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James Cameron is making all 4 'Avatar' sequels at the same time



Academy Award winning director James Cameron ("Titanic,""Alien") recently announced his plan to release four sequels to "Avatar" between now and 2023. The 2009 film still holds the record for highest box office grossing movie of all time.

Speaking to Famous Monsters of Filmland, he gave eager fans new insight into the mammoth production process for the four movies.

“It’s really all one big production,” he told the site. “It’s more the way you would shoot a miniseries. So we’ll be shooting across all [four films] simultaneously. So Monday I might be doing a scene from Movie Four, and Tuesday I’m doing a scene from Movie One… We’re working across, essentially, eight hours of story. It’s going to be a big challenge to keep it all fixed in our minds, exactly where we are, across that story arc at any given point… It’s a saga. It’s like doing all three ‘Godfather’ films at the same time.”

During the original announcement, Cameron announced a rough timeline for the films: 

"Avatar 2"— Christmas 2018
"Avatar 3"— Christmas 2020
 "Avatar 4"— Christmas 2022
"Avatar 5"— Christmas 2023

Immediate parallels were drawn to the similar release window for the upcoming "Star Wars" films, releasing between now and 2020. Box office analysts noted that, while "Avatar" is still the highest-grossing film worldwide, "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" beat the original record set by "Avatar" for domestic box office gross. Nonetheless, Cameron was clear he wasn't interested in pitting the two franchises against each other. 

“[I] don’t want to land on the same date as one of the ‘Star Wars’ sequels. That wouldn’t be fair to them,” Cameron laughs. “No, that’s just good business. I don’t want to go head-to-head with ‘Star Wars’. That would be stupid. And hopefully they won’t want to go head-to-head with us.”

The director confirmed the original film's stars, Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Stephen Lang and Sigourney Weaver will return for the upcoming movies. And while the first "Avatar" was best known for its stunning CG and 3D effects, the new movies be a little different.

"On the new ‘Avatar’ films, I’m actually going to shoot more real-world stuff,” Cameron said. “It may only be there as an example from which we then generate CG, or we may actually integrate some of those photographic elements. But I want more photography.”

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Comedian Demetri Martin directed his first movie — and it packs a surprisingly emotional punch


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For his directorial debut, comedian Demetri Martin made a movie about death.

"Dean" is about a Brooklyn-based illustrator named Dean who's unable to cope with his mother's death. Instead of moving on, he tries to make time stand still. He refuses to make any decisions, calls off his engagement, and won't talk to his father about selling his childhood home. He's stuck.

Dean then flees to Los Angeles in search of creative stimulation and romance, but nothing seems to click. Just when he gets into what he thinks is a promising relationship — with a woman played by Gillian Jacobs — he ruins it.

This certainly isn't the first movie about a young white dude from Brooklyn dealing with personal issues. But what sets "Dean" apart is that it's a genuinely emotional story, premised partly on Martin's experience with his father's death.

The movie isn't autobiographical, but Martin lifts several narrative threads from his personal experiences, like when he broke off a long-term relationship at age 29. Martin's father, named Dean, died when Martin was 20, and he wrote an early draft of the movie's screenplay then. Now 42, he turned "Dean" into a mature work filled with stories that grapple with lost love and loved ones.

Kevin Kline, who plays Martin's father, also helps set the movie apart. While Kline had his heyday in the late 1980s and 1990s, starring in a string of comedy classics like "A Fish Called Wanda,""Dave," and "In & Out," lately he's been in a series of forgettable films. Martin said that Kline and his love interest, Mary Steenburgen, forwent their usual fees and shot their scenes over just three days of the entire 20-day shoot.

Those scenes are some of the movie's most powerful, and Kline elevates the entire film as Robert, a retired engineer. Like any engineer, he sees every obstacle in life as a problem to be solved, and mourning is no different. Robert reads books on mourning, assiduously follows the advice of his therapist, and takes it in stride when a new romance enters his life. He is funny, though not particularly good with words, and an authoritative figure who struggles to connect with his son. At first, Dean scorns his father's approach to moving on, but eventually they learn how to mourn together.

Contrary to how it may sound, the movie is not a downer. It's funny, and filled with visual puns. Dean draws picture books, like Martin in real life, and puts those illustrations to good use in the movie. There are also some healthy skewerings of the tech industry, like when Dean flies to Los Angeles to meet with vapid self-styled "creatives," and shares best man duties at his best friend's wedding with a venture capital bro straight out of the show "Silicon Valley."

But between Kline's welcome screen presence and a carefully-balanced dramedy script, "Dean" is more moving, funny, and personal than expected. I'm glad Martin got to make it.

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The 10 highest-grossing animated movies of all time — No. 1 is not what you think


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Feature-length animated films have evolved not only in technology and execution, but in popularity.

Since the 1990s, we've seen an explosion of animated blockbusters that take top slots at the year's box office, from "Toy Story 3" to "Frozen." One big example of that is an all-time great that's celebrating its birthday.

DreamWorks' "Shrek," which turns 15 this week, proved that animated movies didn't have to play by the Disney rules of catering to just kids to be a box-office hit.

Mike Myers voiced the grumpy ogre, Shrek, who has to rescue a princess (Cameron Diaz) to get his swamp back. Costarring Eddie Murphy as his annoying sidekick donkey — named Donkey — the movie became a worldwide hit and led to a cash cow of a franchise, as you're about to see.

With "Shrek" celebrating its 15th anniversary, here we look back on the 10 highest-grossing animated movies in the US of all time.

Note: Box-office figures in the titles are adjusted for inflation, while original box-office numbers are below. Figures provided by Box Office Mojo.

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No. 10. "Shrek the Third" (2007) $408 million — adjusted gross

Unadjusted: $322.7 million

Grumpy Shrek is heir to the kingdom, but he's not happy about it. He sets a plan in hopes that his nephew Artie (Justin Timberlake) will be the new king.

No. 9. "Shrek" (2001) $411.4 million

Unadjusted: $267.6 million

In the movie that kicked it all off, Mike Myers provides a Scottish accent and a lot of sarcasm to bring to life one of the most memorable animated characters. The cherry on top is Eddie Murphy, who's perfect in the role of voicing Shrek's sidekick, Donkey.

No. 8. "Toy Story 2" (1999) $416.1 million

Unadjusted: $246 million

After Woody (Tom Hanks) is stolen by a toy collector, Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen) and the gang have to come up with a way to save him before he's shipped off to Japan.

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Elizabeth Banks is unrecognizable in her latest villainous movie role


Yes, there's going to be a movie reboot of the popular 1990s kids show "Mighty Morphin Power Rangers."

Titled "Power Rangers," it will follow a group of high school teens with unique superpowers that they harness to save the world, as in the original show and films.

Who are they saving it from? Turns out the main villain from the TV show will also be the Power Rangers' foe in the movie, Rita Repulsa. 

Elizabeth Banks ("Pitch Perfect" and "The Hunger Games" movies) will be playing Repulsa, and we have a glimpse of her.

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A little spookier than the way the character looked on the TV show.

rita saban brands"Power Rangers" opens in theaters March 24, 2017.

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Princes William and Harry lived out every fan's dream and visited the 'Star Wars' set


Prince William and his brother Prince Harry went on a trip that would make any "Star Wars" fan jealous.

The two recently visited Pinewood Studios, the production set of "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" and the next film in the new trilogy. Their trip included meetings with English actors John Boyega (Finn) and Daisy Ridley (Rey), Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), BB-8, and even Chewbacca himself.

Kensington Palace shared a few photos on their official Instagram page and even more on their Twitter account. Keep reading to see more of their trip to a galaxy far, far away.

The "Star Wars" crew assembled at Pinewood Studios with Prince Harry and Prince William.

Princes William and Harry look on at a model of C-3PO.

Prince William is as mesmerized by BB-8 as everyone else.

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Denzel Washington and Chris Pratt reboot a Western classic in action-packed 'Magnificent Seven' trailer


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It's time to head back to the Old West with Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, and other recognizable names in the first trailer for the reboot of the classic "The Magnificent Seven."

The original 1960 John Sturges film starred Yul Brynner and Steve McQueen, who enlist a group of hired guns to save villagers from Mexican bandits. 

In fact, that movie is a remake of Akira Kurosawa's legendary film "Seven Samurai."

Director Antoine Fauqua ("Southpaw") leans more toward Sturges' film for this latest remake, with a shoot-'em-up Western that looks like it'll have action to spare.

See the trailer below. The movie opens September 23.



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An actor in the new 'Harry Potter' movie basically gave away the entire plot


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While we’ve been tantalized by hints and new info about the upcoming "Harry Potter" prequel, "Fantasic Beasts and Where to Find Them," we’ve been left wondering what the exact plot might be.

But thanks to a CinemaCon 2016 interview with Screen Slam— which has since been mysteriously deleted — Dan Fogler, who plays the No-Maj Jacob Kowalski in the movie, may have just told us a whole lot more about his relationship with magizoologist Newt Scamander (Academy Award winner Eddie Redmayne) and the plot of “Fantastic Beasts” than we bargained for. This was first spotted by "Harry Potter" fan site Muggle Net.

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According to Fogler in the deleted interview, Newt comes to New York in 1926 to "buy a gift" when he accidentally switches briefcases with Fogler’s character.

"He [Newt Scamander] and I [Jacob Kowalski] literally bump into each other and our cases get switched up," Fogler explained. "I open my case thinking that inside are going to be pastries and its actually an entire zoo of magical creatures that come stampeding out and one of them bites me."

Though we don't know what bites Jacob, we do know one of those creatures to escape might be Swooping Evil, according to a Pottermore announcement, a blue bird-like creature with mysterious powers.

We also learn why Newt decides to team up with a No-Maj, or a non magical person, on this adventure in the first place: He’s trying to cure Jacob from whatever bit him.

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"[Newt] takes me [Jacob] along and tries to heal me as he tries to collect all these creatures in the city and over the course of that, he and I become friends," Fogler said.

Meanwhile, the wizarding squad at the Magical Congress of the United States of America — the US version of the Ministry of Magic — will be trying to figure out what is going around wreaking havoc in New York before a group called the “Second Salemers” (think Salem Witch Trials) find out.

The Second Salemers are a group of No-Maj who want to destroy wizards and magic.

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It sounds like the unlikely duo of Newt and Jacob will need all the help they can get from witches Porpentina Goldstein and her sister Queenie to round up all of his escaped creatures.

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Fogler also revealed in the interview that Jacob is a baker who served in World War I and that the movie trilogy will center around Newt Scamander, who Fogler describes as closer to the animals than with other humans, creating the textbook "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" that Harry Potter later studies at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

That wasn't all Fogler revealed at CinemaCon. In a different interview with MTV News, the actor revealed we might see some familiar faces from the "Harry Potter" series throughout the trilogy.

"As the stories go along, you will hear mention of your favorite characters," Fogler said, "And you may meet their young counterparts along the way."

Albus Dumbledore, perhaps? You can watch that video below.

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Carrie Fisher absolutely hated saying this line of 'Star Wars' dialogue


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Even the most die-hard fans have to admit that the Star Wars saga features some absolutely insane bits of dialogue. From conversations about how to properly bull's-eye womp rats, to griping about going into Tosche Station to pick up power converters, A New Hope in particular is rife with hilarious lines for our beloved heroes to utter. However, not everyone is laughing. Carrie Fisher recently admitted that her least favorite line of dialogue in the entire Star Wars saga occurs in A New Hope, when she’s begging Obi-Wan Kenobi for help.

I have placed information vital to the survival of the Rebellion into the memory systems of this R2 unit.

The actress revealed her immense hatred for the above line of dialogue during a recent Q&A session at the Tribeca Film Festival (via Uproxx). We cannot exactly say that we blame her; the line is a complete mouthful and she probably struggled to nail it during the production of the first Star Wars film. Because she hated the line so passionately, she actually gave the line reading in a British accent, which is part of the reason why Princess Leia goes from sounding like English royalty in he hologram to the rough around the edges American that we all know and love from the rest of the series. She hated saying the line so much that it actually inspired to become a writer herself.

We’re going to have to place blame for the existence of the line firmly on the man himself: George Lucas. Although the creator of the Star Wars universe deserves a ton of credit for the amount of technical innovation he pioneered over the years, his ability to properly craft a script leaves much to be desired. This is why we found ourselves endlessly glad that screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan returned to the saga for the script of last year’s The Force Awakens.

Of course that line should seem familiar to just about anybody with event the most passing knowledge of the Star Wars saga. Princess Leia utters the words in her holographic message to Obi-Wan Kenobi during the early portion of A New Hope. Check out the scene below, because I know you’re feeling nostalgic.

Although Carrie Fisher maintains a fiery hatred for the above line, we’re still glad she sucked it up and managed to pull it off all the way back in 1977. It’s a small detail, but it’s one of many that add up to create the utterly immersive galaxy of Star Wars. We will have to wait and see how the writing of the saga continues to improve when Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hits theaters later this year on December 16.

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Tina Fey really wanted to star in this big-budget musical — but she failed her audition


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Tina Fey has admitted that she doesn't really see herself as an actress, but that doesn't mean she hasn't tried to work at the craft.

During a Tribeca Film Festival talk on Tuesday, the "Saturday Night Live" alum revealed that she really wanted to be in the movie adaptation of the musical "Into the Woods."

"I tried to cram my way into that movie. I did that thing, ‘May I please audition?’ And they’re like, ‘We know where you’ve worked, sweetheart,'" Fey said. "That was during my weird year off between TV shows."

It sounds like the former "Saturday Night Live" head writer auditioned at some point between wrapping "30 Rock" in 2013 and the premiere of Netflix's "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, which Fey cocreated, in 2015.

"I realized when actors say they’re going to stretch themselves, you’re just going to annoy people," Fey, who admitted she doesn't sing well, said of the experience.

When moderator, TV Guide's Damian Holbrook, asked Fey if footage of her audition is still available, she answered, "Oh, God I hope not. I’m sure it’s gone by now."

The Fey-less "Into the Woods" ended up starring Anna Kendrick, Meryl Streep, and Chris Pine.

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These great movies that came out 15 years ago will make you feel really old


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2001 launched a number of hit franchises that are still with us today.

From "Harry Potter" to "The Lord of the Rings," fan bases were thrust into new cinematic worlds and would follow the series through their conclusions and beyond. 

As these and other major movie touchstones celebrate their 15th anniversary, we look back at 20 such memorable titles that will make you really appreciate how quick the passage of time is.

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"Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone"

Only four books in the "Harry Potter" series were out when the first film hit the big screen. Fifteen years later, both the book and film series have concluded and a new saga has begun. The two-part London play "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" will take place 19 years after the final novel. 

"The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring"

Based on J.R.R. Tolkien's series, "The Fellowship of the Ring" was critically acclaimed, a box-office smash, and earned 13 Oscar nominations. It launched one of the most successful fantasy film franchises of all time.

"Donnie Darko"

This cult film stars Jake Gyllenhaal as a troubled teen who is visited by a freaky rabbit figure named Frank. It also featured Jake's real-life sister Maggie, Drew Barrymore, Patrick Swayze, Jena Malone, Mary McDonnell, and Seth Rogen in his feature film debut. 

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'Avengers' director Joss Whedon says this is the hardest thing about writing movies


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"Avengers" director Joss Whedon is one of the great script doctors of Hollywood. He's helped rework scripts for movies including "Toy Story,""Speed," "Twister," and "X-Men."

During a Tribeca Talks conversation Monday evening, Mark Ruffalo asked Whedon if writing was difficult for him. Whedon noted one thing that is particularly difficult during the writing process for anyone.

"Structure is hard. Structure is always hard, and the most important thing," admitted Whedon. "Structure is work. It's math, it's graphs ..."

"Especially when you're writing for eight superheroes," said Ruffalo, referencing "Avengers: Age of Ultron." The 2015 sequel to Whedon's record-breaking "Avengers" starred a range of heroes, from Thor, Iron Man, and the Hulk, to Vision, the Scarlett Witch, Black Widow, and more. 

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During the talk, Whedon explained his mental process for keeping plot points and characters in order while writing. "I will do color charts that look like I'm doing a PowerPoint presentation where just ... 'This is where it's scary. This is where it's funny. This is where we know this ... and everything's got to find it's flow and intersect," he said.

He went on to say that there is nothing that gives him more joy than writing — something that's not difficult to believe since he began writing his own comics after being introduced to them around the age of nine.

"The act of writing, the macro and the micro which is having ideas and then actually writing scenes once you've figured out what they need to be, is perfect bliss," Whedon told the crowd. "It is the greatest thing anybody ever got paid to do. I'll never capture that feeling any other way and I don't need to. What's great is that, as soon as I started writing again, it was there. It was just like, 'Oh my God. It's been so long my old friend.'"

Whedon went on to describe his process of writing particular scenes for "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and how validated it made him feel afterwards. 

 "When I wrote Angel turns evil ... I wrote the scene where he basically pretends that he just doesn't care about her," said Whedon. "He just acts like a d---. And that was an actual — I didn't drop my pen, but I actually looked at it and was like, 'Oh my God. I had no idea I was such a d---!' I accessed this terrible person and I was just so happy that I got this darkness in me that was just appalling."

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"I'll set out to write a sad scene," he said. "Sometimes I'll write for 90 minutes and then I'll have to stop because I'm all dried out. I just can't cry anymore. So, I'll go do something else and come back to it." 

"I'll laugh, if I think it's funny. I'll get pissed off," Whedon said of writing other scenes. "You know, many people have reported hearing thumps from upstairs while I'm writing stunts and falling down. I'm in it. I'm absolutely in it. I'm playing all the parts [from] every angle. It's the best."

Whedon hinted that he's working on his next project after "Age of Ultron" after a bit of a break, but wouldn't tell fans what he was working on just yet. Though it sounds like it's a movie. 

"The thing that I'm writing now, by which I will not, unfortunately, say a damn thing except that it's super good," he teased. "It's definitely a departure, not from the things I care about, but from the kind of storytelling I've done."

Apparently, it will have an emotional ending so powerful Whedon said it left him crying in public.

"I wrote all the way through the end of the movie and was crying so hard in public that the restaurant closed, the valet guy came to me and then just went away without even talking to me," described Whedon. "I had to take off my shirt and blow my nose into it because they had taken away all the napkins and everything. I couldn't get up. I couldn't stop writing. Then I got in the car, luckily somebody else was driving, and I kept crying for about 20 more minutes."

That was when Whedon realized he wrote the end of the movie. Whatever it is, we can't wait to see his next project if it's like anything else he has done in the past.

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INTERVIEW: Why Tom Hiddleston is the hardest-working actor in Hollywood right now


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This is not an overstatement: Tom Hiddleston is currently everywhere.

The British actor who became everyone’s favorite supervillain by playing Loki in the Marvel movies doesn't tire of trying new things. He can be seen playing American country legend Hank Williams in the biopic "I Saw the Light," on TV with AMC's "The Night Manager," even on local TV doing the weather, as he did in Chicago, which went viral.

And it’s not stopping.

In Hiddleston's latest movie "High-Rise," a thriller adapted from the J.G. Ballard novel (available on demand April 28 and in theaters May 13), he plays pathologist Dr. Robert Laing, who moves into a swanky new building and slowly goes mad with the rest of the residents.

In the last year, we've seen not only the actor's incredible range, but his enviable work ethic, which has allowed him to maintain his blockbuster status (and his global fan base of "Hiddlestoners"). He squeezed in the lead role in the upcoming "Kong: Skull Island," before grabbing Loki's staff again for "Thor: Ragnarok," out late 2017.

Business Insider sat down with Hiddleston at the Crosby Street Hotel in Manhattan while he was attending the Tribeca Film Festival to talk about “High-Rise,” why he watched a real human autopsy to prepare for the role, how often he’s slept in his own bed in the last year, and what he thinks about no one going to see “I Saw the Light.”

High_Rise_press_1 Aidan MonaghanBusiness Insider: Has it been fun to do these roles — "Crimson Peak,""I Saw the Light,""High-Rise"— where you play characters who are conflicted and have a lot going on?

Tom Hiddleston: I feel immensely lucky that I'm allowed to do so many different things. I have chosen to do those things, deliberately, but not every actor is allowed to do that and that's an immense good fortune to choose different kinds of things to explore. They have all been fascinating for different reasons. Now in your position it's a strange compression of all this work coming out at the same time. Where as for me, each project had its own integrity and focus. It's very peculiar, the work of the last 18 months of the my life has been released in the space of one month.

BI: Is it daunting to have all these characters reaching the public at the same time?

Hiddleston: Not especially. It's not like I have any control over it.

BI: It's interesting because we as an audience are seeing you in different characters at once —

Hiddleston: Is that a good thing?

BI: I think so. Because we see you using different talents to play these characters at the same time. I don't know if you look at it that way.

Hiddleston: The actors I've always admired have been actors who have followed their instincts and curiosities and led their audiences into new territory. I think that's what's fascinating — people think they have an idea of who an actor is, and then they go off and do something and you go, "Wow, I never saw that coming." I think that's exciting.

BI: How was "High-Rise" brought to you?

Hiddleston: I talked about it with producer Jeremy Thomas after making "Only Lovers Left Alive" [the indie vampire movie with Tilda Swinton], and he'd been trying to get this made for a long time. The combination of Jeremy with director Ben Wheatley ["Kill List"], and the material of author J.G. Ballard was a thrilling proposition.

BI: Why was it necessary for you to see a real autopsy done?

Hiddleston: [Laughs] It comes from a very simple place in me as an actor. If you have to preform something on camera, you want to make sure people who actually do that go, "Yeah, that's how you do that." When I played Hank Williams, it was important to me that musicians approved of the way I played the guitar and my singing. So I had to do a lot of work to get that right. Whether it's making an omelet or dissecting a disembodied head.

BI: But it's just one scene. Did you do more autopsy work in the film that was cut out?

Hiddleston: No. I dissected that head, and let me just say it was a prosthetic.

BI: Oh, glad we're getting that out of the way for all the severed-head-rights people.

Hiddleston: [Laughs] Yeah. Beautifully done by the special effects department and we only had two.

BI: Pressure.

Hiddleston: Exactly. And the reason I went to the autopsy was there was no one I knew who had the authority of how to do this. I didn't have the first clue. So I simply got in touch with a forensic pathologist in a hospital in England, and I went to see him for an afternoon. I went and watched him perform an autopsy on a human corpse, and it was not an easy experience.

High_Rise_Aidan Monaghan Magnolia PicturesBI: There's so much madness going on in the movie, and you guys shot it in this quiet seaside town in Ireland. Did Stockholm syndrome set in with the cast? Did what you film bleed into daily life?

Hiddleston: [Laughs] No. No. It was very sedate. We all became very close, which was nice. We all stayed in the same hotel for six or seven weeks. But I found it very reassuring that we were in Northern Ireland in a seaside town where you can get fish and chips all the time. The set was a contained madhouse. But we were shooting from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day and we would emerge into the evening covered in all kinds of stuff going, "And that's it for Wednesday." We would go have a shower and meet for fish and chips. That was actually quite healthy.

BI: Are you a high-rise kind of guy?

Hiddleston: I live in a house. I've stayed in high-rise hotels and sometimes I have good experiences and other times I like to have my feet on the ground, as nice as those places are.

BI: You've been very busy, even by the standards of successful actors. How many times have you slept in your own bed in the last year?

Hiddleston: I haven't been home in a long time. Literally in the last 12 months, if I put them all together I would say three weeks.

BI: Does that make you go a little mad at times?

Hiddleston: I’m used to it now. When you're an actor, you go where the work is and very little is ever at home. I've learned to feel comfortable, having the things I need. Honestly, it goes with the job. I look forward to going home and there may be a time in later life when I have more responsibilities and need to be home more, but right now it's okay.

BI: Are you going to take your foot off the pedal soon?

Hiddleston: I’m going to put my foot off the pedal a bit before the next Thor movie, otherwise I would fall over.

BI: You're at an incredible moment in your career. Can you settle, or is that when the good parts suddenly vanish?

Hiddleston: I don't know. You never feel you've hit the peak, that's the predicament. I think you can ask any actor or filmmaker, you never feel like the work is done. It's never possible to say, "That's what I feel about the world, I'll go look after the garden now." I think there are always more stories to tell, there's always more complexity in human life to investigate.

BI: Is making a movie like "High-Rise" or "I Saw the Light" more satisfying than doing a big blockbuster movie?

Hiddleston: It's a bit like playing an instrument in an orchestra. The director is the conductor and what you find yourself playing is different. Playing different tunes and music, maybe a solo. Honestly, the experience that I feel more keenly is about pace. Big-budget films, the money is spent on time. You have more time. And for smaller budgets, you shoot more quickly. That can be a good thing and a bad thing. There can be things you feel you missed because you were going so fast, but sometimes too much time gives you too much time to think and question and look from every angle and then you can't commit to the best choice. I have no prejudice in any direction. I love when blockbusters work, there's no better experience, but when a small independent film that's been made for $2 million gets championed, that's thrilling, too.

I Saw The Light TIFF2BI: That said, are you disappointed in how "I Saw the Light" was received? It was hyped as an Oscar-caliber performance for you, and the movie turned out to be the worst-reviewed of your career.

Hiddleston: The difference between me and you and whoever watches that film is that film took me six months to make. I took six months of my life and I thought about nothing else every day for six months, and for anyone in the audience, it's two hours of screen time. As Mike Nichols used to say, "You can make the best film in the entire world and people will still say afterward, 'Is there anywhere that's open for a drink?'" It's part of the rhythm of their day. So of course I put so much into it and it would be lovely to think more people have seen it than I believe they have. The people I've spoken to about the movie have at least caught the passion for which it was made and then of course there are other people who I don't know personally who have found fault or flaws in it, but I can't be the judge. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion. As an actor, you just have to put your best foot forward every time. Do you know what I mean?

[The interview ends, and as Hiddleston walks to the door of his hotel room, he brings up the reaction to "I Saw the Light" again.]

Hiddleston: You know, it's a funny thing, I've been hearing that people are positive toward how I did in "The Night Manager," and I didn't do more or less with that than for "I Saw the Light." As an actor, you can never tell. It's really anyone's guess how people will react.

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Matt Damon is the same Bourne you know and love in the 'Jason Bourne' trailer


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Nine years after we last saw Matt Damon in a "Bourne" movie, he has returned with the much-anticipated "Jason Bourne." And as the trailer shows, he hasn't lost a step in the performance.

Coming out in July, the movie follows Bourne as he comes out of the shadows with a much clearer recollection of his past. As usual, there's a lot of close-quarters fighting and what looks to be an intense car chase through the Vegas strip.

Tommy Lee Jones and Alicia Vikander are joning the franchise for this entry.

Watch the trailer here:

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Emilia Clarke says she's not returning for any more 'Terminator' movies


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The "Terminator" franchise just took another big body blow. 

Following the poor box-office performance by "Terminator Genisys" last summer, Paramount pulled a sequel from its release schedule. It became very unclear what would happen to the once-mighty action franchise.

Now "Genisys" star Emilia Clarke has shed a little light on what's going on. She revealed to ComingSoon.net that she will not be returning for any more "Terminator" movies.

“No,” Clarke said when asked about returning as Sarah Connor in any sequels. “Can I say that? It’s okay. No. Uh-uh. But I have some very different roles coming up.”

She will be in the drama "Voice from the Stone" later this year and the love story "Me Before You," which opens in June. 

And let's not forget that she's still on "Game of Thrones," which returns for its sixth season this Sunday.

Where the "Terminator" franchise goes from here is anyone's guess. Now that its Sarah Connor is gone, Paramount is obviously hitting the reset button.

Last year, the production company behind "Terminator," Skydance, said it's not putting upcoming films in the franchise on hold, just "readjusting." 

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Michael Keaton goes for Oscar gold as the man behind McDonald's in 'The Founder' trailer


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Ray Kroc was a 50-something milkshake machine salesman whose life changed when two brothers running a burger joint in Southern California ordered some machines from him. 

Mac and Dick MacDonald were the owners of McDonald's, and thanks to Kroc, the brothers' restaurant turned into a global giant.

"The Founder," based on true events, follows Kroc (Michael Keaton) as he convinces brothers Mac (John Carroll Lynch) and Dick (Nick Offerman) that they should franchise McDonald's. And then things get really interesting.

This looks like another notch in the Michael Keaton comeback. 

Watch the trailer here. The movie opens August 5.

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The Oscar-winning director of 'Gravity' explains the lesson he learned from his biggest failure


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You don't expect one of the most successful film directors working to be so open about what they consider their biggest failure.

But Alfonso Cuarón, best known for "Gravity" and "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban," is not shy when it comes to his older film "Great Expectations," the adaptation of the Charles Dickens novel.

"I think it’s a complete failed film," Alfonso Cuarón said during a conversation with Oscar-winning cinematographer  and collaborator Emmanuel Lubezki at the Tribeca Film Festival Wednesday. "It’s the one I’ve learned the most from than anything else." 

During the candid talk with his old friend, Cuarón ran through his filmography, including the 1998 film it turns out he's not proud of at all. Lubezki, who served as the film's cinematographer, called it the "least satisfying" of their collaborations.

The film boasted an all-star cast that included Ethan Hawke, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Robert De Niro. Cuarón and Lubezki said they relied heavily on visuals to compensate for what they saw as a weak script.

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"I got caught up with, 'We can convey this visually.' And it starts to be something that is too much," Cuarón told the crowd. "Also I wanted everything to be green because that was my trademark."

The film would go on to receive mixed reviews and gross $55.5 million worldwide. While it might not be the complete failure Cuarón thinks it is, the director says he learned a big lesson from the mistakes he made while making "Great Expectations."

"My first instinct was to say no to that film," Cuarón said. "I allowed myself to be dragged in for the wrong reasons. And I think [Lubezki] actually kept on telling me every day, 'Always trust your first instincts,' because [he] knew the whole time." 

After that, Cuarón took more control of his career.

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Cuarón and Lubezki worked on a small road trip movie together called "Y Tu Mamá También," a much more personal film for the two of them. It earned Cuarón international prominence. He later tackled projects that he couldn't turn down: "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban,""Children of Men," and "Gravity."

Lesson learned: Sometimes, it's okay to say no.

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Here's the amazing story behind one of the most famous lines ever uttered in a movie


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On Thursday night, the Tribeca Film Festival had its biggest event this year: the 40th anniversary screening of “Taxi Driver,” with many of the main principals on hand to talk after the movie, including Robert De Niro, director Martin Scorsese, and screenwriter Paul Schrader.

In the talk after the movie, the three legends delved into the story behind one of the film’s landmark scenes: the “You talkin’ to me?” line De Niro’s character Travis Bickle gives to himself in the mirror.

"A key improvisation in the movie was Bob in the mirror," Scorsese told the crowd, referring to De Niro’s delivery of the line.

De Niro made up the entire sequence of Bickle talking to himself on the spot. 

As Schrader pointed out, he wrote a vague description of what would go on in the scene.

“The script said he looks in the mirror and plays like a cowboy, pulls out his gun, talks to himself,” Schrader said. “So Bob called me and said, ‘What does he say?’ and I said, ‘Well, act like you’re a kid and you got that little holster and cap gun and you’re standing there.’ He took it from there.”

At that point in the movie, Bickle has purchased a small arsenal of handguns and plays out what he’s going to do to clean up New York City.

Walking to the mirror, he mimics an altercation by saying, “You talkin’ to me? ... Well, I'm the only one here.” And then he pulls out the gun he has in his sleeve.

The moment has been repeated countless times since the movie opened in 1976.

The quote was recently ranked number eight in The Hollywood Reporter’s list of 100 favorite movie quotes of all time. 

Before Thursday night’s screening, De Niro had some fun with the line.

Introducing the film with his fellow founder of the festival, Jane Rosenthal, De Niro said, “Forty f---ing years, one of you have said it to me... so let’s get it out of our system now.”

He then had the crowd at New York City’s Beacon Theater repeat, “You talkin’ to me?” at once.

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How Tom Hiddleston reacted when his Oscar-hyped movie totally bombed


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Anticipation was very high when Tom Hiddleston took the stage at the premiere of “I Saw the Light” at the Toronto Film Festival last fall.

Media before its screening hyped the movie — in which Hiddleston plays country singer Hank Williams, who tragically died at the height of his stardom at 29 — as an Oscar contender, with the British star as a shoo-in for a best actor nomination.

But by the time the lights came up, reaction wasn't what Hiddleston or the filmmakers had hoped for. Oscar talk quickly vanished, and Sony pushed the release date to early 2016, skpping the awards fray.

The movie opened late March in limited release and has only earned $1.5 million in theaters to date. It's the worst-reviewed movie Hiddleston has starred in yet, with a 20% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. 

Business Insider recently sat down with Hiddleston during the Tribeca Film Festival to talk about his latest release “High-Rise” (available on demand April 28 and in theaters May 13). But it was obvious the poor response to “I Saw the Light” was still on his mind.

Tom Hiddleston“The difference between me and you and whoever watches that film is that film took me six months to make,” Hiddleston said, referring to how long it took for him to talk, sing, and play the guitar like Williams. “I took six months of my life and I thought about nothing else every day for six months, and for anyone in the audience, it's two hours of screen time. As Mike Nichols used to say, ‘You can make the best film in the entire world and people will still say afterward, 'Is there anywhere that's open for a drink?' It's part of the rhythm of their day. So of course I put so much into it and it would be lovely to think more people have seen it than I believe they have. The people I've spoken to about the movie have at least caught the passion for which it was made and then of course there are other people who I don't know personally who have found fault or flaws in it, but I can't be the judge. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion.”

Hiddleston certainly seems to have perspective on the flop. But he also doesn't really have time to dwell on it. He's currently starring in just about everything, from the AMC miniseries “The Night Manager” currently airing to returning as Loki for "Thor: Ragnarok," which starts production soon.

But he was still hanging on to “I Saw the Light” and its reaction as I left his hotel room after the interview was over.

“You know, it's a funny thing, I've been hearing that people are positive toward how I did in ‘The Night Manager,’ and I didn't do more or less with that than for ‘I Saw the Light,’" he said. "As an actor, you can never tell. It's really anyone's guess how people will react.”

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Aliens are back for annihilation in the 'Independence Day: Resurgence' trailer


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It's been 20 years since the blockbuster sensation "Independence Day" turned Will Smith into an international star. Now the trailer to the sequel is finally here.

Though "Independence Day: Resurgence" doesn't have Smith, Jeff Goldblum returns in his most Goldblumesque fashion as the scientist who must figure out a way to defeat the latest wave of aliens trying to destroy Earth. Liam Hemsworth has joined the cast this time around as the new hot-shot pilot. 

Watch the trailer here. The movie opens June 24.

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Astronauts say this movie is as close as you can get to being in space without actually going


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Since 1968, astronauts have reported experiencing the "overview effect," a profound sense of awe at our fragile existence on our weird little blue marble, hanging in the vastness of space.

"Blue Planet" director Toni Myers tries to bring that sense of wonder to Earth-bound audiences with her new, Jennifer Lawrence-narrated IMAX movie, "A Beautiful Planet," set to premiere April 29.

Filmed aboard the International Space Station (ISS), resident astronauts recorded sunrises and sunsets, auroras, city lights, and massive storms from a celestial perspective.

The astronauts filmed most of the film from the ISS "cupola"— a bubble-like observation deck with an panoramic view of Earth from space.

"There's no way to match what you see with your own eyes when you're in orbit, but this comes as close as possible," Barry "Butch" Wilmore, Myers' first astronaut-turned-cinematographer, told a room of journalists.

The film also features footage of a spacewalk filmed on a Go Pro — one of most dangerous duties of being an astronaut.

a beautiful planet spacewalkFor all its stunning visuals, the movie also shows a very human side of life on ISS.

The camaraderie of the astronauts comes through strongly: One scene shows the crew celebrating Christmas; in another, an astronaut cuts his colleague's hair.

If that wasn't enough to pack into 45 minutes and change, the movie has a message, too. Myers wants to communicate the delicate nature of our planet — and show how we've impacted its surface.

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From above, the astronauts could spot (and film) fracking fires, huge, deforested tracts of the Amazon Basin, and sprawling megacities.

Myers said she wants to inspire young people to find innovative solutions to the problem of climate change, and hopes that audiences "walk away with a feeling of ownership; of being part of this planet."

Watch a trailer for the movie below.

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