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The Batmobile in 'Batman v Superman' will definitely have kryptonite


When "Batman v Superman" comes to theaters the Caped Crusader will finally face off against the son of Krypton.

It may look like an uneven fight, but there are a few ways Batman can go up against Superman, most of which involve Kryptonite, the Man of Steel's one true weakness (other than Lois Lane).

Now, thanks to a featurette from DC Entertainment, we know one tactic Batman will definitely use — kryptonite in and on his Batmobile.

We've had a hunch Batman's new Batmobile would come equipped with the precious Kryptonian element, but sometimes toys are just toys. They don't necessarily mean anything for the film's plot, but it looks like the toy below will be pretty true to form.

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During a conversation with production designer Patrick Tatopoulos, sketches and blueprints for the Batmobile were shown off. 

Take a close look at them.

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It's the final blueprints you'll want to take a second look at. 

Under modifications and defense system, you'll notice the new Batmobile has several Kryptonite upgrades including an "infused Kryptonite skincoating," a vaporized Kryptonian spray which may or may not shoot out like a mist from the Batmobile, a Kryptonite trajectile system, and a Kryptonite wave emitter.

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Now, yes, we did see Supes heavily dent a Batmobile in one of the "Batman v Superman" television spots.

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Knowing Batman's alter ego, billionaire Bruce Wayne probably has a few Batmobiles to spare and we bet he's smart enough to rig a subsequent Batmobile with some of the green stuff.

Could you imagine Superman trying to touch the Batmobile and getting weakened by it? Sounds pretty awesome. 

"Batman v Superman" is in theaters March 25.

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How to make a gas mask like the one in the new 'Cloverfield' movie


In the new film "10 Cloverfield Lane," one of the characters constructs a gas mask using some common household products. We wanted to see if this was actually possible, so we looked up a few online tutorials and attempted to make one as well. While this isn't guaranteed to protect you from toxic gases, it's better than nothing. Here's a quick look at the process.

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Here's who that new 'Star Wars' character in a leaked set photo probably is


It’s been a few months, but we’re still trying to absorb and dissect everything last we saw and learned in "Star Wars: The Force Awakens." I’m sure many of us will comb through it frame by frame when it hits Blu-ray in a few short weeks. But with so much more "Star Wars" on the way, there’s always something to look forward to. Rian Johnson’s "Star Wars: Episode VIIIis currently filming in Dubrovnik, Croatia, and despite talk of enhanced set security, a number of set photos have hit the airwaves, including a look at a new alien creature, and we can’t help but wonder who he is. Check it out below.

This tweet from behind the scenes of "Star Wars: Episode VIII" shows just a couple of the flood of images snapped on the sly by enterprising "Star Wars" fans. There are two key ones in this set of pictures, the grey-ish alien in the flowing white robe, and the darker, brown-ish alien dressed in black.

The white-robed creature has a more traditional alien appearance, like the little guys who showed up at Roswell, New Mexico in 1947. He has the bulbous head, jet black eyes, and pasty grey skin you expect, and looks like he may abduct and probe you. As for the other guy, he looks very similar to a sketch that is included in the book "The Art of Star Wars: The Force Awakens." The drawing is labeled "Maz’s Castle Alien C020," and though the clothes are different, the head shape is quite similar. To be honest, I don’t know if this alien, or one of his race, showed up at Maz’s castle in "The Force Awakens," but it wouldn’t surprise me — there are a ton of cool creatures to be seen, and there are tons that I missed.

So we don’t know who either of these creatures are, but there may be a clue in their outfits. These are not dive bar aliens; they look like they’re dressed up, wearing formal garb, so perhaps they’re attending some sort of high-class function or official event. That’s all speculation, but the general vibe they’re putting off is one of a more elevated social scene than you might find in, say, a cantina. Maybe our heroes crash a First Order fundraiser.

I love how much these behind the scenes images from "Star Wars: Episode VIII" show off the practical special effects involved. Though they don’t provide a ton of specific information, they do illustrate a continued commitment to that strategy, which was a big part of why the world of "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" felt so concrete and real.

"Star Wars: Episode VIII" blasts off into theaters on December 15, 2017.

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Actress Susan Heyward talks about how HBO's 'Vinyl' depicts life as a black woman in the 1970s


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In "Vinyl," HBO's new show set in New York City's coke-fueled, 1970s music scene, Susan Heyward first appears in passing. She's an office assistant, and given a slap on the rear by Richie Finestra (played by Bobby Cannavale), the president and founder of American Century Records. She seems used to it.

However, as the first season progresses, Heyward's character, Cece, becomes pivotal. She's essential to Richie's work, and often gets him out of trouble. But as that first scene reveals, she is limited by stereotypes held about women — particularly black women — in the 1970s.

It's like "Mad Men" with a Scorsese spin.

INSIDER talked to Heyward about her character, and the parallels between the show's music and the music of today.

INSIDER: What part does your character, Cece, play in the world of "Vinyl"?

SUSAN HEYWARD: She's Richie's secretary, his gatekeeper, and keeps the practical side of his life running smoothly. As his life spins out of control and he and the whole team at American scramble to survive, the lengths Cece is willing to go to help Richie save the business are stretched.

INSIDER: While rock was the big genre of the 1970s, its luster has faded today. It's less raw and political, and more polished now. What kind of music has taken its place? 

SH: Richie's search for passionate, pure music is universal. We all know what it means to hunt for that visceral experience. But the tension between the demands of business and the demands of art can tear some people apart. It's why hip-hop and rap artists like Kendrick Lamar are so exciting, they seem able to juggle both.

Hip-hop was born out of unflinching honesty, and it's difficult to protect when there's money to be made. When you hear something that has integrity, you want to hold on for life. In this story, good, honest music might literally save lives.

INSIDER: The way that women and people of color are represented in television is, of course, a huge issue right now. How do you think that plays out in "Vinyl"? Especially with your character, and with the story being set in the 1970s?

SH: It's trendy to talk about racial diversity and representation these days, and you aren't the first person to ask me that. I've been saying "we've come so far and we have farther still to go," but lately I've begun to question how true that is. The climate seems so polarized. This election cycle has been particularly illuminating.

As a black woman, I'm always proud to bring attention to the experiences of black people and women to any story. Being popped on the butt and quizzed about the latest "black guy" in a Broadway show, as in the show's second episode, is just the kind of microagression people of color and women deal with every day. I'm glad the show doesn't shy away from those moments.

INSIDER: What do you think about the way HBO deals with diversity?

SH: HBO has an incredible reputation for offering diverse points of view beyond black and white. They've given creators with unique voices the opportunity to blossom. I think opportunity to create has never been more available, and HBO is remaining a leader by making new partnerships. I watched Issa Rae on YouTube and I'm excited about Insecure!

This Q&A has been lightly edited for length and clarity.

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The 5 best and worst Ben Affleck movies, ranked


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Whether you're a fan of his work or not, chances are you have some opinion about the body of work of Ben Affleck.

He has been inescapable. The actor has close to 50 credits to his name over a career that has quite a few highs and as many lows.

And in a career not lacking for sharp criticism (whether over his questionable ascent to leading-man roles or his work opposite onetime fiancée Jennifer Lopez), he has opened the gates for what could be epic blowback from fans by taking on the role of Batman in the much anticipated "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice," out March 25.

Before we start nitpicking about his version of the Dark Knight, though, let's rank his best and worst performances so far.

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WORST: 5. "Reindeer Games" (2000)

In what can be explained only as a favor to the Weinsteins for making "Good Will Hunting" (this was released by the company's genre arm, Dimension), Affleck stars in this campy thriller/love story in which he plays an ex-con who is forced into robbing a casino.  

WORST: 4. "Surviving Christmas" (2004)

When a movie with "Christmas" in the title comes out in October, you know something is wrong. In fact, this comedy starring Affleck as a millionaire who spends Christmas in the house he grew up in (along with the family that currently lives there) was supposed to come out around Christmas 2003, but it got pushed back.

We're guessing test screenings weren't favorable, because there's a reason you don't see Affleck in comedies like these anymore: He's just not good at them.

WORST: 3. "Runner Runner" (2013)

It's understandable why Affleck was drawn to the role of a crooked entrepreneur who runs an offshore betting site: He's a big fan of poker. But why Justin Timberlake or anyone else followed along is anyone's guess. Perhaps because the movie was written by the same guys who did "Rounders," but the end result this time is a messy story with laughable dramatic moments.

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Gal Gadot says she couldn't even breathe in her original Wonder Woman costume


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Gal Gadot made Jimmy Kimmel blush during an appearance on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!"

The "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" star stopped by the late-night show to talk about her role as Wonder Woman in the upcoming film. 

Kimmel mentioned that he had watched the film as a "comic-book nerd," which prompted Gadot to ask, "What do you think about my breasts?" 

The question surprised Kimmel and made him blush, but Gadot clarified that she was only joking because of the criticisms some fans have been throwing her way. 

“I was joking, and it might be a bad joke,” Gadot said. “I thought you were leading to the fact that a lot of comic fans had a lot to say about my breasts.”

But Kimmel said his only issue with the film was the new Wonder Woman costume, which is much darker and more bronze than the original red, white, and blue outfit seen in the comic books and worn by Lynda Carter in the '70s TV series. 

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Gadot said she had trouble with the costume when she first tried it on.

“I walked into this huge hangar filled with images of me as Wonder Woman, which was surreal,” she said. “Then they got me into the fitting room and tried on the costume. And I was so happy and so grateful and thankful for being there and doing this role that I didn’t say anything about the fact it was so tight, and I literally could not breathe.” 

The team noticed that she was struggling and fixed it. But even with the looser fit, Gadot said the costume doesn't keep her warm, especially when filming "Wonder Woman" in the English winter. 

“Meanwhile, Batman and Superman — especially Batman — are more than covered," Kimmel joked. "He might as well be in a gorilla costume. He’s probably burning on the inside, and you’re freezing.” 

"Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" opens in theaters March 25. 

Watch Gadot on "Kimmel" below:


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Horror movies do something strange and incredible to your brain


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When you sit down to watch a movie, you know that it isn't real. And yet sometimes, a particular film has you on the edge of your seat, ready to jump as if it were as real as the couch you're sitting on.

That's a powerful effect.

Think of the last time you jumped, yelped, or gasped during a horror film.

"Usually when we're watching something we've shut down the motor regions of the brain, and yet those stimuli [from a shocking scene] are so strong that they overcome the inhibition to the motor system," says Michael Grabowski, an associate professor of communication at Manhattan College and the editor of the textbook "Neuroscience and Media: New Understandings and Representations."

We jump or yell because a film bypasses our tranquilized state and taps into a primal instinct, which is to react immediately to protect ourselves and warn others — before taking time to process what scared us.

"The scream is a way to alert others in your social group and scare off attackers," says Grabowski.

Grabowski's background is in filmmaking, but his research now is focused on an emerging field called "neurocinematics," which focuses on the connection between the mind and the experience of cinema.

While filmmakers have been able to evoke emotional responses in viewers for more than a century, it's only now that modern neuroscience can show us what's happening in someone's brain.

This goes beyond horror, too. Think of the last time that you felt emotion while watching any film, tears welling up in your eyes. Despite knowing a film isn't real, you feel real emotion all the same.

But as Uri Hasson, a researcher and professor who focuses on neuroscience and psychology at Princeton, discovered when conducting the study that first coined the term"neurocinematics," people watching something scary or suspenseful tend to have particularly similar responses in their brain.

For now, that insight is mostly helping us understand what that fear looks like in the brain. But some researchers think that modern filmmaking, with an updated understanding of neuroscience and psychology, is actually better able to tap into emotion than it used to be.

Vertigo, HitchcockAs Dutch media studies professor Patricia Pisters wrote in a recent essay for Aeon, "in contemporary thrillers, the spectator knows just as little as the characters, and is immediately drawn into the subjective emotional word of the protagonists. As spectators, we indeed experience the world increasingly 'inside out' and have direct access to the drama of the neural mechanisms of emotion. We are taken on a neuronal rollercoaster that will eventually give us the story."

In the future, says Grabowski, it's possible that filmmakers will be able to use even more precise insights to directly stimulate certain emotions, to control when their audiences jump and what they feel.

When you combine that with powerful technologies like virtual reality, something that makes it even harder for us to tell reality from fiction, the possibilities are fascinating and even a little scary.

It's like the dream of Alfred Hitchcock that Pisters cites in her essay, quoted from Donald Spoto's biography of the filmmaker.

"The audience is like a giant organ that you and I are playing," Hitchcock reportedly told scriptwriter Ernest Lehman. "At one moment we play this note, and get this reaction, and then we play that chord and they react. And someday we won't even have to make a movie — there'll be electrodes implanted in their brains, as we'll just press different buttons and they'll go 'oooh' and 'aaah' and we'll frighten them, and make them laugh. Won't that be wonderful?"

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Why Sean Parker’s plan to stream movies still in theaters for $50 could work


Billionaire Sean Parker made his name by forever disrupting the music industry with Napster. Now he's aiming for the movie business. He's currently shopping his latest venture: The Screening Room, and he already has the support of many titans of the movie business such as Steven Spielberg and JJ Abrams.

The Screening Room would allow first-run movies playing in theaters to be streamed to a set-top box in your home. Each movie rental would cost $50. While the idea is already getting some pushback from some theater owners and studios, it's easy to see the product's potential upside.

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Fans are coming up with hilarious fake titles for the next 'Indiana Jones' movie


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We'll be getting a new "Indiana Jones" movie in 2019 from Steven Spielberg and Harrison Ford. 

There's no official title for the film yet, but that hasn't stopped fans from coming up with tons of fake Indy names.

Keep reading to take a look at some of the best.

Many poke at Ford's age like "Indiana Jones and the Dentures of Doom." The actor will be 77 when the film is released.

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"Indiana Jones and the Temple of Assisted Living"

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"Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Last Medicine Cabinet."

Source: @MsKyleJones

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Sally Field nailed the failure of the Spider-Man reboot movies in one brutal sentence


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Spider-Man has been back in the news of late, as the superhero recently had a surprise appearance in the latest "Captain America: Civil War" trailer.

But thanks to Sally Field's recent appearance on "The Howard Stern Show," the internet has another reason to talk about the web-slinging comic character's movie adaptations. The Oscar winner spoke candidly about playing Aunt May in the 2012 reboot "The Amazing Spider-Man" and its sequel, both of which starred Andrew Garfield in the lead.

"It's not my kind of movie," Field told Stern, adding that she had promised her friend Laura Ziskin, a producer on the first Garfield film, that she would appear in the film. Ziskin died in 2011.

"We knew it would be her last film," Field said.

Many critics felt that an actress of Field's stature was vastly underused in the two films. And Field knew it, too.

"It's really hard to find a three-dimensional character in it," she told Stern.

And then she delivered a put-down for the ages: "You can't put 10 pounds of s--t in a 5-pound bag."

Though the Garfield era of "Spider-Man" made a lot of money at the box office, it wasn't as strong domestically or on its opening weekends as Tobey Maguire's "Spider-Man" films in the early 2000s. And it didn't receive the same love from fans.

Now the weight of the franchise is on new Spidey Tom Holland, whom we'll see in his tights in the untitled Spider-Man reboot coming out in 2017. Plus, we're assuming, a cameo in "Civil War" when it opens on May 6.

Listen to what else Field told Stern about her "Spider-Man" experience:

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The trailer for the new 'Ben-Hur' is here, and it's wildly epic



It's brother against brother in the recently released trailer for a remake of "Ben-Hur."

Jack Huston ("Boardwalk Empire") stars as the title character originally made famous by Charlton Heston in the 1959 historical epic of the same name. 

After being forced into slavery by his conniving adopted brother (played by Toby Kebbell), Judah Ben-Hur returns home to seek revenge. 

ben-hur morgan freemanMorgan Freeman also stars (and sports dreads) as Ilderim, Ben-Hur's mentor and chariot race trainer who prepares Ben-Hur for a dangerous race against his treacherous brother. 

This remake is adapted more closely to the 1880 novel written by Lew Wallace than the 1959 film. A silent film of the story was released in 1925. 

Timur Bekmambetov ("Wanted") is directing and Nazanin Boniadi, Sofia Black D'Elia, Ayelet Zurer, and Rodrigo Santoro also star. 

The film will hit theaters August 12.

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This actress was considered 'too old' to play Leo DiCaprio's wife in 'Wolf of Wall Street' when in her 20s


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Olivia Wilde knows all too well about ageism in Hollywood.

While dropping by "The Howard Stern Show" to promote HBO's "Vinyl," she revealed that she was considered too old to play Leonardo DiCaprio's wife in 2013's "The Wolf of Wall Street."

Stern had asked her if she'd been denied a role because she was too beautiful.

"No, I don't think so," she said. "The funniest thing I heard recently was I had heard for a part that I was too sophisticated. And I was like, 'Oh, that sounds nice. I like that feedback. I didn't get the part, but I'm a very sophisticated person.' And then I found out later that they actually said 'old.'"

She added: "I want to make a translation sheet for Hollywood that's all the feedback your agents give you and then what it really means."

The 32-year-old later revealed that it was for the role of DiCaprio's wife in "The Wolf of Wall Street" that ultimately went to Margot Robbie. Wilde would've been in her 20s during casting for the DiCaprio movie, and Robbie is currently 25.

That audition, however, helped her land her role on "Vinyl." Martin Scorsese, who directed "Wolf of Wall Street," serves as an executive producer on the show and also directed the first episode. Wilde said that she didn't even have to audition for "Vinyl."

"It shows that if you don't get something — job interview, whatever you do for a living — it might lead to something else," she said.

Listen to the clip below:

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Burt Reynolds says the reboot of his hit 'Cannonball Run' needs one thing to be successful


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Warner Bros. has plans to make a "Cannonball Run" reboot, with "Get Hard" director Etan Cohen writing and directing it, as Deadline reports.

The classic 1981 comedy and its sequel starred Burt Reynolds and an all-star cast playing characters who are competing in an illegal cross-country road race. Both films were big box-office hits, directed by "Smokey and the Bandit" director Hal Needham, and they featured the top stars in entertainment of their era: Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis, Jr., Dean Martin, Roger Moore, Jackie Chan, Dom DeLuise, Shirley MacLaine, and Merilu Henner, to name a few.

As Reynolds told Business Insider on Wednesday, that's just the trick to making the new"Cannonball" a success: casting as many big names as possible.

"You have to be able to get a lot of people nobody thinks you can get," he said. "That's what we really had fun doing, getting those people."

Reynolds, who's currently doing press for "The Bandit," looking back on the making of "Smokey and the Bandit" (it'll air on CMT later this year), said he hasn't been contacted to be in the"Cannonball"reboot. But he understands why Warner Bros. wants to make it.

"It made a lot of money," he said of the original franchise. "But you have to have fun. With Sinatra, we just let him have fun and then you just go with it. And he did have a good time [making the film]."

If the studio takes Reynolds' advice, it will be fun to see what A-list celebrities they're able to collect for the reboot.  

Watch the trailer for the original "Cannonball Run" below.

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Why J.J. Abrams likely won't direct any more 'Star Wars' movies


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Though he has a huge amount of creative input into the future of the Star Warsfranchise, and though he guided the first installment in the post-Disney buyout era, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, we’ve known for some time that J.J. Abrams is not going to be back to direct any of the planned upcoming films. He hasn’t really talked much about why, but he recently opened up on the topic, saying that, no matter what, after the first movie would be the perfect time to walk off into the sunset.

Star Wars is the second beloved science fiction franchise that J.J. Abrams has helped bring back to life on the big screen—the other, as you probably guessed, isStar Trek. Talking to Fortune magazine, the filmmaker revealed his reasoning behind not wanting to direct any future Episodes after Star Wars: The Force Awakens, saying:

It was a wonderful way to visit a place that meant so much to me and obviously so many. I knew that if it worked, it was the perfect time to step down – and if it didn’t, no one would want me to do it anyway.

He definitely has a good point. From the beginning, J.J. Abrams has made his fandom of Star Wars well known to anyone who would listen. By directing The Force Awakens, he was able to leave his mark on the space opera franchise that George Lucas started so many years ago. But by walking away when he did, he not only left on a high note, but he also left the door open for others filmmakers to leave put their stamp on a franchise that they love.

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And if J.J. Abrams did just get in there and totally screw everything up and enrage the passionate global Star Wars fan base, people would be calling for his head on a spike. If that was the case, there’s no way he’d be back to helm another Episode. There would be riots in the streets.

For his part, J.J. Abrams sounds fairly content with his current role, and is comfortable with the hands holding the reins now. And it isn’t like he’s completely left the Star Wars building. His hand is still very much in the Lucasfilm cookie jar, simply in a different capacity. He continued by saying:

I’m very happy to be where I am. Rian Johnson [who is currently directing Episode Eight] is brilliant and needs no help from me. As executive producer, I’ve been collaborating with them, but they are obviously doing all of the heavy lifting and it’s very exciting to see what’s going on.

So even though J.J. Abrams’ name won’t be the first one to pop up at the end of Star Wars: Episode VIII, as whatever rousing score John Williams whips up next time out swells, you can rest assured that his fingerprints will be all over that bad boy when it hits theaters on December 15, 2017.

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A new trailer for the next 'X-Men' movie shows off a terrifying end to the world


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Forget "Batman v Superman" and "Captain America: Civil War" for a moment.

20th Century Fox just dropped a new trailer for the next "X-Men" movie, "X-Men: Apocalypse" and it looks pretty great. 

The latest trailer gives you a bit more backstory on the new series villian, Apocalypse, the first mutant, who will take four X-Men under his wing to take over the world.

The X-Men reset time in 2014's "X-Men: Days of Future Past" to prevent the end of the world, but it looks like they may have just made things worse. Much worse. 

"X-Men: Apocalypse" is in theaters May 27.

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Burt Reynolds turned down these iconic roles including James Bond — and now says he regrets it


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There's no question about it: Burt Reynolds secured his living-legend status long ago.

With a career that spans close to 60 years and includes everything from memorable television shows to some of the highest-grossing movies of the '70s and '80s, the actor has too many classics to name.

But now at 80 years old and living comfortably in Jupiter, Florida, Reynolds has had time to reflect on his career and think back on what could have been.

He also talks about some of his regrets, namely in the documentary "The Bandit," which premiered recently at South by Southwest (SXSW) and looks back on the making of one of Reynolds' classics, "Smokey and the Bandit" (it will air on CMT later this year). One sore spot is his infamous 1972 nude spread in Cosmopolitan, which he believes cost him an Oscar nomination that year for his performance in "Deliverance."

Reynolds talked to Business Insider over the phone this week and reflected on some of the roles he was offered and what he now wishes he hadn't rejected.

He did not disappoint. He even told us one offer he's still happy he did turn down!

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Before Harrison Ford, Reynolds was offered the role of Han Solo.

Prior to George Lucas going with the virtual unknown Harrison Ford to play the space scoundrel Solo in the first "Star Wars," Reynolds was offered the part. Reynolds was a hot name around the studios at the time Lucas was casting, having been a few years removed from his acclaimed performance in "Deliverance" and building his heartthrob status in the movie "The Longest Yard."

But at the time, Reynolds wasn't interested in the character.

"I just didn't want to play that kind of role at the time," he told BI. "Now, I regret it. I wish I would have done it."

He could have been the first American James Bond.

Following the forgettable tenure of George Lezenby as James Bond in 1969's "On Her Majesty's Secret Service," Bond creator Albert R. Broccoli went to Reynolds to be the next 007. But Reynolds felt an American couldn't pull off the role. He feels differently now.

"I think I was putting myself down in a way because I think I could have done it very well," Reynolds said. "Though once you do something like that and it's successful you're bound to play that part for a long time. I think I would have liked it. I like that kind of tongue-in-cheek humor."

Broccoli instead was able to get the first Bond, Sean Connery, to reprise the role, paying him a then-record $1.25 million salary.

The role Reynolds most regrets not accepting.

James L. Brooks specifically wrote the role of womanizing retired astronaut Garrett Breedlove in 1983's "Terms of Endearment" for Reynolds, but the actor turned him down (legend has it he chose the NASCAR comedy "Stroker Ace" instead). Brooks went with Jack Nicholson, who took home a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for the role. (Reynolds has never won an Oscar.)

"I regret that one most of all because it was a real acting part," Reynolds said. "I wish I would have done it, and thinking back now, it was really a stupid decision, but I made a lot of stupid decisions in that period. It must have been my stupid period."


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5 reasons Sean Parker's $50 home movie streaming service could be a failure


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Sean Parker and Prem Akkaraju's bold bid to collapse theatrical windows and make new movies available in the home for $50 on the same day they hit theaters has set off a firestorm, sparking a fierce guessing game as to whether they can actually convince a majority of Hollywood studios to license their content.

So far, Parker, the co-founder of Napster, and Akkaraju, a music executive, haven't spoken publicly about their new venture, The Screening Room. Rather, they've relied on a raft of high-profile filmmakers who are shareholders, including Peter Jackson and J.J. Abrams, to explain why the service isn't a threat to theaters.

According to Jackson, the "SR" model would only target consumers who don't go to the movies, while Abrams says the Screening Room would be "beneficial" to theater owners because they would share in the revenue.

On Tuesday, the National Association of Theater Owners dismissed the idea, saying any decision to shorten windows should be made by exhibitors and Hollywood studios, not a "third party." NATO also politely told filmmakers advising on the matter to let theater operators determine what's in their best interest.

Here are five obstacles facing the Screening Room.

Price Point

"I think $50 is too low and I can see a lot of cannibalization, especially for family movies. It could be a lot cheaper for a family of four to stay home. Kids could have sleepovers, and 10 girls could watch Frozen 2. And think of colleges, where students could get together and watch a movie on a big-screen television," says analyst Eric Handler of MKM Partners. "I think it would have a significant impact on the industry."

You Can't Put the Genie Back in the Bottle

Offering movies day-and-date in the home could forever change customer behavior and expectations. "The cost of failure here is pretty great," says one executive who couldn't speak publicly after signing a non-disclosure agreement with the Screening Room. "And if such a service indeed impacts theatrical or home entertainment revenue, you can't take it back. The genie is out of the bottle."

Adds Handler: "People are often willing to watch a movie twice in two different settings, first in a theater and then on VOD or DVD. If you have a home-viewing system and you watch it day-and-date, are you going to pay for it again? I don't think so."

There's also concern that customers would soon want lower pricing.

Not Enough Theater Support

So far, AMC Entertainment is the only major theater circuit singing a letter of intent to do business with the Screening Room, while Regal Entertainment and Cinemark, the country's two largest chains after AMC, are a no. And the Art House Convergence, which represents 600 smaller specialty and independent cinema houses, says the Screening Room is a bad idea.

THR has learned that under Screening Room's plan, customers paying for a $150 encrypted set-top box would designate their "local theater." When they rent a movie for $50, a percentage would go to the designated theater. Also, the Screening Room would give a customer two free tickets to that theater in the aim to boost concession sales.

For the Screening Room to negotiating with Hollywood studios, exhibitor support is key since studios may not want to risk theater owners refusing to carry their films, or striking tougher terms. Disney has already made it clear it has no interest in the Screening Room; studios mulling the idea include Paramount and Universal.

Filmmakers Are Divided

Parker and Akkaraju were smart to line up top filmmakers to serve on their advisory board, but now filmmakers of equal prominence, including James Cameron and Christopher Nolan, are objecting to the service. And it's possible some of those who say they support the Screening Room could retreat in the face of the outcry from theater owners.


Studios and theater owners have been assured that the $150 set-top box protects against piracy, but many are still concerned. "No matter what software has been included, what is there to stop someone from using their iPhones to record what they are watching? Bringing movies into the home day-and-date gives people the opportunity to find whatever way they can to share it illegally," said James Cameron's producing partner, Jon Landau.

Insiders say the Screening Room would use watermark technology to identify anyone who tried to record the movie with a camcorder of other device, such as an iPhone.

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Filmmakers Christopher Nolan and James Cameron speak out against Sean Parker's movie-streaming startup


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Following the news that Sean Parker has started a company that plans to offer rentals of movies still in theaters for $50 each, the biggest directors in Hollywood are coming out with their opinions. And some are strongly opposed to the venture.

The latest opponent is Christopher Nolan, the auteur behind “The Dark Knight” movies and “Inception,” who wrote in an email to Variety on Wednesday, “It would be hard to express the great importance of exclusive theatrical presentation to our industry more compellingly than Jon Landau and James Cameron did,” referring to the earlier statement from Landaru and Cameron, producer and director of "Avatar" and "Titanic," respectively.

“Both Jim and I remain committed to the sanctity of the in-theater experience,” Landau said. “For us, from both a creative and financial standpoint, it is essential for movies to be offered exclusively in theaters for their initial release. We don’t understand why the industry would want to provide audiences an incentive to skip the best form to experience the art that we work so hard to create.”

The Screening Room would offer consumers the option to buy a $150 anti-piracy set-top box to permit them to rent for 48 hours movies that are still showing in theaters. A portion of the $50 fee would go to exhibitors, and customers would receive two tickets to their local multiplex for the movie they rented.

Directors who are for the model include Peter Jackson, J.J. Abrams, Ron Howard, Steven Spielberg, and Martin Scorsese. 

But the National Association of Theatre Owners issued a statement saying that it's against Screening Room. AMC is so far the only large theater chain supporting the model.

“More sophisticated window modeling may be needed for the growing success of a modern movie industry,” the association's statement said. “Those models should be developed by distributors and exhibitors in company-to-company discussions, not by a third party.”

Parker and and cofounder/CEO Prem Akkaraju have yet to speak publicly about Screening Room.

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Here's everything you need to know about 'Batman v Superman' going into the movie


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While "Deadpool" is still owning the box office, "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" is about to become the biggest new movie of the season when it hits theaters next week.

Yet the blockbuster is still shrouded in secrecy.

The latest multi-superhero epic has yet to screen for critics, even while stars Ben Affleck (Batman), Henry Cavill (Superman), and Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman) have done rounds of press.

But Warner Bros. has just released a huge batch of new photos that give a closer look at key moments from the film, including behind-the-scenes shots of the actors at work with director Zack Snyder ("Man of Steel,""300").

A lot is riding on the latest from Snyder, who's already signed on to helm two "Justice League" movies next. We'll see if it cashes in at the box office, but at least based on this glimpse, the visuals look stunning.

Check out the photos from "Batman v Superman" and what you need to know about it below.

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The movie centers on a heated battle between Batman and Superman, though they ultimately join forces against a larger evil.

As for the evil, that comes from villain Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg). Eisenberg didn't have to bulk up for the role like his costars. He joked that he was Affleck and Cavill's "spotter" in the on-set gym.

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The 'Guardians of the Galaxy' director draws out every shot of the movie before filming


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Filming for the "Guardians of the Galaxy" sequel is currently underway and director James Gunn has avidly been sharing photos and stories from the set with fans across social media.

In his latest Facebook post Wednesday, Gunn shared his process before filming a scene. It turns out Gunn hand draws every single shot for the sequel before it’s filmed. It sounds incredible.

“I’ll spread whole scenes over my office floor or all around the walls, sometimes hundreds of shots, and it will give me an idea of how the scene flows, what's smooth, what's jumbled, and even what works comedically,” Gunn wrote. “Over the entire film I draw thousands of these thumbnails.”

“Many of them are messy and it's impossible for anyone other than me to tell what they are,” he continued. “Some of them get turned over to accomplished storyboard artists to flesh out. Some of them go directly to our pre-visualization team to turn into animated storyboards. And others just stay in their primitive state.”

Gunn then shared one of his recent sketches from a scene in “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.” He wouldn’t reveal what the shot was of, but it looks like Baby Groot running with a small creature.

Gunn said the sketch is the first in a series he plans to share with fans called #WhatWeShotWednesday.

We can’t wait to see more. “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” will be in theaters May 5, 2017.

Check out the sketch and Gunn’s entire Facebook post below:

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