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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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This character's final words in 'Infinity War' were just revealed and now everyone is super sad


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

"Guardians of the Galaxy" director James Gunn just ruined the start of everyone's week. 

Gunn replied to a fan on Twitter asking about "Avengers: Infinity War," which ends with half the galaxy's population vanishing into dust— including the beloved Groot, who utters one last "I am Groot" before disintegrating as Rocket reaches for him. 

"Do you know what Groot's last line is at the end of the movie?" Twitter user Joe Green asked Gunn.

"'Dad,'" Gunn replied.

Though Gunn didn't direct "Infinity War" (that would be the Russo Brothers), he did contribute to rewrites in the script when it came to the "Guardians of the Galaxy" character. 

Gunn has revealed in the past that Vin Diesel — who voiced Groot — gets a special version of the script where his lines are written in English, instead of Groot. 

This means he definitely know what that final, heartbreaking "I am Groot" means. 

Gunn also confirmed that it's in the script later in the Twitter thread.

Naturally, fans were heartbroken all over again to realize that Groot's final moments on screen were a small plea to Rocket, a character many hadn't realized Groot considered to be his father.

Could this "death" now possibly top the gut-wrenching scene of Peter Parker disappearing in the arms of Tony Stark, yet another young-teen-hero-and-father-figure relationship?

INSIDER's Kirsten Acuna had previously ranked Spider-Man as the most heartbreaking death in "Infinity War," but Gunn's revelation packs its own big punch.

Of course, the reason we put death in quotes above is due to the fact that most of the characters who vanished, including Groot, will likely return. For now, Marvel is telling fans to accept the deaths as real and move onto the next stage of grief, so perhaps we should thank Gunn for helping us along with the tearful goodbyes.

For more on why those disappeared characters are probably not really dead, read INSIDER's full breakdown of the cliffhanger "Infinity War" ending.

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15 movie sequels that are better than the originals


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Let’s start off by getting this out of the way: All of the original movies to the sequels in this list are amazing.

If they weren’t, there would never have been a sequel (or sometimes, three, four, or even seven more movies).

But in some cases, the sequels that push forward what's explored in the origin story are better. That doesn’t lessen the quality of the original, but we love these franchises even more because these subsequent movies were made.

Here we look at 15 sequels that did just that:

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“Aliens” (1986)

James Cameron expands Ridley Scott’s original movie while also giving it a jolt of insane thrills. Taking us from a ship infected by aliens in the first movie to a whole planet in the sequel, the idea of a franchise that can go on for decades is realized. And the Marines getting attacked by the aliens in the beginning of the movie is one of the top anxiety experiences I’ve ever had watching a movie.

“Avengers: Infinity War” (2018)

It’s only been out for a few weeks, but you can tell instantly that this movie is special. The original Avengers movie was a thrill because we got to see all of our childhood heroes on the screen at the same time. But “Infinity War” uses that to give us a punch in the gut that we won’t forget for a while.

“The Dark Knight” (2008)

It’s the high point of Christopher Nolan’s fantastic Batman trilogy. There’s the greatness of Nolan at the helm, but also the Oscar-winning performance by Heath Ledger as the Joker. With a talent like Christian Bale as Batman, putting him up against an equal talent like Ledger resulted in one of the best acted comic book movies of all time.

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'Avengers: Infinity War' star Tom Holland didn't know about his emotional scene until the day it was filmed


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

Tom Holland didn’t know that he was going to die in Avengers: Infinity War until before his death scene was filmed. 

Marvel Studios went to great lengths just to make sure that plot details of their biggest undertaking yet remained tightly under wraps until it was officially released around the globe. Aside from trailer misdirects and directors Joe and Anthony Russo personally asking fans not to spoil the movie, they also kept their actors in check by not giving them full scripts while others received fake ones. Given the situation that they had to work on, the cast of the film did a great job using their imagination to make sure that they’re acting accordingly with regard to the scene they’re working on.

While Infinity War‘s consecutive character deaths at the end have become the source of countless online jokes, Parker’s was arguably the most popular of them all, making his final lines: “I don’t feel good” and “I don’t want to go” lines the butt of so many memes. But despite Holland’s and Robert Downey Jr.’s (who plays Tony Stark/Iron Man) brilliant performances, the former reveals that he wasn’t actually fully briefed about what was really happening during the scene.

Appearing at an event organized by his family for their charity group, The Brothers’ Trust, where Webbed Media was present, Holland engaged in a fun Q&A session with the attendees. During the conversation, the actor shared that he only learned about Peter Parker’s fate the same day he shot the emotional scene opposite RDJ. Co-director Joe Russo has previously revealed that Holland improvised his death scene, earning the young actor praise from a lot of fans. And for him to pull off that kind of performance even without fully knowing what’s happening in it is a testament to his acting skills.

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It makes sense that the Russos would deliberately hold back information to Holland given the young actor’s tendency to inadvertently reveal spoilers. In fact, all throughout the press junket, Benedict Cumberbatch shadowed him to make sure he didn’t give away anything more than what he was supposed to.

But it’s also possible that most of the actors whose characters were snuffed by the end of the film due to Thanos’ snap didn’t really know what was going on. Their deaths were random and unexpected, with most of them not having the need to set the scene up. Holland himself didn’t figure out what he was filming despite Parker’s demise being probably the most emotional and prolonged in the movie.

Fortunately, there’s a good chance that the MCU will see many more brilliant performances from Holland as the actor is expected to be back once the original Avengers (with the help and Ant-Man and Captain Marvel) find a way to rectify the situation in next year’s Avengers 4. After his incredibly dangerous stint fighting off intergalactic villain, Thanos, he’ll be back in high school for Spider-Man: Homecoming 2.

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Only 33 movies have ever hit $1 billion at the box office — here they are


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With movie ticket prices increasing and the resurgence of franchises like "Star Wars," films earning over $1 billion worldwide may become commonplace.

But, for now, there are only 33 movies from the last 25 years that have managed to join this exclusive club.

Using data from Box Office Mojo, we compiled a list of the highest-grossing movies that made $1 billion or more.

From "Minions" to "Beauty and the Beast" and more, keep reading for a look at the biggest box-office hits.

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33. "Black Panther" (2018)

Total Gross Revenue: $1,000,000,000 (and counting)

"Black Panther"crossed this milestone in just 26 days after breaking the record for best February opening weekend of all time. This movie is the 16th Disney film to gross over one billion dollars. "Black Panther" is also now ranked as the best-rated movie of all time on Rotten Tomatoes.

32. "The Dark Knight" (2008)

Total gross revenue: $1,004,600,000

Back in July 2008, people began speculating that Christopher Nolan's "Batman Begins" sequel starring Heath Ledger as the Joker might have the box-office power to set a world record. "There are even whispers starting whether 'Dark Knight' can beat the incredible worldwide numbers posted by the all-time $1.8 billion benchmark of 'Titanic,'"Deadline reported.

"The Dark Knight" remains in the 27th spot when it comes to highest-grossing movies of all time.

31. "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" (2012)

Total gross revenue: $1,021,100,000

When Peter Jackson's first "Hobbit" movie crossed the $1 billion mark, it appeared a good indication the subsequent two sequels would perform equally well, if not better, at the box office. But neither of the second two "Hobbit" films wound up crossing that box-office landmark. Both "The Desolation of Smaug" and "Battle of the Five Armies"made about $960,000,000 each.

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The original 'Avengers' stars got matching tattoos to celebrate the release of the movie


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  • Robert Downey Jr. recently received a special "Avengers"-themed tattoo.
  • It shows the letter "A" combined with the number four. Downey Jr. will be in the fourth "Avengers" movie next summer.
  • Downey Jr. wasn't the only Avenger to get the tattoo. 
  • The actor confirmed to Entertainment Weekly that five of the original "Avengers" actors received the ink to celebrate the release of "Infinity War."
  • Mark Ruffalo is the only one who didn't get the tattoo.

Robert Downey Jr. has been a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe for a decade starting with 2008's "Iron Man," and now he has the ink to remember it forever. 

Downey Jr. got an "Avengers"-themed tattoo on his right arm to celebrate the release of the new movie. The "Avengers: Infinity War" actor shared a few photos and videos from behind-the-scenes on Instagram.

The tattoo itself shows an Avengers letter "A." When turned, it shows the number four with an arrow going through it. The title for the fourth "Avengers" movie has not been revealed yet, but Comicbook.com was told "Avengers: Forever" is the closest guess the directors have seen

Here's a good look at it:

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Downey Jr. wasn't the only one to get the cool "Avengers" ink.

"Five of the original six Avengers got a tattoo," Robert Downey Jr. told Entertainment Weekly. "The sixth was the tattoo artist, who gave it to five of us, the one who opted out being Mark Ruffalo." 

So it's fitting the number six sits in the center of the tattoo. It's also the number of Avengers who appeared in the original 2012 film: Iron Man, Black Widow, Hawkeye, Captain America, Thor, and the Hulk.

The Iron Man actor shared a photo of himself alongside "Avengers" actors Jeremy Renner, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Hemsworth, and East Side Ink tattoo artist Joshua Lord who all received tattoos. 

Downey Jr. thanked Lord for the tattoos "on behalf of all of us." According to the actor, the tattoo was Johansson's idea.

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The only person missing from the photo who received a tattoo is Chris Evans who plays Steve Rogers/Captain America.

Members of the cast, including Downey Jr. and Renner, tattooed Lord with the same Avengers ink. According to Lord, cast members all did a part of his tattoo.

Although Evans didn't show off his own ink, he did share a video tattooing Lord.

"Brave man to allow all the @avengers the opportunity to ink @joshualord what a killer day,"wrote Renner on Instagram.

The "Avengers" gang aren't the first crew to get a tattoo to remember a movie or TV role.

"Breaking Bad" leading men Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul both got tattoos based on the award-winning drama. And the "Suicide Squad" cast tattooed each other.

This post was updated with Downey Jr.'s confirmation.

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The 25 worst summer movies to ever come out


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The more a film is over-hyped, the more of a chance it has to underwhelm — and nothing underwhelms fans more often than the concept of a Summer blockbuster. These large, loud, and action-packed films are built to raise the energy of their audiences like any roller coaster or high-intensity experience.

The largest movies of the year usually arrive during the Summer, with the term "blockbuster" rising ever since the production of franchise films increased in the 1980's. While Christmas season usually has more "feel good" films revolving around the holiday spirit, Summer blockbusters tend to include more larger-than-life fantasy action flicks, and if there's anything that rings true about these kinds of over-saturated franchise films, it's that they don't always live up to the hype.

Full of horrible premises and even more awful sequels, we've rounded up the worst Summer blockbusters of all time and ranked them based on their critical scores from Rotten Tomatoes, the movie reviews aggregator, as well as any discrepancies in audience scoring.

Below you'll find the top 25 worst summer blockbusters, ranked from horrible to possibly the worst films ever made:

25."Star Wars: Episode 1 - The Phantom Menace" (1999)

Critic Score: 55%, Audience: 59%Possibly the worst film in the "Star Wars" franchise, it kicked off the highly anticipated prequel trilogy with a story built on politics and and characters with the most annoying voices yet. "What I can't comprehend is why the political details had to be so tedious and abstract," wrote the Wall Street Journal, "will the kids of our nation and the world truly be titillated by trade wars and the spectacle of a do-nothing Senate?"

24. "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" (2014)

Critic Score: 52%, Audience: 64%

After the failure that was "Spider-Man 3," the too-quickly rebooted franchise seemed to learn nothing from its predecessor and continued to pack their sequel full of villains. The Atlantic called it "over-stuffed with plot," as the film "struggles to invest the audience in any of it since there's so much to get through and so many future films and spin-offs to set up."

Ironically enough, "Spider-Man" was rebooted a third time when it joined the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and none of the Andrew Garfield sequels were ever put into production.

23. "Waterworld" (1995)

Critic Score: 42%, Audience 43%

One of the oddest plots on this list, "Waterworld" starred Kevin Costner as lead actor, producer, and director, in a film where a half man-half fish creature called "The Drifter" commands a search for land on a planet covered by water.

There was so much drama and fighting during the $175 million dollar production process (making a film entirely on water isn't easy), that original director Kevin Reynolds left during post-production stating that, "in future Costner should direct all his own movies. That way he can work with his favorite director and his favorite actor."

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The movies you shouldn't miss this summer — from 'Deadpool 2' to the new 'Mission: Impossible'


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We have hit the time of year when multiplexes are filled with Hollywood's big blockbusters. 

The summer movie season kicked off early this year with the record-breaking opening of "Avengers: Infinity War" in late April. And going forward it will be a constant barrage of hit movies.

From "Deadpool 2" to "Solo: A Star Wars Story" to "Incredibles 2" to "Mission: Impossible - Fallout," there's going to be a lot to take in.

With so much coming at you, we've come up with a list of 32 movies we think you should go out and see this summer:

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IN THEATERS - “Avengers: Infinity War”

You might have heard about this little movie. It has a few superheroes in it and they finally battle a big purple guy. Yes, it’s going to make a couple of dollars at the movie theaters. Get ready for the most ambitious crossover event in history.

IN THEATERS - “Overboard”

The classic Goldie Hawn/Kurt Russell 1987 romantic comedy gets a gender swap for its reboot, as Anna Faris plays the overworked employee of a spoiled Mexican playboy (Eugenio Derbez) who gets some payback when he gets amnesia after falling off his yacht.


Jason Reitman reteams with "Young Adult" screenwriter Diablo Cody (“Juno”) and star Charlize Theron for his latest movie about a mother (Theron) who forms a unique bond with her nanny (played by Mackenzie Davis).

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'Avengers: Infinity War' stars went to the Met Gala and they killed it


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After a record-breaking opening weekend, the celebration for "Avengers: Infinity War" hasn't slowed down. 

Plenty of actors from the hit movie, which has now crossed $1 billion in record time, stepped out for the 2018 Met Gala. The theme of the night was "Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination," and from Chadwick Boseman to Scarlett Johansson, many of them were among the best dressed of the night.

Keep reading to see which "Infinity War" actors shined at the Met Gala.

We're used to seeing Paul Bettany with a gem stone in his head and in full purple makeup as Vision.

Bettany was polished for the Met Gala.

Bettany attended the Gala his wife of 15 years, Jennifer Connelly.

You may not recognize him out of his Vision costume, but Bettany matched his wife's Louis Vuitton gown in Ermenegildo Zegna couture.

Scarlett Johansson doesn't have that blonde hair in real life.

Black Widow changed up her look in "Infinity War" while she was on the run from the government.

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MoviePass owner says it's figured out how to cut losses by more than 35%, but it's low on cash (HMNY)


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  • On Tuesday, MoviePass parent company Helios and Matheson Analytics filed an 8-K to the SEC stating it had approximately $43.4 million in cash or on deposit.
  • It also reported that after a few tweaks to MoviePass, it reduced its cash deficit during the first week of May by more than 35%.

You might not like that MoviePass will no longer let you use its service to watch the same movie multiple times, but the measure might help the company stay in business.

On Tuesday, MoviePass' parent company, Helios and Matheson Analytics (HMNY), filed a 8-K to the SEC about its current financial situation.

The company said that, as of April 30, it had approximately $43.4 million ($15.5 million in available cash and $27.9 million on deposit with merchant processors), and that its average cash deficit — the amount of money it had been losing — was approximately $21.7 million per month since September 2017.

However, the company also noted that a few changes to MoviePass’ tech and terms of service could help reduce its “monthly cash deficit significantly.”

Helios and Matheson wrote that, in late April, MoviePass enhanced its technology to prevent subscribers from sharing accounts with non-subscribers, and stopped allowing subscribers to see a movie title more than once while using the service. The company said it believed these actions led to a reduction in its cash deficit during the first week of May by "more than 35%."

Many investors had been wary of the company after, in April, its independent auditor raised “substantial doubt” about its ability to stay in business, and the company sold more shares to help offset its losses.

"MoviePass currently spends more to retain a subscriber than the revenue derived from that subscriber," Helios and Matheson wrote in its annual report in April. Controlling costs should help that, but will it be enough to sustain the business in the long run?

The update on its cash and deposits, and losses, doesn't seem to have encouraged investors, and the stock plunged over 30% during trading Tuesday. AMC Theater's recent call with analysts likely didn't help either.

On late Monday night, as pointed out by The New York Post, AMC chief executive Adam Aron told analysts on a conference call that MoviePass, in April, paid an average of $12.02 per ticket to the movie chain. He also revealed that MoviePass users went to the movies an average of 2.75 times.

“Now, I took the calculator out and I multiplied 2.75 times $12.02 and I got to a number that was considerably larger than $9.95,” Aron said on the call, referring to MoviePass’ monthly subscription cost.

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The 'Ocean's 8' stars rocked the Met Gala red carpet ahead of their heist movie about robbing the Met Gala


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  • The 2018 Met Gala took place Monday night in New York City with a "Heavenly Bodies" theme.
  • Rihanna, Anne Hathaway, Mindy Kaling, and Sarah Paulson all stunned on the red carpet.
  • The four stars will be in this summer's "Ocean's 8" spin-off movie
  • "Ocean's 8" is about a Met Gala heist and the robbery of a diamond necklace.
  • See photos of the stars who attended the real-life Met Gala below.

"Ocean's 8" stars Rihanna, Anne Hathaway, Mindy Kaling, and Sarah Paulson all stunned on the red carpet at the 2018 Met Gala on Monday evening in New York City.

Their upcoming "Ocean's 11" spinoff movie will tell the story of an elaborate jewelry heist staged at a fictional version of Met Gala. Rihanna, Kaling, and Paulson's characters will team up with Sandra Bullock's Debbie Ocean (along with four other women) to try and steal a jeweled necklace from Hathaway's character, Daphne Kluger.

Hathaway opted not to wear a bejeweled necklace like her "Ocean's 8" character, instead opting for a blood red gown and gold hairpiece. 

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Mindy Kaling chose a sleek white dress with long gloves and a stunning jewel-encrusted crown, playing on the themes of Catholicism and power. 

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Rihanna turned heads in her papal-inspired beaded gown and headdress. She wasn't partaking in a heist at Monday's event, but she stole the show nonetheless.

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And last but not least, star Sarah Paulson was also on theme with a white and ivory beaded gown and a slicked-back bob hairstyle.

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You can watch the latest trailer for "Ocean's 8" here. The movie arrives in theaters on June 8, 2018.

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12 times celebrities got matching tattoos to remember their movie and TV roles


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People get tattoos in honor of family members and hobbies and the same goes for celebrities. But some will get extra ink to commemorate a project they hold near and dear to their hearts.  

From "Game of Thrones" actresses to Selena Gomez, some of the stars show off their movie and TV tattoos loud and proud, while others get their reminders in more discreet locations as a personal reminder of a big event in their lives.

Keep reading to see what TV and movie casts got inked together to remember their time together on set.

Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul both got inked in honor of the “Breaking Bad” series’ finale.

Cranston told TheWrap both he and costar Aaron Paul decided to get tattoos on the last day of filming the hit AMC show. Cranston has the show's "Br, Ba" logo etched on the inside of his ring finger on his right hand.

"Someone said, 'Well if you put it there, no one can see it,'" Cranston told E!"I said, 'I can see it.' So every once in a while I catch a glimpse of it, and I see that logo for 'Breaking Bad' and it just makes me smile.'"

Paul, meanwhile, got the phrase "no half measures" tattooed on his bicep. The line is from the season three episode, "Half Measures."

Five of the original "Avengers" cast members got matching ink to celebrate the premiere of "Infinity War."

Robert Downey Jr. and four of the original "Avengers" actors all have a matching letter "A." When turned on its side, you can see the number four, for the fourth "Avengers" movie coming in 2019.

According to Downey Jr., the tattoos were Scarlett Johansson's idea. The only original member who opted out of the ink was Mark Ruffalo. In his place, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Jeremy Renner, Downey Jr., and Johansson all gave tattoo artist Joshua Lord the same ink.

"13 Reasons Why" executive producer Selena Gomez and the show’s cast members got matching semicolon tattoos.

The singer got matching semicolon tattoos with the show's stars Alisha Boe and Tommy Dorfman, who play Jessica and Ryan, respectively, in April.

The semicolons are a symbol of new beginnings, made popular by suicide prevention organization Project Semicolon.

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How one trilogy ruined action movies forever


Action films have a long tradition of its own. The genre often feels as though it was made for cinema, a medium designed to capture movement and momentum. And for some time, nothing really changed with how action movies were shot, until recently. Using director Doug Liman and Paul Greengrass' Bourne Trilogy, we look at how action films have changed significantly over the years, for the worse. Following is a transcript of the video.

You've probably seen this countless times. The shaky camera, fast cuts and just plain overall mayhem. It's sometimes so bad that you may ask yourself, "What am I watching?" So how did we exactly get to this? Let’s rewind a bit.

The one common denominator among older action films is clarity. And it makes sense, earlier action films, especially martial art pictures, focused on showing the physical feats of its stars. To achieve this, scenes were often shot in a wide angle, with most of the body visible in the frame. The camera also rarely moves and when it does, it follows the actions of its characters, accentuating speed and power.

But modern action movies aren’t shot this way. They lack that fundamental clarity that we’ve become so used to. They are choppy, chaotic and a lot of times just confusing. When you compare these movies side by side, the difference is unmistakable. But perhaps the real shock comes when you realize this is all intentional.

So how did we get to this point? It’s impossible to pinpoint a specific source, but one of the biggest influences was the original Bourne trilogy. These films were revolutionary in the action genre, not to mention both a commercial and critical success. And from jittery handheld cameras to rapidly firing cuts, you can trace all the problems in modern action films to this series.

An easy way to see how the Bourne trilogy changed action films forever is by looking at the average shot length, or ASL for short. It’s a cinematic statistic that measures the average length of a scene before a cut. In the first film, Bourne Identity, the ASL was at around 4 seconds which then became 2.4 seconds in its sequel, Bourne Supremacy. And in the final film, Bourne ultimatum, a total of about 3200 shots were squashed into a 105 minute running time, making the average shot about 2 seconds. That’s a cut happening almost every 2 seconds of the film.

Another change you can notice is in the camera work. Doug Liman, in Bourne Identity, shot his sequence more like the classic action cinema we’re used to. Wider angles and fewer cuts to capture the action as clearly as possible. But under Paul Greengrass’ direction, the camera shots are shakier and closer to the action. He prefers his audience to experience the film rather than to simply observe it. And that’s what Bourne really is, it's an experience, and a successful one at that. The series is actually edited in a similar way our consciousness and sensory perception works. How we gather bits of information to create a larger whole.It’s especially evident in chase scenes like this, where we see everything from Bourne’s perspective and are given the chance to interpret different clues to track down a target.

There is an intensity to these films that we can’t quite place. And the secret lies in how Greengrass chooses to shoot an action sequence. Although every cut and angle seems choppy, chaotic and mostly random, once you take a closer look at it, you realize everything serves a purpose.

But not everyone dedicates the same amount of thought like Greengrass. And, sadly, it’s made for some pretty terrible action films in recent years. There’s a reason Hollywood was so quick to adopt Greengrass’s style: because fast-paced editing makes it easy to use visual trickery to turn anyone into an action star. All it requires is to put three different shots together: action, impact and reaction. This is why we often see a cut, right before the impact then cut to the moment after the impact takes place. They cut to hide the action, especially when the stars don’t possess the skills to pull off a difficult choreography. This not only makes the action look fake but kills the overall momentum of the scene as well.

But in Bourne, cut is a deliberate act to quicken the pace of the film, it’s never used to hide anything. Every hit, every impact is fully delivered in front of the camera. The camera doesn’t cut until the blow has been fully registered making the fight more authentic and engaging. The combination of ‘action’, ‘impact’ and ‘reaction’ still exists in this method of editing, it’s just not as obvious when replicated incorrectly.

And although Greengrass does sacrifice some level of clarity for the sake of adding intensity, it doesn’t mean he’s abandoned it completely. In fact, when you watch any of the action sequences from the Bourne series, you’d be surprised to notice that it isn’t as confusing as it first appears There are clever tricks at play here if you know where to look.

First, check out the frequent use of wide angle shot like these. They let the audience understand the space and the placement of each character. Sometimes in an obvious angle as this, from above as the fight moves on to a new location. Or how most of the blows, the impact and brief inserts whenever a new weapon is acquired, are all centered right on the frame, guiding our focus, gathering these hints of information more quickly.

Now, let’s look at a bad example. The biggest problem in films that try to imitate the Bourne style is that they take it too far — exaggerating everything. For instance, in this scene, you can see the fast cuts — ala Bourne style — but it’s paired with the same shot, repeated numerous times in rapid succession. We’ve seen repetitions in past action films hundreds of times, but not quite to this extreme. Let’s admit it: There’s no reason to watch Liam Neeson jumping over the same fence ten times. Bourne, on the other hand, has none of that. Even in car chase sequences where repetitions are bound to happen, one impact is enough if shot correctly. 

Or even in music. Most recent films have a track that plays throughout entire action sequences, setting the pace and sometimes fading it out to accentuate key moments like this. But it’s the entirely opposite in Bourne. There is no music. What builds momentum and tension is the actual sound of the action itself. Every sound from the brutal impact to the various tools of combat, creates a rhythm, a beat without a single note. Turn down this sound, add a generic music behind it and you instantly see how ordinary the scene turns out.

All these small details and tricks make the action of Bourne more coherent and more intense than anything we’ve seen before, or since. It’s a beautiful combination of what was successful in traditional action films with a new innovative technique. Bourne can’t be blamed for how bad action films are these days, but the blame is on filmmakers who are trying to replicate its techniques and failing miserably. Audiences are smarter than what some directors believe. We can easily notice when we are being manipulated to see and feel in a way that’s not natural. And perhaps that’s what differentiates Bourne from so many of its predecessors. It knows that editing can be used to make anyone an action star but not necessarily a good action movie. And it’s aware what this genre of cinema is really about in the end: Action.

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How Donald Glover went from unknown comedy writer to a triple-threat Hollywood star playing Lando in the new 'Star Wars'


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If anyone in entertainment today fits the title of "Renaissance man," it's Donald Glover.

From his Grammy-winning music act, Childish Gambino, to an impressive array of acting roles and an Emmy-winning TV series, Glover has defied expectations at every turn.

Currently wrapping up the second season to his FX show, "Atlanta," Glover also has a viral hit single with his latest Childish Gambino release, "This Is America." And he's starring in one of the most lucrative film franchises in history, with his upcoming role as Lando Calrissian in "Solo: A Star Wars Story."

Since securing a job as a writer for "30 Rock" in 2006, Glover has used his various talents and signature humor to find high-profile success in a number of industries, including television, stand-up comedy, music, and film. 

Altogether, the former "Community" star's career trajectory is unlike any other.

Check out Donald Glover's unique road to becoming an A-list star in the entertainment industry:

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Donald Glover grew up in a strict Jehovah's Witness household in Stone Mountain, Georgia, a suburb of Atlanta. In high school, he was voted "Most Likely to Write for 'The Simpsons'"— a show that his mother wouldn't allow him to watch.

Source: Rolling Stone

Glover attended New York University and graduated in 2006 with a degree in dramatic writing. During his time at NYU, he joined several sketch-comedy groups, including Derrick Comedy, which produced a number of viral YouTube hits.

Source: Vulture

In his senior year of college, Glover caught his big break when his viral videos and performances in New York attracted the attention of the producers from NBC's "30 Rock." He was hired as a writer for the new sitcom in 2006 and would go on to make several cameos on the show.

Source: NYU

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Why Disney rarely pays movie stars huge salaries


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  • Disney has been the most profitable movie studio in Hollywood for several years — and remarkably, it hasn't had to pay hefty sums to its actors.
  • The studio has proved that today's moviegoer is more interested in the characters in the movies than the actors playing them.
  • But Ben Fritz, the author of "The Big Picture: The Fight for the Future of Movies," explains that actors in a successful Disney movie can still make serious bank — they just might have to wait a few movies. 

On Tuesday, Variety listed the salaries of the biggest movie stars working today.

Daniel Craig led the pack with a $25 million payday for the next "James Bond" movie, followed by Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's $22 million for the upcoming "Red Notice," and then Vin Diesel's $20 million for last year's "The Fate of the Furious."

Of the projects listed for the 20 actors on the Variety list, not one was made by the most profitable movie studio in Hollywood: Disney.

And there's a reason for that.

In the past decade, as Disney has led the charge in superhero franchises — like the Marvel Cinematic Universe from its Marvel Studios arm — and given the "Star Wars" saga a rebirth after buying Lucasfilm, it has shown that its intellectual property is king, not the actors. And because of that, the studio realizes the actors don't have to be paid a huge amount of money.

It's a big shift in how Hollywood has worked for decades.

The 1990s were the high-water mark for the movie star. The biggest actors on the planet — Will Smith, Julia Roberts, Jim Carrey, Tom Hanks, and Tom Cruise — were earning $20 million just to show up on set, then getting hefty back-end deals that would give them a taste of the box office earned by their projects, sometimes even before the studio.

But for the most part, in today's industry, it's more about Batman being on the screen and less about who's behind the mask.

Disney has used that for years to rake in billions while not giving a major slice to the stars on the movie posters. That's not to say Disney doesn't open the vault for some actors — they just have to work a little harder now.

The $2.5 million man

Take, for example, the actor responsible for launching the MCU: Robert Downey Jr., who was cast as Iron Man.

When Marvel Studios was getting into the movie business, it was a company known more for being bankrupt than for making hits. "Iron Man" was made for $140 million, and Marvel was not going to let any star walk away rich if it was a hit.

According to the book "The Big Picture: The Fight for the Future of Movies," by the Wall Street Journal reporter Ben Fritz, Downey agreed to a $2.5 million salary, an incredibly small figure for an Oscar-nominated actor cast as the lead of a studio movie. (Paramount released "Iron Man" and "Iron Man 2.") In fact, the biggest paycheck went to Terrence Howard as Rhodey, aka War Machine, who made $3.5 million thanks to his recent Oscar nomination for "Hustle & Flow"— though all the actors received bonuses when "Iron Man" hit box-office milestones.

But once "Iron Man" became a hit and the MCU gained traction, Downey got a bigger cut. From 2013 to 2015, Downey topped Forbes' list of the highest-paid actors of the year. By 2015, he earned $80 million thanks in part to his starring role in "Avengers: Age of Ultron." (Sony paid him $10 million for being in a handful of scenes in "Spider-Man: Homecoming" last year, according to Variety.)

thorBut Downey is the exception.

From Emma Watson being paid $3 million up front for the live-action version of "Beauty and the Beast"— though she had a clause that she would earn $15 million if it was successful at the box office — to Chris Evans getting $1 million for "Captain America: The First Avenger" and Chris Hemsworth earning just $150,000 for 2011's "Thor" (the latter two reported in Fritz's book), Disney has made clear that its characters are the stars.

"I think many stars and their agents are realistic and know that the days of getting paid $10 million or $20 million for whatever movie they want to do are largely gone," Fritz told Business Insider. "If they want to remain relevant for global audiences, it's very helpful to be attached to these franchises. Plus, it raises their profile and helps them to get paid more for other movies, including possible sequels and spin-offs to that franchise down the road."

Getting involved in a Disney project can catapult an actor to bigger paydays elsewhere — look at Johnson after starring in Disney's "Moana," or Chris Pratt, who was in "Guardians of the Galaxy" and is now earning $10 million for "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom," according to Variety.

Along with being the box-office champ, Disney is the envy of Hollywood for another reason: Its intellectual property is so bulletproof that once stars find success starring in its films, if they can't get more out of the house Mickey Mouse built, they'll find a big check somewhere else.

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The Rock is getting $1 million to post on social media about a new movie he's in


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  • Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is charging Universal Pictures $1 million to promote his upcoming film "Red Notice" on his own social media pages, according to Variety. 
  • The million-dollar "social-media fee" is part of his $22 million salary for the film, which is second only to Daniel Craig's $25 million salary for the upcoming "James Bond" film, according to Variety's round-up of high-profile film salaries.
  • Johnson currently stands at 105.6 million followers on Instagram, 57.7 million on Facebook, and 12.9 million on Twitter.

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's payday for his upcoming 2020 film, "Red Notice," is a nearly unheard of salary of $22 million plus box office profits, as The Wall Street Journal first reported. 

But $1 million of that total salary consists of a "social-media fee." According to Variety, this means that Johnson is charging the film's studio, Universal Pictures, in order to promote "Red Notice" on his own social media pages, including Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. 

The action-movie star's payday for "Red Notice" is second only to Daniel Craig's salary for the upcoming James Bond film ($25 million), among the recent high-profile movie salaries reported in a round-up by Variety. 

Johnson came in second to Mark Wahlberg on Forbes' 2017 list of the highest-paid actors in the world, earning $65 million between June 2016 and June 2017. 

Johnson currently boasts 105.6 million followers on Instagram, 57.7 million followers on his Facebook page, and 12.9 million followers on Twitter

Before the release of "Red Notice" in 2020, Johnson is set to star in the action movie "Skyscraper" this summer and a sequel to his successful 2018 film "Jumanji" in 2019. 

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A woman challenged her wife to name all of the 'Avengers: Infinity War' characters after seeing just 2 Marvel movies and her answers are hilarious


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  • Gabrielle Regan-Waters challenged her wife to name the many characters in "Avengers: Infinity War."
  • But her wife has only seen two movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe — "Captain America" and "Thor: The Dark World."
  • It went as well as could be expected. 
  • "Groot" became "Troot" and Star Lord became "Republican Chris."
  • Her responses went viral. Even "Guardians of the Galaxy" director James Gunn acknowledged it.

If you ask a Marvel superfan to name all of the characters in "Avengers: Infinity War," it's not a challenge. 

But when Gabrielle Regan-Waters asked her wife — who has only seen two movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe — to list off all of the characters in the superhero movie, it went just about as you would expect.

The results are hilarious.

Here are the full images so you can read it for yourself.

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Let's go through some of these real quick.

Ant-Man is simply Paul Rudd. Chris Pratt is now "Republican Chris."

Falcon is mistaken for X-Men character Cyclops, while Doctor Strange's sidekick Wong is "just a regular guy who gets caught in the crossfire." Cobie Smulders is recognized as her "How I Met Your Mother" character, Robin, and Paul Bettany's Vision is "Purple Alien."

People couldn't handle some of the responses.

Groot is now "Troot." 

Poor Rocket. As least he was recognized as a raccoon this time instead of a rabbit.

Fans were getting "Yu-Gi-Oh!" vibes from the mention of Loki as the Dark Magician.

Co-host of "Fatman on Batman" podcast Marc Bernardin was here for the latest family addition to the MCU: The War Maiden Family.

More than one person thought Benicio del Toro's Collector looked like "Willy Wonka."

Even "Guardians of the Galaxy" director, James Gunn, thought it was great. 

And if you do need a quick refresher on some of the cast, here are the real names of everyone:

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MoviePass has been boosting the box office in 2018, but it's burning $20 million a month to do so (HMNY)


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  • If the 2018 box office performs better than Wall Street predicted, it might be because of MoviePass.
  • The monthly movie ticket subscription company claims to account for 6% of the domestic box office.
  • The 2018 box office is up 4.6% from this time last year.
  • However, the number of tickets sold isn't spiking — it's the same number as this time last year, which ended up being a 25-year low in the US.

If the movie industry has a solid year at the box office, it might be because of MoviePass

The monthly movie ticket subscription company boasts that it currently accounts for 6% of the domestic box office, and with the 2018 box office currently up 4.6% from this time last year, one analyst believes it could be partly due to a MoviePass bump.

“We believe that at least some of the better-than-expected 2018 year-to-date box office has been driven by MoviePass,” RBC Capital Markets analyst Leo Kulp wrote in a note to clients on Monday.

At the beginning of the year, Wall Street was concerned how the movie business would shape out in 2018, as fewer sequels were scheduled to be released and there isn't a “Star Wars” release in December (as in previous years).

But with massive successes like “Black Panther” and “Avengers: Infinity War” in the first half of the year, there seems to be more hope about 2018. And it seems the popularity of MoviePass should get some credit. But how long will this good thing go on for?

Stock of MoviePass's owner, Helios and Matheson Analytics, dropped over 30% during trading on Tuesday following the company's update on its cash and deposits, and losses. One thing that stood out was that HMNY is averaging a cash deficit of about $21.7 million a month since September, though the company did note that some tweaks to the MoviePass app and service led to a reduction of "more than 35%" in its cash deficit during the first week of May.

However, AMC Theaters chief executive Adam Aron gave a glimpse of how much MoviePass has to dish out each month to pay for the discounted tickets its subscribers order. Aron told analysts on a conference call Monday night that MoviePass, in April, paid an average of $12.02 per ticket to the movie chain. He also revealed that MoviePass users went to the movies an average of 2.75 times.

"Now, I took the calculator out and I multiplied 2.75 times $12.02 and I got to a number that was considerably larger than $9.95," Aron said on the call, referring to MoviePass' monthly subscription cost.

And despite the numerous releases that are breaking box office records so far this year, the estimated number of tickets sold to date compared to this time last year is dead even at 449.5 million, according to the National Association of Theatre Owners. That's not a good sign, as last year ended with ticket sales at a 25-year low in the US

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18 movies we can't wait to see this summer


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"Avengers: Infinity War" kicked off the unofficial start of summer movies at the end of April. And we're just getting started. 

Over 70 comedies, dramas, horror movies, and superhero movies are coming to theaters between now and August. But what should you see? 

INSIDER rounded up the big sequels, spin-offs, and documentaries you'll want to keep an eye out for over the next few months along with one movie kids will want to see.

"Deadpool 2"

Release date: May 18

What it's about: After a hit box-office debut in 2016, the foul-mouthed Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds) is back. Instead of getting together with the X-Men, he's recruiting his own superhero group called the X-Force to go up against a new villain — and longtime Deadpool frenemy — Cable (Josh Brolin).

Why to see it: Ryan Reynolds has really made Deadpool his own and we're excited to see what he does next with the character.

After over a decade of trying to get the character to screen, the R-rated 2016 movie was a surprise hit thanks to the fourth-wall breaking character. If you've seen "Avengers: Infinity War," you may want to tune in to see Brolin who's pulling double duty this summer as the villains in both Marvel movies.

Watch the trailer here.

"Solo: A Star Wars Story"

Release date: May 25

What it's about: A young Han Solo gets his own stand-alone movie that will show us how he met Lando Calrissian and won the Millennium Falcon.

Why to see it: Han Solo may be the last reason we want to see the new movie and we're OK with that. Woody Harrelson, Thandie Newton ("Westworld"), and Donald Glover as a young Calrissian have us fired up. Then there's "Infinity War's" Paul Bettany starring as a mysterious villain. 

Our only concern? The movie switched directors while filming from Chris Miller and Phil Lord to Ron Howard. We'll see if Howard was able to get the Falcon back on course.

Watch the trailer here.

"Ocean's 8"

Release date: June 8

What it's about: Eight women gather together to rob the Met Gala, a plan Danny Ocean's sister Debbie (Sandra Bullock) has been planning for over five years.

Why to see it: The spin-off of the popular "Ocean's" franchise is putting together some of the biggest names in Hollywood. Where else can you see Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Rihanna, and Helena Bonham Carter all in one place? We're even hoping for a Julia Roberts cameo as Tess.

Watch the trailer here.

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What we know about Quentin Tarantino's new movie, which stars Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Margot Robbie


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Quentin Tarantino announced earlier this year that Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio would be starring in his upcoming ninth film, "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood," which partly involves the Manson Family murders.

On Monday, Tarantino and DiCaprio teased a few details about the film at the Las Vegas industry event CinemaCon. This week, Margot Robbie confirmed to IndieWire that she was playing the role of actor Sharon Tate in the film.

Pitt worked with Tarantino on 2009's "Inglorious Basterds," and DiCaprio appeared in 2013's "Django Unchained."

"Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" is set for release August 9, 2019.

Here's everything we know about Tarantino's upcoming ninth film:

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The film takes place in "Los Angeles in 1969, at the height of hippy Hollywood."

Tarantino described "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" in a statement last month, calling it, "a story that takes place in Los Angeles in 1969, at the height of hippy Hollywood. The two lead characters are Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio), former star of a Western TV series, and his longtime stunt double Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt). Both are struggling to make it in a Hollywood they don't recognize anymore. But Rick has a very famous next-door neighbor ... Sharon Tate."

In July 2017, early reports of the film described its script as focused on the murder of actress Sharon Tate by Charles Manson's followers.

While Tarantino's most recent statement mentions Sharon Tate as a player in the movie, Tarantino previously said that the film would not center on Manson but on the year 1969.

At CinemaCon on Monday, Tarantino did not add much to the description of the plot, calling the project "very hush-hush and top secret."

It has been five years in the making.

Tarantino said last month that he had been working on the script for the film for half a decade.

"I've been working on this script for five years, as well as living in Los Angeles County most of my life, including in 1969, when I was 7 years old," he said. "I'm very excited to tell this story of an LA and a Hollywood that don't exist anymore. And I couldn't be happier about the dynamic teaming of DiCaprio and Pitt as Rick and Cliff."

It's a "'Pulp Fiction'-esque movie."

Deadline reported in January that DiCaprio would play an "aging actor" in a "'Pulp Fiction'-esque movie.""Pulp Fiction," Tarantino's 1994 classic, told a collection of interconnected stories.

On Monday, Tarantino confirmed this sentiment by saying that "Once Upon A Time In Hollywood" is "probably the closest to 'Pulp Fiction' that I have done."

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