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Every Steven Spielberg movie, ranked from worst to best



Spanning more than 40 years, Steven Spielberg's work boasts an extremely diverse array of stories, characters, and themes.

He's made whimsical fantasies aimed squarely at children ("E.T.,""The Adventures of Tintin"), complex morality stories ("Bridge of Spies,""Amistad"), and graphically violent dramas ("Munich,""Saving Private Ryan").

For his latest, "Ready Player One," the Oscar winner returns to his popcorn blockbuster roots and proves that he's still the king of the genre.

Here we take on the difficult task of ranking from worst to best all 32 of Spielberg's feature-length movies. 

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32. "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" (2008)

Earning its rightful place at the bottom of this list is the fourth entry in Spielberg's "Indiana Jones" anthology. There are so many problems with this movie. If you really want to understand all of them, we suggest watching Red Letter Media's in-depth analysis of why it's so bad. Disney announced that Spielberg and star Harrison Ford will reunite for a fifth "Indy" movie. Hopefully, in the words of Max Von Sydow's character in "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," it "will begin to make things right."

31. "The Lost World: Jurassic Park" (1997)

Spielberg rushed to deliver a sequel to his 1993 record-breaking box-office smash "Jurassic Park." In the process, he failed to produce a worthy successor to the groundbreaking original. He also created a scene in which a little girl uses gymnastics to fight a dinosaur that many refer to as the worst thing he's ever done.

30. "A.I. Artificial Intelligence" (2001)

Stanley Kubrick originally intended to direct this project, but Spielberg took it over after Kubrick passed away in 1999. While it possesses many solid attributes, such as a superb John Williams score, the marriage of Spielberg's sensibilities with those of Kubrick result in an uneven mess that will hopefully improve with repeated viewings. 

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45 terrible movies that today's greatest actors starred in


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Some of the best actors alive have been in some of the worst movies of all time.

Sometimes a movie can have a good script, but everything goes wrong in production. But many times when a movie fails, everything was bad — from concept to screenplay to performance.

Even some of the best people in the business, including the likes of Meryl Streep, Leonardo DiCaprio, Denzel Washington, Julianne Moore, and Ryan Gosling have appeared in movies critics hated.

We collected a list of some of our favorite actors working today, and decided what their worst movie was. Rotten Tomatoes scores helped us make our decisions, but the lowest critic score didn't dictate the worst movie. We decided how prominent the roles were, which means we eliminated a lot of terrible movies from the start of everyone's acting career. We also considered how big the movie was, how hated it was when it came out, and how hated it is now.

Here are the worst movies the best living actors have starred in, ordered from (relatively) best movie to worst:

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Sandra Bullock, "The Blind Side"

Critic Score: 67%

What the critics said: "Quite how Sandra Bullock deserved an Oscar for her one-note turn as bleached supermum Leigh-Anne is a mystery, since it transforms a potentially worthwhile character study into a grandstanding star vehicle." -Time Out

Lupita Nyong'o, "Non-Stop" (2014)

Critic Score: 59%

What the critics said: "The problem is that Non-Stop tries to be something it's not. It has one too many scenes that border on ludicrous, and the big reveal barely makes sense." -Globe and Mail

Tom Hanks, "The Ladykillers" (2004)

Critic Score: 55%

What the critics said: "There's the mind-numbing oompah rhythm of every gag telegraphed and every joke pounded into the ground." -Village Voice

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How movie sound effects are made


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  • Sound effects sometimes require a lot of effort and creativity to get right.
  • INSIDER profiled Studio Unknown, a studio that uses everyday objects to create sound effects for movies.
  • For example, artists use chopsticks to imitate the sound of a rat scrabbling across the pavement.
  • Meanwhile, a shredded rope can provide the whooshing noise needed to mimic that of a horse's swishing tail.
  • Colorful Mardi Gras beads sound a lot like a bottle of pills when shaken.
  • Supervising sound editor Matt Davies told INSIDER that old or broken items are often given a new purpose by these artists.
  • Found or antique items might rattle or squeak more than newer objects.

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John Krasinski's terrifying new movie 'A Quiet Place' is a rare horror film with 100% on Rotten Tomatoes


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Critics are heaping praise on the new movie "A Quiet Place," a horror-thriller directed by and starring John Krasinski ("The Office,""13 Hours").

"A Quiet Place" centers on a family of four who has to keep dead silent in a dystopian world where they are hunted by creatures that track down sounds. Emily Blunt costars.

The movie stands at a 100% "Fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

Most critics have praised the movie's performances and Krasinski's execution of its conceit and scares.

Here's what critics have said about "A Quiet Place," which opens April 6 nationwide:

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"When 'A Quiet Place' has one finger on the panic button and the other on mute, it's a nervy, terrifying thrill."

Leah Greenblatt, Entertainment Weekly

"Directed with first-rate visual flair by John Krasinski (who knew?), this riveting near-silent thriller exudes the despair of a broken world with the concision of a Cormac McCarthy novel folded into a simplistic B-movie premise."

Eric Kohn, IndieWire

"Even moviegoers who don't accept the metaphor are going to have the pants scared off them."

John DeFore, The Hollywood Reporter

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'A Quiet Place' is an 'aggressively scary' horror movie with phenomenal reviews — see what critics are saying


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  • "A Quiet Place" is one of the best-reviewed horror movies to premiere in years. 
  • With a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes as of Tuesday, critics are raving about the film.
  • The movie, directed by and starring John Krasinski, is chock-full of jump scares. 
  • Critics are applauding the performances of its young stars and Emily Blunt.
  • And the final act of the movie will leave you breathless and in awe.
  • "A Quiet Place" arrives in theaters on Friday.

Scary movie fans can rejoice — "A Quiet Place" is said to deliver some of the best jump-scare scenes and spooky creature designs of any recent horror film. Directed by and starring "The Office" star John Krasinski, along with his real-life wife Emily Blunt, "A Quiet Place" tells the story of a family trying to survive in a post-apocalyptic-esque world.

In the movie, creatures who rely entirely on their hearing to hunt have taken over the world. This means our starring family lives in complete silence (and in constant fear for their safety). 

As of Tuesday morning, "A Quiet Place" had a rare 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Keep reading to see what critics are saying about this breakout horror movie.

The jump-scares will freak you out in the best way

"It's aggressively scary. The characters have to be so vewwy quiet that when the floor creaks or someone bumps into a table, the soundtrack goes BANG!!!! and the whole audience jumps."

Vulture's David Edelstein

"'Stay Silent, Stay Alive' is the motto, and Krasinski, who also directs, has conjured a taut, breathless little trick of a movie around it: 90 minutes of slow-drip dread and well-earned jump scares that dissipate, oddly, only when the silence is broken."

Entertainment Weekly's Leah Greenblatt

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"A jump scare every now and then is fine, but movies shouldn't base their entire ability to frighten on what amounts to a cinematic balloon pop. John Krasinski's 'A Quiet Place' seemed poised to do exactly what I dislike; it's an entire movie about being quiet. And yet it's one of the tensest, truly scariest movies to come out in a long time."

Nerdist's Kyle Anderson

The young actors give stand-out performances

"The performances in this film are spectacular and the strongest portrayals come from the children played by Noah Jupe and Millicent Simmonds. Without saying a word these actors were able to elicit moments of fear, terror, and dread throughout this journey and by the end, we feel their pain and exhaustion during this entire experience."

Black Girl Nerds' Jamie Broadnax

"'A Quiet Place' owes much to its actors' wordless investment in this tricky material. Simmonds is a particularly emotive performer, and the one-two punch of 'Wonderstruck' and 'A Quiet Place' ought to stimulate more projects tailor-made for her skills."

IndieWire's Eric Kohn

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This is John Krasinski's first great movie

"Though it's Krasinski's third time in the director's chair, it's his first home run thanks, in no small part, to the film's emphasis on family and Krasinski's choice of leading lady-his wife and mother of his two children, Emily Blunt."

Vanity Fair's Joanna Robinson

There are some gaps in the logic of the story if you look for them

"[The movie] is a tautly original genre-bending exercise, technically sleek and accomplished, with some vivid, scary moments, though it's a little too in love with the stoned logic of its own premise."

Variety's Owen Glieberman

But its ending will leave you breathless

"By the time the credits rolled, my hands hurt from clenching them so tightly. I let out a long breath I didn't know I'd been holding. And then I felt compelled to applaud, loudly, at what I'd just seen. Judging by the dazed looks on the faces of the critics around me, I wasn't the only one. This is that kind of movie." 

Mashable's Angie Han

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"The ways Krasinski and his collaborators find to ratchet up the tension are sometimes so surprising they provoke shocked, appreciative laughter. The final third is a thrill ride whose relentless action beats make just the right pauses for emotional effect."

The Hollywood Reporter's John DeFore

"'A Quiet Place'" shreds the nerves, but it does so in a way that feels rewarding. You don't just walk out having experienced a thrill ride, you walk out on a high, the kind of high that only comes from the best horror movies."

Roger Ebert's Brian Tallerico

"A Quiet Place" is in theaters Friday. Watch the full trailer below:

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Kevin Hart gave Tiffany Haddish $300 when she was living out of her car — and now they're starring in a movie together


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  • Tiffany Haddish was homeless around a decade ago.
  • She co-starred in a sketch comedy group with Kevin Hart.
  • Hart noticed she was living out of her car and gave her $300 for a few days in a hotel room.
  • Haddish credits Hart for helping her get her life together.
  • Now they're going to star in a movie together.


Around a decade ago, Tiffany Haddish was homeless and trying to make it in the Los Angeles comedy scene.

Her sketch comedy co-star at a local comedy club, Kevin Hart, noticed she was living out of her car. He gave her all the cash he had on her so she'd get a hotel room and helped get her life together.

"I was homeless as hell, and I didn’t want anyone to know,"Haddish posted on Instagram. "Kevin noticed a bunch of things in my car and actually took the time to talk to me. He gave me $300 and told me to get a hotel for a week."

Hart advised Haddish to write down a list of goals and then work toward them. Haddish credits that advice for getting her where she is now, and still sees Hart for being her "comedy angel."

The two wrote about the experience on their Instagram stories in advance of their movie "Night School," which they're starring in together in September.

I am so excited about this movie. It is truly a full circle moment for me. To be co-staring in a movie with @kevinhart4real just Proves to me that God is real. Back in 2005 Kevin and I were costars in a sketch Comedy Show at a comedy club in LA. I was homeless as hell, and I didn’t want anyone to know. Kevin noticed a bunch of things in my car and actually took the time to talk to me. He Gave me $300 and told me to get a hotel for a week. ( mind you that is impossible in Los Angeles y’all) He also told me to write out a list of Goals, get my shit together and start working toward those Goals. I did just that and over the years Kevin has always been the Big little Brother I never had. Thank you Kevin for always being willing to teach me and letting me know when I was making mistakes. You are a Comedy Angel. Now when I am In Forbes Magazine as one of the highest paid actresses in the world I will pay you that $300 Back. That is just one of the many things on my list of goals I have yet to Accomplish. So check out #nightschool y’all where I get to be The teacher.

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I'm launching the trailer today people....The grind/Hardwork never stops. The movies just get bigger/better/funnier....Listen to how crazy life works....8 to 9 years ago @tiffanyhaddish was homeless & living out of her car. I had no idea until I saw a shitload of clothes in her car outside of a comedy club in LA. I asked her what was going on and she down played the situation....I reached in my pocket and gave her all the money I had which was $300 at the time. She held onto that moment...That moment gave her a bed & shower for a couple of nights...This woman never let her life situation beat her. She stayed true to her dreams and bust her ass to get where she is today and now she's my damn CO-STAR in my new movie "NIGHT SCHOOL"....GOD IS TRULY AMAZING. Stay on the course people and continue to follow your dreams....You are looking at 2 people on a movie poster that are living proof of it being worth it in the long run!!!! #Motivation #Inspiration #NightSchool #HittingTheatersInSeptember .....P.S I want my $300 dollars back now 😂😂😂😂

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"This woman never let her life situation beat her,"Hart wrote on Instagram. "She stayed true to her dreams and bust her ass to get where she is today and now she's my damn co-star in my new movie 'Night School.' God is truly amazing."

Years later, Hart and Haddish are two of the most successful comedians in the world. And Haddish promises to pay him back.

"When I am In Forbes Magazine as one of the highest-paid actresses in the world I will pay you that $300 back," Haddish wrote. "That is just one of the many things on my list of goals I have yet to accomplish."

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The 17 biggest questions 'Avengers: Infinity War' needs to answer when it comes out


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Spoilers ahead if you aren't caught up on the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies.

"Avengers: Infinity War" comes to theaters April 27. And when it does, Iron Man, Spider-Man, Doctor Strange, and the Guardians of the Galaxy will be going up against Gamora's dad, Thanos.

As they attempt to save the world from the Mad Titan menace, there are a lot of questions we have going into the movie. Many of them revolve around characters who may or may not turn up.

Keep reading to see all the questions we have going into the third "Avengers" movie we hope to see answered.

Where is Hawkeye?

Let's start off with the most obvious question. Jeremy Renner's Hawkeye has mysteriously been left out of any marketing for the movie so far. Renner's name doesn't even appear on the movie's main poster. What's the deal? 

Directors Anthony and Joe Russo told Screenrant he has a role to play in the film.

'So Hawkeye’s on his own journey in this movie,"said Joe Russo.

And what about Ant-Man?

We know Paul Rudd's Marvel character is getting a sequel to his 2015 movie, but so far he hasn't appeared in any trailers or marketing for the movie either. It's not clear whether or not we'll have to wait until "Ant-Man and the Wasp" to see him.

Where is the last Infinity Stone located?

After 18 movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, we've seen five of the six Infinity stones. The only one we haven't seen is the orange soul gem. 

When the powerful stones are combined in an Infinity gauntlet, they give the wielder almost unlimited power.

A lot of people think the final stone is located on Wakanda, especially since a giant battle takes place there. If you need a refresher on all of the stones, you can read about them here.

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The 10 highest-grossing movies of all time, including 'Black Panther'


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Continuing its historic run, Marvel's "Black Panther" cracked into the top ten of the highest-grossing movies of all time at the worldwide box office this week. 

With a number of weeks left in global theaters, "Black Panther" could still make a run at surpassing fellow Disney properties from the "Star Wars" and "Avengers" series.

But it's unlikely to make it into the top rung of blockbusters from years ago.

For this list, we turned to Box Office Mojo for its all-time data on worldwide box office grosses. 

Here are the 10 highest-grossing movies of all time worldwide:

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10. "Black Panther" (2018) — $1.279 billion

9. "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" (2017) — $1.332 billion

8. "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part II" (2011) — $1.341 billion

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The director of the first 3 'Men in Black' movies explains why he won't make a 4th


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  • Barry Sonnenfeld, who directed the first three "Men in Black" movies, told INSIDER he won't return to the franchise because he doesn't get along with the producers.
  • He, Will Smith, and Tommy Lee Jones have all moved on to other projects.
  • The fourth movie will reportedly reboot the series with different actors and characters.
  • Sonnenfeld is focusing on a different franchise: "A Series of Unfortunate Events."


Barry Sonnenfeld's three "Men in Black" movies made more than $1.6 billion at the global box office and helped turn Will Smith into a superstar.

But Sonnenfeld isn't interested in making a sequel. He told INSIDER he doesn't get along with the producers of the series, and stars Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones want to leave the franchise behind for other projects.

"The producers and I don’t really get along," Sonnenfeld said. "It didn’t seem like it was something any of us wanted to do."

Sonnenfeld directed the first two "Men in Black" movies at Sony in 1997 and 2002, then followed it up with a third movie in 2012. Despite reported behind-the-scenes drama and a lawsuit over Sonnenfeld's pay, the long-delayed follow-up received strong reviews and was the highest-grossing in the series, unadjusted for inflation.

But for the fourth film, Sony is taking a different direction entirely.

The fourth movie is going to be a reboot — and with a different director.

Sony is developing a fourth movie without Sonnenfeld's involvement, reportedly to be made by "The Fate of the Furious" director F. Gary Gray. It'll reboot the series with new characters, according to Variety.

"After 'Men in Black 3,' it was pretty clear that Will and Tommy and I had sort of decided we didn't want to do any more of those," Sonnenfeld said. "It was a lot of fun. And I loved working with Will and Tommy. But they worked too hard and too long. We all just wanted to move on."

Representatives for Smith and Jones didn't immediately respond to INSIDER's request for comment.

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Sonnenfeld said F. Gary Gray would be an appropriate choice for a "Men in Black 4" director. Sonnenfeld directed "Get Shorty" in 1995, based on an Elmore Leonard novel, and Gray directed an adaptation of the novel's sequel, "Be Cool," in 2005.

"I love that F. Gary Gray is like the guy who comes in and directs sequels of shows I've done," Sonnenfeld said with appreciation. "That’s really kind of cool."

The movie won't be a crossover with "21 Jump Street," an idea once famously pitched by Jonah Hill in a leaked Sony email as "clean and rad and powerful" and had James Bobin attached to direct. That version of the movie has since been scrapped.


Sonnenfeld said he never expected the "21 Jump Street" crossover to happen, but thought it would have been cool.

"Truly, I didn't think the '21 Jump Street' thing would happen because it was too expensive," Sonnenfeld said. "You've got too many producers. because you got Neal Moritz, who owns the '21 Jump Street' franchise. Then you've got Spielberg, who owns the 'Men in Black' franchise. Then you got all these expensive actors."

Now Sonnenfeld has moved on to another franchise: "Unfortunate Events."

Sonnenfeld said that conflicts with the "Men in Black" producers is also why he never ended up directing the 2004 "Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events" movie at Paramount. Sonnenfeld was signed on to direct and had already hired several people for the movie.

Then Paramount brought on the same same producers Sonnenfeld "didn't get along" with while pursuing a distribution partner to help pay for the project.

In the end, Sonnenfeld left and retained just an executive producing credit for the movie.

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Now more than a decade later, Sonnenfeld is making the critically acclaimed "A Series of Unfortunate Events" TV adaptation for Netflix. He's one of the showrunners and directing a third of the series himself. It's in the middle of production for its third season.

"There’s never been a studio that’s been as great to work with as Netflix," Sonnenfeld told us. "I've never had a studio be so supportive to a really weird vision."

Representatives for Sony Pictures and for F. Gary Gray didn't immediately respond to INSIDER's request for comment.

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Believe the hype: John Krasinski's 'A Quiet Place' is the next hit horror movie and will scare the heck out of you


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  • Don't miss John Krasinski's horror movie, "A Quiet Place." It's that good!
  • And bring a friend with you to go see it — or two.

The great thing about the horror genre is story ideas are endless, and Paramount has its hands on the next crowd favorite.

Directed by John Krasinski with a script he co-wrote with story creators Bryan Woods and Scott Beck, “A Quiet Place” (in theaters Friday) is set in a dystopian present where monsters who seek out their victims by sound are wiping out the human race. The survivors literally tip-toe through the world not saying a word.

The Abbot family — Lee (Krasinski), Evelyn (Emily Blunt), Regan (Millicent Simmonds), and Marcus (Noah Jupe) — think they have a system down that will keep them alive until someone can figure out how to destroy the monsters. But the opening sequence of “A Quiet Place” shows just how difficult everyday life is. Not giving anything away, let’s just say it’s an incident that affects the family dynamic for the rest of the movie, and has the story’s first of many jump scares.

The Abbots have stayed alive since the monsters first attacked. They have done so by living on a farm where the walking trails are lined by sand (so no sound is made when walking around), and by using cameras to monitor the property. The family is also building an underground bunker for a new addition to the family, as Evelyn is pregnant. When Lee isn’t trying to keep the family safe, he’s working on trying to get a hearing aid to work for Regan, who is deaf. In fact, for most of the movie the family members communicate through sign language, and there’s only a handful of actual spoken lines.

This all leads to an explosive ending where all the tricks the Abbots have come up with to survive are used (and mostly fail) and it’s their collective will to live that's their only chance for survival.

Simply put: The movie is really scary and you shouldn’t see it alone. Take a friend. Take two friends. Go to a showing that will have lots of people in the theater. In fact, the more people you see the movie with just builds up the fright even more. Because it's so silent (though it has a great score), every whisper in the theater (or smart phone sound) will just scare the heck out of you.

In an era when movie studios want projects that are big and loud, Krasinski shows here that an extremely clever story can still work for audiences.

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'Spider-Man' star Tom Holland keeps fishing for 'Avengers: Infinity War' spoilers — and we can totally relate


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  • "Spider-Man: Homecoming" star Tom Holland is notoriously bad at keeping secrets.
  • So it's little surprise he hasn't been allowed to read the script for "Avengers: Infinity War."
  • Holland has slowly accepted this.
  • Leading up to the film's release, he has been playfully asking Marvel and the film's directors about the sequel.

"Avengers: Infinity War" is in theaters April 27.

While we know the movie will pit the Guardians of the Galaxy" members and Iron Man's crew against villain Thanos, directors Anthony and Joe Russo have said only a handful of people know the real, full plot of the movie

One of the people who's definitely in the dark? "Spider-Man: Homecoming" star Tom Holland.

His "Homecoming" co-stars outted him as "the worst" at keeping a lid on Marvel spoilers. During press for the film, Holland accidentally revealed that two sequels are already in the works.  

As a result, the actor said he doesn't know anything about "Infinity War." He doesn't even know who he's fighting in the final movie

"The funny thing about that movie is I showed up and I was like, 'Can I read the script?' And they were like, 'No, you're terrible at keeping secrets,'" Holland told ComicBook.

But that hasn't stopped the 21-year-old from trying to playfully fish out some info on social media to no avail.

Holland's just a giant Marvel fan. And for those who are trying to find out anything they can about the superhero movie, it's incredibly satisfying to watch the actor's fishing for details unfold. He is all of us.

Let's look at the evidence.

Back in September, Holland didn't know why he wasn't trusted with "Infinity War" spoilers.

His tweet reads: 

"Me 'I don't know why Marvel don't trust me with secrets'
Also me 'Marvel left the suit with us, imma let everyone try it on and post a vid'"

There was the time Mark Ruffalo accidentally streamed part of "Thor: Ragnarok" before its release. Holland thought that may get him back into Marvel's good graces.

Ruffalo accidentally streamed audio of the latest "Thor" movie from its world premiere. He forgot to end his Instagram live feed before the movie started.


Holland used the opportunity to joke about getting the full script. 

He's had some playful banter with the "Avengers: Infinity War" directors, too.

When Anthony and Joe Russo teased a new "Infinity War" trailer was on its way, Holland immediately wanted to know when to expect it. 

"When when when???" he wrote.

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Now, you may have noticed that Holland wrote to them on Instagram asking when the latest trailer would drop. 

But you may have missed the pair cheekily responded without giving anything away.

"Give Trailer Infinity..." the Russos repeated.

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Poor Holland. 

He's a good sport about it, though. 

Holland knows he's not to be trusted with any "Infinity War" spoilers.

When the Russo brothers shared a letter with fans about keeping spoilers for the film under wraps, Holland joked that letter was originally for him. 

We wouldn't be surprised. 

Just because he isn't in the know, it's not stopping him from getting pumped for the movie.

He actually pulled over to take that photo with the "Infinity War" billboard.

There are still a few weeks until the movie's release. We hope to see some more playful banter between the trio and the film's other stars. 

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REVIEW: 'Blockers' is a raunchy, must-see comedy with a rare feminist message


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Warning: Minor spoilers ahead for "Blockers."

The funniest comedy (so far) of 2018 comes in the surprising package of the R-rated "Blockers"— a movie whose PG-title is meant to evoke the term "c---blockers." 

When three parents realize their teenage daughters have made a #SexPact to lose their virginity the night of senior prom, the adults set out to prevent any coitus from taking place on this sacred coming-of-age evening. The ensuing raunchy comedy shenanigans are surprisingly self-aware, sex-positive, feminist, and hilarious. 

Why You Should Care: It has some heavy hitters behind the camera.

"Blockers" is directed by Kay Cannon, best known for penning the beloved "Pitch Perfect" movies. The movie is produced by the same team who brought us "Superbad" over a decade ago (Evan Goldberg, Seth Rogen, James Weaver, Jon Hurwitz, Hayden Schlossberg, and Chris Fenton).

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Not only is "Blockers" one of the few women-directed movies coming from a major studios this year, but it's sex-positive message about consent and societal pressures around people losing their virginity make it an incredible feat in the midst of the #MeToo and Time's Up movement.

What's hot: The writing and acting is superb and it's surprisingly progressive.

The entire ensemble is fabulously written and endearingly acted thanks to stellar casting. The three would-be "blocker" parents are played by Leslie Mann (Lisa), John Cena (Mitchell), and Ike Barinholtz (Hunter). As the parents navigate their own friendship, all three adults deliver hilarity and sincerity in equal measure.

Then there's the way Brian Kehoe and Jim Kehoe's screenplay celebrates the three teen girls, brought to life wonderfully by Kathryn Newton (Julie), Gideon Adlon (Sam), and Geraldine Viswanathan (Kayla). 

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Each of the young women has a distinct personality, funny one-liners and breakout scenes, and approaches their evening of sexual experimentation in a different way. Then there's just the simple joy of how "Blockers" manages to be educational about how to navigate sex and consent without ever becoming preachy or dull. There's an entire small subplot dedicated to one of the girls enthusiastically saying she wants to have sex before she starts drinking.

Later in the movie, it's made clear that withdrawing said consent is perfectly reasonable and should be understood by your partner.

Conversations like this don't happen often enough in teen-driven comedies. This is a movie about sex and all that comes with it — awkwardness, consent, pressure, trust, insecurity, joy.

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It's a movie I wish I had when I was in high school instead of the then-standard "American Pie" or "Superbad" or every other male-centric teen sex comedy. 

"Blockers" also carries a strong message for parents about letting go of their young ones once they transition into adulthood.

And the girls' partners are given their own endearing moments, serving as idyllic examples for modern young men exploring the waters of teen sex, too. The high schoolers are simply kind to each other throughout their evening, a rare sight for a teen story but a welcome change. 

What's not: The trailer misrepresents the movie.

This has less to do with the movie itself and everything to do with Universal's marketing department, but the trailers for "Blockers" are doing the film a major injustice. The premise of "three parents set out to prevent their daughters from having sex" does not read well when given at face value.

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But the movie is very self-aware of how problematic these parents are, and goes out of its way multiple times to shame the adults for trying to shame their children. The trailers don't quite get that across, which means people might write off "Blockers" (for understandable reasons based on the trailer alone) when they really, really shouldn't.

The Bottom Line: Run, don't walk, to the theater.

We need more movies like this that empower young women and explicitly show important conversations about sex and parenting. "Blockers" is a hilarious, feminist, sex-positive, raunchy, nudity-filled, and self-aware movie that I hope to see more of in the future.

The anthem carried throughout the movie, Hailee Steinfeld's "Love Myself," drives the message home: "I love me, gonna love myself, no I don't need anybody else." 

"Blockers" is a must-see modern comedy for teens and parents alike.

Grade: A

"Blockers" arrives in theaters on Friday. Watch the trailer (but know the movie is much, much better) below.

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The 15 worst casting decisions in superhero movie history


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  • Even some of the most iconic comic book characters have been miscast in film adaptations.
  • George Clooney is still known as one of the worst Batmans in superhero history.
  • Halle Berry was sexualized more than anything else in her role as Catwoman.

With about 1000 comic book movies made since the '90s, you'd think there'd be a few misfires on the casting side. You'd be right.

Comic fans have loved seeing their favorite heroes and characters brought to life on the big screen, but sometimes the big studios just get the casting wrong.

Here are some examples we're sure you'll agree could've been handled differently.

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Ezra Miller - "The Flash"

Miller appears quickly in "Batman v Superman" and "Suicide Squad," but we'll count "Justice League" as his first real appearance in the DC Extended Universe. At first glance, Miller just doesn't seem like the superhero type, and his performance in "Justice League" proved it. A talented dramatic actor, Miller is mostly annoying as the Flash. And his voice is a strange fit. We'll see how he does in 2020's "Flashpoint," the first solo Flash movie.

Jesse Eisenberg: "Lex Luthor"

The problems with this film were immense, but Lex Luthor was one of the big ones. The 2016 version of the supervillain was updated to be more Zuckerberg than Trump and so Eisenberg was hired. However, the decision backfired as he remained wholly unintimidating and more obnoxious than anything else.

Nicolas Cage: "Johnny Blaze"

Cage was way too old to play Johnny Blaze in 2007 and that wig ... man. Ouch. Of course, CGI Ghost Rider demanded no actor, so maybe that was the studio thinking: that Blaze didn't matter. But, he did. As bad as the "Ghost Rider" script was, Cage's performance made it worse.

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The 20 most popular movie locations in the US — and what they look like in real life


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GoCompare and On Location teamed up to figure out what the 20 most popular filming locations are in the US, using data from IMDB. Unsurprisingly, all 20 are located in the entertainment hubs of California and New York.

Even though you might think you know what these places look like, movie magic is still able to transform a bustling train station into a dystopian courtroom, or caves in a park into extraterrestrial mines.

Here are the 20 most filmed locations in the US — plus what they actually look like in real life.

20. Union Station, California

Union Station is the largest railroad passenger terminal in the western United States and is located in Los Angeles. It can be seen in 27 movies including "Blade Runner,""Catch Me If You Can," and "Seabiscuit."

18. Hollywood Forever Cemetery, California

Hollywood Forever Cemetery is known for all the famous people buried there, but it's also been seen in 29 movies like "The Prestige,""Ruby Sparks," and "The Bonfire of the Vanities."

18. Bushwick, New York

Bushwick, a neighborhood in Brooklyn, has been in 29 movies including "Run All Night" and "Once Upon a Time in Queens."

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The man behind Netflix's 'Series of Unfortunate Events' says he was pushed out of the original movie starring Jim Carrey — here's how it all went down


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  • Barry Sonnenfeld is the showrunner for Netflix's "A Series of Unfortunate Events."
  • He was set to direct the 2004 adaptation of the book series, but Sonnenfeld told INSIDER he was shut out by producers he didn't get along with.
  • He says the movie focused too much on Jim Carrey instead of the Baudelaire orphans at the heart of the story.
  • Now he gets to make his own version and adapt all 13 books.

For showrunner Barry Sonnenfeld, Netflix's "A Series of Unfortunate Events" is a second chance.

More than a decade ago, Sonnenfeld was set to direct an adaptation of the book series for Paramount.

The story, based on the books by Daniel Handler, is about three orphans who try to escape from Count Olaf, who wants to steal their family fortune, while their guardians and the adults around them were useless at protecting them. Sonnenfeld planned to make it right after the success of "Men in Black II," while he was one of the hottest filmmakers in Hollywood.

Then Paramount hired a set of producers he "didn't get along with," Sonnenfeld told INSIDER, and he was taken off the movie — even though he already hired a crew and storyboarded the entire movie.

"The producers and I just don't get along," Sonnenfeld told INSIDER. "When they came on, they just summarily replaced me."

Sonnenfeld said the trouble began when Paramount wanted to bring on another studio to help with the movie's financing. Sonnenfeld tried to get Sony involved, he said, but Paramount went with Dreamworks instead.

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Once that happened, producer Scott Rudin and his partners left the movie and the "Men in Black" producers Sonnenfeld said he didn't get along with came on instead.

"You know, I did all three 'Men in Black' movies with them. And I respect them. And I think they respect me," Sonnenfeld said. "But we just don't get along."

Brad Silberling, who had directed "Casper," was hired as a director instead and the script was rewritten. It was released in 2004 as "Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events," with Jim Carrey starring as Count Olaf. Sonnenfeld retained an executive producer credit for the work he did on the film.

The movie, adapting the first three books in the 13-book series, was a modest box office success. But Paramount didn't make any sequels.

Sonnenfeld can make the adaptation he always wanted with Netflix.

At Netflix, Sonnenfeld is adapting the entire thing, with Neil Patrick Harris as Count Olaf. The second season is already finished and the third and final one is in the middle of production. With Sonnenfeld's hire, Netflix gave him free reign for his unique vision.

"Once they make that decision, they respect that decision and allow that filmmaker to make the show," Sonnenfeld said. "I've never had a studio be so supportive to a really weird vision."

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Sonnenfeld told INSIDER that the Paramount adaptation of the books isn't one he would have made. He thinks it focused too much on Count Olaf instead of the Baudelaire orphans: Violet, Klaus, and Sunny, played in his adaptation by Malina Weissman, Louis Hynes, and Presley Smith.

"Ultimately the soul and heart of the movie are the Baudelaire kids," Sonnenfeld said. "I feel the movie may have fallen in love with Jim Carrey as Count Olaf and maybe didn't quite find the center of the movie with the kids but found it more with Olaf."

Although Neil Patrick Harris is one of the show's highlights, he isn't the story's focus, Sonnenfeld said.

"Neil Patrick Harris is extraordinary as Count Olaf. I can't imagine anyone doing a better job," Sonnenfeld said. "As good as he is, the show wouldn't work if we didn't worry about the Baudelaires. And so you just can't make it the Count Olaf show."

Paramount didn't immediately respond to INSIDER's request for comment.

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With three full seasons, Sonnenfeld has enough time and space to adapt all 13 books and even extend some storylines, like the lives of V.F.D. members otherwise mentioned only in passing in the books.

The story also has some personal resonance for him. Even though more than a decade passed since the Paramount film before the Netflix project came along, Sonnenfeld still wanted to adapt the work.

"Ultimately what the show posits and what the book posits is that all children are bright and capable and all adults —  whether they mean well or are villains — are equally sort of ineffectual," he said.

That narrative had a personal resonance with Sonnenfeld: It reminded him of his parents.

"Those are who my parents were," he said. "They meant well but were totally ineffectual. That's why I feel that these books were so personal to me. It's almost autobiographical."

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MoviePass' owner says a delayed annual report is no big deal — but one Wall Street analyst is concerned (HMNY)


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  • MoviePass' parent company Helios & Matheson Analytics has delayed its 10-K filing with the SEC. 
  • CEO Ted Farnsworth told Business Insider it was because "we were finishing up the integration of MoviePass."
  • However, one analyst says the delay "raises further concerns about cash flow."
  • On Thursday, Helios & Matheson said it agreed to buy Moviefone an online service for entertainment industry information like movie showtimes, trailers, and interviews, from current owner Verizon.

MoviePass' majority owner, Helios & Matheson Analytics, reported earlier this week that it would delay its 10-K filing, saying it needed "additional time to work internally with its staff and externally with its outside auditors to prepare and finalize the annual report."

A 10-K filing is an annual report required by the SEC that gives a comprehensive summary of a company's financial performance.

“We experienced a delay in filing because we were finishing up the integration of MoviePass," Helios & Matheson Analytics CEO Ted Farnsworth told Business Insider via a spokeswoman on Wednesday. "There are no further delays expected."

But others aren't taking it lightly. Analysts have worried that a business model of charging $10 (or less) per month, to let people watch one movie a day in theaters isn't sustainable, and RBC analysts wrote that they're concerned about the delay.

"We think [the delay] raises further concerns about cash flow," RBC analysts wrote in a note to clients. "MoviePass recently lowered its monthly price to $6.95, but required an upfront annual payment, likely in a bid to generate cash flow. While we think MoviePass likely boosted the box office over the past six months (data we've seen suggests it accounts for 3% of attendance), we do think it is viewed as a longer-term risk to the industry."

In the past, these temporary price cuts have immediately boosted subscription numbers for MoviePass. But if a customer pays for a year of MoviePass up front, the company is on the hook to buy all their tickets for the rest of that year. If MoviePass can't negotiate better rates than full price with giants like AMC, it could cause problems down the line. 

For just "Black Panther" alone, MoviePass reported that it bought over 1 million tickets.

But MoviePass has said it will seek to make money in ways other than subscription revenue as well.

On Thursday, Helios & Matheson announced that it had agreed to buy Moviefone, an online service for entertainment industry information like movie showtimes, trailers, and interviews, from current owner Verizon.

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How Barry Levinson got Al Pacino to perform at his peak for the HBO movie about Joe Paterno's fall


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  • Barry Levinson explains the key to getting a great performance from a legend like Al Pacino is casting great actors around him.
  • Out of all the amazing actors he's worked with, he reveals why he's grateful most for how Robert Redford treated him on the set of "The Natural."
  • And Levinson opens up about being on stage when John Oliver brought up Dustin Hoffman's sexual misconduct allegations at an anniversary screening of his movie "Wag the Dog" last December.

Oscar-winning director Barry Levinson has been around the movie business for so long he hasn’t just worked with both Robert De Niro and Al Pacino, he’s worked with them multiple times — not to mention a whole bunch of other Hollywood legends.

From “Diner” — where Levinson basically launched not only his directing career, but the careers of Micky Rourke, Kevin Bacon, Steve Guttenberg, Paul Reiser, Ellen Barkin, and Daniel Stern — to “Rain Man” (which earned him his Oscar win), to “Wag the Dog,” Levinson’s work has created some of the best dramas of the last 30-plus years. And recently, in an era when major studios only want franchises that can bring in billions, Levinson has moved his storytelling to HBO and found success with the Bernie Madoff movie “The Wizard of Lies” (his latest collaboration with Robert De Niro), and now a look into the fall of legendary Penn State football coach, Joe Paterno, with Pacino in the lead role.

In “Paterno,” Levinson explores the scandal that tarnished the football god’s legacy when it was revealed, days after he became the winningest football coach in NCAA football history, that his one-time defensive coordinator, Jerry Sandusky, sexually abused children for at least 15 years — with some of the incidents happening on the Penn State campus. Taking place mainly from inside the Paterno home with his family, Pacino gives an incredible performance of a man who must cope with being part of an institutional failure.

Business Insider sat down with Levinson in Lower Manhattan to talk about bringing a story about Paterno to the screen, how he’s come to terms with the fact that many of the people who watch his work are doing it through their phones, and the “peculiar and awkward” experience last December of sitting on stage while “Last Week Tonight” host John Oliver questioned Dustin Hoffman about the sexual misconduct allegations against him.

Jason Guerrasio: Brian De Palma originally was doing this with Pacino. Did you take anything from their collaboration or did you start fresh?

Barry Levinson: Al told me he had been dying to do Paterno but that all didn't work out. And I said let me look at the stuff and basically we came back with a different take on it.

Guerrasio: I talked to De Palma back in 2013 and he said he was imagining Paterno as a King Lear character, it feels that wasn't the way you went.

Levinson: I mean you take a character like that I guess you could make that. But [De Palma] had a different take on it, completely. What we did takes place over a two-week period. You go from the highest high to the lowest low in two weeks. Because otherwise you would be back in the 1980s and '90s, you would be all over the place to hold the story together. Which you could do in some form, probably in a mini series. But in a two hour format, I thought we could get a lot out of it this way.

Guerrasio: It's a great jumping off point to tell the story. He becomes the winningest coach in college football history and then, what a week later —

Levinson: He won on a Saturday, winningest coach in the history of college football, the following Friday the Sandusky scandal begins. And literally, five days after that he's fired.

Guerrasio: Was the thinking also that with so much that has been written about Paterno over the years, on top of the documentary on the scandal itself, "Happy Valley," that there's a lot out there already. You can get away with just doing this pinnacle moment and not lose people.

Levinson: Yeah. The documentary covers a whole lot. We don't need to compete with all of that, but we can tell a separate story that almost nobody will know about. When you think about, one day there's an army of press outside his home and Paterno and his wife and the boys and daughter, everyone is like, "What happened?"

Guerrasio: It's fascinating to compare “Wizard of Lies” and “Paterno” in the aspect of family. The fallen patriarch. Both families are in the dark. Did you model some of “Paterno” off of what you did on “Wizard of Lies?"

Levinson: I didn't model it because we tell it in a different fashion. But I thought it was interesting. The fact that the family is under siege and they don't know. This blindsides them. I thought that would be good to explore, because they don't know so they are asking questions. They aren't accusing, but the daughter is asking, "Who spoke to the boy?" Paterno is like, "I don't know, it was an oversight." So we're learning as they are learning. That seemed to be a good way to do it. Because you're not just providing information, you're providing information in the midst of a drama.

Guerrasio: And to do that, in both films, you cast actors who aren't scared to work alongside legends. Hank Azaria in "Wizard of Lies" or Greg Grunberg in "Paterno"— they up De Niro and Pacino's game. How hard is it to cast actors who won't be scared of working with iconic actors?

Levinson: You have to find strong characters, in this case, for Pacino to work against. How do I make the son, daughter, wife of Paterno interesting? Then you just have to start seeing people. For the [Paterno] boys, I don't even know how many people we looked at.

Guerrasio: At some point do you bring in Al to make sure you'll get out of these actors what you need?

Levinson: No.

Guerrasio: But on the day of shooting, when the lights are brightest, they could fold working opposite Pacino.

Levinson: It's scary. [Laughs]

Guerrasio: Has that ever happened to you?

Levinson: No. You just have to go with your instinct. You meet people and you can tell they can do it. They can step up. At the end of the day you can't have one person, your star, doing whatever. You're putting the instruments into the orchestra, they all have to work.

Guerrasio: In your career you've worked with huge stars, going all the way back writing for Carol Burnett and Mel Brooks. Was there a point where you realized you can work with the cream of the crop?

Levinson: I don't think it ever did. If I think back now and say, I did “Diner” with a bunch of unknown guys and —

Guerrasio: But you were working with much bigger stars before that.

Levinson: Well, I was "working” on their stuff.

Guerrasio: Ah, not the guy at the helm.

The Natural TriStar PicturesLevinson: Yeah. And then I do "The Natural" and I'm working with Robert Redford who is not just a big star but he had just won the Academy Away as best director. So when I think back now I go, "Oh, boy, that was a daunting task." But at some point I went, "Okay, that worked, now I go to the next one." And Redford was great in that he did not impose — [Redford did not say] "Well, this is how I do it." I'll be forever grateful to him that he allowed me to do this crazy fable and didn't go, "No, I don't see that. I don't like that." He went with it. Light stands blowing up, he's rounding the bases night after night after night. He could have gone, "What the hell are we doing?" He was great.

I've been lucky in that regard that I've been able to work with a lot of big names and had solid relationships. De Niro, Al, Redford. Others along the way. It's been very satisfying as opposed to, here it is, that star's coming into the scene, make way. I've seen them as a great collaboration.

Guerrasio: You mentioned before we started this interview that you got to see "Paterno" on the big screen last night and it will probably be the only time that happens. You are making great work in your career currently that will only be seen by most on the small screen, or tablet or even iPhone, are you okay with that?

Levinson: The business has changed and some people can keep talking about theatrical in these wondrous terms — it will survive but it becomes narrower what you can make. So the films I'm most interested in, studios or even the independents, aren't making them. I'm mostly interested in people. I'm interested in the relationships of people. I'm interested in the darker moments within us. All those aspects of human behavior I'm fascinated by. But in the times we're in, those are hard movies to make. So if I can do it at HBO, fine. More people will see it. At the end of the day, when it's all said and done, everything is on television.

Guerrasio: It's where it all is.

Levinson: And it's where it was. Think about it, where did I see "Casablanca?""Maltese Falcon?""Citizen Kane?" It was all on television. Those films that were before my time they showed it on the late show. Did I appreciate them less because I didn't see them in a theater? No. I loved them. The kids today, they want to watch it on their iPhone, to me that's crazy, but that's the way. I can't say no.

Guerrasio: “Paterno” looks at an institutional failure of sexual abuse. The movie business is going through the same thing with the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements. You were front and center for one instance of that. Can you talk a little about what the experience was like being on that stage when John Oliver confronted Dustin Hoffman with the sexual misconduct allegations against him. This was during an anniversary screening of your movie, "Wag the Dog," do you wonder if that movie and another movie you did with Hoffman, "Rain Man," are now tainted because of the allegations against Hoffman?

Levinson: I don't know if I can answer that because it's too soon to know what the repercussions are of all of that. I would just be making a theoretical. How do we view something because of something? In the end, even applying it to "Paterno," if the voices of things that happened would have been heard it would have ended as it would have been made public and opening it up. There wouldn’t have been more victims. You can never squash something and assume it's not going to come back in some fashion. It's going to bubble up until it explodes. Society evolves to find a better way. It always has these hills and valleys. We're looking in the early stages of this. We understand the justification of it, but we don't understand how it will settle in and define itself.

Guerrasio: But it must have been strange for you sitting there with Oliver and Hoffman going at it.

Levinson: It was in a sense because I didn't know about anything. So it was literally, when he mentioned it to Dustin I didn't know about anything. I'm listening to a conversation that I can't even participate in because I don't know exactly what they were talking about. It was peculiar and awkward. And then we thought we got past it and then the conversation came back.

Guerrasio: To really understand it you would have had to have been up on the news.

Levinson: Yeah. I knew nothing beforehand. We were all taking back in the green room before going out and I hadn't seen Dustin in years. So we were talking and I was talking to John Oliver and we went out and then this thing took place.

Guerrasio: When it all ended. What was it like backstage?

Levinson: I think at the end of the night it was literally, "What happened?" Dustin and his wife and I think he had one of his sons with him and he was shell shocked. Oliver seemed, in a sense, disturbed by it. None of us knew what to say about what took place because it went in a different direction. Me and Bob [De Niro], we just didn't know where to jump in. You couldn't offer any insight or an opinion because you didn't understand what happened.

Guerrasio: I’ve been thinking often, how is a director or a film's work perceived post #MeToo? Because you worked with Hoffman on "Wag the Dog" and "Rain Man.” Are those movies looked at differently now?

Levinson: As I say, I don't know. But, I was in Switzerland last week, there's a festival there, and they showed "Rain Man." It was the first time I watched it since I made it. So it's like 30 years. But Hoffman never came up. They watched the movie and we talked.

Guerrasio: That's good to hear.

Levinson: Yeah. Your question is valid, but I don't know what things are going to be like, say, next year. I can't surmise what is next.

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MoviePass works at all AMC theaters again after some were removed in January — and subscribers are thrilled (HMNY)


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  • MoviePass added back the 10 big-city AMC theaters it previously removed from its app in January, the company confirmed to Business Insider.
  • MoviePass removed theaters from locations in New York, Boston, San Diego, Washington D.C., and Los Angeles seemingly in an attempt to get AMC to cut the company in on ticket and concession sales. 
  • Deadline reported that talks between the companies have stalled and not resumed this week.

MoviePass has added back the 10 high-traffic AMC theaters that it previously removed from its app in January, the company confirmed to Business Insider.

MoviePass removed the AMC theaters from locations in New York, Boston, San Diego, Washington D.C. and Los Angeles in January in an apparent attempt to get AMC to cut the upstart company in on ticket and concession sales. 

"The theaters were added back Tuesday night. We think it’s a great move for both parties as well as the MoviePass consumers," MoviePass CEO Mitch Lowe told Business Insider.

While MoviePass was able to land an exhibitor deal with Landmark Theaters last month, AMC has never been interested in collaborating with the service. 

In November, AMC CEO Adam Aron said on an earnings call that "AMC has absolutely no intention, I repeat no intention, of sharing any — I repeat, any — of our admissions revenue or our concessions revenue with MoviePass."

A MoviePass source told Deadline that the removal of these AMC theaters "wasn’t so much a ban but rather a test of their consumers’ ticket-buying habits." The source claimed that AMC's competitors in those five markets saw "a 23% spike" in overall business through MoviePass following the removal of AMC's theaters in January.

Deadline also reported that talks between the companies have stalled and not resumed as of this week.

Twitter users on Wednesday and Thursday were largely pleased to see the AMC theaters return to the app:

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'Black Panther' will be the first movie publicly shown in Saudi Arabia after a 35-year ban on cinema


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  • Marvel's "Black Panther" will become the first movie to be publicly screened in Saudia Arabia following an end to the country's 35-year ban on cinema.
  • Variety reported that the film will screen on April 18 at a new AMC-branded theater in Riyadh, the first theater to open since the country lifted its ban in December 2017, as part of a push for social and economic reform.
  • AMC Entertainment reportedly plans to open 40 cinemas in Saudi Arabia in the next five years, and up to 100 theaters in the country by the year 2030.
  • "Black Panther" entered the top 10 of the highest-grossing films of all time at the worldwide box office this week, bolstered by a strong showing from international markets.

Marvel's "Black Panther" will notch another historic milestone this month, as it is set to become the first movie to be publicly screened in Saudia Arabia following an end to the country's 35-year ban on cinema. 

Variety reported that Disney and Italia Film, the studio's Middle East distribution partner, will release "Black Panther" on April 18 at the country's new AMC-branded theater in Riyadh, the first theater to open since the country lifted the ban in December 2017.

Saudia Arabia's conservative clerics instituted the ban on cinema in the early 1980s. In December, the country's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman lifted the ban as part of a push for social and economic reform.

According to Variety, AMC Entertainment plans to open 40 cinemas in Saudi Arabia in the next five years, and up to 100 theaters in the country by the year 2030.

"Black Panther" entered the top 10 of the highest-grossing films of all time at the worldwide box office this week. Its success has been bolstered by a surprisingly strong showing in international markets like China. 

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