to be done digitally are performed by one actor doing motion capture. (A perfect example of that is Andy Serkis who has played Gollum in "The Lord of the Rings" series.)

"Deadpool is an interesting test where the body capture is a typical motion capture with an actor, the voice, because Tim was adamant that he find someone who is Russian or speaks Russian fluently ... and then, the facial performance," Lasalle tells Tech Insider. "So, it’s all three of those things kind of Frankensteined together."

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Kapicic performed the body work and provided the voice for Colossus while Lasalle provided facial movements for the character separately. Lasalle, co-founder of the MOVA facial performance capture system and a motion capture supervisor on a bunch of big movies ranging from "Gravity" to "Guardians of the Galaxy," landed the role after the previous facial motion capture actor dropped out. Lasalle joked with director Tim Miller, a friend from over the years, about playing the part himself and Miller, to Lasalle's surprise, took him up on it.

While watching the film, you would never notice Colossus is played in part by two different actors.

Lasalle's experience was a little different from most actors. He had to film his parts without any other actors present. Instead, he watched what are called live plates, footage of the film, while recording his facial expressions along to audio from the movie. He memorized the audio and acted out the scenes. And then director Tim Miller would go through the performance with him again and again on loop to get certain looks just right.

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Lasalle says it's not often for a motion caption performer to go it alone. But with "Deadpool," everything else was already filmed. "So I could act against those plates," he explained. "In a lot of movies that Mova’s worked on, that has not been the case, and we’ll have the actors play off each other. One standing outside of our capture system and then one performer in it."

He says it is a little difficult not having anyone else in the room to go off of while delivering your performance. 

"First, you don’t have any dialogue with the other actor ... there’s no timing interaction because you’re performing to a pre-filmed plate. There’s no leeway in what timing you can do, so it’s quite challenging as an actor because you don’t just get to do all the background work on the character and then just play the character," says Lasalle. "You do all that AND you have all these restrictions on the timing of your performance."

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Unfamiliar with the "Deadpool" character, Lasalle prepped for several weeks by reading as much about Colossus as he could, along with speaking with Miller.

"I took Quicktimes of the plate with the voice on it and rehearsed for weeks to get the timing down because typically the animation is done when the performance is done and then somebody goes back in and loops the audio," he explained. "More than half of these scenes are shots [with] the reverse. So, it’s trickier because you’re trying to concentrate on the timing while you’re also trying to play this character without thinking about what you’re doing because you want it to look natural, of course."

For Lasalle, acting in a film is a big change from guiding other actors through the facial capture process on set. But it's something he's been wanting to do since he even got into motion capture work. 

"One of the reasons I was so intrigued by getting into motion capture is because I've always been intrigued with acting. I've just never had the guts to try and be on the camera side of that," Lasalle said. "I've always been the guy in the background. The motion capture was basically that same premise with a new technology enabling a new kind of acting, but I was still fearful to be on the other side of the cameras."

"Finally, I just said, I don't know how much time I have left, I need to go for that. It's been working extremely well," he added. "The work that I've done, that Digital Domain uses to bring in business, has been seen by everybody from Joss Whedon to Steven Spielberg and they all have positive comments about the performance. That's given me the strength to get over the little hump of being afraid to do it."

You can see Lasalle and Kapicic as Colossus in "Deadpool" now.

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