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How this lesser-known Marvel character became a scene stealer in 'Thor: Ragnarok'



  • Korg is a minor character in "Thor: Ragnarok," but is a major reason why the movie is so funny.
  • Director Taika Waititi voiced the character and did the motion-capture.
  • Originally supposed to be in one or two scenes, Chris Hemsworth loved the character so much Korg scenes continued to get added to the movie.


Warning: Minor spoilers below if you haven’t seen “Thor: Ragnarok.”

Part of the fun of the Marvel movies is they introduce us to characters we might not have been aware of if we didn’t grow up on the comics.

For many, the appearance of Korg in “Thor: Ragnarok” (currently playing in theaters) will be a delightful introduction.

Korg is a rock giant creature who befriends Thor (Chris Hemsworth) when the God of Thunder is on the planet Sakaar, and is forced by the Grandmaster (Jeff Goldblum) to take part in a gladiator-like battle and face his champion (which turns out to be the Hulk).

Korg, who first appeared in the “Planet Hulk” story within an “The Incredible Hulk” comic in 2006, is depicted in the movie as a gentle giant with a soft voice. He brings some of the best comedic moments of the movie and later fights alongside Thor in the movie’s conclusion.

korg thor ragnarokThe character is a scene-stealer, and credit has to go to the person who decided to take it on for the movie, “Ragnarok” director Taika Waititi.

However, Waititi admits he didn’t decide to voice Korg because he had some grand idea of how to make the character stand out. It really all happened by chance.

“I knew I was going to play something in the film, because I always put myself in my films, but I didn’t know what,” Waititi told Business Insider. “He was one of the few minor characters that hadn’t been cast yet so I decided to do that one.”

Figuring the role of Korg was small enough that doing the motion-capture on set for the character, and voicing it, wouldn’t be much added work to his already busy schedule as the director, he claimed Korg and moved on to more pressing matters.

“We didn’t end up doing a huge amount of it until much later in prep,” Waititi said. “There were many other story points we had to worry about. We knew this character was going to be in at least one or two scenes as kind of an information giver.”

But when Waititi began coming up with the voice for Korg in read-throughs, he and star Chris Hemsworth couldn’t stop coming up with jokes for him.

TaikaWaititiMavelfinal“We would start getting into those scenes and I would play with the voice and we thought wouldn't it be funny if this big hulking rock guy had this very delicate voice?” Waititi said. “I kind of based it on people I remember from home. So it's a strange combination of a big guy with a gentle-natured presence. Chris was loving that when we started doing those scenes, and we started shooting some stuff.”

Waititi said Marvel loved Korg too, so what started as a character that was in there just for exposition turned into Marvel’s newest sensation.

“We injected him into more and more scenes and before you know it he was all over the movie,” Waititi said.

Always feeling the pulse of its fans, Marvel can already tell audiences are in love with the big guy — along with his sidekick Miek— and the studio has hinted that there will be more from the bashing duo.

“We have plans for Korg and Miek,” Marvel Studios president Kevin Fiege told Fandango. “When and where we’ll have to wait and see, but we, like the audience now that they’ve seen them, can’t get enough.”

Waititi better rest up.

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Women have been shut out from directing for years — and now they're making the best movies in Hollywood


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  • Women are shockingly underrepresented in Hollywood, directing just 4% of major movies.
  • It's important to note the industry discrimination as the context of the widening sexual assault and harassment scandals in Hollywood.
  • Despite that, women are producing the best movies of the past couple of years.
  • "Lady Bird" and "Alias Grace," out this weekend, are emblematic of that.


With the Harvey Weinstein scandal leading to numerous sexual harassment and abuse allegations throughout Hollywood, it's important to note the context in which all of this is taking place in the movie industry.

If you look at the numbers from 2016, women are shockingly underrepresented despite comprising the majority of moviegoers. Women represent just 4% of directors of the 100 top-grossing films, 11% of writers, and just 19% of producers. And the figures from 2016 actually declined from the previous couple of years, despite a louder conversation about women in Hollywood.

The discrimination appears to be so extreme that the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission began investigating the situation under the Obama administration, with pressure from the American Civil Liberties Union.

All of this also takes place at a time where movie studios want to get as many butts into theaters as possible. And though major movie studios still aren't hiring many women in top roles, Netflix (with its powerful data engine that sees what audiences like) and independent studios (less beholden to conventional wisdom) are releasing the best movies and shows of the past couple of years.

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This weekend alone marks the release of the movie "Lady Bird," the directorial debut of writer-actress Greta Gerwig, and the miniseries "Alias Grace," which was directed by Mary Harron, written by Sarah Polley, and adapted from the novel by Margaret Atwood. They're two of the most critically acclaimed projects of the year. "Lady Bird" has a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes right now with more than 62 reviews filed and even got a positive notice from legendary grump Armond White. "Alias Grace" is at 97%, and will surely be binged heavily this weekend.

And that's just one weekend. Later this month, Netflix will stream "Mudbound" directed by Dees Rees, which was one of the most celebrated movies at Sundance earlier this year. Last year, the Maren Ade-directed "Toni Erdmann" topped numerous best-of-year lists and was ranked by IndieWire as the best female-directed movie of the decade so far, while "The Edge of Seventeen" was one of the best teenage coming-of-age movies to come along in years.

The big studios deserve some credit as well. "Wonder Woman," directed by Patty Jenkins, has repeatedly broken box office records and now stands as the highest-grossing superhero origin movie of all time. And Kathleen Kennedy is at the head of Disney's LucasFilm division, which produces the "Star Wars" movies, though she hasn't hired a female director yet.

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Why do female directors seem to have a higher batting average? Well, when you ice out half the population from telling stories, you miss out on a lot.

With "Lady Bird" and "The Edge of Seventeen," for example, we seem to be in a golden age of movies that grapple with women coming of age. "Lady Bird" stars Saoirse Ronan as a high school senior who calls herself "Lady Bird," fights with her mom, and tries to get in with the cool kid crowd. In the hands of a lesser director, it would by just another quirky indie movie. But the details that Greta Gerwig imbues make it poignant, sharp, and hilarious. "The Edge of Seventeen," likewise, is a funny and touching story about a teenager who gets upset when her friend starts dating her older brother that succeeds because it's being told from a woman's point of view. Both movies don't see coming-of-age as intertwined with romance, but as a quest to understand oneself.

Other recent woman-directed movies are also successful because they offer a perspective rarely seen in cinema — even when they're widely discussed. "Mudbound" has its finger on America's pulse with its approach to racial conflict, "Toni Erdmann" looks at globalization and family dissolution from a female young professional's point of view, and "Wonder Woman," of course, is a superhero movie about a woman for once.

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The movie industry's kindness to women ebbs and flows. It's been eight long years since Kathryn Bigelow won a directing Oscar for "The Hurt Locker," the only woman to win the award, and not a single woman has been nominated since. If anything, given the reporting on the scandals plaguing Hollywood, it's only become more clear that the industry's problems are more deeply embedded than anyone could imagine.

So in this context, it's important to acknowledge that some of the industry's best work is being made by the people who have the deck stacked against them. Studios simply need to give them the opportunity to make it.

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The director of 'Thor: Ragnarok' says the movie is so unconventional Mark Ruffalo joked they'd both get fired


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  • Director Taika Waititi is known best for his indie movies "What We Do in the Shadows" and "Hunt for the Wilderpeople."
  • He talks about the ways he made his Marvel movie the most un-Marvel yet.
  • Waititi also explains how he brought the scene-stealing character he voiced, Korg, to life.


“Thor: Ragnarok” has huge fight scenes (led by the bulging biceps of its lead Chris Hemsworth), and CGI-fueled destruction from the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) — all things we’ve become accustomed to from Marvel movies — but it also has hilarious deadpan humor, and an improvisational feel that’s a refreshing new element to the franchise. And that stuff you can thank director Taika Waititi for.

The New Zealand filmmaker known best for directing episodes of HBO’s “Flight of the Concords,” and indie movies “What We Do in the Shadows” and “Hunt for the Wilderpeople,” might be the most unlikely director to answer the Marvel call. However, what he’s given “Ragnarok” (opening in theaters November 3) is a new kind of Marvel story that intentionally veers from its conventional “save the world” blueprint, and hypes up the comedy aspects while still telling a thrilling story.

Business Insider spoke to Waititi about being allowed to amp up the weird on a huge blockbuster, why he was convinced Marvel would get fed up with his unconventional style, his decision to voice the movie’s scene-stealing Korg character, and the idea of flashback scenes of Thor and Loki (Tom Hiddleston) as kids that didn’t make the cut.

Jason Guerrasio: I love how you describe your work being a mix between comedy, drama, and "the clumsiness of humanity." Is that formula easier or harder to pull off in a superhero movie?

Taika Waititi: I actually feel like it's harder because you just have to spend more time figuring out what those clumsy elements are in these larger than life characters. How to make the characters more relatable to the audience. Really, when I look at the story of Thor, how I kind of get myself in there and figure out I can tell the story, is actually looking at it in terms of an indie film. It's about a guy trying to get home because there's someone in his house, and he's got to sort that out. And along the way he's got his annoying brother, a drunk chick, and some bipolar kid with him. [Laughs.] And he's just trying to get home. So that's the way into the story, and then it's how do I apply those things into spaceships and explosions. 


Guerrasio: Take that indie idea and then go really big with it. 

Waititi: Yeah. 

Guerrasio: So when you had the early talks with Marvel about the project, did you lay all the cards on the table and say that you weren't interested in making the typical Marvel franchise movie?

Waititi: Yeah. But they knew that as well. They said that. "We know this isn't going to be very fulfilling for you to come in and continue with what we've done. And we don't want to continue with what we've done. We want to do something very fresh and new."

Guerrasio: And that must have been music to your ears. 

Waititi: It was.

Guerrasio: Was there a moment through all this when you said to yourself, "Wow, they are really letting me do this the way I want to do it!"

Waititi: Within reason. There were moments when you're like, "Wow, this is something that I never thought I'd be allowed to put into a superhero movie." But I came in knowing I'd bring character, tone, and dialogue — those are my strengths. Marvel's job really is just to keep me in my lane and make sure I'm not crashing the car. Derailing the Avengers. [Laughs.]

Guerrasio: That being said, did you ever get told by Marvel after they looked at the dailies to tone it down?

Waititi: No. There was never a moment like that, which was both surprising and also disconcerting. "Wow, man, are they even watching the dailies?" We were doing stuff that was so different. I remember after a couple of days working with Chris [Hemsworth] and Mark [Ruffalo], Mark came up to me and said, "I'll be surprised if you and I are back here on Monday. I have a feeling like we're breaking this. They are going to get rid of us." We were just doing whatever we felt we wanted to see in the film. That includes a scene with Hulk and Thor sitting on a bed talking about their emotions and apologizing to each other after an argument. Which is not something I felt I've ever seen in a superhero movie. 

ThorRagnarokThorHulkMarvelGuerrasio: But strangely, those lighthearted "real" scenes are what I remember most from this movie.

Waititi: Totally. And I feel that is the point of difference that I've managed to bring. What would everyone expect from this and let's do the opposite. That's what we were saying to each other often when we were shooting. "Does this feel like we've seen it before? And if so, how do we change it?" I've seen the hero in a movie getting beaten up by a bunch of people, and then a mysterious figure comes in and saves them, and the person takes off their mask and it's the love interest. How about we make that love interest (the Valkyrie character played by Tessa Thompson) more like Han Solo and she's a drunk, gambling mercenary who in her introductory scene falls off the ramp of her spaceship. 

Guerrasio: I read that in your sizzle reel to Marvel you had scenes from "Sixteen Candles" because there was a time when you were planning to do flashback scenes of Thor as a kid.

Waititi: Yeah. I did.

Guerrasio: How long did you play around with that flashback idea?

Waititi: It was in the first couple months of storylining. We always wondered, could we put in these flashbacks and make them work. To me it still feels like a great idea, but it was one element too many. It was very hard to justify doing. It would have felt like just this one-off little flashback and it needed more. We could have done it when Thor talks about one of the times Loki tried to kill him. 

Guerrasio: Instead of Thor describing it in that scene there could have been a jump to a flashback?

Waititi: Yeah. But it's actually better that we didn't flashback because it's funnier him just telling the story.

Guerrasio: It's funny, but I don't know, watching a teen Thor and Loki in a flashback scene would have been really great.

Waititi: It would have been funnier if it was this ongoing thing where we had more and more of those stories through the movie.

Guerrasio: Yes.

Waititi: But just a one-off would have just thrown people off too much. 

Guerrasio: The one thing I'm kind of bummed about was that the trailer revealed that Hulk is Thor's opponent in their fight on Sakaar. The buildup is so great. Are you disappointed that was used in the trailer?

Waititi: Not necessarily. I felt like it was something everyone knew was going to happen because Mark was in the movie. It's very hard to keep any of that stuff under wraps. Marvel knows in many ways with something like that you have to give it out. 

ThorRagnarokKorgMarvelGuerrasio: How early on did you want to do the Korg character?

Waititi: That was definitely in the script early on, but we didn't end up doing a huge amount with it until much later on in prep. There were many other story points we had to worry about, we knew this character was going to be in at least one or two scenes as a kind of information giver. I knew I was going to play something in the film because I always put myself in my films but I didn't know what. And he was one of the few minor characters that hadn't been cast yet so I decided to do that one. Also, it was small enough that it wouldn't infringe on my concentration with directing the film. Which was the priority. The more I found the voice through the read-through the more funny we found it. The more jokes came out of those reads. 

Guerrasio: How did you find the voice?

Waititi: Just through reading the script through with Chris. We would start getting into those scenes and I would play with the voice and we thought wouldn't it be funny if this big hulking rock guy had this very delicate voice? I kind of based it on people I remember from home. So it's a strange combination of a big guy with a gentle-natured presence. Chris was loving that when we started doing those scenes, and we started shooting some stuff, and Marvel thought it was really funny and I really enjoyed doing it. Chris wanted to do more, so we injected him into more and more scenes and before you know it he was all over the movie. 

Guerrasio: Before I go, what's the latest on the Bubbles the Chimp stop-motion movie you’re doing for Netflix.

Waititi: I'm excited about it. We are in very early stages. Early development with design and trying to figure out the schedule. I think all the work I would be doing is the up-front design and recording and see those guys off and let them do their thing. 

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The 20 best movie plot twists of the 21st century, ranked


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It’s the shock of seeing Norman Bates, knife in hand, clad in his mother’s clothes, grinning maniacally in the swinging lamplight. It’s the realization that Kevin Spacey spun us a bunch of lies, and was actually Keyser Söze the whole time. It’s finally connecting “I see dead people” with Bruce Willis being shot at the beginning of “The Sixth Sense.”

When movies pull the rug from under us, it’s one of the greatest thrills that cinema can provide.

As Hollywood continues to reboot countless old properties, it’s easy to think that the days of original and surprising storytelling are long behind us. But these films prove that Hollywood still has a few tricks up its sleeve, ones that have kept us talking for years, and have cemented their place in film history.

Beware of spoilers! Here are the best plot twists of the 21st century:

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20. “Unbreakable” (2000)

An incredibly unique and unexpected film about super-hero comic books and their myths, which at the end reveals itself to be its own unique origin story. Bruce Willis is an average guy, David Dunn, who after surviving a train crash that killed 130 passengers, wonders if he may have special powers. Elijah (Samuel L. Jackson), a comic book store owner with a rare bone disorder, uses his deep superhero knowledge to help David mine his past and test his abilities until he finally discovers he can see the criminal acts of those he comes into contact.

M. Night Shyamalan directs the story as if it is a mysterious drama, with only a hint of the supernatural underneath as we too wonder what is exactly happening and if there might be some truth in Elijah’s comics. When David shakes Elijah’s hand at the end of the movie he sees that his guru has orchestrated terrorist attacks, including his train crash, as he tells David his purpose in life is to be the villain “Mr. Glass” to David’s superhero. The twist reveals that we have been watching what, in retrospect, feels like an incredibly naturalistic story of what it must be like to discover you really are a superhero. –Chris O’Falt

19. “Get Out” (2017)

A half-century after “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?,” writer Jordan Peele revisited the iconic film’s plot for his directorial debut: Awkwardness ensues when a white woman (Allison Williams) brings her black boyfriend (Daniel Kaluuya) home to meet her supposedly progressive parents (Catherine Keener and Bradley Whitford). On a $4 million budget, Peele not only modernized the relevant-as-ever social satire — “Get Out” premiered at Sundance four days after Donald Trump’s inauguration ushered white supremacists back into the White House — but also made a resplendent mystic-action-horror-revenge fantasia.

The Armitage family’s evil ploy is to help their loved ones live forever by implanting their brains into younger black bodies, subject to secret slave-like auctions. In the finale, the bad guys are slaughtered and a jocular TSA official saves our hero and countless future victims. Perhaps the biggest twist of all is Peele’s table-flip to anyone who thought he was just a sketch-comedian. —Jenna Marotta

18. “Atonement” (2007)

A seven-time Oscar nominee unfolding mostly over one day at lush London estate in 1935, Joe Wright’s drama hinges on the false testimony of teen playwright Briony Tallis (Saoirse Ronan). She’s jealous that her older sister, Cecilia (Keira Knightley), has charmed the housekeeper’s son, Robbie (James McAvoy). As comeuppance for Robbie accidentally entrusting Briony to deliver a racy love note, Briony claims he raped a Tallis cousin, sending him to prison.

Robbie is freed to enlist in World War II, and the audience learns that he rekindled his romance with Cecilia, now estranged from her family (she knows Briony lied; the actual rapist married Cousin Lola with Briony looking on). However, this too is a fiction, from Briony’s novel: Robbie and Cecilia respectively perished in Dunkirk and the Balham train station bombing. Christopher Hampton penned the 2007 film, based on Ian McEwan’s acclaimed saga. —JM

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'Thor: Ragnarok' rules the weekend box office with a huge $121 million opening (DIS)



  • The third Thor movie had the biggest opening weekend of the franchise.
  • Its success continues the dominance Disney/Marvel has at the box office in November.

Marvel/Disney is celebrating another dominant box office performance. The third movie in the Thor franchise, "Thor: Ragnarok," won the weekend and gave a jolt to the recently stagnant North American box office with an estimated $121 million opening weekend, according to The Wrap.

It's almost unheard of in Hollywood for a successful franchise to suddenly change course, but that's exactly what Marvel did with "Ragnarok", and its proved to be the perfect move.

After two movies that had impressive worldwide box office earnings — 2011's "Thor" with $449.3 million and 2013's "Thor: The Dark World" with $644.5 million— it seemed the franchise was like anything Marvel Studios makes: a cash cow.

surtur thor ragnarokAnd perhaps that made it easier to go forward with making a third movie that was different in tone than the previous two, but the decision to turn "Ragnarok" into a weird comedy that's centered mostly on Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) trying to get off a rouge planet has performed far beyond the opening weekends of its two previous titles ("Thor" opened at $65.7 million, "The Dark World" $85.7 million).

Indications that Marvel made the right decision was evident very quickly. Director Taika Waititi's comedic style was a hit for critics, which gave the movie a 93% on Rotten Tomatoes (it was in the high 90s leading up to its opening day). That led to "Ragnarok" scoring $14.5 million in Thursday preview screenings.

Things only got better for the God of Thunder. The movie, which is playing on just over 4,000 screens, earned $46.8 million its opening day (including preview screening sales). That followed with around $40 million on Saturday, with many of the Thursday preview crowd actually returning to see it again, according to Deadline.

"Ragnarok" continues the dominance by Marvel/Disney in the month of November. Last year it was the combination of "Doctor Strange" and "Moana" that brought audiences out of their binge watching habits and into the multiplexes. This November is likely going to be the tandem of "Ragnarok" and "Coco," the upcoming release by Pixar opening on Thanksgiving.

"A Bad Moms Christmas" scored a distant second place, with $17 million for the weekend. The sequel — featuring Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, Kathryn Hahn, Christine Baranski, and Susan Sarandon — received a dismal 32% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

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It took the entire making of 'Thor: Ragnarok' for Marvel to finally nab the rights to a Led Zeppelin song


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  • "Thor: Ragnarok" pulls off a rare feat for a movie: featuring a Led Zeppelin song.
  • "Immigrant Song" can be heard in two fight scenes, but it wasn't easy to get the band to sign off.
  • Director Taika Waititi said it took a lot of time and a strong offer.


The latest Marvel movie, "Thor: Ragnarok," isn't just one of the most fun movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe; it also features one of the most memorable rock songs ever created.

If you've seen the movie, you already know what we're referring to. "Immigrant Song," the classic from Led Zeppelin's "Led Zeppelin III" album, is prominently featured in two fight sequences in the movie. The song's inclusion was a long time coming for director Taika Waititi and the Marvel executives.

Waititi included the song all the way back in the sizzle reel he made for his early meetings with Marvel in late 2015.

"I remember Kevin being really excited about the song right from the early meetings," Waititi told Business Insider of Marvel Studios' president, Kevin Feige. "He was like, 'We should explore that song because it could be perfect for the film.'"

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With the song's relentless guitar riff, squealing opening by lead singer Robert Plant, and mentions of Norse mythology in the lyrics, the track seemed perfect for the Thor franchise. But there was just one problem: Led Zeppelin is historically difficult when it comes to allowing songs in movies.

There has been the occasional breakthrough over the decades. Cameron Crowe (who used to cover Zeppelin for Rolling Stone) got the band to allow him to use "Kashmir" in "Fast Times at Ridgemont High." Richard Linklater had Jack Black beg on camera for the use of "Immigrant Song" while making "School of Rock" (it worked), and Adam McKay's team had to track down Jimmy Page in a pub in the English countryside to get the OK to use "When the Levee Breaks" in "The Big Short."

Waititi doesn't have firsthand knowledge of anything insane taking place to get "Immigrant Song" for "Ragnarok," as the movie's music supervisor Dave Jordan did most of the heavy lifting. But he knows it did basically take all of production for the filmmakers to get the OK to use the song.

The breakthrough finally happened early this year when Marvel sent the band the teaser trailer, which featured the song, before it went live in April.

Here is the "Thor: Ragnarok" teaser that features "Immigrant Song":

"When we had the first cut of the trailer and showed Led Zep they understood how perfect the song was for this character," Waititi said. "I think it wouldn't have happened if we didn't start the conversation with them really, really early on."

And there was something else Waititi felt was a deciding factor: Marvel Studios and the company that owns it, Disney, have some very deep pockets.

"I have a feeling if you want to entertain that idea of using their music, you have to have the money," he said. "No negotiations. Offer it to them straight up."

Waititi laughed before adding, "They are worth it!"

"Thor: Ragnarok" is now playing in theaters.

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Meryl Streep once said Dustin Hoffman groped her breast during an audition in the '70s


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  • In a Time article from 1979, Meryl Streep said Dustin Hoffman groped her breast in the audition for her Oscar-winning role in "Kramer vs. Kramer."
  • Twowomen have recently accused Hoffman of sexual harassment. 


In the past week, two women have publicly accused Dustin Hoffman of sexual harassment, allegations which have renewed interest in Meryl Streep’s nearly-four-decade-old claim that her “Kramer vs. Kramer” co-star introduced himself by grabbing her breast. 

Slate tracked down a Time article from 1979 — the year the film came out — in which Streep recalls auditioning for a play Hoffman was directing. “He came up to me and said, ‘I’m Dustin — burp — Hoffman,’ and he put his hand on my breast,” the actress told Time. “What an obnoxious pig, I thought.”

Per Jeff Lenburg’s 2001 book “Dustin Hoffman: Hollywood’s Antihero,” the play was “All Over Town,” which debuted on Broadway in late 1974, when Streep was 25. Later that decade, the actors notoriously battled on Robert Benson’s “Kramer vs. Kramer” set, where they played divorcing parents. In Vanity Fair-excerpted “Her Again: Becoming Meryl Streep,” author Michael Schulman wrote that Hoffman escalated their fight scenes by slapping Streep and taunting her about her recently-deceased boyfriend, John Cazale.

In the piece, film executive Richard Fischoff remembered that Streep went “absolutely white,” with author Schulman writing that “she had done her work and thought through the part. And if Dustin wanted to use Method techniques like emotional recall, he should use them on himself. Not her.”

“Kramer vs. Kramer” eventually won Best Picture, plus Oscars for Hoffman, Streep, and Benson.

Hoffman, now 80, was previously accused of sexually harassing writers Wendy Riss Gatsiounis — who says in 1991, Hoffman invited her to his hotel after inquiring, “Have you ever been intimate with a man over 40?” — and Anna Graham Hunter. While Graham Hunter was a 17-year-old intern on Hoffman’s TV movie “Death of a Salesman” (1985), she wrote in The Hollywood Reporter that Hoffman groped her repeatedly and dictated mealtime orders such as “Your left breast,” and “A hard-boiled egg…and a soft-boiled clitoris.”

Currently starring in “The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)” on Netflix, Hoffman made his first public appearance following Gatsiounis and Graham Hunter’s charges on November 5, presenting a Hollywood Film Award to Adam Sandler, his onscreen son in that film and 2014’s “The Cobbler.” LA Times film writer Amy Kaufman tweeted that Hoffman did not take the opportunity to address the accusations.

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Everything we know about Taylor Swift's mysterious boyfriend and muse, Joe Alwyn


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  • Taylor Swift is dating Joe Alwyn.
  • Like Swift, he maintains a relatively private and mysterious public persona, giving few interviews.
  • He's an actor who got his big break with 2016's "Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk" and has a growing career as a model.


Taylor Swift's current boyfriend and likely muse is Joe Alwyn, an actor and model.

The two have been dating for at least a year, since shortly after Swift broke up with her previous boyfriend, Tom Hiddleston, but the precise timing is still uncertain.

Like Swift, Alwyn is in tight control of his media persona. He's given hardly any interviews in the past year, and the 26-year-old remains a relatively obscure — and promising — actor.

So what do we know about Joe Alwyn? Not much. Here are 6 key things to understand about him.

1. He got his big acting break with "Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk."

Alwyn acted in London's theater scene for a few years before starring in Ang Lee's 2016 follow-up to "Life of Pi." As a war satire, it was set up to be an Oscar contender, but all of that changed when critics actually watched it.

Joe Alwyn sense of an ending red carpet

Nonetheless, Alwyn's performance was praised and the actor went on to have a role on "The Sense of an Ending," out earlier this year. He's set to have small roles in three more movies next year.

2. Alwyn lives a low-key life.

Before the news broke that he was dating Taylor Swift, Alwyn had only 3,000 Twitter followers, which he used only to promote "Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk." He doesn't use Instagram at all, and at least until recently, he was living at home with his parents. Swift reportedly went on dates with him while wearing a wig to protect their privacy. 

3. His parents taught him to love movies.

Alwyn's father is a documentary filmmaker who made films in "crisis zones,"as Alwyn described. His mother is a psychotherapist. Both of them introduced him to the world of movies and theater.

"I've always grown up with [my father] showing me films and I’ve always loved going to the cinema,"Alwyn told People. "And my mum had taken me to the theater a lot, so I always wanted to be a part of that world in some way but didn’t quite know how or how to go about it."

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In high school, Alwyn dabbled in theater, and then studied drama in college. Afterwards, he went to the Royal Central School of Speech & Drama for three years to study acting.

4. Swift might be writing songs about him in her new album.

As long as Taylor Swift has been writing love songs, her fans have scrutinized them to figure out which real-life men they might be about.

Because Swift is dating Alwyn right now, her fans have peered into the lyrics of her songs from her upcoming album "Reputation" to figure out whether they're about him.

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For "Gorgeous," there are some clues that the song may be about her love for his looks, but the details don't totally line up with reality.

And for "Call It What You Want," it's also possible that the song is about their relationship, but the precise meanings are still obscure.

5. Prada made him the face of its spring and summer 2018 menswear collection.

The actor is modeling for the fashion brand's clothing line, as some Taylor Swift fans have learned.

6. He did a modeling photoshoot with Gigi Hadid.

Alwyn's Prada campaign isn't his first modeling gig. For the September 2016 issue of Vogue, Alwyn modeled with Swift's friend Gigi Hadid. Some Swift fans theorize that the couple met through the Hadid connection.

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Critics groups are banning Disney films from awards over the studio's blackout of the L.A. Times


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  • Four film critic groups have denounced Walt Disney Studios and banned the studio from awards consideration following its media blackout on the Los Angeles Times.
  • Disney prevented the Times staff from attending screenings of Disney films after the paper wrote critical coverage of Disney's business dealings in Anaheim, California.
  • A number of news outlets, and director Ava DuVernay, have announced that they will boycott Disney screenings until the Times ban is lifted.


Four of the most prominent film critic groups in the country have jointly denounced Walt Disney Studios and banned the studio from year-end awards consideration until it "publicly rescinds" a media blackout on the Los Angeles Times.

On November 3, the L.A. Times announced that its staff had been barred from attending advance screenings of Disney films in response to the paper's critical news coverage of Disney's business dealings in the city of Anaheim.

In response, the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, the New York Film Critics Circle, the Boston Society of Film Critics, and the National Society of Film Critics on Tuesday issued the following joint statement regarding Disney's ban on the Times:

"It is admittedly extraordinary for a critics' group, let alone four critics' groups, to take any action that might penalize film artists for decisions beyond their control. But Disney brought forth this action when it chose to punish The Times' journalists rather than express its disagreement with a business story via ongoing public discussion. Disney’s response should gravely concern all who believe in the importance of a free press, artists included."

A number of entertainment news outlets, including The A.V. Club and Flavorwire, and The Washington Post's film critic-at-large have also announced that they will not attend Disney screenings until the Times ban is lifted. 

On Monday, Ava DuVernay, the director of Disney's upcoming film adaptation of "A Wrinkle In Time," took to Twitter to say that she would stand in solidarity with the Post's film critic, Alyssa Rosenberg, and all journalists who are boycotting Disney screenings. 

With the exception of the its upcoming animated film, "Coco," Disney is not expected to make a significant awards season push. The studio is set to release its latest blockbuster, "Star Wars: The Last Jedi," on December 15.

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Ben Affleck says he will donate future profits from Weinstein films to abuse victims charity


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  • Ben Affleck said he will donate all future residuals from his Weinstein-funded movies to RAINN, an abuse victims charity, or Film Independent, a non-profit arts organization.
  • Affleck said he was inspired by a similar vow made by director Kevin Smith when the Weinstein allegations hit last month. 
  • Affleck has himself been accused of sexual harassment by actress Hilarie Burton. 


Ben Affleck told The Associated Press that he is “looking at [his] own behavior” in the wake of numerous sexual harassment scandals in Hollywood and is vowing to be “part of the solution.”

One way the actor is planning to do so is by refusing to make any more money off the films he made with Harvey Weinstein.

The former head of The Weinstein Company has been accused of sexual harassment and/or abuse by over 60 women. The disgraced studio head gave Affleck his early breakthrough after acquiring and releasing “Good Will Hunting,” which earned Affleck an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay.

Affleck said in an interview with Fox 5 DC that he will donate all future residuals from his Weinstein-funded movies to anti-sexual assault organization RAINN and Film Independent. RAINN runs the National Sexual Assault hotline.

The actor said his decision was inspired by Kevin Smith, who made a similar vow last month following the Weinstein allegations. Smith is donating his Weinstein-backed residuals to the non-profit organization Women in Film, which advocates for gender parity in the industry.

“Once Kevin suggested that, I decided to do the same thing, so any further residuals that I get from a Miramax or a Weinstein movie will go either to FI or to RAINN,” Affleck said. “I just didn’t want to cash any more checks from the guy, you know? Some people probably couldn’t afford to give all their residuals away, but even if you do 10%, that’s something.”

Affleck was accused of sexual harassment himself last month by former “Total Request Live” host and actress Hilarie Burton. She says Affleck groped her during a televised interview for the MTV series. Burton tweeted a video of the cold open for “MTV TRL Uncensored” in which she is heard saying, “[Affleck] comes over and tweaks my left boob.” Her caption for the video read: “Girls. I’m so impressed with you brave ones. I had to laugh back then so I wouldn’t cry. Sending love.”

Affleck can next be seen on the big screen reprising his role as Bruce Wayne/Batman in “Justice League.” Warner Brothers releases the tentpole nationwide on November 17.

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Charlie Sheen denies the allegations that he sexually assaulted Corey Haim


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  • The National Enquirer published a story alleging that Charlie Sheen sexually assaulted Corey Haim on the set of "Lucas."
  • A similar allegation was recounted in Corey Haim's memoir, though Sheen wasn't named.
  • Sheen "categorically denies these allegations."


A representative for Charlie Sheen has released a statement denying that the actor sexually assaulted Corey Haim when he was 13-years old on the set of "Lucas." The statement comes after the National Enquirer broke a story with over a dozen sources that claim Sheen raped Haim and then had a sexual relationship with the young actor afterwards. Though Sheen's name has never been released publicly, many Hollywood insiders have been privy to the knowledge for decades.

The former Two and Half Men star worked with Corey Haim on the 1986 movie "Lucas" and Dominick Brascia, a friend of Haim's, told the National Enquirer that Haim confided in him before he died, saying that Charlie Sheen raped Corey Haim. An anonymous source claiming to be close friends with Sheen, stated that the two actors had a consensual sexual relationship and that no sexual assault took place. However, in Corey Feldman's memoir, he recounts a similar story, careful not to use Sheen's name. He states that a man working on the film forced himself on the Haim, and claimed that it was "perfectly normal" for older men to have sexual relations with a young boy.

A representative for Charlie Sheen spoke out after more news outlets began to pick up the story. Although the National Enquirer isn't the most reputable publication on the planet, a statement was still made nevertheless. The short statement was released to The Hollywood Reporter.

"Charlie Sheen categorically denies these allegations."

While Charlie Sheen is denying the allegations of rape and homosexuality, court papers during his messy divorce from Denise Richards hinted at the star's appetite for different types of pornography. Sheen reportedly called Richards a "prude" and told her to turn her head while he watched things that offended her.

Out of those images that offended Denise Richards were pictures of girls that posed with braces and pigtails, looking much younger than they were. Charlie Sheen was also accused of hitting on and having sexual relations with underage girls during the filming of "Lucas." Richards also noted that Sheen watched gay pornography with "very young men" and threatened to cut off her head if she ever told anybody about his private habits. The divorce papers, which are public record, certainly do not help Sheen's case.

Charlie Sheen is usually pretty vocal on matters that affect him, so it's kind of out of character that he has not taken to Twitter or calling in to a TV show to blast these current allegations towards him. Corey Feldman released a lengthy statement this afternoon that did not mention Charlie Sheen by name, but implied that whomever the A-list celebrity is might try and have him killed since there are plenty of instances regarding death threats connected to the former the star. You can read more about Charlie Sheen's short statement via The Hollywood Reporter.

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People were lambasting Louis C.K.'s new movie for its creepy plot months before new sexual misconduct accusations


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  • Louis C.K. allegedly engaged in sexual misconduct with at least five women, according to the New York Times.
  • His new movie, "I Love You, Daddy" has strange allusions to the allegations against him.
  • The movie's New York premiere has been canceled.


The New York premiere of Louis C.K.'s new movie, "I Love You, Daddy," has been canceled. So is his appearance on the "Late Show With Stephen Colbert" Thursday night.

The news comes along with a New York Times story citing five different women who allege that C.K. engaged in various levels of sexual misconduct, including masturbating and ejaculating on his stomach.

The premiere of "I Love You, Daddy"— which C.K. directed, starred in, produced, wrote, and edited — was canceled prior to the article's release "in case it is damaging."

"In light of the allegations concerning Louis C.K. referenced in today's New York Times, we are canceling tonight's premiere of 'I Love You, Daddy,'" the Orchard, which is distributing the movie, said in a statement.

The movie's theatrical release is still set for its November 17 release date, as of now.

All of this comes amid accusations that have dogged the "Louie" star for years, as well as a strange narrative surrounding the movie itself. Here's a breakdown.

Accusations that Louis C.K. sexually harassed women have been around for years.

While the New York Times published five women on the record about their accusations, there have been other reports alleging sexual misconduct.

In 2012 and 2015, the now-defunct Gawker media website, Defamer, cited stories where C.K. allegedly took out his penis and masturbated in front of other women. In another incident, according to an anecdote cited in Defamer, C.K. grabbed a woman by the neck, leaned into her ear, and said, "I'm going to f--- you."

C.K. had long denied the rumors and refused to comment on them further.

Until the Times report, none of these events had been relayed in public firsthand.

But still, given C.K.'s reputation, it was surprising that the first movie he directed in 16 years would focus so much on sexual impropriety.

The movie plays homage to Woody Allen and parallels the sexual abuse allegations against him.

The movie, which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in September, is about a TV writer (played by C.K.) whose 17-year-old daughter forms a relationship with a 68-year-old filmmaker.

"I mean, everybody's a pervert. I'm a pervert. We're all perverts. Who cares?"one character says in the trailer.

The movie drew comparisons to "Manhattan," directed by Woody Allen. Mariel Hemingway, who was 16 years old when she acted in "Manhattan,"had accused Allen of trying to seduce her after she worked on the movie. Allen has also been the subject of other claims of sexual abuse.

C.K. also worked with Allen on his movie "Blue Jasmine."

"I Love You, Daddy" features a character who pretends to masturbate in front of women. 

C.K. denied that the masturbation scenes alluded to real life.

"It's funny, I didn't think of that," he told the Times in an interview at the Toronto Film Festival.

The film also features characters who are quick to dismiss rumors that someone is a sexual predator. 

"I Love You, Daddy" includes controversial dialogue, including the use of racist slurs from C.K.'s character, according to people who have seen it. There are also jokes about child rape.

"Folks say s--- to each other,"C.K. told The Hollywood Reporter. "You can't think about the audience when you're making the thing. If you do, you're not giving them something that came out of your gut.

Representatives for Louis C.K. did not respond to INSIDER's request for comment.

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The director of 'The Last Jedi' is making an all-new 'Star Wars' film trilogy


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  • Rian Johnson, the director of the upcoming film "Star Wars: The Last Jedi," will be creating a new "Star Wars" film trilogy, Disney CEO Bob Iger announced Thursday.
  • Johnson will write and direct the new trilogy, which does not yet have a time of estimated release. 
  • Iger also announced that a new "Star Wars" TV series set for 2019 will appear on Disney's forthcoming streaming service.


Rian Johnson, the writer and director of the upcoming film "Star Wars: The Last Jedi," will be creating an entirely new "Star Wars" film trilogy, Disney CEO Bob Iger announced in an earnings call on Thursday, according to Variety.

Johnson will write and direct the new trilogy, while his longtime collaborator Ram Bergman will produce the films.

Iger also announced that Disney will launch a live-action "Star Wars" TV series on its streaming service, which is expected to debut in 2019.

In stark contrast to Lucasfilms president Kathleen Kennedy's decision to fire directors Chris Miller and Phil Lord from an upcoming Han Solo film (now titled "Solo: A Star Wars Story"), and replace them with Ron Howard in June, Kennedy called Johnson a "creative force" in a statement on Thursday.

the last jedi lucasfilm"We all loved working with Rian on 'The Last Jedi,'" Kennedy said. "He's a creative force, and watching him craft 'The Last Jedi' from start to finish was one of the great joys of my career. Rian will do amazing things with the blank canvas of this new trilogy."

Johnson and Bergman have issued the following joint statement on the news:

"We had the time of our lives collaborating with Lucasfilm and Disney on 'The Last Jedi.' 'Star Wars' is the greatest modern mythology and we feel very lucky to have contributed to it. We can't wait to continue with this new series of films."

"Star Wars: The Last Jedi" opens in theaters on December 15.

No release or production date has been set yet for Johnson's new "Star Wars" trilogy.

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The 13 most famous brother and sister duos in Hollywood


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The famous brother and sister duos of Hollywood prove that, in some cases, talent does run in the family. Many of these celebrity siblings have starred alongside each other in movies and TV shows, but whether on or off the screen, these famous pairs will always have a place in our hearts.

Keep reading for a look at 13 sibling pairs who are each a star in their own right.

Danielle Jackson contributed to a previous version of this article.

Julianne and Derek Hough

This dancing duo is best known for their time spent on ABC's "Dancing With the Stars," though they've both appeared in other notable projects. Julianne Hough starred in the 2011 remake of "Footloose," while Derek has appeared on multiple episodes of ABC's "Nashville," and has guest-starred on "Jane the Virgin."

Jussie and Jurnee Smollett

Both of these siblings' acting careers go way back, but you most likely recognize Jussie Smollett from his role as Jamal Lyon on Fox's hit series "Empire," and Jurnee Smollett from "Friday Night Lights." She's also known for sitcoms like "Full House" and "Hangin' With Mr. Cooper." Jussie and Jurnee appeared on the WGN's "Underground" together last year.

Shirley Maclaine and Warren Beatty

Shirley Maclaine is a six-time Academy Award nominee who won best actress for 1984's "Terms of Endearment." Once she got into acting her younger brother, Warren Beatty, quickly followed in her footsteps.

Beatty has been nominated for 14 Academy Awards — four for best actor, four for best picture, two for best director, three for original screenplay, and one for adapted screenplay — winning best director for "Reds" in 1981. He's also been nominated for 18 Golden Globe Awards, of which he won six.

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5 reasons why it's the perfect time to buy a 4K TV


The time is finally right to buy a 4K/HDR television — the next step up after HD.

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I just bought one, which is saying something — I despise buying electronics, and that goes doubly so for TVs.

I'm not a videophile, and I don't buy bleeding-edge tech. I only considered the concept of buying a 4K/HDR TV because I had to review the newest Xbox One, which exists solely to provide 4K/HDR visuals.

After spending an inordinate amount of time digging in, I was convinced: It finally makes sense for the average person to consider buying a 4K/HDR TV. Here's why!

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1. The prices are finally reasonable.

I started looking for a new TV with a price in mind: I wouldn't spend over $1,000. If I couldn't buy a good 4K/HDR TV for $1,000 or under, then I would wait another year.

Turns out that was no problem whatsoever — I actually ended up spending well below $1,000.

I started by reading up on TVs at my favorite review-focused publications: CNET and The Wirecutter. I spoke with colleagues who know more about displays than I do. (Thanks, Tony and Jeff!) I went back and forth over whether to wait for OLED TV prices to come down. I watched a bunch of videos on YouTube.

In the end, I went with the TCL P-series you see above. It's Wirecutter's highest-rated TV, period.

"It's the best value we have ever seen in a TV," Wirecutter's Chris Heinonen said. "It produces images with more detail, brightness, and color than most TVs that cost hundreds more. Even when viewed side-by-side with TVs that cost 250 percent more, our viewing panel picked the TCL."

I've had the TCL set for nearly a month, and I love it so far. It cost $599.99 plus tax — significantly under the budget I set for a TV that's received universal praise from critics and buyers alike.


2. From Apple TV to Roku to Fire TV, the newest version of every set-top box comes with support for 4K and/or HDR.

If you're buying one of the newest set-top boxes, like the Apple TV, you've already got a device that's capable of powering a 4K/HDR television. You can download films and TV, and then watch them in 4K/HDR on your new TV. 

Perhaps you prefer Amazon's Fire TV stick, or Roku's various devices? There are 4K/HDR options from every set-top box maker at this point, and plenty of content to boot.

3. Streaming services are all there already.

Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime Video all offer streaming video in 4K, with HDR support, right now. Netflix charges a bit more for the ability to watch the higher quality stream, which is unfortunate, but it offers a ton of content for streaming in 4K/HDR. Even YouTube has 4K content.

HBO Now/Go, unfortunately, does not — it's one of the few big streaming video services that still lacks support.

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Replacing Kevin Spacey in Ridley Scott’s new movie will cost millions


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  • Kevin Spacey will be replaced by Christopher Plummer in the movie "All the Money in the World."
  • It will cost an added $10 million-plus to cut Spacey from the movie.
  • Director Ridley Scott doesn't plan to use any visual effects to replace Spacey.


It’s hard to ignore the title of the movie Kevin Spacey will be cut from: “All the Money in the World” — because it’s going to take a lot to delete the embattled actor from it.

Ridley Scott’s crime drama about the 1973 kidnapping of then 16-year-old John Paul Getty III and the desperate attempt by his mother (played by Michelle Williams) to convince her son’s billionaire grandfather J. Paul Getty to pay the ransom to get him back will keep its December 22 release date despite the sexual assault and harassment allegations surrounding Spacey, who plays J. Paul Getty in the movie.

Or did.

It was announced on Thursday that Spacey would be replaced by Oscar-winning actor Christopher Plummer, even though the movie is already wrapped.

It’s a move that is unprecedented in Hollywood, and could cost over $10 million to pull off, according to Variety.

Christopher-PlummerThe trade asked around and that’s the expected price tag following the expected eight to ten shooting days with Plummer (who will cost between $250,000 to $400,000 to take over the role), which will include Williams and costar Mark Wahlberg to return. Their involvement will cost more if they had already done the two weeks of scheduled reshoots that were put into their contracts. Then there’s also the added cost for post production and new marketing material.

Scott, and the movie’s financiers Imperative Entertainment, feel it’s a gamble worth taking, according to the trade, as they want to get the movie out before the FX series “Trust” airs in January, which also looks at the Getty kidnapping.

Surprisingly, Scott will not be doing the Plummer reshoots with digital effects, according to Variety.

When the news broke of Spacey being replaced most believed Plummer would be thrown in front of a green screen and pasted into Spacey’s scenes. However, Scott and the movie's producers believe it will be more economical to reshoot the scenes, which are mostly either of shots of the character by himself or with only a few other actors.

Shooting will be done in the next two weeks, according to Variety.

Though there are numerous movies in the past that suddenly had to bring in a new actors in the middle of production for various reasons — Martin Sheen replaced Harvey Keitel in “Apocalypse Now,” Michael J. Fox replaced Eric Stoltz in “Back to the Future” — this is the first time an actor has been replaced due to an off-screen scandal.

Spacey was fired from his hit Netflix show, “House of Cards,” earlier this month after several men accused the Oscar-winning actor of sexual harassment or assault. The show’s sixth and final season has since halted production.

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A lot of problematic behaviour from male characters in films is supposed to be romantic — here's why it isn't


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  • Some of the ways male characters behave in romantic films is worrisome.
  • It normalises things that should be cause for alarm if they happened in real life.

Films are unrealistic for plenty of reasons. But one that stands out is the way things like relationships and sex are idealised on the silver screen.

The normal rules of life don't seem to apply to the above averagely good-looking characters. More worryingly, there is a habit in society to grow up thinking that there is something attractive about a dark, tortured soul, according to psychotherapist Perpetua Neo.

"In movies where the behaviours of male protagonist are not cool, we think it's okay because it's so sweet, it's love," she told Business Insider. "Because its wrapped up in a cute ball of fuzz or a hot man — we think it's acceptable."

An article on Bustle highlighted 17 characters in films who are lusted after. In each, the male protagonist is seen as something everyone should aspire to want — or be — but in reality their behaviours range from creepy to downright dangerous.

Those who watch these films are often young and impressionable, and so they may grow up thinking that things like waking up to a pale, brooding man in their room is not cause for alarm, but for wedding bells.

These are some of the examples the article gave:

  • Noah in "The Notebook," who dangles in front of Allie on a ferris wheel and threatens to kill himself if she doesn't go on a date with him.
  • Edward in "Twilight," hundreds of years old, who sneaks into a teenage girl's bedroom to watch her sleep.
  • Tristan in "Stardust," who kidnaps a woman, only to later fall in love with her.
  • Joe Fox in "You've Got Mail," who hides his identity from his crush, basically catfishing her into thinking he isn't her worst enemy (he is.)
  • Westley in "The Princess Bride," who lies about his identity, and even physically abuses the woman he's supposed to love.
  • Jim Preston in "Passengers," who wakes up a woman, and sentences her to death, just because he fancies her.

According to Neo, these idealisations of weird behaviour are setting up young people to accept it as normal.

"Then, when it happens in real life, people find it romantic too," Neo said. "They think this is what a man in love looks like."

Normalising strange behaviour is dangerous

Any of the behavious listed above could be major red flags for entering a relationship with someone manipulative, abusive, or even psychopathic.

Abusers often go for highly empathetic people, because they know they will get the most out of them before they eventually discard them. Once they've drained their supply, they leave their victim without energy, self-esteem, and sometimes even finances.

Through something called coercive control, they make their victims feel sorry for them, and insidiously condition them over time to act in a certain way.

"Coercive control is something that describes emotionally abusive behaviour," Neo told Business Insider. "As women, we explain away everything. We say he's got a reason why he does things, for instance his ex girlfriends before me, they cheated on him. Or his father abandoned him."

She says victims of coercive control say to themselves: "Because I know all their stories, I feel really sad for them. What can I do to minimise their pain?

Instead, Neo says, you shouldn't make excuses for behaviour that makes you uncomfortable, scared, or isolated. You shouldn't live that way, she says, and instead find someone who isn't going to be jealous, a stalker, or abusive towards you.

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'Thor: Ragnarok' cruises to another box office win while 'Orient Express' and 'Daddy's Home 2' have a 2nd place photo finish


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  • "Thor: Ragnarok" easily wins the box office for a second-straight week with $57 million.
  • The Disney/Marvel movie now has a global gross of over $600 million.
  • "Daddy's Home 2" edges out "Murder on the Orient Express" to take second place.
  • "Bad Moms Christmas" has the strongest second weekend hold of any comedy this year with only a 31% drop from its opening weekend.

Disney/Marvel's latest hit "Thor: Ragnarok" had no trouble winning the domestic box office for a second-straight weekend as it took in an estimated $57 million, according to The Hollywood Reporter, to bring its North American total to $209 million and over $600 million globally.

But it was the title that took second place that was interesting to watch over the weekend.

It came down to two titles that overachieved: 20th Century Fox's "Murder on the Orient Express" and Paramount Picture's "Daddy's Home 2."

Both came in with low scores on Rotten Tomatoes (58% for "Orient Express" and 16% for "Daddy's Home 2") but that didn't seem to matter as the movies, both playing on over 3,000 screens, have had almost identical figures going into Sunday.

"Orient Express," the latest movie version of the Agatha Christie murder mystery novel that includes an all-star cast (Johnny Depp, Penélope Cruz, Judi Dench, Daisy Ridley, Josh Gad, Willem Dafoe, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Kenneth Branagh, who also directed the movie) took in $10.7 million on Friday (including $1.6 million in Thursday previews).

daddy's home 2While "Daddy's Home 2," the Will Ferrell/Mark Wahlberg comedy that brought on John Lithgow and Mel Gibson for the sequel, earned $10.9 million ($1.5 million in previews).

"Daddy's Home" edged out "Orient Express" to take second place this weekend with a $30 million total versus $28.2 million, respectably.

However, both exceeded industry projections, which is puzzling seeing "Orient Express" catered to the 30+ crowd and "Daddy's Home 2" is a sequel to a somewhat forgettable original. But it looks like the star power in both titles helped get people to the theater.

Both titles should find more coin as they head into the Thanksgiving holiday.

Around the top 10 this weekend, STX Films' "Bad Moms Christmas" had a very strong second weekend, only dropping 31% (strongest second weekend hold of any comedy this year) with a $11.5 million take. And A24's "Lady Bird" looks to have the potential of being a big earner. Expanding to 37 screens this weekend, it had a $33,000 per-screen average taking in $1.2 million.

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13 famous father and son duos who have been in movies together


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Father and son bonding comes in many forms. Maybe it's a fishing trip, or playing catch, but for actors with equally famous sons it can also mean starring in the same movie.

Some have waited years to find the right film to do together like Kirk and Michael Douglas. Then there's Ben and Jerry Stiller who have been on screen together four times. 

Keep reading to see the famous fathers and sons who have been on screen together.

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Will Smith and his son Jaden both appeared in 2013's "After Earth."

It wasn't the duo's first film together. Jaden Smith starred alongside his famous dad in 2006's "The Pursuit of Happyness," too. 

In an interview from 2013 with Movies Ireland, Will Smith said after seeing Jaden have fun on set of "Karate Kid" with Jackie Chan he wanted to do another movie with his son.

"I started talking about some ideas and 'After Earth' was the first thing that Jaden really vibed [with] the ideas," said Smith.

The two appear to have a carefree relationship, which you can see more of in a clip from an "After Earth" press conference.

Comedic father-and-son duo Ben and Jerry Stiller have appeared together in several movies.

Ben and Jerry Stiller have been in four movies together: "The Heartbreak Kid,""Zoolander,""Heavyweights," and "Hot Pursuit."

Jerry said his son would always invite him and his wife on set when he was working on a project. 

"We go, and it’s a wonderful moment for Anne and myself to watch Ben shooting a movie,"Stiller told the New York Post in 2012. "He’s really good at it. I don’t give him advice. I can’t say a word. He knows more about film than I could ever begin to think I knew. He never says, ‘Dad, what did you think of that?’ The only thing I’d ever take credit for is, when he was 10 years old, I gave him a Fuji Super 8 camera."

Stiller's wife Anne Meara died in May 2015.

Three generations of the Douglas clan — Kirk, Michael and Cameron — starred together in "It Runs in the Family."

Michael Douglas said his father never wanted him to go into acting. Kirk Douglas was quite critical after watching his son's first performance.

"I remember the first show I did, he came back and he said, ‘Michael you were absolutely terrible,’" Michael Douglas told ITV Lorraine’s Ross King in 2016, according to People. "And he was so relieved because he thought, ‘I don’t have to worry about my son becoming an actor, he was so bad.'"

This past February, after turning 100, Kirk Douglas told The Guardian he's proud of his son for not following his advice.

"I wanted him to be a doctor or lawyer, and the first time I saw him in a play I told him he was terrible,” Kirk Douglas said. "But then I saw him a second time and I said: ‘You were wonderful!’ And I think he is very good in everything he’s done.”


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