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11 times celebrities opened up about filming nude scenes

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  • Although some actors and actresses choose not to do nude scenes, many celebrities accept them as a part of the job. 
  • Kate Winslet said she found nude scenes awkward to film, but Jennifer Lawrence has said they can feel liberating. 
  • Both Jason Segel and Ken Jeong came up with the ideas for some of their most memorable nude scenes.
  • Visit Insider's homepage for more stories.

Celebrities have spoken publicly about their experiences being naked on camera, and they range from positive and empowering to embarrassing and downright hilarious. 

Here are 11 times celebrities opened up about filming nude scenes.

Throughout her time on "Game of Thrones," Emilia Clarke learned how to advocate for herself on set.

Actress Emilia Clarke was only 23 when she started on "Game of Thrones"—  a show that's known for having a large amount of nudity. 

During an interview on Dax Shepard's podcast "Armchair Expert," she recalled her experience as a young actress filming sensitive nude scenes. She also credited co-star Jason Momoa with making her feel comfortable on set and giving her an idea of what to expect. 

"[Jason] was like, 'Sweetie, this is how it's meant to be, this is how it's not meant to be,'" Clarke said. "He was so kind and considerate and cared about me as a human being."

She went on to talk about the tension she experienced on the "Game of Thrones" set while filming later seasons when she refused to do nude scenes. 

"I've had fights on set before where I'm like, 'No, the sheet stays up,' and they're like, 'You don't wanna disappoint your 'Game of Thrones' fans.' And I'm like, 'F--- you,'" she said.



Michael Fassbender didn't have time to feel self-conscious about his full-frontal scenes in "Shame."

The film "Shame" (2011) garnered an NC-17 rating partially due to the frequent full-frontal nudity by actor Michael Fassbender.

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, he said that filming those scenes was easier because of the tight shooting schedule.

"We moved very fast. We shot it in 25 days, so I kind of had to get over it and get on with it," he said.

Fassbender also expressed his confusion regarding the industry's limited use of male full-frontal nudity in an interview with Vulture

"It just baffles me: Women can parade around naked all the time, but the guy conveniently has his pants on," Fassbender said. "I remember my mom always complaining about that to me, saying, 'This is such bulls---, it's always the women who are naked!' So I did this one for you, Mom!"



Halle Berry felt that doing one nude scene gave her the confidence to do another.

In a 2001 interview with People, Halle Berry said that doing a scene in "Swordfish" (2001) gave her the courage to do another one later that year — a graphic sex scene in the film "Monster's Ball."

Before agreeing to do the scene, Berry had one request of her co-star Billy Bob Thornton. 

"I would only do it if Billy Bob agreed to be as naked as I was," Berry said.



Jennifer Lawrence said she felt liberated filming nude scenes in "Red Sparrow."

Before Jennifer Lawrence began filming the 2018 film "Red Sparrow," she was told by director Francis Lawrence that there would be tough nude scenes. 

At the premiere, the actress spoke to Variety about her experience on set.

"We talked about it extensively, which was really important for showing up on the day and there being no surprises," she said. "I knew exactly what was going on and also there was one moment [Francis Lawrence] came out to give me a note and just looked at me like I had clothes, and then I just felt like I had clothes on."

Lawrence also discussed the positive effect that filming the scenes had on her, particularly in regard to the public leaking of her private nude photos in 2014

"The insecurity and fear of being judged for getting nude, what I went through, should that dictate decisions I make for the rest of my life? This movie changed that and I didn't even realize how important changing that mentality was until it was done," she said.



Jason Segel "felt free" doing his full-frontal nudity scene in "Forgetting Sarah Marshall."

During the first five minutes of the 2008 movie, audiences see actor Jason Segel completely naked.

Segel, who co-wrote the film with Judd Apatow, told Vulture that he added the full-frontal nudity scene to subvert the audience's expectations about what to expect from a romantic comedy

"I thought that was hilarious," Segel said. "I was actually not very uncomfortable doing it. I really felt free."



Ken Jeong came up with the idea for his nude scene in "The Hangover."

The film that catapulted actor Ken Jeong's career, "The Hangover" (2009), features a memorable scene in which Jeong's character jumps out of the trunk of a car completely naked. 

While speaking with Kathie Lee Gifford on the "Today" show, Jeong revealed that he was very comfortable doing the scene because it was his idea.

He said he was worried he would be typecast as a doctor, so when he had the opportunity to make his mark in the hit comedy film he ran with it. 

"I just kind of wanted to shock everybody," Jeong said.



Helen Mirren said she was "always afraid" of doing nude scenes.

Helen Mirren has been acting for decades, but that doesn't mean she thinks filming nude scenes is easy. 

She told People, "I was always afraid. Always," Mirren said. "It's not fun to be on a film set and be one of the only ones naked."

However, she once said the 1979 film "Caligula" was the only movie that she ever felt comfortable being nude in.

"Everyone was naked in that. It was like showing up for a nudist camp every day. You felt embarrassed if you had your clothes on in that movie," she said.



Filming the difficult sex scenes on HBO's "Big Little Lies" was emotionally taxing for Nicole Kidman.

On "Big Little Lies," Nicole Kidman's character is in an abusive relationship with her on-screen husband, played by Alexander Skarsgård.

The two have emotional, violent sex scenes together, and the actress described to W magazine that the experience of filming them left her feeling "exposed and vulnerable and deeply humiliated at times."

One particularly difficult scene in episode seven stood out to Kidman, and she said she couldn't even get up off of the floor between takes.

Reflecting on those hard scenes, she said, "But at times I would have flashes of images of women that have gone through this and I'm like, 'This is authentic, this is the truth and this is what I have to do, and it would just come through like that.'"

Although the scenes were challenging to film, Kidman said that she had "an enormous amount of trust" in director Jean-Marc Vallée and co-star Skarsgård.



Kate Winslet said she thinks nude scenes are "really awkward" no matter how many times you film them.

During promotion on E! News for the 2017 film "The Mountain Between Us," Kate Winslet and co-star Idris Elba discussed what it was like to film their characters' sex scene.

Having filmed sex scenes in the past, Winslet took the reins and even gave the director feedback.

But despite having filmed these scenes before, the actress revealed that it never gets easier. 

"Those scenes are really awkward — it doesn't matter which way you look at it," Winslet said. 

 



Judy Greer said she never wanted to film sex scenes again after an embarrassing experience on the set of "Wilson."

Judy Greer said an embarrassing moment that occurred while filming the 2017 film "Wilson" with co-star Woody Harrelson left her never wanting to shoot a sex scene again. 

In an interview with People, Greer described how she would pump herself up for a rehearsal of her character's sex scene with Harrelson. 

"I'm not gonna be shy, I'm not gonna be ashamed," she told herself. "I'm gonna really do my full performance here for this rehearsal so everyone knows what I'm gonna do."

After her passionate performance during the rehearsal, Greer recalled director Craig Johnson approaching her saying, "I don't think she's that into it." 

"And I was like, 'Oh my gosh, never again," Greer said. "I'm so embarrassed. I'm so mortified."



Viola Davis has said she saw filming sex scenes as an opportunity for representation.

In an episode of Variety's "Actors on Actors," Viola Davis opened up to Tom Hanks about filming sex scenes for ABC's "How to Get Away With Murder."  

She revealed that she had no issues filming nude scenes, as long as production agreed to allow the scene to be as realistic as possible. 

"I'm not a woman who's a size two," Davis said. "If I'm in a sex scene, I want to play the sex scene. I want to say, 'This is why I'm attracted to you, it's gotten to this point, this is what my body looks like.'"

She said she also saw it as a chance to represent women like herself. 

"I saw it as an opportunity way bigger than doing good work — I saw it as an opportunity for a dark-skinned actress of 50 to be in a role that's sexualized, not sexy," she said. "There's a difference between sexualized and sexy."

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Tyler Perry reveals the personality trait that helped him build his massive media empire, and that he says all managers should look for when hiring new talent

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The super multi-hyphenate Tyler Perry has worked hard to build a successful entertainment empire out of sheer talent — but as he likes to say it, talent isn't necessarily what he's looking for when hiring new employees.

In a recent episode of LinkedIn's video series "This Is Working," Perry opened up about what it's been like to star in what he called a "$2 billion franchise." During the wide-ranging chat, Perry said he valued employees who were "hungry" over those who were talented because they had the drive to get the job done.

"There've been many times that people will come in and audition, and they weren't the best talent. But they had a hunger and a zeal to get it right, to do it," Perry said. "That hunger, what I found nine times out of 10, that hunger is enough to catapult them to greatness in what they're doing."

He said candidates with this mindset would find success at Tyler Perry Studios, his namesake company and the first major film studio owned by an African American without investments from a partner or a corporation, because they had the drive to grow and help other employees facing tough situations.

"I'm always looking for the underdog," Perry told LinkedIn's editor-in-chief, Daniel Roth, who conducted the interview.

Career experts have long touted the importance of "hunger" in any successful career plan.

In fact, that's one of the three most important traits any manager trying to build a successful team should want in an employee, according to Patrick Lencioni, the author of "The Ideal Team Player: How to Recognize and Cultivate the Three Essential Virtues." Along with humility and basic smarts, hunger is essential to employees because it means "they have a strong work ethic, are determined to get things done and contribute any way they can," Lencioni told Forbes in 2016.

Because Perry values hunger and drive more than quantifiable talent, it has helped him make sure his staff is filled with employees from diverse backgrounds. Some members of his production crew are former inmates, while others have doctorates.

Once people are hired, though, Perry said it's important to keep them "hungry" by offering extensive feedback.

"I need people to say: 'Remember when you did this job? Well, this is what's going on,'" Perry said. "I think it's important to learn everyone's job so that you know who you're dealing with, how you're dealing with them, and how to get the best out of them."

Perry said he demanded drive from his workers more than anything else because he credited this one trait with helping him reach the pinnacles of Hollywood.

The actor has previously shared his struggles with homelessness when he was younger. While he was trying to make it in the industry, there were times when he had to live in his car or at a pay-by-the-week hotel, according to a 2010 interview in Oprah Magazine. Though he eventually hit it big, he says he's now on the lookout for people in similar circumstance who have the hunger to push through obstacles.

"I want the people like me," Perry told LinkedIn. "Who everybody counted out, who said, 'You're not going to make it.'"

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All of Penn Badgley's movie and TV roles, ranked

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    • Penn Badgley is known for his leading roles on shows like "You" and "Gossip Girl." 
    • He's also appeared in a number of hit films, like "Easy A" (2010) and "Margin Call" (2011).
    • Critics panned his work on the show "The Mountain" and in the thriller "The Stepfather" (2009). 
    • Visit Insider's homepage for more stories.

Years after his breakout part on "Gossip Girl," Penn Badgley is still making headlines for his acting. 

To highlight some of his best and worst projects, Insider ranked his roles using critic reviews on Rotten Tomatoes.

Here are Penn Badgley's roles in movies and on television, ranked from worst to best. 

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

Badgley played Sam on the television series "The Mountain."

Rotten Tomatoes score: 10%

Summary: On the dramatic series "The Mountain," two brothers vie for ownership of a ski resort when their grandfather dies and leaves his legacy in their hands.

Badgley appeared as Sam, alongside David Carver (Oliver Hudson), Will Carver (Anson Mount), and Gennie Carver (Barbara Hershey). 

Critics felt like they were dragged along by the dramatic series' sleepy plot lines and they wished that it had dared to aim higher. 

"The actors are attractive, and the locales are breathtaking," wrote Hal Boedeker for the Orlando Sentinel. "But 'The Mountain' is empty — it's 'Dynasty' without the fun."



The actor played Michael Harding in "The Stepfather" (2009).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 11%

Summary: A remake of the 1987 cult horror film, "The Stepfather" centers around David Harris (Dylan Wash), a deranged man who marries into families hoping to find the perfect fit.

When his new stepson (Badgley) grows suspicious of David's motives, he risks paying the ultimate price: his life.

Critics felt like the 2009 remake of "The Stepfather" droned on, lacking the drive needed for a well-spun thriller.

"The genre has diverged into two paths: the brutally gruesome and suspenseful,"wrote Perri Nemiroff for Cinema Blend. "This is going for the latter, which would have been fine if it were in fact thrilling."



On the TV show "The Bedford Diaries" he played Owen Gregory.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 13%

Summary: Overeager freshman Owen Gregory (Badgley) and his classmates learn about life, sex, and love in an elite Human Sexuality class as an unconventional teacher asks them to reveal their innermost thoughts through video confessionals. 

"The Bedford Diaries" was ripped apart by critics saying that the show lacked intelligence and a worthwhile message.

"I felt dirty even before the premiere had ended, and found myself wishing I was back with the WB college drama that got away, the much funnier, sexier, and more soulful 'Felicity,'"Samantha Bornemann wrote for PopMatters. 



He played Scott Tucker in the comedy "John Tucker Must Die" (2006).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 28%

Summary: Realizing that they've all been cheated on by shared boyfriend John Tucker (Jesse Metcalfe), three classmates — Heather (Ashanti), Beth (Sophia Bush), and Carrie (Arielle Kebbel) — seek revenge by enlisting the help of new student Kate (Brittany Snow).

Badgley appeared in the film as John's brother, Scott Tucker.

With such a bold premise under its belt, critics expected more from "John Tucker Must Die" and were left disappointed by a film that liked charm and wit. 

"'John Tucker Must Die' is trying to be 'Mean Girls' with a more pointed purpose, but it's less fun than it sounds,"Claudia Puig wrote in her review for USA Today



Badgley was Lars in the drama "Forever Strong" (2008).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 29%

Summary: After facing a second criminal charge, star rugby player Rick Penning (Sean Faris) hits rock bottom in the sports drama "Forever Strong."

Desperate to prove himself, Rick breaks away from the influences of his former teammate Lars (Badgley) and finds inspiration from his juvenile detention center's lead Marcus Tate (Sean Astin).

Most critics rolled their eyes at the sappy drama "Forever Strong," writing that its message failed to hit home and the overall flick was difficult to take seriously. 

"Created under the vague guise of 'inspirational cinema,' 'Strong' is a sloppy, soggy pile of clichés, unable to sort itself out, grow a pair of cinematic cojones, and actually try to subvert some of its rancid formula," critic Brian Orndorf wrote in his scathing review of the film.



He portrayed Posthumus in "Cymbeline" (2015).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 31%

Summary: Based on Shakespeare's "Cymbeline," this action-adventure retelling of the classic play pits dirty cops against a biker gang in the throes of a turbulent drug war.

Badgley starred as Posthumus alongside Imogen (Dakota Johnson), Cloten (Anton Yelchin), and Iachimo (Ethan Hawke). 

Critics lamented the talents of a great cast going to waste in a messy, scattered retelling of a revered work.

"A mash-up of social media shortcomings and Shakespearean tragedy that becomes as much a tale of cinematic ambition gone awry as anything the Bard intended,"Betsy Sharkey wrote for the Los Angeles Times



In the early 2000s, Badgley had a small role on a remake of "The Twilight Zone."

Rotten Tomatoes score: 44%

Summary: The Rod Serling-hosted science-fiction series "The Twilight Zone" originally premiered in 1959 and has received the remake treatment several times.

In 2003, Badgley appeared in the third iteration of the series on an episode titled "Homecoming." He played troubled teen Trace Malone.

In general, critical reception for the early 2000s remake of "The Twilight Zone" was low, with the majority of critics saying that it couldn't escape the formidable shadow cast by the original series. 

As Phil Gallo wrote for Variety, "Rod Serling's fabulous series goes through the remake mill and comes up with so-so results that fail to capture the psychologically disturbing nature of so many of the original episodes."



The actor has a smaller role as Young Sean in the dramatic comedy "The Fluffer" (2003).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 47%

Summary: In the comedic drama "The Fluffer," a young gay man named Sean (Michael Cunio) looks for an entryway into the movie business and instead becomes mixed up in the porn industry.

Badgley briefly appeared in the movie as a younger version of the main character. 

A few critics were pleasantly surprised by the film, but the majority of reviews blamed cardboard-thin characters and limp writing for the movie's less-than-stellar reception. 

"Those in search of a film about gay men disillusioned in Hollywood with a better script and more dramatic heft should rent 'Gods And Monsters' or Thom Fitzgerald's 'Beefcake,'"Susan Walker wrote in her review for the Toronto Star.



Badgley played Joel Larson on the comedy series "Do Over."

Rotten Tomatoes score: 50%

Summary: On The WB comedic television series "Do Over," 34-year-old Joel Larson is given a second chance at life when he's transported back in time to 1981 in his 14-year-old self's body (Badgley). Armed with his adult personality, Joel uses his wherewithal to do things right this time. 

"Do Over" received mixed reviews from both critics and audiences who felt the show didn't seem to have a plan. 

"On the credit side, Penn Badgley is not half bad as the lead, adding a bit of convincing maturity to the teen hijinks," wrote Scott Colbourne for the Globe and Mail. "The debit side is sizable, but can be boiled down to its utter lack of originality."



He appeared on the television drama "The Slap" in 2015.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 67%

Summary: Adapted from an Australian television series of the same name, the American family drama "The Slap" centers around the tensions that brew amongst friends and family members after Harry Apostolou (Zachary Quinto) slaps a child at a family gathering.

As the inciting incident uncovers a swarth of family secrets, characters like Hector (Peter Sarsgaard), Aisha (Thandie Newton), and Jamie (Badgley) find themselves taking sides. 

Generally, "The Slap" was received by critics as a crossover series that marginally lived up to the potential of the original show, but it still came recommended by many. 

"NBC's new version of 'The Slap' is a worthy substitute, with a strong cast and a vivid script that preserves the virtues of the original while sharpening the issues and drama for stateside viewers,"Tim Conroy wrote for Media Life.



Badgley portrayed musician Jeff Buckley in "Greetings from Tim Buckley" (2013).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 72%

Summary: In the drama "Greetings from Tim Buckley," the life of young musician Jeff Buckley (Badgley) is explored as he strikes out in the Brooklyn music scene of 1991. Flashing back and forth between Jeff's early career and his late father's own relationship with the city, the film acts as a tribute to a pair of talented songwriters. 

Many critics remarked that Badgley's portrayal of Jeff Buckley was a game-changing component to the film. 

"Badgley delivers a nuanced performance of such ferocity he almost single-handedly makes a conventional film seem loose and improvisatory," critic Calum Marsh wrote for the Village Voice



For six years, he famously played Dan Humphrey on "Gossip Girl."

Rotten Tomatoes score: 84%

Summary: Based on a young-adult book series by Cecily von Ziegesar, the dramatic television show "Gossip Girl" depicts the high-rise lives of preparatory students living in the heart of Manhattan.

When a salacious blog surfaces, rich kids Serena van der Woodsen (Blake Lively), Blair Waldorf (Leighton Meester), Dan Humphrey (Badgley), and Nate Archibald (Chace Crawford), all worry their closest-held secrets will spill over into the real world. 

"Gossip Girl" accrued a large fan following over its many years on the air. Even critics who weren't normally won over by teen affairs shared a fond fascination for the series. 

"Lord help me, I loved spending an hour hating them, their pedigrees, and their unlimited credit cards," wrote Matthew Gilbert for the Boston Globe. "It was like studying the peculiar mating rituals and shopping habits of the species Manhattanus Elitus."



The actor starred opposite Emma Stone in the romantic comedy "Easy A" (2010).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 85%

Summary: While reading "The Scarlet Letter" in high school, Olive Penderghast (Emma Stone) finds herself at the swirling center of a rumor mill of her own making. As her classmates turn against her, Oliver begins to fall for school mascot Woodchuck Todd (Badgley) when he sticks by her side. 

Declared heartfelt and genuinely humorous in equal measure, "Easy A" earned high praise from an assortment of critics who said the comedy hearkened back to memorable hits of the past. 

"'Easy A' belongs in the company of 'Election,' 'Heathers,' and 'Mean Girls' — all motion pictures that have outlived their theatrical lives because they have unique voices and use them to say something," wrote James Berardinelli for Reel Views



Badgley was Seth Bregman in the thriller "Margin Call" (2011).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 87%

Summary: Set during the early stages of the 2008 financial crisis, the drama "Margin Call" depicts the final hours at an investment firm as key players — including Will Emerson (Paul Bettany), Peter Sullivan (Zachary Quinto) and Seth Bregman (Badgley) — brace themselves for their company's possible demise. 

Overall, critics had kind words for the film, calling it a well-spun thrill ride with an electric cast at its helm. 

In her review for The Oklahoman, Brandy McDonnell simply wrote, "'Margin Call' ranks among the top dramas ever made about Wall Street."



Badgley currently stars on the suspense-driven series "You."

Rotten Tomatoes score: 91%

Summary: On the Lifetime-turned-Netflix dramatic thriller "You," Badgley stars as bookshop manager Joe Goldberg, who falls in love with an aspiring novelist named Guinevere Beck (Elizabeth Lail). As Joe's affections warp from love into obsession, he realizes that he'll stop at nothing to keep her to himself. 

Critics overwhelmingly awarded "You" with positive praise, saying that they were hooked by the show's premise and won over by the talented cast. 

"What's unnerving here is that Joe is so charming (and Badgley such a winning actor) that we become, if unwillingly, complicit in his dangerous fantasies," wrote critic John Boland in his review for the Irish Independent

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A photographer recreates iconic movie scenes with perfectly placed pictures

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Thomas Duke doesn't just love movies. He lives them.

On his Instagram account, @steppingthroughfilm, Duke travels to the actual locations where famous movie and TV scenes were filmed and recreates them with perfectly placed photos.

Getting the pictures just right isn't always easy, but Duke's love of film drives him to brave large crowds, strong winds, and poor lighting until the result is seamless. 

Thomas Duke is a film student and photographer from Hertfordshire in the UK.

He's currently a student at Brunel University London.



An avid movie fan, he started noticing locations from famous films while walking around London.

The fence from "Love Actually" is located in the Southbank Centre, London.



He started recreating the iconic movie moments in the locations where they were filmed through clever photography.

He posts the photos to his Instagram account, @steppingthroughfilm.



"It's always been my passion," Duke said of his love of film.

"I used to watch films so much when I was younger, and I've always loved going to the cinema. It's always been that nostalgic kind of childhood thing," he said. "And then I thought to put film and photography and creativity together and go explore some cool places."



Duke prints out photos of movie scenes and seamlessly integrates them into the actual locations.

No Photoshop involved — Duke really goes to the places and holds up the photos by hand.



He went to New York City to recreate superheroes banding together for the first time in "The Avengers."

The sweeping 360-degree shot of all of the Avengers together during the Battle of New York remains a memorable movie moment.



While he was in New York, he stopped by 10 West 33rd Street, which was featured in "Elf."

In the scene, Buddy runs around and around in the building's revolving door.



Duke also applies his talents to television shows like "Sherlock."

"Sherlock" filmed this scene in front of Cardiff University but portrayed it as central London.



He even recreated a memorable animated film scene with a photo of Ariel from "The Little Mermaid."

To capture that shot from the perfect angle, he donned a wet suit and took his camera into the water.

"It was stunning scenery and it was just fun to explore a little town and try it a bit differently than just standing and taking a photo," he said.



Getting the photos exactly right can be a "stressful process," but Duke says the key is to just stick it out until he gets the right shot.

"Most of the time it's quite straightforward and easy, but I'm kind of a perfectionist so I try to get it as perfect as possible," he said. "Most of the time it's just a bit of patience and committing to get that shot."



Waiting for people to move out of the shot, getting the lighting right, and holding the photo in the right place despite strong winds can be a challenge.

Each photo takes around 30 minutes to an hour to complete.



He doesn't always get it right on the first try.

"Sometimes I have to go back there [again] to try and get the best shot," he said.



But he hopes to travel the world to continue creating tributes to beloved movies and shows.

"I guess people like them because everyone loves film," he said of his viral success. "Everyone can connect with Harry Potter and James Bond and Spider-Man. Film is all around us, and it's a perfect topic for everyone to enjoy."



Samuel L. Jackson and Chris Rock investigate a series of murders targeting cops in the first trailer for the 'Saw' reboot 'Spiral'

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  • Lionsgate released a trailer for its new horror movie, comedian Chris Rock's "Spiral: From the Book of Saw," on Wednesday.
  • The trailer opens on Rock's police detective character and his rookie partner ("The Handmaid's Tale" star Max Minghella), who are called in to investigate a series of grisly murders reminiscent of Jigsaw's killings.
  • They soon learn that the unknown killer is targeting cops, and find strange spiral designs decorating the crime scene.
  • As is the case in most "Saw" movies, the protagonist finds himself increasingly involved with the murderer's dangerous mind games.
  • "Spiral" will arrive in theaters on May 15.
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Meet the 12 power player execs in the movie-theater industry who are shaping the future of film on the big screen

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  • The movie-theater industry has been constantly innovating to try and find new ways to get people into the seats as competition from cheaper TVs and expanded streaming services has mounted.
  • These 12 power player execs have had success doing just that.
  • Business Insider's list includes execs at Alamo Drafthouse, AMC, Disney, and even the traditionally anti-theater streamer Netflix.
  • Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.

Despite movie theaters being declared old news by some many times over the last century — with the advent of radio, TV, cable, VCRs, DVD, and now streaming — they have never gone away and have always held a special allure for film fans. 

A big reason is because the feel of watching a great movie on the big screen with a room full of strangers is something that stays with you for a long time.

Another reason why is because there are always people in the business who have dedicated their careers to innovating on the experience to get you to come back again and again. That can range from a themed screening of your favorite movie (like what Alamo Drafthouse does), to building a community where theaters can learn from one another (like the Arthouse Convergence), or an executive mapping out the best route to success for their titles.

In this inaugural list, Business Insider is recognizing execs in the movie-theater business who have pushed the industry forward in major ways.

Here are the 12 power players, listed alphabetically by last name:

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Stephen Colanero, executive vice president and chief marketing officer at AMC Entertainment

Colanero came on board at AMC in 2009, and though there have been many changes in the movie business since, his guidance has helped the largest chain in the world retain brand loyalty and launch products built around that.

Colanero led the launch of AMC Stubs, the popular membership program that now has more than 21 million members, as well as its movie-ticket-subscription program, AMC Stubs A-List. Since the fall of MoviePass, A-List has become the largest theatrical subscription program in North America.



Megan Colligan, president of Imax Entertainment and executive vice president of Imax Corp.

After working at Paramount for 11 years, ending her time there as its worldwide president of marketing and distribution, Colligan moved over to Imax last year and has spearheaded the company's efforts to show more than just studio blockbusters on its large-format screens. 

Colligan has been responsible for the company's recent big deals, like Spike Jonze's upcoming documentary on the Beastie Boys, which will be shown on its screens and be streamed on Apple TV Plus. She also led its partnership with startup Vindex to create esports events and experiences exlusively for Imax. 



Moctesuma Esparza, founder and CEO of Maya Cinemas

Since 2003, Esparza has led the way to bring the movie theater experience to Latino-dominant communities. 

And since opening that 14-screen theater in Salinas, California 16 years ago, the company has grown to include locations in Bakersfield, Pittsburg, Fresno, and in early 2019 a location in Las Vegas. Coming soon a Maya will be in Dallas.  



John Fithian, president and CEO of the National Association of Theatre Owners

There's no one who bangs the drum louder about seeing movies in theaters than Fithian. Well, it's also his job. 

As the head of NATO, Fithian is constantly working with both the theater owners and studios to better the experience for audiences. And that may include calling out the streaming companies now and again — like saying "it's a disgrace" about the way Netflix handled its release of "The Irishman."

Fithian's NATO is also behind CinemaCon, the annual trade show and convention in Las Vegas where new innovations are revealed and big studios show up to give glitzy presentations to the theaters of upcoming titles.



Alison Kozberg, managing director of the Art House Convergence

In 2008, high in the mountains of Park City, Utah, a week before the industry bombarded the area for the Sundance Film Festival, art house theater owners met to discuss the state of the industry.

Since then, the meet has become an annual event known as the Art House Convergence conference and has grown to become a must-attend event for not just art house owners but heads of film festivals, museums, film societies, and community leaders. 

Kozberg oversees the year-round operations, which include regional seminars and also a community of professionals who share experiences to better their businesses. 



Henri Mazza, vice president of content, sponsorship, and events at Alamo Drafthouse

For some, Alamo Drafthouse is a place where you can eat and drink while watching a movie. For others, it's a place that invites you to watch "Jaws" while floating on an inner tube in the water or scream at the screen while watching "Cats." 

These wacky ideas of how to combine a movie with its obsessive fans in a unique and special way is the responsibility of Mazza at Alamo. 

He's behind the chain's outdoor Rolling Roadshow screenings (where people really saw "Jaws" while in the water) and Movie Party programming, which can range from singing along during a showing of "Pop Star: Never Stop Never Stopping" to being given sword props so you can duel with someone while watching "The Princess Bride."



Will Palmer, cofounder and chief executive at Movio

As movie theaters and studios are turning more and more to AI and algorithms to figure out audience behavior, Will Palmer's Movio is very busy trying to be the leader in the space. 

Movio produces analytics and campaign management software to theaters and studios, and over the last decade, its machine learning techniques to analyze audiences (and their spending patterns) continue to improve.

 



Don Savant, CEO of 4DX and ScreenX Americas

Korean-based CJ 4DPLEX, behind 4DX and ScreenX, has turned to a former Imax executive to grow its company in the Americas.

From 2000 to 2015, Savant oversaw Imax's huge growth in China and he's looking to do the same for 4DX and ScreenX here in the States as he's taken on the role of its CEO in the Americas.

He might be showing up at the right time.

The company said both formats together have grown to 1,011 locations worldwide. ScreenX (in which the screen is on both sides of you in the theater, as well as in front of you) almost tripled in revenue last year, and 4DX (in which your seat moves and there are physical effects during the movie) had a 41% rise in box-office revenue last year from the year before.   



Kevin Shepela, chief commercial officer and executive vice president at Fandango

Shepela has been one of the power players behind Fandango's dominance in the online movie ticketing space in recent years.

He has been instrumental in overseeing the strategic partnerships with exhibitors and overseeing the global ticketing properties under the Fandango umbrella, which include MovieTickets.com, Flixster, Ingresso.com in Brazil, and Fandango Latin America.

And over at Fandango's crown jewel, Rotten Tomatoes, Shepela has been hard at work with exhibitors to strengthen RT's verified Audience Score (which sits alongside the Tomatometer) to ensure authentic audience reviews. 



Scott Stuber, vice president of film at Netflix

Since joining Netflix in 2017, Stuber has used his connections in Hollywood to help bring major talent over to the streaming giant and his laid back style to extend an olive branch to the exhibition world.

Though Netflix has never agreed to obey the traditional exclusive theatrical window that's currently in place, thanks to Stuber, things are more cordial between both sides, as evident with AMC Theatres and Cineplex offering to shorten the theatrical window to show "The Irishman" (eventually both sides couldn't come to an agreement). 

Stuber was a key player in giving "The Irishman" screenings at a legendary Broadway theater and having "Marriage Story" play at New York City's oldest single screen theater, The Paris (and then having Netflix take over the movie house).

It takes a skilled hand to keep your bosses satisfied with content to show on a service and filmmakers who want some kind of theatrical release for their work, and Stuber is conducting a master class in how to pull it off. 



Cathleen Taff, president of theatrical distribution, franchise management, and business/audience insights at The Walt Disney Studios

In the movie-theater space, you could make the argument that the most important person at Disney isn't Bob Iger or Alan Horn, but Cathleen Taff. 

Taff is the one who oversees the worldwide theatrical release strategy for Disney's entire movie empire. That means the movies that open for Disney, Walt Disney Animation, Pixar, Marvel, Lucasfilm, and 20th Century Studios all go through her. 

It's led to record-breaking business at the box office the last two years for Disney.  



Renana Teperberg, chief commercial officer at Cineworld

Cineworld, which is a titan in Europe, became the second-largest chain in the world when it bought Regal (the deal closed in 2018). A major player in the acquisition was Teperberg, a 20-year veteran of the company who started out her career there as a cashier at one of its theaters.  

Being that engrossed in the company has led to her becoming an essential figure in it and she's certainly playing a huge part in Cineworld's entry into the US theatrical space.

 



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.



Every actress who has ever played Harley Quinn

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  • In the movie "Birds of Prey," Margot Robbie will reprise her "Suicide Squad" role as Harley Quinn.
  • Several actresses have played the character since she was introduced in 1992.
  • "The Big Bang Theory" stars Kaley Cuoco and Melissa Rauch have both voiced the character.
  • Mia Sara (better known for her role as Sloane Peters in "Ferris Bueller's Day Off") was the first live-action version of the character in the 2002 TV series "Birds of Prey."
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Given how prominent antiheroine Harley Quinn has become in pop culture, it's almost surprising that the character was first introduced in 1992's "Batman: The Animated Series"— over 50 years since Batman and many of his counterparts established the DC Universe.

Harley is traditionally characterized as a psychiatrist-turned-villain, who falls in love with the Joker before leaving their relationship to start a crime empire of her own.

In the 28 years since she was first introduced, the character has been brought to life in numerous movies, TV shows, and video games. Most recently, she was played by Margot Robbie in the 2020 film "Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of Harley Quinn)."

Here are all 17 actresses who have played Harley Quinn.

Arleen Sorkin was the inspiration for Harley Quinn, and played her in the 1992 TV show "Batman: The Animated Series."

The character's creator, Paul Dini, was inspired to create Harley Quinn (a "Harlequin-like" accomplice to The Joker) after watching his college friend, Arleen Sorkin, play a clown in a surreal scene from the soap opera "Days of Our Lives." In the clip, her character appears as a flamboyant, roller-skating court jester.

"I thought, Maybe there should be a girl [working with the Joker]," Dini told Vulture. "And I thought, Should the girl be like a tough street thug? Or like a hench-person or something? And then suddenly the idea of someone funny kind of struck me." 

She went on to originate the role in the first season of 1992's "Batman: The Animated Series," and reprised it in eight more shows and video games. Her own nasally, sing-song Brooklyn accent served as the basis for the iconic Harley Quinn voice that virtually all other actresses who voice the character try to emulate.



Mia Sara was the first live-action version of the character in the 2002 TV series "Birds of Prey."

Mia Sara, who's best known for playing Sloane Peters in "Ferris Bueller's Day Off," also played the character in "Birds of Prey"— the 2002 TV series, not the upcoming movie.

In the character's first live-action appearance, Harley returned to her original job as a psychiatrist and used the position to help herself become Gotham's newest crime lord.



Hynden Walch voiced Harley after Arleen Sorkin, starting with 2004's "The Batman."

In "The Batman," Walch's Harley was the host of a romance talk show and joined the Joker after Bruce Wayne canceled her show.

The actress returned to voice the character in 2014's "Assault on Arkham," in which Harley Quinn is tasked with retrieving a USB drive with important information from a Gotham mental hospital.



Tara Strong has played the character 33 times in various TV shows, animated movies, and video games.

When it comes to playing Harley Quinn, Tara Strong has run the gambit. Since first taking on the role in 2015's "DC Super Hero Girls," she has voiced the character 33 times. Strong even cosplayed as Harley at San Diego Comic-Con in 2016.

Strong has longstanding ties to the DC Universe, having voiced Batgirl in various projects from 1997 to 2016.



Grey Delisle voiced the character in 2008's "Lego Batman: The Videogame."

In the game, her version of Harley Quinn was equipped with both a mallet and a handgun, and (unlike the heroes in "Lego Batman") could open doors.

DeLisle has also played Selina Kyle/Catwoman and Wonder Woman in other DC media over the years.



Janyse Jaud was Harley in the 2013 motion comic series "Batman: Black and White."

Harley Quinn briefly appeared in the 2017 motion comic series, "Batman: Black and White," to protest that she and the Joker were innocent during her time as a prisoner in Arkham Asylum.

Jaud also played Catwoman in the series.



Meghan Strange played the character in one episode in "Batman: The Brave and the Bold."

Strange's Harley was a 1920s flapper who appeared in one episode of "Batman: The Brave and the Bold." In the episode, Harley appeared to help Joker rob Gotham's Museum of Comedy.



Laura Bailey's version of Harley appeared in "Lego Batman: The Movie - DC Superheroes Unite."

Bailey took over the role from Grey DeLisle, voicing her in both the Lego Batman videogame sequel, "Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes," and the 2013 movie "Lego Batman: The Movie — DC Super Heroes Unite."

Her Harley has the ability to use her mallet as a boomerang.



Kang Ji-Young played Harley Quinn in the 2017 anime film "DC Super Heroes vs. Eagle Talon."

In a 2017 anime-style Justice League movie, "DC Super Heroes vs. Eagle Talon," South Korean actress Kang Ji Young voiced Harley Quinn.

In doing so, she became the first and only woman of color to have played the character in her nearly 30-year existence.



Melissa Rauch voiced her in the 2017 animated film "Batman and Harley Quinn."

Batman and Harley Quinn reluctantly team up in the 2017 animated film, "Batman and Harley Quinn," and viewers might recognize the voice behind the antiheroine — she's played by Melissa Rauch, who was Bernadette Rostenkowski in "The Big Bang Theory."

"I love that Harley is a badass and, beyond that, that she uses her humor as another weapon in her arsenal," Rauch told Empire Magazine. "She knows just how to diffuse a situation with her humor, and how to incite a situation with her sarcasm. It's a dream role."



Laura Post played Harley Quinn in the 2017 Telltale Batman game "Batman: The Enemy Within."

Harley Quinn was introduced in the second episode of Telltale Games' Batman series: "Batman: The Enemy Within."

Post's version of the character has black diamonds painted over her eyes and is more of an independent mobster than the Joker's confidant.



Comedian Jenny Slate was Harley in 2017's "The Lego Batman Movie."

The former "Saturday Night Live" star is no stranger to voice work, having appeared in movies like "The Secret Life of Pets" and "Zootopia."

 

 



Sirena Irwin voiced Dr. Harleen Quinzel in the 2017 movie "Batman vs. Two-Face."

Known for playing characters like Lady Fish and Mom in "Spongebob Squarepants," Irwin played the character as the professional psychiatrist she was before joining the Joker.

In "Batman vs. Two-Face," Dr. Harleen Quinzel becomes involved when Gotham District Attorney Harvey Dent is accidentally transformed into the villain Two-Face during a laboratory accident.



Margot Rubin voiced the character in the 2019 film "The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part."

Her name might sound similar to "Birds of Prey" actress, Margot Robbie, but voice actress Margot Rubin took over Jenny Slate's Lego Harley Quinn role in "The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part."

In a reference to "Suicide Squad," Quinn tells main character Emmett (Chris Pratt) that his plan to rescue his girlfriend is a "suicide mission."



Kaley Cuoco played Harley Quinn in the 2019 animated web series "Harley Quinn."

Rauch isn't the only "Big Bang Theory" actress to play Harley Quinn. In 2019, Kaley Cuoco (who played Penny on the popular CBS show) voiced the titular character in Adult Swim's 2019 "Harley Quinn" adult animated web series.

"I've perfected certain looks and facial expressions over the years, so this [role] in a way was harder — also because I'm voicing someone as iconic as Harley," Cuoco said in an interview with Digital Spy.



Margot Robbie will reprise her "Suicide Squad" role in the 2020 film "Birds of Prey."

Robbie has arguably become the most recognizable Harley Quinn actress, largely because she was the first to play her in a live-action movie (2016's "Suicide Squad").

The actress became very involved with the character's future in the current DC cinematic universe, pitching a Harley "girl gang" movie that grew into this year's "Birds of Prey." In the film, she teams up with several female superheroes to take down a Gotham crime lord.

"While I was researching Harley, I was devouring the comics. I became kind of obsessed with them at some point," Robbie said in an interview with Variety. "Harley has this unpredictable nature that means she could react in any way to any situation, which as an actor is just a gift. Between all those things, I really just fell in love with her."

 



The surprising things 28 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.
  • Margot Robbie and her fellow "Birds of Prey" castmates said they have taken things like arm casts, bats, jewelry, and clothing from set. 
  • 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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Actors spend a lot of time on set, so it's not too surprising when they 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."



"Birds of Prey" star Margot Robbie has some wardrobe items from the movie.

"I took a pair of shorts that we didn't actually end up wearing as one of the costumes, but I actually really liked them," Margot Robbie, who plays Harley Quinn, told MTV International.

She also said she has a shirt from Jurnee Smollett-Bell, who played Dinah Lance/Black Canary in the film. Smollett-Bell also said that Robbie has one of Harley's signature bats. 

 



Ella Jay Basco has a cast from "Birds of Prey."

Ella Jay Basco, who played Cassandra Cain in "Birds of Prey," said she got to take home her character's pink cast. 

"They ended up making like 15 of them, so [the crew was] just like, 'Just take one,"she told MTV International. 



Jurnee Smollett-Bell also has a few things from "Birds of Prey."

Smollett-Bell, who played Dinah Lance/Black Canary in "Birds of Prey" told MTV International that she took Harley Quinn's bat that says 'goodnight' and some jewelry worn by her own character, including a belly chain and a nose ring. 

 



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."

 



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. 

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Finally, Netflix is offering a way to turn off auto-play previews — here's how to do it (NFLX)

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  • Netflix made a huge announcement for its hundreds of millions of subscribers on Thursday: You can finally turn off the autoplay function! 
  • Autoplay does exactly what it sounds like it does: It automatically plays either a preview of the title you're hovering over, or if you're watching a show, the next episode of the series. If you watched a movie or finished a show, it might automatically play a preview for another show or movie that you didn't choose to watch.
  • "We've heard the feedback loud and clear," Netflix said in its announcement. "Members can now control whether or not they see autoplay previews on Netflix."
  • Here's how to change the setting so Netflix no longer autoplays!
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Netflix is finally making a change that millions of people have been asking for: As of today, you're able to toggle off the autoplay function.

This is huge news for anyone who's spent any time with Netflix. An act as simple as loading Netflix kicks off the autoplay function, automatically starting whatever shows or movies Netflix chooses to highlight on the home screen. The same could be said for when a show or movie ends — Netflix automatically starts playing whatever is next in a series and, if what you watched isn't part of a series, automatically starts playing something else of Netflix's choosing.

It is, in short, pretty obnoxious. But now, as of Thursday, you can finally turn off Netflix's autoplay function for the first time ever. Here's how!

1. First, get yourself to Netflix on a web browser and click the profile icon in the upper right corner.



2. Then, click that profile icon and choose "Manage Profiles."



3. Then, click through to your profile.

The first thing you'll have to do is 



4. Once you've clicked through, you'll see a small set of options. There are two boxes you'll want to uncheck to turn off autoplay.



5. Of note: You have to uncheck both boxes in order to turn off all forms of autoplay — the one where shows roll into each other, and the one where show and movie previews automatically start playing. Then hit "Save" and you're done! Sweet freedom!



The 8 best and 8 worst Pixar movies of all time

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  • Pixar Animation Studios has produced 21 official films since 1995, and nearly all of them have gained critical acclaim. 
  • "Toy Story" (1995) and its highly-praised sequels dominate the top of the list with perfect and near-perfect critic scores. 
  • "Cars" (2006) and its sequels have received lower critic scores than most other Pixar films. 
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Throughout the years, Pixar's 21 animated films have made audience members of all ages laugh and cry.

Even though most of the studio's works are widely viewed as masterpieces, not every movie it has made is unanimously beloved by critics. 

Here are the eight best and the eight worst Pixar animated films ever made, according to critic scores on Rotten Tomatoes. 

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

"Toy Story" (1995) earned love from critics for its unique story and boundless humor.

Critic score: 100%

Synopsis: After being the favorite in Andy's (John Morris') toy chest for years, Sheriff Woody (Tom Hanks) finds an unexpected rival with Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen) when Andy receives the shiny new astronaut as a birthday present. 

Critics immediately fell in love with Pixar's first cinematic release, calling it a humorous and sincere story that appealed to all ages. 

"With 'instant classic' written all over it, 'Toy Story,' the first full-length feature entirely composed of computer-generated animation, is a visually astounding, wildly inventive winner," wrote Michael Rechtshaffen for The Hollywood Reporter



"Toy Story 2" (1999) is tied for the highest-rated Pixar film of all time.

Critic score: 100%

Synopsis: When Woody (Hanks) is separated from his friends by a nefarious toy collector, Buzz (Allen) and the rest of Andy's toys band together to rescue their friend from danger. The toys save the day and introduce Jessie (Joan Cusack) and Bullseye to the toybox. 

Praised as colorful, funny, and inventive, many critics who enjoyed the first "Toy Story" installment said that the sequel held up to the original. 

"Toy Story 2 is a brilliant example of that rarest of Hollywood phenomena a sequel to a major hit film [that's] as good, if not better, than the original," wrote Paul Clinton for CNN.com.



"Finding Nemo" (2003) created a visual spectacle, according to critics.

Critic score: 99%

Synopsis: Overprotective father Marlin (Albert Brooks) is an anxious clown fish who never lets his son Nemo (Alexander Gould) wander far. But when Nemo is suddenly captured by a diver, Marlin stops at nothing to reunite with his son. 

"Finding Nemo" gained sweeping praise from critics, with reviews highlighting the film's dazzling animation and family-focused story. 

Neil Norman from the London Evening Standard wrote, "'Finding Nemo' offers as much in terms of thrills, frights, humour and psychological insight as it does in pure technical skill, proving that a movie can be art without being an 'art' movie."



Critics called "Inside Out" (2015) one of Pixar's most heart-warming stories.

Critic score: 98%

Synopsis: Plucky 11-year-old Riley (Kaitlyn Dias) is led by the five emotions living in her head — Joy (Amy Poehler), Sadness (Phyllis Smith), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black), and Disgust (Mindy Kaling) — as they try to help her navigate moving to a new house and school.

Critics said that by centering its arc around Riley and exploring the complexity of human emotion, "Inside Out" doled out a universal story that every viewer could connect to.

"[The] ordinary trauma of an 11-year-old girl coming to terms with a new life and school while losing all her old, comforting, childish certainties has become a glittering, bravura piece of cinema, a comedy both wise and tender," wrote critic Kate Muir for The Times.



"Up" (2009) moved many critics to tears.

Critic score: 98%

Synopsis: After his wife passes away, Carl Fredricksen (Edward Asner) attaches thousands of balloons to his house on a mission to fly to South America. But at the last minute, Carl realizes that he has a stowaway: an 8-year-old Wilderness Explorer named Russell (Jordan Nagai). 

"Up" was warmly received by critics who said the picture had a winning mixture of goofy humor and sentimentality. 

"'Up' is buoyant with thrills and spills, yet it's anchored, quite movingly, in the acceptance of mortality," wrote Independent critic Anthony Quinn. "This rollercoaster ride will leave everyone on an up, even those of us who've crested the apex and now, like Carl, see life's curve heading all the way down."

 



Critics loved the poignant heart at the center of "Toy Story 3" (2010).

Critic score: 98%

Synopsis: The toys are content to be relegated to the attic as Andy (Morris) gets ready to leave for college. But when Woody (Hanks), Buzz (Allen), and their friends are accidentally taken to a local daycare, they wonder if their future has more in store for them. 

Critics were wowed by "Toy Story 3" and happy to revisit characters they had come to love decades prior. 

"When teenaged Andy plops down on the grass to share his old toys with a shy little girl, the film spikes with sadness and layered pleasure — a concise, deeply wise expression of the ephemeral that feels real and yet utterly transporting," wrote Eric Hynes in his review for The Village Voice.



"Toy Story 4" (2019) surpassed expectations for many critics.

Critic score: 97%

Synopsis: Now the faithful toys to Bonnie (Madeleine McGraw), Woody (Hanks), Buzz (Allen), and his friends try to keep a stressed new toy named Forky (Tony Hale) from losing control when Bonnie and her family hit the road for an adventure. 

Some critics were afraid that Pixar wouldn't be able to replicate the magic of the prior "Toy Story" films with its fourth installment, but many were pleased with the wacky comedy and poignant ending. 

"For millennial audiences who've grown up with Woody and the gang over years of toy stories, the movie may even seem a minor miracle — proof that faith can be kept in a faithless world,"wrote Ty Burr for the Boston Globe. "For the rest of us, it's just grand, wise fun."



"Coco" (2017) was praised as a visual gem full of warmth.

Critic score: 97%

Synopsis: Miguel (Anthony Gonzalez) has long dreamed of becoming a musician like his idol Ernesto de la Cruz (Benjamin Bratt), but his family banned music generations ago. Miguel's desire to follow his musical dreams and unravel the story behind his family's past takes him to the Land of the Dead. 

"Coco" wowed critics by matching a sincerely moving story with a level of vibrant animation design that Pixar had never reached before. 

"Every plot point and thematic implication slots into place, but the pleasures of Coco are above all visual,"wrote Jake Wilson for The Sydney Morning Herald. "I don't think I've ever seen a computer-animated film so rich in detail, or so dedicated to recreating complex and beautiful lighting schemes."



On the other hand, "Finding Dory" (2016) blew critics away but lacked the depth of some more well-received Pixar films.

Critic score: 94%

Synopsis: Marlin's friend Dory (Ellen DeGeneres) goes on her own adventure through the ocean to find her family and restore lost memories from her past. 

The film was praised for its colorful design and was highly-rated in its own right, but "Finding Dory" is still on the list of Pixar's bottom eight films. 

"While not as visually dazzling as its predecessor, the film is still colorful and immersive; the script, while predictable, puts an engaging spin on the issues of home and identity,"wrote Bruce Diones for The New Yorker



"A Bug's Life" (1998) gained positive reception for its allegorical story.

Critic score: 92%

Synopsis: When their community is threatened by a horde of bullying grasshoppers, clumsy worker ant Flik (David Foley) sets out to produce a new food supply for his colony with the help of some new friends. 

Although it's not one of Pixar's top-rated films, "A Bug's Life" still received a number of positive reviews for its writing, the unique character personalities, and the ambitious animation.

"'A Bug's Life' may be the single most amazing film I've ever seen that I couldn't fall in love with,"wrote Owen Gleiberman for Entertainment Weekly."It's so obsessed with wowing you, in every corner of every frame, that as a movie it doesn't quite breathe."



"Monsters University" (2013) paled in comparison to the original but still earned some love from critics.

Critic score: 80%

Synopsis: Years before Monstropolis' dynamic duo were working together as best friends, Mike Wazowski (Billy Crystal) and James P. "Sulley" Sullivan (John Goodman) were finding their way through their college years.

Critics said that "Monsters University" didn't quite reach the same level as its predecessor "Monsters, Inc." (2001), but it was still charming and creative in its own way. 

Trevor Johnston from Time Out wrote, "It has enough of the right stuff to haunt the imagination long after the immediate buzz of its fluffy-furred cuteness has melted away. For a mere prequel, that's a result."



Critics enjoyed "Brave" (2012), even though they called it one of Pixar's less creative endeavors.

Critic score: 78%

Synopsis: Free-spirited Princess Merida (Kelly Macdonald) is always at odds with her mother, Queen Elinor (Emma Thompson), as she faces societal pressure to marry a Scottish lord. But when a misinterpreted wish causes her mother to turn into a bear, Merida goes to great lengths to reverse the curse. 

Critics felt that "Brave" hit all the highs of a typical Pixar movie earning tears and laughs, but that it also felt a little formulaic. 

"The story for this revisionist fairy tale, which promotes contemporary attitudes about parenting and gender equality, is less inspired than usual for Pixar, but the movie upholds the studio's high standard of computer animation," wrote Ben Sachs for the Chicago Reader.



Critics thought "The Good Dinosaur" (2015) was a cute, if trite, animated picture.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 76%

Summary: In a prehistoric world where the asteroid missed Earth, allowing dinosaurs and humans to roam together, Arlo the Apatosaurus (Raymond Ochoa) makes an unlikely new friend with a scrappy, young boy. 

Critics felt that "The Good Dinosaur" missed the mark, even though it still delivered Pixar's trademark humor and heart. 

"'The Good Dinosaur' is by no means a bad movie," wrote Christopher Orr for The Atlantic. "But it breaks new ground for Pixar in that it's the studio's first feature that is explicitly — and pretty much exclusively — a kid's movie."



For many critics, "Cars" (2006) was the first Pixar movie that they didn't immediately fall in love with.

Critic score: 75%

Synopsis: On the road to compete in the Piston Cup Championship, speed-driven race car Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson) finds himself taking a detour to the small town of Radiator Springs where he befriends Mater (Larry the Cable Guy) and Sally (Bonnie Hunt). 

Many critics marked "Cars" as the end of Pixar's long reign of perfection, even though at the end of the day it still received a decent critic score. 

"It had to end sometime," wrote Paul Arendt for BBC. "After a run of standard-setting CGI movies, Pixar has finally delivered a dud."



Critics considered "Cars 3" (2017) a by-the-numbers family film.

Critic score: 70%

Synopsis: Lightning McQueen (Wilson) finds himself pushed out of the world of racing by newer models, so he recruits the help of young technician Cruz Ramirez (Cristela Alonzo) to get him back on his feet. 

Critics didn't love "Cars 3" as much as other Pixar films, saying it fell short and felt cartoonish at times. 

"'Cars 3' could make a rental download for a rainy family holiday, but the imaginative spark has gone," wrote The Guardian critic Peter Bradshaw.



Called uninspired by critics, "Cars 2" (2011) is Pixar's lowest-rated film.

Critic score: 39%

Synopsis: Lightning McQueen (Wilson) and his loyal friend Mater (Larry the Cable Guy) head overseas to compete in the first World Grand Prix where McQueen will race for the title of the fastest car in the world. But Mater gets sidetracked by a secret spy mission and has to save the day. 

"Cars 2" is currently the lowest-rated Pixar film, but even critics who panned the movie still found a few things to like about it. 

"The invention here is often still dazzling, the race sequences are invigorating and spirited voice work atones for the inexpressiveness of the cars themselves," wrote Geoffrey Macnab for the Independent. "Even so, this isn't Pixar at top gear."

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I saw the same movie at the 2 largest theater chains in the US and preferred the one with less-comfortable seats

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  • I saw the same film at AMC and Regal movie theater locations to determine which offered the best experience.
  • The two cost me about the same in terms of tickets and concessions.
  • AMC's mobile ticket-ordering system was convenient, and I loved the chain's tasty snacks, butter pump for popcorn, and special drink machine.
  • Regal Cinemas definitely had bigger and more comfortable seats, but I didn't really enjoy the popcorn I tried from there.
  • Overall, I enjoyed my experience at both movie theaters, but I will be going back to AMC.
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Though we live in a time with access to luxuries like on-demand streaming, there's something special about catching the newest flick on the big screen.

But for avid moviegoers, it's not always easy to decide which theater to visit.

So I decided to go to the two largest movie-theater chains in the United States — Regal Cinemas and AMC Theatres— to see which I actually preferred.

To get a fair comparison, I decided to watch the same matinee movie at each location. I then judged each experience based on comfort, concessions, and overall value.

Here's what it was like seeing movies at Regal Cinemas and AMC Theatres.

AMC Theatres was founded in 1920, which makes it one of the oldest movie-theater chains in the US.

After 100 years in business, AMC Theatres is still one of the biggest US-based movie-theater chains.

It operates 1,000 theaters and 11,000 screens in 15 countries, including more than 380 theaters in the US.



I decided to visit an AMC location in Brentwood, California, because it was the nearest to my home.

Outside, there were plenty of booths where tickets were being sold, plus organized queues and barriers. 



Like most major movie chains, AMC gives patrons the option of buying their tickets online.

AMC's mobile website was well organized and easy to navigate. Its homepage highlighted both current and coming films with their release dates listed at the bottom.

All you have to do is click on the movie title and it automatically redirects you to whichever AMC closest to you has showtimes for that film.

I decided on a Monday, 3:10 p.m. showing of "Little Women," and was glad I was able to reserve a seat.

 

 

 

 



My ticket cost $10.49 with a $1.89 mobile-order convenience fee — the total came to $12.38.

Since I was going for a matinee, I had plenty of seat choices. Ultimately, I settled on seat K10.

I may be an outlier here, but I actually prefer sitting toward the back of a movie theater instead of the center. 

Seconds after I submitted my payment form, AMC sent me a text message with my mobile ticket.

Upon arriving at the theater, all I had to do was pull up the text on my phone and show the bar code to the ticketing agent at the door.

The process was paperless and ridiculously easy. I especially liked that I didn't have to worry about carrying a tiny ticket stub in my wallet.



When I first walked through the front doors, I was impressed by how organized and clean everything looked.

Of course, it's worth noting that I visited this location during a Monday afternoon when the place was nearly empty. 

Even so, there were several barricades in front of the concessions stand to keep the (presently nonexistent) lines moving.

Still, the lobby itself didn't feel very big. There must have been less than 10 feet between the queue and the doorway, so I can see why these line-organizing barriers may be necessary.

I can only imagine how packed the lobby must get during the weekends.



To my left, there was a full bar called MacGuffins.

The area was closed off, and it was complete with a special 21-and-over seating area.

I didn't end up spending any time there, but I could see how that might be nice for a group of friends to relax for a bit before a movie.

Notably, not every AMC theater serves alcohol, nor does every location have a MacGuffins.



One of AMC's notable perks is its mobile-order service for concessions.

You can actually preorder your food on your phone when you purchase your tickets.

Some AMC locations even have dine-in options in which a server brings the food to your seat.

I didn't use the mobile-order feature during my visit because the line wasn't very long, but I can see how it would be convenient during a busy Friday or Saturday.

 



The concessions menu was behind the counter, and there were also some enclosed displays for candy.

I was highly impressed by the variety of food options.

In addition to traditional movie goodies, this location sold wings, mozzarella sticks, pizza, and macaroni and cheese.

They also offered gourmet popcorn flavors, like salted caramel and cheddar. 

 



I also ordered a regular size, traditional popcorn for $8.29, plus a box of candy for $4.69 and a 30-ounce drink for $6.29.

I opted for a box of Milk Duds, which cost me $4.69, and the smallest popcorn available, which was regular, since there was no small or junior size on the menu.

Much like its popcorn, AMC doesn't offer small drinks, so I ordered the smallest option available, which was 30 ounces and cost $6.29.

 



Then, I went to the right side of the lobby to fill up my cup.

Here, instead of a traditional soda fountain, I encountered a fancy touch-screen dispenser called a Coca-Cola Freestyle.



Unlike a traditional soda dispenser, this Freestyle machine could produce a near-endless variety of soft drinks.

I could use the machine's special features to combine orange soda with cola, fruit punch with lemonade, or even lemon-lime soda with flavored water. There were no-calorie, low-calorie, and caffeine-free options, too.

The possibilities seemed endless, and I enjoyed experimenting with flavors.

In my opinion, this made my drink worth the somewhat higher price.



I was also pretty excited that this theater had a butter pump for my popcorn.

If there's one thing that sets AMC apart from the rest, it's the fact you have the freedom to top your popcorn with as little or as much butter as your heart desires.

This was really appealing, especially since I appreciate a buttery bag of popcorn.  

 



The cost for my concessions order was $19.27, without tax.

To me, this seemed excessively expensive for three snack items, but I know that what I paid is pretty on par with the prices at other movie theaters.

Plus, the popcorn was much bigger than I expected it to be.



Inside the theater, seating was split into upper and lower levels.

The screen was blank when I arrived because the AMC I visited was switching its prepreview programming, which means it didn't show any ads before the trailers.



Though the seats didn't recline, they had plenty of cushioning.

The chairs were made of a soft, blue plush material that reminded me of a business-class or a premium-economy seat on a somewhat upscale airline.

On top of that, every aisle was clean and spacious. Each audience member also had their own cupholder and armrest.

Interestingly, AMC added cupholder armrests to its chairs in 1981 — and it claims to be the first movie-theater chain to do so.



I had plenty of room to stretch my legs without worry that I might hit the chair in front of me.

I am 5 feet, 5 inches tall and took the liberty of extending my legs all the way out — there was still plenty of space in front of me, but if someone wanted to get by me, I'd definitely have to tuck my feet under my chair.



Once I settled into my cushy, blue throne, I was a happy camper.

Though the start time on my ticket stated 3:10 p.m., the film didn't begin until 3:27 p.m.

Personally, I didn't mind watching 17 minutes of trailers. If I counted correctly, I watched five trailers before "Little Women."



Next, I prepared to visit Regal Cinemas.

The second-largest chain in the US is Regal Cinemas, which is part of the Regal Entertainment Group.

Regal Cinemas was founded in 1989, so it's not quite as old as AMC. 

The chain operates 549 theaters across 42 US states and in the US islands of American Samoa, Guam, and Saipan.



I visited the Regal Cinemas that was closest to me, which is the one in Sacramento, California.

To keep things consistent, I was once again going to see "Little Women" during the day. 

A full week had passed since I saw the film at the AMC, and I was pretty excited to see it again.

 



To keep things consistent with my previous movie experience, I purchased a mobile ticket directly from Regal's website.

Regal's mobile site was pretty simple and straightforward, though it didn't seem quite as informative or as intuitive as AMC's — I feel as if I had to do a lot more tapping to get my ticket and select my location.

Based on the reservations page, I could tell this Regal theater has fewer seats than the AMC location — most likely because the chairs themselves are much larger.

This wasn't an issue for me because I planned to visit the theater by myself on a Monday afternoon, but I can see how this more limited seating might deter families or groups of friends from going if they can't book seats together.

 



My ticket cost $9.90 with a $1.50 mobile-order convenience fee — the total came to $11.40.

For my Regal experience, I decided on a Monday, 2:45 p.m. matinee screening of  "Little Women" in regular, 2D format.

I decided to reserve seat G4, which is located toward the rear left side of the theater.

 



When I walked into the theater, the first thing that caught my eye was the massive concessions stand.

I also noticed that the lobby was quite spacious. I had plenty of room to walk around, and I feel as if this space must be pretty comfortable even as it gets more crowded during late-night showings and weekends.



Like AMC, Regal had its own bar that sold cocktails, beer, and wine.

Unlike AMC, Regal had no designated 21-and-over lounge. This didn't bug me since I had no plans on drinking or hanging out.

Notably, not every Regal cinema serves alcohol.



The menu included classic theater fare like hotdogs and nachos, as well as pretzels, tacos, and sandwiches.

The sign with all of the offerings was located above the counter and was easy to read.



There were also several small towers of sweet treats near the concessions counter.

I appreciated that Regal kept the candy out in the open for customer browsing rather than behind a glass display case.

In my opinion, this is more convenient for those who are indecisive or who might want to look at all of the available snack options before getting to the register. 



Despite the huge selection, I still went for my favorite: Milk Duds.

The single box cost me $4.99, which was slightly more than it cost me at AMC.



I don't know what it is with theaters offering only two drink sizes, but apparently it's a thing.

One regular soft drink set me back $6.29, though the cup was essentially the same size as an extra-large soda outside the movie world.

I checked my receipt, and the cup was a whopping 32 ounces — 2 ounces bigger than the one I got at AMC.



Unlike AMC, Regal had three size options for its popcorn.

I was glad to have more size options, and I purchased a small, which cost me $7.19 and came buttered.

Unfortunately, I did not care for the way this popcorn tasted. To me, the butter had a strange, oily aftertaste that overpowered the bag.



In the lobby, there were two standard soda fountains.

Between the two machines, there was a decent variety of choices, but they could not compare to the number of options I had with AMC's special Coca-Cola machine.



The Regal, however, did have a few exciting things the AMC did not.

Notably, this Regal location had Icee slushies and frozen-yogurt machines.

I was all set with treats this time, but I could imagine myself getting a nice cold cup of vanilla and chocolate swirl before a summer movie.



The cost for my small popcorn, regular soft drink, and Milk Duds was $18.47, without tax.

This was only slightly cheaper than the snacks I purchased at the AMC theater.

Notably, the popcorn bag I had at the AMC seemed a bit larger than the one I had at the Regal, though my Regal beverage was slightly larger than the one I had at the AMC. 



Since this was a newer Regal Cinemas location, the default seat type was a king-size recliner.

It didn't cost any extra to get this type of seat, though it's worth noting that only select Regal locations have them. According to the Regal website, dozens of its theaters are fitted with these reclining seats.

For about $10, this massive, spacious seat didn't seem bad at all.



The seat was comfortable and leathery with gigantic rests for both of my arms.

Even without using its reclining feature, this seat was wonderful.



In terms of legroom, Regal's theater blew me away.

Since the seats are spaced so well, I bet fellow moviegoers could easily walk in front of me for bathroom breaks and I wouldn't need to straighten my chair or tuck in my legs. 

Even with my recliner fully extended, there was still plenty of room for people to pass by.



I also loved that every chair in the theater came with its own table to set your food, purse, or whatever else you want off the ground.

I have a terrible habit of knocking my popcorn over even if I set it on the floor for two seconds, so this swivel platform won me over immediately.



As I sank into the massive throne, I felt as if I were about to watch a movie in my own home.

My movie was scheduled to start at 2:45 p.m., but first I watched exactly 20 minutes of trailers.

I counted six trailers, which is one more than I saw at AMC.

This didn't make or break anything for me (I don't mind trailers, nor do I mind a movie that starts on time), but it was interesting to note.

 



Overall, I was slightly more satisfied with my experience at the AMC theater.

AMC Theatres: 8/10 for comfort, 10/10 for concessions, and 8/10 for value

Regal Cinemas: 10/10 for comfort, 6/10 for concessions, and 7/10 for value

Admittedly, it was hard to choose a winner between these two chains because I had such great experiences at both locations. But ultimately, AMC won me over.

I liked AMC's popcorn better, and it had a broader drink selection. Plus, sitting in its theater just felt like an authentic cinematic experience, and not as if I were in a friend's cozy living room.

I also felt the pricing was fair for what I got when it came to food and the film itself — and the convenience of AMC's mobile-order system was difficult to top.

Sure, AMC didn't have Regal's luxurious recliners, but I don't might sitting up straighter when I have a delicious drink, tons of menu options, and some popcorn I was able to butter myself.



21 unbelievable Oscars records, from the oldest winner to the man with 59 nominations

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The 92nd Academy Awards are quickly approaching. This year's nominees were announced on January 13, 2020.

In honor of Hollywood's biggest night, here are 21 records that have been set over the past nine decades, from the youngest winner to the longest movie that won Best Picture.

Keep scrolling to learn more about the awards — and check back after the ceremony. Depending on who wins, some of these records could change!

Christopher Plummer is the oldest person to ever be nominated for an Oscar — and the oldest person to ever win.

He was 82 when he won for "Beginners," and 88 when he was nominated for "All the Money in the World." He was also nominated in 2010 for "The Last Station."



The youngest person to ever be nominated for an Oscar was 8-year-old Justin Henry for "Kramer vs. Kramer" in 1979.

Henry is now 48 and acts sporadically.



And the youngest winner was 10-year-old Tatum O'Neal for "Paper Moon" in 1974. She won Best Supporting Actress.

O'Neal co-starred in "Paper Moon" with her father, Ryan O'Neal.



But the true youngest winner is Shirley Temple, who was 6 when she won the Academy Juvenile Award in 1935. This category doesn't exist anymore.

Other notable winners include Mickey Rooney, Judy Garland, Bobby Driscoll, and Margaret O'Brien.



Three movies are tied for the most wins. "Ben-Hur" (1959), "Titanic" (1997), and "The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King" (2003) all won 11 awards.

This year, "Joker" was nominated 11 times — so if it wins all 11, it'll join the list.



Three movies are also tied for the most nominations with 14 Oscar nods: "All About Eve" (1950), "Titanic" (1997), and "La La Land" (2016).

As previously stated, "Titanic" went on to win 11 awards. "All About Eve" and "La La Land" each took home six statues.



The longest winner of Best Picture in Oscars history is 1939's "Gone with the Wind," which clocks in at 3 hours, 58 minutes.

So even if the notoriously long"The Irishman" picks up Best Picture, it still won't top the list.



The country that's taken home Best Foreign Language Film the most is Italy, which has produced 14 winners from 32 nominations.

Most recently, Italy won for "The Great Beauty," or "La grande bellezza" in 2014, directed by Paolo Sorrentino.



Meryl Streep is the most-nominated actress in Oscar history, with a staggering 21 nominations under her belt. She's won three times.

Streep has won Best Actress twice, for "Sophie's Choice," and "The Iron Lady." She won Best Supporting Actress for "Kramer vs. Kramer."



However, with 22 wins from 59 nominations, Walt Disney is the most-decorated Oscar winner in history. He even won four in a single night.

In one night, Disney took home the Oscars for Best Documentary (Feature), Best Documentary (Short Subject), Best Short Subject (Cartoon), and Best Short Subject (Two-Reel) in 1953.



The most prestigious award of the night is Best Picture — but it doesn't always go to the best movie. The worst-reviewed winner, according to Rotten Tomatoes, is 1929 winner "The Broadway Melody." It has a 35%.

"'The Broadway Melody' is interesting as an example of an early Hollywood musical, but otherwise, it's essentially bereft of appeal for modern audiences,"writes Rotten Tomatoes.



This year, people were upset that women were again shut out of the Best Director category. The first woman to win was Kathryn Bigelow in 2009 for "The Hurt Locker."

Prior to Bigelow, just three women had been nominated for directing — Lina Wertmüller for 1975's "Seven Beauties," Jane Campion for 1993's "The Piano," and Sofia Coppola for 2003's "Lost in Translation."



Only one movie to win Best Picture has been rated X: "Midnight Cowboy" (1969).

It was mainly rated X simply because it wasn't suitable for kids — the "X" rating was almost brand new in 1969, and didn't have the same connotations as it does today. However, MTV does point out the film has"a fair amount of nudity and some brief scenes of sexual activity."

When it was later re-rated, it earned an R rating.



Only two sequels have won Best Picture: "The Godfather Part II" (1974) and "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" (2003).

In total, seven sequels have been nominated for Best Picture— "Toy Story 3,""Mad Max: Fury Road,""The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers,""The Godfather Part III," and "The Bells of St. Mary's," plus the two winners.

You may be wondering, what about "The Silence of the Lambs?" The Anthony Hopkins/Jodie Foster joint could be considered a sequel to "Manhunter,"but it's really more of a reboot.



When Cate Blanchett earned an Oscar for playing Katharine Hepburn in 2004's "The Aviator," she became the first person to win an Oscar for playing an Oscar winner.

She's not the only actor to win an Oscar for portraying an icon, but she was the first to win an Oscar for portraying an Oscar winner.



Hepburn herself holds the record for most Oscars for acting — she won four times.

Hepburn won in 1933, 1967, 1968, and 1981 for "Morning Glory,""Guess Who's Coming to Dinner,""The Lion in Winter," and "On Golden Pond," respectively. Though, famously, she never attended an awards show to collect her statues in person.



The first African-American entertainer to win an Oscar was Hattie McDaniel in 1939.

McDaniel won the Best Supporting Actress award for "Gone with the Wind," in which she played Mammy, a role that's since been mired in controversy



Sidney Poitier became the first black man to win when he was awarded Best Actor for "Lilies of the Field" (1963).

Poitier had previously been nominated for his role in 1958's "The Defiant Ones."



Marlee Matlin became the first deaf person to win an Oscar when she won for 1986's "Children of a Lesser God."

In addition to being the first deaf person to win, Matlin is also the youngest woman to win Best Actress.



Only two people have won Oscars posthumously: Heath Ledger for "The Dark Knight" and Peter Finch for "Network."

Joaquin Phoenix recently thanked Ledger in his SAG Awards acceptance speech, calling Ledger his "favorite actor." Phoenix is also nominated for an Oscar for his version of the Joker.



Marlon Brando and Robert De Niro are the only people who have won Oscars for playing the same role, Vito Corleone, in "The Godfather" and "The Godfather Part II," respectively.

Brando portrayed Vito Corleone as an old man, with adult kids and grandkids. De Niro played Corleone as a young man who had just emigrated from Italy. 

If Joaquin Phoenix wins for "Joker" this year, it'll mark the second time this has happened.



8 surprising first-time Oscar nominees

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  • The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the nominees for the 2020 Oscars on Monday. 
  • Actors such as Florence Pugh, Antonio Banderas, and Scarlett Johansson received their first ever nominations.
  • Insider listed eight surprising first-time Oscar nominees.
  • ABC will air the 92nd Academy Awards on Sunday, February 9 at 8 p.m. ET.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences revealed the nominees for the 2020 Oscars on Monday, and there were numerous new names across the categories.

Some of the first-time nominees earned a nod for their breakout roles, such as Florence Pugh in "Little Women." Others, like Scarlett Johansson and Antonio Banderas, have won many other prestigious awards before receiving their first Oscar nomination.

The 92nd Academy Awards will take place on Sunday, February 9, at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California. ABC will air the show at 8 p.m. ET.

Below are the most surprising first-time nominees.

Florence Pugh earned her first Oscar nomination for her performance in "Little Women."

The 24-year-old British actress was nominated for best performance by an actress in a supporting role for her role as Amy March in "Little Women." 



Jonathan Pryce drew critics' attention in his role as Pope Francis in "The Two Popes."

The 72-year-old actor's performance as Pope Francis in Netflix's "The Two Popes" scored him a nomination for best actor in a leading role.



Cynthia Erivo is one Oscar away from becoming the youngest performer to win Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony awards.

The actress's role in "Harriet" earned her two Oscar nominations: best performance by an actress in a leading role and achievement in music written for motion pictures.

She's the third person to receive nominations in both acting and song categories in the same year. Prior to these nominations, the 33-year-old artist has won an Emmy, a Grammy, and a Tony — leaving her one Oscar away from becoming the youngest person to gain EGOT status. 



Not only did Scarlett Johansson receive her first Oscar nomination, but she gained recognition in two acting categories.

Johansson's performance in Netflix's "Marriage Story" earned her a nomination for best performance by an actress in a leading role, and she also received a nomination for best performance by an actress in a supporting role for her work in "Jojo Rabbit."

Prior to Johansson, the Academy has only nominated 11 individuals in two acting categories in the same year — and she's the first person to join the list since 2007. 

 



Rian Johnson scored his first Oscar nomination for "Knives Out."

The 46-year-old filmmaker was nominated in the best original screenplay category for "Knives Out."



Antonio Banderas's performance in "Pain and Glory" landed him his first Oscar nomination.

Banderas was nominated for best performance by an actor in a leading role for his performance in "Pain and Glory."



The Academy recognized Hildur Guðnadóttir's original score for "Joker."

The Icelandic composer's original score for the film "Joker" drew a nomination in the category of achievement in music written for motion pictures.

Her awards season momentum continues after making history as the first solo woman to win the best original score category at the 2020 Golden Globe Awards. 



Bong Joon Ho received his, and South Korea's, first ever Oscar nomination.

"Parasite" director and producer Bong Joon Ho was nominated in the following categories: achievement in directing, best motion picture of the year, and best original screenplay.

The film's nominations mark the first time that a South Korean film is up for an Oscar, and "Parasite" is nominated for a total of six awards, including best picture.



THEN AND NOW: What the 2020 Oscar nominees looked like when they first started acting

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  • The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the Oscar nominees on Monday.
  • Some of this year's contenders look much different than they did when they started acting.
  • Actors like Scarlett Johansson and Leonardo DiCaprio began their careers as child actors and have grown up in the spotlight.
  • Others, such as Cynthia Erivo and Florence Pugh, scored their nominations within ten years of their big screen debuts. 
  • Visit Insider's homepage for more stories.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences released the names of this year's Oscar nominees on Monday, and some of the actors look completely different than they did in their early roles.  

"Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" actor Leonardo DiCaprio has come a long way from his 1979 acting debut on "Romper Room and Friends," and "Marriage Story" lead Scarlett Johansson has blossomed since her performance in the 1994 film "North." 

But not all of the nominees got their start as children. Cynthia Erivo, who starred in "Harriet," became well-known in 2015 following her Broadway debut, and "Little Women" actress Florence Pugh scored her first Oscar nomination just six years after her first role on the big screen in 2014.

Here's how all of the Oscar-nominated actors looked early in their careers. 

THEN: Renée Zellweger snagged small roles in films such as "A Taste for Killing" and "8 Seconds" in the early '90s.

The Texas-born actress popped up in minor productions such as "A Taste for Killing,""Dazed and Confused," and "8 Seconds." 



NOW: The 50-year-old star received wide acclaim for her role as Judy Garland in "Judy."

The Academy nominated her for best performance by an actress in a leading role for her performance in "Judy."



THEN: Antonio Banderas made his onscreen debut in the 1982 Spanish film "Labyrinth of Passion."

The actor performed in a series of Spanish films such as "Labyrinth of Passion" and "Law of Desire" in the 1980s. 



NOW: He earned his first Oscar nomination for his performance in "Pain and Glory."

The Spanish actor, who played Salvador Mallo, was nominated for best performance by an actor in a leading role. 



THEN: Cynthia Erivo became known for her performance in the play "The Color Purple."

She became known for her role as Celie Harris in "The Color Purple," which transferred to Broadway in 2015. Erivo won a Tony Award for her performance in 2016. 



NOW: She's one Oscar away from becoming the youngest person to gain EGOT status.

The "Harriet" actress is nominated for best performance by an actress in a leading role and achievement in music written for motion pictures (original song).

She's the third person ever to receive nominations in both acting and song categories in the same year. 



THEN: Joaquin Phoenix began acting in the '80s.

The young actor appeared in works such as "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers" and "Murder, She Wrote" before securing his first lead role in the 1987 film "Russkies."



NOW: The Academy recognized him for his work in "Joker."

Phoenix was nominated for best performance by an actor in a leading role following his work in "Joker."



THEN: Scarlett Johansson landed her first role in the 1994 movie "North."

The actress was 9 years old in her first onscreen role in the 1994 film "North."



NOW: She received two Oscar nominations for her work in "Marriage Story" and "Jojo Rabbit."

Johansson's role in "Marriage Story" earned her a nomination for best performance by an actress in a leading role, and her work in "Jojo Rabbit" gained recognition in the best performance by an actress in a supporting role category. 

The Oscar newcomer is the first person to be nominated in two acting categories in the same year since 2007. 



THEN: Kathy Bates acted in her first feature film in 1971.

The actress caught her big break when she was cast as a singer in the film "Taking Off."



NOW: Her performance in "Richard Jewell" drew critics' attention.

The "Richard Jewell" actress, who played Bobi Jewell, was nominated for best performance by an actress in a supporting role.



THEN: Jonathan Pryce began as a stage actor in the '70s.

The British actor transitioned to the screen with performances in "Breaking Glass,""Something Wicked This Way Comes,""Brazil," and more. 



NOW: The actor received his first Oscar nomination in 2020.

The actor, who played Pope Francis in "The Two Popes," was nominated for best performance by an actor in a leading role. 



THEN: Joe Pesci got his start in 1976.

The Italian-American actor appeared in the crime film "The Death Collector" before teaming up with Robert De Niro and Martin Scorsese in the 1980 movie "Raging Bull."



NOW: He's an Academy Award-winning actor with a history of playing intimidating characters.

The actor, who played Russell Bufalino in "The Irishman," was nominated for best performance by an actor in a supporting role. 



THEN: Saoirse Ronan made her debut on the Irish medical drama "The Clinic."

The Irish actress was 9 years old when she first appeared on RTÉ's drama "The Clinic." 



NOW: The actress has been applauded for her role in "Little Women."

She was nominated for best performance by an actress in a leading role following her performance as Jo March in "Little Women." At 25 years old, Ronan has been nominated for a total of four Academy Awards.



THEN: Adam Driver caught his break with an appearance on ABC's "The Unusuals."

The Julliard graduate first appeared as a witness in "The Unusuals" 2009 series finale. 



NOW: The actor was nominated for an Academy Award following his lead role in "Marriage Story."

The Academy nominated the 36-year-old star for best performance by an actor in a leading role for his work in "Marriage Story." 



THEN: Charlize Theron took on her first role in 1995.

The South African actress was cast in the 1995 movie "Children of the Corn III: Urban Harvest." 



NOW: She was recognized for her performance in "Bombshell" and played the lead role of Megyn Kelly.

The "Bombshell" star and producer was nominated for best performance by an actress in a leading role. 



THEN: Leonardo DiCaprio started acting when he was 5 years old and appeared in projects throughout his adolescence.

As a young child, the actor showed early signs of comfort onscreen in "Romper Room and Friends" in 1979.

He continued to snag parts in shows like "Roseanne" and "The Outsiders" before hitting his stride in the '90s with parts in films such as "Critters 3,""Romeo + Juliet," and "Titanic."



NOW: He's earned his seventh Oscar nomination for his performance in "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood."

The actor's role as Rick Dalton in Quentin Tarantino's film scored him a nomination for best performance by an actor in a leading role.



THEN: Laura Dern got her start in films like "Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore" and "Foxes."

She had an uncredited role in "Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore" alongside her mother, Diane Ladd, before appearing in the 1980 film "Foxes."



NOW: She earned her third Oscar nomination for her role as a divorce attorney in "Marriage Story."

The "Marriage Story" actress was nominated in the category of best performance by an actress in a supporting role.



THEN: Al Pacino made his film debut in the 1969 movie "Me, Natalie."

The Harlem-born actor had a career onstage prior to his first role in "Me, Natalie." 



NOW: He's received the Triple Crown of acting with an Oscar, two Tony Awards, and two Emmy Awards.

The actor, who played Jimmy Hoffa in "The Irishman," was nominated for best performance by an actor in a supporting role. 



THEN: Florence Pugh arrived on the scene with a strong performance in the 2014 film "The Falling."

The British actress played an ill-fated student in her big screen debut alongside Maisie Williams.



NOW: She earned her first Oscar nomination at 24 years old.

The actress's portrayal of Amy March in "Little Women" earned her a nomination for best performance by an actress in a supporting role.



THEN: Tom Hanks made his film debut in the 1980 film "He Knows You're Alone."

In his first feature film production, Hanks appeared as a student alongside Caitlin O'Heaney and Don Scardino. 



NOW: After being honored with the Cecil B. DeMille award at the 2020 Golden Globes, the actor received his first Oscar nomination in nearly 20 years.

The "A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood" actor's role as Fred Rogers earned him a nomination for best performance by an actor in a supporting role.



THEN: Margot Robbie appeared on "City Homicides" and starred in "I.C.U."

The Australian actress had a small role on "City Homicide" in 2008 and secured the lead in the film "I.C.U." the following year. 



NOW: The Oscar-nominated actress has shown her ability to play a wide range of characters.

The "Bombshell" actress, who played Kayla Pospisil, was nominated for best performance by an actress in a supporting role.



THEN: Anthony Hopkins was a stage performer-turned-film star who gained attention for his role in the 1968 film, "The Lion in Winter."

The Welsh actor established a screen presence with performances in "The Great Inimitable Mr. Dickens" and "Young Winston."



NOW: He's been nominated for his role as Pope Benedict in "The Two Popes."

The actor was nominated for best performance by an actor in a supporting role.  



THEN: Brad Pitt had his first onscreen role on the show "Dallas."

The actor appeared on several episodes of the CBS show beginning in 1987. 



NOW: He's won two Academy Awards and will chase his third win in 2020.

The "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" actor was nominated for best performance by an actor in a supporting role following his performance as Cliff Booth. 



There's a formula to winning the Oscars, and it's all in the statistics

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  • The Oscars have been Hollywood's most important event for over 90 years, but the glamorous awards ceremony is dying. Its criteria in choosing the Best Picture might be to blame.
  • There is a formula to winning an Oscar, and it's all in the statistics.
  • A whopping 93% of best picture winners are dramas, while only 2% are action and fantasy.

1929. Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. This is the site of the first-ever Academy Awards, or as it's more commonly referred to, the Oscars. Known for its glitz and glam, the Oscars also represent the best of the best in the film industry, which makes it even more tragic to watch it die. The 2018 Oscars drew record-low ratings, dropping nearly 20% from the previous year, and even if we disregard the inevitable snubs and drama surrounding the host every year, it's evident that the Oscars have a problem. They're rigged.

So why are the Oscars such a big deal? A recent study found that studios, on average, spend an extra $10 million just to run an Oscar campaign. Now, it may sound like a lot, but it's actually not a bad investment. Over the past four years, best picture winners generated an additional $19 million at the box office. That's more than 42% of total ticket sales. "The King's Speech", for example, was initially projected to gross just $30 million, but after its subsequent nomination and victory, it went on to make more than $400 million in the box office.

Today, the Oscars aren't just an awards ceremony. They're also a marketing event, but it wasn't always like this. "The Deer Hunter", a best picture from 1978, was the first film ever to use the Oscars as a marketing strategy. Universal Studios worried the film would be a commercial failure due to its grim and depressing tone and came to a realization that the only way to draw a crowd was by winning the Oscar. And it worked. Another figure who took advantage of the system was none other than Harvey Weinstein. The controversial film producer was notorious for his aggressive marketing strategies to win best picture. It's how "Shakespeare in Love" took home the prize in 1999 over Spielberg's "Saving Private Ryan", an obvious favorite at the time.

It's no surprise that Hollywood pours so much attention and money into the event, but there is another secret. The Oscars aren't that difficult to win. That is, as long as you understand the rules of the game, and the key is all in the statistics. For instance, you wanna make longer films, ideally over two hours. This graph charts the run time of all best picture winners since 1929. There are no distinct patterns, but in terms of probability, longer films have a better chance of winning. Only three out of 90 winners had a runtime below 100 minutes, while 28 ran below two hours. And 76% of all winners since 1960 have been more than two hours long. So why do the Oscars love longer films? The answer is simple: Because longer films tend to feel more important, and if there's one thing we can agree on, the Oscars love important movies, almost to a fault. These are not important movies in the context of cinematic achievements but rather the buzz that surrounds a film. It's the same reason why film marketers work hard to create that Oscar buzz, like the extent to which actors went to prepare for a role or the difficulties behind the scenes. There's no reason why runtime should have an effect on whether a film wins the best picture or not, yet, it clearly does.

This obsession with important films is the same reason why dramas are the king of the award season. A whopping 93% of best picture winners are dramas, while only 2% are action and fantasy. This pattern extends beyond the best picture category. A study found that actors were nine times more likely to receive a nomination for their work in a drama. Over its 90 years of history, science fiction and horror movies have never won best picture. It's why monumental works of cinema, like Stanley Kubrick's "2001: A Space Odyssey" or Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho" were never even nominated, and this is where we start to see the problem. There is a formula to winning the Oscars, and it's a formula that should not exist in the first place, especially in a ceremony dedicated to rewarding good art.

The concept of picking the best film to come out in any given year is ludicrous considering how subjective movies are. The Oscars are well aware of this, and instead, they choose a different approach, rewarding the most important over the best. It's an admirable effort, but it has its limits. It ignores subjectivity entirely and promotes a criteria that makes a film important. You might have heard this criteria referred to as Oscar bait. An Oscar-bait film attempts to appeal to this specific formula in order to win, providing a safer investment for the studios. These films are often adapted from a famous source material, based on a true story; even better, they include period dramas with lavish costumes, and historical biographies of important figures, bonus points for characters with a disability. Since 1980, 89% of the best picture winners fit into at least one of these five categories.

These films also meet a similar criteria: mass appeal. Oscar voters love critically and commercially successful movies. Of every best picture winner, 82% have a critic's rating above 80, and 78% have an audience rating above 80 as well. This is a perfect representation of how the Academy votes for best picture. They use a preferential voting system where the voters are asked to rank the nominees in order to reward collective preferences. This means that the least disliked films will always win over smaller, niche movies with ardent fan followings. It also means that the Oscars will almost always go with a safer bet instead of films that try for something different.

This causes another problem: fatigue. Because the Oscars prefer certain movies over others, their nominations and winners look pretty much the same every year, whether it's a film about journalists trying to uncover the truth or a historical epic about a man against a nation, it's something we've all seen before. And the same goes for talent. Since 1970, about 71% of best picture winners had a director or a cast member who was previously nominated for an Oscar, a trend that carries until today. Sure, it feels great to watch DiCaprio win an Oscar he well deserves, but seeing the same people over and over and over again every year signifies that other creative independent voices are not being heard. The Oscars are dominated by enormous studios. 52% of best picture winners are from the six major Hollywood film studios, but that number rises to 81% if you include many major film studios like MGM.

The Oscars are dying, and they have no one to blame but themselves. What started out as a celebration of great achievements in filmmaking has turned into nothing but a business strategy for studios who compete for profit. And the ones who suffer the most from it are none other than you, the viewers, who no longer gain the insight or the entertainment that was promised. And all the drama, the issues, and the snubs will continue on until the Oscars realize what their event is really all about: movies.

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Here's where you might recognize the 'Birds of Prey' cast from

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DC's "Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)" hit theaters on Friday, and you may already recognize some of its leads.

Directed by Cathy Yan, the action film is based on characters from DC Comics and features a cast of big- and small-screen icons, plus a few rising stars.

Here's where you may recognize the "Birds of Prey" cast from.

Margot Robbie reprises her role of Harley Quinn. She was recently in "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" (2019) and "Bombshell" (2019).

Margot Robbie memorably played Harley Quinn in 2016's "Suicide Squad," and she's been professionally acting for nearly two decades. 

She has starred in several major films, including, "The Wolf of Wall Street" (2013), "Mary Queen of Scots" (2018), "I, Tonya" (2017).

She was recently nominated for an Academy Award for best supporting actor for her role in "Bombshell."

 



Mary Elizabeth Winstead plays Helena Bertinelli (The Huntress), a member of Harley Quinn's gang. She is both a television and film actor.

Mary Elizabeth Winstead began her career on television dramas, appearing on the long-running NBC soap opera "Passions."

She is perhaps most known for her role as Ramona Flowers in the cult-classic film "Scott Pilgrim vs the World" (2010) and for her recent work as Nikki Swango on season three of the anthology series "Fargo."



Ewan McGregor plays a crime boss named Roman Sionis (Black Mask). His acting credits date back to the 1990s with films like "Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace."

Although Ewan McGregor is probably most recognized for his role as young Obi-Wan Kenobi in the "Star Wars" films, early in his career he also starred in the cult classic "Trainspotting" (1996). 

You may also remember his face from "Moulin Rouge!" (2001), "Black Hawk Down" (2001), and, more recently, "Doctor Sleep" (2019). 

The actor also recently appeared on "Fargo" in 2017.



Rosie Perez is Gotham City police detective Renee Montoya. The veteran actor made her debut in Spike Lee's "Do The Right Thing" (1989).

A star in both television and film, Rosie Perez's breakout role was as Tina in "Do the Right Thing."

She is also well-known for roles in films including "Fearless" (1993) and "White Men Can't Jump" (1992).

Younger audience members may also recognize her as the voice of Click on the Nickelodeon cartoon "Go, Diego! Go!"



Jurnee Smollett-Bell plays Dinah Lance (Black Canary), who is also a member of Harley's gang. Smollett-Bell has been acting since she was about 4 years old.

Where you recognize Jurnee Smollett-Bell from may depend on your age and the type of projects you tend to watch.

The actor has appeared on a dozen episodes of "Full House," where she played young Michelle's best friend, Denise.

She's also appeared on dozens of episodes of "Friday Night Lights" as Jess Merriweather and she recently led the historical drama "Underground." 

Over the past few decades, Smollett-Bell has also appeared on shows like "True Blood,""On Our Own,""Grey's Anatomy,""Cosby," and "The Defenders." 

She also starred in the classic 1997 film "Eve's Bayou."



Ella Jay Basco plays Cassandra Cain in "Birds of Prey." This is her first feature-film role, but the actor has appeared on television.

Ella Jay Basco is the newcomer of the crew, so you may not recognize her name or her face just yet.

Prior to playing a skilled pickpocket in "Birds of Prey," Basco appeared on episodes of hit shows like "Veep" and "Grey's Anatomy." 



Chris Messina appears as Victor Zsasz, one of the supervillains. You may recognize him from his work on TV shows or in comedies.

Chris Messina has been acting for decades, but some of his most notable roles were on hit series.

In recent years, he played Danny Castellano on "The Mindy Project" and Detective Richard Willis on "Sharp Objects." 

He's also appeared in a number of comedies, such as "Julie & Julia" (2009) and "Made of Honor" (2008). 

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How 'Parasite' delivered one of the best twists In cinema

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  • Bong Joon-Ho's screenplay for "Parasite" is virtually flawless. 
  • But what makes "Parasite" so shocking is the twist that happens all in a 10-minute sequence. 
  • Parasite doesn't follow a typical three-act structure, because it is actually two movies combined into one.
  • Bong Joon-Ho uses imagery like windows and stairs to establish themes early in the movie that occur later in the film. 
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Following is a transcript of the video.

Bong Joon-ho's "Parasite" is a virtually perfect film on every level. On the surface, its technical execution is so precise and immaculate that it's hard to notice the film's greatest achievement hiding underneath: the screenplay. For Bong, who has written every single film in his career, "Parasite" is essentially a culmination of everything he's learned over the years. But in its more than two hours of runtime, there is a single moment that truly exemplifies his genius, a sequence that transforms "Parasite" into cinematic perfection.

[doorbell rings]

Like all great stories, "Parasite" has a beginning, a middle, and an end, yet it never quite follows the usual three-act structure we're familiar with. Instead, the film plays a lot like two separate movies that are joined into one. The first film deals with the two families: the impoverished Kims, who plan to infiltrate the wealthy Parks by each posing as a tutor, a driver, and a housekeeper.

But it creates an odd moment in the story about 50 minutes in, after the Kims have removed all of the existing employees to essentially take over the house. Suddenly, there's no conflict left to carry the film, and the story comes to a literal stop. But it's the sequence that bridges the end of the first film to the unexpected second where Bong stages his attack. Let's take a look.

Bong begins the sequence by visually establishing the Kims' false sense of success, having dedicated an entire previous sequence to show the Kims reaping the rewards of their scheme. But he does it most effectively with a simple parallel image using a window, a motif of luxury that was introduced earlier in the film. The Kims, who had previously been subjected to the views of ordinary life outside their basement apartment, discover privacy as a form of luxury.

Yet, despite all of this, their success is only downplayed by their dialogue, which emphasizes just how far they are from it.

Bong keeps the dialogue engaging by faking out three moments of tension that gradually build over time. These moments are known as beats in a dialogue. Each beat organically interrupts and changes the flow and the topic of conversation. Until it seemingly explodes on the third beat.

[glass shatters]

[both laughing]

[doorbell rings]

It's no coincidence that this doorbell marks the exact midpoint of the screenplay, appearing on page 71 out of a 141-page script. It's a sound that signifies the end of the first film and what Bong refers to as "the real start of the film."

It's a brilliantly foreboding moment after a series of peaceful sequences. The audience is aware that something is about to go wrong, they just aren't sure what it is.

This is probably the best moment to talk about the films that inspired "Parasite." Bong has mentioned several, and the most obvious is Kim Ki-young's 1960 film "The Housemaid," which features a similar story about a poor maid infiltrating the rich. But thematically, its most interesting inspiration comes from Akira Kurosawa's 1963 film "High and Low," one of the first films that used height as a visual representation of class, with the rich towering above and the poor living underneath. "Parasite" expands upon this idea through another visual motif introduced earlier: stairs. On second viewing, it's incredible to see how vertical the film is right from its opening image. Whenever a character climbs a flight of stairs, it's a visual symbol of the rise in the social class, while the walk down suggests the opposite. Just like the window, it's this very sequence where Bong starts to take advantage of all the visual concepts he set up earlier, and it's the reason why we feel so uneasy in a moment like this.

The film that most heavily inspired "Parasite" is probably Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho." The two films share a surprising number of similarities. Both mainly feature a house that almost becomes a character itself, the architecture guiding the film and sometimes hiding the truth in plain sight on another level. And, most importantly, the game-changing twist midway was also done most popularly by Hitchcock in "Psycho," who killed his main character exactly halfway through the film.

What makes the twist in "Parasite" so great is that it's as predictable as it is impossible to see coming. The basement in question is featured only twice in the film for less than a minute before its actual role is revealed. But it's a twist that doesn't feel out of question, as we've seen it happen already, just through the eyes of another family.

The truth finally reveals itself. And Bong expertly reveals the twist strictly from the Kims' perspective through a handheld camera. As the lighting, camera, tempo, and even the genre of the film changes, what awaits at the end of the tunnel is an entirely different film. All in 10 minutes of a sequence.

What makes "Parasite" so perfect is that it understands the rules and power of storytelling. Everything on screen has a specific purpose and a meaning that transforms the story as it unpacks. And it's ironic that, as brilliant as Bong's plan for the story is, the genius of "Parasite" lies in the 10-minute sequence where an entire plan is demolished on sight.

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10 'Star Wars' locations you can actually visit in real life

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  • You can visit many "Star Wars" filming locations in real life.
  • Grizzly Creek Redwoods State Park is one of the many forests they filmed in.
  • You can visit Tunisia to see Tatooine, Lake Como to see Naboo, and Rub' al Khali desert to see Jakku.
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The beginning of every "Star Wars" film reminds viewers that the events they are about to witness took place "a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away," but that's not entirely true.

The films were largely shot on location on this planet, which means that you can actually visit many of the beloved "Star Wars" destinations in real life.

From national parks in the United States to islands off the coast of Ireland, here are some iconic Star Wars locations you should add to your travel bucket list.

Tunisia is one of the most-prolific "Star Wars" locations.

Tunisia has served as the sand-covered backdrop to scenes in several "Star Wars" films.

Shubie Gorge, Chott el Jerid, Matmata, Djerba, and other areas in the North African country are the real-world stand-ins for the planet Tatooine where we were first introduced to Luke Skywalker in "A New Hope."

The name of the fictional planet was borrowed from a real Tunisian town called Tataouine.

There are tours that take you around abandoned sets and notable landmarks seen in the films, and there is even the option to stay in the Lars Homestead where Skywalker grew up, now called Hotel Sidi Driss.



Death Valley has a few locations, too.

Some outdoor Tatooine scenes were also filmed in Death Valley, a US National Park situated in California and Nevada.

The National Park Service website lists Golden Canyon, Dante's View, Desolation Canyon, and other key areas for "A New Hope" fans venturing to stand where their heroes once stood.



Grizzly Creek Redwoods State Park is one of the many forests they filmed in.

Grizzly Creek Redwoods State Park in California is one of the lush filming locations used in "Return of the Jedi" as the Forest Moon of Endor.

Fans of the saga will want to visit the park's Cheatham Grove, in particular, because it is where George Lucas and his crew shot the iconic speeder bike chase. 



Reenact the Battle of Hoth in Finse, Norway.

Finse, Norway, is the real, cold and icy landscape that the filmmakers chose when they needed to shoot the rebel base on the planet Hoth in "The Empire Strikes Back."

According to Starwars.com, pretty much the only way to reach the crevasses and plateaus of Finse is by train (four to five hours) from Oslo or Bergen. The long, scenic route will give you plenty of time to plan the Battle of Hoth reenactment of your dreams.



You can live like Luke Skywalker on Skellig Michael.

Skellig Michael is an island off the coast of Kerry, Ireland, where Rey and Chewbacca finally tracked down Luke Skywalker at the end of "The Force Awakens."

Called Ahch-To in that film and featured more prominently in "The Last Jedi," the rocky island does not have a Jedi temple but you can climb the many stone steps up to the ruins of a real ancient monastery.



Laamu Atoll in the Maldives may remind you of "Rogue One."

The islands of the Laamu Atoll in the Maldives are where the battle scenes on Scarif took place in "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story," though the explosions were filmed in a studio in England, according to CNN.

It may not be one of the episodic films, but that daring mission to get the Death Star plans and the devastating battle that ensued are what led to events of "A New Hope," so seeing it in person is a must for hardcore fans.



Fans of the prequels will probably love Lake Como, Italy.

Lake Como, Italy, has the distinction of being the real-world location used during the filming of "Attack of the Clones."

You and your significant other can pretend you're Anakin and Padme on Naboo while viewing the lake from Villa del Balbianello or taking a stroll through the Tremezzo public gardens.



You may run across Jar Jar Binks in the Whippendell Woods.

Speaking of the prequels, the Whippendell Woods near Watford, England, is where Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi first met the controversial "Star Wars" character Jar Jar Binks, in "The Phantom Menace." 



You can visit the fictional planet Crait in Bolivia.

The world's largest salt flat, Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia, became the site for an abandoned rebel base in "The Last Jedi."

As the mineral planet Crait, the unique terrain was the stage for the film's final battle between Kylo Ren and Luke Skywalker.

There is no massive metal structure, ice foxes, or ski speeders to speak of, but the photo ops provided by the vast flat landscape are worth the price of the flight.



Rub' al Khali makes up one of the franchise's most iconic locations.

Rub' al Khali is the desert in Abu Dhabi is the planet Jakku, which Rey calls home in "The Force Awakens."

You'll have to use your imagination if you want to see the Millennium Falcon parked in the sand, but for some fans just being there counts as a win.

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Every single Saoirse Ronan movie, ranked

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  • Saoirse Ronan is a four-time Oscar nominee known for movies like "Lady Bird" and "The Grand Budapest Hotel."
  • She is nominated for best actress in a leading role at this year's Oscars for her role in "Little Women."
  • Below are the movies that Ronan has appeared in throughout her career, ranked by critical consensus on Rotten Tomatoes.
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At only 25, Irish actress Saoirse Ronan is a four-time Oscar nominee who has starred in films like "Lady Bird" and "The Grand Budapest Hotel."

She's currently up for best actress in a leading role for playing Jo March in Greta Gerwig's new adaptation of "Little Women."

The actress has 23 acting credits to her name, but some have been better received by critics than others.

Here are all of the movies that Ronan has appeared in, ranked according to critics' 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.

23. Ronan's lowest-rated movie is the 2013 sci-fi romance "The Host."

Rotten Tomatoes score:9%

Synopsis: In the midst of the early 2010s' YA dystopian heyday, Ronan took on the dual roles of teenager Melanie and the parasitic alien that takes over her body in an adaptation of "Twilight" author Stephanie Meyer's "The Host."

But the novel's melodramatic inner conflict between its leads translated to a limp, underwhelming sci-fi story.

"Though not exactly in the way it intends, 'The Host' gives us a world of posed mannequins of humans trying and failing to act like humans,"Noah Berlatsky wrote for The Atlantic.



22. She starred in the 2013 animated fantasy "Justin and the Knights of Valour."

Rotten Tomatoes score:13%

Synopsis: In the maligned Spanish animated fantasy movie, "Justin and the Knights of Valour," the actress played a feisty barmaid named Talia in her only voice-over role to date.

"This disappointing CG animation fails to capture the sense of fairytale wonder that its narrative requires,"wrote Mark Kermode for The Observer.



21. Ronan and Alexis Bledel costarred in the 2011 crime dramedy "Violet & Daisy."

Rotten Tomatoes score:22%

Synopsis: Ronan starred alongside "Gilmore Girls" star Alexis Bledel in the 2011 crime dramedy "Violet & Daisy," which follows its titular teenage assassins as they get in over their heads during a job.

The movie was criticized by reviewers for its preciousness and over-done allusions to the "Kill Bill" franchise.

"The film's subtle visual allure is all but stamped out by the impression that the director tries too hard to be an idiosyncratic auteur in the vein of Quentin Tarantino," said Stephanie Merry for The Washington Post.

 



20. In the 2015 drama "Stockholm, Pennsylvania" the actress played a long-time abductee returning to her childhood home.

Rotten Tomatoes score:27%

Synopsis: In "Stockholm, Pennsylvania" the actress' character returns to family and attempts to adjust to normalcy after being kidnapped 17 years earlier.

Originally written as a theater piece, critical consensus agreed that the contained drama was less suited to a movie format.

"Strong performances from Saoirse Ronan and Cynthia Nixon keep 'Stockholm, Pennsylvania' intense and absorbing, but Nicole Beckwith's initial impulse to tell her confinement story as a stage play feels as if it might have been a sounder choice,"  wrote David Rooney for The Hollywood Reporter.



19. She appeared in Ryan Gosling's 2014 directorial debut "Lost River."

Rotten Tomatoes score:31%

Synopsis: In Gosling's directorial debut, "Lost River," a single mother (Christina Hendricks) becomes lost in an underworld as her teenage son (Iain De Caestecker) discovers a secret underwater town. Ronan plays Rat, the boy's neighbor and friend. 

While "Lost River" was acknowledged for its stylish aesthetics, the bizarre noir was panned for its haphazard storytelling.

"The film proves that Gosling has refined taste in movies, and that he's a quick study, but not that he has much to say as an artist," wrote The AV Club critic A.A. Dowd



18. Ronan played a dead teenager in the 2009 fantastical drama "The Lovely Bones."

Rotten Tomatoes score:32%

Synopsis:"Lord of the Rings" director Peter Jackson adapted Alice Sebold's novel of the same name about a teenage girl (Ronan) who, after being murdered by a neighbor (Stanley Tucci), watches from her personal heaven as her loved ones struggle to make sense of her death.

The movie was criticized for sanitizing the book's darker themes in favor of maudlin, fantastical special effects that dulled the heaviness of the subject matter.

"In Jackson's simplified, sweetened, and CGI-besotted telling, 'The Lovely Bones' is a sad-but-hopeful, dramatic-but-gentle fairy tale intentionally made less upsetting for teens,"said Entertainment Weekly critic Lisa Schwarzbaum.



17. The actress appeared in the 2008 historical drama "Death Defying Acts."

Rotten Tomatoes score:42%

Synopsis: "Death Defying Acts" concocts a fictional romance between famous illusionist Harry Houdini (Guy Pearce) and impoverished Scottish con artist Mary McGarvie (Catherine Zeta-Jones).

Ronan played Mary's daughter Benji, who aids her in her petty crimes. The movie received poor reviews for its dull plot, and unconvincing performances by its lead actors.

"The movie is over-schematic, slow-moving and over-furnished,"wrote The Guardian critic Peter Bradshaw. "It never seems to come alive with any believable interplay of characters; the movie locks itself into a watertight tank of a premise, and the handcuffs won't come off." 



16. In 2008's "City of Ember," Ronan played a young girl living in a post-apocalyptic society.

Rotten Tomatoes score:53%

Synopsis: In the futuristic "City of Ember," a generator has kept the underground city of Ember going for 200 years, after Earth's surface supposedly became uninhabitable. But as the generator begins to go out and Ember's livelihood is threatened, two children (Ronan and Harry Treadaway) attempt to uncover the truth about Ember and the world above them.

While forgettable, "City of Ember" was regarded as a visually imaginative, engaging sci-fi adventure for kids.

"An ending that doesn't deliver a punch or a surprise notwithstanding, 'City of Ember' is still good enough to turn on a new generation of sci-fi fans on to the glories of movie dystopias, films that warn us of how things might turn out if we don't change our ways,"wrote Roger Moore for The Orlando Sentinel.



15. In the 2018 historical drama "Mary Queen of Scots," the actress played the titular historical figure.

Rotten Tomatoes score:63%

Synopsis: Before Ronan and Margot Robbie were both nominated at this year's Oscars, the pair played cousins and royals in 2018's "Mary Queen of Scots," an embellished account of the historical rivalry between the two figures.

The uneven political thriller failed to impress most reviewers in spite of its decorated Hollywood leads.

"It reduces two of the most consequential women in British history to their enmity, even though they both had many other accomplishments to their names,"said The Atlantic critic David Sims. "This movie is little more than a vibrant-looking tableau, a two-dimensional take on an intricate piece of history." 



14. She was in the 2007 romantic comedy "I Could Never Be Your Woman."

Rotten Tomatoes score:64%

Synopsis: Ronan starred alongside Paul Rudd and Michelle Pfeiffer in the romantic comedy "I Could Never Be Your Woman." As the story progresses, she and her mother (Pfeiffer) begin to fall in love at the same time.

"Considering the talent involved ... 'I Could Never Be Your Woman' could contend for the most high-profile motion picture yet to take the direct-to-DVD route,"wrote James Berardinelli for Reel Views.



13. She starred in the 2013 teen dystopian drama "How I Live Now."

Rotten Tomatoes score:66%

Synopsis: In another dystopian young adult turn, the actress starred in "How I Live Now," which follows an American teen (Ronan) who moves in with her English relatives and finds love as a war breaks out around them. 

For many critics, "How I Live Now" primarily served as a reflection of the actress' transition from child roles into more adult leading roles.

"Kevin Macdonald's uneven near-futuristic love story may slake YA thirst ... but its interest lies chiefly in the stretch it represents for its teenaged star,"wrote Ann Hornaday for The Washington Post. "'How I Live Now' is a showcase for Ronan to prove that she's capable of more than pristine, angelic roles."



12. In 2013's "Byzantium," Ronan played a vampire on the run.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 66%

Synopsis: Yes, Saoirse Ronan was in a vampire movie! In 2013's stylish "Byzantium," she and Gemma Arterton played British mother and daughter vampires hiding from their peers in a rundown coastal resort. 

"Female-forward and class-conscious, allegorical and adventurous, 'Byzantium' is almost the anti-Batman," wrote The Globe and Mail critic Sarah Nicole Priockett.



11. She appeared in the 2018 drama "On Chesil Beach," based on the best-selling novel of the same name.

Rotten Tomatoes score:67%

Synopsis: Ronan was one-half of a repressed British couple in "On Chesil Beach," which centers on two newlyweds (her and Billy Howle), who spend their honeymoon terrified by losing their virginity to one another. 

Their senses of failure around sex have long-lasting questions for both of them in the melodrama, which critics found well-acted if uneven.

"['On Chesil Beach' is] the kind of movie whose quiet power you can't help but appreciate, even as you know you'll probably never want to sit through it again,"wrote Entertainment Weekly critic Leah Greenblatt.



10. In the 2018 period tragicomedy "The Seagull," Ronan's character finds herself in the middle of a historical love triangle.

Rotten Tomatoes score:68%

Synopsis: Based on renowned Russian writer Anton Chekhov's play of the same name, "The Seagull" takes place at a lavish country estate, as a family gather there and contend with a series of unrequited love affairs.

The actress is one prong of a love triangle between her character, the innocent Nina, her lover Boris (Corey Stoll), and his other lover Irina (Annette Bening).

Regarded as a less memorable Chekhov adaptation, "The Seagull" remains afloat thanks to its high-profile cast.

"Ronan is as charming as ever, fitting the role of Nina perfectly,"wrote Romy Somerset for Little White Lies. "But despite some powerful performances and a good script, the film fails to connect. The scenery, cinematography and elaborate period costumes actually distract from the words, thus dulling their overall impact." 



9. The actress played a young assassin in the 2011 action thriller "Hanna."

Rotten Tomatoes score:71%

Synopsis: In the revenge thriller "Hanna," the titular protagonist (Ronan) has been raised by her father (Eric Bana) since birth to be a perfect assassin. But when a CIA agent (Cate Blanchett) attempts to eliminate the two, she escapes the wilderness in which she was raised and learns dark secrets about her family origins.

"Hanna" received strong reviews for its unique, expertly choreographed take on the revenge thriller genre, and for its lead actress's magnetic performance.

"What keeps us hooked is Ronan, a young actress of seemingly limitless abilities, and the tension she creates between Hanna's inhumanly agile body and quizzical eyes, which turn cold only when she pulls the trigger,"said David Edelstein for Vulture.



8. She appeared in the 2010 historical drama "The Way Back."

Rotten Tomatoes score:74%

Synopsis: The 2010 drama "The Way Back"  tells the story of a group of former Soviet Union labor camp prisoners, who attempt to find shelter by walking through the Siberian wilderness to shelter. Ronan starred alongside lead actors Ed Harris and Colin Farrell.

Offering a new perspective on a historical struggle that hasn't often been brought to screen, "The Way Back" succeeded critically thanks to its strong performances and beautiful visuals of the natural world.

"Well-acted and artfully (though conventionally) made, 'The Way Back' tells a compelling story, regardless of whether it's based on truth or a fabrication,"wrote The AV Club critic Nathan Rabin



7. The actress briefly appeared in the 2014 musical comedy "Muppets Most Wanted."

Rotten Tomatoes score:80%

Synopsis: The actress had a small cameo as a ballerina in 2014's "Muppets Most Wanted," which follows The Muppets as they embark on a European tour and accidentally become involved in a Kermit look-alike's scheme to steal precious jewels.

"'Most Wanted' is easily the best Muppet film since the first 'Muppet Movie' way, way back in 1979,"wrote Little White Lies critic Adam Lee Davies. "It's certainly the most fun you would ever hope to have in a darkened room full of children."



6. Ronan received her first Oscar for her supporting role in the 2007 historical romance "Atonement."

Rotten Tomatoes score:84%

Synopsis: At only 13, Ronan received her first Oscar nomination (best performance by an actress in a supporting role) for her role in "Atonement."

Based on the beloved novel of the same name, the 20th century English drama centers around the interconnected lives of two lovers (Keira Knightley's Cecilia and James McAvoy's Robbie), who are separated because of a lie told by Cecilia's jealous younger sister Briony (Ronan).

"In the almost spookily capable hands of 35-year-old director Joe Wright, the film version of 'Atonement' has achieved that to which every literary adaptation should aspire, to respect the original material while freeing it from confining reverence,"wrote Ann Hornaday for The Washington Post.



5. She had a role in the 2017 animated biographical drama "Loving Vincent."

Rotten Tomatoes score:85%

Synopsis:"Loving Vincent" tells the story of a young man (Douglas Booth) who delivers Vincent Van Gogh's last letter to his home village and investigates the painter's final days. Notably, it's the world's first fully painted feature film. 

Ronan appears as local villager Marguerite Gachet, who is the daughter of Van Gogh's former doctor.

"'Loving Vincent' may exist as a showcase for its technique, but it's the sensitivity the film shows toward its subject that ultimately distinguishes this particular oeuvre from the countless bad copies that already litter the world's flea markets,"wrote Variety critic Peter Debruge. "To the extent that Van Gogh's style permitted him to capture a deeper sense of truth, he makes a noble model for the filmmakers to follow."



4. In the 2014 Wes Anderson film "The Grand Budapest Hotel," she played a baker.

Rotten Tomatoes score:91%

Synopsis:Wes Anderson's 2014 crime dramedy "The Grand Budapest Hotel" revolves around the escapades of a well-known concierge at a famous European hotel between the first and second World Wars. 

Ronan is among the movie's massive ensemble cast, appearing as a baker named Agatha.

"Director Wes Anderson's films are so artistically exquisite that they should be framed and mounted. And this effort — primarily set in a quaint European town in the fictional Republic of Zubrowskain the 1930s — may be his most astounding,"wrote US Weekly critic Mara Reinstein



3. Ronan became one of the youngest actresses to have received four Oscar nominations for her role in the 2019 adaptation of "Little Women."

Rotten Tomatoes score:95%

Synopsis: The actress reunited with "Lady Bird" director Greta Gerwig for her inventive adaptation of Louisa May Alcott's classic novel "Little Women." The story follows four sisters as they come of age during the Civil War.

She played the iconic role of protagonist and headstrong writer Jo March (an avatar for Alcott), and received an Oscar nomination for best performance by an actress in a leading role.

"Ronan's impressive career seemed to reach a new high as Gerwig's stand-in in 'Lady Bird,' and she's once again brimming with intelligence and determination as another author's avatar in Jo,"said Thrillist critic Esther Zuckerman. "['Little Women'] somehow acts as both a reappraisal and slight reinvention of Alcott's work while remaining a gorgeous tribute to it." 



2. Ronan played an Irish immigrant living in 1950s New York City in the 2015 drama "Brooklyn."

Rotten Tomatoes score:97%

Synopsis: Four years before "Little Women," the actress got her first leading actress Oscar nomination for "Brooklyn," in which she portrayed a young Irish woman caught between her native home and the 1950s Brooklyn to which she has recently immigrated.

"Saoirse Ronan's expressive face carries this tender romance across the Atlantic, from small-minded Enniscorthy in Ireland to big-hearted New York," said The Sunday Times critic Kate Muir. "She has repeatedly shown an astonishing ability to switch instantly between seeming very young and unformed and absolutely adult and steely." 



1. Her highest-rated film is the 2017 coming-of-age film "Lady Bird."

Rotten Tomatoes score:99%

Synopsis: In Gerwig's solo directorial debut "Lady Bird," Ronan played the movie's titular 17-year-old protagonist. Over the course of her last year of high school, Lady Bird brashly contends with her impending adult inspirations and complicated relationship with her equally strong-willed mother.

The actress earned her third Oscar nomination for a performance that BBC critic Caryn James said was "totally in sync with the quirky-yet-common mix of qualities typical of Gerwig."

 The Village Voice critic Lara Zarum lauded the movie as "a heartfelt coming-of-age story that perfectly captures the bittersweet transition from adolescence to dawning adulthood," adding that, "Gerwig's directorial debut is a joy from start to finish, a warm, generous snapshot of teenage vulnerability and exuberance."