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Johnny Depp is the most overpaid actor for a second straight year, according to Forbes


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Forbes has released its annual list of the 10 most overpaid actors in Hollywood, and Johnny Depp tops the list for a second straight year. 

Depp returned $2.80 for each dollar he was paid, according to Forbes' calculation.

To come up with the list, Forbes looked at the last three significant releases the actor was in prior to June that played on at least 2,000 screens and then divided the operating income of the films by the star's estimated pay for those films.

Depp starred in the disappointing "Alice Through the Looking Glass," which made $299 million globally at the box office on a reported $170 million budget.

The actor will star next in "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales."

Coming in second place was Will Smith, who returned $5 for every dollar he was paid.

You can see the full list of overpaid actors over at Forbes.

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The tightest race at the 2017 Oscars is best actress — here's who could win


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As we get deeper into award season, the picture of how Oscar night will turn out is getting clearer.

"La La Land" and its director Damien Chazelle are frontrunners in the best picture and best director categories. Casey Affleck, meanwhile, is the odds-on favorite to win best actor for his performance in the moving "Manchester by the Sea."

But best actress will likely keep people scrambling to guess until the big night.

The category has been famously tight in recent years. And this year performances by Natalie Portman, Emma Stone, and Amy Adams are all very strong, and anyone could win. Though they could be upset by the work of Taraji P. Henson or Isabelle Huppert. Or Meryl Streep could even swoop in and take down everyone, as she sometimes does.

Below are 10 actresses who all have a chance at being nominated and eventually winning best actress at the 2017 Academy Awards — and who we think has the best shot:

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Amy Adams, "Arrival"

Adams has been nominated for an Oscar five times in her career (four times in the supporting actress category), and her portrayal as a linguist who is brought on by the military to communicate with aliens is the kind of performance Oscar voters love. She plays a character who is strong and assertive, but also tender and heartbreaking. It could lead to her first Oscar, and she certainly deserves one.

Annette Bening, "20th Century Women"

Bening gives one of the best performances of her career as a chain-smoking mother in the late 1970s who is trying to cope with her son turning into a rebellious teen. Playing it with a comedic touch, she will make you laugh and cry.

Jessica Chastain, "Miss Sloane"

Chastain plays a no-nonsense lobbyist and shows why she's one of the best actresses of her generation. Eschewing all the usual cliches of the woman-in-a-man's-world movie, she plays a role that shines bright in our "nasty woman" era.

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Here's when the first reviews for 'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story' will hit the internet


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The INSIDER Summary

• "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" reviews are embargoed until December 13 at 5 p.m. EST.
• Reviewers have been asked to not reveal spoilers and "detailed story points."
• Security at screenings will be strict for journalists attending. 

We're a little over a week away from the release of "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" in theaters. With the film's recent press day last weekend in San Francisco, Disney and Lucasfilm have let press know when the review embargo for the film lifts.

Reviews for "Rogue One" will start to go live December 13 at 5 p.m. EST. 

That's a few hours earlier than reviews for "The Force Awakens" hit the internet about a year ago.

Don't expect to get a lot of spoilers, though.

Like last year, Disney and Lucasfilm have sent out a pretty strict set of guidelines for those invited to see screenings of the film. In its confirmation emails, press has been asked to "refrain from revealing spoilers and detailed story points" in coverage and social media. 

Journalists have also been told to not "check in" anywhere on social platforms to prevent hordes of eager "Star Wars" fans from showing up. 

Disney doesn't mess around.

In addition, security at the event will be tight. 

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For the New York screening I'm attending (I've been asked to not reveal the date, time, or location),  journalists were asked to leave computers and tablets at home. Phones and other electronic devices will be collected. 

"The Force Awakens" screening I headed to last year included a line of journalists wrapping around a building. There was a bit of mayhem after the screening as guests crowded in a hallway to retrieve phones and devices.

Typically, when you head to most screenings, you are asked if a security guard or theater worker can check your bag and you're asked to turn off your phone. If it's an anticipated movie, a few security guards will wear goggles to make sure no one is using any electronic devices during the film. Sometimes you get waved down with a metal detecting wand. 

My initial review of the film will be spoiler free until fans have had a chance to see "Rogue One" upon its US release late Thursday and Friday. 

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The Rock is here to save 'Baywatch' in the humorous new movie trailer


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"Baywatch" is back, baby. Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Zac Efron are starring in a reboot of the television classic, and we have our first look at the movie in a new trailer featuring lots of surf, sand, and bathing suits.

The trailer sets up the story with Johnson's character as the seasoned lifeguard and Efron shaking things up as an arrogant new recruit. Yes, there is a woman running in slow-motion in the iconic red swimsuit — but the trailer makes sure to poke fun at that expected trope. So far we're feeling good about the "Baywatch" movie's ability to deliver on silly (but self-aware) fun when it hits theaters on May 26, 2017.

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Apple is reportedly in discussion with major Hollywood studios for first dibs on movie rental releases in the iTunes Store, Bloomberg reports.

Leading media houses are exploring new ways to distribute film releases to consumers. This includes major studios like 21st Century Fox, Time Warner's Warner Bros. and Comcast's Universal Pictures.

This new model for releasing new films could be game-changing:

  • Hollywood films typically abide by a "windowed" released cycle. This window guarantee a 90-day delay between theatrical and and home releases through DVD or online purchase. However, studios are thinking about breaking from tradition and releasing high-priced rentals as soon as two weeks after a movie hits the big screen.
  • Shorter release windows would satisfy film consumption patterns. Both movie theater attendance and home-video rentals have been stagnant in recent years. This new release model could worsen the decline in theatre ticket sales, but, according to Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara, it would satisfy consumer appetite and potentially deter privacy too.  
  • It also gives studios a defense against disruptor companies. Netflix is making movesto bring its original films direct to theatre in a way that repudiates traditional windowed film releases. Meanwhile, startups like Screening Room are looking to offer to give home viewers access to movies on the same day that they release in theaters.
  • Apple wants to be the rental house for the latest film releases. Securing new movies before anyone else would differentiate and provide extra stickiness for the iTunes Store, and also serve a complementary role to boost Apple TV. This could Apple’s play to carve out a meaningful place within the film universe.
  • But the studios could opt for a different technology platform. It might also make the most sense to license its content to as many platforms as possible, to maximize the distribution of its movie rentals. It would only make sense to give Apple first dibs on films if the technology company makes a generous financial offer.

If 2015 was the year that brands and advertisers embraced online video, then 2016 will see the medium take the next step as live streaming takes off.

Live streaming video refers to broadcasts in real time to an audience over the internet. While the concept of live streaming has been around for years, mobile-first video platforms with user-generated content have just recently begun to make serious waves thanks to improved video quality, faster broadband speeds, and enhanced mobile technology.

Online video has become a key part of the strategic business model for both brands and marketers as they seek more innovative ways to capture consumer attention. Creative live streaming video initiatives and campaigns are a way for companies to cut through the digital clutter and have emerged as the medium of choice not only for person-to-person sharing, but also for business-to-consumer (B2C) and business-to-business (B2B) communication. 

Brands are increasingly using live streaming to reach audiences. Its importance has grown significantly thanks to substantial investments by social platforms such as Facebook, YouTube, Snapchat, and Twitter to build and enhance their live-streaming platforms.

And advertising dollars are likely to follow. 88% of agency respondents stated that they “might” or “definitely will” invest in live stream video advertising over the next six months, according to a recent Trusted Media Brands survey.

BI Intelligence, Business Insider's premium research service, has compiled a detailed report on live streaming video that examines the eruption of online video from the perspective of both consumers and advertisers and assesses how live streaming is emerging as the medium's next catalyst for growth.

Here are some key points from the report:

  • Live streaming video will further accelerate streaming videos overall share of internet traffic. Streaming video accounts for over two-thirds of all internet traffic, and this share is expected to jump to 82% by 2020, according to Cisco’s June 2016 Visual Networking Index report.
  • Live video’s value comes from its unique ability to add an authentic human element to digital communications. As a result, brands are leveraging three main streaming methods to connect with their viewers: tutorials, product launches, and exclusive and behind-the-scene footage.
  • Advertisers will continue to invest heavily in online video, especially as live streaming video gains traction. Already in the US, digital video ad revenue reached $7.8 billion in 2015, up 55% from 2014, according to figures from the Internet Advertising Bureau.
  • While live streaming is still in its early stages, brands are leveraging micropayments, mid-roll video ads and direct payments from social platforms, to monetize their live streaming videos.
  • The success of live streaming video hinges on brands overcoming a lack of measurement standards in the space, as well as changes in social media sites' algorithms that affect what content users see.

In full, the report:

  • Examines the eruption of live streaming video.
  • Explores the differences between platforms that host live streaming video.
  • Breaks down successful approaches from both brands and publishers.
  • Discusses unique monetization opportunities live streaming presents.

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The 10 top-selling movies of the year on iTunes


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ITunes may have started out as a music store, but it's come to be a place where lots of people rent or buy movies, especially with the rise of smart TVs (and Apple TV).

Every year Apple looks at which movies were the most popular on its platform. In 2016, that spanned from the wisecracking superhero Deadpool to the insightful Wall Street outsiders of "The Big Short."

Here are the 10 top-selling movies on iTunes in 2016:

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How Natalie Portman compares to the real-life Jackie Kennedy's most iconic looks


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Critics are already buzzing about Natalie Portman's portrayal of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis in "Jackie," the new biopic hitting theaters Friday, December 9. The film tells the story of President John F. Kennedy's assassination from Jackie's perspective, recounting her long struggle with grief in the aftermath of her husband's death.

But before tragedy struck the Kennedy family in November 1963, Jackie was beloved and admired for her timeless style. Any film about the fashionable First Lady must pay particular attention to costume design — and it looks like the designers behind "Jackie" spared no detail in their quest to recreate her iconic wardrobe.

Here's a look at how Portman's costumes compare to the real-life Jackie's looks.

The film's costume designer, Madeline Fontaine, was tasked with recreating some of Jackie's most iconic looks — like this two-piece red wool dress.

According to the film's production notes, Fontaine even tracked down some of the companies that made fabrics for the First Lady back in the 1960s. 

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Here's the how the real Jackie looked in the ensemble.

She wore it during a televised tour of the White House in 1962.

Even when the designers didn't replicate a famous outfit, they still stayed true to Jackie's overarching sense of style. Here's Portman in a regal satin gown...

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The first trailer for the new 'Spider-Man' reboot is here, and it looks awesome


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Spider-Man is swinging back to theaters next summer!

The world premiere trailer for next year's Spider-Man reboot, "Spider-Man: Homecoming" debuted Thursday night on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" and it looks awesome!

20-year-old Tom Holland will play the third iteration of the iconic webslinger to hit the big screen since 2002's film with Tobey Maguire. Audiences were first introduced to Holland's Spider-Man in "Captain America: Civil War."

Robert Downey Jr. will also star in the movie as his Avengers character Tony Stark. Michael Keaton will play the movie's villain, Vulture.

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"Spider-Man: Homecoming" will be in theaters July 7, 2017.

Check out the first trailer below:


A second international trailer for the movie shows off a lot more footage and basically confirms that the movie will take place during "Civil War."

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The 'War for the Planet of the Apes' trailer is here, and it's dark and visually stunning


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2014's "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" was the highest-grossing movie from the "Planet of the Apes" franchise yet, with over $700 million worldwide at the box office, so 20th Century Fox and "Dawn" director Matt Reeves had a big challenge with the next movie, "War for the Planet of the Apes."

But as the first trailer shows, they seem up for the challenge.

Business Insider attended a Fox event on Thursday that showcased footage from "War for the Planet of the Apes," and once again the franchise has stretched what is possible with digital effects. Chief among those is the film's use of motion capture, which uses the movements of actors who play apes, including Andy Serkis who returns as ape leader Caesar.

In "War," we are two years into humans battling apes, and Caesar's legend among his kind has risen to mythic proportions. Along with showcasing incredible action sequences, the trailer also delves into the journey Caesar and his most trusted allies take to hunt down an evil Colonel (played by Woody Harrelson) and his battalion.

As you can see in the trailer below, this looks to be the grimmest movie yet in the franchise.

"War for the Planet of the Apes" is scheduled to open in theaters July 14.

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The third installment of the latest "Planet of the Apes" is here. In "War for the Planet of the Apes," we find Caesar, leader of the apes, deep into a two year battle with humans. This film finds Woody Harrelson playing the evil Colonel trying to destroy all of the apes.

2014's "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" was the highest-grossing movie from the "Planet of the Apes" franchise yet with over $700 million worldwide at the box office, so 20th Century Fox and "Dawn" director Matt Reeves had a big challenge with the next movie, "War for the Planet of the Apes."

It opens in theaters July 14, 2017.

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The next 'Fast and Furious' movie is called 'The Fate of the Furious' — here's the first teaser trailer


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Universal just dropped the first teaser trailer for the next "Fast and the Furious" movie, and we finally know the name of the next movie in the franchise.

Yes, the eighth installment of "Fast and the Furious" will be called "Fate of the Furious." They really like alliteration.

"F8," as marketing has been referring to the movie, will take place in New York. This time the returning characters will be going up against Charlize Theron.

Here's the official synopsis:

"Now that Dom and Letty are on their honeymoon and Brian and Mia have retired from the game — and the rest of the crew has been exonerated — the globetrotting team has found a semblance of a normal life. But when a mysterious woman (Oscar® winner Charlize Theron) seduces Dom into the world of crime he can't seem to escape and a betrayal of those closest to him, they will face trials that will test them as never before."

Helen Mirren will also join the cast of the new film. "Fate of the Furious" is scheduled to be in theaters April 14.

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Why some Trump supporters are boycotting the new 'Star Wars' movie with #DumpStarWars


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"Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" has become the target of a political boycott online a week before it is released.

Some social-media users have come out against the new "Star Wars" spin-off movie on both Reddit and Twitter, where people have spoken out against the movie with the hashtag #DumpStarWars.

The boycott seems to have stemmed from a rumor that "Rogue One" was changed in reshoots and edits to make it slanted against President-elect Donald Trump. A writer for the film, Chris Weitz, says that story is "completely fake."

Others chimed in to protest "Rogue One," believing the film to be politically motivated.

Another source of ire for people boycotting the movie is the fact that Weitz has made comments on Twitter that appear to protest the election of Trump, including one tweet shortly after the election featuring the Rebel symbol from "Star Wars" with a safety pin through it, signifying unity. Weitz wrote: "Star Wars against hate. Spread it."

Separately, IndieWire reports that "Rogue One" has also been the target of criticism on a self-professed "alt-right" section of Reddit with ties to white supremacy. Users have pointed to the multicultural casting and leading female roles in the newest "Star Wars" movies (including "Force Awakens"). One such alt-right user called "Rogue One""anti-white social engineering."

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Martin Scorsese opens up about his 'near-death' drug addiction and how he recovered


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With classics like “Mean Streets,” “Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore,” and “Taxi Driver” already behind him, Martin Scorsese was a director on the rise in Hollywood when he made the musical drama “New York, New York,” starring Liza Minnelli and Robert De Niro, in 1977.

The movie became the first critical and box-office disaster of Scorsese's career, and the pressure of making a movie of that size led to stress and drug addiction for the legendary filmmaker.

"After finishing ‘New York, New York,’ I took chances," Scorsese told The Hollywood Reporter in a new interview. "[I was] out of time and out of place and also in turmoil in my own life and embracing the other world, so to speak, with a kind of attraction to the dangerous side of existence. Then on Labor Day weekend, I found myself in a hospital, surprised that I was near death."

At 35, Scorsese was down to 109 pounds, he says, affected by both his addiction and asthma.

“I was kept in a hospital for 10 days and nights, and they took care of me, these doctors, and I became aware of not wanting to die and not wasting [my life],” he said.

The Oscar winner reflects back at this time as he prepares to release a movie he’s been trying to make for close to 30 years, “Silence.” Starring Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver, and Liam Neeson, it’s based on Shûsaku Endô's 1966 novel about Jesuit priests who travel to Japan to propagate Christianity.

Scorsese sees his dark time in the '70s as his wake-up call to better his life so he could continue his craft.

He did just that. He went on to make “Raging Bull” in 1980, “The King of Comedy” in 1982, and “The Last Temptation of Christ” in 1988. The latter, a controversial look at the life of Jesus that lead to nationwide protests of the movie by religious groups, came around the time he first discovered the book “Silence.”

“Silence” opens in theaters December 23.

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Why it took nearly 30 years for Martin Scorsese to make his epic new movie 'Silence'


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It was the project Martin Scorsese had been telling people he was going to make next for almost 30 years.

The legendary director was going to make it after “The Departed” in 2006, “Shutter Island” in 2010, and “Hugo” in 2011. But a combination of a script not quite ready yet, financing woes, and legal battles for years stalled “Silence,” an adaptation of the 1966 Shûsaku Endô novel. Now at 74, the Oscar winner is finally bringing the movie to audiences on December 23.

Scorsese first came across the novel around the time of finishing “The Last Temptation of Christ” in 1988. The story is set in the 17th century and follows two Jesuit priests who face violence and persecution when trying to propagate Christianity in Japan. The director bought the rights to the book and assigned longtime collaborator Jay Cocks (“Age of Innocence,” “Gangs of New York”) to adapt it into a screenplay.

Scorsese and Cocks were hired to make the movie by Italy’s Cecchi Gori Pictures for a total of $700,000, according to The Hollywood Reporter. They each received $250,000 for their efforts and $150,000 would be paid to each if the project moved forward to production.

The script wasn’t to Scorsese’s liking so he went and made “Casino” in 1995 and “Kundun” in 1997.

In that time, the president of Cecchi Gori, Gianni Nunnari, hired other writers to take on the script. And that’s when things began to get cloudy.

Silence Kerry Brown Paramount finalFor years the project was in a legal tailspin to figure out who really owned the rights to the movie. It didn’t help that Cecchi Gori Pictures was in financial problems and one the owners, Vittori Cecchi Gori, was sentenced to prison related to the company’s bankruptcy.

Around 2012, Cecchi Gori Pictures was awarded rights to “Silence” by the courts. But Scorsese had already committed to making “The Departed,” Shutter Island,” and “Hugo.” Cecchi Gori sued the director for “intentional and negligent misrepresentation” when it caught wind that Scorsese was preparing to make another movie before “Silence,” “The Wolf of Wall Street.”

According to THR, Cecchi Gori wanted more than $1.5 million in damages. However, Scorsese’s lawyers said he had already paid more than $3.5 million in penalties for the movies he made instead of “Silence” over that time.

"I don't remember [the details],” Scorsese told THR. “All I know is that, whenever anything happened, I'd ask my manager and my agents and my lawyers to please make sure we did not lose the project. And they would go back into this morass of complications and try to work it out."

In January of this year, Scorsese and Cecchi settled out of court and Scorsese finally pushed forward to make the movie.

Financing and casts came and went as well over the years. At one time the budget was projected to be close to $100 million with Daniel Day-Lewis and Gael Garcia Bernal attached. The film got made for $46 million with Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver, and Liam Neeson starring.

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The 5 biggest winners and losers at the box office in 2016


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As the year comes to a close, Hollywood looks back with mixed feelings.

Though there were some surprise box-office giants like Disney’s “Zootopia” and Fox’s “Deadpool,” which just added to the predicted success of movies like “Captain America: Civil War” and “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” (not to mention the huge coin “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” will get soon), the industry also had numerous failures in its sequels (“Independence Day: Resurgence,” “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows”) and reboots (“Ben-Hur,” “Ghostbusters”).

And though there have been record-setting box-office openings this year, ticket sales are down as many are staying home to watch what’s on TV or their streaming services.

Let’s break down what the movie business did right and what it did wrong as we highlight the five winners and losers at the box office in 2016.

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WINNER: Disney

The biggest winner of the year by far is the house Walt built. In early December, Disney surpassed the industry record for biggest domestic box office in a year, earning $2.49 million (Universal previously held the record for the $2.45 million it made domestically last year). And the studio could earn close to $7 billion worldwide by the end of the year (if all goes as planned with “Rogue One”), which would break another industry record.

Basically almost everything Disney released this year did as expected or better. “Zootopia” ($1.02 billion worldwide) and “The Jungle Book” ($966.5 million worldwide) earned beyond what anyone imagined. And “Captain America: Civil War” and “Finding Dory” were the biggest domestic earners of 2016

If you went to the movies this year, it was likely for a Disney movie.


The studio had a lot of stumbles this year. Movies with marquee names — like “Money Monster,” starring George Clooney, and “Inferno,” with Tom Hanks — didn’t ignite the box office and its supposed awards contender “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk” used a shooting format that only two theaters in the US could show the way it was intended.

But the biggest disappointment was the release of the all-female reboot of “Ghostbusters,” only earning $229 million worldwide on a budget of $144 million. Regardless what the studio did, the people who used the internet to voice their displeasure about the “Ghostbusters” reboot affected its performance.

WINNER: “Deadpool”

Fox rolled the dice by making a movie about an obscure Marvel character whose mouth was sealed shut the last time he was seen onscreen. But its gamble payed off big time.

“Deadpool” is the shocking success of the year as it took in over $782 million worldwide on a $58 million budget. And it was an R movie! This has opened up Fox to make its next Wolverine movie, “Logan,” much more violent (and it likely will receive an R rating, too). And it’s also put the pressure on “Deadpool” star Ryan Reynolds to repeat the box-office success for the sequel, which is stumbling to get off the ground.

But regardless of what may occur, 2016 was the year of Deadpool.

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Disney's 'Moana' wins box office for third straight weekend


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The latest Disney animated movie, "Moana," continues to dominate the domestic box office as it took in an estimated $18.8 million to top sales for a third consecutive weekend, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

That was enough to beat out new release, Paramount's comedy "Office Christmas Party," which came in second with $17.5 million

"Moana," which stars Dwayne Johnson and features the music of "Hamilton" creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, has now earned $238.8 million globally.

It was another easy win for "Moana" as the movie hasn't had much competition since it opened over the Thanksgiving weekend. Because of the lack of big titles over this weekend many audiences flocked to the art houses to see the limited release of Oscar contender "La La Land," which took in $855,000 on five screens. It had $171,00 per-screen, the second-highest all-time, beating out Wes Anderson's "Grand Budapest Hotel" (which took in $811,000 in 2014).

Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone give Oscar-worthy performances in "La La Land," a modern day love story told through a musical. The movie expands December 16 and plays nationwide Christmas Day.

La La Land"Moana" is the latest example of Disney's dominance this year, but the studio has saved likely its best performer for its final release of the year.

Next weekend "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story," the first ever "Star Wars" standalone movie, will open and projections of the movie have it earning between $280 million-$350 million in its first five days in theaters.

Domestically, it would mark the fourth consecutive weekend a Disney title was number one at the box office, and it's likely Disney would own the box office the last two weekends of 2016 as "Rogue One" looks to dominate the rest of the year.

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