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  1. Harvey Weinstein Responds to Lupita Nyong'o's Sexual Harassment Accusations

    Calvin Klein Collection - Front Row - September 2017 - New York Fashion WeekHarvey Weinstein decided to fire back after Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o's powerful op-ed accusing him of harassment.

    Yesterday, the "12 Years a Slave," "Star Wars," and "Black Panther" star posted a piece for the New York Times called "Speaking out About Harvey Weinstein," sharing her own experience at the hands of the producer she first met back in 2011.

    Lupita Nyong'o writes in @nytopinion: What Harvey Weinstein did to me https://t.co/ry4oC28WQF pic.twitter.com/UbNEA2et16

    — The New York Times (@nytimes) October 20, 2017

    Not long after their first meeting at an awards ceremony in Berlin, Nyong'o says Weinstein invited her to a screening of a film at his home in Westport, Connecticut. Nyong'o's account has Weinstein introducing her to his children, then -- in the middle of the film screening -- having her follow him up to his bedroom where he asked her to give him a massage. She said she panicked and thought maybe she could offer to give him a massage instead to allow her to control him physically and know where his hands were at all times.

    Here's more of the story from there:

    Lupita Nyong'o is the latest to come forward with her story of harassment by Harvey Weinstein. pic.twitter.com/XGgsiP9p5q

    — Pop Crave (@PopCrave) October 20, 2017


    Read her full op-ed, which goes into great detail on her other Weinstein encounters -- including Weinstein trying to pressure her into joining him in his private room -- ending with this paragraph:

    "Now that we are speaking, let us never shut up about this kind of thing. I speak up to make certain that this is not the kind of misconduct that deserves a second chance. I speak up to contribute to the end of the conspiracy of silence."


    Weinstein shared his own response to the op-ed through a representative (via Entertainment Weekly):

    "Mr. Weinstein has a different recollection of the events, but believes Lupita is a brilliant actress and a major force for the industry. Last year, she sent a personal invitation to Mr. Weinstein to see her in her Broadway show Eclipsed."

    Don't expect a full back-and-forth on the issue, since a rep for Nyong'o told EW she has "no further comment."

    Dozens of actresses have come forward in the past week with allegations against Harvey Weinstein. Some of the stories have been similar to Nyong'o's, while others have gone further, alleging sexual assault. A rep for the producer previously said, "Any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr. Weinstein."

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  2. 'Geostorm' Tracking to Make Less in Opening Weekend Than It Spent on Reshoots: Report

    Ouch. "The Snowman" may have to hold "Geostorm's" beer when it comes to the weekend's biggest flop.

    Yeah, even "The Snowman" director is taking shots at his own film (which has a Rotten Tomatoes rating of 10 percent), but that movie only had a production budget of around $35 million, so if it fails at the box office it won't be a huge disaster. "Geostorm," on the other hand, has a 13 percent RT rating and cost a lot more.

    Here's a dismal assessment from The Hollywood Reporter, on how "Geostorm" is expected to perform in its North American debut:

    "Marking 'Independence Day' producer Dean Devlin's feature directorial debut, Geostorm is tracking to open in the $10 million to $12 million range, a dismal start for a film that cost at least $120 million to produce. The troubled production required $15 million in significant reshoots, with producer Jerry Bruckheimer brought aboard to help.

    In the long-delayed disaster epic, the world's climate change control system — a network of satellites built to prevent natural disasters and keep the human population safe — goes haywire, and a satellite engineer (Gerard Butler) must fix the problem before a worldwide geostorm is unleashed. Jim Sturgess, Ed Harris, Andy Garcia and Zazie Beetz also star.

    'Geostorm,' which may also have a hard time topping holdover 'Happy Death Day,' isn't being screened in advance for critics, nor will it hold Thursday-night previews."

    That's ... not good, but it's also just a prediction. It could be way off. Plus, that's just tracking the domestic box office. The real money these days is being made overseas, and it's very possible the international reception for "Geostorm" will be much warmer.

    All told, though, fans aren't expecting much from this weekend, beyond a race to the bottom for the two big openings:

    Look, everyone's giving The Snowman one hell of a kicking right now but let's see how shite Geostorm is before calling 2017 Worst Film, eh?

    — Leonard Sultana (@lennyukdeejay) October 20, 2017

    I worry that all the talk about The Snowman will overshadow Geostorm, which also looks awesomely bad.

    — Grantlandish (@Grantlandish) October 20, 2017

    Hearing both Geostorm and The Snowman are beyond awful. Double feature?

    — (((Kyle Huckins))) (@KyleHuckins213) October 19, 2017

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  3. 'Stranger Things' & 'IT' Star Finn Wolfhard Dumps Agent Accused of Sexual Assault

    The Hollywood Reporter And SAG-AFTRA Inaugural Emmy Nominees Night Presented By American Airlines, Breguet, And Dacor - Red CarpFinn Wolfhard shot to fame thanks to two horror projects, but he's not playing around when it comes to real-life horrors.

    Wolfhard -- who plays Mike Wheeler in the Netflix series "Stranger Things," and RIchie Tozier in the hit movie "IT" -- just left his agent and agency. According to TheWrap, Wolfhard was Tyler Grasham's biggest client, but the actor is no longer signed with him or the Agency for the Performing Arts. A source close to Wolfhard told Deadline the 14-year-old star left Grasham because of the sexual assault allegations against him.

    Two men recently came forward alleging the APA agent sexually assaulted them. Former actor Blaise Godbe Lipman, now 28, accused Grasham of plying him with alcohol and sexually assaulting him when he was a teenager. After that, Lucas Ozarowski, now a 27-year-old film and TV editor, told Deadline the same thing happened to him. An agency spokesperson told outlets, "APA takes these allegations extremely seriously and is investigating this matter."

    Meanwhile, Wolfhard is now promoting "Stranger Things" Season 2, which premieres on Netflix next Friday, Oct. 27.

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  4. Whoa, Is That Christian Bale and Amy Adams as Dick and Lynne Cheney?!

    Eleventh Annual AFI Awards - ReceptionChristian Bale and Amy Adams are well-used to losing themselves into roles, but this might be their biggest transformations yet.

    Photos from the set of Adam McKay's untitled Dick Cheney biopic are circulating, showing the two actors looking unrecognizable as the former vice president and his wife, Lynne.

    That's Christian Bale, not the real Dick Cheney in this photo https://t.co/5mDJeP0W0F pic.twitter.com/HkAGzsnyHG

    — Comfortably Smug (@ComfortablySmug) October 19, 2017

    Look What We Made Amy Adams Do pic.twitter.com/N0oNIWXQQY

    — Jon (@prasejeebus) October 20, 2017

    Bale has undergone major transformations before, losing tons of weight for "The Machinist" and bulking up for "The Dark Knight." But along with his own weight gain and hair and makeup effects, the actor could easily be Cheney's long-lost twin. In that power suit and wig, Adams also looks like a replica of Lynne Cheney.

    McKay is better known for his comedies ("Anchorman," "Talladega Nights") but found success in more dramatic fare with the Oscar-nominated "Big Short." He's stacked the cast with Steve Carell as Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, Tyler Perry as Colin Powell, Alison Pill as daughter Mary Cheney, and Sam Rockwell as President George W. Bush.

    Production is still underway on the untitled film, and there is no release date. But it's not hard to see this making a splash in the 2018 awards season.

  5. Nicolas Cage Not Happy About Being the Face of Japanese Snack

    In some of the oddest Nicolas Cage news ever, he's currently denying he endorsed a Japanese snack with his face on it. The Japanese corn snacks were set to be handed out to advance ticket buyers of his "Army of One," a comedy about one man's hunt for Osama Bin Laden.

    What corn snacks have to do with hunting terrorists, we're not quite sure. We're also not sure who would want these treats or who authorized them in the first place.

    Earlier this month, Umaibo tweeted out an image of the "Deluxe Umaibo Nicolastick" featuring Cage's face. Then FilmNation, international distributor of the movie (which is also called "Bin Laden is My Target"), issued a statement denying that Cage had endorsed the product, which translates to "delicious stick."

    A spokesperson for Tokyo-based Yaokin, the Umaibo's sales company, told THR that they were surprised to hear about FilmNation's statement: "It wasn't that our company or Riska, the manufacturer, just decided to make them. We were asked to do it by the film distribution company. We've done them for loads of films in the past, all the way back to a Sylvester Stallone one for 'Rambo,' with no problems."

    Looks like you missed your chance to get your hands on a Nicolasticks: Only 600 were made in the first place. They've now been withdrawn in favor of a postcard giveaway.

    THR points out that Cage previously did a series of ads for Pachinko machines, where he sang this little ditty: "My favorite things: blue jeans, a red-haired girl, sweet peanut butter, a cup of tea and a good book, a dance with a reindeer and also... PACHINKO.... yeah, PACHINKO!"

    [Via THR]

  6. 'The Snowman' Director Knows The Movie Sucks, Blames 'Abrupt' Shoot

    Move over "The Emoji Movie" and "The Mummy." Michael Fassbender's new serial killer thriller "The Snowman" is being called the worst movie of the year.

    The reviews have been savage. The Globe and Mail called it "completely, atrociously, perhaps even impressively, stupid." Detroit News dubbed it "the most puzzlingly bad movie of the year." The Seattle Times noted, "The first half-hour feels like there's no plot at all, just a highlights reel of Random Norwegian Crime Films In Which Everything Is Ominous and Everyone Looks Really Cold."

    It currently holds an 11% Critics Score on Rotten Tomatoes, with audiences ranking it an ice cold 30%.

    Director Tomas Alfredson, who previously brought us the acclaimed "Let the Right One In," explained what went wrong. Which was pretty much everything.

    He told the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (translated by The Independent). "We didn't get the whole story with us and when we started cutting we discovered that a lot was missing. It's like when you're making a big jigsaw puzzle and a few pieces are missing so you don't see the whole picture."

    Alfredson added the the greenlight to shoot came "very abruptly," and that about 10-15 percent of the screenplay wasn't even filmed. Which makes for a lot of plot holes.

    Many critics noted that the movie makes no sense and the ending comes out of nowhere. As critic Robert Horton wrote, the story (based on the novel by Jo Nesbø) "might have been confusing even if the movie didn't appear to have been edited with an immersion blender."

    It's the latest disappointingly reviewed movie for Fassbender, whose "Assassin's Creed" and "The Light Between Oceans" (with now-wife Alicia Vikander), also failed to impress.

    [Via EW, Rotten Tomatoes]

  7. J.J Abrams Vows To Take 'Star Wars' Somewhere We've Never Seen

    J.J. AbramsJ.J. Abrams promises we'll be traveling "elsewhere" in "Star Wars: Episode IX."

    While talking to the BBC with composer Michael Giacchino, Abrams said, "Well, it's certainly something that I'm aware of now working on 'Episode IX' — coming back into this world after having done 'Episode VII.' I feel like we need to approach this with the same excitement that we had when we were kids, loving what these movies were."

    And with that excitement comes the pressure to not repeat himself. "We have to take them places that they haven't gone, and that's sort of our responsibility," he said.

    Speaking about Giacchino, who's worked with Abrams many times and won an Oscar for his score for "Up," Abrams said, "It's a strange thing -– Michael's worked on things like '[Dawn Of The] Planet of the Apes' and 'Star Trek' and 'Star Wars,' and these are the things of dreams. Yet we can't just revel in that; we have to go elsewhere."

    Abrams stepped in to replace fired director Colin Trevorrow in September. That change-up means that "Episode IX," which was originally scheduled for May 29, 2019, won't be released until December 20, 2019.
  8. Emilio Estevez Is Hollywood's Most Profitable Star, According To New Study

    Emilio EstevezEmilio Estevez is Hollywood's most profitable star ... if you go back to 1980.

    A new study by something called PartyCasino analyzed box office numbers and declared the former Brat Packer the most profitable of any top-billed male actor who starred in at least 10 films from 1980 to 2017. Gotta be those "Mighty Ducks" dollars.

    According to the study, for every $1 spent on his films, Estevez generated $6.70 at the box office. The runners-up will also surprise you: Jean-Claude Van Damme ranked second with $4.20 for each dollar, followed by Mel Gibson ($3.50) and Tyler Perry ($3). (Perry's latest film, "'Boo 2! A Madea Halloween" is expected to top the box office this weekend.) "10" star Dudley Moore (who died in 2002) tied Perry with a $3 per film return.

    So who's the least profitable? Only A-lister Brad Pitt! He supposedly returned only 10 cents for every $1 spent, followed by Johnny Depp (20 cents), Robert De Niro (24 cents), Hugh Jackman (25 cents), and Anthony Hopkins (26 cents).

    The study also crunched numbers for actresses, but as a representative told the New York Post, "women, unfortunately, are less likely to be the top-billed actor for a movie." Still, of the women they counted, Rose Byrne -- whose films include "Bridesmaids," "X-Men: First Class," and "Neighbors" -- was the most profitable with a whopping $9.80 for every budgeted dollar.

    She was followed up by "Girls Trip" star Regina Hall ($3.50) and Oscar winner Octavia Spencer ($2.90). Get those women more jobs, stat!

    As for highest-earning genres, "mystery films" topped the list, followed by horror films and thrillers. Hard to believe, but documentaries returned almost four times more money than action films. At the bottom of the list? "Crime pictures" and musicals. (Sorry, Best Picture Winner "Chicago.")

    [Via Variety, THR]

  9. Harvey Weinstein Scandal: Quentin Tarantino Says He Should Have 'Taken Responsibility'

    LA Premiere Of Dimension Film's 'Grindhouse'Since the Harvey Weinstein scandal caught national attention in early October, Hollywood's biggest names have been quick to condemn the now-disgraced film producer. Director Quentin Tarantino, however, asked for more time to "process" before speaking publicly.

    Now that the filmmaker has taken the time to sort through what he described as his "pain, emotions, anger and memory," he has discussed the controversy. Tarantino opened up to The New York Times on Wednesday, and what he revealed isn't pretty. He admitted that after decades of friendship and collaboration with Weinstein, he knew some of these allegations weren't just rumors.

    "There was more to it than just the normal rumors, the normal gossip," he told The Times. "It wasn't secondhand. I knew he did a couple of these things."

    Tarantino knew, for example, about the settlement between Weinstein and actress Rose McGowan. (She recently publicly accused Weinstein of rape; he denies all allegations of nonconsensual sex.) Additionally, Tarantino had heard stories of other misconduct, including from his former girlfriend Mira Sorvino.

    "I knew enough to do more than I did," he said.

    The problem, he told The Times, was that he did not "take responsibility" for what he knew, as he wanted to continue working with Weinstein. He said he was not aware of the more serious allegations, such as rape, but in hindsight, he regrets his inaction.

    "What I did was marginalize the incidents," he said. "Anything I say now will sound like a crappy excuse."

    The scandal has left Weinstein's legacy tarnished, but it is still unclear what Tarantino's knowledge of the situation will do to his.

    [via: The New York Times]

  10. October Has Reminded 'Halloweentown' Fans How Mad They Are That Marnie Was Recast

    7th Annual Milk + Bookies' Story Time CelebrationOctober has reopened a major wound for "Halloweentown" fans.

    The Disney Channel Original Movie and the series it spawned are nearly two decades old, but fans haven't forgotten what they've deemed an unforgivable sin: the recasting of the heroine, teen witch Marnie. Kimberly J. Brown starred in the lead role in the first three movies, but Sara Paxton took up her broomstick in the fourth, "Return to Halloweentown." Now that October is here, fans have been reminded of just how angry they still are about the change, and they are not suffering in silence.

    There are tweets from almost every single day of the month so far, and their frequency and intensity have ramped up. People are blaming the Marnie change for everything from trust issues to lasting bitterness. OG Marnie fans are never going to forgive Disney, even though the fourth movie came out 11 years ago. Seriously -- see for yourself.

    It's about time to watch Halloweentown 1, 2, and 3 but NOT 4 because they disgraced Marnie

    — Chameleon Phoenix (@j_flint186) October 2, 2017

    So who wants to have a Halloweentown marathon—but like minus the last one where they thought it was ok to switch out the OG Marnie Piper????

    — bailee (@baileellama) October 3, 2017

    When halloweentown literally changed the actress that played marnie ???? #NotMyMarnie

    — Sophia Ray (@sopharay) October 4, 2017

    hey remember when they got a new actress to play Marnie in the 4th Halloweentown & thought everyone would be cool with it. yupp, still salty

    — Kelly Cloak (@kellycloak) October 5, 2017

    i'll NEVER forgive disney for changing marnie in the last halloweentown movie. one of the worst mistakes they've ever done

    — bee 🌹 (@holyarigrande) October 6, 2017

    Still not over how Disney Channel tried to subtly change the actress that played Marnie in Return to Halloweentown

    — Lyd (@lyd_grace) October 7, 2017

    It honestly bothers me that there is a completely different Marnie Cromwell in the last Halloweentown movie.

    — Brooklynne Bryant (@Brooklynne0816) October 9, 2017

    When Disney thought we wouldn't notice that Marnie Piper was a whole new person in Halloweentown pic.twitter.com/QpS31yJ736

    — Kylie Rebecca (@kyliedejulis) October 9, 2017

    i will never forgive disney channel for recasting marnie in halloweentown

    — spooky lil twink (@oraltwjnk) October 10, 2017

    the reason I have trust issues is because they changed the actress who played Marnie in Halloweentown and thought I wouldn't notice..

    — Ełena Pappanastøs (@bigPAPPA_17) October 11, 2017

    I WILL NEVER FORGIVE DISNEY CHANNEL FOR REPLACING THE OG MARNIE IN THE LAST HALLOWEENTOWN HOW COULD YOU!!!!

    — gail (@AbbyyRyann) October 13, 2017

    I'm still mad they changed who played Marnie in the last Halloweentown. pic.twitter.com/2HKLh7iK8X

    — Olivia H (@oliviagh98) October 13, 2017

    It's been 11 years and I'm still mad that they changed the character of Marnie in Return to Halloweentown.

    — romy piovan (@romromdiggity) October 14, 2017

    I just think it's funny how they changed the actress that plays Marnie in "Return to Halloweentown" and thought we wouldn't notice https://t.co/uHDqjv4tLq

    — Pierce Carey (@piercecarey) October 15, 2017

    Good afternoon to everyone except the person who decided to recast Marnie in Halloweentown 4

    — lindsay (@lindsayholic) October 18, 2017

    I don't think I'll ever get over the fact that they recast Marnie Piper in Return to Halloweentown

    — Bekka (@RebekkaRalston) October 19, 2017

    There is no undoing the past, but Brown's fans will be happy to know that the actress recently reunited with members of the "Halloweentown" cast -- in Halloweentown. Yes, the town is fictional, but they went back to their old stomping grounds, otherwise known as St. Helen, Oregon, where they filmed the first movie. They attended the annual Spirit of Halloweentown festival, and Brown posted a picture on Instagram of the special event.

    It turns out the real Marnie never left us.

  11. 'Get Out' Leads 2017 Gotham Awards Nominees (and May Be On Track for Oscar Glory)

    The Independent Filmmaker Project announced its nominations for the 2017 Gotham Awards on Thursday, officially kicking off awards season (yes, in October). And while this list of honorees is just the first in what will be a deluge of nominations set to flood the film world over the next few months, some critics are saying that these nominees are an early indication of some dark horse favorites to land on the Academy's shortlist come Oscar time.

    "Get Out" led the pack of 2017 Gotham nominees with four nods, cited for best feature, the breakthrough director award (for "Key and Peele" star Jordan Peele, making his feature directorial debut), best screenplay (Peele), and best actor (Daniel Kaluuya). Rounding out the nominees for best feature were "Call Me by Your Name," "The Florida Project," "Good Time," and "I, Tonya" (which just released its excellent first teaser trailer).

    Both IndieWire and Variety suggest that several Gotham nominees have a decent shot at scoring Oscar nods when those are revealed in January. IndieWire thinks breakthrough actress nominee Mary J. Blige ("Mudbound") is "a lock" for a best supporting actress nomination, while Variety says there's a very good chance both Margot Robbie ("I, Tonya") and Saoirse Ronan ("Lady Bird") will be in best actress consideration. And both publications seem to agree that "Get Out" could be due for some major Oscar glory, with these early nominations setting the stage for many more accolades (and perhaps Academy Award citations) to follow.

    It's still incredibly early, of course, and awards season darlings can change on a dime. But it's always fun to speculate about who we'll be seeing walk the red carpet next on Hollywood's biggest night next March.

    The 27th annual Gotham Awards will take place on November 27. The full list of nominees and honorees is below.

    Best Feature
    Call Me by Your Name (Sony Pictures Classics)
    The Florida Project (A24)
    Get Out (Universal Pictures)
    Good Time (A24)
    I, Tonya (NEON)

    Best Documentary
    Ex Libris – The New York Public Library (Zipporah Films)
    Rat Film (MEMORY and Cinema Guild)
    Strong Island (Netflix)
    Whose Streets? (Magnolia Pictures)
    The Work (The Orchard and First Look Media)

    Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director Award
    Maggie Betts for Novitiate (Sony Pictures Classics)
    Greta Gerwig for Lady Bird (A24)
    Kogonada for Columbus (Superlative Films/Depth of Field)
    Jordan Peele for Get Out (Universal Pictures)
    Joshua Z Weinstein for Menashe (A24)

    Best Screenplay
    The Big Sick, Emily V. Gordon and Kumail Nanjiani (Amazon Studios)
    Brad's Status, Mike White (Amazon Studios)
    Call Me by Your Name, James Ivory (Sony Pictures Classics)
    Columbus, Kogonada (Superlative Films/Depth of Field)
    Get Out, Jordan Peele (Universal Pictures)
    Lady Bird, Greta Gerwig (A24)

    Best Actor*
    Willem Dafoe in The Florida Project (A24)
    James Franco in The Disaster Artist (A24)
    Daniel Kaluuya in Get Out (Universal Pictures)
    Robert Pattinson in Good Time (A24)
    Adam Sandler in The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) (Netflix)
    Harry Dean Stanton in Lucky (Magnolia Pictures)

    Best Actress*
    Melanie Lynskey in I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore (Netflix)
    Haley Lu Richardson in Columbus (Superlative Films/Depth of Field)
    Margot Robbie in I, Tonya (NEON)
    Saoirse Ronan in Lady Bird (A24)
    Lois Smith in Marjorie Prime (FilmRise)

    Breakthrough Actor
    Mary J. Blige in Mudbound (Netflix)
    Timothée Chalamet in Call Me by Your Name (Sony Pictures Classics)
    Harris Dickinson in Beach Rats (NEON)
    Kelvin Harrison, Jr. in It Comes at Night (A24)
    Brooklynn Prince in The Florida Project (A24)

    * The 2017 Best Actor/Best Actress nominating committee also voted to award a special Gotham Jury Award for ensemble performance to Mudbound, The award will go to actors Carey Mulligan, Garrett Hedlund, Jason Clarke, Jason Mitchell, Mary J. Blige, Rob Morgan, and Jonathan Banks.

    Breakthrough Series – Long Form
    Atlanta (FX Networks)
    Better Things (FX Networks)
    Dear White People (Netflix)
    Fleabag (Amazon)
    Search Party (TBS)

    Breakthrough Series – Short Form
    555 (Vimeo)
    Inconceivable (YouTube)
    Junior (Blackpills and VICE)
    Let Me Die a Nun, (Vimeo)
    The Strange Eyes of Dr. Myes (YouTube)

  12. New 'Bohemian Rhapsody' Set Photo Proves Rami Malek Was Born to Play Freddie Mercury

    Bohemian Rhapsody†Rami MalekIt's tough to imagine anyone being able to adequately portray Freddie Mercury, the late Queen frontman with the iconic voice and flamboyant personality to match. But it looks like Rami Malek, who's playing Mercury in upcoming biopic "Bohemian Rhapsody," is doing a pretty great job so far.

    A new set photo of Malek in character, taken by director Bryan Singer, has surfaced online, and like the first promo photo from the flick, it's a pretty convincing portrait of the actor transforming himself into the musician. The snap, which Singer posted to Instagram, features Malek rocking out mid-performance, one arm outstretched while he strikes a very Mercury pose.

    Couldn't help myself and had to post this iPhone pic

    A post shared by Bryan Singer (@bryanjaysinger) on

    It truly is an uncanny resemblance, something Malek noticed, too, after he first saw himself in hair and makeup.

    "When you're able to open your eyes and see a different person staring back at you in the mirror, it's a very affirming moment," the actor previously told Entertainment Weekly.

    It looks like accuracy is extremely important to the production (those red leather pants Malek is sporting are taken straight from a Queen European tour), and Singer hasn't been shy about sharing some behind the scenes snaps while shooting. We're looking forward to getting some more sneak peeks from the director while we wait for the film to hit theaters.

    "Bohemian Rhapsody" is slated for release on December 25, 2018.

    [via: Bryan Singer/Instagram]

  13. Margot Robbie Skates Past the Haters in First 'I, Tonya' Teaser

    We've only gotten a few brief glimpses of Aussie actress Margot Robbie in character as disgraced American figure skater Tonya Harding, but what we've seen so far has been extremely promising. Now, the first teaser trailer for the biopic "I, Tonya" is finally here, and it definitely lives up to the hype.

    The short clip features voiceover from Robbie-as-Harding, lamenting the "bullsh*t" double standard of skating fans adoring her one minute, then turning their backs on her the next.

    "America -- they want someone to love," Harding says. "But they want someone to hate."

    We see that dichotomy clearly in the teaser, which predominantly features footage from Harding's crowning achievement as a skater: Landing a triple axle jump at the 1991 U.S. Figure Skating Championship, the first time a woman successfully completed the skill in competition. But there are cuts to darker moments, too, namely the infamous 1994 attack on rival Nancy Kerrigan, perpetrated by Harding's estranged husband (played by a mustachioed Sebastian Stan), which earned the skater a lifetime ban from the sport. (Harding has maintained that she didn't know about the plot until after it was carried out.)

    "I, Tonya" was hailed by critics when it hit the film festival circuit earlier this year, and Robbie and Allison Janney (who plays Tonya's mother, LaVona Golden) are generating serious Oscar buzz. Based on this short tease, we have reason to believe that Robbie especially will definitely earn those accolades.

    "I, Tonya" opens in limited release in New York City and Los Angeles on December 8. A wide release date has not been announced yet.

  14. Marvel's New 'The Punisher' Trailer Finally Reveals Premiere Date & DC Won't Like It

    Oh, Marvel, you can be so savage.

    Netflix has been teasing and teasing Jon Bernthal's "The Punisher" series, only just now revealing the premiere date at the end of the second official trailer.

    It's Friday, November 17.

    Yes, kids. That's the same day that DC is premiering "Justice League."

    Coincidence? Please. This is first class Marvel vs. DC fanboy trolling. And it worked.

    BEN AFFLECK'S AGENT: "Mr.Affleck Marvel is releasing #ThePunisher the same day Justice League arrives in theaters"

    AFFLECK:... pic.twitter.com/A8n6jxLdUW

    — BRUTO MARS (@BronxSaint) October 19, 2017

    Only the @ThePunisher would have the crazy balls to take on the freaking Justice League November 17th!!! OMG.... #thepunisher pic.twitter.com/Yh27jINobe

    — AKASAN (@akasan) October 19, 2017

    When you realize that #ThePunisher releases on the same day as Justice League pic.twitter.com/yZvvviH17c

    — Pedro Parker 🕸 (@AgentSpiderMan) October 19, 2017

    But releasing #ThePunisher on the Justice League release date is petty. For such a big brand Marvel Netflix tries to be, why y'all sweating?

    — EJ Moreno (@EJKhryst) October 19, 2017

    Marvel legit letting off shots at Justice League by releasing #ThePunisher on 11/17. pic.twitter.com/fYq4MpzaOb

    — Sugar, Water, Purple (@TheArnold_SoM) October 19, 2017

    The Punisher will be released on the same day as Justice League! That's gonna be a great frickin' day. #ThePunisher #JusticeLeague

    — NerdFeed (@NerdFeedUK) October 19, 2017

    Watch the new trailer:Here's Marvel/Netflix's synopsis for "The Punisher":

    "After exacting revenge on those responsible for the death of his wife and children, Frank Castle (Jon Bernthal) uncovers a conspiracy that runs far deeper than New York's criminal underworld. Now known throughout the city as The Punisher, he must discover the truth about injustices that affect more than his family alone.

    Marvel's The Punisher premieres globally November 17, only on Netflix."

    Bernthal's Frank Castle made his Marvel Cinematic Universe debut in "Daredevil" Season 2. He was popular enough to get his own standalone series.

    Fans previously guessed wrong about "The Punisher" premiere date, but now that it's a showdown, it'll be interesting to see how people spend that Friday night. Here's everything else opening Nov. 17.

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  15. David Harbour Was Told He Was 'Too Fat to Play The Blob' in 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine'

    The 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards - Media ComplexDavid Harbour has become a surprise sex symbol as Chief Jim Hopper on "Stranger Things," but he too has been body-shamed in Hollywood.

    In a new interview with Women's Health, Harbour, now age 42, talked about what he finds sexy -- including "love handles and eating sandwiches." But apparently not everyone in Hollywood agrees, even when the job is to play The Blob:

    "I auditioned to play The Blob in a Wolverine X-Men movie, and at the end of the audition, I squeezed my stomach and was like, 'I got your Blob right here!' Then I met with the director and he said, 'David, you're a wonderful actor, but we're worried about your health.' I was like, 'What do you mean, man?' And he was like, 'We saw you had some fat, and we're worried you're not healthy enough to carry the suit.' I was like, 'Dude, you're telling me I'm too fat to play The Blob?' The irony was priceless."

    It's also ironic that directors apparently worry over the health of actors with a few extra pounds, but have no problem telling actresses to lose 15 pounds in two weeks.

    Anyway, that job he mentioned went to actor Kevin Durand, who played The Blob in the 2009 movie "X-Men Origins: Wolverine."

    Since he was talking to Women's Health, and he's now on a lot of women's radars as a celeb crush, Harbour also opened up on what he's looking for in a partner:

    "I'm easily swept away, but I'm trying not to be as much. I'm better at the fantasy of relationships that I am at the daily real life, but I'm trying to steer myself into a realist. What I find more exciting now is sharp, intelligent, insightful women. People who are deep thinkers, who have sort of a weird way of looking at the universe, are wildly attractive to me. So if I can find one of those gals who can stand me, then maybe I might have something."

    Sounds very good so far. And here's more, with his argument in favor of bringing back love handles:

    "I think about the sexuality of various generations, and I feel like we're getting less sexy. I look back to the '70s and '80s and of course we always want to see a beautiful body, but there's something about showing the sexuality of someone who lives their life, somebody who knows how to eat a sandwich, who occasionally lets this kind of demon out of them - I want more of that. Those are the people I find sexy. I want to bring love handles and eating sandwiches back."

    He'll probably find a lot of takers on that one. You can watch Hopper back in action when "Stranger Things" returns for Season 2 next Friday, Oct. 27 on Netflix.

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  16. Looks Like Anna Faris Has a New Boyfriend After Split From Chris Pratt

    Premiere Of Columbia Pictures' 'Passengers' - ArrivalsHow do you move on after marriage to a Marvel hero? You go out to some fancy dinners and a fun carnival, at least if you're Anna Faris.

    Faris and Chris Pratt announced their separation in August -- which isn't necessarily when they split, just when they made it public -- and Faris has been spotted out on what looks like some dates with cinematographer Michael Barrett. The two reportedly met while filming her upcoming remake of the movie "Overboard."

    According to E!, Anna, 40, and Michael, 47, were spotted dining at an Italian restaurant in L.A. twice in the span of two days, with some unnamed spy saying it looked "like a date." (Sidenote to wonder about these people who watch celebrities eat. Is this its own paying job?) The first night, a source said they were laughing and she looked "very happy." The next day, the couple had drinks and dinner on the patio, and the source decided, "It seemed romantic in the way they were looking at one another and how they were laughing at the table... No one in the restaurant realized it was her, but she definitely looked to be on a date."

    17th Annual American Society of Cinematographers Awards(The photo above shows Michael Barrett receiving the Best Movie/Miniseries/Pilot Award ["CSI: Miami"] at the American Society of Cinematographers 17th Annual Outstanding Achievement Awards in 2003.)

    Also, in early September, paps photographed Anna and Michael spending the day together at a family-friendly carnival in L.A. TMZ also spotted them out-and-about in Malibu. Yeah, it's kinda creepy that there are always people lurking in the background waiting to snap surreptitious photos, but that's often the trade-off of being famous.

    "Anna has been hanging out with Michael for weeks," a source told People. "They were hanging out occasionally in September, but started seeing each other more frequently recently."

    Anna Faris has a new book coming out this month, "Unqualified," discussing how she and Chris Pratt fell in love while making their movie "Take Me Home Tonight," and revealing more details on their life together before breaking up after eight years of marriage. "It's understandable that people seemed so invested in our happiness together," Faris told People. "All I can say about that is, it's all true, that we truly adore each other, and we love each other, I think it still comes through."

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  17. After a String of Butt-Kicking Roles, Adrianne Palicki Goes For Laughs In 'The Orville'

    After taking on a series of characters particularly adept at kicking butt, Adrianne Palicki was ready to take on a role that gave her a good laugh – but also kicked butt from time to time.

    After making a splash in early roles on "Friday Night Lights" and "Supernatural," Palicki almost became both a new generation's "Wonder Woman" and "Lost In Space's" Judy Robinson but those respective TV pilots weren't picked up. Instead, she tackled a string of hard-hitting action gigs in films like "Red Dawn," "G.I. Joe: Retaliation" and "John Wick," ultimately finding a signature role on the small screen when she appeared as fan favorite Bobbi Morse a.k.a. Mockingbird in two seasons of "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D."

    The actress has since boarded her latest TV hit, playing "The Orville's" first officer Kelly Mercer, who grapples with being made second-in-command to her embittered ex-husband of one year, Captain Ed Mercer (Seth MacFarlane). It's a part she was happy to take on for her longtime friend MacFarlane, a lifelong "Star Trek" fan who does more than just parody the sci-fi franchise on "The Orville." And it's a role that makes the most of many of Palicki's strong suits, from adventuring on alien words to navigating the awkward but still percolating chemistry between Kelly and Ed.

    "There is so much heart and depth to this show," says Palicki, who joined Moviefone and a small group of journalists to discuss her role. "Not that there's not comedy as well, but there's another level to this. And it hasn't been done, and I'm excited to see how people feel about it because I think it's very unique and original."

    Working in the genre, and then in this case being able to tweak it, what's exciting about that for you?

    Adrianne Palicki: Here's the thing -- genre is fun because this kind of show, whether it's set in space or not. The whole through-line and the point of the show is these relationships –- this one being a big part between Kelly and Ed. I think that's the heart of it. That and having stakes.

    So what Seth said from the beginning is, "It doesn't matter that these are weird, interesting story lines. We have to play it as though this is our truth." It doesn't matter if it's set in space, and I think that's what gives you that kind of feeling of there are real stakes at hand. We're not talking about aliens, we're talking about our friends. It kind of gives an interesting dynamic to the show.

    How prepared were you to hit those comedy beats after a long stretch of action and drama in your career?

    I've done some comedy. You have to be able to do it. She's a bit of straight man, so the comedy can be out of that. So that's fun to be a part of. But I've known Seth forever and to play around with one of my dearest friends is super cool, and we've just become a family. We always say that, but I mean genuinely those are some of my best friends.

    How often do you laugh at work?

    All the time. Scott [Grimes] is the funniest, but once he starts laughing I can't stop laughing. It's like we have to stop for 10 minutes to recoup from that. It's a whole thing. But it's hard not to, especially when we're on the bridge, it's our family time. It's like our living room. We all get to be together. They are long days. You get delirious at some point. Somebody laughs, and then just...It's over. It's done.

    And you've had so much action in your career lately. Are you getting enough on this show to satisfy the action junkie in you?

    I was able to have a little bit of action on this show. Not enough for my taste, but it's nice to have a little bit of a break, I guess!

    The production design is incredible. Can you talk about walking onto these sets for the first time? What went through your mind?

    I was able to walk on throughout the process of the building –- which, by the way, was so minimal if you really think about how epic that set is. They were amazing. They blasted through that and worked their asses off and made some brilliant things.

    So to be able to actually see the progression of it, and just how hard everybody is working –- everything is functional! It's a functional set. We walk around the hallway, and we don't have to stop and start again. And to be a part of that, I've never been a part of something so epic.

    What's been interesting about being around set and seeing the depth of Seth's sci-fi knowledge? And then there's also Brannon Braga, who's run actual "Star Trek" series -– has it been fun being the bystander watching them living out this kind of homage?

    It's just intriguing. Like I said, I've known him for almost a decade now. This is the first time we've actually worked together, other than on "Family Guy." To see him work and how particular and specific he is about everything is infectious, but not in a negative way. He's building a world that is literally the reason he came out to L.A., to do this show. That's been his dream since childhood, and getting to be a participant in that and helping it evolve is such a luxury.

    He's very, very, very, very particular about everything, and it's amazing to watch. I'm in awe of him every day, and Brannon as well, and the scientists that they have on set who are like, "What about this planet, and this thing?" I'm like, "I have no idea what the hell they all are talking about, okay?"

    When you were on "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.," did you discover how much the fanbase for that show liked the humor that you brought in your scenes with Nick Blood. I feel like that genre fandom loves when you guys on these "serious" shows do something funny.

    Absolutely! It's actually interesting you bring that up, because I think it's very parallel to these characters, Ed and Kelly. It's that relationship. They are exes who have this banter back and forth, and it's fun to watch. Is it sexy? And you still don't know if they are going to get back together or if they are not going to get back together. There's a lot of that push and pull and that tug. So, yes, absolutely. I think that fanbase will be very, very similar. Hopefully.

    Do you feel there's an open door for you to make a return appearance on "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.?" Maybe one day in one episode, or an arc? Some kind of appearance?

    Listen, if they asked me to, and they wanted me to and it worked out with the schedule, I'd absolutely do that. Yeah, I love playing Bobbi. She was so fun. And I loved working with Nick. Everybody on that show. It was awesome.

    Like Seth and just about anyone who pursues a career in show business, you were a fan yourself. What's got you so hooked that it made you want to live out the dream of being an actress?

    "The Princess Bride." I wanted to be Princess Buttercup. Robin Wright changed my life, and I wanted to live in that world. And I also always just wanted to be everything I saw on television. I remember seeing "Apollo 13," and I was like "Well, I want to be an aerospace engineer." My mom's said, "Do you know what that entails?"

    Then I saw "Elizabeth," and I saw Cate Blanchett walk down as the Virgin Queen, and that was the moment I knew I had to be an actress. Because I was like, "I want to make somebody feel the way that she made me feel in that moment."

  18. Joseph Kosinski Reveals How 'Only the Brave' Tells a Story You've Never Seen Before

    Director Joseph Kosinski is known for his glittery sci-fi vistas and technologically-ambitious concepts. But the filmmaker behind "Tron Legacy" and "Oblivion" has set his sights on a more earthbound experience with his new film, "Only the Brave."

    The film follows the true-life story of the Granite Mountain hotshots, a group of highly-skilled firefighters that set fires to combat and control wildfires, who met a tragic end in June 2013. It's unlike anything Kosinski has ever done.

    Instead of some grand visual effects breakthrough taking center stage, the emphasis is on the human drama, beautifully acted by an all-star cast that includes Josh Brolin, Miles Teller, James Badge Dale, Jeff Bridges, Taylor Kitsch, and Oscar-winner Jennifer Connelly. It really is something, full of awe and terror and deep emotions.

    We recently got a chance to sit down with Kosinski to talk about his big departure, wrangling such an amazing performance out of Taylor Kitsch, and how they brought those fires to life.

    MOVIEFONE: What drew you to this project? It is a big departure.

    Kosinski: Well, that's one thing: it's different. I'd done two science fiction movies and, all of a sudden, you find yourself being sent every science fiction script. But I'd gotten my hands on an early version of this draft and I read it, and I was almost embarrassed that I didn't know these guys existed. I, like most people, assumed that they were firefighters like we're use to seeing around in the city. I never knew that these guys go out there without water and fight fire with fire. The story of Eric Marsh, the story of Brendan McDonough, one at the very top and one at the very bottom, who are brought together through the circumstances of this film, was very inspiring.

    I thought this was a movie that I'd love to show my kids when they're old enough. This is the case of a movie that can actually make a difference and show us what real heroes are like. I love going to the movies for pure entertainment, and there are a lot of movies made for that these days, but this felt like a movie that had more to say and was important to get out there.

    There's so much terminology and so much of the nitty gritty that you get across in the movie. How did you weave that through without feeling like an instructional video?

    It was tricky. I had a lot to learn about wild land firefighting. I have found that audiences like it when you don't dumb it down. They like to have that terminology. They like that realism. They like seeing firefighters talk like firefighters. We did it in a way where if you heard a term, you understood it either visually or in the script what it meant. Then we were able to use it the rest of the way through. But it was a huge learning process.

    I was interested in your approach to the material visually, because I had figured it'd be a little looser. But there are only two handheld shots in the entire movie.

    Yeah, there are only a couple.

    So what was it like figuring that out?

    Listen, my style has always been a bit more classical in terms of letting the camera create the tableau and letting the action happen inside of it. I didn't want the style to get in the way of the story. I knew with this film that the strength was in the story and the performances because of the cast. I wanted the performances of the actors to take the front stage. I didn't want fancy camerawork or visual effects to get in the way of that. But that being said, the visual effects that are in the movie are extremely sophisticated because what we are depicting is one of the hardest things to do from a visual effects point of view. The idea was, how do we make the fire that we created visually blend seamlessly with all of the stuff we accomplished in-camera.

    That must have been incredibly difficult.

    Well, I had the best people working on it -- Industrial Light & Magic did the effects. The simulations that they did, that mimicked the spread of wildfire across wild land terrain, was the most complicated simulations that they've ever done.

    There's never really been a movie made about this subject.

    And now I know why -- because it's really hard. There's a movie from 1959 called "The Red Skies of Montana" that was shot during a real wildfire, so that's how they were able to capture that. But, yeah, this is a really hard thing to capture. We shot real wildfires. We created our own wildfires. We sent the actors to hotshot camp so they knew how to start wildfires. We had to do a lot to do ahead of time.

    Can you talk about working with Jeff Bridges again? Must have been nice to not have to digitally de-age him or do anything crazy.

    It was fantastic. Just to be able to work with Jeff as an actor and not have all that technology to work with. On "Tron," we were juggling so much. It was such an ambitious undertaking. We also had Duane Steinbrink, who Jeff plays in the movie, and was with us the whole time. So we had that amazing ability to have Jeff play a guy who we can talk to and hear stories from.

    What's nice, too, is that it isn't just some rah-rah patriotic thing. There's more to it.

    It's a drama with some action in it. That's very different from what people would expect Hollywood to make based on a story like this. The structure is unique. The focus on the characters is unique. But that's what I was drawn to. It's very different and very special.

    Another surprising aspect of this movie is Taylor Kitsch, who is just incredible. Can you talk about working with him?

    I had met Taylor before and knew I wanted to work with him on something. It speaks to the power of the story that I was able to get those six actors together in one film. Each of them could shoulder their own film. But the sign of an amazing actor is when they take a role like Taylor did with Chris MacKenzie, and make it stand out. It really feels like a much bigger role and that's because he made it that. It allowed Taylor to show a side of his personality that I haven't seen him do a lot.

    "Only the Brave" opens everywhere this Friday.

  19. 'Top Gun: Maverick' Sounds Pretty Awesome, According to 'Only the Brave' Director Joseph Kosinski

    When we sat down with director Joseph Kosinski to talk about his brand new firefighting drama, "Only the Brave" (in theaters everywhere this Friday), we had to squeeze in a few questions about his next film, the highly anticipated "Top Gun: Maverick."

    Tom Cruise, who teamed up with Kosinski for the sci-fi action flick "Oblivion," will be back, but not much else is known about the project -- besides its release date of July 19, 2019. But in our chat, Kosinski revealed that his longtime cinematographer Claudio Mirando will be back ("Claudio will be shooting it"), along with new information about his approach to the movie's music, who will be handling screenplay duties, and whether or not he is incorporating any of the elements that Tony Scott developed before his tragic suicide.

    MOVIEFONE: Have you thought about the music?

    Kosinski: I really like the themes of the first film. I love the work that Harold Faltermeyer did. I've been listening to a lot of the original score. Not the songs, per say, but the score. I love the idea of trying to bring some of those themes and that sound back into the new movie, and we're figuring out how to do that.

    After Daft Punk and M83, you're running out of French disco artists to work with.

    Yeah, I don't know if French disco is the right sound for "Top Gun."

    You have a really unique opportunity with this project to modernize it for a new audience.

    Yes, for sure. Nostalgia is a really powerful thing and I never want to use it as a crutch. But I think that some of those themes and sounds are so iconic. I really need to think of a way to feather those in, in a way that aids this new story.

    Are you excited to be working with Tom again?

    Of course! Tom, especially in this role that's near and dear to him, more than any other role that he's played, we want to get it right.

    Tony Scott was working on a version of the sequel before his passing. Did you look at any of that stuff?

    I didn't look at the draft Tony did. We actually started over. It's a whole new draft written by Eric Warren Singer, who wrote "Only the Brave." So we are working on a new draft right now.

    Kosinski's "Only the Brave" opens this Friday everywhere.

  20. 'Only the Brave' Director Joseph Kosinski Reveals How Close 'Tron 3' Came to Being Made

    Back in the fall of 2015, filming was scheduled to commence on the third "Tron" film, with director Joseph Kosinski and stars Garrett Hedlund and Olivia Wilde set to reprise their roles.

    It was supposedly going to open up the world of "Tron," with characters moving from the videogame world into ours for the very first time (unlike the previous two films, which only featured human characters going into the computerized realm). This move was meant to expand the world and open up the franchise possibilities.

    When chatting with "Tron: Legacy" filmmaker Kosinski, whose new movie "Only the Brave" opens this weekend, we had to ask him about how close they came to filming, whether or not they'd bring back Daft Punk, and what connection the film had to whatever Jared Leto has been discussing in the press recently.

    MOVIEFONE: So you guys got really close to making "Tron 3."

    Kosinski: Well, I wouldn't say really close. We got a script. We got to a point where the script was really close. I did a draft with Tom McCarthy that was in really good shape. But movies get to the point where they're building sets. We never got to that. We have an idea and we have a plan if Disney ever decides to pick it up.

    So you're still onboard?

    Well, if Disney ever wanted to continue this story that we set up in "Legacy," with those characters, certainly bringing in new ones would be exciting. Yeah, if they would want to continue in, I'd certainly consider it.

    Jared Leto has been talking about it a lot.

    Well, Jared and I have been talking about "Tron" since "Legacy." Jared was almost in "Tron: Legacy," but Jared is a huge "Tron" fan going back to the original. So we've been talking about it since 2009.

    Had you thought about the music? Would you try to bring the robots back?

    Oh yeah, of course -- why wouldn't you? You'd have to go back to them, if it ever happened. They'd be the first call.

    Kosinski's "Only the Brave" opens this Friday everywhere.

  21. 13 Things You Never Knew About 'The Ring'

    It's been 15 years since the release of "The Ring" (on October 18, 2002), and we're still creeped out by visions of young Samara (Daveigh Chase), wet and bedraggled, crawling out of the TV.

    The ghost story about a cursed videotape that kills its viewers seven days after they watch it made a star out of Naomi Watts, spawned two sequels, and launched a wave of Hollywood adaptations of Japanese "J-horror" movies.

    Whether you've watched "The Ring" since then -- or have been to afraid to revisit it -- there's much you may not know about how it made the transition from Japanese classic (which director Gore Verbinski first watched, aptly enough, on a degraded videotape) to franchise-launching Hollywood smash. Here are the details, drawn from the movie's deep well of secrets.
    1. "The Ring" is actually the fourth feature based on Koji Suzuki's 1991 novel. Even before Hideo Nakata's celebrated 1998 film "Ringu" -- which inspired the American remake -- there was another Japanese version. There was also a Korean adaptation in 1999.

    2. Among those considered for the lead role of Rachel were Jennifer Love Hewitt, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Beckinsale, and Jennifer Connelly, who'd eventually star in 2005's "Dark Water," another J-horror adaptation based on a Suzuki story.
    3. Director Gore Verbinski ultimately decided to go with little-known stars, so that audiences would have no preconceived notions about their characters. Watts had just had her breakthrough role in David Lynch's cult hit "Mulholland Drive," making her well-known to casting directors, if not mass audiences.

    4. Chris Cooper was cast as a serial killer in scenes that bookended the film. He showed up at the beginning, trying to convince journalist Rachel that he'd turned over a new leaf, and at the end, when Rachel gives him a copy of the videotape. Ultimately, Verbinski cut his role from the film, as it distracted from the main plot.
    5. That striking Japanese maple tree with the red leaves shown throughout the film was a prop, with a trunk made of steel tubing and plaster; the leaves were made of painted silk. The crew nicknamed it Lucille, after redheaded comedy icon Lucille Ball.

    6. Some on the crew believed the tree to be haunted since, wherever they erected it -- whether in Washington state or Los Angeles -- winds of 60 miles per hour or more would suddenly arise and knock it down.
    7. Verbinski and cinematographer Bojan Bozelli went to great lengths to create the movie's innovative atmospherics -- exploiting the naturally gloomy light of the Pacific Northwest, using filters to give most scenes a sickly aqua tint, and keeping the compositions in the frames uncluttered, for a sterile, clinical look. But the eeriest effect -- one you may not have even noticed -- is the near-total absence of shadows, the result of careful lighting. Most horror films go out of their way to add shade and darkness, but Verbinski and Bozelli wanted to make the characters appear more ghostly, as if floating in space, because of their failure to cast shadows.

    8. The horse that jumps to its death from the ferry was actually eight horses, each trained for a specific action as part of the sequence. The final, leaping horse vaulted onto a soft cushion; the water and the splash were generated in post-production. The dead horses on the shore were stuffed animals purchased from a taxidermist.
    9. Brian Cox gets prominent billing, but he doesn't show up until an hour into the film -- and then, he gets just four minutes of screen time.

    10. Martin Henderson, who played Noah, said that he and Watts were often unsure during the shoot whether they were generating footage that would be terrifying or just silly. "A lot of the 'scare factor' comes with the editing, the effects, and the music," he said. "There were moments when Naomi and I would look at each other and say, 'This is embarrassing, people are going to laugh.' You just hope that somebody makes it scary, or you're going to look like an idiot!"
    11. DreamWorks' promotion of the film included fake background information websites, à la "The Blair Witch Project," late-night TV airings of the video that were unaccompanied by any explanation or reference to the theatrical film, and unlabeled copies of the cursed videocassette left on random seats at selected screenings of the movie.

    12. "The Ring" cost a reported $48 million to make. It earned back $249 million worldwide, including $129 million at the North American box office.
    13. Verbinski was freaked out by the process of making "The Ring." "It's no fun making a horror film. You get into some darker areas of the brain and, after a while, everything becomes a bit depressing," he said at the time. "I am pleased with the end result, but it was not something I am ready to jump back into right away."

  22. Watch Jane Fonda Discover That Her Latest Film Has an Awkward Title, Depending on Your Accent

    FRANCE-FASHION-COSMETICS-LOREALWhoever named Jane Fonda's latest movie must not have been Irish.

    The soon-to-be 80-year-old actress learned what the wrong -- or maybe right? -- accent does to the film's title while she was a guest on the U.K. talk series "The Graham Norton Show" last week. When Norton, the show's Irish host, asked Fonda about her new Netflix film, "Our Souls at Night," he cautioned that "you have to be careful how you say it." It quickly became clear why, because his pronunciation caused fellow guests Colin Farrell, Bryan Cranston, and Matt Lucas all to break out into laughter.

    Fonda was adorably confused, so Farrell helped clear it up for her by starting to tell her what "arsehole" means in Ireland. Luckily, she caught on before he had to get too graphic, and then found the whole thing as funny as everyone else did.

    Watch below, starting around 0:50 for the "Our Souls"/"arseholes" exchange.

    Fonda stars in "Our Souls at Night" with Robert Redford, and the film is now streaming on Netflix.

  23. Morgan Freeman to Play Colin Powell in Secretary of State Biopic

    The Paley Center Presents 'The Story Of Us' With Morgan Freeman'Morgan Freeman has played presidents, senators, congressmen, Supreme Court justices, and now, he's adding Secretary of State to his resume.

    The Oscar-winning actor will play Colin Powell in a biopic, according to The Hollywood Reporter. "Powell" is set during his time as the first African-American Secretary of State in George W. Bush's tenure.

    The script by Ed Whitworth made Hollywood's 2011 Black List (a list of the best un-produced scripts). Reginald Hudlin, who recently made "Marshall," will direct.

    The movie will focus on the lead-up to Powell's address advocating for war to the United Nations Security Council. Initially, the retired four-star army general initially opposed invading Iraq, not believing Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction, but eventually gave way to hawks in the White House.

    Morgan can next be seen opposite Tommy Lee Jones in the caper comedy "Just Getting Started."

  24. Channing Tatum Halts Weinstein Company Movie Project

    'Kingsman: The Golden Circle' World Premiere - VIP ArrivalsChanning Tatum is cutting ties with Harvey Weinstein and the Weinstein Company.

    Dozens of women have spoken out in the wake of sexual assault and harassment allegations against the producer. Their male colleagues are also stepping up, including Tatum, who announced that he is halting development of a movie project at the company.

    "The brave women who had the courage to stand up and speak their truth about Harvey Weinstein are true heroes to us," said Tatum and his producing partner, Reid Carolin, in a joint statement. "They are lifting the heavy bricks to build the equitable world we all deserve to live in."

    The project in question is an adaptation of Matthew Quick's young adult novel, "Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock." The book focuses on a teen boy who has been the victim of sexual abuse.

    Tatum and Carolin added, "This is a giant opportunity for real positive change that we proudly commit ourselves to. let's finish what our incredible colleagues started and eliminate abuse from our creative culture once and for all."

    Tatum also said that he will not develop future projects with the Weinstein Company. The producer was fired from the company and also recently stepped down from the board. He has adamantly denied allegations of non-consensual sex and has entered into a private treatment facility.

  25. Louis C.K. Channels Woody Allen in 'I Love You, Daddy' Trailer

    The first trailer for "I Love You, Daddy" looks and feels like a Woody Allen movie — but it was made by Louis C.K.

    The comedian hasn't directed a movie since 2001's bomb "Pootie Tang," but a lot has happened since then. C.K. became a mega star, much of it due to the Emmy-winning "Louie."

    Now, he's back in the director's chair as well as in fr ont of the camera. He plays a successful TV producer who isn't happy when his teen daughter (Chloe Grace Moretz) begins dating a much older, famous movie director (John Malkovich) with a lecherous reputation.

    The black-and-white photography and banter bring "Manhattan" to mind, and so it seems like C.K. is paying homage to Allen (whom he worked with in "Blue Jasmine"). Then again, C.K.'s character idolizes the Allen stand-in, only to be disappointed and horrified that his daughter is dating a sexual predator.

    C.K. shot the movie in secret just months before it premiered in September at the Toronto Film Festival. It also stars Pamela Adlon, Rose Byrne, Edie Falco, and Helen Hunt, and opens in limited release November 17.

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