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What 17 actors took from movie sets

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  • Though it's not always easy to take things from a movie set without getting caught, many famous actors have managed to take props home from sets to keep as mementos.
  • For example, Robert Downey Jr. said he took home a giant letter "A" from the "Avengers" set.
  • Emma Watson said she took a few things from the set of "Harry Potter."
  • Jennifer Lawrence said she took home Katniss' leather jacket and boots from the "Hunger Games" set.
  • Visit Insider's homepage for more stories.

Considering how much time they spend on set, it's no surprise that actors make a lot of memories while filming movies. And so, it's not surprising that some stars want to take home a few mementos to symbolize their time spent portraying a certain character.

Movie studios typically own the props that help make movies magical so it's not exactly easy for actors to swipe things from set. But sometimes stars find a way to take home some impressive or strange props.

Here are some actors who took props home from their movie sets.

Zac Efron said he has taken a few things from a wide variety of his movie roles.

In an interview with BBC Radio 1, Efron said he's taken a few things from movies he's been in.

He said he took his board shorts from "Baywatch," his basketball jersey from "High School Musical," and the belt he wore as Link Larkin in "Hairspray." He said he sometimes still wears the belt.



Ashley Tisdale said she took her character's entire "High School Musical" wardrobe.

In 2018, Ashley Tisdale, who played Sharpay Evans in "High School Musical," told BuzzFeed that she took her character's entire wardrobe from the first film.

"A lot of our clothes are in hall of fames and they didn't have Sharpay's stuff and Disney tried so hard to get the clothes from me and I was like 'No, this is mine," she told BuzzFeed. "So yeah, they don't have any of the clothes from the first movie. I do." 



Jennifer Lawrence said she took home Katniss' leather jacket and boots from the "Hunger Games" set.

From 2012 to 2015, Jennifer Lawrence portrayed literary hero Katniss Everdeen in the "Hunger Games" film series. Katniss was skilled at both hunting and archery and was rarely seen on screen without her brown leather jacket and boots.

In an E! News interview from the 2015 San Diego Comic-Con, Lawrence was asked if she took anything home from the final film set and responded, "I have the leather jacket the leather hunting jacket and my leather hunting boots."

Read More: 12 surprising things you probably didn't know about 'The Hunger Games'



Robert Downey Jr. said he has the giant Avenger's "A" from the "Avengers: Age of Ultron" set.

The expansive Marvel Cinematic Universe can be traced back to its humble beginnings with "Iron Man" (2008), so it makes sense that Iron Man himself (Robert Downey Jr.) would want a piece of Avengers history.

"On Age of Ultron, there was a massive Avengers 'A' outside the Avengers center. I have it," Downey said during a "Jimmy Kimmel Live" interview for "Captain America: Civil War" in 2016.



Chris Hemsworth said he took home multiple copies of Thor's hammer.

During a 2018 interview about "Thor: Ragnarok," Jimmy Kimmel asked Chris Hemsworth, who plays Thor in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, if he got to take Thor's famed hammer Mjolnir home.

Hemsworth replied that he actually took "a few ... about five." When Kimmel questioned where he keeps all of them Hemsworth said, "One's next to the toilet, one's on a mantelpiece somewhere."



Chadwick Boseman said he took Kimoyo beads from the set of "Black Panther."

In a 2018 Jimmy Kimmel Live interview for "Avengers: Infinity War," Kimmel asked the cast if they had kept any mementos from the Marvel sets.

"I kept the beads, the Kimoyo beads," Chadwick Boseman said. "I have them on right now."

Boseman wore the Kimoyo beads, an accessory made from Wakandan technology when he played King T'Challa in "Black Panther." 



Sir Ian McKellen said he took golden coins and a house key to Bag End from "Lord of the Rings."

Acclaimed British actor Sir Ian McKellen notably portrayed the wizard Gandalf in the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy and the subsequent "Hobbit" films.

In an "Ask Me Anything" thread on Reddit in 2016, McKellen wrote that he took some gold coins from the lair where the dragon in the film was hiding.

McKellen also wrote that he managed to take home the "front door key to Bag End, which I know [director] Peter Jackson is looking for, but will never find."



Robert Pattinson said he took a few pairs of Edward Cullen's underwear from the "Twilight" set.

Per CBS New York, at a 2012 press junket for "Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2,"Robert Pattinson (who played the sulky vampire Edward Cullen) said he took home a few pairs of underwear from the movie set. 

"I took a lot of underwear to be honest. I did that on all the movies," Pattinson said. "They have the best underwear and I have no idea where they get it from. I use it every day."



Kristen Stewart said she took home some rings from the "Twilight" series.

In a 2012 interview with People, Kristen Stewart said she's taken several of her character's rings from the set of the "Twilight" movies.

In particular, she said she took a moon ring from Bella's mother and the diamond-studded engagement ring Edward proposed to Bella with.

The rings "are really, really extremely important to me," Stewart said in the interview. "I love those things."

 



Gabrielle Union said she still has her "Bring It On" cheerleading uniform hanging in her closet.

In the 2000 comedy "Bring it On" Gabrielle Union played Isis, a young high-school student who led the East Compton Clovers cheer squad. Union's green cheer outfit, striped with accents of orange and yellow, has become synonymous with the movie itself.

In an interview with People Style in 2017, Union said that she still has the cheer outfit in her closet, though she doesn't wear it. 



Daniel Radcliffe said he took home two pairs of Harry Potter's glasses.

Daniel Radcliffe, who portrayed Harry Potter in the notable fantasy franchise that spanned eight films, said he took home two pairs of glasses from set — one from the first film, "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone," and another from the seventh, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1."

In an interview with Daily Mail in 2011 Radcliffe said, "The ones from the first film are absolutely tiny now, but they are very sweet. They are all lens-less as well. There was rarely ever any glass in the actual glasses because of filming problems with reflections."



In 2011, the late Alan Rickman said he took home Severus Snape's wand.

The late Alan Rickman played the grim Severus Snape throughout the entire "Harry Potter" series. In a 2011 interview with HitFix, Rickman said he kept Severus Snape's wand.



Emma Watson said she snagged Hermione's cloak, wand, and Time-Turner from the "Harry Potter" set.

Emma Watson, who portrayed the highly intelligent witch Hermione Granger in all eight "Harry Potter" films, said she took home several things from the set that reminded her of her time as a Hogwarts student.

"I took my wand, I took my Time-Turner, and I took a cloak," Watson said in her interview with Time for Kids in 2010.



Rupert Grint said he snagged a memento from Harry Potter's old house and also tried to take a costly dragon egg.

Rather than simply taking glasses or a wand, Rupert Grint said he and his co-stars who played George and Fred Weasley attempted to steal a golden dragon egg from the set of "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire."

"I took the golden egg that was in the fourth film — a dragon egg. Apparently, it was worth a few thousand dollars. I put it in a pillowcase, it was with James [and] Oliver, it was a joint effort. But they tracked it down and got it off us," Grint, who played Harry's best friend Ron Weasley, told BBC Newsbeat in 2010,

In regards to a prop that Grint successfully took home, he told the Daily Mail in 2011 that he got the "number 4" from 4 Privet Drive, the house where Harry was raised by his aunt and uncle.

"Well, I kind of stole [it], I suppose," Grint told the publication. "That's quite a nice thing to keep."



Simon Pegg said he took a Starfleet badge from "Star Trek: Into Darkness" but said he'd bring it back.

Per Female First's reports, at a press conference for 2013's "Star Trek Into Darkness," Simon Pegg talked about how difficult it was to take anything from the set of the "Star Trek" reboot in 2009.

Apparently, security was more relaxed on the set of the sequel because Pegg said he was able to take a Starfleet badge home when he reprised his role as Scotty.

"It was on my costume when I got back to my trailer and it's a beautiful little brass thing," Pegg said. "And I put it in my bag."

Pegg then turned to the film's director J.J. Abrams and joked, "Yeah! What are you gonna do?" before promising Abrams he would bring it back in for the next film.



Taron Egerton said he took a neon sign from the "Rocketman" set.

In a 2019 interview with British GQ, Taron Egerton (who played famed musician Elton John) said he took the neon Troubadour sign from one of the film's concert stages.

"[It] is obviously really cool and is exactly as it is in the club in LA, which I visited after the shot," Egerton said in the interview.

He said Richard Madden, his co-star in the film, told him to take it and put it in his kitchen. Egerton did. He said it's still there today. 

 



Kimberly J. Brown said she has lots of things from the set of "Halloweentown."

In a YouTube video with Manny Gutierrez, actress Kimberly J. Brown shared that she took a lot of things from the "Halloweentown" (1998) set. 

The actress said she took the titular book from the film and that Disney gave her the puppet that was Kalabar's bat assistant.

"I also have Marnie's purple cloak and hat from the second and third 'Halloweentown' movies," she said in the video.

She said she also has Marnie's little broom from the second movie.  



An artist turns Disney characters into realistic portraits, and the results are magical

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  • The artist Jirka Väätäinen has re-created some of Disney's most popular characters so they appear more realistic.
  • Väätäinen said his favorite character to draw was Ursula from "The Little Mermaid," but he also reimagined another Disney villain: Cruella de Vil.
  • He also drew Disney princesses like Belle, Cinderella, Moana, and Elsa.
  • Väätäinen even brought Hercules, Tarzan, and John Smith to life in his realistic drawings.
  • Visit Insider's homepage for more stories.

From princesses to villains, the world of Disney is all about fantasy — but one artist is determined to bring this world to life.

Jirka Väätäinen, an artist in Finland, has been turning Disney characters into realistic portraits for several years. Some of his re-creations include depictions of Belle, Cinderella, Ursula, and even Tarzan.

From Cruella de Vil to Moana, these are some Väätäinen's reimaginings of Disney characters.

The project started with Väätäinen's favorite Disney character, Ursula.

"One day, back in 2011, I just randomly thought I'd challenge myself and have a little fun in Photoshop and explore what the character of Ursula from 'The Little Mermaid' could look like in real life," Väätäinen told Insider.



The result was this realistic portrait of Ursula.

"Ursula is my all-time favorite Disney character," Väätäinen said. "With her, I feel like I've captured her essence, the way I remember her from my childhood."



Ursula isn't the only Disney villain he re-created. He also reimagined Cruella de Vil.

Cruella de Vil is the "101 Dalmatians" villain who attempts to turn the dogs into fur coats.



Here, Väätäinen brought the villain to life.

Cruella de Vil's iconic black-and-white hair and fur coat are all in Väätäinen's version — but with a more realistic look.



He didn't stop there. The artist also reimagined Disney princesses, like Belle.

Väätäinen said it's easier to draw Disney princesses than villains.

"It turns out creating a pretty face is much easier than creating this very over-the-top face, full of expression and malicious intent," he told Insider.



Here, Belle is still wearing her signature white blouse and blue dress, but her face is more realistic.

"Since I grew up with a lot of these characters, the sense of nostalgia made it such a fascinating and a fun personal project to explore," Väätäinen said.



Väätäinen said he loved re-creating the characters he grew up with, like Cinderella.

"As I have grown up with a lot of these characters, I usually have a certain vision in my head of the character, and based on that, I get further inspired by looking up and studying photos and features of real people that one way or another come to mind," the artist said.



In Väätäinen's recreation, Cinderella still has her outfit and hairstyle.

Väätäinen said most of his work is done in Photoshop.

"I basically use image sources as both my inspiration and my color palette," he said. "All of this photo compositing and manipulation are brought together by doing digital painting by hand."



He even brought Princess Jasmine to life with his unique technique.

Jasmine is the princess from Disney's "Aladdin."



In Väätäinen's image, Jasmine is still sporting the same clothing and hairstyle.

Väätäinen decided to re-create Jasmine when it was announced in 2017 that Disney would create a live-action "Aladdin."



Väätäinen said it was difficult for him to re-create newer Disney characters, like Elsa, because he did not grow up with them.

Elsa is one of the princesses from "Frozen," Disney's 2013 hit.



Instead of working from memory, Väätäinen had to do more research with characters like Elsa, he said.

"The newer characters that I did not grow up with are somewhat more challenging for me," Väätäinen said.



Moana is another newer Disney princess he reimagined.

Disney's 2016 movie "Moana" introduced a new princess, Moana, who is from a fictional Polynesian island.



Väätäinen drew Moana to look like a real person.

"So many requests for this one — and I finally found some time give her a go,"Väätäinen wrote on his Instagram of his depiction of Moana.



The artist also re-created some of the most famous male Disney heroes, like Hercules.

Hercules is a classic character in the Disney canon.



In Väätäinen's reimagining, Hercules still has his trademark biceps, cape, and headband.

Though he has a more realistic face, the character still a superhero-like quality.



Tarzan is another character the artist updated.

"Tarzan" premiered in 1999 and follows a man who was raised by animals.



Here, Tarzan looks like a real man, despite his fantastical origin story.

Tarzan's signature long hair is also in Väätäinen's reimagining.



Disney's male love interests, like John Smith from "Pocahontas," even got the Väätäinen treatment.

John Smith is the white settler who becomes Pocahontas' love interest in the Disney film.



Väätäinen made John Smith come to life in this portrait.

The blond hair is remarkably similar to the Disney animation.



Lastly, Väätäinen turned Prince Eric from "The Little Mermaid" into a more realistic man.

Prince Eric is Ariel's love interest in "The Little Mermaid."



Väätäinen said he loves that people are "stimulated or inspired" by his re-creations like this one.

"It's been a pleasure to see people react to these in such a positive way, whether it is feeling nostalgic and reconnecting with these characters on a new level, or just getting a sense of joy in seeing something that visually floats their boat," Väätäinen said.



AMC Theatres is getting into the streaming business with a new on-demand service

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  • AMC Theatres has announced it is launching AMC Theatres On Demand, a new streaming service.
  • On Tuesday, around 2,000 titles from the biggest studios in Hollywood will be available to rent or buy on the chain's site, mobile app, Roku, or smart TV apps.
  • It will cost around $3-$6 to rent titles and $10-$20 to buy them.
  • Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.

 

AMC Theatres, the largest movie chain in the world, announced on Monday that it is getting into the on-demand streaming business.

AMC Theatres On Demand will be available on its website, mobile app, Roku, and smart TV apps beginning Tuesday and will feature at its launch around 2,000 titles to rent or buy through the deals it has made with major studios like Disney, Warner Bros., Universal, Sony, and Paramount.

It will cost around $3-$6 to rent titles and $10-$20 to buy them. That's comparable to other on-demand streaming services.

Selections will range from new releases to catalogue titles from participating studios. New releases will be available the same time they are available digitally nationwide. Crucially, they will not be available while they are playing in theaters. Though in the past some studios have voiced interest in creating a premium on-demand window for popular movies, in which select titles would be available on demand before the traditional exclusive 90-day theatrical window has elapsed, those talks have since stopped. AMC Theatres On Demand will respect the window.

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The chain has also made a cross-platform marketing partnership with AMC Networks. Through the deal, the libraries of AMC Networks' IFC Films and RLJE Films will be available on the service beginning in late 2019.

This is the first time a US exhibitor has dipped into a business venture dedicated to the home. But to connect the service back to its theaters, members of the chain's popular AMC Stubs loyalty program who use the on-demand service will earn points towards in-theater rewards.

You can rent or purchase titles at AMC's website.

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18 major Oscar contender movies you shouldn't miss in theaters

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As we get deeper into the fall, the outlook of what films will be serious award-season contenders is becoming much clearer.

In the best picture category, Fox Searchlight's Taika Waititi Nazi satire "Jojo Rabbit" has an edge coming off the coveted audience award win at the Toronto International Film Festival. But don't count out Netflix, which continues its quest for a best picture win with two very different titles: Martin Scorsese's gangster epic, "The Irishman," and Noah Baumbach's Adam Driver/Scarlett Johansson drama, "Marriage Story." Indie distributor Neon will compete with its critically acclaimed Bong Joon-ho movie "Parasite." And don't forget Quentin Tarantino's "Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood," which is still a favorite though it's been in theaters since late summer.

Meanwhile, on the acting side, Joaquin Phoenix's portrayal of DC Comics' biggest villain in Warner Bros.' "Joker" is one of the favorites for best actor, alongside Leonardo DiCaprio for "Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood" and Driver in "Marriage Story."

For best actress, Johansson may be competing with herself thanks to her great performances in both "Jojo Rabbit" and "Marriage Story." And Renée Zellweger is also wowing audiences playing Judy Garland in "Judy."

Here are 18 Oscar contending movies that you shouldn't miss in theaters:

SEE ALSO: Taika Waititi explains the origins of his Oscar contender, "Jojo Rabbit," why he ended up playing Hitler, and what it was like directing in costume

“Hustlers” — In Theaters

There are a lot of things to love about this movie.

There's the incredible ensemble cast that includes Constance Wu, Lili Reinhart, and Cardi B. Then there's the talents of its writer-director Lorene Scafaria ("Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, "The Meddler"), who takes the "us versus them" mentality following the financial crisis and turns it into a gripping crime drama.

But the true standout is Jennifer Lopez, who as the "mamma bear" of the group of women looking for a better life gives a career-best performance.



“Joker” — In Theaters

Hyped beyond belief following its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival and then earning huge money at the box office, this origin story of the iconic DC Comics villain will keep director Todd Phillips and actor Joaquin Phoenix busy for the rest of the year.



"Judy"— In Theaters

Renée Zellweger is receiving universal praise for her performance as Judy Garland in this adaptation of the stage play, "End of the Rainbow." 



“The Laundromat” — In Theaters (Available on Netflix October 18)

Steven Soderbergh's latest project for Netflix takes on the Panama Papers.  And Soderbergh does it the only way he knows how: by putting it all in a playful tone.

Reminiscent of his 2009 movie "The Informant!," Meryl Streep plays a widow who investigates the scam that kept the rich extremely rich.



“Parasite” — In Theaters

The latest from Bong Joon-ho ("The Host,""Snowpiercer") has already found huge acclaim as it won the Palme d'Or at Cannes in May, marking the first Korean film to take the honor. And the hype has since been heightened after the movie opened on just three screens this weekend and earned the biggest per-screen theater average since 2016's "La La Land." Expect the director's familiar mix of dark comedy and thrills to impress many Oscar voters.



“Jojo Rabbit” — October 18

Taika Waititi ("Thor: Ragnarok") brings his unique brand of comedy to his most controversial story yet. His latest movie follows a young German boy whose imaginary friend is Adolph Hitler (played by Waititi). The movie also stars Sam Rockwell and Scarlett Johansson, who delivers an Oscar-worthy performance.



“The Lighthouse” — October 18

Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe play 1890s lighthouse keepers on a remote New England island in the latest movie from Robert Eggers ("The Witch"). Expect the performances by the leads and the movie's crisp black-and-white cinematography to be in the award-season conversation.



"The Irishman"— November 1 (Available on Netflix 27)

It's a project that Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro have been talking about doing for decades and it was Netflix that finally got them to do it (and wrote a check big enough to pull it off). Told over the span of decades and using de-aging technology to make the actors look younger, De Niro, Al Pacino, and Joe Pesci star is this gangster epic that explores the hitman who supposedly ended the life of teamsters union leader Jimmy Hoffa.



“Marriage Story” — November 6 (Available on Netflix December 6)

Get ready to see a lot of Adam Driver for the rest of the year. Along with playing Kylo Ren once more in "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker," he will also be in two very different dramas. In the first one, he stars opposite Scarlett Johansson as the two play a couple going through a divorce. It's the latest writing-directing effort from Noah Baumbach ("The Squid and the Whale,""The Meyerowitz Stories").



“Honey Boy” — November 8

From a screenplay by Shia LaBeouf, director Alma Har'el examines the actor's childhood and rocky relationship with his father (played in the movie by LaBeouf himself). You can't have more of an awards-bait feel than this one.



“Ford v Ferrari” — November 15

Another one you'll be hearing a lot about through awards season is the latest from James Mangold ("Logan"). Here he casts Christian Bale and Matt Damon to depict the real-life men who built the car for Ford to go up against Ferrari at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1966.



“The Report” — November 15

In this Adam Driver movie, he plays a Senate staffer who is tasked with investigating the CIA's interrogation tactics after 9/11.



“A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” — November 22

Tom Hanks takes on a character even more likable than him: Fred Rogers. Playing the man behind "Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood" could lead to Hanks receiving Oscar notice once more in his career.



“Portrait of a Lady on Fire” — December 6

Compared to "Call Me by Your Name" set in the 18th century, this touching story of a female painter who falls for her subject has grabbed the attention of many since its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year.



"Richard Jewell"— December 13

Clint Eastwood has a knack for coming out of nowhere with an Oscar contender, and it's happening again this year. Shot less than four months ago, in his typical quick fashion, Eastwood has turned around a gripping look inside the true story of security guard Richard Jewell (played by Paul Walter Hauser), who saved thousands during the 1996 summer Olympic games after discovering a backpack filled with explosives. However, Jewell was not regarded as a hero at the time as media reports falsely reported that he was a terrorist. 



“Uncut Gems” — December 13 (Limited), December 25 (Wide)

The latest movie from Benny and Josh Safdie ("Good Time") stars Adam Sandler as a New York City jewelry store owner who is struggling to pay his debts. Combining Sandler with the Safdie brothers is a lethal combination that is sure to wow audiences and could score Sandler an Oscar nomination.



"Bombshell"— December 20

This look at the female staff at Fox News who say they were sexually harassed by the network's head, Roger Ailes, includes the all-star cast of Nicole Kidman as Gretchen Carlson, Charlize Theron as Megyn Kelly, and Margot Robbie as associate producer Kayla Pospisil. Ailes will be played by John Lithgow. Get ready for some big time performances from this group.



"1917"— December 25 (Wide releasing beginning January 10, 2020)

After two James Bond movies ("Skyfall" and "Spectre"), Sam Mendes takes on an ambitiously epic World War I story all told in what feels like one continuous shot. The movie follows two British soldiers who must go behind enemy lines to stop 1,600 men from being ambushed. Universal has already teased DP Roger Deakins' method of making the entire running time of the movie feel like it's in real time.



Taika Waititi says he was 'embarrassed' having to direct 'Jojo Rabbit' while dressed as Hitler

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  • Taika Waititi wrote and directed "Jojo Rabbit," and also played an imaginary version of Adolf Hitler in the movie.
  • Because of that, Waititi sometimes had to direct on set dressed in his Hitler costume. 
  • Waititi told Business Insider how uncomfortable he was having to do that.
  • Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.

 

Directing a movie is a hard job, but imagine doing it while being dressed as one of the most hated figures in history. 

That's what Taika Waititi ("Thor: Ragnarok") was up against when he made the critically acclaimed movie and award-season contender "Jojo Rabbit" (in select theaters Friday). 

A satirical coming-of-age story set in Germany at the height of the Nazi regime, Waititi didn't just write and direct the outlandish movie, but also played an imaginary version of Adolf Hitler, who is the best friend of the movie's main character, Jojo (Roman Griffin Davis).

While trying to make the movie over the course of several years, Waititi said the project never got off the ground because the financiers wanted an A-list star in the Hitler role. Waititi wasn't able to get anyone interested and also thought a casting like that would backfire. 

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"If it's the Brad Pitt Hitler movie that's all it's going to be known as,"Waititi told Business Insider. "He'll be the only thing on the poster and it will distract from the real heart of that story which are these kids. And I want to see a Brad Pitt anything movie but it would have taken away from what the story is trying to deliver." 

Then after Waititi made "Thor: Ragnarok," Fox Searchlight became interested in making the movie, but only if he played the imaginary Hitler character. 

"Which was lunacy to me," Waititi admitted. 

But he warmed to the idea when he heard Searchlight's reasoning, which was that the only person who could pull off the buffoonery of the role was the person who wrote the story. 

That led to the uncomfortable reality for Waititi on set, as he would sometimes have to direct dressed in his Hitler costume.

"Yeah, it was horrible," Waititi said, adding that he did address the cast and crew on the first day of shooting about his appearance.

Though he tried to conceal it at times, he said it was still terrible to be dressed like that all the time. 

"I was just embarrassed on set," Waititi said. "Having to be dressed like that and having to talk to people. Often I took off the mustache between set ups or put a hat on. Or I would take the jacket off. But still, you catch yourself in a reflection and you're reminded. For most people it's something like seeing themselves and going, 'I forgot, I got a haircut yesterday.' For me it was, 'Ah, I forgot, I look like Hitler.'"

SEE ALSO: Taika Waititi explains the origins of his Oscar contender "Jojo Rabbit," why he ended up playing Hitler, and what it was like directing in costume

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15 of the worst movies from the 2000s, according to audiences

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  • Some films that were released in the 2000s have been seriously panned by audiences. 
  • Poorly rated movies from the 2000s include everything from the horror movie "House of the Dead" (2003) to the animated feature "Doogal" (2006).  
  • Viewers roasted "Gigli" (2003), which stars Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck, for having bad dialogue and weak performances.
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The 2000s were a great time in film history, yielding critical hits like "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" (2004) and "Spirited Away" (2001).

However, the decade also spurred box-office bombs and poorly rated flicks that have been long-forgotten or remembered in a not-so-great way. 

Here are some of the worst movies of the 2000s, according to audience scores on Rotten Tomatoes.

As a note, the scores listed throughout the piece were accurate at the time of publication but are subject to change.

Some viewers felt "Disaster Movie" (2008) was disastrously unfunny.

Audience Score: 21% 

Critic Score: 1%

As a follow-up to their comedies "Date Movie" and "Meet the Spartans," Aaron Seltzer and Jason Friedberg directed the spoof film "Disaster Movie."

The film embodies countless parodies of disaster flicks while lampooning everything from "High School Musical" to "Cloverfield."

The movie also featured cameos from celebrities like Kim Kardashian and Carmen Electra. 

That said, many viewers called the film messy and humorless.

"I won't even dignify this movie with a plot synopsis,"wrote one audience member. "To do so would acknowledge there was at any point a script."



Viewers thought that "Doogal" (2006) was an overstuffed kid's film.

Audience Score: 21%

Critic Score: 8%

"Doogal" is an animated movie that centers around four misfits as they thwart an evil sorcerer's plan to freeze the earth.

The film was voiced by a cast of talented actors that included Tom Baker, Jimmy Fallon, Jon Stewart, and Whoopi Goldberg. 

As one Rotten Tomatoes user wrote, "'Doogal' has good, kid-friendly intentions, but it's an utterly charmless animated wreck with a pop culture obsessed sense of humor that gets old by the third or fourth reference."



"I'll Always Know What You Did Last Summer" (2006) was ripped apart for being unoriginal.

Audience Score: 21%

Critic Score: 0%

The third installment in the "I Know What You Did Last Summer" franchise, "I'll Always Know What You Did Last Summer" starred Brooke Nevin, David Paetkau, Torrey DeVitto, and Seth Packard as a group of teenagers who inadvertently cause the death of a mutual friend.

A year later, the group grows terrified as they receive foreboding messages from someone who threatens to reveal their secret. 

Viewers and film critics seem to agree that the film's failings lie in its dull plotting and lack of creativity.

As one reviewer wrote, "This one is so poorly directed and uninspired it makes 'I Know What You Did Last Summer' look like an Orson Welles masterpiece."



Filmgoers called "Breaking Point" (2009) a convoluted drama.

Audience Score: 20%

Critic Score: 0%

In "Breaking Point," Tom Berenger stars as Steven Luisi, a washed-up criminal-defense attorney who comes upon a complicated murder case that involves gang violence, corrupt cops, and Steven's own history with drug abuse.

Busta Rhymes and Kirk Jones also co-starred in the drama, but the film's star power couldn't save it from being ripped apart. 

As one audience member wrote, "A good performance from Tom Berenger can't quite save 'Breaking Point' from attempting to do too much and only succeeding at about half of what it tries."

 

 



Audience members found "Miss Conception" (2008) to be forgettable.

Audience Score: 19%

Critic Score: 8%

Realizing that she's running out of time to conceive a child, Georgina (Heather Graham) recruits the help of her friends to find a suitable man to be the father of her future kid. 

The British comedy also featured Mia Kirshner and Tom Ellis. 

Viewers largely found the film to be absurd and forgettable, with one user writing, "Very predictable, I like Heather Graham and Mia Kirshner but the movie was definitely a bit flat."



Comic-book fans thought that "Catwoman" (2004) was overly cheesy.

Audience Score: 18%

Critic Score: 9%

In 2004, Halle Berry starred as the titular hero in "Catwoman," an action film that detailed the origin of the popular DC Comics character.

The superhero movie also starred Sharon Stone and Benjamin Bratt in supporting roles. That said, reviewers on Rotten Tomatoes panned the film, calling it "corny" and "a waste of time."

As one Rotten Tomatoes user wrote, "'Catwoman' turns one of DC's potential stars into a cringe-worthy, amateurishly written, poorly edited and terribly CGI'd mess."

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Horror fans questioned why "The Fog" (2005) was even made.

Audience Score: 19%

Critic Score: 4%

A remake of the 1980 John Carpenter film "The Fog," the 2005 version starred Tom Welling, Selma Blair, and Maggie Grace.

The movie centers around a small town overcome by a mysterious fog that leaves death in its wake. 

Reviewers who watched the movie found it to be unnecessary and tedious. "'The Fog' remake totally ruined a piece of classic horror cinema," wrote one Rotten Tomatoes user. "This remake is awful, nothing good going for it, and a waste of celluloid. For fans of the original, this film is a travesty."



"The Haunting of Molly Hartley" (2008) was called "boring" by audiences.

Audience Score: 18%

Critic Score: 3%

In "The Haunting of Molly Hartley," Molly (Haley Bennett) gets a new start at a different school after leaving her abusive mother behind. As she grows closer to a new classmate (Chace Crawford), she learns a disturbing secret about her past. 

Many users wrote that they consider the film to be confusing and poorly conceived.

"Without a doubt, one of the worst horror movies I've ever seen," wrote one reviewer. "Poorly written, poorly acted, boring, and downright offensive."



"Feardotcom" (2002) was panned for its weak plot and bad acting.

Audience Score: 18%

Critic Score: 3%

In the horror movie "Feardotcom," a detective stumbles upon a murder case where four victims were all found dead after logging on to the same website. The film starred Stephen Dorff and Natascha McElhone in the leading roles.

Users on the site called the movie poorly acted and filled with schlock.

As one Rotten Tomatoes user wrote, "'Feardotcom' completely destroys all the potential of its intriguing premise with slack placing [and] plotting, seizure-inducing visuals and desperate pitiful scare attempts."



Some viewers said National Lampoon's "Pledge This!" (2006) was so bad it was difficult to watch.

Audience Score: 18%

Critic Score: 0%

The comedy "Pledge This!" stars Paris Hilton as a sorority leader who takes on a group of social outcasts to be her new pledges.

The film, which also featured Carmen Electra, Paula Garces, and Simon Rex, ended up being a direct-to-video release. 

 Viewers and critics alike criticized the movie for being nonsensical and nearly unwatchable. "This is a movie?" One Rotten Tomatoes user wrote. "I love Paris Hilton but this is garbage." 



Sci-fi fans dragged "Rollerball" (2002) for being dull and sloppy.

Audience Score: 14%

Critic Score: 3%

A remake of the 1975 film of the same name, the 2002 version of "Rollerball" focuses on Jonathan Cross (Chris Klein) and his crew of rollerball teammates as they compete in the increasingly violent sport.

The film also starred LL Cool J, Rebecca Romijn, and Naveen Andrews. 

Many of those who watched the remake called it a "violent wreck" that does a disservice to the original film.

"Within the first few minutes of this film you can easily see the direction it's taking and that it's gonna be bad," wrote one reviewer. "A vile modern remake that deservedly flopped bigtime." 



Viewers roasted "Gigli" (2003) for having bad dialogue and weak performances.

Audience Score: 13%

Critic Score: 6%

In "Gigli," Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck starred as a gangster and a hitman who are both hired by their boss to ensure a liability is taken care of.

Justin Bartha, Christopher Walken, and Al Pacino also starred in the action comedy-drama. 

Film critics and audience members both found the film hard to watch due to its "incoherent" script and the lack of chemistry between Affleck and Lopez.

One Rotten Tomatoes user wrote: "['Gigli'] is interminable, structurally messy and the dialogue can be hideous sometimes, with the biggest problem being Lopez's complete lack of charisma and nonexistent chemistry with Affleck."



"Super Capers" (2009) was given bad reviews for its humorless script.

Audience Score: 13%

Critic Score: 0%

"Super Capers" is an action-adventure comedy about wannabe superheroes who go on a mission to stop an evil villain by traveling through time.

The movie starred Christine Lakin, Justin Whalin, and Michael Rooker as the bumbling heroes. 

Filmgoers faulted the film for feeling outdated and failing to be as funny as it marketed itself to be.

"I thought this film would at least be a little funny but it was not,"one reviewer wrote. "The story was flat and the plot was very slow. The acting was simply bad ... I would not recommend this film to anyone."



"Scar" (2007) was called bland "torture porn."

Audience Score: 11%

Critic Score: 0%

In the psychological-horror film "Scar," Joan (Angela Bettis) returns home to her small town years after she survived a killing spree that shook the town at its core. Finally ready to move on, Joan soon realizes that the past isn't dead when a new string of murders occur. 

The low rating comes rife with comments on the film's "torture porn" imagery and unimpressive acting. 

"Seemed like a cool slasher throwback,"one audience member wrote. "Turned out to be an example of poor storytelling, terrible acting, and a predictable pace."



Viewers called "House of the Dead" (2003) horrifyingly bad.

Audience Score: 10%

Critic Score: 3%

An adaptation of a zombie arcade game, "The House of the Dead" follows a group of friends as they go to a remote island for a rave. Arriving late, the group finds that the partygoers have been massacred by the living dead.

The film starred Ona Grauer, Ellie Cornell, and Jonathan Cherry. 

Reviewers criticized the film for its poor special effects, lack of direction, and derivative plotline.

"'House of the Dead' takes everything you know about zombie flicks and completely ruins it," wrote one Rotten Tomatoes user. "Having absolutely terrible actors and a script as bad as they come, this film fails to impress even in its action scenes."

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Why Kevin Smith put a 'Dogma' character in his new movie even though Harvey Weinstein still owns the rights

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  • Kevin Smith told Business Insider why he referenced "Dogma" in his new movie, "Jay and Silent Bob Reboot," though he doesn't own the rights to it.
  • Smith's 1999 movie starring Matt Damon and Ben Affleck as renegade angels is owned by Harvey and Bob Weinstein. 
  • Smith said he "thought it would be fun" to give a "Dogma" update, especially seeing this year marks the 20th anniversary of its release.
  • The writer-director has reached out to the Weinsteins in the past about getting the rights to the movie but has never heard back from them, he said.
  • "Kevin Smith is one of the great directors of our time, of course I'd hear and consider any idea he would suggest," Harvey Weinstein said through his spokesman Juda Engelmayer to Business Insider about selling Smith the rights to the movie.
  • Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.

 

Writer-director Kevin Smith makes a references to almost all his old movies in "Jay and Silent Bob Reboot," including one he doesn't have the rights to.

Smith's latest movie, which had a nationwide screening Tuesday through Fathom and will have another on Thursday (followed by a roadshow tour), is a literal reboot of his 2001 movie "Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back," in which the New Jersey stoners (played by Jason Mewes and Smith) run into numerous characters from Smith's previous movies while trying to stop a Hollywood adaptation of the comic book based on them.

"Reboot" is loaded with familiar faces, from Ben Affleck reprising the role he played in Smith's "Chasing Amy" to celebrity cameos like Chris Hemsworth in hologram form. But one interesting inclusion is Matt Damon's cameo as Loki from Smith's 1999 movie, "Dogma," which Smith doesn't technically have the rights to use.

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Smith was able to make "Reboot" because he personally owns the rights to the Jay and Silent Bob characters and got permission to use "Strike Back" from Miramax Films. So that covers movies like "Clerks,""Mallrats," and "Chasing Amy."

But it gets complicated with "Dogma."

At the time Smith made "Dogma," Miramax, then run by Harvey and Bob Weinstein, was owned by Disney. The family-friendly studio refused to have a company it owned releasing a movie about an abortion clinic worker (Linda Fiorentino) who sets out to save the world from two renegade angels (Ben Affleck and Matt Damon). So the Weinsteins personally bought the rights to the movie and got Lionsgate Films to release it.

Since then, the Weinsteins have owned "Dogma."

"We put out word to them a long time ago, 'What's the chances we can buy our movie back?' We never heard back," Smith told Business Insider.

Because of the rights situation, Smith had no intention of including "Dogma" in his new movie. But then he heard from Matt Damon.

"We were in post and Matt got back from vacation and was like, 'Don't leave me out, I want to do something,'" Smith recalled.

Jay and Silent Bob Reboot Saban Films copyAt first, Smith was going to have Damon do a cameo as the version of himself that is in "Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back." But Smith's wife convinced him to instead put Damon in the movie as Loki.

"And I said, 'But Loki's dead,'" Smith recounted. "She was like, 'Yeah, in the movie. They are just movies.' And I was like, 'Oh, you're right.' So I thought this would be fun, give a 'Dogma' update."

In "Reboot" (this time Jay and Silent Bob are trying to stop a Comic Con-like event of the comic book characters based on them from happening) Damon briefly appears as Loki, sitting in a church with the Bible in his hand, talking to the camera. He even makes a joke that he's not the Loki from the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

For Smith, the Loki cameo is the closest he can get to celebrating a movie he doesn't own.

"This is the 20th anniversary of 'Dogma,'" Smith said. "I can't celebrate it because the movie is not owned by me. It's not available publicly. At a certain point, I felt I created Loki. It's not like we are building the marketing campaign on Loki, so I'm going to weight a certainty over a doubt and I'm certain including Loki is the right thing to do. The only thing that would be the doubt is he starred in a movie that you don't technically own."

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Smith said the last time he heard from Harvey Weinstein was in 2017 when the producer called him about wanting to make a sequel to "Dogma" and getting the original available to the public after years of it being unavailable. However, a week after that call, The New York Times published its explosive exposé detailing allegations of sexual misconduct against Weinstein spanning decades. Smith now believes the call was Weinstein's way of gaining his support before the Times story ran. (Weinstein's spokesman Juda Engelmayer told Business Insider he does not know if this call ever happened.)

Currently, "Dogma" is the only Kevin Smith movie unavailable to stream.

Would Weinstein ever sell Smith the rights to "Dogma"?

"Kevin Smith is one of the great directors of our time, of course I'd hear and consider any idea he would suggest," Weinstein said to Business Insider through his spokesman Engelmayer.

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How to watch YouTube movies for free on desktop or mobile, in the 'Free to watch' section of YouTube Movies

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When it comes to saving money on entertainment, YouTube is a solid option because it has a lot of free, entertaining content to watch — even movies. 

YouTube offers many movies that are available to watch for free, just keep in mind that those movies do come with ads placed throughout the video.

Here's what you need to know to find the "Free to watch" section of YouTube and start watching movies. 

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How to watch YouTube movies for free on a computer

1. Go to youtube.com and sign into your account, if necessary.

2. In the left sidebar, scroll down to the "More from YouTube" section and select "Movies & Shows."

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3. Under the "Movies" tab, scroll down to the "Free to watch" section.

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4. Click "View All," located to the right of the "Free to watch" section.

5. Scroll through the movies and select the one you want to watch by clicking on it.

How to watch YouTube movies for free on a mobile device 

Unfortunately, due to the overall simplicity of the mobile app, there is not a direct way to get to the "Movies and Shows" section. Here's how to get around that slight inconvenience:

1. Open the YouTube mobile app on your iPhone or Android

2. Tap the search bar and type in "Free Movies."

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3. Scroll down to the "Free to Watch" section, located below the "YouTube Movies" heading.

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4. Scroll through the movies and tap to select the one you want to watch.

Another way around the lack of a dedicated section for movies on the mobile app would be to save free videos to the "Save for later" section of your account. 

That way, you can easily locate individual free movies by going into the "Library" tab and selecting the "Watch Later" playlist.

 

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16 transgender celebrities who are changing television

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  • More TV shows are featuring transgender actors and characters. 
  • Laverne Cox started on Netflix's "Orange Is the New Black" and has since become a superstar and trans activist. 
  • FX's "Pose" stars multiple trans people, including MJ Rodriguez, Dominique Jackson, and Indya Moore.
  • Hunter Schafer from "Euphoria," Tom Phelan from "The Fosters," Elliot Fletcher from "Shameless," and Josie Totah from "Champions" are all young transgender actors changing the landscape of television. 
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As TV continues to become more progressive, more shows are welcoming transgender actors and characters. 

In the past, trans roles were given to cis actors, like Jared Leto and Eddie Redmayne, both of whom were nominated for awards for their portrayals of trans characters. But today, transgender actors are taking on these roles and bringing visibility to the community. Television series are at the forefront of this change. 

From A-listers like Laverne Cox to new stars like Hunter Schafer, these are the trans celebrities changing television for the better.

Laverne Cox got her start on "Orange Is the New Black."

Laverne Cox jumped into the spotlight in 2013 when she started playing Sophia Burset on Netflix's "Orange Is the New Black." In the show, she played a transgender inmate in a women's prison. 

For her role on the show, Cox was nominated for three Emmy awards. In 2014, she was the first openly transgender person to be nominated for a Primetime Emmy in an acting category.

Cox appeared in a few other TV shows like "The Mindy Project,""Dear White People," and "Curb Your Enthusiasm." But the actress has rebranded as an activist for transgender rights. 

"It's amazing that in various parts of the country, young people are still struggling who are LGBTQ+. And I think it's because we still, culturally, have this very rigid idea of what women should be," Cox told HuffPost. "And because of that, young people are being bullied, particularly LGBTQ youth. There's unprecedented visibility for trans folks now, but we're being attacked more than ever before."



Asia Kate Dillon stars as Taylor Mason in "Billions."

In 2016, Asia Kate Dillon earned a spot on Netflix's "Orange Is the New Black," playing Brandy Epps, but most people know them as Taylor Mason on Showtime's "Billions." By playing Mason, Dillon has become the first non-binary actor playing a non-binary character on TV.

Dillon told "Good Morning America"this role helped them better understand their own identity. 

"In that moment it crystallized for me, that it was going to be OK for me to never change my body if that was my journey and I was still valid as a non-binary person and a trans person," they said.

Dillon made headlines in 2017 when they spoke out about the Emmys' gendered award categories.

"It's not the first time I've thought about this, but it was certainly the first time where I felt like I had a unique opportunity and a platform to engage in the conversation about questions that I had," Dillon told Variety.

In response, the MTV Movie & TV Awards created a gender-neutral acting award category, which Dillon presented that year.



Most know Alex Blue Davis as the first trans actor on "Grey's Anatomy."

Alex Blue Davis got his start in TV on shows like "2 Broke Girls" and "NCIS," but he is best known for his role on "Grey's Anatomy." Davis plays an intern, Dr. Casey Parker, who is an openly trans man. 

Showrunner Krista Vernoff said she re-wrote Parker's coming out plotline several times. Ultimately, the character says, "I'm a proud trans man, Dr. Bailey. I like for people to get to know me before they find out my medical history."

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Davis said the line was monumental for him. 

"What's cool about the show, the episode and Krista's vision for this character is he's about way more than being trans," Davis said. "I cried at the table read, it was very moving for me. I've been waiting for a moment like this on TV my whole life. I am so honored I got to say that line on TV because it's a long time coming."



Dominique Jackson is making a name for herself on FX's "Pose."

Dominique Jackson is known for her role as Elektra Abundance on FX's groundbreaking show "Pose."

In season one, her character decides to get sex assignment surgery — commonly referred to as "bottom surgery"— and Elektra lost some friends and her boyfriend over the decision. 

"Throughout the years, many people have had this misconception about being transgender and they have always come from their comfortability,"Jackson told Metro. "But we also have to realize that having gender-affirming surgeries, it is a personal journey. Every trans person's journey ends in a certain place. My version of complete was bottom surgery. A lot of people just thought we did this surgery because it's always about 'getting a man' or something like that."

Jackson will take her acting chops to Starz's "American Gods," where she will play a goddess. 

Outside of acting, Jackson has also written a book titled "The Transexual from Tribago," which chronicles her personal journey. 

 



MJ Rodriguez is also known for her work on "Pose."

Before landing her role on "Pose,"MJ Rodriguez appeared on TV in shows like "Nurse Jackie" and "The Carrie Diaries." But it's her role as Blanca Rodriguez on "Pose" that really catapulted her into the spotlight. 

Rodriguez told Metro that she sees this newfound attention as an opportunity to represent the trans community. 

"[It's] invigorating in a way we get to be ourselves and live out loud. Intimidating because there are so many things that come our way. And with what we have to deal with and the responsibilities that we have, [it] can be a little overwhelming," she told Metro. "Just making sure that we speak for our community in the right way and that we do the work that needs to be done that a lot of people out there aren't doing. Whether through our craft or speaking on a platform that we need to be speaking on." 



Indya Moore also appears on "Pose."

Indya Moore started as a model, but they really made a name for themselves when they were cast as Angel on FX's "Pose." As a trans and non-binary person, they became a mainstream success, booking even more modeling gigs and eventually becoming Elle's first trans cover model

In that cover story, Moore said activism is one of the most important parts of their life. 

"When I'm around people having conversations about their day, I'm looking at them, like, 'What could they possibly be talking about? How are we not talking about deconstructing white supremacy right now? How are we not trying to save trans people?'" Moore told Elle. "I don't know who I am outside of someone who's just trying to be free and find safety for myself and for others."



Jamie Clayton is known for her role in Netflix's "Sense 8."

Jamie Clayton is known for her role as Nomi Marks on Netflix's "Sense 8." In the series, Clayton plays a trans hacker who develops the ability to see into the minds of eight other people around the world. 

When the show ended in 2018, Clayton joined "Designated Survivor" as Sasha Booker. 

Outside of TV, Clayton has become an activist for trans rights, especially trans visibility in Hollywood.

"Actors who are trans never even get to audition for anything other than roles of trans characters,"she tweeted. "That's the real issue. We can't even get in the room. Cast actors who are trans as non-trans characters. I dare you."



Hunter Schafer stepped into the limelight with HBO's hit "Euphoria."

Hunter Schafer's only acting credit to date is her role as Jules on HBO's "Euphoria." Though her acting resume is small, it's impactful. Her character is one of the only trans characters on TV that doesn't actually struggle with her identity

"There need to be more roles where trans people aren't just dealing with being trans; they're being trans while dealing with other issues," Schafter told Variety. "We're so much more complex than just one identity."



Tom Phelan stars in a groundbreaking role on "The Fosters."

Like Hunter Schafer, Tom Phelan has a short list of acting credits, but his role in "The Fosters" is revolutionary. He has become one of the first trans actors to play a young trans character. In the show, his character, Cole, tackles taking hormones and experiencing misgendering. 

He told The Hollywood Reporter that while his character is great for trans visibility, he worries that it won't make that big of an impact.

"We've come a long way with being in the public eye, but in terms of lessening violence, there hasn't been a lot of change," he said. "Media representation is great, but it's not going to promote visible, genuine change. Media representation is for the community and for young trans kids and it's for people looking to see themselves. I don't think it's for the rest of the world. Its primary function is to serve as a looking glass so that people who feel lost and confused can look and see themselves."



Elliot Fletcher has had recurring roles on some of the biggest shows on TV, like "Shameless" and "The Fosters."

In 2016, Elliot Fletcher took on his first trans role on MTV's "Faking It." Since then, he has continued playing trans characters, like Trevor on Showtime's "Shameless" and Aaron Baker on "The Fosters." 

"I happily tell people [that I'm trans] because my goal in life is not only to become a successful musician but also, a trans advocate. I have so much love for my trans family and I want to spread that love as much as I can,"he told the New York Times.



Josie Totah transitioned after starring in NBC's "Champions."

Prior to transitioning, Josie Totah appeared in a number of TV shows, including "Jessie,""Glee," and "Liv and Maddie." Right before coming out, she starred as Michael Patel in NBC's "Champions."

In 2018, she announced that she was transgender and prefers she/her pronouns. She continues to act, appearing in "The Other Two" and "No Good Nick."

"This week, I'm going off to college. I'm also going to continue my acting career, and I am so excited to do both things as myself," she wrote in a Time article. "I plan to play roles I haven't had the opportunity to play. And I can only imagine how much more fun it's going to be to play someone who shares my identity, rather than having to contort myself to play a boy. I'm going to gun for those roles, be it a transgender female or a cisgender female. Because it's a clean slate — and a new world."



Jen Richards produced and starred in the web series "Her Story."

Jen Richards is best known for her work on the web series "Her Story," which she co-produced. She also played Violet in the show, which was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award in 2016. 

Since then, Richards has appeared in "Nashville,""Better Things," and "Tales of the City."

Outside acting, Richards also works to promote trans visibility and to fight for trans rights. For example, she founded the Trans 100, which honors and recognizes people and organizations that are doing good within the trans community. 

She has also been vocal about the importance of casting trans people in trans roles. 

"If they cast a cis woman, they're ultimately saying a trans woman is a type of woman," Richards told Variety. "They cast a cis man, they're saying that, at the end of the day, a trans woman is a kind of man. Right from the moment you cast a man as a trans woman, you've already proven that you are out of step."



Alexandra Billings is most recognizable for her role in "Transparent."

Alexandra Billings is the first transgender person to play a transgender character on TV when she took the role of Donna in 2005's "Romy and Michele: In the Beginning." Since then, she has appeared in "How to Get Away with Murder,""Grey's Anatomy,""ER,""Eli Stone," and "Goliath" as a trans character. But the actress is best known for her role as Davina on Amazon's "Transparent." 

She has also been outspoken about cis-gendered people taking trans roles. In an op-ed for HuffPost, she explained her frustrations with Jared Leto's Oscar-winning performance in "Dallas Buyers Club," in which he played a trans woman. She especially found it frustrating that the actor didn't acknowledge the trans community in his acceptance speech at the Golden Globes. 

"He spoke about shaving his legs, he spoke about his backside in his bikini, and he spoke about a Brazilian wax he never got because it seemed to be too much trouble," Billings wrote. "What he didn't speak about was the transgender woman he played, or the millions of other transgender people in the audience, or the hundreds of millions of people around the world who are living with and dying from the AIDS virus."



Trace Lysette has appeared in "Transparent" and the movie "Hustlers."

Trace Lysette began her acting career in 2014, playing Shea on Amazon's "Transparent." Her character is an openly trans woman who is a yoga instructor and educator.

Lysette made headlines in 2017 when she came forward and accused her "Transparent" co-star, Jeffrey Tambor, of inappropriate sexual behavior while on set. 

"Despite multiple uncomfortable experiences with Jeffrey, it has been an incredible, career-solidifying honor to bring life to my character, Shea, on Amazon's 'Transparent,'" the actress wrote in a statement at the time."Working on the award-winning series as a low-income trans woman with active roots in New York's ball culture is a rare opportunity most of my sisters are not given."

Tambor, who later left the show, responded to the accusations by saying he accepted he was not a perfect coworker but that he had "never been a predator — ever."

Outside of "Transparent," Lysette has appeared on FX's "Pose" and "Hustlers."



Brian Michael Smith stars as a trans man in OWN's "Queen Sugar."

Brian Michael Smith has been earning acting credits since 2011, appearing in TV shows like "Gossip Girl,""Girls,""Chicago P.D.,""Blue Bloods," and "After." But in all of these shows, he played a cis straight man. It wasn't until 2017, however, that Smith came out as trans through his character on OWN's drama series "Queen Sugar." 

As the trans community pushes for more trans actors to play cis roles, Smith is proof that it's possible. 

"There weren't a lot of trans male roles when I started out," Smith told NBC News. "I was really trying to be cautious about [choosing a trans role] because it was something I was interested in, but I wanted to make sure that it resonated with me, and it would have a positive impact on trans and non-trans people alike."



Nicole Maines is portraying the first trans superhero on CW's "Supergirl."

Before acting, Nicole Maines was the subject of several documentaries that focused on the trans experience. In 2016, she was profiled in HBO's "The Trans List," and in 2018, she was profiled again in "Not Your Skin." 

She then moved into acting, becoming the first trans superhero on TV. Maines plays a reporter named Nia Nal on CW's "Supergirl." The character is eventually turned into a superhero named Dreamer.

"I've been doing a lot of auditions lately because a lot of different shows have been really eager to tell the story of transgender people," Maines said at Comic Con."It seems only fitting that we have a trans superhero for trans kids to look up to. I wish there was a trans superhero when I was little."



13 iconic movies that will give you '90s nostalgia

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The 1990s were a great decade for cinema, bringing us a variety of movies that can seemingly transport us back to when they were filmed. 

Here are some of the best films to watch if you want to feel nostalgic about the '90s. 

"Clueless" (1995) has so many memorable fashions and quotes.

There is arguably no film more '90s than Amy Heckerling's "Clueless."

Starring Alicia Silverstone, Stacey Dash, and Brittany Murphy, "Clueless" is a unique take on the Jane Austen novel "Emma."

In the film, wealthy and popular teen Cher Horowitz (Silverstone) helps a nerdy student become popular only to later realize how misguided her intentions were. 

Complete with iconic clothing, an undeniably '90s soundtrack, and an array of notable slang, this nostalgic masterpiece truly encapsulates the spirit of the era.

 



"10 Things I Hate About You" (1999) features high-school struggles many can still relate to today.

An adaptation of Shakespeare's "The Taming of the Shrew,""10 Things I Hate About You" is a romantic teen comedy that portrays high school in the '90s. 

The teens in this film aren't quite rich like the characters in "Clueless," but they battle the same issues that many high-school students faced during the decade.

Starring Julia Stiles, Gabrielle Union, and Heath Ledger, the film has it all — a bit of grunge fashion, an iconic musical sequence, and just the right amount of '90s angst. 

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"You've Got Mail" (1998) has just about every element of a '90s film.

"You've Got Mail" is an homage to a time when the internet was a relatively new thing and email was a topic worthy of writing an entire film around.

In the movie, business rivals Joe (Tom Hanks) and Kathleen (Meg Ryan) unknowingly fall in love while being each other's online pen pal. 

From the unmistakable sound of dial-up internet to the iconic AOL voice saying, "Welcome!" and "You've Got Mail," the film captures the nostalgia of '90s technology like no other.



"Home Alone" (1990) is potentially a film you still watch every December.

If you grew up in the '90s, there's a pretty great chance you watched "Home Alone" just about every holiday season.

In this Christmas classic, Macaulay Culkin stars as Kevin McCallister, a mischievous (if not bratty) child who is mistakenly left alone while his family goes off to Europe for the holidays. 

From its dated plot that would never hold up in modern times to its retro-looking sweater wardrobes, this film will surely make you nostalgic for childhood and for the less tech-savvy times of the '90s.

Read More: 10 things you didn't know about 'Home Alone'

 



"Waiting to Exhale" (1995) highlights the incredible prowess of female R&B artists of the '90s.

Starring Whitney Houston, Angela Bassett, Loretta Devine, and Lela Rochon, "Waiting to Exhale" is a film about the importance of female friendships and empowerment. 

"Waiting to Exhale" is widely considered to be one of the movies that pioneered a generation of mainstream films with black casts. It also proved that audiences would not only watch, but also love and relate to more diverse films.

The film's soundtrack is also full of '90s classics, including Whitney Houston's "Exhale (Shoop Shoop)," Brandy's "Sittin' Up in My Room," and Mary J. Blige's' "Not Gon' Cry." 



"Reality Bites" (1994) captured post-grad life in the 1990s.

A cult classic, "Reality Bites"captured the cultural zeitgeist of Generation X.

The film stars Winona Ryder, Ethan Hawke, Ben Stiller, and Janeane Garofalo as they battle the trials and tribulations of life, work, and love. 

All in all, Reality Bites tackles plenty of real-world issues while also offering a taste of grunge fashions from the decade.



"Space Jam" (1996) is filled with '90s references and athletes.

Although the plot of this film is a bit out there (we're talking outer space), there's something totally nostalgic about re-watching this 1996 flick.

The film tells the fictional story of what NBA legend Michael Jordan was doing during his two-year hiatus from basketball in the early '90s. 

It also features a star-studded cast of Looney Tunes characters and NBA players who were especially big in the 1990s.

Plus, it has a soundtrack that was so popular it went Platinum six times. 

Read More: 10 fun facts you didn't know about your favorite '90s cartoons



"Scream" (1996) is a cult classic for a reason.

The 1990s marked a revitalization of the horror genre and "Scream" has often been cited as the movie that sparked the resurgence of love and appreciation for slasher films.

"Scream" is the first installment in a slew of films that follow the life of Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell) as she and her friends escape Ghostface, a killer whose identity shifts and changes depending on who wears the mask. 

The cult-classic is notably meta and tongue-in-cheek, making it decidedly different from the horror films that came before it — it also set the tone for the rest of the franchise.

 



"She's All That" (1999) is a treasure trove of '90s icons.

From its soundtrack of '90s hits to its all-star cast decked in fashions that were trendy at the time, "She's All That" is a nostalgia-inducing adaptation of "Pygmalion." 

Starring Freddie Prinze Jr. and Rachael Leigh Cook, the film is about Zach (Prinze Jr.) who is challenged by a friend to court the school nerd Laney (Cook) and turn her into the prom queen in six weeks.

But after Laney's transformation (removing her glasses and changing her hair), Zach begins to fall in love with her — and high-school hijinks ensue. 

Read More: How 21 of your favorite '90s celebrities have changed over the last 20 years

 



"Drive Me Crazy" (1999) has a soundtrack that'll take you back a few decades.

The 1999 film, which stars Melissa Joan Hart and Adrian Grenier, is about neighbors who pretend to date one another to make their exes jealous only to find they're actually in love with each other.

"Drive Me Crazy" is loaded with retro fashions and hairstyles, plus it boasts an iconic soundtrack with unforgettable '90s hits like Britney Spears' "You Drive Me Crazy," The Backstreet Boys' "I Want It That Way," and Barenaked Ladies' "It's All Been Done."

The stars of the film even appeared alongside Britney Spears herself in the music video for the titular single. 



"Mrs. Doubtfire" (1993) is like a hilarious walk down memory lane.

This famed 1993 film stars Robin Williams and Sally Field as a couple going through divorce and a custody battle for their three children.

In order to spend more time with his kids, Robin Williams' character, Daniel Hillard, dresses up as a woman who he calls Mrs. Doubtfire and gets hired as his ex-wife's nanny and housekeeper. 

"Mrs. Doubtfire" is considered to be one of the funniest films from the 1990s, and its cast includes plenty of stars who were especially popular at the time like Mara Wilson, Matthew Lawrence, and Pierce Brosnan.

 

 



"Independence Day" (1996) features lots of old-school technology.

Starring Will Smith and Jeff Goldblum, "Independence Day" is an action flick about the battle against aliens who are planning to destroy Earth on the Fourth of July. 

"Independence Day" not only signaled the resurgence of sci-fi in the late '90s, but also marked a turning point as the film industry began to lean into the disaster-movie genre. 

It also featured many trademarks from the decade, including massive cell phones and the very large and now-dated Apple PowerBook 5300.

 



"Empire Records" (1995) is filled with grunge fashions from the decade.

In "Empire Records," viewers follow a group of employees as they try to save their independent record store from becoming part of a big chain.

The film stars actors like Renée Zellweger, Liv Tyler, and Anthony LaPaglia.

Even if the record-store setting isn't enough to give you some nostalgia-inducing vibes, the film also features plenty of grunge fashions from the decade that will surely take you back. 

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'Maleficent' sequel wins the box office but performs below expectations

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  • Disney's "Maleficent: Mistress of Evil," came in first place at the domestic box office with an estimated $36 million.
  • That's below industry projections and the opening weekend for the original, which was released in 2014.
  • Warner Bros.' "Joker" stays strong, coming in second place with $29.2 million.
  • Sony's "Zombieland: Double Tap" came in third with $26.7 million.

After Warner Bros.' dominance the last two weeks thanks to "Joker," Disney has stepped up to take the top spot at the domestic box office this weekend with "Maleficent: Mistress of Evil." However, this villain didn't do close to the same business the evil clown did.

"Mistress of Evil," which is a sequel to 2014's "Maleficent," in which Angelia Jolie reprises her role of the legendary Disney villain from "Sleeping Beauty," took in an estimated $36 million. 

  • That's below the $40 million projection the industry had for the movie's opening.
  • And it's under the $69.4 million the original title earned in 2014.

Read more: Why Kevin Smith put a "Dogma" character in his new movie even though Harvey Weinstein still owns the rights

That's not great for a movie with a reported budget of $185 million, however, if the first movie was any indication, "Mistress of Evil" will earn the bulk of its box office overseas. "Maleficent" brought in over $500 million in foreign tickets.

"Mistress of Evil" also had some competition. WB's "Joker" is staying strong in week three, coming in second place with $29.2 million. Made for around $60 million, the twisted drama now has a worldwide total of over $737 million.

Sony's "Zombieland: Double Tap," the sequel to 2009's "Zombieland," came in third place with $26.7 million. Though it took ten years to make a sequel, Sony made it for only $23.6 million, and that modest spending will likely lead to the studio breaking even or perhaps making a profit on the zombie comedy by the end of its run.

 

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The 12 worst horror movies of all time

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  • Horror movies can be fairly hit or miss — with many movie buffs claiming there are far more misses.
  • Some of these lackluster movies like "Birdemic: Shock and Terror" and "Troll 2" are so bad, they've amassed a cult following.
  •  Others, like "Death Bed: The Bed that Eats" have not had such luck. 
  • Here is a list of 12 of the worst horror movies of all time. 
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Horror movie fans are a forgiving bunch. The ratio of great to terrible horror movies is far from even, but sometimes all it takes is an interesting idea or innovative kill for a bad one to win over its audience.

The films on this list have no redeeming qualities ⁠— they're just bad to the point of being offensive. 

From sequels that completely betrayed the spirit — and plot — of their predecessors to low-budget efforts that seemed as if they were made by aliens who had never seen a movie before, the titles included in this list are 12 of the worst movies of all time.

Related:9 predictions from old sci-fi movies that actually came true

Preemptive disclaimer: There are many deep-cut titles and shot-on-video films that horror fans will hate to see left off of this list. The dozen films that made the cut are ones that readers can easily track down on the internet and watch today, should their curiosity get the best of them.

Without further ado, here are the 12 worst horror movies of all time.

'Troll 2' (1990)

Of course the film that inspired the critically acclaimed documentary "Best Worst Movie" needs to be on a list of the worst horror movies of all time.

"Troll 2" was marketed as a sequel to the 1986 film "Troll," but there is no sanctioned connection to the original. The plot centers on an American family being hunted by vegetarian creatures who try to turn them into vegetable paste so they can eat them.

Mild spoiler: There isn't a single troll in the entire film. In fact, the movie was originally titled "Goblin," but was rebranded to capitalize on the "Troll" name.

Even the film's leading actor Michael Paul Stephenson — who was 10 years old when "Troll 2" was shot — has criticized the film years after it went straight to video.

"It was the perfect maelstrom of events to create this unintentional comedy,"Stephenson told the Guardian. "Everyone wanted to make a good film and we failed. You can't replicate that."

You can't piss on hospitality— that's an actual quote from the film — but you save yourself from this train wreck.



'Death Bed: The Bed That Eats' (1977)

George Barry wrote, produced, and directed this late-1970s gem — and, thankfully, told audiences everything they needed to know in the title.

The term "arthouse" is often used to describe this bizarre film about a cursed bed that dissolves hands until they're nothing but bare skeleton, but the movie only takes a few bites out of an apple and returns the core. 

If there is deeper meaning hiding in the 80-minute runtime, no one has found it in over 40 years — and with a 31% Rotten Tomatoes audience score, it might be safe to say no one ever will.



'The Mangler' (1995)

Robert Englund is a classically-trained actor and a horror legend who will hopefully be remembered as Freddy Kreuger from the "A Nightmare on Elm Street" franchise, not as Bill Gartley from Tobe Hooper's "The Mangler." Based on a short story by Stephen King, the titular star of the film is a laundry press with a taste for blood. 

"That silly contrivance, along with lackluster story and thesping, should guarantee the would-be frightfest a short spin and quick fade at the box office,"Godfrey Cheshire wrote for Variety.

If you're asking how or why multiple people got close enough to be murdered by the machine, then you're probably overthinking it. Ted Levine (Buffalo Bill from "The Silence of the Lambs") is the cop on the case, but even he can't solve the mystery of why this film is so bad.



'Manos: The Hands of Fate'

Released in 1966 and written and directed by Harold Warren, "Manos"— whose title does indeed translate to the very redundant "Hands: The Hands of Fate"— is an indie cult film that owes much of its notoriety to its inclusion in a 1993 "Mystery Science Theater 3000" installment.

The plot, according to IMDb, centers on a family that gets lost on the road and stumbles upon an underground cult led by the "Master" (Tony Neyman) and Torgo (John Reynolds), his servant. Master wears a black flying squirrel poncho with giant red hands that almost form the Wu-Tang hand sign when he raises his arms, which happens more often than not. 

The film feels like a small-town stage play that someone recorded for personal use but accidentally forwarded to the world. The acting is terrible and the script is somehow worse. The only redeeming quality may be the Master's cute dog who deserved much more screen time. 



'The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living And Became Mixed-Up Zombies!!?' (1964)

It's an incredibly long title for a strange horror musical that you are probably better off not watching.

Another "Mystery Science Theater" favorite, this 1963 film was written and directed by Ray Dennis Steckler, a filmmaker whom The New York Times referred to in his 2009 obituary as a "low-budget auteur." 

Steckler also starred in the film, under one of his many pseudonyms, as Jerry, one of three friends who encounter a zombie-making fortune teller at a carnival. The rest of the plot doesn't really matter because it won't make the experience any better. At least the poster art was cool?



'The Giant Spider Invasion' (1975)

Giant bug movies were cheesy in the 1950s, but drive-in crowds still found them entertaining. Director Bill Rebane and his crew on "The Giant Spider Invasion" tried to recapture the magic of that bygone era, but somehow missed the mark when it came to telling a coherent story. 

The people who were paid to fabricate giant webs and totally un-scary spiders out of Volkswagens deserve a round of applause, but that's about it. The film apparently made millions on its $300,000 budget and contributed greatly to the economy of Merrill, Wisconsin, where it was filmed. 

The not-so-silver lining, according to Rebane, is that it is among the most pirated films of all time, and none of the money reached his pockets.



'The Happening' (2008)

M. Night Shyamalan's star began to fade when "The Village" turned out not to be the terrifying horror film that trailer watchers expected. Then came "Lady in the Water," which swam its way to a 25% on Rotten Tomatoes

"The Happening" was strike three. The eco-horror thriller stars Mark Wahlberg as a high-school science teacher who becomes the de facto leader of a group trying to survive a mysterious event that is causing people to suddenly and violently kill themselves. The twist, if you can call it that, is that the trees are responsible. 

Tim Grierson and Will Leitch of The New Yorker wrote"it's the strangest big-budget thriller to come out in the last 25 years. It also might be the worst."



'Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2' (2000)

How do you successfully make a follow up to one of the most profitable and influential films of all time?

Do the exact opposite of what the filmmakers responsible for "Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2" did. 

Released just 15 months after "The Blair Witch Project,""Book of Shadows" exists in a universe where the original fictional movie has become a cult phenomenon. The main characters visit the woods where it was filmed and spooky things begin to happen.

Smart idea, but the execution is muddled. Real footage of Roger Ebert's review of "The Blair Witch Project" is shown in the sequel, but that cameo couldn't save it from a 2-star rating

"One viewing is not enough to make the material clear, and the material is not intriguing enough, alas, to inspire a second viewing,"he wrote. He added that a sequel to the original film was "inevitable, but this is not the sequel, I suspect, anyone much wanted."



'Plan 9 From Outer Space' (1959)

The reputation of "Plan 9 From Outer Space" extends beyond the horror genre, as it is often called the worst film ever made, period. 

Directed by Ed Wood, the black-and-white sci-fi picture has aliens, the resurrected dead, and gothic horror icon Bela Lugosi, but it still manages to go off the rails. Cheap effects, poor writing, and atrocious acting combined to make the film a laugh riot even though it was not intended to be a comedy. 

Wood reportedly once referred to the movie as his "pride and joy," but others did not appreciate his singular vision. There have been several articles and think pieces written over the years by critics looking to reevaluate and defend "Plan 9," but it will take more than a few essays to make this film better.



'Jaws: The Revenge' (1987)

Talk about diminishing returns. "Jaws 2"was a solid meh and "Jaws 3-D"was one big gimmick that nobody asked for, but "Jaws: The Revenge" was a different beast entirely.

For one thing, the shark roared like a lion, which was a questionable choice and not at all scientifically accurate. It also had a telepathic link with Chief Brody's wife, Ellen. Michael Caine was in this film, and it cost $20 million to produce, not including advertising fees. Despite being predicted to be a box office hit, it only brought in a fraction of the expected revenue.

Sheila Benson of the Los Angeles Times called it"dumb beyond belief, hollow, bloody and nonsensical, it's Universal Studios' vanity movie, a way of providing employment yet again for its Great White icon."



'Birdemic: Shock and Terror' (2010)

Alfred Hitchcock gave the world "The Birds" in 1963, but those crows, sparrows, ravens, and seagulls have nothing on "Birdemic: Shock and Terror."

Directed by Vietnamese software salesman James Nguyen, the indie film was initially rejected from the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. Determined to see his dream fully realized, Nguyen began promoting it on the streets with a van, stuffed birds, some fake blood, and flyers

Word spread about the awful film and it achieved cult status, landing on the front page of The New York Times and in actual movie theaters where its lackluster special effects and stilted dialogue played like gangbusters to late-night crowds. 



'Creepshow 3' (2006)

"Creepshow" is often regarded as one of the best horror anthologies of all time, and there are segments in "Creepshow 2" (i.e. "The Raft") that horror fans mention in conversations about the best vignettes they have ever seen.

Those things definitely don't apply to "Creepshow 3." 

Neither George Romero nor Stephen King were involved with the third installment of the franchise, which was a red flag from the beginning. Not only did it fail to reach the high bar set by the previous two, but it barely made it off the ground. "Tales From the Darkside: The Movie" is often called "the real Creepshow 3" because those who have seen it don't like to acknowledge that the 2006 film exists.



The best streaming services for horror movie fans, from Netflix to Amazon Prime Video to Shudder

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  • Halloween is right around the corner and streaming database Reelgood analyzed 13 streaming services to determine which is the best option for horror movies fans.
  • Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime Video ranked high on the list, but there were also some surprises.
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It's almost Halloween and this year there are more options for streaming scary movies than ever. 

With streaming wars heating up, streaming search engine Reelgood crunched the data to determine the best streaming service for horror enthusiasts.

The rankings, which Reelgood shared with Business Insider, are based on the number of horror movies available on each service that are certified fresh on Rotten Tomatoes. To be certified fresh, films need to meet certain requirements, like maintaining a steady score of at least 75% and accumulating at least five reviews from "top critics."

From the sprawling catalogs of Netflix and Amazon Prime Video to Shudder, a service built specifically for horror fans, here's where to turn to stream your favorite scary content this Halloween season:

SEE ALSO: We compared Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, and HBO to find the best service for every kind of viewer

12. HBO

HBO Now is the most expensive streaming option on the market, but this service and HBO Go contain only one horror move that's certified fresh by Rotten Tomatoes: the 2018 blockbuster "Halloween."



11. Cinemax

Cinemax streaming service Max Go landed fairly low down on the list, with only three horror movies certified fresh. 

If you use Cinemax to stream, choose from "The Descent,""Teeth," and "Red Eye" for the best horror move experience this year.



10. FX

If you stream using the FXNow app, the good news is that FX is home to "Get Out," the Jordan Peele film that won the Academy Award for best original screenplay in 2018.

"Get Out" is certified 98% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes and is not available on Netflix or Hulu, so FX streamers are in luck.

The bad news is that FX only has four other highly ranked titles, although they're all fairly recent releases: "Don't Breathe,""Ouija: Origin of Evil,""Split," and "Goosebumps."



9. Showtime

Showtime clocked in with six certified fresh horror movies, including "Evil Dead II" and "The Babadook," which each earned a Rotten Tomatoes ranking of 98% fresh.



8. Fandor

Fandor, a subscription streaming service for films and documentaries, provides seven certified fresh horror movies to choose from, including two with 100% ratings.

"The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari" is the most highly rated, but other popular titles include "The Phantom of the Opera,""The Exorcist," and a couple of vampire films. 



7. Epix

The Epix library has eight certified fresh options for fans of horror to choose from.

That's not nearly as many as streaming giants like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime Video, nor does it compare to the range of options on Shudder, but streamers will still find plenty of familiar titles on Epix.

John Krasinski's 2018 thriller "A Quiet Place" is a popular pick, as are "Rosemary's Baby,""Night of the Living Dead," and "Invasion of the Body Snatchers."



6. Starz

Starz has 10 certified fresh horror films in its library, the most recently released being "Let Me In" from 2010. 

Starz users can also stream the dark comedy "Shaun of the Dead" for some comic relief, as well as "The Blair Witch Project" for anyone looking for something more mysterious.



5. The Criterion Channel

Criterion's streaming service has 12 horror flicks available, most of them older releases like the 1954 version of "Godzilla" and "Night of the Living Dead" from 1968.

In fact, the only horror movies from the 21st century on the Criterion Channel are "The Love Witch" and "A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night," but this service has more to offer for anyone looking for slightly older horror options. 



4. Hulu

Hulu is the streaming giant lowest down on the horror list, with 14 choices for users to get in the Halloween spirit. 

Hulu users have access to a good range of films, though, from the classic 1968 film "Rosemary's Baby," to "The Evil Dead" and "Evil Dead II" from the 80s, to "A Quiet Place" from last year.



3. Netflix

Netflix clocks in just above Hulu, with 20 horror moves certified fresh. 

If you like supernatural themes and ghosts you can watch "The Conjuring," and if you've been meaning to watch "Carrie" you can stream that on Netflix as well. 



2. Shudder

Shudder is a streaming service specifically for horror, thriller, and supernatural content, so it's no surprise this is a good choice for horror buffs. 

The service's scary movie collection features 25 options that have been certified fresh on Rotten Tomatoes, including South Korean film "Train to Busan" and horror must-see "The Texas Chain Saw Massacre," which is not available on any other major streaming services. 



1. Amazon Prime Video

Amazon Prime Video beat out Netflix and Hulu when it comes to horror, providing users with a choice of 32 certified fresh films to become the No. 1 paid streaming service for the Halloween season. 

"Hereditary" is a newer option that's only available to stream on Prime Video and Kanopy, but Amazon's library goes all the way back to "The Phantom of the Opera" from 1925.

But the Reelgood data also pointed to one more suggestion with even more options than Prime Video.



BONUS: Free streaming services

If you can stomach ads, you might not have to pay for a subscription at all to watch great horror.

If you want more options for scary movies, the Reelgood data suggests turning to a free service like Sony Crackle, IMDb TV, or Tubi. 

These services house a combined 37 certified fresh horror films like the 1979 Francis Ford Coppola movie "Apocalypse Now" and the two most recent options, "Tales of Halloween" and "Buzzard," both from 2015.



Can you correctly identify these 10 Disney movies from their first spoken lines?

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When it comes to Disney movies, there's a huge amount of trivia to learn.

From remembering which Disney princess was inspired by an actual person — it's Pocahontas! — to how many Disney movies have been made into Broadway shows, Disney fans certainly know their stuff.

Read more:10 magical photos of Disney princesses reimagined as real-life women

However, whether you've seen every single flick hundreds of times or only watched a couple as a child, this Disney quiz by Play Like Mum will challenge your Disney smarts.

Can you correctly identify these 10 Disney and Pixar movies based off only their first spoken lines?

Scroll down to see whether you can guess each Disney movie correctly.

"Life's not fair, is it?"

Is it "The Lion King,""Aladdin," or "Up"?



It's "The Lion King"!

In the opening scene of "The Lion King" after the "Circle of Life" is played, Scar dangles a mouse in front of his face and asks, "Life's not fair, is it?" He is then interrupted by his bird friend, Zazu.



"We're under attack! Light the signal!"

Is it "Hercules,""Mulan," or "Robin Hood"?



It's "Mulan"!

"Mulan" opens with the Huns climbing the Great Wall of China and telling terrified guards to relay the message to the emperor that they are there.



"My story begins in London, not so very long ago."

Is it "101 Dalmatians,""Mary Poppins," or "The Aristocats"?



It's "101 Dalmatians"!

Though all three movies are set in London, "101 Dalmatians" opens with the line, "My story begins in London, not so very long ago."



"Oh, I come from a land, from a faraway place."

Is it "Aladdin,""Toy Story," or "Moana"?



It's "Aladdin"!

"Aladdin" opens with a local merchant beginning the story of Aladdin's magical lamp.



"This is the story of how I died."

Is it "The Nightmare Before Christmas,""Frankenweenie," or "Tangled"?



It's "Tangled"!

Flynn Rider opens "Tangled" by saying, "This is the story of how I died."



"All right, everyone, this is a stickup! Don't anybody move! Now empty that safe!"

Is it "Toy Story,""Toy Story 2," or "Toy Story 3"?



It's "Toy Story"!

The first "Toy Story" movie begins with the line, "All right, everyone, this is a stickup! Don't anybody move! Now empty that safe!" while Andy plays with his then-favorite toy, Woody. 



"All this has happened before. And it will all happen again."

Is it "The Jungle Book,""Peter Pan," or "Brave"?



It's "Peter Pan"!

Peter Pan begins with an opening shot of London and the following quote:

"All this has happened before, and it will all happen again. But this time it happened in London. It happened on a quiet street in Bloomsbury. That corner house over there is the home of the Darling family. And Peter Pan chose this particular house because there were people here who believed in him."



"You poor little fella. It's all right. Big Mama's here."

Is it "The Fox and the Hound,""Bambi," or "Finding Nemo"?



It's "The Fox and the Hound"!

"The Fox and the Hound" begins with a fox carrying her baby as she runs through fields and forests — before an owl spots the cub being left behind.



"In a faraway land long ago lived a king and his fair queen."

Is it "Sleeping Beauty,""Frozen," or "Tangled"?



It's "Sleeping Beauty"!

In the classic style of earlier Disney princess movies, "Sleeping Beauty" begins with a golden storybook opening to reveal the first lines of the story, "In a faraway land long ago lived a king and his fair queen."



"Sometimes I think I'm cursed because of something that happened before I was even born."

Is it "Tangled,""The Princess and the Frog," or "Coco"?



It's "Coco"!

In "Coco," Miguel Rivera begins telling the story of his family by revealing that he thinks he is cursed.

How many Disney movies did you identify correctly?



12 stars you probably forgot were in 'Anchorman'

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  • "Anchorman" boasts a star-studded cast and includes a number of cameo appearances by well-known actors and comedians.
  • Will Ferrell and Christina Applegate famously star in the now-classic movie.
  • The film also featured members of the Frat Pack comedy squad, including Vince Vaughn, Luke Wilson, and more.
  • Actors like Seth Rogen and Jack Black have minor roles in "Anchorman" that fans may have forgotten about.
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The 2004 comedy "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy" follows an all-male 1970s-era television news team as they adjust to their new female coworker.

Even if it's been a while since your last watch, it's hard to forget the star-studded news team comprised of actors Will Ferrell, Christina Applegate, Paul Rudd, Steve Carell, David Koechner, and Fred Willard. However, the movie is also filled with cameos from a host of famous actors and comedians that you may have missed. 

From Kathryn Hahn to Danny Trejo, here is everyone that you forgot appeared in "Anchorman."

Vince Vaughn is a competing news anchor and Ron Burgundy's rival.

While superfans likely remember Vince Vaughn's performance in "Anchorman," less frequent watchers might have forgotten his role as Wes Mantooth, the lead anchor for the competing news station.

The "Wedding Crashers" star instigates the battle between the news teams and serves as Ron Burgundy's rival. 



Filmmaker Judd Apatow plays an exasperated news station employee.

Comedy filmmaker and producer of "Anchorman," Judd Apatow has a brief cameo as a news station employee. He can be spotted exclaiming about how terrible anchor Brian Fantana's new cologne smells.



Fred Armisen is the owner of a club that Ron Burgundy frequents.

Best known for his roles on "Saturday Night Live" and "Portlandia," Fred Armisen plays Tino, the club owner of a bar that Ron frequents. His minor role in the film is an important one; he encourages Ron to get on stage to play his jazz flute, which ultimately woos the new female anchor, Veronica Corningstone (played by Christina Applegate).

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Keep a close eye out for Paul F. Tompkins hosting a cat fashion show.

During a quick and quirky scene, Paul F. Tompkins is the MC of a cat fashion show that Veronica is begrudgingly reporting on. You likely remember Tompkins from roles in "Bob's Burgers,""Mr. Show with Bob and David," and "Best Week Ever."



You can spot Seth Rogen as a cameraman for the news team.

Prior to his mega fame from movies like"Knocked Up" and "Pineapple Express,"Seth Rogen played a cameraman on the news team. He can be seen filming both the cat fashion show and the birth of the baby panda at the San Diego Zoo near the end of the movie.



Watch for Jack Black, who plays a disgruntled motorcyclist.

Jack Black's quick role in the movie has a big impact on Ron. He's the motorcyclist that gets hit by a burrito that Ron throws out his car window and subsequently punts Ron's dog, Baxter off a bridge.

This "School of Rock" star causes Ron to have a bit of a mental breakdown but ultimately changes his ways.



Kathryn Hahn befriends Veronica and offers her advice as a member of the news staff.

Look for Kathryn Hahn as Helen, an enthusiastic member of the news team staff. Helen befriends Veronica and offers advice on how to seek revenge on Ron. Hahn is best known for her roles in "Bad Moms,""Transparent," and "Step Brothers."



Luke Wilson is a news anchor for another rival news team.

Luke Wilson pops up as Frank Vitchard, another anchor from another rival news station who helps kick off the battle of the news teams. You can watch him in other comedic roles such as "Old School" and "Idiocracy."



Dramatic actor Tim Robbins can be seen as a public news anchor.

In an unexpected cameo, Tim Robbins plays a news anchor for public television and participates in the iconic news team fight. He can also be seen shoving Veronica into a bear enclosure at the zoo so that he can get her shot of the baby panda being born.

Robbins is typically a dramatic actor with acclaimed roles in "The Shawshank Redemption" and "Mystic River."



Catch Ben Stiller as the last rival news anchor leading the Spanish news team.

Playing the last rival anchor in the brawl, Ben Stiller plays Arturo Mendes, the leader of the Spanish language news team. He is best known for his leading role in "Zoolander."



Danny Trejo plays a bartender that tries to talk some sense into Ron.

Known for his role as Machete in the "Spy Kids" and "Machete" film series, Danny Trejo plays a forward-thinking bartender. While Ron is moping about Veronica taking over as lead anchor, Trejo explains that women are capable of doing anything and Ron is just going to have to get used to it.



Keep your eyes peeled for Missi Pyle's role as a zookeeper.

In a very quick scene, Missi Pyle plays a zookeeper who is attracted to Brian Fantana's terrible cologne from earlier in the film. Pyle can be seen in other movies like "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,""Galaxy Quest," and "Dodgeball." 



From Harvey Weinstein's 'bullying' demands to Martin Scorsese's last-minute rescue: Inside the resurrection of 'The Current War'

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  • "The Current War" was the movie Harvey Weinstein was involved with when The New York Times exposé that detailed allegations of sexual misconduct against him was published in October 2017.
  • The movie's director, Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, and producer, Timur Bekmambetov, told Business Insider that before the Times report, Weinstein had taken over the film from them and had, at one point, edited the movie behind their backs.
  • After The Weinstein Company went bankrupt following the reporting on Harvey Weinstein, the movie's new owner planned to release it in the form it was shown at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2017. That was the version Weinstein had overseen.
  • But Gomez-Rejon pleaded that the movie wasn't finished.
  • Gomez-Rejon's agents then discovered there was a clause in his contract that his mentor, Martin Scorsese, had to sign off on the final cut. And that's what saved Gomez-Rejon's vision of the movie.
  • Gomez-Rejon was able to finish the movie and it's being released in theaters on Friday with the title, "The Current War: Director's Cut."
  • "Alfonso Gomez-Rejon and Timur Bekmambetov are super talented and we hear the movie is terrific, too," Weinstein told Business Insider through his spokesman, Juda Engelmayer. "It's unfortunate that we didn't have the resources to work with it more, but are excited for it and hope they do well with the film."
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Like many filmmakers before him, Alfonso Gomez-Rejon was aware of the stories about Harvey Weinstein and directors. They had been well publicized for years and Gomez-Rejon even talked to some who went through the experience. But when it was time to sign on the dotted line, he did it. He would make a movie with Weinstein.

"I was warned," Gomez-Rejon told Business Insider, looking back on making "The Current War" (in select theaters Friday). "I had some final cut language in my contract that I felt would protect me. It didn't mean anything."

Gomez-Rejon's experience began in 2015, long before the 2017 New York Times exposé that detailed decades of allegations of sexual misconduct against Weinstein, and which overnight erased the once-powerful producer's place in the movie business.

But there was something else about Weinstein that, at that point in his career, was well known: "Harvey Scissorhands," as he was often called in Hollywood, loved control of all the films he released.

Weinstein had imposed his will on the creative process since launching Miramax Films with his brother Bob in 1979 (and starting The Weinstein Company in 2005). He had made the independent film landscape into what it is today by having a tenacious approach to buying movies, releasing them so they would be seen beyond the arthouse crowds, and ruthlessly campaigning for Oscars. 

Weinstein's notes to filmmakers about their movies were apocalyptic. He often demanded dramatic cuts to their work, and in some instances Weinstein would take the movie himself and edit behind their backs. Any pushback by the filmmakers often led to Weinstein giving those movies sparse releases or cutting marketing dollars.

The result is a laundry list of titles over the years that felt the wrath of Harvey Scissorhands: "Sling Blade,""54,""The Yards,""Fanboys," and "Snowpiercer." But there were also titles that found success following Weinstein's involvement. There was 1982's "The Secret Policeman's Other Ball," which put Miramax on the map; "Like Water for Chocolate," which at the time of its release in 1992 was the highest-grossing Spanish-language film ever; and Martin Scorsese's "Gangs of New York," nominated for 10 Oscars. That chance at success was why filmmakers would keep agreeing to work with him, up until the allegations of sexual misconduct came to light.

"He was the obvious choice," Timur Bekmambetov, the producer of "The Current War," told Business Insider. "He produces these kinds of movies."

The Current War 4 101 StudiosBekmambetov acquired the script after it was selected for 2011's The Black List, the annual rundown of best unproduced scripts. Written by Michael Mitnick, the story follows the cutthroat race in the late 1800s between Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse to bring electricity to the world through their differing methods: direct current by Edison and alternating current by Westinghouse.

Bekmambetov was no stranger to how the Hollywood games were played, having directed "Wanted,""Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter," and 2016's "Ben-Hur." He knew that, though Weinstein was controlling, The Weinstein Company was one of the few places in town that would produce a period movie like this and get a worthy cast attached.

Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, who directed episodes of "Glee" and "American Horror Story" before making the critically acclaimed feature "Me and Earl and the Dying Girl" in 2015, was offered the directing job.

"At first I didn't think I was the right person for it," Gomez-Rejon said. "But the more I kept thinking about it I saw it was about artists creating the modern world."

The Weinstein Company took to Gomez-Rejon's pitch of telling a period piece but delving more into the inner turmoils of the main characters than the fight for who would win control of electricity. And with a cast made up of Benedict Cumberbatch playing Edison, Michael Shannon as Westinghouse, Nicholas Hoult as Nikola Tesla, Tom Holland as Samuel Insull, Katherine Waterston as Marguerite Erskine Walker Westinghouse, and Tuppence Middleton as Mary Stilwell Edison (many of whom came on because of Weinstein's involvement), they were off and running.

The never-ending notes

With a budget under $30 million, production started in December 2016 in London for around 44 shooting days during which, on weekends, Gomez-Rejon and editor David Trachtenberg would get together to cut the movie. After production wrapped, post production began immediately in Los Angeles. Gomez-Rejon and Bekmambetov said they didn't feel the presence of Weinstein and his executives until post production.

"The notes started and they didn't stop," Gomez-Rejon said.

Those notes ranged from adding more voice over and ADR (dialogue added by an actor after the movie has been shot), to specific music cues in scenes. But the main note was that Edison wasn't sympathetic enough.

"There was fear from Harvey that we weren't going the right way in the edit," Bekmambetov said. "And we couldn't stop Harvey. He's writing the checks."

Gomez-Rejon began to see his edgy storytelling of innovators being watered down, he said. And the director felt Cumberbatch's performance as Edison was being shaped into something "likable as opposed to being human."

"There was a lot of bullying happening and a lot of intimidation," Gomez-Rejon said of working with Weinstein.

And he wasn't just receiving notes from Weinstein, but also from executives in The Weinstein Company offices in New York, Los Angeles, and London. He said at times notes from one office would contradict the notes coming from another office.

"It killed me because it was neutering the movie," he said. "There's no war if both men are likable."

Despite all the turmoil, Weinstein showed a rough cut to the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), which agreed to screen the movie at its 2017 edition in September. The news scared Gomez-Rejon and put Weinstein into overdrive on how he thought the story should be told. The director felt like he was spending most of his time defending his choices instead of getting the movie completed, and it took a toll on him physically, he said. Gomez-Rejon said leading up to the TIFF screening he was only getting two hours of sleep a night and lost 25 pounds trying to get the movie ready.

Alfonso Gomez Rejon Getty"Two days before TIFF we screened the movie before shipping it off," Gomez-Rejon remembered. "I knew it wasn't ready and I was very uncomfortable. We had 15 people there to see it and I actually apologized to them. But there was no way out."

All Gomez-Rejon could think about were the Harvey Scissorhands stories.

"I thought I was going to be another casualty," he said.

Gomez-Rejon's worst fears were confirmed when "The Current War" premiered at TIFF. He said from the start he could tell from the audience's reaction that the movie wasn't working. Then the bad premiere got worse.

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"When I walked out of the theater something happened that has never happened to me before, the tweets started," Gomez-Rejon said, with anguish in his voice as if the moment had just happened. "It was incredibly painful because they were reviewing it as a final version and it wasn't close to being finished."

Even Weinstein realized after the TIFF screening the movie wasn't working.

"He sent Alfonso and I an email, right after the Toronto screening, and apologized that he was not right and the cut was too ambitious," Bekmambetov said. "He said he was going to finish the movie and make it right."

After TIFF, Gomez-Rejon went back to his home in Texas for three days to recharge before going back to LA to complete the movie for its scheduled December theatrical release. And in those three days away, Gomez-Rejon said the movie was cut again by Weinstein behind his back (Bekmambetov also confirmed this happened). When Gomez-Rejon got to LA, the notes increased even more. Weinstein had tunnel vision in how he wanted the story to be told, Gomez-Rejon said.

Harvey Weinstein The Current War Getty"Even the executives at Weinstein Company told me they had never seen him quite like this, being this obsessive about a project," Gomez-Rejon said. "It was like he was treating it like the end."

Bekmambetov also felt a change in Weinstein after TIFF. "After the Toronto screening he was different," he said.

Almost exactly a month from "The Current War" screening at TIFF, on October 4, Variety reported that The New York Times and The New Yorker were preparing stories detailing sexual misconduct allegations against Weinstein.

"I've not been aware of this, I don't know what you're talking about, honestly," Weinstein told the trade, saying that he was busy in the edit room working on "The Current War." (But according to the book "She Said," by this point, Weinstein had spoken with the Times reporters and met with them at Times' offices.)

The day after the Variety story, The New York Times ran its explosive exposé on Weinstein.

"The day before we were on the phone," Gomez-Rejon said of the last time he talked to Weinstein. "I was making my case to shoot [an additional] scene and he said, 'I'm getting pulled into a meeting, I'm going to call you right back.'"

Gomez-Rejon never heard from Weinstein again.

The 'Scorsese Clause' 

In the aftermath of the New York Times story, Weinstein was dismissed from The Weinstein Company and the slate of upcoming releases was put on hold, including "The Current War."

Gomez-Rejon had no way of getting to the movie to continue editing it. Though many in the business told him to move on, Gomez-Rejon couldn't let go of the story he had been battling for a year to finish.

"I really did think that what happened to Harvey was going to define this movie and me," Gomez-Rejon said. "After the New York Times story I never stopped cutting in my head. I had on my desk scenes I wanted to reshoot. I storyboarded them. I was ready for whenever the call came."

After almost a year of the movie sitting on a shelf, untouched, news about "The Current War" finally got to Gomez-Rejon. But it wasn't good. The Weinstein Company declared bankruptcy in February 2018 and three months later Lantern Capital won the studio's bankruptcy auction. That meant Lantern now owned The Weinstein Company library and the films that were to be released. Gomez-Rejon saw in the trades that Lantern was planning to release "The Current War" in the version that was shown at TIFF. Bekmambetov, whose production company Bazelevs is releasing the movie in Russia, also received an email from Lantern describing the movie's release plan.

The two said they begged Lantern to let them finish the movie the way Gomez-Rejon intended it to be seen, but weren't getting anywhere.

The Current War 2 101 StudiosThen Martin Scorsese entered the conversation.

Back when Gomez-Rejon signed on to make "The Current War," there was a clause put into his contract that if a cut of the movie was done without Gomez-Rejon's consent, Scorsese would have to sign off on it. Scorsese had long been Gomez-Rejon's mentor, as the young director first interned for the Oscar winner, and then was his on-set assistant during the making of "Casino."

The "Scorsese clause" was discovered by Gomez-Rejon's agents at WME, Mike Simpson and Roger Green, and his manager Chris Donnelly, as they combed through the contract with lawyers. Once Scorsese caught wind of what had happened to his protégé, he did not sign off on the movie until he knew Gomez-Rejon's vision was on the screen.

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Gomez-Rejon and Bekmambetov raised $1 million in finishing funds, which covered a complete overhaul of the score, finishing the CGI, editing, and reshoots.

Gomez-Rejon convinced Cumberbatch, Middleton, and Hoult to come out to England for a one-day shoot. He even included a new scene inspired by his experience with Weinstein, in which Tesla, who in the movie works with both Edison and Westinghouse at different times, is stripped of his patents by a businessman he made a deal with.

"It was a scene that reflected how it feels when your voice is ripped away from you, which is what happened to me," he said. "I wanted to get that emotion that I had out on the page."

The Gomez-Rejon version is now being released with the title "The Current War: Director's Cut" through newcomer 101 Studios, and is vastly different than the version shown at TIFF.

 

Business Insider has seen both versions of the movie. The TIFF version feels like it's hand-holding the audience through the story and attempting to make Edison sympathetic. The new "Director's Cut" version, which runs ten minutes shorter than the TIFF version, has better pacing and feels less rushed in the storytelling. 

In the new version, the Edison voiceover in the opening and closing sequences has also been completely redone; the CGI explaining how electricity works through transformers has changed from a dull animated blueprint showing the expansion, to a town in darkness lit up with lights as far as the eye can see; and Tesla's role has been beefed up.

"Alfonso Gomez-Rejon and Timur Bekmambetov are super talented and we hear the movie is terrific, too," Weinstein told Business Insider through his spokesman, Juda Engelmayer. "It's unfortunate that we didn't have the resources to work with it more, but are excited for it and hope they do well with the film."

At the same time the movie was getting finished, letters were sent to distributors around the world pleading with them to not show the TIFF version Lantern was offering and to wait for "Director's Cut." All regions will release "Director's Cut," except for the UK, which ran the earlier version in July.

Almost three years after starting production, "The Current War" will finally be seen by audiences. It's a fact that Gomez-Rejon is still coming to terms with — that he no longer has to fight for it anymore.

"I had my first public screening a month ago and it hit me that it's really happening," he said. "Tears just started to flow. Out of nowhere. I hadn't cried in years. It made me realize that anything I take on now I will expect the worst but know I can survive it."

Gomez-Rejon took a breath before finishing his thought.

"I'm proud of the film and it's mine."

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Every single Ryan Reynolds movie, ranked

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  • Ryan Reynolds is a film actor mainly known for his work in comedies, action movies, and superhero films. 
  • "Mississippi Grind" (2015) and "Adventureland" (2009) currently stand as his highest-rated films on Rotten Tomatoes, per critics. 
  • On the other hand, his films like "R.I.P.D." (2013) and "Self/less" (2015) generally weren't well-received by critics. 
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Best known for portraying the smart-talking vigilante Deadpool, Ryan Reynolds has taken on a wide range of roles throughout his career, starring in everything from dramas to video-game adaptations.

But despite his popularity as an actor, not all of his movies have been a hit with film critics. 

Here is every movie Ryan Reynolds has ever been in, ranked by critic scores on Rotten Tomatoes.

Note: Films without critical ratings were not included. All scores were current on the date of publication and are subject to change.

Reynolds' lowest-ranked film is the action-comedy "R.I.P.D." (2013).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 13%

Synopsis: In the action-comedy "R.I.P.D." the detectives in the Rest in Peace Department are sanctioned with protecting living souls against monstrous entities.

Young cop Nick Walker (Reynolds) is paired up with veteran detective Roy Pulsifer (Jeff Bridges) as they grapple with otherworldly enemies. 



The actor played young Damian in "Self/less" (2015).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 19%

Synopsis: In the sci-fi thriller "Self/less," a wealthy man named Damien (Ben Kingsley) transports his consciousness into a healthier, younger body (Reynolds) in order to survive his cancer diagnosis. But the mystery surrounding the donor's death sends Damien on a dark quest for answers. 



Reynolds was Van Wilder in "National Lampoon's Van Wilder" (2002).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 19%

Synopsis: The raunchy college comedy "National Lampoon's Van Wilder" stars Reynolds as the titular character.

Cut off from his family's vast wealth, Van Wilder takes advantage of younger college students with money-making schemes that catch the attention of student reporter Gwen (Tara Reid). 



He played Michael Taylor in "Fireflies in the Garden" (2008).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 21%

Synopsis: The drama "Fireflies in the Garden" centers around the Taylor family and the painful secrets that patriarch Charles (Willem Dafoe) has swept under the rug for too long.

Returning home for the first time in years, Michael (Reynolds) comes to terms with the loss of his mother in his turbulent childhood home. 



Reynolds played George Lutz in "The Amityville Horror" (2005).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 23%

Synopsis: "The Amityville Horror" follows the Lutz family as they move into a new house in Amityville, New York.

After haunting things begin happening, George (Reynolds) and his wife Kathy (Melissa George) discover that their home was once the site of multiple horrific murders. 



He played Mitch Planko in the comedy "The Change-Up" (2011).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 25%

Synopsis: Old friends Mitch (Reynolds) and Dave (Jason Bateman) envy each other's lives, but get more than they can handle when an errant wish causes them to switch bodies in "The Change-Up." Soon Mitch and Dave realize the grass isn't always greener on the other side. 



In "Blade: Trinity" (2004), Reynolds was Hannibal King.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 25%

Synopsis: In the third installment of the "Blade" trilogy, Reynolds appears as Hannibal King, a vampire slayer and member of the Nightstalkers.

Hannibal works alongside Blade (Wesley Snipes), Abigail (Jessica Biel), and Sommerfield (Natasha Lyonne) to stop Dracula and his army of malevolent vampires. 



The actor played superhero Hal Jordan in "Green Lantern" (2011).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 26%

Synopsis: In the adaptation of the comic book of the same name, Reynolds plays Hal Jordan, a test pilot who is chosen by universal protectors to wield a ring of infinite power.

The cocky pilot must step up to be worthy enough to become a Green Lantern and defeat the evil Parallax. 

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Reynolds was Henry in the comedy "Coming Soon" (1999).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 29%

Synopsis: In "Coming Soon," three high-school girls Nell (Tricia Vessey), Jenny (Gaby Hoffmann), and Stream (Bonnie Root) set off on an adventure for sexual fulfillment. In the comedy, Reynolds plays Henry, a nerdy high schooler who catches Stream's eye. 



Reynolds played Matthew in the thriller "The Captive" (2014).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 30%

Synopsis: In "The Captive," Matthew (Reynolds) leaves his young daughter Cassandra outside of a diner for only a few moments, but it's long enough for her to be abducted. 

Years later, when evidence emerges that Cassandra may still be alive, Matthew does everything he can to bring his daughter home. 



He was Richard Messner in "Smokin' Aces" (2007).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 30%

Synopsis: The action-comedy "Smokin' Aces" is about a low-level scammer named Buddy "Aces" Israel (Jeremy Piven) who finds himself in over his head when he uncovers evidence that can put a big game mobster in jail.

Reynolds plays Richard Messner, an FBI agent who has to keep Aces alive after the mobster puts a bounty on his head. 



Reynolds played Bill Pope in the action-drama "Criminal" (2016).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 30%

Synopsis: When CIA agent Bill Pope (Reynolds) dies unexpectedly before completing a mission, the government implants his memories into the brain of a dangerous criminal named Jericho Stewart (Kevin Costner).

Now filled with memories of a life he never led, Jericho sets off to bring Bill's death to justice. 



He starred as Monty in the comedy "Waiting..." (2005).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 31%

Synopsis: Monty (Reynolds) and Dean (Justin Long) work at a dead-end job waiting tables in a diner. While Dean dreams of higher ambitions, Monty just wants to party and have a good time.

The comedy depicts a day in the life at Shenanigan's diner and the chaos that ensues over a single shift.



Reynolds was Frank Allen in the comedic drama "Chaos Theory" (2008).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 31% 

Synopsis: The comedic drama "Chaos Theory" centers around Frank Allen (Reynolds), a motivational speaker who leads a life of strict organization that leaves little room for fun.

When his dedication to rigorous schedule-making causes a rift in his marriage, Frank starts to rethink how he's been living.



He played Captain Excellent in "Paper Man" (2010).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 32%

Synopsis: In "Paper Man," shy novelist Richard (Jeff Daniels) hires Long Island teenager Abby (Emma Stone) as a babysitter, even though he doesn't have children. 

Lonely and in need of company, Richard and Abby bond as he reveals he has an imaginary friend named Paper Man (Reynolds). 



Reynolds played Marc Tobias in "The In-Laws" (2003).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 33%

Synopsis: Father-in-laws to be Steve Tobias (Michael Douglas) and Jerry Peyser (Albert Brooks) butt heads in the week leading up to their son and daughter's upcoming wedding, as Jerry starts to suspect that Steve is a government operative.

In the film, Reynolds played Marc Tobias, Steve's son. 



Reynolds kicked off his time as Wade Wilson in "X-Men Origins - Wolverine" (2009).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 37%

Synopsis: Before Reynolds portrayed Wade Wilson in the "Deadpool" movies, he initially appeared as a version of the character in "X-Men Origins - Wolverine" opposite Hugh Jackman as Wolverine.

In the film, the two mutants face off against each other in an intense battle as Wolverine sets out on his quest for revenge. 



The actor played Chris Brander in the comedy "Just Friends" (2005).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 42%

Synopsis: In the comedy "Just Friends," Chris Brander (Reynolds) realizes he never truly got over his childhood crush Jamie (Amy Smart).

Years after she rejected him, Chris returns to their hometown with a new look and a womanizing attitude, intent on finally winning her over. 



Reynolds was Michael Bryce in "The Hitman's Bodyguard" (2017).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 43%

Synopsis: In the action-adventure flick "The Hitman's Bodyguard," one of the world's best bodyguards Michael Bryce (Reynolds) is assigned to protect the very assassin (Samuel L. Jackson) he once trained to take down.

Over the course of an intense 24 hours, Bryce does whatever it takes to keep his client safe. 



He was Andrew Paxton in "The Proposal" (2009) opposite Sandra Bullock.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 43%

Synopsis: "The Proposal" is a romantic comedy starring Sandra Bullock as Margaret Tate, a workaholic who faces deportation back to Canada if she isn't able to secure a visa.

Margaret has her assistant Andrew Paxton (Reynolds) pretend he's engaged to her so that she can stay in New York City, but her request stirs up unexpected feelings between the two. 

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Reynolds played Matt Weston in the thriller "Safe House" (2012).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 52%

Synopsis: In the action thriller "Safe House," Reynolds and Denzel Washington co-star as a pair of CIA agents who are almost killed when their South African safe house is attacked.

Now on the run, the two men dodge bullets while tracking down who wants them dead. 



The actor made a PG-13 version of "Deadpool" with "Once Upon a Deadpool" (2018).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 53%

Synopsis: After the original release of "Deadpool" (2016), director David Leitch re-released the film with the R-rated material removed in order to target younger audiences.

Reynolds played Deadpool in added scenes alongside Fred Savage, who played a satirical version of himself. 



In "Life During Wartime" (1997), Reynolds played Howard Ancona.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 56%

Synopsis: "Life During Wartime" is a comedic drama in which a salesman breaks into unsuspecting homes in order to drum up business for burglar-proof alarm systems.

Reynolds had a role in the film as Howard Ancona, the teenage son of one of their clients. 



Reynolds was Randy Schoenberg in the drama "Woman in Gold" (2015).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 57%

Synopsis: Based on a true story, "Woman in Gold" is a drama that follows Maria Altmann (Helen Mirren) as she attempts to retrieve the possessions stolen from her family by Nazis decades earlier.

Reynolds appeared as Randy Schoenberg, an up-and-coming lawyer who helps Altmann bring her case to court. 



He was Quigley in the suspense film "Finder's Fee" (2001).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 60%

Synopsis: In the suspense-filled drama "Finder's Fee," a street artist named Tepper (Erik Palladino) finds a wallet with a winning lottery ticket inside and discovers it belongs to a man named Avery Phillips (James Earl Jones).

Tepper invites Avery to a game of poker, using Avery's own ticket against him as the men place bets.

Reynolds appeared in the film as Quigley, a divorced man who sits in on their game. 



Reynolds played Gary, Gavin, and Gabriel in "The Nines" (2007).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 65%

Synopsis: The independent film "The Nines" unfolds in three separate stories revolving around an actor who is under house arrest, a reality-television star, and a video-game designer.

In the mind-bending drama Reynolds portrayed all three leads: Gary, Gavin, and Gabriel. 



Reynolds voiced the titular snail in the animated film "Turbo" (2013).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 67%

Synopsis: In the animated kids' film "Turbo," a simple garden snail named Turbo (Reynolds) dreams of one day being the fastest snail in the world.

After a strange accident gives him super speed, Turbo begins to realize his dream may become a reality.  



He was astronaut Rory Adams in "Life" (2017).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 67%

Synopsis: In "Life," a six-member crew on the International Space Station gather evidence for extraterrestrial life on Mars with unintended results.

Reynolds appeared in the film as astronaut Roy Adams alongside Jake Gyllenhaal, Rebecca Ferguson, and Hiroyuki Sanada. 



Reynolds voiced the titular character in "Detective Pikachu" (2019)

Rotten Tomatoes score: 68%

Synopsis: Based on the beloved "Pokémon" franchise, "Detective Pikachu" stars Justice Smith as Tim Goodman, a young man in search for the truth after his father's sudden disappearance.

Reynolds voiced Detective Pikachu, a fast-talking Pokémon who is obsessed with coffee and intent on helping Tim find his father. 



He was the voice actor for Guy in the animated movie "The Croods" (2013).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 71%

Synopsis: In the animated film "The Croods," a family of cavemen and cavewomen set out to look for a new home after their cave is destroyed.

Reynolds voiced Guy, a nomad who offers to help the Croods along the way. 



Reynolds had a small role as Chip in "Dick" (1999).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 71%

Synopsis: "Dick" is a comedic reimagining of a turbulent time in political history.

Michelle Williams and Kirsten Dunst play high schoolers in the 1970s who wander off on a field trip and become President Richard Nixon's dog walkers, putting them front and center for the Watergate scandal.

Reynolds had a small role in the film as a hapless boy named Chip. 



He starred as Will Hayes in the romantic comedy "Definitely, Maybe" (2008).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 71%

Synopsis: In the romantic comedy "Definitely, Maybe," Reynolds starred as Will Hayes, a dad who recently got divorced from his wife.

Will's daughter Maya (Abigail Breslin) prompts him to tell her what his life was like before marriage. Will tells Maya about the three most important women in his life, changing the names of the women so that she can guess which one ended up being her mom. 

 



Reynolds was a nurse in "Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle" (2004).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 74%

Synopsis: In "Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle," investment banker Harold (John Cho) and his friend Kumar (Kal Penn) hit the road for a life-changing adventure when they go to great lengths to get White Castle hamburgers.

Reynolds had a small cameo in the film as a nurse. 



In "The Voices" (2015), he played a serial killer named Jerry.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 75%

Synopsis: In the dark comedy "The Voices," Reynolds starred as Jerry, a seemingly mild-mannered man who begins to unravel when his dog and cat start talking back to him.

Jerry swiftly goes from a normal guy to a serial killer in the making, all while nursing a crush on Lisa (Anna Kendrick). 



Reynolds narrated the documentary "The Whale" (2011).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 81%

Synopsis: "The Whale" is a documentary that tells the story of a young orca named Luna who becomes separated from his family and connects with the humans trying to help him.

Reynolds narrated the emotionally charged documentary. 



Reynolds starred as Wade Wilson in "Deadpool" (2016).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 84%

Synopsis: In the genre-subverting superhero movie "Deadpool," Reynolds starred as Wade Wilson, a man who enlists in a last-ditch government experiment after he's saddled with a cancer diagnosis.

When an accident at the lab nearly kills him, Wade realizes that he's developed super powers and he vows to seek revenge on the people who tortured him. 



He returned as Wade Wilson in "Deadpool 2" (2018).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 84%

Synopsis: In the sequel to "Deadpool," Reynolds returned as smart-talking vigilante Wade Wilson, who joins forces with other mutants to protect a young boy from dying at the hands of a time-traveling soldier named Cable.

Together, Deadpool and this ragtag team of mutants take the villain head-on. 



He was Paul Conroy in the terrifying thriller "Buried" (2010).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 86%

Synopsis: The thrilling drama "Buried" stars Reynolds as Paul Conroy, an American contractor working in Iraq who is captured and buried alive by insurgents.

After waking up in his own coffin, Paul does everything he can to get out of his grave as he races against time. 



Reynolds played Mike Connell in the comedy "Adventureland" (2009).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 88%

Synopsis: Jesse Eisenberg stars in "Adventureland" as a college graduate who takes a low-level job at a local amusement park and strikes up a relationship with his co-worker Em (Kristen Stewart).

Reynolds played amusement-park employee Mike Connell alongside Martin Starr, Bill Hader, and Kristen Wiig. 



Reynolds was Curtis in "Mississippi Grind" (2015), his best-rated film.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 91%

Synopsis: The drama "Mississippi Grind" stars Ben Mendelsohn as Gerry, a poker player who struggles with a gambling addiction.

When he meets Curtis (Reynolds), Gerry convinces him to accompany him on the road as they travel to New Orleans and form a genuine friendship that changes both of them for the better.  

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'Terminator: Dark Fate' finally gives us a worthy movie in the franchise after years of duds

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  • The "Terminator" franchise finally has a winner with "Terminator: Dark Fate."
  • Years of underwhelming sequels have been scrapped from the canon and "Dark Fate" takes place after the events of "Terminator 2: Judgment Day."
  • There's lots of action, strong fight sequences, and top-notch acting — especially from Linda Hamilton, who returns as Sarah Connor.
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After James Cameron's "The Terminator" in 1984 — which is regarded as a landmark work in science fiction as well as special effects, and put Arnold Schwarzenegger on the path to super stardom — there have been four sequels. And let's face it, they've been awful. Except for one.

Cameron's sequel to "The Terminator," 1991's "Terminator 2: Judgment Day," wasn't just a worthy continuation of the story of an unstoppable killing machine from the future, but also stands as one of the best sequels ever made.

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So with that history, the powers that be decided, while developing the most recent "Terminator" movie, to pretend that "Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines,""Terminator Salvation," and (I get chills even writing the title) "Terminator Genisys" never existed. It was time to clean the slate and start fresh … from "T2."

And "Terminator: Dark Fate" (in theaters November 1) is the redo the franchise needed.

The movie takes place in a world that never had to deal with Skynet, the company that created the artificial intelligence that birthed the Terminator and wiped out humanity. That reality was made possible by the events of "Judgment Day." So in this world, the takeover by the machines never happened — well, by the T-800s anyway.

Turns out other machines rose instead.

Terminator Dark Fate 4 Paramount PicturesIn "Dark Fate," Legion is the company that created an artificial intelligence that kills off most of the human race. And these machines, known as Rev-9, are pretty nasty. They have a skeleton base like a Terminator but then there's a liquid surface on top of that which can split off and create its own form. So you are basically always battling two things when confronted by a Rev-9.

In the movie, a Rev-9 (played by Gabriel Luna) comes from the future to present day Mexico City to terminate Dani Ramos (Natalia Reyes), who is a very important person in the future. To protect Dani, a half human/half cyborg named Grace (Mackenzie Davis) is sent from the future. She also gets a little help from Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton), who has been on the hunt for signs of the apocalypse for decades.

How Schwarzenegger's Terminator plays into all of this get us into spoiler territory, so let's just say, yes, he's definitely a major part of the movie.

"Dark Fate" is directed by Tim Miller ("Deadpool"), who oversees some great action sequences and — unlike the previous sequels we no longer speak of — doesn't get bogged down in "Terminator" history or time travel.

Mackenzie Davis ("Halt and Catch Fire,""Black Mirror,""Blade Runner 2049,""Tully") continues to evolve as an actress, this time showing that she can play a great action hero.

Terminator Dark Fate Linda Hamilton ParamountBut it's Linda Hamilton who is the true star of the movie. Like her last time in the franchise, "Judgment Day," she brings a ferocity to the screen that is fun and exciting to watch.

Also back for the first time since "Judgment Day" is James Cameron, who has a producer credit. It takes a small village to make any movie, but do not for a second think Cameron wasn't heavily involved in making sure the franchise he created would have a strong rebound.

It's also a big rebound for Paramount, the studio releasing "Dark Fate." After the disappointing returns on "Gemini Man," it should be a more profitable situation with this movie, as "Terminator" fans are salivating for a good movie to come their way.

 

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While doing reshoots of 'The Current War,' the director added a new scene based on the 'bullying' and 'intimidation' of working with Harvey Weinstein

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  • Alfonso Gomez-Rejon told Business Insider that for "The Current War: Director's Cut" he made a new scene that was inspired by his experience working with Harvey Weinstein.
  • "The Current War" was to be released by The Weinstein Company before the company shut down after the sexual misconduct allegations against Weinstein became public.
  • But before that, Gomez-Rejon said the experience of working with the producer was filled with "a lot of bullying happening and a lot of intimidation."
  • Weinstein at one point even edited the movie behind Gomez-Rejon's back, the director said.
  • The director said that experience inspired the new scene in the movie in which Nikola Tesla is double-crossed by a businessman who takes his patents for his inventions.
  • "It was a scene that reflected how it feels when your voice is ripped away from you, which is what happened to me," Gomez-Rejon told Business Insider.
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Director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon toiled through a 44-day shoot to make "The Current War," then practically lost control of it when Harvey Weinstein took over post production. Later, when Gomez-Rejon got his project back, the director added a scene to the movie inspired by his experience with Weinstein.

Gomez-Rejon's movie had, for months, found itself in limbo after the 2017 New York Times story detailing sexual misconduct allegations against Weinstein spurred the collapse of The Weinstein Company, which was to release it. But after Gomez-Rejon's agents discovered a clause in his contract, which stipulated that his mentor Martin Scorsese had final cut approval on the movie, the director was able to go back and finish the movie the way he wanted to.

In theaters starting Friday, "The Current War: Director's Cut" is vastly different from the previous Weinstein-controlled version that world premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2017 to horrendous reviews. It has better CGI, music, and a few new scenes that improve the story.

One of those new scenes involves Nikola Tesla, played by Nicholas Hoult, being duped by a businessman. Gomez-Rejon said it's based on working with Weinstein.

Alfonso Gomez Rejon GettyIn the scene, Tesla is informed by the businessman who is financing his innovative inventions that due to lack of progress, he's kicking Tesla out of his work space and is keeping all Tesla's patents. Tesla is gobsmacked as he realizes he has to start from scratch once again.

"It was a scene that reflected how it feels when your voice is ripped away from you, which is what happened to me,"Gomez-Rejon told Business Insider. "I wanted to get that emotion that I had out on the page."

Gomez-Rejon said working with Weinstein involved "a lot of bullying happening and a lot of intimidation."

The director said the notes Weinstein gave him about the movie were constant and didn't just come from him, but also came from other executives at The Weinstein Company offices of New York, Los Angeles, and London.

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The process was so overwhelming for Gomez-Rejon that in trying to get some portion of his vision into the cut that played at the Toronto International Film Festival, he ended up sleeping just two hours a day and losing 25 pounds, he said.

But with the release of "Director's Cut," Gomez-Rejon can hold his head high.

"I had my first public screening a month ago and it hit me that it's really happening," he said. "Tears just started to flow. Out of nowhere. I hadn't cried in years. It made me realize that anything I take on now I will expect the worst but know I can survive it."

Read the complete story of how "The Current War" was resurrected.

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