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Here's how the beloved characters from 'Beauty and the Beast' will look in Disney's live-action movie


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"Beauty and the Beast" is Disney's next beloved animated fairytale to get the live-action treatment on the big screen. EW's latest cover story featured nine new photos from the upcoming movie starring Emma Watson.

Disney has now released high-res versions of the photos. Here's a bigger look at how all of the characters will look in the upcoming movie next March.

The big reveal Thursday was seeing how the Beast (Dan Stevens) will look on the big screen. We're not sure how we're feeling about the look.

It's pretty tough to live up to the animated version of the beast fans fell in love with. What do you think?

Here he is again with his hair pulled back in the film's iconic dance number.

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30 movies that will inspire you to travel the world


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Sometimes the best way to experience a destination you haven't been to is to watch a movie that takes place there.

From the "Lord of the Rings," which brings New Zealand's beauty to the forefront, to "Into the Wild," which was filmed in Alaska's rugged wilderness, here are 30 movies that will fuel your wanderlust.

"Roman Holiday"

A classic black-and-white film featuring an always elegant Audrey Hepburn, "Roman Holiday" features 1950s Rome through the eyes of a sheltered princess and the American man she falls in love with.

The movie was filmed at a variety of iconic landmarks throughout the city.

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"Slumdog Millionaire"

Featuring a teen who grew up in India's slums and then makes it on the show "Who Wants to be a Millionaire,""Slumdog Millionaire" shows India in all its gritty, overcrowded, and often dirty glory.

It's sure to spark some curiosity in avid travelers who have never been. The movie was filmed mostly in the cities of Agra and Mumbai.

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"Under the Tuscan Sun"

Based on the book by Frances Mayes, "Under the Tuscan Sun" tells the story of a recently divorced writer who ends up impulsively buying a villa in the Italian countryside while on vacation in Tuscany.

The movie was filmed in multiple locations throughout Italy, many in Tuscany — Florence, Arezzo, and Siena — as well as Rome and Positano. Think quaint villages, Tuscan countryside, and spectacular coastal views.

Buy it here >

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The 'best' movies based on video games


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This is purely a matter of taste, but as far as I'm concerned, there aren't any good (theatrically released) movies based on video games. For one reason or another, every one of them falls apart somehow.

That being said, there are a handful of tolerable video game movies. You could even call some of them entertaining! Not good, but entertaining, at least.

Since I recently wrote about the worst of the worst video game movies, I thought I'd give credit to the ones that don't make you want to gouge your eyes out. Here are my picks for the "best" video game movies ever made:

SEE ALSO: The 10 worst movies based on video games

The "Resident Evil" movies (2002-2016)

I gotta be honest: I've never managed to sit all the way through one of these movies. I've seen bits and pieces of each, and they just don't do it for me. I should note that I don't really like the "Resident Evil" games, either.

Even so, I recognize that they're goofy, gory and trashy in generally the right ways. If you want to see people kill zombies and other genetic monstrosities in fun ways, there are five (!!) "Resident Evil" movies with a sixth coming soon.

I also think it's cool that they tell an original story with an original protagonist who isn't in any of the games. It's good to do your own thing.

Since I can't be too nice to any of these movies, I'd like to share the climactic fight scene from the end of "Resident Evil: Afterlife," which is embarrassingly cheesy.

"Pokémon: The First Movie" (1998)

"Pokémon: The First Movie" is based on an anime series that was loosely based on a video game, so maybe it only gets on this list on a technicality. 

I also haven't seen it in full since I joined droves of other children of the late 1990s in storming the local theater to see Pokémon on the big screen. At the time, it was rad.

It probably doesn't hold up particularly well, but it's oddly dark, as the climactic end sequence has several fan-favorite Pokémon fighting evil clones of themselves, or something. It all has to do with Mewtwo's plot to destroy humanity, I think.

Oh, right, this is the movie that gave us Mewtwo. Mewtwo's pretty cool.

"Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within" (2001)

Gosh, this is a strange one. "Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within" was directed by game series creator Hironobu Sakaguchi and produced by Square Pictures, an all-new film division of the company that made the games.

Its deep creative connections to the games makes it all the more baffling that it is basically unrecognizable as a "Final Fantasy" product. Instead of telling a highly dramatic story in any of the games' iconic fantasy worlds, it's a somewhat dull science fiction tale set in post-alien-invasion Earth.

Its characters are all fully computer-animated, but made to look realistic instead of cartoony. It was ambitious, but the technology just wasn't there at the time, so everyone has creepy, dead eyes.

Having said all of that, I don't hate "Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within." There are glimpses here and there of the "Final Fantasy" soul, with some great visuals near the end of the movie. 

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RANKED: The best movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, according to critics


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The Marvel Cinematic Universe has been a cash cow for Disney since it kicked off with "Iron Man" in 2008. 

Having made over $10 billion worldwide to date, the franchise's latest film, "Doctor Strange" (opening Friday), looks to continue that trend with a projected opening weekend of between $65 million and $70 million.

And the critics seem to love the MCU, too.

"Doctor Strange" is the twelfth movie to be given the "Certified Fresh" rating by critic aggregator Rotten Tomatoes with a current 90% ranking.

Check out where "Doctor Strange" ranks in the 14 movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, according to critics on Rotten Tomatoes:

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13. "Thor: The Dark World" (2013)

Critic score: 66%

User score: 77%

What critics said:"The 'Crocodile Dundee II' of superhero films-in a good way!"— Slate

12. "The Incredible Hulk" (2008)

Critic score: 67%

User score: 71%

What critics said:"In close-up the Hulk is more cartoonish than scary, but when he's ripping armed vehicles to shreds? Kewl."— Houston Chronicle

11. "Iron Man 2" (2010)

Critic score: 72% (Certified Fresh)

User score: 72%

What critics said: It's easy to talk about what Iron Man 2 doesn't do, but what it does do is so full of energy and genuine enthusiasm that it's hard to imagine anyone walking out unhappy. — CinemaBlend

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29 movies you have to see this holiday season



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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:

SEE ALSO: 15 classic movies everyone needs to watch that are on a brand-new streaming service

"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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15 classic movies you can stream on the new Netflix competitor for film fans


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If you've been waiting patiently for hard-to-find movies from Stanley Kubrick and Akira Kurosawa to finally be available to stream, wait no more — FilmStruck is here!

The new streaming service developed and managed by the cinephiles at Turner Classic Movies, FilmStruck will provide hundreds of classic Hollywood, indie, foreign, and cult hits on a subscription basis. Available titles include Charlie Chaplin's "The Gold Rush," Kurosawa's "Rashomon," Kubrick's "The Killing," and Robert Altman's "The Player." 

It will also provide the largest streaming selection of Criterion Collection titles (and the company's incredible special features). 

FilmStruck just went live Tuesday. Prices vary: $6.99 per month for FilmStruck; $10.99 per month for FilmStruck and Criterion Channel; $99 per year for the annual subscription to FilmStruck and Criterion Channel.

Here are 15 classic titles that you can stream right now (with the FilmStruck/Criterion Channel package):

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1. "The 400 Blows" (1959)

Director François Truffaut's semi-autobiographical look at his childhood in Paris is a pillar of the French New Wave, which still inspires filmmakers to this day. In it, then-unknown 14-year-old Jean-Pierre Léaud plays Antoine Doinel, a misfit running around Paris whose troublemaking often goes unpunished.

2. "Blood Simple" (1984)

The directorial debut of the Coen brothers ("The Big Lebowski,""No Country for Old Men") is a gritty neo-noir that showcases many of the hallmarks the duo would master in their movies to come. From the camerawork to the writing, there's a lot to love about this movie.

3. "Breathless" (1960)

A year after the release of "The 400 Blows," Jean-Luc Godard would add to the French New Wave with his classic debut. Following a thief who is wanted by the police and the American girl he tries to run away to Italy with, the movie's use of dramatic jump cuts was revolutionary for the 1960s.

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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:

SEE ALSO: RANKED: 18 movies that never got a sequel but deserve one

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'.

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'Doctor Strange' dominates the weekend box office with a huge $85 million opening


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There hasn't been a huge box office opening since "Suicide Squad" had a record-breaking $133.6 million opening back in August. So Hollywood was excited to see a Marvel movie being released in November and it didn't disappoint. 

"Doctor Strange" took in an estimated $85 million this weekend, according to Exhibitor Relations, making it far and away the biggest opening weekend so far this fall and in the top ten openings of 2016 (and the 14th consecutive #1 debut for a film from the Marvel Cinematic Universe).

Fueled by the Marvel pedigree and dazzling special effects (along with a 90% ranking on Rotten Tomatoes), the movie exceeded industry expectations (thanks to its big $32.6 million Friday) and showed that Marvel characters that aren't as globally recognized as Captain America, the Hulk, and Iron Man, can still bring in some heavy coin.

The $85 million opening (released on over 3,800 screens) performed better than the opening weekends of MCU titles like "Thor" ($65.7 million) and "Captain America: The First Avenger" ($65 million).

The movie has already made over $240 million overseas.

Coming in second place is DreamWorks Animation's latest family film "Trolls," with a healthy $45.6 million.

Hacksaw Ridge Mike Rogers Lionsgate finalWhile in third place with $14.7 million is "Hacksaw Ridge," Mel Gibson's first directing effort in ten years.

The strong performance by the Lionsgate title proves that the Gibson comeback is in full effect and could perhaps lead to award season recognition for the veteran actor/director as well as the film's star, Andrew Garfield.

But the story of the weekend is the continued dominance by Disney at the box office in 2016, which owns Marvel Studios.

On the cusp of breaking it's all-time box office record of $5.84 billion in worldwide ticket sales, the "Doctor Strange" performance brings the company closer to setting an all-time industry record by year's end.

SEE ALSO: RANKED: The best movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, according to critics

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Step inside London's cafe that collects neon signs from famous films


Located in the heart of Walthamstow Village, God's Own Junkyard is a cafe that is filled with hundreds of neon signs.

It is home to iconic signs from movies like Eyes Wide Shut, The Dark Knight, Judge Dredd, Superman, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

The cafe was opened by Chris and Linda Bracey who collected signs from all across the world for over 40 years as well as making their own. It hosts a variety of events including private parties and wedding receptions.

To learn more about God's Own Junkyard - you can watch our extended Facebook live video.

Produced and filmed by Claudia Romeo

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Ricky Gervais explains why he ditched theaters for Netflix to release his new movie


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Ricky Gervais says he "didn't hesitate" to choose Netflix over a traditional theatrical release for his latest movie.

Gervais recently talked to Business Insider about his release strategy for "David Brent: Life on the Road," his new musical mockumentary that follows the plight of his David Brent character from the UK's "The Office" as he self-finances a last-ditch attempt to become a touring rock star.

Though "Life on the Road" premiered in theaters this summer in the UK, New Zealand, and Australia, Gervais orchestrated a deal with Netflix to release the film exclusively on the streaming service in all other countries on February 10, 2017.

He said he pushed for the film to be on Netflix, which previously put out his series "Derek," because of how dismal the prospects of an indie film's theatrical success can be nowadays, even for one featuring Hollywood stars.  

"It's a lot of work, a lot of advertisement, and a lot of money you've got to make back with a sort of cult film in the cinema," Gervais said. "It's a very dangerous game. And everyone was telling me, 'Oh, it will do really well.' But I didn't hesitate because there are people that are bigger stars than me bombing at the box office every day.

"It was actually a studio film, and it had distribution," he continued. "But I persuaded Netflix to come along and buy everyone out, like a rich uncle."

david brent gervaisGervais said Netflix's massive audience size was a key factor in his decision, and he believes the streaming service is likely the optimal way to get the most possible viewers to watch a film like "Life on the Road."

"More people will see it than in the cinema," he said. "If you think about it, if a film takes $100 million at the box office, 10 million people went to see it. Netflix has 75 million subscribers. They might as well watch it, and they don't have to watch it that weekend either. They could watch it in a year." 

In "Life on the Road," David Brent tours with a session band called Foregone Conclusion. In real life, Gervais and the group have played sold-out shows in Europe, performing songs from the film's soundtrack, which has a humorous accompanying songbook out Tuesday.

Gervais feels that the impending Netflix premiere and its potentially vast reach will allow him to take his David Brent shows to the US and around the world.

"It's great artistically, and it makes great business sense," he said of taking the film to Netflix. "And it will allow us to play gigs over there. I can't recommend it enough."

Buy "The David Brent Songbook" on Amazon (out November 8).

SEE ALSO: Ricky Gervais: Donald Trump's presidential campaign is 'a joke that got out of hand'

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A new cookbook recreates every single meal Brad Pitt has ever eaten on screen — and it’s delicious


Moneyball Spilt MustardHave you ever noticed how often Brad Pitt eats on-screen? The man is literally chowing down in every single movie, prompting entire Reddit threads and articles outlining his meals.

In that same vein, a cookbook now celebrates the gorgeous glutton, reimagining every dish he’s stuffed his beautiful face with.

Cheekily named“Fat Brad,” the cookbook, published by Melbourne-based Long Prawn, is full of recipes developed by real chefs, from a Bellagio Shrimp Cocktail (“Ocean’s Eleven”) to a seafood bisque (“Fight Club”).

Take a look at the following excerpts, should you want to try the Brad diet at home.

The beautiful cookbook features dishes created by chefs Ali Currey-Voumard and Mietta Coventry.

Photographs are by Ben Clement, design by Tristan Ceddia, and art direction by PractiseStudioPractise. It’s written by Laura Clauscen, Fred Mora and Lauren Stephens.

According to the site, the cookbook is “a definitive exploration into the onscreen eating habits of William Bradley 'Brad' Pitt. Part fan fantasy, part filmic study, ‘Fat Brad’ meticulously reimagines the best scenes where Brad chomps."

According to Fred Mora, one of the founders of Long Prawn, the idea came about as a fun dinner concept, but turned into a fully fledged cookbook a few years later.

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Everything you need to know about Infinity Stones — the gems that will be at the center of the next big 'Avengers' movie


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Warning: There are spoilers ahead for "Doctor Strange" and potential spoilers for the Marvel Cinematic Universe ahead.

"Doctor Strange" introduced us to the mystic arts, parallel dimensions, the multiverse, and many new characters. However, one of the most important relics introduced in the movie is the Eye of Agamotto. The artifact, which has the ability to change and distort time is better known as an Infinity Stone. 

If that sounds familiar, it's because it's one of several stones that we've seen slowly teased over the past 14 Marvel Cinematic Universe films. 

Fans who saw the time stone in "Doctor Strange" know that it will come to play a larger part in the next "Avengers" movie, "Infinity War," when it comes to theaters in May 2018.

Little do the Avengers, and Strange, realize it, but a more powerful force, Thanos, who has been hinted at on screen and was finally introduced in 2014's "Guardians of the Galaxy" has been trying to get his hands on the Infinity Stones.

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Each stone has its own unique power. When the six stones are combined together, say in a gauntlet which Thanos conveniently has, let's just say it's not good news for the Avengers or anyone else for that matter. A complete guantlet gives its wielder unlimited power.

That power can mean anything from to wiping out complete countries, as Thanos has done in the comics. 

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Though his motives in the films aren't too clear yet, in the comics he's on a quest to wipe out most life forms across the universe to impress the physical form of death. (Yeah, it's weird.)

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So what are these stones and what do they all do?

We've seen five of the six so far on screen. The stones on film appear to differ slightly from the ones introduced in the comics, which have varied over time.

Benicio del Toro's character, The Collector, described the origin of the stones in 2014's "Guardians of the Galaxy":

"Before creation itself, there were six singularities. Then the universe exploded into existence, and the remnants of these systems were forged into concentrated ingots. Infinity Stones. These stones, it seems, can only be brandished by beings of extraordinary strength."

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Here's a quick guide to each of the Infinity Stones. 

Blue (introduced in "Thor"): The space stone, also known as the Tesseract, is currently at Thor's home in Asgard being watched over by Heimdall (Idris Elba). It has the ability to provide interdimensional travel.

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Red (introduced in "Thor: The Dark World"): Known as the reality stone, the Aether can manipulate matter. It was desired by Malekith in order to make the universe dark in "Thor: The Dark World." In one of the post-credit scenes for the film it was delivered to The Collector, who is still believed to have it. It's not clear whether it was lost in the shuffle that happened in "Guardians of the Galaxy."

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Purple (introduced in "Guardians of the Galaxy"): The power stone is currently being held onto by the Nova Corps on Xandar. The Guardians were able to wield its power together. The power stone can enhance strength, durability, and be used to emit blasts and explosions.

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Yellow (introduced in "Avengers: Age of Ultron"): The mind stone was held in Loki's Chitauri scepter and is now in the Vision's head. (That's not a good sign for him moving forward.) The mind stone gives the user the abilities of telepathy and telekinesis. It reminds me of Professor X in the X-Men, because it allows the person using it to access any and all minds at once.

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Green (introduced in "Doctor Strange"): The time stone is housed in the Eye of Agamotto. It allows for the manipulation of time and space. Time can be slowed down, sped up, or altered. Doctor Strange was able to successfully access and use the time stone. It's currently stored at Kamar-Taj in Nepal.

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The one Infinity Stone we haven't seen yet is the orange one, which will most likely be the soul gem. We have a few more movies to go until the next "Avengers" film — "Black Panther," a new Spider-Man film, and "Thor: Ragnarok"— so we're sure we'll see it before then.

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Forget whitewashing: 'Doctor Strange' goes out of its way to appeal to China


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Marvel’s newest movie "Doctor Strange" has been accused of whitewashing the plot by changing the character of The Ancient One from Tibetan to Celtic. It’s true that this is another missed opportunity to have a major Asian character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but it’s also true that the movie goes out of its way to avoid racism and to appeal to the giant Chinese box office.

About The Ancient One, played by Tilda Swinton, screenwriter C. Robert Cargill explained that the filmmakers were trying to avoid stereotypes and political controversy:

"The Ancient One was a racist stereotype who comes from a region of the world that is in a very weird political place. He originates from Tibet. So if you acknowledge that Tibet is a place and that he’s Tibetan, you risk alienating one billion people … and risk the Chinese government going, 'Hey, you know one of the biggest film-watching countries in the world? We’re not going to show your movie because you decided to get political."

Sure, some people won’t buy that argument. Marvel could have, say, modernized the Ancient One while keeping the character Asian. It could have made the character Nepalese, which is where she is based in the movie. Still, you have to give Marvel some credit for swapping a racist stereotype for a new female character, and it's slightly weird to think of it simply as whitewashing when it was done in part to appeal to China. 

Many other elements appear to be pro-China, too.

  • Doctor Strange’s servant in the comics, Wong, is reimagined as a master of the mystics arts in his own right — and there’s a joke in the movie in which he makes clear that he doesn’t work for Strange. Wong is played by the ethnically Chinese actor Benedict Wong.

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  • "Doctor Strange" repeatedly emphasizes the idea that Eastern medicine can do things that go beyond Western medicine.
  • The movie features a major, climactic set piece in Hong Kong.
  • It uses a Chinese smartphonefrom Huawei’s Honor subbrand.
  • Benedict Cumberbatch, who plays Doctor Strange, is hugely popular in China through his BBC show "Sherlock." We’re not saying Marvel cast Cumberbatch as a ploy to win over China, but we bet this fact came up, and certainly didn't hurt.
  • "Doctor Strange" debuted in China — not an unusual thing for Marvel movies, which often open overseas first, but still worth noting.

"Doctor Strange" had a strong opening weekend, taking in $325 million globally. It was particularly strong in China at $44 million, the highest take for a new superhero franchise there and the third-highest Marvel opening after "Avengers: Age of Ultron" and "Captain America: Civil War."

China, which could have the world’s biggest box office by 2017, limits distribution of foreign films to as few as 34 annually. Beijing considers aspects like local filming and China-friendly themes when deciding which movies get distribution. As such, tentpole movies with built-in appeal to China is becoming commonplace in Hollywood.

In trailers shown before a New York showing of "Doctor Strange," this reporter noticed a lot of movies that might appeal to China. "XXX: The Return of Xander Cage" opens with a shot of Hong Kong and features Chinese star Donnie Yen. "Star Wars: Rogue One" also features Yen as well as China’s Jiang Wen. "Great Wall" is a Chinese historical action movie featuring Matt Damon.

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The one '90s teen movie the world doesn't appreciate enough


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I don't want to tell you your business or anything, but I'm pretty sure there's a '90s teen movie that doesn't get enough love: Don't Tell Mom The Babysitter's Dead.

Maybe you do remember it, and you're right on top of celebrating it and its relevance, but I have a sneaking suspicion that it's fallen out of your brain like it has for so many people. I'm taking it on as my patriotic duty today to shove it back in. I feel like I always hear people talking about '90s teen movies like 10 Things I Hate About You and She's All That and even Drive Me Crazy, harkening back to a simpler time when the most popular guy in high school could sweep into your life and change it completely.

Meanwhile, Don't Tell Mom The Babysitter's Dead gets sadly neglected. Which is crazy, because there are some genuinely really important messages in it that we can learn from it.

And not just our teen selves, but our now selves, too. Rarely does nostalgia come so readily packaged in practicality. In case you aren't familiar, Don't Tell Mom The Babysitter Is Dead was released in 1991 and stars Christina Applegate as Sue Ellen, the oldest of five children whose babysitter dies — she was old, no foul play — when their mom goes out of town on a three-month vacation to Australia.

As you can probably guess from the title, instead of alerting their mom to the issue and having her rush home to take care of her kids, they... y'know... don't tell mom the babysitter is dead. Instead, Sue Ellen, only a teenager herself, gets a job at a fashion company in order to support her younger siblings, and the hijinks ensue.

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It's like a combination of the movies Big and 13 Going On 30, with the camp of 9 To 5, but it also has some life lessons in there. Because Sue Ellen — or "Swell," as she is called in the film — actually works hard to be good at her job, and figures out how to work the system in a way that's helpful for me in my real life. For example, Swell is encouraged by a coworker never to seem like she doesn't know what she's doing, so, whenever her boss Rose, played by Joanna Cassidy, asks her to do something, instead of panicking, she's just supposed to say calmly back, "I'm right on top of that, Rose!" Even if she is in no way on top of that, Rose.

I'm not exaggerating when I say I either use or think that line multiple times a week. It's like the '90s teen movie version of "fake it 'til you make it," and I want everyone to get on board with using it, because it's genius.

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Basically, Swell has to figure out how to be an adult, and take responsibility for herself and her younger brothers and sisters, and do it all without falling back on excuses. I hope I'm not the only person who genuinely needs this information in order to live. So, the next time you're finding yourself failing hard at adulting, pop a VHS of Don't Tell Mom The Babysitter's Dead into the VCR that I'm sure we all still own somewhere, and get to reminiscing about this piece of forgotten art. Your other '90s faves could never.

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How much everyone working on a blockbuster movie gets paid — from $148 to $12 million


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To create a blockbuster movie like the star-studded "Furious 7" or the Harry Potter spinoff "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them," studios employ hundreds of people in many different capacities.

From the lucrative contract of a lead actor to the meager payout for an uncredited extra, the salaries on the set of a blockbuster film range drastically. 

Vanity Fair created a video credit roll for a hypothetical blockbuster movie with a $200 million budget to illustrate the wide variety of jobs and salaries that go into making such a film. 

Here are some of the jobs and salaries on a blockbuster movie:

Note: The salaries listed are based on average union wages, so high-profile actors like Jennifer Lawrence or Dwayne Johnson will often make much more than the "lead actor" salaries in this list.

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Watch the video below:  


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The awesome teaser for Scarlett Johansson's 'Ghost in the Shell' looks like the new 'Matrix'


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I don’t know exactly what is happening in this teaser for the new Ghost in the Shell trailer, but it’s really, really, really rad.

It looks like Scarlett Johansson is a Terminator exiting the Matrix — now there’s a movie idea we can all get behind. My weird film fantasies aside, this short sneak peek at the live-action Ghost in the Shell adaptation definitely accomplishes its mission: We can’t wait to see the full trailer.

But we’ll have to wait, since it doesn’t arrive until Sunday, November 13. Paramount will premiere the new trailer at a special event in Tokyo on that date, presumably releasing it online shortly after. (The studio is even flying select members of the press out to Tokyo just to see the trailer.)

Despite the film’s white-washing controversy, I’m still intrigued by Ghost in the Shell, which stars Scarlett Johansson as The Major (renamed from the original Motoko Kusanagi) and Takeshi Kitano as Chief Daisuke Aramaki — both of whom will be on hand in Tokyo to present the new trailer alongside director Rupert Sanders. Here’s the official synopsis for the live-action adaptation:

"Based on the internationally-acclaimed sci-fi property, “GHOST IN THE SHELL” follows the Major, a special ops, one-of-a-kind human-cyborg hybrid, who leads the elite task force Section 9. Devoted to stopping the most dangerous criminals and extremists, Section 9 is faced with an enemy whose singular goal is to wipe out Hanka Robotic’s advancements in cyber technology."

Ghost in the Shell also stars Michael Pitt, Juliette Binoche, Rila Fukushima, Chin Han and Pilou Asbaek, and hits theaters on March 31, 2017.

Watch the teaser trailer below: 

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Dumbledore will definitely be in the 'Fantastic Beasts’ sequel


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A major character from "Harry Potter" is heading to the "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" franchise. 

"Fantastic Beasts" producer David Heyman (who also produced all of the "Harry Potter" movies) told Business Insider on Monday that Albus Dumbledore will be in the film's sequel.

Heyman admits that you don't have to know anything about the J.K. Rowling books to enjoy "Fantastic Beasts," but "as we move on the connective tissues will become more explicit," said Heyman. "Dumbledore is in the next movie, you will see the connections become more overt. I think it will be great stuff for Potter fans and non-Potter fans."

There are very little details about what will take place in "Fantastic Beasts 2" (of a planned five movies), but there are rumors that dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald will be featured. Seeing the ties Dumbledore has with Grindelwald in the past, that rumor looks to be gaining more credibility. 

According to ScreenRant, "Fantastic Beasts" director David Yates has begun casting for Dumbledore. The sequel is slated for release in 2018.

Two actors played Dumbledore in the "Harry Potter" movies, Richard Harris for the first two films followed by Michael Gambon for the rest of the franchise's run following the death of Harris in 2002.

"Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" (the screenplay by Rowling) stars Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander, author of the book the film is named after, which is a text book Harry Potter and the other aspiring wizards study from while at Hogwarts. In the movie, Scamander is in New York City in the 1920s as he takes a break from his beast collecting. But when some of them get loose in the city he goes on a wild adventure to reclaim them.

The movie opens in theaters November 18.

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J.J. Abrams reveals his biggest regret about 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens'


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Though "The Force Awakens" became a global money-making monster that reminded us all why we love the "Star Wars" saga, that doesn't mean its director J.J. Abrams doesn't have any regrets.

While doing the commentary for "The Force Awakens" 3D Blu-ray Collector's Edition, out November 15 (yes, another version of the movie you can buy, and just in time for the holidays), Abrams addressed a moment that fans have been puzzled by since the film's theatrical release last December: why no hug between Chewbacca and General Leia after Han's death?

Returning from the attack on Starkiller Base, the Resistance fighters are without one of their legends, Han Solo, who was killed by Kylo Ren (still a spoiler?). In a very awkward moment, Leia passes Chewbacca to hug Rey, someone she has never met before.

Abrams states in the commentary, according to i09, that the scene is one of his biggest regrets. He admits it's a distraction that Leia and Chewbacca don't embrace.

Back in March, Abrams went into greater detail about the scene for /Film:

"My thinking at the time was that Chewbacca, despite the pain he was feeling, was focused on trying to save Finn and getting him taken care of. So I tried to have Chewbacca go off with him and focus on Rey, and then have Rey find Leia and Leia find Rey. The idea being that both of them being strong with the Force and never having met, would know about each other — that Leia would have been told about her beyond what we saw onscreen and Rey of course would have learned about Leia. And that reunion would be a meeting and a reunion all in one, and a sort of commiseration of their mutual loss.

"Had Chewbacca not been where he was, you probably wouldn’t have thought of it. But because he was right there, passed by Leia, it felt almost like a slight, which was definitely not the intention."

star wars no medal lucas filmsThis is not the first head-scratcher concerning Chewbacca. The Wookiee was famously snubbed at the end of "Star Wars: A New Hope" when he wasn't given a medal at the ceremony celebrating the destruction of the Death Star, though Solo and Luke Skywalker were.

Here's hoping Chewie gets more love when he returns in "Star Wars: Episode VIII" in December of 2017.  

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Over 30 superhero movies are coming out in the next 4 years — here they all are


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"Doctor Strange" is in theaters now and has been reviewed as one of Marvel's best superhero movies to date. 

While "Strange" may be the final superhero movie of 2016, movie studios aren't slowing down any time soon. There are still well over 30 superhero movies that have been announced to hit theaters over the next few years. 

We'll see the Marvel complete "Phase 3" of its cinematic universe while finally launching its first solo superheroine, Captain Marvel. DC is giving Wonder Woman her own solo outing and will build on the many new heroes teased in "Batman v Superman" as the DC Universe moves closer towards the first onscreen appearance of the Justice League.

Keep reading to see every superhero movie coming soon. 

Sidney Fussell contributed to a previous version of this story.

A spinoff to "The LEGO Movie" centered around Batman is coming next year.

Will Arnett will reprise his role as the pint-sized and sassy Caped Crusader in the aptly titled "The LEGO Batman Movie."

This time around, Batman will have some company from Batgirl (Rosario Dawson), Robin (Michael Cera), and even the Joker (Zach Galifianakis).

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Why Colin Farrell says he's enjoying acting now 'more than I ever have'


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In 2000, Colin Farrell came out of nowhere to become one of Hollywood's new heartthrobs.

The Dublin-born actor caught everyone off-guard when he was cast as the lead in Joel Schumacher’s Vietnam movie “Tigerland” and followed that up by playing opposite Tom Cruise in the Steven Spielberg blockbuster “Minority Report” two years later. After that came two more leading roles in studio movies, highly publicized flings (like with Britney Spears), and rehab.

For most stars in that position, the next, unfortunate stop would be direct-to-video fame. But Colin Farrell has rebounded in a big way.

In the last year alone, we’ve seen him do incredible work in the polarizing second season of “True Detective” and in the surprise indie hit “The Lobster.” The latter — with Farrell packing on pounds and delivering a performance some believe should receive awards recognition — is a defining moment in the evolution of Farrell from beautiful movie star to serious actor.

"The Lobster," by acclaimed Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos (“Dogtooth”), follows Farrell’s David, who's newly single and by law must check into “The Hotel” and find a romantic partner within 45 days or be transformed into an animal of his choosing (his request is a lobster). What follows is a darkly comedic, Charlie Kaufman-esque look at life and love.

Farrell talked to Business Insider recently about making “The Lobster” (which is currently available on iTunes and Blu-ray/DVD), why he has no regrets about doing “True Detective,” and what it was like making the highly anticipated “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.”

Jason Guerrasio: What is the craziest interpretation of "The Lobster" someone has given you?

Colin Farrell: I have friends home in Dublin who saw it and just didn't get it. They were like, "When are you doing 'S.W.A.T. 2'?" They just didn't get it. They would be like, "I'm sure it's good and it's art, but not my favorite of yours." They didn't give any particular interpretation but the moment in the film that's most open to individual perspective and interpretation is the end of the film. It's left open-ended and that's something that kind of invokes a person's level of hope or belief or need to cling onto the idea of love and the idea of "the one." One of the great things about the film being so unusual and provocative is the filmmaker to me doesn't seem to have a definite opinion on the rights or wrongs or the immorality of behaviors and systems, he just presents a set of very unusual circumstances and asked the audience to partake in the judging of what feels right or wrong or what feels natural and unnatural. 

Guerrasio: This isn't the first time you've taken a chance with an offbeat movie, but even for you was there a moment when you were in the woods on set and saying to yourself, "This better work"? 

Farrell: [Laughs] You kind of get to that point in every film. You have no idea. Making a film, you're in a really dark tunnel and the only kind of illumination is the shared experience you're having with your fellow cast and director. That's the process of making the film and it isn't until the world puts their eyes to it that you find out if it's creating any kind of connection at all. But every single film at some stage of the film I think, "I wonder what this is going to be?"

Guerrasio: So every film you're 100-percent optimistic?

Farrell: No, I'm not optimistic at all, nor am I pessimistic. I have hope. I have no expectations. I've done far too many things that I felt were going to be genius that weren't and I've done some things that I didn't think were going to be much that really connected with people. So expectations are left at the door. But hope exists all the time. 

Guerrasio: Why are people connected with this movie?

Farrell: I think people enjoy it because people respond to original things, but I think they only respond to original things if they connect to some truths within us. As much as “The Lobster” feels like a world we recognize but not the world we live in, it's all drawn in an allegorical way from all the systems that exist. Around the world there are certain marital systems, certain physical systems, political systems, social systems, and all those things are kind of turned on their head but represented in various ways within “The Lobster.” So I think there's a recognition of truth. But at the same time those are the same things that had my mates going, "What the f---?"

Guerrasio: How much input did you bring for the look of the David character?

Farrell: Myself and Yorgos, we spoke a little bit and I was at a certain body weight that I was closer to making a statement or defining the character physically by losing weight. There was no justification for him to be emaciated, but I thought, say I was 165, I thought what if I went down to 155 and have him rail-thin? And Yorgos was like, [speaking in Greek accent] "Well, if he's very thin I think maybe it will speak to some kind of psychological trouble that we want to stay away from," and I was like, "F---, you're right." So he said, "What about if he's a bit soft?" And I said, "Yeah, I think you're right." He just comfort-eats a little bit too much. He’s just asleep in his own life and has let himself go. And the mustache, I don't know if it was him or I suggested it. But I remember my sister was watching me eat and she was like, "God, does he have to be fat?" And in retrospect I couldn't think of David being any other way because it affected the way I moved. It really did. It slowed me down in a way that I felt was conducive to kind of tapping into the spirit of the character.

The Lobster A24Guerrasio: What were the fun things you ate to pack on the pounds?

Farrell: Man, I only had two days of fun and then it got old. 

Guerrasio: Really?

Farrell: Yeah. I had a list of about 35 restaurants, 25 of which were fast-food joints all around Los Angeles and I didn't get a quarter through the list. It just became me thinking about going to these places and wanting to enjoy the food and food just not being enjoyable anymore. So I just ate s--- at home. [Laughs] You dream to eat whatever you can and get away with it and then when you're told you have to eat, it loses its fun straight away. 

Guerrasio: You have already finished shooting another movie with Yorgos. What can you say about "The Killing of a Sacred Deer"?

Farrell: I can say it's — ugh, God — it's eerier than “The Lobster.”

Guerrasio: Get out of here!

Farrell: Yeah, I don't know, it felt pretty bleak to me. I mean, when I read the script it was extraordinary and to work with Yorgos again was amazing. 

Guerrasio: Can you tell where his stories are going when you're on set or do you not know for sure until you see footage?

Farrell: Until you see a cut. There are so many interpretations that this film could be approached from. But Yorgos is so specifically minded, he's so clinical in his direction of the film. He's really a master I feel, I really do. And I wouldn't throw that word around often. I’ll wait to see what the film is, but it's set in a contemporary world, in America, there are hospitals and diners, parks, things that we will recognize and experienced ourselves but yet there's this similar kind of uneasiness through all the interactions and all the things that take place. It was unnerving reading the script. I kind of felt nauseous after reading it. 

Guerrasio: I like that description: “The movie makes me nauseous.”

Farrell: Yeah. 

Guerrasio: This is the point of the interview where I have to tell you that I was a fan of season two of "True Detective." 

Farrell: Oh, that's lovely. I'm glad to hear it. 

Guerrasio: Were you excited to shoot that scene where Ray gets shotgunned and you think he's dead two episodes in?

Farrell: Yeah, I didn't know because I read the first episode when I signed on so when I came to that I was like, "What the f---?" I called Nic Pizzolatto and he said, "No, no. You're in it the whole way through." That was fun to shoot. I had a few scenes in that show that were some of my favorite all-time scenes to be in. 

Guerrasio: What was another one?

Farrell: The scene of beating up the kid's dad. It was just so sleazy and so f---ing wrong and yet it's something that various parents have dreamed of, no doubt. That was an amazing scene. And there's a scene at the kitchen table with Vince [Vaughn]'s character. All the scenes in the bar, every single one of those I enjoyed thoroughly. I enjoyed that set. We would come in, sit down, and we'd bang them out pretty quick because there was no blocking. It doesn't get any better than a well-written scene, two actors across a table. 

Guerrasio: With something like “True Detective,” where a lot of people didn't like it, do you get in your head and wonder why it went wrong?

Farrell: You move on. It's work. Yeah, I'm privileged and paid handsomely and it's not exactly being in a coal mine, but you still work your ass off and you work as hard as you possibly can and you hope that people connect to it and enjoy it. So yeah, I was disappointed, but I kind of knew it was going to be an uphill struggle because of how strong the first season was. But the level of backlash was kind of fascinating and not fully shocking because I know what the world of the internet is and how it's a platform to project their greatest anger and frustrations. But it's also a place where people can wax lyrical and be effusive in their glowing fondness of something. I was very disappointed, man, but I never once regretted doing it. I really didn't. I believed in it. 

Guerrasio: You've been in some big movies in your career. Can you compare the scale of “Fantastic Beasts” to anything you've done in the past?

Farrell: I remember some of the sets on “Alexander” were extraordinary and it would just take your breath away and on “[Total] Recall” also, but this was next-level. They built two or three blocks of midtown Manhattan in 1926 and it was inhabited with 400 extras and 24 Model Ts and a train system and all that kind of nonsense. It was madness. You would walk into shops and they would have the goods from that period, it was just huge. I didn't work with any of the beasts, I didn't have much green screen, but I loved working on it. I'm excited to see it myself. 

Fantastic Beasts Warner BrosGuerrasio: Do you feel you're hitting a second gear in your career right now? You're making some spot-on choices with “The Lobster,” “Fantastic Beasts,” and the upcoming Sofia Coppola movie, “The Beguiled.” 

Farrell: I’m enjoying it. If anything I'm aware that the pressure of the first, I suppose, six or seven years I was in America — I mean that energy of having such a rapid and ascending celebrity — it’s not there anymore. It's the end of that chapter and now I'm just enjoying the work probably more than I ever have and yet I'm simultaneously less attached to it I think, which is kind of a strange state of grace to be in.  

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