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The Biggest Box-Office Bombs Of Summer 2013

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Despite a record $4.7 billion dollars earned this summer at the box office, there were still plenty of box-office flops.

From disappointing weekend openings to films that didn't carry well domestically or overseas, there were nearly as many box-office hiccups as there were success stories. 

We've compiled the worst performing movies of summer 2013. 

Click here to see the biggest losers of the summer >

We're going back to May, since the summer movie season officially kicked off with "Iron Man 3" May 3. (After the past few summers studios are increasingly releasing all of their big potential blockbusters from May-July leaving August a dry spell.) 

These rankings are based on production budgets, how much studios had riding on the films and how hard they underperformed opening weekend along with overall worldwide grosses taken into account.

A note on a few summer releases not on this list that have been on other worst lists of the summer: 

"After Earth" and "Smurfs 2" do not appear here because after accounting for foreign box office, the films should not be considered bombs. While Will Smith's "After Earth" certainly had a poor box-office opening ($27 million) and was a dud here earning $60 million, the film, a costly $130 million, went on to earn $243 million worldwide.  

According to The Hollywood Reporter, insiders at Sony who distributed the film said they could lose $20 million on the film back in June. 

"Smurfs 2" earned a paltry $67 million domestically, but soared overseas to take in $255.8 million worldwide.  

While "Elysium" didn't break out to become Neil Blomkamp's next "District 9," the more expensive Matt Damon film has grossed $179 million. It cost an estimated $115 million. There were much bigger upsets than this TriStar film.

"jOBS" (Open Road Films)

Release date: August 16
Estimated budget: $12 million
Opening weekend: $6.7 million
Worldwide gross: $15 million

Though Ashton Kutcher looked like a dead ringer for Steve Jobs, Joshua Michael Stern's jOBS opened to brutal reviews. Apple employees also called it nothing more than a work of fiction. Aaron Sorkin will be releasing his own bio-pic of the tech guru.

(Source: Box Office Mojo)



"Tyler Perry Presents Peeples" (Lionsgate)

Release date: May 10
Estimated budget: $15 million
Opening weekend: $4.6 million
Worldwide gross: $9.2 million 

Normally, Tyler Perry films do exceedingly well at the box office. However, this film was directed not by Perry himself, but instead first-time director Tina Gordon Chism ("Drumline" writer). The film became Perry's lowest box-office opening to date. Despite starring "Scandal" star Kerry Washington, Craig Robinson ("The Office") wasn't a big enough draw to bring viewers.

(Source: Box Office Mojo)



"Getaway" (Warner Bros.)

Release date: August 30
Estimated budget: $18 million
Opening weekend: $4.5 million
Worldwide gross to date: $6.3 million

Again, you probably didn't hear a lot about Selena Gomez and Ethan Hawke's need-for-speed-esque thrill ride until after the film came out. The film was poorly marketed, with poor reception and tracking from social media.

(Source: Box Office Mojo)



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15 Movies You Need To See Before The End Of The Year

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catching fire katniss jennifer lawrenceAfter a sluggish August at the box office, the fall will be jam-packed with superheroes, sequels, and films that take you to the center of space. 

November and December will be two of the busiest months of the year with big releases out every weekend and the return of Jennifer Lawrence in two anticipated films.

From epics in space and sea to historical adaptations and buzzed-about sequels and comedies there's a little bit of something for everyone.

Not sure what to see? We have you covered.

We figure it's senseless to do a fall preview for films and leave December off the list, so we've compiled the best movies you should see for the rest of the year.

"Rush"

Release Date: September 13

Why to see it: We weren't completely sold on Ron Howard and Chris Hemsworth's Formula One-inspired film at first considering Nascar is more popular in the U.S. However, the film has received high praise at the Toronto Film Festival. Variety calls it one of the "great racing movies of all time."

Based on the rivalry between two Formula One drivers during the 1976 season, Howard recently told HuffPostUK that he considered canceling the project because he didn't think he would find the right person to play Hunt.

Watch the trailer



"Gravity"

Release Date: October 4

Why to see it: The movie about an astronaut and engineer (George Clooney and Sandra Bullock) getting lost in space comes from the director of "Children of Men" (2006) and "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" (2004).

If the dynamictrailers haven't won you over, critics are calling it the must-see movie of the fall after its debut at the Venice Film Festival.

Watch the trailer



"Captain Phillips"

Release Date: October 11

Why to see it: It's been a long time since we've seen Tom Hanks shine in a big role ("Catch Me If You Can"). According to early reviews, his return portraying Captain Richard Phillips during the 2009 hijacking of an American cargo ship by Somali pirates is worth the wait.

Watch the trailer



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'Riddick' Rules During The Slowest Weekend Of The Year — Here's Your Box-Office Roundup

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As expected, it was a slow box-office weekend with Vin Diesel's long-awaited cult sequel "Riddick" the only new wide release. 

With virtually no competition — last week's newcomers "Getaway" and "Closed Circuit" fell sharply — it left "Riddick" open to easily take what was — and should stay — the slowest weekend of the year. 

In small releases, The Weinstein Company's hyped secret-revealing documentary "Salinger" debuted in four theaters to $91,000. 

For comparison, Jennifer Hudson's "Winnie Mandela" in 32 theaters this weekend, opened to $69,600. 

Out of the top ten this week are last week's duds "Getaway" and "The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones." 

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

10. "The World's End" moves down two spots rounding out the top ten with $2.3 million. In its third week, Simon Pegg's latest film has earned $38.6 million worldwide. 

9. "Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters" moved up one spot in week five despite a drop in nearly 350 theaters earning $2.5 million. What happened here? Many probably didn't realize this film was out due to light marketing. Since it debuted during a slow August, fans of the the series are probably turning out. The film may also be seeing more screen time. When it originally debuted screening times for the sequel to the 2010 film were far and few between to find. 

8. With few films out this weekend, Woody Allen's "Blue Jasmine" saw a bump moving up four spots with $2.7 million. 

7. "Elysium" moves down one notch earning $3.1 million. After week five, Neil Blomkamp's latest commentary on society has earned $212 million worldwide with slightly more money coming from abroad. 

6. After nearly beating out "The Butler" last weekend, concert film "One Direction: This Is Us" drops nearly 75% with a gross of $4.1 million. The film is playing out better overseas — it's earned $50 million worldwide — but may have a tougher time hitting the $100 million mark now at theaters. 

5. Disney's "Planes" continues to draw in families with another $4.3 million in week five. The "Cars" spinoff from Disney toons rather than Pixar is a cost-effective win for the Mouse House since the animated film only cost an estimated $50 million as compared to more costly tons while still appearing to have the Pixar appeal to children. 

4. Warner Bros.' break-out comedy "We're the Millers" brings in another $7.9 million in week five. The Jennifer Aniston comedy cost an estimated $37 to produce and has brought in more than $178 million worldwide. 

3. Speaking of break outs, Lionsgate's comedy "Instructions Not Included" continues to surprise with another $8.1 million. After its success last weekend, the film opened in 369 more theaters this weekend. 

2. Weinstein's "Lee Daniels' The Butler" continues to be a big audience draw earning $8.9 million. The historic piece has been at the top of the box office for nearly four weeks. The film should hit $100 million domestically by the end of this week. 

1. Vin Diesel's return as night-seeing "Riddick" earned $18.7 million. Compared to previous films in the franchise, it grossed more than 2000's "Pitch Black," but didn't perform better than big-budget "Chronicles of Riddick." The third film in the Vin Diesel franchise wasn't expected to earn more than $20 million opening weekend as it caters toward a very specific audience.

SEE ALSO: 15 movies to see before the year ends

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J.J. Abrams Mystery Project Revealed With Full Trailer For 'S.'

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Last month, J.J. Abrams debuted a mysterious black-and-white trailer for an upcoming project. 

Now, we finally know what Abrams has been working on, and — surprise! — it's NOT a movie.  

Abrams' latest trailer is for a book called S. written by Doug Dorst out October 29. The title of the original video was called "Stranger."

Dorst has previously written The Surf Guru. 

Everyone assumed the trailer was for a film considering the trailer came from his production company Bad Robot. Touché Abrams. You got us. 

According to Entertainment Weekly, the book is a mystery, love story about a relationship between two college students who send each other notes in the margins of a fictional 1949 novel. 

Check out the trailer for his book : 

SEE ALSO: 15 movies you need to see before the end of the year

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The 'Truman Show' Syndrome Actually Exists

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What do you do when delusions and paranoia look an awful lot like the real world?

That's at least one question raised by a New Yorker article out this week on the "Truman Show" syndrome (pay-walled online, but worth shelling out the money for a print version), where people are convinced they've somehow woken up famous, the stars of a worldwide reality TV show. The name comes from the 1998 film, where that exact thing happens to Jim Carrey.

The author, Andrew Marantz, tells the story of Nick Lotz, who suffers from the delusions:

Suddenly, Lotz solved the puzzle of his life. Since starting college, he had been the star of a reality-TV show. The network had kept the cameras hidden, as in "Candid Camera" and "Punk'd." That night was supposed to be the finale. All he had to do was call his father, who'd find him in the crowd, lead him onstage, and present him with a check for a million dollars. Lotz took out his cell phone, but he was too strung out to place the call. It was too late — he'd missed his chance to make the cameras turn off.

"Truman Show" syndrome is a new phenomenon, but delusions of its type are not. People have always imagined things that aren't real — our culture just changes what those things are. Marantz explains:

Shifts in technology have caused the content of delusions to change over the years: in the nineteen-forties, the Japanese controlled American minds with radio waves; in the fifties, the Soviets accomplished this with satellites; in the seventies, the C.I.A. implanted computer chips into people's brains.

And today's delusion-fuel? Take your pick of the Kardashian sisters, then compound it with a dose of the latest NSA revelations. The resulting delusions aren't real, but they certainly aren't random: they're a half-skip past reality, a snippet of the world taken and blown out of proportion.

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, the go-to psychiatric illness index, once characterized delusions into two categories: the bizarre and nonbizarre, which were respectively described as impossible and possible but false. "'I am dead,' is bizarre," Marantz writes."'Millions of strangers are obsessed with me' is nonbizarre (and, for Ryan Gosling, nondelusional)." But the DSM-5, the latest version of the book, had to walk back that distinction. As it should have: In a world where the government really does have the capability to broadly and furtively spy on its citizens, it's suddenly delusional to not think Big Brother is watching. In a world where a tweet can almost instantly be read by millions, becoming famous seems more and more plausible.

So the "Truman Show" syndrome cases are as much a story about the exterior world (culture and technology) as the interior one (the mind). People can deride delusions as complete mental fabrications, but the truth is often more nuanced, a subtle cause-and-effect between a culture and a single person.

With that in mind, hopefully it's not too much to add another cultural touchstone that sums things up nicely. Author Joseph Heller wrote in Catch-22, "Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they aren't after you."

[New Yorker]

SEE ALSO: A Weird Phobia Explains Why This Flower Disgusts Some People

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FX Is Working On An American Psycho Sequel Series

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Man, this could be awesome.

Or man this could totally stink.

Either way, according to Entertainment Weekly, FX is working on an American Psycho sequel series. It's set to take place years after the movie was set. Patrick Bateman, the handsome but delusional Wall Street banker with no conscience whatsoever,  is 50 and he's taken on a new apprentice.

We see no mention of Bret Easton Ellis' part in the production, but we're crossing our fingers that the writer has something to do with it.

For now, here's the official logline via EW:

In the new drama series, iconic serial killer Patrick Bateman, now in his mid-50’s but as outrageous and lethal as ever, takes on a protégé in a sadistic social experiment who will become every bit his equal — a next generation American Psycho.”

Like we said, crossing our fingers.

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Here's The Growing List Of Celebrities Endorsing Ben Affleck As Batman

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In the hour following the announcement that Ben Affleck will play Batman in the "Man of Steel" sequel, 71% of the 96,000 related tweets were disapproving.

Within 12 hours, 30 petitions were submitted to Change.org demanding Warner Bros. drop the former "Daredevil."

But director Zack Snyder isn't alone in casting a vote of confidence in the "Argo,""The Town," and "Pearl Harbor" actor.

Here are the 14 actors, directors, screenwriters, and Hollywood nerds supporting Ben Affleck as the Caped Crusader:

1. Ben Affleck's buddy Matt Damon: "I think it will be great. It will be terrific. I know there are a lot of people grousing on the internet. I just think it's kind of funny. You know, he's not playing King Lear. It's Batman! Certainly within his skill set. If anybody saw 'Argo' or 'The Town,' and all the work he's been doing lately, it's way more nuanced and interesting and way more difficult than Batman. Batman just sits there with his cowl over his head and whispers in a kinda gruff voice at people. Bruce Wayne is the more challenging part of the role, and Ben will be great at that." (via The Times of India)

2. Josh Brolin, the "almost Batman": "I'm happy for Ben. ... I just feel for anybody who gets lambasted at that level. I want him to kick ass and I want everyone to love it and kind of eat their words." (via Huffington Post)

ben affleck jennifer garner oscars 20133. Affleck's wife, Jennifer Garner:“I’m excited about Batman, of course. Everything we do, we look at it together, and we say, 'Can we handle this? Can we take this?' And this was one where we were like, 'Let’s go to Michigan!'” (via ET Canada)

4. Hugh Jackman: "Ben is poised to crush it. I’m really happy for him. I’m so happy he got the part. The difficult part of the role is the Bruce Wayne part. I think he will crush it, and I’m really excited to see what he does. He’s ready for it. I love Ben — he’s super smart, very talented, and he will be around for a long time. I think people are gonna to love it." (via ET Canada)

5. Damon Lindelof:

6. Justin Timberlake: "Ben Affleck as Batman — I like it. I worked with Ben last summer, and I've seen his process. I think he's a brilliant filmmaker. I think he's an extreme talent, so he could surprise a lot of people." (via US Magazine)

7. Scott Snyder, DC Comics writer of "Batman,""Superman Unchained":

adam west batman8. Adam West, the original Batman actor: "I like Ben. I think he's really a splendid actor, and now he's proved his chops as a director. For Batman, I have no idea, because I'm not a Batman critic. He might have to shave his beard. Maybe he'll be paid 20 mil to shave the beard." (via Yahoo! Movies)

9. Patton Oswalt: "A Batman portrayed by someone who's tasted humiliation and a reversal of all personal valences — kind of like Grant Morrison's 'Zen warrior' version of Batman, post-ARKHAM ASYLUM, who was, in the words of Superman, '...the most dangerous man on the planet'? Think for a second and admit that Ben Affleck is closer to THAT top-shelf iteration of The Dark Knight than pretty much anyone in Hollywood right now." (Read his lengthy defense on Facebook)

10. Tom Welling, former Superman: "It's great. He's a tremendous actor, he's a wonderful director and I wish him the best." (via E! Online)

11. Mark Miller, writer of "Kick-Ass":

12. Josh Gad:

13. Joss Whedon:

14. Michael Keaton, former Batman: "He's gonna be great." (via TMZ)

SEE ALSO: The Internet Exploded After Learning Ben Affleck Is Playing The Next Batman

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Here's What It's Like Being The Stunt Double Behind Batman, Thor, And James Bond

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Superheroes have hidden identities who work everyday jobs.

Beefcake actors have stuntman Bobby Holland Hanton.

The Brit gymnast and former semi-professional soccer player has doubled for Christian Bale in "The Dark Knight Rises," Ryan Reynolds in "The Green Lantern," and Daniel Craig in "Quantum of Solace."

In November, he appears as the God of Thunder, played by Chris Hemsworth, in "Thor: The Dark World."

Voted number six on our "Sexiest People Behind The Scenes Of Hollywood" list, Hanton is certified by the U.K.'s stunt registry in gymnastics, trampolining, high-diving, kickboxing, swimming, and scuba diving. 

Days after wrapping production on "Jupiter Ascending," a sci-fi action-adventure film starring Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis due in theaters next summer, Hanton tells Business Insider about his career in being badass.

Bobby Holland Hanton reveals the most intimidating stunts, what the A-list actors are like off-camera, and which superhero he'd most like to suit up as.


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BI: What was your first movie job?

BHH: I got a call out of the blue to audition to double for Daniel Craig in "Quantum of Solace." It was a dream come true. I went in for four or five vigorous exercise auditions; six weeks turned into six months, and I've never looked back.

BI: What's a typical audition test like?

BHH: It could be something very specific: dive through a car, fight someone, be thrown into a wall. It depends on your speciality and the shot they're looking for.

BI: Do you ever dress for the part at an audition?

BHH: First impressions are very, very important in what we do, so I make an effort to make myself look like the performer as much as possible. When I heard there was a possibility that the stunt coordinator on "Thor: The Dark World" wanted me to double for Chris Hemsworth [who's 6'4"], I got some two-inch lifts for my boots and started training in them. It's like trying to do stunts in high heels.

bobby holland hanton stunt double thor 2 the dark worldBI: The God of Thunder is a large guy. How'd you keep up?

BHH: Chris is in the best shape of any actor I've seen. He's got huge arms and great coordination. I've never had to train so much in all my life — three hours each session, twice a day, six days a week. If Chris wasn't an actor, he'd be one of the top stuntmen around.

BI: What's your relationship like with the actors you're doubling for?

BHH: If it's a stunt-heavy show, you're generally with the actor every day. We train, rehearse, and shoot with them, so you kind of become a family. It's like, "You've got my back, and I've got yours."

BI: What was it like working with Chris Hemsworth again?

BHH: He's a legend. You can't say anything but nice things about the guy. We're both fans of Ricky Gervais, so we have a lot of laughs on set. You can't always be super serious when the job is so intense.

BI: What can you tell us about "Thor: The Dark World"?

BHH: Lots of fights, lots of wire work. Every day, there was a big-scale or difficult stunt to do. It's going to be action-packed, as you can imagine a "Thor" movie would be.

Bobby Holland Hanton batman the dark knight risesBI: Is there a stunt that you're most proud of in your career?

BHH: On "The Dark Knight Rises," when I was Bruce Wayne, I had to climb out of the prison he's in and jump, miss the landing, fall 100 feet, and slam into the opposite wall. It was one of my first ever high-falls, a 100-footer, which is quite a nice feat to achieve for a stunt performer.

And on the set of "Quantum of Solace" in Panama, I had to free jump — no safety wires, no safety mats — from a three-story ledge onto a balcony space while I was being shot at by a SWAT team.

BI: Do you still get scared before performing a stunt?

BHH: If I heard a stunt performer say, "I don't get scared," I wouldn't believe it. There is an element of fear, but that quickly turns into an adrenaline rush that makes you want to do it even more.

BI: We heard there's another accolade you're particularly proud of — you're a Guinness World Records holder?

BHH: Ha, it's a funny story. When I was a gymnast in the U.K., on our breaks, we used to put these little foam blocks between our feet while doing back-somersaults, and let go and try to hit each other with them. I could get it into a basketball net. It was a cool trick, and I thought it would be a good idea to approach Guinness and pitch the record idea to them. They jumped on it and came down to the studios to see how many I could dunk in an hour. Two-hundred and fifty back-somersaults and 24 hoops in an hour — I'd quite like to see someone attempt it.

bobby holland hanton stunt double thor 2 the dark worldBI: Obviously your job takes a hefty physical toll. Who do you lean on?

BHH: It's funny because if I call friends or family, they just say, "Stop moaning!" But my mum is always there for me, and I can tell her anything. She keeps me on top of my game.

BI: Whose costume is most fun to wear: Batman, Thor, or James Bond's?

BHH: Obviously, Batman and Thor have the standout costumes of my childhood dreams. They were the most enjoyable, but the nicest costume you can have is a T-shirt and pair of trousers with shoes. No wig, no make-up.

BI: Best job perk?

You get to be in scenes with the likes of Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine and Gary Oldman ("The Dark Knight Rises"), who are heroes of mine. And every now and then, we get a small acting role.

bobby holland hanton stunt doubleBI: Any aspiration to go into acting exclusively?

BHH: I don't want to push my luck. I like that I can go to work with amazing people, do a job that I love, and as soon as it's finished, I can go home and it's just me. When actors become big, they can't really be themselves anymore. Trying to maintain and control a personal life is probably as difficult as the job itself.

BI: Is there a superhero you'd like to be instead?

BHH: I think next would have to be Superman. That's one I'd like to check off.

"Thor: The Dark World" premieres November 8.

SEE ALSO: The 30 Sexiest People Behind The Scenes In Hollywood

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'Pirates of the Caribbean 5' Production Delay Sounds A Lot Like 'The Lone Ranger' Disaster

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We've been hearing about "Pirates of the Caribbean 5" for some time.  

Last month, news broke the fifth film in the long-running Johnny Depp franchise would be titled "Dead Men Tell No Tales." 

Earlier this week, Disney announced it would delay the upcoming sequel from July 10, 2015 to summer 2016 

This news came shortly after Disney and Marvel announced its upcoming "Ant-Man" feature was moving up from November 2015 to July 31, 2015. 

Afterward, Walt Disney Studios sent out an update saying the film won't necessarily be coming out in 2016 saying the release is "unset." In other words, Disney doesn't know when they'll be releasing the sequel.

What's going on? 

Producer Jerry Bruckheimer told The Hollywood Reporter the film was pushed back because the script isn't finished 

Apparently, the film currently exists only as a "well-received outline" and screenwriter Jeff Nathanson is currently working on a second script.  

THR reports that a studio source claimed the original script "was too expensive" and "complicated and hard to follow." 

Originally production on the film was set to start in March of next year.

THR says that the delay will most likely cause the budget of the fifth film to top $200 million.

pirates of the caribbean johnny depp2007's third installment "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End" is by far the most expensive film ever made at a costly $300 million

There's nothing odd with release dates for films getting moved around. This happens all the time, especially with ones set to debut so far in the future.  

However, given a recent release, the story sounds eerily familiar.  

Earlier this year, Bruckheimer and Depp's long-awaited "Lone Ranger" Western flopped at theaters after multiple delays, a poor marketing campaign, and rising costs to the film put the estimated budget of the film north of $215 million.

After debuting to a weak $29 million three-day opening weekend (less than 2012's "John Carter" bomb), Disney announced during its Q3 earnings call it predicts a $160-$190 million write down on the film. 

Could "Pirates 5" be in danger of going the same route as "The Lone Ranger"? 

Not necessarily. 

For one, Pirates is a very well-established brand for the Mouse House. 

All together, the four films in the series have earned more than a combined $3.7 billion worldwide. 

Despite the "Lone Ranger" hiccup, 50-year-old Depp commands not only the successful "Pirates" franchise but also the "Alice in Wonderland" series which brought in more than $1 billion at the box office. 

A sequel is currently in the works for the film.  

Overall, Disney has a very solid schedule in place for the next few years between its future "Star Wars" films, Marvel projects ranging from "The Avengers 2" to individual superhero stories, and it's successful Pixar movies.

SEE ALSO: 15 films to see before the end of the year

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People Really Want 'Thor' Villain Loki To Get His Own Movie

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The people want a Loki movie, and they want it now.

More than 19,000 people have signed a petition asking Marvel to make a film based around the "Thor" character portrayed by Tom Hiddleston.

Referring to themselves essentially as "Loki's Army," here's part of the "demands" from the petition:

"We feel Loki (as portrayed by Tom Hiddleston), due to the astounding following both the character and actor have earned as a result of the Marvel films, more than warrants further exploration of his story. We believe such an endeavor would not only be profitable and successful but provide a larger view for general audiences of the incredibly complex and diverse personality a well-known villain of the Marvel universe is gifted with. To explore this darker side of the Thor storyline would be to give credit to a compelling individual, his remarkable portrayer and an appreciative audience that feels a fierce loyalty to both in an unprecedented way."

Since the first "Thor" (2011) and then "The Avengers" (2012) Hiddleston's character has easily become a fan favorite. During a surprise appearance at San Diego Comic-Con in which he appeared as Loki, he rallied an entire crowd behind him as his army.

While yes, it can be argued that Comic-Con fans will go crazy when any actor takes stage, you have to be a huge draw to get this sort of response:

Honestly, we've been wondering for a while when we would see a movie from a supervillain's perspective. Seems like it would be a fresher, more original take than the surge of superhero flicks we've seen of recent.

Disney, who owns Marvel, already has another movie due out next year from the perspective of an antagonist. 

"Maleficent" will tell the story of Disney's classic "Sleeping Beauty" villainess.  

According to Disney, the film will "reveal the events that hardened Maleficent’s heart and drove her to curse the baby, Aurora.

It will be interesting to see how Marvel deals with their Loki fan base.

Maybe if "Thor: The Dark World," out this November performs very well in theaters, Marvel will make something more of it.

SEE ALSO: Fans go wild when Hiddleston shows up as "Avengers" villain Loki at Comic-Con

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The Creepy First Trailer For 'Escape From Tomorrow,' The Movie Secretly Filmed In Disney Theme Parks

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The first trailer for the unauthorized movie "Escape from Tomorrow" filmed entirely in Disneyland and Disney World is out.

If you haven't heard of it, the black-and-white guerrilla project was filmed in secret mostly at Disney World.

The film is directed by Randy Moore. from the trailer it looks like Disney is being shown as anything but the "Happiest place on Earth." In reality, the film follows Jim White (Roy Abramsohn) who slowly descends into paranoia while vacationing with his family at Disney World after learning he was laid off from his job.

The movie was makingwaves earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival. Right before his death, Roger Ebert selected the film to be shown at his annual film festival in Illinois

So far, Disney hasn't made any legal action against it, though telling CNN they were "aware of the film."

Columbia Law School Tim Wu explained in a New Yorker blog that while the filmmakers may have violated Disney World's rules, the movie itself should fall under fair use as commentary on the theme parks and Disney itself.

The film has been set for release in select cities and for digital release October 11.

Update: The video keeps getting pulled. Watch it while you can.

SEE ALSO: 'Pirates of the Caribbean 5' delay sounds a lot like "The Lone Ranger" flop

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'Star Wars' Spinoff Movies Will Be Origin Stories

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Yesterday, during an investor conference, Disney CFO Jay Rasulo revealed a little more about the upcoming "Star Wars" films.  

Variety reports Rasulo described the future movies as "origin story film(s)" while at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch Media, Communications & Entertainment Conference. 

In February, CEO Bob Iger confirmed to CNBC there would be three standalone "Star Wars" films in addition to the trilogy already set in place. 

Since then, there have been reports that the standalone films could be about bounty hunter Boba Fett or Han Solo. Other rumors suggest green Jedi-master Yoda would be the focus of a feature. 

Though no formal announcement has been made, original cast members Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, and Harrison Ford are expected to reprise their roles in some way in the new films.  

George Lucas revealed to Bloomberg Businessweek he was working on treatments for "Star Wars" episodes VII, VIII, and IX well before Disney purchased Lucasfilm and that he was in "final stages of negotiation" for signing the original actors. 

Director J.J. Abrams said back in June that the new films will "honor" the old.

SEE ALSO: Fans think they discovered the secret code name for "Star Wars: Episode VII"

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What It's Like To Be A Science Advisor For Sandra Bullock's Space Movie 'Gravity'

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In Alfonso Cuarón’s upcoming film Gravity (opening Oct. 4), George Clooney and Sandra Bullock play an astronaut and a medical engineer stranded in space.

Cuarón reportedly spent five years perfecting the look of scenes set in zero gravity, but figuring out how to film floating actors was just one of many technical details necessary for a movie set entirely in space. And one key player in the film’s accuracy never stepped foot on the set.

Three and a half years ago, Cuarón and his "Gravity" co-writer and son Jonás Cuarón met Kevin R. Grazier, bringing with them a long list of questions about space. Grazier, a research scientist who consulted on the science of TV shows like "BattlestarGalactica" and "Eureka," said he was struck by their attention to detail.

“They were asking me questions like, ‘Which direction does this hatch open; which direction does this switch flip; which color is this LED or this indicator,’” he told The Credits ahead of his appearance at Atlanta’s Dragon Con.

Fortunately for the Cuaróns, Grazier has worked parallel careers in entertainment and space research for the past 10 years. At that time, he was working part time on NASA’s Constellation Program, which came in handy providing contacts with hands-on experience, for example, on a Russian Soyuz capsule like one in "Gravity."

“Unlike a TV show, where you’re involved on a regular basis, [working on "Gravity"] was a quick flurry of a lot of activity and then done,” Grazier explained. He offered notes during script development, set up connections with people at Space Center Houston, and eventually saw the trailer and clips for the first time–like a lot of other sci-fi fans–at San Diego Comic-Con this year.

gravity behind the scenes sandra bullock george clooney alfonso cuaronSo what’s a former employee of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory doing working in the movie business? During grad school, Grazier and a friend submitted an unsolicited script to "Star Trek: Voyager," a show with an open script submission policy, and ended up getting a call seven months later from Paramount Television offering the opportunity to pitch additional ideas. A fan of sci-fi TV like "Doctor Who," Grazier took the chance and ended up making connections that led to later TV work with "Trek" story editors Michael Taylor and Bryan Fuller, who went on to executive produce current shows "Defiance" and "Hannibal," respectively. Grazier works on "Defiance" now, and also worked with Taylor on "Battlestar Galactica," the first show Grazier landed on as a science advisor in 2004.

“It’s a really fun part-time job,” said Grazier. “You’re not a science copyeditor,” he said. “You get involved in various stages of the story creation process.”

Grazier’s consulting job on a TV set can range from offering notes on the script to pronouncing jargon, from filling a whiteboard with relevant equations to writing original pages of a technical manual used in a scene (something required twice on "Eureka").

Hollywood science consulting is a small field, but growing along with the popularity of science fiction on both film and television, a trend that led to the National Academy of Sciences launching The Science Entertainment Exchange in 2008. The Exchange keeps a database of scientists and their expertise to match up with requests from filmmakers. Producers and writers are becoming more aware of what Grazier calls “the power of getting the science right” … and perhaps of the power of fan scrutiny, as well.

gravity sandra bullock george clooney“If you make a technical gaffe, especially one you don’t have to make, one that’s easily preventable, you will take a good chunk of your audience and transform them from somebody who’s immersed in your creative vision to one who’s sitting amongst four walls and a ceiling in the 21st century saying, ‘No. Really?’” Grazier said. In the Internet age, that kind of mistake is magnified even for people who didn’t catch it in the moment.

It’s even happened to Grazier. He finds it “kind of painful” when movies or TV get science wrong “where they don’t have to,” but he also sees the writers’ perspective when it’s necessary to compromise accuracy for story. Sometimes that compromise might be as small as a space station hatch opening in when it ought to push out, Grazier suggests.

“As a science advisor, you go in knowing the story trumps science, period,” he said. “We’re not doing documentaries.”

SEE ALSO: A Real-Life Astronaut Reviews Sandra Bullock's 'Gravity'

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Ben Affleck's Batman Will Be 'Tired And Weary'

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What will Ben Affleck's Batman — Batfleck if you will — be like?

According to Warner Bros.' CEO Kevin Tsujihara, the Caped Crusader will be tired and weary."

Tsujihara opened up about the future Dark Knight during an investor conference in Beverly Hills yesterday saying he will be "seasoned and been doing it for awhile."

If you've been following and are up to date with all of the latest Batman news, hearing Affleck will play a more experienced veteran Batman doesn't come as a shock. 

For one, The Hollywood Reporter first said that when Warner Bros. was shopping around for a Batman, that they were looking for someone in his late 30s or early 40s to wear the cape and cowl. 

THR also reported this incarnation of The Bat would be "established and rugged." 

The Independent reported director Zack Snyder met with Frank Miller. Any Batfan will know Miller is the creator of "Batman: The Dark Knight Returns," a comic about an aging Bruce Wayne's Batman facing off with Clark Kent's Superman. 

Snyder made it clear during the announcement of the Batman / Superman film at San Diego Comic-Con that this film will NOT be an adaptation of popular 1986 four-part graphic novel.  

"We're not adapting this thing,"said Snyder. "But it is the thing that will help tell that story." 

While the Internet had very mixed reactions to the initial casting of Affleck, Tsujihara backed the "Argo" star.

"Ben is perfect for the vision Zack has for that character,"said Tsujihara. "The fact that you saw such a passionate response in the blogosphere is really kind of a testament to the love that people have for this character … We think it's going to be huge."

Tsujhara added that the film has yet to be titled.  

Currently, the working title for the film is "Batman Vs. Superman."  

The "Man of Steel" sequel is set to hit the big screen July 2015.

SEE ALSO: Why Warner Bros. had to pick Ben Affleck to play Batman

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The New 'Harry Potter' Spinoff Movies Are A Terrible Idea

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This week, Warner Bros. announced spinoff films to JK Rowling's popular "Harry Potter" series. Potter fans should be thrilled by the news, right? 

Not so fast. 

If you're expecting, hoping, longing to see Harry, Ron, Hermione, and the rest of the Hogwarts crew reunite on screen, hold your breath.

The new films will be inspired by Rowling's book "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them."

The book is far from an adventurous tale following a young protagonist. Actually, the short 42-page text isn't much of a book at all. 

Rather, "Fantastic Beasts" is an encyclopedia of — you guessed it — beasts filled with penned drawings and clever asides from Harry and Ron in the margins. 

Diehard Potter fans will know it's the book Harry carried around with him during his first year at wizarding school in the premiere novel.

You can check it out in its entirety HERE.

So, what will the new movie be about?

According to the release, the film won't be a prequel or sequel. Instead, it will follow the adventures of the book’s fictitious author, Newt Scamander.

Wait. Who's that?

He must be a relative of Harry, Ron, or maybe even Hagrid, right?

Nope.

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He's just the author of a book published in 1927 that "can be found in most wizarding households."

Essentially, he's the Dante or Charles Darwin of the wizarding community.

So, what's so special about this guy?

He must get into an epic fight with a wizard or have a long-standing feud with others. Maybe he came to a grisly death?

Doesn't happen.

Sounds like he had a pretty boring, normal life.

According to the Harry Potter wiki, he was born in 1897 to a mom who raised hippogriffs (the beast we see Harry ride and mention throughout several books), attended Hogwarts, and was asked to write "Fantastic Beasts" in 1918. 

The most interesting thing about this character is that he travelled to 100 countries to write his book over the course of nine years. 

Clearly, he won't be up against an antagonist the likes of Voldemort.  

It seems pretty clear — unless Rowling rewrites the history of her fictional world — the series will follow Scamander's adventures in finding the mythical beasts that he eventually writes about in his book.

While we may see shots of some cool mythical beasts and dragons, why should we be interested in seeing the crafting of an encyclopedia over the course of nine years on the big screen? 

The spinoff book was a nice complement to the Harry Potter universe but it is really hard to say it could be anything more than that. After the series was over, the book gave fans background on the creatures Harry came across and some insight on the muggle world. 

But that's it. 

As it currently stands, and barring some magic by Rowling, there's been nothing in this announcement that screams to fans to get excited. It would be like getting excited for a Star Wars' spinoff centered around some random character on Tatooine who was never shown in the movies. 

What happened to Harry, Ron, and Hermione's kids adventures at Hogwarts? Maybe that storyline will get picked up in the future, but for now you'll have to settle for the young Charles Darwin of the Harry Potter world.

SEE ALSO: The awesome cover art drawn for Harry Potter's 15th anniversary

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'Grudge Match' First Trailer: Sylvester Stallone And Robert De Niro Return To The Boxing Ring

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Decades after "Rocky" and "Raging Bull," Sylvester Stallone and Robert De Niro face off in new movie "Grudge Match." The first trailer gives a glimpse at their epic return to the boxing ring.

The pair play long-time adversaries who agree to a tiebreaker, 30 years after an unsettled rivalry in the ring.

While the ol' timers plot has been heavily played out recently — "Red 2,""Expendables 2," etc. — the trailer for "Grudge Match" surprises with highly entertaining supporting roles by Alan Arkin and Kevin Hart.

Plus, a brief clip of Stallone in a meat locker hints at fun Easter eggs.

"Grudge Match" hits theaters December 25.

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

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James Gandolfini's Performance In 'Enough Said' Gets Glowing Reviews

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James Gandolfini's second-to-last on-screen performance in "Enough Said" is delighting critics, and redeeming an otherwise clichéd rom-com.

After premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival, the movie nabbed a 100% approval rating on review site Rotten Tomatoes.

"Enough Said" follows two soon-to-be empty-nesters as they prepare for their daughters' departures for college. A romantic spark ignites between the divorcés: Gandolfini as a self-effacing, charming everyman and Julia Louis-Dreyfus as a chatterbox masseuse. Their second chance at love is complicated when Louis-Dreyfus's character discovers her new beau is the ex-husband of a client, who constantly complains about him.

The rom-com's shortcomings — namely, a tired plot twist — are outweighed by the pair's relatable, aww-inducing performances.

Gandolfini is best known for his nine-year stint on "The Sopranos," for which he won three Emmys and a Golden Globe. The New Jersey-born actor died of a heart attack at the age of 51 in June.

Gandolfini's final film, "Animal Rescue," rolls out in 2014.

Here's what the critics are saying about "Enough Said":

Director Nicole Holofcener's personal life is apparent throughout.

The New York Times:

"A good amount of Nicole Holofcener can be found in a Nicole Holofcener movie. The writer and director, who has made five features, draws from personal thoughts and experiences to build her lived-in, reflective comedies."

The plot twist is predictable, but at least Holofcener gets it out of the way early:

Variety:

"While it retains the somewhat shapeless, character-driven story approach that has characterized all the writer-director’s work so far, 'Enough Said' hinges on a plot twist that is fairly guessable from the get-go, making it a relief that the script gets it out of the way early on."

enough said james gandolfini Julia Louis-DreyfusEntertainment Weekly:

"It's a coincidence right out of 'Three's Company,' but 'Enough Said' is deeper and richer than that. It shows us how rare love is — and how we need to grab it and not let it go."

Film Comment:

"Nicole Holofcener’s script is not her strongest, too reliant upon a plot contrivance."

We see a new side of Gandolfini.

 The Hollywood Reporter:

"The performance suggests that the actor had greater range than his prior roles had allowed him to display or develop; to see him reveal such open, good-humored humanity in this film spurs pangs of emotion and sorrow for his passing at unpredictable moments throughout the film."

The Guardian:

"Warmth radiates from Gandolfini throughout the film's 91 minute running time. Despite the many jibes thrown his way by lovers and ex-lovers alike he never once shows even a glimpses of that temper we associate with Gandolfini's most famous character."

Julia Louis-Dreyfus's return to the silver screen is charming, but flawed:

Variety:

"This is Louis-Dreyfus’ first live-action film role since she appeared in Allen’s 'Deconstructing Harry' (1997), and while she’s a frequently delightful presence here, her arsenal of funny expressions and unthinking outbursts at times suggest glib sitcom beats rather than the tics of a fully rounded character."

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"[Louis-Dreyfus] sometimes falls into the familiar mannerisms we've seen in her television work, but for the most part her comedic timing and unexpected vulnerability make you wish we didn't have to wait 16 years to see her on the big screen again."

At the very least, it's incredibly heart-warming:

ScreenDaily:

"It begins to run out of steam in the final third but audiences will happily stay the course because of the emotional investment they have been encouraged to make in the fate of the central duo."

IndieWire:

"There are no big special effects, or visually ambitious sequences, but this is kind of movie we'd take any day of the week over the latest hundred million dollar blockbuster. Holofcener's action centerpiece doesn't involve capes but emotions, and they ring clear and true in a film that touchingly and realistically highlights all we still have to learn about the people we chose to spend our lives with."

"Enough Said" arrives in a limited theater release on September 18.

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SEE ALSO: A Breakdown Of What Will Happen To James Gandolfini's $70 Million Fortune

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The 3 Ingredients To Making A Successful Comic Book Movie Franchise

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What are the ingredients to today’s comic book-based blockbuster movie successes? With films such as "Iron Man,""Man of Steel," and "The Avengers" drawing global attention and unprecedented box office numbers, it may seem like there is a magic formula to follow.

Some might assume that it was the A-list casting, the immense budgets, or the high-quality visual effects that fueled these broad audience spectacles, but based on so many high-profile disappointments of late, it should be clear that nothing can be taken for granted.

Let’s decode Hollywood’s comic book movie franchises to see what the future of comic book films may hold.

Before we peel back the layers into what makes a successful comic book movie franchise, it is important to clarify why comic books are targeted for movies in the first place. To simplify the film selection process as a whole, there is a relevant similarity between a real-estate developer and a movie studio. Movie studios look to invest into projects that are built upon great properties, just as every real-estate developer is looking for a great investment opportunity. Of course, what defines a great investment for a real-estate developer and a movie studio are two different things, however the basic principles are the same: maximize potential revenue and profit from a single property.

A common generalization is that comic book properties are targeted because of their built-in fan bases, or because the comic books serve as storyboards for a movie. While there are instances of titles being chosen for those reasons, many of today’s biggest comic book movie successes have been sourced from not-so-well-known titles such as "Captain America" and "Thor."

So what is attributed to the recent box office success of so many comic book-based movies? The answers are actually much more primitive and obvious than one might think. They include: (1) a great high-concept, 2) a character-driven storyline, and 3) successfully applying the principals of the “Hero’s Journey.” Let’s explore these facets.

1. Great high-concept

A great high-concept is the beating heart of a movie franchise. Whether it is a comic book movie or not, the high-concept is defined as a basic premise that appeals to a wide audience.

the dark knight batmanMany films live and die by the strength of their high-concept and whether they appeal to a broad audience. Thinking back on various films like "Spider-Man,""Iron Man," and "The Dark Knight," it is clear that every story is defined by a high-concept: a bite from a radioactive spider on a school field trip gives Peter Parker superpowers; a billionaire engineer Tony Stark builds an armor suit to escape capture and eventually uses it to save the world, and; after the murder of his parents, a wealthy industrialist devises a bat suit and takes Gotham City justice into his own hands. The next step is connecting each concept with a unique and globally-identifiable character.

2. Character-driven storyline

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Storytelling is one of the most primitive forms of communication in the world. As a source of entertainment in every culture, storytelling creates a universal connection that attempts to understand human existence and the human condition. In movies, ensuring every story has easily identifiable characters is the difference between box office success and failure, regardless of the strength of the high-concept.

Both "R.I.P.D." and "Green Lantern" are examples of films that, despite a great cast and big budgets, failed to deliver strong characters and as a result suffered at the box office. With strong characters, the next step is adapting the story to properly emphasize the “Hero’s Journey.”

3. Application of "Hero's Journey"

tobey macguire spider-man 3Not everyone is familiar with the “Hero’s Journey,” as defined by American scholar Joseph Campbell (1904-1987). This narrative pattern is the backbone of modern literature and can be found in many of the greatest pieces of literature and film throughout history. Mr. Campbell identified that the human experience revolves around ordinary people being called upon in extraordinary circumstances and which is a recurring theme in all cultures.

Following the “Hero’s Journey” helps audiences subscribe to a character’s adventure in a personal way, and stories that are built upon this model have a better chance of achieving audience appeal. When a film has universal appeal, there is a better chance for box office success.

A strong and original high-concept, character-driven story and a “Hero’s Journey” is in the DNA of every major comic book movie success. Of course, there are many other external factors at play, including casting, marketing and a director’s ability to deliver a unique perspective.

However, at the heart of each film, the story and its characters must be relatable.

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As an example, when Disney acquired Marvel Comics, many naysayers pointed to a catalog comprised of secondary characters that would be difficult to attract the fan base that surrounds well-known characters like "Spider-Man." However, by properly adapting each high-concept, creating an emotional connection, and closely following the principles of the “Hero’s Journey,” each Marvel Studios release since their acquisition has been rewarded with remarkable box office success.

Comic books provide an endless resource of ideas that can be adapted for film and other forms of entertainment. However, without the combination of these three tenets, the greatness of each story may never be realized on the big screen. 

Jesse Berger is the co-founder and Executive Vice President of Radical Studios, a Los Angeles-based entertainment company, that specializes in developing and adapting stories and characters for licensing across the media landscape.

SEE ALSO: Here's What It's Like Being The Stunt Double Behind Batman, Thor, And James Bond

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'Prisoner' Reviews: Hugh Jackman's 'Oscar-Worthy' Performance

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Early reviews for Hugh Jackman's upcoming thriller "Prisoners" are out and they're overwhelming positive.  

After a few slow weeks at the box office, this will be the first big film of the fall. 

Jackman stars as Keller Dove, a man who's six-year-old daughter and friend are kidnapped on Thanksgiving. Jake Gyllenhaal plays Detective Loki the cop in charge of the investigation. Dove takes justice into his own hands when he kidnaps the suspected kidnapper.  

It sounds and looks like "Taken" meets "Hostel."

"Prisoners" comes from director Denis Villeneuve who's 2010 film "Incendies" was nominated for an Oscar.

Here's what you need to know before seeing the film:

An overwhelming number of reviews say Hugh Jackman gives "what honestly might be his best performance."

Hitfix's Kristopher Tapley even highlights that Jackman's desperation as a father could possibly lend itself to Oscar talk.  Stephen Farber of "The Hollywood Reporter," (THR) says Jackman delivers a satisfyingly intense performance by "illuminat[ing] the character’s conflicted nature without ever begging for sympathy." 

While Variety's Scott Foundas calls it a performance "void of vanity or the desire to be loved by the audience" making every moment must-watch.

But don't count out Gyllenhaal. He's great, too.

gyllenhaal prisonersEW's Owen Gleiberman says the Gyllenhall "redefines himself" by breaking out of a nice-guy cliché.  

Foundas notes this film shows the actor's range when comparing his performance in "Prisoners" with that of his previous role in "Zodiac." 

Best of all, the film isn't predictable. 

Practically everyone from EW to Variety and agrees that the plot twists and turns are original, leading up to what Farber calls an unpredictable ending.

Foundas says Villeneuve delivers in his first English debut"without ever resorting to cheap shock effects or compromising the integrity of the human drama."

Tapley of Hitfix describes the film's payoff best calling it "a patient film, almost painful in its suspense, and as mentioned, unafraid of pushing to an arguably unnecessary length."

The music 

Variety also points out a score from composer Johann Johannsson helps pull the dark theme together with "haunting, mournful notes."

Complaints

Despite the great reviews, Time critic Richard Corliss says not to buy the hype saying the film suffers from some "ludicrous" dialogue.  

"The needless padding comes from the actors repeating essential lines of dialogue two or three times — you know, because that’s what real people do," writes Corliss. 

The Telegraph's Tim Robey says a "major disappointment" is how little Maria Bello and Viola Davis get to show off their prowess"though both make hay with the few significant moments dispensed."

Overall consensus: See it

The screenplay, from Aaron Guzikowski, has been floating around for nearly a decade in Hollywood, so many were happy to see it come to the big screen. If you love watching Jackman on screen or are fans of similar-sounding films "Se7en" and "Zodiac,""Prisoners" sounds like a solid thriller. 

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Warner Bros. Warned Ben Affleck He May Receive Backlash Over Batman Casting

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ben affleck late night jimmy fallonWhen Ben Affleck was cast as Batman in the upcoming "Man of Steel" sequel, it was no secret the Twitterverse wasn't happy with the news

However, Affleck wasn't surprised by all the negative feedback. He expected it.

While on "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" earlier this week, Affleck explained that Warner Bros. warned him the casting news may not go over well with fanboys. To prep him, they showed him reactions previous cast members received and told him not to go on the Internet for a few days.

Affleck shrugged it off, saying he wasn't too worried.

"I'm a big boy," says Affleck."If I can handle an Emmy snub, I can handle anything."

Of course, the actor didn't listen and when he saw the first feedback, he didn't like what he saw.

Watch the interview below.

Affleck begins talking about Batman after the 1:45 mark.

SEE ALSO: Why Warner Bros. had to pick Ben Affleck to play Batman

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