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The actor behind the 'Veep' fan favorite Richard explains what makes him so funny


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Sam Richardson quickly became a fan favorite on the HBO series "Veep" when he came on in season three as Richard Splett, the good-natured campaign aide to Selina Meyer (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) who seems to be unfazed by all the insulting and backstabbing that goes on around him.

Richardson has since become a series regular on the show. Last season, Richard hilariously assisted Jonah Ryan's (Timothy Simons) congressional campaign, and in the premiere episode of season six (which aired Sunday), we now find him as the chief of staff to now ex-president Meyer, who's trying to figure out her next move.

Richard is ready with incredible responses for the rest of the cast's sarcastic style, taking every single outlandish comment at face value and responding with a monotone, sincere response that has made the character so memorable.

Richardson talked to Business Insider about Richard's new position on the show, how pulling off the perfect Richard response is harder than it looks, and why it's challenging for him to go into an Apple store anymore. 

Jason Guerrasio: You've said in the past that Richard is the only character in the "Veep" universe that isn't working an angle. But do you think he has aspirations beyond what he's doing?

Sam Richardson: I don't know. I think he would be happy to go up or down the ladder. I think if he got bumped down to something else he would be like, "Well, at least I have experience at this." And if he goes up he would be, "Oh, okay. Well, a new challenge." So the thing with Richard is he has no specific ambition. It's like, he has two doctorates, but he doesn't seek out to follow those paths. He just does whatever he flows to.

Guerrasio: In the first episode of the new season, Richard has some amazing responses to things Selina says. She says she should get a spot on Showtime at the Apollo, and Richard says, "I'll check on that." Or when she talks about getting food stamps, he says, "I'll look into an application." The delivery is crucial. It always seems to be a beat after Selina says it. Do you practice that delivery?

Richardson: Part of what Richard does is there's no time to filter for him. So everything is at face value. With his responses he's saying it before even thinking about what was said. I have worked mostly with Tim Simons but I think Julia and I have a rhythm that we can play off of. So whatever is in the script, we can add that timing.

veep 2 hboGuerrasio: Is that timing developed at the table read or not until you are about to shoot?

Richardson: The table read gives you an idea of what the jokes are. It's more, "Let's see the jokes work," so that timing doesn't actually come in until you're doing it [on set].

Guerrasio: And when it comes to nailing the jokes, do you guys just do a couple of takes?

Richardson: We'll do a bunch of takes because along with shooting all the angles, the scenes can be long and the problem I have is I've made this character speak so quickly that I'll marble-mouth sometimes some of those bits. So it takes a few to get it where it needs to go.

Guerrasio: How has the Richard character evolved? Did you play him differently when you auditioned?

Richardson: When I went in to audition I think I played him, not wily, but I played him like he was covering his own a-- a little bit. Just a touch more of that. From the audition I saw him as this person who was a step behind but is fortunate enough to be on the same page as everyone else. If that makes sense.

Guerrasio: Well if I had never seen the character before, that wouldn't.

Richardson: [Laughs]

Guerrasio: But when you see the character on the show it makes total sense.

Richardson: Yeah. Honestly, we never really had many conversations about him early on. When I first came on the show I was a one-episode guest. So at the table read I just did my interpretation. Then when we improvised some of the scenes I just played what I thought felt right. Little quips here and there. And the writers and [series creator] Armando [Iannucci], they liked that direction and then wrote those things into the script. I think we're all in agreement on what Richard is like.

Guerrasio: Is there still an aspect of doing the Richard character or being on this show that's the most challenging for you? That you will always have to work on no matter how long you are on it?

Richardson: The pattern that Richard speaks in. Specific details that he's got to say. And I have really set myself up because everything I'm saying is so fast already that when I have to say the names of magazines, or a kind of list of things I have to say it's like, "Okay, you've done this to yourself, Sam." That's really the challenge, keeping up with the rhythm of speak that Richard has.

Guerrasio: Give me your craziest fan experience.

Richardson: When I wear glasses it happens often. And I'm always recognized when I go to the Apple store. It's always a black guy wearing glasses. It's like, "Hey man, love you on the show."[Laughs] Every time. I'm like, okay, guess this is my audience.

detroiters_comedy_centralGuerrasio: You are also the star on the new Comedy Central series "Detroiters," which you cocreated. Is that your first time writing a series as opposed to bits?

Richardson: It is.

Guerrasio: What's that been like?

Richardson: It's been a learning experience, for sure. Joe Kelly, who is another cocreator and writer on the show, has written for sitcoms before, so we follow his guidance on narrative structure and how to piece together a half-hour TV show. It's been fun to see that and then do our own thing off of that. Our instinct is funny first, but obviously you also have to tell a story. And we're from Detroit so we're telling the story while also giving the city a shoutout.

Guerrasio: And then for you, it was a conscious decision to make sure your character doesn't wear glasses and speaks a different way from Richard.

Richardson: Yes, exactly. And it's fun to do new things. And I hope I get to continue to do that.

Guerrasio: So last question: Do you have a favorite Richard line so far?

Richardson: I think it's when he introduced himself to Tom James [Hugh Laurie] and he says, "I'm Richard T. Splett. I don't know why I said 'T' — my middle name is John." That one follows me the most and I love that line.

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Here's what you missed in the 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' trailer


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The INSIDER Summary:

  • There are three distinct whispers that can be heard in "The Last Jedi" trailer if you listen closely.
  • They're older lines of dialogue from Princess Leia, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and Yoda.
  • Tune into the trailer starting at the 45-second mark to hear them.

If you've watched the trailer for "Star Wars: The Last Jedi," you may want to go back and watch it again. You may missed a series of subtle whispers played beneath the composer John Williams' score.

You'll want to pay attention starting 45 seconds into the trailer, right after Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) asks Rey (Daisy Ridley) what she sees while she's presumably training with him.

It's tough to hear, but you can distinctly make out the lines of three iconic characters from the "Star Wars" franchise — Leia, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and Yoda — as Rey answers "light,""darkness," and "balance."

In case you missed them, here they are:

When Leia pops up on screen you can hear her say "Help me Obi-Wan" at 47 seconds into the trailer. It's a piece of dialogue from 1977's "Star Wars" when her hologram figure tells Luke Skywalker, "Help me Obi Wan, you're my only hope."

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The next line comes as the camera zooms in on Kylo Ren's shattered mask at 53 seconds. An older Obi-Wan Kenobi can be heard saying, "seduced by the dark side" before Rey says, "darkness."

The snippet is a reference to when Kenobi told Luke Skywalker about how Vader went from being one of his greatest allies to one of the most feared men in all the galaxy. Kylo Ren, his grandson, appears to be following in Vader's footsteps so far. 

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Finally, Yoda can be distinctly heard saying, "Train you will ... to be a Jedi"at 59 seconds right as Rey says "balance." A series of books come into view, one which prominently has a Jedi Order symbol inside. It looks like Rey is reading from the text. 

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It's presumed Luke will teach Rey in the ways of the Force, and, from the title of the film, you may guess she's the titular last Jedi of the movie. However, things get a little more hazy when Luke says that it's clear the Jedi have to end.

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It's not the first time Rey has heard a series of whispers. She was previously bombarded by a rush of whispers during a vision sequence in "The Force Awakens" when she touched Luke Skywalker's original lightsaber. 

Here's the full dialogue from that part of the trailer:

Leia: "Help me Obi-Wan"
Rey: "Light" 
Obi-Wan Kenobi: "Seduced by the dark side" as Vader is heard breathing.
Rey: "Darkness"
Yoda: "Train you will ... to be a Jedi"
Rey: "Balance."

"The Last Jedi" is in theaters December 15.

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'The Last Jedi' director explains the mysterious title of the new 'Star Wars' movie


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Director Rian Johnson has been dishing some small but welcome details throughout interviews about his “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” amid Star Wars Celebration and the release of the teaser trailer.

In an interview on “Good Morning America," Johnson discussed the burning questions fans have had about the title since it was first annoucned. Specifically, whether the “Jedi” in the title is plural or not. And, if it's singular, who is the "last Jedi"?

“It’s so funny, when people started asking that when the title was announced because I had never even pondered that question," Johnson said. "That seems like, to me, the most, like — uninteresting, I guess. In my mind, it’s singular.” 

When the woman interviewing him said, "so the last Jedi would be Luke," Johnson got a little vague. 

“Well, if you say so," he said. "I’m gonna take your word for it. They say in 'The Force Awakens' that he’s going to find the last Jedi temple, and Luke is the last Jedi.”

Ok, so that's kind of a confirmation. Almost. But it is better than nothing for now. 

You can watch a clip from the interview below:


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Here's the perfect way to see 'The Fate of the Furious'


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4DX combines motion, fog, rain, lightning, scent, wind, and other elements to basically make you feel like you’re living a movie along with the characters. The technology has been around since 2009, but it's getting bigger and spreading to more theaters across the US. For now, you can catch a 4DX screening at nine theaters in the US. 

I watched "The Fate of the Furious" in 4DX to tell the world what it's like. 

And it's overwhelming at first. Imagine Star Tours at Disney World, but for two and a half hours. And with Vin Diesel, The Rock, Jason Statham, and the "Fast and Furious""family."

When the seats first started moving and vibrating, I was rolling my eyes. And also thinking about which bag I wanted to throw up in. But after about a half-hour into “The Fate of the Furious,“ the movements felt right, and not sudden or abnormal. 

I wanted to go into this experience blind. My expectations were exceeded. I thought teverything would be more subtle. Like the movie itself, 4DX is anything but subtle. It is exactly like a thrill ride. So if those make you vomit, maybe stick to a relaxed, regular movie. 

Because “The Fate of the Furious” relies so much on action that the 4DX seats can easily emulate, it was the perfect movie for it. A movie like “La La Land”? Not so much.

Here's what it was like to see "The Fate of the Furious" in 4DX:

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Before you enter the theater, there’s a (long) warning.

I’m probably the only person who has ever read the whole thing. I thought it was a bit dramatic, but I would soon be proved wrong.


One perk to the "you must be this high to ride" rule? No small kids talking during your movie.

If there were scents during this movie, I definitely didn't notice them.

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Mark Hamill wanted a Luke and Han reunion in 'The Force Awakens,' and it would've been great


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Mark Hamill has revealed his own idea he had for Han Solo's tragic demise in "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," and it's gotten the army of "Star Wars" fans very excited.

While talking to a reporter at the recent Star Wars Celebration, the Luke Skywalker actor revealed how he wished Han Solo's death scene would've played out in "The Force Awakens," in a way that would have involved a reunion for Luke and Han and Leia (sort of).

When Hamill first read the script for "Force Awakens," he said he thought of how he would have liked to see Luke, Leia, and Han in the same place one final time. Han's death at the hands of his own son, Kylo Ren, would have stayed intact, but with some new players. Here's what he said:

When I was reading it, I thought if Leia is trying to mentally contact me and she is unsuccessful, she’ll rush to his [Han’s] aid and get into some dire situation, and that’s when I show up. I save her life, and then we rush to Han, and then we are in the same position that Rey and Finn and Chewie are—too late to save him, but witnesses.

The death of Han Solo toward the end of the movie was already emotionally wrenching, but the addition of Luke and Leia as witnesses would have made it more so. Then again, it also would've undercut the subplot of Luke's absence. And bringing him and Leia onto the Starkiller Base, with everything else (including Rey's duel with Kylo Ren), might've just been too much to follow.

Still, it's hard not to want to see Hamill's alternate "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" cut.

See Mark Hamill talk about his idea for the alternate ending below:


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Chris Pratt reveals a 'Guardians of the Galaxy 2' secret on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!'


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The cast of "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" joined "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" on Monday night, and the actors confirmed a major casting rumor.

"I don't know exactly what I can say," Jimmy Kimmel said of the Marvel movie. "I know there are reveals and there are secrets, and like, for instance, can I say Sylvester Stallone is in the movie? Is that okay to say?"

"Sly's in the movie?" Kurt Russell said. Russell stars in "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" as Star-Lord's dad, and starred in "Tango & Cash" alongside Stallone in 1989, forever cementing the image of the two in viewers' minds.

"I think that's safe to say, yeah," Chris Pratt (who plays Star-Lord, aka Peter Quill) told Kimmel.

"Can I say Tango and Cash are in this movie together?" Kimmel said. "Is that all right? Is that allowed?"

"It is now," Pratt said. 

While it has actually already been revealed that Stallone would be in the movie, little has been known about his role. In 2016, director James Gunn told CinemaBlend that his role is small, but very important. If you want to find out more about his rumored role from the internet, you'll probably be spoiled.

You can watch the interview below:




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Sienna Miller pushed her director to make her not just 'the wife' in her new movie


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One thing actress Sienna Miller has a lot of experience in: playing the grieving wife.

"The Lost City of Z" (opening nationwide on Friday) marks the third time in three years that Miller has played a homemaker who has to deal with extraordinary circumstances. But with "Z," she pushed for her character to have a more substantial role in the film — and it paid off enormously.

In the acclaimed and Oscar-nominated films "Foxcatcher" and "American Sniper," both based on true stories, Miller played the wives of men who tragically died — David Schultz and Chris Kyle, respectively. In both instances, Miller, while unquestionably talented, has blink-and-you'll-miss-it parts that really only serve as emotional triggers when the husbands are murdered.

The same could have happened to Miller in "The Lost City of Z," playing another real woman, Nina Fawcett, wife of British explorer Percy Fawcett, who along with their son disappeared looking for a secret city deep in the jungles of the Amazon in 1925. But writer-director James Gray gave the Nina character a rich inner life that highlights her struggle to support her husband's obsession, which then leads to the eventual torment over never knowing what happened to her love and eldest child after they disappear.

But Gray admits that credit should also be given to Miller, who urged him not to just go through the motions with the Nina character.

"When she arrived in Northern Ireland I remember we had the table read with all the actors and she wrote on the side of the script, 'The wife?!' And I said, 'What do you mean by that?'" Gray recently told Business Insider. "And she said, 'I'm just playing the wife again. Don't you think we can do much better?' And I said, 'Sienna, I'm going to try. I'm going to give you everything I got.'"

lost city of z amazonMiller does not disappoint with the material, delivering one of her best performances in recent memory. It's more than obvious to Gray that she had a chip on her shoulder.

"At one point I said to her, 'I don't understand, if you think you're just the wife, why are you here?' And she said, 'I wanted to work with you, and that's why it has to be better. Better than the average woman left at home,'" Gray said, delivering his best imitation of Miller's English accent.

After filming, Miller told Gray at the premiere that she based a lot of her performance on watching Gray's wife during production. He had had no idea.

"She told me she was copying my wife's gestures and behavior and attitude," Gray said. "I don't know how my wife feels about that."

However, looking back on it, Gray said the Nina character was one of the most important aspects of the story.

"It's Nina's tragedy," Gray said, referring to the loss of her husband and son. "She never heard what happened, no closure. It's the 1950s and she's still alive and people say they have seen him. So I thought if that's the case, the movie can't forget about her."

And what does Miller think of the movie?

"Oh, she loves it," Gray said.

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Disney wants to launch a 'Star Wars' starship luxury resort, and it looks like a fan's dream


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When the theme park known as Star Wars Land opens its doors at Disney World in 2019, it promises to be an immersive experience that any fan of the beloved saga will go crazy for. 

Over the weekend at Star Wars Celebration, we saw some teases of what will be available in the park, and now it sounds like there could be a resort inside the land that will be a must-stay for "Star Wars" fanatics. 

According to Walt Disney World News Today, Disney has sent out a survey to guests gauging their interest in a possible hotel resort experience inside Disney World, most likely located in Star Wars Land, which would be designed to look like you're staying on a starship.

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Concept art included in the survey being done by Swagbucks shows that the lobby, guest rooms, and other areas of the resort definitely have the feel of the familiar ships seen in the "Star Wars" movies.

The survey also highlights the unique experience you would get out of the two-night, all-inclusive package that will cost roughly $900 to $1,000 per guest, including a two-day story set in the the "Star Wars" universe, personal interactions with "Star Wars" characters, live performers throughout the starship, plus the ability to engage in the story by doing flight training, ship exploration, lightsaber training, and personalized secret missions (both on the starship and throughout Star Wars Land).

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Your stay also gets you buffet breakfasts, lunches, and evening dining, exclusive park admission to Star Wars Land, and starship amenities including a pool area and water garden, fitness area, onboard cantina, and — wait for it — robotic droid butlers.

It sounds like Disney is just at the idea phase with the resort, but this is just another example of how ambitious Disney World is being in executing Star Wars Land.

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19 movies at the Tribeca Film Festival you need to see


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The 2017 Tribeca Film Festival begins on Wednesday night, and this year’s crop is filled with powerful works from movies, TV, and even virtual reality.

But if you’re not able to actually go to the festival, don’t worry: A lot of the titles are coming to theaters and streaming soon.

That includes movies starring Jenny Slate, Cate Blanchett, and Emma Watson, as well as documentaries focused on Roger Stone, Elián González, and Ronald Reagan.  

Here are 19 movies playing at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival you should keep an eye out for:

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This dark comedy about a guy (Zachary Quinto) dealing with intense hallucinations and his therapist (Jenny Slate) who tries to help him looks to be one of the standout fiction movies at the festival this year. And it also has Jon Hamm playing a famous TV actor... big stretch for him.


In this movie set in a suburban high school, Abigail has been cast in the lead of the school play, a production of “The Crucible,” but quickly feels the wrath of the mean girls who got overlooked. Twentysomething Quinn Shephard doesn’t just play the lead role but is also the film’s director, and it also stars Chris Messina as the shady drama teacher.


Liev Schreiber plays 1970s heavyweight boxer Chuck Wepner in this biopic. Though he took on the likes of Muhammad Ali and George Forman, he's best known for being the inspiration behind “Rocky.” Set after that movie becomes a sensation, this film follows Wepner coping with new celebrity and old demons.

The movie opens in theaters May 5 through IFC Films.

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The early reviews of 'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2' are here, and people love it


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Fans and critics alike loved the first "Guardians of the Galaxy," and many of them have been impatiently awaiting the sequel.

Following a press screening in Los Angeles on Monday night, early reactions to "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" are pouring in. And so far, so good.

While journalists can't publish more specific reviews about the movie just yet, the overall consensus on social media is that it's a fun movie that is a great follow-up to the first installment.

The movie will be out in theaters on May 5. 

Here's what people are saying about "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" right now:






 But not everybody loved it:



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53 movies you need to see in your lifetime


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Television might be on an upswing, but nothing will ever replace movies. In the past century that they've been around, they're given us unforgettable stories and characters.

Here are 53 movies everyone should watch in their lifetimes. They're a mix of movies to see when you're growing up, stone-cold classics that'll broaden your horizons, and pop culture touchstones everyone should be familiar with.

Take some time to add these to your queue.

1. "The Godfather" (1972)

"The Godfather" (and its sequel) is just one of those perfect movies. The story, casting, and direction all work together to create onscreen magic.

You can read more about the movie here

2. "Do the Right Thing" (1989)

With its carefully built complex narrative, Spike Lee's is a visceral movie about race in America that lends itself to new interpretations every time you watch it.

You can read more about the movie here

3. "Citizen Kane" (1941)

"Citizen Kane" isn't just essential viewing because critics often agree it's the best movie of all time. It's a timeless story of greed and power.

You can read more about the movie here.  

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Here's everything leaving Netflix in May that you need to watch


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Netflix just released the titles that will be leaving the streaming service in May. And while there are some we'd rather not see go, you don't have too much to worry about — unless you're in the middle of your binge of old "Scrubs" episodes.

"Jurassic Park" and "The Lost World: Jurassic Park" are the ones you should definitely catch again before they leave Netflix. And those go the first day of the month, so have your dinosaur night as soon as you possibly can.

Here's everything that's leaving Netflix in May (we've highlighted the titles we think you should watch in bold):

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Leaving May 1

"11 Blocks"


"Bang Bang!"

"Black Mamba: Kiss of Death"



"Fantastic Four"

"FernGully 2: The Magical Rescue"

"Flicka: Country Pride"

"Garfields Fun Fest"


"Jetsons: The Movie"

"Jurassic Park III"

"Jurassic Park"

"The Lost World: Jurassic Park"


"Samurai Headhunters"

"Stephen King's Thinner"

"Tales from the Darkside: The Movie"

"The Doors"

"The Real Beauty and the Beast"

"The Seven Dwarfs of Auschwitz"

"The Sons of Kate Elder"

"The Wedding Planner"

"Things We Lost in the Fire"

"To Catch a Thief"

"Treblinka: Hitler's Killing Machine"

"Truly Strange"

"Turf War: Lions and Hippos"

"Van Wilder: Freshman Year"

"Venom Islands"

"World War II Spy School"

Leaving May 2

"Good Luck Charlie" (Seasons 1-4)

"Kickin' It" (Seasons 1-3)

"Scrubs" (Seasons 1-9)

Leaving May 5



"Grosse Pointe Blank"

"The Recruit"

"What About Bob?"

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Oscar winner Brie Larson talks about the roles she instantly rejects


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Since winning the Oscar for best actress for 2015's "Room," Brie Larson acknowledges her sudden jolt to worldwide fame — as well as the constant job offers that come with it — has taken some getting used to.

Along with her anticipated entry into the Marvel universe — she'll play the lead in a Captain Marvel movie slated for 2019 — Larson laid the groundwork for another potential franchise earlier this year by starring in "Kong: Skull Island." (She also found time for her feature directorial debut, "Unicorn Store.")

Now she's coming out with the ensemble shoot-'em-up comedy "Free Fire" (opening Friday). Larson plays Justine, the only woman in a gang in 1978 Boston that's going to a deserted warehouse to buy guns. When shots are fired, they start a chain reaction that will leave no one safe.

Larson talked to Business Insider about what keeps her grounded, the roles she instantly passes on, and how she sees the industry being more accommodating for women — and where it needs to improve.

Jason Guerrasio: Did it attract you that in "Free Fire" the Justine character is in a lot of ways smarter than all the guys?

Brie Larson: Kind of. I mean, to be honest, I don't know if I think she's a lot smarter than them. She's got a plan, and it doesn't work out so well. I think the one thing she has over them is the fact that she's not trying to assert power or dominance outright. She's surrounded by all these dudes with their crazy suits and mustaches and with tons of ego and she's actually muted and understated and is trying her best to just keep everyone calm and kind of go under the surface, and that's what I really found interesting. Being in a film where you have all of these crazy personalities and then there's this one kind of sneaky, secretive, quiet one who is playing everybody was fun.

Free Fire A24Guerrasio: So for you right now, what does a role need to have for you to consider it?

Larson: The main thing for me is just the length of time it takes to make a movie. It's at least a year of just talking about it, talking about it with yourself or your director or your other castmates or the press, so you just want to make sure it's a film that although you initially feel this pull or this drive to it, you don't really have the answers to why you're drawn to it. Part of it is being interested in the character and part of it is being interested in the movie or what it means and the exploration of it. But it's more about not knowing the answers to certain questions but wanting to go on the journey of discovery to find the answers.

Guerrasio: How about roles you would instantly say no to?

Larson: Clichés. Anything that's a cliché.

Guerrasio: Like, a cliché female role?

Larson: A cliché of the female character or a cliché film. Like a film where you know exactly what's going to happen. One of the reasons I love making movies is because it's an opportunity to share with the world a different way of being or a different way of living or seeing the world. If it's something you've already seen before, if I have too many reference points for it, then it's not exciting for me to make.

Guerrasio: You have been working nonstop since "Room." And not just making movies but doing press for them.

Larson: Yes. I feel the same way. [Laughs]

Getty Images brie larson oscarGuerrasio: What's been the biggest thing to adapt to in life after your Oscar win? When suddenly work and attention are both constant.

Larson: I don't think I'll ever be able to grasp this — I just don't really understand why anybody would care what I have to say. I'm just a person figuring stuff out. That's the thing I trip out on all the time when I do days and days of press and you're like, "Who cares what I think?" [Laughs]

Guerrasio: And I would guess you have a similar feeling when it comes to posting things on social media.

Larson: Yeah. I think you just get sick of your own voice and one of my favorite things in the world is just to people-watch and to listen. Interviews aren't about that. Very few interviews are a conversation. It's usually a question and I have to answer for two minutes. By the end of the day, I kind of feel gross. It's like you go to dinner with a friend and then you get home and you're like: "Ugh, I dominated that conversation too much. I wish I let them talk more." That's how it feels for me every day I do press.

Guerrasio: So when was the last time you got to just sit back and people-watch?

Larson: Oh, all the time.

Guerrasio: You can still pull it off in public?

Larson: Yeah. I don't really get recognized much.

Guerrasio: Seriously?

Larson: I'm so serious. And I'm very paranoid about my privacy so I would be the first to tell you if it's all gone. It's not. I'm grateful for that.

Guerrasio: You've been very outspoken about women's rights and equal rights within the industry. Are you feeling any shift in the industry in regards to women being heard?

Larson: The way that I'm feeling the shift is that we are allowed to be part of the development process. So I do feel like things are changing because I'm allowed to option books or write an original screenplay or direct. Those possibilities are really wide open. I think that males still struggle to write for females, which is totally fine because I don't think I could write a really impactful male role because that's not the life that I lived. So we'll just keep shouting and say we need more opportunities for not just women but people that are just different.

I think sometimes I feel saying this is about women or this is just purely a male/female gender issue is only scratching the surface. We need to have points of view from lots of different types of people. People who have different backgrounds, different parts of the world, who maybe perceive gender differently. We're in this time where we have social media, we have the ability to share so much, that I think that we need to create more space and more opportunity for people that are just outside of the typical cliched binary roles.

Unicorn Store instagram brielarson finalGuerrasio: You've definitely taken those opportunities to have a voice. You recently wrapped on directing a feature film, "Unicorn Store." You directed a few shorts before that. What was the biggest takeaway from making your first feature?

Larson: There's a lot that I'm still pulling apart from it. I just felt so excited about it. I really just loved every second of it. I loved assembling a team of people that I really enjoyed being with every day and I continue to be in awe of every person on set that has a very specific gift and you need all of them to make a movie. It's this amazing opportunity to be with all these real-life superheroes that have very specific skills and you need all of them to make one thing.

Guerrasio: When will we get to see it?

Larson: I don't know. It's in post right now. I just don't know when the end will be.

Guerrasio: So who's the female director you would kill to work with right now?

Larson: Oh, I would say either Kathryn Bigelow or Ava DuVernay.

Guerrasio: Both are great.

Larson: I know.

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35 movies coming out this summer that you need to see


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We’re on the cusp of the summer-movie season, and it's going to come fast.

Last year, the big complaint about summer movies was that too many sequels and reboots turned out to be duds. And though you will surely get some of that this summer, on paper at least, this batch seems promising.

You have highly anticipated sequels like “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” “Alien: Covenant” (the sequel to “Prometheus”), and “Despicable Me 3,” and on the reboot side, you have Tom Cruise resurrecting “The Mummy,” The Rock flexing his muscles in “Baywatch,” and Tom Holland as Spidey in “Spider-Man: Homecoming.”

And let’s not forget “Wonder Woman,” Christopher Nolan’s war movie “Dunkirk,” and Luc Besson’s gorgeous-looking sci-fi epic “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets.”

Here are 35 movies coming out this summer that you need to se:

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"Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" (Release Date: May 5)

Marvel kicks off the summer with the hyped sequel to the studio's surprise 2014 hit. Expect another sweet soundtrack when Chris Pratt returns as Star-Lord, setting off on more adventures with his fellow guardians.

"3 Generations" (Release Date: May 5)

Elle Fanning delivers a powerful performance as a high schooler transitioning from female to male while his mother (Naomi Watts) and grandmother (Susan Sarandon) try to come to terms with the decision.

"King Arthur: Legend of the Sword" (Release Date: May 12)

Charlie Hunnam plays Arthur, the rightful owner of the sword in the stone, in director Guy Ritchie's flashy retelling of the legendary British leader. 

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This secret Netflix hack will change the way you watch TV


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The INSIDER Summary: 

  • Netflix doesn't always play the highest quality video possible.
  • Hitting Control+Alt+Shift+S allows you to bring up a menu that can override the quality settings.
  • Netflix has a few other hidden menu settings available for power users.

Video streaming has been around roughly since the start of the internet, but it rarely goes well. The experience of watching videos on YouTube and elsewhere on the web is a grab bag of incompatible plugins, weird cropping, and choppy consistency.

One of the great technological innovations of Netflix is just how smooth its video streaming technology is. Video files are huge and internet speeds never seem to be fast enough, so it's astonishing how Netflix offers such a stable platform for streaming video in so many different places, from smartphones to smart TVs.

One way Netflix ensures smooth streaming is by toggling its video quality based on how much bandwidth your internet connection has. If you have a fast internet connection with a lot of bandwidth, Netflix will serve you sterling HD video. If your connection isn't as strong, it'll downgrade the resolution of the video.

This can be frustrating. Filmmakers and producers put in countless hours into their work, and that work deserves to be seen at the highest quality possible. In many cases, even with a slow connection, it makes sense to wait for a high quality video to load rather than play it immediately in low quality. You can direct Netflix to play videos in higher quality in the Account Settings, but it still won't always serve you the best possible video.

Luckily, there's a secret menu on Netflix, as noted by a Redditor, that will let you change the video streaming quality. Since discovering it, it's changed the way I watch stuff on Netflix. I always opt for the better experience of higher quality streaming.

If you're on a computer, hit Control+Alt+Shift+S to bring up the menu. Some users have also reported it working with a keyboard-connected gaming console or smart TV, but your mileage may vary.

It'll be superimposed on top of the video, like this:

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From here, you can select the audio and video bitrates, then hit "Override." Higher bitrates are higher quality. Selecting multiple bitrates allows Netflix to choose from those specific different options depending on your internet speed. (The "CDN" part of the menu refers to how your computer is connecting to Netflix's servers. You can just ignore it.)

It makes a huge difference. As an example, I took a shot from "Twin Peaks" streamed with a 180 bitrate and compared it to the same moment with a bitrate of 2260.

Here's the 180 bitrate shot. Both character's facial features are ill-defined, and the image looks fuzzy.

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Now here's the 2260 bitrate version. Take a close look. The colors are less muddled, it's easier to see how Cooper's brow is furrowed, and Sheriff Truman's hair is better defined.

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If you don't think they look very different, think about looking at those images for hours and hours, which is how you actually watch Netflix. It makes a difference.

When you log out of Netflix, watch a different video, or refresh the page, the settings will reset, so you'll have to set them again.

High quality streaming, of course, uses up more data, so while using this hack, keep in mind whatever data caps your internet service provider may have.

Netflix has a few other secret menu shortcuts. Control+Alt+Shift+D brings up detailed video and audio information about your stream, and Control+Alt+Shift+L brings up a log of technical Netflix activity during your streaming session.

Alt+Shift+Left Click also brings up some more granular data about your Netflix stream, as well as some useful options like changing the timing between the video and audio streams and even uploading your own subtitles, but it doesn't work on Mac computers.

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Oscar Isaac talks about shooting his 'intense' 'The Last Jedi' scene with Carrie Fisher


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With the news that Carrie Fisher will not be appearing in “Star Wars: Episode IX,” it looks like “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” will be the final time we see the late actress play the iconic Princess (now General) Leia.

But according to Oscar Isaac, we are going to get a fiery General Leia in the upcoming "Star Wars" movie.

Isaac talked to Business Insider while promoting his new movie “The Promise” (opening Friday) and he recalled one of his favorite scenes with Fisher in “The Last Jedi,” the follow-up to "The Force Awakens" that comes out December 15.

“It was basically my first day [on set] and we did about 25 takes total. Half of them were on me and half of them were on her,” Isaac, who plays the pilot Poe Dameron in the new "Star Wars" trilogy films, said. “I can’t give anything away but there was a scene where there was some physicality there and it was shot just over and over and over. She relished the physicality of it, let me just say. It was pretty intense. It will be funny to see what they cut together based on that.”

The Force Awakens Leia LucasfilmLooking back on working with Fisher on “The Force Awakens” and “The Last Jedi,” Isaac said he feels “fortunate" that he "got to be in her gravitational field.”

“At every moment she would just wander over with her Coke — she was constantly drinking Coca-Cola — and find a way to undercut the situation or to cut through something to make me laugh,” Isaac said.

Fisher died in late December of last year after a heart attack. She had completed filming "The Last Jedi."

Disney CEO Bob Iger made clear there are no plans to revive Fisher's Leia via CGI in future "Star Wars" films.

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Brie Larson reveals the hardest part about becoming suddenly very famous


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Fame certainly has its perks. You get a lot of things for free. You pretty much never have to wait in line for anything. Making money becomes much easier. But there are some negatives. The most obvious is the loss of anonymity.

Brie Larson admits that that’s the biggest thing she’s tried to wrap her head around since becoming a bone fide celebrity after winning the Oscar for best actress for 2015’s “Room.”

“I don't think I'll ever be able to grasp this — I just don't really understand why anybody would care what I have to say,” Larson told Business Insider while doing press for her new movie “Free Fire” (opening Friday). “I’m just a person figuring stuff out. That's the thing I trip out on all the time when I do days and days of press and you're like, ‘Who cares what I think?’”

But people care very much. And Larson has turned that into a positive force. She's used her platform to be vocal about issues that are important to her like support for sexual-assault victims and giving women and minorities stronger voices in Hollywood.

Her visibility will only increase in the coming years as we near the 2019 release of Marvel Studios' first movie with a female lead, “Captain Marvel.” Larson will be our Captain Marvel.

But there is one thing from her old life she can still do.

“One of my favorite things in the world is just to people-watch and to listen,” Larson said.

There are moments when she can go out in public and not be recognized.

“And I'm very paranoid about my privacy so I would be the first to tell you if it's all gone. It's not. I'm grateful for that,” Larson said.

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Oscar Isaac talks about the role that will stay with him and working with Carrie Fisher



As pilot Poe Dameron in the latest "Star Wars" trilogy, Oscar Isaac has become an international star, and that clout also got him the lead role in “The Promise” (opening Friday), a powerful look at the Armenian Genocide.

Also featuring Christian Bale as an American reporter covering the end of the Ottoman Empire and Charlotte Le Bon as the woman both men are in love with, the movie isn't lacking in star power. But Isaac carries it as Mikael, an Armenian medical student who finds himself a target of the Ottoman government when it begins to systematically exterminate Armenians during World War I.

“He had that gravitas and the talent of being a Juilliard-trained actor to take on board not just the accent but the cultural mannerisms of Armenians of that period,” the film's director Terry George told Business Insider of why he cast Isaac. “He studied the village life and did a lot of research but at the same time had the talent to stand up with Christian Bale.” 

Isaac talked to Business Insider about why the Mikael role will never leave him, what he learned from working with Christian Bale, and that time he did 25 takes of a scene with Carrie Fisher for “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.”

Jason Guerrasio: With a role like this that has so much history, is there a fear at all of being over-prepared?

Oscar Isaac: No. No. I think the feeling is always, "I wish I had a little more time." But in the moment of doing it you just let that all go. It's kind of like you see what stays. It's like sifting through something. You just hope that through all of that material, that thinking, wondering, practicing, visits to museums and listening to survivor's tales, working on the accent, that in the moment you let it all go. You trust that stuff is going to be there and it's going to affect your consciousness. 

The Promise 2 Open Road Films finalGuerrasio: Did you have questions for Terry before committing to the role?

Isaac: There wasn't so much big general questions, it was more story things. Figuring out the character and trying to understand certain scenes and trying to basically get his ideas and his tone and what he was going after and then trying to sync that with what I was finding interesting about it and then together molding it. 

Guerrasio: This is such an intense role. Can something like this stick with you mentally after you've wrapped on shooting?

Isaac: I’m a human so it's like any work that you do. It stays and it influences you and maybe the specific things that you're fixated on, that goes away —

Guerrasio: There needs to be a decompression moment?

Isaac: Sure. Even if I have to jump into something else. Which, in fact, I did. I think I went right back to shooting "The Last Jedi."

Guerrasio: So that helps because you can't dwell on the character. You have to go right into being Poe. 

Isaac: Right. You're focused on something else. But all of that stays. It becomes part of you. It was an educational process for me because to my great shame I didn't know about the Armenian Genocide before and I think, unfortunately, a lot of us in this country and in the West and all around the world have been purposefully kept in the dark about it. To be a part of something that does shed light on this horror that occurred is very special. And on top of that, to be part of something that's so philanthropic, where the producers really put their money where their mouths are. One-hundred percent of the proceeds go to charity — that's unheard of. 

Guerrasio: On set with Christian Bale, did he bust your chops about "Star Wars," since he went through something similar with the Batman movies? 

Isaac: No. Not really. 

Guerrasio: Did he try to get info about the next movie out of you?

Isaac: No. He didn't want to know any info or anything like that. It was the exact opposite. For me, it was great to see and to learn from him. Here's somebody who just knows how to maneuver so things don't get to him so much. I know there are stories out there of him being difficult, whatever. For me it was like watching a kung fu master. He didn't get caught up in the little things that happen on set or in a scene where insecurities can suddenly bubble up and cause people to behave like a--holes. Just to watch things roll off his back that way, for me, still figuring a lot of this stuff out, it was great to see.

Guerrasio: It sounds from Kathleen Kennedy like "The Last Jedi" will be the last time we'll see Carrie Fisher in the new "Star Wars" movies. Can you give me your fondest memory of working with her on "The Last Jedi"?

Isaac: There was so much. I just remember running lines with her for a scene or going over things and there were some really incredible scenes. I do remember one which was basically my first day where we did about 25 takes in total. Half of them were on me and half of them were on her and... Oh, s---, that kind of gives some of it away. [Laughs]

The Last Jedi LucasfilmGuerrasio: Don't give anything away now!

Isaac: Yeah, I can't give anything away. But there was a scene where there was some physicality there and it was shot just over and over and over and she relished the physicality of it, let me just say. [Laughs] It was pretty intense. It will be funny to see what they cut together based on that. But at every moment she would just wander over with her Coke — she was constantly drinking Coca-Cola — and find a way to undercut the situation or to cut through something or make me laugh. 

Guerrasio: I don't know if you saw that HBO documentary about her and her mother, "Bright Lights," but she had cartons and cartons of Coke in her refrigerator. 

Isaac: Yeah. She loved that Coca-Cola. It's just one of those things where I was so fortunate that I got to be in her gravitational field even for a moment.  

Guerrasio: You weren't able to attend Star Wars Celebration. Tell me how you experienced watching the trailer for "The Last Jedi."

Isaac: I watched it that day at home on the live stream with my brother, and it was wild. You don't know what to expect. 

Guerrasio: That was the first time you saw footage from the movie?

Isaac: Yeah. First footage I've seen. I'm just happy that I made it into the trailer! [Laughs] I think it looks great and I think people are really going to be impressed with what [director] Rian [Johnson] has done. 


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Here's how much money famous sequels have made compared to the original movies


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There are a lot of sequels coming in 2017, and many have already hit theaters. But to the chagrin of Hollywood executives, many are bombing at the box office.

Analysts are crying sequel fatigue, but studios trying to bank on franchises isn't new. They're just doing it a lot more frequently, but with titles people care way less about seeing.

In looking at Box Office Mojo's ranking of some of the highest-grossing franchises adjusted for inflation, it's clear that pursuing sequels has always been a roller-coaster ride.

Business Insider selected some of the most well-known franchises and compared their box-office gross numbers. 

Of those selected, only "The Lord of the Rings" and "Captain America" have seen revenue growth with every installment. "Deadpool" is the highest-grossing movie related to the X-Men universe, and not even the wide praise for 2017's "Logan" could change that. 

Every other franchise lacks a pattern, except that it seems that "Fast and Furious" reached a positive turning point in 2009. (Note: "Fate of the Furious" is still new to theaters, so it has time to earn a lot more.) And people really, really like "Star Wars" movies. Although "A New Hope" still remains the most successful at the box office by a pretty big number. 

See how your favorite franchise did over its lifetime:

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There's going to be a 'Fast and Furious' spin-off with The Rock and Jason Statham


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It looks like we are going to see more of Hobbs and Deckard in action together.

Deadline is reporting that Universal is in the early stages of developing a spin-off movie from its successful "Fast and the Furious" franchise that will focus on Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Jason Statham's characters.

It's an idea that likely began to get traction after the audience reaction to the two in the franchise's latest movie, "The Fate of the Furious." The actors shared a lot of screen time either trying to destroy each other physically or, when that wasn't possible, trying to destroy each other verbally. Some of the best scenes involve their interaction.

According to Deadline, franchise screenwriter Chris Morgan will be writing the script, which would involve Johnson’s US Diplomatic Security Agent Hobbs forming an unlikely alliance with Statham’s Decker.

This spin-off would likely be released in a time when Universal is figuring out its next "Fast and Furious" movie.

The studio is taking the Disney/Lucasfilm approach to the "Star Wars" universe by expanding its biggest cash-cow property.

But a spin-off featuring Johnson will fuel the rumors that he and "Fast and Furious" star Vin Diesel can't work together, and this is the only way the studio can keep Johnson in the franchise. It's more than obvious from how "The Fate of the Furious" was shot that Johnson and Diesel had very limited screen time together.

It can't be all bad, though. The movie has grossed over $685 million to date and will likely win the box office for a second straight weekend.

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