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Emma Watson's acting is unbelievable once you know what the Beast really looked like while filming 'Beauty and the Beast' without CGI

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The INSIDER Summary:

  • Dan Stevens played the Beast in Disney's new "Beauty and the Beast" movie.
  • He had to wear a silly 40-pound padded suit for the CGI to work properly.
  • Footage of him wearing the suit is now online.
  • The internet is making fun of it, but we're also impressed by Emma Watson's acting.


This year's "Beauty and the Beast" remake was a hit at the box office and will soon be on DVD and Blu-Ray. Starring Emma Watson as Belle and Dan Stevens as the Beast, it was another take on Disney's classic romantic animated film from 1991.

To play the Beast, Stevens was decked out in an enormous, 40-pound padded grey onesie that tracked his movements. He also wore stilts. That way, the post-production team was able to superimpose the Beast's hairy features on his body and get the scale of his character right.

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"With the size and mass and shape of the Beast, so yeah, it was a whole combination of things — vocal exploration, dance, singing, movement, the whole package of challenges, really,"Stevens told People.

Now, photos and videos of Stevens in the suit have made their way online. Before seeing them, it was hard to imagine how silly making the movie must have been. It's impressive that Stevens managed to dance and sing in that suit, but it's also impressive that Watson was able to keep such a straight face — and pretend to be falling in love.

Naturally, the internet made fun of it.

You can relive the experience of imagining Dan Stevens in that suit when "Beauty and the Beast" comes on on Blu-Ray and DVD on June 6.

SEE ALSO: 10 things you didn’t know about the background characters in the iconic 'Star Wars' cantina scene

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24 military movies to watch over Memorial Day weekend

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Few things have the power to transport people like the cinema.

Who can forget Robert Williams' "Good morning, Vietnam" or Marine Corps DI Hartman's memorable quotes?

The following list is of our favorite military movies.

Jeremy Bender contributed to an earlier version of this post.

SEE ALSO: The US lost track of $1 billion in weapons, and they might end up in ISIS' hands

"The Longest Day" (1962)

"The Longest Day" tells the story of heroism and loss that marked the Allies' successful completion of the Normandy Landings on D-Day during World War II.

The film stands out due to its attention to detail, as it employed many Axis and Allied D-Day participants as advisers for how to depict the D-Day landings in the movie.



"Lawrence Of Arabia" (1962)

Based on the exploits of British Army Lieutenant T. E. Lawrence during World War I, "Lawrence of Arabia" tells the story of Lawrence's incredible activities in the Middle East.

The film captures Lawrence's daring, his struggles with the horrific violence of World War I, and the incredible British role in the foundation of the modern Middle East and Saudi Arabia.



"The Great Escape" (1963)

"The Great Escape" is based on a novel of the same name, which was a nonfiction account of a mass escape from a German prison camp in Poland during World War II. The film follows several British German prisoners of war as they try to escape from the Nazis and make their way back to Allied-controlled territory. 



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Oscar Isaac says Carrie Fisher slapped him 27 times in a 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' scene

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In April, Oscar Isaac told Business Insider that one of the highlights of shooting "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" was doing an "intense" scene with Carrie Fisher. 

“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."

On Thursday, the actor went on "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" and teased out some more details about that scene with Fisher. Turns out it involved Fisher slapping Isaac over and over, and over, and over.

“Actually, a large amount of the stuff I got to do was with Carrie, which was amazing,” Isaac told Colbert. “I remember the first day of shooting was a scene with Carrie. Oftentimes that first day, the filmmakers, everybody’s trying to get the tone and figure it out and I remember it was a scene where I come up and talk to her and she’s very upset with me and slaps me, and [director] Rian [Johnson] kept doing it over and over. It ended up being like 27 takes of Carrie just leaning in and every time she’d hit like a different spot on my face.”

Whether it was 25 or 27 takes, that's a lot of times to get smacked across the face. But this confirms what Isaac told us: that we are going to get a fiery General Leia in the upcoming "Star Wars" movie.

princess leia lucasfilmLooking back on working with Fisher on “The Force Awakens” and “The Last Jedi,” Isaac told us he feels “fortunate" that he "got to be in her gravitational field," and made it sound like a warm experience.

“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.

He continued the high praise for Fisher on Colbert's show.

“She was by far the quickest-witted, funniest, most down-to-earth, real human being as I ever had the opportunity of working with and she does amazing work in this,” he said.

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

"The Last Jedi" opens in theaters December 15 and will be the final time Fisher appears in a "Star Wars" movie. It's been announced she will not be appearing in “Star Wars: Episode IX” and Disney CEO Bob Iger has made clear there are no plans to bring Fisher's Leia to the screen via CGI in future "Star Wars" films.

Watch Isaac talk about Fisher on "The Late Show" below:

 

SEE ALSO: Oscar winner Brie Larson talks about the roles she instantly rejects

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Men are freaking out over women-only 'Wonder Woman' screenings — and the theater had the perfect response

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The INSIDER Summary:

  • The Alamo Drafthouse announced a special "women-only" screening for "Wonder Woman" in select theaters. 
  • Some men accused the theater of discrimination.
  • One man asked the theater if they only hosted a "men's-only" showing of any film.
    The theater had a perfect response on how they showed the "Entourage" movie a few years ago.
  • Alamo also added additional second "women-only" screenings.


"Wonder Woman" is in theaters June 2, and to gear up for the film's release, the Alamo Drafthouse announced a special "women-only" screening at its Austin, Texas, and New York City locations.

"Apologies, gentlemen, but we're embracing our girl power and saying 'No Guys Allowed' for one special night at the Alamo Ritz," the theater chain announced on its site. "So lasso your geeky girlfriends together and grab your tickets to this celebration of one of the most enduring and inspiring characters ever created."

That's not all. The theater made sure to mention that "women" includes "People Who Identify As Women." The entire Alamo Ritz staff — down to the projectionist and culinary team — will also be female.

All of the proceeds from the New York City screening in Brooklyn will be donated to Planned Parenthood.

What better way to celebrate DC's biggest superheroine finally getting her own movie?

Well, some men didn't think so.

People quickly reached out to the privately-owned theater chain to accuse it of promoting inequality.

But Alamo Drafthouse wasn't having it.

The theater offered a quick response to men who were upset with the theater's "women-only" screenings.

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This one may have topped them all.

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Some men were also coming to the theater's defense. 

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Both theaters in Austin and New York City added a second "women-only" screening. All of them are currently sold out.

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The new 'Dirty Dancing' remake was a disaster — here were the biggest differences from the classic version

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Dirty Dancing remakeThe INSIDER Summary:

  • The new "Dirty Dancing" remake just aired, and it did NOT get good reviews.
  • One of difference from the original was that Marjorie, Baby's mother, was given her own story line as an unhappy housewife contemplating divorce.
  • But the biggest change of all was the ending: We find out that years later Baby and Johnny do not end up together.

There were plenty of reasons why fans felt personally offended by ABC’s Dirty Dancing remake, and boy-oh-boy did they ever let their LIT opinions be known. Between Baby’s dancing and the complete lack of chemistry within the cast, it was pretty darn cringe-worthy for plenty of reasons. And that includes the many ways the remake attempted to take the tale further and differ from the classic story.

First, there was a handful of minor changes that didn’t alter the overall story in any real way, but were still totally noticeable to hardcore fans. The entire agreement between Baby and Johnny was slightly changed so that the more experienced male dancer offered Baby lessons in exchange for her help. And not only does Johnny insist on paying Dr. Houseman back for his services in the end, but the good doc demands that the creepo Robbie give Penny money to cover her abortion.

There were a few other little changes too, like Baby jumping off the dock for the famous water lift (what was that about?!) and the fact that Vivian was divorced and not having a sneaky, cheat-y affair with Johnny, while also forming a friendship with Baby’s mom, Marjorie Houseman (played by Debra Messing).

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But one minor change brought about one of the bigger deviations in the story: the fact that Majorie was given more of a storyline. By giving her character more depth, we watched as the unhappy housewife considered a divorce, telling her husband, “I’d rather be alone than lonely.” Whoa. While the two manage to reach a happy ending, it was certainly something that didn’t play out in the original film.

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Another relationship that was handled completely differently was the one with Baby’s sister Lisa and the aforementioned creepazoid, Robbie. While the classic movie saw Lisa contemplating losing her virginity to the seemingly perfect yet IRL arse, the new version ditched Robbie in favor of an interracial crush between Lisa and Marco, a musician in the in-house band who teaches the Houseman sibling how to play the ukulele. Cute! While it was one of the twists we’d been told about beforehand, their scenes helped to bring about the next change: more music.

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While there were plenty of beloved tunes in the original movie, the cast themselves didn’t burst into song (other than Baby and Johnny’s adorable lip-synching and Lisa’s vicious Hawaiian-themed nightmare, natch). The remake changed that with Katey Sagal taking on “Fever” (perfect for the sexy Vivian), as well as Debra Messing surprising fans by belting out “They Can’t Take That Away.” When the two main characters started singing “I’ve Had the Time of My Life,” there really wasn’t much more to say about this cringey remake.

Or so we thought!

That’s when the remake knocked us over with the biggest change of all: The Ending.

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Taking us past that blissful summer, 12 years down the road, we see Baby watching Dirty Dancing on Broadway in 1975. Johnny has choreographed the show based on the book Baby wrote about their summer love (yep, this definitely sounds more like a daydream we all had as preteens when contemplating the characters’ futures, not an actually Hollywood-like production!). While there’s still a spark between them (or so we’re supposed to believe), that’s right when Baby’s daughter and husband, Charlie, come in, making it clear that Johnny and Baby didn’t end up together. Boo! That may be a realistic take on the story *if* it were to continue, but maybe that’s exactly why the original movie ended when and where it did.

While it’s clear ABC was attempting a fresh take on the beloved story, it seems like this is a clear example of how things shouldn’t be redone when they managed to reach perfection the first time around.

What do you think about the changes that were made in the Dirty Dancing remake? Let us know @BritandCo!

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Why 'Attack of the Clones' is the worst 'Star Wars' movie — and one of the worst movies ever

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May marks the 40th anniversary of "Star Wars: A New Hope," but it also has another, less joyful milestone: the 15th anniversary of "Attack of the Clones," which was (to our disappointment) released to a theater near you on May 16, 2002. 

But maybe it's not as bad as everyone says it is or as bad as I remember it. Maybe it's secretly the best prequel. I hadn't seen it in a long time, so who am I to judge? Turns out, I was right.

I took a stab at re-watching "Attack of the Clones" with the intention of giving it the benefit of the doubt, but it just made me feel like I was getting stabbed in the eyes (and the heart). "Attack of the Clones" is a soulless, disjointed parade of clichés that took everything anyone loved about the "Star Wars" franchise and hid it behind wooden dialogue, junky visual effects, galaxy politics no one cares about, and forgettable characters who don't matter. At least "Phantom Menace" had a cool villain in Darth Maul and sweet Sebulba. 

The movie is so unwatchable — save for Ewan McGregor's welcome presence, for which he should win some kind of peace prize — that it literally took me weeks to watch it. I could only bear it in 20-30 minute intervals. At a painful and unnecessary 2 hours and 22 minutes, "Attack of the Clones" makes watching the depressing ending of "Rogue One" on repeat sound appealing. 

Here's why "Attack of the Clones" is the worst movie in the "Star Wars" franchise: 

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While the script is dumbed down, ridden with cheesy one-liners and sentences that are not authentic for any living creature the has a mouth, it's still hard to follow.



There is so much plot that it’s actually completely plotless. In having too many storylines and new characters, the point of the movie — to showcase Anakin's eventual turn to the dark side — gets completely lost.



One of those plot lines? Anakin and Padmé's love story, which is just as forced as it is uninteresting. It's also terribly portrayed by future Oscar winner Natalie Portman.



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Box office flatlines as everyone ignores the multiplex this Memorial Day weekend

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Memorial Day weekend would seem like the best time for a big summer blockbuster to hit the theaters, but in recent years audiences have been focusing more on their tans and grillmaster skills over the holiday than going to a movie theater.

Past Memorial Day holiday weekend openings that were instant fails at the box office include: "Tomorrowland" ($33 million opening weekend), "Alice Through the Looking Glass" ($26.8 million), and "X-Men: Apocalypse" ($65.7 million). Now you can add two new releases from this year to that list.

Disney's "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales" will win the holiday weekend, but the studio won't be bragging about it. The fifth movie in the franchise headlined by Johnny Depp will take in an estimated $62 million ($77 million by the end of the four-day weekend), according to Exhibitor Relations. That's below its industry projections of $80 million to $85 million. 

It's also the lowest opening for a "Pirates" movie since the first one, 2003's "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl" ($46.6 million).

Made for around $200 million (counting marketing), it looks like the movie is doing better overseas, with it taking over $200 million worldwide.

Baywatch Paramount Pictures finalParamount's R-rated comedy movie version of the legendary "Baywatch" TV show did even worse domestically than "Pirates," even though it had star power like Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Zac Efron. Going into the weekend with a horrid 19% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, the movie only earned an estimated $18 million ($22 million by Monday) to come in third place.

That led to Disney/Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" earning the second place spot over the weekend with $24.2 million by the end of Memorial Day, though the movie has been in theaters for four weeks.

The performance of "Pirates" and "Baywatch" domestically is the latest examples that studios are not bringing out their top material over Memorial Day weekend, or just staying clear of it. Business was down 15% from last year (big releases then were "X-Men: Apocalypse" and "Alice Through the Looking Glass").

But there's always a silver lining. "Wonder Woman" opens next weekend, and should have a huge opening weekend.

SEE ALSO: 24 military movies to watch over Memorial Day weekend

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A Lebanese ministry wants to ban 'Wonder Woman' because its star is from Israel

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BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon's ministry of economy says it has asked the country's security agency to ban the 2017 Wonder Woman movie because its lead actress, Gal Gadot, is an Israeli.

A senior security official says no formal request has been received yet, and that the ban would require a recommendation from a six-ministry-member committee. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to reporters.

Posters of the film have appeared on the streets of Beirut. At least one cinema has an advance screening Wednesday, including free popcorn for members.

Lebanon is officially at war with Israel and has a decades-old law that boycotts Israeli products and bars Lebanese citizens from traveling or having contacts with Israelis.

The movie is based on the DC Comics character.

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'Wonder Woman' is one of the best superhero movies ever made

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Yes, let the eye-rolling commence, but if I could explain myself ...

Out of the countless superhero movies I have to consume ever year (and have watched in my life), there are only a handful that I completely enjoyed and thought were masterworks of the genre: "Superman,""Batman,""The Dark Knight." Now Patty Jenkins'"Wonder Woman" has made that small list.

Not only does "Wonder Woman" (opening in theaters Friday) power through the potential pitfalls of the modern-day superhero movie — weak plot, boring villain, lackluster third act — but it also shows once and for all that a female-focused superhero movie can be as strong, heroic, thrilling, and funny as the guys' (and, I predict, as profitable).

Wonder Woman Warner Bros 3 finalFollowing her tease in "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice," in which she proved that she had the look to be a believable Wonder Woman, actress Gal Gadot gets to use her acting chops in this origin story.

Princess Diana of the Amazons starts out as a naive girl who dreams of being a great warrior like her mother, Queen Hippolyta (Connie Nielsen), and aunt General Antiope (Robin Wright), but she is purposely being held back in her warrior training to keep secret an important truth about her. But when Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) crash-lands on the hidden island Wonder Woman lives on, Themyscira, she witnesses firsthand what the god of war, Ares, has done to man, and she sets out to destroy him and free mankind of his hold on them.

This is the make-or-break moment of the movie.

Jenkins has laid out a great setup with Diana's backstory: her thirst to be the warrior she was meant to be, some amazing CGI-fueled fight sequences. But what has ruined many superhero movies (yes, the DC ones, but also many Marvel titles) is the added human element. Jenkins uses a fish-out-of-water scene in which Steve takes Diana by boat to the front lines of World War I not just to bring some lighthearted moments to a mellow part of the movie, but also to start the groundwork for a relationship between Diana and Steve.

Wonder Woman Warner Bros 2 finalIt works perfectly and creates some very humorous moments as Diana tries to become accustomed to the world beyond Themyscira (especially when she's dumbfounded about why all the women are subservient to the men).

After Steve exposes Diana to the war (there's also the discovery of a dangerous gas the Germans plan to use on Allied forces that Steve wants to stop), we get into Diana unveiling her Wonder Woman powers to the world with stunning fight sequences. A scene in which she seemingly takes on an entire German battalion in the middle of a muddy battlefield is one of the goose-bump-inducing moments in the movie.

If you aren't sucked into the movie by this point, you should really check to make sure you have a pulse.

Obviously, Gadot as Wonder Woman is what's front and center in the movie, but I would be doing a disservice if I didn't gush about Pine for a moment. He really is the secret weapon of the movie. With his dashing looks, self-deprecating humor, and red-hot chemistry with Gadot, he brings an important element to the movie that keeps it from being just a one-note actioner.

For all those reasons, I'm confident "Wonder Woman" is one of the best superhero movies ever made. I can't wait to get back to the theater and watch it again.

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'Wonder Woman' director Patty Jenkins on the biggest challenge she faced bringing the hero to the big screen

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"Wonder Woman" is the fourth installment in DC's Extended Universe, and the first female superhero movie since Jennifer Garner starred in "Elektra" in 2006. Director Patty Jenkins explains what the biggest challenge she faced was in bringing the hero to life on the big screen.

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Following is a transcript of the video: 

Longevity of focus, I think, is the hardest part. You know it's to have a vision and then try to hold that vision and not have it change.

The hardest part was literally getting it to the start line and a commitment to make it happen even though you know it was a low burn over a long period of time. But you know longevity of focus is I think the hardest part. You know it’s to have a vision and then try to hold that vision and not have it change when a million elements around it change every day. So what a shot turned out like or what the thing turned out like or how the story changes subtly it’s like still trying to hold to the center.

I put it on myself before anybody else even had to because I am also a fan, I also appreciate the genre and it's a once of a lifetime chance for her to have her first movie. So I care a lot about making the greatest thing I can anyway. This is — there’s an added layer of responsibility. I did feel I was a perfectly good person to be the one to try and so from there I just gave everything that I had to trying to never drop the ball and make sure it really lived up to everything that I could. So, you know, it was pressure I could deal with and it actually was an amazingly fun experience because I love my cast and I love the story we are telling and we laughed all day long but it doesn’t mean I never stopped waking up everyday and saying like, "Anything I can do —I'll do to make this better."

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Jessica Chastain calls movies at Cannes Film Festival 'quite disturbing' for their representation of women

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The INSIDER Summary:

  • Jessica Chastain spoke out about the lack of female storytellers in Hollywood at the Cannes Film Festival.
  • During a press conference, "The Martian" actress said she was disturbed by the female characters she saw represented.
  • Chastain said we need more female storytellers to have more "authentic female characters" on screen.
  • The actress has previously spoken out about equal pay for women in Hollywood.


"The Martian" actress Jessica Chastain is not happy with the way she's currently seeing women portrayed in film, and she wasn't afraid to let others know at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival.

“I do believe that if you have female storytelling you also have more authentic female characters," said Chastain, a judge at the festival, during the festival's closing press conference over the weekend. "This is the first time I've watched 20 films in 10 days — and I love movies — and the one thing I really took away from this experience is how the world views women from the female characters that I saw represented, and it was quite disturbing to me to be honest."

The actress said it wasn't something in every movie she watched, but Chastain noticed a trend in many of the films.

"There are some exceptions, I will say, but for the most part, I was surprised with the representation of female characters on screen in these films and I do hope that when we include more female storytellers we will have more of the women that I recognize in my day-to-day life, ones that are proactive, have their own agencies, don't just react to the men around them," Chastain added. "They have their own point-of-view."

Chastain instantly received praise for her comments from women in Hollywood for speaking openly and honestly.

This isn't the first time Chastain has spoken out about women's equality in Hollywood.

The 40-year-old actress previously spoke with our sister site Business Insider about equal pay for actresses after Jennifer Lawrence opened up about making less than her costars in "American Hustle."

"What I do ask is when I join a production, I want to make sure that the male actor isn't making four times my salary, which has been true, or seven times my salary,"Chastain said last November. "If that's true you go, 'You know what, I don't need this job.'"

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"We have to look at why society is telling women to not show up over-prepared, not to be treated equal," she added. "We need to reevaluate women who ask for a pay raise or ask for a promotion. It's actually an okay thing. It's okay to be ambitious, it's okay to be over-prepared." 

Chastain's comments about authentic female characters come the weekend ahead of the opening of superhero movie "Wonder Woman," directed by Patty Jenkins. If all the first reviews hold up, Jenkins hit it out of the park with a character that Business Insider's Jason Guerassio described as a female superhero who "can be as strong, heroic, thrilling, and funny as the guys."

While more female-driven vehicles are on the way — including "Pitch Perfect 3" and Disney's adaptation of "A Wrinkle in Time"— hopefully with the success of "Wonder Woman," we'll see a greater push toward even more women in Hollywood.

Earlier at the festival, Sofia Coppola became the second woman to win best director ever at Cannes for her film, "The Beguiled," starring Nicole Kidman. 

You can watch the clip of Chastain, which director Ava DuVernay shared on Twitter, below:

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Why movie critics are in love with 'Wonder Woman'

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The long-anticipated "Wonder Woman" hits theaters this weekend, and the reviews are in. The great news: It's better than "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice." Like, a lot better.

Many critics are saying that "Wonder Woman" (starring Gal Gadot and directed by Patty Jenkins) is not only one of the best superhero origin stories ever, but it's also one of the best superhero movies ever.

The action is amazing, Gadot is amazing, Chris Pine and his blue eyes are charming, and Jenkins has made a watchable (and re-watchable) superhero movie that gives us hope for more satisfying installments in the so-called DC Extended Universe. "Wonder Woman" proves that women can direct action and lead a successful superhero movie.

We rounded up what the critics are saying below: 

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It's reminiscent of classic action movies, like "Superman" and "Indiana Jones."

“It gives us the kind of hero a lot of us fell in love with back in those 12-cent days of truth, justice, and the American way — and the kind of movie we haven't seen since Christopher Reeve first flew into our lives.” —Newark Star-Ledger

"‘Wonder Woman’ feels like the real deal, a rollicking action adventure in the tradition of ‘Indiana Jones,’ with a fully functioning sense of humor and the year’s most lip-smackingly evil baddie."—Time Out London



It's smart and satisfying, in a way that none of the other DCEU movies have been.

“Wonder Woman is smart, slick, and satisfying in all of the ways superhero films ought to be.” —Entertainment Weekly



The film's action is great — and the stakes are heightened in the World War I setting.

“The film's action is explosive and engaging, and a sequence where Diana ventures into no man's land in the middle of a trench battle is stunning to behold.” —USA Today

"'Wonder Woman's'  WWI setting also provides a landscape that is ripe for action, since the war’s level of carnage was due to the advancement of weapon technology (while militaries continued to use traditional tactics and strategies)."—ScreenRant



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Hollywood is fighting billionaire Sean Parker's plan to let you rent movies still in theaters for $50

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Last year, the tech billionaire Sean Parker made headlines with his latest startup: a streaming service called Screening Room that would give users the ability to watch major movies still in theaters from the comfort of their homes for $50.

Instantly, people online said Parker was about to change the movie business as he did with the music industry 18 years ago, when he helped create the file-sharing service Napster.

Hollywood power players began to take sides. Steven Spielberg, Ron Howard, J.J. Abrams, and Peter Jackson have all praised the forward-thinking philosophy of Screening Room. (They all also happen to be stakeholders.) Meanwhile, other filmmaking giants like Christopher Nolan and James Cameron, along with Kevin Tsujihara, the chairman and CEO of Warner Bros., have spoken out against it, voicing the importance of an exclusive theatrical experience.

But since the initial rush of news and analysis about the venture, the buzz around Screening Room has nearly disappeared — on the internet, but also, more importantly, in Hollywood. And now it looks as though the project may be a flop.

Though Parker and his cofounder, Prem Akkaraju, have promoted the company for the past two years at CinemaCon — an annual event in Las Vegas where studios and exhibitors showcase top titles and innovations — it has gotten little traction because of competition, the industry's naiveté, and the decadelong discussion between studios and theater chains about how to move forward with premium video on demand, or PVOD.

"Everything you've heard in the press about studios and theaters wanting to explore a PVOD window, nothing about that revolves around Screening Room," a source close to the talks told Business Insider.

Hollywood has its own big ideas

Screening Room's main pitch to studios and exhibitors has been that it can bring added revenue to all sides of the equation. (Jackson has said that Screening Room could bring in $8.5 billion a year for the film industry.)

Of the proposed $50 rental fee, which would make a movie available to a viewer for 48 hours, 20% would go to the movie's distributor, a participating theater chain would get up to $20, each customer would receive two tickets to see that rented title at their local theater. Screening Room would take 10%.

Sources told Business Insider that all the bells and whistles Screening Room was selling wouldn't matter until the studios and theaters agree on a PVOD window.

We're not going to share anything with the theaters.

Premium VOD is a term for titles that would be available to rent or buy before being made available on most streaming services or through Blu-ray and DVD releases. Industry players don't want movies to be available on PVOD simultaneously with theatrical releases because the first two weeks of a theatrical run are still when studios and exhibitors get most of a movie's income.

It's more likely that a PVOD window would be established in the period when movies are out of most first-run theaters but haven't yet shown up on streaming services, known in the industry as "the dark zone."

Though PVOD hasn't happened yet, many insiders believe it's only a matter of time. The only service that streams movies while they're still in theaters is the ultra-high-end Prima Cinema, which costs $35,000 to install and $500 a movie rental.

"Eventually, I would imagine — I'm speaking as an observer — the studios will need to find their own platforms and create our own direct-to-consumer opportunities," Stacey Snider, the studio head of 20th Century Fox, said at a conference at UCLA in March.

Fox and Warner Bros. have reportedly considered a $30 rental fee for streaming movies after they've been in theaters for 30 days, while other studios have suggested slightly different options. Disney has said it's not interested in shortening the theatrical-release window.

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The holdup is the debate between studios and exhibitors on some major issues, specifically what the price point for PVOD will be and how soon after a movie opens it will be available to stream. Once those questions are answered, Screening Room will be on the minds of those in the industry.

But there's another hurdle: Parker's company isn't the only game in town.

"There are about three other systems out there that are doing similar things and going around talking to theater owners and studios," a source said.

And some studio executives aren't too keen on Screening Room trying to muscle in as the exclusive streaming destination when a movie hits the PVOD window, or its plan to split sales with theaters.

According to one source, a studio head said of Screening Room's proposal that theaters would get up to $20 of each rental fee: "If Screening Room wants to pay it out of their cut, go ahead. We're not going to share anything with the theaters."

Screening Room was frozen out by theater chains

Then there are the struggles Screening Room has had in trying to build relationships on the exhibition side.

According to sources, the company no longer has a deal with the multiplex giant AMC Theaters. And an attempted meeting with the National Association of Theater Owners, which would be a huge ally in starting a dialogue between Screening Room and the major theater chains, stalled after Screening Room wanted the association to sign a nondisclosure agreement. The organization declined to sign it, as the only reason it would want to meet with Screening Room would be to relay the information it received to theater owners.

AMC did not return Business Insider's request for comment, and the association had no comment for this story.

deadpool ryan reynolds teaser trailer"It seems to me it's often an individual company that comes along and believes it has figured out how to make all the money in the theater space," Barbara Twist, the managing director of the Art House Convergence, which represents smaller theaters and sat in on a Screening Room presentation at CinemaCon in 2016, told Business Insider. "Personally, I have yet to see a new version that ensures that everybody keeps making the amount of money currently being made."

Twist also questioned how beneficial Screening Room could be for theater owners. (Like the major studios and exhibitors, Art House Convergence is against the idea of movies being available on Screening Room or any other service when titles first show up in theaters.)

"There's obviously the piracy issue, but also the economics," Twist said. "They say, 'We'll give the person who rents a title two movie tickets,' but how would they determine the person's main theater they go to? Commercial multiplexes and art houses occasionally show the same titles — who are they going to preference? Same for the rental-fee split. Moviegoers are often loyal to multiple theaters."

However, Twist said her organization, which is made up of a community of 400 independently owned theaters across the country, would be open to sitting down with Parker and Akkaraju.

"We would welcome a discussion along the lines of them saying: 'We have this idea. We would like to help the moviegoing population see more movies. How can we work with you?' rather than a PowerPoint presentation," Twist said.

The elephant in the room: 'iTunes is the logical choice'

Studios don't want to share any of the money they get from Screening Room, exhibitors aren't feeling the love, and there's that issue of piracy — though Screening Room reportedly touted "refined" security measures at CinemaCon this year.

But that's not all: iTunes might make Screening Room obsolete.

For years, iTunes has gotten dibs on movie titles for home viewing before all other providers. Sources say that whenever studios and exhibitors want to go down the PVOD path, they most likely would put their trust in a service they already work with, like iTunes — or build an internal PVOD streaming service — rather than a newcomer like Screening Room.

"If an earlier window gets put in place, iTunes would probably have some say in being part of the earlier window," a source said.

Apple has been in talks with studios about making movies available on iTunes two weeks after theatrical debuts, Bloomberg reported in December. Apple did not respond to Business Insider's numerous requests for comment.

"I think iTunes is the logical choice," said Jeff Bock, the senior box-office analyst for Exhibitor Relations. "It's what everybody has, and if the price point is right, Screening Room is cut out. Nobody needs them. And to build that infrastructure with Screening Room would take a long time. Screening Room has a really tough hill to climb."

Parker did not respond to Business Insider's multiple requests for comment. Screening Room attorney Skip Brittenham had no comment for this story.

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The best movies and TV shows coming to Amazon, iTunes, Hulu, and more in June

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It’s time to stream some of the biggest movies of the year.

Coming in June over on iTunes you can buy Disney’s live-action remake of “Beauty and the Beast” as well as the latest chapter in the “Fast and Furious” franchise, “The Fate of the Furious.”

Other highlights in streaming for June include Adam Driver in Jim Jarmusch’s latest, “Paterson,” over on Amazon; season three of “The Carmichael Show” on Hulu; and the season finale of “The Leftovers” on HBO Go/Now.

Here's everything coming to your favorite streaming platforms in June. We've highlighted some standouts in bold:

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iTunes

Available June 2
“Life”

Available June 6
“Beauty and the Beast”
“Chips”

Available June 13
“3 Generations”
“John Wick: Chapter 2”
“Saban’s Power Rangers”
“T2: Trainspotting”

Available June 20
“Going in Style”
“Smurfs: The Lost Village”

Available June 23
“The Bad Batch”

Available June 27
“The Fate of the Furious”
“The Boss Baby”
“Kong: Skull Island”



Amazon Prime

Available June 1
“2 Days in the Valley”
“Aeon Flux”
“All Over the Guy”
“Apocalypse Now”
“Apocalypse Now Redux”
“Black Rain”
“Blow Out”
“Blue Velvet”
“Bolero”
“Bowling for Columbine”
“Bruce Lee Superstar”
“Bullwhip”
“Burnt Offerings”
“Chaos”
“Chinese Hercules”
“City of Gods” (Ciudad de Deus) 
“Commando 2: The Black Money Trail”
“De-Lovely”
“Desperate Hours”
“Dragon Eyes”
“Drunken Arts and Crippled Fist”
“Drunken Monkey, Floating Snake”
“El Gringo”
“The Fatal Flying Guillotine”
“Fighting of Shaolin Monks”
“Fire in the Sky”
“Fled”
“Gone Baby Gone”
“Hammett”
“The Hanoi Hilton”
“Heartbreakers”
“Ingenious”
“The Invincible Armour”
“Invincible Obsessed Fighter”
“Lady of Burlesque” 
“The Lady Says No” 
“Lady Windermere's Fan” 
“Little Man Tate”
“Madame Behave”
“Magnolia” 
“The Mandarin Mystery” 
“Marihuana” 
“The Mechanic”
“The Medicine Man” 
“The Memphis Belle” 
“Merry-Go-Round” 
“Million Dollar Kid”
“Mind Over Murder” 
“Miss Polly” 
“Mission to Glory” 
“The Monster Walks”
“The Most Dangerous Game”
“Mr. Mom”
“Mrs. Scooter”
“Murder at Midnight”
“Murder with Music”
“Night at the Follies”
“Nomads of the North”
“The Old Corral”
“One Exciting Night”
“One from the Heart”
“The Out-of-Towners”
“Outlaws of Sonora”
“Over the Top”
“Palooka”
“The Patchwork Girl of Oz”
“Payoff in the Pacific”
“The Philly Kid”
“Pinto Rustlers”
“The President's Mystery”
“Prison Break”
“Private Buckaroo”
“The Queen”
“The Racketeer”
“Reaching for the Moon”
“The Red Rope”
“Regarding Henry”
“Revolt of the Zombies”
“Rex the Devil Horse”
“Riders of Destiny”
“Riders of the Whistling Pine”
“The Road to Hollywood”
“Roarin’ Lead”
“Robin Hood of the Pecos”
“Romola”
“Rough Book”
“The Royal Bed”
“Saddle Mountain Roundup”
“The Savage Wild”
“The Scarlet Letter”
“Shadows”
“Shaolin Drunk Fighter”
“Shaolin vs. Lama”
“Shivers”
“Silver”
“Silver Horde””
“Six Gun Trail”
“Slightly Honorable”
“St. Benny the Dip”
“Stash House”
“The Strange Woman”
“Strategic Air Command”                                                                                                     
“Submarine Warfare”
“Svengali”
“Swing High, Swing Low”
“Target for Tonight”
“Tarzan and the Green Goddess”
“Tarzan of the Apes”
“The Tank”
“The Thief of Bagdad”
“Those We Love”
“Tomake Chai”
“Tormented”
“Tracker”
“Transit”
“True Heart Susie”
“Tumbleweeds”
“Wanderers of the West”
“War Comes to America”
“Way of the West”
“West of Nevada”
“White Orchid”
“Winterset”
“Within Our Gates”
“The Woman in Green”
“The Woman of the Town”
“World Trade Center”
“Yellowstone”
“Zis Boom Bah”

Available June 2
“Dead Ahead”
"Long Strange Trip" (Amazon Original)
“Noor “
“So Far”
“The Closing of Winterland”
“The Grateful Dead Movie”
“Truckin' Up to Buffalo”

Available June 4
“Urge”

Available June 5
“20th Century Women”
“Arbitrage”
“Ocean's Eleven”
“Ocean's Twelve”

Available June 6
“Beauty and the Beast” (Purchase only) 
CHIPS (Purchase only, rental available June 27)   

Available June 7
“Aftershock”
“Brand New Testament”

Available June 8
“Art of the Steal”
“I Am Not Your Negro”
“Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Tiger Family Trip”  

Available June 9
“Girl Most Likely”
“An American Girl Story: Summer Camp”                
“Friends for Life” (Amazon Original) 
“Le Mans: Racing is Everything” (Amazon Original)   

Available June 11
“Transpecos”

Available June 12
“Suits” (Season 6)

Available June 13
“The LEGO Batman Movie”
“John Wick: Chapter 2”    

Available June 17
“Star Trek Beyond”

Available June 22
“Paterson” (Amazon Original) 

Available June 29
“Arthur: D.W. & the Beastly Birthday”                                                                                          
“David Lynch: The Art Life”

Available June 30
“All or Nothing” (Season 2, Amazon Original)
“Danger & Eggs” (Season 1, Amazon Original)



Hulu

Available June 1
“The Carmichael Show” (Season 3 Premiere)
“2 Days in the Valley”
“Ace Ventura: Pet Detective”
“Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls”
“Aeon Flux”
“All Over the Guy”
“Apocalypse Now”
“Apocalypse Now Redux”
“Barnyard”
“Black Rain”
“Blow Out”
“Blue Velvet”
“Bolero”
“Boogeyman”
“Boogeyman 2”
“Boogeyman 3”
“Bullwhip”
“Burnt Offerings”
“Chaos”
“Charlotte’s Web”
“Con Air”
“Dances with Wolves”
“The Deep End of the Ocean”
“De-Lovely”
“Desperado”
“Desperate Hours”
“Double Team”
“Dragon Eyes”
“Drunken Arts and Crippled Fist”
“Drunken Monkey, Floating Snake”
“El Gringo”
“The Fatal Flying Guillotine”
“Fighting of Shaolin Monks”
“Fire in the Sky”
“Fled”
“The Freshman”
“Free Willy”
“Gangs of New York”
“Ghost Rider”
“The Glass House”
“Hammett”
“The Hanoi Hilton”
“Harriot the Spy”
“Heartbreakers” 
“Henry & Me”
“The Ides of March”
“Ingenious”
“The Invincible Armour”
“In the Line of Fire”
“Invincible Obsessed Fighter”
“It Could Happen to You”
“Joe Dirt”
“Kangaroo Jack”
“Last Action Hero”
“Legally Blonde”
“Legally Blonde 2: Red, White and Blonde”
“Legends of the Fall”
“Little Man Tate”
“Lost in America”
“Madeline”
“The Mechanic”
“The Medallion”
“Mo’ Money”
“Money Train”
“Moscow on the Hudson”
“Mr. Mom”
“Muppet Treasure Island”
“Muppets from Space”
“The Muppets Take Manhattan”
“Of Cooks and Kung Fu”
“On the Waterfront”
“The Out-of-Towners”
“Over the Top”
“Peggy Sue Got Married”
“The Philly Kid”
“The Prince of Tides”
“The Queen of Versailles”
“Random Hearts”
“Regarding Henry”
“See No Evil, Hear No Evil”
“Seven Years in Tibet”
“Shivers”
“Silverado”
“Starman”
“Stash House”
“Strategic Air Command”
“Stray Bullets”
“Tracker”
“Transit”
“Underworld”
“Underworld Evolution”
“World’s Greatest Dad”
“World Trade Center” 
“XXX: State of the Union”
“Zoom”

Available June 2
“Black-ish” (Season 3)

Available June 3
“Dumb: The Story of Big Brother Magazine” (Hulu Documentary)

Available June 4
“Arbor Demon”
“Urge”

Available June 5
“Arbitrage”
“A Case of You”
“North”

Available June 6
“Rizzoli & Isles” (Season 7)
“Tyrant” (Season 3)

Available June 7
“13 Assassins”

Available June 8
“What Happened Last Night”

Available June 9
“Girl Most Likely”
“Free the Nipple”

Available June 11
“Traspecos”

Available June 13
“American Ninja Warrior” (Season 9 Premiere)
“Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge” (Season 2 Premiere)

Available June 14
“Cocaine Cowboys”
“Control Room”

Available June 15
“Bayou Maharajah”
“Family Mission: The TJ Labraico Story”
“The Girls in the Band”
“The Hunting of the President”
“Outatime”

Available June 16
“Cardinal” (Season 1)
“The Strain” (Season 3)
“Asmodexia”

Available June 17
“Kundo”
“Star Trek: Beyond”

Available June 18
“Grand Piano”

Available June 22
“Little Big Shots: Forever Young” (Series Premiere)

Available June 23
“Hollywood Game Night” (Season 5 Premiere)
“Manny”
“Song One”
“Tarzan”

Available June 26
“Journey to the West”

Available June 29
“Ong Bak”
“Ong Bak 2”
“Ong Bak 3”

Available June 30
“The Pact 2”



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Lebanon bans 'Wonder Woman' due to its Israeli star

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ROME — Lebanon has officially banned “Wonder Woman” roughly two hours before the film was scheduled to screen in the country’s movie theaters.

The ban was prompted by a group called Campaign to Boycott Supporters of Israel-Lebanon which pressured the government against the movie because the film’s lead actress, Gal Gadot, is an Israeli. Lebanon is officially at war with Israel.

The “Wonder Woman” ban was announced on the official Twitter feed of Lebanon’s Grand Cinemas and confirmed by several another sources.

The ban, which was decided by a six-member Ministry of Economy committee, comes after the film had gone through Lebanon’s ordinary censorship procedures.

It comes as a surprise since the same organization had previously unsuccessfully lobbied to ban “Batman v. Superman,” in which Gadot also stars.

The film’s Lebanese premiere was scheduled today, following a sneak preview yesterday evening.

There was no immediate comment from Vox Cinemas, which is among regional exhibitors that were set to release the film in Lebanon, or from Joseph Chakra & Sons, the licensee for Warner Bros. titles in Lebanon.

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Why it took so long for Hollywood to make a great female-led superhero movie

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Though Wonder Woman is one of the most well-known superhero characters ever to appear in a comic books, it took 75 years for Hollywood to finally get its act together and bring her to the big screen. 

It seems to have been worth the wait. Warner Bros.' "Wonder Woman" opens Friday as not just the jewel of the studio's fledging DC Comics Extended Universe division but arguably one of the best superhero movies ever made. (The movie currently has a score of 97% on Rotten Tomatoes.)

Which begs the question: Why have movie studios avoided making female superhero movies for so long?

"There are certainly a lot of reasons, and many of them are depressingly [related to] sexism," Patty Jenkins, director of "Wonder Woman,"told Business Insider in a recent Facebook Live interview. "But money moves the world and I think the tentpole industry started and there was a belief system, that was true for a long time, that teenage boys were driving that."

In Hollywood's recent craze for superhero movies, which kicked off around 2002's Tobey Maguire-starring "Spider-Man," the movies were geared for the late-teen/early-20s male. There were attempts to try to cater to females in that time, too, as with Halle Berry in "Catwoman" (2004) and Jennifer Garner in "Elektra" (2005). But both were busts critically (9% and 10%, respectively, on Rotten Tomatoes) and financially (worldwide $82.1 million and $56.6 million, respectively). 

hunger games diversity"I really do think the trepidation was there were failed attempts and then that wasn’t who you were targeting for such a massive movie, so I think that has really changed," Jenkins said.

The shift started with the success of "The Hunger Games" franchise, headed by Jennifer Lawrence. The four films, based on a young-adult book series, took in close to $3 billion worldwide and proved that audiences actually want to see action movies headed by women. That, along with the recent greenlighting of female-centric superhero movies (Captain Marvel and Batgirl, among others, are in the works), has made this the perfect moment for "Wonder Woman" to prove that girls can kick butt just as much as the boys do.

"I think it’s beautiful because actually the superhero genre has always had a bunch of great [female] superheros," Jenkins said. "And it's funny and interesting that there’s anything new about doing Wonder Woman 75 years later. We have always loved her so I hope it’s the beginning of many more."

Watch our complete interview with Patty Jenkins below:

 

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Everything you need to know about Gal Gadot, the badass actress who stars in 'Wonder Woman'

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Gal Gadot is Wonder Woman, and she's stealing the show.

For those unfamiliar with her name, the 32-year-old actress was best known for her roles in four "Fast and Furious" films before taking on the role of Wonder Woman alongside Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill in "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice."

Now she's bringing the comic-book Amazonian princess to life in the first standalone "Wonder Woman" film that's getting rave reviews and (at least) two "Justice League" movies.

But even before she was killing it in action films, she was crowned Miss Israel and served two years in the Israeli army.

Get to know the scene-stealing Wonder Woman below:

Gal Gadot was born in Israel on April 30, 1985. Her mom was a teacher, and her father was an engineer. (She's on the right.)

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Growing up, Gadot wanted to be a choreographer before switching paths to focus on law. But her plans changed after she met a pageant scout.

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Johnny Depp's killer lurks in the star-studded 'Murder on the Orient Express' trailer

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Who killed Johnny Depp?

Well, not actually the "Pirates of the Caribbean" star, but his dashing character Ratchett's demise is at the center of the mystery in the new movie adaptation of the Agatha Christie novel of the same name, "Murder on the Orient Express."

Kenneth Branagh, who also directed the film, plays Hercule Poirot, a genius detective who must solve Ratchett's murder before the killer strikes again. The 13 suspects include a star-studded group in Penelope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, Judi Dench, Michelle Pfeiffer, Daisy Ridley, and Josh Gad.

The movie arrives to theaters on November 10.

Watch the trailer for "Murder on the Orient Express" below:

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Why underrated actor Chris Pine is suddenly at the top of his game

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Someone give Chris Pine’s agent a raise!

The actor who's still best known for his incredible looks and playing James Kirk in the “Star Trek” movies (yes, in that order) is suddenly showing he has serious acting talents, and we couldn’t be more happier about it.

hell or high waterThings started to look good for Pine in 2015 when he stared in Craig Zobel’s gritty indie “Z for Zachariah” alongside Chiwetel Ejiofor and Margot Robbie. He also got high marks in early 2016 as a hero Coast Guard crewman in “The Finest Hours.” But Pine’s talents really shined through that summer when the acclaimed heist movie “Hell or High Water” opened and went on to become one of the highest-grossing indie films of the year.

Playing a divorced father who teams with his ex-con brother (Ben Foster) to rip off a chain of banks to pay off the family ranch, Pine delivers a somber performance with fits of rage that are shocking to see coming from the guy most people know as the young captain of the Enterprise. And then there’s the final scene, a showdown his character has with a Texas Ranger (Jeff Bridges) who's been on his tail. The back and forth between Pine and Bridges, with dialogue from screenwriter Taylor Sheridan, is incredibly powerful.

Now, as love interest Steve Trevor in the highly anticipated “Wonder Woman” (out Friday), Pine proves that regardless of the size of the film, if the material is right he can be stellar.

And I’ll be the first to admit, when he was in that black-and-white photo with Wonder Woman that appears in “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” I thought, “Chris Pine? WTF!” But we’ve come a long way since.

In “Wonder Woman," Trevor is a World War I spy who, in the midst of trying to bring vital information back to the allies about a poison the Germans are developing, crashes on the mysterious island of Themyscira. There he meets princess Diana, aka Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot). The two join forces and set out to win the war and in the process fall in love.

Wonder Woman Chris Pine 2There’s an endearing quality that Pine brings to the Trevor role that’s a mix of suave early-2oth century style (A+ costume design — I want all the clothes he wears in the movie) and self-deprecating humor. It’s rare for the love interest in these superhero movies to get the screen time to establish a well-rounded role, but director Patty Jenkins and screenwriter Allan Heinberg obviously realized the importance of what Trevor meant to the movie and to Diana.

Honestly, the movie wouldn’t be as funny or emotional if an actor of Chris Pine’s ability wasn’t in it. And, yes, I’m shocked I just wrote that.

But the truth is Chris Pine is having an incredible moment in his career right now and we feel it's time to celebrate it.

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The trailer for Chloë Grace Moretz's new movie is just as problematic as its body-shaming billboard

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The INSIDER Summary:

  • Actress Chloë Grace Moretz lent her voice to an animated film called "Red Shoes and the 7 Dwarfs."
  • A billboard for the movie has been criticized for body-shaming.
  • The film's trailer also promotes a body-shaming message.


Actress Chloë Grace Moretz is at the center of a heated controversy this week, after a billboard for her forthcoming animated movie was accused of blatant body-shaming.

"Red Shoes and the 7 Dwarfs" is a new take on the classic Snow White fairytale. The twist is that the lead Snow White character, voiced by Moretz, has magical high heels that allow her to transform from her natural form into into a taller, slimmer body, CNN reported

A billboard for the film sparked controversy for using the tag line, "What if Snow White was no longer beautiful and the 7 Dwarfs not so short?" The implication that the heavier version of Snow White is not beautiful enraged many on social media. 

Unfortunately, the film's trailer features more of the same body-shaming messaging.

In it, two (of the presumably seven) dwarves arrive inside a cottage through a magical portal. They hear someone approaching the cottage and hide from sight. A tall, slender woman — the lead character voiced by Moretz — enters the cottage in her red high heels and a glittering dress. Next, in a scene that seems a bit suggestive for a children's movie, the dwarves excitedly watch the woman undress. 

But then she removes her magical shoes and transforms into the heavier, shorter version of herself. As soon as the dwarves witness the change in body shape, they appear visibly disgusted, as if they can't bear to look upon her. It's a cringe-worthy moment. 

Moretz took to Twitter earlier this week to say that she was appalled by the film's marketing campaign. But she also defended the film, writing, "The actual story is powerful for young women and resonated with me."

Maybe she's right — but the film's trailer doesn't inspire much confidence in her assertion. 

Watch it for yourself right here:

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