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3 people allegedly kidnapped 'Halloween' actress Daisy McCrackin and held her hostage for days

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  • "Halloween" actress Daisy McCrackin and actor Joseph Capone were allegedly kidnapped in May.
  • The three alleged kidnappers pistol-whipped Capone and held him naked in a bathtub for 30 hours and forced McCrackin to pay the $10,000 ransom, prosecutors say.
  • Police apprehended the alleged kidnappers a month later, and video of the standoff went viral.

 

Three people were charged in Los Angeles for an alleged scheme that involved kidnapping "Halloween: Resurrection" actress Daisy McCrackin and forcing her to pay a $10,000 ransom for actor Joseph Capone, who they allegedly also kidnapped and held naked in a bathtub for 30 hours.

The charges, revealed by the Los Angeles County district attorney office on Tuesday, allege in May, Keith Andre Stewart, Johntae Jones, and Amber Neal invaded McCrackin's home, pistol-whipped Capone, and put black bags on the victims' heads before driving them to Jones's home in Compton.

There, they "stripped Capone naked and held him without food in a bathtub for 30 hours,"according to the indictment.

During that time, they drove McCrackin to different banks so that she could pay $10,000 for Jones's release, according to the charges. She was then allegedly forced to write a check out to her kidnappers, which Neal deposited in her account.

Prosecutors say the trio then returned McCrackin to her home, where she escaped and called the police.

The kidnapping apparently climaxed in a police standoff in Inglewood this past Monday, where at least eight officers apprehended Neal. A bystander captured the standoff on video, which went viral on Twitter but has since been deleted.

Prosecutors are collectively charging Stewart, Jones, and Neal on 17 different counts, including "kidnapping, assault with a firearm, grand theft, mayhem, conspiracy, and possession for sale of a controlled substance, methamphetamine." They all face life in prison if convicted as charged.

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Nicolas Cage will play an alternate version of Spider-Man in the upcoming 'Into the Spider-Verse' movie

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  • Nicolas Cage will be voicing Spider-Man Noir in the upcoming Sony animated movie, "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse."
  • The character is just one of many different Spider-Man versions that will be featured in the movie, including Miles Morales, Spider-Gwen, and the original, Peter Parker.


Nicolas Cage is getting back into the superhero game. 

The actor will be voicing the character Spider-Man Noir in the upcoming Sony animated movie, "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse," Business Insider has confirmed from a source close to the project.

Originally reported by Discussing Film, the addition of Spider-Man Noir in the movie proves we are going to get a deep dive into the different incarnations of the iconic Marvel character with this movie. 

"Into the Spider-Verse" (in theaters December 14), which is produced by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller ("The Lego Movie,""21 Jump Street"), focuses mainly on Miles Morales (voiced by Shameik Moore) as Spider-Man and how he copes with becoming a superhero. (Morales took the identity of Spider-Man in the comics in the summer of 2011.) But the movie will also have Morales crossing parallel dimensions, and along the way he will be interacting with other people who call themselves Spider-Man. 

spider man into the spider verse dom SpiderVerse_SonyThere's Spider-Gwen (aka, Gwen Stacy), who will be voiced by Hailee Steinfeld in the movie, a Peter Parker version voiced by Jake Johnson, and Cage's Spider-Man Noir.

Spider-Man Noir resides in Depression Era 1930s New York City and was an apprentice to a newspaper reporter before being bitten by a radioactive spider that led to him having superhuman abilities. He's since taken it upon himself to fight the criminal underworld of NYC.

Like Miles Morales, Spider-Man Noir is part of the Marvel Noir alternative comic universe.

Cage is no stranger to superhero projects. He was the star of the "Ghost Rider" franchise and will be the voice of Superman in the upcoming "Teen Titans Go! To The Movies." And who can forget him almost playing live-action Superman in the scrapped Tim Burton project, "Superman Lives."  

Business Insider has seen footage of "Into the Spider-Verse" (Spider-Man Noir was not in it) and Sony is certainly pushing the envelope with the movie's look and storytelling. The animation is extremely sharp and is going to be raved about, and the way the story is going to be told is almost like a moving-image comic book. For example, during fights, words pop up on the screen like "Bam!" and "Slap!" 

Sony had no comment for this story.       

Here's the trailer for "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse":

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MoviePass explains how its new surge pricing will work

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  • On Thursday, MoviePass launched "peak pricing."
  • Now subscribers who get tickets for movies or showtimes that are in high demand could be hit with a surge charge.


On Thursday, MoviePass sent out an email to its over 3 million subscribers announcing that "peak pricing" had gone into effect. 

As Business Insider reported in June, the movie ticket subscription company will begin a surcharge for movies and showtimes that are in high demand. 

This is how MoviePass explained what it will do with its peak pricing:

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Before ordering tickets, you will be notified on your app that the movie or showtime is in high demand and you may be asked to pay a "small additional fee," it said in the email. 

It's still not clear how much the fee will be, but MoviePass CEO Mitch Lowe told Business Insider it will start at $2.

A red bolt icon will indicate if a movie's specific showtime is in peak pricing. A grey bolt icon will indicate that the showtime is not at peak pricing level yet, but is nearing it.

MoviePass will also launch a "Peak Pass" in the coming weeks, according to the email, with which subscribers can waive one peak fee per month.

The peak pricing will be rolling out over the next several weeks, according to the email.   

Lowe told Business Insider the reason for the peak pricing was to "make sure that we can continue to offer a valuable service and support the whole enterprise."

Subscribers who signed up for the MoviePass annual plan will not be subject to peak pricing.

By the end of the summer, expect announcements on a bring-a-friend option to the app — which allows you to pay for a non-MoviePass subscriber with your app — as well as a premium price option where you can use the app to get tickets to non-2D movies, like IMAX or Real 3D.

Have a tip about MoviePass or anything else? Email jguerrasio@businessinsider.com.

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'Ant-Man and the Wasp' has 2 end-credit scenes — here’s what they mean for future Marvel movies

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Warning: There are major spoilers ahead for "Ant-Man and the Wasp."

You know the drill by now, Marvel fans.

When you head out to theaters to see "Ant-Man and the Wasp" make sure to stick around for two extra scenes after the movie ends.

The second scene is mostly a throwaway gag that's been teased in trailers, but the first one has lasting consequences which will carry over into next year's "Avengers" sequel.

In case you missed either of them, we have you covered.

This is your last chance to head back before spoilers.

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The first end-credits scene

What happens

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The scene unfolds on the reunited Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) and Janet Van Dyne (Michelle Pfeiffer). The married couple are on a roof prepping an experiment. 

"I used to be a respected scientist," says Hank. "Had my name on the sides of buildings. Now, I got this."

The scene pans to Luis' van housing a smaller version of the Quantum tunnel that was used to get Janet out of the Quantum Realm. It's sitting in the back of Luis' (Michael Peña) work van with the doors open.

"You wanted a smaller Quantum tunnel. This is smaller," Mrs. Van Dyne reassures him as it's horn goes off. "I think it has flair."

Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) comes out of the van in the Ant-Man suit. He's holding a canister and is prepping to go back inside the Quantum Realm. He's going in to collect quantum particles.

The Van Dynes, including Hope (Evangeline Lilly), warn him not to get sucked into a time vortex.

"We won't be able to save you," he's told.

Janet also tells him to stay out of the Tardigrade fields because they'll eat you.

Scott goes subatomic and once he's transported into the Quantum Realm the Van Dynes tell him they have a read on him. His trip down there is supposed to be a quick run to gather some particles and he's supposed to come right back.

"Healing particles secured for our new ghost friend," Scott says. 

As the camera is focused on Ant-Man, the Van Dynes prep to bring him back.

"Preparing for re-entry in five, four, three …"

The voice gets cut off. Scott thinks it's a joke. (Mr. Van Dyne likes to pull his leg after all.)

The scene cuts to the family of three who have disappeared. All that's left of them are brown specs floating in the wind.

What it means: It's not looking good for Scott.

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Let's start with the most obvious before we get to the bigger implications of that small scene. The end of "Ant-Man and the Wasp" catches up to the events of the end of "Avengers: Infinity War." If you need a refresher, villain Thanos collected all six of the Infinity stones, joined them together in a gauntlet, and then rid of half the galaxy's population with the snap of his fingers. (You can read more on it and it's implications here for the franchise moving forward.)

The characters in "Ant-Man and the Wasp" were affected by Thanos' mighty purge, too. Hank Pym, Janet, and Hope Van Dyne are all seen after they disappeared much like Black Panther, Bucky, Spider-Man, and more at the end of "Infinity War."

Scott, on the other hand, is one of the survivors. Unfortunately, he's trapped inside the Quantum Realm with no obvious way out. Hopefully, someone will find him to help get him out, but since Scott's on a rooftop, that's seems unlikely. Scott may have a back-up plan to escape. If he has an extra Pym particle disk, he can instantly make himself large again — though that may be risky to use in the Quantum Realm.

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Otherwise, Lang may go against warnings of the Van Dynes, get sucked into a time vortex, and hope for the best.

It's also worth noting that Lang goes into the Quantum Realm in the first place to gather "healing particles" for Ghost, suggesting that Janet didn't give her a permanent fix for her ailment. Maybe the group is trying to find a more permanent cure.

What it means for the next "Avengers" movie

We see two potential outcomes of Scott Lang being stuck in the Quantum Realm. Both involve time travel, just at different moments.

1. Lang uses the Quantum Realm to travel back in time to alter the course of history.

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We doubt Lang was simply warned about slipping into a time vortex just for the heck of it. There's a very good chance Lang may wind up getting sucked into a vortex and go back in time to warn the Avengers of the events that will unfold.

There's just one problem with this. Lang isn't aware that Janet, Hank, and Hope disappeared along with half of the world's population. He doesn't know who Thanos and he probably isn't aware of the Infinity Stones. At the moment, Lang has no reason to want to go back to the past.

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As a work around, Lang could head into a time vortex and either communicate with Wang (hopefully, he's alive after the events of "Infinity War") or wind up back with Tony Stark. That feels a bit too convenient so there's a more likely scenario we see happening.

2. Tony Stark finds Scott Lang and the two travel back in time using the Quantum Realm or some other technology created by Stark to stop Thanos.

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The last time we saw Stark he was stuck in space, on the planet Titan, with Nebula. She most likely still has her ship in tact. Stark is probably going to want to head home ASAP to find out who — if any of the Avengers — are still alive. We bet the two of them will travel back to Earth and regroup with the rest of the surviving Avengers. When Stark finds many of their team have disappeared, it will probably be all hands on deck.

Tony Stark is the only person as technologically savvy as Hank Pym in the Marvel Cinematic Universe who we currently know is alive (sorry Shuri!). Stark will probably have some gadget available to help locate the likes of Lang (and hopefully Hawkeye). Stark may very well be the one to get him out of the Quantum Realm and then either use that technology or another one to go back in time with Ant-Man to prevent the Snappening.

Why we're convinced time travel will play a role in "Avengers 4."

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The reigning theory for the next "Avengers" movie is that time travel will play a part to alter history and prevent Thanos from wiping half the galaxy from existence.

If you've been keeping tabs on everything related to "Avengers 4," leaked photos of Ant-Man with Tony Stark have been on the web making it look like the two travel back to the events of 2012's "Avengers." While Stark looks a little older, the rest of the Avengers are wearing their older costumes that movie, suggesting the two may travel back in time to prevent Thanos from getting his hands on the Infinity Stones. We're not going to link to the photos here, but a quick Google search will lead you to them.

There's precedence for this in the comics.

There is a 10-part series from 2013 called "Age of Ultron" from Brian Michael Bendis where Wolverine was sent back in time to prevent a bunch of superheroes from being killed by the human hating A.I. Ultron.

Yes, we've already had an "Age of Ultron" movie in 2015, but hear us out.

Unlike 2015's "Avengers" sequel, it's Hank Pym, not Tony Stark, who creates Ultron. In Brian Michael Bendis' comic, Ultron isn't just killing heroes. He succeeds in killing millions of people along with characters including Thor, Hulk, and Jessica Jones. Major cities like New York and Washington, D.C. are demolished.

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The remaining heroes, led by Tony Stark and a despondent Captain America, enact a plan made by Nick Fury in the event of the end of the world. Wolverine heads back in time to warn Pym about his creation to prevent it from wiping out humanity in the future. He doesn't use the Quantum Realm to do it. Instead, he uses what's called a time platform created by Doctor Doom.

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We may see something very similar play out in "Avengers 4" in terms of time travel now that half the galaxy — and many of the Avengers — has been vanquished by Thanos. Of course, neither Hank Pym nor Tony Stark created Thanos, but they can give a former Stark or the Avengers a heads up about the Mad Titan. And Nick Fury has already put some sort of plan into action. Remember, he put out an emergency alert for Captain Marvel at the very end of "Infinity War" to come save the day.

Don't expect to see Wolverine — Hugh Jackman retired from playing the character after 2017's "Logan"— and Disney doesn't own the rights to him or the X-Men (yet, anyway). But that could be where Ant-Man comes into play.

The second end-credits scene

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What happens

This is a simple, much shorter scene. It opens up on a somber moment. A television is on in Scott Lang's home. It's emitting an emergency broadcast tone. The camera slowly pans around the room to a hallway where a giant ant is seen playing the drums Scott was wailing away at earlier in the movie.

The screen then fades to black and the words, "Ant-Man and the Wasp will return …" appear on screen. But it quickly changes into a question so the screen reads: "Ant-Man and the Wasp will return?"

What it means

This is mostly a funny gag scene. The giant ant playing the drums has been seen in some of the trailers for the film. It's most likely the same giant ant who pretended to be Lang under house arrest earlier in the film. 

The most telling part of the scene is at the start. The emergency broadcast system provides evidence evidence that it's not just the heroes who disappeared when Thanos snapped his fingers at the end of "Infinity War." It appears half the planet really ceased to exist and San Francisco is feeling the effects.

The most curious bit about the television being on in Lang's home is that the home appears to be vacant, save that meddlesome ant. Was there someone watching the TV who vanished into thin air? Perhaps Cassie and her mom dropped by or Luis and Scott's friends? Or was the TV simply on for the large ant who was making himself at home?

You can read our review of "Ant-Man and the Wasp" here.

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THEN AND NOW: The cast of the original 'Pirates of the Caribbean' movie 15 years later

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Few people expected Disney's ride-inspired movie "Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl" to be such a wild success back in 2003, let alone give rise to a billion-dollar film franchise. But with the rock star casting and help from Hans Zimmer's iconic score, "Curse of the Black Pearl" became an instant modern classic.

Keep reading to see what the stars of Disney's breakout movie are up to 15 years after the film's premiere.

Orlando Bloom starred as Will Turner in this breakout role following his "Lord of the Rings" trilogy fame.

Prior to "Pirates of the Caribbean," Bloom was only recognizable with his long blonde Legolas wig on.



Now Bloom is taking his acting chops to the stage for a theater production in London.

Through mid-August of 2018, Bloom is starring as the lead character in the dark comedy "Killer Joe" in London's Trafalgar Studios theater.

Bloom has also regularly reprised his role as Will Turner for the many "Pirates of the Caribbean" sequels, including 2017's "Dead Men Tell No Tales."

You can also see Bloom in the Amazon original series "Carnival Row," a new drama reported by Entertainment Weekly to be a "fantasy noir set in a neo-Victorian city," coming in 2019.



Keira Knightley was just 18 years old when she starred in "Pirates of the Caribbean" alongside Bloom.

Knightley had previously caught fans' attention in the beloved indie film "Bend It Like Beckham" and was also featured in "Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace," but her portrayal of Elizabeth Swann rocketed her into fame.



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The 23 best road trip movies of all time that are perfect to watch during the summer

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The summertime is always when most get the itch to set out on the open road and do some traveling.

Hollywood has always had a soft spot for road trip movies, and some have become memorable not just for what was shown on screen, but what the spirit of the movie meant for the people who saw them. Take “Easy Rider” for example, whose no-rules approach launched a new way movies were made for decades.

Here are 23 road trip movies you should check out before heading on your own adventure:

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“Almost Famous” (2000)

Cameron Crowe’s love letter to the 1970s rock and roll scene, which he covered as a writer for Rolling Stone, is a fun look at adolescence, fame, and highlights the non-stop grind of a band being “on the road.”



“The Blues Brothers” (1980)

John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd play two brothers on a mission from God. Trying to get on the straight-and-narrow after getting out of prison, Jake Blues (Belushi) and his brother Elwood (Aykroyd) decide to help raise the money the Catholic home they were raised in needs to stay open. That leads to a road trip around Illinois to get the band back together.



“Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan” (2006)

With the help of director Larry Charles, Sacha Baron Cohen creates one of the funniest road trip movies ever made as he takes his character, Borat, to America to marry Pamela Anderson. But in the process, the movie highlights the US itself, as Borat travels the country doing everything from singing the Kazakhstan national anthem at a rodeo to hanging out with some fraternity kids.



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10 hidden gem movies currently in theaters you should see, especially if you have MoviePass

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It's easy to forget about some great movies while they are in theaters, especially during the summer movie season.

Some smaller-budget films go under the radar when up against blockbusters like "Infinity War" or "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom."

That's why Business Insider has gathered all of the potentially overlooked movies currently playing in theaters that you can choose from for the weekend.

Some may be harder to find than others, but these movies are the perfect watch if you are looking for plans, especially if you have MoviePass, which lets you see any movie you want in theaters for about $10 a month. It's a nice way to get you in the theater for movies you may not have considered otherwise.

We'll add movies to this list every week to keep you up-to-date on what you may be missing out on at the theater. 

Below are all of the hidden gem movies currently in theaters you should see with MoviePass:

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"Sorry to Bother You"

Release date: July 6 (limited)

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 94%

"Sorry to Bother You" is being praised as an ambitious, funny, and trippy commentary on race that stars "Atlanta's" Lakeith Stanfield and the always-great Tessa Thompson.

Description:"In an alternate present-day version of Oakland, telemarketer Cassius Green discovers a magical key to professional success, propelling him into a macabre universe."



"Three Identical Strangers"

Release date: June 29 (limited)

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 95%

In a year when documentaries like "Won't You Be My Neighbor?" and "RBG" have captured audience interest, "Three Identical Strangers" comes at the perfect time. Part heatwarming documentary, part family drama, the movie has garnered critical praise.

Description:"Three strangers are reunited by astonishing coincidence after being born identical triplets, separated at birth, and adopted by three different families. Their jaw-dropping, feel-good story instantly becomes a global sensation complete with fame and celebrity, however, the fairy-tale reunion sets in motion a series of events that unearth an unimaginable secret — a secret with radical repercussions for us all." 



"Leave No Trace"

Release date: June 29 (limited release)

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 100%

With a 100% critic score on Rotten Tomatoes, "Leave No Trace" is one of the best-reviewed movies of the year. It comes from Debra Granik, the director of the Oscar-nominated thriller "Winter's Bone" that helped launch Jennifer Lawrence into the mainstream. This time, she teams with actor Ben Foster, who critics say gives an extraordinary performance.

Description:"Will (Ben Foster) and his teenage daughter, Tom (Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie), have lived off the grid for years in the forests of Portland, Oregon. When their idyllic life is shattered, both are put into social services. After clashing with their new surroundings, Will and Tom set off on a harrowing journey back to their wild homeland."



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Production of a pro-life 'Roe v. Wade' movie starring Jon Voight is reportedly in chaos, and Milo Yiannopoulos is set to cameo

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  • The making of a pro-life "Roe v. Wade" movie has seen plenty of on-set drama, according to The Daily Beast.
  • The original director of the movie reportedly quit on the first day of production and numerous other cast and crew have left the project.


On Tuesday, The Hollywood Reporter revealed that a pro-life "Roe v. Wade" movie was in the works starring conservative actors Jon Voight, Robert Davi, and Stacey Dash. Now there are more details coming out about the production and its challenges.

The Daily Beast ran a story on Friday that gave a glimpse inside the production, which is currently shooting in New Orleans under the working title, "1973," referring to the year of the Supreme Court's landmark decision that guaranteed a woman's right to an abortion.

The Daily Beast story depicts a movie in chaos, with claims from sources on set that the original director quit on the first day of shooting and that the screenwriters/producers (who have now taken over the directing reins), Nick Loeb and Cathy Allyn, have misrepresented to the cast and crew just how pro-life the project really is.

The movie is a chronicle of the Roe v. Wade decision, which has come back in the headlines recently due its questionable future with the news of Justice Anthony Kennedy's retirement.

Actors such as Voight, Davi, Corbin Bernsen, Steve Guttenberg, and William Forsythe have been cast as Supreme Court justices. Stacy Dash, of "Clueless" fame and now a conservative pundit, will be playing Mildred Jefferson, a founder of the National Right to Life Committee.

However, other conservative actors like Kevin Sorbo and Stephen Baldwin, who were originally cast as justices, left the project after receiving the script, according to The Daily Beast.

This seems to be a recurring theme with the project: many cast and crew have reportedly walked off the movie because of its severe anti-abortion content, which includes graphic scenes showing aborted fetuses, according to The Daily Beast. These were elements many weren't aware of until they got on set, the report said.

Milo Yiannopoulos“That’s where it started as far as not sending out full scripts to actors, because they backed out and then it was a mad rush to find people to be the Supreme Court justices, and when they got on set they had no idea what they were doing,” a crew member told The Daily Beast about what happened following Sorbo and Baldwin leaving the project.

Along with the director, the site reports that the first assistant director, costumer, location manager, and several other crew members have left the project.

Loeb recalled one interaction with an upset crew member to The Hollywood Reporter when the person walked up and asked if he was the director.

"When I told her I was, she told me to go f--- myself," Loeb said. "Then she threw her headset on the ground and walked off. I found out later she was our electrician."

It's also been a struggle to get access to shoot the film in locations around New Orleans, The Daily Beast reported.

The Daily Beast also detailed more casting, including Joey Lawrence, Jamie Kennedy, and one-scene cameos by right-wing commentators Milo Yiannopoulos and Tomi Lahren.

The movie is scheduled to wrap production on July 15.

Business Insider contacted Nick Loeb's representative for comment but did not receive a response.

Read the entire Daily Beast story here.

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10 questions we have after seeing 'Ant-Man and the Wasp'

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Warning: There are spoilers ahead for "Ant-Man and the Wasp."

"Ant-Man and the Wasp" is now in theaters and while everything appeared to wrap up nicely at the film's end, if you stayed through the credits you missed a very important scene that leaves a lot up in the air.

While the majority of "Ant-Man and the Wasp" is filled with laughs, there are probably a few lingering questions you have afterward. How is Scott going to get out of his current jam? Will we ever see Ghost again? And how was Janet Van Dyne's makeup so fresh after being trapped for in the Quantum Realm for 30 years?

Keep reading to see the biggest questions we have after "Ant-Man and the Wasp."

What happens if Scott Lang is sucked into the time vortex?

In the first end-credits scene for "Ant-Man and the Wasp," Janet Van Dyne warns Lang to avoid slipping into a time vortex because they won't be able to save him. If he did, what would happen? Would he travel backward or forward in time? Or would he be lost to time forever? Maybe Lang will have no choice but to find out if he wants to escape the Quantum Realm.



How will Scott Lang get out of the Quantum Realm?

No one is around on that roof to help Scott Lang return back from the Quantum Realm and no one else probably knows he's there. We're hoping Lang has an emergency Pym particle disk to make him larger to escape like he did in the first "Ant-Man" movie. 

Otherwise, we're betting once Tony Stark makes it back to Earth (he has to, right?) that he'll have a way to track Lang. You can read more on how Lang will most likely escape the Quantum Realm here.



Is Ghost permanently cured or did Janet give her a temporary fix?

At the end of "Ant-Man and the Wasp" Michelle Pfeiffer's Janet Van Dyne appears to heal Ava by using Quantum energy from her fingertips and transferring it. 

But if you were paying close attention to the movie's first end-credit scene, it appears Ava isn't out of the woods yet. Scott Lang heads back into the Quantum Realm to gather particles. He says they're healing particles for their new ghost friend. Does Ava need treatments in order to stay in one reality?



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If you've seen 'Ant-Man and the Wasp,' we need to talk about Hawkeye

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Warning: There are some spoilers ahead for "Ant-Man and the Wasp."

If you went into "Ant-Man and the Wasp" hoping to get some answers about the location of Hawkeye, you may leave at the end of the movie disappointed.

This is your last chance to head back before spoilers.

After failing to appear in "Avengers: Infinity War," some thought we'd find out what Clint Barton (Jeremy Renner) was up to since the end of "Captain America: Civil War." They were sorely mistaken.

Hawkeye doesn't appear anywhere in the movie or in the film's two end-credit scenes. 

You may be wondering where Barton is, but if you've been paying close attention in "Infinity War" and "Ant-Man and the Wasp" we get little hints of what became of him.

Where is Hawkeye?

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In "Infinity War," Black Widow quickly says both Ant-Man and Hawkeye took plea deals because it would have been tough on their families otherwise. 

Fans were introduced to Barton's secret family in "Avengers: Age of Ultron." He has two kids with another one on the way. 

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The plea deals are briefly mentioned again during "Ant-Man and the Wasp," but so many people in the audience may be laughing that you may miss the throwaway line that's most likely about Barton.

While explaining Scott Lang's sentence to his daughter, the FBI's Jimmy Woo (Randall Park) tells Cassie her dad took a joint plea deal where he would be under house arrest for two years. It sounds like Barton may have taken a very similar deal.

What to expect when we eventually see Hawkeye: A different man.

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We know Jeremy Renner was filming for the "Avengers" movies. There are photos of him online on the set of the next "Avengers" movie wearing a different outfit than usual, suggesting he's going to come out of retirement. 

Why? Our best guess is that Hawkeye loses his family after Thanos snaps his fingers and rids of half the world's population. That could send him in a downward spiral.

The new threads have fans thinking he'll take on the role of another character from the comics called Ronin.

Who is Ronin?

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Ronin is a persona multiple characters in the Marvel universe have adopted over the years. The word itself is Japanese for a lone samurai. Barton took on the mantle of the warrior after the events of "Civil War" in the comics so that would line up with the Marvel Cinematic Universe perfectly.

Think of Ronin as a badass ninja. He didn't stay as Ronin for too long in the comics before resuming his title of Hawkeye.

The Ronin character may be too niche for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, though. When we next see Barton, it may be as Hawkeye but with a look that gives a nod to the Ronin counterpart.

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16 best-selling books to read this summer before they become movies

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If you are anything like me, you always NEED (yes, need) to read a book before it becomes a movie or a television show.

Sure, there are a few outliers like "The Devil Wears Prada" and "The Graduate" that make much more of an impression as a movie than a book but more often than not, the book is the story of record.

With plenty of summer weekends ahead filled with warm sandy beaches or shady park benches, it’s the perfect time to indulge in some titles that are soon to become highly anticipated movies.

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"Crazy Rich Asians" by Kevin Kwan

If you’re looking for a light and easy read perfect for a day at the beach, pick up “Crazy Rich Asians.” Follow Rachel Chu as she spends the summer in Singapore with her boyfriend and what she envisions as his humble family. Instead she’s in for private planes, nosy relatives, and navigating both old and new money.

Movie cast: Constance Wu, Henry Goldin, Michelle Yeoh and Awkwafina

Release date: August 15, 2018

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“To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” by Jenny Han

Sixteen-year-old Lara Jean Song keeps letters to all five boys she’s ever been in love with safely tucked away in a hat box. She pours her heart and soul into each letter because she knows no one will ever see them. That is until they’re all mailed out, causing chaos for Lara Jean. “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” is made for anyone who remembers being hopelessly awkward and hopelessly in love with someone who didn’t even know you existed. And trust me, we’ve all been there.

Cast: Lana Condor, John Corbett, Noah Centineo and Janel Parrish

Release date: August 17, 2018

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“Three Seconds” by Anders Roslund and Börge Hellström

If “The Departed” is a movie you’d watch again and again, pick up “Three Seconds.” Based in Sweden, Piet Hoffman has spent years undercover in the Polish mafia. Now, he’s being reassigned to Ewert Grens whose will to crack a case could threaten to expose Hoffman’s identity and put them both in mortal danger, revealing even deeper issues in the Swedish justice system.

Cast: Joel Kinnaman, Ana de Armas, Clive Owen, Rosamund Pike and Common

Release date: August 17, 2018

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Fans have a theory that Thanos time traveled at the end of 'Avengers: Infinity War' — here's the proof

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

Did Thanos travel back in time at the end of Avengers: Infinity War?

In one key scene, Thanos spoke to Doctor Strange and explained his insane vision. "With all the six stones, I could simply snap my fingers, and [trillions] would all cease to exist," he told Strange. "I call that mercy." A horrified Strange asked what would come next, and Thanos gave a startling response. "I finally rest, and watch the sunrise on an grateful universe." This version of Thanos dreamed of the day when his dreadful mission would finally be fulfilled, and when he could retire in peace.

Avengers: Infinity War's ending saw Thanos achieved his insane goal. He snapped his fingers and erased half the life in the universe. Then, true to his word, Thanos retreated from the cosmos and disappeared, becoming little more than a simple farmer. That idea was actually lifted from the original comics, where Jim Starlin's Infinity Gauntlet miniseries ended with Thanos apparently embracing a simple life.

But just where did Thanos go? Or is it possible the correct question is - when? It's actually possible Thanos has actually sought to evade anyone who would seek revenge upon him by using the Time Stone.

Although Avengers: Infinity War only gave viewers a brief glimpse of Thanos's retirement, the lighting and general color scheme strongly implied that he'd headed back to his homeworld, Titan. This has recently been confirmed by concept artist Pete Thompson, who's published some beautiful Avengers: Infinity War concept art on his portfolio website, including a landscape of the final scene labeled "Titan Thanos farm (post-production) Pre Production by Chris Kessler". It's a stunning design, clearly inspired by the famous Banaue Rice Terraces of the Philippines.

But there's a problem with this. Thanos has clearly retired to a place of peace and tranquility, believing his horrific mission to be finally done, and the Titan we saw in Avengers: Infinity War certainly wasn't a place of peace. According to Thanos, it had fallen prey to the ravages of overpopulation, and some sort of disaster - likely a food shortage - had led to the extinction of his race. Significantly, everything we saw of Titan's surface lacked any hint of vegetation. There was no evidence of nature reclaiming the barren world; it was as though Titan had been completely sterilized of life. Over the course of the film, this just got worse; Thanos tugged a moon out of orbit around his homeworld. That action would have caused fluctuations in his homeworld's gravitational field, probably triggering earthquakes or floods.

Even stranger, the kind of environment Thanos has retired to doesn't just come about naturally. The Banaue Rice Terraces look the way they do because they've been cultivated for generations by the Ifugao people, who consider themselves to be caretakers of the land. In just the same way, this kind of terraced effect is only possible if someone has actually been looking after the farmland. And yet Thanos claims his homeworld has been unpopulated for untold years. We essentially have two versions of Titan; the one we saw at the beginning of the film, and the one Thanos retires to at the end. The two simply don't go together.

Has Thanos traveled back in time?

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It's important to remember that Thanos doesn't just possess the Space Stone; he also wields the power of the Time Stone. As a result, he can travel anywhere in the universe - and, significantly, anywhen. If his entire quest was motivated from trying to save Titan, with its destruction the making of the man, then it would only make sense for him to return to a time before it was a gravity-messy hellscape.

That could mean the Titan he finds himself on at the end isn't restored, rather it's the planet from before disaster struck. Presumably, Thanos has settled down in a remote corner of his world, one populated only by farmers, explaining why the land is clearly cultivated but he doesn't impact the timestream. Every day, when Thanos stared out at the sunrise, he'd experience a strangely bittersweet emotion; he'd know that all this beauty would ultimately pass away, but on the other hand he'd always be able to remind himself that he had - according to his own insane logic - "saved" the rest of the universe.

Titan would essentially be sacrificed in order to ensure life survived. Given he did a similar, more personal action with Gamora and accepts his victory cost "everything", it's a believable form of solitude.

This theory may enable the Avengers' victory

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If this theory is correct, it may well give the Avengers an opportunity to defeat the Mad Titan. It's generally believed the Avengers will use time-travel in an attempt to undo or avert the "snap". Were he in the present day, Thanos would surely discover what Earth's Mightiest Heroes were trying to do. By living in the distant past, though, he's removed himself from the rest of the universe; he'd only learn of the Avengers' plan when he began to notice subtle ripples of change in time. By then, it may well be too late to stop the heroes.

Depending on the MCU's model of temporal mechanics, this theory may actually also help explain Doctor Strange's endgame plan. This implies Thanos was always destined to win; that he was always fated to return to his world's heyday, to settle in this distant corner of Titan and watch the sun rise. The victory could only come after that - and the massive sacrifice that came with it.

Is this Thanos theory true?

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Thanos traveling back in time at the end of Avengers: Infinity War is an attractive theory, not least because it explains the strange contrast between these two versions of Titan. But it's important to note that there are alternative explanations. The most obvious is that Thanos could have simply used the Reality Stone to recreate the Titan of his childhood. That would neatly explain why the land is clearly cultivated, and yet we don't see any sign of other inhabitants.

It all rests on the nature of the story Marvel want to tell. It's already clear Avengers 4 will principally be a time-travel story, but the more elements of time-travel you bring into a single narrative, the more you risk complicating your tale to the point it loses all semblance of logic and consistency. Marvel could take this approach, but they may not be wise to do so, because they'd just be adding another layer of complexity to a story that already promises to be full of ideas and characters.

Whatever the truth may be, of one thing we can be certain; Josh Brolin's Thanos will return, meaning the Mad Titan will somehow have to learn that the Avengers are attempting to put the world to rights. That's the only reason Thanos would leave his retirement; if he believed all he had accomplished was actually threatened.

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'Ant-Man and the Wasp' scores another opening weekend win for Marvel with $76 million at the box office (DIS)

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  • "Ant-Man and the Wasp" wins the weekend box office with an estimated $76 million.
  • Also, "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom" is the first non-Disney movie this year to pass the $1 billion worldwide mark.

For Disney/Marvel, it's more of the same this weekend: another release that tops the domestic box office.

"Ant-Man and the Wasp" took in an estimated $76 million over the weekend, which bests the first movie's $57.2 million opening weekend take back in 2015.

The movie landed right on target with its opening weekend industry projection of between $75 million and $85 million.

Director Peyton Reed improved interest in the micro-sized superhero (played by Paul Rudd) through adding The Wasp (Evangeline Lilly) in on the fun and connecting the movie to the dramatics that occurred in "Captain America: Civil War" and "Avengers: Infinity War."

There was also the attraction of a cool, air conditioned, movie theater for those living in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, as the region saw over 100 degree temperatures this weekend. But we have a feeling seeing how the movie relates to "Infinity War" was also a draw.

Elsewhere, Universal's "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom" powered past $1 billion at the worldwide box office. It's the first non-Disney movie to hit the milestone (Disney titles past $1 billion this year: "Black Panther,""Infinity War").

Annapurna's "Sorry to Bother You" had an impressive $44,000 per screen average on 16 screens ($717,000 total) to open its theatrical run.

Universal/Blumhouse released its latest "Purge" movie, "The First Purge," and took in $17 million ($31 million since its opening day on July 4). It's another successful opening for the low budget horror franchise.

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The 39 most anticipated movies for the rest of 2018

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Right now, all is well in the movie world.

The summer movie season is hitting on all cylinders and looks to be one of the best in history, while as a whole, 2018 is up 8% in ticket sales (which is huge) and could be looking at over $11 billion in revenue by the time the year ends.

That's assuming the good times at the multiplex keep going in the second half of the year.

With big event movies like Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's "Skyscraper" and "Aquaman" yet to come, mixed with more dramatic but equally anticipated titles, like "A Star Is Born" and "Creed II," things are looking positive. 

Here are 39 movies coming out before the end of the year that you shouldn't miss:

 

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“Skyscraper” - July 13

Dwayne Johnson mixes a little "Die Hard" with "The Towering Inferno" for his next thrill ride. Here he plays a family man who has to save that family from the largest building in the world before the bad guys (and the fire raging) gets to them first. Everything you expect from The Rock is in this one — and more. He's sporting a prosthetic leg this time.



“Eighth Grade” - July 13

It doesn't matter if you're 20 years old or 70 years old, there are some things about growing up that are universal, and comic-turned-director Bo Burnham highlights them warts and all in this beautiful movie. We follow teenager Kayla (Elsie Fisher) as she maneuvers transitioning from middle school to high school. Filled with comedic moments, this is also a heartfelt look at the wonder of growing up and how when you're in your teens everything sucks.



“Blindspotting” - July 20

One of the most talked-about movies at Sundance this year thanks to how it looks at race, Black Lives Matter, and the gentrification of Oakland, this is a movie that's very hard to narrow down in a few sentences. You kind of have to trust us that it's worth your time. 



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16 of the best wedding movies of all time

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Wedding movies are one of the funnest micro-genres around. Who doesn't want to attend a fantasy celebrity wedding from the comfort of your couch?

Although wedding-set films have been overused in some of the more cliche romantic comedies, there are a few films that do the genre so right, you’d think you were a guest at the wedding ceremony.

If you’re preparing for your own wedding or just want to bask in the cinematic glow of a well-crafted love story, here a 16 of the best wedding movies of all time.

"My Best Friend’s Wedding" (1997)

Julia Roberts stars in this iconic feel-good romantic comedy about a woman who realizes she’s in love with her male friend as soon as he announces he’s getting married. Roberts spends the film trying to sabotage his happy union in this shockingly realistic portrayal of unrequited love. At its heart, "My Best Friend’s Wedding" is a movie about friendship.



"Bridesmaids" (2011)

Kristen Wiig launched a thousand GIFs when she starred in "Bridesmaids." The movie tells the story of a woman whose best friend gets engaged right when her own life is seemingly falling apart and her valiant, but fraught, effort to be the best maid of honor. Although the actual wedding scene is just a quick moment during the climax, this story is a hilarious send-up of the chaos that bridal parties often are.



"The Wedding Banquet" (1993)

Director Ang Lee’s breakout film — "The Wedding Banquet"— is about a gay man in a happy relationship who succumbs to his parents pressures to have a traditional and lavish Chinese wedding. Only problem is, he’s not out and his parents marry him off to a woman desperate for a green card.



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11 details you may have missed in 'Ant-Man and the Wasp'

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Warning: There are spoilers ahead for "Ant-Man and the Wasp."

"Ant-Man and the Wasp" is out in theaters. While you probably have some questions after the movie and its jaw-dropping ending, the sequel also contains references to the comics and the "Ant-Man" movie that came before it.

INSIDER rounded up a collection of the best Easter eggs, callbacks, and nods we noticed while watching the movie and from around the web.

If you were wondering why Hope Van Dyne is such a skilled fighter in the sequel, you shouldn't be surprised.

In 2015's "Ant-Man," Hank Pym says his daughter studied martial arts after the disappearance of her mother, Janet. She was the one who trained Scott in the first movie.



It's confirmed that Hope's mom Janet can be briefly seen in the first "Ant-Man" movie.

Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) has flashbacks to the his time in the Quantum Realm at the end of the first movie. There, he sees someone flying around briefly. That's Hope's mom, Janet Van Dyne.

Hank Pym tells Hope he lost her mother in the Quantum Realm years ago when the two of them were trying to save a number of people from a bomb exploding. Janet Van Dyne went subatomic to stop the bomb and has spent the past 30 years floating through the Quantum Realm.

Director Peyton Reed confirmed to Collider in 2015 viewers should be on the lookout for "something or someone" in the Quantum Realm.



FBI agent Jimmy Woo says Scott Lang took a joint plea deal which gave him two years house arrest and three years probation.

Although his name is never said on screen, it's likely a member of the Avengers took that same deal.



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Some people are having trouble cancelling MoviePass thanks to a bug that can cause the mobile app to crash when they try to unsubscribe

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  • Some MoviePass users are having trouble cancelling their subscriptions this week, thanks to a bug that prevents them from using the mobile app's cancellation options.
  • According to a handful of social media posts about the technical issue, some users would see an error message when trying to unsubscribe from the service, while others found that they app would simply crash when they tried to unsubscribe.
  • MoviePass confirmed the issue with Business Insider Monday, saying they are working to fix it this week. 

MoviePass is currently working to fix a bug that prevents some users from unsubscribing to the service through the mobile app, according to a statement provided by the company. 

The same statement provided to Business Insider on Monday morning said "We anticipate this bug to be fixed in an app update later this week. If members are trying to cancel, we recommend reaching out via our in-app chat for assistance."

The bug was first pointed out by a handful of users this weekend who took to Twitter to share their frustrations. 

Most notably, BuzzFeed reporter Alex Kantrowitz shared his experience trying to unsubscribe from MoviePass on Sunday:

Multiple Twitter users shared stories of similar experiences, both in response to Kantrowitz's tweet and in separate threads, some even saying that the mobile app crashes whenever they try to unsubscribe.

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The Rock uses dizzying heights and dad strength in 'Skyscraper' to give audiences a thrilling ride

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  • Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson gives one of his most thrilling performances in "Skyscraper."
  • He plays a father who has to save his family from a burning building.


Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson might be up against his toughest adversary yet: summer sequels.

Johnson jumps into the already crowded 2018 summer movie season with one of the few non-sequel movies released by a studio this year.

Universal’s “Skyscraper” (opening Friday) is an “original” movie in the sense that it doesn’t feature one of Johnson’s hulking characters we’ve already seen him play. But you’ve certainly seen the movie before.

Taking its inspiration from movies like “Die Hard,” “The Towering Inferno,” and “The Fugitive,” this Johnson blockbuster, directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber (“Central Intelligence”), has our hero playing a man who will stop at nothing to save his family from a burning building.

Johnson is former FBI agent Will Sawyer who now assesses security for skyscrapers. His latest job is looking over the tallest building in the world, The Pearl, in Hong Kong. Though the building’s lower floor commercial spaces have been open for some time, Will and his family are the first people ever to live in the residence part of the towering skyscraper while Will does his assessment. The residence is located in the upper levels of this 240-floor structure.

Right out of the gate the movie shows us that Will is going to be a more mellow character than we are used to Johnson playing. He’s sporting some gray in his beard and has a professional look with a dress shirt and slacks (that’s right, no khakis or showing off his massive physique). Oh, and did we mention that Will is also an amputee? “Skyscraper” takes place 10 years after his leg was blown off following a raid on a house in which the suspect detonated a bomb in front of Will and his team. Will has since become a dedicated family man with two children and his wife, Sarah (Neve Campbell), who was his nurse the night he was brought to the hospital after the explosion.

skyscraper 3The Pearl is owned and designed by billionaire Zhao Long Ji (Chin Han from "The Dark Knight") and he's got a few enemies: namely a terrorist group who wants to take control of The Pearl. And you guessed it, Will is the only one who can stop them.

But director Thurber, who also has the lone screenwriting credit, humanizes the story. He makes it more about Will's drive to save his family first. It just so happens he also has to kill the bad guys to do it. Will racing to save his family after the terrorists set The Pearl on fire makes for a thrilling movie to catch on a summer evening.

Is the movie completely unrealistic and full of cliches and head-scratching plot points? Of course. But like "Rampage" earlier this year, you're paying your hard-earned money to see The Rock do some crazy stuff, and you won't be disappointed.

He's one of the few actors these days that can get mass audiences to come to the movie just because he's on the poster. And "Skyscraper" is going to be the ultimate test of his popularity because there's no seasoned franchises ("Fast and the Furious") or IPs ("Rampage,""Jumanji") for him to stand on. This one is 100% The Rock and he will rise or fall at the box office because of himself.

For me, Johnson is as thrilling in this as anything he's done. It's not his most entertaining work, but the cliffhanger thriller matched with his ability to keep you glued to the screen is perfectly done.

In this movie, he's hanging off a building with just duct tape keeping him from falling, he's jumping off a crane into the building (you may have seen him do that in the movie's poster), and he shows off the ultimate example of dad strength when he holds detached wires in place so his family can get across a wobbly bridge. His prosthetic leg helps him out a few times, too.

"Skyscraper" certainly has a more serious tone than most of what Johnson and Thurber do, which might throw some audiences off. However, if you're looking for something that will keep you on the edge of your seat and might get you a little choked up by the end, this is the summer movie for you.

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A new documentary chronicles the lives of triplets separated at birth in a controversial study — here's how scientists continue to use twins in research

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  • The documentary "Three Identical Strangers" follows the story of a secret study conducted in three genetically identical siblings who were separated at birth. 
  • The study was the only twin study that followed siblings from infancy. But due to controversies over ethics, the authors never published it and the data is sealed.
  • Twin experiments can give scientists insights into how different habits, treatments, or lifestyles affect two people with the same genetic makeup.
  • In other twin studies, researchers have found that on average, environment and genetics have a 50/50 influence on a person's traits and disease. 
  • Currently, NASA is using twins to study the effects of space on humans and mice

Twins have always fascinated scientists, especially as the subjects of studies about the influence of environment and genetics. 

The new documentary "Three Identical Strangers," which is now in theaters, tells the story of the ultimate test of nature versus nurture: it follows three identical brothers who were separated at birth and raised by different families. 

In 1980, two of the brothers met while attending Sullivan County Community College, and after making headlines, found the third triplet. Aside from looking alike, the three shared similar behavioral quirks and preferences.

But they were not the only twins in the study — according to NPR, of the 13 children involved, three sets of twins and one set of triplets have discovered one another. A book titled "Identical Strangers: A Memoir of Twins Separated and Reunited" was published in 2007 by a pair of twins who were also involved, Elyse Schein and Paula Bernstein. 

The other four subjects still do not know they have identical twins. 

A controversial twin study

The study was conducted by child psychiatrist Peter Neubauer and Violet Bernard, a child psychologist. They worked with the Louise Wise Agency, which matched Jewish orphans with adoptive families, to craft a secret experiment that would test how much of a person's behavior is genetically influenced and how much is environmentally influenced.

The researchers carefully controlled which families the identical siblings ended up in, withheld information about their biological parents, and didn't tell the adoptive families that the children were twins or had siblings. Instead, they told the families that their children were being followed for a study about the development of adopted children.

The study ultimately ended in 1980, and because of the fear of backlash and controversy over ethics and consent, Neubauer never published the results. The data is sealed in a Yale archive until 2066.

This is the only twin study that followed its subjects from infancy, but it's far from the only time scientists have used genetically identical siblings in research. 

Why scientists are obsessed with twins

Conducted properly, twin experiments can give scientists insights into how different habits, treatments, or lifestyles affect two people with the same genetic makeup. Studying identical twins can also help scientists pinpoint the effect of epigenetics, or environmental influences, on gene expression and function. This can help determine if certain traits or diseases lean more heavily on genetics or the environment.  

In history, twins have been used in research about I.Q., everyday diseases, eating disorders, obesity, developmental and psychological traits, and sexual orientation, according to Smithsonian Magazine

In a comprehensive review of twin studies worldwide, which was published in Nature Genetics in 2015, researchers found that on average, environment and genetics have a 50/50 influence on a person's traits and disease. But certain conditions like bipolar disorder rely more heavily on genetics. 

Today, twin studies are still commonly used. There are studies on mood and anxiety disorders as well as asthma and allergies. The Minnesota Center for Twin and Family Research collects community-contributed data from twins that helps them map out mental health outcomes and examine the development of substance use and related behavior disorders. For one study, they examined personality development of twins to see whether environment or genes played a role in risk-taking behaviors that lead to substance abuse. 

Most famous, however, are NASA's twin studies. After astronaut Scott Kelly got back from a year in space, scientists observed that 7% of his genes were expressed differently than those of his identical twinThe genes that were altered were related to the immune system, bone formation, DNA repair, and responses to an oxygen-depleted or carbon-dioxide rich environment. 

On top of this, Scott Kelly's telomeres — the caps at the ends of our chromosomes that affects cell aging — appeared to get longer in space, but they shrunk back when he returned to Earth. His gut also hosted different bacteria, and he returned two inches taller.

NASA recently sent 20 mice into space while their twins stay on Earth. In partnership with astronauts on the International Space Station, agency scientists plan to study changes in the rodents' microbiomes and circadian cycles. 

SEE ALSO: NASA sent Scott Kelly to space for a year, and 7% of his genes are now expressed differently than those of his identical twin Mark

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All the details of 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.

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

Since then, a strong supporting cast has steadily filled in. A source close to the production told IndieWire last month that Damian Lewis, Dakota Fanning, and Emile Hirsch will appear in the film. Deadline also reported that Al Pacino has also joined the cast.

Pitt worked with Tarantino on 2009's "Inglorious Basterds," and DiCaprio appeared in 2013's "Django Unchained." Longtime Tarantino collaborators Tim Roth and Michael Madsen are also appearing in the film. 

"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 in February, 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 February 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 in April, 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 in April 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.

At CinemaCon in April, 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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