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The 21 best heist movies ever, ranked

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There's something about a good heist movie that makes a moviegoing experience perfect.

With the high stakes and the top-shelf actors and directors who seem to gravitate to the genre, when it's done right, it can be a thrilling cinematic experience.

With this week's "Triple 9"— about dirty cops involved in, yes, a heist (starring Woody Harrelson, Aaron Paul, Kate Winslet, and Casey Affleck) — we thought it was a good time to look back on the classics of the genre.

Here are the 21 best heist movies of all time, ranked:

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21. "A Fish Called Wanda"

John Cleese, Jamie Lee Curtis, Kevin Kline, and Michael Palin play a bumbling group who commit a robbery of very pricey diamonds and then try to con one another out of the loot. Cleese and Palin are at top form, and Kline's portrayal of a cocky American earned him an Oscar win for best supporting actor.  



20. “Mission: Impossible”

Though Tom Cruise's first time playing Ethan Hunt showed off all of the fun spy aspects of the franchise, it also had a very elaborate heist element. Hunt breaking into CIA headquarters to steal the "NOC" list is a highlight of the film.



19. “Bottle Rocket”

For Wes Anderson's directorial debut, he cast then-unknown brothers Luke and Owen Wilson as friends who plan the heist of a factory only for things to go horribly wrong.



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How LA's 'Porn Valley' became the adult entertainment capital of the world

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San Fernando Valley is a sun-drenched, suburban enclave in southern California. You may know it by another name: Porn Valley.

(There's also "Silicone Valley" and "San Pornando Valley." Clever.)

Since the 1970s, the hills above Hollywood have played host to a booming pornography industry. A majority of American sex films are shot there in warehouses and private homes — helping the San Fernando Valley rake in $4 billion in annual sales in its '90s heyday.

How did an out-of-the-way desert suburb become the porn capital of the world? Location, location, location.

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At its onset, the porn industry stretched across Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New York, where the entertainment industry concentrated. As Paul Fishbein, cofounder of AVN Media Network (porn's trade media organization) explained to the Associated Press in 2002, the business migrated to San Fernando Valley because of "low rents and access to the mainstream movie business."

San Fernando Valley is situated just 20 to 30 miles north of Los Angeles. Its proximity helped create a pipeline of talent from Hollywood, which included directors, crew, and actors when they needed a little side income.

The valley's dirty little secret offered particularly attractive job prospects in the '90s, as the mainstream television and film industry began to dry up. Studios were shipping mainstream productions abroad, where they cost less to shoot. Entertainment jobs in Los Angeles shorted, and thousands of employees marched Hollywood Boulevard in protest.

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Meanwhile, the days of picking out porn in a curtained back-section of your local video rental store and paying for it started to disappear. The growing popularity of the internet made it easier than ever for people to access adult content. The industry exploded.

While feature film-making plummeted 13% in 1999, adult movie production rose 25%, the LA Times reports. And the funnel between Los Angeles and San Fernando Valley grew even larger.

But times are tough these days in Porn Valley. In 2012, Los Angeles County approved a ballot measure that requires adult actors to wear condoms on-camera — causing a mass exodus from San Fernando Valley. The number of adult video permits filed in the county sunk 90% that year, and many employees fled to Las Vegas, Nevada, where a restriction has yet to be passed.

Porn Valley may not be the porn capital for long.

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Disney still has no plans for R-rated Marvel movies

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Disney reiterates that, even in the light of Deadpool's success, there are no plans for R-rated Marvel movies.

Much of Hollywood sat up and took notice when the box office numbers for "Deadpool" started rolling in. Notwithstanding the release of Kingsman: The Secret Service last year, the general thinking was that R-rated blockbusters never turned into blockbuster movies.

"Deadpool" has very much proved that wrong.

In the aftermath of "Deadpool’s" success, there’s already talk about "The Wolverine 3" targeting an R-rating. But what about Marvel Studios itself? Are there any plans there to veer away from the PG-13-only policy that the studio has followed to date?

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Absolutely not.

At a shareholder’s meeting, Disney CEO Bob Iger was asked the question, and his response was adamant. “We don’t have any plans to make R-rated Marvel movies, ” he told a reporter from the Los Angeles Times.

Marvel, instead, will continue its policy of PG-13 movies on the big screen, and harder material through its Netflix shows. It’s an approach, you have to say, that has worked quite well to date too.

Next up? "Captain America: Civil War," that lands at the end of April…

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Here's the original blueprint for R2-D2 in 1977's 'Star Wars'

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The "Star Wars" community is remembering R2-D2 creator Tony Dyso, after the professor and robotics technician was found dead in his Malta home at age 68 on Friday.

Dyson created and built the R2-D2 bot that fans know and love for the original "Star Wars" trilogy over the course of five months.

In 2013, Dyson shared an image of the original blueprint design for R2 with fans on Twitter.

It's a great thing for any fan of the franchise to see.


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Dyson ended up building eight versions of R2-D2 for the series.

"Some were remote-controlled, some computerized — they all had different functions,"he told GeekWire back in April 2015. "It was more based on special effects and not robotics specific. We’d get whatever was on the director’s list and achieve those qualifications, and that led to R2-D2."

His original plan was to make Artoo a real-working robot, similar to the functional BB-8 seen in "The Force Awakens." Unfortunately, time and money constraints prevented that from happening.

"If I’d had [a] longer and a bigger budget, R2 could have been robotized. But we didn’t have that, and R2 couldn’t do all the things George Lucas wanted him to do," he explained.

In December, Dyson said he was also a fan of Disney and Sphero's new droid design for BB-8.

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"I think the people that made it should be saluted," Tyson told Campaign Asia. "I think it's a cute little robot."

But there's still only one robot for him.

"Of course, it's not as cute as R2-D2," he added. "But I think it will catch on. It fits into the modern ideas of sleek and cool and fast. I love it."

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Keanu Reeves blasted his way through a gun range training for the 'John Wick' sequel

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To train for his role in the movie "John Wick: Chapter Two," which will be out in February 2017, Reeves visited a shooting range. In a video that's going viral, he proves himself worthy of playing the world's most dangerous hitman.

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Kids' movie ‘Zootopia’ throws parents a bone with an awesome ‘Breaking Bad’ homage

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A kids' movie is maybe the last place you would expect to find a "Breaking Bad" homage. Alas, Disney's "Zootopia" delivers in all its yellow hazmat-suited glory.

Spoilers ahead! 

The movie follows a rookie cop, a bunny named Judy Hopps, and her partner-in-crime-fighting, a fox called Nick Wilde, as they investigate a missing mammals case.

Late in the film, there's a scene where Judy and Nick find themselves in an abandoned public transportation terminal. Inside, they find an unused, beat up train car. Its decrepit exterior is reminiscent of the van where Walter White and Jesse Pinkman operate a meth lab in the first season of "Breaking Bad."

Cue the parody.

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A sheep wearing a yellow hazmat suit and an oxygen mask handles a blue substance inside the car. In "Breaking Bad," Walt and Jesse's brand of meth is famously blue.

The sheep toils with vials and lab equipment, preparing the specimen.

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When I saw the movie over the weekend, some parents in the audience may have been putting two and two together, but the homage still seemed too coincidental — or just too absurd for a Disney-Pixar animation.

Finally, the sheep says into the phone, "Walter and Jesse are back." Nearly every parent and chaperone there erupted in laughter. The kids didn't seem to catch on.

"Zooptia" is one of those movies that has something for everyone.

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The Wonder Woman actress says she had one demand for playing the role in 'Batman v Superman'

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Gal Gadot, who will star as Wonder Woman in the upcoming "Batman v Superman," has opened up about her beauty-pageant past, being a mother, and what she wanted to bring to the blockbuster role in Glamour.

Gadot is not your typical Hollywood actress. The Israeli-born former combat trainer was a reluctant pageant queen and relatively unknown actress before landing a part in the multimillion-dollar superhero franchise that will also include her own leading role in “Wonder Woman,” due out in 2017.

After winning the title of Miss Israel, Gadot had second thoughts about pageant competitions.

“When I went to Miss Universe, I rebelled. I was afraid I might get picked again. [Laughs.] I showed up late. I came without gowns. They tell you to come to breakfast in a gown. I was like, ‘No way am I having breakfast in a gown!’ Who needs to wear an evening gown at 10:30 am?” she told the magazine.

But becoming Miss Israel opened Gadot to plenty of modeling opportunities and eventually led to acting. From early on, Gadot wanted to play fierce female roles.

“Whenever I met with producers, writers, or directors, I said I wanted to portray a strong, independent woman," she said. "Cut to Wonder Woman."

Once she nabbed the coveted part in "Batman v Superman," however, she did have one particular convern: She wanted to make sure that Wonder Woman was an independent character in the script.

“She [Wonder Woman] is not relying on a man, and she’s not there because of a love story. She’s not there to serve someone else,” the actress clarified of what to expect from the movie, out March 25.

Not that we would've expected Wonder Woman to be fragile, but it's good to know Gadot plans to keep the character every bit the Amazonian warrior she is and ought to be on the screen. Though she also says that doesn't mean the character will be emotionless.

“She has so many strengths and powers, but at the end of the day she’s a woman with a lot of emotional intelligence. She’s loving,” Gadot said. “And it’s all her heart—that’s her strength. I think women are amazing for being able to show what they feel. I admire women who do. I think it’s a mistake when women cover their emotions to look tough. I say let’s own who we are and use it as a strength.”

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'Captain America: Civil War' will be Marvel's longest movie yet

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No, you aren't imagining things: Superhero movies are long, and they're about to get longer.

Following the news that "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" has a running time of 2 hours and 31 minutes, /Film is reporting that the superhero movie immediately following it, "Captain America: Civil War," will go to 2 hours and 26 minutes.

Which makes it the longest Marvel movie yet.

That's a whole lot of Marvel action, as this chapter, which Robert Downey Jr. has dubbed "'The Godfather' of superhero movies," will look at the division within the ranks of The Avengers.

But the 146-minute running time isn't vastly longer than past titles from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. "Avengers: Age of Ultron" clocked at 141 minutes and "The Avengers" was 143 minutes.

Both made over $1 billion worldwide in their theatrical releases.

It'll be interesting to see if a Marvel movie will one day venture into the rarefied air of "The Dark Knight Rises," with its 164 minutes of superhero brooding.

"Captain America: Civil War" opens May 6.

 

SEE ALSO: The Wonder Woman actress says she had one demand for playing the role in 'Batman v Superman'

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This was the most uncomfortable costume to wear in 'Captain America: Civil War'

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When "Captain America: Civil War" comes to theaters we'll be introduced to a few new characters including Black Panther.

Chadwick Boseman will play the Wakanda King who will side with Iron Man in a battle against Captain America and other Avengers members in the May 6 film.

While fans geeked out about Black Panther's costume in the new film, it turns out no one on set envies Boseman's Marvel look. Apparently, it's the worst costume out of the entire group to wear.

“It’s hot. It’s blazing hot. Listen, it’s so hot. I’ve never been that hot before in my life, seriously," Boseman told /Film.

black panther bucky barnes civil warHe wouldn't reveal how long it took to get into the suit, but he said the process of getting into the costume "not cute."

Boseman's costume is all black and the team filmed a lot of the film in the hot Atlanta, Georgia heat so it shouldn't come as a surprise the suit may be a bit uncomfortable to wear. 

“He has the worst costume, Black Panther," added Elizabeth Olsen, who plays the Scarlet Witch in the film.

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"Cap would complain about his cowl and it’s like dude, he’s got three on!" said Jeremy Renner. "Terrible, sweating – if it takes you 30 minutes to go to the bathroom, that’s a problem.”

You can check out /Film's full interview with Boseman here

"Captain America: Civil War" is in theaters May 6.

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RANKED: Every actor who's played Batman, from best to worst

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With "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" (opening March 25) giving us a new look at the Dark Knight as Ben Affleck takes over the character, it's time to take stock of the best — and the worst — Batmans we've seen in movies and TV.

The Batman of the screen has evolved from a witty crime fighter on TV to a darkly conflicted man in the movies.

Fans of Bruce Wayne, aka Batman, are extremely loyal to the actor they believe portrayed him best. Any objection is liable to lead to rowdy debates. Who can forget Seth Rogen and Zac Efron arguing the better Batman — Michael Keaton or Christian Bale — in "Neighbors"?

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So let's add some more fuel to this superhero debate. Here are the actors who played Batman on TV and in movies (we've excluded animation, with a couple of important exceptions), ranked, starting with the worst.

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8. George Clooney ("Batman & Robin," 1997)

Still trying to find his footing post-"ER," Clooney was jumping back and forth between romantic comedies and action movies when he took the Batman role after Val Kilmer was one-and-done in "Batman Forever." It turned out to be a disaster. Fans were exhausted by director Joel Schumacher's colorful aesthetic and the cartoonish villains played by Arnold Schwarzenegger (Mr. Freeze) and Uma Thurman (Poison Ivy). And Clooney’s Batman was too jokey. The gruff Dark Knight had become playful and soft.

"Batman & Robin" is the lowest-grossing movie in the franchise, making $238 million worldwide.

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7. Lewis G. Wilson "The Batman" TV show, 1943)

Wilson has the distinction of being the first actor to play Batman, starring in the 1943 series. Though he had the comics as a reference point, Wilson was still at a disadvantage being the first to put on the tights. He holds his own, but it's certainly not a performance that is memorable, as you can see in the footage here.

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6. Robert Lowery (“Batman and Robin” TV show, 1949)

The second effort at a Batman series led to the casting of a bigger actor to play Batman. Lowery's physique and the show's better fight scenes make for a more enjoyable experience. 

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J.J. Abrams admits he made a mistake in 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' that drove fans crazy

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"Star Wars: The Force Awakens" is a near-perfect movie. That is, except for one scene that diehard fans found totally baffling.

In a new interview with SlashFilm's Peter Sciretta, director J.J. Abrams owned up to the mistake.

Major spoilers ahead.

Late in the film, when the Resistance fighters return from a brutal battle on Starkiller Base, our heroes depart the ship — save one. Han Solo has died.

General Leia Organa greets the crew as Chewbacca rushes past, escorting a stretcher carrying an injured Finn. Leia locks eyes with Rey and they embrace.

Wait. Why on Earth (or any planet, for that matter) would Leia console Rey, a young woman she's never met, over her longtime, furry friend, Chewbacca? Han's death would surely shake him deeper.

"That was probably one of the mistakes I made in that," Abrams told SlashFilm.

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He continued:

"My thinking at the time was that Chewbacca, despite the pain he was feeling, was focused on trying to save Finn and getting him taken care of. So I tried to have Chewbacca go off with him and focus on Rey, and then have Rey find Leia and Leia find Rey. The idea being that both of them being strong with the Force and never having met, would know about each other — that Leia would have been told about her beyond what we saw onscreen and Rey of course would have learned about Leia. And that reunion would be a meeting and a reunion all in one, and a sort of commiseration of their mutual loss."

The implication that the Force led Leia and Rey to seek each other out is pretty amazing, just poorly timed. The devastating loss Leia and Chewbacca must have felt would surely trump that moment — and overcome Chewbacca's sense of responsibility in caring for Finn, a Resistance fighter-wannabe who Chewie wasn't so fond of throughout the movie.

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Some fans thought Chewbacca ran past Leia as a slight. Abrams took full responsibility for the misunderstanding, and chalked it up to bad blocking.

"Had Chewbacca not been where he was, you probably wouldn’t have thought of it," he told SlashFilm. "But because he was right there, passed by Leia, it felt almost like a slight, which was definitely not the intention."

"Star Wars: Episode VIII" arrives in theaters in December 2017, so, only two years to find out how our heroes are doing. We bet Leia and the "walking carpet" have made up just fine.

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J.K. Rowling just dropped a serious clue about the new 'Harry Potter' movie

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This week, J.K. Rowling is releasing four short stories centered around magic, witches, and wizards in North American history on her fan site Pottermore. She's using the stories to set the stage for the next "Harry Potter" movie, "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them," which takes place in New York City in 1926. 

On Tuesday, she released her first story which charted the earliest years of Native American wizarding lore from the 14th to the 17th centuries. You can read about that here

Wednesday, Rowling released the second story in the series, "Seventeenth Century and Beyond," which gives us insight into what life was like for American witches and wizards during the Salem witch trials. During these time, wizards and witches lived in fear of "Scourers," a vigilante justice group. Scourers rose to prominence in the years before the founding of the wizarding governing body, the Magical Congress of the United States of America (MACUSA), in 1693. 

While the Scourers started out with good intentions, they quickly became corrupt and even hunted down fellow wizards. After 1963, many Scourers faced trial and were charged for horrible crimes like torture and murder. 

But not all the Scourers were brought to justice. Many of them escaped and lived out the rest of their lives hiding among non-magical folk named No-Maj (you're probably more familiar with the English term muggle). Though some former Scourers had children with No-Maj spouses, Rowling explains that all their children were raised without magic. However, the Scourers still held onto their deep hatred of the magical community and passed it onto future generations. 

So what does this mean for "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them"?

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In the new "Harry Potter" spinoff movies, magizoologist Newt Scamander, played by Eddie Redmayne, heads to New York City with a case full of magical creatures in hand. While we don't know exactly what happens, we do know that some of the creatures escape and some serious problems ensue for Scamander and his friends. 

One of the people Scamander meets is a woman named Mary Lou, played by actress Samantha Morton, who is a member of an anti-wizard member of the "Second Salemers," a group looking to hunt down wizards and bring an end to magic. It's clear she really hates the wizarding community. What are the chances she's related to a former Scourer? Pretty likely. 

Mary Lou also has an adopted son named Credence who we don't know a whole lot about yet. But given her hatred of all things magical, we're betting he's not just your ordinary No-Maj. And if it turns out the Credence is a wizard, with a mother like Mary Lou, that definitely spells trouble. 

You can read more about the cast of "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them"here

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Netflix looks to buy Will Smith's new supernatural cop movie in biggest deal yet

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In its biggest movie deal yet, Netflix is looking to get into the movie business with Will Smith and David Ayer.

The company has come out on top of the bidding war and is in early negotiations for Bright, the magic-infused cop thriller package that has Will Smith and Joel Edgerton attached to star and Suicide Squad director David Ayer attached to direct. Max Landis, the writer of Chronicle and American Ultra, wrote the script.

Several sources caution that a deal is far from done and that several studio remain very interested.

Bright's story is described as a mixing of End of Watch, Ayer’s own gritty cop movie, and Alien Nation, the 1988 movie that starred James Caan and Mandy Patinkin as human and alien cop forced to work together.

In Bright, the setting is world where magical creatures live side by side with humans and the police have a division handling crimes involving magic. A human cop (Smith) is forced to work with an Orc (Edgerton) to find something that unsavory elements are prepared to kill for, a powerful wand.

Eric Newman and Bryan Unkeless are producing as is Landis.

Netflix has been making aggressive strides into movie content but for the most part, it’s efforts have been modestly-scaled and without wide commercial appeal. It has a deal for a series of Adam Sandler comedies but Sandler is seen as an actor whose big-screen power has waned.

It made the acclaimed drama Beasts of No Nation with Idris Elba but that movie is said to have suffered during the Oscar race due to not being widely seen.

With Bright, it would have a project that reunites Smith and Ayer, a duo that is generating heat due to the buzz on Warners’ Suicide Squad. The studio wants Ayer to jump into a sequel as soon as possible but insiders say that the director wanted to do something else first before returning to the land of DC villains.

The project was shopped as a film with a budget of $80 million-$100 million and required a production commitment - something that was a worry for some suitors. (One studio was ready to go all in at $55 million but that offer was rejected.)

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Billionaire Sean Parker has a new startup that wants you to pay $50 to stream movies still in theaters

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First he disrupted the music business with Napster, then he helped Mark Zuckerberg craft Facebook, changing the way we live our lives.

Now, Sean Parker wants to make movies in theaters more easily available for home viewing.

A company called The Screening Room, founded by Parker and Prem Akkaraju (who is also CEO), is making the rounds at Hollywood studios pitching $50 rental fees for movies still in theaters. The service would use the company's secure antipiracy set-top boxes, according to Variety, which broke the story Wednesday evening.

The Screening Room would reportedly charge $150 for the set-top box and $50 a rental (available for 48 hours).

As DVD sales continue to plummet, studios will listen to any ideas that can bring them revenue. According to Variety, The Screening Room has found serious interest from Universal, Fox, and Sony. Disney, according to the story, has no interest.

And The Screening Room is trying to extend an olive branch to exhibitors by offering customers two tickets to see the movie they buy in theaters, which would soften the blow of violating the standard 90-day theatrical window for movies before they move to home-video and streaming platforms.

The Screening Room is also proposing giving theater chains a slice of the revenue, as much as $20 of the fee. Distributors who participate would take 20% of the $50 rental fee, and Screening Room would take 10% of the fee, according to Variety.

The basic idea isn't a new one in Hollywood. Back in 2011, the Ben Stiller comedy "Tower Heist" was offered as an on-demand option to 500,000 Comcast customers at a price of $59.99 for rental. The "test," as the film's studio, Universal, called it, was a bust. Most customers didn't go for it.

Though The Screening Room has come up with a plan that intrigues both distributors and exhibitors, it is unknown whether the public will dish out $50 to see the next Marvel or "Star Wars" movie at home instead of going to the theater for a significantly lower price.

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Aaron Paul is determined to make you forget about Jesse from 'Breaking Bad'

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It's been over two years since we saw Jesse Pinkman race off into the night while both laughing and crying on the finale of "Breaking Bad." And in that time, the actor behind everyone's favorite drug pusher, Aaron Paul, has been busy trying to escape the shadow of Pinkman.

From starring in the adaptation of the video-game series "Need for Speed," to taking a supporting role in the Netflix animated comedy "BoJack Horseman," versatility hasn't been a problem for Paul. But none of his more commercial projects has caught fire like "Breaking Bad"— yet.

This weekend, he stars as a conflicted drone pilot in the indie film "Eye in the Sky." Starring opposite Helen Mirren as a colonel determined to kill a terrorist, he comes to a disagreement with her on how to engage when a young girl enters the kill zone, leading to a powerful commentary on modern warfare.

"Eye in the Sky" won't get the kind of attention to make us stop thinking of Paul as Jesse Pinkman, but that hasn't deterred him. He recently starred in the heist movie "Triple 9," and he's about to star in an intriguing new TV show from Hulu "The Path." And if you follow him on Twitter, you know he's campaigning hard to star as drug addict Eddie Dean in the screen adaptation of Stephen King's classic book series "The Dark Tower," which was greenlit with Matthew McConaughey and Idris Elba attached.

Business Insider talked to Paul at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City about the challenges of making "Eye in the Sky," box-office failures, "The Dark Tower" rumors, The Rock's nickname, and shaking Pinkman. 

EITS_01595_R3Business Insider: So what can you tell us about the "Dark Tower" rumors.

Aaron Paul: Rumors are a funny thing. These rumors about "The Dark Tower" have come up a handful of times over the last couple of years. There's always a big part of me that thinks, "What don't I know?" Just wishful thinking. I'm a huge fan of that book series for many years and the idea of them turning it into a franchise is very exciting to me. As a fan.

BI: Are your people talking to the studio?

Paul: I have no idea what's going on. It was funny [tweeting] out to Stephen King last night. That's the wonder of the internet. It's the power of numbers: get enough people to retweet something, someone might see it.

BI: You're being coy with me right now. It sounds like you might know something, but there's nothing to say.

Paul: There's nothing to say.

BI: Well, let's dive into "Eye in the Sky." What did you know about the subject of drones before taking on the project?

Paul: A very scary weapon being flown over a country that the pilot of that weapon is not in. Being in the safety and comfort of their own bunker. Signing on and doing more research into this world, it's not the safety and comfort of a bunker — it's a very scary, terrifying situation that these pilots are in. Ninety-nine percent of the time, they are just the eye, surveillance. Making sure everyone is safe. Checking out where the bad people are going. Is that a bad thing? No. Dropping payloads on buildings and killing innocent civilians, is that a bad thing? It's a touchy subject.

BI: Did you talk to drone pilots for the movie?

Paul: Yes. I talked to this guy Chris, who had been flying drones for many years. He used to fly jets, him and his brother, and then he started flying drones. And not just one drone at a time. Sometimes he's flying four at once. Which is crazy. Again, because most of the time you're just the eye.

BI: How was it performing in a movie like this? Because I would assume you're just on set and someone is feeding you lines off-camera. Helen Mirren isn't giving them to you.

Paul: Right. We had someone reading the script for us off-camera and then for the things that we had to see on the monitor, [director] Gavin [Hood] would explain it off-camera. He would bark out orders to us, or he would explain what we're seeing, he would be like "Now you're seeing she's leaving her property, she's walking along the side of the building. Oh no, she's setting up bread, she has six loaves of bread, she has to sell those six loaves of bread!" It's an interesting way to work. I had never worked like that before.

BI: You've done great choosing indie roles, but the studio movies haven't gone so well. Do you have any regrets about some of the roles you've taken since "Breaking Bad"?

Paul: I did a big studio film straight from "Breaking Bad," it was really a business move —

BI: "Need for Speed."

Paul: Yeah. And it wasn't just a business move. I love cars, I have two classic cars of my own. Just the idea of how to really learn to drive a car like what we did in the film was a dream come true.

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BI: But if it takes off, you get a franchise.

Paul: Yeah, it's great. And of course we wanted it to become a franchise. The fact that it didn't perform so well in the States is a bummer. But it performed well elsewhere. I had a blast doing it. No regrets. Now I'm just focusing on material — it has to be on the page.

BI: Are you surprised "Triple 9" didn't do well?

Paul: Shocked.

BI: I thought with that cast and the director, John Hillcoat, it would take off. On paper, you're thinking home run.

Paul: Easy. And I talked to John Hilcoat about this the other day. It feels like the universe is against the man. He's a brilliant filmmaker, but no one sees his films. It's so bizarre. The fact that we did $6 million in the opening weekend, well, "Deadpool" is a monster. It was the third week that movie is out, but it still did a killing.

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BI: Were there specific goals you wanted to accomplish after "Breaking Bad"?

Paul: That show opened up so many doors for everyone involved. Before the show, I constantly had to bang on everyone's doors, do the hustle. And I'm all about the hustle still, I don't take anything for granted, but it's a point of the career now that you can be picky. My end goal is just to do projects at the end of the day that I'm proud of.

BI: Is one of those goals to have people think of you less as Jesse Pinkman?

Paul: Oh, absolutely. And I know jumping on "Triple 9," there were similarities. I mean, my character was holding a pipe in his hand. When it got to that part of the story, it got me thinking a little bit about Jesse, because I have said no to so many drug roles since "Breaking Bad" ended.

BI: And if "The Dark Tower" happens for you, the character you're interested in playing, Eddie Dean, is an addict.

Paul: Yeah, but, c'mon, that's "Dark Tower," that's fine. That is why people think I would make a great Eddie Dean, the smartass drug addict. But it's a completely different character, it's not Jesse Pinkman. And I love that.

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BI: But would you go as far as, say, taking on a romantic comedy, just to flip it on people and do something incredibly different?

Paul: I don't really seem to gravitate to romantic comedies.

BI: I would pay money.

Paul: Would you?

BI: I'd put down cold hard cash to see you in a romantic comedy. I think it would be fun.

Paul: Well, who knows. But I do tend to gravitate to the more dramatic side of things. I love feeling intense emotions when I'm acting. I just love characters and stories with conflict. I love stories that put you on the edge of your seat and make you feel something. But I do have a comedy coming out.

BI: With The Rock and Kevin Hart.

Paul: Yeah, "Central Intelligence." I play DJ's CIA partner.

BI: DJ?

Paul: Dwayne Johnson.

BI: Oh, you must be good pals to get away with calling him DJ.

Paul: Yeah, DJ's a good guy.

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Marvel just dropped an epic new 'Captain America: Civil War' trailer

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We're a few weeks away from the release of "Batman v Superman" in theaters, but Marvel is making sure you're aware of the other big superhero movie showdown that will take place in May.

Marvel released the final big trailer for "Captain America: Civil War" Thursday which will pit Captain America and Iron Man against each other. Over the past week, Marvel has been releasing teaser trailers and posters showing off which Avengers and superheroes will align with Captain America and who will pledge their allegiance to Tony Stark.

Right now, here's how the teams look. Team Iron Man consists of Jarvis, Black Widow, Black Panther, and War Machine while Captain America has Falcon, Ant-Man, Scarlet Witch, Hawkeye, and The Winter Soldier by his side.

"Captain America: Civil War" is in theaters May 6. 

Check out the trailer below:

 

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The hilarious trailer for The Lonely Island's first movie is here and loaded with cameos

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The first trailer for The Lonely Island's first movie, "Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping," launched today in NSFW red band form, and it looks like the comedy trio of Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer, and Jorma Taccone are going to have fun in the pop-music genre.

The film is a mockumentary looking at music sensation conner4real and his sensational life performing onstage with a hologram Adam Levine and an entourage that includes a roadie (Bill Hader), a publicist (Sarah Silverman), and a unicorn handler (Pink).

As Conner puts it, "It takes a village to make me look dope."

Check out the trailer (again, NSFW) below.  

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Marvel just stunned everyone by debuting Spider-Man in the latest 'Captain America: Civil War' trailer

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Marvel just debuted a new trailer for "Captain America: Civil War."

The big surprise came at the trailer's end when it showed off Spider-Man, who will be appearing in the new film.

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Played by Tom Holland, the friendly neighborhood webslinger appears in the final moments of the trailer, swiping the shield from Captain America (Chris Evans).

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Plot details are yet to be revealed, but, it looks as if he'll be siding with Iron Man — for now. We're thrilled to see Peter Parker enter the fray.

Spider-Man has previously appeared in several movies from Sony, but Disney and Marvel partnered back in February 2015 to allow Spider-Man to appear inside the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Marvel will also work with Sony Pictures on future Spider-Man films set to be released.

"Captain America: Civil War" is out May 6.

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REVIEW: The terrifying '10 Cloverfield Lane' kicks off the next great movie franchise

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This looks like the start of something great.

“10 Cloverfield Lane” is a sequel to 2008’s unexpected hit “Cloverfield.” It's not a duplication, nor is it exactly a continuation. Instead, it's the moment a franchise finds out exactly what it wants to be.

It's easy enough to recommend, but much harder to explain without giving the fun stuff away. What you need to know is that the film follows Michelle (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), a woman who leaves her fiancé, gets in a car crash, and ends up in a bunker. There, she meets Howard (John Goodman), a man who has been preparing for the apocalypse his whole life. "Crazy is building your ark after the flood has already come," he tells her.

Howard promises Michelle safety from what he believes is a brewing nuclear war. She’s accompanied by another stranger, Emmett (John Gallagher Jr.).

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As with anything J.J. Abrams slaps his name on, there's a lot of mystery surrounding the project. What isn’t secret is its foundation. “Cloverfield,” seen from the point of view of a shaky camcorder, was a new twist on watching a monster destroy New York.

The biggest gripe about “Cloverfield” was that most of its characters couldn’t stand up to its compelling story and style. The first half hour of “Cloverfield,” pre-monster, is something of a drag.

“10 Cloverfield Lane” fixes that problem. The cast is small, and everybody is at the top of their game. Years after “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World,” this is the film that could make Mary Elizabeth Winstead a star. She gives off serious Ripley vibes here as someone who is pure survival instincts with a big heart.

Meanwhile, John Goodman is here to remind everyone that he is one of the best working American actors. I’ve never heard anybody sound so menacing while offering up a bowl of ice cream. And with intentions so unclear, he flawlessly plays into the central mystery.

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It’s tough to think of many other mainstream movies today that use so little to produce so much. Director Dan Trachtenberg is masterful at creating terror just from the sound of a door opening. This is a horror movie about everything we don’t see. Abrams has spent a career talking about mystery boxes. Here, acting as producer, he finally places his characters inside of one.

Without giving away too much, “10 Cloverfield Lane” exists in the same world as its predecessor, but it is still its own thing. With every major player from Marvel and DC to "Star Wars" trying to connect every single dot in their universes, it's refreshing to see a series that doesn’t care about continuity.

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“10 Cloverfield Lane” is going for something more along the lines of a modern “Twilight Zone” episode. Instead of sending its characters to a new world, it emphasizes how they react to an unfamiliar situation on earth. And in the end, the slate will be wiped clean.

Let’s accept “10 Cloverfield Lane” for the intricate and intense piece of sci-fi it is. But as somebody who tries not to root for sequels all the time, I could see myself watching 10 different variations of this same story.

 

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Actress Daisy Ridley shut down critics of her appearance in 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens'

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Daisy Ridley is best known for her character Rey in the latest “Star Wars” franchise. And while her performance garnered numerous accolades, she hasn’t been immune to criticism online.

In two separate Instagram posts on Wednesday, Ridley called out one meme that a user posted criticizing her body. The person — who has since deleted their account — claimed that Ridley was setting “unrealistic expectations” for young girls.

The original meme had a still of Ridley from the “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” movie along with a speech bubble that read: “I can’t believe the unrealistic expeditions I’m setting for young girls. Who cast me anyway? Don’t they know real women have curves?”

Ridley saw the meme and responded immediately. “'Real women’ are all shapes and sizes, all ethnicities, all levels of brave, have families, don’t have families," she wrote. "I am a ‘real woman’ like every other woman in this world.”

Though the account and Ridley’s comment have both been deleted, BBC has a screenshot of the interaction.

Later that day, the actress uploaded a picture defending herself and telling her followers she never meant for her fans to bully the person who posted the original meme.

"It was not my intention for anyone to send messages to that poor person that posted the original picture,” Ridley wrote. “My whole post is about being kind to each other, so please refrain!”

She also added that like Rey, she was a “normal girl thrust into extraordinary circumstances” and would not apologize for her body type. “I will not apologize for how I look, what I say, and how I live my life,” she wrote on Instagram. “I am striving to be the best version of myself, even if I stumble along the way.

The interaction came after she had received misogynistic comments on her International Women’s Day Instagram post on Tuesday.

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“What’s weird is most of the time I see such gorgeous messages from people around the world,” she wrote, adding, “Kindness isn’t going to cure the world of all its awfulness, but it’s a good place to begin.”

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