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Daisy Ridley and Mark Hamill recreated an iconic ‘Star Wars’ image


"Star Wars" actor Mark Hamill promised fans on Twitter that he would share a special "rehearsal reveal" in honor of costar Daisy Ridley's birthday Sunday, and he did not disappoint.

Sunday evening, Hamill shared a playful photo of the two of them on set of "Episode VIII" at Pinewood Studios in the UK.

Look familiar?

The photo is a recreation of Hamill with Master Yoda in "Star Wars: Episode V — The Empire Strikes Back." 

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At the end of "The Force Awakens," Rey (Ridley) finally found Jedi Master Luke Skywalker who had previously gone missing. Many think he'll be training her in the ways of the Force as Yoda trained him.

Fans quickly started re-editing Hamill's photo with Ridley and the 64-year-old actor started resharing a bunch of the remixes. Here are some of the best.

Training to become a Jedi is hard work.


This is just wrong.


No Jedi training would be complete without Yoda.

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We finally have an idea of what Batman will be up to in 'Suicide Squad'


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A new "Suicide Squad" trailer debuted during the MTV Movie Awards Sunday night. Not only did fans receive a few new looks at some of DC's biggest villains, but we also got some new footage of Batman who will also be making an appearance in the film.

In the first trailers that have been released for the film, we've seen Batman going for a ride atop the Joker's custom car called a Vaydor. We also know from "Batman v Superman" that the Caped Crusader has a bone or two to pick with the Clown Prince of Crime. In the comics, the Joker brutally kills one of Batman's Robins, something that is hinted at in "BvS."

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It doesn't look like Batman will just be going after the Joker in this film, though. We see the Batmobile going for a spin, diving into water, and carrying Harley Quinn.

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So what is Batman up to?

It's not totally clear whether this is a flashback sequence or something in the present. If it's in the present, maybe Joker has taken Harley from the Suicide Squad gang and Batman has gone after them. 

However, I'm thinking Batman's appearance may be more of a flashback sequence showing how Harley winded up as a member of the Squad. We know in the present timeline he's going to start finding other metahumans along with Wonder Woman. In "Suicide Squad," I'm more apt to think that each member of the Squad at some point will divulge how they ended up working for the Suicide Squad orchestrator, Amanda Waller. 

If you're familiar with Harley's origin story, we'll see the Joker kidnap Dr. Harleen Quinzel from Arkham Asylum, take her for a dip in a vat of acid, and transform her into his sidekick, Harley Quinn.

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My best guess is that this is where Batman will get involved. He may not get the Joker, but it looks like he will jump off of a building, drag Harley out of some body of water, take her for a trip in the Batmobile, and have her locked up.

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He probably won't be in the movie for too long, but it will be cool to see how he interacts with both of these characters.

"Suicide Squad" is in theaters August 5.

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The 8 worst superhero movies of all time


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Audiences love superhero films. With dozens more planned over the next few years, audiences are hungrier than ever to see their favorite comic-book legends on the big screen.

But superhero movies aren't guaranteed hits. At their best, comic-book adaptations bring in an already dedicated fanbase and set up a cinematic universe with a lot of potential for spinoffs and sequels. At their worst, they're hugely expensive mistakes because of the high cost of shooting big-budget action sequences. 

While "Batman v Superman"has grossed over $784 million worldwide, critics picked apart the film for being an overstuffed, convoluted piece from director Zack Snyder. Though fans were kinder to the Warner Bros. movie, "BvS" is not going down as anyone's favorite superhero movie ever, but it wasn't the worst, either.

Tech Insider looked at the Rotten Tomatoes scores for superhero movies of the past 20 years and averaged critic and audience scores for the film to come up with our list.

Keep reading to see the worst superhero movies.

8. "X-Men: Origins — Wolverine" (2009)

Averaged Rotten Tomatoes Score:49%

2009's "X-Men: Origins — Wolverine" tried (and failed) to tell Wolverine's origin story. Despite any number of plot missteps (and a distracting supporting role from rapper will.i.am.), the film is best known for introducing Ryan Reynolds as a mutated, confusing version of Deadpool. The many weird plot decisions were later satirized when Reynold starred in 2016's "Deadpool."

A.V. Club said that ultimately, the absurd story ruined even the action sequences

"A couple of halfway decent action scenes do little to distract from the story's mounting ludicrousness, or a conclusion that's only a little more satisfying than a projector breakdown. Maybe."


7. "Ghost Rider" (2007)

Averaged Rotten Tomatoes Score37%

2007's "Ghost Rider" was a both a box office and critical bomb, yet somehow garnered a sequel - the even lower rated "Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance" in 2012. "Ghost Rider" starred Nicolas Cage as "hell's bounty hunter," tasked with finding corrupt souls across America on his motorcycle. Critics said the original was an unholy mess, with bad acting and CG effects. The action sequences, typically the saving grace of a poorly-reviewed comic book film, were also disappointing. 

Peter Travers of Rolling Stone blamed the formulaic plot: "The real evil in this flick isn't Blackheart (Wes Bentley), the devil's son, it's the soul-sucking devil of modern cinema: Hollywood formula."

6. "Green Lantern" (2009)

Averaged Rotten Tomatoes Score: 35.5%

Ryan Reynolds is pulling double duty on the list. After 2009's "X-Men: Origins — Wolverine," two years later, he starred in 2011's "Green Lantern," which was both a critical and box-office disaster for its bizarre plot and terrible CG effects. 

Calling it "Dim Lantern," New York Post said of the film

"His face largely pasted on a computer-generated body, poor Ryan Reynolds acts only from the neck up in “Green Lantern,” a relentlessly silly superhero flick with eyeball-rolling dialogue — set in vast, familiar-looking digital realms that look like rejected models from the second “Star Wars” trilogy.




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Everything you may have missed in the latest 'Harry Potter' prequel trailer


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"Harry Potter" author J.K. Rowling is breaking into screenwriting with the series' first spinoff movie "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them." The story is set in 1920s New York City, and follows magizoologist Newt Scamander as he navigates the wizarding world in America for the first time. On April 10, a new trailer debuted during the MTV Movie Awards and it contains tons of new footage.

Scamander carries a magical briefcase with him that contains numerous dangerous beasts. When he accidentally leaves the case open and creatures escape, it's up to him to contain them before any no-maj (American muggles) find out. 

Scroll down for our breakdown of everything we spotted in the new trailer.

The trailer opens with Newt Scamander onboard a ship heading towards New York City.

A voiceover, likely Colin Farrell's character — an auror named Graves — says: "You’re an interesting man, Mr. Scamander. Just like your suitcase, I think there’s much more to you than meets the eye."

A creature attempts to wriggle out of Newt's briefcase, which magically expands inside to contain his "fantastic beasts."

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These 2 magical creatures will be featured in the new 'Harry Potter' prequel


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J.K. Rowling's first-ever screenplay is an adaptation of her book "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them," a fictional textbook assigned to Hogwarts' students in "Harry Potter." The author of the textbook, Newt Scamander, is a magizoologist whose life work was finding and documenting magical creatures around the world.

So, obviously, the movie version of Newt's adventures is sure to include said magical creatures. But what kinds? The "Harry Potter" films have already brought house elves, giants, and dragons to the big screen. But "Fantastic Beasts" will likely have more portable critters. 

The newest trailer revealed at least two of the beasts. First up, a niffler. Look at this little fella!

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find them Trailer april 42Nifflers were first introduced in Rowling's fourth novel, "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire." Hagrid teaches about them in his Care of Magical Creatures class, and tells students they are "quite cuddly." But they have one distinctive personality trait: They love shiny and valuable objects. Clearly the niffler from the trailer is trying to break into a small purse, probably in the hopes of finding coins. 

And the second beast we had a peek at was this strange, bird-like creature:

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According to a Pottermore announcement, this creature is called a Swooping Evil. "We don’t know much about the Swooping Evil so far, except from what we see of it in the trailer," the Pottermore article says. "Newt throws a mysterious ball into the air and an immaculate, blue bird-like creature emerges from it, like a butterfly from a cocoon." 

But what its powers are, and why Newt is throwing it into the air, are totally unclear. We'll just have to wait until "Fantastic Beasts" comes to theaters November 18. In the meantime, read up on other creatures we hope to see in the film.

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These are the worst-reviewed actors and actresses of all time


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Some actors are just bad at choosing movies, or in some cases have fallen out of touch with their fan bases. At least, that’s how critics feel.

To show just how badly critics score certain actors and actresses, Vox put together a ranking of the all-time worst.

The data comes from Metacritic, which aggregates reviews from major outlets and gives movies a score of 0-100.

According to the data, the top 5 worst actors on the planet are:

1. Rob Schneider
2. Adam Sandler
3. Ashton Kutcher
4. Kevin James
5. Taylor Lautner

And the top 5 worst actresses are:

1. Jennifer Love Hewitt
2. Jessica Alba
3. Katherine Heigl
4. Denise Richards
5. Alicia Silverstone

A few takeaways from the list: On the actor side, Sandler’s decline in box-office hits since his peak in the 1990s has hurt his friends like Schneider and James, who are in the top five with him.

And on both the actor and actress side, the names here star heavily in action movies or romantic comedies, which often aren’t praised by critics.

So, if you looked at lifetime box office, the actors would rank a little better.

See a breakdown of the top 15 worst-reviewed actors and actresses (and best) at Vox

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Actors who got really honest about the movies they did just for the money


trog joan crawfordWhen you're a young artist, it's easy to be driven by your passion and ideals. When you're a bit older, eh, sometimes a job is a job. The kids are in college, the roof needs repairs, so why not take a gig in a genre project and pick up a few bucks? Sure, if you pick wrong you might have a miserable time, and if you pick really wrong you might appear in one of the worst movies ever, but either way, it'll all be over in a few months. And after that, you can do as these 12 stars did and let everyone know what you really thought of it. Note, though, that these aren't all bad performances — far from it. After all, when you're an experienced thespian like the ones below, a paycheck performance doesn't necessarily have to mean low-effort.

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Alec Guinness, "Star Wars"

The crowning example of this trend is Sir Alec Guinness, who apparently loathed every moment he spent as Obi-Wan Kenobi in "Star Wars." Though Guinness's profit-sharing agreement meant that the film eventually made him a very rich man, he spent much of its production moaning and groaning about Obi-Wan's "ropy" dialogue and unclear motivation. As he wrote in his diary, "Apart from the money, I regret having embarked on the film. I like them well enough, but it's not an acting job, the dialogue — which is lamentable — keeps being changed and only slightly improved, and I find myself old and out of touch with the young." A recently unearthed letter from the set reports the same sentiments. "New rubbish dialogue reaches me every other day on wadges of pink paper," Guinness told a friend. "None of it makes my character clear or even bearable." Time did not make him more sentimental about the experience: In a memoir, Guinness told a jolly story about bringing a child to tears by asking him to never watch "Star Wars"again. As he summed up the incident: "I just hope the lad, now in his thirties, is not living in a fantasy world of secondhand, childish banalities."

Ian McShane, "Game of Thrones"

Ian McShane is bringing his swaggering charm to the upcoming season of "Game of Thrones," playing a character whose identity has been kept officially under wraps. But in an interview with the BBC, the "Deadwood" star gave a few hints about his role, and ended up dropping a medium-size spoiler about events to come. Don't yell at him about it; he really didn't care. "I was accused of giving the plot away," McShane told the Telegraph afterward. "But I just think, get a f---ing life. It's only tits and dragons." Still, he seems to have taken the part on a lark: "They said it would only be for one episode, so I said, 'So that means I must die at the end of it. Great, I'm in.'" But will he be killed by a tit or a dragon?

Stephen Dillane, "Game of Thrones"

Part of McShane's initial interest in "Game of Thrones" came from what he thought was the opportunity to act alongside his old pal Stephen Dillane. Sadly, that was not to be, as Dillane's Stannis Baratheon was killed off at the end of season five. But what a coincidence! That same week, Dillane gave an interview to Radio Times, in which he admitted that he didn't watch the show — too "brutal"— and also revealed that he mostly took the gig for the money. "Money is the main thing I got out of it," he explained. "It's an odd situation. There is a kind of etiquette around these things." Still, Dillane was adamant that he didn't want to trash the fantasy series, which he called "an amazing phenomenon." And besides, he had some good times on the set, praising "the nice people, the craic [Irish for fun] ... hanging out in Belfast with [Liam] Cunningham and Carice [van Houten] and the guys from Castle Black." Learning that Stannis had a jolly good time filming "GoT" just makes you appreciate Dillane's acting even more, doesn't it?

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Sony is making an emoji movie that will include real apps



Sony is making an animated movie about emoji, and some smartphone apps will be integrated into the plot. 

During Sony's CinemaCon presentation Tuesday, Sony Pictures Animation president Kristine Belson said real-world apps would be incorporated into the film, according to TheWrap.

For example, characters will "navigate boats on an actual stream to represent music streaming."

According to TheWrap, a studio insider said Spotify is the music-streaming service included in the film, though no representatives from Sony or Spotify immediately responded to TheWrap's request for comment.

Other apps have not been confirmed, but concept art for the film included Facebook. 

Belson described the plot during CinemaCon: “Inside your phone, there’s a secret world — and we enter through the text app where we discover Emoji Valley, where the industrious emoji live and work.” They'll eventually make it to a home screen, “the world of the wallpaper,” and discover new app worlds.

The film is scheduled for release in 2017. 

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Jared Leto sent a disgusting gift to his costars to prove he'd gone 'full Joker'


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There have been several stories about the “gifts” Jared Leto sent to his “Suicide Squad” costars and his behavior on the set. But this one might be the nastiest.

While promoting the film at CinemaCon, the Oscar-winning actor told E! another example of the gifts he presented cast and crew, just as a way of getting them ready for how twisted his Joker was going to be.

“Don’t forget the anal beads and used condoms,” Leto told E! correspondent Marc Malkin, referring to the gifts.

When asked who he gave used condoms to, Leto said, “everyone.”

"I did a lot of things to create a dynamic to create an element of surprise, a spontaneity and to really break down any kind of walls that may be there," he said of the outrageous items he gifted. "The Joker is somebody who doesn't really respect things like personal space or boundaries."

When Will Smith was asked about the used condoms by Malkin, Smith’s response was, “That's when you know Jared has gone full Joker.”

We will finally see Leto as the Joker August 5, when “Suicide Squad” opens in theaters.

Watch the full E! interview:

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Here's how the makers of 'Rogue One' used VR to create the film


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Industrial Light and Magic, the visual effects company behind many of the greatest sci-fi movies of the last 40 years, has pioneered some of the coolest technologies in filmmaking, from 3D modeling to CGI.

The studio has done it again this time in the secret quarters of the ILMxLab, a research and development playground on the Lucasfilm campus where artists, engineers, sound designers, and storytellers prototype the future of entertainment.

The makers of "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story"— the franchise's first film outside the established trilogies — used virtual reality and augmented reality technologies created in the ILMxLab to explore the movie's sets before they were physically built.

At the Bloomberg Businessweek Design 2016 conference in San Francisco, Tech Insider had the chance to sit down with Vicki Dobbs Beck, executive in charge of the ILMxLab.

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She tells us a group within ILMxLab called the Advanced Development Group (ADG) played a crucial role in bringing "Rogue One" to life. The team can import assets made for the movie, like characters and structures, and use game-engine technology to build a set, render it on an ILM server in real-time, and stream it to a tablet or headset.

"We literally use VR to allow a director to understand his set before it's ever built in any physical form," Dobbs Beck says, "and there's some real benefits, as you can imagine."

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Cost is one of them. If a director steps into a set conceived for their movie and sees that a door doesn't match their specifications and should be moved a little to the left, they can request a change before it comes to fruition. This could save the studio tons of money in set design.

From the director's perspective, virtual reality helps them craft a universe and plan shots accordingly.

"One of the things that VR is great at is scale," Dobbs Beck says. "Visualization is extremely important."

Dobbs Beck confirmed that director Gareth Edwards used the technology to preview sets during the production of "Rogue One," but declined to get more specific. The Verge's Bryan Bishop reports Edwards used an Oculus Rift setup.

While the movie's premiere is months and months away, you can get a peek at the sets in the first teaser trailer.

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Disney released 3 new clips from 'Captain America: Civil War'


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"Captain America: Civil War" is out in theaters May 6. The first reactions to the movie have been extremely positive, with some calling it Marvel's best superhero movie yet. 

If you can't wait a few more weeks, Marvel has been dropping a few new clips from the upcoming film as cast members start making the late-night rounds. 

The three that have been released so far are mostly centered around Captain America. 

Let's get started! This first clip shows many of the Avengers ranging from Team Cap and Team Iron Man.

We have to pause for a moment to appreciate the fact that Vision, an AI, looks like he's actually just dressed as his actor counterpart, Paul Bettany.

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Tony Stark (Iron Man) and Steve Rogers (Captain America) are arguing over the Sokovia Accords, documents put in place by the United Nations after the events of "Avengers: Age of Ultron" and a subsequent incident which put a regulation on superheroes.

Rogers is wary of trusting UN saying that the regulations are being put in place by people who have an agenda. He says if the heroes decide to agree to the document then they'll resign their superhero powers and abilities over to government control. Stark doesn't see it like that. He rather prevent something like Ultron, a sentient AI hellbent on taking over the world, from gaining power again.

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"We may not be perfect, but the safest hands are still our own," argues Rogers. Stark posits that if they don't agree to this now, they'll be forced into it by the government and police, perhaps by force, eventually. 

The second clip is much more light-hearted and features Paul Rudd's Ant-Man front and center as he meets Captain America for the first time.

It looks like this takes place after the first clip. Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) appears to have kidnapped a slightly confused Scott Lang/Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) to bring him onto Team Captain America. Any concern fades quickly as he becomes starstruck in the presence of the Captain America. He's so delightfully goofy that he can't stop shaking his hand. It's pretty great because this is essentially how any normal fan would react if they met Chris Evans.

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Lang also has a brief reunion with Falcon who he took down in "Ant-Man." Falcon's not laughing.

That brings us to the third clip. With Team Cap assembled, the three are seen fighting alongside one another in an action sequence. This clip debuted on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" Monday evening.

Captain America, Falcon, and Scarlet Witch are working together to break in to a military building run by the IFID, thought to stand for the Institute for Infectious Diseases. The payoff in this sequence is seeing how effortlessly the three combine their powers and gadgets to work effectively and efficiently together.

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"Captain America: Civil War" is out in theaters May 6. If more clips are released throughout the week, we'll continue to update this post.

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The trailer for Marvel's 'Doctor Strange' is finally here — here's what's happening in it

Benedict Cumberbatch will voice the Grinch in 'How the Grinch Stole Christmas' remake


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The Grinch is coming back to the big screen. 

During Universal's presentation at CinemaCon on Wednesday, the studio announced Benedict Cumberbatch ("Sherlock,""Star Trek Into Darkness") as the voice of the cruel character in the animated "The Grinch," a remake of the animated classic "How the Grinch Stole Christmas."

Illumination Entertainment CEO Chris Meledandri said Cumberbatch's voice exudes "comedic wickedness while embodying vulnerability," making him ideal for the latest adaptation of the Dr. Seuss story.

The movie, from Universal and Illumination Entertainment, is scheduled to hit theaters November 10, 2017, and will be directed by veteran animator Peter Candeland. 

Cumberbatch is playing the titular character in Marvel's "Doctor Strange," out November 4, 2016.  

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'Bill & Ted' star confirms a third movie is finally happening — and it's coming soon


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For years, Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter have teased another movie in their “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure” series. Now according to Winter, who played Bill S. Preston in the movies, a third “Bill & Ted” is imminent.

“We’re working on the film every day at the moment in terms of the pre-prep-type work, so it’s an active project,” he recently told Forbes.

That sounds very similar to what we’ve heard in the past. But when asked if the production is looking at a start date this year, Winter answered, “Hopefully.” Though he noted it might possibly be next year.

To go on record that the sequel is nearing a start date is a very good sign.

In 1989, “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure,” which followed two friends embarking on a time-travel expedition to ace their high school history presentation, quickly became part of the popular lexicon with its dumb surfer talk and air-guitar celebrations. It was followed with the equally entertaining 1991 sequel “Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey,” in which the characters manage to reach both heaven and hell.

Since then, fans have wanted more, but Reeves, obviously, went on to become a huge movie star, and Winter found success behind the camera as a director and producer.

Winter confirmed that Reeves is still onboard for the third film, and also said that “we have a script, we have a director, we have a studio — we’re just trying to nail down a start date.”

So get ready Wild Stallions fans: More “Bill & Ted” fun is coming.

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David Duchovny tells us how he really feels about being Special Agent Mulder on ‘The X-Files'


Did you know that David Duchovny isn't a big sci-fi fan? Despite being widely known as Fox Mulder from the long-running sci-fi series, he's never really been into the genre of books or television. We chatted with the actor/author/director to find out how similar he is to the character, and why he originally didn't even want to star in a sci-fi series.

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Meet the 26-year-old actor who's the frontrunner to play young Han Solo in new 'Star Wars' movies


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Get used to this face, because if the whispers are true, you’ll be seeing a lot more of it.

In the competition for the coveted role of young Han Solo in the upcoming standalone movie about one of the most popular characters in the “Star Wars” universe, Alden Ehrenreich is the new frontrunner, according to Deadline

For months, reports have come out of the casting with fresh-faced names like Jack Reynor (“Transformers: Age of Extinction”) and Taron Egerton (“The Kingsman”) among the contenders. 

But Ehrenreich is the one impressing directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (of “The Lego Movie” and “21 Jump Street” fame), sources with knowledge of the casting told Deadline.

hail caesar universalEhrenreich, 26, is quickly becoming a known commodity in Hollywood. He had a scene-stealing performance as good ol’ boy actor Hobie Doyle in the Coen brothers’ latest movie, “Hail, Caesar!” and he’ll next be in Warren Beatty’s untitled Howard Hughes project coming out later this year.

The Han Solo movie is scheduled to be released by Disney on May 25, 2018.

Disney and Ehrenreich’s reps would not comment regarding the casting process, according to Deadline.

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Peter Jackson says the next big revolution in movie viewing 'is going to happen'


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Peter Jackson doubled down on his backing of Sean Parker’s controversial Screening Room service — which plans to let consumers rent movies still in theaters from their homes for $50 — on Wednesday while at the launch party of Parker’s recently announced Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy.

“It is something that I believe in and something that is going to happen. It’s inevitable,” Jackson told The Hollywood Reporter of Screening Room and its model. “What we are trying to do is not make it scary and make everyone a winner in such a way that there is no fear involved and everyone comes out of it with a positive result.”

Jackson said that, at the moment, he’s investing more time than money in Screening Room, “helping with security advice,” a reference to Screening Room’s anti-piracy technology.

The Oscar-winning director also admitted that news of Screening Room was leaked, and the company has been playing catch-up to explain itself.

Sean Parker“We weren’t ready to roll it out as we were still working on it,” he told THR. “When people actually get to see it and view the presentation and hear what the security measures are, they will understand it a bit more.”

Some have speculated that Screening Room will present informally at CinemaCon in Las Vegas this week (it is not part of the official schedule).

Sean Parker and co. would have to be very convincing if they do present there. At CinemaCon, several studio heads have spoken out against Screening Room, including Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara.

“We are not going to let a third party of middlemen come between us,” Tsujihara said to a crowd of theater owners. “There are new technologies that could help our business. We’ll explore them with you together. We know the status quo is not an option, but we will meet the challenges before us as we always have.”

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RANKED: The 23 most awe-inspiring uses of CGI in movies


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Since the late 1970s, computer-generated imagery, or CGI, has become one of Hollywood's most indispensable tools — particularly in the kind of enormous, spectacle-driven franchise film on which the industry increasingly relies.

Today, CGI can be found in almost everything you see on the big screen. A great example is "The Jungle Book," out this weekend, a live-action retelling of the classic 1967 Disney animated feature. It features eye-popping, realistic CGI animals that "man-cub" Mowgli encounters deep in the jungle. 

But before "Jungle Book," there were movies that changed the way the whole medium was understood and wielded with CGI, and expanded the kinds of stories Hollywood can tell.

Here we rank the 23 best movies ever to use CGI (limited to live-action, rather than animated, movies).


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23. “The Black Hole” (1979)

This dark sci-fi fantasy scared the pants off kids in the late '70s, who thought they were going to a typical family-friendly Disney movie. Instead, this look at a mad scientist in charge of a spacecraft heading straight to a black hole was not just a thriller, but displayed a lot of never-before-seen computer-generated sights.

22. “The Perfect Storm” (2000)

Wolfgang Petersen's adaptation of Sebastian Junger's book about the doomed voyage of commercial fishing vessel the "Andrea Gail" during the real-life Perfect Storm of 1991 follows the crew (played by, among others, George Clooney and Mark Wahlberg) as they find themselves taking on massive storm conditions. Thanks to CGI, we see what it would be like to battle monstrous waves.

21. “Pan’s Labyrinth” (2006)

Though there were many practical effects and costumes that made up the incredible fantasy world of this classic by Guillermo del Toro, the film also used CGI to heighten the unique setting explored by a young girl.

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James Cameron just announced 4 more 'Avatar' movies and when they're coming


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James Cameron took the stage at CinemaCon, the national convention for theater owners, in Las Vegas on Thursday with some major news. 

He will be making four more "Avatar" movies for 20th Century Fox.

The sequel, coming out on Christmas 2018, will be followed by releases in 2020, 2022, and 2023, according to reports.

The original "Avatar" is the all-time highest-grossing movie worldwide.

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Amazon has a plan to outsmart Netflix at releasing movies people want to see


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It looks like Amazon Studios is building a better relationship with theaters than Netflix is, and it could help distinguish its releases in a major way.

On Thursday at CinemaCon, the national theater-owners' convention, Amazon Studios' marketing and distribution chief, Bob Berney, presented the company's distribution strategy and made clear that the titles it acquires will have their own theatrical windows before streaming on Amazon.

"All films will be released theatrically, with an aggressive marketing campaign to bring audiences to your theaters," Berney said, according to The Wrap.

This is very different from the Netflix model. So far, it has released movies in theaters at the same time they go on the massive streaming service. Because of that, many of the large chains boycotted the runs of titles like "Beasts of No Nation" and "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny."

Amazon grabbed headlines earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival when it dished out huge amounts for multiple titles, such as the Casey Affleck-starring "Manchester by the Sea" ($10 million) and "Complete Unknown" ($2 million), starring Rachel Weisz and Michael Shannon.

chiraqIn playing nice with theaters, Amazon can release these titles in a traditional manner that will not just build awards potential — as is the case for "Manchester by the Sea," which is already receiving Oscar buzz — but also increase the chances for more box-office return than Netflix's "Beasts" ($90,777 gross in theaters) and "Sword of Destiny" (released on only a handful of IMAX screens, it never reported its box-office take).

Using a more traditional model seemed to work for Amazon when it released Spike Lee's "Chi-Raq" in theaters over a month before putting it online last year. The film grossed over $2.6 million.

"Theatrical runs position a movie as a real movie in customers' eyes," Berney said at CinemaCon. "Our goals are aligned with exhibition."

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