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Meet 27-year-old Oscar winner Alicia Vikander, of 'The Danish Girl,' on her way to superstardom

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Alicia Vikander just won her first Oscar for best supporting actress, and she's someone you should know.

Just in 2015, the Swedish actress played a famous painter, a secret agent, and an artificial intelligence that wants to be human.

She won at the Academy Awards Sunday night for "The Danish Girl." It's been quite a year for the 27-year-old.

Playing artist Gerda Wegener in "The Danish Girl," Vikander gives a scene-stealing performance as the wife of fellow artist Lili Elbe (played by Eddie Redmayne), one of the first identifiable recipients of sex-reassignment surgery.

But it's just the latest in a stellar series of performances Vikander has done, which also includes the hit indie film "Ex Machina."

Let's learn more about this star on the rise.

SEE ALSO: The fast-rising career of 26-year-old Brie Larson, 'Room' star and Hollywood's new 'it girl'

Vikander's first taste of success came in 2007 with the Swedish soap opera "Andra Avenyn" ("Second Avenue"), which looked at the lives of a group of people living in the second-largest city in Sweden.



In 2009, she starred in her first feature film, "Pure," in which she plays a troubled 20-year-old who, in leaving her family life, ends up in the arms of a married man.



Vikander then found notice in the US playing Kitty in the 2012 adaptation of the Tolstoy classic "Anna Karenina," starring Keira Knightley in the lead role.



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The best movies and TV shows coming to Amazon, iTunes, Hulu, and more in March (AMZN, NFLX, AAPL)

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March is on its way and there's a whole lot of titles to stream on your favorite service.

There are big movie titles like Quentin Tarantino's latest, "The Hateful Eight," as well as Jennifer Lawrence's final time as Katniss Everdeen, "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2."

And on the TV side there's Aaron Paul's new show on HULU, "The Path," and the latest season of "Louie" is on Amazon. 

Here's the complete list. We've highlighted some of our top picks that you shouldn't miss.

SEE ALSO: Here's everything leaving Netflix in March

iTunes

Available March 1

“Sisters”
“Carol”
“Legend”

Available March 8

“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2”
“Daddy’s Home”

Available March 15

“The Hateful Eight”
“Point Break”
“Concussion”



Amazon Prime

Available March 1

“American Psycho”
“American Psycho 2”
“Black Magic”
“The Blue Angel” (Kino Restored Edition) (English Subtitled)
“The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari” (Silent)
“For Better, For Worse”
“Ghostbusters”
“Ghostbusters II”
“The Gunfighter”
“Land Before Time II: The Great Valley Adventure”
“Love Play”
“Raw Deal”
“The Rules Of Attraction”
“The Seven Year Itch”
“The Story Of Ruth”
“Tempest”
“Wicked Lady”

Available March 3

“The End of the Tour”
“Gattaca”
“Marc Maron: More Later”

Available March 4

“Alvin & The Chipmunks: Road Chip”
“Carol”
“Louie” (Season 5)

Available March 11

“Bosch” (Season 2)

Available March 15

“The Big Short”
“Brooklyn”
“Concussion”
“In the Heart of the Sea”

Available March 16

“Awkward"

Available March 20

“Arthur & George” (Season 1)

Available March 22

“Mojave”

Available March 23

“Deadliest Catch” (Season 12)

Available March 27

“Orphan Black” (Season 3)

 



Hulu

Available March 1

“24 Hour Party People”
“The Amityville Horror”
“Bio-Dome”
“Blindspot” (New Episodes)
“Bug”
“Capote”
“Cougars, Inc. “
“The Cutting Edge”
“Dawson’s Creek” (Seasons 1-6)
“Damages” (Seasons 1-5)
“Death Of A President”
“Dr. No”
“Drugstore Cowboy”
“Extreme Ghostbusters” (Season 1)
“Flawless”
“For Your Eyes Only”
“From Russia With Love”
“The Gift”
“GoldenEye”
“Gotham” (New Episodes)
“Jade”
“License to Kill”
“Mo' Better Blues”
“Moonraker”
“The Ninth Gate”
“Not Safe with Nikki Glaser” (Series Premiere)
“On Her Majesty's Secret Service”
“Party of Five” (Seasons 1-6)
“Regarding Henry”
“Revenge of the Pink Panther”
“Shivers”
“Thunderball”
“Tomorrow Never Dies”
“Top Gun”
“Trading Places”
“A View to a Kill”
“The Voice” (Season 10 Premiere)
“U-571”
“Up in the Air”

Available March 4

“Louie” (Season 5)
 
Available March 5

“Big Eyes”
 
Available March 7

“Once Upon a Time” (New Episodes)
“Quantico” (New Episodes) 

Available March 9

“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” (New Episodes)
“Broad City” (Season 3 Premiere)
 
Available March 15

“Brain Games” (Season 7 Premiere)

Available March 22

“Dancing with the Stars” (Season 22 Premiere)

Available March 29

“Archer” (Season 6)

Available March 30

“The Path” (Series Premiere / HULU ORIGINAL)
 
Available March 31

“Empire” (New Episodes)

 



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Leonardo DiCaprio just won his first Oscar — and people are freaking out about it

Amy Winehouse's dad says Oscar-winning film is a 'misleading and spiteful portrayal' of his daughter

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Amy Documentary wins at Academy Awards

"Amy," a movie about award-winning artist Amy Winehouse, took home the Oscar for best documentary feature — but the late singer's father isn't celebrating the film's achievement. 

After director Asif Kapadia took the stage with producer James Gay-Rees to accept the award, Mitch Winehouse expressed his feelings on Twitter. 

In their speech, Kapadia and Gay-Rees said that their film showed "the world who she [Amy Winehouse] really was: a woman that was funny, intelligent, witty. Someone special."

Mitch Winehouse tells a different story. This isn't the first time he has spoken out against the film. Though the family initially gave their blessing to the film, after seeing the finished product, Mitch Winehouse told filmmakers he thought they were "a disgrace."

He doesn't appear to have changed his mind now that the film is an Academy Award winner. 

Winehouse has also expressed concern that the documentary's portrayal of his daughter will tarnish her memory and impact her memorial charity, the Amy Winehouse Foundation, which helps young people struggling with drug and alcohol addiction. For more information on the Amy Winehouse Foundation, head here

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Oscar-winning director of Amy Winehouse documentary reveals the 2 secrets behind the making of the heartbreaking film

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The 2015 film, "Amy," based on the life of singer-songwriter Amy Winehouse, became the highest-grossing British documentary film ever and has now won the 2016 Academy Award for Best Documentary. 

We recently sat down with the director Asif Kapadia, who discussed the transformations that take place in the film, and to also learn how Kapadia gained the access to make the film.

Produced and edited by Josh WolffCinematography by David FangSpecial thanks A24 and Sam Rega.

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Daisy Ridley hints at what to expect from Luke Skywalker in 'Star Wars: Episode VIII'

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"Star Wars" fans have something new to chew on before the next movie.

According to Daisy Ridley, Luke Skywalker is "so cool" in "Star Wars: Episode VIII." 

During an Oscars red-carpet interview with MTV News, the actress who plays Rey in "The Force Awakens" revealed that "Episode VIII" isn't just two hours of her and Mark Hamill staring at each other.

Instead, it starts off where "The Force Awakens" left off, as many figured, with Rey meeting Skywalker on the island where he's secluded, and she promises that from there, the Skywalker storyline will live up to our dreams.

"When we went back to Skellig to do the opening of 'VIII,' it was so crazy doing the same scene with a different crew of people,” Ridley said. “[Hamill is] amazing to rehearse with, and I’m very excited to be doing the rest of the stuff. It’s such a good story, seriously.”

Apparently they've been rehearsing "a lot," so you can safely expect plenty of scenes with the two together.

"Star Wars: Episode VIII" is scheduled for a December 15, 2017 release. 

You can watch the full interview on MTV.com

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Andy Samberg reveals his new movie is a mockumentary making fun of Justin Bieber

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Andy Samberg broke some major Lonely Island news on Monday's "Jimmy Kimmel Live." After much speculation about the upcoming movie from the group, Samberg debuted the official title and poster for the "mockumentary."

"This one is actually on a much bigger scale, a theatrical-release movie that Judd Apatow is producing," Samberg said, comparing the movie to the HBO tennis mockumentary he starred in, "7 Days in Hell."

Previously referred to by the title "Top Secret Untitled Lonely Island Movie," the film is now known as "Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping." The poster features Samberg dressed in all white, jacket hanging off his arms to reveal a white tank top underneath.

"That's very Bieber-y," host Jimmy Kimmel commented. Clearly, Lonely Island is spoofing Bieber's concert films, one of which is titled "Never Say Never."

"We pitched other names to the studio. I pitched them 'Gremlins 3,' and they said no," Samberg joked.

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Samberg explained that he plays a character called Connor4Real. According to previous reports, the plot follows Connor4Real as his life falls apart when his new album bombs. In order to return to his previous level of fame, he convinces his two former boy band mates to reunite. They are played by Samberg's Lonely Island partners, Jorma Taccone and Akiva Schaffer.

Sarah Silverman, Tim Meadows, and Imogen Poots are also in the film, which hits theaters on June 3.

Watch the unveiling of the title and poster below:

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J.K. Rowling confirms 2 unnamed ‘Harry Potter’ movies are in the works

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In case you hadn’t heard, J.K. Rowling wrote the script for the film “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” and fans are eagerly awaiting the upcoming prequel to the “Harry Potter” universe.

Now we know another exciting detail — “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” will be the first in a trilogy about magizoologist Newt Scamander.

In a casual tweet to fans Monday, Rowling wrote that while the London play “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” will not be a movie, “Fantastic Beasts will be three movies.”

And naturally, fans are excited about the new info.

While the first movie will take place in New York City in 1926, some fans were guessing that recently released information on Pottermore about wizarding schools around the world could be a clue about where Scamander will go in the upcoming films.

The first movie of the trilogy will hit theaters November 2016 — learn everything we know about the exciting prequel here.

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Harry Potter spin-off movie 'Fantastic Beasts' is going to be a trilogy — here's everything we know so far

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"Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" doesn't hit theaters until November 2016, but we're slowly getting a better idea of what the Harry Potter spin-off will be about. 

The first trailer for the film dropped at the end of 2015 and it looks totally awesome. On Monday, J.K. Rowling confirmed on Twitter the movie isn't going to be a standalone. Instead, it will be the first of three "Fantastic Beasts" films. Warner Bros.' previously said in 2014 it was planning two more movies for the "Harry Potter" spinoff.

Here's everything we know so far about the "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" trilogy. 

"Fantastic Beast and Where to Find Them" is set in 1926 in New York City.



It stars Academy Award winner Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander.



Scamander is a magizoologist who studies magical creatures, like hinkypunks and grindylows, which you might remember from the original "Harry Potter" series.



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This is the most bizarre movie-set story ever — from an actor in mysterious director Terrence Malick's new 'Knight of Cups'

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For over 40 years, director Terrence Malick has been one of the most genius and elusive talents in the movie business.

His films can best be described as esoteric fever dreams portraying a person's exploration of life, from adolescence in "Tree of Life" to enduring the madness of war in "The Thin Red Line."

What makes him and his work even more mysterious is that he refuses to do interviews and shies away from public events. In fact, when he’s been nominated for Oscars, he hasn’t shown up to the ceremony. When asked, the publicist for his latest film,Knight of Cups” (out Friday), told Business Insider there's no photo of the filmmaker available for this story.

Given Malick's enigmatic persona, it would be fascinating to know if his filmmaking method is as unorthodox as his finished product.

As it turns out, Malick's process is even stranger than his movies.

We found out when we talked to actor Thomas Lennon, who has a brief cameo in Malick's "Knight of Cups" playing a friend of the main character (Christian Bale) as they walk around a Hollywood party. (Others in the scene include Antonio Banderas, Jason Clarke, Ryan O’Neal, Nick Kroll, and Joe Manganiello.)

'No one knows anything about the movie'

Thomas Lennon Kevin Winter Getty finalLennon is known for his comedic work, like “Reno 911!,” CBS’ “The Odd Couple," or his scene-stealing in movies like “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days,” “Balls of Fury,” and “I Love You, Man.”

So he's not exactly the kind of actor you'd expect in a Malick film. In fact, the actor told Business Insider he had never seen a Malick film when he got the offer to be in "Kight of Cups" in April of 2012 (the movie has spent two-plus years in post-production, not uncommon for a Malick film).

“I got a call from my agent and he said, ‘Do you know Terrence Malick?’ And I decided I would try to be a smarty-pants and I said, ‘Of course,’ but I had never seen any of his films,” Lennon told BI. “I was aware of his name like you’re aware of names like Atom Egoyan or Ismail Merchant and James Ivory, artsy-fartsy films unlike the things I’m in or write.”

But Lennon agreed to the role, without being given any details about who he was playing or what the movie was about. And six weeks before the scheduled shoot, Lennon still hadn’t received anything and was starting to get anxious.

“I started making phone calls to people — ‘Could you please find out what role I’m playing? Is there a wardrobe fitting?’ And the answer I would get back from everyone is, ‘No one knows anything about the movie,’” Lennon said.

Three days before the shoot, Lennon was finally told some information: The scene is at a Hollywood party, so he should be dressed as if he were going to a party in the Hollywood Hills.

“That’s all I was told,” Lennon said.

No script, just a card with an inspirational phrase

Lennon arrived to the set, a mansion in swanky Bel Air. By this point, he'd Googled Malick's picture. Lennon worked his way through the estate and found Christian Bale sitting with Malick by the pool.

“I could only assume it was Terrence Malick because he was the most eccentric-looking person there,” Lennon said. “He’s in this sort of straw hat, slightly dirty khaki pants, and a real loose, floppy shirt.”

They exchanged pleasantries, and then Lennon’s good friend, actor Joe Lo Truglio, showed up to also be in the scene.

“We’re all standing there and Malick hands out these pieces of paper to all of us,” Lennon said. “And the one he gave me said, ‘There’s no such thing as a fireproof wall.’ And I ask, ‘Is this something I’m supposed to say in the scene?’ and he said, ‘I don’t know.’”

Lennon learned, after talking to the director, that there was no script, just a phrase that might inspire him when cameras started rolling.

“And then Malick goes, ‘Would you like some more? Because I have a whole stack of these.’ And I was like, ‘I think I’m good,’” Lennon said.

Lennon later asked Bale while Malick was away:

Lennon:“Is this how it goes?

Bale:“Yeah.”

Lennon:“Every day?”

Bale:“Yeah.”

Lennon:“How long have you been doing this?”

Bale:“This is, like, day 25.”

11 hours of shooting for 1 minute of screen time

When Malick came back, Lennon asked him what the scene was about. Malick started off by saying that in the movie, Bale plays a Hollywood screenwriter, and Lennon didn't need to hear anything else — he suddenly knew why he was there.

“I was cast as Christian [Bale]’s douchey Hollywood Hills friend. I realized if his character was a shallow Hollywood screenwriter, two of his really good friends probably would be Joe Lo Truglio and me,” Lennon said. “Terrence Malick actually is a genius.”

But it would take time for Lennon to grasp what the director wanted. He, Truglio, and Bale began walking around the mansion, improvising their lines. For 11 full hours. Keep in mind the party scene, in the finished film, lasts about five minutes, and Lennon has at most a minute of screen time.

“Sometimes we would go outside, where the party was growing with more people,” Lennon said. “Sometimes Malick would stop and introduce a new cinematographer: ‘Guys, this is Marta, she’s an up-and-coming DP from Mexico City and she’s going to film the scene for a while.’ And sometimes Christian would take a GoPro and shoot something.”

Thomas Lennon Broad Green PicturesThe actors were also strictly instructed, according to Lennon, to make it as difficult as possible for the camera operator to shoot them, never standing in a way that they were squared up with the camera.

At one point, Lennon says, Malick halted the scene and brought in a Beverly Hills plastic surgeon to star alongside them.

Lennon admits that for the first few hours, he was “unbelievably distressed.”

“I would ask, ‘Like that Terrence?’ and he would be like, ‘Great, it’s all great.’”

Filming Lennon's very real fight with his wife

Then things got even weirder.

During a lunch break, Lennon was speaking to his wife over the phone offset. Since the shoot would likely last a full day, Lennon had to change plans with his family. He and his wife got into an argument over the phone.

“We were basically yelling at each other,” Lennon said. “And at that point Malick himself came up to me with a camera with a stubby lens and got, I’m not kidding, eight inches away from my face, filming me having this totally real fight with my wife. At first I felt it was kind of an invasion of privacy and then I was like, ‘F--- it, this is the realest thing that has happened all day.’”

'An absolutely bats--- crazy day'

Eventually Lennon finally got comfortable with the whole shoot, and it turned out to be, he said, “The single most fun day I’ve ever had on a movie set ever.

“What I realized was, Malick loves to be on his feet and just making movies,” Lennon said. “I don’t mean the editing, just the location, shooting a scene, and letting things happen. I mean, it was honestly an absolutely bats--- crazy day. But I would have instantly come back and done it another day if the opportunity came up.”

Lennon said he got a big hug from Malick when the day wrapped. He still has no idea exactly why he was called for the part or if Malick has even seen his own work. Three years after shooting, he'll finally see himself in "Knight of Cups" when it's out this week.

“I’ll be honest, until they asked me to do some press, I had no idea I was in the film at all,” Lennon said with a laugh.

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Disney landed themselves in a PR nightmare 23 years ago with this failed theme park

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frontierland disney world magic kingdomOn November 11, 1993, then-Disney CEO Michael Eisner announced a new project called Disney's America— "a unique and historically detailed environment celebrating the nation’s richness of diversity, spirit and innovation."

There's a reason you've probably never heard of it. “Disney’s America would be one of Disney’s worst ideas and most public failures, a footnote in the company’s official history, one that has been largely forgotten,” Atlas Obscura's Jacqui Shine writes.

Just 13 months after the announcement, Disney backed away from the plan to build a small-scale park in Virginia, right outside of Washington, D.C. People were not into a Disney version of Colonial Williamsburg, especially after the proposed park's creative director made a mention of including a slavery experience.

"How can you do a park on America and not talk about slavery?" Bob Weis said during a press conference. "This park will deal with the highs and lows . . . We want to make you feel what it was like to be a slave, and what it was like to escape through the Underground Railroad."

Academic historians and authors spoke out against Disney through features in The New York Times and Washington Post, calling the plan “contrived” and an “appalling commercialization and vulgarization of the scene of our most tragic history.”

Eisner tried to reel the conversation in and clarify their intentions. "We are going to be sensitive, but we will not be showing the absolute propaganda of the country,” he said to the Washington Post.

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But the people weren’t having it.

According to Atlas Obscura, protest rallies were held at the Washington, D.C. premiere of “The Lion King,” and environmental groups filed lawsuits opposing the selection of a land parcel so close to historic and cultural landsites like Civil War battlefields.

In the fall of 1994, Eisner announced they were withdrawing from the planned Virginia site. The public had spoken.

For better or worse, we’ll never know if Disney could have pulled off a this new type of theme park centered on historical education and celebration. But, as Jacqui Shine points out, “American history has always been contested, sanitized, and neutralized.” Perhaps Disney is simply best left out of the efforts to unsanitize it.

You can read Shine's story here.

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Ben Affleck pranks fans in the 'Batman v Superman' Batmobile

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You might want to be careful the next time you claim Superman can take on Batman. 

Ahead of the March 25 release of "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice," the Dark Knight himself, Ben Affleck, surprised fans touring Warner Bros.' Studios.

"Batfleck," as fans have dubbed him, hid in the Batmobile during the tour. When the guide asked "Who do you think will actually win, Batman or Superman?" the fans shouted out "Superman!"

 Big mistake.

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Affleck emerged from the Batmobile, surprising fans. Some of whom probably felt a little bit guilty. The encounter even led to one stunned woman asking: 

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Affleck has taken up pranking fans as part of a campaign for Omaze. By donating to the charity campaign, which raises money for the Eastern Congo Initiative, theDurrell Wildlife Conservation Trust, andSEED Project, fans can win a trip to the New York City premiere of "Dawn of Justice" and meet stars Henry Cavill (Superman) and Jesse Eisenberg (Lex Luthor). 

Affleck's prank video is part of a series including Cavill asking children if Superman could take Batman, as well as Eisenberg visiting Midtown Comics in New York City to ask superhero experts about the battle between the two titans. The full video is below: 

 

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25 nearly identical pairs of movies that came out around the same time

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After the first box-office bomb of the year, Gerard Butler will return to theaters this weekend in the sequel to 2013's "Olympus has Fallen," cleverly called "London has Fallen."

You may remember "Olympus has Fallen" — a movie about a president taken hostage — for bearing a striking resemblance to Channing Tatum's movie "White House Down," which came out three months later.

Critics and fans alike were quick to point out how similar the two movies were to each other.

But this wasn't the first time two films with "twin" plots were released around the same time, and it certainly won't be the last.

So why does this happen so frequently? It's all about the competition.

Forbes contributor Mark Hughes summed it up best in a 2011 Quora post explaining that sometimes it's just coincidence. However, it could also be to piggyback off a competitor's potentially successful — or already successful — project. 

Read the rest of his explanation here, and keep scrolling to see 25 "twin" films that have come out months apart in theaters over the years.

1993/1994: "Tombstone" and "Wyatt Earp" are both centered around Western lawman Wyatt Earp.

Box Office
"Wyatt Earp": $25 million
"Tombstone": $56.5 million

Neither film did overwhelmingly great at the box office. "Tombstone," starring Kurt Russell and Val Kilmer, edged out the Kevin Costner and Dennis Quaid film from Warner Bros.



1997: "Dante's Peak" and "Volcano" both revolve around the cast outrunning erupting volcanoes.

Box Office
Dante's Peak": $178 million 
"Volcano": $122.8 million

Fox got a little excited with its over-the-top posters for "Volcano." The film did nowhere near as well as Pierce Brosnan's volcano epic in the states; however, the Los Angeles centered movie picked up overseas.



1998: The Earth was nearly destroyed in both "Armageddon" and "Deep Impact."

Box Office
Armageddon": $553.7 million
"Deep Impact": $349.5 million

Bruce Willis saves the world from an asteroid in the first film, while Robert Duvall tries to stop a massive comet from colliding with the planet.



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'Finding Nemo' is getting a sequel after 13 years — here's the first trailer

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It's been over a decade since "Finding Nemo" hit theaters and fans of the franchise are finally getting a sequel. 

A new trailer for the sequel, "Finding Dory," was released Wednesday morning on Ellen DeGeneres' YouTube channel. Featuring familiar characters like Nemo, Mr. Ray, and of course Dory, the film charts Dory's journey to remember and find her long-lost family. 

"Finding Dory" will be released in theaters on June 16.  

Check it out. 

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The dark backstory of 'Mad Max' shows how the world ends

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By the time six-time Oscar winner "Mad Max: Fury Road" opens, the world is dead. The "Mad Max" franchise, beginning with the 1979 original movie, takes place in a desolate Australian wasteland where cities have been replaced by infinite stretches of sand. What happened?

The world's oil supplies evaporated, touching off a cataclysmic global war. Although the "Mad Max" films don't have a concrete timeline, director George Miller and the screenwriter for the original film, James McCausland, have revealed that the films exist in a universe where the world implodes in the chaos following complete oil depletion.

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In 2006, McCausland wrote an op-ed on oil dependence for Australia's Courier-Mail, saying:

George and I wrote the [Mad Max] script based on the thesis that people would do almost anything to keep vehicles moving and the assumption that nations would not consider the huge costs of providing infrastructure for alternative energy until it was too late.

The original script was written in the shadow of the 1973 oil crisis, which had huge political and economic effects following an international oil embargo.

"Mad Max" follows this to its extreme conclusion: economic and societal collapse. In a dark mirror to the 1973 crisis, "Mad Max" takes place in a world where oil scarcity, instead of recovering eventually, sets off a chain reaction of war, destruction, and the nuclear apocalypse.

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The opening moments of the second film, "Mad Max 2"— aka "The Road Warrior"— lays out how everything fell apart. The narrator recalls a time "When the world was powered by the black fuel and the deserts spouted great cities of pipe and steel. Gone now, swept away ... without fuel they were nothing."

In time, the economic collapse destabilized entire cities. This touched off a bloody civil war over resources, leaving only disorganized bands of scavengers willing to kill to survive.

"Their leaders talked and talked and talked, but nothing could stem the avalanche, their world crumbled, cities exploded, a whirlwind of looting, a firestorm of fear, men began to feed on men," the narration of continues.

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In a key scene during the third film, 1985's "Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome," Max is told the final part of the story. In a desperate grab to secure the last reserves of oil, the world was drawn into a nuclear war that decimated the remaining natural resources. The world was dead.

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When "Fury Road" begins, all known remaining resources — clean water, functioning vehicles and weapons, and viable oil — have been hoarded by one man: Immortan Joe. He leads The Citadel, where he's worshipped as a living god. Max finds himself wrapped up in the battle to overthrow him, pursued by Immortan Joe across the desert wastes that used to be Australia.

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Despite minimal dialogue, the franchise features smart and insightful social commentary, best summarized by "Fury Road's" costume designer, Jenny Beavan, during her Academy Award acceptance speech for best costume design.

"It could be horribly prophetic, 'Mad Max,' if we're not kinder to each other, and if we don't stop polluting our atmosphere, so you know, it could happen," she said.

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J.J. Abrams believes diversity is good for business — and he's taking one big step to prove it

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J.J. Abrams has made a decision to increase diversity on and off the screen with a new policy change for his production company, Bad Robot, and those that provide it talent.

Abrams, who was already receiving accolades for the diverse cast in "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," says the #OscarsSoWhite controversy was a "wake-up call" and led him to make the change.

He has partnered with the agency CAA and his studio partners, Warner Bros. and Paramount, to require that women and minorities are considered for writing, directing, and acting jobs at Bad Robot in a way that's proportional to their representation in the U.S. population.

"We're working to find a rich pool of representative, kick-ass talent and give them the opportunity they deserve and we can all benefit from," Abrams told the Hollywood Reporter. "It’s good for audiences and it’s good for the bottom line."

The writer, director, and producer previously said of diversity at Comic-Con in 2015: "I think it's important people see themselves represented in film. I think it's not a small thing."

There is evidence to back up Abrams' statement that diverse productions make money. A recent UCLA study found that movies and TV shows that reflect realistic diversity do better than their less-diverse competition.

Policies similar to Bad Robot's are now being adopted all over Hollywood. 

"There's definitely a big conversation taking place right now in our business," Management 360 partner Darin Friedman told THR. "From both the filmmaker side and the buyer side, there's a push for more diverse stories. It's happening in a genuine way: an understanding that the cast or the directors who get hired should reflect the way the world looks."

Diverse stories already in the pipeline this year include a movie about President Obama and Michelle Obama's first date, and Disney's "Dr. Q," about a Mexican immigrant.

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Everything you need to know about 'The Dark Tower,' the epic Stephen King sci-fi movie starring Matthew McConaughey and Idris Elba

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After nearly a decade of scrapped film and TV plans, Stephen King's "The Dark Tower" series is officially hitting the big screen.

In a tweet Tuesday, King confirmed that Idris Elba would be playing the gunslinger and Matthew McConaughey will portray his foe, the man in black. 

King began the fantasy/sci-fi series as a senior in college and published the first novel, "The Gunsligner," in 1982. 

Thirty-four years later, the beloved series consists of eight novels and spans a number of comic books and short stories, not to mention many fans the world over. And its dark, Western-ish atmosphere sounds like a perfect fit for McConaughey and Elba's on-screen cool.

The series follows gunslinger Roland Deschain on his mission to save a dying world (and other realms) from the threat of the man in black, a sorcerer who often goes by other names including Walter Padick or Walter O'Dim. 

Nikolaj Arcel will serve as the director for the film adaptation (for now it's just one film), which is slated for January 13, 2017.

 

 

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Idris Elba ("Luther,""Beasts of No Nation") was cast as the gunslinger, Roland Deschain.



His mystical nemesis, often referred to as "the man in black," will be portrayed by Matthew McConaughey.



The movie will begin filming in South Africa in mid-April.

Source: Entertainment Weekly



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The first trailer for the new 'Ghostbusters' with Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig is here — and it's full of classic gags

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It's been a full 27 years since the last "Ghostbusters" film, but love for the franchise hasn't waned. Now a new "Ghostbusters" with an all-female cast is coming this summer. The first trailer for the movie starring Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, and more shows the new team facing off with paranormal forces, and it's full of gags that will remind you of the classic original. "Ghostbusters" is out July 15.

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Amy Adams says 'American Hustle' director David O. Russell made her cry on set: 'I was really just devastated'

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Amy Adams earned her fifth Oscar nomination for her work in David O. Russell's "American Hustle," but working on the film was tough.

In an interview with British GQ, the actress said the director made her cry — though the quotes pulled out from the interview don't go into specific detail— and she described her mood during shooting as "devastated."

“I was really just devastated on set," she said. "I mean, not every day, but most. Jennifer [Lawrence] doesn’t take any of it on. She’s Teflon. And I am not Teflon."

She added: "Life to me is more important than movies. It really taught me how to separate work and home. Because I was like, I cannot bring this experience home with me to my daughter.”

Adams also opened up about the gender wage gap debate in Hollywood, something her "Hustle" costars Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper have been vocal about.

Lawrence penned an essay in Lena Dunham's newsletter Lenny in October 2015 about the pay gap after learning about the disparity between her and her male "American Hustle" costars following the Sony hack. Cooper responded and said he would give his salary information to female costars to help them negotiate before films go into production.

Adams told British GQ that she was aware of the pay gap, but has her own way of negotiating. 

“I didn’t speak about it before and I’m probably not going to speak about it forever, because I disagreed with... not Jennifer per se, but people who had opinions on how women should go about negotiating," she said. "The truth is we hire people to negotiate on our behalf, men and women... I knew I was being paid less and I still agreed to do it because the option comes down to do it or don’t do it. So you just have to decide if it’s worth it for you. It doesn’t mean I liked it.”

The actress said she was "proud" of the letter Lawrence wrote, though. 

"What I liked is that it was not necessarily about getting paid, or not getting paid... It’s like we [women] have been conditioned to not be controversial, to not cause problems," she said. "It’s about finding your voice.”

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