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Thanks to Thanos, 'Avengers: Infinity War' is Marvel's 'The Empire Strikes Back'


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  • Thanos is one of the most complex and fully formed villains ever put on screen.
  • Because of that, "Avengers: Infinity War" is the MCU's "The Empire Strikes Back."

Warning: Major spoilers ahead if you haven’t seen “Avengers: Infinity War.”

Villains in superhero movies are usually forgettable.

In this latest era of the genre, many times they are ominous figures in the background of the story who suddenly appear — often in some ugly ship — to take on our hero, who (if the storytelling was done correctly) we now have a vested interest in. The bad guy, on the other hand, we know little about and is just there to be used as the good guys’ last obstacle in the movie.

It’s something audiences have complained about a lot since Marvel Studios kicked off the latest superhero craze with “Iron Man” in 2008. Gone are the days of Gene Hackman as the wisecracking Lex Luthor (in the Christopher Reeve Superman movies) or Jack Nicholson as the playfully deranged Joker (in Michael Keaton’s Batman). Now it’s CGI goliaths that give us little to care about, audiences have said.

These CGI-heavy villains are often compared unfavorably to one of the greatest of all time, Heath Ledger’s Joker in the Christian Bale-era Batman movies.

the dark knight jokerThat performance, which led to Ledger receiving a posthumous supporting actor Oscar win, is so special because Ledger and director Christopher Nolan took the time to craft an arc for the character.

And that’s the biggest thing. If the creatives go into the project dedicated to giving their villain more than just a mean backstory, the movie itself becomes a better experience.

But recently, the MCU has featured more nuanced villains, and it has led to critical acclaim and lots of box office coin.

Sony’s “Spider-Man: Homecoming” gave us a grounded villain in Vulture, played by Michael Keaton. He's a blue collar guy who finally found a way to make some money in this world thanks to Chitauri technology, despite doing illegal things with the tech. A well-grounded interest that audiences can relate to was just one of the aspects of the movie that led to “Homecoming” earning over $880 million worldwide.

And then there’s Killmonger in Disney’s “Black Panther.” Michael B. Jordan’s performance is gripping and his motivations behind his villainy are so well played on screen that it launched the internet into a frenzy with many making the case that Killmonger was right. That kind of reaction is one of the things that’s helped the movie become the third-highest domestic grossing movie of all time.

Coming into “Avengers: Infinity War,” the big question was how the directors would handle Thanos.

He's the biggest villain of them all in the current phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, who is obsessed with capturing all the Infinity Stones. We’ve only seen brief glances of him in the last ten years as Marvel/Disney has built up the franchise by telling the stories of dozens of heroes. How do you prove that Thanos is worth the wait?

Well, for starters, directors Anthony and Joe Russo put him right at the opening of the movie. He decimates the ship the Asgardians were on after fleeing their planet at the end of “Thor: Ragnarok,” and kills Loki for the Space Stone. He also kicks the crap out of Thor and The Hulk in the process.

That’s quite a way to start a movie.

And Thanos’ wrath continues on through the entire movie. But what makes “Infinity War” not just a great superhero movie, but (and I’m very serious about this) “The Empire Strikes Back” of the MCU, is the layers that Thanos is given.

In many ways, “Infinity War” is Thanos’ movie. The story spends a lot of time covering why he wants to bring “balance” to the universe by destroying half of all lives. There are key scenes that show that he really did love and have affection for his “daughter” Gamora. And we explore why the destruction of his home planet only fuels his belief that he's right.

Avengers Infinity War thanos fire_1523945234978It’s all madness. Thanos is a psycho who believes genocide is right. But “Infinity War” had to show just what the Avengers and the Guardians of the Galaxy are up against: The Dark Lord, like Darth Vader, is conflicted, but is too blinded by inner hate to care what comes from his actions.

Then there’s just the performance itself. Thanks to remarkable CGI and a motion-capture performance by Josh Brolin, Thanos is an incredible sight up against our heroes, but also displays that pathos that elevates the character and the story.

This is just like Vulture and Killmonger.

My feeling is part of the mission in the past 10 years of the MCU was to get the heroes to a point where audiences were fully sold on their stories and their motives. With that accomplished, they now used “Infinity War” to tell Thanos’ story.

Because of the care in getting Thanos' story right, I think “Infinity War” will be talked about and analyzed for years to come — like “The Dark Knight” or “The Empire Strikes Back.”

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'Avengers: Infinity War' had a record-breaking Sunday that pushed it even further into the No. 1 spot for all-time opening (DIS)


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  • "Avengers: Infinity War" did better than its $250 million record-breaking weekend estimates.
  • Disney reports the official weekend numbers for the movie at $258.2 million.
  • That includes a record-breaking $69.2 million Sunday take.

Things just keep getting better for “Avengers: Infinity War.

After Disney released estimates on Sunday that its latest movie from Marvel Studios took in $250 million to become the biggest opening weekend movie of all time domestically, it looks like the studio was being modest.

Final numbers posted on Monday indicate that the movie took in $258.2 million, according to boxofficepro.com. It was helped by a record-breaking Sunday take of $69.2 million.

And with the movie taking in $382.7 million overseas, its global weekend opening is at an astounding $640.9 million.

The Sunday performance by “Infinity War” domestically tops the previous record holder, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” which had $60.5 million.

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The producer of 'Avatar' explains how James Cameron is making 4 sequels at the same time



  • James Cameron is currently shooting multiple sequels of his hit movie "Avatar" at the same time.
  • Producer Jon Landau explains the mindset they are all in to pull it off.
  • "Avatar 2" opens in theaters this Christmas.

James Cameron is currently shooting not one, not two, but three “Avatar” sequels at the same time. And he’ll soon begin work on a fourth!

After the explosive success of the 2009 fantasy movie that pushed the boundaries of computer graphics and 3D, while becoming the highest-grossing movie of all time, Cameron has been mapping out how to continue the story into a franchise.

And like all things Cameron is involved in, what he came up with is extremely ambitious.

It was announced last September that Cameron had begun production on four “Avatar” sequels in succession on a budget of over $1 billion.

All the movies are planned to open over Christmas from 2018-2023, and the only way to pull that off is to shoot different parts of all the movies at the same time. This is similar to what Peter Jackson did with his “Lord of the Rings” movies.

“Avatar” producer Jon Landau said the biggest challenge of all this was to make the cast and crew understand what they were getting into.

“I think what we had to get our heads around is the first ‘Avatar’ was a marathon,” Landau told Business Insider at CinemaCon while promoting Robert Rodriguez’s “Alita: Battle Angel.”“Now we're running a triathlon.”

That meant putting the “Avatar” sequels in the scope, as Landau put it, of doing a “miniseries on a super scale."

“There are segments of that miniseries that need to come to completion for the story arc, and then you build upon that,” he said. “Once we got our heads around that we're really telling one big story, we were able to figure out how to plan it and schedule it. The cast is there and they are doing scenes from movie two today, movie three tomorrow. But we explained to them it's not different than doing just one movie.”

We’ll see how it all comes together when the first “Avatar” sequel comes out this Christmas through 20th Century Fox.

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A 'Walking Dead' actor had a surprise role in ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ and you probably didn’t even realize it


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Warning: There are spoilers ahead for "Avengers: Infinity War."

"Avengers: Infinity War" shocked fans with its cliffhanger ending into stunned silence, but one of its biggest surprises came from the return of a character we never expected to see again

This is your last chance to head back before spoilers.

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As Thanos is on his quest to obtain the six Infinity stones, he comes face-to-face with "Captain America" villain Red Skull.

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He reveals he was sentenced to live out his days on Vormir watching over the orange soul stone after touching the Tesseract. 

But if you were excited by the prospect of Hugo Weaving joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe for another round, that wasn't the case. 

If you sat through the credits, you noticed Red Skull wasn't played by Weaving at all. 

Instead, the name Ross Marquand was next to Red Skull's name.

Who is Ross Marquand?

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He currently plays a character on "The Walking Dead." Marquand has been on the AMC zombie series since season five as one of the good guys, Aaron.

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Marquand took to Twitter over the weekend to confirm that he was indeed in "Infinity War."

It's not clear whether or not we'll see his character again in the "Infinity War" sequel next summer. You can read more on Red Skull's role in "Infinity War" here

Marquand isn't the only "Walking Dead" actor to appear in "Infinity War." Danai Gurira, who has played Michonne on the AMC series, reprises her role from "Black Panther" as T'Challa's bodyguard and the leader of the Dora Milaje.

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People think 'Avengers' villain Thanos is thicc and it's tearing everyone apart


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  • Thanos is the villain in "Avengers: Infinity War."
  • Some people think he's attractive for his thicc curves.
  • Thanos is single in the movie series, as far as anyone knows.


Thanos, the purple villain in "Avengers: Infinity War," is a polarizing character to fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Does he live up to the years-long hype? Is his plan to destroy half the universe actually right? And, most importantly, is he thicc?

Fans have been debating the last question for awhile. For those of you not in the know, "thicc" in this context basically means having attractive curves. And Thanos — played by Josh Brolin with motion capture in the movies — is definitely a big dude. He's about the size of the Hulk when he's standing. And according to Marvel comics mythology, the character was born with a deformity that made his body oversized. But he's definitely owning it.

And, well, people think the Thanos is hot.

A minority of fans admit he's thicc, but argue there are moral obstacles to being attracted to an intergalactic warlord bent on genocide.

And some people haven't thought of Thanos in terms of thiccness at all.

BuzzFeed writer Anjali Patel pointed out, for example, that he looks more like a pruney finger.

It helps that Thanos is single. While in the comics, he's enamored with a physical manifestation of death, he doesn't harbor any apparent romantic relationships in the movie series.

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The title of the next 'Avengers' movie is apparently a big spoiler — here are fans' best guesses for the name of next year's sequel


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Warning: There are spoilers ahead for "Avengers: Infinity War."

Now that "Avengers: Infinity War" is in theaters, fans have a lot of questions about the movie's end. 

One of the biggest is centered around the mystery title of the next "Avengers" movie. 

When "Infinity War" and its sequel were first announced in 2014, it was supposed to be a movie in two parts. In 2016, "Avengers 4"was confirmed to be untitled. Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige told Cinemablend the title of the next movie hasn't been revealed because it's a spoiler and that the two films are "very different movies."

So what could the title be?

INSIDER rounded up some of the best and worst options we've seen since the film's release. Thouth, there's one in particular that feels like an obvious choice to many after watching "Infinity War."

6. "Av4ngers"

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Why fans are considering it: This is more of a perfect tongue-in-cheek title fans are lobbing out when suggestions for the film title are asked.

Why this is probably not the title: Let's just get this one out of the way. There was a time where Hollywood was really into working numbers into the titles of its movies. Remember "L4yer Cake" and "Tak3n"? After the "Fantastic Four" reboot tried to go with "Fant4stic," the time has come and gone for those type of titles.

5. "Avengers: Forever"

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Why fans think it's a possibility: There's a comic story of the same name from the late '90s.

Why this probably isn't the title: The comic has nothing to do with the Infinity stones or Thanos. Instead, it assembles together a bunch of Marvel characters from different timelines.

I'm pretty sure Marvel doesn't want to associate itself with anything that sounds like 1995's "Batman Forever." There also doesn't feel like an element of surprise here.

Some fans have pointed out the title also doesn't feel like a spoiler of any kind.

4. "Avengers: Infinity Gauntlet"

Why it could be the title: This is the name of the 1991 comic which "Avengers: Infinity War" was heavily based off of, so some think it could be the next logical title. 

"Guardians of the Galaxy" actress Zoe Saldana seemingly said the title would be "Infinity Gauntlet" to BBC's Lizo Mzimba.

"The Guardians just shot their part when it comes to 'Infinity War' – the first part – and we all have to go back for ‘Gauntlet’ later this year," said Saldana.

Why it's probably not the title: "Guardians" director James Gunn said that isn't the title, guessing Saldana misspoke. Feige also told Collider it's not the title.

The gauntlet was already heavily seen in "Infinity War" and "Gauntlet" is a way less flashy name than referring to anything with the Infinity stones as a potential war. If this was the title, why would the directors be afraid to reveal it? It doesn't give away anything. 

3. "New Avengers"

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Why it could work: Now that half the population is gone, Earth may need some new heroes from out of this world to help put it back in order. None of the Avengers know where Iron Man is, Falcon and Spider-Man have vanished along with Scarlet Witch, and Vision is gone.

When Steve Rogers rallies together the characters left over, we may likely see some new heroes in the mix. Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) paged for Captain Marvel's (Brie Larson) help at the end of "Infinity War." Plus, Adam Warlock could come into play to save the day. 

2. "Avengers: Dissembled"

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Why it could work: It feels like an obvious direction for the sequel to take. In 2012's "Avengers," we see the original heroes assemble. By the end of "Infinity War," they're definitely in need of some reassembling. Next summer's sequel will hopefully revolve around mending that destroyed family. 

There's a 2004 comic of the same name; however, it's a crossover involving the Fantastic Four and Ultron from the second "Avengers" movie. That's not stopping anyone from using that name though.

1. "Avengers: Endgame"

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Why it makes sense: Out of all the titles we've seen, this one feels like a natural fit and it's the one we've come across the most. When Doctor Strange hands over the time stone to Thanos, he tells Tony Stark that they're in the endgame now. 

Is everything from this moment forward part of Strange's endgame to fixing the catastrophic events caused by Thanos? Maybe. But for the sequel title, is this too obvious? It doesn't feel like it gives away a giant spoiler.

What do you think the next "Avengers" movie will be called?

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5 things movies get wrong about trying to get pregnant


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  • Some movies and TV shows portray struggles with infertility and the process of trying to conceive as simpler processes than many couples experience off-screen.
  • Some movies avoid the subject altogether because it's considered taboo.
  • Hollywood also has a tendency to only want to portray sex as sexy and romantic.
  • Movies can make it seem like all couples get pregnant the first time they try to conceive.

Movies and TV shows tell stories. And while people are increasingly looking to tell more stories, in all their complexities and in more relatable ways, the ways that pop culture looks at things like infertility aren't always the most realistic.

Sometimes it's difficult to see your perspective and your experiences in the way the stories are told in pop culture. And while they definitely don't get everything wrong, they don't get everything right either.

We spoke to a few experts about the ways in which Hollywood often gets infertility wrong.

Infertility isn’t portrayed as the serious, emotionally-taxing condition that it really is.

"Probably the single biggest misconception about how infertility is handled in movies is it's treatment as a casual condition and not the real-life, mind-bending and life-upsetting disease that it really is,"Dr. Paul Turek, MD, FACS, FRSM, a board-certified urologist and men's fertility and sexual health expert, told INSIDER.

Infertility is extremely difficult on the couple experiencing it, Dr. Mary Jane Minkin, MD, FACOG, a board-certified OB-GYN, told INSIDER. Desperately wanting a baby, but not being able to conceive, and therefore feeling let down, disappointed, and in some cases guilty or ashamed, month after month, is emotionally exhausting enough. So seeing that represented in a way that seems so far away from your own experience can be frustrating.

"Like everything else, you can't trust everything you see on TV,"Kara Manglani, CNM, a nurse-midwife and fertility specialist, told INSIDER. "The best way to broaden the conversation is to remove the stigma surrounding infertility. Women feel like they shouldn't mention their journey to conceive, and when they don't quickly become pregnant they become isolated and alone."

Sometimes, movies avoid the subject altogether because it's considered taboo.

As Turek noted, it also makes sense, in a way, that pop culture doesn't seem to deep-dive into the experience of infertility, because it's long been treated as a taboo subject that people don't want to discuss openly. That's changing, somewhat, with more people discussing their own struggles with infertility and their experiences around trying to conceive.

Hollywood only wants to portray sex as being sexy and romantic.

Another thing to take into consideration is that the process of trying to conceive isn't very romantic, as both Minkin and Turek noted. "Often the practical aspects and pitfalls of sex are emphasized as it is an 'on demand' [act] rather than a sexier, recreational experience," Turek said. "Hollywood wants sexy, and trying to conceive is not the sexiest of sex: rarely steamy, almost rote in nature, and finishing as quickly as possible."

When people who are struggling to conceive see these kinds of depictions of infertility, it can make them feel more alone because they can't always relate.

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4 tech innovations we saw at CinemaCon that could radically change the movie theater experience


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Every year the movie industry goes to Las Vegas for CinemaCon, a convention where the studios show off their upcoming slate to the theater chains.

But it’s also where bold new innovations in the business are born.

Business Insider had a chance to look at a handful of them. From an interactive movie magazine to a company that’s looking to redefine the preshow experience at the multiplex, there could be a lot of changes coming soon to a theater near you.

Here are four things that grabbed our attention:

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You may have seen a movie in 4DX (where the seats in the movie theater move with the action on screen) or a movie in Screen X (panoramic, 270-degree screen), but you’ve never done it at the same time!

That’s because both features have not been combined in any theaters yet. Business Insider got to experience a demo of a 4DX/Screen X viewing at CinemaCon and it’s certainly a different way to go to the movies. As your seat moves and rumbles with the action of, say, “Rampage,” you are immersed in the viewing as the movie picture expands to the sides of the theater.

There are 500 4DX screens in existence and 142 that are Screen X. It’s unclear when theaters will have the combined version (one is opening in South Korea), but it’s almost inevitable that it's coming.


Though box-office numbers are high, there are fewer and fewer people coming to the movie theater. So myCinema thinks offering more alternative content to theaters could get more butts in the seats — especially during down times at the theaters.

Beginning in the coming months, myCinema will be offering thousands of shows, movies, and specials to movie theaters that can stream the content directly into their digital projectors. This will make the content easier (and quicker) for theaters to get compared to digital prints by services like Fathom.

With a library that will feature everything from kids content to faith-based titles to live concerts, you could see myCinema soon at independent arthouses that are always struggling to find audiences to come through the turnstile on a regular basis.

Noovie ARcade

Ever get to the movies early and have to sit through a bunch of boring commercials before the trailers start? National CineMedia hopes it has a better alternative.

NCM’s Noovie ARcade preshow lets you combine your phone with the big screen in front of you. Through downloading the ARcade app you are prompted to point your phone at the theater screen and play a variety of shooting, catching, and tossing games through your phone.

You are playing with everyone else in the theater who also has the app, so at the end of each game a leader board ranks everyone’s score.

Noovie ARcade has launched at 1,650 theaters nationwide through AMC, Cinemark, and Regal, as well as 50 regional and local exhibitors.

Check out if it’s available at your local theater next time you’re there.

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The Reddit starter pack: These are the 41 best subreddits everyone should follow


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Reddit.com, to most people, might look totally alien and drab. But if you're familiar with Reddit, you know what an incredible tool it can be.

At first glance, Reddit just looks like a list of seemingly random links. But Reddit's front page is actually comprised of posts that thousands of people recently voted to the top of their respective communities, or "subreddits," which are areas of Reddit dedicated to a topic or idea.

There are subreddits for just about everything. If you have a particular hobby or interest, there's a good chance there's a subreddit for it. Just type www.reddit.com/r/____ , and fill in that blank. No, really. It works most of the time.

You'll find subreddits for advice (like r/AskReddit, or r/PersonalFinance), for movie lovers (r/Movies and r/MovieDetails), and even subreddits for your favorite TV shows (like r/TheBachelor, or r/FreeFolk for "Game of Thrones" fans).

But if you're new to Reddit, where should you start?

Here are the 41 essential subreddits everyone should follow:

1. r/EyeBleach

For when you need to get a terrifying or disgusting image out of your mind.

2. r/ShowerThoughts

Because the best and funniest ideas always happen in the shower.

3. r/NeverTellMeTheOdds

For proof that nothing is impossible.

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People are Photoshopping Gru from 'Despicable Me' onto celebrity faces — and the meme is going viral


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  • Gru from "Despicable Me" pronounces "girl" like "gorl."
  • Now, his pronunciation has turned into a meme.
  • People are Photoshopping the character's face onto pop stars to reimagine the songs.


The last "Despicable Me" movie came out a year ago, but Gru — the franchise's supervillain-turned-dad-with-a-heart-of-gold — is making a resurgence.

The character is voiced by Steve Carrell, who uses some kind of high-pitched, vaguely Eastern European accent. That means that words like "girl" are pronounced more like "gorl."

A new meme is playing around with what might happen if a bunch of pop stars suddently Gru-ed out. 

Observe: Avril Lavigne singing "Sk8ter Boi," but as Gru.

And there are plenty of other examples, too. 

You can listen to how Gru pronounces "girl" at the 10-second mark here:

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Martin Scorsese hates that movies are now called 'content' — and throws some of the blame on Rotten Tomatoes


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  • Martin Scorsese spoke about "the devaluation of cinema itself" while accepting an award at the TCM Classic Film Festival.
  • He also called out Rotten Tomatoes and CinemaScore for causing movies to be "reduced to content."

Martin Scorsese hates the word "content."

While accepting the inaugural Robert Osborne Award at the TCM Classic Film Festival over the weekend, Scorsese took the moment to lay into the things he said are leading to, as he called it, "the devaluation of cinema itself."

The legendary Oscar-winning director said that though it's an amazing time to have easy access to movies that were so hard to get decades ago, the result has led to something very troubling.

“It can all be summed up in the word that’s being used now: content,” Scorsese said while accepting his award, according to Entertainment Weekly. “All movie images are lumped together. You’ve got a picture, you’ve got a TV episode, a new trailer, you’ve got a how-to video on a coffee-maker, you’ve got a Super Bowl commercial, you’ve got 'Lawrence of Arabia,' it’s all the same.”

Scorsese said that because there's "no sense of value" tied to a movie, it's all now being sampled in bits and pieces.

He also went on to call out popular review aggregators Rotten Tomatoes and CinemaScore for their contribution to devaluating movies.

"The horrible idea they reinforce [is] that every picture, every image is there to be instantly judged and dismissed without giving audiences time to see it. Time to see it, maybe ruminate and maybe make a decision for themselves," he said. "So the great 20th-century art form, the American art form, is reduced to content.” 

Though this is not the first time Scorsese has addressed his dislike for how movies are no longer cherished as they once were, it comes at an interesting time in his career. He's currently working on his next movie, "The Irishman," for Netflix, which arguably is one of the greatest disrupters of the traditional moviegoing experience he's so fond of.

It will be interesting to get his take on things once he does press for that movie.

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Mark Ruffalo accidentally spoiled the end of 'Infinity War' a year ago and the video is way worse than you'd think


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Warning: Major spoilers ahead for Marvel's "Avengers: Infinity War."

"Avengers" star Mark Ruffalo really stepped in it this time. But lucky for him, people didn't realize he had basically spoiled the cliffhanger ending of "Infinity War" almost a year ago. 

"Infinity War" ends with Thanos acquiring all six Infinity Stones and snapping his fingers — wiping out half the galaxy's population in a matter of moments. Many of the Avengers themselves disintegrated before our eyes, leaving everyone feeling devastated as the credits rolled. 

As ScreenCrush editor-in-chief Matt Singer has now reported, Ruffalo spilled the beans about this ending during a press interview last summer — but almost nobody noticed at the time.

Watch the clip below from Ruffalo's interview with ABC's "Good Morning America." Don Cheadle looks shocked for a moment as Ruffalo says, "Wait 'til you see this next one. Everybody dies."

As you can see in the video starting around 40 seconds in, Ruffalo started to say "half" but switched to "everybody."

Cheadle raises his hands and says "Dude!"

And it only gets worse from there. As Ruffalo realizes what he just let slip, there's no smooth cover up or a joke. Instead, Ruffalo starts looking panicked and asking if they can "rewind" that section. Cheadle gestures his hand over his throat, saying "you'll cut that out."

The interviewer either didn't notice or chose to move on. As they ask another question, Ruffalo seems not to hear.

"Am I in trouble?" he asks (possibly rhetorically).

"A little," says the very unamused Cheadle. 

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Ruffalo continues to fumble, and Cheadle tells him to just move on and not focus on it. Ruffalo groans and puts his head in his hands. 

It's honestly hard to convey how painfully uncomfortable watching this video is, especially now that we know how the movie ends and just how close Ruffalo came to spoiling it. Thankfully, the clip was lost among all the other Marvel-related interviews — until now, of course. 

Of course this isn't the first time Ruffalo has waded too deep into spoiler territory before, either. He thought he was going to get fired after he accidentally livestreamed audio from the premiere of "Thor: Ragnorok" to his fans on Instagram.

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6 details you may have missed in the new 'Ant-Man and the Wasp' trailer


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Days after the release of "Avengers: Infinity War," Marvel debuted a new trailer for its next movie, "Ant-Man and the Wasp."

While it doesn't tell us anything about the aftermath of "Infinity War," there are some clues hinting at a new hero and more about the Quantum Realm which will almost definitely come into play in next year's superhero sequel.

If you haven't watched the trailer, see it here first. Then read on see the smaller moments you may have overlooked during your first watch.

The movie will take place after the events of "Captain America: Civil War."

No, this movie will not take place post-"Avengers: Infinity War."

Here's the film's official synopsis, courtesy of Disney and Marvel:

"In the aftermath of 'Captain America: Civil War,' Scott Lang grapples with the consequences of his choices as both a Super Hero and a father. As he struggles to rebalance his home life with his responsibilities as Ant-Man, he’s confronted by Hope van Dyne and Dr. Hank Pym with an urgent new mission. Scott must once again put on the suit and learn to fight alongside The Wasp as the team works together to uncover secrets from the past."

Michael Peña mentions the Quantum Realm.

"Doctor Pym, I actually heard what happened to you. You opened up the Quantum Realm," says Luis (Peña). 

Hank Pym mentioned that he lost his wife in it years ago.

Michelle Pfeiffer was cast to play Pym's wife and Hope's (Evangeline Lilly) mother, so we're sure we'll see someone (perhaps Ant-Man and the Wasp?) traveling into it during this movie to save her. If you watched the first movie closely, you can spot the original Wasp momentarily.

The realm, which Doctor Strange briefly visited in his 2016 movie, may come into play in next year's "Infinity War" sequel.

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The 100 best movies on Hulu right now


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You probably head over to Hulu for all the TV it has to offer. But the streaming service also has a lot of great movies, too.

From classics like "A League of Their Own" and "Dirty Dancing" to modern favorites like "Zodiac" and "Creed."

Scroll down to check out the 100 best movies to watch on Hulu right now.

Note: Numerous Hulu titles drop off the streaming service monthly so the availability of titles below may change.

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“10 Cloverfield Lane” (2016)

If “The Cloverfield Paradox” on Netflix left you with a bad taste in your mouth, rewatch the best movie in the franchise (so far).

“13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi” (2016)

Michael Bay turns serious for a sec as he looks back on the six members of a security team who fought to defend the US diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, during a terrorist attack in 2012.

“50 First Dates” (2004)

Following the box-office success of “The Wedding Singer,” Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore reteam for this cute romantic comedy.

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A key Hulk scene from 'Avengers: Infinity War' may have ended up on the cutting room floor — here's why


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Warning: There are spoilers for "Avengers: Infinity War" ahead.

If you've seen "Avengers: Infinity War," you probably noticed at least one big scene from the trailers didn't make it into the final movie. 

Last chance to head back before spoilers.

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A prominent scene from the "Infinity War" trailers shows Bruce Banner's Hulk running among Black Panther, Steve Rogers, Black Widow, and more heroes in Wakanda as they go up against a legion of aliens.

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After seeing the movie, fans may have been disappointed to find the scene wasn't included anywhere in the movie. In fact, Hulk didn't show up anywhere in the movie's final big fight sequence. Instead, audiences saw Banner struggle to unleash his inner Hulk, prompting people to wonder what's going on with the big green guy.

It initially looked like Marvel put a red herring in its trailers to throw fans off the scent of the Hulkbuster armor being in the movie's final battle.

But it looks like that wasn't necessarily the case.

Two new toys suggest that not only were we supposed to see Hulk in that final end battle on Wakanda, but that he would have had a pretty cool entrance. 

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Yes, that's the Hulk busting out of the Hulkbuster armor. The figurine is a GameStop exclusive.

In case you're not convinced and think that's just a cute little action figure, Hasbro waited until Tuesday after the movie's release to unveil images of a toy called Hulk Out Hulkbuster.

The toy also features the Hulk breaking out of the Hulkbuster armor.

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It looks like something that would make for a good toy, but it's the artwork on the box which really stands out to us. It shows Mark Ruffalo's Hulk busting out of the Hulkbuster armor to join the fight.

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Here's a closer look at that image: 

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The toy suggests Banner would have been able to convince the Hulk to come to his senses and participate in the battle to save Earth.

Why were these toys released if the scene isn't in the movie?

This happens more often than you would think.

We've learned from Hasbro in the past that a select group of people will receive a heads up of what's to come in some anticipated movies so they can get to work on designing and preparing toys for when they movie's released.

"Star Wars" production design manager Bill Rawley told INSIDER in 2016 he knew about Han's death in "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" for two years before the film debuted and he couldn't tell anyone — not even his wife.

Toymakers are learning about the films so early on in the filmmaking process that sometimes you may see toys released that may no longer have a place in the film if scenes wind up getting changed or cut later in the editing room.

An example of this is a "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" toy featuring Snowtroopers with a snowspeeder. We never see that in the movie; however, you can see a rough version featured in a deleted scene on the film's home release as they're chasing down Finn and Rey in their own snowspeeder. 

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We bet this Hulk scene was in an early draft or version of the movie and then was altered to accommodate for a different arc for Banner. Seeing the artwork and the finished toys, it looks like it would have made for a cool scene. 

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The 50 Disney movies that made the most money at the US box office


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"Avengers: Infinity War" earned the highest domestic box-office debut of all time over the weekend, and it did so by dethroning a record set by "Star Wars: Force Awakens" in 2015.

A Marvel film surpassing a "Star Wars" box-office record is, needless to say, music to the ears of The Walt Disney Company.

That's because both films and the lucrative franchises they fit into are pieces in Disney's ever-expanding arsenal of cinematic cash cows.

To track the Disney films that "Infinity War" will be chasing for subsequent records in the coming weeks, we turned to Box Office Mojo for data on the highest-grossing movies at the US box office that have fallen under Disney's umbrella.

Here are the 50 highest-grossing Disney movies of all time at the domestic box office, unadjusted for inflation:

Note: This list would change significantly if it were ranked by inflation, but we went with Box Office Mojo's available, unadjusted ranking, and included inflation adjustments for films that weren't shown in 2018.

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50. "Cinderella" (2015)

Domestic box office: $201,151,353

Inflation adjusted: $222,649,000

49. "Armageddon" (1998)

Domestic box office: $201,578,182

Inflation adjusted: $393,700,700

48. "Thor: Dark World"

Domestic box office: $206,362,140

Inflation adjusted: $226,626,300

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A deleted scene from 'Black Panther' offers a deeper look into one of the movie's main relationships


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This post includes spoilers for "Black Panther."

"Black Panther" was pretty much perfect, but fans did have a few small gripes. For one, we don't know much about the inner lives of some of the more striking secondary characters, like Okoye, played by Danai Gurira, and W'Kabi, played by Daniel Kaluuya.

But a newly released deleted scene from the Marvel film remedies that. It shows the depth of Okoye and W'Kabi's relationship and reveals the couple were planning to have children. 

The scene takes place shortly after Erik Killmonger, played by Michael B. Jordan, apparently defeats the Black Panther T'Challa, played by Chadwick Boseman, to claim Wakanda's throne. W'Kabi supports Killmonger's takeover, saying it'll help him achieve vengeance on the man who killed his parents 30 years earlier. Okoye, on the other hand, is worried for the future of a less isolationist Wakanda under Killmonger's reign.

The scene was first shared by USA Today, which said that the couple was married.

Okoye is also worried about leaving the Dora, Wakanda's elite female fighting force.

"This is what you would have me leave the Dora for, to bring our children into this world where they become conquerors?" she asks W'Kabi.

But W'Kabi imagines a more glorious future for the Wakandan people.

"Our children would be leaders of a truly free world," he says. "Not as a tiny country where he have to hide everything that makes us great. There will be war and death. But in the end, it will all be beautiful."

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The 25 movies with the largest opening weekends of all time, ranked


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"Avengers: Infinity War" had a massive opening at the box office.

The superhero movie, which pits the Avengers against the colossal purple Titan Thanos, now holds the record for the movie with the highest-grossing opening weekend ever taking in over $257 million

What movies did "Infinity War" take down to earn the number one spot? A lot of other Disney movies.

INSIDER consulted BoxOfficeMojo to look at the movies with the highest-grossing opening weekends ever.

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25. "Finding Dory" (2016)

Synopsis"The friendly but forgetful blue tang fish, Dory, begins a search for her long-lost parents, and everyone learns a few things about the real meaning of family along the way."

Opening weekend$135.1 million
Worldwide gross$1 billion

24. "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest" (2006)

Synopsis"Jack Sparrow races to recover the heart of Davy Jones to avoid enslaving his soul to Jones' service, as other friends and foes seek the heart for their own agenda as well."

Opening weekend$135.6 million
Worldwide gross$1.1 billion

23. "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1" (2011)

Synopsis"The Quileutes close in on expecting parents Edward and Bella, whose unborn child poses a threat to the Wolf Pack and the towns people of Forks."

Opening weekend$138.1 million
Worldwide gross$712.2 million

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MoviePass returns to its one-movie-a-day plan after capping new subscribers at 4 movies a month (HMNY)


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  • MoviePass announced on Wednesday that it's going back to its $9.95 monthly plan.
  • Since April, new subscribers had to pay for a $29.95 three-month plan that allowed four movies per month and a free trial to iHeartRadio's All-Access streaming package.

MoviePass announced via Twitter on Wednesday that it is reinstating its popular $9.95 one-movie-per-day monthly plan.

The app discontinued the plan in April and reports surfaced last week while MoviePass CEO Mitch Lowe was taking meeting with exhibitors at CinemaCon, the industry's annual conference in Las Vegas, that the $9.95 would not come back. But it looks like there has been a change of heart. 

“We never planned to abandon the flagship product that everybody loves,” Lowe told Variety. “Any time we’ve done a promotional package, we’ve taken the monthly plan off our site.”

Since mid-April, new MoviePass subscribers had only been able to pay $29.95 for a three-month promotional plan that allowed four movies a month, as well as a free trial of iHeartRadio's All-Access streaming package.

But there is one new tweak to the service that isn't changing: Subscribers are not allowed to do repeat viewings of the same movie with the app.

With the summer movie season upon us, it's a smart move by MoviePass, as it won't have to pay full admission price for repeat showings of hits like "Avengers: Infinity War" and upcoming titles "Deadpool 2" and "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom." 

However, some MoviePass holders have found a workaround — use the app to get a ticket to a different movie and then go to the movie you really want to see. 

It seems MoviePass doesn't just have to worry about how to keep itself afloat, but also prevent people from taking advantage of the service. 

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I'm a huge 'Harry Potter' fan — and I'm glad Dobby is dead


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  • J.K. Rowling apologized for killing off Dobby in "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows."
  • She's right to recognize that it was emotionally wrenching, but wrong to apologize.
  • Dobby's character had come to its natural culmination.
  • His death was the right move for the good of the series.

Every year, on the anniversary of the Battle of Hogwarts, J.K. Rowling apologizes for killing off a character in the "Harry Potter" series. This year, it's Dobby, the house-elf.

"It's that anniversary again,"she tweeted. "This year, I apologise for killing someone who didn't die during the #BattleofHogwarts, but who laid down his life to save the people who'd win it. I refer, of course, to Dobby the house elf."

But here's the thing: It's good that Rowling killed him off. It was the right time for Dobby's life to end in the series.

Dobby's character arc was complete.

Rowling is right to recognize the wrenching sadness of Dobby's death. He's killed in "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," the final book in the series. Dobby rescues Harry, Ron Weasley, Hermione Granger, and several other anti-Voldemort fighters from Malfoy Manor — just before Voldemort arrives — and whisks them away to a safe place. But just as he gets there, he dies from a knife wound inflicted in the skirmish. Harry buries him, digging his grave with a shovel instead of magic.

But Rowling is also right to have done it. Dobby's time had come to an end.

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The house-elf had a beautiful character arc that started in the second book, "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets," as the abused slave of the Malfoy family. Over the course of the book, he helps Harry figure out who's behind the reopening of the chamber.

By the end of the year, Lucius Malfoy accidentally grants Dobby his freedom. Later in the series, Dobby gets a paid job at Hogwarts and occasionally helps out Harry and the gang with other tasks. He's also supportive of the Society for the Promotion of Elfish Welfare, a progressive organization founded by Hermione that opposes the enslavement of house-elves.

His triumphant return to Malfoy Manor is the logical culmination of his character's story. He returns a free elf, with magical powers that surpass a normal human's, allowing him to rescue Harry, the person who helped give him freedom. He rebukes Bellatrix Lestrange, an in-law of the Malfoys, telling her "Dobby is a free elf, and Dobby has come to save Harry Potter and his friends!" Everything comes full circle.

Harry never appreciated Dobby enough.

One of the reasons Dobby's death packs such a punch is because Harry never really appreciated him enough.

Dobby was helpful, but he was also clingy and got on Harry's nerves. For the most part, Harry preferred to have Dobby out of the way except for when he required his assistance. When Hermione came up with the idea for an organization that would help house-elves gain their freedom, Harry was initially dismissive.

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Harry knew he never showed Dobby enough appreciation, and the guilt he felt over his death made him understand the far-reaching harm of the Death Eaters' lust for death. He never got to make things up to Dobby and never got to say goodbye to the house-elf who idolized him.

That guilt made Harry understand just how important it was to defeat Voldemort. No one was safe.

Dobby didn't belong in a post-Voldemort world.

As a character, Dobby held a peculiar place in the order of things. He was something of a misfit — a house-elf who liked servicing people, but enjoyed his freedom. It was a dynamic that could make sense under the benevolent watch of Albus Dumbledore at Hogwarts, or with the resistance once Voldemort came to power.

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But once Voldemort was defeated, what role would Dobby play? Spending the rest of his years at Hogwarts? It's an unsatisfying existence for someone like him, who's full of ambition but wired to be a house-elf. He's a character in limbo, and it would be hard to find a coherent existence for him in "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child," where the events of the main series is just a memory.

Dobby's time had come to an end. By killing him in "Deathly Hallows," Rowling raised the stakes for the battle to come. It was the right move.

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