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9 aliens are joining the 'Guardians of the Galaxy' gang of space outlaws


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At the end of "Guardians of the Galaxy," the the Guardians tricked a roving gang of space outlaws called the Ravagers into taking a decoy version of the Infinity Stone instead of the real one.

So in "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2," the Ravagers are going to come after the Guardians. They're going to want the Infinity Stone, either to use its power themselves or to sell it. And, with Yondu at the helm, they're going to be angry.

The Ravagers will also have at least nine more aliens joining their ranks. Director James Gunn revealed their names and faces on Instagram, and they include luminaries like Scrote, Half-Nut, Wretch, and Gef the Ravager.

We'll find out how each of these guys play into the story when "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" comes on on May 5, 2017.

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The trailer for 'King Arthur: Legend of the Sword' looks like an epic mashup of 'Lord of the Rings' meets 'Game of Thrones'


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San Diego Comic-Con was the impetus for several new movie and TV show trailers that have fans in a tizzy. From Warner Bros. "Justice League" to the latest trailer for Marvel's "Doctor Strange," comic book lovers were spoiled with new movie footage.

But we were blown away by a dark horse in the group of Comic-Con trailer releases — director Guy Ritchie's upcoming "King Arthur: Legend of the Sword," which is set to premiere in 2017.

From the looks of it, "King Arthur" will be a medieval fantasy lore movie that draws creative inspiration from "Game of Thrones,""Mad Max: Fury Road,""Troy," and "Lord of the Rings."

The previous fantasy franchise comparisons come partially from the cast, many of whom have had feature appearances in other epic movies or television shows: Michael McElhatton and Aidan Gillen (who play Roose Bolton and Littlefinger on "Game of Thrones"), Djimon Hounsou ("Gladiator,""Guardians of the Galaxy"), Eric Bana ("Troy"), and Jude Law (who plays Watson in Guy Ritchie's "Sherlock Holmes" franchise) will all star in "King Arthur."

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King Arthur himself will be played by Charlie Hunnam, the actor who brought to life "Pacific Rim" protagonist Raleigh as well as "Sons of Anarchy" leading man Jax Teller. Hunnam's portrayal of Arthur feels reminiscent of Tom Hardy's "Mad Max," complete with a badass coat.

Richie's take on the myth of King Arthur will follow the young destined king as he moves from street vagrant to the man who pulls Excalibur from stone. Arthur will then have to face the evil Vortigern (Jude Law) in order to take his rightful place on the throne.

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The trailer has a chaotic feel to it, a pacing any fan of Ritchie's style will appreciate. With an awesome array of fantastical creatures like tree-people, war elephants, and crazy fire demon bad guys, we can't help but think of the Nazgul in "Lord of the Rings" and the Children of the Forest from "Game of Thrones."

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"King Arthur: Legend of the Sword" seems like a hyper-stylized action flick that will be an absolute blast to watch in theaters. Whether the storytelling lives up to "Mad Max" or "Game of Thrones" is unclear, but we're excited either way. 

Watch the full trailer from Warner Bros. below.

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This toy makes us think the Joker may be dressing up as Batman in 'Suicide Squad'


Warner Bros. and DC's upcoming "Suicide Squad" movie was everywhere at Comic-Con from a huge fan lounge sponsored by Samsung to costumes from the film on the convention floor. 

There were also a lot of toys and one in particular caught my attention as I made my way through the floor. 

Check this thing out:


It's a "Suicide Squad" Joker-themed Batman and it looks insane.



The suit is completely defaced. The Joker's name is over the Bat logo and his gun shoots out a flag that reads "God's Only Child." Fans will recognize that as one of the Joker's many tattoos.

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Belle’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’ gown was supposed to look totally different


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Belle's distinctive gold ball gown in "Beauty and the Beast" might be one of the most famous dresses in movie history.

But it was originally supposed to be another color entirely: Pink.

At a 25th anniversary celebration this weekend at San Diego Comic-Con, the filmmakers discussed what might have been.

"Marketing wanted everything pink and lavender, because that’s what every girl likes," art director Brian McEntee said, according to Variety.

Instead, director Chris Sanders came up with the idea to make her dress gold, which he thought would make her look less typical. It would also be a bigger break from another famous dress: Princess Aurora's pink one in "Sleeping Beauty."

Twenty-five years later, Belle's gold dress is still as famous and distinctive as Sanders wanted it to be.

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Jeff Bridges told us some big hints about who he'll play in the 'Kingsman' sequel


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Following the success of the 2014 spy movie "Kingsman: The Secret Service," based on the popular comic-book series by Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons, excitement has been building for the sequel, "Kingsman: The Golden Circle," which comes to theaters June 2017. 

Taron Egerton and Mark Strong are returning as the British spies who saved the world in the original, and it seems Colin Firth, who died in the last movie, may be coming back for the sequel, too.

Though there isn't much out there yet about what will happen in the sequel, new cast addition Jeff Bridges did give Business Insider a little clue about who he'll be playing when we recently talked to him for his next movie, "Hell or High Water" (opening August 12).

"I'm playing the head of the organization called Statesman, which is the United States version of Kingsman," said Bridges, who added that he's finished filming on the project. "I'm like how Michael Caine was in the original."

In "Kingsman: The Secret Service," Egerton's Gary "Eggsy" Unwin character is recruited by Harry Hart (Firth) into the secret spy organization Kingsman, just as a global threat by a tech genius (Samuel L. Jackson) is launched. The Kingsman organization is all but destroyed, including the death (supposedly) of Hart and Kingsman leader Arthur (Caine).

The sequel has Eggsy and Merlin (Strong) joining forces with Statesman to protect the world.

With Bridges playing the leader of Statesman, I expect an entertaining character who will certainly show Eggsy and Merlin a different, more American style in how the spy game is played.

Halle Berry, Julianne Moore, and Channing Tatum are also coming onboard for the sequel.

"Kingsman: The Secret Service" earned over $414 million at the worldwide box office. 

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Sigourney Weaver is working on a new 'Alien' movie and it sounds amazing


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It's been over three decades since Sigourney Weaver gave us one of the most memorable characters in sci-fi with Ripley in "Alien," and she's not through with the character yet.

At this year's San Diego Comic-Con, which celebrated the 30th anniversary of the sequel "Aliens" with a panel discussion that included all the principals, Weaver touched on the "Alien" project "District 9" director Neill Blomkamp is working on.

“[Neill and I] started chatting about how the series left Ripley,” Weaver said. “I had not wanted to do a fifth one. I just didn’t want [the film to take place on] Earth—I thought going to Earth was a little boring. We started just talking about it, and four months later, I got a script that was so amazing, and gives the fans everything they’re looking for. [And it] innovates, in a lot of ways. He has [other movies] to do, I have [other movies] to do, and I’m hoping when we finish those jobs, we’ll circle back and start to do it.”

So it sounds like you shouldn't expect a Ripley-focused "Alien" movie in the near future, but the director behind the franchise, Ridley Scott, will fill that void until then.

He's currently putting the final touches on "Alien: Covenant," which is the sequel to "Prometheus," and opens in theaters next summer.

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Harrison Ford's 'Star Wars' accident 'could have killed' him, according to court case


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It's possible that Harrison Ford could have been killed when a hydraulic door from the Millennium Falcon landed on the actor on the set of "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" in June 2014, a court in the UK heard on Tuesday.

Foodles Productions Ltd., a subsidiary of Disney, pleaded guilty to two criminal charges in the case surrounding the accident, in which Ford suffered a broken leg, according to The Guardian.

But Andrew Marshall, the prosecutor in the case, painted a more grim picture of what could have happened.

"It could have killed somebody," Marshall said in court, referring to the hydraulic door that landed on then 71-year-old Ford. "The fact that it didn't was because an emergency stop was activated."

A health and safety executive told the court that the weight of the Millennium Falcon door is similar to that of a small car.

Foodles is due to be sentenced on August 22. According to The Guardian, a spokeswoman said that the company had cooperated fully with the investigation.

"The safety of our cast and crew was always a top priority throughout the production," she said.

Joonas Suotamo, who was one of the Chewbacca doubles on "The Force Awakens,"told Business Insider earlier this year that he was standing behind Ford when the door landed on him.

"That was a horrible day," Suotamo said. "I immediately tried to lift it, but it wouldn't even move. It was stopped by an emergency button, but none of us knew that. We were all freaking out. But [Ford] was great, he wanted everyone to not worry about him."

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An all-star comedy cast throws an insane party in the 'Office Christmas Party' trailer


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Yeah, we know it's the middle of summer, but it's time to show you the mother of all holiday parties that's coming to theaters December 9.

"Office Christmas Party" has wrangled an all-star cast that includes Jason Bateman, T.J. Miller, Jennifer Aniston, Olivia Munn, Kate McKinnon, Courtney B. Vance, and Rob Corddry (to name a few), for this comedy that looks to pull out all the stops of everything you could think of at an office party (if human resources didn't exist).

Watch the trailer below:

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'Harry Potter' filmmakers spent 6 months designing this one movie scene


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Near the beginning of "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince," Harry, Ron, and Hermione visit Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes, a magical joke shop opened by Ron's brothers Fred and George.

It's a fantastic scene, with magical toys whizzing and banging through the air. Fred and George Weasley opened the store after dropping out of Hogwarts, and they poured all of their creativity and energy into it, making everything from Anti Gravity Hats to Self-propelling Custard Pies.

But while everything is described or named in the books, it's much more complicated to make it appear in the movie. It essentially requires designing an entire line of items from scratch. Graphic design firm MinaLima was tasked with making everything in Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes.

"It was a bit of a dream, really, to have six months to design a load of crazy packaging," Minaphora Mina, the co-founder of MinaLima, told INSIDER.

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Even though the store had just a couple of minutes of screen time, the designers at MinaLima had to design everything in the store, and make sure it had a plausible backstory. Everything in the shop had to look like it was manufactured and sold by the Weasley twins. Just as with the Marauder's Map, they had to put themselves in the heads of the characters who would design the objects. They figured the Weasleys wanted to sell a lot of products and probably weren't good designers, so they made everything look "vulgar and contradictory" with flashy colors and printing techniques.

"They’re teenagers, teenage boys whose mission was to sell as much stuff as possible," Mina said. "Also it was a huge sense of humor. Everything about those two is about humor."

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Here's a guide to all the different magic wands in 'Harry Potter'


In the world of "Harry Potter," wands are what makes magic happen.

It's what lets wizards and witches cast spells, and it can form an attachment with a person over their lives. As Garrick Ollivander, the famous wandmaker, told Harry at the beginning of "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone": "The wand chooses the wizard, Mr. Potter. It's not always clear why."

HalloweenCostumes.com put together a nifty infographic of all of the most important wands in the "Harry Potter" series, based on how they're described by J.K. Rowling in the books and elsewhere. It's not to scale. Check it out:

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The best movies and TV shows coming to Amazon, iTunes, Hulu, and more in August


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With much of the US suffering through a heat wave, this is the best time to crank up the AC and watch movies and TV shows on your favorite streaming devices.

The latest additions coming in August include Disney's "The Jungle Book," the original "Cloverfield,""Bachelor in Paradise," and season six of "Game of Thrones."

Here's the complete list. We've highlighted some of our top picks you shouldn't miss in bold.

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Available August 2

"The Angry Birds Movie"
"The Huntsman: Winter's War"

Available August 9

"The Nice Guys"
"A Hologram for the King"

Available August 16

"Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping"
"Money Monster"
"Love & Friendship"

Available August 23

"The Jungle Book"
"Now You See Me 2"
"A Bigger Splash"
"De Palma"

Amazon Prime

Available August 1

"Inside Llewyn Davis"
"A Clockwork Orange"
"Maxed Out"
"Approaching the Unknown"
"The Eclipse"
"The Others" (2001)
"The Piano"
"Foot Fist Way"
"How She Move"
"Coffee and Cigarettes"
"Game of Thrones" (Season 6)
"A Good Woman"
"House of Lies" (Season 5)
"Joe the King"
"Marathon Man"
"Shattered" (2007)
"Six Shooter"
"Spices III"
"Tales from the Darkside: The Movie"
"Wicker Park"
"The Matrix"
"The Matrix Reloaded"
"The Matrix Revolutions"
"Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles"
"Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2"
"Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 3"
"You’ve Got Mail"

Available August 2

"The Huntsman: Winter’s War"

Available August 3

"Teen Mom Vol. 15"

Available August 4

"Celebrity Food Fight" (Season 1)

Available August 5

"The Grim Adventures of Bill & Mandy" (Season 6)

Available August 8

"Be Somebody" (2016)
"The World’s Fastest Indian"
"Ong Bak – The Thai Warrior"
"Odd Squad Movie"

Available August 9

"A Hologram for the King"
"The Phenom"

Available August 10

"Shaun the Sheep"
"American Ultra"

Available August 11

"Catfish: The TV Show"
"Investigation" (Season 1)
"Michael Ian Black: Noted Expert"
"No Country for Old Men"
"Truth About Murder" (Season 1)

Available August 12

"Mission: Impossible- Rogue Nation"
"Very Good Girls"

Available August 16

"Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood" (Season 3)

Available August 20

"Strange Wilderness"

Available August 22

"The Hunter"

Available August 23

"House of Lies" (Seasons 4 and 5)
"The Jungle Book" (2016)
"She’s Funny That Way"

Available August 24

"Blue Ruin"
"Ink Master" (Season 8)

Available August 25

"Elvis & Nixon" (Amazon Original)

Available August 26

"The Kicks"

Available August 29

"The Strain" (Season 3)
"13 Assassins"


Available August 1

"You’re The Worst" (Complete Season 2)
"A Good Woman"
"The Accused"
"Beavis and Butt-Head Do America"
"The Best Man"
"Beverly Hills Cop"
"Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey"
"Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure"
"Black Hawk Down"
"The Care Bears Movie"
"Chasing Amy"
"Coffee and Cigarettes"
"Death Do Us Part"
"Disturbing Behavior"
"Dr. Strange"
"Erotic Getaway"
"Foot Fist Way"
"Frank and Jesse"
"The Hills Have Eyes"
"How She Move"
"Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back"
"Joe the King"
"Kicking and Screaming"
"Lars and the Real Girl"
"Legally Blonde"
"Legally Blonde 2: Red, White and Blonde"
"Lenny Cooke"
"The Limey"
"Little Odessa"
"Marathon Man"
"Permanent Midnight"
"Phat Beach"
"Planet Hulk"
"Pope of Greenwich Village"
"The Puffy Chair"
"Robocop 2"
"Robocop 3"
"Runaway Bride"
"The Silence of the Lambs"
"Six Shooter"
"Species 2"
"Species 3"
"Split Decisions"
"Stake Land"
"Tales From the Darkside"
"The Invincible Iron Man"
"Thor: Tales of Asgard"
"Trees Lounge"
"Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married?"
"Ultimate Avengers"
"Ultimate Avengers 2"
"The Usual Suspects"
"The Virgin Suicides"
"Wicker Park"
"Wonder Boys"

Available August 2

"Running Wild with Bear Grylls" (Season 3 premiere)
"Avalon High"
"Cloud 9"

Available August 3

"Bachelor in Paradise" (Season 3 premiere)
"Adam Devine’s House Party" (Season 3)

Available August 11

"American Ultra"
"Michael Ian Black: Noted Expert"

Available August 12

"Casino Royale"
"Ghost Rider"
"Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation"
"Rocky Balboa"

Available August 13

"The Gift"

Available August 15

"Bastard Executioner"

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A robot wrote the 'perfect' horror film — and could save the movie industry


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Robots are smart enough to write now, which means it's only a matter of time before I'll lose my job. But for now, I might soon be able to enjoy "Impossible Things," the first feature-length movie written with artificial intelligence.

A company called Greenlight Essentials made an artificially intelligent robot that analyzes audience response data and writes stories based on what it thinks people will like.

With some help by the humans who made the AI, it wrote "Impossible Things,"a horror movie about a family who moves to the middle of nowhere and start hearing creepy things around the house. The trailer gives a pretty good idea of the tone.

Now that they have a screenplay and a trailer, Greenlight Essentials wants to make a full-blown movie. They started a Kickstarter campaign to raise the $22,843 more they need.

The greater promise of the AI behind "Impossible Things" is that it'll save the movie industry. 

Greenlight Essentials says the AI can look at screenplays and, based on the box office results of other movies, figure out if that screenplay will be profitable if its filmed as a movie.

According to the company, 87% of films in the box office fail to break even, a claim I couldn't corroborate anywhere. Jack Zhang, the founder and CEO of Greenlight Essentials, told INSIDER he got to it by comparing the production budget and box office revenue of films. However, studios tend to obscure the profits for individual films beyond just box office performance. They generate revenue by selling films to international distributors, by putting them on video-on-demand services like Netflix, by selling them on DVD, and with various merchandising opportunities.

Greenlight's 87% figure doesn't take any of that into account.

Big studios already use data models to predict box office performance, of course.

They're famously wary about spending tons of money on expensive products that don't have a proven track record. That's why they make so many sequels. 

Furthermore, large-scale data-driven screenplays have been tried as well, and it famously torpedoed Relativity Film into bankruptcy. So there are reasons to be wary.

Zhang, to his credit, takes the destruction of Relativity very seriously. He wrote a post explaining the problems with how they ran their models and draws a distinction between them and Greenlight's artificial intelligence software: "All models are wrong, but some are useful, and that is the logic behind Greenlight Essentials’ software: to be useful. We do not make any assumptions to build models or simulate risks; rather, we only use real-world real data points to draw real conclusions."

Those conclusions mean taking fewer risks. The trailer for "Impossible Things" doesn't look like anything we haven't seen before. If the AI is able to write new screenplays based on data from successful movies, then the movies it writes will look like ones that already exist.

The real use for the AI will be for independent filmmakers.

Indie filmmakers don't have teams of data analysts at their disposal to figure out if a movie will make money, like big studios do. For a big studio, using this system just makes an already risk-averse company even more risk-averse.

For an independent project, having a computer program you can buy to help out changes the game. Plus, it'll actually help you write your movie instead of just telling you what works and what doesn't.

Most of the Kickstarter rewards for "Impossible Things" are the usual — DVDs, T-shirts, posters — but once you donate about $800, you'll get six months of access to the AI software that made "Impossible Things." Then you can have it make your own screenplay.


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All the new magical creatures we spotted in the latest 'Fantastic Beasts' trailer


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

So, obviously, the movie version of Newt's adventures is sure to include said magical creatures. But what kinds? The "Harry Potter" films have already brought house elves, giants, and dragons to the big screen. But "Fantastic Beasts" will likely have more portable critters — and the latest trailer revealed at San Diego Comic-Con gave us a look at some more creatures from the film.

First up, we see that there is a house elf seemingly working at the US version of the Ministry of Magic, the Magical Congress of the United States of America (MACUSA). He seems to have a wand in his hand, and we'd guess that he's working as a wand cleaner for government employees, similar to a shoe shiner's stand found in Muggle office buildings. 

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Wizards and witches in America also seem to be on better terms with Goblins, perhaps. Here, Newt Scamander and Porpentina Goldstein (Katherine Waterston), the MACUSA witch helping him round up some of his escaped critters, grab a drink at a local speakeasy. A well-dressed Goblin is in the foreground.

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Another well-dressed Goblin is also in the scene:

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Aside from humanoid characters, there's this little monkey. It looks like a Demiguise, an ape-like creature with silvery hair and great big black eyes. It's hair is spun into Invisibility Cloaks, like the one Potter owns.

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We also saw this huge beast, which looks like a cross between a snake and a serpent. If we had to guess, Tech Insider identifies it as an Occamy, a "plumed, two-legged winged creature with a serpentine body." It can reach up to 15 feet long and is very aggressive, especially over its silver eggs.

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Is that what No-Maj — that's the term for "Muggle" in America — Jacob Kowalski (Dan Fogler) could be holding?

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Speaking of Jacob, he gets himself in a fair bit of trouble with whatever this is:

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We think it might be a Nogtail, which resembles "a stunted piglet with long legs, thick stubby tails, and narrow black eyes." It just jumps out right at him:

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There are also lots of things that fly. We have this huge winged white bird, which is a ThunderbirdWe know it as one of the houses of Ilvermorny, the American wizarding school, from Pottermore. It creates thunderstorms as it flies.

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There's also this little blue bug, which hangs in the air above Porpentina's head. It's probably a Billywig, which is "around half an inch long and a vivid sapphire blue [... with] wings attached to the top of its head." They're typically native to Australia, according to our handy "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" textbook.

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We got a better look at this strange, bird-like creature, which is also known as a Swooping Evil.

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In a previous trailer, Newt seemed to throw a tiny blue ball into the air that turned into the winged creature, almost like a butterfly from a cocoon. In this new trailer, the bird swoops down and shrinks into Newt's hand:

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And then there's this huge monster, which seems to be the source of our protagonists' woes. While it could be a beast that we've seen from the trailer, it's more likely that this is some new creature that we'll find out about over the course of the movie.

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Someone in the trailer describes the destructive beast to auror Graves (Colin Farrell) as: "It was like a, like a ghost. I saw its eyes — shining white eyes — and it dove down underground."

In this shot, you can almost see those great big white eyes and two huge wings if you look closely:

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But what its powers are remain totally unclear. 

In a past trailer, fans also got a look at a Niffler. Just look at this little fella!

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

He's probably the little guy trying to break out of Newt Scamander's briefcase to begin with:

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We'll just have to wait until "Fantastic Beasts" comes to theaters November 18 to know for sure. In the meantime, read up on other creatures we hope to see in the film.

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There's a convincing 'Star Wars' theory about Rey's Dark Side heritage



After "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," fans were left with a host of mysteries to ponder until the next film. Chief among them was Rey's heritage. Now, a very convincing new fan theory suggests a surprising bloodline.

Various parts of this theory have been floating around, but YouTuber Vincent Vendetta put all the clues together in a 12-minute-long video that presents the case that Rey is the granddaughter of... Emperor Palpatine. 

Yep, the main villain of the first two "Star Wars" trilogies. Here's his case.

According to this theory, Rey is a descendant of Emperor Palpatine, one of the most powerful Sith of all time. Luke Skywalker knew this when he took her in to train her at his new Jedi academy at a very young age, but deserted her on Jakku for her (and the galaxy's) safety when the evil Snoke began to turn Kylo Ren to the Dark Side.

Thematically, this theory makes a lot of sense. It would be an incredibly boring and obvious "twist" if Rey was just Luke Skywalker's daughter (and the video actually makes a compelling case why she isn't), but having Palpatine in her family tree is both surprising and relevant — her history matters. 

Plus, that way there's a great bit of thematic mirroring from the original trilogy (and even the prequels). Whereas before it was a Skywalker on the Light Side facing a Palpatine on the Dark Side, now the roles would be inverted. 

There's evidence that Rey and Palpatine are connected within the film too:

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Rey's fighting style is very, very similar to Palpatine's.

The two perform a lot of the same moves, including a repeated thrusting attack that nobody else in all the "Star Wars" movies is seen doing. The side-by-side is quite convincing, if subtle, and when combined with other bits of evidence the resemblance is even more striking. 

We see Rey dabble with the Dark Side.

On a couple occasions — like her first experience firing a blaster — Rey gets angry in a familiar way. It's like when Luke unleashes his inner rage against Darth Vader in "Return of the Jedi." Rey could be connecting with the Dark Side (and in the process, her roots). The script for "The Force Awakens" explicitly says that Rey debates killing Kylo Ren during their duel, but stops herself because she is on "the edge of the dark side." 

The script for "The Force Awakens" explicitly says that Rey debates killing Kylo Ren during their duel, but stops herself because she is on "the edge of the dark side." The official novelization reveals that an "unidentifiable" voice in her head urged her to "kill him." The specter of Palpatine, perhaps?

Rey has a British accent, just like Palpatine. 

This is a minor connection, but the theory does note that John Boyega, the actor who plays Finn, also has a natural British accent, but he adopted an American one for the film while Rey did not. 

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Both Kylo Ren and Luke Skywalker appear to know her already. 

Kylo Renn seems very, very keen on finding "the girl," and seems to know quite a bit about her latent Force abilities. Luke knows her for sure — both the script and novelization make it clear that he knows who she is when she turns up at the end of the movie. His look is one of caring and fear, perhaps because he knows that his attempts to hide a Palpatine from the possible influence of the Dark Side have failed. 

Rey hears Palpatine in her Force dream

It's somewhat distorted, but it's there. Parts of the dream also strengthen the idea that Kylo Renn knows her.

Really, you should watch the whole video to get the full story. Yes, 12 minutes is a long time, but trust us — it's worth it, and chances are you'll be a believer by the end. 

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These iconic 'Star Wars' characters will definitely not show up in 'Rogue One'


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The first-ever standalone "Star Wars" movie, "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story," has dealt with a lot of rumors. From the reported reshoots, supposedly to make it less of a "war movie," to how close exactly the movie is to the start of "Star Wars: A New Hope" (is it 10 minutes before? longer?).

But what we now know for sure is that two characters will not be in the movie.

Rumors have swirled around the internet that Anakin Skywalker will show up in the movie, alongside the young Han Solo (who will be played in a future spin-off movie by Alden Ehrenreich). 

But "Rogue One" director Gareth Edwards and Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy recently addressed both rumors and said that neither character will be in the movie.

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Though footage at Star Wars Celebration showed that Darth Vader will appear in "Rogue One," the standalone will primarily feature new characters in the "Star Wars" universe. So it's nice to get confirmation that the movie isn't plugging in too many familiar faces. 

"Rogue One" opens in theaters December 16.

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Here's how the first movie about what it's like to be a woman on Wall Street got made


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The financial world has been explored on the big screen from Gordon Gekko's greed in "Wall Street" to the housing market bust in "The Big Short," but a movie has never looked at this cutthroat world from a female perspective — until now.

For over two years, the movie "Equity" was the passion project of actresses Alysia Reiner (Natalie Figueroa in "Orange Is the New Black") and Sarah Megan Thomas, who — along with screenwriter Amy Fox — spent time embedded with females who work on Wall Street to capture the challenges they face through a compelling feature drama.

The project grabbed the attention of director Meera Menon and "Breaking Bad" star Anna Gunn, who signed on to play the film's lead, senior investment banker Naomi Bishop.

"I just wanted to know more about this world and this woman," Gunn told Business Insider about why she took on the role.

Menon felt the same way, as she was drawn in by the perspective of women working in a male-dominated work world.

"What really hooked me was Naomi's speech in the beginning about why she does what she does is because she likes money," Menon told Business Insider. "I wanted to understand who she was."

The film follows Naomi as, recently denied a promotion, she attempts to one-up her male colleagues by taking the IPO for the newest social-media platform that's taking the world by storm.

With only five months before cameras started rolling, Menon and Gunn worked on their prep. For Menon, it was creating, on an independent film budget, a world of high finance and luxuries that major players in the business live on.

Gunn not only talked to the people who confided in Reiner and Thomas — who also star in the movie — but she also found insight after taking a tour inside Goldman Sachs.

She admits that she was very keen to the fact that there were very few women there, but the ones she did meet helped greatly.

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"We all had dinner that night, and in that less formal setting I got to do my detective work in terms of watching everyone and taking pieces of them all for Naomi," said Gunn.

Menon and Gunn said that they couldn't help but take some of the experiences from their own lives working in the male-dominant movie business and put it in the film.

"It's that feeling of scarcity and wanting more," said Gunn, comparing the lack of opportunities for women on Wall Street and the lack of roles for women in the movie business.

"The attitude of working 10 times harder to get half as far," Menon added. "The constant fight for relevance that I don't think men experience as acutely."

This is highlighted in a scene in "Equity," where Naomi, while frantic on the day her IPO opens on the market, finds that while having a snack with her team, the chocolate-chip cookie she's given has less chocolate chips than the cookies her male counterparts received. This makes her goes ballistic.

The scene is funny, but is also a social commentary on equal rights in the workplace that hasn't been lost on audiences. At the film's screening at the Tribeca Film Festival, many of the women in the audience cheered loudly during the scene.

"That's a story [Reiner and Thomas] was told of a real encounter that took place on the trading floor," said Menon.

"It was a scene that made us laugh in rehearsal, but we never realized the impact it would have with audiences," said Gunn.

Sony Pictures Classics bought the film at this year's Sundance Film Festival and will release it on July 29. As word of mouth begins to grow for the film, Gunn hopes that there's not just an empowerment female audiences get from the movie, but also an understanding that in a position of authority "likability" is not a necessity.

She said:

That's one thing I'm proud this movie is exploring, the whole concept of being likable. I remember a lot of the women saying that, too, when I did research, "There's a fine line to walk." Hopefully, that question of whether a woman in a leadership role is likable or not will cease to be such a thing and it will be about the person's talents and character and their goals. It's something that I feel men don't have to necessarily deal with.

"Equity" opens in theaters on Friday.

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The firehouse from 'Ghostbusters' is getting a $6 million renovation


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In the beloved 1984 film, the Ghostbusters move to a dusty firehouse that becomes their headquarters. But one member of the trio isn't so sure about the space. 

"I think this building should be condemned," Dr. Egon Spengler (played by Harold Ramis) says to Dr. Peter Venkman (played by Bill Murray). "There's serious metal fatigue in all lower bearing members. The wiring is sub-standard. It's completely inadequate for our power needs, and the neighborhood is like a demilitarized zone."

Now, the real New York City firehouse used in the film is undergoing the renovation that Spengler said their home base desperately needed.

Totaling $6 million, the project includes updates to the electrical and plumbing systems, kitchen, bathroom, locker room, offices, and roof, according to NYC's Department of Design and Construction. The renovation team is also working to restore the building's facade.


Fire Station Hook and Ladder Company No. 8 was built in 1903 and designed by Alexander H. Stevens, the FDNY Superintendent of Buildings at the time.

The three-story structure was the first in a series of Beaux-Arts style firehouses, characterized by flat roofs, arched windows, and impressionistic sculptures on the facades.

The two "Ghostbusters" logos painted on the sidewalk in front of the building were, of course, added later. 


During the construction, which is expected to finish in 2017, the fire company that normally uses the space is working out of a firehouse in Soho, north of the iconic Tribeca location.


As noted by The Guardian, some of upgrades in the renovation are meant to accommodate women who work at the firehouse — a women's bathroom and locker room will be added.

The new all-female Ghostbusters film sparked some controversy after fans of the original voiced criticism of the reboot, but at least the firehouse from the movie is becoming more welcoming to its real-life female employees.

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The directors of 'Catfish' and 'Nerve' reveal how to make it in Hollywood without going to film school


Filmmakers Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman broke into the movie industry with their 2010 documentary "Catfish," which was so bizarre and unsettling that many refused to believe that it was actually real.

After directing two successful entries in the "Paranormal Activity" franchise, the filmmakers chose to adapt the young-adult novel "Nerve" as their next project.

Joost and Schulman dropped by Business Insider to talk about their new movie and offer advice for aspiring filmmakers wondering what steps they should take toward achieving their dream.

"Nerve" opens in theaters on Wednesday.

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The 10 best Matt Damon roles that aren't Jason Bourne


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Amongst his many leading-man roles, it’s telling that the first performance that always jumps to mind when I’m asked about Matt Damon is a small cameo. Amongst the drawn out visions of the life of the radical Cuban militant Che Guevara in Steven Soderbergh’s astonishing four-hour-long "Che," Damon appears in the second movement of the film, for a moment, as a German priest attempting to strike piece between Benicio Del Toro’s Che and the Bolivians. Considering that Del Toro is the biggest name in the film otherwise, Damon’s appearance comes to signal something unexpected in a film that is, in its way, a consideration of the fight to get a personal film made and distributed in the modern marketplace. In the story, Damon was the comely, reasonable voice of peace, a symbol of compromise in a film about resisting compromise in the hopes of making something that is truly yours.

And as an actor, Damon has come to represent a career about compromise. Big-budget, left-leaning blockbusters figure into Damon’s oeuvre equally as much as smaller, more intimate projects that touch on personal political issues for the vocal movie star. Before "Jason Bourne," his last two films were "The Martian" and "Interstellar," two science fiction epics with humongous budgets and plenty of star power alongside him, but before that, he lent his talents to both Terry Gilliam’s bizarre "The Zero Theorem" and Gus Van Sant’s quite excellent "Promised Land" while also playing a whippersnapper in George Clooney’s deeply dull "The Monuments Men" and an unlikely action hero in "Elysium."

Few major actors feel such a pressing need to work with artists both big and small, flush with cash and scraping by; his friend and writing partner Ben Affleck certainly hasn’t felt that need for awhile. There are plenty of benefits to this work philosophy for Damon, who has only indulged in auteur-led franchises like "Bourne" and "Ocean’s Eleven" thus far, but one is that he’s played a myriad of character types in a vast array of films that range from genre workouts to eyes-on-the-Oscar-prize dramas to grippingly personal true-life biopics.

On the eve of "Jason Bourne’s" release, I thought I’d gather up his best work thus far that hasn’t been under director Paul Greengrass (or Doug Liman) in the Bourne films.

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One thing that has become glaringly clear over the years since "Good Will Hunting" came out is that Matt Damon is one hilarious motherf----- when he wants to be. His work with Jimmy Kimmel on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!"has often been uproarious, and his sarcasm in "The Martian" made for a handful of memorable deliveries, but these are largely done without emotional stakes, which great comedy requires. To see him truly throw himself into the world of a fool, one need look no further than this inexplicably ignored gem from Steven Soderbergh, in which Damon plays a dimwitted, overtly willing corporate spy tied to the corn industry. It’s difficult to summarize just how staggeringly funny this movie is, but its even harder to convey just how devastating Damon’s portrayal of Mark Whitacre is at the end of Soderbergh’s film. There’s a rueful undercurrent to the film that carries a venomous view of corporate criminals, but Damon’s performance strikes at a painful kind of ambition – the wanting to do some good in the world while also benefitting from the very worst of society at large.


Full disclosure: I love Clint Eastwood as a director. As a performer, he’s hit and miss but as a director, he calls upon a recollection of old Hollywood that informs his aesthetic and pacing but has a long history of disrupting that classicism in his choice of story and his visible attention to personal details. Invictus is a perfect example of how he makes run-of-the-mill real-life material into something far more distinct and intimate, turning the story of the South-African rugby champions into a master class in political maneuvering and intellectual showmanship. Here, Damon plays rugby team leader Francois Pienaar, who is asked to win the Rugby World Championship by South Africa’s newly appointed president, Nelson Mandela, played with surpassing gravitas and unexpected humor by the inimitable Morgan Freeman.

Freeman’s Mandela, like Eastwood, knows that the world understands wins in entertainment and athletic talent over political urgency, and sees the Rugby game as a way to signal that he is a good leader and that South Africa is worthy of worldwide consideration after the scarring horrors of Apartheid. So, Pienaar becomes the vision of national pride and white hope for Mandela, and it’s to Damon’s credit that he both nails the accent and gives the character notes in delivery and gesticulation that suggest a pensive, active inner life. Damon’s interactions with Freeman are wonderfully wandering in trajectory, evoking a sense of two resourceful, well-known men getting to know one another, and of a political leader crafting his still-malleable image.


I had to limit my Soderbergh-Damon pairings to two – "Behind the Candelabra" and "Ocean’s Eleven" lost out here. "Contagion" should have been the movie that put Soderbergh back up at "Ocean’s Eleven" level but, alas, it was not. The director’s vision of a fast-killing, flu-like disease spreading in America in the days of social media and camera phones doesn’t necessarily center on Damon but he remains the anomaly: The Man Who Can’t Get Sick. He keeps his life and a sizable portion of his sanity while people at the CDC can’t say the same. Damon’s performance could be dismissed as an everyman caricature but he gives such feeling to the character, with small, smart moments: the way his face cheers up when he sees his daughter at the hospital, that devastating “What happened to her?” line, the way he looks at the photos of his late wife (Gwyneth Paltrow). The film is a fair, unsparing take on what the next extinction event would likely look like, if not by bomb or comet, and in Damon we see the practical man left to wonder about what happened, and how everyone else reacted when things got truly dire.

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The 'Jason Bourne' writer tells us if we'll ever see the character again


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In 2007, the people who gave life to the Jason Bourne movie franchise walked away. Matt Damon, director Paul Greengrass, and editor Christopher Rouse left “The Bourne Ultimatum” thinking they successfully brought Robert Ludlum’s famous character from the books to the screen.

But the movie business wasn’t through with Bourne.

After the 2012 Jeremy Renner-starring spin-off “The Bourne Legacy” exceeded box-office expectations with $276.1 million worldwide, its studio Universal thought about how it could get Damon and Greengrass back to Bourne.

What the studio didn’t know was Rouse and Greengrass were kicking around a story idea that would fit perfectly into the Bourne world.

“Paul and I talked about writing something for a long, long time,” Rouse, who won an Oscar for editing “Ultimatum,” recently told Business Insider. “The technological revolution and surveillance, all those things seemed to dovetail into a narrative that would make sense for a guy who at the heart is a character trying to look for answers in a complex and conflicted world.”

Greengrass wasn’t completely sold on plugging their ideas into the Bourne franchise, but two years ago he, along with Damon and producer Frank Marshall, encouraged Rouse to start working on a script.

Though Rouse had never had a screenwriting credit, he wasn’t intimidated by the task. Having penned unproduced scripts in the past, Rouse also grew up around the art his whole life, as his father is Oscar-winning screenwriter Russell Rouse

Rouse also finds similarities between screenwriting and editing.

“The two processes have always felt hand and glove to me," he said. "It became far less of a thing than I thought it would be because I was trying to imagine how Chris the editor would react to Chris the writer."

Christopher Rouse David Muchan GettyA few months into writing, he convinced Greengrass thanks to a plot that combined Bourne's thirst for truth with events that mirrored recent national security issues like the Edward Snowden leaks and social unrest in places like Egypt.

Greengrass jumped onboard and agreed to make another Bourne movie, with Damon returning in the lead.

“Jason Bourne” follows Bourne, fully knowing who he is since the last Damon-led movie, as he's pulled back into a cat-and-mouse game with the CIA when he learns about his family.

Rouse and Greengrass spent over a year on the script. Rouse said the two vetted every aspect of the story. There was little rewriting on set, a major plus for a production that spans from Athens to the Vegas strip.

But Rouse wasn't done with the project after writing was complete. He also edited the movie.

"The footage that came in the door, I had to put a critical eye on it, because I knew I felt a certain way about it while it was on the page," he said.

An editor’s strength is providing vicious truths about the footage and how it works for the story. He or she often has to cut ideas the screenwriter and director originally had (know in the business as “killing your darlings”) for the betterment of the movie.

But Rouse says it wasn't a hard transition from screenwriter to editor. He feels his knowledge of the material gave him a more instinctive reaction to cutting it, though the fresh eyes of additional editor Mark Fitzgerald helped.

"You always want to be told the truth" in the edit room, Rouse said. "And you want to be told that truth early on."

Now that Rouse finally has a writing credit under his belt, he and Greengrass are already thinking about working together again. But it won't be on a Bourne movie — at least, any time soon.

"Never say never," Rouse said, "but it's time to rest and go off and explore other creative territory and then we'll see what happens down the road."

"Jason Bourne” opens in theaters on Friday.

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