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10 movies that changed CGI this decade

  • Changes in technology shaped the way movies were made in the 2010s.
  • CGI got better at creating and shaping humans, from the face replacement in "The Social Network," to the de-aging in "The Irishman," to the shrinking of Chris Evans in "Captain America: The First Avenger."
  • Disney turned out several live action remakes of their animated classics. To make them feel more realistic than ever, they led breakthroughs in digital animals and virtual environments in "The Jungle Book" that later paved the way to "The Lion King."
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Following is a transcript of the video.

Narrator: From 2010 to 2019, technology changed in major ways, which had a huge impact on the movies we watched. From realistic environments to convincing fake animals, to aging and de-aging actors and even doubling them, it almost felt like there was nothing CGI couldn't do.

Let's take a look at some CGI from the past decade that took movies to the next level.

Who would have thought that a biopic about Facebook cofounder Mark Zuckerberg could also be a CGI marvel? Armie Hammer played twins Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss.

Tyler Winklevoss: I'm 6-5, 220, and there's two of me.

Narrator: Actors playing double is nothing new. Typically, when an actor plays two characters that interact, filmmakers use techniques like split screens and over-the-shoulder shots, which this movie certainly used. Just look at this shot, where the twins are walking together but we don't see either of their heads. That's because the movie used two different actors. Actor Josh Pence served as Armie Hammer's body double. Hammer's face was then grafted onto Pence's body in post-production. The two would switch off who would be Cameron and who would be Tyler from scene to scene.

Face replacement didn't start with "The Social Network," but this movie was, at the time, the first truly convincing version of the technology, especially since it was a movie with no sci-fi elements. Armie Hammer wasn't the celebrity he is today, and for a while people actually thought he was two different people. These techniques paved the way for an entire movie about doubles in the form of "Us" and for Chris Evans to fight himself in "Avengers: Endgame."

This feat also involved face replacement from Lola Visual Effects, which took what it learned on "The Social Network" and applied it to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Prior to his transformation into Captain America, Steve Rogers is small and scrawny, nothing like actor Chris Evans.

For some shots, actor Leander Deeny doubled as the skinny Steve Rogers. For others, the VFX team replaced Deeny's entire head with Evans' head. Evans would shoot the scene looking like himself. Deeny would watch Evans perform the scene and precisely mimic his every move. The crew would shoot a clean plate with no character at all.

Then, VFX artists would place Evans' face over Deeny's. But for most of these scenes, the VFX team digitally shrunk Evans down. For this, Lola Visual Effects invented a new method for shrinking, which it called "Steve slimming."

Lola Visual Effects' artists said they learned a lot from this experience, like how to highlight an actor's performance without letting CGI get in the way. That's a lesson they applied when de-aging Samuel L. Jackson in "Captain Marvel."

Chris Evans wasn't the only Marvel hero who went through a CGI transformation.

"Captain America: Civil War" featured a de-aged Robert Downey Jr. as Young Tony Stark. Lola Visual Effects once again stepped in here. Some cases of de-aging involve a body double, and others involve replacing the actor with a digital double. However, new technology allowed Downey to perform the scene normally as himself. VFX artists used digital compositing to de-age the actor. This way, Downey could still perform the scene as usual and the VFX team wouldn't lose the actor's many nuances, which is a technological achievement that helped three years later in "The Irishman," which we'll get to in a bit.

De-aging has become an essential process. Changes can be as big as lifting skin and as subtle as increasing light reflecting off skin. One of the biggest challenges of de-aging a well-known star is that audiences are familiar with how they looked when they were younger, especially with an actor like Downey, who has been in movies since he was a child. So the VFX team analyzed old footage of him in 1987's "Less Than Zero," which helps explain why this young version of Tony Stark was so convincing.

De-aging was not invented in this decade. An early use came in 2006's "X-Men: The Last Stand." But looking at the results from that decade to this one, you can see just how much better it's gotten.

Technology can both de-age and age an actor. Hayley Atwell was aged up for a pivotal scene where she plays a much older Peggy Carter. Once again, thank Lola Visual Effects for this transformation.

Every movie is just an excuse for visual effects artists to build on the visual effects work done before and get better. In an interview, Lola VFX artists said they believed they spent so much time perfecting Carter's neck that they didn't spend nearly enough time on her face.

Five years later, Captain America would finally get to act his age in "Avengers: Endgame," as Chris Evans was aged up using a mix of CGI, makeup, and a body double. But this time, Evans wore neck prosthetics so the VFX artists could spend even more time perfecting his older face.

Thanks to motion-capture technology, actors could show their full range of emotions while being transformed into basically any kind of creature. Mo-cap was honed in the 2000s in the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy, "King Kong," and "Avatar."

It became commonplace in the 2010s, hitting its stride over the course of the "Planet of the Apes" reboot trilogy. Much of the work on all of these movies was done by the famed visual effects studio Weta Digital. By the time of "Rise of the Planet of the Apes," cameras were able to capture the most subtle of movements and details, which made the apes more believable.

And "Rise" was also the first movie to ever shoot motion capture in a live-action location, as opposed to just a bare soundstage. This development would later help them to shoot in even more challenging locations, like the Vancouver rainforest in "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" and on beaches and in deep snow in "War for the Planet of the Apes."

It wasn't Andy Serkis' only big motion-capture character of the 2010s.

Serkis played the menacing Supreme Leader Snoke. He showed up as a hologram in "The Force Awakens" and then in person in "The Last Jedi." According to Industrial Light & Magic creative director Ben Morris, they didn't even have the tools to make Snoke look this realistic in "The Force Awakens." By the time "The Last Jedi" rolled around, they were able to add so many details to the skin, like age spots and veins.

The visual effects team shot Serkis with high-resolution cameras positioned at every conceivable angle to create a digital clone of him. As Serkis performed, they could automatically capture every subtle facial move, from how he smiles to how he furrows his brow. They even studied the elderly to see how light would realistically hit Snoke's skin.

The technology ILM developed in collaboration with Disney Research has been used to capture many actors. One of the most prominent: Josh Brolin as Thanos. Look closely and you can see every crease, every pore, of the "Avengers" villain's skin.

In the live-action "Jungle Book" remake, actor Neel Sethi played Mowgli and was the only human character in the film. He acted on a completely empty soundstage, besides these puppets and creature performers that would then be digitally replaced with the actual CGI characters.

The biggest breakthrough on this movie: muscle movement. MPC Film developed new software for animating an animal's muscle structure. All of MPC Film's work directly contributed to its work on 2019's "The Lion King." The VFX artists perfected their already developed muscle and movement simulations. They also added more joints and bones under the skin as a way to make the characters' movements more natural. Otherwise, CGI creations run the risk of being either too bouncy or too stiff when they move.

And the environments created for "The Jungle Book" were made in virtual production, which required virtual reality techniques, allowing filmmakers to step foot in these environments and better place their characters in them. This was also used to a more advanced degree in 2019's "The Lion King."

But with great CGI comes great responsibility.

This "Star Wars" prequel brought back the Empire's sinister Grand Moff Tarkin. However, actor Peter Cushing died in 1994. So Industrial Light & Magic used CGI to bring him back to life.

Another actor, Guy Henry, stood in as Cushing and did his best Tarkin impression. A mounted camera rig captured his facial movements. Then, ILM used this performance as a guide to digitally recreate Cushing. The whole process took about 18 months to complete.

While Cushing's estate gave its blessing, the decision was still controversial. Should you bring back an actor from the dead? This issue isn't going anywhere. The upcoming Vietnam War-era drama "Finding Jack" caused an uproar with news that it "cast" a CGI-version of long-deceased Hollywood legend James Dean.

In "Blade Runner 2049," the VFX wizards at MPC Film created a digital double of actress Sean Young so she could reprise her role as Rachael from the original "Blade Runner." It may be the most convincing digital double yet.

To create the digital Rachael, they 3D-scanned Young and aged her back to how she looked in the original "Blade Runner." Like with muscles and joints in "The Jungle Book," the most crucial CGI here is what you don't see: the skull.

To create a CGI skull, they combined the 3D scan with a life cast done of Young shortly after the original "Blade Runner." Focusing on building this character's skull allowed the artists to build the character's de-aged features around it. In addition, they focused on subtleties in Young's face and even how makeup was done in the 1980s.

Actress Loren Peta doubled on set before being replaced by the de-aged Young. VFX supervisor John Nelson also said he team closely studied the character's emotions in the original "Blade Runner" and incorporated them into the double, helping to make real and fake almost indistinguishable.

Digital doubles got so realistic that they would eventually allow Will Smith to act alongside a younger version of himself, while performing both parts, in 2019's "Gemini Man."

But creating digital doubles won't cause actors to lose their jobs.

In Martin Scorsese's mobster epic, Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, and Joe Pesci were de-aged to play Frank Sheeran, Jimmy Hoffa, and Russell Bufalino during various times in their lives. There was no need for the actors to wear helmets, tennis balls, or dots on their faces. The tracking marks were invisible.

Scenes had to be captured with three cameras at once. There was one central camera. The two additional witness cameras were infrared, which removed all the shadows from a given shot. A new software called Flux revealed a lot more details in the actors' faces, like how their faces are shaded and the way the lighting hits them.

For additional reference, the VFX team studied the cast's filmography. This allowed the actors to focus on their performances and the visual effects artists to focus on the de-aging.

But there are some things CGI still can't do, like make an actor's movements look younger. So a posture coach came to the set to make sure the actors were moving appropriate to the ages for a given scene.

Perhaps de-aging an actor's movements is a CGI breakthrough for the 2020s.

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10 of the biggest movie flops of the 2010s

  • In the 2010s, not even bankable stars, big marketing campaigns or impressive CGI could guarantee box office success.
  • In one year, Disney grossed over $2.7 billion on "Avengers: Endgame," and lost $170 million on "Dark Phoenix"and other titles.
  • Here are some of the most expensive movie flops of the decade, as estimated by box office reports.
  • Other movies that lost big included "Deepwater Horizon,""How Do You Know?" and "The Promise." 
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"Pan" (2015)

By 2015, starring in crowd pleasers such as "Les Miserables" and the "X-Men" franchise had put Hugh Jackman in a bankable position as a leading man. But this adaptation of the classic JM Barrie children's story "Peter Pan" was criticised for its simplified plot and pantomime performances.

After flopping with domestic audiences, it went on to underperform in the world's second-largest film market: China. Why? It was released during a summer of competitive family-friendly films, such as French animated feature "The Little Prince" and Marvel's "Ant-Man." 

"Jupiter Ascending" (2015)

A similarly big bomb from 2015 was "Jupiter Ascending." The problem wasn't its cast members Mila Kunis and Channing Tatum. Or even the bizarre plot of a cleaning lady with an interplanetary inheritance. It was overspending. 

Directors the Wachowskis had previously worked with Studio 8 President Jeff Robinov on the 1999 hit "The Matrix." Robinov signed off on casting and production design and approved a huge budget but left the studio before the films' completion. Fixing VFX issues prerelease also added to the mix, and the budget swelled. 

"Monster Trucks" (2016)

Name a film from the past decade featuring anthropomorphised, shape-shifting cars and trucks. You're probably thinking of a "Transformers" movie. And there's a reason why you wouldn't know the bomb "Monster Trucks," about a high-school senior who discovers a creature that feeds on oil.

The film was roasted online after its trailer release.

Part of its failure can be blamed on lack of on-screen talent, with Lucas Till not providing much of an audience draw. Also, in the age of successful animated features, targeting the kids market with a live-action cars movie that wasn't based on a well-known Nickelodeon or Hasbro character was a big risk.

"47 Ronin"(2013)

Nowadays he's the internet's boyfriend. But in 2013, Keanu Reeves hadn't had a hit since 2003's "The Matrix Revolutions." Samurai fantasy-adventure "47 Ronin" followed a string of misses for the star, such as "Constantine" (2005) and "The Day the Earth Stood Still" (2008).

The movie's release date didn't help, competing in a December box office already packed with "The Wolf of Wall Street," the "Hobbit" sequel, "American Hustle,""Her,""Saving Mr. Banks," and "Anchorman 2." You'd need to be a committed movie buff to watch all those releases over the festive period.

"Mars Needs Moms" (2011)

Disney's animated feature sold just $6.9 million in tickets in its North America opening weekend.

The plotline of a child whose mother is taken away from him was off-putting for family audiences, as was the unique animation style.

Producer Robert Zemeckis opted for motion capture instead of hand-drawn or Pixar style of computer animation, which led to comments about characters' unnatural facial expressions being "terrifying."  Let's not forget Zemeckis worked on the 2007 uncanny valley flop "Beowulf."

"King Arthur: Legend of the Sword" (2017)

"King Arthur: Legend of the Sword" was panned by critics and made just $15 million in its opening weekend. This would be manageable for a small-budget British movie, but it was the exact opposite: a Guy Ritchie-directed Warner Bros. flick that cost millions.

Idris Elba and Colin Farrell are rumoured to have turned down roles, leaving Jude Law as the only A-lister.

And the story wasn't new.  Home audiences were already familiar with an adaptation of the "King Arthur" legend starring Clive Owen, which flopped in 2004.

"Jack and The Giant Slayer" (2013)

This movie not only changed its title months before opening but also underwent a change in director. The movie was originally titled "Jack the Giant Killer,"which suggests it was planned to be a grittier, edgier retelling of Roald Dahl's "Jack and the Beanstalk."

And like "King Arthur," it was a movie with an over-inflated budget, at $200 million. It also suffered from a glut of similar releases. It came out shortly after Jeremy Renner's fairytale flop "Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters", another childlike fantasy flick.

"The Lone Ranger" (2013)

There are negative movie reviews, and then there are the reviews "The Lone Ranger" got on its opening weekend. On paper, it sounded great: reuniting Johnny Depp with the team behind "Pirates of the Carribean" and adding Armie Hammer, who was a rising star thanks to "The Social Network."

But critics called this 149-minute outing "too long," and "clunky." 

The Guardian reported that the filmmakers tried to scale down the budget after being spooked by other modern Westerns bombing, such as 2011's "Cowboys & Aliens." But the budget soon spiraled again.

"Mortal Engines" (2018)

Producer Peter Jackson of "Lord of the Rings" fame taking on a beloved seven-book series by Philip Reeve sounds like a licence to print money. But "Mortal Engines" took a crushingly low $7.5 million across 3,103 theatersat the domestic box office.

There were some obvious reasons it flopped: lack of star power, confusing narrative about cannibalistic megacities.

But what really crushed it was the surprising box office smashes of release-adjacent movies. Clint Eastwood's "The Mule"made $17.5 million in its opening, one of the highest ever for an Eastwood movie. And family audiences were drawn to "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse," which piggybacked on the superhero trend. The "Mortal Engines" books were published over a decade previously, so they had less familiarity for younger audiences than the webbed crusader.

"John Carter" (2012)

Coming in at number 1 is one of the biggest box office flops of all time: Disney's "John Carter." 

What really killed this one was the trailers. They displayed the movie as  the most generic, boring blockbuster. It had no real star power, and a glut of special effects. Andrew Stanton, who also directed "Finding Nemo" and "Wall-E," reportedly overrode Disney marketing execs to have the final say on the promotional material. 

Even the "of Mars" was ditched from the title. The movie is based on Edgar Rice Burroughs's 1917 story "A Princess of Mars." But just "John Carter" was as vague as it was going to get. Perhaps Disney execs were aware of the curse of using Mars in a title. "Mission to Mars" and "Mars Needs Moms" both flopped this decade.

Critics weren't kind to it either. It went on to eventually lose close to $200 million.


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14 of the most anticipated horror movies coming out in 2020


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  • There are a lot of long-anticipated horror films set to come in out in 2020.
  • A quasi-reboot of a horrifying Japanese film, "The Grudge" is making its debut on January 3.
  • February welcomes the thriller "The Invisible Man," which will star Elisabeth Moss and Oliver Jackson-Cohen. 
  • In March, you can see "A Quiet Place 2," which features the work of John Krasinski and Emily Blunt.
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As this very long year finally comes to an end, it's time to look ahead to 2020 and all of the promising horror films it will bring. 

So far, the upcoming year is filled with movies featuring big-name actors, legendary directors, and talented screenwriters.  

Here are some of the most anticipated horror films that you should have on your radar for 2020. 

"The Grudge"— directed by Nicolas Pesce

Release Date: January 3

This quasi-reboot to the 2004 remake of the 2002 Japanese film (both by Takashi Shimazu) has had a long road to the silver screen.

Early whispers of the project first came back in 2011 when all the internet heard was that Ghost House Pictures was working on the relaunch.

The story is by Jeff Buhler ("Midnight Meat Train") and the screenplay comes from director Nicolas Pesce ("The Eyes of My Mother").

The heavy-hitter is also produced by Sam Raimi ("The Evil Dead") and it stars Andrea Riseborough, John Cho, Betty Gilpin, and horror icon Lin Shaye.

"The Turning"— directed by Floria Sigismondi

Release Date: January 24

A modern take on the 19th-century novel "The Turning of the Screw" by Henry James, "The Turning" is directed by Floria Sigismondi ("The Runaways").

It will star Mackenzie Davis, Finn Wolfhard, and Brooklynn Prince.

It's about an inexperienced nanny who takes a job watching two creepy kids in a huge, spooky house — and the script comes from "The Conjuring" writers Chad and Carey Hayes.


"The Lodge"— directed by Severin Fiala and Veronika Franz

Release Date: February 7

Snowed in at an isolated cabin with her fiancé's children, Grace (Riley Keough) has to find a way to navigate the tricky new relationships while also facing off with threats from her dark past in "The Lodge."

Directed by Severin Fiala and Veronika Franz ("Goodnight Mommy"), the film originally premiered at Sundance and was later picked up by Neon.

It was initially set to make its big debut in 2019, but now "The Lodge" is scheduled to release in the United States on February 7.

"The Invisible Man"— directed by Leigh Whannell

Release Date: February 28

A woman is stalked and tormented by her abusive ex, only no one can see him and no one believes that he is still alive.

Putting his spin on a character originally created by H.G. Wells, Leigh Whannell has written and directed "The Invisible Man," which stars Elisabeth Moss and Oliver Jackson-Cohen. 

A tour-de-force in horror for over 15 years, Whannell is known primarily as the architect of the "Saw" and "Insidious" franchises.

"A Quiet Place 2"— directed by John Krasinski

Release Date: March 20

After the first film exceeded expectations at the box office, "A Quiet Place" screenwriters and director John Krasinski decided to return to the silent but deadly world. 

Krasinski is back to direct and Emily Blunt is also returning to reprise her role as Evelyn Abbott, a mother trying to protect her family in a world overrun by large creatures with hypersensitive hearing.

Others reportedly joining the cast include Cillian Murphy and Djimon Hounsou. As with many films on this list, plot details are scarce.

That said, Krasinski has teased that the threat in "A Quiet Place" probably extended well beyond the borders of the Abbott family's property, but we'll have to wait and see just how widespread the chaos is.

Production wrapped on the sequel in September 2019 and the film is scheduled to hit theaters in March.

"Antlers"— directed by Scott Cooper

Release Date: April 17

Keri Russell and Jesse Plemons star in this Guillermo del Toro- and David Goyer-produced supernatural film about a small-town teacher, her sheriff brother, and a creepy local boy (Jeremy T. Thomas) who has something dangerous locked away in his home.

Directed by Scott Cooper ("Crazy Heart,""Hostiles"), the horror film has a well-cut trailer that teases the scares and wide-eyed performances from Russell and Thomas, but doesn't fully reveal the creature.


"Antebellum"— directed by Gerard Bush and Christopher Renz

Release Date: April 24

From the producers of hit films "Us" and "Get Out" comes a thriller about an author who finds herself seemingly trapped in a horrifying reality that's set in the past.

It stars Janelle Monaé, Marque Richardson II, Eric Lang, Jack Huston, Kiersey Clemons, Tongayi Chirisa, and Gabourey Sidibe.

Untitled "Saw" Project —  directed by Darren Lynn Bousman

Release Date: May 15

When news broke that Lionsgate and Twisted Pictures were developing another "Saw" film based on an idea from comedian and actor Chris Rock, some thought it seemed like a joke.

But it's very real — and production wrapped in August 2019.

Direct by Darren Lynn Bousman ("Saw II, III, & IV"), the film will reportedly star Rock as a police detective and Samuel L. Jackson as his father, per Deadline


"Candyman"— directed by Nia DaCosta

Release Date: June 12

Described as a "spiritual sequel" to the 1992 movie, the upcoming "Candyman" is produced by Jordan Peele ("Get Out,""Us") and directed by Nia DaCosta ("Little Woods"). Yahya Abdul-Mateen II is set to star in the flick.

The original film and its subsequent sequels were about an urban legend; a murderous ghost with a hook for a hand who would appear if you said his name in the mirror five times.


"Last Night in Soho"— directed by Edgar Wright

Release Date: September 25

In an interview with Empire magazine, "Shaun of the Dead" director Edgar Wright said his upcoming psychological horror film "Last Night in Soho" will have some elements of time travel.

Set in 1960s London, the film stars Thomasin McKenzie and Anya Taylor-Joy. The characters share a mysterious link inspired by Wright's obsession with the decade.

"Imagine if you knew everything you know now, and went back," Wright said. "I'm taking a premise whereby you have a character who, in a sort of abstract way, gets to travel in time. And the reality of the decade is maybe not what she imagines."

"Halloween Kills"— directed by David Gordon Green

Release Date: October 16

Director David Gordon Green and his team recently wrapped production on "Halloween Kills," the first of two planned sequels to the 2018 rebootquel "Halloween."

Jamie Lee Curtis, Judy Greer, Andi Matichak, and others are reprising their roles from the 2018 film.

It has also been announced that Anthony Michael Hall is joining the cast as Tommy Doyle and that actress Kyle Richards will be reprising her role as Lindsey Wallace from the original 1978 film.

That said, it seems the filmmakers are keeping the plot details under wraps for long as they can.

"Army of the Dead"— directed by Zack and Deborah Snyder

Release Date: Winter 2020

Zack Snyder ("Justice League") is back in the director's chair after taking a short break from Hollywood in 2017.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Snyders directed and produced a Las Vegas-based zombie-apocalypse film for Netflix called "Army of the Dead."

The film will star Dave Bautista, Ana de la Reguera, and Ella Purnell. The final day of shooting was on October 19, 2019,  but the exact release date for the project has not yet been revealed.



"Saint Maud"— directed by Rose Glass

Release Date: TBD

A psychological horror about a devout Christian nurse and her cancer-afflicted charge, "Saint Maud" premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 8, 2019, and made its US debut at Fantastic Fest down in Austin, Texas, a week later.

It is the feature-length film debut for Rose Glass and it stars Morfydd Clark as the titular Maud and Jennifer Ehle as the woman in her care that is in need of "saving."

Reactions from festivalgoers were positive, with several reviewers applauding the "unsettling" possession film for its "creeping dread" and its slow-paced, disturbing tone.

Following its debut, "Saint Maud" was acquired for North American distribution by A24. The studio tweeted that the film is "coming in 2020" but has not announced its plans for a theatrical release.

An untitled documentary about the history of queer horror in film — directed by Sam Wineman

Release Date: TBD

The last slot goes to a long-awaited documentary from writer/director Sam Wineman ("The Quiet Room") and the producers of "Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror."

AMC's horror streaming service Shudder announced this past summer that the untitled documentary will explore the history of queer horror in film.

The project is expected to highlight pioneering LGBTQ voices in front of and behind the camera, while also touching on the often problematic subjects, themes, and depictions of queer characters in popular culture.

"Horror has spent a great deal of time telling our stories undercover, both intentionally and unintentionally. In order to fully understand the depth of how and why, you have to unpack the social context of what it is to be queer at the moment in history that coincides with the films themselves. That story is one that is long overdue, and I am honored to have the chance to share it,"Wineman told IndieWire

There is currently no release date set for the film but, according to Shudder, it is expected to premiere in 2020.

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2019 was the year MoviePass died in spectacular fashion. Here's the inside story of how it happened.



  • 2019 was the year the movie-ticket subscription service MoviePass closed its doors. 
  • Business Insider covered the inside stories of the company's rise and fall.
  • Here's a curated selection of our coverage.
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It's not often that outside-the-box thinking happens in the movie-theater business, which has — broadly speaking — been doing the same thing for decades. And that's what made MoviePass so special.

The idea of taking a monthly subscription plan and plugging it into the theatrical experience isn't new. It's been going on for years overseas, particularly in Europe. But making the plan so attractive that it caught fire in the US and became impossible for the theater giants to ignore — that was the magic MoviePass had. And it was also its curse.

After the company lowered its subscription price to $10 a month to see a movie per day in 2017, the industry watched to see if MoviePass could sustain itself financially. But when subscriber numbers shot into the millions, and the company was still paying theaters full price for most tickets ordered, the finances deteriorated and the startup's dream began to die.

The company blew through hundreds of millions of dollars and then unraveled from the inside when the staff revolted and the parent company's stock was delisted from the Nasdaq. The service eventually shut down in September.

It was a wild ride.

Read the definitive story on the company's rise and fall on Business Insider Prime

Plus these other ones that fill in other aspects of the saga:

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Every single Halle Berry movie, ranked


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  • Halle Berry is an actress best known for her roles in "Catwoman" (2004) and the "X-Men" movie franchise. 
  • Insider ranked all of Berry's films based on critical scores on Rotten Tomatoes.
  • "John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum" (2019) and "X-Men: Days of Future Past" (2014) currently stand as her highest-rated films on Rotten Tomatoes. 
  • However, other flicks like "Dark Tide" (2012) and "Movie 43" (2013) did not fare as well with movie critics.
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Halle Berry has shined in various roles over the past several decades, with many fans remembering her as Patience Phillips in "Catwoman" and Storm in various "X-Men" movies.

However, not all of her films have been reviewed well by critics. 

Here is every movie in Halle Berry's filmography, as ranked by critic scores on Rotten Tomatoes.

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

Her lowest-rated film is "Dark Tide" (2012).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 0%

Synopsis: In the horror thriller "Dark Tide," shark expert Kate (Halle Berry) is enlisted by an adrenaline-seeking millionaire and roped into taking him on a dangerous shark dive.

Before they head for shark-infested waters, she learns that he has another caveat for the dive: they can't use a cage to protect them. 

In the parody film "Movie 43" (2013) she played Emily.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 5%

Synopsis: An assembly of raunchy and absurd comedy sketches, the parody film "Movie 43" starred an array of celebrities from Hugh Jackman to Emma Stone.

In the sketch she starred in, Berry was Emily, a woman playing truth or dare with Donald (Stephen Merchant) on a blind date.

Berry played Nurse Aimee in "New Year's Eve" (2011).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 7%

Synopsis: The romantic comedy "New Year's Eve" follows an array of New Yorkers on the night before New Year's Day as they fall in love and search for a fresh start. 

In the film, Berry played Aimee, a nurse who helps a dying patient (Robert De Niro) see the ball drop in Times Square one last time.

The actress famously portrayed Patience Phillips in "Catwoman" (2004).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 9%

Synopsis: In the superhero film "Catwoman," designer Patience Phillips (Berry) stumbles upon a dark corporate conspiracy and is targeted for knowing too much.

Born again as the vigilante known as Catwoman, Phillips uses her newfound abilities to protect her city and fight crime. 

She played Natalie in the comedic drama "Strictly Business" (1991).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 10%

Synopsis: When Waymon (Joseph C. Phillips) falls for Natalie (Berry), a woman who is hoping to get her big break in show business, he enlists the advice of his friend Bobby (Tommy Davidson) in helping him when her over.

In exchange, Waymon promises Bobby a hand up out of the mail room and into the top offices of their firm. 

Berry starred as Rowena Price in the drama "Perfect Stranger" (2007).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 10%

Synopsis:  In the dramatic thriller "Perfect Stranger," Berry stars as investigative reporter Rowena Price, a woman who goes undercover to solve her friend's murder.

Disguised as a temp worker at a lucrative ad agency, Price gets in close with executive Harrison Hill (Bruce Willis) as she attempts to pin him for murder. 

She was Kathleen Mercer in "Father Hood" (1993).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 10%

Synopsis:  In the comedy "Father Hood," second-rate criminal Jack Charles (Patrick Swayze) takes his estranged children on the road after they find him and beg him to take them out of an abusive foster home.

Charles tries to keep his kids safe as they stay ahead of the cops and a reporter (Berry) who is hot on their heels. 

The actress played Millie in dramatic thriller "Kings" (2018).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 13%

Synopsis:  Set during the Rodney King trial of 1992, the drama "Kings" follows single mother Millie (Berry) as she raises eight foster children.

When racial tensions rise in their community, Millie reluctantly aligns herself with her neighbor Obie (Daniel Craig) to protect her family. 

Berry was Josie Potenza in the murder mystery "The Rich Man's Wife" (1996).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 14%

Synopsis:  In the mystery-filled drama "The Rich Man's Wife," Josie Potenza (Berry) suggests she and her older husband Tony (Christopher McDonald) take a much-needed vacation in the mountains.

But when Josie meets fellow vacationer Cole (Pete Greene) she finds herself in over her head amidst a sweeping murder mystery. 

In "Gothika" (2003) she starred as Dr. Miranda Grey.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 14%

Synopsis: The horror thriller "Gothika" centers around Dr. Miranda Grey (Berry), a skilled criminal psychologist who treats patients in the psychiatric ward of a hospital.

After her husband is brutally murdered and all the evidence points to her as the offender, Grey is soon locked in the very hospital she used to work at, left to untangle the mystery of her husband's death as her sanity slips away from her. 

She played Nisi in the comedy "B.A.P.S." (1997).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 16%

Synopsis: In the comedy "B.A.P.S." two sparking waitresses, Nisi (Berry) and Mickey (Natalie Desselle Reid) take to Hollywood to live out their dreams of opening their own business.

When they bump into aging millionaire Mr. Blakemore (Martin Landau), they scam him into helping them without realizing that they're adding much-needed shine to his life in return. 

Berry was the titular Frankie in "Frankie & Alice" (2014).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 21%

Synopsis: Based on the real-life story of enigmatic go-go dancer Frankie (Berry), the drama "Frankie & Alice" follows Frankie's struggle to manage her dissociative identity disorder with the help of her psychotherapist Oz (Stellan Skarsgard). 

She played secretary Miss Stone in "The Flintstones" (1994).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 22%

Synopsis: Based on the animated series of the same name, the live-action "Flintstones" movie focuses on Fred Flintstone (John Goodman) as he rises through the ranks of Slate and Company, with the help of his friend Barney (Rick Moranis). 

Berry appeared in the film as Fred's new secretary Miss Stone, 

In the family drama "Race the Sun" (1996) she was Sandra Beecher.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 22%

Synopsis: Based on a true story, the family drama "Race the Sun" follows a group of Hawaiian teens as they assemble a solar-powered vehicle and race it across the Australian outback for the World Solar Challenge. 

Berry and Jim Belushi starred as the students' inspirational teachers, Sandra Beecher and Frank Machi. 

She played John Travolta's partner Ginger Knowles in "Swordfish" (2001).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 26%

Synopsis: The action thriller "Swordfish" centers around super-spy Gabriel Shear (John Travolta) and his plot to steal a billion-dollar bounty from the government with the help of his skilled partner Ginger Knowles (Berry) and the hyper-intelligent hacker Stanley Jobson (Hugh Jackman). 

She had a brief appearance in "Girl 6" (1996).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 33%

Synopsis: "Girl 6" is Spike Lee's comedic drama that tells the story of anonymous phone sex operator Girl 6 (Theresa Randle) who slowly becomes obsessed with her work. 

Berry made a brief appearance in the film.

The actress played distressed mom Karla McCoy in "Kidnap" (2017).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 38%

Synopsis: In the propulsive thriller "Kidnap," single mom Karla Dyson (Berry) is thrown into a chaotic car chase when her young son is kidnapped in broad daylight.


In the sports drama "The Program" (1993) she was Autumn Haley.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 43%

Synopsis: "The Program" is a sports drama that follows Eastern State University's coach Sam Winters (James Caan) as he recruits new players in the hopes of delivering a winning season for the university. 

Berry starred as Autumn Haley, a college student who captures the eye of several footballers on the team. 

She played Angela Lewis in the romantic comedy "Boomerang" (1992).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 44%

Synopsis:  In the romantic comedy "Boomerang," womanizing ad executive Marcus Graham (Eddie Murphy) is ill-prepared when he realizes that his new boss is self-possessed woman Jacqueline (Robin Givens).

Jacqueline sets up Marcus with their colleague Angela Lewis (Berry) who is immune to Marcus' usual tactics. 

Berry was Jordan Turner in the suspense thriller "The Call" (2013).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 45%

Synopsis:  "The Call" is a suspense thriller about 911 operator Jordan (Berry) as she's contacted by a captured teenage girl (Abigail Breslin) in the midst of an abduction.

Determined to keep her safe, Jordan races to protect the young girl and soon realizes that the kidnapper is linked to her own past as well. 

She was Khaila Richards in the drama "Losing Isaiah" (1995).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 45%

Synopsis: In the riveting drama "Losing Isaiah," adoptive parents Margeret (Jessica Lange) and Charles Lewin (David Strathairn) try to keep custody of their son Isaiah as his birth mother Khaila Richards (Berry) steps up and tries to find a place in her son's new life. 

In the action film "The Last Boy Scout" (1991) she appeared as Cory.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 46%

Synopsis: "The Last Boy Scout" is an action film that follows washed-up detective Joe Hallenbeck (Bruce Willis) as he tries to sober up and solve the murder of a stripper named Cory (Berry) who was under his protection at the time of her death. 

She was Zola Taylor in the dramatic comedy "Why Do Fools Fall in Love" (1998).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 52%

Synopsis: "Why Do Fools Fall in Love" is a biographical drama of the incredible but short-lived life of rhythm and blues singer Frankie Lymon (Larenz Tate).

Throughout the film, a variety of women, including Zola Taylor (Berry) of the R&B group The Platters, appear in court to claim royalties in relation to Lymon's career. 

Berry memorably played Ginger in "Kingsman: The Golden Circle" (2017).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 52%

Synopsis:  In the sequel to "Kingsman: The Secret Service," the original headquarters of the highest-ranking intelligence agency is compromised, leaving Eggsy (Taron Egerton) and Harry Hart (Colin Firth) to seek refuge in America with Statesman spies (Channing Tatum, Jeff Bridges, and Halle Berry). 

She played herself in the comedy "CB4" (1993).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 55%

Synopsis:  The comedy "CB4" follows a bunch of rag-tag wannabe rappers Albert (Chris Rock) Euripides (Allen Payne), and Otis (Deezer D) as they front as tough gangsters to make it in the music industry but soon become targets of genuine gang violence. 

Berry made a brief cameo in the comedy as herself, appearing alongside other celebrities including Ice-T, Ice Cube, and Shaquille O'Neal. 

Berry reprised her role as Storm in "X-Men: The Last Stand" (2006).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 57%

Synopsis: In the third "X-Men" film "X-Men: The Last Stand," the mutants are pressured by society to give up their powers in the name of national security.

As Magneto (Ian McKellen) sparks a resistance against mankind, Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart) urges his X-Men — Storm (Berry), Wolverine (Hugh Jackman), Rogue (Anna Paquin), and more — to keep the peace. 

The actress appeared as Jinx Johnson in "Die Another Day" (2002).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 58%

Synopsis: In the James Bond installment "Die Another Day," British secret agent James Bond (Pierce Brosnan) investigates an illegal weapons deal in North Korea and attempts to stop the villainous Gustav Graves (Toby Stephens), as NSA agent Jinx (Berry) assists him on his mission.

She voiced Cappy in the animated movie "Robots" (2005).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 64%

Synopsis: In the animated movie "Robots," ambitious robot Rodney Copperbottom (voiced by Ewan McGregor) travels to Robot City to live out his dream of becoming an inventor, but first he must face off with a corporate tyrant Phineas T. Ratchet (Greg Kinnear) with the help of plucky executive Cappy (Berry). 

Berry played Jean in the action movie "Executive Decision" (1996).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 64%

Synopsis:  The action-adventure movie "Executive Decision" centers around a group of patriots as they try to stop an Islamic terrorist group from overtaking an at-capacity commercial airplane.

The team, led by Dr. David Grant (Kurt Russell), recruits the help of flight attendant Jean (Berry) in thwarting the terrorist plot. 

The actress played Audrey Burke in "Things We Lost in the Fire" (2007).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 65%

Synopsis: "Things We Lost in the Fire" is a drama that follows Audrey Burke (Berry) in the aftermath of a random act of violence that leaves her a widow.

Struggling with her grief, Burke grows closer to her husband's childhood friend Jerry Sunborne (Benicio Del Toro) who grapples with demons of his own. 

Berry played a variety of roles in "Cloud Atlas" (2012).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 66%

Synopsis: A blend of science-fiction and fantasy, the film "Cloud Atlas" is a film about reincarnation and moral consequences that ripple through time.

Playing multiple characters linked by the same spirit, Berry starred as Native Woman, Jocasta Ayrs, Luisa Rey, Party Guest, and Ovid. 

She played Nina in the comedic-drama "Bulworth" (1998).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 76%

Synopsis: The political satire "Bulworth" centers around fictional US Senator Jay Bulworth (Warren Beatty) as he becomes a loose cannon on the campaign trail and attracts voters with his unexpected candor.

After gaining the attention of young Nina (Berry), Bulworth is given a new will to live. 

She kicked off the role of Storm in "X-Men" (2000).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 81%

Synopsis:  In the first entry of the "X-Men" franchise, Professor Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart) runs an elite academy for students with mutant abilities and leads a group of X-Men in keeping civilians — mutants and humans alike — safe.

The X-Men include the clawed Wolverine (Hugh Jackman), powerful Jean Grey (Famke Janssen), and weather-wielding Storm (Berry). 

Berry played Vivian in the romantic drama "Jungle Fever" (1991).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 81%

Synopsis: In Spike Lee's romantic drama "Jungle Fever," the director deconstructs the taboos surrounding interracial love by telling the love story of architect Flipper Purify (Wesley Snipes) and his office employee Angie Tucci (Annabella Sciorra). 

Berry made an appearance in "Jungle Fever" as the girlfriend of Gator Purify (Samuel L. Jackson). 

She starred as Dorothy Danridge in "Introducing Dorothy Dandridge" (1999).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 83%

Synopsis: Based on the real-life story of acclaimed actress Dorothy Dandridge, "Introducing Dorothy Dandridge" stars Berry as Dandridge and traces her upbringing from nightclub performer to successful actress, all the way to her early death.


Berry returned as Storm in "X2: X-Men United" (2003).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 85%

Synopsis: In this "X-Men" sequel, Professor Xavier (Patrick Stewart) and his academy are targeted for an assassination attempt on the President, causing Jean Grey (Famke Janssen) and Storm (Berry) to hunt down the real assassin.

The rest of the X-Men splinter off as they seek answers from the villainous Magneto (Ian McKellan) and protect the mutant students from harm. 

The actress played Leticia in the dramatic thriller "Monster's Ball" (2002).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 85%

Synopsis:  "Monster's Ball" is an independent drama about prison guard Hank Grotowski (Billy Bob Thornton) who is reeling from the death of his son Sonny (Heath Ledger) when he comes to the aid of Leticia (Berry) and her son Tyrell (Coronji Calhoun).

As Leticia grows closer to Hank, she uncovers a monstrous secret that could change the way she sees him forever. 

She made her final (and best) appearance as Storm in "X-Men: Days of Future Past" (2014).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 90%

Synopsis:  Set in a dystopian future where mutants and human allies are hunted down by robots called Sentinels, "X-Men: Days of Future Past" finds Xavier (Stewart), Magneto (McKellan), Storm (Berry), and Wolverine (Jackman) as some of the only mutants left alive.

Running out of time, Kitty Pryde (Ellen Page) sends Wolverine's consciousness back to the 1970s in an attempt to alter their horrific future. 

Her other highest-ranked film is "John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum" (2019).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 90%

Synopsis:  In the action thriller "John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum," elite assassin John Wick (Keanu Reeves) races through the streets of Manhattan in an effort to elude countless hitmen who hope to reap a $14 million reward for killing him.

Along the way, he enlists the help of Sofia (Berry), another ex-assassin and old friend. 

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What it takes to be a food stylist for movies and TV shows

  • When food is needed for a scene, directors prefer to use real food in movies and TV shows, and somebody has to make sure it looks right on screen.
  • Chef and food stylist Zoe Hegedus worked on "Midsommar," where she baked over 100 pies, prepared about 50 fake yolks, and plated 200 real yolks for the production.
  • In order to keep food fresh for long shoot days, food stylists will do everything from spraying foods to make them look shiny, to preparing "fake" edible meat that won't go bad.
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'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker' wins the box office for a third-straight weekend but is tracking slower than its predecessors (DIS)


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  • "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker" won the domestic box office for a third-straight weekend.
  • The third installment of the Star Wars sequel trilogy brought in $33.7 million over the weekend, bringing its domestic total to $450.8 million.
  • However, it's still behind what "The Force Awakens" and "The Last Jedi" earned by week three.
  • "Skywalker" could be the first movie out of the most recent "Star Wars" trilogy to not earn $600 million domestically by the end of its theatrical run.
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Disney's "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker" is still doing big business at the domestic box office as it stayed in the top spot for a third consecutive weekend after taking in $33.7 million. But compared to its previous chapters in the Skywalker saga, the movie is a little sluggish by "Star Wars" standards.

The movie's domestic total is now at $450.8 million, a fantastic figure for any blockbuster after three weeks, but at this time two years ago "The Last Jedi" had brought in $531.5 million. And 2015's "The Force Awakens" raked in the domestic cume after the third weekend of an incredible $742.2 million.

At the end of the day it's not how fast you get to $1 billion, but if you get there, and "The Rise of Skywalker" will certainly do that, as the movie's worldwide total to date is $918.8 million. But the performance by "Skywalker" in the coming weeks will be interesting to track, as it might finish its theatrical run without getting to $600 million domestically. A figure that both "Force Awakens" ($936.6 million) and "Last Jedi" ($620.1 million) surpassed.

Sony supplied the rest of the box office power this weekend with three very different titles.

"Jumanji: The Next Level" continues to be a strong counterprogrammer to "Rise of Skywalker" as it came in second place with $26.5 million. Its domestic cume is over $236 million, proving the franchise will continue on for years to come.

Then it was a battle for third place between "Little Women" and "The Grudge." Greta Gerwig's adaptation of the classic edged out the horror with a $13.5 million take. But the latest reboot of the "The Grudge" has nothing to be upset about. Despite a 16% Rotten Tomatoes score and an F CinemaScore, the movie overperformed with a $11.3 million opening weekend (it was made for $10 million).

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Box-office highlights:

  • Lionsgate/MRC's "Knives Out" continued to be one of the top-earning original titles released in 2019 (bringing in $9 million over the weekend, only a 9% drop from last weekend), but its performance in China has shocked everyone. Rian Johnson's whodunit, which he made after doing "The Last Jedi," has brought in over $28 million in the Middle Kingdom, which is more than what "The Rise of Skywalker" has earned there (over $17 million).
  • A24's "Uncut Gems" continued to ride its critical acclaim and award season buzz to bring in some impressive box office numbers, as the Safdie brothers movie starring Adam Sandler brought in $7.8 million over the weekend. That marks only an 18% decline from last weekend contributing to a $36 million cume.

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How Golden Globe nominee Jennifer Lopez trained to pole dance in 'Hustlers'


Following is a transcript of the video. 

Narrator: Seeing Jennifer Lopez performing the role of a dancer in a movie may not seem that surprising. She's known for her moves. But knowing how to dance, and knowing how to [pole dance] are two very different things. Turns out even J-Lo needed some help to get ready to assume her role as an experienced pole dancer in "Hustlers." That's where 10-year veteran of Cirque du Soleil Johanna Sapakie comes in.

Johanna: By the time we were done working together, even though it was just a short period of time, she's throwing out these moves without even thinking about it anymore.

Narrator:  So how did Sapakie get Lopez to the point where she was doing upside-down splits in just two months? Lopez took her training so seriously that she moved a portable pole into each one of her houses in New York City, Los Angeles, and Miami, so that she could continue to practice wherever she happened to be living at the time. And while Lopez was already in fantastic shape, pole dancing requires certain muscle groups to be extraordinarily strong. And because there are no body doubles in the film, she had to do everything herself.

So, to get her ready for the role, Sapakie first made sure that Lopez was exercising the muscle groups that she would need to pole dance like a pro. Lopez worked with her personal trainer to strengthen her core and upper body. She had to make sure that she was strong enough to perform certain moves, like the inverted splits, where she is supporting her entire body weight with just her arms and shoulders.

As Lopez continued to strengthen her body in the gym, she also began her pole-dancing training sessions with Sapakie. Sapakie says that each training session always started with stretching. It's important to loosen the spine, shoulders, and hips in order to provide a wider range of motion for the undulating movements that are central to pole dancing.

After stretching, Sapakie slowly introduced Lopez to the principles of pole dancing, such as basic spins and climbing.

Johanna: When we started, you know, the trainings are slow. You do one movement at a time. You rest in between.   If you're not used to a lot of rotation, getting the feeling of spinning around the pole takes a little bit of practice. And there's a lot of conversation about how to do the movement and what the movement is.

Narrator: Sapakie also emphasized improving Lopez's pole-dancing endurance because she knew Lopez was going to have to do her pole-dancing scenes over, and over, and over again throughout the day when they were filming — especially because her main routine was a full four minutes long.

Johanna: You're not just doing one trick at a time, you're linking things together into. You know, two, three, four minutes worth of movement.

She's doing takes from different angles over again and she has to nail it every single time.

Narrator: Because Sapakie also choreographed all of the pole-dancing scenes in "Hustlers," she knew exactly what moves Jennifer was going to have to perform for the film.

There were several particularly difficult moves in the choreography, but Sapakie was confident in Lopez's abilities.

Johanna: There's one where she actually wraps her legs around the pole and just squeezes with her inner thighs and that's all she's using to hold on, and that definitely took some practice because you really have to engage those inner thigh muscles in order to hold yourself on the pole. So that's not one that came on day one. We definitely had to work up to that in order to do that, in order to gain that feeling and that strength.

Narrator: Once Lopez started to get confident with her pole dancing, the last thing for her to master was flipping upside down. 

Johanna: You want to make sure that physically you're really capable before you're inverting.

It takes a lot of core strength, it takes a lot of grip strength, and it takes a lot of upper-body strength to physically pull yourself up and then maintain that position safely.

Narrator: When Lopez was first learning the move, Sapakie provided a spot for her, making sure that she was safe as she tried to master the movement.

But it wasn't too long before she was able to do it on her own. 

Johanna: She really became comfortable with it quickly because of her work ethic and because she was so diligent and determined to get it right. She was able to achieve her goal by the end, which was turning upside down and ultimately looking like she's been doing this her whole life. And that was really exciting to see and really satisfying.

EDITOR'S NOTE: This video was originally published in September 2019.

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The surprising things 25 actors have taken 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."

Aaron Paul took a car from "Need for Speed."

After filming the 2014 racing film "Need for Speed" (2014), Aaron Paul took home the 1969 Ford Torino GT from it, per Men's Journal. 

Aaron Paul also has a letter from "El Camino."

After filming the "El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie" (2019), Paul kept the letter than his character wrote to Brock, his ex-girlfriend's young son.

Per Men's Journal, Paul has the letter framed.


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." 

Vanessa Hudgens has an iconic necklace from "HSM."

In an interview with Cosmopolitan UK, Vanessa Hudgens, who played Gabriella in all three "High School Musical" films, said she still has the necklace Troy Bolton (Zac Efron) gave her in the movies.

"I feel like I need to sell it for charity because it's literally sitting in a little bag rusting," she added.

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. 

Netflix had a dismal night at the Golden Globes, but could still win big at the Oscars


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  • Netflix took home only one movie award during Sunday's Golden Globes despite leading the nominations.
  • But its Oscar contenders this year, from "The Irishman" to "Marriage Story," are too strong to count the streaming giant out of the race.
  • The Globes aren't always an indicator of what will win at the Oscars, as the voting bodies are entirely different.
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Netflix entered Sunday's Golden Globes with a leading 34 nominations across the movie and TV categories (17 each). But by the end of the night, it only won one movie prize for best supporting actress for Laura Dern in "Marriage Story." And its only TV trophy went to Olivia Colman for best actress in a drama series for "The Crown."

But don't count the streaming giant out of the Oscar race quite yet. Netflix's contenders this year are too strong to do that and the Globes are not always a solid indicator of what will win during film's biggest night next month.

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Netflix's "Roma" lost best picture last year to "Green Book" after the streamer reportedly spent up to $20 million on its campaign in an effort to strengthen its awards presence. But the movie still won three Oscars — best director (Alfonso Cuarón), cinematography, and foreign-language film — and suggested that the Oscars had warmed up to the idea of the industry-shaking Netflix being a legitimate competitor.

This year, Netflix's Oscar prospects are stacked with multiple critically acclaimed films.

Netflix's "Marriage Story" led the Globes with six nominations, followed by its Martin Scorsese-directed crime epic "The Irishman" with five. "The Two Popes" landed four nominations and "Dolemite Is My Name," starring Eddie Murphy, earned two.

Oscar nominations are announced January 13 and these movies could be contenders in multiple categories, including best picture. Experts at the awards prediction website Gold Derby have "The Irishman" in the lead to win best picture and the fact that it's a hit can't hurt either; Netflix said last week that the movie was one of its most popular releases of 2019.

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Furthermore, the Globes are voted on by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, a group of international journalists and completely separate from the Oscars voting body, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

While movies can gain awards momentum from the Globes, it's not a predictor of what could win at the Oscars, especially when it comes to best picture. Only five movies during the 2010s won best picture at the Globes and went on to win it at the Oscars.

No matter how the Oscars turn out, there's no denying that Netflix has beefed up its movie slate in recent years to become a formidable player during Oscar season. Its attracted filmmakers like Cuarón and Scorsese and 2020 is no different. Movies from directors like David Fincher, Spike Lee, and Ron Howard are on its release schedule this year.

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10 best and 10 worst Nicolas Cage movies of all time


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  • Nicolas Cage is an actor known for films like"National Treasure" (2004) and "Face/Off" (1997). 
  • Insider ranked Cage's 10 best and 10 worst films according to critic reviews on Rotten Tomatoes. 
  • His best-rated films like "Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse" (2010) and "Love, Antosha" (2019) were adored by critics. 
  • On the other end of the spectrum, critics panned Cage's work in movies like "Grand Isle" (2019) and "Deadfall" (1993). 
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Known for his work in thrillers like "Face/Off" (1997) and adventure films like "National Treasure" (2004), Nicolas Cage has made a name for himself in many genres by starring in over 100 films.

But with a career spanning the course of multiple decades, it's no surprise that not all of his pictures have been received well by critics. 

Here are the 10 best and 10 worst films that Nicolas Cage has starred in, ranked by critical 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.

The actor's highest-rated film is "Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse" (2010), in which he voiced Spider-Man Noir.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 97%

Summary: In the animated film "Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse," young Miles Morales (Shameik Moore) gains superhuman abilities at the same time that New York City loses their iconic hero Spider-Man.

When multiple versions of Spider-Man (voiced by Jake Johnson, Nicolas Cage, Hailee Steinfeld, and more) are pulled from other universes, they try to show Miles what it means to be a hero. 

Critics loved "Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse" for its moving story and unique animation design. 

"The delights of 'Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse' bring a newfound sense of joy and playfulness to the beloved character," wrote Katie Walsh for the Tribune News Service

Cage participated in the documentary "Love, Antosha" (2019).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 96%

Summary: The documentary "Love, Antosha" explores the unexpected death of Anton Yelchin and his legacy as a young actor and artist.

Cage was in the documentary to speak on his own personal relationship with Yelchin and pay tribute to him, alongside actors such as Willem Dafoe, John Cho, and Sofia Boutella. 

The nature of the documentary hit home for a lot of reviewers, who found the film to be a warm and fitting tribute to a man of boundless talent. 

"Mostly, the Antosha of 'Love, Antosha' seems like a good kid: someone whose life — and tragic death — should inspire us to spend our brief time here as wisely and as well as he did,"Pat Padua wrote for The Washington Post

The actor played Michael Williams in "Red Rock West" (1993).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 95%

Summary: In the dramatic thriller "Red Rock West," wandering Texan Michael Williams (Cage) is mistaken for a professional hitman by a tavern owner. Happy to just take the money and get out of town, Michael soon comes face-to-face with the real hitman. 

Critics called "Red Rock West" a tightly wound thriller with a well-earned ending and a phenomenal cast. 

"It's well worth tracking down, wherever you can find it. For it has the kind of tension and energy — maybe even a touch of delirium — that is only a memory in most of today's big studio movies," said Richard Schnickel for Time Magazine

In the movie "Moonstruck" (1987) Cage played Ronny Cammareri.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 93%

Summary: In the romantic comedy "Moonstruck," a widowed bookkeeper named Loretta Castorini (Cher) falls for rough-and-tumble Ronny Cammareri (Cage) right after she agrees to marry his older brother Johnny Cammareri.

Despite her mother's advice to marry someone she doesn't love, Loretta can't stop thinking about Ronny. 

"Moonstruck" was called an unforgettable movie-going experience for most critics, who felt that it had just the right amount of humor and heart. 

"There's an old-fashioned romanticism about the picture, a sweet, gentle approach to love and family life," wrote Jay Boyar for the Orlando Sentinel. "But this is kept from seeming sappy by the picture's tough-minded, almost abrasive sense of humor."

He was Castor Troy in the thriller "Face/Off" (1997).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 92%

Summary: In the action thriller "Face/Off," FBI agent Sean Archer (John Travolta) is on the hunt for notorious criminal Castor Troy (Nicolas Cage).

Through an experimental surgery, Archer adopts Troy's likeness to go undercover and find the position of a bomb he has placed in the city. Little does he know, Troy is about to take on Archer's appearance as well. 

Critics enjoyed "Face/Off" for its high stakes plotting and praised the way Cage and Travolta embodied their roles. 

"[Director] Woo, a master of poetical carnage, mixes kitsch, sadism, sentiment and comedy with choreographic precision," said David Ansen for Newsweek

The actor played Charlie and Donald Kaufman in "Adaptation" (2002).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 91%

Summary: In the comedic drama "Adaptation," screenwriter Charlie Kaufman (Cage) attempts to make headway on his next film script, while he's plagued by his annoying twin brother Donald (Cage) and a nasty case of writer's block.

Their relationship grows more complicated when Donald moves in with Charlie and tells him he's going to become a screenwriter too. 

"Adaptation" was a critical success, with reviewers pinpointing the creativity of the script and Spike Jonze's unique vision as the film's highlights. 

"The author of 'Being John Malkovich' takes us on a manic journey through the hazards of being true to yourself while being successful," wrote Wesley Lovell for Cinema Sight. "Streep, Cage and Cooper are terrific."

In the revenge movie "Mandy" (2018) Cage played Red.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 91%

Summary: In the revenge thriller "Mandy," Red Miller (Cage) and Mandy Bloom (Andrea Riseborough) lead a peaceful life on the outskirts of the Pacific Northwest until a violent cult enters their lives and sets Red on a path towards redemption. 

The suspense thriller "Mandy" took a lot of reviewers by surprise, leaving them stunned by the electric nature of the film and Cage's riveting central performance. 

"Fans of [Cage's] work will relish his extravagantly oddball performance as a dark avenger in this luridly overwrought horror movie," said Geoffrey Macnab in his review for The Independent

He was H.I. McDonnough in the crime comedy "Raising Arizona" (1987).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 91%

Summary: "Raising Arizona" is an action-adventure comedy in which reformed criminal H.I. McDonnough (Cage) and his wife Ed (Holly Hunter) realize they're unable to bear children.

When a local family gives birth to quintuplets, Ed pressures H.I. to kidnap one of the children so that they can raise a child of their own. 

"Raising Arizona" garnered critical acclaim for Joel and Ethan Coen's singular directing style and the performances of the high-profile cast. 

"Starting from a point of delirious excess, the film leaps into dark and virtually uncharted territory to soar like a comet," wrote Time Out critic Geoff Andrew. 

The actor voiced Superman in "Teen Titans Go! To the Movies" (2018).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 91%

Summary: A spin-off of the animated television series, "Teen Titans Go! To the Movies" follows Beast Boy, Robin, Cyborg, Raven, and Starfire as they try to make it big in Hollywood.

In the film, Cage lent his voice as Superman, a hero that inspires the team of teens. 

Critics felt that "Teen Titans Go! To The Movies" had the right mixture of heart, humor, and silliness. 

"While the kids at the screening I attended laughed hysterically at the fart jokes, the parents chuckled at the slightly more sophisticated humour and the adult geeks howled at the deeper pop cultural references," wrote Marsha Lederman in her review for Globe and Mail.

In the movie "Leaving Las Vegas" (1995) Cage played Ben Sanderson.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 90%

Summary: In "Leaving Las Vegas," struggling screenwriter Ben (Cage) falls for a prostitute named Sera (Elisabeth Shue). Consumed by his addiction to alcohol, Ben makes Sera swear that she will never ask him to quit drinking, a promise that becomes harder for her to keep as she develops feelings for him. 

Critics enjoyed the romantic drama, praising Cage's unparalleled performance and his chemistry with Shue. 

"Dark and giddy at the same time, 'Leaving Las Vegas' takes us into dreamy, intoxicated places no movie about an alcoholic has gone before," wrote Owen Gleiberman for Entertainment Weekly.

Alternatively, critics weren't impressed by Cage's film "Trapped in Paradise" (1994).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 10%

Summary: After being released from prison, Bill Firpo (Cage) is pressured by his criminal brothers Dave (Jon Lovitz) and Alvin (Dana Carvey) to return to a life of crime. Following a bank heist, the trio of brothers soon find themselves snowed in at a small suburb in Pennsylvania. 

Critics had little to praise after watching "Trapped in Paradise," calling it a humorless holiday flick with a dragging pace. 

"Considering that there isn't a single laugh in the whole picture, the term 'comedy' must be used loosely," wrote Hal Hinson for The Washington Post

The actor played Kyle Miller in "Trespass" (2011).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 10%

Summary: In the drama "Trespass," diamond merchant Kyler Miller (Cage) and his wife Sarah (Nicole Kidman) live peacefully in the woods until their house is invaded by a pair of thieves masquerading as local police officers. 

"Trespass" was slammed by critics who thought that the plot points were too predictable and the acting performances were unredeemable. 

"Cage performs with the conviction that comes from a long experience in bad movies. But Kidman seems totally uninterested," wrote Derek Malcolm in his review for the London Evening Standard

Cage was Joe in the thriller "Bangkok Dangerous" (2008).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 8%

Summary: In the crime thriller "Bangkok Dangerous," a legendary assassin named Joe (Cage) is enlisted by a crime boss (Nirattisai Kaljaruek) to complete a series of kills and finish the job by taking out a young teenager that helps him along the way. 

Reception for "Bangkok Dangerous" was riddled with negative reviews, with critics calling the film dull and lifeless. 

"While the film includes several exciting, creatively shot action scenes, the drama is otherwise so shopworn that the violent climax is a relief," wrote Chicago Reader critic Joshua Katzman

He was Evan Lake in "Dying of the Light" (2014).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 8%

Summary: "Dying of the Light" is a dramatic thriller in which a terminally ill CIA agent named Evan Lake (Cage) is forced into retirement early. He soon rejoins the force after his enemy (Alexander Karim) resurfaces after lying dormant for years. 

"Dying of the Light" was poorly received by critics who felt that it was overwritten, messy drama. 

"'Dying of the Light' is a shrill and bombastic slog, with an all-over-the-map collection of tones that never cohere into a credible or compelling vision," wrote Roger Ebert critic Matt Zoller Seitz

The actor played Mike Chandler in "211" (2018).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 5%

Summary: The suspense-filled drama "211" centers around police officer Mike Chandler (Cage) and a young civilian who find themselves in over their heads in the midst of a bank heist. Low on resources and without back-up, Chandler tries to take the criminals head-on. 

Critical reception for "211" was overwhelmingly negative due to the film's formulaic plot and a cast that largely seemed checked out. 

"A muddled, overcrowded, trigger-happy heist movie brimming with clichés while constantly trying our patience," wrote Richard Roeper for the Chicago Sun-Times

In the adventure film "Outcast" (2014) Cage played a warrior.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 5%

Summary: In the fantasy adventure drama "Outcast," a warrior named Gallain (Cage) pairs up with the children of a dethroned Chinese ruler in an attempt to help them overthrow their tyrant brother. 

Critics found the drama to be a tough slog to sit through, criticizing "Outcast" for its shallow story and lack of fleshed-out characters. 

"The status of actor Nicolas Cage's career has now definitively shifted from its entertainingly eccentric phase into its genuinely befuddling and perhaps sad phase," wrote Roger Ebert critic Glenn Kenny

He was Eddie in the action thriller "Arsenal" (2017).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 3%

Summary: In the action-filled thriller "Arsenal," brothers Mikey (Johnathon Schaech) and JP Lindel (Adrian Grenier) have always relied on each other. When Mikey is kidnapped and held hostage by mob boss Eddie King (Cage), his brother JP turns to a detective for help. 

"Arsenal" was derided by film critics who took fault with the movie's haphazard assembly and Cage's over-the-top performance. 

"Nicolas Cage delivers one of his all too frequent cringe-making, extra-screamy, dial-a-psycho performances in this ultra-violent Southern noir," wrote Time critic Kevin Maher.

The actor played Rayford Steele in "Left Behind" (2014).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 1%

Summary: In the fantastical drama "Left Behind," millions of people disappear from the face of the Earth without notice.

Amidst the chaos, airline pilot Ray Steele (Cage) tries to save the lives of the passengers remaining on his flight. 

"Left Behind" was dragged by critics who said the movie was nonsensical and bordered on unwatchable at times. 

"It believes people might buy a ticket to 'Left Behind' and not know the twist, like someone sitting down to watch Godzilla and being shocked by the entrance of a giant lizard," wrote Amy Nicholson in her review for LA Weekly

In the drama "Deadfall" (1993) Cage was Eddie.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 0%

Summary: "Deadfall" is a crime drama about a New Yorker (Michael Biehn) who loses his con-man father and travels across the country to find his father's identical twin in an effort to complete a sting operation.

Cage appeared in the film as Eddie King, a character he would later reprise in "Arsenal" (2017). 

Critical reception for "Deadfall" was abysmal, with critics saying the movie was shallow and poorly produced. 

In his review for Variety, Ken Eisner simply wrote that "Deadfall" was "watchable only for camp value." 

"Grand Isle" (2019) was also a flop for Cage.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 0%

Summary: In the action-packed thriller "Grand Isle," a young father named Walter (Cage) is arrested and charged for a murder he swears he didn't commit. 

Currently listed as Cage's lowest-rated film on Rotten Tomatoes, "Grand Isle" was panned for its incoherent plot and tedious pace.

"It is disappointing that this flimsy B-movie isn't better, because once it sets up its formulaic plot, it could have been both naughty and wild," wrote Gary M. Kramer for Salon

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How the Golden Globe-winning 'Missing Link' team created one of the most ambitious stop-motion animation scenes ever, which took 100 weeks



  • The creative team from stop-motion animation production company, Laika, explains how it made the ambitious bar room brawl scene in "Missing Link."
  • It took 100 weeks (the length of the production of the entire movie) to accomplish the scene.
  • And it was all done by one animator.
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This article was originally published on September 29, 2019, and has been updated to reflect "Missing Link's" Golden Globe win for best animated feature.

There's nothing more mind-boggling and enjoyable to watch than good stop-motion animation.

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

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

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

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

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

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

It starts with the storyboards.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

And it was all accomplished by just one animator.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Visual effects made up the background characters.

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

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

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

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

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

Here's a clip from the scene.

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

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

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The Golden Globe winner '1917' is a bold war movie whose striking cinematography demands to be seen on the big screen


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  • "1917" is set during World War I and follows two British privates who have to travel behind enemy lines to deliver an important message to their allies.
  • The director Sam Mendes has made the movie feel as if it consists of just two continuous shots.
  • The movie is an emotional thrill ride that needs to be seen on the big screen to be fully appreciated.
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This review was originally published on November 25, 2019, and has been updated to reflect "1917's" Golden Globe win for best picture — drama.

War movies are one of the hallmarks of the moviemaking business. Since the advent of the moving image, storytellers have been so captivated (and horrified) by the sights that they consistently make movies about the topic.

Sam Mendes ("American Beauty,""Jarhead,""Skyfall,""Spectre") is the latest to take on the genre and has done it with a masterful hand in the epic "1917" (in theaters Christmas Day).

Inspired by stories told to him by his grandfather, who fought in World War I, Mendes takes the hugely ambitious task of designing the movie so it feels as if it consists of just two continuous shots.

Clearly a personal project for Mendes, who has a screenwriting credit for the first time in his career (sharing it with Krysty Wilson-Cairns), "1917" stands out in the war-story genre for its pristine execution from all departments: production design, costume, visual effects, score, and especially photography.

Shot by the legendary cinematographer Roger Deakins, marking his fourth time collaborating with Mendes, the movie has all the makings of becoming one that will define Deakins' storied career (and will most likely earn him a second Oscar to go with one for "Blade Runner 2049").

The camera really is the star of the movie — no offense to any of the actors. But the artistry of how this movie is photographed will be marveled over for decades to come.

Take the opening of the movie, in which the British privates Blake (Dean-Charles Chapman) and Schofield (George MacKay) are told to report to the General. The shot is of the two soldiers getting some shut-eye by an open field. As the scene progresses, that shot becomes narrower and narrower as more things fill in both sides of the frame. With the camera pointing at the characters and moving backward, we can't see what is coming at them. But as we watch the pair walk and talk, things around them begin to reveal what they are a part of. After 10 yards or so of walking, we see more and more soldiers resting and interacting. And then things become even narrower as the two walk into a huge trench to get to the General.

That's just one example of how the movie's style brings loads of surprises, and with Deakins as director of photography it is gorgeous to watch.

In "1917," Blake and Schofield are ordered to hand deliver a message to their allies in enemy territory. If the privates don't get the message to the leader of the battalion, then 1,600 men, including Blake's brother, could perish.

The movie then becomes an intense race against time that includes a harrowing march through no-man's-land, a Germain occupied town, and more trenches.

There is only one blatant cut in the movie. It occurs following a dramatic moment when the screen goes black. Other than that, there is no break in the action, which makes it impossible for the audience to catch a breath (and fun to try to catch where the other edits in the movie actually take place). There are a couple of moments when things drag on for a beat too long, but other than that the movie is an emotional thrill ride.

And I can't stress enough that you should see this movie on the big screen. There is so much going on in the frame all the time that you want to feel fully immersed in it.

There are moments in the movie that are hard to watch, regarding gore and violence, but in no way does it go to the level of, say, "Saving Private Ryan." Mendes mixes the horrors of war with some touching moments that show hope even in darkness. That can range from Schofield aiding a mother and a baby by giving them his canteen (filled with milk), to a soldier singing to his platoon before they go into battle. Mendes and Wilson-Cairns discovered both of these true instances when researching for the script.

This is certainly a movie that will stay with you for some time.

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The worst movies that 50 Oscar winners have been in, according to critics


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Even award-winning actors don't have totally perfect judgment when it comes to the movies they star in. For every "Shakespeare in Love," there's a "Mortdecai" soon to follow.

We've rounded up 50 Oscar winners throughout history and found out what their worst-rated movie was, according to Rotten Tomatoes.

Keep scrolling to learn more about the high highs and low lows of these famous actors and actresses.

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

Anne Hathaway — "Don Peyote" (2014)

Critic Score: 7%

IMDb Summary:"It tells the story Warren Allman, an unemployed stoner who finally finds a purpose in life after an unpleasant encounter with a homeless man preaching the end is near. Fueled by vivid apocalyptic dreams, Warren becomes obsessed with 2012 doomsday theories and decides to make a documentary on the subject while his fiance is busy planning their wedding."

Hathaway, who won Best Supporting Actress for her role as Fantine in "Les Misérables," plays a character called Agent of TRUTH in "Don Peyote."

Leonardo DiCaprio — "Critters 3" (1991)

Critic Score: 0%

IMDb Summary:"The tiny fur ball aliens that will eat anything or anyone set their sights on a Los Angeles apartment tower."

DiCaprio finally won his Oscar for his role as Hugh Glass in "The Revenant." In "Critters 3," he plays the main character's little brother, Josh. It's actually his film debut!

Meryl Streep — "Lions for Lambs" (2007)

Critic Score:27%

IMDb Summary:"Injuries sustained by two Army rangers behind enemy lines in Afghanistan set off a sequence of events involving a congressman, a journalist and a professor."

Streep's three Oscars came from her roles as Joanna Kramer in "Kramer vs. Kramer," Sophie in "Sophie's Choice," and former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in "The Iron Lady." In "Lions for Lambs," Streep plays a TV journalist who is asked to spout positive propaganda about the war in Afghanistan.

Jared Leto — "Basil" (1998)

Critic Score:0%

IMDb Summary:"A lonely young aristocrat in turn-of-the-century England struggles to meet the approval of his over-bearing, class-conscious father while trying to please the selfish woman he loves."

Leto played a trans woman named Rayon in "Dallas Buyers Club," which earned him an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor. Seventeen years prior, he starred in "Basil," based on the 1852 novel of the same name, as the titular character.

Viola Davis —"The Architect" (2006)

Critic Score:11%

IMDb Summary:"An architect engages in conflict with an activist who lives in a dangerous complex the architect designed."

Davis won her first Oscar after three nominations for her role as Rosa Lee Maxson in "Fences." In "The Architect," she plays the activist, Tonya.

Mahershala Ali — "Supremacy" (2014)

Critic Score:27%

IMDb Summary:"A just paroled white neo-Nazi and his ruthless girlfriend kill a cop and take an African American family hostage. Meanwhile the supremacist leader who oversees his criminal empire from behind bars is not happy. Inspired by real events."

Ali has won two Oscars. First, for his role as father figure and drug dealer Juan in "Moonlight," and then for his role as real-life musician, Dr. Don Shirley, in "Green Book."

In "Supremacy," Ali plays a cop named Deputy Rivers.

Jennifer Lawrence — "House at the End of the Street" (2012)

Critic Score:11%

IMDb Summary:"After moving with her mother to a small town, a teenager finds that an accident happened in the house at the end of the street. Things get more complicated when she befriends a boy who was the only survivor of the accident."

Lawrence won for her role of a young bipolar widow named Tiffany in "Silver Linings Playbook." In "House at the End of the Street," Lawrence plays the "final girl" Elissa, who is terrorized by her next-door neighbor.

Marlon Brando — "Christopher Columbus: The Discovery" (1992)

Critic Score:7%

IMDb Summary:"Genoese navigator overcomes intrigue in the court of King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain and gains financing for his expedition to the East Indies."

Brando, one of the greatest actors of all time, won two Oscars in his career. First, for his role as Terry Malloy in "On the Waterfront," and then for his iconic role as Vito Corleone in "The Godfather."

They can't all be winners though, as evidenced by "Christopher Columbus," in which Brando played the Spanish friar and first grand inquisitor, Tomás de Torquemada.

Regina King — "A Cinderella Story" (2004)

Critic Score:12%

IMDb Summary:"Routinely exploited by her wicked stepmother, the downtrodden Sam Montgomery is excited about the prospect of meeting her Internet beau at the school's Halloween dance."

King garnered her first Oscar this year for her role in "If Beale Street Could Talk," as Sharon Rivers. In "A Cinderella Story," she played lovable waitress/"fairy" godmother, Rhonda. 

Matt Damon — "Suburbicon" (2017)

Critic Score:28%

IMDb Summary:"As a 1950s suburban community self-destructs, a home invasion has sinister consequences for one seemingly normal family."

Damon, alongside Ben Affleck, won an Oscar for Best Screenplay for "Good Will Hunting," which he also starred in as Will Hunting.

His worst film, on the other hand, was 2017's "Suburbicon," written and directed by his friend George Clooney. Damon plays Gardner Lodge, the patriarch of the "seemingly normal family."

Patricia Arquette — "Far North" (1988)

Critic Score: 13%

IMDb Summary: "After generations of being apart, an accident brings a family back together and they begin to cope with their original issues."

Arquette won Best Supporting Actress for her role as Olivia in "Boyhood," which was shot over the course of 12 years. In "Far North," written and directed by Sam Shepard, a 20-year-old Arquette plays a character named Jilly.

Sidney Poitier — "The Jackal" (1997)

Critic Score: 23%

IDMb Summary: "An imprisoned IRA fighter is freed to help stop a brutal, seemingly 'faceless' assassin from completing his next job."

Poitier became the first black actor to win an Oscar when he won for his performance in "Lilies in the Field," as Homer Smith. Over 30 years later, he appeared in "The Jackal," a Bruce Willis-led action thriller, as FBI Deputy Director Carter Preston.

Tilda Swinton — "The Beach" (2000)

Critic Score: 20%

IMDb Summary: "Vicenarian Richard travels to Thailand and finds himself in possession of a strange map. Rumors state that it leads to a solitary beach paradise, a tropical bliss. Excited and intrigued, he sets out to find it."

Swinton earned an Oscar for her role as Karen Crowder, a lawyer on the verge of a mental breakdown, in "Michael Clayton." In "The Beach," she plays Sal, the enigmatic leader of the beach community.

Rami Malek — "Need for Speed" (2014)

Critic Score: 22%

IMDb Summary: "Fresh from prison, a street racer who was framed by a wealthy business associate joins a cross country race with revenge in mind. His ex-partner, learning of the plan, places a massive bounty on his head as the race begins."

Four years before Malek won an Oscar for his portrayal of Freddie Mercury in "Bohemian Rhapsody," Malek appeared in "Need for Speed," a movie about the video game series of the same name. He played the group's computer expert, Finn.

Angelina Jolie — "Original Sin" (2001)

Critic Score: 12%

IMDb Summary: "A woman, along with her lover, plans to con a rich man by marrying him, earning his trust, and then running away with all his money. Everything goes as planned until she falls in love with him."

Jolie burst onto the scene with her Oscar-winning performance as Lisa in "Girl, Interrupted." Two years later, she starred in "Original Sin" as Julia Russell, opposite Antonio Banderas.

Gary Oldman — "Killers Anonymous" (2019)

Critic Score: 0%

IMDb Summary: "A support group of killers is held regularly. The participants sit in a circle of trust and share their transgressions."

Just a year after his first Oscar win for his performance as Winston Churchill in "Darkest Hour," Oldman starred in "Killers Anonymous," as a hit man only called The Man.

Cate Blanchett — "The Monuments Men" (2014)

Critic Score: 31%

IMDb Summary: "An unlikely World War II platoon is tasked to rescue art masterpieces from Nazi thieves and return them to their owners."

Blanchett has won twice: First, for her role as Katharine Hepburn in "The Aviator" and second, for her Jasmine Francis in "Blue Jasmine."

However, the worst film in her career was 2014's "The Monuments Men," in which she played Claire Simone, loosely based on French art historian Rose Valland.

Matthew McConaughey — "Surfer, Dude" (2008)

Critic Score: 0%

IMDb Summary: "A wave twisting tale of a soul searching surfer experiencing an existential crisis."

The "McConaissance" began with McConaughey's Oscar-winning performance as Ron Woodroof in "Dallas Buyers Club.""Surfer, Dude" falls squarely before McConaughey's career experienced a revival.

In "Surfer, Dude," he plays Steve Addington, the surfer who experiences the existential crisis.

Whoopi Goldberg — "Theodore Rex" (1995)

Critic Score: 0%

IMDb Summary: "In an alternate futuristic society, a tough female police detective is paired with a talking dinosaur to find the killer of dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals leading them to a mad scientist bent on creating a new Armageddon."

Goldberg won for her role in "Ghost" as medium Oda Mae Brown. Five years later, she appeared in "Theodore Rex," as a detective named Katie Coltrane. At the time, it was the "most expensive straight to video flop."

Daniel Day-Lewis — "Nine" (2009)

Critic Score: 39%

IMDb Summary: "Famous film director Guido Contini struggles to find harmony in his professional and personal lives, as he engages in dramatic relationships with his wife, his mistress, his muse, his agent, and his mother."

Day-Lewis is extremely selective with the movies he chooses, so it's no surprise that "Nine" isn't as widely panned as some other films on this list. In it, he plays director Guido Contini.

The now-retired actor has won three Oscars. First, for his role as Christy Brown, a man with cerebral palsy, in "My Left Foot," for his role as silver prospector Daniel Plainview in "There Will Be Blood," and as the 16th president of the United States in "Lincoln."

Anjelica Huston — "Material Girls" (2006)

Critic Score: 4%

IMDb Summary: "Two wealthy sisters, both heiresses to their family's cosmetics fortune, are given a wake-up call when a scandal and ensuing investigation strip them of their wealth."

Huston won in 1986 for her role as Maerose Prizzi in "Prizzi's Honor," which was directed by her father John Huston, and co-starred her longtime love, Jack Nicholson.

In 2006, she played a makeup mogul named Fabiella Du Mont in "Material Girls."

Jeff Bridges — "8 Million Ways to Die" (1986)

Critic Score:0%

IMDb Summary:"Scudder is a detective with the Sheriff's Department who is forced to shoot a violent suspect during a narcotics raid. The ensuing psychological aftermath of this shooting worsens his drinking problem and this alcoholism causes him to lose his job, as well as his marriage. During his recovery through Alcoholics Anonymous, he meets a mysterious stranger who draws him back into a world of vice. In trying to help this beautiful woman, he must enter a crime-world of prostitution and drugs to solve a murder, while resisting the temptation to return to his alcohol abuse."

Bridges won an Oscar for his performance in "Crazy Heart" as an aging country star named Otis "Bad" Blake. But decades prior, he starred in "8 Million Ways to Die" as Scudder, an alcoholic detective.

Goldie Hawn — "Town & Country" (2001)

Critic Score: 13%

IMDb Summary:"Porter Stoddard is a well-known New York architect who is at a crossroads ... a nexus where twists and turns lead to myriad missteps, some with his wife, Ellie, others with longtime friends Mona and her husband Griffin. Deciding which direction to take often leads to unexpected encounters with hilarious consequences."

Hawn won her Oscar for 1969's "Cactus Flower," in which she played Toni, a 21-year-old girlfriend of a dentist, played by Walter Matthau. In "Town & Country," Hawn plays a woman named Mona, whose husband is cheating on her with another man.

Forest Whitaker — "Battlefield Earth" (2000)

Critic Score:3%

IMDb Summary:"It's the year 3000 AD; the Earth is lost to the alien race of Psychlos. Humanity is enslaved by these gold-thirsty tyrants, whom are unaware that their 'man-animals' are about to ignite the rebellion of a lifetime."

Whitaker garnered an Oscar for his role as real-life Ugandan dictator Idi Amin in "The Last King of Scotland." Six years prior, he starred in "Battlefield Earth" as humanoid alien Ker.

Sandra Bullock — "Speed 2: Cruise Control" (1997)

Critic Score:4%

IMDb Summary:"A computer hacker breaks into the computer system of the Seabourn Legend cruise liner and sets it speeding on a collision course into a gigantic oil tanker."

Bullock portrayed Leigh Anne Tuohy, the adoptive mother of professional football player Michael Oher, in "The Blind Side," earning her an Oscar. In "Speed 2," she reprises her role as Annie Porter from the first "Speed" movie, a civilian who frequently finds herself in high-stress situations.

Sean Penn — "Crackers" (1984)

Critic Score:0%

IMDb Summary:"Garvey is a San Francisco pawnshop operator. His unemployed and criminal friends, Dillard, Turtle, and Weslake, team up with Boardwalk, a local pimp, to burgle Garvey's shop while the owner is out of town. During the elaborate planning process, Dillard falls for a Hispanic woman, the sister of a friend. Also, Boardwalk is assigned to case a local apartment, where he meets and falls for the maid. Amidst all these romantic hijinks, Weslake puts together a burglary plan, which is executed by the makeshift gang."

Penn has earned two Oscars in his career, once as Jimmy Markum in "Mystic River," and again as Harvey Milk in "Milk."

In "Crackers," Penn plays an amateur musician named Dillard.

Kate Winslet — "Movie 43" (2013)

Critic Score:5%

IMDb Summary:"A series of interconnected short films follows a washed-up producer as he pitches insane story lines featuring some of the biggest stars in Hollywood."

Winslet played a former Nazi guard named Hanna in "The Reader," and her performance earned her an Oscar. In "Movie 43," Winslet plays Beth, who goes on a blind date with Davis, played by Hugh Jackman.

Jamie Foxx — "Stealth" (2005)

Critic Score:12%

IMDb Summary:"Deeply ensconced in a top-secret military program, three pilots struggle to bring an artificial intelligence program under control before it initiates the next world war."

While Foxx earned an Oscar for his portrayal of Ray Charles in "Ray," not all of his films have been hits. In "Stealth," Foxx plays Navy Lieutenant Henry Purcell.

Reese Witherspoon — "Hot Pursuit" (2015)

Critic Score:7%

IMDb Summary:"An uptight and by-the-book cop tries to protect the outgoing widow of a drug boss as they race through Texas pursued by crooked cops and murderous gunmen."

Witherspoon won an Oscar for her role in "Walk the Line" as June Carter Cash. In "Hot Pursuit," she plays Officer Rose Cooper, a cop tasked with protecting Sofia Vergara's Daniella Riva.

Paul Newman — "When Time Ran Out..." (1980)

Critic Score:0%

IMDb Summary:"An active volcano threatens a south Pacific island resort and its guests as a power struggle ensues between the property's developer and a drilling foreman."

Newman is one of the most beloved actors in American history, though it took decades for him to finally win an Oscar for his role as "Fast" Eddie Felson in "The Color of Money."

Six years prior to the win, he starred in universally panned "When Time Ran Out..." as an oil rigger named Hank Anderson.

Nicole Kidman — "Trespass" (2011)

Critic Score:10%

IMDb Summary:"As they're held for ransom, a husband and wife's predicament grows more dire amid the discovery of betrayal and deception."

Kidman earned an Oscar for "The Hours," in which she played real-life author Virginia Woolf. In "Trespass," she plays Sarah, a member of a family who is taken hostage by a group of extortionists.

Al Pacino — "Jack and Jill" (2011)

Critic Score:3%

IMDb Summary:"Family guy Jack Sadelstein prepares for the annual event he dreads: the Thanksgiving visit of his fraternal twin sister, the needy and passive-aggressive Jill, who then refuses to leave."

After decades of iconic performances, Pacino won his Oscar for 1992's "Scent of a Woman," in which he plays Frank Slade, a blind alcoholic that Chris O'Donnell's character Charlie is tasked with taking care of.

In "Jack and Jill," Pacino plays a fictionalized version of himself with a giant crush on Jill, played by Adam Sandler.

Halle Berry — "Dark Tide" (2012)

Critic Score:0%

IMDb Summary:"A professional diver tutor returns to deep waters after one year, following an almost fatal encounter with a great white shark. The nightmare from the deep is still lurking — more carnivorous and hungry than ever."

Berry is perhaps one of the most famous alleged victims of the "Oscar's curse." After winning for her portrayal of Leticia Musgrove in "Monster's Ball," Berry's career has slowed. Case in point: the 2012 film "Dark Tide," in which Berry plays Katie Mathieson, the shark expert afraid to get back in the water.

Robert De Niro — "The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight" (1971)

Critic Score:0%

IMDb Summary:"This is a funny story about two warring Mafia gangs in New York City. The weaker gang uses a lion to blackmail the opposite gang's 'clients.' The police succeed in stopping one of the gangs, while the other remains without the boss."

De Niro is another highly respected actor in cinematic history, as evidenced by his two Oscar wins for "The Godfather Part II" as Vito Corleone — making him and Marlon Brando the only two people to win Oscars for the same role — and for "Raging Bull" as real-life boxer Jake LaMotta.

But sometimes even De Niro gets a dud, like 1971's "The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight," in which he plays a budding thief named Mario.

Susan Sarandon — "Hell & Back" (2015)

Critic Score:0%

IMDb Summary:"Two best friends set out to rescue their pal after he's accidentally dragged to hell."

Sarandon's Oscar win came from her role in "Dead Man Walking," in which she plays a nun, Sister Helen Prejean, who became close with a death row prisoner, Matthew (played by Sean Penn).

In "Hell & Back," an animated film, Sarandon voices Barb, an angel.

Jack Nicholson — "Man Trouble" (1992)

Critic Score:7%

IMDb Summary:"A sleazy but affable guard dog trainer is blackmailed to steal a manuscript for a tell-all book from one of his clients."

Nicholson has won three Oscars. He won for his role as Randle "Mac" McMurphy in "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest," for Garrett Breedlove in "Terms of Endearment," and for Melvin Udall in "As Good As It Gets."

In 1992, Nicholson starred in "Man Trouble" as Harry Bliss, a man who runs a guard dog service and gets blackmailed into stealing.

Julia Roberts — "Love, Wedding, Marriage" (2011)

Critic Score:0%

IMDb Summary:"A happy newlywed marriage counselor's views on wedded bliss get thrown for a loop when she finds out her parents are getting divorced."

Roberts earned an Oscar for "Erin Brockovich," in which she played the titular character, a legal clerk who built a case against Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E).

In "Love, Wedding, Marriage," which was directed by her friend and frequent co-star Dermot Mulroney, only Roberts' voice can be heard as Ava's (played by Mandy Moore) therapist.

Denzel Washington — "Heart Condition" (1990)

Critic Score:0%

IMDb Summary:"A racist cop receives a heart transplant from a black lawyer he hates, who returns as a ghost to ask the cop to help take down the men who murdered him."

Washington won Oscars for his performances as Private Silas Trip in "Glory," and Detective Alonzo Harris in "Training Day." He also starred in this 0% movie, "Heart Condition," as a lawyer named Napoleon Stone, who gets murdered and reappears as a ghost.

Jane Fonda — "Leonard Part 6" (1987)

Critic Score:9%

IMDb Summary:"Secret Agent Leonard Parker is called out of retirement to save the world from evil genius Medusa Johnson."

Fonda won her first Oscar in 1972 for her role as Bree Daniels in "Klute." She won again in 1979 for her role in Sally Hyde in "Coming Home."

She played herself in "Leonard Part 6," a spy movie starring Bill Cosby.

Christian Bale — "Captain Corelli's Mandolin" (2001)

Critic Score:28%

IMDb Summary:"When a fisherman leaves to fight with the Greek army during World War II, his fiancée falls in love with the local Italian commander."

Bale garnered his first Oscar for his role as Dicky Eklund in "The Fighter." Nine years prior, he starred in "Captain Corelli's Mandolin," as Madras, a local Greek fisherman.

Anna Paquin — "Darkness" (2002)

Critic Score:4%

IMDb Summary:"A teenage girl moves into a remote countryside house with her family, only to discover that their gloomy new home has a horrifying past that threatens to destroy the family."

Paquin was just a kid when she won an Oscar for her role as Flora McGrath, a child who interprets for her mute mother, in "The Piano." A decade later, she starred in the horror movie "Darkness," in which she plays a teenager, Regina, living in a possessed house.

Tom Hanks — "The Circle" (2017)

Critic Score:15%

IMDb Summary:"A woman lands a dream job at a powerful tech company called the Circle, only to uncover an agenda that will affect the lives of all of humanity."

Hanks won Oscars back-to-back for his roles as Andrew Beckett in "Philadelphia" and as Forrest in "Forrest Gump." He also starred in this flop, "The Circle," as the malevolent CEO of the Circle, Eamon Bailey.

Penélope Cruz — "Waking Up in Reno" (2002)

Critic Score:13%

IMDb Summary:"A romantic comedy about two trashy couples travelling to Reno to see a monster truck show."

Six years before she would win an Oscar for her role as María Elena in "Vicky Cristina Barcelona," Cruz appeared in "Waking Up in Reno" as Brenda, a high-end sex worker.

Nicolas Cage — "Grand Isle" (2019)

Critic Score:0%

IMDb Summary:"A young father is charged for murder and must prove his innocence through recalling a very twisted and dark night of events."

Cage, who has appeared in a few questionable movies over his career, won an Oscar in 1996 for his performance as Ben Sanderson in "Leaving Las Vegas." This year, he starred in the film "Grand Isle," as Walter, "a hard-drinking, bitter Vietnam vet."

Emma Stone — "Movie 43" (2013)

Critic Score:5%

IMDb Summary:"A series of interconnected short films follows a washed-up producer as he pitches insane story lines featuring some of the biggest stars in Hollywood."

Stone won an Oscar for her role as Mia in "La La Land." In "Movie 43," Stone plays Veronica, who accidentally has her conversation with her ex-boyfriend (Kieran Culkin) broadcast to an entire grocery store.

George Clooney — "Return of the Killer Tomatoes!" (1988)

Critic Score:o%

IMDb Summary:"Crazy old Professor Gangreen has developed a way to make tomatoes look human for a second invasion."

Clooney won one Oscar for acting, for his role as Bob Barnes in "Syriana," and one for producing "Argo," which won Best Picture.

He also starred in "Return of the Killer Tomatoes!," as ladies' man Matt Stevens.

Gwyneth Paltrow — "Mortdecai" (2015)

Critic Score:12%

IMDb Summary:"Juggling angry Russians, the British MI5, and an international terrorist, debonair art dealer and part-time rogue Charlie Mortdecai races to recover a stolen painting rumored to contain a code that leads to lost gold."

Paltrow scored an Oscar for "Shakespeare in Love," in which she plays Shakespeare's love interest, Viola de Lesseps.

In "Mortdecai," Paltrow co-stars with Johnny Depp as Johanna and Charlie Mortdecai.

Morgan Freeman — "The Poison Rose" (2019)

Critic Score:0%

IMDb Summary:"Inspired by classic film noir, Carson Phillips, an ex-football star turned PI, has a soft spot for a lady in distress."

Freeman plays a coach's assistant, Eddie "Scrap-Iron" Dupris, in "Million Dollar Baby," which earned him an Oscar.

In "The Poison Rose," he plays Doc, a nightclub owner that has beef with a PI played by John Travolta.

Sally Field — "Beyond the Poseidon Adventure" (1979)

Critic Score:0%

IMDb Summary:"An extension of the previous film ['The Poseidon Adventure'], wherein a cache of adventurers return to the overturned ship to seek several fortunes."

Field has won two Oscars in her career. First, for playing the titular role in "Norma Rae," and then for her role as Edna Spalding in "Places in the Heart."

In "Beyond the Poseidon Adventure," Field plays a passenger, Celeste Whitman, aboard a tugboat that's set to salvage the sunken Poseidon.

Benicio Del Toro — "Christopher Columbus: The Discovery" (1992)

Critic Score:7%

IMDb Summary:"Genoese navigator overcomes intrigue in the court of King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain and gains financing for his expedition to the East Indies."

Del Toro's lone Oscar win thus far is for his performance in "Traffic" as Mexican police officer Javier Rodriguez.

In "Christopher Columbus," Del Toro plays Alvaro Harana, the son of one of Columbus' friends.

How Golden Globes winner Quentin Tarantino steals from other movies

  • Quentin Tarantino's visual references to other movies have become his trademark.
  • Despite what most people think, they aren't homages. In fact, Tarantino has said he "steals from every single movie ever made."
  • Tarantino's unique style is an element known as "pastiche" in postmodern cinema.
  • Tarantino's understanding of the source material and his unique vision and writing are what makes these pastiches so great.
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Narrator: You don't have to be a movie buff. Maybe you don't even like movies that much. But everyone has heard of the name Quentin Tarantino.

He is, without a doubt, one of the most celebrated directors of our time, with each of his eight iconic works making a profound impact on the history of cinema and inspiring generations of filmmakers with a vastly new style and approach to filmmaking that can only be described as Tarantinoesque, which, by the way, is now an official entry in the Oxford English Dictionary.

So, what makes the films of Quentin Tarantino so special? Many often cite his razor-sharp dialogue. The often graphic yet stylized violence. Or his use of nonlinear narrative structure. But what truly sets him apart from every other filmmaker is the way in which he steals from other movies. And that's not just a figure of speech.

In a 1994 interview with Empire magazine, Tarantino said, "I steal from every single movie ever made." Tarantino's visual references to movies have become his trademark. Some of these references are merely hinted at. While others are almost identical replications. For this reason, he's been the center of controversy for many years.

For example, in 1997, his debut film, "Reservoir Dogs," was under heavy scrutiny after a critic accused Tarantino of plagiarizing the 1987 Hong Kong crime film "City on Fire." The final 20 minutes of "City on Fire" are essentially identical to the plot of "Reservoir Dogs," and there are shots and moments scattered throughout that directly resemble each other, including this famous Mexican-standoff sequence.

But it's not just in this film. Almost all of Tarantino's eight films have a main source of inspiration. For "Jackie Brown," it was the 1974 film "Foxy Brown." For "Kill Bill," the 1973 Japanese film "Lady Snowblood." And his "Inglourious Basterds" is, in a lot of ways, similar to the 1967 war film "The Dirty Dozen."

And on top of that, each film has more visual references to at least another dozen movies. Many consider these similarities homages, a practice as long as the history of cinema itself, a way for Tarantino to pay respect to the movies he loves. But Tarantino explicitly denies this. In the same interview, he goes on to say: "Great artists steal. They don't do homages." It's a quote that closely resembles words attributed to another famous artist: Pablo Picasso, who's often quoted as having said: "Good artists copy. Great artists steal."

To understand why and how Tarantino steals, it's important to understand his background. Tarantino's career in film didn't start in a classroom or even on a movie set, but a video store, where he worked as a clerk and gained a reputation for his almost encyclopedic knowledge of cinema. In other words, Tarantino was never taught how to make a film. Instead, he learned how to make films by watching them, which makes it natural that imitation became his main source of inspiration and style.

In fact, if you take a look at most of Tarantino's screenplays, they begin with a list of filmmakers whom the stories were inspired by and dedicated to. I think the reason Tarantino is so proud to admit that he is stealing is that he accomplishes something with it that no other filmmaker is quite capable of: creating something new. And as paradoxical as it may sound, Tarantino's movies have a sense of originality to them, despite their many sources of inspiration. This is why Tarantino is often hailed as one of the quintessential filmmakers of postmodernism.

Postmodernism in film describes an era when filmmakers began questioning the ways mainstream movies are made and told and began making movies that went directly against it. One of the central tenets of postmodernism is the idea that nothing is new in art — everything is recycled and reused over and over again. "Reservoir Dogs" might have stolen the Mexican standoff from "City on Fire," but "City on Fire" also stole it from the 1966 film "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly." And "Pulp Fiction" is no exception. It's chock-full of references to classical movies, especially movies from the French New Wave movement, one of the most influential movements in the history of cinema, in which young filmmakers also tried to challenge the traditional method of filmmaking. Its famous dancing sequence was inspired by this sequence from the 1964 film "Band of Outsiders." And the choreography closely resembles this scene from the 1963 film "8 1/2."

But that's not the only source it steals from. John Travolta's dance was inspired by this scene from 1966 adaptation of "Batman," while Uma Thurman's dancing resembles that of a cat in the 1970 animated film "The Aristocats." And throughout the rest of the film as well. The mysterious suitcase that carries the plot of the film is a replication from the 1955 American film "Kiss Me Deadly." And, of course, this scene was inspired by Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho." What makes Tarantino so special is that he never steals from one source. He rather steals from multiple sources spanning decades and then stitches them together to create something new. It's a technique known as pastiche, a vital element in postmodernism. Most people are more familiar with this technique through another medium, music, and especially in the hip-hop genre, where artists use sampling to take part of an existing song to create something new. And just like Tarantino, it's been the subject of controversy many times.

Tarantino's pastiche works so well for two reasons. One is his understanding of the subject he's stealing from. More often than not, homages in movies are a shallow and vain attempt at imitating an iconic moment, and they rarely serve a purpose. But Tarantino's references are often seamless and easy to miss because they enhance the scenes and the genre he experiments with. And if you take a look at Tarantino's career, each of his eight films is a tribute to a specific genre and movement in cinema. "Reservoir Dogs" is a pastiche of the gritty Hong Kong crime films, and "Pulp Fiction" is based on the unconventional French New Wave movement. "Jackie Brown" bases itself off the '70s' controversial blaxploitation films, while "Kill Bill" is reminiscent of the classical Japanese samurai and Chinese kung fu movies. "Death Proof" pays tribute to low-budget exploitation movies, while "Inglourious Basterds" references World War II cinema. And his two most recent films, "Django Unchained" and "The Hateful Eight," are modern takes of the Italian spaghetti Westerns. Tarantino seamlessly blends all these genres and inspirations through his unique vision and writing. This is where his razor-sharp dialogue comes in.

It's not an exaggeration to say that Tarantino's films are essentially readaptations of classical films and genres that take place in a world of Tarantino, where violence, injustice, sex, and satirical cynicism flourish. Quentin Tarantino perhaps knows better than anyone that you don't have to look far for inspiration. Most of the time, it might be somewhere close and familiar to us. My guess is that, for Tarantino, it's in the aisles of VHS tapes that he grew up watching as a child. Tarantino proudly plays the role of a masterful thief of cinema. And as long as he continues to make a masterpiece out of them, it's the kind of thievery I'd be more than happy to accept.

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A new 'Dracula' series is streaming on Netflix — here are 19 actors who have played the famous vampire


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  • Bela Lugosi played Count Dracula in the classic 1931 film.
  • Christopher Lee starred in several Dracula movies from the late 1950s through the early 1970s.
  • Adam Sandler voiced Count Dracula for the animated movie "Hotel Transylvania."
  • Claes Bang is the latest actor to take on the role of Dracula in a new BBC series also available on Netflix.

Ever since Bram Stoker published his Gothic horror novel "Dracula" in 1897, the infamous vampire has been brought to life by dozens of actors around the world, making it one of the most remade movies of all time. 

Here are 19 notable actors who have played Dracula over the years.

Bela Lugosi played Count Dracula in the classic 1931 film.

Lugosi first played Dracula onstage in the 1927 Broadway play and went on to star in its 1931 film adaptation. He felt so connected to the role that he was buried in a Dracula costume when he died in 1956.

Lon Chaney Jr. starred in "Son of Dracula" in 1943.

"Son of Dracula" was the first time Dracula's transformation from man to bat was shown onscreen.

John Carradine took over the role in "The House of Frankenstein" (1944) and "House of Dracula" (1945).

Parts of "The House of Frankenstein" featuring Dracula were rereleased in 1966 in an eight-minute short film called "Doom of Dracula."

Christopher Lee starred in several Dracula movies from the late 1950s through the early 1970s.

Beginning with "Horror of Dracula" in 1958, Lee also played the vampire in "Dracula: Prince of Darkness" (1966), "Scars of Dracula" (1970), and "The Satanic Rites of Dracula" (1973). 

Klaus Kinski became Count Dracula for the West German movie "Nosferatu the Vampyre" in 1979.

Two versions of the movie were filmed simultaneously, one in English and one in German.

Frank Langella also transformed into the infamous vampire in 1979.

The movie won a Saturn award for best horror film.

"Love At First Bite," also released in 1979, starred George Hamilton.

"Love At First Bite" put a comedic spin on Dracula as he navigates life and love in New York City.

Duncan Regehr's Dracula joined "The Monster Squad" in 1987.

The comedy horror film has become a cult classic.

Gary Oldman played the main role in "Dracula" in 1992.

Sometimes referred to as "Bram Stoker's Dracula," the film won three Oscars for best costume design, best sound effects editing, and best makeup.

Leslie Nielsen parodied Dracula in "Dracula: Dead and Loving It" in 1995.

The satirical comedy horror film was panned by critics with an 11% score on Rotten Tomatoes.

Gerard Butler starred in "Dracula 2000."

The cast also included Christopher Plummer and Vitamin C.

In 2004, Richard Roxburgh portrayed Dracula in "Van Helsing."

Hugh Jackman played the titular Van Helsing, and Kate Beckinsale played Anna Valerious, both monster slayers who take on Dracula.

Also in 2004, "Blade: Trinity" featured Dominic Purcell as Dracula.

The superhero film also starred Wesley Snipes, Jessica Biel, and Ryan Reynolds.

In "Young Dracula," Keith-Lee Castle played Dracula as a single father of two children, Vlad and Ingrid.

"Young Dracula"aired from 2006 to 2014.

Jonathan Rhys Meyers played Dracula (posing as entrepreneur Alexander Grayson) in a short-lived "Dracula" television series from 2013 to 2014.

The show was canceled after one 10-episode season.

Adam Sandler voiced Count Dracula for the animated movie "Hotel Transylvania" in 2012.

In "Hotel Transylvania," Dracula runs a hotel for other monsters.

Thomas Kretschmann played Dracula in "Dracula 3D" in 2012.

The movie wasn't well-received by critics, and currently has a 14% rating on Rotten Tomatoes

In the 2014 film "Dracula Untold," Luke Evans showed the transformation from man to monster.

The film follows Dracula's origin story as Prince Vlad Tepes becomes a monster in order to gain enough power to protect his kingdom.

Claes Bang is the latest actor to take on the role of Dracula.

The new BBC television series created by Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat is also available on Netflix.

The 7-bedroom mansion made famous by HBO's 'Entourage' is selling for $5.5 million — here's a look inside the Tuscan-style estate


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TV fans will surely recognize this property listing: The fictional home of Adrian Grenier's character from HBO's "Entourage" is currently on sale, asking $5.499 million, the Los Angeles Times reports

The home is located in Encino, a neighborhood in Los Angeles, California, and is roughly 9,300 square feet. It has seven bedrooms and 10 bathrooms, with a sun room, a wine cellar, a theater room, and a master wing. 

Currently, the property is owned by Emmy-winning producer Jonathan Littman, best known for his work on "The Amazing Race" and "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation." Littman initially bought the home in 2011 for $4.2 million.

The listing is held by Jill Krutchik of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties.

Here's a look inside the famous residence.

This Italian-style mansion is best known for being the fictional home of Adrian Grenier's character on the hit HBO show "Entourage," which ran for eight seasons from 2004 until 2011.

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It is located in Encino, a wealthy and popular neighborhood in Los Angeles, California.

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According to the Los Angeles Times, the home is 9,300 square feet and features a 22-foot ceiling.

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It has numerous "bonus" rooms, including a sun room, a wet bar, a wine cellar ...

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... and a spacious home theater room.

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There's also a simplistic yet chic laundry room.

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In addition, there is a library.

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The massive home has seven bathrooms and 10 bedrooms ...

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... many of which echo the home's Tuscan architectural style.

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A home office is located in the "master wing" of the home.

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In addition to indoor dining areas, there's an outdoor eating space.

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The home's exterior also features a massive pool, a spa, and a fire pit for plenty of outdoor entertaining options.

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The home's asking price is $5.499 million.

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12 movies coming out this year that could give Disney a run for its money at the box office


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  • Disney grossed over $11 billion worldwide in 2019 and accounted for more than 30% of the domestic box office, an unprecedented accomplishment for a movie studio.
  • But experts believe the box office will be more evenly distributed among the major studios this year.
  • From "Fast and Furious 9" to "Wonder Woman 1984," here are 12 movies not from Disney that could give their studios an edge at the box office in 2020.
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Disney had an unprecedented year at the box office in 2019. 

The company grossed a record $11.12 billion worldwide (and counting), with six movies earning more than $1 billion. "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker," currently in theaters, is on track to become its seventh. Disney accounted for nearly 40% of the domestic box office.

But experts believe 2020 will be slower for the company and the box office will be more evenly distributed among the major Hollywood studios.

"Next year is more wide open for the rival studios and they'll share the wealth more evenly," Paul Dergarabedian, the Comscore senior media analyst, told Business Insider in October. "Disney will still be a major factor in 2020, but it will be a great year for studios to present a diversity of content."

While 2020 will likely not reach the box-office highs of the last two years, or even the expected highs of 2021 (which will see four Marvel movies, three DC movies, and the "Avatar" sequel), there are still plenty of potential blockbusters on the way that could give Disney a run for its money.

Below are 12 movies not from Disney that could give rival studios a boost at the box office this year:

SEE ALSO: 2021's movie schedule could break box-office records thanks to an epic showdown between Marvel and DC. But 2020 looks boring.

SEE ALSO: Disney has dominated the box office for years, but experts say it will face challengers in 2020

"Bird of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)"— Warner Bros., February 7

Warner Bros.' DC movies have been on a roll with the blockbusters "Aquaman" and "Joker" and the critically acclaimed "Shazam!" Next up is "Birds of Prey," which brings back Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn, who was easily the highlight of "Suicide Squad."

That 2016 movie didn't fare well with critics, but still managed to gross $746 million worldwide. While diehard DC Extended Universe fans who loved "Batman v Superman" and "Suicide Squad" might be turned away by "Birds of Prey's" more fun tone, general audiences could turn out for this female-centric action movie.

"A Quiet Place: Part II"— Paramount, March 20

"A Quiet Place" was one of the biggest box-office surprises of 2018, pulling in $340 million off of a $17 million budget. A sequel was inevitable, especially considering Paramount's otherwise dismal box-office results the last few years.

"No Time to Die"— Universal, April 10

"Skyfall" and "Spectre" were major box-office hits for Sony, with over $1 billion and $880 million worldwide, respectively. Universal is hoping the 25th James Bond movie, and star Daniel Craig's last, can replicate that success.

"Fast and Furious 9"— Universal, May 22

The last two movies in the main "Fast and Furious" series, "Furious 7" and "The Fate of the Furious," both grossed over $1 billion globally. Last year's spin-off, "Hobbs and Shaw," wasn't as huge but still made nearly $760 million, suggesting the series still has gas. The upcoming ninth installment will pair the main cast of Vin Diesel and Michelle Rodriguez with newcomers like John Cena.

"Wonder Woman 1984"— Warner Bros., June 5

2017's "Wonder Woman" was a global success with $821 million worldwide. As noted, DC movies are on a roll and with the first "Wonder Woman" being such a hit, there's no reason to think that this sequel can't capitalize on that.

"In the Heights"— Warner Bros., June 26

"Crazy Rich Asians" director John M. Chu is directing "In the Heights," based on "Hamilton" creator Lin-Manuel Miranda's Tony-winning musical of the same name. It seems to be a recipe for success.

"Top Gun: Maverick"— Paramount, June 26

Some sequels to decades-old movies didn't fare well at the box office in 2019, from "Terminator: Dark Fate" to the "Shining" follow up, "Doctor Sleep." But "Maverick" will look to avoid the sequel curse by targeting adult moviegoers with nostalgia for the 1986 original "Top Gun" starring Tom Cruise.

"Minions: The Rise of Gru"— Universal, July 3

The first "Minions" in 2015 made over $1 billion worldwide, as did 2017's "Despicable Me 3." This "Minions" sequel will try to replicate the Dreamworks franchise's success. Pixar's "Soul" will enter theaters two weeks prior, but the name recognition of "Minions" could give it a competitive edge.

"Tenet"— Warner Bros., July 17

Christopher Nolan follows up his box-office hit, the Oscar-nominated "Dunkirk," with "Tenet." Nolan churns out original movies that get audiences to the theater. 2010's "Inception" made $830 million worldwide and 2014's "Interstellar" earned $677 million. "Tenet" looks to be his latest mind-bending spectacle. 

"The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It"— Warner Bros., September 11

The "Conjuring" franchise, including its spin-offs like "The Nun" and "Annabelle" movies, is a consistent presence at the box office. The first two "Conjuring" movies grossed a combined $640 million worldwide off of modest budgets ($20 million and $40 million, respectively). This third "Conjuring" film will likely continue the series' success.

"Venom 2"— Sony, October 2

"Venom" was a surprise hit in 2018 with $856 million worldwide and suggested that Sony could still carry its own Marvel movie universe after its "Amazing Spider-Man" movies disappointed at the box office. The studio has other movies in development, including a movie about Spider-Man's vampire villain Morbius starring Jared Leto, but it's following up "Venom" this year first. 

"Halloween Kills"— Universal, October 16

Blumhouse's "Halloween" sequel/reboot grossed $255 million off of just a $10 million budget. "Halloween Kills" is the first of two sequels coming — one this year and "Halloween Ends" in 2021.

Inside Netflix movie boss Scott Stuber's campaign to win over Hollywood (NFLX)


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  • In just over two years, Scott Stuber, Netflix's vice president of film, has overseen the biggest steps the streaming company has taken to become a major player in the movie business. 
  • From the success of "Roma" last year at the Oscars to its hopefuls this year — "The Irishman,""The Two Popes," and "Marriage Story"— the company could have a big Academy Awards.
  • That's thanks to Stuber's deep ties in the industry, which have helped bring in big stars and curb the anxieties of movie-theater owners.
  • Business Insider spoke with Netflix insiders, analysts, and producers to profile one of the streamer's most important executives.
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With award season in full bloom, many movie studios are hoping for a big night when the 92nd Academy Awards are presented on February 9. But it's Netflix that has the most serious contenders for its biggest prize, best picture.

It would mark the first time that a streaming company won the top award in Hollywood, and if it happens, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings and Ted Sarandos, its content chief, will certainly be thanked in the acceptance speech. But there's a third exec who should receive credit: Scott Stuber.

In just over two years, the head of the company's original-films division has bridged the gap between the movie establishment and the streaming giant like no one has before.

He's overseen some of the most high-profile titles the streamer has produced, from its three-time Oscar winner "Roma" last year (including best director for Alfonso Cuarón) to numerous Oscar hopefuls this year with Martin Scorsese's "The Irishman," Noah Baumbach's "Marriage Story," and Fernando Meirelles' "The Two Popes."

And thanks to Stuber's deep ties in Hollywood, he's helped Netflix make inroads with movie-theater owners at a time when Netflix is testing the conventions of how movies are released to the public.

Business Insider spoke with Netflix insiders, analysts, and Hollywood producers to profile one of the streamer's most important executives.

Stuber learned both the business and the creative sides of filmmaking early on

Stuber, 50, got into the business in the early 1990s on the ground floor as a publicity assistant at Universal. There was nothing glamorous about the entry-level position, though at times, he caught a glimpse of Lew Wasserman, the longtime executive at the studio and Hollywood titan.

Stuber likes to tell the story of his one encounter with Wasserman when he was an assistant. Nine months into the job — while completing his daily chore of going to the executive's office at 8 a.m. to drop off a photocopy of all the coverage Universal titles had in the trades — he found himself face-to-face with Wasserman.

"'Hey, son … what do you want to be when you grow up?'" Wasserman asked Stuber, Stuber recalled in November during his keynote conversation with Ron Howard at the Produced By: New York conference.

Stuber had a simple reply for the legend: "You."

"'Keep showing up on time and maybe you will,'" Wasserman told Stuber before going on with his day.

Stuber got into film production shortly after when he became a creative assistant to producer Lauren Shuler Donner and her husband, director Richard Donner. In 2004, Stuber began his climb up the executive side when he was named copresident of production at Universal and then shifted to full-time producing in 2008. He was responsible for titles like "The Break-Up," the "Ted" movies, and the Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson-Kevin Hart hit "Central Intelligence." 

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Around town, Stuber quickly became known for his subtle style and huge Rolodex of stars. Plus, he had the look of a Hollywood mover and shaker thanks to his towering over-6-foot build (he was a pitcher for the University of Arizona) and chiseled looks (Stuber married model Molly Sims in 2011).

But what really helped Stuber's rise was a unique gift of relating to both sides of the business: the creatives and the executives.

"Empathy is everything in life," Stuber said at Produced By: New York. "Having the ability to know what it's like to be in a trailer at 2 in the morning with bad coffee and something went wrong … sitting in my home in Burbank and yelling at you is not the way you run a studio. Having been on the other side, I go, 'OK … we have to figure it out.'"

Stuber's deep Hollywood ties have made the industry more willing to let Netflix into its ranks

Around the time Netflix was beginning to get into the movie business with the release of its first original feature-length film, "Beasts of No Nation" in 2015, Stuber had a breakfast with Sarandos, which was set up through a mutual friend. Stuber said there was one part of the conversation that stood out to him.

"A lot of times, people want to get into film and come into it in a mechanical way or do it in a business-model way," Stuber said at Produced By: New York. "But [Sarandos] said, 'One thing I would like to have done right now is 'Wolf of Wall Street.'"

Stuber thought that was an interesting choice, as at the time, it was known as a project that was a challenge for director Scorsese to find financing for. In a town where executives want sure things, Sarandos seemed to be a risk-taker.  

"And I felt, that guy knows films," Stuber said. "The fact that he would lean into Marty and Leo and want to try to make that, it just struck me."

So in 2017, when Sarandos and Netflix came calling with an offer to run the streamer's original-movie division, Stuber was up for the challenge. 

Movies fill an important role in Netflix's slate. The company has said that people routinely turn to its films in between binge-watching series. Netflix previously said about one-third of its total viewing was films, a ratio that tended to remain constant despite catalog differences between regions.

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So as Hollywood studios began to launch their own competing streaming services, and take their films off Netflix, the company has had to beef up its originals to satisfy subscribers and gain new ones. Stuber is looking to green-light 60 original films a year with budgets ranging from $20 million to $200 million. Those include independent films, documentaries, comedies, non-English-language titles, and blockbusters. All these divisions are headed by different people with Stuber overseeing it all, like a studio chairman at one of the traditional studios.

"One of the things I realized when I got [to Netflix] is there was a bunch of confusion in the marketplace because people didn't know how to access us," Stuber said at Produced By: New York. "So we've tried to spend a lot of time overcommunicating so that you can find the right person."

Stuber leaves the day-to-day operations to his executives, but many producers have realized that when big moves need to be made, Stuber is there to get it done.

"The Two Popes" producer Dan Lin, who has known Stuber since 2002, when Lin was a creative executive at Warner Bros., recalled how quickly Stuber got behind the movie, which was already in development at Netflix when Stuber joined the company.

"Often new leaders will only champion projects that they bought themselves, that wasn't the case at all here," Lin told Business Insider. "Scott inherited this project but immediately identified it as a movie that Netflix should be making. He was clear about the targets we needed to hit to get the movie green-lit, and then helped us cast our two actors, playing a crucial role with Anthony Hopkins, since they had worked together in the past."

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And the acclaimed director Baumbach — who is now a Netflix veteran, having made both "The Meyerowitz Stories" and "Marriage Story"— said he's seen the industry become more willing to let Netflix into its ranks because of Stuber.

"Scott has found, and continues to find, a balance between the traditional Hollywood model and Netflix's innovations," Baumbach told Business Insider. "He also does what he says he's going to do. I've never been let down by Scott."

But Stuber has never had a problem satisfying the creatives. And with the huge checks Netflix writes for movies, and its reputation for creative freedom, the addition of Stuber is a bonus as the steamer continues to ramp up its originals catalog with upcoming titles like "Red Notice," starring Johnson, Gal Gadot, and Ryan Reynolds; Ron Howard's "Hillbilly Elegy," starring Amy Adams and Glenn Close; and the Ryan Murphy-produced "The Boys in the Band."

The more impressive trick Stuber has pulled off in his short time at Netflix, however, has been building relationships with movie-theater chains.

The theatrical run by "Roma" last year was a big step forward in smoothing out the rocky relationship Netflix has had with the exhibition scene. Stuber spent a lot of 2017 making the rounds to the major theater chains and trying to build some kind of relationship, according to a source within Netflix. That led to independently owned theaters like Landmark and Alamo Drafthouse showing more Netflix titles.

But there's still work to be done with the big chains.

The rift has been kept open by the fact that Netflix will not respect the exclusive 72-day theatrical window. This has caused the three biggest chains in the country — AMC, Regal, and Cinemark — to refuse to play Netflix movies.

Still, Stuber has made headway.

"The Irishman" was close to getting the widest release ever for a Netflix title, as the company had discussions with AMC and Cineplex to show the movie. But talks stalled over how short the exclusive window would be (the chains wanted 60 days; Netflix wanted 45). AMC and Cineplex also tried to get the higher end of the ticket-sales split, which is rare. 

"He very much wants to come to a deal with theater owners and has assembled a great team to do it, but he doesn't have the final say," one industry insider with knowledge of the talks Stuber has had with theaters owners told Business Insider. This person said Stuber's boss Sarandos seemed to feel getting the movies quickly to Netflix subscribers was more important than agreeing to extended theatrical runs.

That puts Stuber in a tricky situation, since the filmmakers and stars he's bringing to Netflix still want their movies to play in theaters. (And to get Oscar consideration, movies have to have played theatrically in at least New York and Los Angeles.)

With "The Irishman" unable to play at any of the big chains, Netflix went outside the box and showed it on Broadway, screening the movie in midtown New York's historic Belasco Theatre.

"It was an ingenious idea,""The Irishman" producer Jane Rosenthal told Business Insider of the movie playing at the Belasco. "Scott's passion and commitment to ensure that Marty's vision was going to be delivered the way Marty wanted, it was unwavering."

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And Stuber was also a major force in Netflix taking over the lease for New York City's Paris Theatre.

The 71-year-old movie house was the last single-screen theater in the city and closed in 2019 after its previous lease expired. Netflix brought it back to life and played "Marriage Story" there for months. Then in November, the company announced it was taking over the lease.

The conventional thinking was that Netflix would use the space to show its new original titles and sidestep working with theaters. But the plan is to use the space for retrospectives and special screenings, not as a first-run venue, according to a source within Netflix (the company is also in talks to take over the Egyptian Theatre in Los Angeles).

And then there's Imax. The large-format-screen company has worked in the past with Netflix in doing special screenings and its CEO, Richard Gelfond, told Business Insider he wanted to work more with Netflix and other streaming services going forward.

"It's not a Netflix issue; it's a business issue," Stuber said at Produced By: New York of the current theatrical window. Amazon Studios also recently changed its release model and will now have theatrical runs of only a few weeks before putting its movies on Prime Video. 

"If everyone would just be calm and talk through it over the next few years as an industry, we'll be able to find the right answer for everyone," Stuber said.

Movies are key to helping Netflix fend off new competition from Disney Plus and others

As 2020 starts up, along with Netflix working on scoring some Oscar gold, the company is gearing up to face the new streaming competition, like Disney Plus, Apple TV Plus, and HBO Max.

That makes Stuber's job all the more exciting, as he's spoken in the past of his competitive side that goes back to his college-baseball days. And it seems his boss is also up for the challenge.

"We quickly evolved to the movies that everyone wished they made, and that's what I'm shooting for," Sarandos said at the UBS TMT Conference in December on what the future holds for Netflix. "These are films that you would have seen in the theater that any studio will be thrilled to have at the center of their slate, but they are premiering on Netflix and being produced the way that the filmmaker wanted to make it and could make it."

Investors are eager to see if Netflix can keep pushing the envelope and make big titles (like Michael Bay's "6 Underground") alongside auteur-driven Oscar bait (Scorsese's "The Irishman").

"It remains to be seen if 2020 will be a breakout year for movies," Tuna Amobi, an analyst at CFRA Research, told Business Insider, referring to Netflix movies. "It could be the biggest buzz year yet for the movie side of the business."

But what's already clear is that Stuber is the perfect fit for a company that wants its way to become the new normal in Hollywood and shed the remnants of its outsider status.

"Scott isn't in the development business — he is in the filmmaking business, which is what every filmmaker wants," Lin said on why he would work with Stuber again. "Scott's goal is to make every project that he buys, which eliminates a lot of waste in our business and inspires filmmakers to bring their best work to him and Netflix."

SEE ALSO: Netflix had a dismal night at the Golden Globes, but could still win big at the Oscars

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'Marriage Story' director Noah Baumbach says Netflix's head of original movies has found a balance between traditional Hollywood and digital disruption


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  • With more and more streaming services launching from major players like Disney and Apple, Netflix is trying to make inroads with Hollywood and shed its outsider status.
  • The man responsible for that is Scott Stuber, its head of original films.
  • In just over two years, Stuber has found ways to interest the big stars in Netflix projects, and tried to settle the rocky waters between the streaming giant and theater owners. 
  • "Marriage Story" writer-director Noah Baumbach told Business Insider he believes Stuber "has found, and continues to find, a balance between the traditional Hollywood model and Netflix's innovations."
  • Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.


Netflix has been a major disruptor to the movie business since it began making original, feature-length movies a few years ago. With its millions of subscribers, it had no need to play them in theaters (other than to appease the filmmakers who created them).

And Netflix's success has since spawned the current streaming deluge: Amazon, Hulu, Apple, and all the major studios — everyone it seems is launching a streaming platform to give customers on-demand access to movies and TV.

With Netflix no longer the only game in town, the streaming giant is figuring out ways to take its style and work more effectively in the Hollywood system.

And that's where Scott Stuber comes in.

The head of Netflix's original films division, Stuber in just over two years has helped turned the streamer from something actors and filmmakers were wary of to something they are finally embracing.

marriage story netflixAnd there's no director who shows the shift better than writer-director Noah Baumbach.

Once the golden boy of art-house distributors in the early 2000s with movies like "The Squid and the Whale,""Margot at the Wedding," and "Greenberg," recently he's found a home at Netflix with 2017's "The Meyerowitz Stories" and his latest, "Marriage Story."

The heartbreaking drama starring Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson as a couple on the verge of a divorce has found critical acclaim and is an Oscar contender in multiple categories. But getting to this point took a lot of effort from Stuber and his team over a span of years.

Since he came on the job in 2017, Stuber, a former executive at Universal and later a producer, has not just been working his connections with stars for Netflix titles, but also making inroads with theater owners.

To receive Oscar consideration, a movie must screen in New York and Los Angeles theaters, and numerous Netflix titles have done that since the fall, including "Marriage Story." But Baumbach's movie has also become the face of Netflix's surprising contribution to the theatrical scene in New York City.

Paris Theatre Netflix.JPGAfter the 71-year-old Paris Theatre, the last single-screen movie house in New York, closed down earlier this year, Netflix stepped up and reopened it so it could screen "Marriage Story" there.

Stuber was heavily involved in the reopening of The Paris, according to a Netflix source, and now the streaming company has taken over its lease and plans to run more titles there (likely retrospectives and special screenings).

Baumbach believes Stuber's influence is strengthening Netflix's bond with Hollywood.

"Scott has found, and continues to find, a balance between the traditional Hollywood model and Netflix's innovations," Baumbach told Business Insider. "He also does what he says he's going to do. I've never been let down by Scott."

Read our full Scott Stuber profile on Business Insider Prime, in which Netflix insiders describe his career rise and strategy to charm Hollywood and theater owners

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