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The 23 most successful movie franchises of all time


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Riding the record-setting success of "Black Panther" into the massive, upcoming release of "Avengers: Infinity War," the Marvel Cinematic Universe's catalog of films gives it a commanding lead among the highest-grossing movie franchises of all time. 

To figure out which other film series have made their mark, we turned to Box Office Mojo to rank the most successful film franchises in history by their worldwide box office totals. 

From the "Star Wars" films to the "James Bond" series, many of these franchises have had staying power over the course of decades.

And for many of them, the box office is only the start, with things like merchandising adding even more into the coffers of their respective production companies.

Here are the 23 most successful movies franchise of all time at the global box office:

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23. "Indiana Jones"— $1.947 billion

Box office total: $1.947 billion

Number of movies: 4

Highest-grossing movie: "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" ($786.6 million)

22. "Toy Story"— $1.970 billion

Box office total: $1.970 billion

Number of movies: 3

Highest-grossing movie: "Toy Story 3" ($1.06 billion)

21. "Planet of the Apes"— $2.077 billion

Box office total: $2.077 billion

Number of movies: 5

Highest-grossing movie: "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" ($710.6 million)

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How 'Isle of Dogs' stacks up against Wes Anderson's 8 other movies


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For over 20 years, the director Wes Anderson has given us some of the most interesting movies the medium has seen — often doing it with beautifully detailed set designs, playful scores, and scripts that dance between drama and comedy.

Recently Anderson has used stop-motion animation to pull this off. Almost a decade after wowing us with "Fantastic Mr. Fox," he returns to stop-motion with his latest movie, "Isle of Dogs" (opening Friday). This movie follows a Japanese boy's journey to find his dog, with the help of other dogs.

Here we look at Anderson's nine feature-length movies and rank them worst to best:

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9: "The Darjeeling Limited" (2007)

Family has always been a major theme in Anderson's movies, and this one is no different. But things like story creativity, unique production design, and character development that make his other work shine don't land right in this one. Mainly the characters. There's a certain point in this movie when you just don't care anymore about the three brothers' (played by Adrien Brody, Owen Wilson, and Jason Schwartzman) bonding journey through India.

8: "Bottle Rocket" (1996)

Anderson's debut feature is understandably his least ambitious work, but the drive to be one of the most creative storytellers working today is there. You can see it in the entertaining dynamic between the friends Anthony and Dignan (played by the brothers Luke and Owen Wilson) and in the execution of the movie's great robbery scene.

7: "The Royal Tenenbaums" (2001)

Anderson kicked up his ambitious vision with regard to costumes and production design in this movie and has pretty much not looked back since. Looking at three gifted kids of a New York City family, and how they all grow up to have lives that never match their potential, the movie is a work that if you don't fully love, at the very least you respect. It also possesses Gene Hackman's last great performance before his retirement.

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A media analyst says The Weinstein Company won't fare well in an auction: 'People have looked at it and it's more trouble than it's worth'


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  • The Weinstein Company filed for bankruptcy on Monday evening.
  • A stalking horse bid for the company has been made by private equity firm Lantern Capital.
  • The hope is that the bid will lead to better offers, but media analyst Hal Vogel told Business Insider that TWC is "more trouble than it's worth."

On Monday, The Weinstein Company filed for bankruptcy and the Dallas-based private equity firm Lantern Capital has made a stalking horse bid for the company. 

The hope is that the bid by Lantern Capital will lead to better offers for the movie and TV indie studio in a bankruptcy court-supervised auction. But some are very skeptical the Weinsteins will be getting many attractive offers.

Though estimates of the company value it between $500 million and $1 billion, Lantern Capital put in a cash bid of only $310 million (plus $125 million in assumption of liabilities and $15 million in fees related to current projects), according to Deadline. This is after a pre-bankruptcy deal of $500 million for the company by an investment group led by Maria Contreras-Sweet, the former head of the U.S. Small Business Administration, fell through at the eleventh hour earlier this month.

Project Runway LifetimeAccording to Hal Vogel, media analyst and founder of Vogel Capital Management, now that bidders are getting a chance to "look inside the car" with the 254-page document The Weinstein Company filed for the bankruptcy, it's less attractive.

"People have looked at it and it's more trouble than it's worth," Vogel said. "Unless they put it all up for auction like a garage sale and sell individual pieces, but the goal is still to sell it as a whole and people are not eager to buy it as a whole."

Along with 277 film library titles, the company also has the TV show "Project Runway," which individually would be attractive to some, but taking all of TWC needs a special kind of taker.

This is especially true given the fact that along with filing for bankruptcy, TWC also announced that it had canceled all its nondisclosure agreements the company's former head, Harvey Weinstein, initiated with women who had accused him of sexual misconduct.

More than 70 women have accused Weinstein of varying degrees of sexual misconduct — including harassment, assault, and, in some cases, rape. The lifting of the NDAs could potentially mean more accusations, which would mean more litigation costs for a potential buyer.

"It has a lot of major unknowns," Vogel said of The Weinstein Company.

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Here's everything coming to — and leaving — Netflix in April


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  • The list of everything that will be coming to and leaving Netflix in April has been released.
  • Among those joining the streaming video site are "Scarface,""Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest," and "Seven Pounds."
  • "American Pie,""Apollo 13," and "The Pursuit of Happyness" will be removed.


Netflix has released its list of everything coming and leaving the streaming site.

Many fan favorites, like "Friday Night Lights,""Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest," and "Despicable Me 3" will be available.

For people looking to watch more terrifying movies like "Veronica,""Cabin Fever" and "Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever" are two new options.

Family movies like "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" and "Kung Fu Panda 3" will be leaving Netflix.

Fans of Batman will also be disappointed to know that "Batman,""Batman & Robin,""Batman Forever," and "Batman Returns" will be removed.

Here's a list of everything coming and going on Netflix in April.

Arriving in April

Available 4/1/2018

"A Sort of Family"

"Along Came Polly" 

"Bad Boys"

"Battlefield Earth"

"Beethoven's Christmas Adventure"

"Big Time"

"Body of Lies"

"Cabin Fever"

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"Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever"

"Cats & Dogs"

"Cold Mountain"

"Dare to Be Wild"

"Deep Blue Sea"

"Fish People"

"Friday Night Lights"

"Jackass 2.5" 

"Life Is Beautiful"

"Looney Tunes: Back in Action"

"Mortal Kombat"

"Nancy Drew"

"Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest"

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"Sin City"

"Speed Racer"

"Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines"

"The Duchess"

"The Family Man"

"The Flintstones"

"The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas"

"The Iron Giant"

"The Joel McHale Show With Joel McHale"

"The Lost Boys"

"The Queen of the Damned"

"The Spy Next Door"


Available 4/2/2018

"La Piloto" Season 1

Available 4/3/2018

"Fary Is the New Black" NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Available 4/5/2018

"Behind the Curtain: Todrick Hall"

"Despicable Me 3"

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Available 4/6/2018

"6 Balloons" NETFLIX FILM


"Fastest Car" Season 1 NETFLIX ORIGINAL

"Money Heist: Part 2" NETFLIX ORIGINAL

"My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman: Jay-Z" NETFLIX ORIGINAL

"Orbiter 9" NETFLIX FILM 

"Ram Dass, Going Home" NETFLIX ORIGINAL

"Sun Dogs"

"The 4th Company" NETFLIX FILM

"The Boss Baby: Back in Business" Season 1 NETFLIX ORIGINAL

"Todo lo que sería de Lucas Lauriente" NETFLIX ORIGINAL

"Troy: Fall of a City" Season 1 NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Available 4/7/18

"24 Hours to Live"

Available 4/9/18


Available 4/10/18

"Greg Davies: You Magnificent Beast" NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Available 4/12/18

"Pickpockets" NETFLIX FILM

Available 4/13/18

"Chef's Table: Pastry" NETFLIX ORIGINAL

"Come Sunday" NETFLIX FILM

"I Am Not An Easy Man" NETFLIX FILM

"Lost in Space" Season 1" NETFLIX ORIGINAL

"The Magic School Bus Rides Again" Season 2 NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Available 4/15/18

"Lakeview Terrace"

"Seven Pounds"

Available 4/17/18

"The Chalet" Season 1 NETFLIX ORIGINAL

"The Honeymoon Stand Up Special" Collection NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Available 4/18/18

"Friend Request"


Available 4/19/18

"Charité" Season 1 NETFLIX ORIGINAL

"Chasing the Dragon"

Available 4/20/18

"Aggretsuko" Season 1 NETFLIX ORIGINAL



"Kodachrome" NETFLIX FILM


"Spy Kids: Mission Critical" Season 1 NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Available 4/21/18

"The Letdown" Season 1 NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Available 4/24/18

"Call the Midwife" Series 6

"Kevin James: Never Don't Give Up" NETFLIX ORIGINAL 

Available 4/25/18

"Bill Nye: Science Guy"

"Psychokinesis" NETFLIX FILM

Available 4/27/18


"Bobby Kennedy for President" NETFLIX ORIGINAL


"Holy Goalie"

'The Man Who Knew Infinity"

"The New Legends of Monkey" Season 1 NETFLIX ORIGINAL



"Jane the Virgin" Season 4

"Seth Rogen's Hilarity for Charity"

Leaving in April

Leaving 4/1/18

"30 Days of Night"

"88 Minutes"

"Ace Ventura: Pet Detective"

"Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls"

"American Pie"

"American Pie 2"

"Apollo 13"


"Batman & Robin"

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"Batman Forever"

"Batman Returns"


"Charlie and the Chocolate Factory"

"Cool Runnings"

"Death Sentence"

"Dolphin Tale"

"Eagle vs. Shark"

"John Mulaney: New in Town"

"Never Let Me Go"

"Set Up"

"Small Soldiers"

"The Dukes of Hazzard"

"The Men Who Stare at Goats"

"The Pursuit of Happyness"

"The Shawshank Redemption"

"The Whole Nine Yards"

"Wild Wild West"

Leaving 4/3/18

"Starry Eyes"

Leaving 4/5/18

"The Hallow"

"The Nightingale"

Leaving 4/12/18

"The Emperor's New Clothes"

Leaving 4/15/18

"Happy Tree Friends"

"Leap Year"

Leaving 4/16/18

"Son of God"

Leaving 4/17/18

"Z Storm"

Leaving 4/20/18

"The Exorcism of Molly Hartley"

Leaving 4/21/18

"The Prestige"

Leaving 4/22/18

"Exit Through the Gift Shop"

Leaving 4/26/18

"Kung Fu Panda 3"

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Leaving 4/27/18

"Begin Again"

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We just got a big indication that 'Deadpool 2' is going to be better than the record-breaking original


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  • A recent test screening of "Deadpool 2" scored a 98 out of 100, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
  • That's better than the original's 91 score.
  • That movie went on to earn over $783 million worldwide.

Fans of "Deadpool" just got a major indication that its sequel could live up to the massive hype surrounding it.

The movie has had three test screenings leading up to its release by 20th Century Fox on May 18, and each screening scored better than the previous one, with the final one hitting a 98 score out of 100, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The original movie's best test score was a 91 before going on to break box-office records when it opened in 2016 and earned over $783 million worldwide.

According to THR, the first test screening of "Deadpool 2" scored a 91 then a second one had a 97 score. After six days of reshoots last month — three days fewer than the original movie — a final test screening was done in Dallas on two screens simultaneously showing separate cuts. One cut scored a 94 and the other a 98, according to the trade. Fox will be going with the cut that scored a 98.

Studios do test screenings for virtually every movie they release. Often the CGI is not completed and the score isn't final. Audiences are recruited in rural areas of the country to participate and sign documents promising to not reveal anything they've seen. After watching the movie the audience is asked to rate the movie by filling out comment cards with boxes marked "excellent,""very good,""good,""fair," or "poor."

"Deadpool 2" will continue the adventures of the Marvel character Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds), and will add characters Cable (Josh Brolin) and Domino (Zazie Beetz).

Here's the latest trailer:

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7 video games that should be adapted into movies, according to film critics


tomb raider 2 Warner BrosEvery week, IndieWire asks a select handful of film critics two questions and publishes the results. (The answer to the second, “What is the best film in theaters right now?”, can be found at the end of this post.)

With “Tomb Raider” opening this weekend, and “Ready Player One” right around the corner, we are once again confronted with the grim history of video game movies.

The prevailing wisdom is that video game movies are awful, but surely that has to change at some point… right?

This week’s question: What video game should be adapted into a movie?

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Kate Erbland (@katerbland), IndieWire

Take this all with a huge grain of salt — I did not grow up with any video game consoles in my home! thus, my knowledge is minimal! — but I am still gunning for a really wild “Grand Theft Auto” feature. Yes, yes, of course there’s “Fast and the Furious” and all its related ilk, but that series has gotten way far away from its zoom-zoom-go-fast roots  (much to its own advantage), and while plenty of other, smaller films have tried to pick up the whole “hey, fast cars are fun” slack left in its wake, nothing has been nearly as funny as the giddy, illegal charms of the “GTA” series.

Karen Han (@Karenyhan), Freelance for The Daily Beast, The Atlantic, The Verge

I’d sell off one of my vital organs to see “Kentucky Route Zero” adapted for the screen. Granted, I think it’d fare better as a miniseries than a movie, but I’m not too picky. It’s one of the best games to come out of recent years, if not the best, and it’s so aesthetically singular and unique (as well as boasting an atypical background and a diverse cast) that any adaptation would already have a leg up. (If you haven’t played it yet, please do. Cardboard Computer is doing some of the most incredible work out there).

Neil Miller (@rejects), Film School Rejects

Part of me wants to say, “Hey, let’s just make several sequels to ‘Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle.'” But does that even count as a video game adaptation? It’s definitely a film that understands the mechanics and dynamics of video games better than most. I digress. What I’d love to see in the video game space is for a filmmaker or studio to come along and find a way to adapt games known for their aesthetic beauty.

I’m thinking games like “Limbo” and “Badland” (both iOS games). These are both eerie, beautiful games with immersive worlds and puzzle-based mechanics. They both have plenty of narrative potential. We have to begin thinking of video game adaptations in the context of sandboxes where filmmakers can play around and create their own stories, rather than more direct adaptations. Or get Jean-Pierre Jeunet to make a “Machinarium” adaptation as a secret backdoor sequel to “Delicatessen” (starring little robots, of course).

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The power players at Disney who could succeed Bob Iger as CEO


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If you've been following Disney for the last few years, you might be under the impression that CEO Bob Iger will rule the company until the end of time.

Iger's tenure at Disney has been lengthened on multiple occasions, and his most recent contract extension takes him through December 2021. This means he'll be able to make sure the Fox assets Disney is buying for $52.4 billion integrate into the company, and set out a path for Disney's streaming future as it battles Netflix.

But eventually Iger will have to retire, and the succession plan at Disney is far from clear.

In 2016, Disney COO Thomas Staggs, who was widely considered to be Iger's heir apparent, left the company unexpectedly when it became clear that he wasn't going to get the top job. Since then no obvious successor has been anointed by Iger, at least publicly.

Some industry insiders and analysts have speculated that either Disney will look outside the company for a new CEO when Iger retires, or look to the personnel coming over from Fox.

"It buys [the board] time," Pivotal Research analyst Brian Wieser said of Iger's contract extension in December. "I don't think they were satisfied that they had a successor inside of Disney, so there's time either to find outside talent or to assess if James Murdoch or someone from the Fox organization is an appropriate successor."

But when Disney announced a strategic reorganization last week, talk of potential internal candidates started again. The chatter has focused around three men: Kevin Mayer, Bob Chapek, and James Pitaro (though he's considered much more of an outside shot).

All three have taken on big new responsibilities recently, with Mayer leading Disney's bet on a Netflix-like future, Chapek adding consumer products to his workload, and Pitaro moving to become the new head of ESPN.

Here's a breakdown of what these three have done so far in their Disney careers, and why they might have a chance to take over for Iger as chief executive:

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Kevin Mayer — Disney chairman of direct-to-consumer and international

Kevin Mayer, 55, was named chairman of Disney's direct-to-consumer businesses last week — a role that will include overseeing the streaming services that ESPN and Disney are set to launch this spring and in 2019, respectively. 

Mayer previously led corporate strategy at Disney since 2005. He oversaw and advised Bob Iger in the company's acquisitions of Pixar, Marvel Studios, and Lucasfilm, as well as its pending acquisition of 20th Century Fox, the largest in Disney's history. 

Iger has now given Mayer the pivotal task of leading Disney's shift from traditional TV to on-demand services, which multipleoutlets have pointed to as setting up Mayer to be a potential successor to Iger. 

"Wall Street likes Kevin," Needham & Co analyst Laura Martin told Bloomberg of Mayer's promotion this week. "He's proven himself to be a visionary, of not being afraid of taking risk. Giving him these assets is a worthy experiment."

Mayer is also currently in charge of Disney's investment in the Hulu streaming service, its international TV networks, and program and advertising sales for ABC and ESPN. 

In a statement announcing Mayer's promotion on Wednesday, Iger called Mayer "a proven leader who has played a critical role in bringing together the collection of creative and technological assets that will allow Disney to offer unparalleled entertainment experiences in a direct-to-consumer future."

Bob Chapek — Disney chairman of parks, experiences, and consumer products

Disney chairman of theme parks Bob Chapek, 57, added Disney's consumer products line to his purview last week. As with Mayer, Chapek's promotion has outletshighlighting him as a potential successor to Iger. 

Chapek has worked at Disney for 24 years, in leadership roles that ranged from film distribution to home-video entertainment. He also previously served as president of Disney's consumer products line, which he now oversees as chairman. 

Chapek has earned praise for delivering "steady returns" in heading the company's theme parks division since February 2015. He oversaw the opening of the Shanghai Disneyland park in 2016, which Disney has said is on track to be the most profitable Disney park globally. 

Disney also noted in its year-end fiscal report last year that Chapek's parks division was among the only four major Disney divisions that posted an increase in sales and profit.

In a statement announcing Chapek's promotion on Wednesday, Bob Iger called Chapek the "perfect leader" to run the combined parks and products team, given his "impressive record of success at both."

James Pitaro — ESPN president and cochair of Disney Media Networks

Disney recently named company executive James Pitaro as the new president of ESPN and cochair of Disney Media Networks, reporting directly to Bob Iger. 

Pitaro had previously chaired Disney's consumer products and interactive media divisions since 2016. He was also formerly a vice president and head of Yahoo! Media.

Sources told the Wall Street Journal on Wednesday that Pitaro is also in consideration to replace Bob Iger as CEO, but that he is considered a "longer shot" than both Mayer and Chapek. 

Pitaro joined ESPN, a top asset for Disney, as cord-cutting has significantly narrowed the sports-media company's subscriber base. But Iger sees him as the right person to lead ESPN as the company adapts to the digital world.

"Jimmy forged his career at the intersection of technology, sports and media, and his vast experience and keen perspective will be invaluable in taking ESPN into the future," Iger said in a statement announcing Pitaro's new role.

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg also praised Pitaro's promotion, saying that her late husband Dave Goldberg called Pitaro "one of the strongest strategists and managers he knew."

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Disney announced all its movies coming in the next 5 years — here's what you have to look forward to


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Walt Disney Studios made a major update to its theatrical schedule in March ahead of its annual shareholder's meeting.

The company outlined its movie schedule through 2023 where it announced dates for a mix of live-action films, Marvel superheroes, sequels, and many more trips to a galaxy far, far away.

Disney previously released dates for upcoming films stretching through 2020 and beyond. INSIDER rounded up every release date and movie in the works we know for the studio.

Here is everything you can expect to see from Disney from now through 2023:

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After a long wait, we'll finally get the third Avengers movie in April.

The movie's release date was recently pushed up from May.

"Avengers: Infinity War" will show Iron Man team up with other Marvel heroes ranging from Spider-Man and Doctor Strange to the Guardians of the Galaxy.

Over a dozen major Marvel characters will come together.

They'll have to team up to take down Thanos, the father of "Guardians" member, Gamora.

He's on a mission to collect the mystical Infinity Stones, which have been teased throughout Disney's Marvel Cinematic Universe. You can read our explainer on them here.

If you're not familiar with the Mad Titan you can read all about him here.

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12 things we're excited to see in 'Avengers: Infinity War'


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Other than the possible demise of characters like Iron Man, Thor, Loki, and Captain America, we're very excited for "Avengers: Infinity War."

This movie is what all of the installments in the MCU have been leading up to, so it's hard to wait, and we can't help but speculate.

From the trailers, we know that we'll see some unexpected people getting together, like Spider-Man and Doctor Strange; and Teen Groot and Thor.

But there will also be an epic battle in Wakanda that could be the end for some of our favorites. Plus we'll get a more fully fledged villain in Thanos, played by Josh Brolin. Since he's had such a big presence in the past few movies, we're expecting a deeper character than Ultron, who was a massive disappointment. 

From a secret role played by Peter Dinklage, to Loki's status as good or bad, these are all the things we can't wait to see in "Avengers: Infinity War," in theaters April 27. 

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Who the heck is Peter Dinklage playing?

Somehow, Emmy winner Peter Dinklage squeezed enough time into his "Game of Thrones" schedule to make an appearance in "Infinity War." Details of the character he's playing have been kept entirely under wraps, but with such a big star cast in the role, it has to be an important character in the MCU. But who? We'll have to wait and see. 

Nick Fury

Nick Fury brought the Avengers together and has been with the MCU since 2008's "Iron Man," so it wouldn't feel right if he didn't make an appearance in the movie. But Samuel L. Jackson has said that he's not in it, and implied that "Age of Ultron" (2015) could've been his last appearance in the MCU. He could be lying to surprise us though: Remember when Kit Harington said Jon Snow was dead for a year?

An appearance from Brie Larson's Captain Marvel — possibly

Brie Larson's Captain Marvel could make a brief appearance or cameo in "Infinity War" to get us even more excited about 2019's "Captain Marvel," the first female-led movie in the MCU. It's been long enough, so we'd love to get a glimpse, even if it's just the end credits. 

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Jeff Goldblum tells us about acting over the phone with Wes Anderson for 'Isle of Dogs' — and why he thinks his best performance is yet to come


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  • Legendary actor Jeff Goldblum talked to Business Insider about voicing a character in the stop-motion animated movie, "Isle of Dogs," which marks his third time working with director Wes Anderson.
  • Goldblum also opened up about why he believes he still hasn't delivered his career-best work yet.

It kind of makes sense that one of the most unique directors working today would want to work with one of the most unique actors.

“Isle of Dogs” (in select theaters Friday) marks the third time Wes Anderson has used Jeff Goldblum to masterful perfection. In “The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou” (2004), he had Goldblum play Bill Murray’s nemesis with the incredible charm that has become one of Goldblum’s memorable on-screen traits. Ten years later in “The Grand Budapest Hotel” (2014), Anderson gave him a very different role as an attorney who gets in over his head. And now with the stop-motion animated “Isle of Dogs,” Goldblum voices the dog Duke, who along with his canine friends helps a boy trying to track down his lost dog (Duke also loves to gossip whenever possible).

Working with Anderson is just the latest achievement for the legendary actor, who has literally done it all on screen — from playing a fly (“The Fly”), to saving the world (“Independence Day”), to running from dinosaurs (“Jurassic Park”), to even getting in on the Marvel craze (“Thor: Ragnarok”).

Goldblum talked to Business Insider about working once again with Anderson, the movie from his past he doesn’t mind watching if it’s on TV, why he loved his wardrobe in “Buckaroo Banzai,” and why he thinks he’s just on the threshold of doing his all-time best work.

Jason Guerrasio: I’ve heard that you did all your lines for “Isle of Dogs” over the phone, is that true?

Jeff Goldblum: Yes. Well, Wes was on the phone, I was in a recording studio in Los Angeles because schedule-wise I wasn't able to join Bill Murray and Bob Balaban and Ed Norton and Bryan Cranston, who were all together in a New York Studio. So I had to do this long distance, which I loved because I was sort of able to have Wes just to myself. He's a wonderful actor's director.

Guerrasio: If you did do it over the phone it wouldn't have been a first because Ryan Reynolds did a few lines over the phone for "Deadpool" that were needed during post. Same with Will Arnett for "Lego Batman Movie."

Goldblum: Well, these days I guess the technology is such that you can record something over the phone and tweak it into something very presentable.

Guerrasio: So it is safe to say this was the easiest movie you've done?

Goldblum: [Laughs] Well, there was no getting up every day early. It was short. But I'm working with Wes, even if it's a couple of hours over the phone, I thought about it as much as I could and tried to put as much into it as I could.

Guerrasio: What kind of direction did you want from him? Did you want visuals to prep?

Goldblum: Well, I'll take anything I can get. But this is my third movie with him, so you feel safe and anything he wanted to give me was enough. But originally he gave me the script and some photographs, some drawings that were the inspiration. And that was all. We didn't talk about the overall message and themes of the movie because he doesn't need to. We just talked about the character. But now that I've seen it a few times I start to go, wow, I guess I didn't need to know it but I'm so struck by the theme of us dogs being so committed and devoted to this kid.  

Guerrasio: Was what you saw on screen completely different from what you imagined it would be when you were recording the lines?

Goldblum: While I was preparing for it I was thinking, “How can I make this good?” I spent time looking at my dog, and a little bit more, and a little bit more. But having seen it now it was amazing and what these stop-motion animators have done. Not only are they blocking the scene and other things we didn't have to think about doing, but every line is accompanied by the correct depiction of what we're feeling, a subtle naturalistic performance.

Guerrasio: It sounds like a fun gig. A couple of hours and then hand it over to these guys who have to spend years crafting it.

Goldblum: Could you imagine? [Laughs] I do a little voice for a few hours and they work for three years.

Guerrasio: Now let's go to the other side of the spectrum. At this point in your career, are you still interested in doing a role that's very costume heavy, like "The Fly," having to spend hours and hours in a chair before shooting.

the flyGoldblum: I’m nothing if not a hard worker and if it's worth it. These days I'm as picky as ever and I have somehow the freedom to pick and I wouldn't work so hard just for the novelty of having a job, it would have to be with people I'm excited about and a story and a character I'm excited about. But they're around so yeah, I would jump into anything. 

Guerrasio: I’m sure you get many offers to do many things, is it nice to have the freedom to be selective and not have to worry about where the next job is coming?

Goldblum: It is nice. I like it. I feel I'm on the threshold of my best stuff. I feel I'm trying to get better and I'm getting a little better all the time, and I seem to be getting a variety of things. I have “Jurassic World" coming up, and the Jodie Foster movie called “Hotel Artemis,” a very different character for me. And I just did a movie called “The Mountain” with Rick Alverson, he's the director who did “Entertainment” and “The Comedy.”

Guerrasio: Very different projects and roles. You have a career full of them. But what's the movie of yours you'll stop everything and watch a little if it comes on TV?

Goldblum: It's funny, I watch them when they first come out because I'm curious what we did, but I'm critical of my early stuff. Like I said, I'm trying to improve. But let me see, let me see, what comes on that I really like? Well, Wes' movies. Wait a minute, wait a minute, wait a minute. IIIII dddooooonnnn'ttt kknnnoooow — I guess "The Fly" if it comes on. I'll watch a moment of that.

Guerrasio: Let me give you mine. I love you in “The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension.

Goldblum: Thank you.

Guerrasio: Do you get that one a lot?

Goldblum: Well, yes, people come up to me and say that. I like that movie. I actually watched it again because I did an interview about cult movies. I was very happy to see it again. I like that movie.

Guerrasio: I love the scene where your character, Dr. Sidney "New Jersey" Zweibel, is introduced. Wearing that incredible Western get up.

Goldblum: Well, like I say in that scene, "Geez, I thought we were going to go on the road," or something like that.

Guerrasio: He thought he was going to play with Buckaroo's band.

Goldblum: Yeah. He wasn't ready for what was about to happen. They had a very good costume person. And I was in “Silverado,” but I didn't have anything like woolly chaps and a great big hat. 

Guerrasio: It's an amazing look.

Goldblum: Yeah. I liked it.

Guerrasio: Now you were still coming up in the business at the time that movie came out. A sequel was teased in the end credits, did you think you were in a franchise? You probably thought you were going to at least get another paycheck playing this character.

Goldblum: Well, I think [director] W.D. Richter and Earl Mac Rauch, who wrote it, they had a lot up their sleeve. They had more things to show. I think it just didn't do well enough in theaters. But I've never been particularly careerist and I'm no kind of business man, I've always done this as a wild-hearted romantic creative adventure and I was plenty satisfied with what we'd done with that movie. I don't think I even paid attention to how it did. In those days, in fact, I don't even think there were opening weekend box office news like it is now. I don't think franchise was a term used yet. But no, I don't think I counted on anything past that movie. [Laughs

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Steven Spielberg says movies released by streaming services like Netflix don't deserve an Oscar


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  • Steven Spielberg said in an interview with ITV News that movies released by streaming services like Netflix and Amazon should not qualify for the Academy Awards. 
  • Spielberg called streaming services "a clear and present danger to filmgoers," and said that a film released by such companies should be considered a "TV movie" that could "deserve an Emmy, but not an Oscar."

Steven Spielberg said in a recent interview with ITV News that movies released by streaming services like Netflix and Amazon should not qualify for Oscars.

The "Ready Player One" director called the rise of streaming services "a clear and present danger to filmgoers," while lamenting that smaller films are now largely bought by such companies. 

"Fewer and fewer filmmakers are going to struggle to raise money, or to compete at Sundance and possibly get one of the specialty labels to release their films theatrically," Spielberg said. "And more of them are going to let the SVOD [Streaming Video On-Demand] businesses finance their films, maybe with the promise of a slight, one-week theatrical window to qualify for awards."

"But, in fact, once you commit to a television format, you're a TV movie," Spielberg continued. He added that films released on streaming services could "deserve an Emmy, but not an Oscar."

"I don't believe that films that are just given token qualifications, in a couple of theaters for less than a week, should qualify for the Academy Award nominations," he said.

Spielberg's critical stance on streaming services follows that of a fellow high-profile director in Christopher Nolan, who last year spoke against the theatrical strategy of Netflix.

Nolan called out Netflix's "mindless policy" of releasing films simultaneously on its streaming service and in theaters, though he also praised Amazon's 90-day theatrical window as "a perfectly usable model." Spielberg made no such distinction between Netflix and Amazon in his interview.

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The 13 best documentaries about cults and controversial religions


Wild wild countryWild Wild Country” is earning strong buzz on Netflix for investigating the rise and fall of a spiritual cult that made headlines in Oregon throughout the 1980s.

The documentary is one of many titles in the fascinating subgenre of controversial religious documentaries.

Scroll through the gallery for 13 real-life cults, secretive religions, and the documentaries you need to watch on each one.

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Rajneesh movement — "Wild Wild Country"

Netflix’s six-part series chronicles the rise and fall of the Rajneesh movement, founded by Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh in the 1980s. The cult established Rajneeshpuram, a 64,000-acre Oregon ranch, and poisoned the local community in order to win a political election.

Buddhafield cult — "Holy Hell"

Will Allen was a member of the Buddhafield movement for 22 years and the footage he recorded inside the cult provides the basis for “Holy Hell.” Allen also shot interviews of ex-members to paint a chilling portrait of group founder Michel Rostand.

Scientology — "Going Clear"

Alex Gibney’s “Going Clear” is considered the definitive Scientology documentary with a thorough history of the religion, founder L. Ron Hubbard, and its manipulative and life-threatening policies under current leader David Miscavige.

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New MoviePass data reveals the 27 movies that sold the most tickets to its subscribers since August


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Since MoviePass drastically lowered its price in August, the company has sent shockwaves through the movie theater business.

The service has seen a surge in popularity and reached 2 million subscribers last month. While users love the fact that MoviePass lets them go to a movie per day for only $9.95, some theater chains like AMC have complained that its business model isn't sustainable long-term.

We'll have to wait and see about that, but there's no doubt that MoviePass has changed the habits of many moviegoers already.

But which films have MoviePass subscribers loved the most?

MoviePass (and its majority owner Helios and Matheson Analytics) provided Business Insider with a list of the movies that had sold the most tickets via the service. These included recent Oscar best-picture winner "The Shape of Water" and Marvel's box-office behemoth, "Black Panther." (MoviePass didn't provide specific numbers, but did give us a list ordered from lowest to highest amount sold, along with estimates.)

Below are the 27 movies most successful with MoviePass users:

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27. "Pitch Perfect 3"

More than 200,000 tickets

The third "Pitch Perfect" movie helped move the franchise into the $500 million realm worldwide.

26. "Peter Rabbit"

More than 200,000 tickets

"Peter Rabbit" may have performed well with MoviePass audiences, but it was still the subject of controversy for making fun of food allergies.

25. "Molly's Game"

More than 200,000 tickets

Based on the book by Molly Bloom, Aaron Sorkin's real-life story of Bloom's underground poker game received an Oscar nomination for best adapted screenplay. 

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'Isle of Dogs' critics slam the movie for 'ugly' cultural appropriation and whitewashing


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  • Wes Anderson's "Isle of Dogs" is being praised by many film critics.
  • But others — even those who enjoyed it — are pointing out the culture appropriation.
  • The movie takes place in a dystopian Japanese city. 
  • The heroes of the movie are almost all voiced by white actors, though.
  • Critics are pointing out several stereotypes embedded in the storyline.


Wes Anderson's "Isle of Dogs" has received near universal acclaim from film critics (the movie currently has a 93% on Rotten Tomatoes), but even some who have enjoyed the stop-motion film have taken issue with the director's representation of Japanese culture. The film is receiving criticism for racial stereotypes just ahead of its March 23 release.

"Isle of Dogs" takes place in a dystopian Japanese city called Megasaki. A note at the beginning of the film states that all of the dog's barks have been translated into English, which is the reason actors like Bryan Cranston, Jeff Goldblum, and Edward Norton are voicing canines.

The Japanese characters are heard speaking their native language and Anderson does not rely on subtitles. Sometimes an interpreter character voiced by Frances McDormand translates the Japanese into English.

The Los Angeles Times review, written by Justin Chang, has received lots of attention for calling out Anderson for cultural stereotypes.

"It's in the director's handling of the story's human factor that his sensitivity falters, and the weakness for racial stereotyping that has sometimes marred his work comes to the fore," Chang writes.

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"Much of the Japanese dialogue, especially Atari's, has been pared down to simple statements that non-speakers can figure out based on context and facial expressions," he continues. "The dogs, for their part, all speak clear American English, which is ridiculous, charming and a little revealing; all these coy linguistic layers amount to their own form of marginalization, effectively reducing the hapless, unsuspecting people of Megasaki to foreigners in their own city."

Jen Yamato of the Los Angeles Times supported Chang's review by tweeting out her own criticism: "Thank you, Justin Chang, for devoting far more attention than most critics will to many of the willfully tone-deaf ways Wes Anderson appropriates and marginalizes Japanese culture and people in his so-called homage. It is ugly, indeed."

Yamato and Chang are hardly the only ones being critical of "Isle of Dogs'" depiction of Japan. Steve MacFarlane of Slant points out the fact that despite being set in a Japanese city, the heroes are mostly voiced by white characters. The only other main human hero besides the Japanese boy Atari Kobayashi is a white girl named Tracy, voiced by Greta Gerwig.

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"Worse still is an American exchange student, Tracy, with a crush on Atari, and who leads a singlehanded campaign to turn the tide of public opinion against Mayor Kobayashi, thus reifying old stereotypes about Japanese passivity," MacFarlane writes. "Ostensibly for laughs, one scene sees Tracy angrily throttling a crestfallen Japanese scientist by the neck. Given the painstaking frame-by-frame choreography of a film like this, it seems Anderson failed to entirely consider how this might come off to an even remotely skeptical viewership."

Ann Hornaday of the Washington Post writes "the specter of cultural appropriation haunts" the movie, while "Black Girl Nerds" critic Leonardo Faierman asks, "Is it not bad enough that a white American filmmaker is utilizing the language and visual qualities of another culture, but simultaneously distancing them from the viewer through some arbitrary mechanism we're meant to applaud?"

Anderson admitted back at the Berlin Film Festival that "Isle of Dogs" could have really been set anywhere. The filmmaker and his co-writers ended up settling on Japan because they always wanted to make movie set in one of their favorite cities. The stop-motion film opens in select theaters this Friday.

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MoviePass is offering an annual plan for new subscribers that works out to $7.50 a month (HMNY)


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  • MoviePass is offering one of its lowest subscription offers yet to attract new customers.
  • New subscribers can get the service for what works out to $7.50 a month for the first year, for a limited time.

Always looking for ways to beef up its subscription numbers, MoviePass announced Friday it is offering a discounted monthly offer for newbies.

For a limited time, new subscribers to MoviePass can get a yearly plan — which lets you see one movie per day in theaters — for what works out to $7.50 a month for the first year. For this yearly plan, MoviePass charges $6.95 per month and a one-time processing fee of $6.55. This is not the first time MoviePass has rolled out such an offer, but it isn't something the company offers all the time.

This continues the company's quest to hit the 5 million mark in subscribers to the service by the end of the year, which MoviePass CEO Mitch Lowe has predicted. In February, the company announced that it had hit 2 million subscribers.

The announcement also boasts of the contribution MoviePass has had to the opening weekends of recent new releases. According to the company, it was responsible for 17% of box office to Paramount’s "Annihilation," 10% of box office to Orion’s "Every Day," and 9% of box office to Fox’s "Love, Simon."

MoviePass also revealed to Business Insider recently that it bought over 1 million tickets for Disney/Marvel's sensation, "Black Panther."

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The 'Isle of Dogs' movie title has an adorable hidden meaning and people are freaking out


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  • Wes Anderson's "Isle of Dogs" is about an island of dogs outcast from a dystopian Japanese city.
  • If you say it out loud, "Isle of Dogs" sounds like "I love dogs."
  • People keep realizing this, and tweeting their revelation with great GIFs and quotes.

Wes Anderson's new stop-motion movie "Isle of Dogs" tells the story of a young boy seeking his beloved pup after all canines are exiled from a dystopian Japanese city. Though the film is under fire from critics accusing it of cultural appropriation and whitewashing, other people are focused solely on the movie's title.

If you say it out loud, "Isle of Dogs" can sound like "I love dogs."

Naturally, dog-lovers everywhere are living for this mind-blowing revelation. There's been a steady stream of people tweeting about the movie name over the past several weeks.

So simple, and yet so effective. "Isle of Dogs" arrives in theaters Friday. Watch the trailer below to see more of the good dogs in action.

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Bill Hader breaks down how 'SNL' stage fright inspired his new HBO show about a hitman, and tells a funny Tom Cruise story


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  • Bill Hader used the anxieties he had on "Saturday Night Live" to create the character for his HBO series, "Barry," about a hitman who wants to be an actor — though he's awful at acting.
  • Hader said the biggest challenge was making a hitman show that didn't imitate classics in the genre like "Get Shorty" or "Grosse Pointe Blank."
  • He also opened up about helping to voice the "Star Wars" character BB-8 (and if he's getting any residuals from the work) and working alongside Tom Cruise in "Tropic Thunder."

Since walking away as a “Saturday Night Live” cast member in 2013, Bill Hader has bounced around doing a bunch of things: showing off his dramatic chops in the indie “The Skeleton Twins,” playing the leading man in “Trainwreck,” doing a lot of voiceover work (“Inside Out,” “Sausage Party,” “The Angry Birds Movie,” “The BFG”), and contributing to the voice of BB-8 for “The Force Awakens.”

Now he’s returning to television for the HBO series, “Barry” (series premieres March 25), which he said was inspired by the years of anxiety he battled with while on "SNL."

Cocreating the series with Alec Berg (“Silicon Valley” executive producer), Hader plays the title character, a former Marine who is now a hitman completely burnt out and in a midlife crisis. While on a job in Los Angeles, Barry suddenly finds acceptance when he mistakenly becomes part of a local theater class while tailing his target. Now Barry has to try to find a way to continue his passion (acting) while continuing his day job as a hitman. The show also marks the first time Hader has ever directed, as he helmed the first three episodes.

Business Insider sat down with Hader last month to talk about how he channeled his fears on "SNL"— or, as he put it, "the thing that you're good at is destroying you"— into a creative way to tell a hitman story, if he has received any residuals for voicing BB-8, and what it was like watching Tom Cruise become Les Grossman on the set of “Tropic Thunder.”

Jason Guerrasio: Was it harder to convince HBO of the “Barry” storyline or that you could play a hitman convincingly?

Bill Hader: [Laughs] I think it was maybe both. To be honest, HBO was really open. They didn't need a lot of convincing. I had a meeting with them and said, "I want to do a show," and they said, "We'd love to do something with you." And they had seen “The Skeleton Twins,” and they liked my performance and saw that I wanted to branch out and do more than just sketch comedy. I think if Alec and I came in and pitched a broad comedy idea they wouldn't have been as interested. However, you say hitman and it conjures up images of a guy in a skinny tie with two 45s.

Guerrasio: Grosse Pointe Blank.

Hader: Exactly.

Guerrasio: But you take that idea of an outsider looking for a community and then bring in the whole arc of a guy dealing with a dead-end job. The kicker is, though, it just happens to be the job he hates is being a hitman.

Hader: That's exactly what it is. We thought what's the thing that we could relate to and just copy-paste hitman into it.

Guerrasio: So why a hitman?

Hader: I totally pulled it out of thin air, I'm going to be totally honest. Alec and I worked on an idea for a month and a half and it just wasn't jelling.

Guerrasio: What was that?

Hader: I can't remember, it was based on a guy I knew back home in Oklahoma and it was much more a weird guy in the Midwest. It was more in tune with the shows you see now that are led by comedians. This show is his daily life and daily struggles. And then we hit this place where it had no narrative pull, and I like things like that. Where each episode ends and you go, "What's going to happen next?" And it didn't have big stakes. That got us thinking, the biggest stakes are life and death. And I just said, "Well, why don't I play a hitman?" And Alec was like, "Ugh, I hate that word."

Guerrasio: But if it's Jason Statham saying, "Why don't I play a hitman?” it's like, seen that before, but you saying it makes things interesting.

Hader: Yeah, because I said, "It's me." I remember going to HBO saying, "OK, it's me as a hitman — but me." And they laughed and we pitched what essentially the pilot was, beat for beat. How art can heal a person. I love reading, I love music, to me these aren't recreational, they fulfill my life. So we made it as the thing this guy is good at is hurting him.

Guerrasio: And is it true the show also gave you an outlet to explore some of the anxieties you went through performing on "Saturday Night Live"?

Hader: 100%. That was the thing, at "SNL" the anxiety was so high. The longer I was on the show the better I was getting at the show but my anxiety didn't go down. It was actually going up. So, again, the thing that you're good at is destroying you.

Guerrasio: Did you throw any specific experiences you dealt with on "SNL" into "Barry"?

Hader: I do have a stage-fright thing, it's gotten better. That was in the pilot a little. The closest thing in the pilot is when Barry goes to the bar with the theater class. I remember when I first got to "SNL" I was suddenly getting to hang out with Amy Poehler and Seth Meyers and Rachel Dratch, and Tina Fey, and Chris Parnell, all these people that I admired. And I would be at a bar with them and I felt very out of place. I have to work with them and they are all geniuses and I don't feel equipped.

BarryAlec Berg Bill Hader John P Johnson HBO finalGuerrasio: You direct the first three episodes of the season, did that just happen by accident?

Hader: I wanted to direct. I said I wanted to direct the pilot and that was kind of a big thing. HBO came back and said, "We want to do this pilot," and I went, "Cool, I want to direct it." And they went, "Huh, well, have you directed before?" And I was. like, "No. But I've been on a lot of sets." And they were like, "Hmm." And I think the only reason they let me direct it was because Alec would be there and he's directed a ton of stuff for them. It was a thing I wanted to do my whole life. Before I wanted to be an actor. My heroes were all filmmakers. So getting a chance to do that was amazing.

Guerrasio: You've said you watched a lot of true crime shows and movies to prepare for this, was that for a visual style or story?

Hader: More story. It's so hard because you just don't want to make it a TV show about other TV shows or movies.

Guerrasio: You did not want to end up down the "Get Shorty" road.

Hader: Yeah. It's so easy to end up there. And that’s not to disparage Elmore Leonard or "Get Shorty.” I remember we were out in the desert shooting a scene and I turn to Alec and I go, "We're doing 'Breaking Bad' right now." And he's like, "Yeah, I was thinking about that." We're thinking, hitman that wants to be an actor, chemistry teacher who wants to be a drug dealer, we were like “Fu--! How did we not see this?" But, I love "Breaking Bad" so it seeps in no matter what.

Guerrasio: Gonna change it up a little before we’re done. Did you do any BB-8 stuff for "The Last Jedi"?

Hader: No, no, no. That was really funny. That is J.J. Abrams being a really nice guy. That is him saying, "Oh, I know you like Star Wars, do you want to come in and do the thing?" But anybody could do that, what I did. It's a Peter Frampton talk box with an app J.J. had.

Guerrasio: It must be nice to be in the mythology.

Hader: Yeah. I mean, I'm singing BB-8 pictures now.

Guerrasio: Is there such a thing as BB-8 residuals?

Hader: That's a good question, I should ask my business manager. [Laughs] You're finding out how bad I am at this. If my dad reads this he would lose his sh--. “You gotta know how much f---ing money you have, you moron!”

Guerrasio: [Laughs]

Hader: I mean, I would hope so. But that was just J.J. calling me up and saying 'Hey, man, you wanna come do this?' And I was like, sure. I did a voice initially, I tried it as a voice. And it didn't work. And I was like, “Well, there you go, it didn't work.” And months later, I mean, there were billboards already out for the movie, and he called again and was like, “You wanna try again?”

tropic thunder paramountGuerrasio: I read once in an interview you did that you were kind of shocked to run into Tom Cruise at the premiere of "Tropic Thunder" because when you worked with him on the movie he was Les Grossman the whole time. Did you mean he was in character the whole time?

Hader: No. He wasn't Method or anything like that. It was just easy to talk to him because he was in that makeup. We're talking about "Risky Business" and I'm asking him questions about "Eyes Wide Shut" and he was so cool and so nice, but he was dressed as Les Grossman. But then seeing him at the premiere and he's like, "Hey, man" and I'm, like, "Jesus, you're Tom Cruise!" and I got star struck because I finally was next to him without makeup.

Guerrasio: Did you come up with any bits on the fly on set for Tom to do as Les?

Hader: No. That was him and [screenwriter] Justin Theroux and [director] Ben Stiller. I was off to the side. I was just laughing at it all. I would improvise little things. I was just always trying to get him to yell at me. I would come up with stupid things to get him to get mad. I basically did an impersonation of an executive from Paramount that me and Ben know. Ben just liked the energy of me being this weird, calm guy and Les being this raging dude. But I don't think you can do Les Grossman right now. [Laughs] You would be in jail. It just seems he was a dying breed and hopefully dying in prison. [Laughs]

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9 details you may have missed in the new 'Deadpool 2' trailer



  • The "Deadpool 2" trailer was just released and gave a lot of insight into the upcoming film. 
  • Terry Crews, Rob Delaney, and Julian Dennison will be joining the cast. 
  • Cable, played by Josh Brolin, is on a mission to kill "the kid."
  • Both the kid and Deadpool are wearing collars at some point in the trailer which could be used to suppress their powers. 

If you’ll recall, 2016’s "Deadpool" more or less beat America over the head with its marketing campaign. For well over a year before its release, the physical and digital worlds were inundated with viral messaging starring the sophomoric superhero. It worked, of course: The relatively low-budget film became one of the most profitable that the superhero genre has ever seen. In comparison, "Deadpool 2" has weirdly flown under the radar. There haven’t been nearly as many bits of promotion for it, we didn’t know the official title until quite recently, and we didn’t even have a formal trailer until this morning. But now that the teaser has dropped, it’s time to dig into it and see what it reveals about this scatological sequel.

We will, indeed, be meeting X-Force.

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After Fox released a quasi-trailer last month, astute viewers noted that Wade Wilson was seen alongside a group of tough-looking folks who bore a more-than-passing resemblance to members of X-Men spinoff group X-Force. Created in the early 1990s, the team has historically been a more lethal version of the X-Men. This trailer makes their appearance official, with Wade declaring that he’s forming a group and giving it that name. Fox’s reported plan is that the team will move into a self-titled film written and directed by "Cabin in the Woods" and "The Martian" alum Drew Goddard. In "Deadpool 2", the group will include Zazie Beetz’s Domino (whose mutant power allows her to alter luck), but the rest of the members are shrouded in a little mystery. It looks like one of them will be beloved third-tier comics character Shatterstar, whose overall deal is that he’s a supernaturally gifted mutant warrior. Oh, and Terry Crews is there. But who is he playing? Well …

Terry Crews is playing Bedlam.

At one point, we see Deadpool looking through headshots of potential X-Force members and comes across a photo of Terry Crews with the name “Bedlam” printed below it. Now, this could mean anything, but there is a semi-obscure (and African-American) X-Force character named Jesse Aaronson who goes by the name Bedlam. (Well, went by that name. He’s currently dead in the comics.) His gist is that he’s a mutant who can manipulate bioelectric fields to mess with people and machines. We don’t see Crews do anything like that in the trailer, so maybe they just used the name and nothing else?

Rob Delaney is in the movie.

In what is perhaps the most delightful surprise of the entire clip, we encounter a recruitment headshot for none other than "Catastrophe" star Rob Delaney. He’ll be playing someone named Peter. That’s about all we know, but that’s more than enough to make this film significantly better.

Shiori Kutsuna is playing an X-Person.

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Exactly which one, we don’t know. We see her with an X on her shoulder, swinging around a chain-link weapon suffused with electricity during a quick montage about Deadpool forming X-Force, but that’s about it. There’s speculation that she might be playing either Psylocke or Surge. They’re both mutants of Japanese descent (well, Psylocke is an English woman trapped in a Japanese woman’s body … long story), but it’s entirely possible that people are just being mildly racist and ignoring the possibility that she’s playing a character who isn’t Asian in the comics. Psylocke’s deal is that she’s a telekinetic and telepath; Surge’s is that she can absorb and discharge electricity. The latter seems more likely, but then again, who knows.

Deadpool’s co-star is on a mission of murder.

It appears that we finally have the basic plot of the flick. We’ve long known that it would prominently feature Josh Brolin as the classic time-traveling X-Force member/leader Cable, but we didn’t know a ton more than that. Here, we see him telling Deadpool he has to kill “the kid,” presumably in order to save the future. Wade doesn’t want him to carry this mission out. Et voilà: conflict with the eventual resolution! Wait, who’s this kid?

Our MacGuffin may be a mutant immigrant.

It looks like this is the lad Cable is after. Played by relative unknown Julian Dennison, we see him standing around with his hands glowing while wreckage smokes around him. One of the things he seems to have blown up is an Immigration and Customs Enforcement car. Could it be that he’s on the run from anti-mutant authorities and ICE? Oh, and we see him wearing a curious device …

Collars play some kind of role in the plot.

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Both the kid and Deadpool are seen wearing bulky black collars with little red lights on them. Mayhap they restrict mutant powers? But who installed them? Maybe the people who work for whatever “DMC” is? We see a military-ish dude with those letters stenciled on his chest. Department of Mutant Corrections, perhaps? Is that a thing?

Professor Xavier might cameo. At least his wheelchair will.

The connection between the X-Men pictures and Deadpool has always been a little loose, but it seems like it’ll be strengthened in this movie. We get a brief glimpse of Deadpool wheeling around in Professor X’s motorized wheelchair. Will James McAvoy pop up in old-age makeup? Patrick Stewart has said he’d be open to reprising his role as the character, but there’s no confirmation of that.

We’ll see Ryan Reynolds in some stunning outfits.

We get glimpses of Wade in a powder-puff football jersey, a yellow jumpsuit (maybe he gets imprisoned at some point?), and, most important, spike heels. Ginger Rogers is rolling over in her grave.

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22 books that Hollywood should make into movies


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Many of Hollywood's richest ideas start out as books. Book-to-movie adaptations are a way for filmmakers to reinterpret another work of art into a different medium and often make for some of the best movies of all time.

And in a time when diversity in front of and behind the camera is sorely needed, they can be a great resource for stories that can fill that gap.

Here's a list of books that should be adapted into movies. Some of them are neglected classics, some of them are imperfect but could soar with the right interpretation, and some of them have been noticed by studios but development seems to be stuck. In all these cases, there's a great story waiting to be told on the big screen.

"Go Set a Watchman" by Harper Lee

Harper Lee's ham-handed sequel — or is it an earlier draft? — to "To Kill a Mockingbird" is exactly the type of flawed book that could come alive with another artist's interpretation. With the right director and actor, it could make a great film that finds nuance in Atticus Finch.

It would also need the permission of Tonja Carter, the lawyer who runs Lee's estate, which could prove difficult.

"The Animators" by Kayla Rae Whitaker

"The Animators" is prime for a Hollywood hit. Kayla Rae Whitaker's debut follows two women working in the male-dominated field of animation. The best friends are working on their first feature film, but tension builds and threatens their creative and personal relationship. The novel was optioned at the end of 2017 as a potential series, but it would be great to see something come of it. 

"The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay" by Michael Chabon

"The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay" is a masterpiece. Michael Chabon weaves together an imaginative story full of comic book wonder and magic. Two cousins strive to dominate the comic book industry with the historical backdrop of Nazi-occupied Prague and America during the 1940's.

The novel was primed for a film adaptation in 2001 with Chabon adapting his own novel, but the project has stopped and started multiple times since then. It needs to emerge from development hell, because it belongs on the big screen. 

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8 of the best movie aerial dogfights, ranked


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Despite their popularity on the silver screen, many of the best military action scenes don’t depict the heroic storming the beaches of Normandy or cutting through the enemy frontlines in the jungles of Vietnam.

In fact, some of the most intense sequences are of the deadly dogfights in the sky.

Several awesome films get overlooked just because there isn’t any land warfare involved. So, to even things out a bit, here are a few of our favorite films that feature dogfights and keep us on the edges of our seats.

8. Top Gun

When Tony Scott’s Top Gun landed in movie theaters across the country, it was a freakin’ blockbuster, raking in over $350 million worldwide. Filled with plenty aerial acrobatic, Top Gun made audiences of all ages want to be the next hotshot pilot.

The fight scenes that capped off the film were well-edited, featured a kick-ass soundtrack, and delivered plenty notable one-liners that had moviegoers nodding in approval.

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7. Memphis Belle

Directed by Michael Caton-Jones, Memphis Belle follows the brave men crewing a B-17 bomber based in the United Kingdom as they prepare for their final mission over Germany.

The dogfight scenes capture what it must have been like battling wave after wave of well-trained German fighters.

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6. Fly Boys

In 2006, James Franco took to the pilot seat playing a young man who volunteered for the French military before the U.S. got involved World War I.

The film showcased the intense training and extreme dangers that canopy-less fly boys encountered during the war.

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