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13 details you might have missed in the new 'Fantastic Beasts' sequel trailer


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The first trailer for "Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald" has arrived, and "Harry Potter" fans are reveling in the new look at young Albus Dumbledore. Though Johnny Depp's casting as the Dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald remains controversial, and diehard fans are dragging J.K. Rowling for an apparition mistake, the trailer has people hyped.

Keep reading for a look at all the smaller details and moments you might have overlooked in the trailer.

Jacob Kowalski is back!

At the end of the first "Fantastic Beasts" movie, Kowalski, a No-Maj who joined up with Newt Scamander, got his memory erased. But the movie's ending suggests he still retained a few fragments, and it looks like he'll reunite with Scamander in "Crimes of Grindelwald."

We have the first good look of Jude Law playing Albus Dumbledore.

In the "Harry Potter" movies, Dumbledore was played by Richard Harris in the first two and then Michael Gambon after Harris passed away. Jude Law plays the younger version of him, when he's the transfiguration professor at Hogwarts.

He's in a different office than we're used to.

In the "Harry Potter" movies, Dumbledore occupied the Headmaster's office at Hogwarts. In these films, he has a classroom instead. Armando Dippet was the Hogwarts headmaster in these days.

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The unique reason the director of box-office hit 'Jumanji' says he doesn't want to direct a 'Star Wars' movie


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  • Jake Kasdan is the director of box-office sensation, "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle."
  • His father is famed screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan, who is know best for writing "Empire Strikes Back," Return of the Jedi,""The Force Awakens," and the upcoming "Solo: A Star Wars Story."
  • Because of that, Jake admits he's not too tempted to make a "Star Wars" project and is happy being a fan.

For fans of the “Star Wars” franchise, the surname Kasdan has a lot of meaning. Lawrence Kasdan is the screenwriter behind “The Empire Strikes Back,” “Return of the Jedi,” “The Force Awakens,” and the upcoming “Solo: A Star Wars Story” — which he shares credit with his son, Joe.

But there is also another Kasdan in the movie business: Jake. He recently directed one of the surprise box office hits in recent memory, “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle,” which along with topping the domestic box office for three straight weekends in January (and reclaiming the top spot the first weekend in February), is also the second-highest domestic grossing movie for Sony of all time.

Anyone who helms a movie that has that kind of performance will have people wondering if a “Star Wars” project is in their future. But posing the question to a Kasdan adds a level of intrigue.

Did Jake — known best previously for directing studio comedies like “Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story” and “Bad Teacher” — want to go and make an action/comedy with Dwayne Johnson to prove that he is worthy of working within the massive “Star Wars” saga?

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Actually, no. It seems he’s fine keeping an arm’s distance from the franchise that his family has been engrained in as far back as he can remember.

“It’s not something I’m super focused on,” Jake said about directing a "Star Wars" project to Business Insider while promoting the home video release of “Jumanji” (currently available to stream and on Blu-ray/DVD March 20).

“I’m just a huge fan,” he went on to say. “There’s a part of me that feels like you relinquish that when you step behind the curtain. I love the rooting position I’ve been in with the ones that my dad and now my brother have worked on. It’s a really exciting thing to be near, without the pressure and anxiety of carrying it.”

However, Jake has some pressure of his own to deal with — he’s signed on to direct another “Jumanji” movie.

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Groundbreaking gay teen rom-com 'Love, Simon' is getting rave reviews — here's what critics saying


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"Love, Simon" is a teen rom-com critics can't stop raving about. The movie tells the story of the titular Simon as he confronts his sexuality, experiences a first real crush, and struggles with coming out to his high school peers.

Starring Nick Robinson ("Jurassic World") and directed by Greg Berlanti ("Super Girl,""Riverdale"), this movie is being lauded as both refreshing and pleasantly predictable.

Here's what critics are saying:

Simon is a lovable and well-needed teen character for the big screen

"Simon is a fully realized three-dimensional character, hilariously unsteady when he tries to flirt with a landscaper and a wreck when a friend gets wind of the email exchanges. How refreshing to see a teen boy on a big screen that's not a sleepy-eyed, monosyllabic jerk just looking to get laid."

Us Weekly's Mara Reinstein

The feel-good message will be universally felt

"'Love, Simon' is an empathetic bliss-out, a fleet and sweet comedy/romance/mystery where the stakes couldn’t be higher — it deals with the public exposure of teenagers' secrets! — but also where every high school crisis or embarrassment passes with time because people, it turns out, are fundamentally decent."

Village Voice's Alan Scherstuhl

Others will find the "normalcy" of the movie groundbreaking

"[The] movie sometimes feels frustratingly safe, given that it's centered on a bland, upper-middle-class hero whose edges are sanded off. With that said, there's still something undeniably powerful about 'Love, Simon's' ordinariness. After all, there have been dozens of mediocre studio films about straight teen romances over the decades; it says something about the direction of the film industry to finally see one centered on a young gay man."

The Atlantic's David Sims

"That this story is coming from a major studio, with the gay kid depicted as an all-American everyboy and main character, rather than a comic sidekick, represents undeniably heartening progress."

AV Club's Jesse Hassenger

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A lot of critics are calling it a modern John Hughes film ("16 Candles,""Pretty in Pink")

"The film looks and sounds like so many other mainstream, John Hughes-nostalgic high-school-coms you've seen on both big and small screens, just with one difference: The hero is gay. It's as if Berlanti is daring audiences to find anything objectionable in what amounts to a thoroughly family-friendly queer film."

The Hollywood Reporter's John Frosch

But "Love, Simon" might have missed its moment because teens are advancing norms on their own terms

"A milestone that feels overdue — the first mainstream teen comedy foregrounding a gay character — may have been outpaced by real life. Can a love story centered around a gay teen who is very carefully built to seem as straight as possible appeal to a generation that’s boldly reinventing gender and sexuality on its own terms?"

Time Magazine's Danniel D'addario

"Love, Simon" is a great step forward, but we need more LGBTQ+ representation in movies

"As much as 'Love, Simon's' winning, if slightly bowdlerized, coming-out story initially made me yearn for an altered youth, it's since made me yearn even more for stories that reflect my gay life today, or my gay life as it might be years from now. (And your gay life, and your gay life, and your gay life.) Here's hoping for those movies in the near future."

Vanity Fair's Richard Lawson

And critics don't think it's a "perfect" film

"Still, the movie isn't perfect: the sheer number of 2017-specific cultural references will almost definitely date 'Love, Simon' in the future. What's more, Simon's idea of the relatable teenage experience ('We do everything friends do: we drink way too much iced coffee while gorging on carbs') smacks of immense privilege."

Refinery29's Anne Cohen

"Love, Simon" arrives in theaters on March 16. Watch the full trailer below.

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Beyond 'Black Panther,' movie studios are losing interest in the domestic blockbuster


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  • Aside from the blockbuster global success of Marvel's "Black Panther," recent North American films have had foreign box office totals that vastly outweigh their domestic revenues.
  • In March of this year (through the 11th), the domestic box office has seen a total of $347 million.
  • In March 2017, the domestic box office brought in $1.163 billion.
  • IndieWire explains why North American film studios have been operating with the motto, "Appeal to the world first, and deal with the home team later."

As expected, last week “Black Panther” passed $1 billion worldwide when China opened to strong numbers. Overseas, the Marvel title now ranks above nearly all recent comic-book movie adaptations. Next week, it should cross $600 million in North America. 

This is wonderful news on many levels: For Marvel and for Disney, certainly; for diversity representation in the blockbuster realm. But what “Black Panther” can’t do is uplift the rest of the marketplace: Where “Black Panther” has soared this year, most releases lag.

The simplest way to compare year-over-year box office is to check the respective box office totals year to date. By that standard, 2018 looks terrific at the moment; we’re up eight percent.

However, by this point last year, we had five films — “Split,” “The LEGO Batman Movie,” “Fifty Shades Darker,” “Logan,” and “Kong: Skull Island” — open to over $40 million. “Get Out” opened a little below that, but already earned $100 million. That momentum helped propel the month of March, which really took off in the second half when “Beauty and the Beast,” “Power Rangers,” and “The Boss Baby” all opened over $50 million.

This year, not only is “Black Panther” the only title to open to over $40 million (albeit by a factor of five), but it also remains the only release to pass $100 million. (“Peter Rabbit” and “Fifty Shades Freed” will make it over that number, the latter just barely). Beyond “Black Panther,” that eight-percent increase for 2018 is largely a testament to holdovers “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” and “The Greatest Showman.”

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To look at it another way: The first 11 days of March 2018 saw a domestic box office total of $347 million.; March 2017 brought in $1.163 billion. That’s an $816 million deficit, and we have no shot of fulfilling it; the only question is by how much we’ll fall short. A reasonable guess is $200 million-$300 million; any shortfall greater than $171 million will mean, despite “Black Panther,” we’ll end the month with 2018 box-office revenue facing a decline.

On the international front, it’s a similarly bittersweet story. “Panther” will end up over $600 million in foreign grosses, and set precedent in destroying the truism that films with mostly black characters do not perform well internationally, particularly in Asia. “Black Panther” is at the top 10 foreign releases of 2018 to date, one of six titles produced in Hollywood. The other four — “Detective Chinatown 2,” “Operation Red Sea,” “Monster Hunt 2,” and “The Monkey King 3” — are local-language blockbusters made in China.

The problem with those six domestic movies in the top 10 is, beyond “Black Panther,” their foreign appeal greatly outranks their domestic. While “Fifty Shades Freed” had a respectable domestic run, 72 percent of its worldwide revenue came from foreign. “Maze Runner: The Death Cure” was a near flop in North America, but 80 percent of its gross came from foreign. “Paddington 2” is a domestic disappointment; 82 percent of its revenue is foreign.

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What that suggests is this: North American theaters are starving for viable product beyond “Black Panther,” but studios may not see reason to worry as long as overseas performance creates a strong bottom line. From Hollywood’s perspective, the more significant threat may be China’s increasing confidence in its own domestic releases; they will need to develop even more movies that can compete with it.

As a virtually all-American production, “Black Panther” is an incredibly positive achievement. But whatever it may do for on-screen representation, don’t expect it to change what seems to be the studios’ direction: Appeal to the world first, and deal with the home team later.

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22 great movies you've never heard of that were directed by women


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Women are shockingly underrepresented in Hollywood, both in front of an behind the camera. As directors, they make only 4%that's not a typo— of the film industry's major movies, even though they comprise a majority of moviegoers.

Despite the bleak numbers, women have directed movies that occupy a massive space in pop culture, with films like "Wonder Woman,""Lady Bird,""Zero Dark Thirty,""Big,""Clueless,""American Psycho,""Citizenfour," and many others.

And women have also created hundreds of lesser-known great movies, many of which are highlighted here.

Here are 22 great movies that were directed by women and you've probably never heard of.

"Toni Erdmann" (2016) by Maren Ade

Maren Ade's movie is about a woman working in international consulting whose dad tries to reconnect with her by wearing false teeth, a wig, and pretending to be a high-roller named "Toni Erdmann." It sounds like an awful Adam Sandler comedy, but Ade's direction and the incredible performances make the movie both touching and hilarious.

"Middle of Nowhere" (2012) by Ava DuVernay

Before Ava DuVernay blew away critics with "Selma," won an Oscar with "The 13th," or became the first black woman to direct a $100 million-budget movie with "A Wrinkle in Time," she got herself on the map with "Middle of Nowhere." Starring Emayatzy Corinealdi and David Oyelowo, it's a harrowing drama about a woman who drops out of medical school after her husband goes to prison.

"An Angel at My Table" (1990) by Jane Campion

Jane Campion is one of the most acclaimed female directors in history, with projects like the Oscar-winning "The Piano" and her miniseries "Top of the Lake."

"An Angel at My Table" is one of her earlier works, a rich biopic of the author Janet Frame, based on her autobiographies.

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14 highly anticipated movies coming out this year that were directed by women


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As Hollywood deals with the reckoning of the #MeToo and Time's Up movement, many moviegoers are seeking female-driven films with renewed fervor. With Disney's "A Wrinkle in Time"— directed by Ava DuVernay — already in theaters, let's look ahead to the coming months.

From big-budget comedies to indie Sundance hits, here are 14 movies directed by women you won't want to miss in 2018.

"What They Had"— directed by Elizabeth Chomko

Synopsis:"A woman must fly back to her hometown when her Alzheimer's-stricken mother wanders into a blizzard. The return home forces her to confront her past."

Stars: Michael Shannon, Hillary Swank, Blythe Danner and Robert Forster

Watch a clip from the movie here

"6 Balloons"— directed by Marja-Lewis Ryan

Synopsis: "Over the course of one night, a woman drives across LA with her heroin addict brother in search of a detox center, with his two year old daughter in tow."

Stars: Abbi Jacobson, Dave Franco, Tim Matheson and Jane Kaczmarek

Watch the full trailer here.


"You Were Never Really Here"— directed by Lynne Ramsay

Synopsis: "A traumatized veteran, unafraid of violence, tracks down missing girls for a living. When a job spins out of control, Joe's nightmares overtake him as a conspiracy is uncovered leading to what may be his death trip or his awakening."

Stars: Joaquin Phoenix, Dante Pereira-Olson, Larry Canady

Watch the full trailer here.


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24 movies that made outrageous amounts of money but were totally despised by critics


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Some of the highest-earning movies of all time at the box office are also the most hated by critics.

While "Black Panther" has earned its spot among the biggest moneymakers of all time in just a short month (the film hit $1 billion globally and has a 97% on reviews aggregator Rotten Tomatoes), other films don't have the critical acclaim to match their box office receipts.

To find which movies made boatloads of money but were despised by critics, Business Insider looked at the top 100 highest-grossing movies worldwide of all time, based on unadjusted information from boxofficemojo.com, and compared that with their Rotten Tomatoes scores. We ranked the movies that received "rotten scores," below 60%, from highest to lowest score (the one tie was broken using the RT audience score).

Every movie that made the list is either a franchise sequel or based on pre-existing material. If studios are losing faith in the domestic box office, it might be because American audiences are losing faith in franchises such as "Transformers" and "Pirates of the Caribbean," which are still performing well in foreign markets.

Below are 24 of the top-grossing movies of all time that critics despised: 

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24. "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies" (2014)

Critic Score: 59%

Original domestic gross: $255,119,788

Adjusted gross: $268,326,452

Original worldwide gross: $956,019,788

Adjusted worldwide gross: $1,005,509,610

"It's adequately visionary, it's routinely spectacular, it breathes fire and yet somehow feels room-temperature."— Kyle Smith, New York Post

23. "Shrek Forever After" (2010)

Critic Score: 58%

Original domestic gross: $238,736,787

Adjusted gross: $272,605,712

Original worldwide gross: $752,600,867

Adjusted worldwide gross: $859,370,264

"By the middle of the second act, Forever After finally finds its groove, becoming mildly amusing (the actors -- Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz, Antonio Banderas -- are in fine form) but never rising to the inspired heights of the original."— Ernest Hardy, L.A. Weekly

22. "Transformers" (2007)

Critic Score: 57%

Original domestic gross: $319,246,193

Adjusted gross: $383,373,502

Original worldwide gross: $709,709,780

Adjusted worldwide gross: $852,269,910

"Transformers delivers on its promise of stunning visuals and well-crafted action sequences, but it's not remotely worth the slog it takes to get there. Once the novelty of the robots wears off it's hopelessly insipid."— Joshua Starnes, ComingSoon.net

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We talked to Walton Goggins about how he came up with the 'grounded' villain role in 'Tomb Raider' and his Oscar — yes, he has an Oscar



  • Veteran TV actor Walton Goggins gets some time on the big screen this weekend as he plays the villain in "Tomb Raider."
  • He talked to Business Insider about coming up with the right tone for the character.
  • He also teased his next big TV role, playing Jack Vincennes in the series adaptation of James Ellroy's "L.A. Confidential."
  • And we chatted about his Oscar win in 2002.

Walton Goggins is one of those actors you can’t help but root for.

From his breakout performance in the 2000s FX hit “The Shield,” to his Emmy-nominated work on “Justified,” to his recent string of impressive performances in Quentin Tarantino movies (“Django Unchained” and “The Hateful Eight”), he’s done it all over his 28-year career. But only recently has he gotten cast in the high-profile projects he deserves (upcoming ones include “Ant-Man and The Wasp” and a TV series on the popular James Ellroy book “L.A. Confidential”).

Goggins also plays the villain in “Tomb Raider” (in theaters Friday) opposite Alicia Vikander in the title role. In a movie that tries very hard to show its hero Lara Croft is not a superhero but instead an ordinary person doing extraordinary things, Goggins used that real-world template to craft Mathias Vogel. Vogel is the leader of the expedition to locate a hidden tomb on a mysterious island who, after seven years of searching, has gone a little mad and is obsessed with finding the tomb so he can return to his family.

Business Insider talked to Goggins about crafting this grounded character, preparing to take on the role of Jack Vincennes in the “L.A. Confidential” TV version, and the night he won an Oscar.

Jason Guerrasio: First off, Mathias Vogel — he's a relatable villain. 

Walton Goggins: You know what, I'll take that. Okay.
Guerrasio: Because if I was on an island for seven years just blowing up rocks I would probably lose it too.

Goggins: I think so. If you really take a walk in his shoes — that he's a father and the day he left his family he kissed them all on the cheek and said he would be back in a year — you understand him. Desperate people do desperate things and that was my only way into him.

Tomb Raider Warner Bros finalGuerrasio: I feel you could have done this role two ways: Play him really crazy and do a scenery-chewing performance or do what you did — make him more grounded. 

Goggins: You know I had a lengthy discussion with Roar Uthaug, our director, on a Skype call and I said, "If you want me to be a part of this story I think this is how I can help you tell it." It was in a grounded way. And I thought Alicia was going to do the same thing and Roar wanted to tell a similar story so we were all on the same page. To take it out of the realm of superpowers because Lara Croft doesn't have them. With everything I've been fortunate enough to do that's always been a part of my experience, be truthful to who these characters are. Even how grandiose Lee Russell was in “Vice Principals,” he's still a person in the world with deep pain. That's what interested me.

Guerrasio: Was the “Tomb Raider” role also attractive because it's basically a one-off in the franchise? You don't have to be stuck with a character for years. You can get in and out. 

Goggins: Huh, no one has asked me that. If I was offered a character in a franchise in a meaningful way I would have done that, for sure. But I don't think about those things. For this, this is a complete journey for this character and that's really satisfying. 

Guerrasio: Is your character also a one-off in "Ant-Man and The Wasp?"

Goggins: I don't know man, you got to see the movie. [Laughs] We'll see what happens. 

the shield FXGuerrasio: Have you ever auditioned for a major Marvel or DC character that would have locked you into a franchise? Have you gone down that road yet?

Goggins: No. Not beyond what I've participated so far. I look at it like this, honestly, I've been in television for 15 years and however long it takes to tell the story that's how long it takes. For "The Shield,” I don't think [creator] Shawn Ryan had any idea that it would go seven years. But the story goes until the time when it doesn't need to anymore. And that's how we all felt about "Justified" too. So whether it's sequels or franchise, if you're doing it from an authentic place and it rings true then I'm up for it.

Guerrasio: Has it been crazy to watch the evolution of television from back on "The Shield" to how it is now? A lot of talent believe it’s more rewarding to do TV these days more than movies. That wasn’t the case when you started out. Has that been weird to see how things have shifted?

Goggins: With TV it's just rewarding because in a serialized story things can play out over a very long time so the opportunities to really explore nuances are there. It's very rewarding right now, but I feel that way about movies. The way they wanted to tell Lara Croft in this “Tomb Raider” movie is very refreshing and different. And this is possible because of what's coming out of TV now, each impact the other.

Guerrasio: You've bounced back and forth from movies and TV for a long time.
Goggins: A long time. 

hateful eight the weinstein companyGuerrasio: Did things change in the offers you were getting when you starred in back-to-back Tarantino movies?

Goggins: Yeah. Most people who have worked with Quentin you measure your life in “before Quentin Tarantino” and “after Quentin Tarantino.” But for me it's never been more complicated than to be good at telling stories. The cherry on top, though, is working with filmmakers like Quentin.
Guerrasio: Will we see you in the next Tarantino movie?

Goggins: Buddy, I don't know who you are talking about right now. [Laughs] Tarantino who? No. He's very private in his process and I respect that. We'll see. Maybe.

Guerrasio: But you’ve done two movies in with him, are you at the point where you can text him and just say hi or do you just wait and see if you're called on again?

Goggins: It's not something that you ever expect to happen again. When you get that call, that golden ticket, you just jump on the ride. 

Guerrasio: Can you talk a little about playing Jack Vincennes in the upcoming TV version of "L.A. Confidential?"

Goggins: I can tell you that it isn't a remake of the movie (in which Kevin Spacey played Vincennes). It is a telling of James Ellroy's novel and I'm really excited about it. 

Guerrasio: I’m actually reading the book again right now. There's so much to the Jack character that was not explored in the movie.

Goggins: That's how I feel. I'm just reading Ellroy for the first time now. 

Guerrasio: It's a quick read, right? You just fly through his books.

Goggins: Yeah. And the story behind how he found his voice for “L.A. Confidential,” from what I was told, is he was told to cut a third of the book and he couldn't do that so we went back to page one and just began cutting words and sentences and did it through the whole book and it became this rapid, quick-fire read. I'm just blown away by it. 

Walton Goggins Oscar Oscars finalGuerrasio: It dawned on me the other day, you are an Oscar winner. You won in 2002 for a short film you starred and produced, "The Accountant," right?

Goggins: It was myself and my two partners, Ray McKinnon and Lisa Blount, who has since passed away. And in the short film category you can only put two names down for the award, so it was Ray and Lisa, but we all did it together so we all decided we'd walk up on stage. And we timed our speech so we all could talk in 30 seconds and not piss anyone off. It came from the heart and it brought the house down. And that's hard to do after Sidney Poitier just got his lifetime achievement award. It was pretty incredible. 

Guerrasio: Do you have one of the Oscars?

Goggins: I have one and Ray has the other and we have Lisa in our hearts.  

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'Trainspotting' director Danny Boyle confirms he will be directing the next James Bond movie


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  • Director Danny Boyle has confirmed that he will be directing the upcoming James Bond movie.
  • He's currently working on a script with longtime screenwriting collaborator John Hodge.
  • If all goes according to plan, Boyle will begin shooting the movie by the end of this year.
  • The 25th Bond movie is slated for release November 2019 and will mark Daniel Craig's last time playing 007.

After months of rumors, Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle has confirmed that he will be directing the upcoming James Bond movie.

Boyle talked about the project to Metro US Wednesday night in New York during a screening of his upcoming FX series, "Trust." It seems he's trying to make the Bond movie after he's done with a project he's about to work on, which has a script by "Love Actually" screenwriter, Richard Curtis.

“We are working on a script right now," Boyle said. "And it all depends on that really. I am working on a Richard Curtis script at the moment. We hope to start shooting that in six or seven weeks. Then Bond would be right at the end of the year. But we are working on them both right now.”

“We’ve got an idea, John Hodge, the screenwriter [for the James Bond movie], and I have got this idea," Boyle continued. "And John is writing it at the moment. And it all depends on how it turns out. It would be foolish of me to give any of it away."

Hodge has been a longtime collaborator of Boyle's. He wrote "Trainspotting" and the 2017 sequel, as well as "Shallow Grave" and "The Beach."

The 25th Bond movie currently has a release date of November 8, 2019. It will mark the final time Daniel Craig will play 007.

MGM had no comment for this story.

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The 100 best comedy movies of all time, according to critics



The comedies that film critics have deemed the greatest in history have often wrapped their humor in an inventive or thought-provoking package. 

From Charlie Chaplin's silent-film antics to quote-worthy parodies like "Airplane!," to the animated movies of the new millennium, comedy classics have taken many forms over the decades.

To find out which movies in the genre have gained the most critical acclaim over time, we turned to the reviews aggregator Rotten Tomatoes for its list of the top-rated films labeled "comedy" on its site.

As happens with many films and the idea of "genre," some may argue that certain of these entries are dramas rather than comedies (or horror in the case of "Get Out"). But we went with their categorization on Rotten Tomatoes.

We arranged the films in chronological order by decade, stretching from the 1920s to the present.

Here are the 100 best comedy movies of all time, according to critics:

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"The Gold Rush" (1925)

Critic score: 100%

Audience score: 93%

Summary:"A prospector goes to the Klondike in search of gold and finds it and more."


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Some male 'Tomb Raider' critics say the movie's star isn't curvy enough — and people aren't having it


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  • Initial criticisms of the new "Tomb Raider" movie include comments on star Alicia Vikander.
  • Some male critics have said Lara Croft's lack of curves is a drawback in the movie.
  • They compare her to the 1996 video game character and Angelina Jolie.
  • But people are dragging the critics on Twitter for being sexist.
  • Vikander's version of Croft is also based on a modern iteration of the video game.


The 2018 "Tomb Raider" reboot premieres Friday, but published reviews from critics are already drawing ire from people who see no need to bring star Alicia Vikander's body into the conversation.

Fringe critics have mentioned the way Vikander's slender physique differs from both the original 1996 video game version of Lara Croft and Angelina Jolie's portrayal of the titular tomb raider in 2001.

TJ Kirk, a YouTuber and podcast host who uses the moniker "Amazing Atheist Guy," tweeted a swear-word-laden criticism of Vikander's breast size as it relates to Croft's character.

The reaction to Kirk's tweet was swift and to the point.

But another voiced added to the criticism of Vikander's body

When reviews for "Tomb Raider" were first published on Wednesday, one critic immediately caught people's attention.

Philly Voice contributor Jerome Maida rated the movie with a C+, and cited Vikander's appearance as part of the issue. As Maida sees it, Vikander had try and fill Jolie's shoes in order for the movie to hope to be successful.

Though as of Thursday morning the review appears to have been updated to remove the paragraph in question, INSIDER was able to view a cached version of the web page. 

Here's the excerpt from the review people took issue with:

"Vikander's appearance is also markedly different than Jolie's. She never comes across as having an ounce of sex appeal and, at times, looks like she could be 16. Toss in the lack of curves and Warner Brothers could have decided to gender bend and make a film titled 'Luke Croft' – and it would have come across the same way. They would not have had to change the script at all. Such interchangeability is not exactly empowering for women."

Both Maida and Kirk didn't immediately respond to INSIDER's requests for comment.

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People on Twitter once again vocally opposed this characterization of Vikander.

As many people pointed out, Lara Croft's appearance in the video games has changed over the years. The first iteration was released in 1996, when digital renderings were very unrealistic.

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But the new "Tomb Raider" movie reboot is based on a modern version of the game released in 2013 — not the original 1996 nor Angelina Jolie's character iteration.

This doesn't mean Hollywood's portrayal of Lara Croft doesn't have  history of being problematic. According to The Hollywood Reporter, both Jolie and Vikander wore padded bras while filming the "Tomb Raider" movies. Vikander also underwent rigorous training and added 12 pounds of muscle to her body in the course of her physical preparation for the role.

Regardless of costume choices, the recent outcry makes it clear that many people don't believe how an actress's body appears should be a mitigating factor in a movie critic's opinion of a film.

"Tomb Raider" arrives in theaters on Friday. You can watch the movie trailer here.

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A look at the epic rise of 29-year-old Swedish actress Alicia Vikander, who has already won an Oscar and now stars as Lara Croft in 'Tomb Raider'


Alicia VikanderAlicia Vikander has had quite the success story, and she will fill the boots of popular video game character Lara Croft in this weekend's "Tomb Raider" film reboot.

The 29-year-old actress rose to prominence in 2015 with her role as an AI in "Ex Machina."

That same year she starred in "The Danish Girl" as artist Gerda Wegener, the wife of fellow artist Lili Elbe (played by Eddie Redmayne), one of the first identifiable recipients of sex-reassignment surgery. 

The performance won Vikander an Oscar for best supporting actress.

Since her Oscar win, Vikander has taken on numerous roles of the dramatic and action type, from "Jason Bourne" to "Tulip Fever"— and married fellow Hollywood luminary Michael Fassbender.

Here's a look through Vikander's rise to fame and fabulous life:

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Vikander grew up in Sweden, where even at a young age, she seemed destined for stardom. In 1997, at 8 years old, she won a televised children's talent show with her lip-syncing talents.

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Vikander's first taste of acting success came in 2007 with the Swedish soap opera "Andra Avenyn" ("Second Avenue"), which looked at the lives of a group of people living in the second-largest city in Sweden.

In 2009, she starred in her first feature film, "Pure," in which she plays a troubled 20 year old who, in leaving her family life, ends up in the arms of a married man.

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'Tomb Raider' is the first movie based on a video game that's actually good


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Video game adaptations are famously cursed. Though some movies have their fans, critics generally agree that all of them are bad, just to different degrees. Now we might have a good one.

"Tomb Raider" is the second adaptation of the "Tomb Raider" video game franchise since "Lara Croft: Tomb Raider" from 2001, starring Angelina Jolie. This time, they got it right.

This new version stars Alicia Vikander as Croft, the heiress to a financial empire. Her father disappeared seven years earlier. And since Croft refuses to believe he's dead, she won't sign the papers that would allow her to inherit his vast fortune.

When she finally changes her mind, her attorney hands her one last gift from her father. Vikander realizes it's a clue about his whereabouts, and that he led a secret life raiding tombs. Lara realizes that she, too, is, uh, destined to raid tombs, and she searches for him on the cursed Japanese island of Himiko.

It's not going to be a classic action movie, but the "Tomb Raider" reboot works. Lara Croft has a thing for lifting curses.

Why you should care: Alicia Vikander nails it.

Rebooting a franchise formerly in which Angelina Jolie was the star is a tough task, and Vikander nails it. A previous Oscar winner for her role in 2016's "The Danish Girl," Vikander is an effective, tough actress, even when the script isn't up to her talent.

It's also worth noting that Vikander's husband, Michael Fassbender, struggled in a video game adaptation with "Assassin's Creed" in 2016. Vikander made it work.

What's hot: Some of the action scenes are breathtaking.

I was ready to see "Tomb Raider" as just another unremarkable, generic, CGI-filled action movie. But some of the scenes were really good! There's a fun bike race early in the movie, and the film isn't shy about making punches look like they hurt, instead of just bouncing off a person. And there's one sequence in particular where Croft, nearly meeting her death, saves herself by latching onto and climbing through a collapsing airplane. I could barely blink. I didn't want to miss anything.

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As for Lara Croft herself, Vikander is great in the role. The script doesn't exactly succeed in giving her a lot of depth, but Vikander still gives it her all. She's depicted as strong without being objectified. The movie doesn't make a point of showing off cleavage while she's fighting jaguars in the jungle, or anything like that, unlike other iterations of the character.

The premise of the movie, where a wealthy white European lady travels to a forgotten island in Japan, poses a lot of obvious potential for imperialism. But the movie sidesteps that pretty well by adapting the American-Hong Kong actor Daniel Wu as a co-star to play Lu Ren, who has a similar backstory as Croft, and by delivering an ultimately anti-colonialist message.

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The movie's premise also sounds really silly. A cursed island called Himiko? Come on? The script has the neat idea of Vikander being skeptical of everything she sees, which makes it easier for the audience to go along with it as well. When the plot twists and turns, it's fun.

What's not: It's still a silly action movie.

"Tomb Raider" ultimately suffers from many of the same problems that other action movies deal with. There are a lot of exhausting, boring exposition scenes. In this case, some villainous organization called "Trinity" is pulling all the strings for the bad guys. Whatever. The movie spends far too long explaining who they are without showing us too much of what they're ultimately up to.

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It's also one of those movies where characters say a witty line to no one in particular after knocking someone out with a punch, or throwing them off a cliff. The problem is, there's no wit to it. Try as I might, I can't remember a single one of these lines.

And then there are just some weird plot issues. When Croft and Ren arrive at Himiko, it's during a storm at night. Why not just plan to arrive during the day instead?

The bottom line: "Tomb Raider" is an effective action movie with some typical problems.

Given how awful video game adaptations are historically, that "Tomb Raider" is an ordinarily good action movie — with a handful of great scenes and a smattering of predicable problems  is an achievement unto itself.



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Watch the first footage of the 'Harry and Meghan' movie and see the royal lookalikes


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  • The Lifetime original movie about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle debuts on May 13.
  • The first teaser trailer for the film has arrived. 
  • Starring Parisa Fitz-Henley and Murray Fraser, the romantic tale seems dreamy.
  • Though we aren't sold on the stars being perfect lookalikes for the real royals.
  • Watch the video below to see for yourself.

Tired of waiting for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to walk down the aisle? Don’t worry: Lifetime will be serving up a TV movie immortalizing their fairy-tale romance before they even say "I do."

In the first teaser for "Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance" — debuting Sunday, May 13, a week before the royal nuptials — we see the "Suits" actress (played by "Midnight, Texas'" Parisa Fitz-Henley) and the British prince ("Victoria's" Murray Fraser) basking in the glow of their whirlwind courtship.

"I don't need my life to be this perfect royal picture," he assures her, as he gets down on one knee to propose. "I just need you."

We also see the happy couple gazing at a picturesque hillside, spooning in bed, kissing while the camera spins around them… it's all very romantic, OK? But are we the only ones thinking that Lifetime's stars don't really look all that much like Harry and Meghan? (At least Fraser grew a beard for the role.)

Press play below for a first look at "Harry & Meghan."


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'Black Panther' wins the box-office for the 5th straight weekend — a first since 'Avatar' (DIS)


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  • With an estimated $27.02 million, "Black Panther" won the box office for a fifth-straight weekend.
  • It's the first movie to pull that off since 2009's "Avatar."
  • "Black Panther" is projected to earn $461 million in profit after its theatrical run and all ancillaries are through.

Disney/Marvel's "Black Panther" has hit another box office milestone.

Winning the domestic box office this weekend with an estimated $27.02 million, according to boxofficepro, it marks the movie's fifth-straight week atop at No. 1. It's the first time a movie has pulled off that feat since the 2009 box office sensation, "Avatar."

It's also the first-ever comic book movie to do it.

The "Black Panther" totals are astounding: $605.4 million domestically, over $1.1 billion worldwide.

When the $200 million-budgeted movie is through with its theatrical and ancillary run, it's projected to have an estimated profit of a whopping $461 million, according to Deadline. That's more than previous Marvel hits "Avengers: Age of Ultron ($382.3 million) and "Captain America: Civil War" ($193.4 million).

tomb raider"Black Panther" has done this by completely destroying Hollywood's previous box office theories.

Movies released in February have always been considered to be a dumping ground for studios' projected poor performers: "Black Panther" proved that a hit movie can thrive in the first quarter of the year.

Urban audiences are thought to not be moviegoers. Wrong. Close to 40% of the movie's domestic box office is from African-Americans.

And China, the second-largest movie market in the world, is still a guessing game for Hollywood in what will play well there and what won't. Turns out "Black Panther" works. The movie has already earned over $66 million there — out-grossing the "Star Wars" movies that have played there ("The Last Jedi" earned $42.5 million in the Middle Kingdom) and on pace to be one of the top Marvel Cinematic Universe titles released in China.

Now the question is: What movie will dethrone "Black Panther"?

Warner Bros.'s "Tomb Raider" tried and failed this weekend. Though the Lara Croft reboot starring Alicia Vikander beat out "Black Panther"on Friday by taking in $9 million over the $7.5 million by "Panther," the weekend proved to favor the box office champ.

"Tomb Raider" finished in second with $23 million.

Up next to take on "Black Panther" will be Universal's "Pacific Rim Uprising."

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Stan Lee has made 44 cameos in the Marvel universe — here they all are


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Marvel may include multiple universes across TV and film, but one thing unites them all: the Stan Lee cameo.

Lee is an unrivaled legend in the comics world and the former president and chairman of Marvel Comics. The icon's comic career started back in 1939 before Marvel existed. He's responsible for popular characters like Spider-Man, Iron Man, Thor, and Black Panther.

With the second season of "Jessica Jones" on Netflix, INSIDER compiled a list of all of his live-action (and one very special animated) cameos in Marvel projects. Keep reading to see if you can recall them all.

Sidney Fussell contributed to an earlier version of this article.

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Stan Lee's first live-action cameo was as a jury member in the TV movie "The Trial of the Incredible Hulk" (1989).

His first cinematic Marvel cameo was as a hot dog vendor in "X-Men" (2000).

He showed up as a surprised bystander who saved a little girl from debris in "Spider-Man" (2002).

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The 10 biggest blockbuster movies of all time, and how much they raked in


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While blockbusters like "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" and "Avatar" have set box-office records in the past decade, they're still no match for the hit films of previous decades when you adjust for inflation.

For this list, we looked at domestic box-office grosses adjusted for inflation to see what old movies would have made in today's dollars, as calculated by Box Office Mojo. That means there's no "Avatar" on this list.

In recent years, foreign markets have become a more prominent factor in the box-office success of a film, so the list of highest-grossing worldwide films does include newer movies like "Avatar" and "Star Wars: The Force Awakens."

The original 1977 "Star Wars" comes in high on this list, and you might be surprised by some of the other titles.

Paul Schrodt contributed to a previous version of this post.

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10. "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" (1937)

Adjusted gross: $1,000,620,000

Unadjusted gross: $184,925,486

9. "The Exorcist" (1973)

Adjusted gross: $1,015,300,400

Unadjusted gross: $232,906,145

8. "Doctor Zhivago" (1965)

Adjusted gross: $1,139,563,500

Unadjusted gross: $111,721,910

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24 classic movies you can skip — sorry


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There are plenty of movies out there, and not all of them of them are great.

Some movies are undisputed classics. But there are also a lot of movies with bad endings that almost ruin the whole thing and Oscar winners that just don't deserve their awards.

A lot of them have aged poorly, are really boring, or are just plain goofy. Your time is better spent on something else.

Here are 24 classic movies you can skip.

While "Raiders of the Lost Ark" is an undisputed classic, "Temple of Doom" isn't.

Steven Spielberg's second Indiana Jones movie, 1984's "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom," is considered the scariest entry in the series. It's also by far the worst.

The movie's illustration of an Indian cult as people who enslave children and practice black magic is often highlighted as an example of racism in Hollywood. Even Spielberg has basically disowned it.

"Shakespeare in Love" doesn't deserve its Oscars.

The only reason 1998's "Shakespeare in Love" has a best picture Oscar is because it was engineered to win them. The premise is cute — Shakespeare had an affair while writing "Romeo and Juliet" — but the execution is mostly flat, even as it tries to use Shakespeare's storytelling techniques. "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead" is a much better Shakespeare-inspired movie based on a Tom Stoppard script.

"Life is Beautiful" is more offensive than inspiring.

Roberto Benigni's 1998 monstrosity is a fictional story about a father trying to shield his son from the horrors of the Holocaust. It broke the No. 1 rule of making movies about historical tragedies: Don't make things up!

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10 horror movies on Netflix that viewers couldn't finish


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The horror movie "Veronica" is known for terrifying viewers so much that people stop watching halfway through.

It's not the only movie that scary.

Netflix released a list of 10 horror movies that people stopped watching after around the 70% mark.

That metric, Netflix told Forbes, was used because, if people hated the movie instead of being scared by it, they'd turn it off before then. The 70% mark is a good indicator that the movie was simply too scary to finish.

Here are 10 horrifying movies Netflix viewers can't finish.

"Cabin Fever" (2016)

The 2016 version of the movie — about a group of five young people who succumb to a flesh-eating bacteria — is a remake of the 2002 film originally made by Eli Roth. Most critics found the remake pointless. It's also notable for having a small part played by Louise Linton, the wife to United States Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin.

"Carnage Park" (2016)

"Carnage Park" starts out as a thriller, with two crooks who flee a botched bank heist. But it quickly turns into a horror movie when they end up on the territory of a deranged ex-military sniper.

"México Bárbaro" (2014)

"México Bárbaro" is an anthology of eight different short films based on terrifying traditional Mexican stories. They don't have happy endings.

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How 'Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle' went from a punchline to one of Sony's biggest box-office hits ever (SNE)


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  • The internet had a field day in 2015 when Sony officially announced it was making a sequel to the hit 1995 movie "Jumanji."
  • But the joke's on the internet critics: The movie, powered by Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart, earned close to $1 billion globally at the box office.
  • The film's director, Jake Kasdan, explained to Business Insider how he pulled off one of the biggest surprise hits in recent memory.

Things did not start off well for the sequel to "Jumanji."

Twenty years after the 1995 hit movie — which starred Robin Williams as a man who, after decades of being trapped inside a magical board game, is finally released to complete it with two kids — Sony announced in 2015 that it was going to dust off the property and reboot it.

The internet was not happy.

"It was like, 'You're ruining my childhood!'"Jake Kasdan, the director of "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle," recalled when Business Insider asked whether he was aware of the backlash.

Following the Sony announcement, social media was flooded with negative reactions, the consensus being that a "Jumanji" reboot would tarnish the original's legacy and that the sequel was just the latest example of Hollywood running out of new ideas:

And things didn't get any better for the movie when, after the screenwriter Chris McKenna ("Spider-Man: Homecoming") was tasked with coming up with a new take on the movie, three more screenwriters came on board to give it a crack. The release date was also changed three times, eventually settling on December 20, the Wednesday after "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" would hit theaters.

These are not good signs for a movie.

But in one of the most miraculous turnarounds for a movie in recent memory, "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle" didn't just hold its own against "The Last Jedi" in December (finishing in second place for the last week and a half of the year), it knocked the latest "Star Wars" movie off the top spot and went on an incredible three-week streak of topping the weekend domestic box office in January.

The movie went on to earn over $939 million worldwide, and over $400 million in North America — the second-best domestic performance ever for a Sony movie (just below the $403.7 million made by 2002's "Spider-Man"). All this came from just a $90 million budget.

And no one is more surprised by the movie’s global success than Kasdan.

'I loved what this could be'

Known for R-rated comedies like "Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story" and "Bad Teacher," Kasdan came out of nowhere to prove he could helm a PG-13 action-comedy with major stars like Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black, Karen Gillan, and Nick Jonas.

Kasdan signed on to direct a few months after Sony made the official announcement, despite being fully aware of the hatred for the idea by those on the internet.

"On some level I think there's a deserved skepticism about bringing back titles," Kasdan told Business Insider while promoting the Blu-ray/DVD release of the movie (available Tuesday). "Whether it's a sequel, reboot, relaunch, I think we've done so much of it that understandably the audience is kind of, 'Why does everything have to be like this?' But I loved what this could be."

jumanji sonyWhat the haters online didn't know was that Kasdan and the screenwriters McKenna, Erik Sommers, Scott Rosenberg, and Jeff Pinkner all contributed to what can only be described as a unicorn in the movie business — a reboot that feels new while also paying homage to the original.

The major adjustment done for the "Jumanji" sequel was shifting the board-game element to better reflect the present gaming world.

At the end of the original "Jumanji," the two main characters toss the game into a river. The sequel starts years later in 1996, with the game being found on a beach. The boy who is given it ignores what he sees as a lame board game, so the game magically morphs into a more attractive video game, sucking him into it. Years later, more kids are sucked in and become avatars played by Johnson, Hart, Black, and Gillan.

That element opened incredible possibilities for the sequel's story, as it not only could bring the Jumanji game to life but also could deliver all types of gaming aspects to the movie — from the characters' three game "lives" apiece to the jokes about their avatar's strengths and weaknesses.

Kasdan said this was all pulled off not by one single screenwriter who finally figured out how to crack the story but by collectively using all of them, like a TV writers' room.

'It wasn't like someone was dismissed and never heard from again'

Traditionally, on a movie, when a screenwriter has handed in his or her draft and been told that another scribe has been hired, that usually means the director, producers, or studio executives (or all the above) didn't like the previous screenwriter's work. But that wasn't the case on "Welcome to the Jungle."

"What made this project unusual was I continued to work with a lot of the writers," Kasdan said. "It wasn't like someone was dismissed and never heard from again. Chris McKenna came up with the idea and wrote it with Erik Sommers, and then Scott Rosenberg and Jeff Pinkner came on, and I did some work on it as well. I just liked their work, so by the end it was this unique experience where they worked with me or each other. Everyone kept a foot in."

Though Kasdan thought they had made a worthy movie, he still had no idea how it would play in test screenings. So first, he decided to play the movie for his kids.

"My kids are like 7 and 5, which is sort of younger than we ever thought about our audience, but they loved it," he said. "That made me think that the movie had a larger possible audience than I had fully realized while we made the movie. They connected so strongly to the fantasy of it, it got me excited."

And the rest is history. The movie made just under $1 billion globally at the box office and solidified the star status of Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart. And Kasdan is still trying to take it all in.

"I've been doing this long enough to realize how extraordinary this is," he said. "It's kind of a dream."

But now it's back to the drawing board for a sequel. Kasdan, Rosenberg, and Pinkner are all set to return, along with the lead cast. But can a sequel that was praised for having its own identity pull off a successful encore? Can the video game storyline be used again? Is it right to bring back the same cast?

"We're just starting to figure that out," Kasdan said. "The honest answer is you could do all different kinds of things and we're trying to figure out what feels like the most organic and fun way to continue this."

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