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'Thor: Ragnarok' director reveals which team Thor would've picked in 'Captain America: Civil War'


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Thor was noticeably absent from the most recent Marvel movie, "Captain America: Civil War," a no-holds-barred showdown between two teams of beloved humans. Had he been on Earth and not Asgard, however, one wonders if the God of Thunder would have sided with Iron Man or Captain America's team.

The director of the upcoming "Thor: Ragnarok" has an answer.

"We've talked a little bit about this. Personally, I feel Thor would have started his own team," director Taika Waititi told Fandango. "He wouldn't have liked the idea of those teams."

If he had to pick a side, though?

"Even though Thor is from outer space and he lives in a palace, part of me likes to think he would side with Cap. I would side with Cap purely because I don't trust billionaires," Waititi said. 

Fun fact: In the original comics version of "Civil War" that the movie was loosely based on, Thor was dead and replaced by a robot clone created by Iron Man and Mister Fantastic, and he killed a guy. Comics!

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Here's what it would look like if Pixar movies ended at the saddest part


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Most Pixar movies are tearjerkers. The studio excels in bringing complex, nuanced emotions to its stories while keeping them fun and bright for kids as well as adults, so there's always a happy ending. 

But what if there wasn't?

YouTuber Chris Huebs put together a supercut of four Pixar movies that cut to credits right when things are the darkest.

Sully and Boo are separated — possibly forever — as the door to her room is shredded in "Monsters Inc," and that's where the movie ends. No final act, no resolution, just tears. 

Huebs also makes "Toy Story 2" and "Finding Nemo" depressing by ending at the sad parts, and somehow manages to make "Inside Out" even sadder (pour some out for Bing Bong). The upbeat music that plays during the credits seems really, really inappropriate with the new endings.

The supercut does not, however, make edits to "Up," because that's already one of the saddest movies ever made. 

Check it out below as you get ready to see "Finding Dory" this weekend. 

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How Pixar creative genius John Lasseter became the next Walt Disney and built a $10 billion empire


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John Lasseter might not be a household name on the level of Walt Disney, but he's certainly just as important in the animation world.

The man with an affinity for movie-themed Hawaiian shirts has been the chief creative officer of Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios since Disney purchased Pixar in 2006.

No studio can match the creativity, heart, and cleverness found in all Pixar films, and it seems those principles can be traced back to Lasseter (No. 36 on the BI 100: The Creators).

"You want the movies to touch people," Lasseter said in an interview for Pixar's 30th anniversary this year. "Make 'em funny, make 'em beautiful, make 'em scary, but in the end you want that heart of the movie to be so strong."

Lasseter's and Pixar's success are linked. He cofounded the animation studio that has now made nearly $10 billion worldwide. He championed computer animation at a time when the technology was still quite infantile. He created and directed "Toy Story," which started it all (more than 250 computer-animated films have been made since). He kept asking questions that resulted in better animation all around and better Pixar films.

Take a look at how John Lasseter came to be the creative mind he is and how he helped to create the Pixar empire.

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John Lasseter was born in Hollywood, California, on January 12, 1957. At the age of five, he won his very first award — $15 from the Model Grocery Market in Whittier, California, for a crayon drawing of the Headless Horseman.

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After seeing Disney's "The Sword in the Stone" in 1963, Lasseter knew he wanted to be an animator and work for Walt Disney.

Source: Reuters

He was the second student to be accepted into the newly formed Character Animation Program at the California Institute of the Arts in 1975. Tim Burton was the third student.

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Here's what happened when Ben Affleck asked 'Armageddon' director Michael Bay about a giant plot hole


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Michael Bay's 1998 opus "Armageddon," about a team of drillers who fly to an asteroid to destroy it before it crashes into Earth, is a bad movie. It is so bad that Michael Bay apologized for it (before apologizing for apologizing). It is so bad that Ben Affleck, who stars in the movie, told Bay that the movie made no sense while they were filming the movie. Bay did not care.

In a clip from the DVD commentary track going viral on Twitter, Affleck recalls that he asked Bay, "Why is it easier to train oil drillers to become astronauts than to train astronauts to become oil drillers?"

He told me to shut the f--- up. So that was the end of that talk. He was like, 'You know, Ben. Just shut up, okay? This is the real [NASA] plan, alright?' I was like, 'You mean it's a real plan at NASA to train oil drillers?' He was like, 'Just shut your mouth!'

...Bruce is gonna tell the guys that they did a bad job at building the drill tank, because he's a salt-of-the-earth guy and the NASA 'nerdanauts' don't understand his salt-of-the-earth ways, his rough-and-tumble ways. Like somehow they can build rocket ships but they don't understand what makes a good [transmission].

Eight whole months? As if that's not enough time to learn how to drill a hole. But in one week we're gonna learn how to be astronauts.

...'They don't know jack about drilling'? How hard can it be? Aim the drill at the ground and turn it on!

Here's the full clip:


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The creative minds at Pixar break down what makes their movies so successful


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"Finding Dory," Pixar's 17th feature film, officially hit theaters Friday, June 16. The reviews are already declaring it a wild success, and rightfully so.

If you ask the people at Pixar what the secret is to the studio's continued string of box-office hits, they'll tell you there really isn't a secret.

I know. I've asked.

Recently, I spoke with Pete Docter, the director of several Pixar films, including "Monsters, Inc." and "Inside Out," along with Jim Morris, the president of Pixar Animation Studios, about what makes Pixar movies so special.

Both told me the same thing: The reason Pixar is worth billions is that the people who work at the studio direct all of their creative energy toward crafting the best stories possible.

Here's what that looks like.

Give people a relatable main character

up pixarDocter says one of the company’s guiding principles is that no audience member will care about Dory or Merida or Wall-E if they can't live through that character in some way.

"The main character is like a surrogate for you, the audience member," Docter tells Tech Insider. "They're learning and discovering information at the same time you are, so that by the time the film ends, you feel like you've gone on the same emotional journey the character has."

Pixar knows that if you learn a piece of information before the main character, you'll feel superior. If you learn it after, you'll feel left out. By learning how the world works at the exact same time, the audience and protagonist become one.

Their feelings about a new and strange world effectively align, leading you, the viewer, to feel the same sense of triumph when the film (hopefully) ends happily.

Tell a small story everyone will relate to

Toy Story 3Morris explains that what those characters do and say along the way — the actual plot of the film — also enhances a movie's capacity to move people. "When you get right down to the core of it, they're not grandiose ideas," he says. "They're small things we all go through."

Take the company's first feature, "Toy Story," which taught kids the virtues of cooperation over pridefulness.

Only after Woody teams up with Buzz Lightyear does he realize that being the favorite toy isn't as important as the solidarity offered by friendship. Early screenings of the filmpacked with zip-lipped children, proved the studio was on to something.

Leave something to be gained for everyone

inside out rileyThe stories themselves may be simple, but Pixar movies as a whole are wildly complex, made up of multiple layers that appeal to audiences of all ages.

As Pixar writer and director Andrew Stanton revealed in 2013, he spent much of the early 2000s feeling like he was being overprotective of his son. From that concern came the 2003 megahit "Finding Nemo," in which a worrywart clownfish showed kids how their actions affect others and showed parents the dark side of helicoptering.

Or take the 2015 film "Inside Out," Pixar's most ambitious film to date.

Docter says the film mirrors two experiences from his own life: his childhood move from Minnesota to Denmark and his daughter's slide from goofball kid to angsty preteen.

Bringing those stories together literally inside the mind of an 11 year old, personifying her emotions, only gave Docter more room to explore the lesson of respecting our emotions.

"I've had a lot of people say, 'My son had a lot of problems talking about how he feels, but watching your film kind of unlocked something,'" he says. "Which is pretty cool."

A model for future success

finding dory hank"Finding Dory" will certainly follow this well-worn path to success that Pixar has paved over the last 30 years.

"Not only is it a story about finding Dory's family," wrote Tech Insider Senior Editor Kirsten Acuna in her review of the movie, "it's also about realizing the family you're looking for may have been right beside you all along."

Audiences will laugh because Dory is a forgetful, happy-go-lucky fish. They'll cry because she endured a painful childhood rife with learning disabilities. And by the time they're back at their car, they'll probably see the world in a whole new way.

That's what Pixar understands better than any other movie studio: that moving films are built on relatable characters whose stories convey some core truth about being alive. It doesn’t matter one bit if those stories are seen through the eyes of monsters, robots, cars, or clownfish. Good stories transcend the species of their characters.

Dory may be a forgetful Blue Tang, but her story is eternally human.

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7 supporting Pixar characters who deserve their own movie


While Pixar has made a number of sequels that have gone the traditional route with their leads — putting characters like Woody, Buzz, Mike, and Sully back in the spotlight — both "Cars 2" and "Finding Dory" are different, in that they almost could be considered spin-offs. In each case, a popular supporting character from the first movie winds up getting their own special adventure. This got us thinking — what other supporting characters from Pixar history could carry their own film?

That thinking turned into a list that you can read below.

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Of all the characters on this list, Dug from "Up" is the one character with which I'm honestly surprised Pixar hasn't done more. Beyond his part in the Pete Docter movie, he had the titular role in the home video short "Dug's Special Mission," but that isn't much more than an explanation as to what happened to the dumb-but-lovable dog in the run-up to his run-in with Carl Fredricksen and Russell. The Bob Peterson-voiced golden retriever is a great and inventive take on the classic talking dog cliché, and the reality is that he's a character you could watch on any kind of adventure and enjoy. Dug stuck in a western? Sure. Dug in a space ship stuck in space? Why not. Dug and his bird pal Kevin paired up in a take on buddy cops. We'll take it.


In the same way that "Finding Dory" shifted character focus after "Finding Nemo," Eve would be a pretty easy sell as the central protagonist of a future "Wall-E" follow-up. The Andrew Stanton film certainly gave her a great, classic arc, transforming from an emotionless (literal) robot to being more open and free, and a sequel could take that even further. After all, Wall-E really knows his way around on Earth, while Eve would potentially lost in the re-growing world. She has just as much protagonist potential as her little trash compactor companion, and just because of the nature of the character, it would be great to see what the minds at Pixar could come up with in terms of a unique and fitting storyline.


Rex is actually one of the few characters not named "Woody" or "Buzz" to get his own lead part in a "Toy Story"-related project — landing his own little short in the form of 2012's "Partysaurus Rex" — and we wouldn't say no to more. The Wallace Shawn-voiced dinosaur is classically known as the most timid and excitable member of the Toy Story gang, and that makes him a perfect candidate for an adventure with high stakes that pushes Rex to his limits. We got a taste of the potential with his video game antics in "Toy Story 2," and the series has also already introduced a perfect companion for him in Kristen Schaal's Trixie. We know that he will be back in action with a supporting role in the upcoming "Toy Story 4," but who knows what the future could hold.

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Someone died watching The Conjuring 2


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Horror movies have a unique way of affecting audience members. Where else does a room full of strangers jump, scream, and laugh their way through a terrifying big screen adventure?

But with jump scares being served by the handful, it can be a bit dangerous for members of the audience who are longer in the tooth, or perhaps have heart conditions. Sadly, a moviegoer in India suffered a recent tragedy and passed away while watching James Wan's horror sequel The Conjuring 2.

DNA India is reporting that a 65 year old man from Andrah Pradesh, India suffered a tragic heart attack while watching The Conjuring 2. This incident occurred Thursday night, in a movie theater in Tamil Nadu. The man reportedly complained of chest pain while he was in the theater, and suffered a heart attack during the movie itself.

An ambulance was immediately called to assist the gentleman, but he unfortunately passed away before the help could arrive. While the victim's name was not released with the report, our hearts go out to his loved ones at this difficult time.

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6 documentaries on Netflix that will make you smarter



They don't call it the Netflix "library" for nothing. Netflix has a wide range of titles that take complex issues — the food industry, homelessness, sweatshops — and breaks them down in accessible, interesting ways.

The reason these are the best of Netflix's many "brainy" entries is they all share a multifaceted approach — looking at the economics, social, and cultural angles of each problem while also keeping us tied to a single, compelling narrative.  

Six incredible, stimulating documentaries, all streaming on Netflix, will make you smarter by not just introducing you to new ideas, but complicating each idea and revealing their many connections to the world at large. 

"Bottled Life: Nestlé's Business with Water"

The business of bottled water can seem strange: Water is everywhere. so why should we have to pay for it? But sadly, water's abundance is a myth. As "Bottled Life" reveals, more children in the developing world die from drinking contaminated water than from conflict, traffic accidents, or HIV.

Clean water is a matter of life or death for millions, but Swiss company Nestlé, the worldwide leader in selling bottled water to the global poor, makes millions as people across the globe exhaust their few resources for mere sips of water.

Rethink water, poverty, and the surprising international consequences of something as simple as bottled water in this documentary. 

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"Lost Angels: Skid Row is My Home"

Can justice exist in a place like Skid Row?

This documentary takes viewers to Skid Row, Los Angeles, an extremely impoverished area in downtown LA with a huge number of homeless people. Mixing interviews with activists, psychologists, and psychiatrists, as well as Skid Row residents themselves, "Lost Angels" humanizes the people that society would rather forget: criminals, the mentally ill, drug addicts, and the homeless.  

What exactly causes widespread homelessness and drug addiction? "Lost Angels," if nothing else, helps viewers understand exactly the scope of such a question. The documentary looks at how an exploding population of the unemployed led to a city of strife.

Rampant unemployment and extremely cheap substandard housing led to an underground economy of drugs and petty crime. Attempts to "clean up" the area led to widespread arrests. But those arrested, once released, would only return to Skid Row with even fewer job prospects and little else to do but continue the cycle of petty crime. Learn what brings a city to its knees, and what might save it, in "Lost Angels."

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"The Square"

"The Square" follows the 2011 Egyptian revolution against then-president Hosni Mubarak in Tahrir Square. A site of huge cultural and religious significance, Tahrir Square was the site of violent clashes between soldiers, demonstrators, revolting citizens, and pro-Mubarak forces.

Winning three Emmy awards and an incredible 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, the documentary remains tightly focused on Tahrir Square itself and its status as an essential part of the Egyptian identity. Any student of history should enjoy how "The Square" presents audiences with a nuanced, prismatic look at a radically changing national identity.

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Zoe Saldana blasts critics of her casting as Nina Simone: 'There's no one way to be black'



Zoe Saldana responded to critics of her casting as Nina Simone in the recent biographical film, "Nina."

After a 2012 announcement that the "Star Trek" actress would play the iconic singer and activist, Simone's estate and others criticized the production for casting an actress who didn't look like the African American star.

"There's no one way to be black," Saldana, 38, said in a new interview with Allure magazine of the criticism. "I'm black the way I know how to be. You have no idea who I am. I am black. I'm raising black men. Don't you ever think you can look at me and address me with such disdain."

In 2012, Simone's daughter, Simone Kelly, said of Saldana's casting, "Appearance-wise this is not the best choice."

Later that year, Kelly elaborated in a New York Times interview on how central Simone's appearance was to her story.

"My mother was raised at a time when she was told her nose was too wide, her skin was too dark," she said.

People expressed further outrage when a trailer for "Nina" was released in March, showing Saldana wearing a prosthetic nose and makeup to make her skin darker.

nina simone zoe saldanaGrammy-winning singer India Arie, who portrayed Simone on a 2003 episode of the 1960s-set NBC drama "American Dreams," saw an early version of the movie during a 2013 private screening. She, too, criticized the Saldana's appearance as the singer.

"It made me sad,"Arie said. "The way she looked in the movie was ugly. Whether or not Nina Simone was beautiful in your eyes, I thought she was beautiful. But in this movie, she just looked weird. Her skin looked weird, and her nose looked weird. It made me wonder, was that how the filmmakers see her? Did they not think she was beautiful? Were they like, 'Yeah, we got it! That's how she looked.'"

Regarding the prosthetics and makeup, Saldana told Allure, "I never saw her as unattractive. Nina looks like half my family!"

"But if you think the [prosthetic] nose I wore was unattractive, then maybe you need to ask yourself, What do you consider beautiful? Do you consider a thinner nose beautiful, so the wider you get, the more insulted you become?" Saldana continued in the interview.

Nina SimoneSaldana said the movie script was passed on numerous times and that the singer's story may not have been told if she didn't sign on. For that reason, Saldana said she has no regrets over doing the role.

"The fact that we're talking about her, that Nina Simone is trending? We f---ing won," the actress said. "For so many years, nobody knew who the f--- she was. She is essential to our American history. As a woman first, and only then as everything else."

"Nina" was released in April to a limited number of theaters and through video on demand.

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'Finding Dory' makes box office history with $136 million opening weekend


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Good things come to those that wait — at least in the case of a forgetful blue fish named Dory.

Some 13 years after "Finding Nemo" first hit theaters, Pixar and Disney's sequel "Finding Dory" made a huge splash, landing the biggest domestic opening of all time for an animated title with $136.2 million from 4,305 theaters.

"Dory" easily topped the box-office chart, although Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart's action comedy also pleased in its opening, earning a solid $34.5 million from 3,508 theaters to come in No. 2.

Overseas, "Finding Dory" grossed $50 million as it rolled out in 32% of the marketplace for a global bow of $186.2 million, including a Pixar-best of $17.5 million in China and $7.6 million in Australia.

In North America, "Finding Dory"— grabbing an A CinemaScore — is a needed boost for the summer box office, which has seen a number of sequels underperform. It also reminds of the power of families in driving mega openings.

The previous crown holder for top animated launch was DreamWorks Animation's "Shrek the Third," which debuted to $121.6 million in 2007. Until now, Pixar's best was "Toy Story 3" (2010) with $110.3 million.

"Finding Dory's" Friday haul of $55.2 million marked the largest single day in history for an animated film, eclipsing the record $47 million earned by "Shrek the Third" on its first Saturday. "Dory" kicked things off by earning $9.2 million in Thursday-night previews, likewise a record for an animated film, besting last year's "Minions" ($6.2 million).

Directed by Andrew Stanton and Angus MacLane, the sequel sees "Finding Nemo" voice stars Ellen DeGeneres and Albert Brooks returning to voice the roles of Dory and Marlin, respectively. Newcomer Hayden Rolence voices the character Nemo.

The tale centers on Dory's attempts to reunite with her parents, whom she lost years ago. Accompanied by Nemo and Marlin, Dory arrives at a marine institute, where she engages with new friends, including a white beluga whale named Destiny (Ty Burrell), a white shark (Kaitlin Olson), and a cranky octopus (Ed O'Neill).

central intelligence 2 warner bros"Central Intelligence," pairing Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart on the big screen for the first time, earned an A- CinemaScore and skewed slightly female (51%). It came in ahead of last summer's action comedy, Melissa McCarthy's "Spy," which debuted to $29 million.

"Central Intelligence," directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber, follows a CIA agent (Johnson), a one-time teenage geek returning home for his high-school reunion, who enlists his former classmate (Hart) to help him complete a mission. Amy Ryan and Aaron Paul co-star in the movie.

New Line, Warner Bros. and Universal teamed on "Central Intelligence," which cost $50 million to produce.

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'Star Trek' actor Anton Yelchin dies in strange car accident at age 27


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Anton Yelchin, an actor known for appearing in the "Star Trek" movie franchise, was found dead on Sunday morning in California's San Fernando Valley, where he lived. He was 27.

TMZ reported that the actor's body was found at around 1 a.m. by friends. Yelchin's body was pinned between his car and a brick mailbox attached to a security gate at his Studio City home.

Friends found the body after he failed to arrive at a rehearsal on Saturday evening.

Police told the news website that the car's engine was still running and in neutral when the body was found.

Police currently don't suspect foul play.

A representative for Yelchin also confirmed his death to Variety.

Yelchin played the character of Pavel Chekov in 2009's "Star Trek," 2013's "Star Trek Into Darkness," and the upcoming "Star Trek Beyond," due in theaters on July 22. His credits also include the movie "Alpha Dog," and he provided the voice of Clumsy in "The Smurfs" movie franchise.

Yelchin also appeared on several television series, including "Taken,""The Practice," and "Huff."

According to IMDb, Yelchin was born in Leningrad (currently St. Petersburg), Russia on March 11, 1989. His parents, Irina Korina and Viktor Yelchin, were professional figure skaters and later, coaches. The family moved to the US when Yelchin was 6 months old.

He also wrote music and performed in a band.

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These 8 awful movies were somehow huge hits in China


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"Warcraft's" paltry domestic box office return of $24 million over its opening weekend would lead you to believe that the Duncan Jones helmed blockbuster was the latest in a long line of video-game adaptations to have faltered, but that only tells 1/16th of the story. Because while "Warcraft" has floundered in the US, it has grossed $280.5 million internationally, and in China alone it has brought in $156.8 million in just five days. "Warcraft" is now even expected to seriously challenge the $390 million amassed by "Furious 7" in the territory, which made it the highest grossing Hollywood movie ever in China.

China has firmly become a key market for Hollywood studios. Currently it's the second largest box office in the world, but it's expected that the country's revenue will surpass that of the United States at some point in 2017 to make it numero uno. Still, that doesn't mean that their audiences actually have good taste. Because several Hollywood blockbusters that were critically savaged and rejected by US audiences have prospered amongst the nation's 1.3 million inhabitants, and we've gathered up the heavy hitters.

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U.S. Box Office Total: $24.3 million

China Box Office Total: $156 million

Rotten Tomato Score: 29%

"Warcraft's" success in China shouldn't come as much of a surprise. While American audiences were nonplussed by its release, the fact that half of "Warcraft's" five million players were based in China meant that it was always going to garner interest. Especially since the majority of these players are aged between 18-35, a demographic that usually has plenty of money to spend especially on such cinematic frivolities. Its release was also timed to coincide with the Dragon Boat Festival, which is a public holiday held in China.

"Transformers: Age Of Extinction"

U.S. Box Office Total: $245 million

China Box Office Total: $320 million

Rotten Tomato Score: 18%

The "Transformers" franchise has always appealed to Chinese audiences. Over the course of four films, its China box office has made up $588.1 million of its $3.7 billion total. With "Age Of Extinction," Paramount firmly aimed the film towards China. Not only did they set the final third of it in the country and Hong Kong (shooting some sequences there but Chicago and Detroit were mostly used as stand-ins, respectively), but Olympic wrestler Zou Shiming, singer and actor Han Geng and Li Bingbing were added to the cast, too. Plus, there was Chinese product placement, most laughably when Mark Wahlbeg tried to use a China Construction Bank ATM in Texas, while the Communist regime's officials are shown to be much more competent than their American counterparts, too.

"Terminator Genisys"

U.S. Box Office Total: $89 million

China Box Office Total: $113 million

Rotten Tomato Score: 26%

Most moviegoers were disappointed with the fourth installment to the "Terminator" franchise, which was released last summer to paltry domestic numbers. However, its international figures, especially in China, still means there is life in the franchise, yet. The appeal of both the "Terminator" brand, as well as the popularity of a returning Arnold Schwarzenegger, were seen as the biggest reasons for "Genisys'" triumph. "Genisys'" receipts were also boosted because it was the first film to be released following China's two-month "blackout period," which sees foreign films banned to assist local releases.

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Here's what Hollywood is saying about the death of 27-year-old 'Star Trek' actor Anton Yelchin


Cast member Anton Yelchin poses during the photo call for the movie

As word spreads of "Star Trek" actor Anton Yelchin's tragic death in a freak car accident on Saturday, celebrities are expressing their sadness and appreciation for the late actor.

"All of us at Paramount join the world in mourning the untimely passing of Antony Yelchin," the movie studio behind the "Star Trek" film franchise told Business Insider via a statement on Sunday.

"As a member of the 'Star Trek' family, he was beloved by so many and he will missed by all. We share our deepest condolences with his mother, father and family," the statement continued.

Friends of Yelchin found the actor dead at his Studio City, California, home early on Sunday morning. He had been pinned between his car and a brick mailbox attached to a security gate.

Law enforcement said that his car's engine was still running and in neutral when the body was found. They don't suspect foul play but are continuing to investigate his death.

In addition to playing Chekov in the "Star Trek" films, Yelchin's credits include the movie "Alpha Dog," and he provided the voice of Clumsy in "The Smurfs" movie franchise. Yelchin also appeared on several television series, including "Taken,""The Practice," and "Huff."

Many notable Hollywood figures who knew him, worked with him, or were fans of the actor expressed their sadness over his loss:

"Star Trek" director JJ Abrams called him "brilliant" in a handwritten note.

Zachary Quinto, who plays Spock, wrote from the heart.

"Star Trek" costar John Cho, who plays Suhu, said he's "in ruins" over the actor's death.

"Star Trek Beyond" director Justin Lin wrote of Yelchin's "passion and enthusiasm."

Levar Burton, who played Geordi on the TV series "Star Trek: The Next Generation" couldn't believe the news. 

 "Two Broke Girls" star Kat Dennings, who starred with Yelchin in the 2007 film "Charlie Bartlett" said the actor was "one of [her] best friends."

 Director Guillermo del Toro cast Yelchin on his upcoming Netflix series, "Trollhunters."

 "Pitch Perfect" star Anna Kendrick called Yelchin's death "unreal."

 Hank Azaria, who played Yechin's father on the TV series "Huff," said he's "devastated."

 Josh Gad, TV actor and star of Broadway hit "The Book of Mormon," called the death "absolutely horrible."

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There’s a dark horse choice for the next James Bond — and it would completely re-energize the franchise


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In the tunnel-vision world of Hollywood casting, there are two main choices being floated around to replace Daniel Craig as the next James Bond. One is Idris Elba and the other is Taylor Swift's alleged boyfriend, Tom Hiddleston.

They would both make good Bonds. Both are suave, can wear the hell out of a suit, are extremely British, and have proven their action movie chops in Marvel movies. Idris Elba would break ground by being the first black actor to have the role. But we can do better.

Here's why we think Emily Blunt should be the next James Bond.

Blunt knows how to bring even cliche characters to life.

Blunt has been stealing scenes since starring in "The Devil Wears Prada" ten years ago. Instead of turning a snobby, spoiled magazine editor assistant into a charicature, she turned her into a deeply sensitive woman possible to sympathize with. The role also established her as an actress who's unimpeachably British and has a caustic sense of humor — traits perfect for Bond.

She steals the show — even when she doesn't have much screen time.

A Bond actor needs to grip viewers for two hours onscreen. Blunt can do that easily. Since "The Devil Wears Prada," she's done a mix of comedies and sci-fi films, shining in everything from a bit role in "The Muppets" to otherwise-forgettable movies like "The Adjustment Bureau." In 2018, she'll headline a "Mary Poppins" remake opposite "Hamilton" star Lin-Manuel Miranda.

After "The Adjustment Bureau," Blunt starred in two more sci-fi movies. The first was "Looper," which didn't do so well at the box office but got great reviews. The next one was a bona-fide hit.

She proved that she can be an action star.

For "Edge of Tomorrow," Tom Cruise was the guy on the movie posters, but Emily Blunt was the real star. He plays a time-travelling warrior guy who needs to stop an alien race from destroying the Earth. She plays a badass warrior who can help him do it. Cruise ocassionally headlines a spy movie franchise himself, but Blunt outshone her.

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The first trailer for Ron Howard's Beatles documentary features exclusive footage of The Fab Four


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With his upcoming authorized documentary, Ron Howard is looking to tell the story that fans don't know about The Beatles.

The first trailer and poster for the feature-length doc "The Beatles: Eight Days a Week — The Touring Years" were released Monday along with a firm date for the film's theatrical release: September 16.

Hulu, as part of its vision to stream exclusive documentaries, will begin streaming "Eight Days a Week" the following day on September 17, making it the first documentary feature to premiere exclusively on Hulu following its theatrical run.

The film was made with the full cooperation of band members Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, as well as John Lennon’s widow Yoko Ono, and George Harrison’s widow Olivia Harrison.

According to Deadline, Howard's documentary uses rare and exclusive footage to trace the band's rise to fame from 1962 to 1966, beginning in the days of gigs at Liverpool’s Cavern Club and going through the band's final concert in 1966 at San Francisco’s Candlestick Park.

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Steven Spielberg's 'Jaws' was released 41 years ago today — watch the original 1975 trailer


Steven Spielberg's box office blockbuster "Jaws" just turned 41 years old. The masterpiece originally hit theaters on June 20, 1975 and immediately changed the Hollywood landscape.

After the film's success, movie studios focused their efforts on creating summer "tentpole" releases, with buzz fueled by expensive marketing campaigns and unconventionally wide theatrical releases.

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Here's everything that is coming to Netflix in July


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It's the second day of summer, and Netflix is celebrating by giving its subscribers all the more reason to stay inside with its release of the upcoming titles that will be available in July.

Netflix originals "BoJack Horseman,""Marco Polo,""Between," and more are returning to the the streaming service this month while Anna Friel's "Marcella," and Winona Ryder's "Stranger Things" will make their debut.

Fans of "Back to the Future" and "Lethal Weapon" can rejoice because all of the films in each series are coming to the streaming service on July 1st.

Old classics such as "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" and "The Sting" can be added to your queue in addition to a more modern classic like "Mean Girls."

Here's the full list of all of the titles coming to Netflix in July. We've highlighted some of our favorites below.

Available 7/1/16

"41 on 41" (2014)

"A Long Way From Home" (2013)

"Back to the Future" (1985)

"Back to the Future Part II" (1989)

"Back to the Future Part III" (1990)

"Bad Boys II" (2003)

"Batman: The Movie" (1966)

"Beavis and Butt-head Do America" (1996)

"Between:" Season 2, Netflix original

"Beverly Hills Cop" (1984)

"Beverly Hills Cop II" (1987)

Back to the Future

"Big Trouble in Little China" (1986)

"Blade 2" (2002)

"By the People: The Election of Barack Obama" (2009)

"Catwoman" (2004)

"Cheaper by the Dozen" (1950)

"Cinderella Man" (2005)

"Conflict" (2015)

"Death Race 2" (2010)

"Death Race 3: Inferno" (2013)

"Deep:" Season 1, Netflix original

"'The Deep' follows the adventures of the Nekton family — a brilliant team of underwater explorers. With state-of-the-art technology and an unquenchable thirst for discovery, the Nektons explore the mysterious depths of the ocean, where most of our world lies unexplored and unexplained."

"Dreamcatcher" (2003)

"Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close" (2011)

"Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" (1953)

"Gladiator" (2000)

"Hello, Dolly!" (1969)

"Hey Arnold! The Movie" (2002)

"Honey" (2003)

"Insomnia" (2002)

"The Italian Job" (2003)

"Jackass: Number Two" (2006)

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

"Jim Jefferies: Freedumb," Netflix original

"Jim Jefferies’ second Netflix special, 'Jim Jefferies: Freedumb' unleashes his signature, unapologetic take on a variety of topics that range from personal stories including how he is coping with fatherhood to political and social commentary about religion, freedom and even Bill Cosby."

"Lalaloopsy Ponies: The Big Show" (2014)

"Lethal Weapon" (1987)

"Lethal Weapon 2" (1989)

"Lethal Weapon 3" (1992)

"Lethal Weapon 4" (1998)

"The Longest Yard" (2005)

"The Lovely Bones" (2009)

"Making the American Man" (2016), Netflix exclusive

"Marcella:" Season 1, Netflix original

"The show delves into the psychology of the troubled detective Marcella (Anna Friel) as she investigates a serial murder case upon returning to duty after a 10-year hiatus."

"Marco Polo:" Season 2, Netflix original

"Mean Girls" (2004)

"Nevada Smith" (1966)

"Nick of Time" (1995)

"The Painted Veil" (2006)

"Pandemic" (2015)

"Phenomenon" (1996)

"Raiders Of The Lost Art:" Season 2

"Rumor Has It" (2005)

Mean Girls

"Scooby-Doo" (2002)

"The Shannara Chronicles:" Season 1

"The Sting" (1973)

"Stomp the Yard: Homecoming" (2010)

"Talhotblond" (2009)

"Terminus" (2016)

"Turner and Hooch" (1989)

"Twisted" (2004)

"Watershed: Exploring A New Water Ethic For The New West" (2012)

"Well Wishes" (2015)

"Working Girl" (1988)

"Yours, Mine and Ours" (2005)

Available 7/4/16

"Kuromukuro:" Season 1, Netflix original

This is Netflix's first simulcast anime series.

Available 7/6/16

"The Big Short" (2015)

Available 7/7/16

"A War" (2015)

"The Armor of Light" (2015)

"Brahman Naman" (2016), Netflix original

"The 1980s-set film revolves around a champion college quiz team who try to win the all-India finals as well as lose their virginity."

"NSU German History X:" Season 1, Netflix original

Brahman Naman

Available 7/8/16

"The Invitation" (2015), Netflix exclusive

"Word Party:" Season 1

Available 7/9/16

"Mustang" (2015)

"Mystery Files:" Season 1

Available 7/10/16

"The Last Kingdom:" Season 1

Available 7/12/16

"Rolling Papers" (2015)

Available 7/14/16

"Gridlocked" (2015), Netflix exclusive

"Magi: The Adventures of Sinbad:" Season 1, Netflix original

"The Magi who became High King of the Seven Seas started as a boy determined to make the world a better place. He begins with a dangerous dungeon."

"Todd Margaret:" Season 3

Available 7/15/16

"The Adventures of Puss in Boots:" Season 3, Netflix original

"Ghostheads" (2016)

"Holidays" (2016), Netflix exclusive

"Rebirth" (2016), Netflix original

"The film’s plot revolves around a white-collar suburban father Kyle (Fran Kranz) who is surprised by his long-lost college friend Zack (Adam Goldbergwho is brimming with excitement over his recently finished self-actualization program called Rebirth. Reluctantly, Kyle goes and stumbles on a bus full of Rebirth participants about to depart. He gets on the bus and thus begins his journey down a rabbit hole of psychodrama, seduction, and violence."

"Stranger Things:" Season 1, Netflix original

"In the series, a young boy vanishes into thin air. As friends, family, and local police search for answers, they are drawn into an extraordinary mystery involving top secret experiments, terrifying supernatural forces, and one very strange little girl. The series, set in Indiana, is a love letter to the ‘80s classics that captivated a generation."

"Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru" (2016), Netflix original

The feature documentary film about internationally renowned life and business strategist Tony Robbins, "goes behind the scene of his mammoth seminar Date with Destiny, attended by over 2,500 people in Boca Raton, Florida each year, to give an insider look at how one man can affect millions. This film captures both the immense effort of producing this live seminar as well as the life changing transformations of the participants in real time." Tony Robbins: I AM NOT YOUR GURU

Available 7/16/16

"Fighting" (2009)

Available 7/19/16

"Liv and Maddie:" Season 3

Available 7/21/16

"Internet Famous" (2016), Netflix exclusive

Available 7/22/16

"BoJack Horseman:" Season 3, Netflix original

"Degrassi: Next Class:" Season 2, Netflix original

Available 7/24/16

"Popples:" Season 3, Netflix original

"The series portrays the optimistic enthusiasm of the comedic pals Bubbles, Sunny, Lulu, Izzy, and Yikes."

Available 7/27/16

"The Wave" (2015)

Available 7/29/16

"Home: Adventures With Tip & Oh:" Season 1, Netflix original

"Picking up where the film 'Home' left off, the show is a coming-of-age comedy that sees human girl Tip and the alien being Oh navigate their crazily combined cultures and having plenty of adventures along the way. The series also will feature original musical numbers."

"Last Chance U" (2016), Netflix original

"Elite athletes in tough life circumstances struggle to keep up the pace on a champion community college football team in this six-part documentary series."

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"LEGO Bionicle: The Journey to One:" Season 2, Netflix original

"Tallulah" (2016), Netflix original

"The film follows Ellen Page as a young drifter who takes a baby from a negligent mother, and Allison Janney as a woman who mistakenly believes she’s the child’s grandmother."

Available 7/30/16

"My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:" Season 6: Part 1

Available 7/31/16

"Hit Record on TV with Joseph Gordon-Levitt:" Season 2

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The first look at the 'Guardians of the Galaxy' sequel features this new character


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Get ready to be hooked on a feeling once again — in about 300 days.

There's quite a bit of time until the sequel to the summer 2014 blockbuster "Guardians of the Galaxy" hits theaters on May 5, 2017, but we now have our first look at what to expect.

The first official concept art for "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" features all the favorites: Star-Lord, Drax, Gamora, Rocket, adorable baby Groot, Yondu, and Nebula. 

There's also a new face. Standing behind Nebula and sporting antennae is Mantis, an affiliate of the Guardians in the Marvel comics. Pom Klementieff, mostly known for Spike Lee's "Oldboy," will star as the new hero, whose powers include communicating telepathically with plants, surviving in space, and transferring herself between plants across interstellar distances or interdimensionally.

Considering much of the action of "Guardians" is set in space, Mantis will probably come in handy. It also wouldn't be surprising to see her take over Groot in a crisis.

In the comics, Mantis is a former Avenger who uses her telepathy to help Star-Lord form the Guardians, though that storyline doesn't seem like it will fit for the sequel.

"She has never really experienced social interaction," executive producer Jonathan Schwartz told Entertainment Weekly. "Everything she learns about dealing with people, she learns from the Guardians of the Galaxy, which is a very weird group to learn your social intricacies from."

Schwartz also hinted that Mantis might not be the only new character, adding that baby Groot isn't going to be the same Groot we knew and loved in the first film.

"He doesn’t have the wisdom and experience of that Groot," he said. "He’s a younger Groot and a more rambunctious Groot. The question is, is he the same Groot, just smaller? Or is he a different Groot that’s sprung up from the seed of the first Groot?"

All we can hope for is that he still loves to dance:

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Everything you need to know about what's happening in the 'Harry Potter' universe right now


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J.K. Rowling's "Harry Potter" universe has come a long way since "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" was released way back in 1997.

Right now, there are ten books, eight movies, and one play — and it's getting even more complicated.

By the end of 2016, we'll have two new books and a movie. There's also been a steady stream of new stories coming out of Pottermore.

To help you out, here's a handy guide to all the material in the Harry Potter universe. The release years are included to give you an idea of how everything unfolded.

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The books:

There are ten books in the Harry Potter series: seven main story arcs, and three shorter, supplementary ones. Here are the main ones, which tell Harry's story:

  1. "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" (1997, published as "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone" in the UK)
  2. "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets" (1998)
  3. "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" (1999)
  4. "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" (2000)
  5. "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" (2003)
  6. "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" (2005)
  7. "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" (2007)

And then there are the three supplementary books. They fill out more of the Harry Potter universe, but they're not, strictly speaking, essential to read for you to understand the story. Rowling actually gave all of their proceeds to charity. Here's what they are:

  1. "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" (2001) — A book written by Rowling under the pseudonym Newt Scamander. In the series itself, the book is a textbook for Harry's Care of Magical Creatures class in his third year at Hogwarts, assigned by Hagrid. The same title is being used for a movie and script written by Rowling, due later this year. We'll talk more about that in a bit.
  2. "Quidditch Through the Ages" (2001) — Also a book written by Rowling, under the pseudonym Kennilworthy Whisp, with a foreword "written" by Albus Dumbledore. The book appears several times in the Harry Potter series proper. It's a history of the magical sport of Quidditch.
  3. "The Tales of Beedle the Bard" (2008) — A story book, annotated by "Dumbledore" (but written by Rowling), of five fairy tale-like short stories by Beedle the Bard, who's kind of like the magical world's Brothers Grimm. The book plays an important role in "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," giving clues to the nature of the three magical "hallows," objects that Harry seems to need to defeat Voldemort.

Those are the ten books that are already released. We know for sure that we're getting two more Harry Potter books later this year. Here they are:

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  1. "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child — Parts One & Two" (July 31, 2016) — A book version of a new play written by Rowling, Jack Thorne, and John Tiffany. The story takes place 19 years after the events of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows." It centers on Harry, Ron, and Hermione, but the actors in the stage version aren't the ones from the movie.
  2. "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay" (November 19, 2016) — The screenplay for the movie "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them," which will be released a day earlier. The story is about Newt Scamander, who's the author of the book with the same title in the original Harry Potter series, getting into trouble in New York. It takes place several decades before the events of the main Harry Potter story.

The movies:

The eight Potter movies that have been released so far are based on the books. There's one for each book, released between 2001 and 2011, with the exception of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," which was split into two movies. "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1" and "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2" were released in 2010 and 2011 respectively.

Next, we'll get a trilogy of "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" movies. The release dates are subject to change, and the two sequels don't have finalized titles yet. There's also a chance we'll get a "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" movie down the road.

  1. "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" (November 18, 2016) — The movie will be about Newt Scamander, a British wizard played by Eddie Redmayne who arrives in New York around the year 1920.
  2. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: Part 2 (2018)
  3. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: Part 3 (2020)

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Complicating the Harry Potter canon even more are the bits and pieces of material Rowling has released over the years. Here's how it breaks down:

Other J.K. Rowling works:

That sums up pretty much everything written by J.K. Rowling in the Harry Potter universe. But if you're a Rowling completist, she's written four non-Potter books worth seeking out.

After "Deathly Hallows," she released "A Casual Vacancy" in 2012. It's a non-magical novel about the politics and relationships of a couple of towns in the English countryside. It was later adapted into a pretty solid miniseries.

Under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith, Rowling is writing the "Cormoran Strike" series, another non-fantasy story. They're about a detective by the same name who solves mysteries and struggles with romance in London.

There are three of those books out right now, published each year between 2013 and 2015: "The Cuckoo's Calling,""The Silkworm," and "Career of Evil." Rowling said she plans to write more Cormoran Strike books than Harry Potter books, but they haven't quite taken hold of the public imagination in the same way.

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The Death Star returns in this amazing new poster for the next 'Star Wars' movie 'Rogue One'


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The Death Star is on the rise — at least in the new "Rogue One" poster.

The newest poster for the standalone "Star Wars" film was released Friday at Star Wars Celebration, an annual official Lucasfilm event celebrating all things "Star Wars."

"Rogue One" is set in between the "Revenge of the Sith" and the events of the original 1977 film, "A New Hope."

It follows a group of Rebels — likely to be led by star Felicity Jones— as they attempt to steal the plans for the Empire's newest weapon, the Death Star. (The premise for the film actually comes from the text of the famous crawl in the beginning of "A New Hope.")

Well, that explains the Death Star's prominent and foreboding presence in the newest promotional poster.

The planet on which the Rebels (left, on the sand) and the stormtroopers (right, in shallow water) are fighting looks unlike any planet the "Star Wars" franchise has taken us. Palm trees aren't exactly something that one has to travel far, far away to find.


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