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Here's how 'The Jungle Book'— the most visually stunning movie of the year — looks without special effects


Jungle Book Behind the Scenes

Disney's live-action adaptation of "The Jungle Book"grossed $955.5 million during its theatrical run, making it one of the highest-grossing films of 2016.

One element that drove viewers to theaters were the stunning visuals.

The film was shot almost entirely in a Los Angeles warehouse. The beautiful jungle and all of its animals were created with CGI after shooting ended. However, everything looks so convincing that many are hailing it as having some of the best visual effects of all time. 

Pre-CGI, the movie is a different beast. With the movie currently out on Blu-ray, and a new feature highlighting the impressive visuals, it's a good time to look back at what went into making "The Jungle Book."

Here's a peek behind the scenes:

"The Jungle Book" is being hailed one of the most visually stunning movies of the year thanks to its beautiful jungle and striking animals.

In the movie, Mowgli (Neel Sethi) wanders the jungle and runs into a wide array of creatures, such as a gigantic snake (voiced by Scarlett Johansson).

In reality, the movie was mostly shot in a warehouse in Los Angeles, and Neel Sethi wandered around a handful of plants.

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The 10 worst movies of summer 2016


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Summer 2016 was one of the worst summers for mainstream movies in a long time.

Besides a few standouts like "Captain America: Civil War" and "Finding Dory," this summer was filled with critically-reviled flops. Overall ticket sales were down 10% from last year's summer run.

INSIDER went through the box-office numbers and Rotten Tomatoes scores of films released in the months of May through August to find the worst of summer 2016. Movies are ranked according to a combination of averaged critic and fan scores with box-office totals taken into account. If a film massively underperformed at the box office, it's higher on the list. 

Keep reading to see the worst movies of summer 2016.

10. "Suicide Squad"

Averaged Rotten Tomatoes Score:47%
Worldwide box office:$577.6 million

This was a bummer. After the failureof "Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice," Warner Brothers needed a hit to right its DC Extended Universe. Based on the trailers, it looked like WB had a surefire win with "Suicide Squad," the story of a bunch of villains teaming up to take down more bad guys.

However, the final product is a tonally confused mess that's the product of too many cooks in the kitchen. "Suicide Squad" was certainly a step up from "Batman v. Superman." However, that's not saying a lot. 

Most Brutal Review: "So much happens in David Ayer's DC Comics adaptation Suicide Squad that by the end, it's as if you've seen nothing." -Stephanie Zacherek, TIME Magazine

9. "Now You See Me 2"

Averaged Rotten Tomatoes Score:47%
Worldwide box office:$320.9 million

The film, in which the band of magicians unite for another heist, was deemed unexciting and unmemorable. Still, it managed to connect with a huge audience around the world. Star power, especially with names as big as Daniel Radcliffe and Mark Ruffalo, can still get you somewhere. The movie was especially big enough in China, where it was shot, that Lionsgate is now planning a Chinese spinoff.

Most Brutal Review: "Based solely on merit, Now You See Me 2 is a sequel that should never have been made." - James Berardinelli, ReelViews 

8. "Legend of Tarzan"

Averaged Rotten Tomatoes Score:50.5%
Worldwide box office: $352.6 million

Despite a powerhouse cast that includes Samuel L. Jackson, Christoph Waltz, and Margot Robbie, the film barely resonated. It's a bland reboot that also happened to fall in the shadow of the far superior "The Jungle Book," which came out in April. Stick to the animated Disney version instead. 

Most Brutal Review: "The Legend of Tarzan plays as if a dog ate part of the script." -David Edelstein, New York Magazine

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James Cameron’s 'Battle Angel' movie was delayed for 16 years — and now it’s finally happening


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Sometime after directing 1997's "Titanic," James Cameron read "Battle Angel Alita," a Japanese manga series by  Yukito Kishiro about a cyborg who lost its memory and tries to reconstruct its past in a post-apocalyptic world.

By 2000, Cameron told 20th Century Fox — the studio that made "Titanic"— that he wanted to make the movie. And in 2003, he was writing the script and was signed on to direct the movie.

It's 2016, and Cameron's "Battle Angel" movie still doesn't exist. Cameron was busy making "Avatar," which came out in 2009 and became the highest-grossing movie of all time, topping "Titanic." Instead of moving on to "Battle Angel," he's working on four more "Avatar" movies. It looked as if "Battle Angel" would never happen.

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Now, the stars are aligned. In October 2015, 20th Century Fox hired Robert Rodriguez to direct what's now titled "Alita: Battle Angel." He's working from Cameron's script, and Cameron is producing the movie. Unlike Cameron, Rodriguez is known for being a director who reliably makes movies in time and under budget. He's directed "Spy Kids,""Machete," and "The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D."

Naming a director wasn't just a move to pacify Cameron fans. Fox is sincerely committed to making the movie a reality. According to Variety, it's scheduled for a July 20, 2018 release date, and has a budget between $175 million and $200 million, by far the highest Rodriguez has ever worked with. And now Fox is courting actors for a franchise, including "Maze Runner" actress Rose Salazar and Christoph Waltz. After nearly two decades of teasing, it looks like we'll finally get that "Battle Angel" movie.

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Seth Rogen’s raunchy 'Sausage Party' can be seen by kids in Sweden


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Chalk it up to cultural differences.

The hit animated comedy "Sausage Party" received an R-rating in the United States, and for good reason. The film contains profanity, acts of extreme violence, and graphic sexuality, all involving food. However, it's a different story overseas, where the film was given an 11 rating in Sweden.

According to The Guardian, who first noticed the rating, this means that viewers as young as seven could see it, as long as they are accompanied by an adult.

For reference, here are the Swedish movie ratings guidelines:

Btl (short for Barntillåten): All ages accepted 
7: Children under the age of 7, who accompanied by an 18+ adult, may attend
11: Children over the age of 7, who are accompanied by an adult, may attend a film recommended for children at age 11
15: No children under the age of 15 are admitted

Sweden's National Media Council makes it clear on its website these ratings are not recommendations. What they are meant to do is reflect "whether the film is appropriate or suitable for a certain age group. Religious, political or moral attitudes are not taken into account when deciding the age ratings."

This is where Sweden differs from the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), which rates films in the United States. As seen in the documentary "This Film Is Not Yet Rated," the ratings board has often been perceived as having many biases. They have often been accused of rating with moral standards, tending to give violence a pass and being tougher on sexuality as well as films with LGBT characters.

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Recently, INSIDER spoke with "Sausage Party" directors Conrad Vernon and Greg Tiernan and the duo discussed what it was like having their film rated by the MPAA.

"The violence is okay. It's the sex that was the problem," Vernon told INSIDER.

Tiernan, who is Irish, noted that it is typically the other way around in most European countries. 

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"[The Irish are] way way way more comfortable and free and easy with sex scenes," Tiernan said. "In North America you've got gory, gratuitous ... it still gets a PG rating."

Tiernan added that once they shaved the hair off a character's private parts, they got the rating they wanted from the MPAA. While making the movie, they realized that some scenes were just too much to bring to life.

Other American directors have recently noted the MPAA's sometimes confusing rating's policy. "Don't Think Twice" director Mike Birbiglia went viral recently after comparing the rating decisions for "Suicide Squad" and his film.

What best sums up the differences is looking at how both the MPAA and Sweden's ratings board described "Sausage Party":

Sweden: "The production contains elements of horror atmosphere, foods that are tortured and eaten, brutal fight between food and groceries in brutal fights with people. Although the film is animated elements are of such a nature that they are deemed to cause great concern and fear which could be detrimental to the welfare of children under 11 years."

United States"Rated R for strong crude sexual content, pervasive language, and drug use."

"Sausage Party" is now playing in theaters. 

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The 'Blair Witch' sequel is coming, and it looks seriously good


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"The Blair Witch Project" came out in 1999, and completely captivated the country. Its "found footage" style done on an ultra-low budget of around $60,000 ended up making $248.6 million worldwide over its box-office lifetime.

Finally, there's a new sequel to the modern horror classic.

Yes, there was the forgettable "Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2," but that was really a sequel in name only.

Horror director Adam Wingard ("You're Next,""The Guest") has gone back to the woods where the original took place to follow a new group of kids in search of the Blair Witch.

In fact, Lionsgate, which is releasing the movie, revealed only recently that the movie is, in fact, a sequel to "The Blair Witch Project."

Up until this year's San Diego Comic-Con, the movie was titled "The Woods." People who attended the screening at Comic-Con still had no clue what the movie was really about when they showed up to the theater.

But then people began to understand that it was a "Blair Witch" sequel, which led to social media exploding after the screening. And Wingard did reveal that the movie is really titled "Blair Witch."

Those who have seen it say that the movie is scary and a great continuation of the Blair Witch story. You can see for yourself when the movie opens on September 16.

Here's the trailer, from Collider:

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This crazy 'Star Wars' theory flips everything we know about Rey in 'The Force Awakens'


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Warning: Major spoilers ahead if you haven't seen "Star Wars: The Force Awakens."

With Rey in "The Force Awakens,""Star Wars" added another strong female hero to its universe.

But a dark theory suggests Rey might not be a hero at all.

Instead, she could be the franchise's newest villain.

The question of Rey's parentage was one of the biggest mysteries surrounding the newest "Star Wars" and could help explain her natural ability to use the Force with so little training, while Luke Skywalker had to endure Yoda's trials in the original trilogy. 

But all we can do is assume Rey is Luke's daughter for now and wait until later episodes fill us in.

In the meantime, this theory compiled by Uproxx uses the information given in "The Force Awakens" film and novelization. The film shows how easy it is for Rey to use the Force and the novelization, which is canon, says during her and Kylo Ren's climactic battle that she heard a voice from the dark side that told her to kill Kylo Ren.

star wars force awakens posterAnd like Anakin Skywalker aka Darth Vader, Rey suffered a very troubled childhood and is full of anger and fear over the death of her father figure Han Solo.

Most convincing of all, the video explainer points out how in the "Force Awakens" poster, Rey's staff lines up perfectly with Kylo Ren's red lightsaber — the kind members of the Sith use — meaning Rey is literally positioned to take over using the Sith's weapon and therefore become a member of the dark side.

Outside of this theory, the idea that Rey is tied to the dark side is hinted at in John Williams' compositions. Her theme is a lighter, reversed version of Darth Vader's famous "Imperial March."

Try to pick your jaw up off the floor and watch the full theory explainer:

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A new 'Suicide Squad' image hints at one of the movie's many deleted Joker scenes


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It's no secret that a lot of Jared Leto's scenes as the Joker were cut from "Suicide Squad." Leto himself has gone on the record numerous times discussing the cuts, even asking IGN if there were "any that didn't get cut?"


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Since the film's August 5 release, there have been rumors as to which scenes were cut from the final movie and eagle-eyed viewers may have been able to decipher a few of the deleted scenes from trailers. But now we have a better idea of what one of those many Joker scenes entailed, and it included his beau Harley Quinn.

Batman-news.com noticed an uncropped still of a previously released image in Rolling Stone Brazil which shows the Joker appearing to scold Harley. The scene takes place in a helicopter, alluding to a scene in the latter half of the film when Harley and the Joker are reunited. 

Here’s the image as it runs on the Brazil version of Rolling Stone:

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The reason why the image is so interesting is because it hints at a darker relationship between the two than the one portrayed on screen. 

One of the problems I had with the film, and it was one had by many, was that the Joker seemed less like an actual threat and instead was sanitized into a lovesick puppy who was trying to get his girl back from Amanda Waller's Suicide Squad gang. For the most part, their relationship was portrayed as two star-crossed lovers.

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That makes more sense when you know it was rumored that several Joker scenes were removed to "repaint" his relationship with Harley as more loving.

And one of the rumored deleted scenes included a much darker reunion between the two which ended in the Joker pushing Harley out of a helicopter — a scene that seems teased directly in the Rolling Stone image.

From Business Insider

Joker and Harley get into an argument after he rescues her in the hijacked helicopter. In early cuts he reportedly pushes her out to kill her, then the helicopter gets shot down. This was apparently reworked into the helicopter getting shot down first and Joker pushing her out to save her.

If that's the case, it seems like the Harley/Joker relationship was toned down a lot from the rather abusive one the two are known for sharing in the comics and DC universe. (It's no secret that the Joker regularly smacks and verbally abuses Harley.)  

It's not necessarily that the film was trying to idolize the relationship that the two had (the Joker did leave Harley underwater in his sports car to drown after all), but a scene where the Joker may have lashed out at Harley would have solidified that the relationship the two have is rather twisted and not one that should be glamorized. 

Perhaps we'll get to see a few of these Harley and Joker scenes when the film is out on Blu-ray and DVD.

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The 10 biggest box-office bombs of 2016 so far


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The box office in 2016 has been more of a shrug than a full-on crisis.

While there have been bright spots, Hollywood has had some big bets that have not payed off at all this year, especially over the summer, when audiences got tired of all the underwhelming sequels.

And then there are the titles whose performances at the box office have been epically bad.

From "Zoolander 2" to "Ben-Hur," these are the 10 movies that did the worst this year, so far.

Note: These releases are limited to only those from the six major studios and those that have played in over 2,000 screens. Grosses below are all domestic earnings from Box Office Mojo.

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10. "The 5th Wave" - $34.9 million

Reported budget: $38 million

(Note: Production budgets are estimates and do not include expenses for marketing and release.)

9. "Hail, Caesar!" - $30 million

Reported budget: $22 million

8. "Zoolander 2" - $28.8 million

Reported budget: $50 million

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The 'Captain America: Civil War' blooper reel shows the superheroes goofing off


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Sometimes our greatest heroes make mistakes. For "Captain America: Civil War," that means spinning your weapon too slowly, or cracking up in the middle of a dialogue.

The "Captain America: Civil War" blooper reel is here, and it shows our heroes at their most vulnerable — and at their funniest.

To whet your appetite, here are some gifs from Marvel's video:

Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) is usually really good with weapons. Not so much here.

Vision (Paul Bettany) is just babbling a line that doesn't make sense. It sounds like he's saying "Ms Maximoff mfghpphff."


Sometimes Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie) is just bad at flying.

Here's Vision forgetting his lines again.

Captain America is READY FOR ACTING.

You can watch the whole thing on BuzzFeed, or in the embedded video below.

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Academy president addresses the rape allegation surrounding an acclaimed new movie


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Cheryl Boone Isaacs, the president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which awards the Oscars, recently told TMZ that Nate Parker's rape accusation shouldn't stop moviegoers from seeing his upcoming film "The Birth of a Nation."

"With the issue of the movie, the important thing is for people to see it and enjoy the film, be impressed by the film," Isaacs said. "I think that is what is very important. People need to see this movie."

Parker was charged with rape while he was a student at Penn State University. He was acquitted of the charges in 2001, but the controversy surfaced again recently when reports came out that the woman who accused Parker of raping her had committed suicide at the age of 30. 

Isaacs told TMZ that people should judge the film on the basis of its own merit and not based on Parker's rape allegations, which she referred to as "one issue, that’s his personal issue."

Parker's film about Nat Turner's slave rebellion has been getting early Oscar attention since it won the grand jury and audience prizes at this year's Sundance Film Festival. Though Isaacs hasn't seen the film, she insists that audiences "need to see" it.

"I know just by the conversation that has gone on since Sundance that it’s clearly a movie that filmgoers should go and see," Isaacs said. "My belief is that people need to see the movie and judge the movie."

"The Birth of a Nation" opens in theaters on October 7. 

Watch Isaacs speak with TMZ below:

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Here are Renee Zellweger's 8 most memorable roles


She got her first leading role in a horror movie opposite Matthew McConaughey before going on to earn three Oscar nominations (including one win).


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'Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation' (1994)

Her first leading role, opposite Matthew McConaughey (the two had worked together before in smaller roles in "Dazed and Confused").

'Jerry Maguire' (1996)

Winona Ryder initially was set to star opposite Tom Cruise — but the two looked too much like siblings, so Cameron Crowe recast, making Zellweger's career.

'Nurse Betty' (2000)

In her first title role, she starred with Morgan Freeman, Greg Kinnear and Chris Rock as a waitress having a mental breakdown in Neil LaBute's dark comedy.

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This incredibly detailed Batman costume just set a Guinness World Record


Batman's foes know to fear his advanced technology. At the heart of it all is his utility belt which boasts tons of gadgets that get him out of every situation. While most cosplayers only pack rubber versions of superhero weapons, Julian Checkley made sure his costume was packing. He managed to stuff 23 functional gadgets including a bat tracker, smoke bombs, and even a grappling gun onto his batsuit. This feat earned him the Guinness World Record for the "Most functional gadgets on a cos-play suit".

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


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With the fall approaching, it's time to catch up on the movies you missed over the summer and get excited for your favorite TV shows to start back up. 

And you can do both on your favorite streaming providers in September.

Over at iTunes you can pre-order hits like "Captain America: Civil War" and "The Conjuring 2," while at Amazon Woody Allen's first-ever TV show, "Crisis in Six Scenes," premieres on September 16.

Here's the complete list.

We've highlighted some of our top picks you shouldn't miss in bold. 

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Available September 2
“Captain America: Civil War”
“The Conjuring 2”
“The Neon Demon”

Available September 6
“X Men: Apocalypse”
“Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising”
“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows”
“Free State of Jones”
“The Meddler”

Available September 13
“Central Intelligence”
“The Shallows”
“Hunt for the Wilderpeople”

Available September 20
“Swiss Army Man”

Amazon Prime

Available September 1
“2001 Maniacs”
“Any Given Sunday”
“Apollo 13”
“Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me” 
“Breakheart Pass”
“The Broken”
“Butterfly Effect 3: Revelations” 
“Crazy Eights”
“Dark Ride”
“The Deaths of Ian Stone” 
“The Devil Inside” 
“Dying Breed”
“Eight Men Out” 
“Food, Inc.” 
“Four Feathers” 
“From Within” 
“Full Metal Jacket” 
“Fun Size”
“Good Will Hunting” 
“Heaven’s Gate” 
“Imagine That”
“Interview with a Vampire” 
“Jeff Who Lives at Home” 
“Lake Dad”
“Man on Wire”
“The Mechanic” 
“Mr. Majesty”
“Mulberry Street” 
“Nightmare Man” 
“Out of Time” 
“Pusher I” 
“Pusher II: With Blood on My Hands” 
“Pusher III: I’m the Angel of Death” 
“Roman Holiday” 
“The Secret of N.I.M.H.” 
“The Spiderwick Chronicles” 
“The Thaw”
“Theater of Blood” 
“To the Wonder” 
“United States of Leland” 
“You’re the Worst”
“Young Adult”

Available September 2
“Captain America: Civil War”
“Kickboxer: Vengeance”
“Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse” 
“The Stinky & Dirty Show” (AMAZON ORIGINAL)

Available September 3
“Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension”

Available September 5
“Being Poirot”
“Foyle’s War Revisited”
“Doctor Who” (Season 9)
“The New Adventures of Nanoboy”

Available September 6
“Beauty and the Beast”
“The Dead Room”
“Karen Kingsbury’s The Bridge: The Complete Story”
“Mary + Jane”
“The Ones Below”
“Tale of Tales”
“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2”

Available September 7

Available September 8
“Little Weddings”

Available September 9
“Basic Instinct 2: Risk Addiction”
“Better Things”
“One Mississippi” (AMAZON ORIGINAL)
“X-Men: Apocalypse”

Available September 10
“Knock Knock”

Available September 11
“Animal ER”

Available September 12
“Bigger, Stronger, Faster”
“Cocaine Cowboys” 
“Drillbit Taylor”
“Suspects” (Seson 1 & 2)

Available September 13
“Black Ink Crew Chicago” (Season 2)
“Hunt for the Wilderpeople”

Available September 15
“American Horror Story” (Season 5)
“Black Death” 
“Ghosthunters on Icy Trails”
“Legends of Chamberlain Heights”

Available September 16
“American Gothic”
“Blindspot” (Season 2)
“Creative Galaxy” (AMAZON ORIGINAL, season 2)
“Crisis in Six Scenes” (AMAZON ORIGINAL)
“Schitt’s Creek” (Season 2)
“South Park” (Season 20)
“Transparent” (AMAZON ORIGINAL, season 3)

Available September 17
“The Witch”

Available September 19
“Jiro Dreams of Sushi” 
“Shadow Dancer”

Available September 20
“Big Bang Theory” (Season 10)
“Kevin Can Wait”
“The Last King”
“Life, Animated”
“Serena (2016)” 
“StarTalk with Neil deGrasse Tyson” (Season 3)

Available September 21
“The Last Man on Earth” (Season 3)
“MARVEL’s Agent of Shield” (Season 5)
“New Girl” (Season 6)
“Scream Queens” (Season 2)

Available September 22
“Empire” (Season 3)
“The Goldberg’s” (Season 4)

Available September 23
“The Blacklist” (Season 4)
“Hell’s Kitchen” (Season 16)
“How to Get Away with Murder” (Season 3)
“Rosewood” (Season 2)

Available September 24
“The Exorcist” (Season 1)
“Dr. Ken” (Season 2)

Available September 26
“180 South”
“Bobs Burgers” (Season 7)
“Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop”
“The Disappearance”
“District 13 – Ultimatum”
“District B13”
“Family Guy” (Season 15)
“The Simpsons” (Season 28)
“Son of Zorn”

Available September 27
“No Place on Earth”

Available September 28
“Drunk History” (Season 4)

HBO Go/Now

Available September 1




“Arthur 2: on the Rocks”

“Children of Men”

“Coyote Ugly”
“Dane Cook’s Tourgasm”

“Definitely, Maybe”

“Doctor Dolittle”
“Down and Dirty with Jim Norton”
“The Forest”

“Ghost World”
“High Maintenance” (original 19 webisodes)

“I Love You, Man”

“I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry”

“Michael Clayton”


“Stephen King’s Cat’s Eye”

“The Bonfire of the Vanities”

“The Great Muppet Caper”
“The Princess Diaries”

“This Boy’s Life”

Available September 2

“The English Patient”

Available September 3
“Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip”

Available September 10
“Stand up to Cancer”

Available September 12
“Child 44”

Available September 16
“High Maintenance”  (new season)

Available September 17
“The Revenant”

Available September 19
“Three Days of Terror: The Charlie Hebdo Attack”

Available September 23
“The Larry Sanders Show”

Available September 24
“Steve Jobs”

Available September 26
“Vice News Tonight”

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These are the blockbusters that saved Hollywood at the box office this summer


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With Labor Day upon us, it’s time to shut the door on the 2016 summer movie season.

Though there were some major hits that helped the North American box office rake in $4.5 billion (according to comScore, via The Hollywood Reporter), it will be best remembered for the bombs that were scattered throughout the season.

That's the second-best earning for a summer movie season ever, just behind 2013’s $4.8 billion (and 1 percent over last year’s), but looking back, the summer had the potential to be an all-time high.

Sadly, Hollywood gave audiences flat sequels and reboots that seemed out of date or just uninspired. Among the high-budget duds: "Independence Day: Resurgence,""Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows," and the epic fail "Ben-Hur."

bad moms STX Entertainment finalYet the summer was saved by Disney. The studio had the top two domestic earners of the summer — ironically, sequels: “Finding Dory” ($479.6 million) and “Captain America: Civil War” ($407.8 million). That's a big reason why you won’t see Hollywood studios reversing their addiction to sequels during the summer season in years to come.

A pleasant surprise amid all this was how well certain mid-budget titles performed this summer.

From thrillers like “The Conjuring 2,” “Lights Out,” and last weekend’s No. 1 movie “Don’t Breathe,” to the comedy “Bad Moms” (which has made over $100 million worldwide on a $20 million budget, to date), audiences sought out and kept coming back to movies that had more of a draw because of their genre, stars, and old-fashioned entertainment value rather than major CGI effects and superheroes.

So Disney was certainly the foundation that supported the summer’s near-record revenue, but it was the success of smaller titles that got those hot months across the finish line.

Hollywood, take note. Please.

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Gene Wilder, star of 'Willy Wonka,' has died at 83


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Gene Wilder, the legendary comic actor of "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory,""Young Frankenstein," and "Blazing Saddles," died Monday at age 83.

Wilder's family confirmed the news to the Associated Press on Monday.

In a statement, his family said that Wilder died from complications from Alzheimer's disease, which he had for his last three years.

The two-time Oscar nominee also starred in four films alongside stand-up icon Richard Pryor.

Wilder is best known for his collaboration with director Mel Brooks on "Blazing Saddles" and "Young Frankenstein."

"The Producers," Wilder's breakout role, earned him a best supporting actor Oscar nomination in 1969. He later shared a best screenwriting Oscar nomination with Brooks for "Young Frankenstein" in 1975.

Wilder was married to "Saturday Night Live" star Gilda Radner. Two years after they married, Radner was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. She died in 1989 at age 42.

Here is the full statement from Wilder's family:

Brooks tweeted this following news of Wilder's death:

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All of Gene Wilder's best scenes in one video


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One of my earliest movie memories is of Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka riding through a tunnel in a boat. If you've seen "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory," you know what scene I'm talking about.

Wonka takes his visitors on a psychedelic ride and chants a creepy rhyme that stands your hair on end. A chicken gets its head cut off. You're pretty sure everyone is about to die.

That was Gene Wilder's unique skill: He could be absolutely absorbing and electric onscreen, capable of putting you on edge with his maniacal energy.

It could be terrifying and fun, like in that "Willy Wonka" scene, or it could be hilariously over the top, like in "The Producers," when he comes up with the idea for "Springtime for Hitler."

He was like Will Ferrell crossed with Nicolas Cage.

There's an extraordinary supercut on YouTube that demonstrates Wilder's remarkable skill across his career.

It has shining moments from everything from under-seen comedies like "Start the Revolution Without Me" to his classics "Young Frankenstein" and "Blazing Saddles."

Check it out below:

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Why the late, great Gene Wilder walked away from movies 25 years ago


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Comedy legend Gene Wilder died on Monday at age 83. The cause of his death was complications from Alzheimer's disease.

The actor will forever be known for starring in movies such "The Producers,""Blazing Saddles,""Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory," and "Young Frankenstein."

But after 1991, the two-time Oscar nominee walked away from movies.

Outside of a few TV movies and series, he began writing novels. For the most part, he disconnected himself from show business.

In June 2013, while promoting the release of one of his books, he talked with film historian Robert Osborne, who asked Wilder why he was no longer in movies:

"If something comes along that’s really good and I think I would be good for it, I would be happy to do it. But not too many came along," Wilder said. "I mean, they came along for the first 15, 18 films, but I didn’t do that many."

Wilder had just 37 acting credits to his name, from 1961 to 2015.

"But then I didn’t want to do the kind of junk that I was seeing," Wilder said. "I didn’t want to do 3D, for instance. I didn’t want to do ones with bombing and loud and swearing, so much swearing going on. Someone said, ‘Oh, go f--k yourself.’ Well, if it was coming from a meaningful place I would understand it. But if you go to some of the movies, I don’t want to say which ones, can’t they just stop and talk? Once in a while it comes in handy but not running all the way through the film, and that put me out a lot."

You can watch the complete talk below:

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How Hollywood is remembering the late comedy legend Gene Wilder, star of 'Willy Wonka'


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Hollywood was shaken up by the death of the great comedy actor Gene Wilder on Monday.

Wilder, best known for his work on Mel Brooks' comedies "The Producers" and "Young Frankenstein" and the 1971 film "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory," died on Monday at 83 from complications related to Alzheimer's disease.

Brooks was among the many stars who paid tribute to Wilder on social media and elsewhere.

Here are their words of condolence and praise:

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Matthew McConaughey gained 40 pounds and a receding hairline for his new movie


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Matthew McConaughey shed close to 50 pounds for his Oscar-winning role in "Dallas Buyers Club," but now the actor has gained 40 pounds for his new movie, "Gold."

McConaughey stars as a Nevada man whose life changes when he makes the largest gold find in history in the jungles of Borneo.

The film is the first feature from director Stephen Gaghan since 2005's "Syriana."

Gaghan told Vulture in a new interview that McConaughey's overweight look, which also includes a receding hairline, for the film is his own and not aided by a prosthetic belly. Though a prosthetic was considered in preproduction, Gaghan ultimately threw the idea out.

"I was looking at him, and I was just like, 'I bet you could put on weight pretty quickly,'" said Gaghan, who apparently thought of devising "some kind of beer-and-milkshake diet" for McConaughey.

So the former Sexiest Man Alive added the 40 pounds to achieve the belly for the film.

"Gold" is not the first time Gaghan has had an A-list star bulk up for a role. For "Syriana," George Clooney gained 35 pounds, and he won an Oscar win for best supporting actor.

"You know, I sent my mother a still photo of [McConaughey] from the set on our last day of shooting," Gaghan said, "and she called me and said, 'Oh, honey. What have you done to that poor man?'"

We have a feeling that if it leads to another Oscar win for McConaughey, he won't mind the transformation.

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The studio behind the Harry Potter movie reportedly wants Daniel Radcliffe back for a brand-new trilogy


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Warner Bros. may not be near done with Harry Potter.

Along with releasing "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them," the prequel film in the blockbuster franchise based on J.K. Rowling's novels, in November, The Daily News is reporting that the studio is thinking about making more "Happy Potter" movies.

According to a "well-placed Hollywood source," Warner Bros. is secretly trying to get the movie rights to the London stage play "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child," which looks at Potter's life as an overworked father 19 years after the events of the last novel, "Deathly Hallows." Warner Bros. reportedly wants to get the "Cursed Child" movie on screens as soon as 2020.

The source says actor Daniel Radcliffe, who played Potter in the movies, is the only choice to take on the adult role. However, the actor has made it clear that he wants to keep a distance for the time being from the character that made him an instant star.

"[Radcliffe] has made it clear that his mind is certainly not focused on returning to the role anytime soon — and that could be until he hits 40," the source told The Daily News. 

The Daily News also reports that Warner Bros. may focus on a storyline centered on Potter's son, even launching a trilogy around him, which could free up Radcliffe's time more.

But a Warner Bros. spokesperson told Business Insider: "'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child' is a stage play, with no plans for there to be a film.”

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