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New Hulu subscribers can save $48 on an annual subscription as a Black Friday deal


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This Black Friday and Cyber Monday, products aren't the only things you can save on. Hulu, one of the best streaming services for TV shows, movies, and live TV, is once again offering a can't-miss deal for new subscribers. 

Hulu's Black Friday and Cyber Monday deal:

Available now through December 2: New subscribers can sign up for the ad-supported Basic Hulu subscription for just $1.99 a month.

That brings the total cost to a little under $24 for the entire year (a $48 savings). After the promotion ends, your subscription will cost $5.99 a month. 

There are a couple of restrictions:

  • Only new Hulu subscribers— meaning brand-new subscribers and past subscribers whose subscriptions ended over 12 months ago — are eligible for this deal. 
  • If you signed up for Hulu's $0.99 promotion that ran during this time in 2018, you are not eligible for the new deal. 

The 2019 Cyber Week deal is not as good as the 2018 deal, which gave new subscribers a yearlong subscription to the ad-supported version of Hulu for $0.99 a month, but it's still a great deal overall. 

You may also want to check out the Disney Plus-Hulu-ESPN bundle, which allows you to get all three services for $12.99 a month. Read more about the bundle here

Hulu FAQs:

Hulu plans and pricing 

How much is Hulu? Normally, the Hulu Basic subscription (ad-supported) costs $5.99 a month, so you'll save $4 a month, or $48 in total for the year. The Premium subscription (ad-free) costs $11.99 a month and there are also options to add Live TV or other services such as HBO or the newly launched Disney Plus to your Hulu subscription. 

After the 12-month promotion ends, you'll pay $5.99 a month. 

What's included in the Hulu deal?

If you qualify, you get access to all content on Hulu, which includes original programming like "The Handmaid's Tale," old and new TV favorites like "Grey's Anatomy" and "This Is Us," and movies spanning all genres. The timing of this deal is perfect — there are many entertaining Christmas movies you can start streaming immediately to get in the holiday spirit. 

More Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals: 

If you're interested in streaming and entertainment promotions specifically, Amazon is offering 50% off rentals or purchases of new release movies on Prime Video, from November 29 through December 5. 

We're covering all the best Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals from top retailers here: 

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Disney Plus: Everything you need to know about Disney's new ad-free streaming service


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  • Disney Plus is the on-demand, ad-free streaming service that Disney fans have been waiting for. On the first day of its launch (November 12, 2019), more than 10 million people signed up. 
  • Unfortunately, there is no Black Friday deal for Disney Plus, but the streaming service is reasonably priced at $6.99/month or $69.99/year after a seven-day free trial
  • The streaming service has tons of movies and shows available to stream from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, National Geographic, and 20th Century Fox. This content includes new original programming exclusive to Disney Plus. 


A new streaming service has joined the ranks of Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, and the many other services jostling for control of your TV. Disney Plus features TV and movie content from names we're all well familiar with: Walt Disney Studios and Walt Disney Television. 

Learn more below about how the Disney Plus streaming service works, including what shows and movies are included, how much it costs, and when it launches. 

What is Disney Plus

Disney Plus is an on-demand, ad-free streaming service created by The Walt Disney Company.

With Disney Plus, subscribers can watch thousands of Disney movies and series from their devices (smart TVs, phones, laptops, tablets, and gaming consoles). The service includes unlimited downloads so you can watch anywhere, anytime. 

Disney Plus content will come from Walt Disney Studios' and Walt Disney Television's biggest names: Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, National Geographic, and 20th Century Fox. 

How much does Disney Plus cost? 

Disney Plus costs $6.99 per month, or $69.99 per year ($5.83/month). This low price includes hours of entertainment spanning many different genres and interests, and best of all, it's all ad-free.

There's also an option to buy a bundled package with Hulu and ESPN+, which costs $12.99 per month for all three services. Individually, the ad-supported version of Hulu is currently $5.99 a month, and ESPN+ is $4.99 a month. If you haven't explored the world of streaming services full yet, the bundle could be the perfect opportunity to do so for a competitive price. 

Before you commit to this cost, you can start a seven-day free trial

You can also read about how to get the Disney Plus bundle with ESPN Plus and the ad-free version of Hulu.

Does Disney Plus have a Black Friday deal for 2019?

Unfortunately, there is no Disney Plus Black Friday deal. But as we mentioned, there is a free seven-day trial before you commit to a monthly or yearly plan.

How to watch Disney Plus: 

You can watch Disney Plus from a large variety of places. The service lets you stream on up to four devices simultaneously:

  • Desktop web browsers
  • Mobile devices and tablets (Android and Apple). Learn how the Disney Plus app works
  • Smart TVs (LG WebOS, Samsung Tizen, Android TV) 
  • Boxes and game consoles (Apple TV 4th Gen and later, PlayStation 4, Roku, Xbox One) 
  • Streaming devices (Chromebook, Chromecast, Apple AirPlay, Amazon Fire TV)

Does Disney Plus work on Xbox One? 

Yes, Disney Plus works on the Xbox One, Xbox One S, and Xbox One X. 

Who should sign up for Disney Plus?

Disney Plus is the perfect service for Disney fans, whether they're Marvel geeks or animation aficionados. It's especially suitable for families with children who want to immerse themselves in the vast world of Disney. 

The service has been a clear hit since day one. Disney announced that more than 10 million people subscribed to Disney Plus on the first day. The Disney Plus app was also downloaded more than 3.2 million times on the first day. 

If you're someone who always ends up searching for Disney shows and movies on another streaming service anyway, you might want to consider subscribing to Disney Plus because it holds all that content in one convenient place.  

What shows and movies can I watch on Disney Plus

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In short, all of the Disney shows and movies that have already been released. You can cry through all four "Toy Story" movies, learn about the world around you through a Nat Geo documentary, and satisfy your comedic itch with an episode of "The Simpsons." You'll have access to classics like "Snow White" along with recent hits like "Black Panther." 

Disney Plus also includes all-new, exclusive original programming, such as a "Star Wars" TV series focused on a Mandalorian bounty hunter, a retelling of "Lady and the Tramp" featuring Tessa Thompson and Justin Theroux, and a new perspective on the familiar objects in our lives through "The World According to Jeff Goldblum." The strong lineup of original Disney content alone could make a Disney Plus subscription worth it. 


When is the release date for Disney Plus

Disney Plus is now live and available to stream. It launched on November 12, 2019.

How does Disney Plus compare to other streaming services?

While services such as Netflix and Hulu cast a wide net over movie and TV entertainment, Disney Plus is much more focused and narrow in scope by revolving entirely around Disney content. Luckily, it doesn't actually feel that limited since Walt Disney Studios and Walt Disney Television create everything from animated kids' movies to action and sci-fi thrillers. At this point, it's difficult to find someone who isn't a Disney fan in some capacity — with Disney Plus, there's a movie or series for everyone. 

It's a major plus that Disney Plus (for the time being) is launching with zero ads. We don't know whether that will change down the line, or whether it will add tiered ad pricing like some other streaming services, but in the meantime, we always appreciate ad-free streaming. 

At less than $10 a month, it's very affordable compared to major competitors. If you find the Disney content of other streaming services lacking, subscribing to Disney Plus is an affordable way to fix that problem. 

Of all the major streaming services, it's also the most generous in the areas of multiple-device streaming and profile additions. You can stream on up to four devices simultaneously and add up to seven profiles. 

How do I sign up for Disney Plus?

You can sign up on the Disney Plus website.


Read everything else you should know about Disney Plus here:  

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  1. How to get a free week of Disney Plus
  2. Disney Plus costs $7 a month on its own, but you can bundle it with Hulu and ESPN+ for an extra $6
  3. How to get the Disney Plus bundle with ESPN Plus and the ad-free version of Hulu
  4. How to use the Disney Plus app to download and watch movies and shows offline
  5. All the new movies you can watch on Disney Plus — from the live-action 'Lady and the Tramp' to holiday comedy 'Noelle'
  6. All the new shows you can watch on Disney Plus — from 'The Mandalorian' to new Pixar shorts
  7. All the kids' movies you can stream on Disney Plus — from 'Snow White' to 'Frozen'
  8. All the new kids' shows you can watch on Disney Plus — from 'Vampirina' to the new reboot of 'Star Wars: The Clone Wars'
  9. All the Marvel movies and shows you can stream on Disney Plus — from 'Iron Man' to the new 'Loki'
  10. Every single Star Wars movie will be available on Disney Plus
  11. All the Pixar films and shorts you can stream on Disney Plus — from 'Toy Story' to 'Inside Out'

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How the 'Missing Link' team created one of the most ambitious stop-motion animation scenes ever, which took 100 weeks to pull off



  • The creative team from stop-motion animation production company, Laika, explains how it made the ambitious bar room brawl scene in "Missing Link."
  • It took 100 weeks (the length of the production of the entire movie) to accomplish the scene.
  • And it was all done by one animator.
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There's nothing more mind-boggling and enjoyable to watch than good stop-motion animation.

The filmmaking technique, which requires a great eye for detail and lots of patience — as objects are moved ever so slightly between photographed frames so it looks like they are independently in motion once played back — has been dazzling audiences since the 1900s. But it's the Oregon-based company Laika that has recently pushed the medium to a point where it can compete with the glossy computer-generated animation of Disney, Pixar, and DreamWorks.

Known best for its Oscar-nominated projects like "Coraline" and "Kubo and the Two Strings," Laika's movies have told powerful stories while displaying incredible artistry. And its latest, "Missing Link" (available now on Blu-ray, DVD, and streaming), is the company's most audacious undertaking yet.

Written and directed by Chris Butler ("ParaNorman"), the movie follows famous explorer Sir Lionel Frost (voiced by Hugh Jackman) who agrees to help a Bigfoot named Mr. Link (Zach Galifianakis) find his long-lost relatives, the Yeti, in the Himalayas. The movie took five years to complete, and the result is a beautiful journey across the globe that has the company once again vying for an Oscar nomination.

Business Insider spoke to Laika animation supervisor, Brad Schiff, and visual effects supervisor, Steve Emerson, about one of the movie's most impressive scenes: a bar room brawl where Sir Lionel and Mr. Link face off against the movie's villain, Stenk (Timothy Olyphant), and his goons.

Here's how the scene was created (check out an exclusive clip of the scene at the end of the story):

SEE ALSO: Netflix's "The Irishman" is a monumental movie that only Martin Scorsese could attempt — and pull off

It starts with the storyboards.

In the script, after Sir Lionel meets Mr. Link and agrees to take him to the Himalayas, they stop off at a saloon in the Pacific Northwest. There they encounter Stenk, who has been hired to kill Mr. Link. And quickly an all-out brawl happens in the establishment, full of chairs and bottles breaking, even someone getting slid across the bar.

The scene looked daunting on the page, and the team at Laika fully understood the challenges once they saw the storyboards for the scene.

"We sit with the storyboards and all the heads of departments get into a room and we have a breakdown meeting," said Schiff of the starting point. "In the case of the bar room scene we talked about how many puppets there are going to be, what's going to be practical versus visual effects."

"As you sit down and watch the boards with the director and the other creatives, there's always one or two sequences where they just stand out as, 'Oh my God, how are we going to do that?'" Emerson said. "The bar room brawl was definitely one of them."

Only one animator did the stop-motion for the entire scene.

As preproduction continued, the execution of the movie became more of a reality. It would take 26 animators to do the entire movie, with 90 different unit set-ups being filmed at the same time. But the bar brawl was the most daunting.

The entire production took 100 weeks to complete and to pull off that scene, it took the entire length of production — the longest of any scene in the movie.

And it was all accomplished by just one animator.

"An animator works with a camera and lighting team and a set dressing team and they are assigned to a particular unit," Schiff said. "So the animator will go in and pose the puppet as the lead camera sets up, and then the set dresser goes in and makes sure the bar looks nice and all the props are in the correct place for continuity. And once that's all set up the animator is left on set by themselves to animate the scene."

Why only one animator per scene? With so many sets going on at the same time, there are only so many animators available. And because of the size of the sets, it would be challenging to get animators working on a set simultaneously.

Schiff said typically an animator will put in 50-hour weeks working on a scene.

There were so many scenes being shot, sometimes Mr. Link wasn't available for the bar scene.

You would think a stop-motion movie would not have to worry about talent availability, but it turns out sometimes Mr. Link was a no-show to film the bar scene.

26 Mr. Link puppets were created: 12 that were fur only, 10 where he had clothes on, and four that were stunt doubles (yes, even in stop-motion there are stunt men). But with 90 different units going on at the same time, there were instances when all the Mr. Link puppets were being used at the same time. That would lead to the bar scene going dark until one was available.

"If someone goes long there's a domino effect," Schiff said.

Visual effects made up the background characters.

In the bar scene, there are 20 different characters, which is a tall order on a stop-motion project. And that's where CGI comes in to help.

Outside of the main characters in the scene (and the bartender), everyone else is a visual effect. Even the guy being slid across the bar.

"We want to get as many of the puppets in any one of these shots, that's the goal," Emerson said. "But if we can't, then we have to bring in some digital stuff. And we have to make sure they are performing perfectly alongside the puppets."

That means when a guy is slid across the bar, he has to move like a puppet, not a CG character.

In total, "Missing Link" had 531 digital assets and 182 digital background puppets. That's double what "Kubo and the Two Strings" had.

Here's a clip from the scene.

In total, the bar scene was done in 139 shots, which is a huge undertaking. But the finished product is an incredible achievement in stop-motion animation.

"From a stop-motion perspective, we tried to push the performances more than we have ever pushed before," Schiff said. "We're always trying to strive to make them more believable. To allow the viewer to forget that they are watching an animated film — that they are just watching a film."

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The 19 best movies on Hulu that you can stream right now


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  • For $5.99 a month (ad-supported) or $11.99 a month (ad-free), you'll gain access to Hulu's entire streaming catalog of TV shows, original series, and movies.
  • If you're new to Hulu, take advantage of Hulu's Black Friday deal running through December 2. Your first year's subscription will cost just $1.99 a month.
  • While movies often aren't the main draw of Hulu, their collection of over 2,500 titles is nothing to sneeze at.
  • Standout new releases include "Sorry to Bother You,""Annihilation," and "A Quiet Place."
  • Cult classics like "Pretty in Pink,""The Goonies," and "The First Wives Club," also make our list of top picks.

Though Hulu originally launched as a platform aimed at bringing TV series to streamers, over the years it's built a sizable movie catalog, with over 2,500 titles across genres. I've often viewed it as a nice supplement to my Hulu subscription rather than what drives me to the platform, which is still its collection of my favorite shows and its host of original content. But as I was browsing their film selection, I kept finding myself saying, "I didn't know Hulu had this," and adding it to my watch list. It's become clear to me that I have to turn my attention away from watching "30 Rock" over and over again and start streaming some of Hulu's vast movie collection. Clearly, I have a lot of content to catch up on.

If you don't yet have a Hulu subscription, the ad-supported option remains the most affordable streaming service on the market at $5.99 a month, or you can upgrade to the ad-free option — which I think is well worth it— for $11.99 a month. Each tier gives you access to Hulu's entire movie catalog as well as the entire collection of shows and Hulu Originals. And it couldn't be easier to stream. The Hulu app already comes installed on most smart TVs, so all you have to do is log in and start streaming. If you don't have a smart TV, any streaming box or stick will have Hulu available as an app as well. Or you can always stream on your phone or laptop.

Once you get set up, here's our list of the best movies available for streaming on Hulu. Now that it's getting cold, you have the perfect excuse to stay in and get cozy. There's just too much good content to go outside.

Pretty in Pink

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Andie sticks out like a sore thumb at her upper-class high school, but when the rich, popular heartthrob asks her to prom, their romance is met with suspicion from her best friend and ridicule from his clique. Molly Ringwald, Jon Cryer, and Andrew McCarthy star in this 1986 "Brat Pack" cult classic film written by John Hughes.

A Quiet Place

John Krasinski is most prominently known as Jim from "The Office," but "The Quiet Place"— which he co-wrote, directed, and starred in — is one of the films that helped him break away from his lovable goofball sitcom persona. This critically acclaimed thriller sees him alongside his real-life spouse Emily Blunt trying to survive in a world where monsters with ultrasensitive hearing attack anything that makes noise. Watch this one now before the sequel comes out in March 2020.


This Oscar-winning coming of age comedy written by Diablo Cody follows a quirky, independent teen as she navigates pregnancy. Though largely recognized as the breakout film for both Ellen Page and Michael Cera, the supporting cast is also stacked with notables like Allison Janney, Rainn Wilson, Jason Bateman, and Jennifer Garner.


In the past several years, Ruth Bader Ginsburg has undergone a transformation from legal expert and Supreme Court Justice to the Notorious R.B.G. — an unlikely pop culture icon and feminist superstar. This critically acclaimed documentary tracks the groundbreaking, revolutionary career of a political powerhouse and her rise to prominence as the second-ever female Supreme Court Justice.


This 2001 animated movie has spawned pop culture references and memes by the dozen. Mike Myers voices the angry ogre who becomes a reluctant hero when he's tasked with saving a kingdom of fairy tale characters from its evil, overbearing king. Eddie Murphy plays Donkey, the lovable but dumb sidekick that Shrek definitely never asked for.


The Shimmer, a quarantined zone where all life inside it is violently mutating, is expanding, and scientist Lena is tasked with determining why. But her secondary mission might be more pressing: discover what happened to her husband inside the mysterious area. This sci-fi thriller starring Natalie Portman and Oscar Isaac is a visual and auditory intellectual roller-coaster ride.

The Goonies

If you're looking for '80s nostalgia exemplified, this is the movie for you. A group of misfit kids discovers an ancient treasure map and sets out to find the bounty, but they have to outwit a group of hapless criminals who want the fortune for themselves. This cult classic stars young Corey Feldman, Sean Astin, and Josh Brolin.

Training Day

It's Jake's first day on the police force, and he's assigned to partner with decorated veteran narcotics officer Alonzo Harris. But as they try to take down the gangs and dealers of South Central LA, Jake quickly discovers Alonzo's tactics are unsavory at best and highly illegal at worst. Denzel Washington's portrayal of the corrupt cop earned him a Best Actor Oscar, while Ethan Hawke's turn as the LAPD rookie earned him a Best Supporting Actor nom.

The Matrix Trilogy

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It's safe to say that "The Matrix" trilogy changed the face of pop culture forever. I bet you've tried to dodge something thrown at you like Keanu Reeves dodged bullets, or you've referred to something weird as a "glitch in the matrix." All three films in the acclaimed sci-fi trilogy from the minds of the Wachowski sisters are available to stream.

Ocean's Eleven

Danny Ocean is a criminal mastermind, and on the day he gets out of prison, he's already orchestrating his next grift. He assembles a crack team of expert con artists to pull off a huge casino heist, and he only steals from those who deserve it. George Clooney, Brad Pitt, and Matt Damon lead a star-studded cast in this first in a trilogy of heist films. The sequels — "Ocean's Twelve" and "Ocean's Thirteen"— are also available to stream.

Child's Play

A young boy receives an innocent doll for his birthday. Little does he know, it's possessed by the soul of a serial killer who's out for revenge on his enemies. The first in a franchise that spawned six sequels, a comic book series, and countless merch, this classic '80s horror film will leave you side-eyeing any creepy toys you might have lying around.

I, Tonya

This dark comedy mockumentary follows the infamous scandal in which Tonya Harding's ex-husband hired a goon to attack and injure rival ice skater Nancy Kerrigan prior to the 1994 Olympics. Harding's involvement in the plot ruined her career and got her banned from ice skating competitions for life. Margot Robbie earned an Oscar nomination for her portrayal of Harding, and the great Allison Janney took home the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Harding's mother

The Color Purple

This critically acclaimed film based on Alice Walker's novel of the same name follows Celie, a Southern black woman in the 1920s, as she deals with racism, sexism, and abuse throughout her life. It's Shug Avery, a strong and independent lounge singer, who shows Celie her self-worth and empowers her to stand up to her abusers and find strength of her own. Whoopi Goldberg, Oprah Winfrey, and Danny Glover star in this incredibly moving and powerful film.

Julie & Julia

Two true stories intertwine in this charming comedy. Julia Child is the iconic TV chef credited with bringing French cuisine to the American masses; Julie Powell is the blogger who's undertaken the daunting project of cooking all 524 recipes in Child's famous cookbook in 365 days. Meryl Streep and Amy Adams star in this last movie made by Nora Ephron, the legendary filmmaker behind hits like "When Harry Met Sally" and "Sleepless in Seattle."


This over-the-top parody from the mind of Mel Brooks follows a space ranger's quest to kidnap a princess and hold her hostage in return for her home planet's air supply. When he falls in love with her, he must choose where his loyalties lie. Starring Bill Pullman, John Candy, and Rick Moranis, this goofball film lampoons "Star Wars,""Star Trek,""Alien," and other beloved sci-fi films, making it one of Brooks's most popular movies.

Sorry to Bother You

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Cash is finding his job as a telemarketer to be nearly impossible until his coworker lets him in on the secret to success: "white voice." When he excels at the skill, he rises quickly through the ranks only to discover the company he's working for has a freakish dark side. This sci-fi satire takes on race, class, and labor themes in a truly unique way.

The First Wives Club

After their friend's suicide, three best friends are reunited after many years apart. After realizing that all three of their husbands have left them for younger women, and that their friend took her life after learning her own husband did the same, they decide to team up to get revenge on their exes. Bette Midler, Goldie Hawn, and Diane Keaton star as the jilted ex-wives in this hilarious and empowering comedy.

Disney's Hercules

Baby Hercules is stolen from Mount Olympus and grows up on Earth without realizing he's an immortal demi-god. After losing his inmortality, he must earn it back along with his right to live on Mount Olympus by defeating a series of mythical monsters. With Disney+ on the horizon, this animated musical may not be on Hulu for long, so watch it while you can.

Four Weddings and a Funeral

This charming British rom-com follows a group of friends through a tumultuous year in which they attend — you guessed it — four weddings and a funeral. Hugh Grant stars as the lovable but awkward Charles, as he chases love interest Carrie through a series of missed connections, one-night stands, marriages, engagements, and breakups.

Every single Chris Evans movie, ranked


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  • Chris Evans is an actor best known for his role as Captain America in the Marvel Cinematic Universe
  • Insider ranked all of Evans' films based on critical scores on Rotten Tomatoes.
  • The actor's highest-rated films on Rotten Tomatoes are "Snowpiercer" (2014) and "Knives Out" (2019).
  • His lowest-scoring films include the movies "Playing it Cool" (2015) and "London" (2006). 
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Chris Evans got his cinematic start as Jake in the romantic-comedy parody "Not Another Teen Movie" (2001) and he's now best-known for his work as Captain America in a variety of Marvel films.

Despite his success in Hollywood, not all of his work has been well-received by critics.

Here is every movie in Chris Evans' filmography, as ranked by critic scores on Rotten Tomatoes.

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

Chris Evans' lowest-rated film is "London" (2006).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 14%

Synopsis: The drama "London" tells the story of Syd (Evans), a partier who is happy to waste his time and money on one bender after another.

When Syd is told that his old flame London (Jessica Biel) is moving across the country, he shows up uninvited to her going-away party ready to confront their past. 

The actor played appeared Michelle Monaghan in "Playing It Cool" (2015).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 14%

Synopsis: In the romantic comedy "Playing it Cool," Evans played the narrator of the film, Me, a screenwriter who is too disillusioned by love to write a compelling story about it.

When Me bumps into Her (Michelle Monaghan) at a charity dinner he believes he's falling in love for the first time. There's only one problem: she's engaged. 

Evans was Kyle in the teen comedy "The Perfect Score" (2004).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 16%

Synopsis: In the comedy "The Perfect Score," a string of teenagers band together to steal the answers to the SATs.

Ambitious Kyle (Evans) enlists his friends Matty (Bryan Greenberg), Francesca (Scarlett Johansson), Desmond (Darius Miles), Anna (Erika Christensen), and Roy (Leonardo Nam) in helping him pull off the collegiate heist. 

In the science-fiction film "Push" (2009) he played Nick Gant.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 23%

Synopsis: "Push" is a science-fiction thriller about a group of people with telekinetic powers who come together in the face of a secret government agency that seeks to weaponize them.

Evans portrayed Nick Gant, a man with telekinesis who emerges from hiding to help keep his fellow "pushers" safe.

The actor was Bryce in the drama "Fierce People" (2005).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 24%

Synopsis: In the drama "Fierce People," precocious teenager Finn (Anton Yelchin) is an inspiring anthropologist who is given the accidental opportunity to record the outlandish lifestyle of the Osbourne family, headed by billionaire Ogden Osbourne (Donald Sutherland). 

Evans had a small role in the film as Ogden Osbourne's charismatic grandson Bryce. 

Evans fell for Anna Faris in the comedy "What's Your Number?" (2011).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 24% 

Synopsis: In the comedy "What's Your Number?" Ally (Anna Faris) goes back through her most promising exes to see if there's any potential left in her old relationships.

Concerned that she's already reached a high number of sexual partners, Ally decides not to date anybody new even as she finds herself attracted to her charming neighbor Colin Shea (Evans).

Evans played Nick Vaughn in the romantic drama "Before We Go" (2015).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 27%

Synopsis: "Before We Go" is a romantic drama that was directed by Evans, who also stars in it.

In the film, Evans and actress Brooke Dalton play two strangers who find comfort with each other during a long night trapped in New York City. 

Before he was Steve Rogers, the actor played Johnny Storm in "Fantastic Four" (2005).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 27%

Synopsis: Based on the long-running comic-book series, the action-adventure film "Fantastic Four" follows four astronauts as they gain superhuman abilities after a cosmic incident.

Reed Richards (Ioan Gruffudd) leads their new superhero team as Mr. Fantastic, with Susan Storm (Jessica Alba) as the Invisible Woman, Ben Grimm (Michael Chiklis) as The Thing, and Johnny Storm (Evans) as the Human Torch. 

In the film "The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond" (2009) he played Jimmy Dobyne.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 27%

Synopsis: In the dramatic romance "The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond," young debutante Fisher Willow (Bryce Dallas Howard) rebels against her position in high society by paying working-class Jimmy Dobyne (Evans) to accompany her to social events.

When Fisher realizes that she has genuine feelings for Jimmy, she tries to rewrite a relationship built on money. 

Evans was Jake in "Not Another Teen Movie" (2001).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 29%

Synopsis: The broad parody "Not Another Teen Movie" follows a gaggle of high-school students as they come of age in a world of cheerleading competitions, blow-out parties, and outlandish bets.

Jake Wyler (Evans) makes a bet of his own when he attempts to turn shy artist Janey (Chyler Leigh) into John Hughes High School's next prom queen. 

The actor played Ari Kidron in "The Red Sea Diving Resort" (2019).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 30%

Synopsis: Based on a true story, "The Red Sea Diving Resort" is a drama that follows the heroic actions of international agents Ari Kidron (Evans) and Kabede Bimro (Michael Kenneth Williams) who used a holiday retreat as a front for moving thousands of refugees across the Middle East.

He was Scarlett Johnasson's love interest in "The Nanny Diaries" (2007).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 34%

Synopsis: In the romantic comedy "The Nanny Diaries," Scarlett Johansson stars as Annie Braddock, a young woman who takes on a nannying job in New York City.

Annie juggles work and life in the bustling city as she falls for Harvard elite, Hayden (Evans). 

Evans voiced Casey Jones in the animated flick "TMNT" (2007).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 34%

Synopsis: The animated "TMNT" follows the pizza-loving, crime-fighting Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles as they defend New York from an onslaught of monsters.

With the help of April O'Neil (Sarah Michelle Gellar) and hockey-lover Casey Jones (Evans), the turtles band together to fight evil. 

The actor was Detective Diskant in "Street Kings" (2008).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 36%

Synopsis: In the crime thriller "Street Kings," LAPD detective Tom Ludlow (Keanu Reeves) goes on a mission to avenge the death of his partner Terrance Washington (Terry Crews).

As he faces opposition from his own department, Ludlow takes the case into his own hands and recruits Detective Diskant (Evans) to help him find the killer. 

He returned as Johnny Storm in "Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer" (2007).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 37%

Synopsis: In the sequel "Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer," Evans and the original cast returned to defend the earth from a new intergalactic threat: the Silver Surfer.

Reed, Sue, Johnny, and Ben combine their superhuman abilities to protect the planet, only to be confronted by another villain from their past.

Evans played Jensen in "The Losers" (2010).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 48%

Synopsis: Based on a comic, "The Losers" is an action-adventure film about a team of mercenaries that go head-to-head with the CIA after the organization leaves them for dead.

As they plan to take out the rogue CIA agent who ordered their deaths, Clay (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), Jensen (Evans), Roque (Idris Elba), Cougar (Óscar Jaenada) and Pooch (Columbus Short) take on their hardest mission yet. 

The actor was Stewart Stanton in "Battle for Terra" (2009).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 49%

Synopsis: The science-fiction animated film "Battle for Terra" takes place years after humans have depleted their own resources on Earth. As they strike out in search of a new home, the humans take advantage of a peaceful planet called Terra in a move that may result in an all-out war. 

Evans appeared in "Battle for Terra" as Stewart Stanton, the younger brother of pilot James Stanton (Luke Wilson). 

In the film "Puncture" (2011) he was Mike Weiss.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 52%

Synopsis: The drama "Puncture" tells the story of Mike Weiss (Evans), an ambitious Texas lawyer who grapples with drug addiction.

As he and his partner Paul (Mark Kassen) take on a nurse's court case involving a contaminated needle, the pressure of building a viable defense pushes Mike and Paul to the edge.

Evans played Ryan in the thriller "Cellular" (2004).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 55%

Synopsis: In the suspense thriller "Cellular," a chance phone call sends unsuspecting Ryan (Evans) on a desperate search for Jessica Martin (Kim Basinger), a woman who is in danger.

As Ryan races to save the kidnapped woman, he works with Officer Mooney (William H. Macy) to protect her from the monstrous Greer (Jason Statham). 

The actor played Pronge in the crime thriller "The Iceman" (2013).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 67%

Synopsis: "The Iceman" is a dramatic crime thriller about a contract killer named Richard Kuklinski (Michael Shannon).

On his road to ruin, Kuklinski forges alliances and makes enemies with fellow hitman like Robert "Mr. Freezy" Pronge (Evans). 

In the drama "Gifted" (2017) Evans was Frank, a young father.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 73%

Synopsis: In the family drama "Gifted," single parent Frank Adler (Evans) raises his young niece Mary (McKenna Grace), a child prodigy.

As Mary's grandmother Evelyn (Lindsay Duncan) threatens to separate Frank and Mary for Mary's supposed benefit, Frank finds support in his friend Roberta (Octavia Spencer) and Mary's teacher Bonnie (Jenny Slate). 

Evans played Steve Rogers in "Avengers: Age of Ultron" (2015).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 75%

Synopsis: A piece in the larger puzzle of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the superhero sequel "Avengers: Age of Ultron" puts the Avengers at the forefront of a new battle.

When the peace-keeping program Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) makes devolves into a threat of global proportions, he and Steve Rogers (Evans) lead the team in a fight against the formidable Ultron. 

The actor was Mace in the sci-fi drama "Sunshine" (2007).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 76%

Synopsis: In the science-fiction drama "Sunshine," a crew of astronauts attempt to reach a dying star and restore its power before the planet Earth reaches an untimely demise. As their mission begins to splinter apart, the crew does their best to keep their heads. 

Evans played crew member Mace alongside co-stars Rose Byrne, Cillian Murphy, Michelle Yeoh, and more. 

In "Captain America: The First Avenger" (2011) Evans originated his role as Steve Rogers.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 80%

Synopsis: In "Captain America: The First Avenger," young recruit Steve Rogers (Evans) volunteers for an experimental World War II program to create a super-soldier for the front lines.

Newly endowed with superhuman strength, Steve is rebranded as Captain America as he's sent to wage war against the monstrous Red Skull (Hugo Weaving).

Evans was the evil ex Lucas Lee in "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World" (2010).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 81%

Synopsis: Based on a graphic-novel series, "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World" centers around Scott Pilgrim (Michael Cera), a young musician who falls for mysterious Ramona Flowers (Mary Elizabeth Winstead).

When Romana informs Scott that he'll have to fight her seven evil exes in order to date her, he thinks she's joking — until the first one shows up looking for a fight. 

Evans appeared as Ramona's second evil ex, action-movie star Lucas Lee. 

The actor returned as Steve Rogers in "Avengers: Infinity War" (2018).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 85%

Synopsis: In "Avengers: Infinity War," the superheroes race to stop the villainous Thanos from collecting the six cosmically powerful infinity stones and using them to wipe out half of everything in existence.

As the heroes break off into teams, Steve (Evans) leads a faction of his own as a battle takes place in Black Panther's (Chadwick Boseman's) home of Wakanda. 

Steve Rogers went rogue in "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" (2014).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 90%

Synopsis: In the espionage thriller "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," Steve relies on the help of Natasha (Scarlett Johansson) and Sam (Anthony Mackie) in helping him track down his friend-turned-mercenary Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan) before he's taken out by other forces. 

Evans went head-to-head against Robert Downey Jr. in "Captain America: Civil War" (2016).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 91%

Synopsis: In the fallout of "Avengers: Age of Ultron," the Avengers grapple with their role in a traumatic event that cost hundreds of lives.

When the government places sanctions on the Avengers, Steve Rogers (Evans) and Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) find themselves on two sides of a divisive matter that will determine the future of the superhero league. 

The actor joined forces with other heroes in "Marvel's The Avengers" (2012).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 91%

Synopsis: In the first team-up film from Marvel, agent Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) recruits various superheroes and molds them into a team of global defenders.

Grouped together for the first time, Tony Stark (Downey Jr.) Steve Rogers (Evans), Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), set out to defeat Thor's villainous brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston). 

Evans made a brief appearance as Captain America in "Spider-Man: Homecoming" (2017) .

Rotten Tomatoes score: 92%

Synopsis: In "Spider-Man: Homecoming," young Peter Parker (Tom Holland) tries to balance school, life, and web-slinging duties as New York City's friendly neighborhood Spider-Man.

Pressure mounts as he goes head-to-head with his newest villain — the Vulture (Michael Keaton). 

In the film, Evans made a brief appearance as Captain America when he was featured in an instructional school video that Peter watches in class. 

"Avengers: Endgame" (2019) marked Evans' last appearance as Steve Rogers.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 94%

Synopsis: After intergalactic villain Thanos makes good on his promise to eradicate half of the universe's population, the remaining Avengers band together in the wreckage in "Avengers: Endgame."

Steve Rogers (Evans), Tony Stark (Downey Jr.), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), and more travel on a mission through space and time in a last-ditch effort to save mankind.

Evans was Curtis in the dystopian thriller "Snowpiercer" (2014).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 95%

Synopsis: "Snowpiercer" takes place in a dark dystopian future where the last of humanity circles the globe on a train that never stops. When a revolution propels Curtis (Evans) forward from the back of the train, he challenges the masterminds behind the train's cruel and classist system. 

In the mystery "Knives Out" (2019) he played Ransom Robinson.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 96%

Synopsis: In the mystery thriller "Knives Out," Detectives Blanc (Daniel Craig) and Elliott (LaKeith Stanfield) investigate the murder of a wealthy patriarch by interrogating his eccentric family members.

Evans starred as playboy and murder suspect Ransom Robinson, alongside actors like Jamie Lee Curtis, Michael Shannon, and Toni Collette. 

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'Frozen II' earned a record-breaking $123.7 million over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend (DIS)


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  • "Frozen II" won the domestic box office for a second-straight weekend.
  • The Disney movie brought in an estimated $85.2 million over the weekend and $123.7 million over the five-day Thanksgiving holiday weekend. 
  • Both are record-breaking figures.
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Coming off a record-breaking opening weekend, Disney's "Frozen II" isn't through owning the box office (and breaking records).

The animated movie brought in an estimated $85.2 million over the weekend, that tops the record $74.1 million "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" brought in over Thanksgiving weekend in 2013. "Frozen II" also took in $123.7 million over the five-day Thanksgiving weekend. That's another record-breaker for the holiday, knocking off the $110 million five-day gross"Catching Fire" brought in.

"Frozen II" has now earned $288 million domestically and $739 million worldwide.

The movie also crushed the three-day ($67.3 million) and five-day ($93.5 million) earnings for the opening weekend of first "Frozen," which debuted over Thanksgiving in 2013.

Coming in a strong second place is Lionsgate's "Knives Out." The star-studded movie has already made back its $40 million budget thanks to its five-day take of $41.7 million and a $70 million worldwide cume.

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Box office highlights:

  • Disney also had a strong outing from its Fox release, "Ford v Ferrari." The race car drama brought in $19 million this weekend. It has a total worldwide cume of $143.3 million worldwide.
  • Universal/Makeready's "Queen & Slim" had an impressive opening with a five-day take of $15.8 million. That put the movie above its industry projections.


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Hulu's Cyber Monday deal for new subscribers saves them $48 in their first year — here's how to sign up


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Many products, from tech and electronics to mattresses, are on sale this Cyber Monday. So are the best services. Hulu, a top streaming service for TV shows, movies, and live TV, is once again offering a can't-miss deal for new subscribers. 

Hulu's Cyber Monday deal:

Available now through 11:59 p.m. PST on December 2: New subscribers can sign up for the ad-supported Basic Hulu subscription for just $1.99 a month.

However, the deal comes with a couple of restrictions:

  • Only new Hulu subscribers— meaning brand new subscribers and past subscribers whose subscriptions ended over 12 months ago — are eligible for this deal.
  • If you signed up for Hulu's $0.99 promotion that ran during this time in 2018, you are not eligible for the new deal.

The 2019 Cyber Monday deal is not as good as last year's deal, which gave new subscribers a yearlong subscription to the ad-supported version of Hulu for $0.99 a month, but it's still a strong deal overall that will let you enjoy a huge library of shows and movies at a discounted price. Our editor who signed up for the 2018 deal ultimately continued paying for the regular subscription because of its great value. 

You may also want to check out the Disney Plus Cyber Monday promotion, which gets new subscribers $10 off an annual subscription, or the Disney Plus-Hulu-ESPN bundle, which allows you to get all three services for $12.99 a month. Read more about the bundle here

Hulu FAQs:

Hulu plans and pricing 

How much is Hulu? Normally, the Hulu Basic subscription (ad-supported) costs $5.99 a month, so you'll save $48 in total. The Premium subscription (ad-free) costs $11.99 a month and there are also options to add Live TV or other services such as HBO or the newly launched Disney Plus to your Hulu subscription. 

After the 12-month promotion ends, you'll pay $5.99 a month.

What's included in the Hulu deal?

If you qualify, you get access to all content on Hulu, which includes original programming like "The Handmaid's Tale," old and new TV favorites like "Grey's Anatomy" and "This is Us," and movies spanning all genres. The timing of this deal is perfect — there are many entertaining Christmas movies you can start streaming immediately to get in the holiday spirit.

More Cyber Monday deals: 

If you're interested in streaming and entertainment promotions specifically, Amazon is offering 50% off rentals or purchases of new release movies on Prime Video now through December 5. Disney Plus also has a deal: $10 off an annual subscription. 

We're covering all the best Cyber Monday deals from top retailers here:

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The iconic 'Game of Thrones' coffee cup and 12 other out-of-place items that fans spotted in movies and TV shows


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  • Sometimes period TV shows and movies leave modern-day objects in scenes or feature props that aren't appropriate for a certain era. 
  • Eagle-eyed fans have spotted plastic water bottles and modern to-go coffee cups in the HBO fantasy drama "Game of Thrones."
  • In period movies like "Newsies" and "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" you can see glowing exit signs that wouldn't have existed yet. 
  • You can see a boom microphone on an episode of Disney Plus' "The Mandalorian."
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The films and television shows we know and love pass by dozens of pairs of eyes before they reach our devices and screens — but anachronistic mistakes can still happen and sometimes objects that don't belong make the final cut. 

From rogue coffee cups making an appearance on "Game of Thrones" to video games that wouldn't yet exist being featured in "The Hurt Locker," here are a few times modern-day items were left in period films and on fantasy TV shows.

Who can forget the infamous coffee cup left on one of the final episodes of "Game of Thrones"?

On an episode of the final season of the HBO series "Game of Thrones," someone forgot to remove a modern-day, to-go coffee cup from the set before the director called action on a post-war dinner scene. The cup was next to Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke).

The error somehow made it past the editors and into the initial airing. It was later digitally removed, but not before it caused quite a stir online.

Although it's a bit unclear when this fantasy series was set, they didn't have electricity or modern-day conveniences ... so it's quite unlikely they'd have disposable cups. 

In a later press release, HBO made a joke about the moment, writing, "The latte that appeared in the episode was a mistake. Daenerys had ordered an herbal tea."

And, in an email to Variety, "GOT" art director Hauke Richter said this sort of incident isn't that uncommon. "Things can get forgotten on set," he wrote. "[The coffee cup error has been] so blown out of proportion [because] it has not happened with 'Thrones' so far."

"Game of Thrones" had another gaffe in its series finale, when two plastic water bottles were spotted.

On the long-awaited season finale of "GOT," eagle-eyed fans spotted two small anachronistic instances in the form of plastic water bottles.

During the council scene, you can see water bottles at the feet of both Samwell Tarly (John Bradley) and Ser Davos (Liam Cunningham). These types of bottles wouldn't be popularized until the late 1900s— the show is set centuries before this. 


"Newsies" (1992) has brightly lit exit signs even though the film is supposedly set in 1899.

Disney's "Newsies," the box-office bust that was later adapted into a Broadway darling, features a few anomalies during one of its big musical numbers. 

Throughout the vaudeville performance of "High Times, Hard Times" by Medda Larkson (Ann-Margret), you can see quite a few brightly lit, modern-day exit signs.

Considering the movie is inspired by the real-life Newsboys Strike of 1899 in New York City and is set during that same time, this technology and design (which was developed decades later) would not exist yet. 


"O Brother, Where Art Thou?" (2000) is set in the 1930s but there's a modern-day sign in it.

This movie is set in the 1930s, but at one point in the film a group of men enter a movie theater and a red electric exit sign is illuminated above the door.

Although it wouldn't be unlikely that this theater would have an exit sign, it wouldn't look anything like this modern-day one. 

In "Gladiator" (2000), there's a gas cylinder under one of the chariots.

If you pay close attention to one of the horse-drawn chariots during the battle in the Colosseum, you'll spot a big, metal gas cylinder.

It was most likely used to achieve a special effect, but it wouldn't actually exist in ancient Rome, which is when this movie is set. 

There's a white car in the back of a famous battle scene in "Braveheart" (1995).

During the"Hold" battle scene, eagle-eyed viewers can spot a white car in the background.

"Braveheart"may have been shot in the mid-'90s, but it takes place in 13th-century Scotland where (and when) there were absolutely no cars.

One of the people in "Glory" (1989) had a digital watch on.

The 1990 Civil-War film that won Denzel Washington an Oscar for best supporting actor features a person wearing a digital watch.

The Civil War began in 1861 and digital watches were invented about a century later.

There's a man who doesn't quite belong during a scene in "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl" (2003).

In one scene on a ship in the first "Pirates of the Caribbean" film, a person who appears to be a crew member can be seen standing among the pirates in a historically inaccurate white T-shirt and an out-of-place cowboy hat.

"M*A*S*H" (1976) is set in the 1950s but somehow a character has a comic that wouldn't come out until the late 1960s.

On the episode "Der Tag," Radar O'Reilly (Gary Burghoff) fell asleep holding his stuffed bear and a comic book from the "Avengers" series.

The first "Avengers" comic book wasn't published until 1963 and "M*A*S*H" was set during the Korean War, which was between 1950 and 1953.

This Marvel comic-book series wouldn't even exist yet. Moreover, people have pointed out he's reading "Avengers #60" which wasn't released until 1969.



In "The Doors" (1991), a billboard for a movie that came out in 1990 is present during what's supposed to be the 1970s.

The movie, which follows Jim Morrison and the famous rock band The Doors throughout the 1960s and early 1970s has a small anachronistic moment in an establishing shot. 

During a scene in the film that's set in 1971, band frontman Jim Morrison (Val Kilmer) is sitting on a window ledge and, behind him, there is a billboard for the 1990 Eddie Murphy film "Another 48 Hours."

"Bernie" (2011) is based on real events that happened in the 1990s, but there's a modern-day cell phone in it.

"Bernie" is based on the real-life 1996 murder of Marjorie Nugent, a wealthy widow, who was shot by her companion, Bernie Tiede.

The film, which stars Jack Black, takes place in the mid-1990s — but at one point, we get a clear look at an incoming call on an iPhone, the first iteration of which Apple released years later in 2007.



In "The Hurt Locker," one character is playing a console and game that wouldn't yet exist.

This war drama is set in 2004 but in one scene a character is shown playing "Gears of War" on an Xbox 360. This was a year before the console was released in 2005 and two years before the video game was released in 2006.


You can see a boom microphone on an episode of Disney Plus' "The Mandalorian."

On the fourth episode of Disney Plus' "The Mandalorian," some viewers noticed a boom microphone popping up at the top of the screen. 

The piece of technology in question was spotted about 16 minutes into the episode during a conversation between Omera (Julia Jones) and titular character (Pedro Pascal). 

You can get paid $1,000 to watch 10 'Star Wars' movies back-to-back


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The "Star Wars" saga is coming to an end this month — and one lucky fan can catch up on all of the films while earning a hefty payday. 

TV and internet affiliate site CableTV.com has announced a contest that will pay one Twitter user $1,000 to watch 10 "Star Wars" films while sharing their thoughts in real-time on social media.

The marathon includes all of the classics and it ends just before the final 'Star Wars' flick makes its debutbb8 the last jedi

The winner can watch the films in any order they'd like and the line-up includes the original episodic trilogy ("A New Hope,""Return of the Jedi," and "The Empire Strikes Back"), the prequels ("The Phantom Menace,""Attack of the Clones," and "Revenge of the Sith"), two of the three sequels ("The Force Awakens" and "The Last Jedi"), and the non-episodic prequels ("Solo" and "Rogue One"). 

According to the contest page, it will take about 22 hours and 25 minutes to finish watching all of these flicks, which the selected watcher will receive in Blu-ray form from CableTV.com. 

The chosen watcher will also be gifted some "Star Wars" merch, like an R2-D2 popcorn popper, a Chewbacca onesie, and a Nerf Han Solo Blaster.

To enter, fans can submit an application of 200 words or less, explaining why they are the perfect Jedi (or Sith Lord) for the job. The deadline for submission is December 11 at 7 p.m. EST. 

The movie marathon is set to wrap just before "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker," the final chapter in the 42-year-long saga, makes its debut on December 20.

This isn't the first time this year that companies have offered up cash to fans who are willing to binge-watch movies

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In November, tech company Century Link offered to pay someone $1,000 to watch 24 Hallmark Channel Christmas movies in 12 days while writing about the marathon on social media. 

And earlier this year in September the satellite company Dish offered up $1,300 to a fan who was willing to watch 13 Stephen King movies before Halloween and document the experience. 

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A professional ballerina breaks down 11 iconic ballet scenes from pop culture

  • Ballerinas figure prominently in movies and TV, with depictions ranging from spot-on to unrealistic.
  • We sat down with Isabella Boylston, a principal dancer at the American Ballet Theatre, to discuss 11 of the most well-known ballet scenes, drawing from dance movies like "Suspiria" and "Black Swan" and TV shows like "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia."
  • Isabella gives us her thoughts on what makes ballet and hip-hop such a great match onscreen, from movies like "Step Up" and "Save The Last Dance" to music videos like Kanye West's"Runaway."
  • Having danced for Jennifer Lawrence in "Red Sparrow", Isabella talks about the important role that ballet doubles play in making A-list actors look like professionals on the big screen.
  • Plus, she talks about why ballerinas' intensive training requires them to be world-class athletes — not the self-destructive, troubled artists you often see in Hollywood movies.
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Following is a transcript of the video.

Isabella Boylston: Hi, I'm Isabella Boylston, and I'm a principal dancer at American Ballet Theatre.

We showed Isabella 11 dance scenes from different movies and TV shows and had her dissect them.

Save the Last Dance (2001)

This is the movie that made everyone ask me if I went to Juilliard. [laughing] Oh, my God. Oh, yeah. Bring out the chair, everybody. Bring the props out. Oh, dance double. Oh, my God. Little samba action there, OK. Oh, an aerial. Put some gymnastics in there. They were trying to meld some classical ballet moves with some hip-hop elements. I would say with varying degrees of success. You can tell definitely in this scene when they used the dance double versus not. She does a big jeté, and that's clearly a professional. Those are called fouettés, when you, like, whip your leg around and pull it in. And those are a pretty iconic and challenging step. You can tell, like, Julia Stiles, her movement is a little more limited. I'm all for a prop if it enhances the choreography. She's definitely got the attitude.

Rating: 5/10

Step Up (2006)

Little violin action. Well, yeah, I mean, I think they achieved their goal of creating a fusion dance. Is that some, like, coffee grinders? And, like, ballroom, a little jazz chassé. A cabriole, which is a ballet move. That's when you, like, jump up and, like, beat your legs together in the air. The coffee grinder. You're, like, down on the ground, and then you, like, send your leg around and, like, jump over your own leg, basically. It is actually really common for us to dance in heels. What's amazing about ballet is it gives you such crazy control of your body, so I think that makes us pretty versatile. Basically, like, you'll just rehearse in whatever you're gonna wear. This is a pas de deux, where there's two people dancing together. Like a duet, basically. When you're really synced up with somebody, it's, like, the best feeling ever. I would say chemistry's very important. It's also something that you can fake because you're a professional. You know, you just have to work a little harder, I guess. One thing that also helps is, like, time with a partnership. I've noticed there are dancers now that I've been paired with for, like, 10 years, and that's amazing 'cause you get so comfortable with each other. It just becomes really intuitive.

Rating: 7/10

Center Stage (2000)

Dance teacher: And one, two, three, four, five, six.

Isabella: Oh, my God. [laughing] It seems a little high budget for most dance academies. It's just very, like, Hollywood. And they used top-level dancers, so the dance scenes are really well executed. So good. I mean, yeah, that dancer, Ethan Stiefel, Cooper Nielson in the movie, he's, like, one of my all-time-favorite dancers. Him and Sascha Radetsky also, Charlie, they're both just phenomenal dancers. Super fun to watch. Oh, my God. The tutu reveal. That's amazing. It's pretty typical, like, a lot of ballets have costume-change elements that happen either onstage or offstage. But, yeah, tear-away tutu. That really is iconic.

Rating: 8/10

Runaway (2010)

That's called a bourrée. When you go up on pointe and your feet are, like, shimmering. It's a staple of classical ballet. Makes it look like you're, like, skimming the floor and, like, floating. It's very ethereal. They appear to be classically trained ballet dancers. The choreography is definitely incorporating, like, modern and jazz. Ballet has very shaped positions of the arms. Like, how many are there? One, two, three, four, five. Basically, everything that we do in ballet, you're always going through those positions. They're not doing, like, traditional ballet positions. Those women are not wearing pointe shoes. They're just wearing flat shoes. The, like, more featured ones are on pointe. I've worn flat shoes for more contemporary ballet. Especially, like, the juxtaposition of the more, like, classical movements in front and then the more modern group dance in the back. Ballet is really edgy, in that it's extreme physical expression of emotions and music. The virtuosity of ballet when combined with another virtuosic artist, it's a really good match. Especially when, you know, they get real ballet dancers to do it.

Rating: 9/10

Flashdance (1983)

Alex Owens: Can I start again?

Isabella: I think that's kind of unlikely. They don't really have time for you to be, like, starting over again. You kind of just get that one shot and really hope you're on that day. Oh, they're bored. So fierce. I mean, so iconic. This looks like...jazz-ballet-ish. This is definitely not, like, strictly ballet. Leg warmers are not just a cliché. We wear them all the time. In order to, like, not get injured, you have to be so warm all the time, and so that's why we wear so many layers. Also, love the director or whoever, smoking a cigar in the studio. You can't do that anymore.

Rating: 6/10

Black Swan (2010)

What she's doing right now, that's called a piqué manège. You're pushing off of your left leg and you do, I don't know, so many piqués. By the end of the Black Swan pas de deux, you, like, cannot feel your left calf 'cause everything's just on that leg. They did an amazing job researching the dance elements. The ballet is called "Swan Lake." In the ballet, the same ballerina plays two different characters, which is, it's so fun 'cause it's this dual role. You have the white swan, Odette, who's very, like, pure and passionate and soulful, and then you get to play the black swan later in the ballet, who's, like, super flashy and sexy and evil and does these incredible virtuosic feats. So, yeah, it's, like, the ultimate challenge for a ballerina to play the two roles. Music's amazing. Tchaikovsky. So, this music is the music for the coda of Black Swan, where you do the, like, iconic 32 fouettés, which is, like, you stay on that one leg and do 32 revolutions. I think "Swan Lake" is still my hardest ballet. It's a career-long journey. Actually, Natalie's dance double is a dancer with American Ballet Theatre as well, Sarah Lane. I think you can tell that Natalie did do a lot of work to study ballet, get in shape, and get into the psyche of a dancer. But yeah, you can definitely tell when it is Sarah, the double, dancing. It would be super annoying to dance with wings on your arms. It'd also make the partnering, like, impossible. You'd be, like, slapping your partner with the wing. We wear, like, a tutu that has feather-inspired and, like, feather-ish things on your head. In ballet, I love to see, like, the body. Ballet's all about, like, lines, and you wanna have, like, long, extended lines. Then you don't want anything to be cutting and breaking your line. In "Swan Lake," there's, like, a special technique that you have to work on with your arms where you emulate the swan with your actual arms. I think "Black Swan" is an amazing horror film, and it's a fantasy. It's not a documentary about what it's like to be a dancer. It's not that interesting to watch the movie about the, like, happy, well-adjusted ballet dancer. It's more interesting to watch a movie about, oh, you know, someone who's, like, falling apart or unhinged. It's important to remember that ballet dancers are world-class athletes, and in order to do that, like, you have to just, like, take care of yourself.


It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia (2018)

Oh, I know that dancer from Instagram. I've seen, like, water onstage before. It looks like it was inspired by a dance film that I saw from a few years ago. A similar wet look. 'Cause it's a lot more, like, grounded, a lot more plié, which is bent legs into the ground. Yeah, you can tell that Kylie is, I mean, she has beautiful lines. It's super impressive that he's not a dancer. He definitely looks like it. He's ripped. Looks like he's been working out. The partnering mainly involves her using his body to hold her own weight up. So the partnering is almost more coming from her, which probably made it easier for him to execute as not a professional dancer. But it looks really good. It makes ballet more accessible to, like, a new audience, and, obviously, they used a professional dancer and made something really beautiful.

Frank Reynolds: I get it.

Rating: 8/10

Leap (2016)

♪ Take me to emotion, I want to go all the way ♪

Isabella: Oh, did Carly Rae Jepsen do the music? I am obsessed with Carly.

♪ Take me all the way ♪ ♪ I wanna cut through the clouds, break the ceiling ♪ ♪ I wanna dance ♪

Isabella: Oh, my God, I love this song.

♪ You and me alone ♪ ♪ I wanna cut to the feeling ♪

Isabella: They wanted to cut to the feeling in the 1880s.

Victor: That really is my girlfriend.

Isabella: That's what my husband says when I'm up there.

♪ I wanna cut to the feeling ♪

Isabella: Yes, layouts. That was really cute. I'm feeling the white tights with the red shoes. Very festive. Those animated ballerinas had major style. They were really, like, bending with their bodies and, like, leaving their head back. Just very full-bodied movement, not stiff and rigid. They must've based that off of a real dancer, I would imagine. They're really flexible, too. Like, more than me. [laughing] I love to see that when I go to a performance, and I think they definitely captured that. Must've been the inspiration from Carly. At the time of the 19th century, I would think ballet was purely to classical music. I think nowadays people are used to seeing, like, ballet to pop music or anything.

Rating: 7/10

Suspira (2018)

It's definitely modern dance. It's not classical ballet. But I think a lot of modern dance techniques, like, there is, like, a real classical rigor to that training. So, yeah, it might look casual or abstract, but there's actually so much training that went into that as well. It looks to me as though they had a dance double for her for some of the, like, the solo. I don't think someone who wasn't trained for many years in dance could execute it like that. You can't become a concert pianist in six months, so why would you think that you could become a classical ballerina in six months? When, you know, we've been training our whole lives for this and it's still hard for us. One thing, also, that I related to in this movie was the dancers pushing themselves to the brink. I do shows, and it is just sheer willpower to get through it. Basically, the curtains come down, and then I've been, like, throwing up in the trash on the side from exertion. Stuff I've rehearsed a ton is still, even for the best dancers in the world, it is a true challenge to get through the classics. The choreographer did a really good job making really, like, hard shapes to kind of depict that aggressive witchcraft. What I did like about "Suspiria" was the idea of how dancing could be used to, like, cast a spell or, like, invoke power. 'Cause I think that is definitely something I've experienced in, you know, when you'd really find your flow in a performance. It feels like tapping into something, like, a greater power. I loved that. And then it got real weird. I think they did a great job. They obviously, like, did their research and were very respectful.

Rating: 8/10

Red Sparrow (2018)

Yeah, so I was actually Jennifer Lawrence's dance double in the movie "Red Sparrow." That's my dancing. So this is, like, on YouTube now. I haven't seen this since, like, the movie came out. Oh, my God. So nasty, ugh. This was inspired by "The Firebird," which is a great ballet and a role that I've done a lot. And the music is by Stravinsky. It's a Russian folktale, and it's about, the firebird is a mythical creature. Basically ends up, like, giving a feather to this guy that she meets in the forest. You can see I do, like, fluttering hand movements that I think evoke bird imagery. One move that you can see is called an entrechat six, which is where you jump up and you beat your feet. You jump, it's, like, a fluttering move with your feet. That's an arabesque. It's a very famous ballet move. It's when you, like, lift your back leg. I mean, it's more technical than that, but. Kick. That's a grand jeté. You could do it partnered. Like, there it's a partnered grand jeté. Jennifer Lawrence did, like, train for a few months, and she basically had to, like, learn the choreography. We would alternate takes. So I would do it, and then she would go just to have her arms and head, like, in the positions where they needed to be. She definitely had to, like, go outside of her comfort zone, but she, like, took it all in stride and was super fun to work with. That is grotesque. So, they had a prosthetic leg. Both of us did that shot to just seamlessly get it all. It's literally every dancer's worst nightmare. So, yeah, it definitely made me a little squeamish. I have never heard of that happening in a show. I have seen some pretty heart-wrenching injuries go down onstage. I've seen people tear their ACL. I've seen calf tears, sublux to knee, shoulder, blown-out ankle ligaments. It's more common for dancers to have overuse injuries. Dancers are really bad at taking time off when they need to. It was really fun seeing, like, the making of a movie. The tutu was so beautiful. I had, like, three brand-new tutus in case anything happened to the one. The costume budget was a little different than what we're working with at the ballets. The discipline that you need to be a dancer would probably serve you really well as a spy. I'm not a spy, not yet. Maybe when I retire. Career transitions for dancers.

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Every single Amanda Seyfried movie, ranked


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  • Amanda Seyfried is an actress best known for her roles in movies like "Les Miserables" (2012) and "Mamma Mia" (2008). 
  • "First Reformed" (2018) and "Mean Girls" (2004) currently stand as her highest-rated films on Rotten Tomatoes. 
  • However, other movies in her filmography like "The Big Wedding" (2013) and "Red Riding Hood" (2011) were widely panned by film critics.
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Actress Amanda Seyfried has cultivated a filmography with a wide range, playing roles in musicals, horrors, and romantic comedies.

However, not all of her films have been positively received by critics. 

Here is every movie in Amanda Seyfried's filmography, as ranked by critic scores on Rotten Tomatoes

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

Her lowest-rated film was "The Big Wedding" (2013)

Rotten Tomatoes score: 7%

Summary: In the romantic comedy "The Big Wedding," an expansive family of in-laws gathers over the course of a wedding weekend to oversee the nuptials of Missy (Seyfried) and Alejandro (Ben Barnes), causing progressive and conservative ideals to collide. 

She played Valerie in "Red Riding Hood" (2011).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 10%

Summary: In a twisted take on the classic fairy tale, "Red Riding Hood" centers around Valerie (Seyfried) and her love Peter (Shiloh Fernandez) who plan to run away from their village to be together.

But before they can run off, a werewolf kills Valerie's sister in cold blood, causing Valerie to stay and seek out the werewolf's identity.

The actress was Jill in the thriller "Gone" (2012).

Rotten Tomatoes score10%

Summary: In the suspense-filled thriller "Gone," Jill (Seyfried) is approaching the anniversary of her own kidnapping when her sister suddenly disappears.

Convinced that the man who once took her is now targeting her sister, Jill races to save her before it's too late. 

Seyfried played Ruby in "Love the Coopers" (2015).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 18%

Summary: In the Christmas-centric comedy "Love the Coopers," four generations of the Cooper family come together to celebrate the holidays over Christmas Eve.

Choice characters in the expansive cast include disillusioned Eleanor (Olivia Wilde), single father Hank (Ed Helms), and diner waitress Ruby (Seyfried). 

In "The Clapper" (2018) she played Judy.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 24%

Summary: In the oddball comedy "The Clapper," Eddie Krumble (Ed Helms) makes a living clapping during infomercials on television.

When a TV talk-show host becomes curious about Eddie and his unique job, his world is turned upside down and he loses touch with Judy (Seyfried), the love of his life.

She portrayed Mary in the action-adventure film "Pan" (2015).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 27%

Summary: A re-imagining of a classic fairy tale, "Pan" shows the origin of Peter Pan (Levi Miller), an orphan who is whisked away on a flying pirate ship run by Blackbeard (Hugh Jackman).

As he sets down in the mystical world of Neverland, Peter tries to discover the truth about his estranged mother Mary (Seyfried).

Seyfried was Katie in "Fathers and Daughters" (2016).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 28%

Summary: The family drama "Fathers and Daughters" follows renowned writer Jack Davis (Russell Crowe) as he copes with the sudden death of his wife, and the impact his life makes on his daughter Katie (Seyfried) 27 years down the line. 

She starred as Savannah Curtis in "Dear John" (2010).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 29%

Summary: Based on the romance novel by Nicholas Sparks, "Dear John" centers around the love story of soldier John Tyree (Channing Tatum) and Savannah (Seyfried) over the course of seven years.

Despite his frequent deployments and the distance between them, the two stay in touch through love letters sent overseas. 

In "Boogie Woogie" (2010) Seyfried was Paige Oppenheimer.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 33%

Summary: A comedic drama set in the illustrious contemporary-art scene of London, "Boogie Woogie" shows the entangled lives of dealers, collectors, and artists like Jean Maclestone (Gillian Anderson), Dewey Dalamanatousis (Alan Cumming), and Paige Oppenheimer (Seyfried). 

She was Louise in "A Million Ways to Die in the West" (2014).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 34%

Summary: In the Wild West comedy "A Million Ways to Die in the West" a sheep farmer named Albert (Seth MacFarlane) backs out of a gunfight and loses his girlfriend Louise (Seyfried) to another man.

Hung out to dry, Albert runs into Anna (Charlize Theron) and the two become fast friends as they navigate the frontier together.

The actress played opposite Justin Timberlake in "In Time" (2011).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 37%

Summary: Set in a dystopian future where time is money and the wealthy are virtually immortal, the science-fiction thriller "In Time" follows Will Salas (Justin Timberlake) and Slyvia Weis (Seyfried) as they swap and steal minutes in a desperate effort to stay alive.  

She played the Girl in the science-fiction film "Anon" (2018).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 38%

Summary: The science-fiction thriller "Anon" takes place in a world where everyone's identities are on full display and privacy no longer exists.

In an almost crime-free world, Detective Sal Friedland (Clive Owen) is surprised to find an untraceable woman known only as the Girl (Seyfried) may be linked to a slew of murders. 

Seyfried was Mouse in "American Gun" (2006).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 39%

Summary: The independent drama "American Gun" seeks to show how prevalent gun violence is in America through three interwoven stories that center around a principal Carter (Forest Whitaker), single mother Janet Huttenson (Marcia Gay Harden), and straight-A student Mary Ann Wilk (Linda Cardellini). 

Seyfried had a supporting role in the film as a student, Mouse.  

In "The Last Word" (2017) she played Anne Sherman.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 40%

Summary: In the comedy "The Last Word," successful businesswoman Harriet Lauler (Shirley MacLaine) takes young writer Anne Sherman (Seyfried) under her wing.

As Anne pens Harriet's life story, the older woman takes her on a journey through her past. 

She was Sunny in the crime comedy "Gringo" (2018).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 40%

Summary: In the action-adventure movie "Gringo," American businessman Harold Soyinka (David Oyelowo) finds himself in over his head with drug lords and international mercenaries when a business trip goes awry in Mexico. 

Seyfried co-starred in the film as Sunny, a tourist who helps rescue Harold. 

"Letters to Juliet" (2010) featured Seyfried as Sophie.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 41%

Summary: In the romantic comedy "Letters to Juliet" young tourist Sophie (Seyfried) discovers a trove of love letters in the city of Verona.

One letter dated from 1957 catches her eye, causing Sophie to track down the original sender (Vanessa Redgrave) and help her find true love. 

She played Eve in "The Art of Racing in the Rain" (2019).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 44%

Summary: Based on the novel of the same name, "The Art of Racing in the Rain" tells the story of Formula One racecar driver Denny Swift (Milo Ventimiglia) through the eyes of his beloved dog Enzo (voiced by Kevin Costner).

As Enzo narrates, Denny navigates the ups and downs of life with his wife Eve (Seyfried) by his side. 

The actress was Needy in the horror "Jennifer's Body" (2009).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 44%

Summary: When her best friend Jennifer (Megan Fox) is possessed by a monstrous demon intent on devouring the boys at their school, shy Needy (Seyfried) is forced to step out of the shadows and confront Jennifer before her own boyfriend is eaten as well. 

She was Samantha Jackson in "Ted 2" (2015).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 45%

Summary: In the sequel to "Ted," the comedy follows John (Mark Wahlberg) and his teddy-bear best friend Ted (voiced by Seth MacFarlane) as Ted tries to assert his sense of self in the courtroom.

Ready to settle down and start a family, Ted must first prove to the court that he is a verified citizen with the help of his pro-bono lawyer Samantha Jackson (Seyfried). 

Seyfried played the titular lead in "Chloe" (2010).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 51%

Summary: In the dramatic thriller "Chloe," successful doctor Catherine (Julianne Moore) begins to think that her husband David (Liam Neeson) may be cheating on her.

Determined to lay her suspicions to rest, Catherine hires an escort named Chloe (Seyfried) as a ploy to catch him in the act. 

The actress played Linda Boreman in "Lovelace" (2013).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 53%

Summary: The biographical drama "Lovelace" shows the backstory of famed porn star Linda Lovelace (Seyfried), from her strict religious background to her eventual starring role in a major porn film.

She was Meryl Streep's daughter Sophie in "Mamma Mia" (2008).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 54%

Summary: In the musical comedy "Mamma Mia," Sophie (Seyfried) has wondered who her father is for years.

After she finds her mother Donna's (Meryl Streep) old diary, she invites the three possible suitors to her upcoming wedding and forces Donna to confront her past. 

She played Julie Beckley in "Alpha Dog" (2007).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 54%

Summary: In the crime drama "Alpha Dog," Frankie (Justin Timberlake) is owed a debt for dealing drugs and he takes the debtor's younger brother Zack (Anton Yelchin) as a marker until he can get his money. But while the young teenager is under his watch, Frankie grows to care about Zack in a way he didn't expect. 

Amanda Seyfried had a supporting role in the film as Zack's girlfriend, Julie Beckley. 

In "A Bag of Hammers" (2012) she was Amanda.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 58%

Summary: In the comedic drama "A Bag of Hammers," two grifters Ben (Jason Ritter) and Alan (Jake Sandvig) pose as car valets and steal the vehicles that are handed off to them. When a young kid named Kelsey (Chandler Canterbury) comes into their lives, Ben and Alan take him under their wing. 

Seyfried had an uncredited role in the film as Ben's love interest Amanda Beekler. 

Seyfried was Amanda in "The End of Love" (2013).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 59%

Summary: The drama "The End of Love" centers around a struggling actor Mark (Mark Webber) who is forced to do a lot of growing up when the mother of his 2-year-old son suddenly passes away. As he works through his grief, he finds solace with single mother Lydia (Shannyn Sossamon). 

Seyfried had a supporting role in the film as a character named Amanda. 

She voiced M.K. in "Epic" (2013).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 64%

Summary: In the animated movie "Epic," young teenager M.K. (voiced by Seyfried) is shrunken down by a magical queen (Beyoncé) who recruits her help in defending their mythical forest from destructive forces.

She played Cosette in the musical "Les Misérables" (2012).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 69%

Summary: Based on the long-running stage musical, "Les Misérables" captures several decades in the lives of people at the center of a revolution in 19th-century France, including ex-thief Jean Valjean (Hugh Jackman) and his spirited daughter Cosette (Seyfried). 

She was Samantha in "Nine Lives" (2005).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 75%

Summary: "Nine Lives" is an episodic drama about the lives of nine different women. In her section, Seyfried starred as Samantha, a teenager who is tending to her father who has disabilities (Ian McShane).

She returned as Sophie in "Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again" (2018).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 80%

Summary: In the sequel to "Mamma Mia," Sophie (Seyfried) is left adrift after the unexpected passing of her mother (Meryl Streep). To cope, she gathers their friends and family to reminisce about her mother's beautiful, musical past, with Lily James stepping into the shoes of Young Donna. 

She played Darby in "While We're Young" (2015).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 84%

Summary: In the independent drama "While We're Young," married New Yorkers Josh (Ben Stiller) and Cornelia (Naomi Watts) feel a distance widening between them and their child-rearing friends as they approach their mid-40s.

After they meet younger couple Darby (Seyfried) and Jamie (Adam Driver), the older pair starts to feel young again. 

She memorably played mean girl Karen Smith in "Mean Girls" (2004).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 84%

Summary: In the hit comedy "Mean Girls," new student Cady (Lindsay Lohan) is overwhelmed after she enters public school life for the first time.

When three popular girls — Regina (Rachel McAdams), Gretchen (Lacey Chabert), and Karen (Seyfried) — allow her sit at their table, Cady's life is changed forever.

Her highest-rated film is "First Reformed" (2018).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 93%

Summary: In the drama "First Reformed," the pastor of a long-established church (Ethan Hawke) feels his faith shaken to its core after an encounter with a pregnant parishioner (Seyfried) and her radical environmentalist husband.

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Amazon's 'The Aeronauts' producers open up about the loss of its wide theatrical release: 'There are no rules in Hollywood right now'


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  • "The Aeronauts" producers David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman told Business Insider the challenges of making a movie about a historic 1862 balloon ride.
  • The movie's stars, Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones, even filmed in the balloon over 1,000 feet in the air. This led to a crash landing during one trip.
  • Hoberman and Lieberman also commented on the movie's stripped-down theatrical release, which will now only be two weeks long and not include an IMAX release.
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At the start, the aspirations for how the movie "The Aeronauts" (in theaters Friday, and on Amazon Prime starting December 20) would be presented to audiences were as grand as the topic the movie is based on.

Wide theatrical release. IMAX window. It would be an epic presentation for a movie filmed in the sky.

But things don't always work out as planned, especially in the ever-changing landscape of today's Hollywood.

Veteran producers David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman were instantly taken by the idea of a movie set around the historic 1862 balloon ride that broke the flight altitude record when director Tom Harper first presented it to them in 2016. The producers were impressed by Harper's adaptation of "War & Peace" as a mini-series for the BBC, and already had a relationship with the director's frequent collaborator Jack Throne, as he had penned the 2017 drama "Wonder," which Hoberman and Lieberman produced.

They were also invigorated by the way Harper wanted to make the film: in a real balloon thousands of feet above the ground.

"We wanted to do as much as possible for real, that was the North Star," Lieberman told Business Insider.

A movie made in the sky

Thorne went hard to work on a script as Hoberman and Lieberman began trying to map out a way to shoot the movie away from sound stages filled with green screen. It resulted in a lot of excitement within the industry, as a bidding war ensued for the rights to the movie. When the dust settled, Amazon Studios won out with a seven-figure deal.

Tom Harper AP"Amazon was creatively in sync with what we wanted to do," Lieberman said. "They were the most passionate and that did not change throughout the making of the movie."

With Amazon on board, things moved full steam ahead with a $40 million budget. Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones were cast in the lead roles as scientist James Glaisher and balloon pilot Amelia Wren (their first time being paired up for a movie since the 2014 Stephen Hawking biopic, "The Theory of Everything"), and an authentic balloon was built for them to film in.

"A period-accurate balloon of this type, not a hot air balloon but one filled with helium, had not been built in decades," Lieberman explained. "And there were only two people in the world who knew how to build it. We ended up with one of the guys, Per Lindstrand. He's one of the people who traveled with Richard Branson to break travel records."

An 80-foot-tall, 50-foot-wide balloon was created for the movie. And the producers said that after lengthy conversations with lawyers and the insurance people on the movie, Redmayne and Jones were finally allowed to be filmed in the balloon a few thousand feet in the air.

the aeronauts amazon studios"There were certain shots we wanted Eddie and Felicity up there for," Lieberman said. "There's a really beautiful shot where we have Felicity sitting on a hoop and it's going across the London landscape, that's really them in the air over 1,000 feet."

However, Lieberman remembers that day of shooting for another reason. It's when everyone realized just how dangerous it was to shoot the movie for real.

Trying to land the balloon turned out to be more challenging than expected.

Sand bags hung from the sides of the basket to control how high it went and also keep the basket stable. On that specific ride, according to Lieberman, too much sand was let go so the balloon didn't have enough ballast to hit its intended landing. The balloon veered off course and crash landed with both Redmayne and Jones inside.

"The cameras had finished filming by then but the sound continued," Lieberman recalled. "I ended up listening to the recording of that crash and let me just say as a producer it gave me pause of putting them up again in the air."

Other shots of the stars in the balloon were done using a 180-foot crane. And some were done with stunt people, like Helen Bailey, who while up several thousand feet in the air climbed the side of the balloon for the movie's harrowing scene where Jones' Wren character has to get to the top of the balloon to stop it from climbing. The parts of the scene where Jones is seen climbing were done on a soundstage.  

the aeronauts amazonBig screen dreams dashed

As production on "The Aeronauts" was coming to a close, back at Amazon Studios, major changes were happening that would affect the movie's release.

Within the industry, the big difference between Amazon and its streaming rival Netflix had been that Amazon would give its titles a lengthy theatrical run before making them available on its Prime service. That was the intention for "The Aeronauts," and then some. Along with playing nationwide, the movie would also be shown on IMAX. Executives of the large-screen format even visited the set of the movie.

But all of that changed by the summer.

The release of the comedy "Late Night" in June didn't go as Amazon hoped. After Amazon bought the movie for $13 million at the Sundance Film Festival in January, executives felt they had another "The Big Sick" on their hands (the 2017 movie Amazon bought at Sundance for $12 million went on to become a box-office hit and was nominated for a best original screenplay Oscar). But this one didn't make as big of a splash. The movie only brought in $22.3 million worldwide. "The Big Sick" earned $56.4 million worldwide, for comparison.

After that, Hollywood veteran Bob Berney exited Amazon as its head of marketing and distribution. Around the same time, according to The New York Times, the decision was made to scrap the wide release and IMAX play for "The Aeronauts." The movie will now only play for two weeks before being available on Prime (in the UK, the movie is getting a wide release and IMAX screenings through distributor Entertainment One).

"We're filmmakers and if we had our choice the movie would be released theatrically in a wide release with IMAX," Hoberman said. "But having had numerous conversations with Amazon we came to understand that it made sense for them to do what they needed to do for their company. What the trade off will be is millions of people will be able to see it."

Todd Lieberman David Hoberman APHoberman and Lieberman's production company, Mandeville Films and Television, has been around since 2002 (previous to that, Hoberman launched Mandeville Films in 1995) and is behind a wide array of titles like "The Fighter," the two sequels from "The Divergent" franchise, "Stronger," and Disney's live-action "Beauty and the Beast." The seasoned producers admit what is going on right now in the business is unlike anything they have seen in their decades of experience.

"There are no rules in Hollywood right now in terms of what goes theatrical and what goes streaming," Hoberman said. "I think it's up to the individual entity that is going to be releasing to determine what is best for their company. In this particular case, for Amazon, this is what was best for their company. If it was Warner or Paramount or somewhere else maybe it would have been released theatrically. We're in the Wild West of exhibition at this point."

And "The Aeronauts" is not the only Amazon title feeling the change at the company. "The Report," starring Adam Driver as the Senate staffer who led the investigation into the CIA's post 9/11 interrogation tactics, got a brief two-week theatrical run in November and is now on Prime. Amazon did not report box-office grosses for "The Report" and won't do so for "The Aeronauts."

Amazon now appears to be going the Netflix route: getting content quickly to subscribers. A source within Amazon told Business Insider the motivation to get "The Aeronauts" to Prime subscribers quickly was partly because the reaction to the movie when it had screened was so positive.

So why even have a theatrical run? To get Academy Award consideration, a movie must play theatrically in New York and Los Angeles for at least one week.

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And Amazon is, however, attempting to go outside the box with its theatrical run of "The Aeronauts." It is currently doing a 19th century fair experience roadshow at select cities while also showing the movie on 70mm.

Hoberman and Lieberman are adapting to the changing tides. The producers said they had multiple projects in development, including at Amazon, but have no idea which would end up going the theatrical route.

But in a time when movies catered to the over-30-year-old audience are thriving — "Downton Abbey,""Ford v Ferrari,""Knives Out"— an ambitiously made thrilling drama like "The Aeronauts," for which its stars literally risked life and limb, could potentially have soared.

That begs the question, if Hoberman and Lieberman were shopping "The Aeronauts" script today, would it still go to Amazon Studios?

"It's an impossible question to ask because they were so aggressive and creatively in tune with us," Hoberman answered.

Lieberman added: "There was once the idea of let's just fall in love with the story and figure out the best way to get it made, we know it will be released theatrically. The first half of that answer still remains, it's the second part that's malleable. We still fall in love with stories, we still try to find a way to get them made, but now the question is where's the best place to show it?"

"It will go where the studio winds take them," Hoberman said.

Amazon Studios declined to comment for this story.


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From coffee cups in Westeros to fake babies, these are 18 of the biggest TV and movie mistakes in the last decade

  • There were many mistakes this past decade that slipped through the cracks and made it onto the big and small screen, taking people out of the fantasy.
  • Some of the most talked about moments included a coffee cup in the final season of "Game of Thrones" and a weird fight scene with Henry Cavill in "Mission: Impossible — Fallout."
  • We took a look at 18 of the biggest blunders from the 2010s and explain why they were so unfortunate. 
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Narrator: From stray coffee cups in Westeros to Bradley Cooper's fake baby, things don't always go as planned when filming a TV show or movie.

There have been numerous mistakes in the past decade that slipped through the cracks and made it onto the big and small screen. Here are 18 of the biggest blunders of the 2010s.

In 2019, HBO aired the final season of "Game of Thrones," and while fans weren't exactly happy with how everything turned out with the rushed plot, there was also a major gaffe that managed to throw viewers completely out of the fantasy. In this scene, a coffee cup from craft services was accidentally left in the final cut. It's clearly visible on the table next to Daenerys, and, as far as we know, there were no baristas at Winterfell.

The cup was later edited out of the shot.

After the coffee-cup debacle, no one would have expected yet another mistake in the final season of "Game of Thrones." In one of the most important and highly anticipated scenes of the series, the leaders of Westeros were choosing who would take the throne.

Edmure Tully: I suppose this is the most important moment of our lives.

Narrator: Unfortunately, someone on the cast or crew left some water bottles in a few of the shots, turning the serious moment into a bit of a joke.

There's a heartwarming moment in "American Sniper" that quickly turns laughable. In this scene, Bradley Cooper has returned from war and is picking up his child. But since director Clint Eastwood thought using a real baby would be too unpredictable, they decided to use a doll instead. And it's painfully obvious, especially when Cooper is seen moving the baby's arm with his finger.

The events in season five of "Breaking Bad" are set in 2009 and 2010, but one of the characters can apparently see into the future. In this scene, Todd's uncle references the raid and death of Osama bin Laden.

Jack Welker: Whacking bin Laden wasn't this complicated.

Narrator: Which didn't actually happen until a year later, in 2011.

In "The Dark Knight Rises," the sun seemingly sets super early. The stock market heist scene takes place soon after the opening bell, and it's clearly light outside. But soon after, there's a car chase, and when they all emerge from the tunnel, it's pitch black. Dark "night" rises, indeed.

But that wasn't the only mistake in the film.

Typos happen all the time, but the copy editor at The Gotham Times probably lost their job over this one. In the main headline on the front page, heist is spelled wrong.

In this scene, Rachel McAdams' character is writing down notes from her conversation with one of the abuse victims at a diner. The camera cuts to the notebook several times, and while she seems to fill up the page, a few shots later it's nearly blank. Maybe it's disappearing ink?

During the final battle scene in "The Avengers," there's a lot going on, so it's not that surprising that there would be a few continuity errors here. In this scene, the front of a car is clearly dented and beaten up, but after Thor lands on the ground, the car has miraculously turned to perfect condition. A blessing from the gods.

There's another continuity error in the final battle. Here, we see Captain America is shot in the stomach, and his suit is torn and damaged. A few minutes later, however, it's back to normal. Guess Captain America is also a pretty good seamstress.

Elsa belting out "Let it Go" is one of the more memorable scenes in "Frozen," but no matter how many times you've watched it, you may not have noticed this one pretty bizarre error. In this scene, after she lets down her hair, she swings around and her braid appears to magically pass right through her arm.

"Suicide Squad" wasn't exactly flawless, but there was one scene in the film that makes absolutely no sense. In this scene, the characters are all putting on their costumes, but Harley Quinn's transformation is a bit more drastic than the others'. Somehow, she manages to get a haircut and dye her hair seconds after she puts on her outfit.

Rick Flag: Seriously, what the h---'s wrong with you people?

Narrator: While technically not in the show, this promotional image for "Downton Abbey" made headlines for something fans spotted in the background. Can you find it? Yes, like "Game of Thrones," there's a plastic water bottle in the shot, sitting right there on the mantle.

You may have been too teary-eyed at the sight of all the Avengers assembling to notice this one. In this scene, we clearly see Thanos destroy Captain America's shield. It's cracked in half. But soon after, when the camera pans out at the portals opening, the shield is back to its original state. If only we could snap our fingers and do the same for Iron Man.

Henry Cavill is known as Superman, but he appears to also have superpowers in his role as agent August Walker in "Mission: Impossible - Fallout." In this scene, Cavill's beard quickly grows while he's punching. As if that wasn't bad enough, a pocket also appears on his dress shirt.

In the world of "The Walking Dead," physics apparently don't apply. In season five, Daryl and Carol are trapped in a van that's teetering on the edge of an overpass. Eventually, the van falls and flips forward, but somehow, it lands on its wheels seconds later.

Before the coffee cup and water bottle, there was another error in "Game of Thrones" that had people scratching their heads. In season six, we learned Melisandre turns into an old woman when she takes off her necklace, but in season four, there's a scene with her in a bathtub, sans necklace, and yet she's still young and beautiful.

While demogorgons and strange young girls with telekinesis aren't very realistic, there's one mistake the production team on "Stranger Things" made with the props. Throughout season one, the kids are using realistic TRC-214 walkie-talkies to communicate with each other. The only problem is that these didn't actually exist until about two years later, in 1985.

While there's certainly a lot of time-hopping in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, one jump in "Spider-Man: Homecoming" seemed to mess everything up. The movie's supposed to be set eight years after "The Avengers," which was set in 2012, hence "Homecoming" takes place in 2020, but that doesn't line up with the rest of the films, like "Avengers: Infinity War," which was set in 2018. So the entire timeline would get shifted, making the dates the heroes jump back to in "Endgame" incorrect.

Director Joe Russo eventually admitted that this "8 years later" title card was "incorrect" during a press interview.

Were there any other big mistakes you noticed in the past decade? Let us know in the comments.

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22 of your favorite actors who starred in bad movies this year


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It seems inevitable that at some point in an actor's career they will end up starring in a film that is slammed by critics.

Here are some popular actors who starred in critical flops in 2019. 

Note: All scores were current on the date of publication and are subject to change.

Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler failed to keep "Murder Mystery" (2019) afloat.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 45%

Summary: In the comedy "Murder Mystery," police officer Nick Spitz (Adam Sandler) whisks his wife Audrey (Jennifer Aniston) away on a romantic European getaway, only for them to find themselves at the center of a scandalous murder. 

Critics were dumbfounded by the Netflix original, saying it was short on laughs and barely watchable. 

"'Murder Mystery' is neither a comedy nor a mystery," wrote The Daily Times critic Amanda Greever. "It's just bad behavior masquerading as mass entertainment."

Taraji P. Henson starred in the underwhelming "What Men Want" (2019).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 43%

Summary: In the comedy "What Men Want," high-powered sports agent Ali Davis (Taraji P. Henson) feels like she is always pushed to the sidelines by her male coworkers — until she gains the uncanny ability to hear the inner thoughts of men. 

Many critics scratched their heads at "What Men Want," calling it an unnecessary follow-up to "What Women Want" (2000), which was also a somewhat underwhelming comedy. 

"'What Men Want' is pure shrug cinema: not bad so much as wispily superfluous, which may not come as a surprise if you can recall the similarly disposable 2000 original," wrote Robbie Collin in his review for The Daily Telegraph

Samuel L. Jackson reprised his role as John Shaft in the lackluster "Shaft" (2019).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 32%

Summary: In the action-comedy sequel "Shaft," Samuel L. Jackson returned as John Shaft, the estranged father of cybersecurity genius JJ Shaft (Usher). Despite being absent for most of his son's youth, the two must team up to take down Harlem's criminal underground. 

Critics were dumbfounded by the action installment, with some going as far as to say that the sequel retroactively ruined the clout of its predecessors. 

"They've taken one of the coolest, suavest characters in movie history and cast him in this multigenerational 'grumpy old dad' sitcom," wrote Justin Chang for Film Week

Dennis Quaid fronted the weak thriller "The Intruder" (2019).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 32%

Summary: In the suspense thriller "The Intruder," charming newlyweds Scott (Michael Ealy) and Annie Russell (Meagan Good) are ecstatic when they buy their dream home but are quickly unsettled by the presence of an overbearing neighbor (Dennis Quaid) who harbors dark intentions. 

Critics described "The Intruder" as a laughably bad thriller with a predictable by-the-numbers plot. 

"'The Intruder,' from its hokey title to its predictable denouement, is the very definition of cookie-cutter modern thriller moviemaking, passing the time but you really wouldn't want it in your house," wrote Paul Mount for Starburst

Keira Knightley shined in the directionless drama "The Aftermath" (2019).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 27%

Summary: Set in Germany, 1946 "The Aftermath" centers around Rachael Morgan (Keira Knightley) as she reunites with her veteran husband Lewis (Jason Clarke) following World War II. But Rachael is thrown when her husband mentions that they'll be staying in the same house as a German widower (Alexander Skarsgård).

Reception for "The Aftermath" was muddied by the film's morbid nature and corny dialogue. 

"The acting in 'The Aftermath' is strong across the board, but the script and editing both fail the performers," wrote Joe Nolan in his review for Nashville Scene

Will Smith played opposite himself in the critically panned "Gemini Man" (2019).

Rotten Tomatoes score:26%

Summary: The action thriller "Gemini Man" pits Will Smith against himself as he plays Henry Bogan, an experienced assassin who soon realizes that he is being pursued by a younger copy of himself. 

Critics had a heap of reasons to dislike "Gemini Man," with the most vocal complaints pointing to a weak script and distracting filmmaking style. 

"Obviously, the dire dialogue doesn't help, but what blunts Smith's performance and makes the film itself hell to watch is the innovative, ultra-high-frame-rate which renders actors, objects and even the air somehow flimsy and weird and fake," wrote Charlotte O'Sullivan in her review for the London Evening Standard

Ansel Elgort gave his all in the dismal drama "The Goldfinch" (2019).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 24%

Summary: Based on the bestselling novel of the same name, "The Goldfinch" traces the tragic life of Theodore Decker (Ansel Elgort), whose mother was killed in a museum bombing when h was a child. As his grief follows him into adulthood, so does the mystery of a missing museum painting of a golden bird. 

Critics called "The Goldfinch" a beautifully filmed mess that dragged its talented cast down with clumsy direction and a shapeless script. 

"Tartt's book has been put through a grater, then reassembled into a wet prestige patty of a picture, all dainty set dressing and limp psychology," wrote Tim Robey for The Telegraph

Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson did their best to salvage "Men in Black: International" (2019).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 23%

Summary: In the latest "Men in Black" sequel, experienced Agent H (Chris Hemsworth) and novice Agent M (Tessa Thompson) join together to combat the growing presence of an invasive alien species that can transform itself into anything. 

Critics were unimpressed with this action flick, calling it a lifeless cash grab that was buoyed by Hemsworth and Thompson's on-screen chemistry. 

"In this uninspired 'MiB' reboot, the effervescent biplay between Hemsworth and Thompson almost compensates for the vacuum where a live-wire alien invasion comedy should be," wrote Peter Travers for Rolling Stone. "Almost being the operative word."

Gina Rodriguez failed to rescue the action thriller "Miss Bala" (2019).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 22%

Summary: In the action movie "Miss Bala," Gloria (Gina Rodriguez) goes to the police after her friend is abducted from a Mexican nightclub, only for the cops to turn her into the same captors. Gloria now has to outmaneuver the cartel without knowing who she can trust. 

Critics felt like "Miss Bala" suffered from bombastic Hollywood-style cliches and ultimately had too many moving parts to be a compelling action movie. 

"Anyone thinking about plunking down the bucks to check out 'Miss Bala' this weekend: you DEFINITELY deserve better than this," wrote Chicago Sun-Times critic Richard Roeper. 

The talents of Tiffany Haddish, Elisabeth Moss, and Melissa McCarthy were perhaps wasted by "The Kitchen" (2019).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 22%

Summary:  After their husbands are sent to jail for their involvement in the mob, three 1970s housewives (Tiffany Haddish, Elisabeth Moss, and Melissa McCarthy) are forced to step up and take their husbands' places in the Irish mafia. 

In general, critics were disappointed by "The Kitchen" and felt that Haddish, Moss, and McCarthy were undervalued by a film riddled with pacing issues and a weak script. 

"Everyone tries," wrote Ed Power for The Telegraph. "Unfortunately, the leads appear to believe they're in three very different films."

Natalie Portman starred in the ill-conceived film "Lucy in the Sky" (2019).

Rotten Tomatoes score:22%

Summary: The partially biographical drama "Lucy in the Sky" centers around Lucy Cola (Natalie Portman), a head-strong woman who places all of her ambitions on becoming an astronaut and launching into outer space. But when she finally returns home from her epic mission, Lucy feels disillusioned by life on Earth. 

Critics called "Lucy in the Sky" an unintentionally funny drama that ultimately failed to convey any semblance of a message. 

"Filmmaker Noah Hawley delivers a slow-moving and mostly underwhelming character study that persistently holds the viewer at arms length," wrote David Nusair for Reel Film Reviews

Hilary Duff played Sharon Tate in the poorly received flick "The Haunting of Sharon Tate" (2019).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 21%

Summary: Loosely based on the real-life murder of Hollywood actress Sharon Tate, the thriller "The Haunting of Sharon Tate" stars Hilary Duff as the titular heroine, who foresees her death before it's ordered by infamous cult leader Charles Manson. 

Critics called this flick a forgettable schlockfest that felt exploitative of its original subject matter. 

"'The Haunting of Sharon Tate' deserves the instant obscurity for which it is certainly destined," wrote Frank Scheck for The Hollywood Reporter. 

Matthew McConaughey was the lead of the foggy thriller "Serenity" (2019).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 20%

Summary: "Serenity" is a dramatic thriller that tells the story of fishing-boat captain Baker Dill (Matthew McConaughey) whose tranquil lifestyle is interrupted by his ex-wife Karen (Anne Hathaway), when she bursts into his life begging him to kill her abusive new husband. 

The thriller was panned by critics who felt that the stars were saddled with an overwhelmingly campy script. 

Independent film critic Patrick Smith wrote: "It's a sweaty collection of neo-noir motifs, with a twist so seismically stupid that you're not only left with whiplash but months of intense physiotherapy."

David Harbour took a crack at playing the demonic protagonist of "Hellboy" (2019).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 17%

Summary: In the science-fiction-infused action movie "Hellboy," David Harbour starred as the titular half-demon, half-human protagonist. The film follows Hellboy as he is tasked with stopping Nimue the Blood Queen (Milla Jovovich) from destroying the world. 

"Hellboy" was flooded with poor reviews from film critics, who criticized its structureless plot and forced humor. 

"Watching Hellboy is my new personal idea of hell,"Chandler Levack of Globe and Mail wrote.

Critics felt that even Henry Cavill's performance couldn't elevate "Night Hunter" (2019).

Rotten Tomatoes score:14%

Summary: The psychological thriller "Night Hunter" follows Detective Walter Marshall (Henry Cavill) as he tries to piece together an unsolved murder with the help and hindrance of his local police force and a mysterious vigilante. 

Critics were puzzled by the over-the-top thriller, which they said wasted a solid assembly of actors on a dated concept. 

"A stellar cast, skilled musical score composers, and a solid set of inspirations combine to little beyond an uninspiring drama at best, or a leery piece of pulp deserving of eyerolls at worst," wrote Jim Ross for Film Inquiry

Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson played con artists in the messy comedy "The Hustle" (2019).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 14%

Summary: "The Hustle" is a comedy about elite con artist Josephine Chesterfield (Anne Hathaway), who makes a living stealing from rich and powerful men. When low-level grifter Penny Rust (Rebel Wilson) comes into Josephine's life, she offers help in teaching her in the ways of high crime. 

"The Hustle" fell flat with critics despite Hathaway and Wilson's best efforts to glean comedic moments from an overall lackluster flick. 

"Who's conning who here?"Adam Graham asked in his review for Detroit News. "In 'The Hustle,' everyone's a sucker, most of all the audience."

Keanu Reeves tried to save his family in "Replicas" (2019) but apparently couldn't save the film itself.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 9%

Summary: After his entire family is killed in a horrific car accident, genius biologist Will Foster (Keanu Reeves) stops at nothing to bring them back from the brink of death in the science-fiction thriller "Replicas." 

This sci-fi film baffled critics with its thoughtless direction and dragging pace. 

As Charles Bramesco wrote for The Guardian,"After what may be one hundred hours, the film does not so much end as it stops, the score's wrapping-up tone an evident substitute for closure or resolution."

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20 things turning 20 years old in 2020 that will make you feel ancient


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  • As 2020 approaches, Insider looked back to the early 2000s to see what's turning 20 next year. 
  • Famous songs like Bon Jovi's "It's My Life,"*NSYNC's"Bye Bye Bye," and Lee Ann Womack's "I Hope You Dance" were all released in 2000. 
  • Movies like "American Psycho,""Bring It On,""Gladiator," and "Erin Brockovich" are also turning 20.
  • Historic events like Bush v. Gore, and the Subway Series also happened two decades ago. 
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Twenty years ago, as people celebrated the turn of the century, new music from Ricky Martin was on the radio, and "American Psycho" was about to hit movie theaters.

Those days may seem like yesterday, but as we ring in 2020, everything we were introduced to in 2000 officially happened 20 years ago. 

From a heated presidential race to popular movies and music, take a look back at what's turning 20 in the new year. 

*NSYNC's "Bye Bye Bye" turns 20 this year.

In 2000, boy band *NSYNC released their most popular song, "Bye Bye Bye," which reached No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 list. The music video became a cultural phenomenon, staying in first place on "Total Request Live" for 25 days. It was even nominated for Video of the Year at MTV Video Music Awards. 

Ricky Martin released his hit single "She Bangs" in 2000.

Two decades ago, Ricky Martin released "She Bangs," and the single climbed the charts. It reached 12th place on the Billboard Hot 100 and stayed there for 18 weeks. 

"I Hope You Dance" by Lee Ann Womack was also released 20 years ago.

When Lee Ann Womack released her country single "I Hope You Dance" in 2000, it became a hit. It reached the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and she earned a Country Music Association Award for Single of the Year.

The hit song "Who Let the Dogs Out" also came out in 2000.

In 2000, the Baha Men released "Who Let the Dogs Out," and at first, it flopped. It barely reached the top 40, but slowly, the single gained popularity in the early 2000s, as the catchy lyrics and tune caught on. 

Bon Jovi released their hit single "It's My Life" two decades ago.

In the '80s and '90s, Bon Jovi released massive hits like "Livin' on a Prayer" and "You Give Love a Bad Name," but the band released another hit single in 2000 — "It's My Life." The song eventually climbed to the top of the charts, carrying the band into another decade of success.

J.K. Rowling published the fourth book, "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire," in her successful children's fantasy series.

Following the success of her three other books in the "Harry Potter" series, J.K. Rowling published her fourth book, "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire," in the summer of 2000. In the first two days, over three million copies of the book were sold. Five years later, the book was turned into a successful film, starring Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson.

Twenty years since the book's release, the franchise is still extremely successful, with amusement rides at Universal Studios and a show on Broadway. 

The movie "Almost Famous" is about to turn 20.

"Almost Famous" became a cultural juggernaut when it came out in 2000. The movie follows a high schooler who's writing an article for Rolling Stone about a new rock band. It features an all-star cast, including Kate Hudson, Billy Crudup, Frances McDormand, Anna Paquin, and Zooey Deschanel. The film went on to be nominated for four Academy Awards, but it only took home one for "Best Original Screenplay." 

Julia Roberts' famous movie "Erin Brockovich" premiered 20 years ago.

"Erin Brockovich" is a biographical film about the real-life woman— played by Julia Roberts — who battled a California power company after it was accused of polluting a city's water. The film was nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Picture. Roberts took home the Oscar for Best Actress.

Christian Bale's "American Pyscho" also hit theatres in 2000.

Twenty years ago, Christian Bale starred as Patrick Bateman, a banking exec who moonlights as a psychopathic killer, in "American Psycho." The movie quickly became a cult classic and Bateman became a famous part of American culture. Recently, the film was turned into a Broadway musical.

The "Scary Movie" franchise began in 2000.

In the summer of 2000, "Scary Movie" was released to parody the most popular horror films. The movie poked fun at "Scream,""Sixth Sense," and "The Blair Witch Project." It went on to be a success, launching Anna Faris' acting career and sparking multiple sequels. 

"Gladiator" also premiered in 2000.

In 2000, Russell Crowe starred as Maximus, a vengeful Roman general, in "Gladiator." The following year, the film was nominated 12 times at the Academy Awards, winning Best Picture. Crowe also took home the trophy for Best Actor.

The teen movie "Bring It On" was also released 20 years ago.

In 2000, Kirsten Dunst starred as cheerleading captain Torrance in the hit teen movie "Bring It On." In the film, she learns her team's dance routines were stolen from another school's cheer team. The success of the film prompted several sequels in the following years. 

The reality competition show "Survivor" also started the same year.

In May 2000, "Survivor" premiered on CBS. In the reality TV competition, strangers are placed in a remote and isolated location. They have to find food and shelter by themselves, while also competing in challenges. Each contestant is voted off the island one by one until there's only one standing survivor. That person wins $1 million. Over the last 20 years, "Survivor"has had 39 seasons.

The "Big Brother" franchise is also turning 20 years old.

After "Survivor," CBS premiered another hit reality competition show in the summer of 2000: "Big Brother." The series follows a group of strangers who are forced to live together in a house while under constant surveillance. They compete in challenges and, in the end, one person wins $500,000. Through the years, the show became increasingly popular, prompting spin-offs like "Celebrity Big Brother." In 2020, the show's 22nd season will premiere. 

The world's first camera phone was introduced 20 years ago.

Although camera phones are common today, the first phone for sale with a camera was released in 2000. The phone was called J-SH04, and it had just a 0.1-megapixel resolution.

A 2002 version of the J-Phone is pictured above.

The popular dating website eHarmony launched in 2000.

Clinical psychologist Dr. Neil Clark Warren created eHarmony, a website designed to help you meet your perfect match, in 2000. The site initially had users answer 450 questions to help them better enter long-term relationships. Since then, the site has remained one of the top online dating services. In 2017, for example, eHarmony had 750,000 paid subscribers and 10 million active users.

Hollister, the teen clothing brand, opened in 2000.

In 2000, Abercrombie & Fitch launched a new brand called Hollister, which is geared more towards teenagers. The clothing store markets itself as laid-back attire, inspired by California's relaxed lifestyle. Today, there are over 500 Hollister stores worldwide

The "Subway Series" between the New York Yankees and Mets happened two decades ago.

The Yankees and Mets — two New York teams — went head to head in the 2000 World Series. In the end, the Yankees became champions, winnings its third consecutive World Series. 

It's been 20 years since the legendary 2000 presidential campaign, which resulted in a Supreme Court case.

As we enter a heated 2020 presidential election, it's easy to forget how close the 2000 presidential election was. Democratic nominee Al Gore and Republican nominee George W. Bush went head to head, but on election night, it was unclear who won. With the votes so close in Florida, the state ordered a recount. After a slew of legal fights around the recount in Florida, the Supreme Court decided that the initial results would be counted, giving Bush the election. He won by a .009% margin, or 537 votes

The International Space Station is also celebrating a 20-year milestone — its first crew lived arrived in 2000.

Although President Ronald Reagan ordered NASA to build the International Space Station in 1984, it wasn't until 2000 that people actually lived on the station. Bill Shepherd, Yuri Gidzenko, and Sergei Krikalev became the first three to reside on the ISS and live there for several months. Since then, 220 people from 17 different countries have visited and lived on the ISS.

Kevin Garnett says he turned down the lead role in Spike Lee's 'He Got Game'


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  • Retired NBA great Kevin Garnett told Business Insider that he was one of the players Spike Lee approached for the starring role in his 1998 movie "He Got Game," which went to Ray Allen.
  • Garnett said that he "didn't have any confidence" to consider playing the lead in a movie.
  • He said Lee was persistent and Garnett finally passed when the director asked him to do a screen test.
  • However, Garnett has acting talent, and he shows that off in the upcoming movie, "Uncut Gems."
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Ray Allen played the lead in Spike Lee's classic 1998 basketball fable "He Got Game," but originally the director had another NBA legend in mind for the part. 

Kevin Garnett — an NBA Finals champ with the Celtics, MVP, and one of the greatest power forwards who ever played — said that Lee really wanted him for the role of high school phenom Jesus Shuttlesworth.

"First time they brought it to me I ignored them because I'm a super shy guy," Garnett told Business Insider while promoting the movie "Uncut Gems" (out in limited release December 13 and nationwide Christmas day), in which he plays a version of himself. "I didn't have any confidence so I didn't really take him seriously."

But Garnett said Lee was persistent in trying to nab him — and for good reason. In the movie, Shuttlesworth is going through the decision to attend college or go straight to the pros. Garnett went through the same thing, deciding in 1995 to go from high school to the NBA and becoming the first player to skip college and go pro in 20 years. It paved the way for many others. 

"So I'm on vacation and my agent went with me and he told me, 'Spike is really adamant that he wants you, but there's one thing, he wants you to screen test,'" Garnett said. "I wasn't confident in an audition, I was like, 'What? This is my story.' When I read it I was like, 'This is me, why do I have to audition for something that's technically me?'"

According to Garnett, him declining to do a screen test led to Lee moving on. 

Kevin GarnettGarnett wasn't the only NBA star Lee went out to.

Kobe Bryant told Sports Illustrated in 2013 that he was offered the Shuttlesworth role by the director. And according to a 2018 The Undefeated story looking back on the movie, Lee also tried to get Stephon Marbury and Tracy McGrady.

Though Garnett, who retired from the NBA in 2016, admits today he wasn't ready for acting back in 1998, he shows in "Uncut Gems" he has talent. In the movie, he becomes obsessed with an uncut black opal that celebrity jeweler Howard Ratner (Adam Sandler) lets him borrow after having a huge night during a Celtics playoff game. Garnett steals every scene he's in.

Allen gives a great performance in "He Got Game," but it's interesting to think how Garnett would have played the role opposite Denzel Washington, who plays Shuttlesworth's father in the movie.

However, Garnett says he's done with acting after "Uncut Gems." Well, maybe.

"Unless I play a villain," he said. "I want to be a villain and I want to be killed early [in the movie] so I don't have to stick around."

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Felicity Jones recounts her harrowing real-life balloon crash while filming 'The Aeronauts'


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  • Felicity Jones talked to Business Insider about the crash landing she experienced while making "The Aeronauts."
  • On the first day of shooting, she and costar Eddie Redmayne were brought up 3,000 feet in a gas balloon to shoot a scene. 
  • However, on the descent down, the balloon missed its landing and, Jones said, "We hit these trees and came down at this velocity toward the ground and Eddie and I were holding hands thinking this could be it." 
  • Jones said they did not suffer any injuries. 
  • "The Aeronauts" opens in select theaters on Friday and will be available on Amazon Prime December 20.
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"The Aeronauts" is a thrilling look at the true-life gas balloon flight in 1862 that broke a world flight altitude record. And to pull it off, its stars went through a harrowing ordeal.

Felicity Jones and Eddie Redmayne reteamed for the first time since the acclaimed 2014 movie, "The Theory of Everything," to play balloon pilot Amelia Wren and weather scientist James Glaisher, who travel close to 40,000 feet in the air and must toil through harsh weather and debilitating high altitude through their 90-minute trip.

Though the actors didn't get as high up in the sky as their characters in the movie, for some shots they were in a real working gas balloon a few thousand feet in the air.

In fact, the first day of shooting, director Tom Harper had Jones and Redmayne as high as 3,000 feet to do a shot in which Jones' Wren character sits atop a hoop hanging above the basket. There were no stunt doubles. That was really the two actors.

"It was quite an extraordinary feeling to be doing any movement in a balloon at that height," Jones told Business Insider. "It was pretty daunting but it was a real adrenaline rush."

But things turned scary on the day when it was time to land the balloon.

One of the producers of "The Aeronauts," Todd Lieberman, told Business Insider that too much of the sand bags that balance the basket were let go on the balloon's descent back to the ground and it veered off course from its intended landing place.

Felicity Jones AP_edited 1"It's very peaceful when you're up in the air but the landings can be your punishment for such a lovely time floating," Jones said, looking back. "We hit these trees and came down at this velocity toward the ground and Eddie and I were holding hands thinking this could be it and we were thrown backwards."

Jones said everyone was okay, but at one point she was was afraid that she got injured.

"The crack of the basket made me think, 'How's my back?'" she said. "We were a little shaken up but other than that we were fine."

Lieberman knew from that point on his stars' time in the air was over.

"The cameras had finished filming by then but the sound continued," Lieberman said of the crash. "I ended up listening to the recording of that crash and let me just say as a producer it gave me pause of putting them up again in the air."

For the rest of filming, according to Lieberman, Jones and Redmayne filmed in a soundstage or on a basket hanging on a 180-foot crane. The rest was done by the stunt crew.

Jones said the experience actually helped her and Redmayne's performances for the rest of shooting.

"It was food for us," she said. "We knew exactly how to react. We did it the method way."

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Felicity Jones talks about her scary balloon crash while making 'The Aeronauts' and whether she'd return to 'Star Wars'


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  • Felicity Jones talked to Business Insider about making her latest movie, "The Aeronauts."
  • Jones discussed wanting to make another action movie after doing "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story."
  • The actress also detailed the crash landing she experienced with costar Eddie Redmayne in the balloon on the first day of shooting.
  • Jones said she would love to play her "Rogue One" character Jyn Erso again.
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Whether it's a rebellious outsider like Jyn Erso in "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story," or a young Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the cusp of greatness in "On the Basis of Sex," Felicity Jones has recently shown us in her choices of roles that she enjoys playing the hero.

It's a fascinating turn in an impressive career that has included an Oscar nomination for her work in 2014's "The Theory of Everything." And in her most recent movie, "The Aeronauts" (in theaters Friday and on Amazon Prime beginning December 20), in which she plays a death-defying balloon pilot named Amelia Wren, Jones has once more shown that she has a knack to move us with her dramatic chops in a sensational setting.

Starring with her is "Theory of Everything" costar Eddie Redmayne, who plays scientist James Glaisher. The duo embark on a thrilling gas balloon journey (based on a historic 1862 balloon ride that broke the flight altitude record) into the sky that's filled with perilous weather and a thrilling moment when Jones' character must climb to the top of the balloon to save their lives.

But the thrills were not only on the screen.

As Jones told Business Insider in an interview this week sitting in a hotel room in Lower Manhattan, she and Redmayne had their own close call while filming in the balloon. (Read the full story of the crash on Business Insider Prime.) She also touched on the motivation for the recent roles she's played and her interest in returning to the "Star Wars" galaxy.

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

Jason Guerrasio: For a role like this, what is your starting point? I know your character is fictional but based on Sophie Blanchard, who was a real aeronaut. Is that the start?

Felicity Jones: It was important in this film that we brought to light these amazing female aeronauts. It was a responsibility almost. Sophie Blanchard was someone I really researched quite deeply in order to understand Amelia Wren. She was an 18th century aeronaut, but she was also very much an entertainer. She used to set off fire works from the balloon. 

Guerrasio: Which I believe was her fate, if I'm not mistaken.

Jones: Yes. It was. But I read this book on her that was a great resource to understand the obsession and the passion that this woman had for ballooning. 

Guerrasio: And what also grabbed you about the role was that this movie was large in scale, like "Rogue One," and you were looking for something similar, right?

Jones: Yeah. It was jumping back into doing an action film. That's what was so enticing about it. And that last sequence that Amelia has, I just thought, "Darn, I want to do that." It was exciting, the proposition of doing an action film again. 

Guerrasio: And with this one you and Eddie were really up in a balloon. Like that shot of you sitting on the hoop, that's not computer generated, right?

Jones: Right.

Guerrasio: How high were you guys?

Jones: I think we went about 3,000 feet. It was for that opening sequence when the balloon takes off. It was quite an extraordinary feeling to be doing any movement in a balloon at that height. It was pretty daunting but it was a real adrenaline rush. 

Guerrasio: Is that something where you do one take and then you say, "That's enough"?

Jones: We did it up there a few times while a helicopter was going past shooting it. Once you're up there you're kind of up there, so it was until we got the shot.

the aeronauts amazon studiosGuerrasio: And the producers told me that on that trip you and Eddie had a crash landing. 

Jones: Yeah, we did. That was the first day of shooting. [Laughs.]

Guerrasio: No!

Jones: Yeah. It was a bit of a hairy landing. It's very peaceful when you're up in the air but the landings can be your punishment for such a lovely time floating. We hit these trees and came down at this velocity towards the ground and Eddie and I were holding hands thinking this could be it and we were thrown backwards. It was a bit of a bumpy ride that first day. 

Guerrasio: Any injuries?

Jones: Luckily, we were fine. We were okay. But the crack of the basket made me think, "How's my back?" We were a little shaken up but other than that we were fine. 

Guerrasio: And then it was like, "You got your shots, put us back in the soundstage."

Jones: Yeah, exactly. "We got it, guys."

[Read the full story of the balloon crash on Business Insider Prime]

Guerrasio: So later in the movie when your characters go through a harrowing experience, you and Eddie must have used what happened in real life.

Jones: Absolutely. It was food for us. We knew exactly how to react. We did it the method way. 

the aeronauts amazonGuerrasio: Was it fun to explore a character who has this anxiety to go up in the air but still can't help herself to do it?

Jones: It's like that movie "Free Solo," people who like living very much on the edge. I think it's incredibly exciting but also there's a lot of fear. The pleasure is conquering that fear. 

Guerrasio: The hardest thing for them is being on the ground.

Jones: Exactly. I think on the ground is too mundane. I think there's something about being in the face of death that you can't think about anything else and for those kinds of people, strangely, it's quite relaxing.

Guerrasio: I feel since "Rogue One" you have taken these hero roles, whether it's this or Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Was that a conscious decision?

Jones: That's a lovely way of looking at it. I like that they are all superheroes in their own ways. 

Guerrasio: Very much so. 

Jones: Justice Ginsberg, particularly. But it's not a conscious thing. I think I just have a strong sense when I read something and I identify with the character and I believe their motives and the trajectory throughout the screenplay. I often find myself in situations where I ask, "Why am I doing this?" I do jump before I think sometimes, and I guess I like characters who are slightly living just a little on the edge. 

Guerrasio: It's fun to watch. Is what you're talking about similar to the character you are filming right now for the George Clooney-directed movie, "Good Morning, Midnight"?

Jones: I think it's different in terms of tone. I guess we'll see. 

rogue one jyn erso Guerrasio: And will there by more Jyn in your life, do you think?

Jones: Gin and tonics?

Guerrasio: No, though I would love one.

Jones: [Laughs.]

Guerrasio: But I mean Jyn with a "J."

Jones: I would love to. She's a tremendous character to play. I adored making the film. Maybe she can be reincarnated.

Guerrasio: I feel with "Star Wars" anything can happen. I have to say that movie is aging very well.

Jones: Oh fantastic. I feel where it's placed in the story, before "A New Hope," it just fits so well.

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15 of the best and 15 of the worst holiday movies of all time


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  • Some holiday movies are beloved by critics but others have been ripped to shreds.
  • Classics like "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" (1967) and "Meet Me in St. Louis" (1944) have a perfect score on Rotten Tomatoes. 
  • Other holiday-centric movies like "All I Want for Christmas" (1991) and "Christmas Eve" (2015) fill the bottom of the barrel with a 0% critical rating. 
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Every year during the holiday season, friends and family gather around the television to watch holiday classics.

And although some films continue to top critics' lists as holiday favorites, other movies may be better left unwatched.

Here are the 15 of the best and 15 of the worst holiday movies of all time, according to critics. 

Note: All scores were current on the date of publication and are subject to change.

Critics said "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" (1967) has remained a classic for a reason.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 100%

Summary: Based on the children's book by Dr. Seuss, "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" tells the story of a cold-hearted Grinch (voiced by Boris Karloff) who grows to love Christmas and the local Whos from Whoville that live beneath his twisty mountain. 

Critics said the wonderfully animated film never failed to melt hearts, no matter how many times it was viewed. 

As IndieWire critic Jamie Righetti wrote: "The story might be familiar, but watching The Grinch tiptoe around to 'You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch' always brings a surge of fuzzy nostalgia every Christmas season that never seems to get old."

"Meet Me in St. Louis" (1944) was called warm and delightful.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 100%

Summary: The musical family film "Meet Me in St. Louis" centers around four sisters (Judy Garland, Lucille Bremer, Joan Carroll, and Margaret O' Brien) throughout the four seasons leading up to the World's Fair of 1904. 

Film critics adored the holiday musical for its strong female performances and irresistible charm.  

Classic Film and Television critic Michael E. Grost wrote that the musical "mixes feminism with joyous color, music and composition."

Critics described "Holiday Inn" (1942) as merry and magnetic.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 100%

Summary: In the musical drama "Holiday Inn," performing partners Jim (Bing Crosby) and Lila (Virginia Dale) find themselves entangled in a love affair with Ted (Fred Astaire) and Linda (Marjorie Reynolds) as they run a hotel that doubles as a performance venue. 

Critics celebrated "Holiday Inn" for its festive charm and magnetic performances. 

"Loaded with a wealth of songs, it's meaty, not too kaleidoscopic and yet closely knit for a compact 100 minutes of tiptop film-musical entertainment," wrote the Variety in their staff review for the film

"Remember the Night" (1940) was hailed as a stylistic tale of redemption.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 100%

Summary: In the romance drama "Remember the Night," Lee Leander (Barbara Stanwyck) is caught stealing a diamond bracelet on Christmas Eve and is left to sit the holidays out in jail until her attorney (Fred MacMurray) welcomes her into his family's home. 

"Remember the Night" was commended by critics for its smart script and dazzling directorial style. 

"Playing superbly on the personae of his leads, Leisen creates a movie of warmth and immense style, which never quite trips over into excessive sentimentality," film critic Geoff Andrew wrote for Time Out

Critics called "The Shop Around the Corner" (1940) sweet and satisfying.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 100%

Summary: In the romantic comedy "The Shop Around the Corner," Alfred Kralik (James Stewart) and his new hire Klara Novak (Margaret Sullavan) are at each other's throats from the moment they meet, unaware that they have been writing love letters to one another.  

Dave Kehr wrote for the Chicago Reader: "This 1940 film is one of Ernst Lubitsch's finest and most enduring works, a romantic comedy of dazzling range."

"Tangerine" (2015) was praised as a unique and inventive drama.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 96%

Summary: Set on Christmas Eve, "Tangerine" follows working girl Sin-Dee Rella (Kitana Kiki Rodriguez) as she strikes out through Tinseltown to confront her cheating boyfriend and pimp Chester (James Ransone). 

Critics praised the independent drama for breaking new ground in its genre and handling its subject matter with humor and intelligence. 

"It radiates a candour, immediacy and tongue-scalding sex appeal that a bigger budget would have only smothered,"Robbie Collin wrote for The Telegraph

"Miracle on 34th Street" (1947) remains a favorite with critics for its whimsy and heart.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 96%

Summary:  In the treasured holiday film "Miracle on 34th Street," Macy's supervisor Doris Walker (Maureen O'Hara) hires Kris Kringle (Edmund Gwenn) on as the new department Santa and is surprised when she learns that he genuinely believes himself to be the real Saint Nick. 

"Miracle on 34th Street" has been a critical favorite for decades due to its irresistible whimsy and warmth. 

"It is light, it is charming, it is delightfully funny and completely captivating,"Kate Cameron wrote in her review for the New York Daily News. "It is all that, and something more."

"Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" (1964) is a top-tier stop-motion classic for many critics.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 95%

Summary: A reindeer named Rudolph (voiced by Billie Mae Richards) feels sidelined by other reindeer at the North Pole when he's turned away because of his glowing, red nose. Determined to find a place where he belongs, Rudolph and his friends set out in search of the Island of Misfit Toys. 

The oft-repeated children's story found a new life as a stop-motion Christmas special and has remained a staple during the holiday season ever since. 

"Rudolph set the template for dozens of specials to come, from the theme of acceptance to celebrity narrators and original songs, but few ever matched the captivating high of the godfather of Christmas specials," wrote Ryan Voyles in his review for Paste magazine

Although technically a Halloween film, "The Nightmare Before Christmas" (1993) is a holiday favorite for critics who love its unconventional story and dazzling design.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 95%

Summary: Jack Skellington (voiced by Chris Sarandon) has long reigned as the Pumpkin King of Halloweenland and is satisfied by another successful year of spooks and scares. But when he accidentally discovers a portal to nearby Christmastown, Jack Skellington tries to bring a bit of festive cheer into his own world. 

When "The Nightmare Before Christmas" was first released in 1993 it blew critics' away with its production value and undeniable, oddball charm. 

"Part avant-garde art film, part amusing but morbid fairy tale, it is a delightfully ghoulish holiday musical that displays more inventiveness in its brief 75 minutes than some studios can manage in an entire year,"Kenneth Turan wrote for the Los Angeles Times

"The Apartment" (1960) is still hailed as a classic comedy by critics.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 94%

Summary: "The Apartment" is a classic comedy in which office worker C.C. Baxter (Jack Lemmon) discovers that he and his ruthless boss (Fred MacMurray) are dating the same woman (Shirley MacLaine) during the Holiday season. 

Critics praised the directorial vision of Billy Wilder and the chemistry between leads Shirley MacLaine and Jack Lemmon. 

As critic Shaun Munro wrote for What Culture, "Even over a half-century on, 'The Apartment' remains a biting classic due to its modern romantic sensibilities and Lemmon's commanding, thoroughly charming central performance."

"Carol" (2015) stunned critics with its rich, emotional storytelling.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 94%

Summary: Based on a novel by Patricia Highsmith, "Carol" is a romantic drama about the powerful connection shared between Therese (Rooney Mara), a department store employee, and beautiful Manhattanite Carol (Cate Blanchett). 

An unconventional Christmas film centered around love, class, and identity, "Carol" has received a lot of love from critics. 

"It's a joy to see female characters written with such depth and played so achingly well by actors at the top of their game," wrote Di Golding in her review for Dear Cast and Crew

"It's a Wonderful Life" (1946) has gone on to become a cherished Christmas classic.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 94%

Summary: When good-hearted George Bailey (James Stewart) faces arrest and financial ruin for operating a small bank that's on the edge of collapse, he feels he has nowhere to turn. Thankfully, an angel appears in his darkest hour to remind him of the goodwill he's spread throughout his life. 

Although "It's a Wonderful Life" was not initially popular upon its first release, the film has become a treasured film in decades since. 

"By now everyone knows Frank Capra's holiday classic and the tears it so effortlessly conjures up year after year — but it's easy to forget how truly vicious the film is, and how brilliantly James Stewart rises to the challenge," wrote Jeffrey M. Anderson for Combustible Celluloid. 

Critics think "A Charlie Brown Christmas" (1965) is a wholesome and charming classic.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 94%

Summary: In the animated television special "A Charlie Brown Christmas," Charlie Brown and the entire Peanuts crew gather together to put on a festive Christmas play, but first they have to find the perfect Christmas tree. 

Short and sweet, "A Charlie Brown Christmas" has become an annual, must-watch movie for critics and audiences alike. 

"The special ends on a joyous note, and the lo-fi charms of its non-professional voice cast and simple-yet-expressive animation retain a pleasantly transportive power," wrote the staff of the AV Club

Critics say "Die Hard" (1988) still influences action films today.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 93%

Summary: In the action film "Die Hard," Detective John McClane (Bruce Willis) flies to Los Angeles to attend his wife's work Christmas party, but shortly after he arrives a group of terrorists overtake the office building. McClane then works to keep the hostages safe. 

Although the internet has often debated "Die Hard's" place in the Christmas genre, critics can agree that it delivers a solid action-packed plot with compelling characters. 

"What sets 'Die Hard' apart from most action movies is the depth of characterization," wrote Marylynn Uricchio for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "[Detective John] McClane is not a macho toy with a bullet-proof body. He is a thinking, feeling man who can't believe he's doing most of what he does."

"About a Boy" (2002) earned rave reviews from critics for its moving story and smart script.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 93%

Summary: In "About a Boy," playboy bachelor Will (Hugh Grant) seeks out emotionally-detached relationships with single mothers until he unexpectedly befriends the son (Nicholas Hoult) of one of his dates (Toni Collette). As Will grows closer to young Marcus, he finds his outlook on life and love changing for the better. 

"About a Boy" tells its story across two holiday seasons and it won critics over with its moving character development and talented cast. 

"'About a Boy' is better than a feel-good movie, it's a feel-great movie," wrote Joe Morgenstern for the Wall Street Journal. "Genuinely clever, affecting when you least expect it to be and funny from start to finish."

Alternatively, critics found "Jack Frost" (1998) to be cloying and nonsensical.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 19%

Summary: Traveling blues musician Jack Frost (Michael Keaton) never makes time for his family, but he's given a second chance to reconnect with his son when a bizarre car accident causes him to be reanimated as a snowman. 

Critics dragged the family film "Jack Frost" for its predictable plot and overly sentimental script. 

Bob Fenster summed the movie up simply in his review for the Arizona Republic: "No story, not enough humor, a silly setup, and a guy in the snowman suit who looks like he didn't make the first cut at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade."

"Love the Coopers" (2015) did not earn a lot of love from critics.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 18%

Summary: The family comedy "Love the Coopers" tells the story of four generations of the Cooper family as they gather together for the holidays with bickering parents Sam (John Goodman) and Charlotte (Diane Keaton). 

Critics collectively shook their heads at "Love the Coopers," questioning how such a talented cast could be dragged into such a contrived comedy.

"The biggest disappointment is the waste of such an excellent cast," wrote Independent critic Geoffrey Macnab. "This is terminally treacly fare in which the writing is often very trite indeed."

Critics said "The Perfect Holiday" (2007) was far from perfect.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 17%

Summary: In the family comedy "The Perfect Holiday," the young daughter of single mother Nancy (Gabrielle Union) asks a mall Santa (Morris Chestnut) to give her mom a new husband for the holidays. 

Despite the undeniable efforts put forth by the film's stars, "The Perfect Holiday" was not a perfect fit for critics, with some even calling it unwatchable. 

"'The Perfect Holiday' makes the safest, blandest choices possible in delivering some Christmas cheer for the whole family," wrote Scott Tobias for AV Club

"The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause" (2006) was ripped apart by critics.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 17%

Summary: In the third installment of "The Santa Clause" franchise, Santa Claus (Tim Allen) finds his usual Christmas festivities rudely interrupted by mischievous visitor Jack Frost (Martin Short), who hopes to take over the holiday for himself. 

Critics said that the oversaturated "The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause" barely counts as entertainment for children, let alone for the parents who dare watch the film with them. 

"Christmas cheer is in short supply in The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause, a feeble festive farce that's more no-no-no than ho-ho-ho,"wrote film critic Neil Smith for the BBC

"Black Christmas" (2006) horrified critics with its terrible script and ill-conceived plot.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 15%

Summary: In the dark horror thriller "Black Christmas," six sorority sisters take up residence in a house that was once the site of a brutal double murder years prior. As the girls are harassed by a mysterious caller and picked off one by one, they try to arm themselves against the intimidating murderer.

Critics said that "Black Christmas" suffered from a poorly thought out plot, weak characters, and a witless script. 

"As yuletide counterprogramming goes, here's one smelly lump of coal," wrote Michael Rechtshaffen in his review for The Hollywood Reporter

"Jingle All the Way" (1997) assaulted the senses of even the most lenient of film critics.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 15%

Summary: Desperate to please his son (Jake Lloyd) during the holidays, workaholic father Howard Langston (Arnold Schwarzenegger) goes to great lengths to procure the perfect Christmas gift: a Turbo Man action figure. 

The loud, raucous film was criticized by film reviewers for its overstuffed plot and cartoonish violence. 

The Telegraph critic Anne Billson described the film as "very loud and festooned with the sort of comic violence far more disturbing than anything in an 18-rated movie."

Critics felt that "A Merry Friggin' Christmas" (2014) did its lead actors a disservice.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 14%

Summary: In "A Merry Friggin' Christmas," Boyd Mitchler (Joel McHale) is dreading spending Christmas with his estranged father Mitch Mitchler (Robin Williams), especially when a last-minute road trip forces them to spend the holidays in close quarters. 

Critics heralded the efforts of the cast, with particular praise given to McHale and Williams, but picked apart about everything else in the humorless comedy. 

"The makers of 'A Merry Friggin' Christma' sprung for the fancy wrapping but skimped on the gift inside," wrote Geoff Berkshire for Variety. "How else to explain the gathering of such a talented and likable cast in service of such undercooked, utterly laugh-free material?"

Critics found "An American Carol" (2008) to be deeply unfunny.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 13%

Summary: The classic "A Christmas Carol" story is parodied in the David Zucker comedy "An American Carol," with Kevin Farley playing a disillusioned documentarian who is visited by the ghosts of America's past, present, and future. 

Critics panned the parody as a film that was so actively unfunny that it was difficult to consider it a comedy at all. 

"It's a polemic, a screed, a combination comic rant and sentimental flag-waver that doesn't work as either," wrote Roger Moore in his review for the Orlando Sentinel

"Mixed Nuts" (1994) was slammed by critics for being absolutely absurd.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 10%

Summary: In Nora Ephron's dark comedy "Mixed Nuts," crisis-helpline operator Philip (Steve Martin) celebrates a less-than-cheery Christmas season as he realizes his crisis operation is facing eviction. 

Critics described the comedic misfire as excruciating and even exhausting. 

"Every character shines with such dazzling intensity and such inexhaustible comic invention that the movie becomes tiresome, like too many clowns," wrote Roger Ebert for the Chicago Sun-Times

Critical reception was low across the board for "Surviving Christmas" (2004).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 7%

Summary: In "Surviving Christmas," Drew Latham (Ben Affleck) travels back to his childhood home to spend Christmas with his family, not realizing that his folks have long since moved away. In a desperate attempt to surround himself with company during the holidays, Drew pays total strangers to pretend to be his family. 

Critics warned audience members away from watching "Surviving Christmas," calling it a joyless affair. 

"The movie is dead from the outset given the artificiality of the premise about a lonely rich guy who hires the folks living in his boyhood home to be his family for the holidays," wrote David Germain for the Associated Press

"Deck the Halls" (2006) was difficult for critics to enjoy.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 6%

Summary: In the comedy "Deck the Halls," two warring neighbors — Steve Finch (Matthew Broderick) and Buddy Hall (Danny DeVito) — compete with each other over who can create the most outrageous, extravagant lights display during the Christmas season. 

Critics called the comedy "Deck the Halls" over-the-top and too corny to be taken seriously.

Chicago Reader J.R. Jones compared it to other poorly received comedies, writing, "This one follows the depressing pattern of 'Surviving Christmas' and 'Christmas With the Kranks:' enforced holiday cheer gives way to bilious hatred, then hollow forgiveness."

Critics said "Christmas With the Kranks" (2004) was too mean-spirited for its own good.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 5%

Summary: When their dutiful daughter tells them that she won't be home in time for Christmas, Luther (Tim Allen) and Nora Krank (Jamie Lee Curtis) decide to plan a getaway vacation on a Caribbean cruise. But when their daughter announces she's coming home last minute, the Kranks have to scramble to put together the picture-perfect Christmas. 

Critics accused "Christmas With the Kranks" of running audience members through the wringer with the overstuffed comedy. 

As Stephanie Zacarek wrote for Salon, "Purports to kindle the warm glow of love for humankind in our hearts but actually reaffirms that the trappings of the holiday season are all that really matter."

"Kirk Cameron's Saving Christmas" (2014) seemingly couldn't save itself from poor reception.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 0%

Summary: Worried that Christmas has become over-commercialized and that his folks have lost focus of Jesus Christ's place in the yuletide cheer, Kirk Cameron takes it upon himself to inform his friends and family about the real reason for the season.  

"Kirk Cameron's Saving Christmas" was panned as unenjoyable and difficult to watch by film critics.

"Perhaps the only Christmas movie I can think of, especially of the religious-themed variety, that seems to flat-out endorse materialism, greed and outright gluttony," wrote Roger Ebert critic Peter Sobczynski.

Critics said "Christmas Eve" (2015) lacked Christmas spirit.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 0%

Summary: In the comedy "Christmas Eve," an unexpected power outage traps six separate groups of New Yorkers in different elevators on the night before Christmas, forcing them to get to know each other under undesirable circumstances. 

Critics said that "Christmas Eve" suffered from underdeveloped characters and a lack of meaningful material. 

Los Angeles Times critic Martin Tasi wrote: "Who knew a movie seemingly meant to spread holiday cheer could be so off-putting in an almost sadistic way?"

Critics felt that "All I Want for Christmas" (1991) was a humorless ride.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 0%

Summary: After asking a mall Santa to help their divorced parents fall in love again, two young children scheme to keep their mother's new boyfriend from stepping into the picture in the family comedy "All I Want for Christmas." 

The slapstick-filled film was derided as unfunny and overhanded in critical reviews. 

"When it comes to yuletide cheer, 'All I Want for Christmas' ranks just under dead reindeer on the roof,"Rita Kempley wrote for the Washington Post

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'The Irishman' is a fictionalized true crime story about the disappearance of Jimmy Hoffa, a mystery that still hasn't been solved


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  • Long-time International Brotherhood of Teamsters boss, James "Jimmy" Hoffa, went missing in 1975. 
  • While theories surrounding his disappearance are still circulating today, the case has been described as one of America's greatest unsolved mysteries.
  • Martin Scorsese's "The Irishman" starring Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, and Joe Pesci, among many other legendary actors, is a fictionalized account of Hoffa's disappearance from the point of view of Mafia hitman Frank Sheeran. 
  • The film is based on a book by ‎Charles Brandt, "I Heard You Paint Houses," which details interviews and confessions that Sheeran once reportedly made to Brandt before he died. 
  • Scorsese and De Niro have both said the film isn't necessarily a true representation of Sheeran — rather it's about a character they built together based on Sheeran.
  • Here's what we know so far about the real-life Jimmy Hoffa and the ongoing investigation into his disappearance. 
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James "Jimmy" Hoffa was last seen on July 30, 1975, at the Machus Red Fox Restaurant near Bloomfield Township, Michigan, just 25 miles from Detroit. The next day, he was reported as a missing person. Seven years later, in 1982, he was declared "presumed dead."

Source: Encyclopædia Britannica, History

Jimmy was a long-time leader of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, "North America's strongest and most diverse labor union," according to the organization itself.

Source: International Brotherhood of Teamsters

While the union has been known for supporting truckers across America ...

Source: History

... it also became known for its ties to organized crime and the Mafia specifically.

Source: History, The New York Times

The mob ties and mysterious disappearance of Hoffa are the basis of the Martin Scorsese-directed Netflix film "The Irishman."

Source: Netflix

The story is an adaptation of the book "I Heard You Paint Houses"— Frank "The Irishman" Sheeran's account of his involvement with the Mafia, the Bufalino crime family, and Hoffa's death.

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Although Sheeran claims to have shot his long-time friend, Hoffa, on orders from the Bufalino family, he's reportedly one of 14 people who've taken responsibility for Hoffa's disappearance over the years.

Source: Newsweek, Esquire

The film depicts Sheeran as the last surviving member of his mafia generation. It tells the story of his involvement, and his relationship with Hoffa, from his own point of view, which is why historians and critics are skeptical of how accurate this portrayed confession really is.

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While the confession and description of how Sheeran killed Hoffa and what he did with Hoffa's body is skepticized to this day, the reason why Hoffa was targeted in the first place is not, and it goes back to the election of John F. Kennedy into the White House.

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Hoffa served as the Teamsters president from 1957 through 1967. During that time, JFK was elected President of the United States. The president appointed his brother, Robert Kennedy, Attorney General.

Source: History, Biography, JFK Library, Washington Post

Robert and Hoffa had a long-standing and well-documented feud. Kennedy's then-new position as Attorney General allowed the two to face-off even more intensely than before.

Source: Washington Post

Although Bobby was no longer Attorney General following the assassination of his brother, Hoffa was still facing other charges and trials, particularly in Nashville.

Source: Tennessean, Washington Post

Eventually, Hoffa was sentenced to 13 years in prison under multiple convictions including jury tampering, fraud, and racketeering.

Source: History, Biography

Hoffa was sent to Lewisburg Federal Prison in Pennsylvania.

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While he was in prison, Hoffa's vice president Frank "Fitz" Fitzsimmons stepped in.

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Hoffa was released from prison after almost five years on probation granted by the Nixon Administration. The administration changed his sentence from 13 years to 6 and a half years, and Hoffa would serve the then-remaining year and a half under probation.

Source: The New York Times

"The Irishman" emphasizes that Hoffa wanted to relax with his wife when he left Lewisburg, but not that he became known as a prison reform activist as well.

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The part of his post-prison life the film focuses on — and the part arguably most important to his disappearance — is that he wanted to reclaim his place on top of the Teamsters union. But, in Hoffa's absence, mobsters reportedly had formed a successful relationship with Fitz that they didn't want to change.

Source: USA Today, The Harvard Crimson

It's believed by historians that Mafia members wanted to continue working with Fitz. The theory continues on to say that Hoffa had too much information on the Mafia and its involvement with the Teamsters, and they wanted him dead so he couldn't reveal what he knew.

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When police started to investigate Hoffa's disappearance, they found his car at the restaurant where he reportedly had a lunch planned with Anthony "Tony Pro" Provenzano of New Jersey and Anthony "Tony Jack" Giacalone of Detroit.

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"The Irishman" has been reviewed as "great filmmaking, but bad history," by author Dan Moldea who has been researching Hoffa for more than four decades. Other historians and critics say the same.

Source: USA Today

As a loose reiteration of Sheeran's account of what happened, the film hints at the cremation of Hoffa's body. However, historians like Moldea think it's possible that his body was shoved into a waste drum and buried in a New Jersey Landfill.

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No one really knows what happened to Jimmy, and some people including members of Hoffa's family and investigative reporter Scott Burnstein think we never will.

Source: USA Today

But with the resurgence of the story and persistence of investigators, other people including Moldea are hopeful that the truth will come out soon.

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