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27 Photos Of Life In 2154, According To Futuristic 'Elysium'

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Sony's much-anticipated thriller "Elysium" comes out in theaters this weekend.

Set in the year 2154, the plot revolves around the conflict existing between the wealthy people of man-made space station, Elysium and the poor left to live on overpopulated Earth.

Director Neill Blomkamp ("District 9") has said the perfect world on Elysium was inspired by the Stanford Torus, a design considered by NASA in 1975 in part with Stanford University to house 10,000 to 140,000 residents in space.

"Back in the '70s, people were actually discussing the idea of leaving Earth and building space stations for us to potentially live on one day," says Blomkamp. "One of the top answers to that challenge was the Stanford Torus. I like the idea of taking this well-known concept and caking it with wealth, diamonds, and Bel Air-style mansions."

Sony Pictures released a ton of new promotional stills for the film in the past week highlighting a multinational cast led by Matt Damon and featuring Mexican star Diego Luna along with Brazilian talent Alice Braga and Wagner Moura.

Warning: Minor spoilers ahead.

Matt Damon looks nearly unrecognizable as tattoo-heavy, ex-con man Max DeCosta.



In 2154, he lives in overpopulated, destitute, and crime-ridden Los Angeles, portrayed by Mexico City in the film.

(Source: "Elysium" production notes)



The wealthy live here, in space station Elysium.



See the rest of the story at Business Insider

'2 Guns' Easily Fires Past 'The Smurfs' — Here's Your Box-Office Roundup

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Now that the majority of summer movies have slowed down, it was a slow box-office weekend at theaters. 

Neil Patrick Harris and smurfs returned to theaters while Mark Wahlberg and Denzel Washington blew up the big screen with "2 Guns."

Last week's big winners "The Wolverine" and "The Conjuring" continue to hold their own with viewers.

Out of the top ten this week are Universal's comic adaptation of "R.I.P.D." After three weekends, the $130 million budget film has earned $48.8 million at theaters.

The Weinstein Company's "Fruitvale Station" dropped 41% earning $2.7 million.

Here are this week's winners and losers in Hollywood:

10. Rounding out the top ten "Pacific Rim" earns $4.6 million in week four. Guillermo del Toro's monster and robot film may have earned less than $100 million domestically, but the film is making a killing overseas having earned more than $200 million. The film's overseas success has sparked rumors of a sequel, which wouldn't be a surprise considering del Toro always hinted toward the film being a series.

9. "The Heat" moves down one spot earning another $4.7 million. After a month and a half in theaters, the comedy has earned $186.3 million for Fox.

8. "Red 2" drops two spots at theaters with $5.7 million. Bruce Willis' sequel to his 2010 film is tracking behind the original. "Red 2" has earned $78.6 million worldwide.

7. DreamWorks Animation's "Turbo" dropped more than 53% and three spots at theaters earning $6.4 million. The animated flick, which cost an estimated $135 million to produce, has earned $125 million worldwide. The film isn't doing as well over seas ($55.3 million) as it has domestically ($69 million). That's not good news for DWA.

6. Adam Sandler's "Grown Ups 2" is still doing well in theaters taking in another $8.1 million after four weeks. The sequel has earned $137.9 million at theaters.

5. Universal just announced "Despicable Me 2" is its most profitable movie ever. After five weeks in theaters, it's still bringing in $10.4 million. Gru and his minions have brought in $713.7 million worldwide.

4. Warner Bros. horror film "The Conjuring" moves down two spots earning $13.7 million. Forget about last month's underwhelming opening for "Pacific Rim." The $20 million film has earned $137.2 million at theaters worldwide.

3. "The Smurfs 2" did not bring in a big haul for Sony Pictures with $18.2 million. That's the smallest opening for a film geared towards kids this year behind DreamWorks Animation's snail film "Turbo" ($21 million). 2011's "Smurfs" debuted to $35.6 million. Early estimates pegged the film to bring in near $30 million.

2. "The Wolverine" just beat out the blue smurfs with $21.7 million in week two. That's nearly a 60% drop from last week. Hugh Jackman's sixth time as Logan is earning more than 60% of its $254 million earnings over seas.

1. Despite some lousy critic reviews, people wanted to see Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg banter in "2 Guns." The Universal film earned $27.4 million, slightly below analyst expectations of more than $30 million.

SEE ALSO: Photos of futuristic life in "Elysium"

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The New 'Thor: The Dark World' Poster Looks Exactly Like The One For 'Iron Man 3'

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Disney and Marvel released a new poster for "Thor: The Dark World" late last week.

The poster isn't anything special. It shows off Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and his lady friend Jane (Natalie Portman) front and center, and highlights prominent villains creeping ominously in the background along with a slew of secondary and tertiary characters.

However, the poster does feel awfully similar to another Marvel-themed poster from earlier this year.

First, check out the new "Thor" poster below:

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Now, take a look at one of Disney and Marvel's posters for "Iron Man 3":

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Let's take a closer look.

Both women are clinging close lead men Hemsworth and Robert Downey Jr. Also note that their glances are in opposite directions.

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The villains are prominently displayed in the background. We're still unsure of Loki's intentions in the upcoming "Thor."

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Sidekicks and allies are featured on the side.

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If it ain't broke, don't fix it.

"Thor: The Dark World" comes to theaters November 8. A new trailer for the film debuts Wednesday.

SEE ALSO: 5 actors making a comeback this year

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Vin Diesel Fights Off Aliens In New 'Riddick' Trailer

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After a redband trailer— one for mature audiences — was released last month for "Riddick" at Comic-Con, Regal Entertainment has revealed a new trailer to the 2004 sequel, "Chronicles of Riddick."

Director David Twohy once again  brings Vin Diesel back to the big screen as cult favorite antihero Riddick. This time, Riddick has to fight against aliens while stranded on a deserted planet. He also has to get past a group of surly bounty hunters.

It's taken some time for this third film to get brought to the big screen. It was originally thought the film would be a low-budget, indie, before Universal announced it would distribute.

The last film, "Chronicles of Riddick" earned $115 million worldwide more than ten years ago on an estimated $105 million budget.

 The latest trailer is basically an extended version of the redband trailer from last week with a lot less blood.

"Riddick" is in theaters September 6.

More "Riddick": Check out the red band trailer

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The Poster For Joseph Gordon-Levitt's Movie About A Porn Addict Is Terrible Compared To The Trailer

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don jon posterSelling Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s directorial debut, Don Jon, is going to be complicated.

Not because the movie’s bad. It isn’t. But Gordon-Levitt casts himself as a lothario handicapped by his addiction to hardcore, graphic pornography … and that doesn’t necessarily speak to the theatergoers in the Midwest, so to speak.

So it’s understandable that Relativity Media would go with this safe, bland, somewhat generic headshot-montage poster to start preparing Don Jonfor the masses. Credit goes to EW.com for being able to share it first. 

I mean, Relativity couldn’t necessarily put naked chicks on the first Don Jon poster. But maybe the studio could have suggested the character’s online obsessions through its poster imagery, because this very easily could be a movie for one of the cheesy, predictable rom-coms Scarlett Johansson’s adores.

In Don Jon, JGL plays a club rat who trolls Jersey’s hottest bars in search of an ideal mate. He finally finds one in ScarJo, but is unwilling to ease up on his online compulsions just because he eventually ends up in a semi-serious relationship. 

Moore’s presence on the poster is deceiving. She does play an important role in Jon’s emotional development. But I much rather would have liked to see Tony Danza’s head in a character square on the poster, as his lecherous, domineering father is a far more memorable part of Gordon-Levitt’s ensemble. Then again, I understand that Danza on a poster isn’t going to sell a ton of movie tickets. Word of mouth on Danza’s terrific performance, however, might help Don Jon earn award nominations and, possibly, trophies. 

Relativity scooped up Don Jon back when it was called Don Jon’s Addiction, playing the Sundance and South By Southwest film festivals. It’s planning to drop the movie into theaters on Sept. 27, where a successful run through arthouse venues could help position the film for Golden Globes and Independent Spirit Awards competitions. Would Oscar ever wake up and recognize the accomplishments of JGL’s strong, confident directorial debut? Unlikely. The subject matter is too risqué for the Academy, despite the fact that Danza, Johansson and Gordon-Levitt give some of the most remarkable performances of their careers. Don Jonneeds to be on your radar as the busy fall film season gets underway. Don’t let this poster fool you into believing that JGL has created something conventional with his film. He has learned more than a few storytelling tricks from the likes of Christopher Nolan, Rian Johnson and other top directors with whom he has collaborated over the years. 

As you digest the poster, here’s the latest trailer for Don Jon. Look for updates on the film as it heads to theaters in the coming weeks. 

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New 'Jobs' Trailer Calls Steve Jobs An 'American Legend'

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Little more than a week before it's release, Open Road Films has debuted a new trailer for Ashton Kutcher's Steve Jobs' movie. 

While the first "jobs" trailer showed the young Jobs as a drop out, this one focuses on him becoming an "American Legend." 

The film follows Apple's early days with Ashton Kutcher as Jobs and Josh Gad playing Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak.

So far, the film is receiving mixed reviews, sitting at 43% on film review site Rotten Tomatoes.

'Jobs' comes to theaters August 16.

More "Jobs" The first full trailer for the film

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New Anti-Piracy Policy From Comcast Will Use Pop-Ups To Fight Illegal Downloads

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Comcast is already developing an alternative to the 'Six Strikes' anti-piracy policy it recently implemented.

The current 'Six Strikes' program gives users downloading pirated material six warnings before throttling their bandwidth, resulting in slower download speeds.

But Comcast is now developing a new program, Variety's Andrew Wallenstein reports, and it doesn't involve internet throttling at all.

Instead, Comcast would briefly interrupt illegal downloads with a pop-up ad. The pop-up would then contain a link to the official content, paving the way for legal purchases. The new policy could eventually replace the 'Six Strikes' system for Comcast, or the two could exist in tandem.

The pop-up policy is still in its infancy, with Variety reporting that Comcast has just begun discussing details with networks and movie studios.

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The First Full 'Diana' Trailer Shows The Princess' Untold Love Story With A Surgeon

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The first full-length Princess Diana biopic trailer for "Diana" is finally here.

And it's pretty powerful, showing a side of the People's Princess the public has not seen.

The trailer shows a divorced Diana (Naomi Watts) falling in love with Dr. Hasnat Khan (played by "Lost" actor Naveen Andrews), a heart surgeon who couldn't handle her global fame. Watch below:

SEE ALSO: How A Paparazzi Agency Turned Product Placement In The 'Diana' Movie On Its Head

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Johnny Depp And Armie Hammer: Blame The Box-Office Failure Of 'The Lone Ranger' On Movie Critics

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There are a lot of potential reasons why "The Lone Ranger"didn't do well at theaters. 

Director Gore Verbinski's reboot wasn't really sure of its main audience— it wasn't for kids, but still felt too campy for adults — the film was too long, and the plot was clunky.

However, the stars Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer along with producer Jerry Bruckheimer believe the $29 million opening weekend really boils down to film critics' (mostly) sour reviews— and having it in for the movie.

Yahoo! Movies UK & Ireland compiled nearly three and a half minutes of footage of the stars and crew criticizing the American movie reviewers. 

Here's what they had to say during their recent UK press tour for the film: 

Johnny Depp:"I think the reviews were probably written when they heard that Gore and Jerry and I were going to do "The Lone Ranger" ... I think their expectations [were] that it must be a blockbuster. I didn't have any expectations of that. I never do. Why would I?" 

Producer Jerry Bruckheimer:"I think that they [movie critics] were reviewing the budget, not reviewing the movie." 

Armie Hammer was most vocal. 

"This is the deal with American critics — They've been gunning for our movie since it was shut down the first time. That's probably when most of the critics wrote their initial reviews." 

"If you go back and read a lot of the negative reviews, must of them don't actually have anything to do with the content of the movie, but more, what's behind it. It's gotten to an unfortunate place with American critics where if you're not as smart as Plato, you're stupid. And that seems like a very sad way to have to live your life." 

Watch the video:

To be fair, the word for weeks prior to release was that "The Lone Ranger" was going to bomb. ComicBookMovie.com was astute to point out that out of all the summer films, it was the blockbuster many forgot was coming to theaters. forgetting about.

Weekend estimates for the film ahead of release said the film may earn between $60-$70 million upon opening while BoxOffice.com correctly predicted the film earning under $30 million.

SEE ALSO: 27 photos of life in 2154, according to futuristic "Elysium"

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Disney Predicts It Will Lose Between $160-$190 Million On 'The Lone Ranger' Bomb

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Disney predicts a $160-$190 million write down next quarter on box-office flop "The Lone Ranger." 

The company made the announcement during its Q3 earnings call.  

"The Lone Ranger" cost the studio an estimated $215+ million with additional money for marketing and faced multiple delays from the studio including a cancellation scare back in 2011.

The film, starring Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer, debuted to a weak $29 million three-day opening weekend— less than that of last year's "John Carter" ($30.2 million). 

Analysts originally estimated the film to bring in near $60-$70 million upon its box-office debut. 

Currently, the film has earned $175.6 million worldwide. The film has failed to break $100 million domestically.  

After its last blockbuster bomb, "John Carter," Disney originally predicted near a $200 million write off on the film 

In Q2 2012, Disney's operating income saw a loss of $84 million in part to "John Carter." 

SEE ALSO: 'Lone Ranger' cast and crew say to blame the film's failure on movie critics

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Sylvester Stallone Slams Bruce Willis As 'Greedy And Lazy' After 'Expendables' Exit

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It's no secret that Bruce Willis is hard to work with.

So when it was announced this week that Harrison Ford will be replacing Willis in "Expendables 3," the movie's co-star and first installment director, Sylvester Stallone, was openly overjoyed.

Stallone took to his Twitter account to slam Willis to his nearly 1 million followers.

Then Stallone got even more personal about Willis:

Stallone's rep confirmed to The Huffington Post that the tweet was in fact made in reference to Willis, but refused to elaborate.

Willis was part of the first two hugely successful installment of the "Expendables" franchise, which grossed over half a billion dollars combined worldwide.

Production for "The Expendables 3" is set to begin later this month with Jackie Chan,Wesley Snipes, Nicolas Cage and Milla Jovovich joining the star-studded cast.

"New TEAM a Blessing! Best Group of the year," Stallone tweeted in July. "EXPENDABLES Looking Fresh and Strong."

The film is set to open in theaters Nov. 15, 2014.

SEE ALSO: Bruce Willis Gives Painfully Rude Interview During 'Red 2' Press Junket

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New 'Thor: The Dark World' Trailer Puts 'Avengers' Villain Loki Front And Center

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Everyone is on Loki's case in a new trailer for "Thor: The Dark World."

Disney and Marvel released a new trailer as part of YouTube's inaugural Geek Week and Thor's older, wiser brother is getting threatened and slapped around. 

Guess it makes sense since he only attempted to take control of New York City and obliterate its population in "The Avengers." 

This time, it looks like everyone's favorite Avengers villain is turning over a new leaf after brother Thor employs his help to save Earth. (We're not sure why he just doesn't call up Tony Stark.)

Tom Hiddleston, Chris Hemsworth, and Natalie Portman reprise their roles in the film.  

"Thor: The Dark World" comes to theaters November 8.

More "Thor": The first trailer for the movie

AND: The new poster for the film looks awfully familiar

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Joaquin Phoenix Falls In Love With An Operating System In New Spike Jonze Movie 'Her'

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The first trailer for director Spike Jonze's new movie, "Her," shows a peculiar romance.

A lonely writer, played by Joaquin Phoenix, falls in love with his artificially intelligent operating system, voiced by Scarlett Johansson.

The result: a feature-length flirtation with Siri.

The quirky romance comes as little surprise from indie director Jonze, who's best known for his movie collaborations with Charlie Kaufman, including "Being John Malkovich,""Where the Wild Things Are," and "Adaptation."

"Her," which hits theaters November 20, also stars Amy Adams, Rooney Mara, Olivia Wilde, and Chris Pratt.

Here's the trailer:

SEE ALSO: 13 Reasons Why Everyone Is Obsessed With 'Breaking Bad'

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Batman Beats Iron Man As Most Popular Superhero On YouTube

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"Iron Man" is the top superhero at the box office, but Batman is the king of YouTube. As part of Geek Week, YouTube researched which superheroes are most popular on the video site.

Batman came out on top, with more than 3 billion views across 71,000 hours of video. Thor came in second, which may be a good sign for Marvel as "Thor 2" nears its release this November.

Superman, whom Warner Bros. rebirthed at the box office this summer, came in third.

There have been recent movies made about the top eight, but the last two spots, Justice League and Deadpool, are sore sports for comic book fans. They've been craving a Deadpool movie for years, and "Justice League" seems like DC Comics' natural follow to "The Avengers."

Here's the chart:

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SEE ALSO: Don't Expect Christian Bale In The Big Batman / Superman Movie

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Hollywood Producer Explains The 'Inhumane,' 17-Hour Work Day Schedules On Film And TV Sets

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Hollywood producer Gavin Polone is no stranger to a film set.

He's worked on movies such as “Panic Room” and “Zombieland” and served as executive producer of HBO's hit comedy, “Curb Your Enthusiasm.”

But for as much time as he has spent on film and television sets, Polone has always wondered how grueling, 17-hour-day production schedules affect below-the-line workers—the camera crew, makeup artists, craft services people, etc. — who aren't getting the same massive paychecks as the actors, writers, directors, and producers.

While Polone admits “producers and actors are highly compensated for their work,”he says“it has always been difficult for me to understand how so many in this business put up with such a punishing routine,” as he explained to Vulturein a piece he wrote about “The Unglamorous, Punishing Hours of Working on a Hollywood Set.”

To better understand his colleagues, “I decided to interview some of the people around me about their feelings on the hours they work and how this regimen affects their lives.”

So, Polone started going up to his “below-the-line” coworkers on the set of the ABC Family TV show he is currently producing, “Jane By Design.”

Here is a summary of what they had to say about the “inhumane” work conditions:

FIlm set actors directorKirsten Robinson, Script Supervisor—“...which means she helps the director keep track of continuity and makes notes for the editor on how he should put together the pieces of the scenes.”Kirsten considered our show as a relief compared to a recent show she worked on where she “worked 16 to 18 hours every day and the worst day was twenty hours.” Robinson says the worst part was “At the lunch break, it’s like you have another regular person’s day ahead of you.”Polone says most work 17-hour days when shooting the current ABC Family show.

Steve D’Amato, First Assistant Director— Which means he is in charge of running the set.He recalls, “The worst day I ever worked on a show was 27 hours.” D'Amato adds, “What bothers me most is you don’t have time to do anything else. It’s hard. It seems like it’s unnecessary: You could just add one or two more days [to the schedule] and spread it out over more time. We’re the only industry that is fighting for a twelve-hour day: That is what I find amazing.”

Ali Yeganhe, Transportation Captain— Meaning hedispatches drivers, manages the fleet of vehicles, including those used on-camera, and drives as well. Polone says “his department has the worst hours.” Yeganhe notes, “There is a high divorce rate in this business. Truthfully, I haven’t slept a whole night in three years. My wife and I were together before we got in this business. She was in wardrobe, so she knew.”

Farah Bunch, Head of Makeup Department—“I’ve been doing this for eighteen years. The hours have always been the same. I started out in soap operas, which have great hours; then I went into multi-cams, which have even better hours; but once I entered the world of single-camera [meaning one-hour shows and feature films], I was in shock. I thought only in third-world countries people worked hours like this — a fourteen-hour day is the norm for the makeup department. You’re making more money, but it is blood money, 'cause you’re trading your life...”

“When I’m in season, I don’t see my friends or family. The weekends I spend recovering. I think it has contributed to me not being able to meet people because I’m not out there in the world mingling. I dated someone in the military and he was in shock that we were working all of these hours and he was out there saving lives and he’d be home by 4 p.m.: He was in Afghanistan and his hours were better than mine. You feel trapped with the hours, because you know that if you don’t do them, someone else will. And another thing, you’re given a ten-hour turnaround, which is just enough time to drive home, sleep seven hours like a normal human being, and go back to work. ”

To read Polone's full interviews in the Vulture piece, click here »

SEE ALSO: Bruce Willis Exited 'Expendables 3' Over Million-Dollar-A-Day Fee Demand

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This 1970s Documentary Is The Best Shark Movie You've Probably Never Seen

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The history of shark movies is littered with some good, some bad and some very ugly films. BeforeSharknado, before Open Water, even before Jaws, there was Blue Water, White Death, which may just be the greatest shark movie ever made.

Released in 1971, the documentary follows a group of divers on a seven-month round-the-world adventure, a quest to be the first to film the great white shark from underwater.

It is an epic tale of adventure on the high seas and well worth tracking down.

The movie’s cast of characters is a who’s who of subaquatic greats. Producer Peter Gimbel, the heir to the Gimbel’s department store fortune, was the first man to dive on the wreck of the Andrea Doria the day after she sank to 160 feet in the Atlantic in 1956. Ron and Valerie Taylor were champion Australian freedivers. Stan Waterman was, and still is, a legendary underwater cameraman (he oversaw shooting for 1977’s The Deep).

Rodney Fox was a famous white shark attack survivor. Peter Mathiessen, the National Book Award winning author, was the film’s historian and wrote an excellent book about the journey called Blue Meridian. Hell, they even had a folk singer, Tom Chapin, on the crew to serenade them.

More than merely a shark film, this movie is a chronicle of a great adventure. These people weren’t scientists. They just built some shark cages, bought a pile of dive and underwater camera gear and chartered a boat to take them from South Africa to Madagascar to Sri Lanka (then Ceylon) to Australia in search of the “last great predator on Earth”, as Gimbel called the great white shark. The journey was fraught with frustration, disappointment and danger. On one dive, one of the cameramen was swept out to sea by a strong current and the crew spent anxious minutes searching for him among the whitecaps. Off of Sri Lanka, Gimbel himself was beset with the bends after surfacing too quickly following a deep dive. And this is to say nothing of their shark encounters, which are still thrilling to watch 42 years later.

The movie has that great grainy warmth and dry narration so common in documentaries from its era. Chapin’s soundtrack of folk songs and acoustic guitar is pure ‘70s comfort music. Sure, some of the scenes feel suspiciously scripted and some footage of harpooning whales is uncomfortable to watch. But this all must be taken in the context of the era in which it was made.

The diving footage is ample and spectacular, with enough historical diving gear to make any Sea Hunt fan happy — Jetfins, rubber wetsuits, DOXA dive watches and Aqualung regulators. Gimbel and crew were on the leading edge of underwater filming and shark research. No one before them had dived in open water next to feeding sharks, nor had anyone filmed great whites from a cage underwater. These guys had massive cojones. Splashing in off of a Zodiac next to a whale carcass surrounded by 100 oceanic whitetips at 2 a.m.?

Blue Water, White Death still stands the test of time and, frankly, blows away anything shown on Discovery Channel’s Shark Week. While the movie can be found on Youtube in relatively low quality, copies of the movie can sometimes be had on DVD, though finding it can be as epic a hunt as tracking down the great white shark was for the crew of the movie.

GP DOES SHARK WEEK, BETTER: 

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Jennifer Lawrence Is Back In Action In First 'Catching Fire' International Trailer

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Jennifer Lawrence and the "Hunger Games" cast are back to kicking butt in the highly anticipated, first international trailer for the sequel, "Catching Fire."

Directed by Francis Lawrence, Josh HutchersonLiam Hemsworth, Lenny Kravitz, Stanley Tucci and others are all back for the second round.

As for Jennifer Lawrence's character, Katniss, the director explained at Comic-Con“She’s struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder after the games while living in Victor’s Village, where she never wants for food, and feels useless. She’s adapting to a new life.” 

The film is due in theaters November 22. Watch the trailer below:

SEE ALSO: The First 'Hunger Games: Catching Fire' Poster Also Features Jennifer Lawrence

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Jennifer Aniston's 7 Worst Box Office Bombs Since 'Friends'

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Around the time "Friends" ended its seven-season run in 2004, Jennifer Aniston was Hollywood's golden girl.

Her rom-com blockbusters "Along Came Polly" and "Bruce Almighty" performed well with critics and in theaters. The latter, headlined by Jim Carrey, raked in $484 million worldwide.

Then an unfortunate string of flops began — enough to earn Aniston the label "box office poison."

Her latest movie, "We're the Millers," about a group of misfits who pose as an all-American family to move a large shipment of marijuana into the U.S., may give Aniston's movie career the second wind it needs.

Co-starring Jason Sudeikis, Emma Roberts, and Ed Helms, "We're the Millers" opened in theaters late Tuesday night and racked up $6.8 million so far. Despite less than thrilling reviews from critics, it's expected to gross between $35 and $38 million through the weekend.

Here are the misses that led up to Aniston's "We're the Millers" redemption.

7. "Derailed" (2005)

Worldwide Lifetime Gross:$57 million

Production Budget:$22 million

Gain: $35 million

Rotten Tomatoes score:20%

Aniston appeared alongside Clive Owen in this psychological thriller about a love affair gone wrong.

With a ludicrous plot and obvious twist, "'Derailed' is an uncomfortably appropriate title,"one critic wrote.



6. "The Switch" (2010)

Worldwide Lifetime Gross:$49 million

Production Budget:$19 million

Gain: $30 million

Rotten Tomatoes score:51%

Aniston plays a character with no husband or boyfriend, who's fighting the clock to have children. Jason Bateman co-stars.

To put into perspective how bad it was, a "Twilight" parody movie beat it at the box office.



5. "Love Happens" (2009)

Worldwide Lifetime Gross:$36 million

Production Budget:$18 million

Gain: $18 million

Rotten Tomatoes score:17%

The author of a self-help book about grieving (Aaron Eckhart) falls for a florist (Aniston) while dealing with the loss of his wife.

The New York Times called the movie's vital signs, "faint."




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Matt Damon's 'Elysium' Isn't Alone: 10 Other Brainy Sci-Fi Blockbusters

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"Elysium" has been called a "socialist" blockbuster, thanks to a plot that finds a group of impoverished earthlings rising up to take on a group of 1-percenters who luxuriate on a posh space station without a care in the world.

Star Matt Damon and director Neill Blomkamp insist the film has no political message, but with a plot that echoes the Occupy Wall Street movement, it's clear that "Elysium" has more on its mind than popcorn.

Nor is it alone in using the science-fiction genre to raise questions about social, environmental or political issues. 

1. THE MATRIX (1999)

What Was Brainy: Few action movies draw on Plato's Allegory of the Cave, Buddhist teachings and the work of theorists like Jean Baudrillard to cook up a futuristic world where machines have created a simulated reality in order to control humanity. The film was such a hit with brainiacs that college courses sprung up to dissect its layers of meanings and philosopher Cornel West joined the cast of its two sequels, "The Matrix Reloaded" and "Matrix Revolutions."

What Fell a Few IQ Points Short of Intelligent: Somebody forgot to tell Keanu Reeves to drop the surfer voice. Also, both "Reloaded" and "Revolutions" weren't thought-provoking --  just boring and pretentious.



2. MINORITY REPORT (2002)

What Was Brainy: Steven Spielberg's thriller focused on a police force that uses a trio of psychics to arrest criminals before they commit crimes. It's filled with gripping action sequences, but that's just frosting. At its heart, the film asks troubling questions about free will and seems to anticipate law-enforcement debates currently taking place in the country involving issues like stop-and-frisk and the widening expansion of government surveillance.

What Fell a Few IQ Points Short of Intelligent: The big "reveal" is a howler, and the ending suffers from Spielberg's addiction to syrup.



3. THE FLY (1986)

What Was Brainy: Man turns into bug is hardly the stuff of many academic essays -- unless of course they're about Kafka. In the hands of an idiosyncratic auteur like David Cronenberg, "The Fly" became a meditation on the horrors of aging, with many critics drawing parallels between the slow dissolution of the mad scientist played by Jeff Goldblum and the AIDS epidemic that prematurely killed off scores of young men and women during the Reagan era.

What Fell a Few IQ Points Short of Intelligent: There are a few cheap shocks, but like "Matrix," the real sin was the moronic sequel the movie spawned, 1989's "The Fly II." That dud suffered from Cronenberg's decision not to participate. Not smart, Hollywood. Not smart at all.



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There Will Be An Unrated Version Of Brad Pitt's Zombie Thriller 'World War Z'

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If you weren't pleased with the lack of blood and gore in Brad Pitt's PG-13 rated zombie film "World War Z," there's good news.

Paramount is releasing an unrated version of the film.  

The much-troubled film tossed out its original 12-minute ending for an expensive reshoot of the final 40 minutes.

Despite that, the film ended up doing well at theaters earning $474 million worldwide.

It's unclear whether the original ending — or more blood — will make an appearance in the special edition; however, a featurette called "Camouflage" about the film's production and final scenes with Pitt make us hopeful.

Below are the features of the unrated version via Entertainment Weekly.

"World War Z" hits stores September 17.

Origins

The filmmakers discuss collaborating with renowned actor/producer Brad Pitt to create a zombie film the likes of which have never been seen.

Looking to Science

Explore the scientific realities of zombie behavior in nature and learn more about zombies in literature and film. 

Outbreak

Go on set with Brad Pitt and director Marc Forster for a behind-the-scenes look at the film’s breathtaking first attack in Philadelphia.

The Journey Begins

Delve deeper into Gerry’s fight for survival during the dramatic escape in South Korea.

Behind the Wall

Explore the epic scene in Jerusalem and discover the incredible logistics of creating the elaborate stunts and crowd sequences.

Camouflage

Experience the final confrontation between Gerry and the zombies and discover the phenomenal scope of the film’s production.

More "World War Z" The original ending to the film

SEE ALSO: PG-13 rating is a buzzkill for "WWZ"

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