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


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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 comes 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.

Are there Disney Plus gift cards? 

Yes. With the holidays quickly approaching, you're probably looking for a great gift for the Disney fan in your life. If they haven't subscribed to Disney Plus already, you can get them a Disney Plus subscription card. The gift subscription is available for one year of the streaming service and costs $69.99. It's sent via email on a date of your choice. 

Learn more about how to buy a Disney Plus gift subscription

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. 

These are the best new shows and movies to watch on Disney Plus right now: 

  1. "The Mandalorian"The Western-style take on "Star Wars" takes place five years after the fall of the Empire and focuses on a bounty hunter who journeys far out into the galaxy. 
  2. "Pixar in Real Life" This hidden camera show features interactions between Pixar characters and people in the real world.
  3. "The World According to Jeff Goldblum" Journey along with Jeff Goldblum ("Jurassic Park,""Thor: Ragnarok") as he travels the world to explore subjects that are of interest to him, including how tattoos, ice cream, and sneakers are made and developed.
  4. "Marvel Hero Project"  The "Marvel Hero Project" pays tribute to extraordinary kids who have helped their community. In each episode, the kids will be surprised with the honor of being made into a Super Hero with their very own Marvel Comic.
  5. "Lady and the Tramp" This live-action retelling of the 1955 Disney classic "Lady and the Tramp" has an all-star cast, including Tessa Thompson ("Westworld,""Thor:Ragnarok") as the voice of Lady and Justin Theroux ("The Leftovers,""Maniac") as the voice of Tramp. 


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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Here are the actors people were most interested in this year, according to Google


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Google's "Year in Search" list revealed some of the top trending searches in categories like artists, movies, and music.

The top three actors people appeared to be most interested in over the course of 2019 were Jussie Smollett, Kevin Hart, and Lori Loughlin

To be clear, these aren't the most-searched for actors; Rather, they're the searches that saw a spike in Google traffic over a period of time in 2019.

Insider laid out this year's top 10 trending actors on Google in descending order.

10. Maisie Williams received buzz after her heroic performance in the series finale of HBO's "Game of Thrones."

Actor Maisie Williams astounded audiences with her performance as Arya Stark in HBO's final season of "Game of Thrones," in which she defeats the largest threat to Westeros: the Night King. 

Williams began filming the series when she was 11 years old and was widely viewed as the Stark family's tomboy younger sister, who happened to be skilled with a sword. By season eight, the English actress proved that her character had evolved into an independent protector of the realm, and fans were rooting for her along the way. 

The 22-year-old actor was nominated for outstanding supporting actress in a drama series at the 2019 Primetime Emmy Awards.




9. Halle Bailey, member of R&B duo Chloe x Halle, was cast as Ariel in Disney's live-action remake of "The Little Mermaid."

Halle Bailey, a member of R&B duo Chloe x Halle, will play Ariel in Disney's live-action remake of the 1989 animated film, "The Little Mermaid."

"After an extensive search, it was abundantly clear that Halle possesses that rare combination of spirit, heart, youth, innocence, and substance — plus a glorious singing voice — all intrinsic qualities necessary to play this iconic role," director Rob Marshall said in a statement to Variety

However, not everyone was thrilled about the casting. The hashtag "#NotMyAriel" trended on Twitter after Disney announced the black actress' casting. 

"I think that the spirit of a character is what really matters. What you bring to the table in a character as far as their heart, and their spirit, is what really counts,"the actress told Variety at the Power of Young Hollywood gala.

8. Syfy's "Van Helsing" actor Kate Beckinsale posted a bikini photo and responded to the negative comments.

Kate Beckinsale posted an Instagram photo from Nobu Los Cabos, posing in a strappy black bikini and heels in November 2019. 

"I feel like you are having a mid life crisis or something," one user commented.

The 46-year-old English actress replied, "Oh! I think that's because you're an annoying a------."

Another user commented on a different bikini photo of Beckinsale, calling her "too old" and saying she was "looking for attention."

The "Underworld" actress commented back, "I don't know you and I don't know who has made you feel that if you get older you have no value, can't be attractive or sexy or have a relationship with your body that isn't only self loathing, but as one female to another, don't let any of that noise bother you."

7. Actor Joaquin Phoenix starred in the 2019 film, "Joker."

The actor played the titular character in the 2019 film "Joker." The controversial movie made history when it became the first R-rated film to surpass $1 billion at the box office. 

"You can either say here's somebody who, like everybody, needed to be heard and understood and to have a voice. Or you can say this is somebody that disproportionately needs a large quantity of people to be fixated on him. His satisfaction comes as he stands in amongst the madness," Phoenix told Vanity Fair.

6. Rami Malek played "Queen" singer Freddie Mercury in the 2018 film "Bohemian Rhapsody."

The actor's role as frontman Freddie Mercury received high marks, and he won an Academy Award, a Golden Globe, and a Screen Actors Guild Award — just to name a few. 

Malek spent a year preparing for the role, taking singing and piano lessons.

"It was pure elation and euphoria. And then the reservations kicked in. What I knew I needed was time because you're asking me to embody and encapsulate a human being who is, quite honestly, otherworldly. He is almost superhuman," Malek told Hollywood Reporter.

5. Keanu Reeves will play a tumbleweed in "The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run."

The "John Wick" and "The Matrix" actor will play a wise tumbleweed in the 2020 Spongebob film. The actor's fans took to Twitter to express their excitement about the role, and even dubbed 2019 "the year of Keanu Reeves."

Reeves also appeared in "Toy Story 4" and "John Wick 3: Parabellum."


4. "Desperate Housewives" actor Felicity Huffman was arrested for allegedly paying someone to correct her daughter's college admission exam.

Emmy Award-winning actor Felicity Huffman was sentenced to 14 days in prison in October 2019 for allegedly paying an SAT proctor $15,000 to correct her daughter's exam.

Huffman was also required to participate in 250 hours of community service, subjected to one year of surveillance, and fined $30,000. 

She had been arrested in March 2019 for her alleged involvement in the scandal and was released on a $250,000 bail. 

3. ABC's "Full House" actor Lori Loughlin faces a 40-year sentence after her alleged involvement in the college admissions scandal.

Like Huffman, the "Full House" actress drew attention this year for her alleged involvement in the Varsity Blues scandal. 

She may have ended up higher than Huffman on the list, however, because her two daughters were more well-known. Her youngest daughter, Olivia Jade, is a beauty YouTuber who had appeared apathetic toward attending college on resurfaced videos. 

2. Kevin Hart stepped down from hosting the 2019 Oscars after homophobic tweets resurfaced online.

Hart then made headlines again later in the year after getting into a car accident. He suffered a "major back injury" from the incident. 

1. Jussie Smollett's alleged assault investigation drew nationwide attention.

Smollett told police that he was beaten by two men who looped a noose around his neck and threw vile comments at him on January 29. Chicago police later claimed Smollett arranged the attack, and charged the actor with filing a false report. 

Prosecutors dropped the case in March and Smollett has maintained his innocence, although he agreed to let the authorities keep his $10,000 bail.

Every single Vanessa Hudgens movie, ranked


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After her breakout role as Gabriella Montez in the "High School Musical" films, Vanessa Hudgens went on to star in numerous films across a wide array of genres.

But throughout her career, some movies have been better received than others. 

Here is every movie in Vanessa Hudgens' 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 "Thunderbirds" (2004).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 19%

Synopsis: In the action-adventure movie "Thunderbirds," the Tracy family lives on a secret island in the South Pacific, using their Thunderbird flying machines to rescue people around the globe.

When his family is attacked by an evil villain, young Alan Tracy (Brady Corbet) and his friends Fermat (Soren Fulton) and Tin-Tin (Vanessa Hudgens) have to step up and save the day.

Hudgens played Camille in the thriller "Polar" (2019).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 20%

Synopsis: In the dramatic thriller "Polar," the world's best assassin Duncan Vizla (Mads Mikkelsen) retires from his life on the run and settles in a small town in Montana.

Now seen as a liability, his former employer places a huge bounty on Duncan's head and elite assassins trace him to his hide-out, kidnapping his new friend Camille (Hudgens) in the process. 

She played Lindy Taylor in the teen romance "Beastly" (2011).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 20%

Synopsis: A twist on a classic tale, the romantic drama "Beastly" centers around the story of Kyle Kingston (Alex Pettyfer), a privileged and vain teenager who is transformed into a scarred, unrecognizable version of his former self.

His only salvation is finding someone to love him, and Kyle hopes he has found his true love with Lindy Taylor (Hudgens). 

In the action movie "Sucker Punch" she played Blondie.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 22%

Synopsis: In the fantasy-focused action film "Sucker Punch," a young girl Babydoll (Emily Browning) uses her imagination to escape the dark reality she lives in.

Creating a world of weapons and warfare, Babydoll helps her friends Sweet Pea (Abbie Cornish), Rocket (Jena Malone), Blondie (Hudgens), and Amber (Jamie Chung) escape their captors. 

Hudgens was Maureen Johnson in "Rent Live" (2019).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 27%

Synopsis: In the television broadcast of the musical "Rent," young artists struggle to pay rent and make their way in the world in New York City's East Village.

Key characters include filmmaker Mark Cohen (Jordan Fisher), rock musician Roger Davis (Brennin Hunt), and performance artist Maureen Johnson (Hudgens).

She was Agnes "Apple" Bailey in "Gimme Shelter" (2014).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 28%

Synopsis: In the drama "Gimme Shelter," Agnes "Apple" Bailey (Hudgens) is a teen girl with nowhere left to turn when she discovers that she's pregnant.

After she is taken in by a crisis shelter for homeless youth, Apple finds solidarity and comfort in the people who offer her help. 

The actress was Cereza in "Machete Kills" (2013).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 30%

Synopsis: In the action-packed sequel to "Machete," Danny Trejo returns as the titular former agent as he is tasked with an impossible mission from the president.

As Machete sets out to take down a billionaire arms dealer, he is aided by various women including Blanca (Amber Heard), Cereza (Hudgens), and Luz (Michelle Rodriguez).

In "Journey 2: The Mysterious Island" (2012) she played Kailani.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 44%

Synopsis: The sequel to "Journey to the Center of the Earth," this action-adventure film follows Sean Anderson (Josh Hutcherson) as he and his stepfather (Dwayne Johnson) track a distress signal to an uncharted island.

With the help of a pilot (Luis Guzman) and his daughter Kailani (Hudgens), the group of adventurers explore the fantastical island. 

She was Zoe in the romantic comedy "Second Act" (2018).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 46%

Synopsis: In "Second Act," Maya (Jennifer Lopez) is a department-store clerk who is given the chance to work at a high-profile company when her friends send in a fake resume on her behalf.

Determined to keep up appearances, Maya works hard to convince her boss (Treat Williams) and his daughter Zoe (Hudgens) that she is the woman they expect her to be. 

Hudgens was Cindy Paulson in "The Frozen Ground" (2013).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 61%

Synopsis: Based on a true story, the crime thriller "The Frozen Ground" follows Alaskan State Trooper Halcombe (Nicolas Cage) as he tails elusive serial killer Robert Hansen (John Cusack).

With the help of vital information provided by Cindy Paulson (Hudgens), the only Hansen victim to make it out alive, Halcombe vows to hunt the criminal down before he kills again.

She originated her role as Gabriella Montez in "High School Musical" (2006).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 63%

Synopsis: In the musical comedy "High School Musical," star athlete Troy Bolton (Zac Efron) discovers a hidden talent for singing when he steps into the spotlight with new student Gabriella Montez (Hudgens).

Daunted by breaking outside of their comfort zone, Troy and Gabriella attempt to follow their newfound passion by auditioning for the spring musical. 

The actress was Tara in the comedy "Dog Days" (2018).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 63%

Synopsis: In the ensemble comedy "Dog Days," various dog owners in Los Angeles find their lives coming together in unexpected ways.

Characters include television anchor Elizabeth (Nina Dobrev), amateur musician Dax (Adam Pally), adoptive mother Grace (Eva Longoria), and barista Tara (Hudgens). 

She made her final appearance as Gabriella in "High School Musical 3: Senior Year" (2008).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 64%

Synopsis: In the final installment of the hit franchise, "High School Musical 3: Senior Year" finds Troy (Efron), Gabriella (Hudgens), and their fellow Wildcats staging their final school musical before they graduate.

Faced with an uncertain future, Troy and Gabriella must decide whether to stay together or split up as college looms ahead of them. 

Hudgens played Candy in the art-house comedy "Spring Breakers" (2013).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 67%

Synopsis: In the cult comedy "Spring Breakers," best friends for life Candy (Hudgens), Cotty (Rachel Korine), Faith (Selena Gomez), and Brit (Ashley Benson) save up their college money for spring break.

But an unexpected encounter with wild-minded rapper Alien (James Franco) puts them on a dangerous path. 

In "The Knight Before Christmas" (2019) she played Brooke.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 71%

Synopsis: In the romantic comedy "The Knight Before Christmas," a medieval knight named Sir Cole (Josh Whitehouse) is magically transported to modern-day Ohio right in time for Christmas.

With the help of kind-hearted science teacher Brooke (Hudgens), Cole learns the ways of the world as the two start to fall in love. 

She played both Margaret and Stacy in "The Princess Switch" (2018).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 75%

Synopsis: "The Princess Switch" is a romantic comedy that follows Chicago-born Stacy (Hudgens) to the land of Belgravia for a baking competition, only for her to learn that the Duchess of Montenaro Margaret Delacourt (also Hudgens) could pass as her identical twin.

When the two women trade lives to walk in each other's shoes, they both find love in unexpected places. 

She was Noel in the drama "Thirteen" (2003).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 81%

Synopsis: In the drama "Thirteen," over-achieving student Tracy (Evan Rachel Wood) begins a fast friendship with popular girl Evie (Nikki Reed), who leads her down a debaucherous trail of sex, drugs, and petty theft. As Tracy's personality changes, the distance between her and her mother (Holly Hunter) widens as well. 

Hudgens had a supporting role in the film as Tracy's classmate Noel. 

Hudgens played Sa5m in the musical comedy "Bandslam" (2009).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 81%

Synopsis: In the musical comedy "Bandslam," Charlotte Banks (Aly Michalka) recruits the new kid Will (Gaelan Connell) in helping her manage her struggling rock band as the Battle of the Bands approaches.

As Will helps them find their sound, he grows closer to the band's uniquely-named guitarist Sa5m (Hudgens). 

She returned as Gabriella in "High School Musical 2" (2007).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 82%

Synopsis: In "High School Musical 2," the Wildcats return in the summer between their junior and senior year, all getting jobs at Sharpay's (Ashley Tisdale) family-run country club.

As Sharpay creates a wedge between Troy (Efron) and Gabriella (Hudgens), the couple finds their relationship tested. 

Her highest-rated film is the television special "Grease: Live!" (2016).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 92%

Synopsis: In the live television broadcast of the hit musical "Grease," popular greaser Danny Zuko (Aaron Tveit) is drawn to new student Sandy (Julianne Hough). When the school year resumes after their summer fling, social hierarchy threatens to keep them apart. 

Vanessa Hudgens co-starred in "Gease: Live!" as Betty Rizzo, the memorable leader of the Pink Ladies. 

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The worst movies every 'Cats' actor has been in


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The upcoming "Cats" movie musical features a cast of both new and seasoned actors.

For many cast members, like popular singer Jason Derulo and ballet dancer Francesca Hayward, this will be their first-ever major movie. But others have already starred in a number of flicks, including some critical flops. 

Here are the worst films each of the "Cats" cast members have been in, according to critic scores on Rotten Tomatoes.

Note: Scores were accurate at the time of publication but are subject to change.

Idris Elba - "Prom Night" (2008)

Critic score: 7%

Before Idris Elba was cast as the sneaky Macavity in "Cats," he starred in many acclaimed movies like "Thor: Ragnarok,""American Gangster," and "Zootopia." 

But his most criticized film of all is the slasher movie "Prom Night," which follows a girl who's trying to escape her murderous high-school teacher.

In it, Elba plays a detective who imprisoned the teacher years prior.

As critic Tony Horkin of Empire Magazine wrote, the thriller is "corny, monotonous and very far from scary." 


James Corden - "The Emoji Movie" (2017)

Critic score: 7%

Aside from portraying the dapper Bustopher Jones in "Cats,"James Corden is best known for his late-night talk show, "The Late Late Show with James Corden."

He's also appeared in several popular movies like "Into the Woods" and "Trolls," but critics say "The Emoji Movie" is his worst one yet. 

Corden voices Hi-5, the hand emoji, in the animated film which takes viewers inside their cell phones where emojis thrive. 

As Dave Holmes from Esquire magazine wrote, "'The Emoji Movie' is cynical, dull, exhausting, soulless, joyless, pointless, and never, ever funny."  

Judi Dench - "Doogal" (2006)

Critic score: 8%

In "Cats," Academy Award-winning actress Dame Judi Dench can be seen as Old Deuteronomy, a wise elder cat.

Dench's acting career spans over six decades and includes revered titles like "Pride and Prejudice,""Shakespeare in Love,""Golden Eye," and "Henry V." 

But her worst-rated film yet is "Doogal," an animated film she narrated that's about a dog who must save the world from an evil sorcerer. 

Critics did not enjoy this family movie and felt it was lazy and "dumbed down" for a young audience.

As critic Scott Brown from Entertainment Weekly wrote, "Where is it written that 4-year-olds don't deserve a good story, decent characters, and a modicum of coherence?"

Ian McKellen - "Doogal" (2006)

Critic score: 8%

Fellow renowned actor Ian McKellen will star in "Cats" as Gus the Theatre Cat, a feline who is known for his acting work. 

Although remembered for his impressive roles in "The Lord of the Rings" and "X-Men" movies, McKellen shares his worst-received movie with Dench.

Both esteemed actors provided voiceover work for "Doogal," and McKellen voices a wizard named Zebedee who helps Doogal battle the evil sorcerer. 

But even A-list voices couldn't save this film from bad reviews. Christy Lemire of the Associated Press called this movie "the laziest, most disheartening kind of animated children's film."

Rebel Wilson - "The Hustle" (2019)

Critic score: 14%

Australian actress Rebel Wilson is best known for comedies like "Pitch Perfect" and "Isn't It Romantic," and soon she'll portray the lazy cat called Jennyanydots in "Cats." 

That said, Wilson's worst-reviewed movie to date is "The Hustle," where she and Anne Hathaway played con artists out to swindle their biggest hit yet.

Critics felt the jokes in the comedy missed the mark and it overall lacked any sort of charm.

As critic Peter Travers wrote for Rolling Stone, "Even with Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson as con artists, the setups are flat, the jokes don't land and the actors strain for laughs that never come."


Taylor Swift - "Valentine's Day" (2010)

Critic score: 18%

Best known for her singing career, Taylor Swift has been in a handful of movies, including "The Lorax" and "The Giver."In "Cats," she'll play Bombalurina, a flirty cat who loves to be the center of attention.

None of Swift's movie appearances have received top marks from critics, but her worst-reviewed film to date is "Valentine's Day," a romantic comedy that follows different couples as they get ready to celebrate February 14.

As critic Tom Long from Detroit News wrote, "'Valentine's Day' is a passing nod to love, like a box of chocolates or flowers that soon wilt. It's star-studded amiable fluff with no real value, but it's kind of a tickle if you're in the mood."

Jennifer Hudson - "Winnie Mandela" (2013)

Critic score: 19%

Both an Academy Award-winner and Grammy-winner, Jennifer Hudson will lend her voice to Grizabella in "Cats," where she'll sing the movie's popular song, "Memory."

Although Hudson is best known for competing on "American Idol" and starring in "Dreamgirls," but she's received some negative criticism for her other works, including "Winnie Mandela."

Hudson has the titular role in the film, which received mixed reviews from critics. 

As critic Michael O'Sullivan from Washington Post wrote, "Despite the marquee names and their obvious talent, the film feels like a made-for-TV movie."

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'Jumanji: The Next Level' opens with a powerful $60 million, while 'Richard Jewell' marks an almost decade low earning for Clint Eastwood


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  • "Jumanji: The Next Level" topped the domestic box office with a big $60.1 million opening.
  • Clint Eastwood's "Richard Jewell" was a bust, as the movie only brought in $5 million.
  • The movie marks the first time an Eastwood-directed title didn't earn at least $10 million since 2010's "Hereafter."
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Sony's "Jumanji: The Next Level" flexed its muscles big time over the weekend, dethroning "Frozen II" at the domestic box office with an estimated $60.1 million.

That's the biggest opening ever for a Sony title in the month of December, blowing past the studio's $36 million opening weekend projection for the movie. 

The action comedy, powered by Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black, and Karen Gillan (with Awkwafina, Danny DeVito, and Danny Glover added in the sequel), proved that the hit performance by the 2017 release wasn't a fluke.

Its next test will be going up against Disney's "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker," which opens this Friday. In 2017, "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle" opened the week after "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" and enjoyed a strong box office through the new year, ending with close to $1 billion earned at the global box office.

Starting a week before "Star Wars" this time around shows that Sony is confident its franchise can go up against one of the biggest earners of them all. We won't know until January if "Jumanji" can hold its own, but this weekend's performance does show the potential for a fun showdown in the weeks to come.

Over at Warner Bros., one of its longtime reliable performers didn't come through this weekend as Clint Eastwood's "Richard Jewell" failed to find an audience.

The dramatic look back at the man who saved thousands when a bomb went off during the 1996 Summer Olympics and was later a suspect (he finally was cleared of any wrongdoing), only took in $5 million over the weekend. 

That's the first time an Eastwood-directed movie hasn't earned at least $10 million at the domestic box office since 2010's "Hereafter," starring Matt Damon.

Though "Richard Jewell" features top-flight performances from Sam Rockwell, Kathy Bates, and Paul Walter Hauser as Jewell, the movie has been shrouded in controversy as it claims the reporter (played by Olivia Wilde) at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution who broke the story that Jewell was a suspect of the FBI slept with an agent (played by Jon Hamm) in exchange for the information. The paper claimed that never happened and before the movie's release it demanded Warner Bros. place a disclaimer regarding the reporter.

Regardless if that affected folks from going to see the movie, "Jewell" is a disappointment for Eastwood (the movie was projected to make at least $10 million) and for a studio that has had a rough go of it this year. 

Though Warner Bros. saw a huge return with "Joker" and "Shazam!," it had a lot more busts: "Shaft,""The Good Liar,""The Kitchen,""Doctor Sleep," and "The Goldfinch."

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Box office highlights:

  • A24's "Uncut Gems" brought in $525,000 on five screens, with a $105,000 per screen average. That's the best ever for an A24 movie. It opens nationwide Christmas day. 
  • "Frozen II" has crossed the $1 billion mark at the worldwide box office with a $1.032 billion take to date. It's the 6th Disney title to hit $1 billion in 2019. 


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10 of the best and 10 of the worst horror movies that have come out this year


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  • The horror genre has gained a variety of new additions in 2019, with some films being heralded by critics and others being picked apart. 
  • Horror films like "Sweetheart,""Us," and "Ready or Not" earned praise from critics for elevating the horror genre with inventive storytelling. 
  • Other horror movies such as "The Haunting of Sharon Tate,""The Curse of La Llorona," and "Jacob's Ladder" missed the mark and were panned.
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2019 has welcomed plenty of horror films, from monster flicks and ghostly tales to mind-bending thrillers and stories of survival. 

But not every terrifying movie that's come out this year was a smash hit. 

Here are 10 of the best and 10 of the worst horror films to come in 2019, so far.

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

"Sweetheart" charmed critics with its simple premise and captivating star.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 96%

When Jenn (Kiersey Clemons) washes ashore on an isolated island she quickly gathers that she not only has to battle the harsh elements, but also must survive a mysterious monster that awakens at night. 

The horror thriller debuted to limited release early in the year, impressing critics with its minimalist approach and Clemons' central performance.

"['Sweetheart'] not only fully delivers the conventions of genre and storytelling that audiences expect from the film's premise, but it also elevates and refines them to a sharp point," wrote Todd Gilchrist of The Wrap

"Us" proved itself as an electrifying follow-up to "Get Out" (2017).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 93%

Despite reservations, Adelaide (Lupita Nyong'o) and her husband Gabe (Winston Duke) return to the same beach she frequented as a child with her own children in tow.

When eerie coincidences crop up and four strangers arrive unwelcome on their doorstep, Adelaide rises to defend her family. 

After comedian-turned-director Jordan Peele impressed audiences with his horror satire "Get Out" (2017), critics were quick to commend his sophomore film effort for its originality and mastery of tone.

"In his newest film, the Hitchcockian horror 'Us,' the writer, director, and producer Jordan Peele offers a sharp, often funny meditation on the terrifying power of human connection," wrote critic Hannah Giorgis for The Atlantic

Read More: 11 things you didn't know about 'Us'

Critics called the action thriller "Ready or Not" darkly funny.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 88%

When Grace (Samara Weaving) weds into the powerful Le Domas family, she's surprised to learn she has to play hide-and-seek to seal the deal. Her disbelief turns to fear as her new in-laws grab weapons and crossbows to play the game with a grisly twist. 

Film critics praised "Ready or Not" for deftly balancing elements of horror and comedy, with many pointing to Weaving's lead performance as a highlight of the film.

The Times critic Ed Potton called "Ready or Not" a "delicious romp with a game heroine that never takes itself too seriously, and has some pointed things to say about the class system."

Read More: Critics are loving the horror-comedy 'Ready or Not.' Here's what they're saying about the surprise hit.

"Little Monsters" earned praise for breathing new life into the zombie-horror genre.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 88%

The horror-comedy "Little Monsters" stars Lupita Nyong'o, Josh Gad, and Alexander England as a trio of adults who do their best to protect a class of elementary-school children during a sudden zombie outbreak. 

Zombie films may be well-tread territory in horror films, but critics applauded "Little Monsters" for finding inventive ways to explore the sub-genre.

"Cinematically speaking, zombies have been done to death, but in this new comedy from Australian writer-director Abe Forsythe the gag is precisely how far the trope can be taken for granted," wrote The Age critic Jake Wilson

Critics found "Depraved" to be a welcome addition to a plethora of "Frankenstein" remakes.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 88%

"Depraved" is a modern update on Mary Shelley's classic novel "Frankenstein" in which an unhinged surgeon builds a man out of body parts and reanimates his assembled corpse in a Brooklyn apartment. 

Although the story of "Frankenstein" has been remade and retold countless times, film critics found Larry Fessenden's take on the tale to be surprisingly refreshing.

"The movie has an unexpected poignancy: At the end of the day, it seems, all a monster really wants is a girl of his own," wrote The New York Times critic Jeannette Catsoulis

"Girl on the Third Floor" was praised for its unsettling atmosphere and imagery.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 87%

In "Girl on the Third Floor," a man (CM Punk) attempts to renovate an old house to provide for his wife and prepare for the birth of their unborn baby.

Despite his wife's concern that the renovation is taking too long, Don pushes on even as the crumbling infrastructure reveals gruesome horrors. 

When praising the film, critics particularly pointed to its well-laid atmosphere of dread that paved the way for its gorier elements.

"If 'Fatal Attraction' and 'The Shining' moved in together into a house built by Clive Barker then it would likely look a lot like 'Girl on the Third Floor,'" wrote Kat Hughes for The Hollywood News

Critics adored "The Hole in the Ground" for its dread-inducing story.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 85%

After moving to a new home on the countryside of Ireland, a young boy falls into a sinkhole and re-emerges unharmed. However, his mother soon suspects that the disturbed child that returned to her is no longer her son. 

Although some critics didn't find the material particularly original, most felt that "The Hole in the Ground" was an effective horror film due to its chill-inducing tone.

"In this creepy Irish-Finnish co-production, that fear combines with more modern concerns about the traumas of parenting in a way that freshens up the soil," wrote Paul Byrnes for the Sydney Morning Herald

The slow-burn pace of "Midsommar" captivated critics.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 83%

In the aftermath of a family tragedy Dani (Florence Pugh) accompanies her long-term boyfriend and his friends on a trip to Sweden for a mysterious festival.

From the onset of the trip, Dani begins to suspect that something is wrong, but her anxiety does little to prepare her for the horrors to come. 

Critics felt that Ari Aster's "Midsommar" was a skillful follow-up to his horror debut "Hereditary" (2018), lending praise to the film's suspense-driven plot.

"I was never, even for one second, feeling the length," said Film Week critic Claudia Puig. "I found it so unsettling and sinister. At moments it was a little uneven, but it's so watchable and gets under your skin in a really creepy way."

Read More: All the hidden meanings you may have missed in the 'Midsommar' ending

Critics called "Crawl" exciting and teeth-rattling.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 82%

In the action-thriller "Crawl," a hurricane hits Florida right as Haley (Kaya Scodelario) discovers her injured father in the crawl space of their house.

As floodwaters rush in and an alligator appears, Haley desperately tries to save her father and herself. 

Critics felt "Crawl" fully delivered on the campy thrills and notes of terror necessary for a solid creature feature.

"'Crawl' moves and moves us in a classical fashion like a survival film," wrote William Venegas for La Nación. "That is why actions are more important than words. The suspense is generated from shot to shot, from scene to scene."

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"The Lodge" was praised for its disturbing premise and talented lead.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 80%

Forced to spend time with her soon-to-be stepchildren in an isolated winter cabin, Grace (Riley Keough) confronts psychological demons from her traumatic past and she tries to protect the children from harm. 

"The Lodge" earned acclaim for doling out an intriguing premise and a riveting performance from lead actress Keough.

"This film will unsettle you in the moment and leave you thinking about the repercussions of grief, violence, blind faith and manipulation long after the credits roll," wrote Jennifer Verzuh for Little White Lies

On the other hand, critics panned "Critters Attack!" for lacking energy and charm.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 44%

In the science-fiction horror "Critters Attack!" 20-year-old Drea (Tashiana Washington) is tasked with babysitting for her professor's children.

Drea decides to take the kids on a hike through the woods without realizing that alien creatures have crashed in the forest and are out for blood. 

Despite the self-aware campiness of "Critters Attack!" most critics felt the film suffered from a weak script and lack of charm.

"The Critters themselves are fun enough, but ultimately the plot is sluggish and even the hard-R rating for gore and 'bloody creature violence' is not really enough to make it worth your time," wrote Deirdre Crimmins of High Def Digest.

"The Prodigy" seemed to rely on jump scares more than storytelling.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 43%

As her son grows older, Sarah (Taylor Schilling) suspects more and more that a malevolent spirit is taking hold of her child. The film takes a dark turn as Sarah realizes just how forsaken her son may be. 

Critics largely disliked "The Prodigy," expressing that the story seemed mishandled and relied too heavily on cheap scares.

"Not even an amiable central performance from Taylor Schilling ... and some early atmospheric mood-setting can save this 'demon child' knock-off from its ineptitude," wrote The Times critic Kevin Maher

"47 Meters Down: Uncaged" was called "brainless."

Rotten Tomatoes score: 42%

The sequel of "47 Meters Down" (2017) follows four young women as they plan a diving trip to see Mayan ruins at the bottom of the ocean.

They realize too late that the ruins are also home to dozens of bloodthirsty sharks. 

Critics largely blamed the film's shortcomings on a lack of direction and pacing that failed to instill fear in viewers.

"This brainless sequel to '47 Meters Down' forsakes much of what made that 2017 survival thriller the lean and mean success it was, a credible shark threat being first and foremost," wrote Toronto Star critic Peter Howell.

Critics said "In the Tall Grass" stretched its premise too thin.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 41%

Alarmed by the sound of a child crying amidst a field of tall grass, two siblings (Laysla De Oliveira and Avery Whitted) go to help him, only to become ensnared in the grass as well. Their confusion turns to terror as they look for a way to escape. 

Based on a novella by Stephen King and Joe Hill, "In the Tall Grass" garnered negative reviews from critics for stretching its source material too thin.

"Despite an uneven track record, 'In the Tall Grass' gives the lamest King adaptations a run for their money, as writer-director Vincenzo Natali labors to stretch out the story, which takes a wrong turn in more ways than one," wrote Brian Lowry for CNN

"Don't Let Go" was called convoluted and tonally messy.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 38%

In the dramatic horror "Don't Let Go," Detective Jack Radcliff (David Oyelowo) grapples with the sudden murder of his young niece (Storm Reid).

When a phone call from his niece connects him to the past, Jack races to solve her murder before it can happen again. 

Critics felt that "Don't Let Go" unevenly shouldered its tonal shifts, swinging between despair and optimism at a disorienting speed.

"The time-traveling investigation is indeed optimistic, but in reality and execution, it's just magical thinking wrapped up in a fussy, overly convoluted plot," wrote Katie Walsh for the Los Angeles Times

Per critics, "Tone-Deaf" mishandled its message on culture clash.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 38%

In "Tone-Deaf," millennial Olive (Amanda Crew) decides to leave the city for a moment of peace and quiet in the countryside.

Unbeknownst to her, the man renting her the house (Robert Patrick) is a vicious psychopath fueled by an unhealthy contempt for younger generations. 

Critics said that any attempt at social commentary in "Tone-Deaf" was lost upon delivery.

"Gruesomely diverting and agreeably bizarre in shorts bursts but ultimately undone by its determination to use its characters as proxies in a facile, idiotic Boomer-vs.-Millennial culture clash,"Andrew Wyatt wrote for The Lens

Critics felt that "The Silence" wasted a talented cast.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 30%

As the world falls prey to creatures who hunt by sound, Ally (Kiernan Shipka), a young girl who is deaf, attempts to seek refuge with her mother and father (Stanley Tucci).

As the family waits out the monster invasion, a nefarious cult looks to exploit Ally. 

Most critics found little to praise in "The Silence," feeling that the merits of the cast were wasted on an uninventive film with a plodding pace. 

"Even the always-welcome Stanley Tucci can't add any flair to a movie that feels so much like a relative of John Krasinski's 2018 smash hit ['A Quiet Place']," wrote Roger Ebert critic Brian Tallerico.

Critics called "The Curse of La Llorona" clunky and listless.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 29%

Based in Los Angeles in the 1970s, a social worker named Anna (Linda Cardellini) tries to protect her son and daughter from a deadly curse connected to the supernatural mythos of La Llorona, a weeping woman who preys on young children.

Critics mostly derided "The Curse of La Llorona" as a listless horror film that's overstuffed with cheap scares.

Critic Joshua Rothkopf of Time Out wrote, "It may further the brand a bit, but it's the opposite of frightening: a sludgy collection of tired jump scares, inexpertly mounted period décor — this time we're in a too-shiny 1973 Los Angeles — and a continued slump into generic blahness."

Critics said "The Haunting of Sharon Tate" exploited its subject matter.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 18%

"The Haunting of Sharon Tate" centers on the real-life tragedy of actress Sharon Tate (Hilary Duff) and her untimely murder at the hands of members of the Manson "family."

Although the story is based on Tate's murder, the film added elements of premonitions and psychological trauma. 

The critical consensus for "The Haunting of Sharon Tate" was strongly negative, with many reviewers writing the film off as exploitative.

"The movie's petty folly its failure of imagination and morality is that it actually goes out of its way to turn the Manson murders into schlock horror," wrote Owen Gleiberman for Variety

Read More: Movies about murderous cult leader Charles Manson, ranked by critics

"Jacob's Ladder" was widely dismissed as an unnecessary remake.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 5%

In David M. Rosenthal's "Jacob's Ladder," surgeon Jacob Singer (Michael Ealy) focuses his attention on his wife and child after the untimely death of his brother. But when a stranger insists that his brother is still alive, Jacob's grasp on reality is shaken to its core. 

Many critics scratched their heads at this modern update to "Jacob's Ladder" (1990), questioning the reason for a remake that fell so short of the original.

"The new 'Jacob's Ladder' is less strange and scary, and more mindlessly action-packed," wrote Noel Murray for the Los Angeles Times. "It doesn't feel like a dream. It's more like hearing a stranger describe a dream."

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All of Netflix's original Christmas movies are connected. Here are the details you missed in each film.


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  • In early December, Netflix confirmed that all of its original holiday films are interconnected and contain both sneaky and obvious references to each other.
  • For example, "A Christmas Prince" (2017) can be seen on a TV in "The Holiday Calendar" (2018) and "The Princess Switch" (2018).
  • The fictional kingdom of Aldovia from "A Christmas Prince" is mentioned in "The Knight Before Christmas" (2019).
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A few years after releasing its first original holiday film, Netflix has built an entire Christmas universe. 

Recently, the streaming service confirmed that all eight (and counting) of its Christmas flicks are set in "Netflix's Holiday Movie Universe," meaning that the films are interconnected often mention one another in both subtle and obvious ways. 

Here are all of the movie connections that viewers have picked up on so far. 

In "The Knight Before Christmas" (2019), one character watches "Holiday in the Wild" (2019).

One of the most recent crossovers involves two of the streaming service's 2019 holiday films.

In "The Knight Before Christmas," Sir Cole (Josh Whitehouse) can be seen watching a scene from "Holiday in the Wild" on Brooke's (Vanessa Hudgens') TV. 


Aldovia from "A Christmas Prince" (2017) is also mentioned in "The Knight Before Christmas."

A more subtle Easter egg occurs later in the film when Brooke's sister Claire (Emmanuelle Chriqui) tells her daughter about an acorn ornament from Aldovia — which is the same kingdom that Queen Amber and King Richard rule over in the "Christmas Prince" franchise.

"Your grandma and grandpa picked this up on their trip to Aldovia," Claire says in the film. 

"The Princess Switch" (2018) shows two other Netflix holiday movies.

In "The Princess Switch," Kevin (Nick Sagar) goes to pick a holiday movie for him and Lady Margaret (Hudgens) to watch and he passes over "The Christmas Inheritance" (2017) and chooses "A Christmas Prince." 

Kevin, who thinks Lady Margaret is Stacy (also played by Hudgens), points out that "A Christmas Prince" is Stacy's favorite movie. 


In "The Holiday Calendar" (2018), we see two more Netflix movies.

In "The Holiday Calendar," Abby (Kat Graham) opens Netflix and passes on streaming "A Christmas Prince" in favor of watching "The Christmas Inheritance." 

This happens on the 18th day of her advent calendar. 

The kingdom from "The Princess Switch" is referenced in "A Christmas Prince: The Royal Baby" (2019).

The third film in the series, "A Christmas Prince: The Royal Baby" contained several references to "The Princess Switch" kingdom of Belgravia, including a map that shows that it's one of Aldovia's neighboring countries.

In another scene, Queen Ming of Penglia (Momo Yeung) can be heard telling Queen Amber (Rose McIver) that royals in Belgravia have been marrying outside of their class for quite some time.

This is also a nod to "The Princess Switch," where Prince Edward of Belgravia (Sam Palladio) married "commoner" Stacy, who is a baker. 

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Here's what it was like inside 'Fortnite's' exclusive 'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker' event, where fans got a sneak peek at the movie and danced with director J.J. Abrams (DIS)


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  • On Saturday, "Fortnite" players got to watch a sneak preview of the soon-to-be-released movie "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker."
  • During the event, players were also greeted by avatars of "The Rise of Skywalker" director J.J. Abrams, and Game Awards host Geoff Keighley.
  • Despite the flood of viewers making it difficult to log in, I was able to get into the game for a front row look at the event.
  • Here's what "Fortnite's" exclusive "Star Wars" event was like, from quiet start to explosive finish.
  • Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.

On Saturday, brand new footage from the highly anticipated movie "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker" premiered inside of "Fortnite," one of the world's most popular video games. This comes less than a week before the movie's release in the US, on December 20.

Players who logged in at about 2 p.m. EST on Saturday all gathered at a single point on the game's map — an area called "Risky Reels"— to hear a speech from director J.J. Abrams, as well as watch a sneak preview of the upcoming movie. While the event was going on, every player in-game saw and heard the same things, no matter where they were or who they were playing with.

This isn't "Fortnite's" first live whole-game event: Back in February, millions of players logged in to watch a live concert by EDM star Marshmello. This isn't even "Fortnite's" first movie promotion, considering it's advertised for films like "John Wick" and "The Avengers" in the past.

But this is first time a movie studio has used the game to share footage that can't be seen anywhere else, and considering how many people logged on to watch, it likely won't be the last.

Although I've always been a big fan of these live events, I've admittedly never been able to attend one — before now. At 2 p.m. on Saturday, I logged into "Fortnite" to see what the game had planned for their highest profile event yet.

Here's what "Fortnite's" explosive "Star Wars" event was like, from start to finish.

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First of all, just getting into the game was a challenge. In the hour leading up to the event, the "Fortnite" servers crashed under the heavy load of players trying to log in. Many took to the event's official Twitch stream to voice their frustration... with memes and emotes.

It took me seven tries to log in, but once I did, I was greeted by this loading screen. While the loading screens in "Fortnite" usually give you tips to better dominate other players, this time, it just told me to have fun.

I dropped into the game with a new glider, styled after the evil Empire's TIE Fighter ships in "Star Wars." You usually have to pay for new glider designs, but everyone who participated in the event got this one for free.

Everyone in my game flew into Risky Reels to settle in for the show. We'd just gotten an announcement that the event would be pushed back 10 minutes to give everyone a chance to log on, so I figured we'd be in for a wait.

In the leadup to the event, the game disabled all of our weapons, meaning that we couldn't hurt each other. And anyone who's played "Fortnite" even once knows what happens when a bunch of players that can't attack get together: endless dancing and posing.

Some people breakdanced...

...while others built towers to get a better view of whatever was about to happen.

Nearly 15 minutes past when the event was supposed to begin, and things were still quiet. I was about to put the game down to grab a drink when a familiar score began playing, the platform in the center of Risky Reels rose into the sky, and the iconic Millennium Falcon flew onto the screen.

It wasn't alone. In seconds, nearly a dozen Star Destroyers popped out of hyperspeed into the atmosphere above us.

Six TIE Fighters flew down and began chasing after the Millennium Falcon. Speeding lasers and explosions rocked the area around us as the ships battled.

The Millennium Falcon managed to destroy all the TIE Fighters, blowing them to bits...

...and sending the wreckage falling to the ground.

A few moments later, with the Star Destroyers still lurking, we were blown off the pad and the Millennium Falcon landed in front of us.

A hologram appeared in front of the Falcon, and began speaking to us. It was Geoff Keighley, host of The Game Awards and the MC for this event. He was accompanied by a Stormtrooper, FN-0143, who was voiced by comedian Ben Schwartz. They both brought a mysterious box with them.

The two chatted a bit about the incoming trailer and the game before introducing the day's true guest of honor: "Star Wars" director J.J. Abrams. Or, at least, a low-poly avatar of J.J. Abrams.

Abrams thanked us all for coming, and raved at how amazing it was to interact with us like this. Keighley noted that they were speaking to us live, and that this sort of event was "unprecedented." FN-0143, meanwhile, just marveled over how tight the pants on Abrams' avatar looked.

As a display of how creative these sort of in-game events could be, Keighley changed Abrams' avatar into a girl. I'm not sure that anyone in the crowd knew how to react.

Keighley asked Abrams what we could expect from "The Rise of Starwalker." Abrams answered by saying that the most exciting part of the movie is the group dynamic between Rey, Finn, and Poe. "It's the group on an adventure together," he said, "and it's full of crazy action, comedy, and surprises."

Once Abrams changed back, we were presented with the first activity of the evening. A multiple choice quiz was displayed and Abrams asked us to guess what the sneak preview scene would be about: "Darth Jar Jar," a "Jedi Mind Trick," the "Knights of Ren," or a "Rey & Kylo Power Ballad." I voted for a Jedi Mind Trick.

And I was right!

The trailer began. It showed Rey, Finn, and Poe taking down some Stormtroopers and invading an enemy ship. We watched it on a massive hologram screen above the stage, almost like a futuristic drive-in theater.

As the clip went on, we saw Rey use a Jedi Mind Trick on three Stormtroopers to convince them to trust her. The clip was about 30 seconds, in total.

Once it ended, Geoff Keighley and FN-0143 cheered. Keighley asked us to dance to show what we thought of the clip — Abrams even joined in, his avatar wiggling like a worm on stage. I'm definitely using this as an excuse to say I danced with J.J. Abrams.

Keighley thanked J.J. Abrams for appearing, and said that he hoped to see the director again soon — "Hopefully inside of Fortnite." Abrams then sprinted away, back into the Millennium Falcon.

Before they left, Keighley wanted to ask us one more question, and it was an important one: what's our favorite Lightsaber color? Red, purple, green, or blue?

I answered purple because, I mean, who wouldn't want to be Mace Windu?

But before we could see the results, another group of TIE Fighters appeared and blew us off the voting pads. The Millennium Falcon lifted off into the sky and flew away, leading the TIE Fighters away from us.

Suddenly, we were hit by a slow motion effect, like the game had been turned to molasses. The eerie, menacing voice of the evil Emperor Palpatine — the villain of "The Rise of Skywalker"— filled our ears. It was the "day of revenge," he hissed. "The day of the Sith."

As soon as it appeared, the voice faded. The Star Destroyers above us zipped back into hyperspace, and it became daytime once again.

The mysterious box that Keighley and FN-0143 had brought onto the stage opened with a blast of golden light. We all ran towards it.

Lo and behold, inside the box were Lightsabers, each one in the color we had said was our favorite!

The game then morphed into a normal first-to-100 deathmatch, with Lightsabers as our only weapons. While my teammates fought, however, I went to explore the map, and see where the destroyed TIE Fighters had fallen.

All in all, this event was a blast — literally and figuratively. I can't wait to see what "Fortnite" picks as its next live event.

Thanks to IGN for some of the pictures included in this article.

The director of 'Bombshell' talks about filming the movie's most harrowing scenes, and one detail you might have missed


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  • "Bombshell" director Jay Roach spoke to Business Insider about telling the story of the women who brought down Fox News head Roger Ailes.
  • Roach explained what it was like to film the hard-to-watch sexual harassment scenes.
  • He also gave some insight on one specific detail: why Sean Hannity can be seen carrying a gun in the movie.
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Though Jay Roach started his career directing comedy franchises like "Austin Powers" and "Meet the Parents," recently he has shifted his talents to dramatizing slices of history that have captivated the nation.

With 2008's "Recount," he examined the Florida recount of the 2000 presidential election. Then in 2012's "Game Change," Roach highlighted Sarah Palin's run as vice president during John McCain's 2008 presidential campaign. And now for his latest, he's turned his focus to one of the biggest media stories in recent memory, the toxic environment at Fox News that brought down its creator, Roger Ailes.

In "Bombshell" (playing in limited release and opening nationwide on Friday), Roach teams with "The Big Short" screenwriter, Charles Randolph, to look at the women whose allegations of sexual misconduct against Ailes led to his ousting, including Gretchen Carlson (played by Nicole Kidman) and Megyn Kelly (Charlize Theron).

Charlize Theron Jay Roach Bombshell Hilary Bronwyn Gayle SMPSPThe movie is a fourth-wall-breaking look at their stories, headlined by Theron's spot-on performance as Kelly. It begins at the time Kelly was going head-to-head with then presidential candidate Donald Trump leading up to her moderating one of the debates (the one where Trump said Kelly had "blood coming out of her, wherever"), and ends with Ailes' downfall at Fox News.

The movie does not shy away from looking at what women went through at the company (Margot Robbie's character, Kayla, is based on a composite of multiple people), and Roach admitted he only went forward in directing it after making a "pact" with Theron that she would produce the movie. The director said a lot of the process of filming the movie was absorbing experiences others went through.

"I just tried to listen and figure it out through women's stories," Roach told Business Insider. "It had to be that kind of collaboration for it to work."

It has so far. "Bombshell" opened on four screens over the weekend in New York and Los Angeles and took in one of the best per-screen averages of the year, $78,000 (in total, it brought in $312,000). And 59% of the audience that showed up were women.

Below, Roach talked to Business Insider about a few of the hardest scenes to shoot and explained one detail you might have missed.

Warning: Spoilers below if you have not seen "Bombshell."

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Roach said filming the harassment scene of Margot Robbie's character was "life changing."

In one of the movie's most harrowing scenes, Robbie's character, Kayla, gets an interview with Roger Ailes and is hoping he'll consider her for an on-air job. However, as the meeting progresses, Ailes (played by John Lithgow) gets more lewd and then demands Kaya lift up her skirt.

"Being in the room with Margot Robbie while she's experiencing that very direct harassment was life changing," Roach said. "In just those few minutes shooting it you could never look at harassment the same way again."

Roach said he was operating the camera that was shooting a wide shot in the scene. He particularly wanted to film it on multiple cameras to limit the amount of takes they would have to do.

"Just watching her face move from trying to get this job and thinking she's auditioning in a way for this very powerful man who could help her career, transitioning to being pushed across the line, it was extraordinary to witness," Roach said.

But what really got him was watching the scene later in the edit room and looking at Robbie's reaction in the scene.

"When I saw that tilt-up shot to show her face," he said, "just seeing the emotion was powerful."

Rudi Bakhtiar says that scene really happened.

Another scene that's hard to forget is one that depicts sexual harassment of Fox News reporter Rudi Bakhtiar. In the middle of the movie, there's a scene where Bakhtiar (played by Nazanin Boniadi) has to deflect the advances of Fox News anchor Brian Wilson. The scene is memorable as most of it is done with Bakhtiar's inner thoughts giving a rundown of how to get through the situation. As the conversation between Bakhtiar and Wilson goes on, we listen as Bakhtiar realizes her job at Fox News is done (she was later fired).

"We are protecting all our sources of people we talked to, but she has actually come out and outed herself as one of the people we talked to," Roach said, referring to a Hollywood Reporter story in which Bakhtiar spoke about the movie. "Her story is so compelling."

Bakhtiar described her harassment at Fox News to The New York Times and New York magazine after Gretchen Carlson came forward (Wilson has disputed her account). But the way her experience is detailed in the movie gives it an even more chilling layer.

"The dialogue in that scene between them is from the actual account that came out, and then Charles turned that into an inner monologue," Roach said. "The excruciating thing in that scene is she outs the guy for hitting on her, then she has to somehow placate his ego as she gets out of it. But also knowing she has lost her career."

You weren't seeing things — in the movie, Sean Hannity is carrying a gun.

In one of the more lighthearted moments in the movie, at the point when it looks like Ailes is going to fall, there's a scene in the newsroom where some of the big-name anchors are mingling, including Geraldo Rivera (played by Tony Plana), Neil Cavuto (P.J. Byrne), and Sean Hannity (Spencer Garrett). As the scene ends, you can notice when Hannity is putting on his blazer that he has a handgun tucked in the side of his waist.

"We read that he's packing sometimes at work," Roach said. "He's kind of proud about it."

In 2016, CNN reported that Hannity pulled his gun out on Fox News contributor Juan Williams. Hannity told CNN in a statement at the time: "While discussing the issue of firearms, I showed my good friend Juan Williams my unloaded firearm in a professional and safe manner for educational purposes only."

Roach said having Hannity carrying a gun is not in there for a laugh, but just one of those details he likes to throw into these true-life movies.

"He might be threatened all the time, who knows," Roach said. "But as a storyteller you don't want to miss an opportunity to do that."

The CEO of Imax wants to show more streaming titles from Netflix, Amazon, and more going forward (IMAX)


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  • Imax CEO Richard Gelfond told Business Insider he wants to work more with steaming services in 2020 and beyond.
  • Though Imax's partners are the huge theater chains that will not show movies that do not respect the exclusive 72-day theatrical window, Gelfond said, for Imax, "that's less a fight-'til-death issue."
  • Gelfond wants to find ways to show more specialty titles, like the Netflix short film "Anima," which featured new music from Thom Yorke's new album, as well as live concerts.
  • Gelfond said "we have a number of projects that we've been discussing with" the streaming services.
  • The CEO also believes that with studios concentrating more on streaming, that in regards to the current theatrical window, "the line in the sand will move towards the direction of shortening the window."
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Imax Corporation CEO Richard Gelfond partners with the big movie-theater chains, but that doesn't mean he's against showing titles from streaming companies like Netflix.

The big reason why you haven't seen many movies from the streamers on a large Imax screen is because Gelfond's company has deals with theater chains like AMC, Cinemark, and Regal, and they will not show streaming titles unless they agree to respect the 72-day exclusive theatrical window.

"That's less a fight-'til-death issue with Imax," however, Gelfond told Business Insider in a recent interview (which you can read on Business Insider Prime). "We're OK with different flexibility on the window."

In fact, Gelfond believes as more studios, and the conglomerates that own them, become increasingly focused on their streaming platforms, the theatrical window will shrink.

"I think this is a line in the sand for the exhibitors, but my guess is the line in the sand will move towards the direction of shortening the window, especially for certain kind of content," he said. "Maybe not the blockbusters but smaller films."

Gelfond made it clear that as long as Imax is housed at a chain that wants the window respected, his company is "committed to complying." However, he added that he's "hoping to benefit from the streaming ecosystem" in 2020 and beyond.

Rich_Gelfond_IMAXHe noted that one way is through Imax Enhanced, a proprietary standard for home TVs (it's available now on select Sony TVs and several platforms). The other is showing titles on an Imax screen and generating buzz before it hits streaming.

That was his plan with the original release of Amazon's "The Aeronauts." Imax even went to the set of the movie to make sure it was made perfectly for its large-format screens. But when Amazon changed the movie's release plan to a two-week release, it also scrapped the Imax plan.

"I was disappointed," Gelfond said of not doing "The Aeronauts" release. "I thought it would look really great on Imax and be good for the whole run, even after when it became available on streaming."

Imax is also game to show non-feature length content, like this year screening Paul Thomas Anderson's Netflix short "Anima," the which featured music from Thom Yorke's new album.

"Since the exhibitors didn't have a problem with the windowing on that, we released it close to day and date with Netflix, and it was a good experience," Gelfond said. "We certainly would like to do more of that with the streaming services." 

Gelfond believes going forward streaming can benefit from using Imax to generate buzz — whether it's for short films, screening live concerts, doing a marathon of its TV series, or movies. "We have a number of projects that we've been discussing with them," he said.

"I would like to figure out more and better ways to work with the steaming services," Gelfond continued. "It's a time of disruption, but I think it's one of the most exciting times to figure out different ways to please the consumer."

Read our entire interview with Gelfond on Business Insider Prime. 

SEE ALSO: The director of "Bombshell" talks about filming the most harrowing scenes, and one detail you might have missed

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20 of the most remade movies of all time


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  • "Dracula" and "Huckleberry Finn" have been remade numerous times.
  • "A Star Is Born" was remade three times after its original release in 1937.
  • Many different actors have played Batman over the years, including Michael Keaton, Christian Bale, and Ben Affleck.
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Some movies are too good to produce just once.

There's reportedly an average of 23 years between an original fim and its remake. Numerous movie remakes, reboots, and sequels premiered in 2019, but reimagining classic stories with new movie versions has been happening since the early 1900s.

Here are 20 films that have been remade again and again.

"A Star Is Born" was released four times — in 1937, 1954, 1976, and 2018.

The basic plot of "A Star Is Born" has remained the same over the years — a rising star and a fading celebrity fall in love and grapple with fame — but each remake has put a slightly different spin on the story. Janet Gaynor, Judy Garland, Barbra Streisand, and Lady Gaga each took a turn as the up-and-coming lead.

The first "Phantom of the Opera" movie was a silent horror film released in 1925.

Based on the French novel by Gaston Leroux, other versions of the movie were released in 1943, 1962, and 1989. A movie version based on Andrew Lloyd Webber's Broadway musical in 2004 starred Gerard Butler and Emmy Rossum.

Oliver Twist's famous request for more porridge hasn't gotten old since the first "Oliver" film in 1909.

Based on the novel "Oliver Twist" by Charles Dickens, the story was also made into a musical called "Oliver!" A film version of the musical produced in 1968 contained classic songs from the stage show like "Food, Glorious Food,""Consider Yourself," and "As Long As He Needs Me." There were other remakes in 1922, 1933, 1948, 2005, and 2007.

"The Great Gatsby" was remade four times.

The first "Great Gatsby" movie, based on the book by F. Scott Fitzgerald, premiered in 1926. Four remakes followed, most recently in 2013 with Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan.

The first "Jungle Book" premiered in 1942, and became a Disney franchise starting in 1967.

After the first animated musical "Jungle Book" movie in 1967 came "Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book" (1994) and "The Jungle Book: Mowgli's Story" (1998). They were followed by the live-action "Jungle Book" in 2016 and "Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle" in 2018.

There were several silent film versions of "Jane Eyre" before the first feature film in 1934.

Other versions of "Jane Eyre" followed in 1943, 1970, 1983, 1996, and 2011.

There have been five film adaptations of "Great Expectations" by Charles Dickens.

The latest version was in 2012 starring Helena Bonham Carter and Ralph Fiennes.

The character of Robin Hood, who steals from the rich to give to the poor, remains timeless after five remakes.

The first "Robin Hood" movie was released in 1922, followed by reimagined tales such as "The Adventures of Robin Hood" (1938) and "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves" (1991). The most recent remake was in 2018 starring Taron Egerton.

"Treasure Island" tells the tale of Jim Hawkins as he follows a treasure map to find Captain Flint's hidden treasure.

Based on Robert Louis Stevenson's classic novel, there have been several remakes of "Treasure Island," including "Muppet Treasure Island" in 1996 and a made-for-TV movie in 2012.

"The Three Musketeers" has also been remade multiple times — in multiple countries.

Throughout its many remakes, the title of "The Three Musketeers" has always remained the same. After the original was released in 1921, it was remade in years including 1935, 1939, 1948, 1961, 1973, 1993, and 2011. There have been versions from other countries, such as Mexico and Ecuador, too.

"The Hunchback of Notre Dame" was famously reimagined by Disney as an animated movie in 1996.

The first "Hunchback of Notre Dame" came out in 1923. It was remade in 1939, 1956, 1982, 1996, and 1997.

Movie adaptations of Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein" have remained iconic cultural touchstones since the first film in 1931.

The original "Frankenstein" was followed by "The Curse of Frankenstein" (1957), "Frankenstein: The True Story" (1973), "Mary Shelley's Frankenstein" (1994), and "Victor Frankenstein" (2015), among other remakes.

Movie and stage adaptations of "Les Misérables" are based on the novel by Victor Hugo.

In Tom Hooper's 2012 movie version of the stage musical, the actors sang live on set. There were other "Les Misérables" movies in 1934, 1935, 1952, 1978, and 1998.

The first "King Kong" movie was released in 1933, and a new one is planned for 2020.

Aside from several standalone "King Kong" movies in the 1960s and '70s, the giant ape is often pitted against Godzilla in remakes such as "King Kong vs. Godzilla" (1962) and the upcoming "Godzilla vs. Kong" in 2020.

Classic songs in "Annie" make this feel-good musical a popular remake.

"Little Orphan Annie" was released in 1932 and remade in 1938. Then came the classic 1982 "Annie" starring Aileen Quinn as Annie and Carol Burnett as the evil Ms. Hannigan. Disney produced a made-for-TV movie version in 1999 with Kathy Bates, Victor Garber, and Alan Cumming. "Annie" hit the big screen again in 2014 starring Quvenzhane Wallis as the rags-to-riches orphan.

"Brewster's Millions" premiered in 1914 and was remade multiple times.

"Brewster's Millions" follows Montgomery Brewster, who must spend a $1 million inheritance from his grandfather without acquiring any new assets or property in order to inherit $7 million from his uncle. It was remade in 1921, 1926, 1935, 1945, 1961, and 1985.

The amount of money changed in later versions. In the 1985 movie starring Richard Pryor, Brewster had to spend $30 million in order to inherit $300 million.

The first "Batman" movie debuted in 1943, and many different actors have stepped into the famous Batsuit since then.

Adam West played the titular character in "Batman: The Movie," released in 1966, as well as the TV show that preceded it. Michael Keaton took on the role in 1989, and Val Kilmer took over in 1995. George Clooney also played Batman in 1997, and Christian Bale played the role in the "Dark Knight" trilogy from 2005 to 2012. Ben Affleck brought Batman to the DC Comics universe with "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" (2016) and "Justice League" (2017).

Robert Pattinson is slated to take over in "The Batman" in 2021.

"A Christmas Carol" has been remade over 20 times.

Beginning in 1901 with the silent film "Scrooge, or, Marley's Ghost," Charles Dickens' tale of a man visited by the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet To Come has been reimagined with the Muppets, animation, and in musical form.

"Huckleberry Finn" has seen numerous film adaptations over the years, including a musical version in 1974.

Sparknotes highlights a list of the seven most historically significant film versions of "Huckleberry Finn," among which are Norman Taurog's adaptation in 1931, the first color adaptation in 1960, and the 1993 film starring Elijah Wood and Courtney B. Vance.

"Dracula" has been scaring movie-goers since 1931.

After the original "Dracula" movie in 1931, there have been countless adaptations and reinterpretations of the iconic vampire. An IMBD user named Cineanalyst even ranked 60 Dracula movies from best to worst.

What 23 actors took from movie sets


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  • Though it's not always easy to take things from a movie set without getting caught, many famous actors have managed to take props home from sets to keep as mementos.
  • For example, Robert Downey Jr. said he took home a giant letter "A" from the "Avengers" set.
  • Emma Watson said she took a few things from the set of "Harry Potter."
  • Jennifer Lawrence said she took home Katniss' leather jacket and boots from the "Hunger Games" set.
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Considering how much time they spend on set, it's no surprise that actors make a lot of memories while filming movies. And so, it's not surprising that some stars want to take home a few mementos to symbolize their time spent portraying a certain character.

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

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

Reese Witherspoon's contract for "Legally Blonde 2" allowed her to take home a huge wardrobe.

In an interview on "The Graham Norton Show," Reese Witherspoon said she brought home her entire wardrobe from "Legally Blonde 2: Red, White, and Blonde."

She added that keeping the wardrobe was part of her contract and that the looks included 77 pairs of designer Jimmy Choo shoes. 

Witherspoon explained that she hasn't worn any of the items since she brought them home. 

"I've never touched them [since] and then on the 15th anniversary I took them all out of storage and tried them all on," Witherspoon said. "Some of them fit, some of them didn't, and then I, yeah, I showed them all to my daughter and it was really cool."

Daisy Ridley said she was given a lightsaber from the "Star Wars" movies.

In a 2019 interview on "Jimmy Kimmel Live," Daisy Ridley, who plays Rey in the films, shared that she was given a lightsaber from the "Star Wars" set. 

"I worry that someone's going to track me down and break into my house, so I do need to say it's in a safe place," she added. "It's not in my house. " 

Adam Driver has some props from his time filming "Star Wars."

Actor Adam Driver, who played Kylo Ren in "Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker," said he brought home "a lot of stuff" from the movie set.  

During an interview on "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert," Driver said he has a box containing his lightsaber and that he took his costume from the set, with permission. 


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

Timothée Chalamet said he has a helmet and a chain from "The King."

While working on the 2019 film "The King," Timothée Chalamet told BBC Radio 1 that he got to keep a few things from the set, although he regrets not trying to take home a big sword.

He grabbed the "thick, metal helmet" and a period chain with a "contemporary feel to it" instead. 

Chris Evans has almost a whole wardrobe from "Knives Out."

On "People Now," the cast of "Knives Out" revealed whether or not they took props from the set of the film — most of them said no, Chris Evans said he took "mostly clothes."

"But I had permission, so that's not stealing," he explained, adding that he got "all the sweaters" from the mystery film. 

Julie Andrews kept a pair of shoes from "Mary Poppins."

While on "The Graham Norton Show," actress Julie Andrews said she took home a pair of shoes from "Mary Poppins." She said the pair of kicks now serve as doorstops in her home. 

Every single Brad Pitt movie, ranked by audiences


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For decades, Brad Pitt has appeared in dozens of films, from thrillers to comedies. 

And, as with any veteran actor, he has been in movies that audiences loved and ones they really didn't like. 

Here's every single Brad Pitt movie ranked from worst to best, based on audience scores from Rotten Tomatoes.

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

The actor had a supporting role in 1994's "The Favor," which also featured Bill Pullman, Ken Wahl, Elizabeth McGovern, and Harley Jane Kozak.

Audience Score: 20%

Critic Score: 27%

The comedy is all about a girl (Harley Jane Kozak) who is on a mission to fulfill one of her deepest sexual fantasies. 

Pitt played basketball star Dwight Ingalls in "Cutting Class" (1989).

Audience Score: 22%

Critic Score: 25%

In this high-school-based slasher film, a series of suspicious deaths turn out to be murders. 

The 2013 thriller "The Counselor" featured Pitt as Westray, a man who convinces someone else to get involved in the drug trade.

Audience Score: 23%

Critic Score: 34%

The film also starred Penelope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, Michael Fassbender, and Javier Bardem,


The actor briefly appeared as himself in 2002's "Full Frontal."

Audience Score: 27%

Critic Score: 39%

Pitt briefly played himself in this Steven Soderbergh-directed film, which starred Julia Roberts and Blair Underwood. 

"By The Sea" (2015) is led by Pitt and Angelina Jolie.

Audience Score: 29%

Critic Score: 35%

Angelina Jolie directed the film, which starred Pitt and herself as an unhappy couple that reaffirms their marital bond while vacationing in France during the 1970s.

Brad Pitt played a detective opposite Gabriel Byrne and Kim Basinger in the live-action and animated film "Cool World" (1992).

Audience Score: 31%

Critic Score: 6%

The 1992 movie, which followed the story of a cartoonist who becomes trapped in the world of his drawings, received pretty low marks on Rotten Tomatoes. 

Netflix's "War Machine" (2017) featured Pitt as General Stanley A. McChrystal.

Audience Score: 34%

Critic Score: 48%

Based on Michael Hastings' book "The Operator: The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America's War in Afghanistan," the satirical film follows the US troops' involvement in Afghanistan.

Netflix's "Ad Astra" (2019) starred Pitt as an astronaut.

Audience Score: 40%

Critic Score: 84%

Although critics enjoyed this Netflix original about space travel, audience members were kind of bored of this movie.

In "The Devil's Own" (1997), Pitt was one of the leads.

Audience Score: 41%

Critic Score: 34%

Pitt appeared as Frankie McGuire, an Irish Republican Army soldier seeking revenge for his father's death at the hands of enemy soldiers. 


Pitt and Julia Roberts starred in "The Mexican" (2001).

Audience Score: 44%

Critic Score: 55%

The drama follows the escapades of a mafia criminal who's planning to retire. 

Pitt starred as a mob enforcer named Jackie in "Killing Them Softly" (2012).

Audience Score: 44%

Critic Score: 73%

The dark thriller, which also starred James Gandolfini and Richard Jenkins, is about a mob enforcer (Pitt) who tracks down a group of men who think they are exempt from the rules of the gang. 

A then-unknown Pitt played the lead in 1991's "Johnny Suede."

Audience Score: 47%

Critic Score: 33%

Pitt starred in this flick about a man whose musical talents don't quite match up to his ambition.

The actor voiced the titular character in the animated film "Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas" (2003).

Audience Score: 56%

Critic Score: 45%

Despite its star-studded vocal cast, which included Catherine Zeta-Jones, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Joseph Fiennes, the pirate film received low marks from critics and audiences. 

Critics and viewers alike praised Pitt and Jolie's on-screen chemistry in "Mr. and Mrs. Smith" (2005).

Audience Score: 58%

Critic Score: 59%

The film is all about two assassins (Pitt and Jolie) who are ordered to kill one another. The catch? They're married. 

Another addition to a trilogy, "Ocean's Twelve" (2004) featured Pitt as Rusty.

Audience Score: 60%

Critic Score: 55%

Pitt reprised his role as Rusty Ryan opposite George Clooney and Matt Damon in "Ocean's Twelve," one of audiences' least favorite films in the series. 

The actor played intelligence officer Max Vatan in the World War I-era movie "Allied" (2016).

Audience Score: 63%

Critic Score: 60%

Set in North Africa in 1942, an intelligence officer (Pitt) and a French Resistance fighter (Marion Cotillard) have their relationship put to the test amidst a raging war. 

"Burn After Reading" (2008) saw Pitt team up with George Clooney, Frances McDormand, John Malkovich, and Tilda Swinton.

Audience Score: 64%

Critic Score: 78%

The comedy-thriller received mixed reviews, with some audience members calling it a mess and others dubbing it a classic film from the Coen Brothers. 

Part thriller, part dark comedy, "Kalifornia" (1993) got mixed reviews from viewers.

Audience Score: 64%

Critic Score: 58%

Close to his publishing deadline for a book on serial killers, Brian (David Duchovny) and his partner (Michelle Forbes) embark on a cross-country trip to visit notorious murder sites — but they end up getting closer to killers than they ever imagined. 

In Quentin Tarantino's "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" (2019), Pitt played a stunt double named Cliff Booth.

Audience Score: 70%

Critic Score: 85%

Set in 1969, the film also starred Leonardo DiCaprio and Margot Robbie.

Pitt did voicework in the animated comedy "Megamind" (2010).

Audience Score: 72%

Critic Score: 72%

In the film, Pitt voiced the do-gooder Metro Man who must battle Megamind (Will Ferrell)

Pitt starred as a United Nations employee who tries to stop a zombie epidemic in 2013's "World War Z."

Audience Score: 72%

Critic Score: 66%

In the film, Gerry Lane (Pitt) tries to stop a horrifying pandemic from impacting all of humanity. 

Pitt memorably transformed into the golden-haired Achilles in 2004's "Troy."

Audience score: 73%

Critic Score: 54%

The film is set in ancient Greece and tells one of the famed poet Homer's classic stories. 

Based on the true story of Heinrich Harrer, "Seven Years in Tibet" (1997) featured Pitt as its lead.

Audience Score: 74%

Critic Score: 60%

The biographical war drama is about an escaped British internment-camp prisoner (Pitt) who travels throughout various countries and eventually strikes up a friendship with the Dalai Lama (Jamyang Jamtsho Wangchuk).

The actor portrayed Jesse James in the period piece "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford" (2007).

Audience Score: 75%

Critic Score: 77%

In this period film, Pitt starred alongside Casey Affleck, who played Robert Ford.

Pitt had a supporting role in "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind" (2003).

Audience Score: 75%

Critic Score: 79%

The twist on a memoir by Chuck Barris also starred Sam Rockwell, George Clooney, Julia Roberts, and Drew Barrymore.


Pitt starred opposite Robert Redford in "Spy Game" (2001), a film about a CIA operative and his protégé.

Audience Score: 75%

Critic Score: 66%

The spy film is about a soon-to-retire operative who gets back into action when he realizes his protégé has been arrested. 

Another installment in the series, "Ocean's Thirteen" (2007) featured Pitt and other familiar faces.

Audience Score: 75%

Critic Score: 70%

Pitt returned in the film as Rusty, part of Ocean's heist gang. 

He starred in "Babel" (2006), a film about fate.

Audience Score: 77%

Critic Score: 69%

The actor starred opposite Cate Blanchett and Gael Garcia Bernal in the film, which wove together several different storylines about fate and its impact on the lives of different people. 

Pitt played the titular character in "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" (2008)

Audience Score: 80%

Critic Score: 71%

The film is based on F. Scott Fitzgerald's short story about a man who ages backward.

The very first "Ocean's Eleven" (2001) introduced viewers to Pitt as Rusty.

Audience Score: 80%

Critic Score: 82%

The heist movie centers around Danny Ocean (George Clooney) and his gang as they plan a major heist. 

The actor starred as the titular character in "Meet Joe Black" (1998).

Audience Score: 81%

Critic Score: 53%

Pitt starred opposite Anthony Hopkins and Claire Forlani in the film, which audiences enjoyed much more than critics did. 

Pitt played a criminal in "Thelma and Louise" (1991).

Audience Score: 82%

Critic Score: 84%

Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon starred as the titular Thelma and Louise and Pitt appeared as one of the young criminals they encounter on their journey. 


In the period drama "A River Runs Through It" (1992), Pitt played the MacLean family's headstrong youngest son Paul.

Audience Score: 83%

Critic Score: 80%

Robert Redford directed this film, which is an adaptation of a memoir by Norman MacLean.

In the World War II movie "Fury" (2014), Pitt played the soldier Wardaddy.

Audience Score: 84%

Critic Score: 76%

In the war film, Pitt played a bold sergeant who guides his five-man crew through a deadly mission across enemy lines. 

"Sleepers" (1996) is based on a controversial book of the same name.

Audience Score: 85%

Critic Score: 73%

In the retelling of a controversial book, Pitt played a lawyer named Michael who had a traumatic reform-school experience as a child.  


Pitt starred alongside Jonah Hill in the baseball film "Moneyball" (2011).

Audience Score: 86%

Critic Score: 94%

The film is based on a true story and starred Pitt as Billy Beane, the general manager of the Oakland A's baseball team. When budgets are tight, he's forced to reinvent his team and shape them into champions. 

The actor memorably played Louis opposite Tom Cruise and Kirsten Dunst in "Interview With a Vampire" (1994).

Audience Score: 86%

Critic Score: 62%

The film is an adaptation of Anne Rice's best-selling horror romance.

Pitt played the brooding Tristan Ludlow in the World War I period piece "Legends of The Fall" (1994).

Audience Score: 87%

Critic Score: 58%

Although the film got a lukewarm critical reception, audiences praised it for its melodrama and delightful cheesiness. 

Pitt appeared as Ben Rickert in "The Big Short" (2015).

Audience Score: 87%

Critic Score: 88%

Set during an economic crisis in the 2000s, the film featured an all-star cast, which included Hollywood heavyweights Steve Carell, Christian Bale, and Ryan Gosling.

The sci-fi film "Twelve Monkeys" (1995) starred Pitt as psychiatric patient Jeffrey Goines.

Audience Score: 88%

Critic Score: 89%

The Terry Gilliam-directed dystopian film also starred Bruce Willis and Madeleine Stowe.

The actor was Aldo Rain in Tarantino's "Inglourious Basterds" (2009)

Audience Score: 88%

Critic Score: 89%

During Germany's occupation of France, Lieutenant Aldo Raine (Pitt) brings together a group of Jewish soldiers and joins forces with other unsuspecting people in order to commit violent acts of retribution against the Nazi party. 



Pitt produced and appeared in "12 Years a Slave" (2013).

Audience Score: 90%

Critic Score: 95%

The film follows a free black man (Chiwetel Ejiofor) who is kidnapped and sold into slavery. After 12 years, he meets someone who will help him change his life forever.

Pitt played Bass in the film. 


Pitt played a minor supporting character in Quentin Tarantino's "True Romance" (1993).

Audience Score: 93%

Critic Score: 92%

The now-iconic film, which featured Christian Slater and Patricia Arquette as its leads, received rave reviews. 

In Guy Ritchie's dark crime film "Snatch" (2001), Pitt played an Irish boxer named Mickey.

Audience Score: 93% 

Critic Score: 73%

This film is the follow-up to Guy Ritchie's 1998 flick "Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels."

Pitt blew fans away as detective David Mills in 1995's "Seven."

Audience Score: 95%

Critic Score: 81%

The thriller is about a seasoned detective (Morgan Freeman) who must work on one last case with his hotshot replacement (Pitt) before he can retire. 

Pitt memorably played a charming soap salesman named Tyler in 1999's "Fight Club."

Audience Score: 96%

Critic Score: 79%

The dark comedy about an unhappy, disillusioned man (Edward Norton) who starts a questionable fighting club features Pitt as Tyler Durden, a charming but dangerous figure.

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'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker' is so busy making unnecessary references to the franchise it forgets to tell a good story


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  • "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker" tries so desperately to service the fan base that it loses sight of the story it's telling.
  • The movie often feels forced and has way too many hat tips to the franchise.
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J.J. Abrams helmed the return of the "Star Wars" saga with "The Force Awakens" in 2015 and mixed a new chapter with the nostalgia to deliver a movie that was loved by the fan base.

Boy, what a difference four years makes.

Abrams returns to close out things with "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker" (in theaters Friday) and clearly tries to pull off the magic trick twice. But this time it feels forced, unnecessary, and in some instances boring.

The first half of the movie, which brings Rey (Daisy Ridley), Poe (Oscar Isaac), Finn (John Boyega), Chewbacca (Joonas Suotamo), and C-3PO (Anthony Daniels) together to track down the planet that Palpatine (Ian McDiarmid) has been hiding out in (since "Return of the Jedi") and finally end the Sith, just isn't interesting. It feels like filler to get to the second half of the movie.

It seems there was a strong idea of how to end the Skywalker saga, but they needed to fill in an hour before getting there.

Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) discovers the existence of Palpatine before the Resistance does, and he is given an important piece of information: the identity of Rey's parents (it turns out he knew only one part of the answer in "The Last Jedi"). So, while Rey and the gang are trying to figure out where Palpatine is, Ren gets his mask put back together and goes out to find Rey with Palpatine's army.

Yeah, it's really confusing and, worse, lame.

The Rise of Skywalker 3 DisneyBut Abrams does get things back on track for the ending. And if you haven't zoned out by then, you may enjoy it. All questions are answered, all the people who need to show up do. It's full-on fan service, but at this point, nine chapters in, we just need to embrace it and move on with our lives.

It's clear with just the pacing of the movie that Lucasfilm/Disney did not want another "The Last Jedi," where Rian Johnson slowed things down and let it all breathe. "The Rise of Skywalker" is as quick as the Millennium Falcon. There is no time for you to catch your breath or for the actors to give anything in the scenes. It's basically, how many things can we do in how many locations?

And the movie goes overboard with nostalgic hat tips. Some feel necessary, but for the most part it's a shock to the senses. It will make even the most dedicated "Star Wars" fan say, "Enough!"

Because so much is packed in, there is little for the new characters — and some of the existing ones — to do. Thankfully, Leia (Carrie Fisher) gets a nice send-off, but there is one highly CGI'd scene with her that will have some folks up in arms.

If there's one thing that will stay with me, it's Driver's performance as Ren. He's always the standout, but in this film he shows why he's an incredible talent. Honestly, the movie would be a disaster if it weren't for him.

Despite all of that, the movie is going to be a monster at the box office — at least for the opening. The question becomes what kind of legs it has. It most likely won't have the staying power of "The Force Awakens," but will it earn as much as "The Last Jedi"? We'll be watching.

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12 of the best and 12 of the worst Netflix original movies of the year


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  • In 2019 Netflix released countless original dramas, comedies, and thrillers to varying critical reception. 
  • The political documentary "Knock Down the House" and the animated film "Klaus" earned high praise from critics. 
  • Other Netflix originals, like the coming-of-age film "The Last Summer" and the comedy "Sextuplets" failed to merit positive reviews. 
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Netflix released dozens of original films in 2019, with some getting better critical reception than others.

Here are 12 of the best and 12 of the worst Netflix original movies of the year.

Note: The scores listed throughout the piece were accurate at the time of publication but are subject to change.

The political documentary "Knock Down the House" was called energizing.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 100%

Summary: In the political documentary "Knock Down the House," director Rachel Lears follows the propulsive rise of four women — Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Amy Vilela, Cori Bush, and Paula Jean Swearengin — during a contentious election season. 

Critics admired the energetic nature and riveting message of "Knock Down the House," saying that the documentary transcended political lines. 

"Even if your views don't align with the women in the film, there is something to be admired in all of them," wrote Lana Stanczak for Film Inquiry. "The film will make you consider if you could take on your district's most popular politician."

Critics called "Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé" show-stopping.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 98%

Summary: "Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé" goes behind-the-scenes for Beyoncé's memorable 2018 Coachella performance.

A mix of live concert footage and enlightening interviews, "Homecoming" is both a documentary and revealing glimpse into the star performer's life. 

Critics praised it for being an artfully crafted and "revelatory" music documentary. 

"If you don't get why Beyoncé is worshipped as a goddess, this glorious pop spectacle — part concert film, part myth-in-the-making — will fix that," wrote MaryAnn Johanson for Flick Filosopher.  "Enormously entertaining, and absolutely landmark."

Reviewers hailed "American Factory" as eye-opening.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 97%

Summary: The Netflix documentary "American Factory" centers around a Chinese billionaire who staffs a new factory in the heart of Ohio with thousands of working-class Americans. A mix of optimism and hope for success gives way to intricate obstacles for the factory. 

Film critics upheld the documentary as a non-biased and fully realized documentary about the nuances of the working-class world. 

"It is, in essence, a scholarly, almost sociological treatment of the material, in a way that broadly speaks to the plight of these blue-collar workers, with an empathy that's personal but not partisan," wrote Brian Lowry for CNN

Critics said Eddie Murphy shined in "Dolemite Is My Name."

Rotten Tomatoes score: 97%

Summary: Based on the life of Rudy Ray Moore (Eddie Murphy) the film "Dolemite Is My Name" traces Moore's career from struggling comedian to larger-than-life character actor as he brings the fictional Dolemite from stage to screen. 

Critics praised the film's take on the blaxploitation era of Hollywood, signaling out Murphy for his career-high performance as Moore. 

"Murphy roars back into the cultural conversation and my heart with his flamboyant, exuberant and spectacularly entertaining performance," praised critic CJ Johnson for Film Mafia. "I could easily take a Netflix series with an episode spent on the production of every one [of Moore's films]."

"See You Yesterday" was praised for its compelling take on grief.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 95%

Summary: In the science-fiction drama "See You Yesterday," tech-minded best friends CJ (Eden Duncan-Smith) and Sebastian (Danté Crichlow) believe they're close to mastering time-traveling technology.

But when CJ's older brother Calvin is killed in an altercation with the police, CJ and Sebastian must use their unfinished time-travel tech to save him before it's too late. 

Reviews for "See You Yesterday" praised its poignant messaging and refreshing take on the science-fiction genre. 

"'See You Yesterday' finds a striking-yet-natural balance between genre concept and a harsh reality that is achingly familiar to the people who have to navigate it every day," wrote AV Club critic Shannon Miller. 

"Marriage Story" was called a compassionate masterpiece.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 95%

Summary: In the drama "Marriage Story," a stage director (Adam Driver) and his actress wife (Scarlett Johansson) go through a grueling, heartwrenching divorce across coasts.

Reviews for the film praised its impressive script and talented cast. 

"Johansson and Driver are remarkably, heartbreakingly good in every scene; showing their characters' journeys to an unflinching camera, letting the gap between them get wider yet unable, for their son's sake, to completely walk away," wrote Moira MacDonald for Seattle Times.

Critics loved the drama "High Flying Bird" for its smart script.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 93%

Summary: Directed by Steven Soderbergh, the sports drama "High Flying Bird" focuses on agent Ray Burke (André Holland) as he navigates a deal during a pro-basketball lockout. With only three days to pull his deal off, Ray has to stay one step ahead of movers and shakers in the sports industry. 

The drama earned positive reviews for its well-written script and slick editing style. 

"'High Flying Bird; is a heady movie, full of political thought about sport, entertainment, race and power," wrote Jake Coyle for the Associated Press. "Rather than float on production value, it sustains itself on the tension of ideas, exchanged rapid-fire in gleaming office towers."

Critics were floored by the animated film "Klaus."

Rotten Tomatoes score: 93%

Summary: Netflix's first full-length original animated film is all about the origins of Santa

The story of friendship and self-discovery was praised for its stunning 2D animation and director Sergio Pablos' impressive storytelling abilities. 

"Destined to be added to the yearly holiday viewing rotation, Klaus is worth writing to Santa about," wrote Courtney Small for Cinema Axis.

Critics said the music documentary "Rolling Thunder Revue" is filled with gems.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 92%

Summary: Equal parts a music documentary and a concert film, "Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese" is a look back at America in the 1970s and Bob Dylan's place within it.

Assembled by director Martin Scorsese, the documentary features never-before-seen footage from an iconic year in music history. 

Critics said "Rolling Thunder Revue" is a thrilling and "unmissable" documentary, even outside of the iconic concert footage. 

"Thanks to some truly priceless moments captured behind the scenes and the beautifully restored picture and sound of the concerts, 'Rolling Thunder Revue' is essential viewing," wrote Third Coast Review critic Steven Prokopy

The documentary "Fyre" garnered critical attention for its take on the disastrous festival event.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 92%

Summary: Both a look back at the deliriously disorganized Fyre music festival as well as a take-down on the missteps of the uber-wealthy, the Netflix documentary "Fyre" seeks to disassemble what led to the failure of Fyre Festival from start to finish. 

Critics called "Fyre" a stirring commentary on the social consequences of fraud and false advertising. 

As Becky Kukla wrote for Digital Fix: "engaging, enraging and utterly absurd — Netflix's "Fyre" festival documentary is an absolute must see." 

"El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie" renewed love for the original drama series.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 91%

Summary: An epilogue to the "Breaking Bad" television series, "El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie" takes place in the aftermath of the show.

As Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul) tries to create a brighter future for himself, he first has to accept his dark past as a former drug dealer. 

Critics showered "El Camino" with praise for reuniting the talents of writer-director Vince Gilligan and the acting power of Paul. 

"Ultimately serves as a coiled and heartfelt tribute to Jesse's powerful trajectory, and Paul's own chemically active, emotionally reactive brilliance in one of our peak TV era's defining series," wrote Robert Abele for The Wrap

"Beats" won over critics with its compelling leads.

Rotten Tomatoes score:89%

Summary: In the drama "Beats," a teenage prodigy (Khalil Everage) forms a bond with a security guard (Anthony Anderson) over their love of hip-hop music. Together, the two try to break into the music scene in the South Side of Chicago. 

Critics praised the coming-of-age film for its captivating acting performances, especially from Anderson and Everage. 

Film critic Jeffrey Lyles said that "Beats" is like "stumbling onto a new album and just being able to go along for the ride without ever needing to reach for the skip track button."

Alternatively, "6 Underground" was ripped apart by critics.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 34%

Summary: The Ryan Reynolds-led action film introduces a group of heroes from around the globe who are brought together to erase their pasts while changing the future. 

"6 Underground" was ripped apart by critics for its incoherent plot and dull action sequences. 

"The film is a pure expression of the id for a filmmaker who thrives on moving at 100 cuts per second; for everyone else, as the expression goes, your mileage may vary," wrote Marshall Shaffer for The Playlist.

"The Silence" was called uninventive and charmless.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 32%

Summary: In the science-fiction drama "The Silence," young Ally (Kiernan Shipka) attempts to find safety with her mother and father (Stanley Tucci) as the world is overrun by creatures that hunt their prey by sound. As they wait out the monster invasion, they soon realize the people they're hiding with seek to exploit their daughter, who is deaf. 

"The Silence" earned little praise from critics who felt that the talents of the cast were wasted on a film that lacked creativity. 

"Whether you're a horror fan who enjoys jump scares, gore, monsters, or a sharp social commentary, Netflix movie 'The Silence' will satisfy none," wrote film critic Deirdre Molumby

Critics said "IO" suffered from a weak script and plodding pace.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 31%

Summary: In the science-fiction drama "IO," Sam (Margaret Qualley) is one of the last people left on Earth following a global crisis.

Desperate to save the dying planet from itself, Sam begins to change her mind following a chance encounter with fellow survivor Micah (Anthony Mackie).

Despite Mackie's and Qualley's best attempts to keep the movie afloat, critics blamed poor reviews on "IO's" lagging pace and limp script. 

"A forced romance, lackluster execution, and a tendency to pander to its audience makes 'IO' come up far shorter than it otherwise could have been," said David Fontana for Film Inquiry

Critics likened "Secret Obsession" to a formulaic Lifetime movie.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 31%

Summary: Waking up from a traumatic accident, Jennifer (Brenda Song) can't recall memories from her former life. Thankfully her husband is there to take her home and care for her, but as the days go by Jennifer becomes convinced that someone sinister is watching her every move. 

Critics panned "Secret Obsession" for being formulaic and predictable, but some acquiesced that the film at least seemed self-aware of its failings. 

"This is a pretty bad movie, but it seems to be bad in the way it's meant to be bad,"Linda Holmes said for NPR. "It's cheerfully trashy, and if that's up your alley, have at it."

The drama "Red Sea Diving Resort" fell flat with critics.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 30%

Summary: Loosely based on an inspiring true story, the Netflix drama "Red Sea Diving Resort" follows the harrowing mission of two agents — Ari Kidron (Chris Evans) and Kabede Bimro (Michael Kenneth Williams) — as they smuggle thousands of refugees from Sudan to Israel. 

Critics praised the messaging of the story but felt that it got muddled amongst poor plotting and stiff characters. 

"The Red Sea Diving Resort is built around a narrative with massive potential, but the movie never quite delivers, reducing it to a film that is merely adequate," wrote Natasha Alvar for Cultured Vultures

Critics said the thriller "Rattlesnake" lacked any real thrills.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 29%

Summary: In the suspense thriller "Rattlesnake," Katrina (Carmen Ejogo) drives across the country with her daughter in an effort to strike out on her own and start a new life.

After Katrina's daughter wanders into the desert and is bitten by a venomous rattlesnake, a mysterious woman helps heal the child — but the miracle comes at a steep cost. 

Critics said the film found a slight ounce of redemption through the effort of lead actress Ejogo, but her rousing performance couldn't save the film from being directionless and dull. 

"Ejogo is an undeniably talented actor who has delivered strong turns in genre fare before, but she's adrift here, stuck with a character devoid of specificity and personality," wrote Benjamin Lee for the Guardian

Critics felt "Otherhood" wasted the talent of its lead actresses.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 26%

Summary: In the Netflix comedy-drama "Otherhood," three mothers with adult children decide to take Mother's Day into their own hands after they feel forgotten by their family members. Their spontaneity takes them on a road trip to New York City to forge stronger relationships with their kids. 

Critics noted the presence of notable actresses like Angela Bassett, Patricia Arquette, and Felicity Huffman in "Otherhood" but felt that the film fell short with its script and vision. 

"[W]atching 'Otherhood' leaves audiences feeling secondhand embarrassment, not only for everyone's cringe-worthy behavior on screen but also for these lauded actresses who both starred in and executive produced this subpar film," wrote Kimber Myers for the Los Angeles Times

The family film "Rim of the World" failed to inspire critics.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 25%

Summary: Away at a summer camp, four kids find themselves at the forefront of an alien invasion in the action-adventure film "Rim of the World." The friends realize that the safety of the world is in their hands as they band together to stop a global threat. 

Critics noted that the fare was built for younger audiences, but still felt that "Rim of the World" was lazy in its execution from pre-production to post. 

Felix Vasquez Jr. of Cinema Crazed described the film as a "grating, painfully awful movie that seems to work against everything that makes movies of this ilk so entertaining." 

"A Christmas Prince: The Royal Baby" disappointed viewers who'd been following the franchise.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 25%

Summary: The third film in this series follows Queen Amber (Rose McIver) and King Richard (Ben Lamb) as they prepare to welcome their first child while dealing with political problems and ancient curses. 

But overall, critics felt that this holiday film lost the charm that its sequels had. 

Alicia Gilstorf wrote for Tell-Tale TV, "Don't expect to be rewarded for making it to the end because the luck and charm that carried the first film to stardom are nowhere to be found by the time the credits roll."

Critics called "Polar" lurid and poorly directed.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 20%

Summary: In the thriller "Polar," infamous assassin Duncan Vizla (Mads Mikkelsen) finds himself being pulled back into the life of contract killing as he tries to leave that world behind. After his old firm places a bounty on his head, Vizla goes head-to-head with younger assassins who try to take him out. 

Film reviewers criticized "Polar" for being a chaotic, messy film that is nearly unwatchable. 

"'Polar' is almost two hours of sensory overload that attempts to be a slick and gritty thriller but comes off as a brash, cluttered and crude film," wrote Carolyn Mauricette for Cinema Axis

Critics felt "The Last Summer" failed to add anything new to the coming-of-age genre.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 17%

Summary: After graduating from their senior year of high school, a group of teenagers tries to make the most of their last summer before adulthood sets in. As some mend broken hearts, others fall in love for the first time, all while the reality of their futures starts to take hold. 

Overall, critics were unimpressed with the ensemble romantic comedy, citing its lack of charm and originality as its biggest flaws. 

"Netflix's 'The Last Summer' is a hodgepodge of better teen movies, failing to say anything new or poignant about the transitionary period to adulthood," wrote Molly Freeman for Screen Rant

The comedy "Sextuplets" lacked laughs.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 14%

Summary: In the Netflix comedy "Sextuplets," Alan (Marlon Wayans) learns that he was born a sextuplet and sets out on a road trip to find his estranged siblings. As Alan learns more about his brothers and sisters, he learns more about himself as well. 

Some critics were at a loss for words over "Sextuplets," with most panning the film for being humorless and mean-spirited. 

"Why did Netflix make this?" asked film critic Grethe Kemp for City Press. "Who, besides Wayans and director Michael Tiddes, thought this was a good idea? I cannot answer this, dear reader. I may never be able to."

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Every single Ryan Reynolds movie, ranked


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

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

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

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

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

Rotten Tomatoes score: 13%

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

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

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

Rotten Tomatoes score: 19%

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

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

Rotten Tomatoes score: 19%

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

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

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

Rotten Tomatoes score: 21%

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

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

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

Rotten Tomatoes score: 23%

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

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

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

Rotten Tomatoes score: 25%

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

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

Rotten Tomatoes score: 25%

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

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

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

Rotten Tomatoes score: 26%

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

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

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

Rotten Tomatoes score: 29%

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

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

Rotten Tomatoes score: 30%

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

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

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

Rotten Tomatoes score: 30%

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

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

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

Rotten Tomatoes score: 30%

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

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

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

Rotten Tomatoes score: 31%

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

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

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

Rotten Tomatoes score: 31% 

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

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

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

Rotten Tomatoes score: 32%

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

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

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

Rotten Tomatoes score: 33%

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

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

He was the lead hero in "6 Underground" (2019).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 34%

Summary: In the action flick "6 Underground," heroes from around the world are brought together in one group to help delete their pasts while changing the future.

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

Rotten Tomatoes score: 37%

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

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

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

Rotten Tomatoes score: 42%

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

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

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

Rotten Tomatoes score: 43%

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

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

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

Rotten Tomatoes score: 43%

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

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

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

Rotten Tomatoes score: 52%

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

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

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

Rotten Tomatoes score: 53%

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

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

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

Rotten Tomatoes score: 56%

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

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

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

Rotten Tomatoes score: 57%

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

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

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

Rotten Tomatoes score: 60%

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

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

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

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

Rotten Tomatoes score: 65%

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

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

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

Rotten Tomatoes score: 67%

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

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

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

Rotten Tomatoes score: 67%

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

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

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

Rotten Tomatoes score: 68%

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

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

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

Rotten Tomatoes score: 71%

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

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

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

Rotten Tomatoes score: 71%

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

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

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

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

Rotten Tomatoes score: 71%

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

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


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

Rotten Tomatoes score: 74%

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

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

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

Rotten Tomatoes score: 75%

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

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

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

Rotten Tomatoes score: 81%

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

Reynolds narrated the emotionally charged documentary. 

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

Rotten Tomatoes score: 84%

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

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

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

Rotten Tomatoes score: 84%

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

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

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

Rotten Tomatoes score: 86%

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

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

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

Rotten Tomatoes score: 88%

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

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

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

Rotten Tomatoes score: 91%

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

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

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The director of 'Cats' explains the movie's political message and what visual-effects tweaks were made after the trailer dropped


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  • "Cats" director Tom Hooper talked to Business Insider about making a big-screen adaptation of the musical.
  • Hooper explained why he feels the movie is about the "perils of tribalism" and how it also reflects today's fractured world.
  • Hooper addressed the complaints about how the characters looked in the first trailer of the movie and how he went about tweaking it.
  • The Oscar winner also talked about the challenges of finishing an effects-heavy movie in the era of racing to meet studio-set release dates.
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Tom Hooper looks pretty good for a guy who hasn't slept in days.

The Oscar-winning director has just completed a multi-day marathon edit to finish his latest movie, "Cats" (in theaters Friday), that began in London and finished across the pond in New York City where he had the world premiere of the movie at Lincoln Center Monday night. Now he's sitting in a hotel conference room on the Upper East Side awaiting questions from the press.

Hooper is no stranger to having to explain his work — especially when it comes to musicals. His 2012 big-screen adaptation of "Les Misérables" was criticized by some for being a through-sung work, in which there is little dialogue between songs. However, Hopper got the last laugh, as it scored three Oscars, including a best supporting actress win for Anne Hathaway.

The director now returns to the genre to adapt another beloved musical.

With "Cats," Hooper dives head-first into the legendary songs of Andrew Lloyd Webber. As with "Les Mis," the movie is through-sung as we spend a night with the Jellicle cats (that include Jennifer Hudson, Taylor Swift, Rebel Wilson, James Corden, Judi Dench, and Idris Elba in the cast). And thanks to CGI, all the characters are a cross between human and feline as they sing, prance, and dance the whole movie. The look of the characters led to a negative outcry when the first trailer came out, causing some tweaks to their look.

Hooper addressed these issues and more when he spoke to Business Insider the day after the movie's world premiere.

Jason Guerrasio: I have to admit, I was thrown for a loop when you closed your intro last night by saying that for you "Cats" is about the "perils of tribalism." Please expand on that if you could.

Tom Hooper: I'm sorry if I threw you by saying that. 

Guerrasio: No, it was fascinating. Because it was the usual pomp and circumstance of the introductions that happens at a premiere, and then your mic drop was "by the way, this I what I think 'Cats' is about"—

Hooper: [Laughs.]

Guerrasio:"Everyone enjoy it!"

Hooper: You know, what I was talking about was this tribe of cats called the Jellicle in a sense its weakness is it is tribal. It's pushed to its margins. The fallen, the forgotten, the disgraced. Grizabella (played by Jennifer Hudson) has been pushed outside of the tribe and is not welcomed in it and it takes a newcomer, Victoria (Francesca Hayward), to question that status quo. It takes her act of kindness and compassion to bring her back into the fold and say, "No, this cat should be considered." And I think the film at a thematic level is perhaps suggesting that we as a community are stronger when rather than dividing we reintegrate into our community the fallen, the forgotten, the disgraced. So central to the movie is a message about the importance of forgiveness. 

My phrase, the perils of tribalism, is a reflection on today's political scene, where both in the UK and the US the tribalism of cultural discourse and politics is making it harder and harder for acts of kindness across the divide.

Guerrasio: Wow. Did you ever give Andrew Lloyd Webber that take?

Hooper: We talked about it when we were writing it.

Guerrasio: A big takeaway is that the movie is non-stop songs. Very little dialogue in between. Was that your intention from the start of making this?

Hooper: I had confidence in the idea of a through-sung because of "Le Mis." When I made "Le Mis" there was a lot of talk about the perceived boldness of it. I think it was only the second of third through-sung musical ever made in terms of traditional Hollywood studio movies. And I think because that has succeeded I didn't have a fear about us needing, say, 50% dialogue. So I used dialogue only when I needed to bring out the story and to clarify things. I think I learned this from "Le Mis" and Andrew that you sever those connections between numbers at your peril. There was a beautiful musical logic so it's good to respect the architecture of a score like that because it's extremely well put together in terms of the way it repeats motifs. It's part of its hidden path that you can unlock if you respect it structurally. I think part of the challenge as a filmmaker is you're trying to make a narrative about a collection of diverse characters and introducing them while also keeping the story going. And in that I was lucky in having Francesca as Victoria, who becomes your eyes and ears. 

Guerrasio: Then there's the visuals of the characters. The producers of the movie recently spoke out that there were changes to the look of the cat characters since the trailer was released. Personally, I didn't really see any change. What did you change?

Hooper: What the trailer reminded me was my original intention, which was to preserve as much of the face as possible. I think, possibly, in some characters in the trailer the original face had gotten a little bit lost under the fur. So I think the biggest difference, which is subtle but it's important, was to pare it back and sculpt it more lovingly around the actor's actual face so I lost none of it. So I think why you wouldn't necessarily spot, it is what the actor looked like without [the CG]. It's hard to see it compared to where I'm sitting. But what you saw, take Victoria for instance, it's incredibly loyal to what she did on a day of shooting. Her performance is all there, basically. 

Tom Hooper APGuerrasio: Which I would think is what you want. You want the facial features to be prevalent.

Hooper: Exactly. So the trailer was a good reminder to stay true to my original plan. 

Guerrasio: So it was a nice test balloon, the trailer. 

Hooper: But it was an intense focus group of millions of people. [Laughs.]

Guerrasio: I'm sure there were a few conference calls that happened on your end after the trailer came out. At what point did you just scrap the idea to do it all with prosthetics?

Hooper: I tested it first for 6 months. In my naïveté I thought it would be cheaper. And the difficulty was with full prosthetics you end up losing so much emotion that it's too great a loss. And also, even if you do that, the ears still can't move so you've gone through all of that trouble but you still need to make CG ears. And the tail. Plus, getting body suits that look like real fur it would be really hard. We went to Legacy Effects, which is Stan Winston's old company in LA. They are the best in the world. But then it was thinking of putting prosthetics on that many dancers every day, they would be in the chair for three or four hours every day. 

Guerrasio: You wouldn't get anything done. 

Hooper: Yeah, it became impractical. 

Guerrasio: Are you the type of filmmaker who can sit back and enjoy a world premiere screening or are you white knuckling it the whole time?

Hooper: It's both. Last night when Rebel Wilson came out and the scene where she yawns and puts her tail in her mouth and the entire room laughed, that was a huge thing. You knew then the audience was in it. If you're not in the film you're not comfortable to laugh. I never fail to enjoy when humor plays. It was nice that pretty much every joke we have in there played well. But I'm also clutching my wife's hand. I did just finish the film yesterday. So no one has seen it before in this version. It really was a true premiere.

Guerrasio: When Jennifer Hudson really belts out the song at the end it gives you chills. 

Hooper: It's one of those films where it's as simple as that. If that works, you get chills, you cry, then the film works. That's why I had to get Jennifer Hudson to do it. 

Guerrasio: You are in a business where studios lock a release date before a movie even gets off the blocks, or just about to. Did you ever feel through making this that the release date was unrealistic? Would you have liked more time?

Hooper: The interesting things about visual effects movies is in a sense where do you draw the line? Because you should keep going. So the answer is, yes, you could keep tweaking it, but watching it I felt we're in the right place. But you're right, the calendar in a kind of Disney world is very mapped out. 

Guerrasio: You have to get your spot early or someone is going to take it. 

Hooper: But I think in this case, I felt there's no right place. Of course, there are always things I want to do, but I felt it was representative of my vision.

Guerrasio: You have pushed the bar in the musical genre for two movies now, what's next?

Hooper: I do something simple. I promise you. Like us right now. In a room, two cameras. I'm going to go small. 


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The new 'Star Wars' movie is getting savaged by critics, and already has a terrible Rotten Tomatoes rating — here's how the rating system works


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The highly anticipated new "Star Wars" movie, "The Rise of Skywalker," isn't officially out until this Friday — but it's already certified "rotten"by the popular reviews aggregation site Rotten Tomatoes.

As of Wednesday morning, when the first reviews of the movie were published, it's sitting at a rating of 56%. Any movie that comes in under 60% positive gets slapped with the "Rotten" ranking, according to Rotten Tomatoes.

That 56% ranking is based on 137 different reviews, but things get worse when you filter the movie's reviews by "top" critics — these are critics who work for established outlets, who have spent several years reviewing movies. 

As of Wednesday morning, Rotten Tomatoes' rating for "The Rise of Skywalker" was sitting at just 46% positive among top critics.

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Given that each publication handles reviews differently, you might be wondering how Rotten Tomatoes puts together all those reviews into a percentage-based rating.

In short: Why is this new "Star Wars" movie rated as "rotten" by Rotten Tomatoes?

"The Tomatometer score represents the percentage of professional critic reviews that are positive for a given film or television show,"the Rotten Tomatoes FAQ explains. "A Tomatometer score is calculated for a movie or TV show after it receives at least five reviews."

Critics are able to determine for their own reviews whether they're positive or negative, or they can leave that determination to Rotten Tomatoes — the site employs a crew of human editors who read through movie reviews and determine whether, overall, they're positive or negative. 

If the Rotten Tomatoes staff isn't sure about a particular review, they reach out to the reviewer or outlet in question for clarification.

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In the case of the latest "Star Wars" movie, which debuts in theaters everywhere this weekend, 137 reviews were taken into account. 

Of those 137 reviews, 77 were determined to be "fresh" (positive) and 60 were deemed "rotten" (negative). Among 37 reviews from "top" critics, just 17 were considered positive while 20 were considered negative.

In order for a film to be determined "fresh" by Rotten Tomatoes' ranking system, a movie only needs over 60% of reviews to be positive. But for a film to earn the "Certified Fresh" seal from Rotten Tomatoes, the criteria is more stringent: at least 40 reviews (75% or more being positive), and five of those reviews must be from "top" critics.

Even if it meets all those criteria, it still needs to be approved manually by Rotten Tomatoes staff.

In the case of "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker," those considerations aren't a concern: It's officially carrying the "Rotten" rating, and it would take dozens of positive reviews to dig it out.

Read Business Insider's review of "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker" right here.

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The worst movie every 'Harry Potter' star has been in


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Many stars from the beloved "Harry Potter" films have gone on to become household names.

Since the final film was released in 2011, the franchise's famous cast went on to appear in a variety of projects. However, not all of the cast's work was as acclaimed as the eight "Harry Potter" movies. 

Here are the worst films each of the lead "Harry Potter" cast members have been in, according to critic scores on Rotten Tomatoes.

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

Tom Felton - "Stratton" (2018)

Critic Score - 0% 

Actor Tom Felton became a household name playing the troublesome Draco Malfoy in the "Harry Potter" franchise.

Since then, he's continued to work on various projects, but his worst to date is a 2018 British action film called "Stratton," which is about a British Special Boat Service soldier who is on a mission to track down terrorists.

Critics felt that "Stratton" was a cliche thriller that fell short in terms of plot and action, especially compared to other films of the same genre.

Dame Maggie Smith - "The V.I.P.s" (1963)

Critic Score - 0% 

Dame Maggie Smith had an extensive career before she played Professor McGonagall in the "Harry Potter" films.

Although much of the actress's work is rated highly, critics were disappointed by the 1963 film "The V.I.P.s."

The drama, which also starred Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, and Louis Jourdan, tells a fictionalized story of actress Vivien Leigh's attempts to leave her husband Laurence Olivier. 

Although the film won an Academy Award, critics on Rotten Tomatoes did not love it.

One said its poor plot got overshadowed by its all-star cast and another wrote that the film was an "unmitigated failure."


Ralph Fiennes - "The Avengers" (1998)

Critic Score - 5%

Before getting covered in heavy makeup and prosthetics to play the evil Lord Voldemort in multiple "Harry Potter" movies, actor Ralph Fiennes had been in many films.

His worst, however, is the 1998 action flick "The Avengers," a spinoff of a British TV series about spies. 

Critics called out the film for having a plot and climax that seemed "rushed" and many felt that this spinoff didn't need to exist in the first place. 

Sir Michael Gambon - "Mobsters" (1991)

Critic Score - 6%

Revered actor Sir Michael Gambon played Dumbledore in the majority of the "Harry Potter" films, taking over the iconic role after the late Richard Harris' death in 2002. Harris had played Dumbledore in the first two films. 

And although Gambon has been in a number of hit films, critics have called "Mobsters" (1998) his worst one to date.

In this fictionalized mafia movie, a gang of young criminals tries to take over part of New York from the group of older men who control it. 

Overall, critics felt the film was "hollow" and boring because of its plot. 

Rupert Grint - "CBGB" (2013)

Critic Score - 7%

Rupert Grint made a name for himself playing the goofy Ron Weasley in all of the "Harry Potter" films.

After the franchise wrapped, Grint appeared in a variety of projects, from comedies to dramas — but it was his 2013 flick "CBGB" that impressed critics the least. 

The biographical drama follows the birth of underground punk rock at CBGB, one of New York City's iconic music venues. In it, Grint played Cheetah Chrome, guitarist for the band The Dead Boys.

Critics gave the film a number of biting reviews, calling out the film for its bad "cavalcade of rock star impressions," weak jokes, and lack of an engaging plotline. 

Alan Rickman - "CBGB" (2013)

Critic Score - 7% 

The late, great Alan Rickman had entertained audiences for decades before appearing as Professor Snape in the "Harry Potter" films.

Prior to his death in 2016, he racked up a number of acting credits and starred in"CBGB" alongside his former castmate, Grint. 

The 2013 film featured Rickman in the role of Hilly Kristal, the owner of the iconic nightclub that became the launchpad for punk-rock legends like Blondie, The Police, and The Ramones.

Although critics enjoyed the film's soundtrack, most found that the film itself missed the spark that punk-rock music is known for.

Robbie Coltrane - "Revolution" (1985)

Critic Score - 10%

Prior to playing Hagrid in the "Harry Potter" films, Robbie Coltrane had decades of acting experience under his belt. 

Although much of his work is critically acclaimed, 1985's "Revolution" stands as his lowest-rated film on Rotten Tomatoes.

An infamous box-office bomb for lead actor Al Pacino, "Revolution" is a film about a New York fur trapper who ends up fighting in the Revolutionary War. 

Critics called the film an "unintentional parody" and said it was "the worst movie of 1985." 

Emma Watson - "The Circle" (2017)

Critic Score - 15%

Emma Watson spent 10 years playing the studious Hermione Granger in the "Harry Potter" films.

Afterward, she starred in a number of critically acclaimed projects — but her worst movie to date is the 2017 sci-fi thriller "The Circle."

Watson starred in the flick as Mae, a woman who receives her dream job at a major tech company only to realize that the company isn't exactly what it seems.

The film also featured a star-studded cast including big names like Tom Hanks and Patton Oswalt. 

Despite liking the actors' performances, critics said the film's plot was "mediocre,""misconstructed," and that it lacked "anything resembling dramatic tension."

Daniel Radcliffe - "Playmobil: The Movie" (2019)

Critic Score - 16%

Daniel Radcliffe, who played the "Harry Potter" films' titular character, continued to have a successful acting career after starring in the franchise.

He held leads both on Broadway and in films, but one of his lowest-rated projects is the animated fantasy flick "Playmobil: The Movie."

The animated movie is based on a German building toy called Playmobil and Radcliffe voices the character Rex Dasher, a secret agent. 

Critics mostly agreed that "Playmobil: The Movie" seemed like a commercial for toys, not a well-developed film. 

Matthew Lewis - "Terminal" (2018)

Critic Score - 20%

Matthew Lewis made a name for himself playing the lovable Gryffindor Neville Longbottom in the "Harry Potter" films.

And although he hasn't been in many films since, his worst one to date is "Terminal" (2018). 

The neo-noir thriller featured stars like Margot Robbie and Simon Pegg and it follows a group of people whose nights are being destroyed by someone who's determined to get revenge.

Overall, critics praised the design and visuals in the film, but could not get past the "hollow" and "uninteresting" plot. 


Bonnie Wright - "The Sea" (2013)

Critic Score - 50%

Actress Bonnie Wright's role as Ginny Weasley grew over the course of the "Harry Potter" film franchise, making her a fast fan-favorite.

After the series wrapped, Wright appeared in a few films including the poorly reviewed British drama "The Sea" which debuted in 2013. 

"The Sea" follows the journey of a man named Max who returns to the seaside resort where he spent his childhood summers. Wright appeared as Rose, the nanny of twins who Max befriended as a kid. 

As the 50% score on Rotten Tomatoes implies, critics were split on the film.

One critic said the film "moves gracefully between periods in its protagonist's life and captures his sense of yearning and loss" whereas another described it as a "dull-as-dishwater melodrama."

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The 21 most iconic movie makeovers of all time


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Any self-respecting romantic-comedy fan can pick their favorite makeover — they're a staple of the genre. Perhaps you're partial to Julia Roberts shopping on Rodeo Drive set to Roy Orbison's "Oh, Pretty Woman," or Sandra Bullock shedding her windbreaker for a tiara in "Miss Congeniality."

We've picked our 21 favorite movie makeover scenes — and not all are from rom-coms.

All it takes for Zack (Freddie Prinze Jr.) to notice Laney (Rachael Leigh Cook) in "She's All That" are some contacts, a red dress, and some basic hair-styling.

Thankfully, Zack's little sister Mac, played by Anna Paquin, makes sure to note that Laney is "new, but not improved, but not different." Cue up "Kiss Me" by Sixpence None the Richer and prepare to cry.

This scene became so associated with the genre that a few years later, the satire film "Not Another Teen Movie"would go on to recreate it, with a few minor tweaks.

Anne Hathaway went from being Mia Thermopolis to Amelia Mignonette Grimaldi Thermopolis Renaldo, Princess of Genovia in "The Princess Diaries" with the help of her stylist, Paolo.

You can watch the reveal here— who knew all it'd take to turn Mia into royalty was getting her hair straightened?

Anne Hathaway was also part of another iconic makeover — this time in "The Devil Wears Prada."

Her character, Andy, goes from frumpy to chic with the help of Stanley Tucci's Nigel.

Eggsy, played by Taron Egerton, went from chav to suave in "Kingsman: The Secret Service," with the help of Colin Firth's Harry Hart.

As the Kingsman would say, manners maketh man.

Eliza Doolittle is the star of the original rags-to-riches story, "My Fair Lady," in which she sheds her Cockney accent to help someone win a bet.

In the original musical, Eliza was played by Julie Andrews, though the role was controversially given to Audrey Hepburn for the film.

When Ally (Lady Gaga) goes from brunette to redhead, alarm bells start going off in the mind of Jackson Maine (Bradley Cooper) in "A Star Is Born."

As Ally begins her ascent up the charts, she begins changing parts of herself, like her clothes, hair color, and musical style — though it's a little murky what director Bradley Cooper was trying to say about pop music.

In "Clueless," Cher targets Tai, played by Brittany Murphy, for one of her makeovers because they give her "a sense of control in a world full of chaos."

However, Tai eventually reverts back to herself after realizing that she doesn't want to be exactly like Cher and Dionne.

Lindsay Lohan's Cady Heron goes full-on plastic in "Mean Girls."

Cady doesn't stay plastic forever though — she realizes she's better off being herself than a wannabe Regina George.

In "Mrs. Doubtfire," Daniel Hillard, played by Robin Williams, dresses up as a Scottish nanny named Euphegenia Doubtfire to spend time with his kids.

The movie deservedly won an Academy Award for Best Makeup in 1994.

Adding a bit of hair gel and a tuxedo transformed Jack Dawson, played by Leonardo DiCaprio, from a guy in steerage to a man who fit right in with the rest of first class in "Titanic."

You wanna go to a real party?

Sandy (Olivia Newton-John) went from an innocent new student and cheerleader to full-on man-eater in "Grease."

While it's problematic in 2019 to put out the message that girls have to change their entire demeanor to win over a guy, it's impossible not to include her on this list.

And don't forget — Danny Zuko changes too! He became a varsity athlete, thank you very much.

FBI agent Gracie, played by Sandra Bullock, becomes a full-on pageant queen in "Miss Congeniality."

She even manages to save the day — and in heels.

When Fiona revealed her true form as an ogre in "Shrek," everyone was shook.

Fiona, voiced by Cameron Diaz, gave a new meaning to what a fairytale princess could be.

Vivian's looks from the beginning and end of "Pretty Woman" are equally iconic, thanks to Julia Roberts' endearing performance.

Did you know that the scene in which Richard Gere's Edward playfully snaps the jewelry box closed was improvised? Roberts' reaction was completely authentic.

In Emma Stone's star-making performance as Olive in "Easy A," she struts down the hallway, complete with a scarlet letter.

Olive leans into her bad reputation when she makes her big debut at school. Eventually though, she gives up the ruse and returns to her true self.

In order to play soccer, Viola (Amanda Bynes) dresses up as her twin brother, Sebastian, in "She's the Man."

"She's the Man" is based on Shakespeare's play, "Twelfth Night."

Selina Kyle, played by Michelle Pfeiffer, starts out as a mousy secretary in "Batman Returns," but rises from the dead as Catwoman.

It took some truly ugly glasses, frizzy hair, and dowdy cardigans to convincingly turn Pfeiffer, one of the most beautiful actresses in the world, into a plain-looking person.

Melanie Griffith's Tess had to ditch her giant '80s mullet to be taken seriously in "Working Girl."

Do we recommend using your new boss' name to get everyone at your job to take you seriously? No — but we do recommend ditching your mullet.

Allison (Ally Sheedy) ditches her goth look after an intervention from Molly Ringwald's Claire in "The Breakfast Club."

This is another case of a girl changing so a guy will notice her, which doesn't age well in 2019.

An injection of super serum turns a digitally altered Chris Evans from little Steve Rogers to Captain America in "Captain America: The First Avenger."

It's one of the best superhero reveal scenes of the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe, which is truly saying something.

Elle Woods, played by Reese Witherspoon, feels like she has to de-pinkify herself in order to get her classmates to take her seriously in "Legally Blonde." She's wrong.

Thankfully, Elle comes to her senses and brings back the pink for her iconic courtroom scene. But she does rock those glasses.