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26 famous movies that almost didn't happen


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The lavish lifestyles of Hollywood’s more famous actors and filmmakers may hint at a world of glamour and cash, but as this list proves, the process of actually putting a movie together is rarely a dignified process.

What follows is a lengthy catalogue of ill-advised location choices, tantrums, dreadful acts of God, spiked bowls of soup, dangerous lions, bruised egos, broken bones and shattered dreams.

For the prospective filmmaker, this article could be read as a cautionary tale of just how badly wrong a production can go – though in order to keep the tone relatively light, we’ve excised those film productions that ended in tragedy (you’ll have to look elsewhere to discover the sad stories behind Twilight Zone: The Movie and The Crow).

Nevertheless, we suggest you pour yourself a strong drink before delving into the following accounts…

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The Wizard Of Oz (1939)

Now rightly regarded as a classic, the glittering quality of MGM’s The Wizard Of Oz gives little clue to its fraught production process. Although Victor Fleming is widely credited as director, no fewer than five other directors were involved at various points in its making. Similarly, its script was credited to Noel Langley, Florence Ryerson and Edgar Allan Woolff (such a fabulous name), but 17 writers had an uncredited hand in it, among them poet Ogden Nash.

The script was finally completed in late 1938, and shooting commenced. It was chaos. Directors were hired and then quickly relieved of duty. Tin Man actor Buddy Ebsen had to be replaced because he was allergic to his aluminium make-up, and was replaced by Jack Haley. The dog who played Dorothy’s loyal companion, Toto, misbehaved, resulting in ruined take after ruined take. Margaret Hamilton, who played The Wicked Witch of the West, was burned during the filming of a Munchkinland scene.

Even after the shoot was complete, the troubles continued. Various scenes had to be reshot, and when a two-hour version of the movie was shown to test audiences in June 1939, there were complaints that it was too long.

Miraculously, The Wizard Of Oz’s nightmarish production difficulties were never apparent on the big screen – and unlike some other films on this list, it remains a timelessly entertaining fantasy.

Cleopatra (1963)

Cleopatra was big. Its stars were 60s icons, its sets were huge, its budget vast. In fact, when its budget is adjusted for inflation, the film remains the most expensive ever made.

Remarkably, Fox had only planned to spend $2 million on making Cleopatra– a rather optimistic figure in hindsight, given that the production managed to burn through $4 million before a single frame had been shot. Liz Taylor was given $1 million to play the lead role, a sum which, like everything else on the film, soon ballooned wildly out of control.

Director Joseph L Mankievitz was brought in to replace Rouben Mamoulian shortly after filming began. The production was subjected to repeated delays, as various actors came and went and Taylor fell seriously ill. Elaborate sets were built in London but went unused when the production relocated to Rome. An early cut of the film weighed in at a mighty six hours; at the behest of Fox, this was hacked down to just three.

By the time Cleopatra was released, it had rung up a cost of $44 million – a sum that very nearly destroyed its studio. Even though the movie was a hit, it struggled to make back much more than its huge budget. The result is one of the most wildly opulent, lumbering historical epics ever made.

Doctor Dolittle (1967)

This musical adaptation of Hugh Lofting’s books had just about everything you could imagine from a troubled production: a difficult star (Rex Harrison), terrible weather, wayward animals, expensive reshoots and poorly-chosen locations.

One of our favourite anecdotes from Dr Dolittle? How about the decision to build a huge artificial dam in the Wiltshire village of Castle Combe. The construction deeply annoyed local residents - as did the film production’s insistence that TV aerials had to be removed from several houses in the area. One day, famous explorer Ranulph Fiennes (then still in the SAS) decided to blow up the dam with flares and plastic explosive. According to the Guardian, Fiennes was fined £500.

By the time Dr Dolittle had finished filming, it had vastly overshot its original budget of $6m. The final spend was a shade over $17m - a hefty sum for the time. Just to rub salt in the wound, the movie made less than half of its outlay back in cinemas.

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12 books you should read before they become movies this year


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The year is ending, which means the best movies are all about to come out. 

But as you might expect, a lot of those movies are based on popular, acclaimed, and award-winning books. And while you don't always have to read the book before watching the movie, some of these novels, nonfiction books, comics, and short stories are excellent. 

Here are the book-to-movie adaptations coming out this fall. We included the release dates for each movie, so you know how much time you have left to read the books.

Benedict Cumberbatch will star in the next Marvel movie, "Doctor Strange," which takes its plot points from the comic book series. The original books are available on Marvel Unlimited, or you can check out the more recent "Doctor Strange" series published by Marvel.

Release date: November 4

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The French novel "Oh..." by Philippe Djian is the basis for "Elle," a wild thriller starring Isabelle Huppert about a woman who's raped and then stalks her assailant.

Release date: November 11

Buy the book here >>

"Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk" by Ben Fountain is one of the most acclaimed comic novels of the past few years. The satirical story about an Iraq War Veteran being celebrated at the Super Bowl is directed by Oscar-winner Ang Lee.

Release date: November 11

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29 movies you have to see this holiday season



Now it's going to get good.

We have hit the prestige movie season. While some get excited about the summer and its big blockbusters, 2016 didn't have the most exciting summer at the cineplex. Others (like me) love when the holidays are upon us because that's when the Oscar-worthy movies come out on a weekly basis.

Yes, there are still some major blockbuster releases that shouldn't be ignored like "Rogue One,""Doctor Strange," and "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them," but there are also dramas like "Manchester by the Sea,""La La Land," and Martin Scorsese's long-awaited "Silence."

Here are 29 titles coming out by the end of the year that you shouldn't miss:

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"Doctor Strange" - November 4

For the first time the Marvel Cinematic Universe is delving into the mystical realm of the comics and the result doesn't disappoint. "Doctor Strange" is a worthy origin story, but the dazzling special effects are what will stay with you.

"Hacksaw Ridge" - November 4

Mel Gibson has been locked in a PR nightmare for the last 10 years following a DUI arrest during which he made anti-Semitic remarks. But it seems like time has healed those wounds at least enough that his latest directing effort is winning over audiences. It stars Andrew Garfield as a World War II medic who becomes the first conscientious objector in American history to be awarded the Medal of Honor.

"Trolls" - November 4

Anna Kendrick and Justin Timberlake are just a few of the stars who lend their voices in this animated comedy about a pair of Trolls who set out on an adventure to rescue their friends.

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Johnny Depp makes a cameo in 'Fantastic Beasts' and will star in the sequel


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Johnny Depp has joined the cast of the "Harry Potter" spin-off franchise, "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them."

The news broke Tuesday night as journalists who saw an early screening of the Warner Bros. movie, which opens November 18, reported that Depp makes a very brief cameo. Deadline then confirmed that Depp will star in the sequel, though there are no details yet on who he is playing.

The sequel is slated for release on November 16, 2018.

Depp has been spending most of his time jumping from the "Pirates of the Caribbean" franchise (the next entry, "Dead Men Tell No Tales," comes out in May 2017) to "Alice in Wonderland" in the last few years.

Depp will also star in the latest adaptation of "Murder on the Orient Express," which comes out in November 2017.

"Harry Potter" author and "Fantastic Beasts" screenwriter J.K. Rowling said in October that there will be five films made in the "Fantastic Beasts" franchise.

"Fantastic Beasts" stars Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander, who finds himself in a jam in 1920s New York City when his magical beasts escape from his briefcase.

Business Insider reached out to Warner Bros. for comment but did not receive an immediate response.

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Why one of Martin Scorsese's closest collaborators never watches his movies early


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Paul Schrader has known Martin Scorsese for close to 40 years, but the screenwriter responsible for penning early Scorsese classics like "Taxi Driver,""Raging Bull," and "The Last Temptation of Christ" has no interest in being one of the early viewers of Scorsese's works in progress.

"I see Marty a lot, but I would never want to be in that position to be an early viewer of any of his films," Schrader told Business Insider while promoting his next movie "Dog Eat Dog" (opening November 4).

That includes Scorsese's long-awaited "Silence," which is coming out in December. It's a project the Oscar-winning director has been trying to make for two decades.

Schrader told us he hasn't seen it yet. And he noted that Scorsese is taking all of November to do sound mixing on the movie for its December release.

"I would be uncomfortable," Schrader said of the idea of seeing an early cut.

Schrader, of course, has become a storied director in his own right, from early works like "American Gigolo" and "Cat People" to the more recent Lindsay Lohan vehicle "The Canyons."

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Here are the first photos of Disney's live-action 'Beauty and the Beast' with Emma Watson


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Disney has been very tight-lipped about its live-action "Beauty and the Beast" movie coming out in March 2017.

But Entertainment Weekly got exclusive photos of the movie, which will star Emma Watson as Belle and Dan Stevens as The Beast. And the images look pretty stellar.

The movie will also star Ian McKellan as Cogsworth (the clock), Ewan McGregor as Lumière (the candelabra), and Luke Evans as Gaston.

"Beauty and the Beast" has been made into a movie several times, but the 1991 Disney animated film is beloved by millennials, who will no doubt go to the Emma Watson version in droves.

Apparently Watson herself was one of those kids who loved the Disney animated classic. 

"I can’t even think how many times I watched it as a child," the former "Harry Potter" star told EW in its cover story on the new "Beast.""I knew all the words by heart. I knew all the songs by heart."

Check out the images on EW's site or when the issue hits newsstands November 4.

Needless to say, fans are salivating for even more.

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Here are the stars of the new live-action 'Beauty and the Beast' — and who they're playing


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One of the greatest animated movies of all time, Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" (1991), is getting the live-action treatment.

The new version is coming out March 17, 2017, and people are extremely excited about it. 

Though Disney has been quiet about the project since a teaser trailer came out in May, Entertainment Weekly has posted exclusive photos from the movie to build back up the excitement, along with quotes about it.

To get you even more excited, here's a look at the flesh-and-blood stars who will be bringing to life the unforgettable characters from the 1991 animated version:

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Emma Watson as Belle.

The star from the "Harry Potter" movies will be playing the lead role of the young girl who falls in love with the Beast.

Dan Stevens as Beast.

Known for his roles in "Downton Abbey" and the horror-thriller hit "The Guest," he will play the prince who is turned into the Beast.

Ewan McGregor as Lumière.

Before we see the star in the sequel to "Trainspotting" and "Fargo" season three, he'll play the Beast's loyal maître d'.

See the rest of the story at Business Insider

Disney is having its best box-office year ever and is about to set a new industry record


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Thanks to a few surprise performers and its heavy hitters doing as projected, Disney is just days away from breaking the company's box-office record.

The house that Walt built is also looking to set a new industry record by the time 2016 is over.

The studio has earned $5.81 billion in global ticket sales as of November 1, according to Variety, and will likely surpass the $6 billion mark after this weekend's worldwide opening of "Doctor Strange," a Marvel movie.

Disney's previous record-setting year was 2015, with $5.84 billion in worldwide total gross ("Star Wars: The Force Awakens" played a big part in that).

But the industry record was set by Universal last year with $6.89 billion, thanks to hits like "Jurassic World" and "Furious 7."

finding dory trailer poster internationalThis year, it seems everything Disney releases turns to gold. "Zootopia" and "The Jungle Book" did better than anyone expected ("Zootopia" surpassed $1 billion worldwide, "The Jungle Book" is just under that mark). And "Finding Dory" as well as "Captain America: Civil War" were the huge blockbusters everyone thought they would be ("Dory" and "Civil War" are slots one and two, respectively, in the top domestic earners of 2016).

The strength of Disney's Marvel and Pixar properties mask the few disappointments the studio has had so far, such as "Alice Through the Looking Glass" and "The BFG."

But Disney isn't through yet. After "Doctor Strange," it still has coming out this year "Moana" and "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story," the first standalone "Star Wars" film.

Earlier this year, Disney became the fastest studio to ever hit the $2 billion domestic mark, $3 billion international, and $5 billion globally in one year.

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The highly anticipated 'Dark Tower' movie has been postponed


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It looks like you'll have to wait a little longer to see one of Stephen King's most beloved books hit the big screen.

Though filming is complete on Sony's anticipated "The Dark Tower" adaptation, getting the visual effects done by its projected February 2017 release has turned out to be too ambitious. The movie will now be postponed for summer 2017, according to Entertainment Weekly.

King's mashup of the Wild West and magicians has brought on big stars. In the film, a gunslinger (Idris Elba) and a sorcerer (Matthew McConaughey) seek out a mystical tower. But according to EW, the modestly budgeted $60 million movie was at a fork in the road: either flood in millions more to get the VFX right to meet the February release date, or push the release.

Postponing also helps Sony give the film a less rushed publicity campaign (there still hasn't been an official trailer launched yet). The studio hopes it will turn into a franchise.

Producers certainly have enough material for it. It took King seven novels to tell the entire "Dark Tower" story. And there have been short stories and a comic-book series.

Business Insider reached out to Sony for comment but did not get an immediate response.

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Ewan McGregor reunites with bad influences and bad drugs in the 'Trainspotting 2' trailer


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It's been 20 years since director Danny Boyle gave us the drug-fueled "Trainspotting," a cult classic that made Ewan McGregor an international star, and Boyle one of the hottest directors around.

Now Boyle, McGregor, and the rest of the original cast have returned for "T2: Trainspotting."

It looks like Renton (McGregor), Sick Boy (Johnny Lee Miller), Spud (Ewan Bremner), and Francis (Robert Carlyle) haven't changed much. Renton's "choose life" motto has once more been compromised by bad influences and even worse drugs.

What's amazing is how much the ahead-of-its-time black comedy still feels relevant.

Watch the trailer below. "Trainspotting 2" comes out February 3 in limited release and February 10 nationwide.

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It looks like there will be a sequel to 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo'


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People have asked whether "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo," the English-language adaptation of Steig Larsson's hit novel, would be getting a sequel since the movie opened in 2011. Five years later it looks like we're getting closer. 

Sony is looking to bring on director Fede Alvarez to continue the dark adventures of journalist Mikael Blomkvist and hacker Lisbeth Salander, according to Variety. Alvarez is a rising star at the moment over at the studio, as he directed one of the summer's biggest box office surprises, "Don't Breathe" for Sony Screen Gems, which has earned over $150 million worldwide (on a $9.9 million budget).    

David Fincher ("Fight Club,""Gone Girl") directed the 2011 "Tattoo" with Rooney Mara playing Salander and Daniel Craig as Blomkvist with plans of making adaptations of the two books that followed, "The Girl Who Played with Fire" and "The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest." But he finally left the project due to creative differences with the heads at Sony (there was a Swedish film adaptation of "Tattoo" made in 2009, as well as for the two books that followed).

Alvarez will not be picking up where Fincher left off. Instead, he will take on the fourth book that was released in 2015, "The Girl in the Spider's Web," written by David Lagercrantz (Larsson died in 2004), according to Variety.

The story follows Blomkvist and Salander as they head into a world of underworld spies and cybercriminals.

Sony quickly snatched up the rights to the book and have fast tracked the movie version to be made by next year.

There's no word yet if Mara or Craig will reprise their roles. Business Insider reached out to Sony for comment.

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Why critics are in love with 'Doctor Strange,' Marvel's 'most exciting spectacle'


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The trippiest Marvel movie yet, "Doctor Strange" (opening Friday) is visually stunning, and you should make every effort to see it in 3D, on the biggest screen possible, to get its full effect.

The story follows Dr. Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), who tries to get his old life back after a horrific car accident by seeking out Eastern medicine. Instead, he finds enlightenment in the form of the mystical arts. And gets pretty good at it, too.

With a 91% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and a projected $65 million-$70 million opening weekend, the movie looks to be the next big hit for Disney/Marvel.

But if you need more convincing, here are some of the things the top critics love about it:

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It's really, really cool to just sit and stare at.

The biggest highlight for critics has been the stunning visual work on "Doctor Strange." From Strange pinballing through different dimensions to city buildings folding up "Inception"-style, the movie is a thrill for the eyeballs.

ScreenCrush calls it "easily the studio’s most exciting spectacle to date," referring to Marvel.

You might feel like you're on drugs, if you aren't actually on them.

"'Doctor Strange' is also, notably, much more mature than its predecessors, and the first blockbuster of the modern superhero era ideally viewed on a magic mushroom trip — all the better to process the stunningly trippy and surprisingly spiritual kaleidoscopic jaunts Strange takes into the astral plane, pulling us along into the rabbit hole,"The Daily Beast wrote.

There's a strong origin story, even though you've seen it before.

The smart aleck who's knocked down and becomes humbled while dusting himself off has been done before by Marvel with "Iron Man." But Marvel has the formula down so well for cinematic origin stories that though the plot of "Doctor Strange" is nothing new, it gets the job done.

"True, 'Doctor Strange' is an origin story, and occasionally hemmed in by the genre’s narrative requirements," The Wrap wrote, "but it’s smart enough to bring in great British actors to make the predictable paces and life lessons feel fresh and fascinating." 

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There’s a new ‘Wonder Woman’ trailer out and it may be the movie to save the DC superhero universe


wonder woman gal gadotWarner Bros. released the official trailer for the "Wonder Woman" Thursday and she may just be the DC superhero Warner Bros. needs right now to save its lackluster film franchise onscreen.

"Wonder Woman" will tell the origin story of the super heroine, aka Diana Prince. The heroine, played by Gal Gadot, was one of the few bright spots critics loved in this year’s "Batman v Superman" movie.

The film will be the first real modern superhero movie across the DC, Marvel, and Fox’s "X-Men" cinematic universes to give the stage to a woman.

The movie will also star Chris Pine as Prince’s love interest. You’ll be able to see the trailer in theaters this weekend in front of "Doctor Strange."

"Wonder Woman" will hit theaters June 9.

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How Mel Gibson achieved the ultimate Hollywood comeback in 2016


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There may not be a literal "movie jail" in Hollywood, but it's still real — just ask Mel Gibson.

Ten years ago, the once-superstar actor and Oscar-winning director was arrested on a DUI charge on the Pacific Coast Highway in California. It was neither the first or last time a movie star will meet that fate, but it's the infamous, hate-filled rant he went on while being placed into a police car that caused his media implosion.

"F---ing Jews ... the Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world," the drunk Gibson slurred that evening in the leaked recording.

Gibson took his hits for the comments, made his public apologies, and met with Jewish leaders to ask for forgiveness.

All wasn't forgiven, but he was on the right track.

In 2010, however, the mega-talent agency William Morris Endeavor dropped Gibson after tapes surfaced of him going into a racist rant and making a death threat against his ex-girlfriend.

mel gibsonFor many in Hollywood, it was the last straw. They turned their backs on him. Since 2006, he's only starred in one studio-backed movie ("Edge of Darkness").

"I think he's essentially been blacklisted in the industry,""Lethal Weapon" screenwriter turned director Shane Black ("The Nice Guys") told Business Insider back in May. "I think people don't want to work with him."

There have been exceptions. Close friend Jodie Foster cast Gibson in her 2011 directing effort, "The Beaver," and Robert Downey Jr., who found support in Gibson when he had his own substance-abuse problems in the late 1990s, tried to convince Marvel Studios to hire Gibson to direct "Iron Man 3."

But mostly Gibson has been an outcast in Hollywood, and that was most evident in his directing efforts, which had dried up following 2006's "Apocalypto."

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As much as we love to see our stars knocked down a peg (whether we acknowledge it or not), we're even more excited when they stage a comeback. And that's where we are in Gibson's career trajectory right now.

On Friday, the Gibson-directed World War II drama "Hacksaw Ridge" opens in theaters. Along with being his first directing effort since 2006, it's also fueling the best press Gibson has gotten in a decade.

Gibson will receive a directing honor at the Hollywood Film Awards later this week, and at a recent screening for "Hacksaw Ridge" in Beverly Hills, he received a standing ovation. (The movie currently has a 89% ranking on Rotten Tomatoes.)

On Variety's "Playback" podcast, Gibson recently spoke about his 2006 arrest, and he was candid, though also much too defensive.

“Ten years have gone by,” Gibson said. “I’m feeling good. I’m sober, all of that kind of stuff, and for me it’s a dim thing in the past. But others bring it up, which kind of I find annoying, because I don’t understand why after 10 years it’s any kind of issue. Surely if I was really what they say I was, some kind of hater, there’d be evidence of actions somewhere. There never has been.

“I’ve never discriminated against anyone or done anything that sort of supports that reputation,” Gibson continued. “And for one episode in the back of a police car on eight double tequilas to sort of dictate all the work, life’s work, and beliefs, and everything else that I have and maintain for my life is really unfair.”

Obviously Gibson has some scars. But hopefully he's aware that in addition to "eight double tequilas" behind the wheel leading nowhere good, the drinks don't excuse the speech or ideas behind them.

It's likely Gibson will never again be the leading man of a studio movie, and perhaps he finds that doing gonzo movies like his most recent "Blood Father" works best for him.

But it's his directing work that might define him for the next decade, and if so, "Hacksaw Ridge," which is being released by Lionsgate, is the foundation for that.

Hacksaw Ridge Mike Rogers Lionsgate finalOscar buzz is building for "Ridge" star Andrew Garfield, who plays Desmond T. Doss, an Army medic who served during the Battle of Okinawa and refused to carry a gun. He would go on to become the first conscientious objector in American history to be awarded the Medal of Honor.

And it seems from the reaction that Gibson's work behind the camera (which earned him best director and best picture Oscar wins for "Braveheart" in 1996) is as moving and bloody as ever.

Even Lionsgate seems to be getting more comfortable touting Gibson. The first poster for "Ridge" didn't even have his name on it, reading instead "from the acclaimed director of 'Braveheart' and 'The Passion of the Christ.'" But TV spots this week call "Ridge""a film by Mel Gibson."

This is all leading to the best possible moment for Gibson to be thrust back into the global spotlight. He's working on a sequel to his mega-hit "The Passion of the Christ." Titled "The Resurrection," it will be "a huge undertaking" according to Gibson (a script is currently being developed).

"Passion of the Christ" had its own controversies surrounding it, of course, but no one could deny its devoted fans and box-office might. Given Gibson's slow climb back to relevance, a movie about the resurrection of Jesus seems like an oddly fitting comeback.

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A producer told Mila Kunis she would 'never work' again when she refused to pose naked


Mila KunisMila Kunis is no longer letting Hollywood’s gender bias go unnoticed. The actress penned a powerful letter in A Plus detailing the sexism she’s experienced throughout her career, including having a producer threaten her future in the entertainment industry.

“’You’ll never work in this town again.’ A cliché to be sure, but also what a producer threatened when I refused to pose semi-naked on the cover of a men’s magazine to promote our film,” she wrote. “I was no longer willing to subject myself to a naïve compromise that I had previously been willing to.”

Upset by his statement, she continued, writing, “‘I will never work in this town again?’ I was livid, I felt objectified, and for the first time in my career I said ‘no.’ And guess what? The world didn’t end. The film made a lot of money and I did work in this town again, and again, and again. What this producer may never realize is that he spoke aloud the exact fear every woman feels when confronted with gender bias in the workplace.”

During her career Kunis also noted, “There have been moments when I have been insulted, sidelined, paid less, creatively ignored, and otherwise diminished based on my gender.” Adding, “And always, I tried to give people the benefit of the doubt; maybe they knew more, maybe they had more experience, maybe there was something I was missing. I taught myself that to succeed as a woman in this industry I had to play by the rules of the boy’s club. But the older I got and the longer I worked in this industry, the more I realized that it’s bullshit! And, worse, that I was complicit in allowing it to happen.”

Writing that change isn’t coming fast enough for women, the 33-year-old explained how she began her own production company to shine light on important social issues and create her own content.

In the process of pitching a show to a major network, she received an email from a producer referring to Kunis as Ashton Kutcher’s “wife and baby momma.”

“He reduced my value to nothing more than my relationship to a successful man and my ability to bear children. It ignored my (and my team’s) significant creative and logistical contributions,” she stated. They removed their involvement in the project.

“It’s these very comments that women deal with day in and day out in offices, on calls, and in emails — microaggressions that devalue the contributions and worth of hard-working women,” she explained.

Now, moving forward, she states that she “is done comprising” and “done with being compromised.”

“So from this point forward, when I am confronted with one of these comments, subtle or overt, I will address them head on; I will stop in the moment and do my best to educate,” she wrote. “I cannot guarantee that my objections will be taken to heart, but at least now I am part of creating an environment where there is the opportunity for growth And if my comments fall on deaf ears, I will choose to walk away.”

Read the full essay here.

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I'm Jewish, and I'm not ready for a Mel Gibson comeback


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It's been over a decade since Mel Gibson was arrested in Malibu, California for a DUI. While being arrested, he shouted at the officer, "f*****g Jews... the Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world. Are you a Jew?"

After accusations of anti-Semitism were hurled at him for mega-blockbuster "The Passion of the Christ," this one moment badly damaged the career of one of Hollywood's biggest stars. A few years later, in July 2010, leaked tapes of a fight between Gibson and then-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva further demonstrated both his rage and bigotry. Since then, Mel Gibson had become a pariah, with many who once worked with him saying that he was blacklisted from Hollywood. 

Now, Gibson is attempting a comeback. 

Producers, agents, and actors want to work with him again. His upcoming World War II drama "Hacksaw Ridge" has even earned some Oscar buzz. But of course, Gibson's "comeback" comes with a lot of baggage, so his return to the public eye has been bumpy.

Gibson recently sat down with Variety, and when his past anti-Semitic comments were brought up, his answer was head-scratching.

“It was an unfortunate incident,” Gibson said. “I was loaded and angry and arrested. I was recorded illegally by an unscrupulous police officer who was never prosecuted for that crime. And then it was made public by him for profit, and by members of — we’ll call it the press. So, not fair. I guess as who I am, I’m not allowed to have a nervous breakdown, ever.”

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Gibson added that he doesn't understand why, after 10 years, "it’s any kind of issue" and that he's "never discriminated against anyone." He echoed similar sentiments recently to Stephen Colbert on "The Late Show."

“It’s a moment in time,” Gibson told Colbert. “It’s a pity that one has to be defined with a label from, you know, having a nervous breakdown in the back of a police car from a bunch of double tequilas, but that’s what it is…That moment in time shouldn’t define the rest of my life.” 

This does not look like a man who's learned his lesson, but rather someone who is angry about the fact that he has to apologize. As a Jew, I can't find myself forgiving Mel Gibson or buying his comeback.

Gibson has apologized in the past. Shortly after the rant, Gibson offered a lengthy apology to the Anti-Defamation League and did a surreal interview with Diane Sawyer on "Good Morning America" where he partially blamed his rant on Israel's 2006 war with Lebanon. It's up to you to decide how sincere he actually is, but suddenly saying that perpetuating a bigoted, age-old conspiracy theory was just the alcohol's fault seems to completely void his entire mea culpa. 

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Gibson's attempt to regain relevance, perpetuated by a lot of the media pushing the comeback narrative, could not come at a worse time. The 2016 presidential election is less than a week away. All sorts of bigotry have seeped their way into the American mainstream. 

At one point, I viewed anti-Semitism as something distant. I looked at it either as something in the past, or something that existed outside the United States. The past few years have seen Jews flee Europe and a recent U.N. resolution that denied Jewish historical connection to the holy site the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. 

Now, take a look at America in 2016. InfoWars host Alex Jones referred to an all-powerful "Jewish mafia" on his show. This summer, Donald Trump, the Republican nominee for president, tweeted an image that was taken from a white supremacist message board. Age-old conspiracies are starting to slip out of the mouths of people with influence. David Duke, an unapologetic Holocaust denier, is currently running for a U.S. Senate seat in Louisiana. Anti-Semitism is even showing up on college campuses across the country.

This all carries many of the same connotations as Gibson's drunken rant from 2006, showing that even one apology won't make this kind of rhetoric go away. 

When asked about it publicly, Gibson is never truly able to justify his hateful words, because he can't. I would like to see this supposed changed side of Mel Gibson, but this is not the right year to act like your horrible past comments do not exist. This is a better time than any to confront them and use your platform (of which Gibson has a big one), to explain why they are wrong. 

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I'm not trying to say that you should never watch a Mel Gibson movie again. You can see "Hacksaw Ridge." Go back and watch "Braveheart" or even "Chicken Run." This isn't about the artist but rather about the public figure. Everybody's connection with movies is very personal, and I don't know if I'll ever be able to watch "Lethal Weapon" without hearing, "Are you a Jew?"

Allison Hope Weiner at Deadline, who was also a close friend of Gibson's, offered a passionate plea to forgive the man for his sins in 2014. This was a part of her plea:

"Gibson has quietly donated millions to charitable Jewish causes, in keeping with one of the highest forms of Tzedakah in the Jewish faith, giving when the recipient doesn’t know your identity."

Yes, Tzedakah is a moral obligation for all Jews. But without a photo-op (they are important sometimes), it's hard to rely on Gibson's tainted word, which ten years will never quite heal.

But really, you have to look no further than the very first "Hacksaw Ridge" trailer, which didn't even include Gibson's name, to see that this "comeback" is as uncomfortable as it is forced.

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Miles Teller talks about how he trained obsessively for his boxing role in 'Bleed for This'


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It's hard to believe Miles Teller is only 29, because while talking to him over the phone, he sounds less like your typical young Hollywood star filled with aspiration and pep, and more like a guarded veteran who's over the industry's glamour.

That no doubt has something to do with his sharp career trajectory. In a short time, Teller has become one of the top talents under 30 with his exceptional acting chops that range from playing a determined musician in the acclaimed "Whiplash" to the wise-cracking skirt-chaser in "That Awkward Moment." Not to mention stops in big-budget fare like "Divergent" and the disappointing "Fantastic Four."

In his latest, Teller proves that he can carry the weight of a film. "Bleed for This" (opening in theaters November 18) is a tour-de-force performance by Teller, who's in almost every scene playing real-life boxer Vinny Pazienza, a flamboyant fighter who pulled off one of the greatest comebacks in sports history as he recovered from a near-fatal car crash.

It's an especially interesting choice for Teller, since he also survived a near-fatal car crash when he was 20.

Business Insider talked to Teller about preparing for "Bleed for This," if this movie is therapy, and why he's kind of relieved he didn't get the young Han Solo role.

Jason Guerrasio: Was Vinny someone you knew about growing up, or did you start researching when you got the script?

Miles Teller: I actually had not heard about this story. I couldn't believe that I hadn't heard about it because it's such an incredible true story and I'm a pretty big sports fan, but back then boxing fans knew him, but he was pretty specific to the Northeast in a lot of ways.

Guerrasio: So once you took on the role, was it looking at a lot of footage of him?

Teller: Yeah, I did. YouTube is a really great resource for an actor so I was able to go on the internet. I was able to find a ton of material on Vinny.

Bleed For This Open Road FilmsGuerrasio: And not just the boxing movements, but the look, the voice, the swagger.

Teller: I listened to a ton of interviews. The first thing I did was I just listened to interviews and then I started watching some videos of him. I had a boxing coordinator who helped me, but I think it was important for me to not feel like I was mimicking Vinny but to really try to understand him and get a good handle on him.

Guerrasio: Did the script always have this twisted comedy to it or did that evolve?

Teller: Look, Vinny had a lot of fun. Vinny, in his life, he loves strip clubs and gambling. Vinny really enjoyed being Vinny. I knew this was not a cliche story.

Guerrasio: But I'm talking about the scene where Vinny and his father have a big meeting with fight promoters around a small table in a child's bedroom. And when Vinny gets the halo off, he breaks the arm of the chair he's sitting in. The delivery is very comedic.

Teller: With the halo removal scene, it's tough to watch so any way to break the tension is good. But, yeah, [writer-director] Ben [Younger] wrote all of that stuff in the script. He deserves all the credit. That scene in the little kid's room is funny.

Guerrasio: I believe Vinny came on set, but did you want to meet him before filming began?

Teller: I kind of wanted to keep my distance because I just felt like he would have been embarrassed by me before I got in shape. I really needed eight months, honestly, to get into the shape and do all of those things and to learn the boxing. So I was really intimidated by Vinny's legacy and him himself. But once I got to Providence he was the first person I went to go see and that was such a surreal moment to finally meet the guy that you had been thinking about portraying and been obsessing over. He would come on set a little bit, and that was great. I knew he would be proud of what we were doing.

Guerrasio: Did he give you words of encouragement?

Teller: I wish there was more of a romantic answer but I have gotten to know Vinny more after filming. When you're filming a movie there isn't much time for that kind of stuff to happen. But afterward I saw him a few times and he's so happy with the movie and really feels we did a great job with it so that's the most important thing.

Guerrasio: Are you the kind of actor who plays that person nonstop during filming?

Teller: I was just in a zone. When you're working and training that much you're going through a fight camp. You kind of black out almost, the only thing you think about is boxing and this guy. I mean, I went from working out and boxing and working on the accent for eight to nine hours a day to then the movie's done and you kind of miss that schedule, oddly.

Guerrasio: Do you catch yourself still saying things in Vinny's accent?

Teller: I love being able to do the accent. [Laughs] It's just fun for me. I always enjoyed the Boston, New England, New York, Rhode Island accents.

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Guerrasio: Is there any kind of research that goes into preparing to wear a halo?

Teller: No, once it's on it is what it is. The day that Vinny was on set was when I had to bench press with it on and he helped give me some guidance because I honestly didn't know how to do it.

Guerrasio: This is your fourth film where your character is involved in a car accident. You were in a very horrific crash in your youth. Is this just a strange coincidence?

Teller: That's what it is. Look, I got in a pretty serious car accident in my life and I know a lot of people who have been in serious car accidents and if they haven't they know someone who has so it's kind of a part of growing up in the United States, I think.

Guerrasio: Is it some strange form of therapy for you in a weird way, the movies?

Teller: No.

Guerrasio: Can you watch the crash scenes? Do you cringe when you see them?

Teller: No. I mean, my parents cringe. My girlfriend cringes. My buddies cringe. But for me, when the car accident happened I blacked out and I remember very little about it so the actual event is more traumatic for the people around you and then you're left with picking up the pieces.

Guerrasio: And talking about it in every interview.

Teller: Yeah.

Guerrasio: When you go after a role that's highly publicized, like the young Han Solo role, when do you know it's over? Does your agent tell you you didn't get the part or is it not until you read it in the press?

Teller: I guess when you stop getting a phone call. When you don't have another callback you kind of figure it out. But that was kind of interesting, I didn't know that I was on a shortlist for that role. I actually did find out about that through the press.

the fantastic four DF 14999r_rgb finalGuerrasio: So you weren't told that you were on a shortlist for the role?

Teller: Yeah. I didn't know that the list was narrowed down and I was a part of it.

Guerrasio: When you read that you're one of the handful they are considering, are you nervous of what the outcome will be or are you just thinking, If it happens, it happens?

Teller: Having done a huge move with "Fantastic Four" with a built-in audience and reviving it in a way, I knew what that would be so I think for me it wasn't just like, "Oh my God, this is so amazing." There's also some caution there and some hesitation because I know how passionate the "Star Wars" fans are and I just went through an experience where the fans were very pissed off, apparently, at what we did with their beloved franchise. People think their childhood memories are getting ruined by recasting a part, you just have to know what you're getting into.

Guerrasio: Was it good that you didn't get the Han Solo role? You did "Fantastic Four," you've spent a bunch of years doing the "Divergent" movies. Is it nice not to be in that franchise bubble at the moment?

Teller: Yeah, it is. It honestly is. I felt I got to do a lot of different things before the age of 30. Those big films, yeah it's a lot of your life, but they also play all around the world and you get to connect to audiences that maybe smaller American independent films don't so I have savored all the experiences and I've learned a lot from them but, yes, it's a big commitment. I'm cool right now not being attached to a franchise.

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'Doctor Strange' has 2 end-credits scenes — here's what they mean for future Marvel movies


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Warning: If you haven't seen "Doctor Strange," there are huge spoilers ahead.

You probably know the drill by now Marvel fans. 

Marvel's latest superhero movie "Doctor Strange" is finally in theaters. If you head out to see the movie this weekend, don't leave before the movie's over. "Doctor Strange" has not one, but two extra scenes.

The first one comes after a colorful kaleidoscope of end credits while the latter is at the film's very end. 

If you ducked out early and missed them, no worries. We have you covered. 

Last chance to head back before spoilers!

The first end-credit scene

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What happens:

We're back with Doctor Strange in his new place of residence, New York's Sanctum Sanctorum. Strange is in full costume, complete with the character's iconic gloves. He's sitting in a chair speaking to someone who asks, "So Earth has wizards now?"

It's not long until we discover the person sitting opposite of him is none other than the God of Thunder, Thor. He's not dressed in his usual superhero attire, but like an average Joe — similar to what we saw in the video Marvel debuted at San Diego Comic-Con (but with pants).

Strange has given him some tea and it's not much to Thor's liking. Strange magically swaps it out for an oversized beer mug filled to the brim.

Thor polishes it off in no time and Strange just as easily refills it.

Strange then tells Thor that it's his job to keep track of other worldly beings who may cause problems in the multiverse. Obviously, Thor's brother Loki comes up. Strange asks why Thor would allow him to come to Earth and why they're not all back in Asgard. Thor says they're looking for his father and when he's back, they'll return.

"Great. Allow me to help you."

The scene ends.

What it means:

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This scene is pretty exciting because we haven't seen Thor (Chris Hemsworth) since "Avengers: Age of Ultron," unless you count the blooper reel Marvel released showing what Thor has been up to. This scene is a nice little teaser before the God of Thunder returns in his own sequel, "Thor: Ragnarok," next fall.

We don't know much about the film yet other than the fact that Hemsworth has been filming in Australia with Loki actor Tom Hiddleston and that the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) will be in the film. Now, it sounds like Doctor Strange may pop up in the movie, too.

It's a pretty smart move because Hiddleston is good friends with Strange actor Benedict Cumberbatch, so the two would most likely be delightful on screen together if they shared any scenes. (Plus, they're two of the Internet's biggest crushes, something Marvel is surely aware of.)

Sightings on the set of "Thor 3" include Thor holding what appears to be a business card with the address for Strange's New York HQ office for the Sanctum Sanctorum. I wouldn't be surprised if the scene we see at the end of "Doctor Strange" is pulled straight from "Thor: Ragnarok," similar to how a scene teased at the end of "Ant-Man" was later featured in "Captain America: Civil War."

It sounds like Strange will put his powers to use and help find Thor's daddy dearest, Odin (Anthony Hopkins). 

Thor probably won't like what Strange has to say. At the end of "Thor: The Dark World," his brother Loki seemingly killed their father. When we last left Loki, he was left ruling Asgard posed as Odin. There's some speculation Loki didn't kill Odin and instead he was banished to Earth. If you're to believe Hopkins, he's been quoted saying two Thor movies were enough and he's actually dead for sure. As we now know though, Strange can distort and play with time and no one truly needs to stay dead forever in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

The second end-credit scene

What happens:

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We open on a scene with sparks flying. At first it's not clear if we're seeing another time hole being opened or if these are sparks from a saw. We soon learn it's the latter.

The camera then follows a hooded man as he walks toward Benjamin Bratt's character, Jonathan Pangborn. You'll remember he's the man who used magic to heal his own paralysis. Dr. Strange sought him out in order to find the Ancient One (Tilda Swinton) to heal his hands in Kamar-Taj. 

It's then revealed Mordo (Chiwetel Ejiofor) has hunted him down, and he's not happy. As he approaches Pangborn, Mordo recalls how Pangborn was brought to Kamar-Taj on a stretcher when he was paralyzed and now he can walk. He goes on to tell Pangborn it's not right to steal things, adding "power has a purpose" and that he's essentially wasting magic for selfish reasons. 

He withdraws the magic from Pangborn's being and we watch as the man is recrippled before Mordo's eyes without remorse. Mordo then hints he's going to go and wipe out all of the Sorcerer Supremes who exist — not good news for Doc Strange.

Oh Mordo, why'd you have to go and become a bad guy?

What it means:

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After feeling betrayed by the Ancient One, Mordo parted ways with Strange and Wong at the film's end and we weren't sure if that was that. However, it looks like it won't be the last we'll see of him. Instead of turning a blind eye to Strange and the rest of the multiverse, it looks like Mordo is now on his own quest to take out all of the Masters and Sorcerers.

This was not unexpected. If you're familiar with the comics, you may have been confused why Baron Mordo started off the film as a friend and mentor to Strange and the Ancient One. 

From the very first issues of the Doctor Strange comic, Mordo has been one of Strange's greatest enemies. So to see him show a darker side in the final end-credit sequence added a bit more of depth and explanation to how Mordo will turn dark.

Mordo in the comics

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Like in the film, Mordo became a disciple of the Ancient One, but even when he was a pupil, it was known he had the potential for evil. In the comics, Mordo was pitted against Strange and always knew it was Strange's destiny to become the Ancient One's successor. In fact, that was the reason Mordo held a grudge against Strange, even before the two met.

Over the years, he has impersonated Strange and teamed up with Dormammu (another big Strange villain introduced in the movie).

Hopefully, Strange can eventually bring Mordo back on his side because the two were a good team in the film. Unfortunately, that probably won't be the case — at least not for some time.

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Stan Lee has made 34 cameos in the Marvel universe — here they all are


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While Marvel media includes multiple universes across TV and film, one thing unites them all: the Stan Lee cameo.

Lee is an unrivaled legend in the comics world and the former President and Chairman of Marvel Comics. His creative work began in 1939 and includes hugely recognizable characters like Spider-Man, Iron Man, Hulk, Thor, and the X-Men.

The 93-year-old icon has subtly appeared in all manner of Marvel media, from narrating "The Incredible Hulk" TV series in 1982 to briefly appearing in movies including "Deadpool."

"Guardians of the Galaxy" director James Gunn had the pleasure of filming Lee's next few Marvel cameos starting with "Doctor Strange." In honor of his most recent cameo, we've compiled a list of all of his live-action (and one very special animated) cameos in Marvel projects. Keep reading to see if you can remember them all.

Sidney Fussell originally contributed to an earlier version of this post.

Stan Lee's first live-action cameo was as a jury member in the TV movie "The Trial of the Incredible Hulk" (1989).

His first cinematic Marvel cameo was as a hot dog vendor in "X-Men" (2000).

He showed up as a surprised bystander who saved a little girl from debris in "Spider-Man" (2002).

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Nicolas Cage's costar explains his unusual on-set behavior: 'I can't say that I've met' him


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Wendi McLendon-Covey is best known for her outlandish comedic work on the cult TV show “Reno 911!” “Bridesmaids,” and now on ABC’s “The Goldbergs.” But in her new movie “Army of One” (available on Digital HD Friday; Blu-ray, DVD, VOD November 15), she plays the stable woman opposite Nicolas Cage’s Gary Faulkner, a real man who really tried to hunt down Osama bin Laden with just a samurai sword because he says God told him to. 

Cage goes all in with long hair and a high-pitched voice as Faulkner, who is living a down-and-out life until he runs into an old friend, Marci (McLendon-Covey), and the two start a relationship. Faulkner also starts a relationship with God (Russel Brand) who commands him to go to Afghanistan and do what the Allied Forces can’t.

Business Insider talked to McLendon-Covey about the experience working with an actor like Cage who “doesn’t break character,” if there will ever be a “Reno 911!” reunion, and why she got cut out of “Magic Mike.”

Jason Guerrasio: Was it fun playing the straight man, so to speak? You don’t get to do it often.

Wendi McLendon-Covey: I think everybody pretty much looks straight compared to Gary Faulkner. There had to be a couple of people in the movie who would ask questions like, "What are you talking about?""Voices from God, what?"

Guerrasio: So you're the voice of reason.

McLendon-Covey: Yeah. Or at least a voice of why.

Guerrasio: Asking the important question.

McLendon-Covey: Yeah. "Osama bin Laden, he's got to go, but why you?" When [director] Larry Charles talked to me about it my answer was going to be yes because I've always wanted to work with Larry Charles [director of "Borat"]. But when I watched the videos and saw that this is a real person who really felt this way and he's still out there I felt I really want to go on this journey.

Guerrasio: And on top of that you then have Nicolas Cage playing the guy. Did you get a warning that he was doing the high-pitched voice and the long hair?

McLendon-Covey: I did get that warning because by the time I had worked with him he had been living in this character for months. So our scenes were the very last and I thought, "Okay, I've never met Mr. Cage before, but I know how he works so this will be interesting." And I didn't meet him until, like, five minutes before we started shooting. So I can't say that I've met Nicolas Cage. [Laughs] I only know him as Gary.

nicolas cage army of one movieGuerrasio: So when he walked up and introduced himself, he was already in the voice?

McLendon-Covey: Oh, he's in the voice, he's in the character. He lived with his hair like that for months. He just doesn't break character.

Guerrasio: Had you ever encountered that before in your career?

McLendon-Covey: No. Not to that degree. And when I think about it, that can't be easy to live with that character for that many months. I mean, my God. He must have just been dying to shake it off by the time I met him.

Guerrasio: Did you ever try to talk to him between takes?

McLendon-Covey: Well, we did speak a little bit between shots and I found out that as a kid he grew up very close to where I live now in Long Beach. Like, not even a mile away. I know exactly the street he mentioned. So that was a trip for me. So we would talk a little bit but Larry runs a very tight ship and there's not a lot of down time.

Guerrasio: And Nic would have this conversation with you in the Gary voice?

McLendon-Covey: He let that voice go a little bit.

Guerrasio: You get to handle Gary’s samurai sword in the movie. Any funny stories using it?

McLendon-Covey: I'm so accident-prone I didn't want to touch it — I thought someone was going to lose an ear if I held it. I knew I would have to do that scene — it wasn't like they surprised me with that. It was in the script. But every time I had to touch that thing I got skeeved out.

Guerrasio: I have to ask because I’m such a fan: Are there any plans to bring together the "Reno 911!" gang for a reunion or movie?

McLendon-Covey: Oh, I wouldn't be the one to ask. I don't know. I'm so busy with what I'm doing. Everybody has jobs.

reno 911 comedy centralGuerrasio: Are you up for it if called upon?

McLendon-Covey: I don't know. I would have to think about that. I haven't really seen a reunion — I mean, does anyone get what they need from that? I don't know?

Guerrasio: If you guys did a movie again I think fans would run to that.

McLendon-Covey: I don't know. That's so far in the past.

Guerrasio: So this isn't a scenario where you drop everything if cocreator Thomas Lennon or someone from the show calls?

McLendon-Covey: No. I would have to read it and see what else is happening. Listen, I love them all, but it's just so far in the past, I would be surprised if it happens.

Guerrasio: Before “Magic Mike” shot, I remember news in the trades that you were cast. What happened?

McLendon-Covey: My scene just got cut out.

magic mike warner brosGuerrasio: So you did film something?

McLendon-Covey: Yeah. I actually have the scene and it just didn't fit in the movie. It didn't advance the story along. It was fun for me but I totally see why they cut it.

Guerrasio: What was it?

McLendon-Covey: I was a realtor or something and I had taken my car to Channing Tatum to get detailed or something and he was dragging his feet so I had to go find him at his home and he kind of sweet-talks me out of being mad.

Guerrasio: Ah, okay.

McLendon-Covey: [Laughs] See, it's not that interesting. But I have it, it does exist. And I stayed in the cut long enough to still get residuals from it. So that's good.

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