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Actor says he regrets working on Woody Allen's new movie, and will donate salary to abuse victims charity

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Actor Griffin Newman said he regretted his decision to act in an untitled upcoming Woody Allen movie, and would donate his salary from the role to RAINN (the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network). 

Newman, the star of Amazon's "The Tick," tweeted that he believes Allen is guilty of sexually abusing his daughter, Dylan Farrow, when she was seven years old, as she alleged in a 2014 New York Times op-ed. Allen denied the accusations in his own op-ed. (Allen was investigated but never prosecuted for the accusations in 1993, following his split with actress Mia Farrow.)

Newman said he "spent a month debating whether or not to quit" the movie, but has decided to speak out following the "compounded"sexual assault allegations against Harvey Weinstein over the past few weeks. 

"I’ve spent the last decade struggling as an actor and learned to sideline my views because the thought of closing any doors was terrifying," Newman wrote.

"I can't keep professionally operating from a place of fear," he continued. "It's time to show a courage in my actions mirroring my words without concession."

Here is a selection of Newman's extended Twitter thread, condensed to make it easier to read: 

I need to get this off my chest:
- I worked on Woody Allen’s next movie.
- I believe he is guilty.
- I donated my entire salary to RAINN.

- It’s a one scene role.
- I spent a month debating whether or not to quit.
- I deeply regret my final decision.

Why didn’t I quit?
- My parents were incredibly proud.
- I felt there things to be gained from the experience on that set.
- I was a coward.

I had been feeling this way for the last month, but the awful continuance [sic] revelations of the last week compounded my guilt ten fold.

Allen, whose latest release "Wonder Wheel" premieres December 1, recently stated that he was "sad for Harvey" Weinstein, following the deluge of sexual assault and harassment allegations against Weinstein.

Allen later clarified his Weinstein comments to Variety, saying, "When I said I felt sad for Harvey Weinstein I thought it was clear the meaning was because he is a sad, sick man."

As the BBC notes, Weinstein's Miramax Films helped revive Allen's career following the sexual abuse allegations against Allen in the early 1990s.

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Kate Winslet says she deliberately didn't thank Harvey Weinstein when she won an Oscar in 2009

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Kate Winslet has revealed she deliberately refused to thank Harvey Weinstein while accepting her Oscar as the disgraced film producer had been “bullying and nasty.”

The actress, who rose to fame for her role in Titanic, chose not to mention the acclaimed movie mogul when accepting the gong for Best Actress for Nazi drama The Reader in 2009 despite the fact Weinstein’s studio Miramax Films distributed the film.

At the time many people assumed Winslet’s omission from the list of 19 people she expressed gratitude towards was merely an accident but Winslet has now explained it was a carefully thought out manoeuvre.

“That was deliberate. That was absolutely deliberate,” she told the LA Times.

"I remember being told, ‘Make sure you thank Harvey if you win.’ And I remember turning around and saying, ‘No I won’t. No I won’t.'

“And it was nothing to do with not being grateful. If people aren’t well-behaved, why would I thank him?”

Winslet also revealed that Weinstein, who produced Oscar-winning films Shakespeare in Love, The English Patient, and The Artist, long took credit for making her a star. He repeatedly reminded her that Miramax distributed Winslet's first major movie, Heavenly Creatures, back in 1994.

“For my whole career, Harvey Weinstein, whenever I’ve bumped into him, he’d grab my arm and say, ‘Don’t forget who gave you your first movie.’ Like I owe him everything," she said.

“Then later, with The Reader, same thing, ‘I’m gonna get you that Oscar nomination, I’m gonna get you a win, I’m gonna win for you.’

“But that’s how he operated. He was bullying and nasty. Going on a business level, he was always very, very hard to deal with - he was rude.”

According to Winslet, he would call her female agent a “c***” every time they spoke on the telephone.

While Winslet said that Weinstein never sexually harassed her personally, she said his behaviour on the set of The Reader was “despicable.”

She said: “I can’t even begin to describe the disgraceful behaviour that went on. And I’m actually not going to because it’s a can of worms that I’m not prepared to publicly open - nothing to do with sexual harassment, thankfully, lucky me. My God, I somehow dodged that bullet.”

The actor said that not having to work with Weinstein again is one of the “best things” that has ever happened, saying: "I won't be pushed around or bullied by anyone. I was bullied as a child. Never again. Certainly not by Harvey Weinstein.”

This comes after Winslet called the allegations against Weinstein “deeply shocking” and commended the “incredibly brave” women who have spoken out.

“The fact that these women are starting to speak out about the gross misconduct of one of our most-important and well-regarded film producers, is incredibly brave and has been deeply shocking to hear,” she said in a statement.

“The way Harvey Weinstein has treated these vulnerable, talented young women is not the way women should ever, ever deem to be acceptable or commonplace in any workplace.”

More than 40 women have accused the Hollywood A-lister of sexual misconduct. He is now the subject of criminal investigations on both sides of the Atlantic and has been fired from his namesake company.

Since the litany of sexual assault and harassment allegations have been levied against him, Weinstein has been expelled from the Oscars and has had his wife leave him.

Weinstein denies any accusations of nonconsensual sex. His spokesperson said in a statement last week: "Any allegations of nonconsensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr Weinstein."

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9 fall movies that may be hurt by the Harvey Weinstein fallout

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wonder woman justice leagueThe Harvey Weinstein scandal is one of the biggest controversies to ever hit Hollywood, and its ripples will be felt for a long time to come.

While the storied studio head was fired from his own company after dozens of accusations of sexual harassment and assault came out in the press, the post-Harvey landscape doesn’t simply affect movies that the Weinstein Company planned to distribute.

It will also dominate the press tours of fall films involving actors who had a significant business relationship with Weinstein, while the increased push for accountability could snare stars with scandals of their own that can no longer be brushed aside so easily.

Here are nine movies where the talent may have to navigate some tricky questions this fall.

SEE ALSO: All the women who have accused Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment or assault

"Suburbicon" (October 27)

Weinstein helped make Matt Damon a superstar with Good Will Hunting, so while promoting Suburbicon and his December dramedy Downsizing, Damon was already sure to be asked about the controversy. He was drawn in further, though, by the Wrap’s Sharon Waxman, who alleged that Damon called her at Weinstein’s behest years ago in an attempt to squash an unfavorable story.

Waxman has since tempered the accusation somewhat — she says Damon likely had no idea what charges he was being leveraged to hush up — but the furor prompted Damon to do a damage-control Deadline interview and will likely spur more questions during the Surburbicon press tour about Weinstein incidents, which both Damon and the film’s director George Clooney claimnot to have known about.



"Daddy's Home 2" (November 10)

When it comes to abhorrent behavior, has Hollywood drawn a line in the sand after the Weinstein scandal? The button-pushing inclusion of Mel Gibson in Daddy’s Home 2 will be an early test. Gibson was considered an industry pariah after his slur-laden 2006 Malibu arrest and the 2010 accusations that he assaulted his ex, but he wormed his way back into Hollywood’s good graces last year by directing the hit Hacksaw Ridge, which earned him an Oscar nomination for Best Director.

The press went awfully easy on Gibson last fall — perhaps Donald Trump’s path to the Oval Office was sucking all the air out of the room — but his attempt to revive a career in front of the camera may not go down as well post-Weinstein.



"Murder on the Orient Express" (November 10)

With an ensemble cast this stacked, you’d expect plenty of ties to Weinstein, and indeed, both Judi Dench and Penelope Cruz have won Oscars in movies the mogul distributed. (Dench has long credited Weinstein with giving her a movie career at all.) I suspect, though, that Orient Express’s most problematic cast member will be Johnny Depp, who was accused of beating ex-wife Amber Heard, and has seen his star wane precipitously in recent years; he may now be more liability than asset when it comes to domestic audiences.

Depp doesn’t do much press, but Heard might be out there talking to reporters for Justice League, which introduces her Aquaman character Mera to the DC Comics cinematic universe. Speaking of which …



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Check out this new photo of Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury in an upcoming movie about the Queen singer

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Last month, a fan released on-set footage of Rami Malek performing as Freddie Mercury in "Bohemian Rhapsody," an upcoming biopic on the late singer of Queen. 

Now, the film's director, Bryan Singer, has taken to Instagram to share an iPhone shot of another concert scene from the movie. 

"Couldn't help myself and had to post this iPhone pic," Singer wrote as a caption.

Couldn't help myself and had to post this iPhone pic

A post shared by Bryan Singer (@bryanjaysinger) on Oct 16, 2017 at 6:30pm PDT on

Malek told Entertainment Weekly last month that the film's performances would feature a synthesized combination of his own voice and Mercury's. 

"We're going to use Freddie as much as possible and use myself as much as possible," Malek said. "I'm in Abbey Road [Studios] right now if that should say anything to you. I'm not working on my acting."

"Bohemian Rhapsody" is set for release on December 25, 2018. 

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Netflix plans to release 80 original films in 2018 — and some huge names are on board

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Netflix expects to release around 80 original films next year, as it looks to hit the kind of scale in movies that it’s achieved on the TV side, according to chief content officer Ted Sarandos.

“They range anywhere from the million-dollar Sundance hit, all the way up to something on a much larger scale,” like Will Smith-starrer “Bright,” Sarandos said in an investors’ interview Monday aboutNetflix’s third-quarter 2017 results.

Netflix’s target for original movies next year compares with a 2017 slate of about 50 film titles that it has released or is scheduled to debut globally. Those include comedies, dramas, anime, action movies, foreign films and documentaries.

“Bright,” a cop action-thriller movie directed by David Ayer, had a reported production price tag of $90 million. It’s set to debut on Netflix worldwide on Dec. 22.

Sarandos also cited as a forthcoming big-budget picture Martin Scorsese’s gangster movie “The Irishman,” starring Robert DeNiro, slated to be released on Netflix in early 2019. “The Irishman” has a budget of more $100 million.

brightSarandos said with the release of “Bright” — a “big-budget, event movie” — “I think people will start seeing the potential for this original movie initiative, that it could be done on the enormous scale we have on the television side.”

Netflix released eight original films in Q3. Those included “Death Note,” based on the popular Japanese manga series; Angelina Jolie’s “First They Killed My Father” drama about the Cambodian genocide; “Naked,” a romantic comedy featuring Marlon Wayans; and anorexia drama “To the Bone,” starring Lily Collins.

Theater chains have fought against Netflix’s incursion into movies, over its model of releasing films for theatrical debut the same day they’re available to stream on Netflix.

In reporting Q3 results Monday, Netflix said that its content spending in 2018 will be between $7 billion and $8 billion — up from $6 billion this year. Previously, the company had pegged $7 billion for content spending next year. That decision was not tied to Netflix’s recent price increases in several markets, including in the U.S., according to CFO David Wells.

“There’s no timing correlation between our intent to grow content and to grow content spending and the price increases,” Wells said. “This has been planned for a long time.”

Regarding Disney’s decision to end it movie-output deal with Netflix with 2019 releases, Sarandos said, “We just have to focus on creating content that our members can’t live without… Whether or not one of our partners decides to produce for us or compete with us, that’s really a choice that they have to make based on their own business.”

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings also noted that outside the U.S., the streamer has carried Disney content only in Australia, the Netherlands, and Canada. “Although [Disney’s] got an enormously significant brand… we’ve done very well in international without it,” he said.

Sarandos acknowledged that there’s a highly competitive market for top-tier content, but he argued that overall prices are not off the charts. “Those big ‘unicorn’ shows — the price of any one of them might go up in a more competitive market, but general content costs are quite predictable,” he said. With Netflix’s overall deal with Shonda Rhimes, Sarandos said, “creating a place… where she can get outside the network box a little bit had a lot more to do with her attractiveness to Netflix than, we just had to outbid ABC.”

Asked about the trend of media companies becoming less inclined to license TV shows to Netflix — for example, Hulu won exclusive rights to NBC’s “This Is Us” — Sarandos called out as an example teen drama “Riverdale” on The CW, which saw its ratings for season two increase 400% versus the first season. “Having ‘Riverdale’ in the second window meant an enormous audience growth for it in season 2,” he said. Producers and networks will have to look at the “trade-offs in value” to see when the threat of competition outweighs the value of licensing content to Netflix, Sarandos said.

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The Han Solo movie finally has a title, and people are already roasting it

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Ron Howard on Tuesday used Twitter to give "Star Wars" fans some news. Production on the standalone Han Solo movie is wrapping up, and the film now has a title: "Solo: A Star Wars Story."

Here's the director delivering the news:

For a movie that was given the code name "Red Cup" for three years through the different phases of production (a reference to the brand of Solo red cups), this title wasn't much of a stretch. Also, "Solo" has the double meaning of being Han's last name and also pointing out that he's a space smuggler who is a loner.

But now to the fun part: the internet's reaction. It's been swift, and people on social media seem very much unimpressed by the title choice. Below are some examples (we'll try to keep updating).

"Solo: A Star Wars Story" is set to arrive in theaters May 25.

Here are some of the best reactions to the "Solo" title we've seen so far:

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The best movie of every year since 2000, according to critics

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Each year in film, one movie stands out from the rest as the most critically acclaimed picture of the year.

Since the turn of the new century, review aggregator Metacritic has compiled an annual list of the years' most well-received movies by assigning scores based on their composite critical reception.

We selected the top film from each year's list, starting with 2000 and including the best of 2017 so far.

The resulting list includes cultural landmarks like "The Social Network" and "Moonlight," and multiple appearances from the "Lord of the Rings" series.

Check out the best movie of every year since 2000, according to critics:

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2000: "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon"

Critic score: 93/100

User score: 8.1/10

Summary: "In 19th century China, a magical sword given by a warrior to his lover is stolen and the quest to find it ensues. The search leads to the House of Yu where the story travels in a different direction with the introduction of a mysterious assassin and another love story."

What critics said: "Ang Lee, a world-class director working at the top of his elegant form, has done something thrilling."— Rolling Stone



2001: "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring"

Critic score: 92/100

User score: N/A

Summary: "An epic adventure of good against evil, a story of the power of friendship and individual courage, and the heroic quest to pave the way for the emergence of mankind, J.R.R. Tolkien's master work brought to cinematic life."

What critics said: "So consistently involving because the excellent cast delivers their lines with the kind of utter conviction not seen in this kind of movie since the first 'Star Wars.'"— New York Post



2002: "Spirited Away"

Critic score: 96/100

User score: 9.0/10

Summary: "A young girl, Chihiro, becomes trapped in a strange new world of spirits. When her parents undergo a mysterious transformation, she must call upon the courage she never knew she had to free herself and return her family to the outside world."

What critics said: "The most deeply and mysteriously satisfying animated feature to come along in ages."— New York Magazine



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Arnold Schwarzenegger says the sequel to 'Twins' will begin shooting next year — and star Eddie Murphy

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  • "Triplets" is a sequel to the hit 1988 comedy "Twins."
  • Eddie Murphy joins original stars Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito.
  • Schwarzenegger confirms the movie begins shooting early next year.

Arnold Schwarzenegger has confirmed that a sequel to one of his classic movies from the 1980s is very close to getting off the ground. 

After years of teasing the project, Schwarzenegger says "Triplets," the sequel to the hit 1988 Ivan Reitman-directed comedy "Twins," starring Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito as twins who are separated at birth, will begin shooting in 2018. And adding to the family will be a third brother played by Eddie Murphy. 

"I had a conversation yesterday with my agent and he said that the script will be finished in 14 days," Schwarzenegger told Business Insider while promoting his new movie, "Killing Gunther" (currently available On Demand, opening in theaters on Friday). "Ivan Reitman is extremely happy with what he's seen so far, he just wants to make a few tweaks, so that's music to my ears. I think sometime beginning of next year we can shoot the film."

Schwarzenegger said Murphy is "absolutely" still involved in the movie and that he, DeVito, and Murphy are all excited to get started.

"We are in touch with each other all the time," Schwarzenegger said. "Everyone is happy to do this movie."

Reitman will be returning to direct a script written by Ryan Dixon and Josh Gad (yes, Olaf from "Frozen").

"Twins" was a smash hit when it opened number one its opening weekend in theaters. It went on to earn over $200 million worldwide and showed that Schwarzenegger could do more than just be an action star.

Audiences have shown in recent years that they don't take too kindly to lazy attempts at reviving popular movies from the past. But hopefully with the years this project has been in development (since 2012), and the addition of Eddie Murphy, "Triplets" can be a surprise hit for Universal.

Watch the trailer for "Twins" below:

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How Taylor Swift inspired one of the villains of 'Blade Runner 2049'

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  • The biggest villain in "Blade Runner 2049" is Luv, played by Sylvia Hoeks.
  • Her look and controlling demeanor is modeled after celebrities, particularly Taylor Swift.
  • "I looked at big celebrities, big singers, who are younger girls, like Taylor Swift or Selena Gomez," Hoeks said in an interview.


If you want to get technical, the biggest villain in "Blade Runner 2049" isn't Jared Leto's Niander Wallace. He barely threatens anyone, his goals aren't that terrible when you think about it and he mostly outsources the dirty work to the strongest villain of the piece: Sylvia Hoeks' Luv. A killer Replicant who gets to knife, punch and kill quite a few of the film's heavy hitters, she is a stand-out in an all star cast, and totally badass. And believe it or not, the inspiration for her character's demeanor comes from an unlikely source: modern pop stars, like Taylor Swift. Hoeks explained as follows:

"I looked at big celebrities, big singers, who are younger girls, like Taylor Swift or Selena Gomez. [These people] who have big platforms and have to have certain control in their life, because every little second of their day is probably somebody making a picture of them or putting them in the media. So their whole life kind of happens virtually."

Now before we go any further, it should be mentioned that the publicly defined images of said pop stars, Swift in particular, really seem to jive with Luv's role in "Blade Runner 2049." With her retro-future look, icy demeanor and a very similar cadence to the sort of evil image that Taylor Swift has been indulging in with some of her more recent music, you can really see what Sylvia Hoeks is talking about when it comes to the model for her character. Listening to her explain to one of the "Blade Runner 2049's" characters the logic in why she's going to kill them almost sounds like a missing verse from "Blank Space," as it's delivered with the lethal edge Swift coats some of her lyrics with.

It totally works too, as Luv is very much in the service of her one big fan/manager, Jared Leto's Niander Wallace. Everything she does is basically on his commands, and in order to serve his means. That doesn't take agency away from her character though, as she's basically at the same level of strength that a henchman in the James Bond universe would possess. And all the while, Sylvia Hoeks really shines in her "Blade Runner 2049" role, as she is equally as ominous as she is flat out terrifying. She is someone who could shake your hand one moment, and stab you in the throat the next. As the actress explained her character to Bustle, Luv is someone who's commanding, in control, and again, she feels like the more real menace of "Blade Runner 2049."

While Leto's reclusive billionaire/savior of humanity is a more soft spoken and exacting mastermind, Luv is more of a blunt instrument that bulldozes through obstacles when necessary. Which, now that we've invoked the Bond franchise, sounds a lot like a more evil version of the relationship M and Bond have throughout the series. So if we're all really serious about the prospect of a female actor playing the role of 007, Sylvia Hoeks is a name that should make a lot of people's shortlists after this commanding role, with perhaps either Taylor Swift or Selena Gomez in the running to play her villainous competition.

You can see the power of Luv for yourself, as "Blade Runner 2049" is in theaters now and could use some more butts in seats. Though that's probably not the only film that could use such love, as you'll see when you check out our 2017 release schedule.

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Michael Fassbender's new movie 'The Snowman' is getting trashed by critics, and the reviews are hilarious

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  • "The Snowman," starring Michael Fassbender, comes out this weekend.
  • Critics hate it, but they're having a blast reviewing it.
  • The director blames the film's quality on time constraints during filming.
  • A lot of the film's reviews have snowman puns.

 

"The Snowman" comes out this weekend, and critics already hate it.

The film is based on Jo Nesbø's best-selling novel of the same name, originally published in 2007. 

It stars newly married Michael Fassbender as Harry Hole, a detective investigating serial killings in Norway that involve, you guessed it: a snowman! Tomas Alfredson ("Let the Right One In,""Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy") directed the film, which also stars Rebecca Ferguson and Charlotte Gainsbourg. 

The reviews are in, and they're bad. The movie has a 26% rating on reviews aggregator Rotten Tomatoes.

But given the fun material they had to play with, including the strange marketing campaign, critics didn't hesitate to take advantage of snowman puns to express their hatred of the movie. Alfredson is now blaming the film's quality on the fact that due to time constraints, they didn't get to shoot 10-15% of the script.

Here are some of the funniest quotes from reviews of "The Snowman:"

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"Beyond these stellar opening credits, there stretch two hours of icy, mostly lifeless waste."

Mike McCahill, IndieWire



"It looks great, but only as a triumph of style over substance. I'm sorry to say it left me cold."

Brian Viner, Daily Mail UK



"Jo Nesbø's best-selling serial-killer mystery becomes all coal and no carrot, despite a sterling cast and crew."

Jason Solomons, The Wrap



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Director David Fincher uses a clever camera technique in his movies and TV shows — and you’ve probably never noticed it before

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  • Nerdwriter's YouTube channel analyzes movies and pop culture to explore techniques.
  • A new video on director David Fincher reveals the fascinating way he moves the camera with the actors on screen in perfect sync with their actions.
  • When characters move or slow down or stop, the camera moves with them or stops.
  • Fincher directed four episodes of Netflix's new series "Mindhunter," as well as iconic movies like "Fight Club,""Se7en,""Zodiac,""The Social Network" and "Gone Girl."
  • Usingh clips, Nerdwriter slows down or repeats Fincher's camera technique so it becomes clear. 
  • He explains how this strategy makes the viewer connect more intimately with the character.
  • By tracking their motions in a precise way, Fincher creates a realism that audiences probably only pick up on subconsciously.
  • Watch the video below to see Fincher's technique in action.

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Staffers at The Weinstein Company release a statement calling Harvey a 'serial sexual predator'

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  • The Weinstein Company staff are "angry" and "baffled" by the behavior of cofounder Harvey Weinstein.
  • TWC staff are in breach of their non-disclosure agreements by speaking out.
  • TWC staff want the company to be "radically transparent" going forward.

 

On Thursday staff members of The Weinstein Company released a statement saying the alleged decades-long sexual harassment and abuse of women by its cofounder, Harvey Weinstein, has made them "angry" and "baffled."

"We all knew that we were working for a man with an infamous temper. We did not know we were working for a serial sexual predator," the statement read. "We knew that our boss could be manipulative. We did not know that he used his power to systematically assault and silence women. We had an idea that he was a womanizer who had extra-marital affairs. We did not know he was a violent aggressor and alleged rapist."

The Weinstein Company board fired Weinstein on October 8 following an explosive story in The New York Times that alleged the movie executive had sexually harassed women in Hollywood for at least three decades. The following week, a New Yorker story revealed more alleged sexual misconduct, including alleged assault, by Weinstein.

The TWC staff statement also points out that the staffers are aware that by releasing this statement they are in breach of the non-disclosure agreement in their contracts, but that their former boss is in violation of his contract with his employees by not creating a safe work environment. 

"We have nothing to hide, and are as angry and baffled as you are at how Harvey’s behavior could continue for so long. We ask that the company let us out of our NDAs immediately – and do the same for all former Weinstein Company employees – so we may speak openly, and get to the origins of what happened here, and how," the statement read.

"We unequivocally support all the women who have come forward, many of whom we count among our own friends and colleagues," the statement went on to read. "Thank you for speaking out. When the New York Times and The New Yorker articles broke, we wept. We see you, we admire you, and we are in this fight alongside you."

The staff now believe that the only way to go forward with the company is to be "radically transparent."

"And for that to happen, anyone who had specific knowledge of non-consensual, predatory behavior must go. That is the only way anyone will feel comfortable working with us. It is the only way any of us will feel comfortable working here."

Read the entire TWC statement below:

"We came to work at this company because we love movies. We grew up watching Miramax films, and came to associate that name, and later the name Weinstein, with great storytelling.

Some of us have been here for years, others for just for a few months. Some have been here since their first college internship, others joined the team after a rigorous application process. All of us were excited to get the job, proud to be working for a company with such an illustrious history.

We all knew that we were working for a man with an infamous temper. We did not know we were working for a serial sexual predator. We knew that our boss could be manipulative. We did not know that he used his power to systematically assault and silence women. We had an idea that he was a womanizer who had extra-marital affairs. We did not know he was a violent aggressor and alleged rapist.

But to say that we are shocked and surprised only makes us part of the problem.

Our company was built on Harvey’s unbridled ambition – his aggressive deal making, his insatiable desire to win and get what he wanted, his unabashed love for celebrity – these traits were legendary, and the art they produced made an indelible mark on the entertainment industry.

But we now know that behind closed doors, these were the same traits that made him a monster. He created a toxic ecosystem where his abuse could flourish unchecked for decades.

We know that in writing this we are in open breach of the non-disclosure agreements in our contracts. But our former boss is in open violation of his contract with us – the employees – to create a safe place for us to work.

We have nothing to hide, and are as angry and baffled as you are at how Harvey’s behavior could continue for so long. We ask that the company let us out of our NDAs immediately – and do the same for all former Weinstein Company employees – so we may speak openly, and get to the origins of what happened here, and how.

We unequivocally support all the women who have come forward, many of whom we count among our own friends and colleagues. Thank you for speaking out. When the New York Times and The New Yorker articles broke, we wept. We see you, we admire you, and we are in this fight alongside you.

And while we can only speak for the people represented in this statement, none of us ever knowingly acted as a so-called “honeypot”. That is disgusting and renders us all victims of Harvey’s disgraceful behavior.

Practically none of us have ever met the board. Aside from Bob Weinstein, few of us even knew their names before last week. If the board’s job was to keep Harvey in check, financially and otherwise, they failed.

As we begin the painful process of reflecting on our industry and the ugly systems we’ve wrought and let thrive, we are asking ourselves the question: how do we define abuse? Do we include verbal degradation, ruthless aggression and physical intimidation? This particular horror show centers on a sexual predator who abused his power in a very specific way. But if we’re being honest (and if not now, when?) we all know that threatening, hostile, inhumane work environments are rampant in our industry.

Non-disclosure agreements only perpetuate this culture of silence. The “if you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen” mentality undermines those who might’ve spoken out. We treat these abusive people and places as rites of passage, instead of with the disgust they deserve.

Harvey Weinstein is far from the only sociopathic bully we’ve exalted over the years. Employees who work under our industry’s most notorious bosses are regularly asked to surrender their dignity in exchange for professional success.

So now that Harvey is gone, what next? If there is a future for this company, it must be one of radical transparency and accountability. And for that to happen, anyone who had specific knowledge of non-consensual, predatory behavior must go. That is the only way anyone will feel comfortable working with us. It is the only way any of us will feel comfortable working here.

To those speaking out, and to those fearlessly reporting: we are so grateful for your courage. Right now, we want to listen hard and keep listening, no matter how unsettling or overwhelming these stories are. But after that we must start to ask hard questions of our industry, so we may do right not only by Harvey’s many victims, but also by young film lovers who, like all of us, just want to work in movies."

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Netflix's 28 original drama films, ranked from worst to best

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Netflix's library of original movies has expanded exponentially since it released its first film, "Beasts of No Nation," in 2015 — and its pace of production is only picking up.

The company recently announced that it will be releasing 80 original films in 2018, including high-profile movies from the likes of Will Smith and Martin Scorsese.

Among Netflix's recent original drama releases, films like the new Noah Baumbach dramedy, "The Meyerowitz Stories," and the Stephen King adaptation "1922" (out this Friday) have garnered universal critical acclaim.

To find out which Netflix drama films are worth watching, we turned to the reviews aggregator Rotten Tomatoes to rank each release by its composite critical reception. We excluded films that didn't have enough reviews to receive a designation of "Rotten" or "Fresh." We also included and footnoted upcoming films that have already screened for critics, like the Oscar-contender "Mudbound."

Here are 28 of Netflix's original drama films, ranked by their Rotten Tomatoes critic score from lowest to highest (if there was a tie, we used the audience score to break it):

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28. “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny” — 19%

Critic score: 19%

Audience score: 38%

Netflix description:"Renowned warrior Yu Shu-Lien comes out of retirement to keep the legendary Green Destiny sword away from villainous warlord Hades Dai."



27. “Brain on Fire” — 22%

Critic score: 22%

Audience score: 59%

Netflix description: "Struck by a mysterious, mentally devastating illness, a young reporter searches for answers while battling psychosis, catatonia and memory loss."



26. “Death Note” — 40%

Critic score: 40%

Audience score: 24%

Netflix description: "Light Turner finds a supernatural notebook and uses it to mete out death, attracting the attention of a detective, a demon and a girl in his class."



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Arnold Schwarzenegger blames Bill Clinton for one of his biggest box office bombs

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  • Arnold Schwarzenegger's 1993 movie "Last Action Hero" was a major disappointment at the box office.
  • The movie had negative press and horrible test scores.
  • But Schwarzenegger believes the election of Bill Clinton that same year also led to the movie's demise.

 

It was 1993 when Arnold Schwarzenegger came out with one of his most unique tough guy movies, “Last Action Hero.”

A mix of action and comedy that follows a boy with a magic ticket, who suddenly is transported through the big screen and into the latest movie of his favorite actor, Jack Slater (Arnold Schwarzenegger), it’s filled with huge fight scenes, gun fights, explosions, and fun jabs at Schwarzenegger and the action movie genre.

But nobody went to see the movie.

With a 37% Rotten Tomatoes rating and a $137 million worldwide gross (which doesn’t even crack the top ten for that year), the movie was considered a colossal disappointment.

However, looking back on it now, Schwarzenegger believes there were a lot of forces against him around the time the movie came out.

“Don’t forget that the year that movie came out it was the year to beat on Arnold,” Schwarzenegger told Business Insider

Before the movie opened the Hollywood trades had constant coverage of its shaky production, which finished just months before it opened in theaters, along with reports on the movie getting negative test scores.

Bill ClintonBut Schwarzenegger feels even the newly-elected president, Bill Clinton, had something to do with the movie’s poor performance.

“It was one of those things where President Clinton was elected and the press somehow made the whole thing kind of political where they thought, ‘Okay, the ‘80s action guys are gone here’s a perfect example,’ and they wrote this narrative before anyone saw the movie,” Schwarzenegger said, while promoting his new movie “Killing Gunther” (currently available on streaming and in theaters Friday).

Schwarzenegger, who is a Republican and former governor of California, felt that the combination of bad press surrounding the movie and the entrance of a Democrat into the White House led to a situation where he couldn’t win.

“The action hero era is over, Bill Clinton is in, the highbrow movies are the 'in' thing now, I couldn’t recuperate,” he said.

He did though — a year later. Teaming with his “Terminator” movies director James Cameron, they made the spy action movie “True Lies,” which earned over $378 million worldwide and was the third-highest-grossing domestic release of the year.

And as the years have passed, “Last Action Hero” has been rediscovered by new audiences.

“I think more people would have seen it if the press treated it differently, but now the good thing is that with streaming people can go and watch it,” Schwarzenegger said.

You can rent “Last Action Hero” for $4 on iTunes now! 

Watch the trailer below:

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RANKED: The 15 best Stephen King adaptations you need to watch

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Hollywood loves adapting Stephen King stories.

He has a knack for crafting simple premises — what if you woke up and had psychic powers? What if your car had a mind of its own? — and taking them horrifying places.

Not all of them are worth watching, as Will Leitch and Tim Grierson wrote in their definitive ranking of 40 Stephen King movie adaptations for Vulture. But some of them rank among the best works Hollywood has ever produced.

This year is shaping up to be one of King's signature years. His "It" was recently adapted into an acclaimed horror movie. "The Dark Tower" was adapted into a, let's say, less-than-acclaimed one. "Mr. Mercedes" just ended a single-season run on the Audience network. Hulu will air a "Castle Rock" anthology series sometime early next year. Netflix recently released a well-reviewed adaptation of "Gerald's Game" and, on October 20, it will release an adaptation of his novella "1922."

Oh — and he writes, too! In fact, he just released a novel written with his son Owen, called "Sleeping Beauties." His other son, who writes under the pen name Joe Hill, is also a much-loved horror novelist.

With everything King has going on, it's a good time to dive into the movies and TV shows based on his work.

See below for our picks for the 15 best TV and movie adaptations based on King's work.

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15. "Under the Dome" (2013-2015)

After "The Stand" (a movie adaptation is in development hell; the TV adaptation hasn't aged well) and "It," King's novel "Under the Dome" is his longest. It was adapted into a TV show over three seasons on CBS. The enthusiasm from critics waned as the season went on, but the first incredible season alone makes it worth the watch.



14. "The Mist" (2007)

When it was announced that Frank Darabont planned to direct another Stephen King adaptation, fans freaked out. His "Shawshank Redemption"ranks among the most beloved movies ever made, and "The Green Mile" has its fans as well. A movie about a creepy mist that attacks a small town would be a new challenge.

"The Mist" proved itself a love-it-or-hate-it movie. Itc split fans and critics, with a 72% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Some were miffed by an altered ending, but most people relished the terror.



13. "Christine" (1983)

Not all critics loved it in its release, but the John Carpenter-directed "Christine" has turned into a cult classic. It's a high school movie about a sentient Plymouth Fury that goes nuts and tries to kill its owner.



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The director of 'The Snowman' explains why he made such a terrible movie

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  • "The Snowman" is a very bad movie that makes no sense.
  • Critics have been panning the movie.
  • Director Tomas Alfredson said that he never got to finish shooting the screenplay.

The director of the much-derided Michael Fassbender thriller "The Snowman" said the movie is in poor shape because he didn't get to finish making it.

"Our shoot time in Norway was way too short, we didn’t get the whole story with us and when we started cutting we discovered that a lot was missing," director Tomas Alfredson said in an interview with the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation translated by IndieWire.

"The Snowman" is getting trashed by critics. It's ostensibly a thriller about detective Harry Hole hunting down a serial killer who likes to dismember his victims and also make snowmen. It's mostly incomprehensible.

Alfredson explained that "10 to 15%" of the movie's screenplay wasn't shot because he didn't have enough time. He came to the movie relatively late, after Martin Scorsese had stepped out and worked as an executive producer instead.

"It happened very abruptly," Alfredson said according to IndieWire. "Suddenly we got notice that we had the money and could start the shoot in London."

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Thelma Schoonmaker, Scorsese's longtime collaborator and editor, stepped in to pull the footage together, but there remained huge gaps in the story.

"It’s like when you’re making a big jigsaw puzzle and a few pieces are missing so you don’t see the whole picture," Alfredson said.

It's a shame. The film has a bevy of talent behind it. Michael Fassbender stars as Hole, Alfredson directed the masterpiece "Let the Right One In," and Rebecca Ferguson, J.K. Simmons, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Toby Jones, Val Kilmer, and Chloë Sevigny fill out the rest of the cast.

The movie has also been criticized for its inexplicable understanding of Norway, where it takes place. Alfredson says he wasn't trying to make a documentary: "If not everything is geographically correct, I don’t give a shit."

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Arnold Schwarzenegger's new movie has him facing the one thing he fears most: singing

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  • Arnold Schwarzenegger plays an assassin in "Killing Gunther."
  • He does a lot of outlandish things in the movie, including singing a country music song.
  • Schwarzenegger said he did "freak out" when he learned he had to sing on screen.

 

There aren’t many things Arnold Schwarzenegger will admit that make him feel vulnerable.

The 70-year-old action movie icon, who’s also a former Mr. Universe and governor of California, has played the tough-guy persona for decades. But in his new movie, “Killing Gunther” (in theaters and available on streaming), there is a moment that Schwarzenegger admits he did “freak out” over doing: singing. A country music song, to be exact.

“I don’t mind looking foolish but it's just that I'm so bad at singing,” Schwarzenegger told Business Insider. “The only time people ask me to sing is if they want the party to stop. If they want everyone to go home. Immediately.”

Schwarzenegger plays Gunther in the movie, the world’s best assassin. “Saturday Night Live” alum Taran Killam leads a group trying to track down Gunther and kill him (Killam also directed the movie). In the faux documentary-style action/comedy we are given a glimpse into Gunther’s fabulously outlandish life. Along with showing off his wacky outfits and other accessories he also reveals one of his hobbies: singing. He explains that he has a recording studio in his home and loves recording country music songs. The scene then cuts to Gunther in a recording booth singing a song.

That’s right, Schwarzenegger, singing country, and also dressed like he’s about to go to a rodeo.

“I just don’t have an ear for music,” said Schwarzenegger. “That’s why for ‘Twins’ Ivan Reitman made me sing so people would laugh. So, I get it. It’s embarrassing.”

And there’s nothing more funny than a guy with an Austrian accent trying to sing country. Make sure to stick around for the closing credits of “Killing Gunther” to hear Schwarzenegger’s entire song.

Here’s Arnold singing in “Twins.”

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Here's why people are afraid of clowns — and what you can do to get over it

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Lots of people are creeped out at the site of clown, whether it's at the circus or creeping around in the woods at night. Movies like Stephen King's "It" and the new season of "American Horror Story" featuring some terrifying clowns that take prey on the fears of the viewer. We spoke with Dr. Dena Rabinowitz, a psychologist in New York who specializes in the treatment of anxiety disorders and phobias, to find out why we are so scared of something that's meant to make us laugh. Following is a transcript of the video.

Hi my name is Dr. Dena Rabinowitz, and I'm a clinical psychologist specializing in anxiety disorders.

I think most people find clowns delightful, but there's definitely a group of people who find them creepy. There two things about clowns that kind of inherently lead people to be frightened of them. The first is that we rely a lot on facial expressions to understand people and see their motivations. And with clowns you don't have facial expressions. It's all under makeup, and it's fixed. And so there's a kind of a question of, "what's going on under there?"

The second thing is people don't inherently trust people who are always happy and laughing. For a lot of people, the fear of clowns actually is part of a more general fear of masked creatures. In regular parlance it's called: coulrophobia.

We don't like things that are familiar but then a little bit off. And so clowns look like people, but there's an oddity to it. There's something that is a little bit strange and from the norm. If we see clowns in places like in a circus where they belong, that's often not as scary. But if we see a clown which is already slightly odd and different to us in a place where we don't typically think they should be like the woods, it's even scarier.

People aren't born with a clown phobia, but they can certainly be genetically predispositioned to have an anxiety disorder. But a specific fear of clowns either comes because you had a traumatic event in childhood around clowns, a family member or somebody close to you kind of has taught you that clowns are scary, or you had an anxiety attack when you were around clowns and paired them together.

If you already have a clown phobia, watching movies like "It" or "American Horror Story" is not going to help, because all it does is reinforce the fact that clowns are in fact dangerous and scary. What we want to do to help with a phobia is show you that they're just people with makeup underneath and that there's nothing inherently scary.

Well if you just don't like clowns, then you really don't need to do anything about it. but there's a small subset of people who really are terrified of clowns in that goes into the category of a phobia lots of people have phobias and just because you have a phobia doesn't mean you need treatment. When you need to seek treatment for a phobia is when it interferes with your daily life. If you go screaming from a theater because there might be a clown that shows up or you can't go into town because there's a circus, then you really need to seek treatment.

The best thing to do about a phobia is first of all recognize that the thing you're afraid of is not dangerous and then do something called "exposure." Which is putting yourself in proximity to the feared object until you get comfortable.

So one of the things I recommend of clowns is watch somebody put on the clown makeup, so you can see that they're just a human being and see the progression of them turning into a clown. It makes it a lot more approachable, and you can learn to overcome your fear.

I don't have a fear of clowns. I have a fear of snakes. So i understand this.

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The 25 greatest disaster movies of all time

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This list was originally published in 2015, and we’ve updated it to include newer releases.

It’s a big week for disaster movies, what with both Geostorm and Only the Brave opening wide in theaters across the U.S. And you could say that the two films reflect the wide spectrum of titles that are usually grouped under the term “disaster movie.” 

Only the Brave is based on a true story, and emphasizes the humanity of the men tasked with fighting raging wildfires; the flames themselves are terrifying and spectacular, but they’re only part of the story. Geostorm, on the other hand … well, the studio hasn’t let critics see it yet, but it looks like gloriously trashy and ridiculous fun. The kind that returns us to a borderline prelinguistic state where all we can do is mutter: “Big … storm … break … make … explode … good.”

The disaster movie is one of cinema’s oldest genres: There were films about Pompeii and burning buildings in the very early days of movies. (One of the very first narrative short films was Edwin Porter’s Life of an American Fireman, from 1903.) Maybe that’s because film is the one art form that can do proper justice to this sort of spectacle: You can’t re-create it onstage, and who wants to read about a disaster when they can see it?

So here’s a look back on our favorite disaster movies over the years. To do so, however, we had to set some ground rules: We excluded movies that were also creature features or alien-invasion movies. (For example, no Independence Day, or Godzilla, or King Kong.) We also excluded superhero movies (so, no Superman or The Dark Knight Rises) or tales of the supernatural. And we also felt that the scale of the disaster had to be evident in the film (so no Dr. Strangelove or Fail Safe, although both are excellent examples of the Nuclear Armageddon genre). We also skipped films that were mostly about the aftermath of a disaster, instead of the disaster itself. (So, no The Grey or Cast Away.) That may sound like a lot of caveats, but the list is still pretty thorough and wide-ranging.

Here are the 25 greatest disaster films of all time:

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25. "2012" (2009)

Roland Emmerich became Hollywood’s king of disaster in the 1990s — mainly by cross-breeding the genre with alien and monster pictures, like Independence Day and Godzilla. This star-studded 2009 epic, however, may have been his purest throwback to the 1970s. In it, solar flares from the sun heat up the Earth’s core, and a series of unfortunate meteorological and seismic events ensue. Nobody anywhere on the planet is safe, and the scale of the destruction and hopelessness is so awe-inspiring that you’ll overlook the sheer idiocy of the film’s plot and character interactions. That said, Chiwetel Ejiofor (as the scientist who discovers what’s happening and warns the appropriate powers) and Woody Harrelson (as a conspiracy theorist wing-nut radio host) are standouts in the cast of thousands.



24 and 23. "Deep Impact" / "Armageddon" (1998)

I have to make an admission: I really don’t like Deep Impact at all, and I genuinely like Armageddon. (Most viewers these days might reverse that statement.) But I still find it hard not to think of these two asteroid-headed-for-the-Earth films, which opened within a few weeks of each other in 1998, as partners in crime on some level. Armageddon’s appeal at the time had something to do with Deep Impact: Where Mimi Leder’s film was a sensitive, emotional attempt to look at the tragedy of a giant asteroid strike, Michael Bay’s was a macho indulgence in action-movie theatrics.

One film focused on the doomed people back here on Earth; the other focused on the space cowboys trying to blow the big space rock up real good. If you thought Deep Impact was pompous and overbaked sentimentality (as I did), Armageddon felt like a bracing, but no less overbaked, rebuke to that; and if you thought Armageddon was a dumb, jacked testosterone flick that couldn’t even keep its own characters straight, then chances are Deep Impact felt like an intelligent corrective. These two are the yin and yang of giant-asteroid movies.



22. "Earthquake" (1974)

Charlton Heston is the engineer who finds himself rushing through a collapsing Los Angeles to save his mistress (Geneviève Bujold) and her son. Like many disaster movies, this is a turgid soap opera that’s blown apart by chaos. But oh, what glorious chaos! The effects are a bit dated, but director Mark Robson put the city through such a wringer that the breadth of the destruction is breathtaking. Even when it’s clear that what we’re watching are models — and, during one particularly deranged moment, a hand-animated spurt of blood that comes straight at the camera.



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'Boo 2! A Madea Halloween' beats mediocre competition to win the weekend box office

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  • Tyler Perry's latest movie won the weekend box office.
  • "Boo 2! A Madea Halloween" didn't face much competition.
  • Other new releases like "Geostorm" and "The Snowman" performed poorly.


What was originally just a joke by Chris Rock has turned into Tyler Perry's latest successful franchise.

"Boo 2! A Madea Halloween" opened in theaters this weekend and demolished the lackluster new releases as it won the domestic box office with an estimated $21.7 million, according to Variety.

Perry's Madea character and Lionsgate have teamed up for years to produce box office gold, and "Boo 2!" is no exception.

The original opened this time a year ago and took in a surprising $28.5 million its opening weekend (easily making back its $20 million production budget), and went on to earn $74.8 million worldwide. The sequel, with a $25 million budget, did a little less its opening weekend this time around, but easily won the weekend.

The Snowman Universal PicturesThat's the other storyline: mid-October has turned into a wasteland for theatrical releases. Past box office disasters like "Rock and Kasbah" and "Jem and the Holograms" have been placed this time of year.

Basically, the studios choose this time of year to dump their unwanted titles, leaving the likes of Jason Blum's Blumhouse (its latest, "Happy Death Day,"won the box office last week) and Perry to reap the rewards.

This weekend included stinkers like "The Snowman," which critics slaughtered (it received only a 9% Rotten Tomatoes rating), and the disaster movie, "Geostorm," which wasn't even screened for critics. "Geostorm" (budgeted at $120 million) took in $13.3 million, while "The Snowman" (which stars the usually dependable Michael Fassbender) only earned $3.4 million this weekend.

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