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17 celebrity siblings who stayed out of the spotlight

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Whether it's falling in love on set or being friends with only other celebrities, celebrities tend to stick together. And no one's closer than family, so it's not too surprising when you find celebrities who follow their parents' or siblings' footsteps into stardom.

But there are also other siblings who, for whatever reason, fly under the radar. Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen have a sister named Elizabeth, and Chris and Liam Hemsworth are brothers. But did you realize there was yet another Olsen? She once told INSIDER that it was "really strange" that anyone would want to be famous.

These are the 17 siblings who aren't as famous as their famous brothers and sisters. Chances are, unlike their celeb relatives, you wouldn't recognize them if you passed them on the street.

SEE ALSO: 18 movie and TV co-stars who didn't get along

Penélope Cruz's younger sister is an accomplished dancer and occasional actor.

Mónica Cruz Sánchez followed her older sister's lead into acting, at one point standing in for her in "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" to hide Penélope's pregnancy.

She also has a successful career in Spanish-language television and movies, and attended the Royal Academy of Dance before working at Joaquín Cortés's flamenco dance company.

The two also have a brother, Eduard, who's dated actress Eva Longoria in the past, and is a singer and composer. Some of his songs have appeared in movies and commercials.



Chris and Liam get a lot of attention, but they have an older brother named Luke Hemsworth.

The 36-year-old actor is a little shorter than his brothers — Luke is 5'11'' while Liam and Chris are both 6'3''. While he may not be as famous yet, Luke is on his way — he stars on HBO's "Westworld" as head of security, Ashley Stubbs. He also recently had a cameo in his eldest brother's new movie, "Thor: Ragnarok."



In addition to Elizabeth, Mary-Kate, and Ashley Olsen, did you know the three have an older brother named Trent Olsen?

Trent is 32-years-old and lives in LA. He’s an actor and a co-writer for the comic "Asylum." You can follow him on Instagram here.



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An entire movie theater went bonkers seeing Pikachu speak English for the first time

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  • Pikachu speaks English in "Pokémon the Movie: I Choose You!" 
  • This is the first time audiences have heard Pikachu say actual words, and they were shocked.
  • Watch the audience reaction in the clip below. Pikachu starts speaking English about 18 seconds in.

SEE ALSO: These 11 original 'Pokémon' episodes help explain why 'Pokémon GO' is such a phenomenon

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17 famous mother and daughter duos who have been in movies together

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Kids sometimes follow in their parents' footsteps. For these mother and daughter duos, that means stepping in front of the camera. 

Some roles consist of these moms and daughters playing relatives on-screen, like Demi Moore playing Rumer Willis' mom in "Striptease." But others have no relation at all, like Angelina Jolie and daughter Vivienne Jolie-Pitt in "Maleficent." 

Acting for these duos just runs in the family. 

Here are 17 mothers and daughters who have been on-screen together. 

SEE ALSO: 17 celebrity siblings who stayed out of the spotlight

Leslie Mann and her two daughters, Maude and Iris Apatow, first appeared in husband/dad Judd Apatow's "Knocked Up."

Mann and her two daughters returned for "This Is 40," playing the same characters from "Knocked Up," and were also in "Funny People." 

Mann told the Hollywood Reporter that she feels"lucky" to work with her daughters, even if she has more to pay attention to.

"With Maude and Iris, I just feel lucky that I get to be with them all day, but it's also hard, because I'm mom and I'm also working," she said. "So if they're having problems or they hurt themselves or they're fighting with each other, I have to deal with that and put out that fire and I have to work, so it's like double the amount of work."



Meryl Streep and her eldest daughter Mamie Gummer portrayed mother and daughter in "Ricki and the Flash."

During "Ricki's" premiere, Gummer admitted to People that she was nervous during certain scenes because she didn't want to hurt her mom's feelings.

"There's this one scene where I really was quite eviscerating and I was worried about if my words actually wounded her, but after the first take, I looked over and she just had this big grin on her face, so that was a pleasant surprise," she said. 

Gummer made her onscreen debut as a toddler alongside her mother in "Heartburn," but she was credited as Natalie Stern to avoid the publicity.

Gummer played a younger version of her mother in the drama "Evening."



Vanessa Redgrave and daughter Natasha Richardson played mother and daughter in "Evening."

The two reunited onstage for a concert production of "A Little Night Music" shortly before Richardson's untimely death. They had been preparing to costar in a Broadway revival of the show.



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'Justice League' is agonizing to watch — and Zack Snyder is to blame

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  • The director Zack Snyder once again gets too dark and won't give the audience a good ol' superhero popcorn movie.
  • A lot of Wonder Woman's plot feels forced in.
  • Ben Affleck looks to be over playing Batman. He gives a flat performance.


Warning: Minor spoilers ahead for "Justice League."

Before watching "Justice League" (in theaters Friday), I had the same desire I have heading into every superhero movie: Just entertain me. But that never seems to be easy when it comes to the director Zack Snyder.

In a career that has showcased visually stunning works matched with loads of ambition ("300,""Watchmen"), Snyder as the creative pillar of the DC Comics movies for Warner Bros. has achieved impressive box-office results but viewing experiences that leave critics and general audiences alike frustrated.

And "Justice League" is arguably Snyder's most infuriating work yet.

A movie that has been decades in the making, we finally have some of the most iconic comic book heroes from DC united in one blockbuster: Superman (Henry Cavill), Batman (Ben Affleck), Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), Aquaman (Jason Momoa), The Flash (Ezra Miller), and Cyborg (Ray Fisher). I'm no superfan, but I would expect us to witness these titans coming together to kick major butt. Well, we really only get about 20 to 25 minutes of that. Tops.

Justice League 2 Warner BrosMost of the movie has all of them brooding about lost loves (Wonder Woman), brooding about trying to understand their superpowers (Cyborg), and brooding about getting old (Batman). Yeah, there's a lot of brooding — not to mention uncomfortably shoehorning as much Wonder Woman in as possible. Honestly, at times this movie feels like a bad sequel to this summer's hit "Wonder Woman."

The movie picks up with the aftermath of Superman's death (remember, he "died" at the end of "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice"). Crime is rampant in Metropolis, and Parademons have suddenly shown up in the city, feeding on everyone's fear.

Batman can sense a lot of evil is about to be unleashed, so he embarks — in his most brooding swagger — to track down others to help. He reconnects with Wonder Woman, has some fun banter with Aquaman, and has an even more entertaining encounter with The Flash (sadly, you saw most of it in the trailer). Wonder Woman, for her part, tries to enlist Cyborg.

Meanwhile, the movie's villain, Steppenwolf (Ciarán Hinds), is searching for the three boxes that when combined will destroy the world.

OK, so the team is starting to come together, and we know what the villain is after — so now we get to the good stuff, right?

Not really. After a brief battle with Steppenwolf, Batman convinces the gang that they have to dig up Clark Kent and use one of the boxes Steppenwolf is after to bring Superman back to life. Basically, the box can also be used as a defibrillator for superheroes?

This leads to more Batman speeches (while brooding) and more time wasted waiting for these guys to DO SOME ACTION!

Justice League 3 Warner BrosFinally, the Justice League is formed and ready to battle Steppenwolf, who now has all three boxes. It's the highlight of the movie. Aquaman uses a Parademon as a board to air surf, The Flash helps civilians to safety, Batman broods all over the place, and Superman is basically the LeBron James of the group and dominates anything in his path.

Sadly, this action comes only after an hour and a half of mind-numbing exposition (and brooding).

The obvious addition of more Wonder Woman material is painful to sit through — from the mentions of Diana Prince's lost love from "Wonder Woman," Steve Trevor, to the battle on Amazonia. Look, I loved "Wonder Woman," but don't go using it as a crutch.

Another thing that was perfectly clear from the movie is Ben Affleck is trying whatever he can to get out of the Batman role. His performance is flat compared with his in "Batman v Superman," and the character really lays it on thick that he's old and can't cut the superhero gig anymore. At one point he even tries to go on a loner suicide mission.

Joss Whedon's contribution to the script — and later as director, after Snyder stepped away following the suicide of his daughter — is evident. There are definitely some Whedonesque scenes. But it is certainly a Snyder movie.

There are some glimmers of hope going forward.

Jason Momoa is fantastic as Aquaman, and it will be exciting to see him in a standalone movie. Ray Fisher looks to be a star in the making. And Ezra Miller is the standout in the movie. When things get their most unbearable, it's a funny line or look from Miller that keeps you powering through.

But as a whole the movie fails because of Snyder. I liked "Batman v Superman," but after watching "Justice League" I now really like that movie. At least that had some batsh-- moments, like Jimmy Olsen getting killed and Batman's Darkseid dream.

With most of Snyder's work, he likes to get dark and complicated with character development. Honestly, we are past that now with the DC franchise. Having a few scenes where some realness gets laid down is one thing, but for more than an hour?

It's time for Snyder to change up the playbook (and stop brooding).

SEE ALSO: Warner Bros. says the viral story of Gal Gadot refusing to be in "Wonder Woman 2" if Brett Ratner is involved is "false"

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Ben Affleck joked about sexual harassment in Hollywood during a 'Justice League' interview

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  • Ben Affleck joked about sexual harassment in Hollywood during a "Justice League" cast interview.
  • His "Justice League" costars had uncomfortable reactions to the jokes.
  • Affleck has been accused of sexual harassment. 

 

A video clip of Ben Affleck joking about sexual harassment in Hollywood during the “Justice League” press junket is going viral as the industry continues to expose sexual predators and grapple with numerous allegations against directors, actors, and more.

Affleck was being interviewed by MTV UK’s Sophie Boyden alongside his co-stars Gal Gadot, Henry Cavill, Ezra Miller, Ray Fisher, and Jason Momoa when the cast was asked which superheroes they would want to join the Justice League in a sequel.

Affleck said he’d love to bring Black Canary on board, citing the need to improve the amount of women in the group, but he also uncomfortably quipped, “The fishnets right?,” after Fisher picked the magician Zatanna.

The interview got awkward when Boyden asked the cast what they would do if a character like Supergirl joined the team, which would mean a new actress on set.

Affleck laughed and sarcastically responded, “Are you following the news at all?,” alluding to Hollywood’s harassment and abuse problem. The comment was followed by an uneasy silence.

Affleck, who has spoken out against Harvey Weinstein and has vowed to donate all of his Weinstein-related residuals to charity, was accused of sexual harassment himself by “TRL” host and “One Tree Hill” star Hilarie Burton.

The actress says Affleck groped her during a televised interview for the MTV series. You can watch the press junket interview in the video below.

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'Deadpool' delivered its most hilarious teaser yet for the sequel

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  • The latest teaser for the "Deadpool" sequel has the "Merc with a Mouth" doing a little painting — and throwing out drug references.
  • Get ready to laugh.


The sequel to "Deadpool" may not be coming out until the spring, but that isn't stopping Ryan Reynolds from throwing on the suit and giving us a new teaser.

And he really goes above and beyond this time.

Channeling the iconic painter Bob Ross— the "happy trees" guy — Deadpool hosts a painting show called "Gettin' Wet on Wet with Deadpool 2." (Yeah, the teaser is kinda NSFW.)

We then watch an afro'd Deadpool painting, admiring his work, and being high.

There are some brief shots from the sequel in there, but just sit back and enjoy the hilarity of Deadpool Ross.

The untitled "Deadpool" sequel opens in theaters June 1.

Watch the teaser below. (Did we mention it's NSFW?)

And here's the first teaser if you want to watch it again.

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The horror movie 'Get Out' will compete at the Golden Globes as a comedy — and people are furious

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  • "Get Out" will be competing as a comedy at the Golden Globes.
  • Some fans think that trivializes the movie's critique on racism.
  • Others — including director Jordan Peele — don't think there's anything wrong with comedies.
  • In any case, this is all probably part of a strategy that makes "Get Out" more likely to win awards.

 

"Get Out"— Jordan Peele's biting horror movie about race released earlier this year — will be competing in the Golden Globes as a comedy instead of a drama, according to Entertainment Weekly.

People aren't happy.

"If I can be honest this is weird to me. [There] is nothing funny about racism,"tweeted comedian Lil Rel Howery, an actor in the movie. "Was it that unrealistic?"

"'Get Out' is a documentary,"tweeted Peele, probably sarcastically in response to people's reactions.

Some fans think that categorizing the movie as a comedy as opposed to a drama demeans the movie. "Get Out" is a terrifying movie about racism, they argue, and considering it a comedy trivializes that terror.

But others are fine with the "comedy" label. Being funny is hardly a bad thing.

"People look at genre movies as joke and not real art," Jason Blum, the movie's producer, told Variety. "Some of our movies are better than others. But I’m very invested in everything I do. I don’t want to make something unless I’m in love with it."

Peele himself agreed with the sentiment in an interview with CBS News. He said weaving comedy into the movie was important.

"I'm putting my audience through a lot of tension," Peele said. "Lil Rey Howery, who plays Rod, he's kind of the release valve for the audience."

And Howery, later on, seemed fine with the categorization.

In any case, it's important to remember that Golden Globes categorization is little more than an awards season strategy. The Globes has two main categories for movies to compete in: comedy or musical, and drama. The drama category is generally more competitive, so a studio will submit movies that may be on the line between comedy and drama to increase the movie's chance of winning.

The same sort of controversy erupted in 2013, when "The Wolf of Wall Street" was categorized as a comedy. It paid off, with Leonardo DiCaprio winning the best actor award in his category.

Entertainment Weekly speculates that, as a comedy, "Get Out" will be competing against "The Greatest Showman,""The Disaster Artist,""The Big Sick,""I, Tonya,""Downsizing,""Battle of the Sexes," and "Lady Bird." It's tough competition, to be sure, but the drama category would include heavyweights like "Call Me By Your Name,""Darkest Hour,""Dunkirk,""The Post," and "The Shape of Water."

As a comedy, "Get Out" may have a better chance with awards season glory.

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'Wonder Woman' star Gal Gadot says people still mispronounce her name '60% of the time' — here's the correct way to say it

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  • In a new GQ profile, Gal Gadot says people still get her name wrong.
  • "Probably 60% of the time, [it's] still Gadoh," says Gadot.
  • The "Wonder Woman" star's name has a "T" sound at the end, like "Guh-dot."
  • But it's "a lighter T...a softer T," the actress explained.

"Wonder Woman" and "Justice League" star Gal Gadot has a last name that continues tripping up fans around the world. In a new GQ interview, Gal Gadot says people still get her name wrong "probably 60% of the time."

As Gadot already explained while doing press tours for "Wonder Woman" this past summer, her last name has a "T" sound at the end, like "Guh-dot."

But Gadot also told GQ's Caity Weaver that even that "T" is said too strongly by some people. 

"Her confusing advice is that the T is pronounced as 'a lighter T...a softer T,'"Weaver writes. "She appreciates that everyone is trying their best."

Still confused? Watch Gadot say her name during a Jimmy Kimmel interview below:

Gadot is far from the only celebrity to constantly deal with having her name mispronounced. Read our roundup of 18 other famous stars whose names you might be getting wrong to learn more.

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15 directors who hated their own movies

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The Snowman Universal PicturesWhat do Stanley Kubrick, David Lynch, Michael Bay, and Alfred Hitchcock have in common?

Not too much, admittedly, but they have all released at least one movie they aren’t too proud of.

The history of moviemaking is full of cases where directors would rather you forget about their own projects, from Kubrick in the 1950s to Tomas Alfredson in 2017.

Some directors have gone so far as to remove their names from their own films.

Here are 15 directors who have disowned their own movies:

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Tony Kaye — "American History X"

Tony Kaye was reportedly so difficult to work with on the set of “American History X” that New Line Cinema shut him out of the editing room. Kaye disliked the theatrical cut, saying it was “crammed with shots of everyone crying in each other’s arms.” The director ultimately blamed the producers and the poorly developed script.

Kaye also clashed with Edward Norton, who he didn’t even want to hire at first. Kaye desperately tried to find a replacement but was unable to and was forced to work with Norton. The director hated the film so much he tried to get his name removed from it by the DGA but was unsuccessful. He believes Norton gave himself too much screen time in the theatrical cut.



Denis Hopper — "Catchfire"

Hopper already had four features under his belt as a director by the time he signed on for “Catchfire,” in which he starred opposite Jodie Foster. The script was affected by the 1988 Writers Guild of America strike and Hopper was still issuing script rewrites during the actual production.

He battled the studio in the editing room as his original three-hour cut was edited down into a scant 98 minutes. Hopper eventually removed his name from the movie and it was released under the pseudonym Alan Smithee. The title was even changed to “Backtrack.”



Josh Trank — "Fantastic Four"

Facing dismal reviews from critics and rampant rumors about a highly troubled production, director Josh Trank notoriously tweeted the following a day before his “Fantastic Four” opened in theaters: “A year ago I had a fantastic version of this. And it would’ve received great reviews. You’ll probably never see it. That’s reality, though.”

Trank had described his vision for “Fantastic Four” as a superhero film meets a David Cronenberg body horror movie, but 20th Century Fox was not a fan of the original cut he turned in. The studio decided to make their own edits to the film without the director’s knowledge, leading to erratic behavior from Trank and forced re-shoots.



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In a first for Pixar, its new movie 'Coco' was created with the help of people outside the company

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  • "Coco" is the latest Pixar movie and is directed by Lee Unkrich ("Toy Story 3").
  • The movie focuses on the Mexican holiday, Dia de los Muertos ("Day of the Dead"), and marks the first time Pixar has told a story around a cultural celebration.
  • Unkrich brought on cultural consultants to make sure the story was representing Mexican culture correctly. This is the first time a Pixar movie has welcomed in outsiders to a project still in production.
  • This came after the Latino community protested Disney for attempting to patent the phrase "Dia del los Muertos" for the movie.


Director Lee Unkrich was hot off the box office success and Oscar win for 2010’s “Toy Story 3” when he delved into making a movie that focused on the Mexican holiday, Dia de los Muertos. Seven years later, the project now known as “Coco” is finally ready for release (in theaters November 22), but the experience of making it was unlike any other Pixar movie before. 

Under the watchful eye of Pixar/Walt Disney Animation head John Lasseter, Disney animation has been a powerhouse for over two decades. A big reason for that is the visionaries behind the scenes who are always looking for a challenge. For Unkrich, it was the Day of the Dead holiday that really fascinated him as an entry into telling a story. 

“It wasn't until I started to learn about the tradition, and what it was truly all about, and its history, that I started to really see the potential of telling a story that could be very adventurous and visually dazzling, full of music and color, but could also have a real emotional resonance,” Unkrich told Business Insider. “And that's what we're all really looking for ultimately in the stories that we tell. We don't want to just tell a story that's gimmicky and clever.”

It would be new terrain for Pixar: the first time it would tell a story around a cultural celebration. But Lasseter was game. He gave Unkrich the okay and the filmmaker got started in September of 2011.

The story follows a young boy named Miguel who secretly wants to be a famous musician, though his family has forbidden music after his great-great-grandfather left the family to seek out fame as a musician. While celebrating Day of the Dead, Miguel magically ends up in the Land of the Dead, and must go on a journey to find his way back to the living while also searching for his great-great-grandfather.

Coco 3 Disney Pixar“Many of us have lost loved ones and have spend time thinking about them and wanting to keep their memories alive, so we felt even though this was a culturally specific setting for our story that it was going to be full of ideas that people all over the world could relate to,” Unkrich said.

But finding the right tone for the culture it was spotlighting turned out to be the project’s biggest challenge. At first, to stay clear of stereotypes and making sure to be culturally respectful, Unkrich said he used many Pixar artists and employees who are Mexican or Mexican-American as a sounding board. However, a major roadblock hit the production in 2013 when Disney filed an application to patent Dia de los Muertos for the release of the movie. The Latino community went into an uproar on social media and a petition to stop Disney went up on Change.org and received over 21,000 signatures. The company quickly withdrew the application.

Unkrich admits making “Coco” has been a learning process from the start, but he said they really hit their stride when they put together a group of cultural consultants. Made up of people like Lalo Alcaraz — author of the nationally syndicated comic “La Cucaracha,” who was one of the most vocal opponents of the patent — and Latino playwright Octavio Solis, the group would meet with Unkrich, codirector Adrian Molina, and their team every few months and look at the development of the project. It was the first time on any Pixar movie that outsiders were allowed into the studio’s creative process. And getting the feedback of outsiders didn’t stop there.

“We ended up bringing in periodically big groups of all sorts of folks from the Latino community, from artists to writers to political figures to media executives, because we wanted to get a lot of different perspectives,” Unkrich said. “What we quickly learned is there is no one right way to tell a story set in the Latino community, there are a lot of different opinions. Part of our challenge was trying to navigate all those different opinions to figure out our path forward.”

These meetings with the consultants and Latino community didn’t lead to any major changes to the story, Unkrich said, however they were responsible for many small tweaks that increased the movie’s connection to Mexican culture.

One example is a change in how the character of Miguel’s grandmother, Abuelita, disciplines people.

Coco 2 Disney Pixar“In her earlier conception we gave her a wooden spoon that was tucked into her apron string and she would whip that out and kind of hit you to express displeasure,” Unkrich said. “It was at one of our earlier screenings that a couple of our cultural consultants said, ‘A spoon has nothing to do with Latino culture, she should really pull off her chancla, her slipper, and hit them with it.’ And that was the first time we learned about la chancla, and we embraced the idea fully. That one adjustment has proven to win us a lot of points in the Latino community because it's something a lot of people grew up fearing.”

Then there were the factors surrounding the movie that were beyond Unkrich and Pixar’s control, like how immigration suddenly became a hot-button topic after the election of Donald Trump as president. Unkrich said he and his crew were in Mexico on election night, recording music by local musicians for the movie. He said the news of the Trump win didn’t dampen anyone’s spirits, but he does recognize the current climate about immigration and race, and how it’s changed substantially since back when they began working on “Coco.”

“I feel like this has been a confusing time for many people, and there's lots of negativity in the air, and we just hope that with this film we are bringing some needed positivity,” he said.

Unkrich doesn’t know if “Coco” can be a unifier, but he does believe that telling stories like this is important.

“I think a lot of great change in history has come from stories and storytelling, there's a power to it,” he said. “The one thing that everyone knows for sure these days is that we're living in super unpredictable times. All I can really say is that I firmly believe that by bringing this movie out we're trying to be part of the solution rather than trying to be part of the problem.”

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It sounds like a new 'Super Mario' movie is on the way from the team behind 'Despicable Me'

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  • A new "Super Mario" movie is in the works, according to The Wall Street Journal.
  • The movie is said to be an animated collaboration between Nintendo and the Universal-owned Illumination Entertainment.
  • Nintendo and Universal haven't announced anything officially.


Nintendo's most important character, Mario, is reportedly headed back to the silver screen.

Mario is set to star in a new film created by the studio behind massive animated hits like "Despicable Me" and "Minions,"according to a report in The Wall Street Journal. The studio, Illumination Entertainment, is a subsidiary of Universal Pictures.

Nintendo isn't confirming or denying the report. A representative told Business Insider over email: "We have nothing to announce on this topic."

The film is described by The Journal as "an animated 'Super Mario Bros.' movie based on the 32-year-old video game series about a pair of sibling plumbers who fight evil turtles and mushrooms in a fantasy kingdom." That's right: It's not a live-action movie, as the 1993 adaption "Super Mario Bros." was.

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The project has reportedly been in discussion for the past year; Illumination's Paris-based Mac Guff studio is said to already be working on the film, which The Journal said was in "early stages of development."

Nintendo is notoriously protective of its franchises. Outside animated "Pokémon" movies, Nintendo has rarely put its characters in starring film roles, with guest spots for various Nintendo characters in movies like "Pixels" and "Wreck-it Ralph" in recent years.

A deal with Universal would make a lot of sense — Nintendo already has a deal with Universal to produce theme-park attractions at various Universal Studios theme parks.

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Jennifer Lawrence reveals she auditioned for Emma Stone's most iconic role

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  • Jennifer Lawrence revealed that she auditioned for Emma Stone's iconic role in "Easy A."
  • When it came to the role of Olive Penderghast, Lawrence said "I wanted it so bad."
  • Stone jokingly replied back, "You didn't get it because you suck!"
  • The public loves Lawrence, but it's hard to imagine anyone but Stone playing the role. 

Jennifer Lawrence and Emma Stone may be two of today's hottest (and highest paid) A-list stars, but that wasn't always the case. Back in the day, they were young actresses battling it out for the same roles. One of those roles was in the movie "Easy A," a part that ultimately went to Stone but that Lawrence auditioned for and desperately wanted.

Stone's portrayal of Olive Penderghast in the movie, a modern take on "The Scarlet Letter," earned her a lot of fans. And while it's difficult now to imagine anyone else as the teen who attempts use her high school's rumor-mill to her stealthy advantage, the casting process could have gone very differently.

The revelation came about when Stone and Lawrence sat down together for The Hollywood Reporters annual actress roundtable with Jessica Chastain, Saoirse Ronan, Mary J. Blige, and Allison Janney. As part of the conversation, the stars shared their favorite lines from their former characters, with Lawrence picking "You are not a stand-up guy" from "Silver Linings Playbook" and Stone opting for "Piss off, Quiznos" from "Easy A." Classic.

emma stone easy aThis prompted a confession from Lawrence, who admitted, "I auditioned for 'Easy A.' I wanted it so bad."

The "La La Land" actress could have offered a reassurance at that point, but instead replied with a laugh, joking, "Well, guess what? You didn't get it. You didn't get it because you suck!" Lawrence hit right back, jokingly challenging her friend to a fight, saying, "Outside."

This is pretty typical of the Oscar winners' playful relationship. They first connected thanks to Woody Harrelson, who costarred with Lawrence in "The Hunger Games" and with Stone in "Zombieland."The veteran actor thought the two would get along, so he gave Lawrence's number to Stone. "She texted me that she got my number from Woody," the "Mother!" star told Vanity Fair last year. "I replied, ‘F--- off!' And we've been really good friends ever since." Naturally.

However, that doesn't mean that competition has never cropped up between the ladies. In fact, Stone told Vanity Fair, "She may not even know this, but there was definitely a time early on where I was like, 'OH HEY MY EGO IS GOING NUTS SHE'S SO GREAT AND VIBRANT AND TALENTED I'M SCREWED I'LL NEVER WORK AGAIN GOODBYE YELLOW BRICK ROAD.' Then I chilled the f--- out — and remembered we're completely different and there is room for everyone, even if it's an industry that doesn't really seem to support that idea up front."

We're just glad that that turned out to be true and we get to see both ladies on screen.

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19 classic movies that inspired 'Stranger Things' that every superfan should watch

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Warning: Minor spoilers ahead for "Stranger Things."

Matt and Ross Duffer, known as The Duffer Brothers, co-created Netflix's hit series "Stranger Things" as "a love letter to the '80s classics that captivated a generation." We've already broken down all the specific references the second season made to older movies, but now we're here to give you the list of movies every "Stranger Things" superfan needs to watch (or re-watch).

Keep reading for a look at 19 essential films "Stranger Things" drew inspiration from.

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"The Exorcist" (1973)

"When a girl is possessed by a mysterious entity, her mother seeks the help of two priests to save her daughter."

Source: IMDB



"Jaws" (1975)

"A giant great white shark arrives on the shores of a New England beach resort and wreaks havoc with bloody attacks on swimmers, until a local sheriff teams up with a marine biologist and an old seafarer to hunt the monster down."

Source: IMDB

 

 



"Invasion of the Body Snatchers" (1978)

"In San Francisco, a group of people discover the human race is being replaced one by one, with clones devoid of emotion."

Source: IMDB



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'Mudbound' is the best movie Netflix has released so far — and you can watch it today

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  • Dee Rees' "Mudbound" is one of the best movies of the year.
  • It's also the best movie Netflix has released to date.
  • The ensemble cast is terrific, but Jason Mitchell proves he's one of the best up-and-coming actors working today.


Writer-director Dee Rees has been a shining star in the independent film world for years now, having given us movies like her striking debut feature “Pariah” in 2011, about a black Brooklyn teenager struggling with her gay identity, and the 2015 HBO biopic “Bessie,” about legendary blues artist Bessie Smith. But it’s her latest movie that will make her a known name in the mainstream. 

“Mudbound,” which received high acclaim at this year’s Sundance Film Festival before being snatched up by Netflix for $12.5 million (it will play in theaters and be available on the site Friday), is a gripping work that looks at life on a rural Mississippi farm in post-World War II America. But it also contains themes of race and class that are sadly still very relevant in today’s world.   

The movie is fueled by its perfect cast — which includes Carey Mulligan, Jason Mitchell, Jason Clarke, Garrett Hedlund, and Mary J. Blige — rich cinematography, and tender screenplay cowritten by Rees and Virgil Williams (adapted from the Hillary Jordan novel of the same name). It opens on a Mississippi farm with brothers Henry (Clarke) and Jamie (Hedlund) digging the grave for their recently departed father (Jonathan Banks) in the middle of a downpour. Jamie has cuts and bruises on his face, while Henry is conflicted about burying his father among the chains and bones of slaves they’ve uncovered while digging the deep grave.

We aren’t aware of the significance of any of these things, or why the black family in a carriage that Henry waves down to help with the burial looks so upset at him for asking. But in the next few hours it will all make sense.

“Mudbound” is a story about dreams that go unfulfilled, and how hatred that goes back generations can’t be mended by a single friendship. But mostly it’s about family: for one character it’s all he has, while for another it’s what he’s been trying to run from his whole life. 

The two families the movie centers on are the McAllans and Jacksons. Henry McAllan, his new wife Laura (Mulligan), and his father Pappy (Banks) have all packed up and moved from the city to Mississippi to become farmers. Just down the road, Hap Jackson (Rob Morgan), his wife Florence (Blige), and their kids try to build a life of their own with their cotton crop, working on land McAllan owns. 

Mudbound NetflixThis part of the movie is heightened by the work of character actor Rob Morgan, known best for his roles on Netflix shows “Luke Cage” and “Stranger Things." He plays Hap as a proud man struggling to make a better life for his family, though all he knows is back-breaking work on the farm. Preaching in a half-built church on Sundays, and then tending to his cotton the rest of the week, we feel his pain through his heartbreaking voiceovers. One touching voiceover on the worth of a deed — playing on the word's dual meaning as a "good deed" or a "deed" to land — is delivered in a way by Morgan that will leave you with goosebumps. 

The story then shifts abroad to the family's boys battling in World War II. Jamie McAllan (Hedlund) is a pilot and Ronsel Jackson (Jason Mitchell) is a tank commander. Both see a lot of awful things, and lose buddies, but Ronsel also realizes that on the field of battle, and to those he’s liberating, the color of his skin means nothing. 

Both come home to Mississippi and form an instant bond as they suffer from different forms of PTSD. But Ronsel also has to deal with racism as soon as he gets off the bus. Things get worse when Ronsel crosses paths with Pappy, leading to a riff between the families, and to Ronsel suddenly having a target on his back among the white supremacists in the area. 

However, Jamie and Ronsel’s bond grows even stronger. The two sneak away to have mid-day drinks and talk about the war. Ronsel even reveals to Jamie that he’s learned that he has a child back in Germany from the woman he fell for over there. 

But things turn bad when Pappy realizes Jamie and Ronsel have been hanging out, leading to the appearance of the Ku Klux Klan and some very tough scenes to watch. 

Rees captures this time in America with an unforgiving eye, which is essential to the story. 

And though the story is heavily an ensemble work, it’s Mitchell’s performance as Ronsel that shines through. He’s has already wowed us playing Easy-E in 2015’s “Straight Outta Compton,” but here Mitchell proves that he’s one of the best up-and-coming talents in Hollywood today. It honestly will be criminal if Mitchell doesn’t receive an Oscar nomination for his work in “Mudbound.”

Hopefully Netflix plays somewhat by the rules to give “Mudbound” a chance to be eligible for Oscar consideration because it is pound-for-pound the best movie Netflix has released so far in its existence.

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Quentin Tarantino's next film will be released by Sony following the Harvey Weinstein scandal

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  • Quentin Tarantino has decided to go with Sony for his next movie.
  • Previously he had only worked with Harvey Weinstein-owned companies Miramax and The Weinstein Company.
  • His ninth movie will be set in late 1960s Los Angeles.


After practically every movie studio in Hollywood tried to get his attention, Quentin Tarantino has decided where he will release his ninth feature.

Sony will be the home for the legendary writer-director's upcoming movie that's set in late 1960s Los Angeles.

Deadline reported the deal Friday, and Sony has confirmed the deal to Business Insider.

Though the director says it's not centered around Charles Manson, it seems it will touch on the Manson Family, and Tarantino is eyeing Margot Robbie to play starlet Sharon Tate, who was murdered by Manson's followers. 

Other actor names floating around for the project include Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt, and Leonardo DiCaprio. 

Outside of Disney, which reportedly wasn't interested, numerous studios and distributors tried to woo Tarantino, according to Deadline — from Fox, Universal, and Warner Bros. to Lionsgate and Annapurna. It seems Tarantino was impressed with Sony head Tom Rothman's film knowledge, according to Deadline. Tarantino is known for his encyclopedic knowledge of all things movies. 

Sony is only the second company Tarantino has ever worked with to release his films in his career.

Harvey Weinstein Quentin tarantinoBefore this Tarantino, worked exclusively with Harvey and Bob Weinstein at Miramax and then The Weinstein Company. Miramax found its footing in the business after releasing Tarantino's second feature, "Reservoir Dogs" (Tarantino's debut, "My Best Friend's Birthday," never got a theatrical release), and then his follow-up, the mega-hit "Pulp Fiction." From then on Miramax was known as The House Quentin Built. When the brothers left Miramax and started The Weinstein Company in 2005, Tarantino followed and made more critically acclaimed movies like "Kill Bill" and "The Hateful Eight." 

However, following the bombshell story of Harvey Weinstein's alleged sexual harassment and assault of women over decades, Harvey has fled the business and it's unknown if The Weinstein Company will survive. 

Tarantino hopes to begin production on his yet untitled movie in Los Angeles by mid-2018, for a 2019 release.

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The inside story of a bizarre Netflix documentary showing Jim Carrey in character as Andy Kaufman for 4 months, both on screen and off

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  • The Netflix documentary "Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond" is a behind-the-scenes look at Jim Carrey's journey to become Andy Kaufman in the movie "Man on the Moon."
  • Carrey was in character as Kaufman for the entire four-month shoot both on screen and off.
  • "Jim & Andy" director Chris Smith spent eight months editing the 100 hours of footage for the movie and two days interviewing Carrey about the experience.


It’s fitting that Spike Jonze would call documentary filmmaker Chris Smith to take on the task of sorting through 100 hours of footage of Jim Carrey, being in character as Andy Kaufman, throughout the filming of the 1999 movie “Man on the Moon.”

Smith has made a career looking at unique people and their passions. The movie that put him on the map was “American Movie,” which came out the same year as “Man on the Moon.” It gives an inside look at the often hilarious journey of an aspiring filmmaker named Mark Borchardt, as he tries to make a low budget horror movie. Then there’s the last movie Smith made, 2009’s “Collapse,” in which he profiles the controversial theories of police officer-turned-reporter Michael Ruppert

man on the moon universalAfter years of Jonze trying to convince his friend Carrey to show him some of the footage of him as Kaufman behind-the-scenes on “Man on the Moon,” he recently finally got a glimpse and was blown away.

That led to Jonze getting Vice, where he is the creative director, involved in producing it, and Smith to be the director in early 2016.

“Spike just called out of the blue and explained what the project was and I think to his credit it was really his enthusiasm that made it happen,” Smith told Business Insider over the phone this week. “I don’t know if I would have seen the potential the way that he did.”

Smith admitted he didn’t really know Jonze personally before the call, outside of running into him at events over the years, and through mutual friends. And he certainly didn’t run in the same circles as Carrey, as the director had taken a break from filmmaking the last five years, and spent most of his time on a farm in England. But the three got on the phone and after some chatting agreed that they all wanted team up to tell this story.

The role Carrey trained his whole life to play

At the time of shooting “Man on the Moon,” Carrey was one of the biggest movie stars in the world. He had one of most successful years any actor in Hollywood has ever had, with huge hits “Ace Ventura: Pet Detective,” “The Mask,” and “Dumb and Dumber” all opening in 1994. It instantly made Carrey an A-lister and led to roles in “Batman Forever,” “The Cable Guy,” and “Liar Liar.”

Turning to more serious fare by the end of the 1990s, like "The Truman Show," Carrey saw Kaufman as the role he’d been training his whole life to play. And he went all in. For the entire "Man on the Moon" shoot Carrey was in his Kaufman character on and off set. And it was all captured on a digital camera that followed him.

Jim and Andy Netflix finalThose moments included Carrey walking around as Kaufman’s most famous character, Latka, from the TV show “Taxi;” harassing professional wrestler Jerry Lawler when he came to set to film the scenes depicting Kaufman’s feud with him in the early ‘80s, when Kaufman would wrestle women; and being Kaufman’s vulgar alter ego Tony Clifton, who when Carrey was portraying him, would show up drunk on set. One time Carrey showed up to work on the back of a motorcycle with a group of Hell’s Angels, and even went to the offices of Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment one day, which is located on the Universal lot where “Man on the Moon” was made, and demanded to see the legendary director (Spielberg wasn’t there).

All this went on for the four-month shoot, while the movie’s director Milos Forman, and the cast that included Paul Giamatti and Danny DeVito (who worked with the real Kaufman on “Taxi”), looked on in shock.

After “Man on the Moon” wrapped, the footage of Carrey’s behind-the-scene antics, shot by Kaufman’s former girlfriend Lynne Margulies, went into the possession of Kaufman’s former writing partner Bob Zmuda. For over a decade the footage was just another Hollywood story brought up at parties.

Jonze wanted the legend to become available to all. He got Zmuda to license the footage to them, and Smith was handed a digitized version of the dozens of MiniDV tapes the footage was on.

When Jim Carrey says he wants to do something, who is going to stop him?

“We ended up working on the material for a good eight months before we did the interview with Jim,” Smith said. “There was a lot of talk about us interviewing everyone that was involved [on ‘Man on the Moon’], but I was really interested in just Jim’s perspective and what the toll this film took on him mentally.”

Smith’s end result is the entertaining and touching documentary “Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond — Featuring a Very Special, Contractually Obligated Mention of Tony Clifton,” which Netflix bought and will air beginning Friday.

Chris Smith Spike Jonze Jim Carrey Christopher Polk Getty finalThe movie is not just a look at Carrey at his most bizarre, but also a look at how Carrey’s rags-to-riches life before making it big in Hollywood was the perfect training to take on the Kaufman persona.

As Smith had hoped, there’s only one current-day interview, and it’s Carrey, who recounts the experience with a clarity and vulnerability that amazed Smith.

“We shot with Jim for two days,” he said. “It doesn’t seem like a lot of time, but there was so much because his insights were so far reaching. He articulates so well this idea of losing yourself for four months and wondering if you can really walk away from yourself and come back.”

Carrey admits in the movie that after playing Kaufman it took a while to for him to get back to being just Jim.

“That experience had a big impact on Jim,” Smith said, who was surprised when Carrey told him that he didn't miss anything from making “Man on the Moon.”

“I think there’s oddly a lot of life lessons in this movie and I think one of them is just this idea of not holding onto things from the past but actually moving forward,” he said.

But why go through all of this? Did Smith feel he got from Carrey exactly why he went through all this to portray Kaufman?

“I personally think he really tried to do justice to Andy’s legacy and I think he really felt that this was the right way to do that,” Smith said. “When Jim Carrey says he wants to do something, who is going to stop him?”

“Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond” is available now on Netflix.

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Meryl Streep says she and Cher once stopped a mugging: 'I just went completely nuts'

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  • Meryl Streep said she and Cher once stopped a mugger in New York City.
  • The event may have happened in the early 1980s, when the two were filming "Silkwood" in NYC.
  • You can watch Streep's full remarks below.

 

Meryl Streep said she and Cher once stopped a mugger in New York City.

"I just went completely nuts and went after this man," Streep said of seeing a woman being mugged, according to the The New York Post's Page Six. "Ask Cher — she was there. And the thug ran away, it was a miracle."

Streep, who's playing the former Washington Post owner Kay Graham in "The Post" next month, made the comments at the Committee to Protect Journalists’ International Press Freedom Awards Thursday in New York City.

The attempted mugging may have been in 1982 or 1983, Vogue suggested, when Cher and Streep were filming "Silkwood" together in New York City.

Streep said the few violent moments she'd experienced in her life had changed her.

"I was changed by these events on a cellular level because women do know something particular about coming to the danger place," Streep said. "We come to it disadvantaged through the many millennia preceding our present moment and because of our vulnerability, we anticipate danger — we expect it."

Watch Streep's full remarks below:

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MoviePass now has an annual subscription plan that works out to $7.50 a month (HMNY)

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  • MoviePass is offering a limited time one-year subscription plan of $89.95.
  • That's $7.50 a month, less than the average ticket price ($8.93).
  • The number of subscribers using the startup since the $9.95-a-month price change in August has hit 600,000.


MoviePass is not letting up on disrupting the movie theater ecosystem. 

The startup has announced an annual subscription plan that's hard to beat. 

For a limited time a one-year subscription to MoviePass will only cost $89.95 ($6.55 processing fee included). If you do the math, that's $7.50 a month. The average domestic movie ticket is currently $8.93. That's quite a deal.

Existing MoviePass members will save 25% on their current $9.95 a month plan if they switch.

MoviePass, backed by Helios and Matheson Analytics, Inc., has been a hot topic in the movie business since August when it announced it was dropping its monthly subscription plan, which allows its members to see one movie per day, to under $10 a month. AMC, the largest theater chain in the world, has been trying to find a way to block the service at its theaters since August.

Though there have been complaints since the end of the summer by customers about the wait time to get membership cards, and how long it takes to get reimbursed if you have to pay for a ticket out-of-pocket (Business Insider has looked into a few of these complaints and found — though it takes a frustrating long time — people have been getting cards and reimbursed), MoviePass has seen its subscription number hit 600,000 since the price change.

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'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' will be the longest 'Star Wars' movie of all time

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  • "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" will be the longest film in "Star Wars" history, director Rian Johnson announced.
  • "The Last Jedi" will clock in at 150 minutes, including credits. 
  • It opens December 15.

 

The upcoming movie "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" will be the longest film in the history of the "Star Wars" franchise, the film's director Rian Johnson said on Friday. 

In a press conference, Johnson announced that movie's runtime will be two hours and thirty minutes (including credits), according to The Playlist

At 150 minutes, that runtime surpasses the previous longest film in the franchise, George Lucas' 2002 prequel "Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones," which clocked in at 142 minutes.

The last two films in the franchise, "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" and "Rogue One," were 135 and 133 minutes long, respectively.

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

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Sean Astin describes one thing you probably never knew about 'The Goonies'

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If you grew up in the '80s, you probably have watched Richard Donner's classic film "The Goonies" a number of times. But there's an infamous scene that was cut from the original theatrical release that you might not know about. We spoke with Sean Astin at the Sharper Image pop-up shop in Times Square to hear more about the scene and how it actually makes a lot of sense considering a certain line at the end of the movie. Following is a transcript of the video.

 Sean Astin: When you talk about "Goonies," it's 30-something years of people's enjoyment of the movie and the kind of fandom that won't go anywhere.

It's just there. People love it. And they love it with their kids. And then when their kids get older, they grow up on it.

Mikey: Hi Willy. You've been expecting me.

Sean Astin: Some people who really follow it know that there was an octopus sequence at the end of the movie, before we left the pirate ship chamber, where a giant, "Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea" size octopus starts attacking us, and a couple of the kids fend it off.

But it didn't look that good, so they didn't leave it in the film.

Stef: Aggghhh!

Data: Giant sushi!

Sean Astin: But the clue is that Data, Ke Huy Quan's character, when the police ask us what happened, he leads with, "The octopus was very scary."

Man: What happened out there? Were your lives in danger?

Data: The octopus was very scary.

Man: Octopus?

Data: Yeah, it was very dangerous.

Sean Astin: And then I'm like ... I don't know how I feel about the fact that they left it in. Because it's funny. But it's annoying, because it doesn't ...

Apparently there's a version of the movie that you can get on DVD or whatever, where you can see the octopus sequence. And I must say, I've never seen it.

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