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The first reviews of 'Suicide Squad' are here, and people hate it

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The first reviews for the upcoming "Suicide Squad" film — out this weekend — are in, and most critics say that the movie neither lives up to its ubiquitous hype nor its sprawling premise.

The film, which David Ayer ("End of Watch") wrote and directed, features an all-star cast of DC Comics villains — starring Will Smith as Deadshot, Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, and Jared Leto as The Joker — but critics generally aren't pleased with the way the ensemble picture turned out.

Read some of the film's scathing reviews and biggest gripes below:

SEE ALSO: REVIEW: 'Suicide Squad' doesn't live up to the hype

Putting the film's star power aside, several critics criticized the "Squad" conceit itself, suggesting that the film's concept of a group of villains working together either makes no sense or doesn't deliver.



"It hardly matters who the 'Suicide Squad' is fighting or why. These supervillains just don't feel like they belong in the same zip code as DC's gritty urban antiheroes, let alone the same movie," The Daily Beast said.

Source: The Daily Beast



"Unfortunately, the result resembles a sports dream team whose combined efforts don't nearly measure up to the talents of its individual players," according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter



See the rest of the story at Business Insider

How the 'Suicide Squad' cast looks compared to the comic-book characters

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"Suicide Squad" is finally here.

After a massive marketing rollout and tons of fan-generated hype, the early word is not great on the DC Comics movie with an all-star cast.

But that won't stop stampedes from seeing it when it comes out this weekend. "Squad" is looking at a historic box-office launch.

So what and who do you need to know?

Based on the comic-book series of the same name, the Suicide Squad is a team of supervillains recruited to go on missions that have almost no odds of survival. They're suicide missions, hence the name. The team is made up of almost a dozen unique villains, but many have never appeared in a DC film before.

Here's what you need to know about each member of the team.

SEE ALSO: The 15 worst movie sequels ever, ranked

Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) creates the Suicide Squad.

Amanda "The Wall" Waller forms the Suicide Squad and acts as its leader. Because the squad members are all officially serving life sentences in maximum-security prison, she works hard to maintain their cover during missions.

In the comics, she keeps the squad in check by implanting bombs in their necks and threatening to detonate them if they step out of line. But Waller's greatest weapons are her mind games. She keeps encyclopedic knowledge of each member's weaknesses and uses them to keep the squad members under control. She wants her team to succeed, but never lets them forget they're all expendable.



Deadshot (Will Smith) is a sniper and master gunman.

Real name Floyd Lawton, Deadshot is a master assassin and gunslinger. In addition to his sniper rifle, he can fire bullets from his gauntlets and laser monocle.

In the comics, he joins the squad in the hopes of clearing off a life sentence so he can reconnect with his adopted daughter. He also starts an on and off again fling with Harley Quinn. Interestingly, Batman is the one who put Deadshot in prison after foiling an assassination attempt in Gotham City. We know Ben Affleck's Batman will appear in "Suicide Squad," so perhaps he'll be a part of Deadshot's story.



Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), the Joker's main squeeze, will appear on film for the first time.

Described in the comics as a "psychoanalyst turned psycho," Harleen Quinzel was once a brilliant psychologist. But she fell in love with her most disturbed patient, The Joker, and soon after took on the persona of "Harley Quinn."

In the comics, Harley is among the most feared of the squad members because she's unpredictable and uncontrollable. She's a surprisingly strong martial artist and Deadshot develops something of a soft spot for her. This is the on-screen debut for the character, and we'll get to see her life as Dr. Harleen Quinzel, attempting to treat the Joker, and as Harley Quinn, the giggling supervillain and squad member.



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Here's the biggest problem with 'Suicide Squad,' and how it could've been fixed

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Joker Suicide Squad Clay Enos 2 Warner Bros final 2Warning: “Suicide Squad” spoilers ahead.

The Joker is not just one of the best comic-book characters ever created. He also happens to be box-office gold.

Jack Nicholson’s Joker helped pave the way for the success of "The Dark Knight." I will never forget seeing Tim Burton's "Batman" in theaters in 1989 and the audience clapping when Nicholson said his famous line, “Wait ‘til they get a load of me.” He was a villain you rooted for.

Heath Ledger turned the character into a horrific madman in “The Dark Knight” in 2008, which led to him winning an Oscar. His death put an even darker cloud over the whole film, but its legacy lasts.

Jared Leto is the latest, and though he’s quite impressive as the Clown Prince of Crime, I wish the DC Comics bigwigs didn’t unveil him in “Suicide Squad.”

The much-anticipated movie about a group of bad guys who are brought together “The Dirty Dozen”-style to save the world (opening in theaters on Friday) has gotten a few negative reviews, as you may have noticed. The biggest problem I have is that the filmmakers tried to jam too much into the movie, including a Joker subplot.

In fact, shoehorning the Joker into the movie feels so forced, I was upset every time he showed up on the screen. I didn't know that was possible.

It doesn't help that almost every Joker scene in the movie has already been shown in the trailers and TV spots.

A little background: The Joker is not actually part of the Suicide Squad. He is, though, the main squeeze of squad member Harley Quinn (played perfectly by Margot Robbie). Since Quinn has been caught by Batman (Ben Affleck) and taken to a maximum-security prison, the Joker has been trying to get her back. The formation of the Suicide Squad gives him his chance to nab her.

Joker Suicide Squad Clay Enos Warner BrosSo while writer-director David Ayer has to juggle the storylines of seven characters that make up the squad, he also has to plug in the Joker/Quinn relationship and the Joker freeing her. It’s completely out of place and not needed for a movie that’s mostly about bad guys finding a common ground.

And this is nothing against Jared Leto’s Joker. He’s perfect for the role and I want to see more of him. But it would have been much better for the story if we never saw the Joker and he were only mentioned by name. If Quinn had mentioned the Joker once or twice, I would have have gotten goosebumps. Building on his already sky-high persona, and then revealing him in the next standalone Batman movie, would have been incredible.

Leto's Joker is a wasted opportunity, used in a movie where there's so much else happening.

Now I know much of the decision here is based on pure business motive. Would you be as excited about “Suicide Squad” if the Joker weren't in it?

The character is iconic and completely works on the screen. Jared Leto couldn't have been a better actor to carry the torch. But the worst thing in an ensemble movie is a character who seems utterly out of place, and that’s what the Joker is in “Suicide Squad.”

SEE ALSO: The 15 worst movie sequels ever, ranked

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It takes an insane amount of work to look like the cast of 'Suicide Squad' — here's how we did it

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If you want to assemble a "task force of the most dangerous people on the planet"— who you think can do some good — you're going to need an air compressor, a steady hand, and infinite bottles of hair dye.

That's what my colleague Kirsten Acuna and I recently learned when professional makeup artists fixed us up like the characters of the new "Suicide Squad" movie, which arrives in theaters August 5.

Samsung invited Tech Insider to its "Suicide Squad" installation at San Diego Comic-Con, where Kirsten and I experienced the makeover montage of our dreams. Here's how it went.

Rest assured, Jared Leto does not roll out of bed looking like The Joker. At least, we hope not.



And it takes a lot of work to turn Margot Robbie into her crazed character, Harley Quinn.



We headed to the "Suicide Squad" installation at Comic-Con, where professional makeup artists were hard at work, to find out what it takes to become a member of the most dastardly gang of villains.

First, we had to decide which characters to become.



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Fans seriously want to shut down Rotten Tomatoes for 'unfair' reviews of 'Suicide Squad'

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With a current rating of 33% on Rotten Tomatoes, "Suicide Squad" looks like it won't be the rebound DC Comics and Warner Bros. were hoping for following the reaction to their last superhero movie, "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice."

And though it's likely the movie will have a huge opening this weekend that breaks the record for biggest August opening ever (currently held by "Guardians of the Galaxy" with $94.3 million), some fans still don't want the negativity from critics infecting their experience.

A petition to shut down the review aggregation site Rotten Tomatoes has been created on Change.org. While the petition creator acknowledges that it has no power to actually shut down the site, over 11,000 supporters have signed it as of Wednesday morning. And many of them are quite earnest in their effort.

The petition states:

"We need this site to be shut down because It's Critics always give The DC Extended Universe movies unjust Bad Reviews, Like

1- Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice 2016

2- Suicide Squad 2016



and that Affects people's opinion even if it's a really great movies"

Comments taking the mission to heart include:

“Thanks for starting this campaign, we are with you…”

“Is there a way to completely shut them ????”

"they give unfair reviews all the time, bias at most times"

 

SEE ALSO: 'Suicide Squad' star Jai Courtney gets honest about reshoots and being 'jaded as f---'

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When the next Harry Potter spin-off movie after 'Fantastic Beasts' is coming

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While the release of its "Suicide Squad" gets some negative critical reaction, Warner Bros. is eagerly moving to conversation to its future franchise.

The studio announced that the sequel to "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them," the Harry Potter spin-off movie that is out November 18 this year, will hit theaters on November 16, 2018, according to CNN.

The sequel is not yet titled, and while you may think it's odd to announce a release date for a sequel when the first movie isn't out yet, that is the way things are in the current studio environment. 

Original Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling wrote the screenplay for "Fantastic Beasts" and will do the same for the next movie.

"Fantastic Beasts," starring Oscar-winning English actor Eddie Redmayne as a wizarding writer, is a prequel of sorts to the Harry Potter series.

The original Harry Potter movies brought in about $8 billion at the global box office for WB, so you can see why the studio is eager to get more out of them.

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The making of 'Suicide Squad' was even more chaotic than anyone realized

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The making of "Suicide Squad" was as unfocused and disjointed as the movie turned out to be.

In a behind-the-scenes look at the production, The Hollywood Reporter reveals that major decisions about the tone and structure were made by the movie's studio Warner Bros. in response to the negative reaction to WB's previous superhero movie, "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice."

This included the studio hiring the company Trailer Park, which was behind the popular "Suicide Squad" trailers, to cut a version of the full movie while director David Ayer was cutting his own version. 

"Kevin was really pissed about damage to the brand," a source told THR, referring to Warner Bros. chief Kevin Tsujihara's response to negative "Batman v Superman" press.

In May, Ayer's more "somber version," as THR calls it, and the studio's "lighter" version were screened to test audiences in Northern California. The studio's version with more characters introduced earlier in the movie and dazzling graphics won out, though Ayer was cooperative with the process, according to THR.

This is just the latest example of a blockbuster movie that seemed to have a lack of focus. 

david ayer suicide squad warner brosAyer only had six weeks to write the script in order to stay on production schedule for the planned release date. And there were reshoots to give the movie the more fun tone that couldn't be accomplished by the Trailer Park edit.

"Suicide Squad" star Jai Courtney told Business Insider that the reshoot stories were overblown, however.

"The rumors around us having to inject levity into it and all this s---," Courtney said. "It was silly because the movie already had all that."

Though he did admit that the ending was redone.

"We were just doing stuff with Enchantress," he said. "We did things that introduced stuff earlier that they wanted to get rid of basically. Changing her ability to engage with the squad, they enhanced that interaction. It was normal. It was strengthening the ending. The original [ending] we shot was dope, it was just adding to it, not doing an alternative."

Reshoots are fairly common on large-budget films, but regardless of what was added after principal photography, it looked to have taken a toll on Ayer. He was directing his first tentpole. In June, he fired his longtime agent at CAA, though the agency won him back a day later. 

"He was under a lot — a lot — of pressure," a source told THR.

Ayer has stayed positive in public. He took part in the film's press junket and responded to the negative reviews with these tweets:

SEE ALSO: The first reviews of "Suicide Squad" are here, and people hate it

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Jared Leto tried to outdo Heath Ledger's Joker in 'Suicide Squad' — and failed spectacularly

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"Suicide Squad's" biggest challenge — and biggest promise — was the Joker. Heath Ledger made an indelible mark on the role in "The Dark Knight," so when Oscar-winner Jared Leto signed up for the job, expectations were high. Could he stand out from Ledger's shadow?

The answer is no. No, he doesn't.

Warner Bros.'s advertising campaign went hard to sell Leto's performance. Leto — in character as the Joker — sent his co-stars gifts of used condoms, dead pigs, and anal beads. He was featured prominently in the trailers. It was supposed to be a transformational performance.

And I was ready for it. I'm a longtime Jared Leto fan. I'm one of those people who really liked "Fight Club" when I was a teenager, I listened to his band 30 Seconds to Mars all the time, and I love him in "American Psycho." I even sought out his obscure, weird movies like "Mr. Nobody," one of the most criminally under-seen movies of the last decade. When he won an Oscar for "Dallas Buyers Club," I saw it as a vindication for an actor who's otherwise unappreciated in many movies.

Leto was just bad in "Suicide Squad." The Joker is an over-the-top character. When Jack Nicholson played him in 1989's "Batman," he brought his cold voice and untethered, larger-than-life spirit to the role. Heath Ledger transformed into an anarchic, barely human murderous psychopath. Leto's version is as a gangster who has a clown makeup fetish. He doesn't have any dastardly plans or even does anything particularly clever. He's just a really angry dude who probably regrets his tattoos.

This is partially the movie's fault. The Joker was shoehorned into the plot. He could be completely excised from the film, Terrence Malick-style, without too much trouble.

But Leto also just isn't a very good Joker. His gangster shtick isn't nearly as interesting as Nicholson's and Ledger's takes on the character. He tried to pick up Ledger's slippery way of speaking but just ended up sounding like he was imitating a snake. And then there's that ridiculous evil laugh, which sounded like he was hiccuping in slow motion

Other parts were just bizarre and pointless, even for the Joker. In a scene where he's waiting to hear news from Harley Quinn, his girlfriend, he hangs out in his office with a bunch of knives and guns pointing at him. Why? Because it makes him look evil to anyone who has a bird's-eye view of his office space?

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Speaking of Harley Quinn, her relationship with the Joker isn't as charming or subversive as the trailers made it seem  it's just creepy. He brainwashes her and makes her his girlfriend. She went from accomplished doctor to insane stripper. Maybe in the comics it's handled better, in a less rape-y fashion. But in "Suicide Squad," Harley Quinn is far from a feminist supervillain — and that's the Joker's fault.

SEE ALSO: The first reviews of 'Suicide Squad' are here, and people hate it

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The next 'Star Wars' movie has brought in a new director to handle reshoots

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The latest news from the next "Star Wars" movie is that there's a new person heading the reshoots.

Writer-director Tony Gilroy is taking a supervising role on "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" and overseeing the edit of the recently wrapped five-week reshoots, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Gilroy has written several "Bourne" movies and has directed "The Bourne Legacy" and "Michael Clayton." He was also an uncredited writer on "Rogue One."

According to the THR story, Gilroy and "Rogue One" director Gareth Edwards are collaborating on the edit, though one of the main reasons Gilroy was called on was to refine the ending of the film.

In late May, news broke that Disney executives were "not happy" with an early cut of the movie and ordered reshoots. Then a month later at Star Wars Celebration, Edwards tried to play down the reshoots, saying that they were always planned

However, what Edwards may not have planned was the entrance of someone else managing the reshoots.

This isn't the first time Gilroy has taken on this kind of role. He took over the reins on "The Bourne Identity" from director Doug Liman when he and producer Frank Marshall were feuding over the completion of the movie.

"Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" opens in theaters December 16. 

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'Suicide Squad' is a big disappointment and a waste of a lot of potential

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After trailers of varying quality and lengthy reshoots, DC's latest entry into its cinematic universe is a major disappointment. It's unfortunate, because it had a lot going for it. 

In the movie, a government agency recruits a rag-tag team of supervillains for a special operation in exchange for reduced jail sentences. This is an interesting premise off the bat, as a lot of recent superhero movies both never allow you to root for the villains and also have trouble creating strong villains. Now, the villains are the main characters.

And yet, "Suicide Squad" is a giant waste of its potential.

It has great characters, but doesn't know what to do with them.

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Something the movie can't be faulted for is its cast. Will Smith reminds you why he became a movie star in the first place with his performance as Deadshot. Jai Courtney, who's never been a major standout, gets in a few big laughs as the unpredictable and over-the-top Boomerang.

Perhaps the two most hyped characters are the most disappointing, though.

Jared Leto plays The Joker almost as a parody of the great villain.  And Margot Robbie, one of the best talents working in Hollywood today, is misused. Director David Ayer turns what could have been the villain of the year into a walking catchphrase machine. You can tell that Robbie has bigger ideas for the character that the movie isn't smart enough to service.

After spending much of the beginning of the movie going long and introducing some major characters, it throws a few new members into the squad, and gives them no depth whatsoever. 

Trying to balance this many characters is hard, but after "Captain America: Civil War" did it so well earlier this summer, nobody else has an excuse anymore.

It has multiple competing visions that can't make a complete movie.

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Earlier in 2016, "Suicide Squad"went through reshoots. According to The Hollywood Reporter, a darker version from Ayer and a lighter studio-approved version were both tested. Instead of picking a side, they decided to mash both of these into one movie and it made watching "Suicide Squad" a confusing experience.

In the few moments where you see the villains bond with each other, there's an extremely confusing plot involving the worst CGI supervillain creations since "The Amazing Spider-Man 2." 

Because all of the promising moments are left up as part of a messy whole, it makes "Suicide Squad" more disappointing. It's not an outright disaster the way "Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice" was. You can feel all the potential being wasted. I'm not mad, but I am very, very disappointed.

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Will Smith reveals he's talked with Obama about playing the president in a movie

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will smith barack obamaWill Smith is busier than ever this week ahead of the long-awaited release of "Suicide Squad," the hyped-to-the-max David Ayer film that you've likely heard a thing or two about. After keeping things light on Jimmy Fallon's "Tonight Show" earlier this week when discussing his son Jaden's 18th birthday trickery, Will stopped by "The Late Show" to chat with Stephen Colbert about his political ambitions and his take on the nation's most pressing issues.

"I was thinking about it but, you know, I watched Obama for the last 8 years [and] that's a hard job," Smith told Colbert of his initial urge to go presidential back in 2008, when he first met the former "Colbert Report" host. "I definitely have had the itching. I have lots of views and ideas and sometimes I hear people say things on television and I just want to run against them. Just straight at 'em and knock 'em over. But I think it's not where my greatest gifts are."

However, that doesn't mean we should rule out Will Smith playing President Barack Obama at some point. "We've talked about it a couple times," Smith said, referencing a conversation he had with Obama about the part. "He said the one thing that's for sure is I have the ears to play him."

The conversation then turned to racism, an issue that has become a prominent fixture on the Democratic side of this year's presidential election in light of the efforts of activist groups such as Black Lives Matter. "I always look at these things in terms of a marriage, you know?" Smith said. "I've done my 10,000 hours of marriage counseling. So Jada and I have worked really hard to develop a successful relationship. So I always look at things in terms of relationships, so when I think about race relations in this country now, there's a thing that happens before things are cleaned up."

According to Smith, this "darkness before the dawn" could be a sign of hope for future generations. "When I hear people say that it's worse than it's ever been, I disagree completely," he told Colbert. "It's clearly not worse than it was in the '60s. And it's certainly not as bad as it was in the 1860s. We are talking about race in this country more clearly and openly than we have almost ever in the history of this country. It's on the table. Racism is not getting worse, it's getting filmed."

Watch the rest of Will Smith's "Late Show" appearance below, including a quick take on the DJ Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince classic "Summertime" and another revelatory round of Colbert's popular "Big Questions With Even Bigger Stars" segment:

 

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Here's everything on Netflix in August that you need to see

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Netflix released a list of movies and TV shows coming to its streaming subscription service in August. From franchise classics like "The Fast and The Furious" featuring Paul Walker and Vin Diesel, to original series such as Baz Luhrmann's "The Get Down," the month will be dotted with exciting releases. 

One movie in particular we're excited for is the French stop-animation film "The Little Prince"— a cinematic retelling of the iconic children's novel by the same name.

Keep reading to see the full list of shows and movies you can expect to see on Netflix this month (our picks in bold).

Available 8/1/16

The American Side (2016)
An Inconvenient Truth (2006)
APEX: The Story of the Hypercar (2016)
Beethoven's Christmas Adventure (2011)
Big Daddy (1999)
Black Widow (1987)
Critical Condition (1987)
Deadfall (2012)
Destination: Team USA (2016)
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The Family Man (2000)
The Fast and the Furious (2001)
The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006)
Final Destination 3 (2006)
From the Terrace (1960)
Holding the Man (2015) — NETFLIX EXCLUSIVE
How To Win The US Presidency (2016)
In the Shadow of the Moon (2007)
ISIS: Women Unveiled (2016)
Masha and the Bear: Season 2 — NETFLIX EXCLUSIVE
Memoria (2015)
The Naked Prey (1966)
NCIS: Season 13
Pay It Forward (2000)
The Real Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003)
Roseanne Collection: Collection 3
Sleepy Hollow (1999)
Sliding Doors (1998)
Star Trek: Nemesis (2002)
Teacher's Pet (1958)
The Verdict (1982)
The Wedding Planner (2001)
What Women Want (2000)
Young@Heart (2007)
Zack and Miri Make a Porno (2008)

Available 8/3/16

Beat Bugs: Season 1 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL

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Available 8/5/16

David Cross: Making America Great Again (2016) — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Ever After High: Epic Winter — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
The Little Prince (2016) — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Punk's Dead: SLC Punk 2 (2016)
Slow TV: National Firewood Evening (2016)
Slow TV: National Firewood Morning (2016)
Slow TV: National Firewood Night (2016)
Slow TV: National Knitting Evening (2016)
Slow TV: National Knitting Morning (2016)
Slow TV: National Knitting Night (2016)
Slow TV: Northern Passage (2016)
Slow TV: Northern Railway (2016)
Slow TV: Salmon Fishing (2016)
Slow TV: The Telemark Canal (2016)
Slow TV: Train Ride Bergen to Oslo (2016)

Available 8/6/16

The Confirmation (2016)

Available 8/9/16

Real Husbands of Hollywood: Season 4
TRex (2015)

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Available 8/10/16

St. Vincent (2014)

Available 8/11/16

Flight of the Butterflies (2012)
No Country for Old Men (2007)

Available 8/12/16

Ask the StoryBots: Season 1 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
The Get Down: Part 1 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Project Mc²: Season 2 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Available 8/13/16

13 Cameras (2016)

Available 8/15/16

Louis CK: Live at the Comedy Store (2015)

Available 8/16/16

Let's Go to Prison (2006)
Our Last Tango (2015)

Available 8/17/16

The Curse of Sleeping Beauty (2016)
The Last Heist (2016)
Puffin Rock: Season 2 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Available 8/19/16

Bottersnikes and Gumbles: Season 1 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Fearless: Season 1 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
I'll Sleep When I'm Dead — NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Available 8/21/16

Maz Jobrani: I'm Not a Terrorist, But I've Played One On TV (2015)

Available 8/22/16

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: The Seventeenth Year

Available 8/23/16

Septembers of Shiraz (2015)

Blue is the Warmest Color

Available 8/25/16

The Road (2009)

Available 8/26/16

Blue Is the Warmest Color (2013)
Dawn of the Croods: Season 2 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Glitter Force: Season 2 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Jeff Foxworthy and Larry the Cable Guy: We’ve Been Thinking… — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Once Upon a Time: Season 5
XOXO (2016) — NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Available 8/27/16

Rams (2015)

Available 8/29/16

The State of Marriage (2015)

Available 8/31/16

Ku'damm 56: Season 1

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Here’s our first look at a new ship in the next ‘Star Wars’ movie

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The original "Star Wars" movies had the famed X-wing fighter, and now we're getting the U-Wing.

The U-Wing is used by the Alliance, the good guys in the "Star Wars" universe. It'll show up in "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story," the spinoff film about stealing the plans for the Death Star, coming out this December.

Disney teased the ship's design on their "Star Wars"-themed webshow, which featured Weird Al Yankovic for whatever reason. Check it out in all of its U-shaped glory:

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Here's what the cast of 'Suicide Squad' looks like in real life

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The highly anticipated "Suicide Squad" will finally be out in theaters on August 5.

A standout element of the film, about supervillains recruited to go on nearly impossible government missions, is its impressive cast, whose members blend so well into their respective roles that you may not even recognize some of the actors. Some are stars (Will Smith) while others may finally become household names (Margot Robbie) after the film's release.

Check out what the cast of "Suicide Squad" looks like in real life.

Will Smith plays expert marksman Deadshot.



Does he really need an introduction? Smith shaved his head for the film, but grew his hair back in time to take selfies with his loyal fans.



Jai Courtney plays Captain Boomerang, who, as his name suggests, is a boomerang master.



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The director of 'Selma' just did something no other black woman in Hollywood has ever done

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With her new movie, Disney's "A Wrinkle in Time" starring Oprah Winfrey, director Ava DuVernay ("Selma") is now the the first black woman to direct a $100 million-budgeted live-action movie. 

The milestone became public when the film, which is a fantasy adventure based on the novel by Madeleine L'Engle, appeared on a list of movies that will receive California tax incentives that Deadline posted.

DuVernay confirmed the news with a pair of tweets on Wednesday:

Clearly, DuVernay thinks it's a problem that a person is just now breaking this barrier.

DuVernay enters a very short list of female directors who have been given the reins for a big-budget movie. 

Kathryn Bigelow did it for 2002's Harrison Ford-starring submarine drama "K-19: The Widowmaker" and Patty Jenkins ("Monster") is directed the upcoming "Wonder Woman" movie. That's it!

The next DuVernay film to hit theaters will be "The 13th" (out October 7 from Netflix), a documentary that looks at the US prison system and how it relates to the nation's history of racial inequality.  

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Michael Bay's Benghazi movie has a massive sales spike as Republicans attack Hillary Clinton

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Though Michael Bay's movie about the deadly 2012 attack on the US Embassy in Libya, "13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi," only took in a disappointing $69.4 million worldwide in theaters (the movie had a $50 million budget), it's getting a second life on home video. And it might have Donald Trump to thank.

Since it became available digitally in May and via Blu-ray/DVD on June 7, the film has taken in more than $40 million in sales, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

That's a huge number for a movie of this size that seemed to have a small audience when it was in theaters. (According to THR, the sales breakdown is: digital purchases around $7.1 million, digital and physical rentals $20.2 million, and $13.5 million for Blu-ray and DVD sales.)

The election season may be at play here.

The vocal criticism of then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for what's seen as a slow response to the attack has not died down. In fact, we heard it throughout the primaries, and Trump has regularly touched on it at his rallies, getting an intense response from his supporters.

And at the Republican National Convention, two of the movie's subjects, Mark Geist and John Tiegen, criticized Clinton for not doing her job.

However, it should be said that the film's studio, Paramount, told THR that the film is selling well across the country, not just in states that are leaning toward Trump.

The movie takes a very apolitical stance, never mentioning Clinton by name.

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The breakout star of 'Ghostbusters' explains why she refuses to use social media

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She's been on "Saturday Night Live" for years, but Kate McKinnon finally broke into the public consciousness with her wily turn as Dr. Jillian Holtzmann in "Ghostbusters" this summer.

Unlike other celebrities, McKinnon doesn't leverage herself with social media. Neither do her fellow Ghostbusters Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig (Leslie Jones tweets). McKinnon says it's because she wants to show off her characters to the world, not herself.

"Even when Facebook came out and I was in college, I found myself never putting anything on it,"McKinnon told The New York Times. "It just feels unnatural to me to broadcast anything other than the character I’ve created."

Previously, McKinnon told The Hollywood Reporter last year that she doesn't intend to join any social media platforms, and that she sends emails and texts to only "about five people."

"I don’t want to put anything out there that could misrepresent my feelings,"she said. "If I had Instagram, it would be pictures of my son, who is a cat. That’s mostly what’s going on with me."

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Jonah Hill says the secret to great acting is watching a movie 20 times

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In case you need reminding, Jonah Hill has two Oscar nominations. He's worked with Martin Scorsese ("The Wolf of Wall Street"), Quentin Tarantino ("Django Unchained"), and the Coen brothers ("Hail, Caesar!"). He is, in other words, an incredibly talented actor as well as a generally hilarious person.

Hill's next role is in "War Dogs," as Efraim Diveroli, a Miami Beach bro who somehow gets a contract to sell hundreds of millions of dollars worth of arms to the United States (it's based on a true story). The New York Times Magazine asked Hill his secret to being a great actor.

"I watch things over and over again," Hill said. He picks movies by great directors — like Paul Thomas Anderson, Francis Ford Coppola, and Spike Jonze — and watches them 20 times. Hill immerses himself in the movies and watches them at a high volume "because he has bad hearing from listening to live music as a youth without taking the proper precautions" and "until he is able to forget that he is watching a movie."

The strategy has taught him to be picky about the roles he chooses. He picks roles based on the director more than the script: "I’ve had scripts that were not even complete, and the director was amazing, and I ended up being proud of the movie," Hill said.

This strategy means that Hill has worked with some of the best directors alive, but it can also explain some of his flops. Right after his Oscar-nominated role in "Moneyball," he starred in "The Sitter," a comedy that's sitting at 21% on Rotten Tomatoes. Its director was David Gordon Green, who made acclaimed indie films like "George Washington" and "Undertow."

But things are looking up for Hill. According to the Times, he's planning to direct his first movie next year — one that he wrote himself.

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Here's how much 'Suicide Squad' needs to make at the box office to be successful

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The good news for Warner Bros.’ latest DC Comics movie, “Suicide Squad,” is that it will make a lot of money its opening weekend.

It'll likely grab $100 million-plus in the debut (it might be as high as $140 million), which would be a record breaker for August. The current record holder is “Guardians of the Galaxy,” with $94.3 million.

But what happens after this weekend will decide if it succeeds, and if we go by what happened to the previous DC movie, “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” the squad is on shaky ground.

“Batman v Superman” had the highest opening weekend ever for a March release when it took in $166 million in 4,242 theaters, but in its second weekend (adding 14 more screens) it nose-dived, with only $51.3 million. That’s a 69.1% drop in sales.

In an era when film criticism is questioned often, media (plus word of mouth) led to “Batman v Superman” taking in only $872.6 million worldwide.

That would be an astounding figure for most movies, but not enough to consider this hulking blockbuster a success.

“Suicide Squad” is in the same boat. After this weekend, it’s likely to take a dive in sales following a bashing by critics. (It currently has a 29% ranking on Rotten Tomatoes.) But it doesn’t have the lofty goals “BvS” had.

deadpoolFocusing here on a ragtag group of bad guys who aren’t as iconic to audiences as Batman and Superman, Warner Bros. is looking for the kind of success fellow fringe comic-book character Deadpool had in February, when the movie became that month’s biggest all-time opening with $132.4 million.

“Suicide Squad” can match that kind of success. Warner Bros. is opening the film domestically on 4,200 screens (380 in IMAX, which means a more expensive ticket price), while 20th Century Fox released “Deadpool” on 3,558 screens.

But, again, it’s the long game that’s the question mark.

The word of mouth for “Deadpool” was beyond what anyone at Fox expected, and it led to the movie earning $782.5 million worldwide. It's the third-highest-grossing movie domestically this year ($363 million). That's basically unheard of for an R-rated movie.

With “Suicide Squad” rated PG-13, it means there’s more opportunity for larger audiences than “Deadpool” had (added to it appearing on more screens). But that theory only works if the word of mouth is as good, and sadly, that won’t be the case for “Squad.”

"Squad" also comes with a higher price tag, at $175 million, than "Deadpool" ($58 million).

So Warner Bros. is now in the same predicament it was in with “BvS,” trying to muscle as much money as it can out of “Suicide Squad” so as not to have egg on its face for a second time.

If “Squad” hits at least $800 million worldwide, it will be considered a success.

However, industry insiders I've spoken to since this story originally ran tell me even at around $750 million the movie can make a profit, following merchandise and home video/streaming sales.

One silver lining is that "Squad" is already outpacing"Deadpool" and even "Guardians of the Galaxy" in the overseas markets — at least for now.

But with two films from its DC Comics cinematic universe being slaughtered by critics, Warner Bros. may have more to worry about going forward than box-office projections. Reputation, after all, still matters.

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20 Marvel superheroes who deserve their own movies

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Even with over 60 live action films and TV series based on Marvel characters available for public consumption it’s hard to believe how many heroes still haven’t gotten their chance in the spotlight. Some of the most popular Marvel heroes still haven’t appeared on the big or small screen outside of animated form. The reasons for this are wide and varied.

The still tangled web of different property rights is a major reason. Many of your favorite mutants are controlled by 20th Century Fox who is finally just beginning to explore the X-Men universe. Other characters are caught in a weird limbo of rights between Sony Pictures, who still controls the "Spider-Man" franchise, Fox and Marvel Studios. For instance, both Fox and Marvel had the right to use Quicksilver who turned up in two different movie incarnations within weeks of each other. It sort of worked and it sort of didn’t.

Also, unlike DC that is more than OK with duplicating characters on the big and small screen, Marvel is creating one gigantic interconnecting universe. That means shows like "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." and "Daredevil" can’t create their own versions of known Avengers characters without fans assuming that’s the definitive Black Knight or Moon Knight (more on them later) for all of Marvel. And, frankly, there may just be too many popular Avengers members and international heroes for Marvel to deal with when you have that particular strategy.

Keeping that in mind, here are 20 Marvel heroes most fans are still hoping to eventually see kicking ass in some form or another (assuming the powers at be can find the time to give them a home).

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Nova

First appearance: "Nova #1," Sept. 1976

Real identity: Richard Ryder

Lowdown: Sure, the Nova Corps are alive and well in the "Guardians of the Galaxy" movie franchise, but the greatest Nova of them all, Richard Ryder, hasn’t stepped hd his moment yet (at least not that we know of). Ryder has an Avenger connection as a one-time member and has saved the Marvel comic book universe on his own more than once. Every kid wanted his super powers growing up (Flying through space! a constant force field! Energy blasters!) and he’s also that Marvel relatable twentysomething that’s now missing from the big screen back to being a Spider-Man a goofy teenager again.

Best Chance: Baring a surprise cameo in "Guardians Vol. 2," the best hope for Ryder is to debut in a space-themed future Marvel Studios endeavor such as "Avengers: Infinity War," a fourth "Thor" film or – and this seems the most likely – "Captain Marvel."

Note: Another hero took the mantle of Nova over the past decade, the undeniably adorable Sam Alexander. It would be great for Marvel to bring a hero with real Hispanic heritage such as Sam into the mix, but he may just be too similar in personality to the new Spidey to work at this time.



She-Hulk

First appearance: "Savage She-Hulk #1"

Real identity: Jennifer Walters

Lowdown: One of Marvel’s most powerful heroes, Bruce Banner’s cousin is a Hulk in control of her own body (there’s no Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde issue here) with a keen intelligence and sharp wit. Marvel figured out the best way to exploit the character by focusing on Walters background as a defense lawyer, but since her debut three decades ago She-Hulk has been a key member of the Avengers, the Fantastic Four and The Defenders. The fact Marvel Studios hasn’t found a way to introduce a hero so interconnected in its comic book universe is sort of head scratching.

Best Chance: Future "Avengers" film or "Captain Marvel" although we’re betting on the later. Walters’ friendship with Carol Danvers is the perfect opportunity to also bring in some of Marvel’s other powerful ladies including a number of other heroines on this list. A "Defenders" appearance isn’t out of the question, we’re just not sure even Netflix has the budget to pull a CG motion capture She-Hulk off for more than a scene or two.



Cable

First appearance: "New Mutants #87" (as Cable), 1990

Real identity: Nathan Summers

Lowdown: The long grown son of Scott Summers and Madelyne Pryor – wait for it – a clone of Jean Grey, Cable was raised in the far future for his own protection only to return to the present a man seemingly older than his father and with combat abilities no one could have fathomed. He also was visibly battle scared with a robotic right arm. He’s a character with the sort of convoluted history that gives screenwriters headaches, but that tragic background has helped turn him into a fan favorite with more solo titles than his pop Cyclops has ever had. The question is how do you introduce him into an established movie universe without a 10-minute long exposition explaining who he actually is and how he got to be that way?

Best Chance: Cable is set to appear in 20th Century Fox’s "X-Force" that has been in active development since 2013, but still doesn’t have a director or release date.  However, a post-credits scene for "Deadpool" says the character will appear in "Deadpool 2."



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