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'Captain America' director explains a potential problem in the roll-out for 'Justice League'

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"Captain America: Civil War" is the highest-grossing movie of the year so far. The Marvel movie has made over $1.1 billion. 

But it wasn't successful just because it had Iron Man, Captain America, and a bunch of other flashy Marvel superheroes in it. And it's something future ensemble movies like "Justice League" should remember.

When you're watching the commentary for "Civil War," which is out on Blu-ray and DVD Tuesday, co-director Joe Russo and screenwriter Christopher Markus explain there were many factors that made the success of the movie possible. 

But there was one thing in particular that helped the film really come together — relying on the movies that came before it.

"Something that is interesting about the film, and I think something that we were excited about when we all stumbled on the concept for 'Civil War' is that this is a unique kind of storytelling, and it's not something you can do unless you have a Cinematic Universe — a healthy Cinematic Universe — that has a lot of movies before it which basically allows us to focus on character interaction for a majority of the film," explains Russo. "We don't have to do setup."

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"This movie is impossible if you have to set up every character in the film," he continues. "If you had to follow a traditional, you know, cinematic structure or what we've come to know as a two-and-a-half hour closed-ended experience. We could've never made this movie."

Much of Civil War relies on the films before it. It brings together and answers many questions:

How does everyone deal with the fallout from the last "Avengers" movie?
How has Tony Stark's relationship been affected since he broke a promise to Pepper Potts at the end of "Iron Man 3"?
Was Bucky Barnes responsible for the death of Tony Stark/Iron Man's parents? (Something that was hinted at in "Winter Soldier.") 

Christopher Markus also brings up a great point about adding new characters to the script.

"We didn't have to do backstory on the new characters, either. We have one [Spider-Man] that people have seen five movies about and one who is necessarily a mystery in the movie itself [Black Panther]," he notes.

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Though these sentiments from Russo and Markus may be describing "Civil War," it's difficult not to think about another upcoming superhero team-up that's on the horizon — "Justice League."

Ever since Warner Bros. announced the movie for 2017, I — and a lotof fans — have had one big concern: Is the movie being rushed?

Clearly, Warner Bros. is expecting this to also be a big billion-dollar movie, but it will be introducing a lot of big, iconic superheroes on screen for the first time — new versions of The Flash, Aquaman, and Cyborg. There will also be more of Ben Affleck's Batman, Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman, and, most likely Superman.

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It's difficult to introduce a bunch of new characters on screen without having a whole lot of setup and exposition in the film, something Russo points out "Civil War" didn't need to do because it's the 13th film in Disney's Marvel wheelhouse. All of those movies have been leading up to "Civil War."

How many DC movies have come before "Justice League"? By the time it debuts, we'll have had four: "Man of Steel,""Batman v Superman,""Suicide Squad," and "Wonder Woman." The majority of those films are team-up movies and they haven't all been received well. I would not call Warner Bros.' DC Cinematic Universe a "healthy" Cinematic Universe, to borrow Russo's phrase. "Man of Steel,""BvS," and "Suicide Squad" were by no means ballpark hits. 

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And the only characters who will have had their own screen time and development by the time "Justice League" comes out in November 2017 are Superman (who has been criticized for his brooding tone) and Wonder Woman (who, so far, has been the only bright beacon of hope in the DC on-screen universe).

We know from a Comic-Con trailer that Bruce Wayne/Batman will be gathering together a group of superheroes to protect the world. It's impossible to imagine the movie won't waste precious time introducing a character like Aquaman (who has basically always beenthe butt of jokes to fanboys).

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Not only will the film have to show some sort of setup, but it also has the danger of feeling all too familiar. Audiences have seen a "Justice League"-type movie several years ago when the Avengers assembled together. That movie worked because there was anticipation to see all of these characters that audiences met over the course of four years finally on screen together.

Meanwhile, "Justice League" audiences don't even know if they'll like Cyborg, Aquaman, or The Flash (especially when audiences have already fallen in love with a TV version of The Flash). After "Justice League," there are still another 10 DC superhero movies planned, including solo movies for Flash and Aquaman. 

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To put it bluntly, it just all feels fast-tracked. Warner Bros. has felt the need to play catch-up to what Marvel already has accomplished onscreen with its superheroes, something which feels ironic when you realize that WB had a successful superhero franchise in Christopher Nolan's Batman series before the Marvel movies really took off.

Russo points out in the "Civil War" commentary that you need more than just popular characters teaming up to make a successful movie. He stresses the need for a healthy cinematic universe, and that's simply not the case with Warner Bros.' superhero movies at this point.  

As Markus pointed out, it would have been impossible to do "Civil War" if they had to set up every character in the film. I can’t imagine a "Justice League" movie introducing so many new (and well-known) characters without spending time on some backstories. Sure, characters will have their own films to further explore backstory, but they aren’t due in theaters until after "Justice League" debuts.

It seems like the studio is going about building its cinematic universe backwards, and that may in time prove to be a mistake.

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7 actors who severely changed their bodies for roles

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Hollywood is known more for beauty than it is for health. In real life, celebrities are just like everyone else. They have their favorite, not-so-healthy foods too. In the search for an awesome bod, they go to some pretty big, and sometimes pretty bad, extremes.

But nobody puts their bodies through the wringer quite like an actor. In an attempt to portray their character right, they’re willing to do all they can to look the part, including having the right weight. That may mean a pretty severe change for the actor’s body – whether it be becoming drastically underweight, or gaining a lot in just a little time.

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For her role as Fantine in “Les Miserables,” Anne Hathaway shocked the audience by debuting an emaciated body. In a Vogue interview, she admitted that she went to extremes that were “a little nuts.” After going on a strict cleanse and losing 10 pounds, she took two weeks off and lost an additional 15. She nearly starved herself, only eating two squares of dried oatmeal per day.



Jared Leto

Not all roles call for severe weight loss. In fact, plenty of roles call for the other extreme. Jared Leto took on the role of Mark David Chapman, John Lennon’s murderer, for the biopic “Chapter 27” in 2007. The part required him to gain 67 pounds. Leto was no stranger to changing his frame for a role. He became skeletal for his part in the 2000 movie “Requiem for a Dream,” but his body changed more permanently after his weight gain. Leto force-fed himself to gain weight quickly and developed gout from the experience.



Natalie Portman

Ballerinas are known for having smaller bodies and Natalie Portman was expected to live up to this standard for her role in “Black Swan.” Portman told the Daily Mail she was “barely eating” while working on the film and she was practicing up to 16 hours a day. She claimed that she was “method acting without intending to” in pursuit of doing the role justice. She lost 20 pounds for the film.



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How Natalie Portman prepared for her Oscar-worthy performance as Jackie Kennedy

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The Toronto International Film Festival is often where Oscar hype is born, and that's certainly the case with Natalie Portman and her latest movie "Jackie," showing here at the fest now.

Her stirring performance as First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy during the aftermath of the assassination of her husband JFK is the talk of the festival. That's largely because many believe she's a shoo-in for an Oscar nomination. 

Portman, who previously won an Oscar for her starring role in 2010's "Black Swan," has the look and unique voice of Kennedy down perfectly, which took a lot of preparation leading up to filming.

"I read every biography I could get my hands on," she told Business Insider recently. "And we recreated a lot of the White House tour for the film, so that was helpful to see how she walks and how she moves and her facial expressions."

The movie follows Kennedy as she recounts to a reporter the assassination and planning of her husband's funeral. But the movie also shows the different personas Kennedy had in front of different people — a debutante in public but feisty and no-nonsense behind closed doors.

Portman picked up on that in her research, which included listening to recorded interviews Kennedy did with biographer Arthur Schlesinger.

"When she was doing interviews, [her voice] was a lot more girly and soft, and then when you hear her talking to Schlesinger at home, you hear the ice in the glass clinking and the voice is a little deeper and her wit comes out more," Portman said. "So you get this real sense of the two sides."

"Jackie" will open in theaters on December 9.

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The new Tupac biopic trailer is violent, powerful, and NSFW

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Twenty years ago, on the streets of Las Vegas, groundbreaking rapper Tupac Shakur was gunned down as he drove away from a Mike Tyson boxing match. The crime remains unsolved. Appropriately enough, the upcoming movie detailing Tupac's troubled career, and his untimely death, dropped its first trailer and it is incendiary. Check out the latest footage from All Eyez on Me, the Tupac Shakur biopic (but know that it's NSFW, so don't press play if your bosses are around):

This isn't the first glimpse we have received of Demetrius Shipp Jr. as late rapper Tupac Shakur. Similarly, a teaser trailer was dropped on the anniversary of the artist's birthday, so the studio continues to pay tribute to the landmark dates in Tupac's history as they market what looks to be a gripping and powerful story of one man's troubled life. We praised him in our earlier coverage, but Shipp Jr. continues to look fantastic as Tupac Shakur, an aspiring gangster rapper who had to shoulder real expectations from the African-American community when he reached a certain level of fame... expectations that he didn't ask for, and didn't want to pursue.

Tupac's tragic life story should fuel a potent and explosive on-screen drama. Already, The Walking Dead actress Danai Gurira looks like a standout for her portrayal of Shakur's mother. And the nature of the true-crime mystery surrounding Shakur's murder -- seeing as how it likely was part of the East Coast/West Coast rap rivalry that also claimed Biggie Smalls -- should add an intriguing element to the third act of All Eyez on Me.

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There are still a lot of mysteries to be solved regarding the production of All Eyez on Me. The biopic passed through several hands before it finally landed in the lap of music director Benny Boom. Everyone from Antoine Fuqua to John Singleton entertained the thought of trying to bring Tupac's life to the silver screen.

And why not? The equally aggressive Straight Outta Compton -- an N.W.A biopic that briefly featured Tupac as a side character -- proved to be a massive box office hit in 2015, earning an impressive $201 million in worldwide ticket sales against a reported $28 million budget. Obviously, if you can deliver a compelling biopic of a popular rap artist, there's an audience in the fanbase that will flock to theaters to check it out.

But the story on All Eyez on Me has been difficult up to this point. Multiple directors passing on the project led to delays, as did a copyright issue that could prevent All Eyez on Me from using at least one of Tupac's most popular tracks. Having the music of N.W.A on the soundtrack helped make Compton such a huge hit. Could the opposite work against Tupac's movie? We'll know when the film comes out, though there's no release date to report on All Eyez on Me just yet. Stay tuned.

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Here's why the Oscar contenders for this year are looking a lot less white

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Ready or not, the awards season is well underway, with the prominent Fall film festivals unveiling their Oscar hopefuls one after another. The 73rd edition of the Venice Film Festival has already wrapped, as did the 43rd Telluride Film Festival that took place over the Labor Day weekend. And the still ongoing Toronto International Film Festival — which we’re covering extensively — is continuing to offer further clues about the long few months ahead that will end on Oscar night in late February.

Recapping last year’s Oscar season — which was permanently marked by the #OscarsSoWhite controversy with an all-white line up of acting nominees second year in a row — I had noted that things seem a little bit better in the upcoming year, when it comes to diversity in front of the camera. After all, the main problem last year (as in most years) was the fact that we only had Creed (a very late entry into the season) and Straight Outta Compton that could’ve feasibly grabbed nominations for actors of color. (Hence, I think #HollywoodSoWhite is a much better hashtag/point of focus that underlines the systemic problem in an industry that creates limited opportunities for artists of color.) But this year, we thankfully have more films that center around a non-white hero or heroine, launching into the race early on from various festivals and earning respectable to great reviews.

Sure, it all started in Sundance, with the now controversy-stricken The Birth of a Nation. When Nate Parker’s powerhouse film about the Nat Turner-led slave rebellion of 1831 premiered in Park City on the heels of the just-announced Oscar nominations, it brought the crowd up to its feet, even before the film started, in euphoric anticipation. Fox Searchlight bought the film for a record-breaking figure following its rousing reception, clearly with an eye towards the Oscar season. That was well before Nate Parker’s 17-year-old rape case resurfaced (he was fully acquitted from all charges, while his co-writer Jean Celestin served time) and subsequently tainted the film’s trajectory. The awards/box office future of The Birth of a Nation is currently uncertain, though reports from TIFF signal audiences might be willing to give the film a chance. (Here, Stephanie Zacharek, who likes the film a lot less than I did, makes a great case as to why they should.) Whether The Academy will embrace the film or not remains to be seen, but I don’t think Oscar nods are completely out of question at this point.

Writer/director Barry Jenkins’ masterful and gracefully affecting Moonlightwhich premiered (and I got to see) in Telluride and later on reinforced its place in the season at TIFF to unanimously stellar reviews, is a title we will hear about a lot in the coming months. Headed to the prestigious New York Film Festival next, the A24-distributed Moonlight tells the story of a Florida gay black man’s coming of age in a dysfunctional home and heartbreaking journey through life in three chapters. The film is likely to score nominations across the board, including in Picture, Director, Adapted Screenplay (it is based on Tarell Alvin McCraney’s play “In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue”) and Acting categories, particularly for Mahershala Ali and Naomie Harris in supporting roles.

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Among season’s other offerings, two films about true stories of interracial marriage stand out. Writer/director Jeff Nichols’ Cannes-hailer Loving (Focus Features) — telling the true story of a couple that stood up against Virginia’s anti-miscegenation law in late-50s — is generating a growing buzz for its lead actress Ruth Negga. Meanwhile Amma Asante’s well-reviewed TIFF premiere A United Kingdom on the marriage of Prince Seretse Khama of Botswana with a white woman — presents a long-shot opportunity to its lead David Oyelowo (who was notably snubbed for Selma at the Oscars) if the film can find timely distribution in the US. Mira Nair’s disarmingly amiable and vibrantly real Queen of Katwe, another David Oyelowo-starrer, represents a more likely possibility (albeit, still a long shot) for the actor in the role of a chess coach, as well as for the 12 Years A SlaveOscar winner Lupita Nyong’o, in the role of the mother of a Ugandan chess prodigy (played by Madina Nalwanga, who should also be in the conversation.)

A somewhat of a surprise break into the season, The Weinstein Company’s Garth Davis-directed Lion is said to bring festival audiences to tears (the film recently premiered at TIFF) with the story of an adopted man looking for his biological parents and might consequently push Slumdog Millionaire’s Dev Patel into the race.

Among the titles that no one has yet seen, Theodore Melfi’s Hidden Figures (20th Century Fox) recently unveiled clips to a select group of journalists at TIFF. Originally slated for a Martin Luther King-day release in January, this film — about a team of female mathematicians who help NASA successfully launch space programs — could move up its release date in response to the positive TIFF buzz and push both Taraji P. Henson and Octavia Spencer as contenders in the upcoming race. Finally Paramount Pictures’ Denzel Washington vehicle Fences (which he both directed and stars in) follows a 1950s father’s struggle in a racially segregated America and could prove to be a contender in various categories, including Acting for Washington and Viola Davis.

Naturally, most of these informed guesses are based on the word out of film festivals and it’s still way too early in the season to make definitive calls. Here’s the main takeaway for now though: we hopefully won’t be looking at another wall-to-wall white line up of Oscar nominees come January.

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19 secret references you never noticed in your favorite movies

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The best part about rewatching movies is catching hidden references you didn't see the first time around.

These hidden references are sometimes known as Easter eggs. They can be anything from an inside joke on set to a shout-out to another film.

From "Star Wars" to "The Godfather," let's go on a scavenger hunt for some of the best hidden references in your favorite films.

Frank Pallotta contributed to a previous version of this article.

Most movie Easter eggs subtly reference another piece of pop culture. For example, 1982's "Tron" hid the arcade favorite "Pac-Man" on a map within the film's video-game-like grid.



They can also be used by directors to acknowledge one another. Friends Steven Spielberg and George Lucas did this all the time. "Raiders of the Lost Ark" includes a hieroglyphic of R2-D2 and C-3PO from "Star Wars."



Spielberg did it again when he named a club in "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom" after the Jedi master Obi-Wan Kenobi.



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Here are the biggest stars at the Toronto film festival, where Oscar movies are born

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With the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival still going on, most of the biggest movie stars in the world have flown to Canada to be part of the festivities.

From Leonardo DiCaprio promoting his documentary on the environment ("Before the Flood") to David Oyelowo's upcoming Disney title ("Queen of Katwe") and Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling's musical that everyone will be talking about ("La La Land"), they are all here.

Check out the biggest stars on the Toronto film festival red carpet, from Matthew McConaughey to Chris Pratt, below.   

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This year's festival kicked off with the world premiere of the Western "The Magnificent Seven," starring Chris Pratt...



and Denzel Washington as two of the main guns for hire.



Another star who made the crowds (and critics) go crazy was Amy Adams, who's in the Oscar-hopeful sci-fi movie "Arrival."



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27 actors who turned down huge movie roles

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Would a Han Solo who's not Harrison Ford be the same sarcastic hero every "Star Wars" fan cherishes? What would "Lord of the Rings" look like with Nicolas Cage in one of the main roles?

Characters become iconic thanks in large part to the actors who bring them to life, and it's often difficult to imagine anyone else in the role afterwards.

But some actors are fired from a role, some leave because of other commitments, and some just don't accept the offer. Some actors regret turning down a project, but others, like Jack Nicholson, know that it can be the right choice, no matter how popular or critically adored the film might become.

Keep reading to see the roles that could have been played by different actors.

Matt Damon turned down the role of Harvey Dent in "The Dark Knight."

Role was played by: Aaron Eckhart

Damon told MTV in an interview about "Invictus" that he had to turn down the iconic role of Harvey "Two-Face" Dent due to filming conflicts.

"I couldn't [appear in The Dark Knight]. It was a scheduling thing. But, I never spoke to Chris Nolan," Damon said.

He had no qualms regarding Nolan's final choice for the villain.

"Look, Aaron is a great actor, so the movie didn't suffer for it. Every once in a while you get [an acting opportunity] and you can't do it."



Leonardo DiCaprio turned down the role of Dirk Diggler in "Boogie Nights."

Role was played by: Mark Wahlberg

After watching him in "The Basketball Diaries," Paul Thomas Anderson wanted DiCaprio to star in "Boogie Nights." DiCaprio turned it down to appear in "Titanic," but recommended his friend and "Basketball Diaries" costar Mark Wahlberg.

DiCaprio told GQ in 2008 that he regretted turning down the role. "'Boogie Nights' is a movie I loved and I wish I would've done."

When asked if he would reverse his decision if he could, DiCaprio said, "I'm not saying I would have. But it would have been a different direction, career-wise. I think they're both great and wish I could have done them both."

DiCaprio was also reportedly offered $20 million by Lionsgate to portray crazed serial killer Patrick Bateman in "American Psycho," even though director Mary Harron wanted Christian Bale in the role. She was replaced by director Oliver Stone, but DiCaprio and Stone couldn't agree on a creative direction, so DiCaprio left to film "The Beach." Harron returned to the project and Bale was cast.



Angelina Jolie passed on the lead in Oscar-winner “Gravity.”

Role was played by: Sandra Bullock

According to Variety, Angelina Jolie was originally set to play the lead in Alfonso Cuaron's Oscar winner; however, she passed on the role in summer 2010.



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You’ll finally be able to buy ‘the best version’ of ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’

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If you can’t get enough of "Mad Max: Fury Road," you’re in luck. Warner Bros. announced Wednesday that not one, but two new Blu-ray and DVD collections will be out this December just in time for the holidays, the "Mad Max High Octane Collection" and "Mad Max: Fury Road Two Film Collection."

While the first collection includes all four films from the "Mad Max" series, including "Fury Road," what we’re really excited about is that both collections will include "Mad Max: Fury Road ‘Black & Chrome’ Edition."

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If you’re not familiar with "Black & Chrome" and are a "Mad Max" and/or "Fury Road" fan, this is the version of the film you want to watch. Director George Miller told the LA Times in January 2016 this black-and-white release of the film is his preferred version of the blockbuster

"The best version of ‘Fury Road’ was what we called a ‘slash dupe’: a cheap, black-and-white version of the movie for the composer. Something about it seemed more authentic and elemental,” said Miller. “So I asked Eric Whipp, the [‘Fury Road’] colorist, ‘Can I see some scenes in black and white with quite a bit of contrast?’ They looked great."

Why aren’t we getting the "Black & Chrome" version until now?

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According to Miller, there "wasn’t enough room" on the disc in the original Blu-ray and DVD release to include it. I’m guessing Warner Bros. didn’t want to include another disc with the release in order to put it out later for another go around.

"So I said to the guys at Warners, ‘Can we put a black-and-white version on the DVD?’ There wasn’t enough room. [It’ll end up] on another version with commentary and other features," Miller said.

Fans were so thirsty for the black-and-white edition though that a version popped up on Vimeo at one point. When that was pulled from the internet, a fan trailer for the black-and-white version made its way online.

The “Mad Max High Octane Collection” will be available for Blu-ray ($79.99) and DVD ($54.97). It will include all four films along with five hours of bonus content. A 4K-Ultra HD version and digital copy will also be included. Fans can also purchase “Mad Max: Fury Road ‘Black & Chrome’ Edition” separately ($29.98). That collection will include the theatrical version of the film along with an introduction from Miller himself.

Here’s the full list of special features and additions for both collections from Warner Bros.:

High Octane Collection Special Features and Additions:

§  NEW! *Fury Road “Black & Chrome” Edition– Witness the surreal black and white version of mastermind George Miller’s Fury Road.

§  NEW! *George Miller Introduction to the Mad Max Fury Road: Black and Chrome Edition– Special introductory piece by George Miller describing his vision.

§  NEW! Road War– In 1982, the world was blindsided by George Miller’s masterpiece of apocalyptic destruction: The Road Warrior.  For the first time ever George Miller, Terry Hayes and star Mel Gibson tell the story of the car-crushing production that redefined action cinema forever. 

§  Madness of Max– The previously released Mad Max (1979) documentary is a feature-length documentary on the making of arguably the most influential movie of the past thirty years. With over forty cast-and-crew interviews, hundreds of behind-the-scenes photographs and never-before-seen film footage of the shoot, this is, without a doubt, the last word on Mad Max (1979). Interviews include: George Miller, Byron Kennedy, Mel Gibson, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Steve Bisley, Roger Ward, Joanne Samuel, David Eggby, Jon Dowding and many more. From the Producers to the Bike Designers to the Traffic Stoppers, this is the story of how Mad Max was made.

Mad Max: Fury Road Two Film Collection

Special Features and Additions:

§  NEW! *George Miller Introduction to the Mad Max Fury Road: Black and Chrome Edition– Special introductory piece by George Miller describing his vision.

Both will be available from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment December 6. Warner Bros. noted that some digital retailers may sell the “Black and Chrome” Edition separately as a standalone item if you don’t want to purchase the entire collection.

Until December, you can check out some of the cool stunts from the movie. A compilation recently made its way online.

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The ‘South Park’ premiere made fun of 'Star Wars' and Hollywood's obsession with reboots

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Warning: There are spoilers ahead for "South Park."

Season 20 of "South Park" premiered Wednesday night on Comedy Central and it poked fun at the 2016 election (between a "douche" presented in the form of Hillary Clinton and a "turd sandwich"), Caitlyn Jenner, and more.

It even found a way to provide commentary on the Black Lives Matter movement by showing Cartman in a shirt that read "Token's Life Matters." (For reference, Token is an African American child on the show.)

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However the bulk of the episode revolved around commentary on NFL player Colin Kaepernick's protest of the national anthem, "Star Wars," and, most importantly, movie reboots.

After a group of girls at South Park Elementary refused to stand for the national anthem, the government goes on a mission to find someone to rewrite the anthem.

"Fellow senators, our nation is divided like never before. While people everywhere fight for their voices to be heard, perhaps it is time for us to consider that our national anthem needs to be changed," one of the congressman declares. "Americans need an anthem inspires and excites, an anthem that has something for everyone while still paying tribute to what it once was."

Who better than J.J. Abrams?

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Abrams, of course, has been responsible for rebooting both the "Star Trek" and "Star Wars" franchises successfully. "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" has made over $1 billion worldwide. 

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We were then introduced to "Member Berries," cute little grapes that talk (just bear with me). And they don't just chat. They remind you of things you love from the past. For whatever reason, the grapes in the premiere were big on pop culture references from "Star Wars" and "Star Trek."

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It's obvious commentary on our love for nostalgia and how many games, films, and successful TV shows from years past like "Jurassic Park" and "Pokémon" are being rejuvenated for a younger generation.

However, the kicker came when Abrams' version of the anthem was introduced near the episode's end and it was exactly the same as the original anthem. Regardless, people loved it.

If you're confused, the joke is that many found that Abrams' reboot/sequel "The Force Awakens"was nothing more than a rehash of "Star Wars: Episode IV — A New Hope."

That commentary is not just about "A New Hope," but about a larger Hollywood obsession with reboots, sequels, and remakes right now. 

This year alone, there have been several reboots and remakes in theaters ("Ghostbusters,""Ben-Hur,""Tarzan") and this fall will see the launch of several movies being rebooted into television series.

Then, there's something I like to call the requel — a movie that's a hybrid of a sequel and a reboot. It's the start to a new franchise, but captures enough of the nostalgia of what made people fall in love with the original to make it feel familiar. The Hollywood Reporter has a good explainer on the requel here.

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We've seen the requel pop up more recently with movies like "Jurassic World," which also topped $1 billion. It's a success "Terminator: Genisys" tried to replicate last summer and failed to do. "Zoolander 2" recently tried to replicate the success of its predecessor as well but bombed. Though they're not all hitting with audiences, Den of Geek reports there are still over 160 movie reboots and remakes currently in the works.

Sorry folks, requels and reboots aren't going away. They're here to stay.

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The first full trailer for The Rock's animated movie 'Moana' is here

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Disney's next animated movie is out this Thanksgiving. Thursday, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, joined "Good Morning America" live from Hawaii to debut the official anticipated trailer for "Moana."

The film will introduce the next Disney princess, Moana (Auli‘i Cravalho) a teenager who sets sail on a mission to save her people along with a demigod Maui (Dwayne Johnson).

According to the film's official description the two will "sail across the open ocean on an action-packed voyage, encountering enormous monsters and impossible odds, and along the way, Moana fulfills the ancient quest of her ancestors and discovers the one thing she’s always sought: her own identity."

Check out the trailer below:

 

We're pretty excited about these anthropomorphized-looking coconuts and the little rooster.

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"Hamilton" lyricist and composer Lin-Manuel Miranda is scoring the film along with Mark Mancina ("Speed,""Tarzan").

"Moana" will be in theaters November 23.

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'Harry Potter' fans can live out their wizard dreams at a magical school

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Many diehard "Harry Potter" fans would give anything to receive an acceptance letter from Hogwarts and be whisked away into a magical world.

If you consider Poland to be a magical world, you're in luck.

At the College of Wizardry located in Leśna, "long-flowing robes and dragontooth wands meet jeans and leather jackets."

Enrolled students can cast spells, learn about Ancient Runes, and be the star of their own "Harry Potter" experience. 

Scroll down to learn more about how to become a student of magic. 

 

The College of Wizardry (CoW) is a live action role play (LARP), meaning each person involved takes on a character and acts out the life of a witch or wizard for the weekend.



Tickets for a 3-night stay at the Hogwarts-esque castle (called Czocha) are 2.800 Danish Krone — or about $406.



The price includes room and board, with dormitories and group meals served Hogwarts-style. You'll have to get yourself to Poland, though, and it's BYO-wand.



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This unmade Batman movie from the 1980s sounds like it would have been amazing

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Back in 1989, Tim Burton's theatrical take on Batman revolutionized the character in the minds of an audience who mainly still knew the Caped Crusader as the guy who slid down fire poles and had groovy dance moves. The movie was a triumph, but it wasn't Warner Bros' first attempt to get a Batman movie off the ground. In the early 80's, there was an entirely different version of the movie floating around, with Joe Dante approached to direct. He considered having John Lithgow cast as the Joker, which is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to this movie.

According to Den of Geek, after the success of Richard Donner's Superman: The Movie, Warner Bros. decided it was Batman's turn for the big screen treatment. There was (a now famous) script for the film written by Tom Mankiewicz, who polished the notoriously awful early drafts of Superman: The Movie, as well as someJames Bond films like Live and Let Die and The Spy Who Loved Me. Mankiewicz'sBatman was similar in tone to Donner's Superman, and would have been an origin story for the Caped Crusader. Other details include that it would have had multiple villains (Joker and Penguin) and that it had a big Bond-esque set-piece for the climax. One of the possibilities to direct the film was Joe Dante, who was coming off hot after Gremlins.

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Dante was interested in the project, but ended up declining the offer. He was on the fence, and apparently he started thinking a lot about the Joker and who would have played the villain. His number one choice for the part was John Lithgow (3rd Rock from the Sun), though the actor was never offered the part. As Dante remembers there was a specific reason he realized he wasn't right for the job. He said:

"I wanted to hire John Lithgow for that part because I had met him onThe Twilight Zone movie. And for whatever reason, I started to gravitate more towards The Joker than towards Batman. And I actually woke up one night and I said to myself, 'I can't do this movie---I'm more interested in The Joker than I am in Batman, and that's not the way it should be.'"

When remembering the script, Dante recalls that its tone was somewhere between the 1960's Adam West TV version and Chris Nolan's famous Dark Knight trilogy, and that it was very "outlandish." It's important to note that Mankiewicz's script was entirely different from Sam Hamm's script for Tim Burton's 1989 Batman. That script was created from the ground up, with plenty of classic Burton flair.

It's the Batman movie that never was, but it would be incredibly interesting to see. 1989's Batman is responsible for shaping the perception of Batman and cementing his place in movie theaters. It makes you wonder how different things would be if Tom Mankiewicz's script had ever gotten off the ground.

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Edward Snowden just made an impassioned argument for why privacy is the most important right

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Edward Snowden came to Hollywood Wednesday night, although via webcam.

The American NSA whistleblower, who's currently living in Russia, joined a Q&A for a screening in New York City of the new Oliver Stone-directed film "Snowden," about Snowden's life and his decision to leak NSA documents in 2013 exposing the extent of government surveillance on private citizens.

The real Snowden joined Stone, star Joseph Gordon-Levitt (playing Snowden in the film), Shailene Woodley (playing Snowden's girlfriend Lindsay Mills, who has joined him in Russia), and interviewer Matt Zoller Seitz in a conversation that was telecast in theaters across the country.

At one point, Seitz said to Snowden, "There are still people who hear your story and respond, 'Well, you can't make an omelette without breaking a few eggs. If you aren't doing anything wrong, you have nothing to worry about.'" In other words, the thinking sometimes goes, surveillance is necessary for national security and shouldn't concern law-abiding citizens.

When asked what he says to that argument, Snowden gave a lengthy and passionate response taking down exactly that kind of thinking.

"The common argument we have — if you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear — the origins of that are literally Nazi propaganda," Snowden said. (Note: While the quote is widely attributed to Nazi Minister of Propaganda Joseph Goebbels, its exact origins appear to be unclear.)

"So when we hear modern politicians, modern people repeating that reflexively without confronting its origins, what it really stands for, I think that's harmful," he continued.

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Snowden also said that the "if you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear" argument "doesn't make sense." He believe privacy is in fact the "fountainhead" of rights, from which other freedoms flow.

"Because privacy isn’t about something to hide. Privacy is about something to protect. That’s who you are," he said. "Privacy is baked into our language, our core concepts of government and self in every way. It’s why we call it 'private property.' Without privacy you don’t have anything for yourself."

When people tell him they don't fear surveillance because they have nothing to hide, Snowden says he tells them: "Arguing that you don’t care about privacy because you have nothing to hide is like arguing that you don’t care about free speech because you have nothing to say."

Read Snowden's full remarks about privacy below:

"One of the most important things I think we all have a duty collectively in society to think about is when we’re directed to think a certain way and accept a certain argument reflexively without actually tackling it.

"The common argument we have — if you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear — the origins of that are literally Nazi propaganda. This is not to equate the actions of our current government to the Nazis, but that is the literal origin of that quote. It's from the Minister of Propahganda Joseph Goebbels.

"So when we hear modern politicians, modern people repeating that reflexively without confronting its origins, what it really stands for, I think that's harmful.

"And if we actually think about it, it doesn’t make sense. Because privacy isn’t about something to hide. Privacy is about something to protect. That’s who you are. That's what you believe in. Privacy is the right to a self. Privacy is what gives you the ability to share with the world who you are on your own terms. For them to understand what you’re trying to be and to protect for yourself the parts of you you’re not sure about, that you’re still experimenting with.

"If we don’t have privacy, what we’re losing is the ability to make mistakes, we’re losing the ability to be ourselves. Privacy is the fountainhead of all other rights. Freedom of speech doesn’t have a lot of meaning if you can’t have a quiet space, a space within yourself, your mind, your community, your friends, your family, to decide what it is you actually want to say.

"Freedom of religion doesn’t mean that much if you can’t figure out what you actually believe without being influenced by the criticisms of outside direction and peer pressure. And it goes on and on.

"Privacy is baked into our language, our core concepts of government and self in every way. It’s why we call it 'private property.' Without privacy you don’t have anything for yourself.

"So when people say that to me I say back, arguing that you don’t care about privacy because you have nothing to hide is like arguing that you don’t care about free speech because you have nothing to say."

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The Harley Quinn spin-off movie you’ve been wanting is officially in the works

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While the DC Extended Universe actually began with 2013’s Man of Steel, Warner Bros’ attempt to build a comic book universe gained plenty of wanted and unwanted attention this year. The release of Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad were two of the most divisive films of the year so far and people have not stopped talking about either since their respective releases.

Both WB/DC films received heaps of critical lashings, exemplified by their sub-par Rotten Tomatoes scores, however they both proved to be extremely profitable. Additionally, while each movie didn’t reach the heights that the studio expected, they did produce some standout characters who seem custom-made for their own adventures in film. Aquaman, The Flash, Deadshot, Wonder Woman, and Harley Quinn, all proved to be characters worthy of future investments by the studio and that’s exactly what WB intends to do.

This past August, Margot Robbie stole the show in Suicide Squad and Warner Bros has definitely taken notice. According to a report from THR, actress and producer Robbie has signed a first-look producing deal, which includes a spin-off movie featuring her bat-wielding clown, Harley Quinn. Here is how the trade described her deal:

The actress already has two projects set at Warners: a Suicide Squad spinoff for her character Harley Quinn (as well as other DC heroines) that she will executive produce and an adaptation of Dean N. Jensen’s Queen of the Air to which she is attached to star.

There has been a lot of contradicting rumors about the eventual Harley Quinn spin-off and how it would fit into the DCEU landscape. The initial speculation on the movie’s premise focused on the “love” affair between Harley Quinn and the Joker, while other rumors have pointed towards a story that centers around DC’s “Birds of Prey.” Judging from these reports, WB and Robbie seem to be leaning towards the latter. However in truth, the project should ultimately become an amalgam of all of those story elements.

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Aside from the DCEU drama, Warner Bros has taken a proactive approach to cultivating and keeping their talent in house. Robbie’s recent film’s exemplify the studio’s philosophy of keeping their actors and directors on their own studio lot. Just in the past year, the 26-year-old actress has had starring roles in Focus and The Legend of Tarzan along with her contribution to Suicide Squad which has grossed over $700 million dollars to date worldwide. So keeping the talented actress in the fold seems to make sense for both sides. Once a writer and director are formerly announced, the direction of the upcoming film will come into focus. Hopefully, this is another positive step for both WB and the future of the DCEU.

Suicide Squad is now playing in theaters. Wonder Woman opens in theaters on June 2, 2017, followed by Justice League on November 17, 2017; Aquaman on July 27, 2018; an untitled DC Film on October 5, 2018; Shazam on April 5, 2019; Justice League 2 on June 14, 2019; an untitled DC film on November 1, 2019; Cyborg on April 3, 2020; and Green Lantern Corps on July 24, 2020. The FlashThe Batman solo movie, Dark Universe and Man of Steel 2 are currently without a release dates.

Source: THR

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Here's when 'Shrek 5' will hit theaters, according to Eddie Murphy

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shrekHollywood hates killing cash cows. If your franchise is earning money, it's likely going to get another movie. That's how we ended up with so many Police Academy movies. And when your franchise stops earning money, you might go to TV. (Right, Shailene Woodley?) Eddie Murphy knows this, which is why he confirmed in a recent interview that plans for Shrek 5 are rolling right along. And he even updated us on what he knows about a release date. Murphy said:

"They took a nice long break [after 2010's Shrek Forever After]. The next Shrek ... I think Jeffrey [Katzenberg, producer] told me 2019? 2019 or 2020, it will be ready. But they've got a good script, they wrote a nice good script."

That's the closest we have come to confirmation that Shrek 5 (or whatever they will choose to call it) is coming to theaters. Most recently, we had reported that Universal and its animation partners at Illumination Entertainment were exploring options, but there was no hard confirmation on a script, or any talent involvement. If DreamWorks Animation head Jeffrey Katzenberg is sharing progress like this with Eddie Murphy, who has voiced Donkey in every Shrek movie and TV program since the very beginning, then it feels like Shrek 5 is an inevitable certainty. As Murphy also explains in this interview with Collider:

"Anything that's been as successful as Shrek, anything that people really like, they're always going to make those movies. They don't stop making those types of movies until the audience says 'no more!' If it's been successful you'll see another Toy Story, and Shrek is one of those movies."

Animation tends to be a lot more forgiving on the passage of time. Ten years can pass between Shrek Forever After and a possible Shrek 5 in 2020 because the voices behind the characters don't change. So it's not like seeing old Arnold Schwarzenegger in another Terminator movie. Shrek 5 can have the same energy and humor that we have come to expect from the series.

The question now becomes, who else besides Eddie Murphy is on board? There are three names that a potential Shrek 5 will need, and none are bigger than Mike Myers. The Canadian funny man, and the voice of Shrek, hasn't acted in years, though he did participate in the SNL 40 anniversary special... as one of his other famous characters.

Outside of Murphy and Myers, Shrek 5 definitely would need Cameron Diaz, and likely Antonio Banderas, although he did spin his Puss in Boots character off into a standalone movie, and doesn't NEED to come back. So, are you willing to wait three or four more years for another Shrek movie? Weigh in below.

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The surprising real ages of actors when they were cast in famous teenage roles

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Age is but a number, and you don't have to be a teenager to play one on TV or film.

While some actors are closer in age to their character counterparts, others can be two or even 15 years older than the characters they portray.

Here are 12 celebrities who are well-known for their teen roles, even though they weren't teens at the time.

Troian Bellisario was cast as Spencer Hastings on "Pretty Little Liars," an 18-year-old high school student.



In real life, Bellisario is 30. She was 24 when she was cast as the high school junior. The character has since graduated college after a five-year time jump.



Minka Kelly played high-school cheerleader Lyla Garrity in "Friday Night Lights."



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The best movies on Amazon Prime right now

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How many hours have we all lost the endless streaming scroll? Aiming for a little kick back, you end up perusing title after title, intent on finding just the right movie, ultimately unsure what to chose in the face of overwhelming options. Fret not, the Collider staff did all that scrolling for you, scanning through the catalogue in search of the best picks for an entertaining night in, and putting together a wide-ranging list of the best movies currently available for streaming on Amazon Prime. What’s more, we’ll be updating the list regularly with additional picks, so you won’t run out of viewing material any time soon. The list spans genres, decades, and ratings, so there should be a little something for everyone, but if you can’t find what you’re looking for below (and you’re a multi-platform streamer), be sure to check out our picks for the best tv shows and best movies on Netflix.

Adventureland

Written and Directed by: Greg Mottola

Cast: Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, Ryan Reynolds, Bill Hader, Kristen Wiig, and Martin Starr

Considering the awe-inspiring comic breakout that Jonah Hill provided inSuperbad, it’s easy to forget the masterful, intimate work that director Greg Mottola put into the film, how buoyant and yet inarguably thoughtful he made the narrative even beyond the barrage of top-shelf guffaws, both physical and verbal. For his follow-up, Adventureland, the director didn’t stray too far from that subject matter, focusing on the summer in-between Jesse Eisenberg’s James Brennan’s senior year in high school and freshman year in college. Nevertheless, the slight shift in time is echoed in the wry, pickled tone of the film, which charts James’ summer job at the titular amusement park and the barbed yet tender romance he begins with co-worker Em (Kristen Stewart). Mottola lines the narrative with plenty of laughs, including an almost unsettling amount of nut-shots, and exquisite personal detail – I almost screamed with joy when Husker Du’s “Don’t Want to Know If You’re Lonely” started playing in James’ car.

Still, the roots of Adventureland’s emotional wallop are in disappointment. James is forced to take this job due to his father’s own professional and personal troubles, and his own revelations about Em and her involvement with the park’s married mechanic (a toned down, surprisingly nuanced Ryan Reynolds) tears down our hero’s idealism, sensitivity, and reason. Mottola doesn’t spare the pain and humiliation that comes with these happenings, but his ultimate suggestion is that disappointment, the shattering of expectations, is supremely healthy and can lead to grown and something like peace, if one can survive all the bitterness. When the film ends victoriously with INXS’ “Don’t Change,” the lyrics reflect the film’s shimmering wisdom of knowing that there’s only so much you can do about the world around you, but the possibilities of the internal are infinite.  — Chris Cabin



Batman: The Movie

Director: Leslie H. Martinson

Writer: Lorenzo Semple Jr.

Cast: Adam West, Burt Ward, Caesar Romano, Lee Merriwether, Burgess Meredith, Frank Gorshin

While the grittiness of the modern Batman movies has its place, there’s also something to be said for the sheer joy and delight the 1966 Batman: The Moviebrings to the character.  Whether it’s in the form of Bat-shark-repellant or turning world leaders into vials of colored sand, the movie is an absolute blast that takes the “dark” out of “Dark Knight” but makes the character and his world so much more fun in exchange. – Matt Goldberg



Coherence

Written and Directed by: James Ward Byrkit

Cast: Nicholas Brendan, Emily Baldoni, Maury Sterling, Lorene Scafaria, Elizabeth Gracen, Hugo Armstrong, Alex Manugian, Lauren Maher

Shot over the course of five nights with an almost entirely improvised script,Coherence is a tremendous feature film debut from Gore Verbinski‘s frequent storyboard artist James Ward Byrkit, and one of the best original science fiction concepts in recent memory. Set at a dinner party reunion among old friends on the night of a rare astronomical event, tensions rise as the laws of science and the firmaments of reality bend and break over the course of one mind-bending night. Part sci-fi, part horror, the no-budget chamber piece succeeds not by banking on its fantastic concept, but seeing that concept to its completion through honest character arcs and the unsettling reality that there’s nothing more frightening than the way we perceive ourselves. – Haleigh Foutch



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How Netflix's new Amanda Knox documentary makes you completely rethink the case

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On November 1, 2007, in Perugia, Italy, 21-year-old Meredith Kercher was found murdered in the bedroom of an apartment she was sharing with two Italian women and a 20-year-old American exchange student named Amanda Knox. Knox and her boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, said they realized something was wrong when they discovered Kercher's door was locked, drops of blood in the bathroom, and a broken bedroom window. They proceeded to call the police.

What followed is a sensational story that tabloid journalists went crazy over, and which ended with Knox spending four years in an Italian prison following the murder, for which she was convicted, until she was ultimately acquitted.

Five years after being freed from prison because of DNA contamination and a year after Italy's highest court exonerated her, a new documentary, "Amanda Knox," delivers the definitive tell-all of the events.

To be released by Netflix on September 30, the movie had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival and received rave reviews for its in-depth investigation of every aspect of the Knox saga told by many of the main players, including Knox.

Directors Rod Blackhurst and Brian McGinn, like most people in the world, couldn't get over how much media made the case a sensation. By 2011, when they started work on the movie, the Knox story dominated headlines once again when she was freed from prison.

"I think that for us we were a little bit confused by why it was so big and also how something that starts as an undeniable tragedy and a terrible act of violence becomes a piece of front-page news and that then becomes entertainment," McGinn told Business Insider at TIFF. "So we thought it would be interesting in looking at how that happens and to try to get really deep inside to the roots of what really causes that kind of story."

"There were so many headlines, and so many stories, and yet people didn't seem to have any further clarity," Blackhurst added.

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What "Amanda Knox" reveals is how crucial mistakes in the handling of the crime scene and a false confession by Knox led to complete dysfunction in the case. But it also shows how journalists became obsessed with Knox.

Footage of her kissing Sollecito and showing little remorse for what happened to her roommate by the time news cameras arrived at the crime scene started the narrative. In the weeks and months to follow, Knox was branded as sex-crazed, and as the investigation continued, the theory was that Kercher was a victim in some deviant crime of passion involving Knox and Sollecito.

Though before this film, Knox had done the big TV interviews and a book once back in the US, Blackhurst and McGinn still felt Knox hadn't opened up and given her side of the story, and neither had Sollecito, nor the lead investigator of the murder, Italian detective Giuliano Mignini.

"All of them felt this narrative the media put out there was not representative of who they were and we wanted to understand from a human point of view what it would feel like to have that applied to you and what it felt like to be caught up in these events and circumstances," Blackhurst said.

So the filmmakers began trying to get access to everyone who was involved. But they made it clear that they would not move on the film until their subjects were comfortable.

"We met Amanda and Raffaele when they were acquitted in 2011, but it wasn't until 2013 that she decided, on her own, that she was ready to talk," Blackhurst said. "That was always very important to us to say we're not going to come and dine and dash, we're not trying to steal something out of your mouth and leak it on Twitter as quickly as possible. We want to put in the time to understand you as people."

They shot Knox for the first time in 2014. Once she signed on, Raffaele, Mignini, and others including Nick Pisa, who broke many of the stories about the case for the Daily Mail, also agreed to talk.

But then there was explaining to an audience what likely happened to Kercher, and that meant diving into DNA evidence and deciding how to deliver the information as simply as possible.

The filmmakers used graphics to point out that Knox was never in the room where Kercher died, according to the DNA present in the room. They also showed that DNA evidence linking Knox to the knife thought to be used as the murder weapon was inconclusive.

"Initially we thought the graphics would be more complex," McGinn said, "but what we realized quickly was the only way to keep it a human story and feel empathy for the people involved was to put it in more layman's terms."

Along with the graphics, McGinn and Blackhurst got the DNA experts from the trial to be in the movie. They had never previously done an interview about this case.

The filmmakers are most proud of bringing much-needed context to the moments that were only captured in small news bites around the world when the case was happening.

In "Amanda Knox," we get never-before-heard audio recordings of Amanda and her mother speaking in prison, and some added clarity to the footage everyone remembers of Knox kissing Sollecito outside the murder scene. The documentary explains through interviews with Knox and Sollecito that it was not what it seemed.

"You can feel what it felt like for those people to be caught up at that time," Blackhurst said of the movie. "You're able to give context to this one little bit because you now can see and hear from them."

"Amanda Knox" will be available on Netflix September 30.

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The 16 best Tom Hanks movies ever, ranked

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For over three decades, Tom Hanks has been almost every type of character.

Starting his career as a funnyman on the TV series "Bosom Buddies" and then taking his nice-guy style to the big screen in romantic comedies like "Splash" and "The Money Pit," Hanks moved to more dramatic work in 1993 with his Oscar-winning role as an AIDS patient in "Philadelphia."

Since then, Hanks has gone back and forth, showing his diverse talents but often playing characters who, deep down, are upstanding men.

In Hanks' latest role, playing "Miracle on the Hudson" pilot Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger in the Clint Eastwood-directed "Sully" (out Friday), he again shows he's the Jimmy Stewart of our era.

Here are Hanks' 16 best performances in movies ever, ranked:

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16. Rick Gassko in “Bachelor Party” (1984)

In one of his first movie roles, Hanks is great as a soon-to-be-married guy who tries to stay out of trouble after his friends throw a wild bachelor party for him.



15. Walter Fielding Jr. in “The Money Pit” (1986)

Another classic from Hanks' romantic-comedy days, in which he plays opposite Shelley Long as a couple who struggle to repair a broken-down house they've bought. Hanks' physical comedy is at its best here.



14. James B. Donovan in “Bridge of Spies” (2015)

For most actors, a role like this in a Steven Spielberg movie is a highlight in their filmography. For Hanks, it's a strong performance but hard to compare to the others higher on this list.



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