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    Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and Omarosa Manigault (R) attend a church service, in Detroit, Michigan, U.S., September 3 2016.   REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

    • Former White House staffer Omarosa Manigault-Newman gave a scathing assessment of Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior advisor, during an interview.
    • "He's that guy in the room who thinks he's the smartest guy in the room, who has absolutely no idea what's going on," Manigault said, referring to Kusher.
    • According to Manigault, Jared's performance as a White House official was the defining reason why he was ill-fitted to help shape US policy.

    Former White House staffer Omarosa Manigault-Newman offered a scathing assessment of Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, during an interview on HBO's "Real Time with Bill Maher" on Friday.

    "He's that guy in the room who thinks he's the smartest guy in the room, who has absolutely no idea what's going on," Omarosa said, referring to Kushner.

    Trump appointed Kushner as his senior adviser in January 2017, following his 2016 US presidential election victory. Kushner, a real-estate investor and businessman, worked closely with Trump throughout the presidential campaign. He has since focused on a broad range of issues— from technological needs, to Middle East policy — in the newly-created Office of American Innovation.

    Trump was widely accused of nepotism after giving Kushner and his daughter, Ivanka, who is Kushner's wife, official roles in the White House. But according to Omarosa, Jared's performance was the defining reason why he was ill-fitted to shape US policy.

    "He didn't even know basic political jargon," Omarosa said. "And when you try to correct him, he gives you that posture like, are you a woman of color?"

    "And so the sad thing about Jared is that he doesn't know how stupid he sounds when he's talking in those meetings," Omarosa added.

    After White House chief of staff John Kelly fired Omarosa in December, she published a book chronicling her brief, but intense, tenure in the Trump administration. In "Unhinged: An Insider's Account of the Trump White House," Omarosa describes a chaotic scene in the White House that was reminiscent of her previous appearances on Trump's reality show, "The Apprentice."

    SEE ALSO: 'Donald rambled. He spoke gibberish': Former White House staffer Omarosa Manigault questions Trump's mental health in upcoming book

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    • New YorkComic Con kicked off this week at Javits Convention Center in Manhattan.
    • Many people dressed up as their favorite characters from comics, movies, TV shows, and video games. 
    • We asked 17 people on the first day of the event how much money they spent on their costumes.
    • The cosplayers surveyed spent between $20 and $1,000.


    Thousands of people converged on a New York City convention center on Thursday for the first day of New York Comic Con — and many of them donned elaborate costumes that they'd spent months and hundreds of dollars creating.

    At Comic Con and similar events, these costumes are commonly called cosplays, a contraction of "costume play."

    We asked 17 people about their cosplays — who they were portraying, how they put them together, and how much they cost.

    Here's what they told us.

    SEE ALSO: One chart shows how much New York Comic Con has exploded in 12 years

    DON'T MISS: 7 cosplay costumes that look just like the real character

    This group of friends traveled to New York Comic Con from Québec.

    Mary Chretien, left, cosplayed as Starfire from DC. She said her costume took about eight hours to make and cost $50. Her shoulder and arm pieces are sporting gear, she said. "I just painted it black and put some bling bling on it," she said.

    Tommy Bergeron dressed as a character from the Monster Hunter World video game. He made the leather pieces and bought the rest, spending about $1,000 total.

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    New titles come and go on Netflix every week, but choosing what to stream can be a daunting task.

    That's why, every week, Business Insider rounds up which of the newly arrived or leaving movies and TV shows on Netflix are actually worth watching.

    This week, October 14 to October 20, includes the anticipated return of "Making a Murderer" and Marvel's "Daredevil."

    New movies and TV shows coming this week:

    "Daredevil" Season 3 (TV show — Coming Friday, October 19): "Daredevil" took 2017 off in favor of "The Defenders," but the hit Marvel show is back and critics have said that it's "stronger than ever."

    "Making A Murderer" Season 2 (TV show — Coming Friday, October 19): Netflix's popular true-crime series returns with "Part 2" this week, and it focuses on Kathleen Zellner, the postconviction lawyer for Steven Avery, the subject of the first season.

    "The Night Comes For Us" (Movie — Coming Friday, October 19): Netflix's upcoming action-thriller follows an assassin who is targeted himself after he spares a girl's life. 

    "Wanderlust" Season 1 (TV show — Coming Friday, October 19): It's not exactly an original concept: a married couple agree to see other people when their sex life hits a slump. But Toni Collette, who gave an Oscar-worthy performance earlier this year in "Hereditary," should make this new Netflix series worth a try.

    Titles leaving this week:

    "The Babadook" (Movie — Leaving Sunday, October 14): "The Babadook" is one of the best horror movies of the decade, and Saturday is your last chance to watch it on Netflix.

    "Donnie Darko" (Movie — Leaving Wednesday, October 17): Tuesday is your last shot to watch this cult classic starring Jake Gyllenhaal, who plays a teenager pushed to commit crimes when he hallucinates about a man in a demonic rabbit suit.

    SEE ALSO: Netflix's new horror series 'The Haunting of Hill House' is a chilling drama that digs much deeper than jump scares

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    Pokemon Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!

    "Pokémon: Let's Go" is the newest Pokémon role-playing game, and the first entry of the main series to arrive on the Nintendo Switch.

    Launching this November, "Pokémon: Let's Go" presents a more interactive version of the Pokémon world, showing wild pokémon running around for the first time in a main-series game, and adding new ways for players to bond with their Pokémon partners.

    "Let's Go" takes clear cues from the mobile game "Pokémon Go" and appears to be more accessible for fans interested in the core Pokémon games. Veterans of the series may be disappointed by the limited number of Pokémon and some missing features, but "Pokémon: Let's Go" offers plenty of new gameplay improvements.

    "Pokémon: Let's Go" takes place in the same region as 'Pokémon Red & Blue,' with the original 151 pokémon.

    "Pokémon: Let's Go" returns to the Kanto region from the first games in the series, "Pokémon Red & Blue." This means that the original 151 pokémon will also be making a return, too, along with their Alolan variations from "Pokémon Sun & Moon." Players will explore updated 3D versions of the same cities, forests and destinations from "Red & Blue," and battle against the classic gym leaders like Brock and Misty. The notorious Team Rocket will play the role of villain once more.

    There are key differences between "Let's Go Pikachu" and "Let's Go Eevee."

    While the gameplay and story of both versions of "Pokémon: Let's Go" is the same, there are a few key differences. Most obviously, the version of the game you pick will determine your partner Pokémon: Pikachu or Eevee. Each version of the game will also have some exclusive wild Pokémon, and the version will determine how frequently some types of Pokémon appear.

    The confirmed exclusive Pokémon in "Let's Go: Pikachu" include Oddish, Sandshrew, and Growlithe. "Let's Go Eevee" has wild Bellsprout, Vulpix and Meowth. There are certainly more exclusive Pokémon to be found in both games. In order to catch all of the Pokémon in either game, you'll need to trade with someone who has the opposite version to obtain the other set of exclusive Pokémon.

    Bonding with your partner Pokémon will unlock special abilities, and you can customize their appearance.

    Forming a bond with your Eevee or Pikachu is a key part of the game: Players will be able to customize their partner's outfit, play with them and give them treats. Improving your friendship with your partner Pokémon will unlock special abilities that can be used both in and out of combat. Your partner will constantly follow you throughout the Pokémon world and will react when spoken to. 

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    An estimated 530 million people around the world had their eyes on NASA astronaut Neil Armstrong as he took one "giant leap for mankind" on July 20, 1969.

    Armstrong cemented his role in history that day, becoming the first person to step foot on the moon. Today, walking on the lunar surface is an honor only 11 other men share. 

    But the backstory of how Armstrong was selected for that job and his tumultuous path to the moon are less well known. 

    In the movie "First Man," actor Ryan Gosling plays a young Armstrong in the ambitious and sometimes tragic lead-up to his unlikely journey to the moon. 

    The film is based on the non-fiction book First Man, which was published by Armstrong's official biographer James Hansen 13 years ago. Nearly everything chronicled in the film is true (aside from the Hollywood makeup, perhaps), including Armstrong's near-death experience training to fly the moon lander and the death of a good friend who was chosen for the first Apollo mission.

    Screenwriter Josh Singer spent four years researching and writing the movie, which already has some critics and fans buzzing about potential Oscar nominations.

    "I was just knocked out by how much we don't know about Neil Armstrong," Singer recently told Business Insider. 

    Here are 22 true facts about Armstrong's life and the space race that the movie "First Man" recounts:

    SEE ALSO: NASA turns 60 today, but the Apollo moon landing in 1969 is still arguably the agency’s greatest feat. See how the US pulled it off.

    As the movie properly points out, Russian cosmonauts were ahead of the US at nearly every turn in the Cold War space race — until the moon landing.

    The Russians launched Sputnik, the first satellite, in 1957. Then they sent dogs Belka and Strelka into space in 1960, and hit the moon first with its Luna probes. The nation was also the first to put people in space: Yuri Gagarin in 1961 and Valentina Tereshkova in 1963. Alexei Lenov did the first spacewalk in 1965.

    Clearly, the US was lagging behind. 

    Neil Armstrong worked as a test pilot at NASA for years before he went to the moon. He was the first civilian astronaut in space.

    The class of X-15 test pilots that came before Armstrong were all active-duty members of the military. Many served in the Air Force or the Navy. Armstrong was in NASA's second class.

    Armstrong was no stranger to tragedy. His daughter died at age two from a case of pneumonia while suffering from a malignant brain tumor.

    Armstrong was grieving and wanted to "invest [his] energies in something very positive," his sister June told Hansen"That's when he started into the space program." 

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    • The opening sketch of "Saturday Night Live" on October 13 was a parody of Kanye West's visit to the White House on Thursday.
    • Cast member Chris Redd played a soliloquizing Kanye, who baffles everyone in the room — including President Donald Trump.

    The cold open of "Saturday Night Live" this week just had to be a spoof of Kanye West's off-the-rails meeting with President Donald Trump in the Oval Office.

    Cast member Chris Redd played a MAGA-hat wearing Kanye, and Alec Baldwin returned as Trump. Kenan Thompson portrayed football legend Jim Brown, who was also present at the chaotic meeting, which was originally organized to discuss prison reform.

    Most of the sketch features Kanye espousing his various ideas, such as "time is a myth" and that the 13th Amendment should be abolished so that the constitutional amendments jump from 12 to 14 "like skyscraper elevators."

    Meanwhile, Trump and Brown react to Kanye's bizarre rant via internal monologues. Brown wonders if Kanye might be "tri-polar" while Trump comes to the realization that Kanye is "black me."

    "Maybe we should order your lunch from a pharmacy," Trump remarks at the end of the sketch.

    Watch the full clip below:

    Read more of Business Insider's coverage of Kanye in the Oval:

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    This fall TV season is a mixed bag. There's some good shows, but there's also quite a few that are a complete waste of time.

    Shows like ABC's "Single Parents" and CBS' "God Friended Me" have potential, but shows like CBS' "FBI" and ABC's "A Million Little Things" feel like unoriginal copies of successful shows on other networks. 

    If you've run out of good TV to watch, or just want to be up on new shows people are talking about, we took to ratings aggregator Rotten Tomatoes to rank the best and worst shows of fall 2018. Along with the critic ranking, we included the Rotten Tomatoes audience ranking, a sample of what critics have said so far, and show descriptions courtesy of IMDB

    Here are the best and worst TV shows of fall 2018 (so far), ranked according to critics:

    SEE ALSO: Netflix's new horror series 'The Haunting of Hill House' is a chilling drama that digs much deeper than jump scares


    "Happy Together" (CBS)

    Description: Claire and Jake's married life is mired in routine, but when megastar Cooper shows up at their door, they get dragged into his life of fame.

    Critic Score: 60%

    Audience Score: 57%

    "Given the opportunity to sing, dance and flail around ridiculously in the pilot, Wayans and West try hard and I smiled frequently at their effort." -The Hollywood Reporter 

    "The Haunting of Hill House" — Netflix

    Description: Flashing between past and present, a fractured family confronts haunting memories of their old home and the terrifying events that drove them from it.

    Critic Score: 90%

    Audience Score: N/A

    "The Haunting of Hill House is a special treat for horror fans, one of the greatest - and most satisfying - uses of the genre is this new, bingeable medium." -Nerdist

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    • "Venom" wins the weekend box office again with $35.7 million.
    • It's the second-straight weekend that Sony's Marvel movie has been number one at the domestic box office.
    • Warner Bros.' "A Star Is Born" continues to shine, coming in second place again for the second consecutive weekend. It's now earned over $94 million total.
    • Universal's "First Man" didn't do as strong, as the $59 million Neil Armstrong biopic only took in $16.5 million its opening weekend.

    Sony is riding high at the moment.

    The studio has two titles sitting in the top five at the domestic box office this weekend — "Venom" won for a second straight weekend with an estimated $35.7 million take, while "Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween" took in $16.2 million its first weekend in theaters.

    For "Venom," the studio can't be happier how it's performing despite the lousy reviews the movie got. The Marvel movie now has a domestic cume of over $142.8 million.

    And add that with the strong performance by "Goosebumps 2," the studio has passed the $1 billion mark for 2018. This is the second consecutive year the studio has passed the milestone. It joins Disney, Warner Bros., and Universal as the other studios that have hit $1 billion this year.

    Also performing strong for a second week is Warner Bros.' "A Star Is Born" with $28 million. The studio's big Oscar contender has become a must-see thanks to its memes, hit original song soundtrack, and (of course) its stars Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper (who also directed the movie).

    A Star Is Born Warner Bros

    After the movie beat "Venom" at the box office on Thursday ($4.5 million over $4.2 million by "Venom"), some in the industry wondered if the word of mouth for "Star" was so strong that it could top the box office over the weekend. It would have been quite a feat, seeing despite adding 22 screens this weekend compared to last (3,708), "Venom" was still on over 4,000.

    Still, "A Star Is Born" is doing quite well without topping the box office. With a domestic total so far of over $94 million, the $36 million-budgeted movie is going to be a cash cow for Warner Bros. the rest of the year.

    But the same can't be said for Universal's Neil Armstrong movie "First Man." Budgeted at $59 million (not counting the millions it put into advertising), Damien Chazelle and Ryan Gosling's team-up following the success of "La La Land" didn't grab audiences, as it came in third place. It only took in $16.5 million in its first weekend in theaters (on 3,640 screens).

    This could mark the start of studios releasing dramatic titles in the coming months getting a harsh reality: Going up against "A Star Is Born", there's only so much money to go around.

    SEE ALSO: 22 astounding facts about the moon landing from "First Man" that are actually true

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    • "Mid90s" is Jonah Hill's directorial debut, and he talked to Business Insider about why skateboarding was something that was always going to be in the movie.
    • He said he previously put off directing because he thought he had to first become mature enough to be a leader on set.
    • Hill also explained how he used his acting talent to get performances out of his cast of mostly child actors and nonactors.

    The culture surrounding skateboarding has often been negatively depicted in movies, with the movie that perhaps best exemplified that in the past few decades being Larry Clark's 1995 gritty X-rated indie, "Kids."

    It's the quintessential "don't give an F" Gen Xer coming-of-age movie, complete with someone getting bashed in the head with a skateboard. And for a generation since, the depiction of skateboarders in movies hasn’t really changed. They are usually a group of people bent on creating as much chaos as possible and are often a nuisance to everyone in the story.

    But Jonah Hill wants to change that.

    For Hill, skate culture is a nurturing one in which people look out for one another and aren't out to cause trouble. He wanted to show that. Though he loves "Kids," Hill wanted to make the anti-"Kids" movie, something seeped in the 1990s (Hill was about the same age as the characters depicted in "Kids" in 1995) but looking at skateboarders in a very different way. And with that, he was ready to make his directorial debut.

    "Mid90s" (opening in theaters on Friday) marks the latest chapter in the evolution of Hill. He's gone from one of Judd Apatow's funny discoveries to a serious actor who has earned Oscar nominations working opposite Brad Pitt ("Moneyball") and Leonardo DiCaprio ("The Wolf of Wall Street") to an unlikely spirit guide for millennials who study everything he posts on his Instagram account. But through all of that, he says being a filmmaker has been his main goal, and after four years of crafting "Mid90s" — which included his toiling over 20 drafts of the script — it has finally come true.

    Mid90s_stills_06Tobin Yelland A24 finalIn the film, Stevie (Sunny Suljic) is a 13-year-old living in Los Angeles who has no friends and gets bullied by his older brother, Ian (Lucas Hedges), while their mother (Katherine Waterston) works constantly to make ends meet. With a lot of free time, Stevie roams around his neighborhood looking for anything to do or, more important, anyone to do things with. That's when he comes across a group of teens at a skate shop. Seeing the fun group dynamic, the cool skate moves, and joy on all their faces, Stevie is instantly hooked. He decides to walk into the shop. And that's when his life changes.

    From the movie's narrow 4:3 format meant to make you feel as if you have been sucked into a skate video, to its comedy, authentic performances by its untrained actors, and incredible soundtrack (that includes memorable needle drops from Morrissey, Wu-Tang Clan, Nirvana, A Tribe Called Quest, and even Herbie Hancock), Hill has not just succeeded on his mission to make the anti-"Kids," but he has once more shown that his talents go far beyond the public's perception of him.

    Business Insider sat down with Hill on a quiet Sunday at the New York City offices of the film's distributor, A24, to talk about the maturity he says he had to gain before he could finally go forward with directing, the reason he didn't cast himself in the movie, the impassioned letters he wrote to legendary artists to get their songs in the movie, and the emotional moment he had with his cast the first night the movie was shown to the public.

    Jason Guerrasio: Do you remember the moment in your acting career when you were on set and began to really focus on what a director does?

    Jonah Hill: From the beginning.

    Guerrasio: So "I Heart Huckabees"?

    Hill: Yeah. David O. Russell was the first filmmaker I worked for. I was 18, and it's really funny because he has since, definitely, done a lot of work on himself and apologized to a lot of people. But it was pretty publicly known that was an interesting set. And I was like, "This is what directing is like?" [laughs] "Holy s---!" You're 18 years old and you think that's what the world is like. But I still learned quite a bit from how brilliant David is. To me, it was all film school. And I love acting. But to me, my goal was always to be a filmmaker. And being a cinephile and studying all my favorite filmmakers, like Mike Nichols and Barry Levinson, is that when they made their first films they had these accomplished careers already. So when they made that first one it really had to mean something. They had done all this incredible work that wasn't personal beforehand, and, to me, that was my example. Don't do it until you have something to say.

    Guerrasio: Though you have been on set since you were 18, did you still feel like you needed some practice as a director? You did two music videos before "Mid90s," but would you even make short films, just to do the filmmaking motions before a feature?

    Hill: No, because I have been in 10,000 scenes. Blocking and acting wasn't even going to be the issue of directing, for me. Getting all your crew and your actors to share your vision — leadership was more the thing I had to mature into than skill. I was always the young person on set, and now it's time to be the adult, so it was more, am I mature enough to lead a group of people? If I'm asking them to believe in me, do I know I'm going to come through for them?

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    Guerrasio: So doing the music videos — "Gonna Get Over You" for Sara Bareilles and "Ain't It Funny" for Danny Brown— did you go into that mind-set? Needing to show your leadership skills?

    Hill: Yeah. That was practicing with my crew. The Danny Brown video we shot before the movie. And Gus [Van Sant's] movie ["Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot"] was just before, so randomly a lot of that crew I had already hired for "Mid90s."

    Guerrasio: Did that form a shorthand with the crew going into "Mid90s"?

    Hill: The machine was already pretty oiled up, so it really helped us. But at the same time, I handpicked this crew. They had some connection to this culture and they were also the artists that I admired over my 15-year career and have a deep respect for.

    Guerrasio: Why skateboarding? What did you feel you could do cinematically with that?

    Hill: Skateboarding had always been butchered in films. It's always done disrespectfully. So I took on a pretty major task, which I knew would be ready to be pounced on by skateboarders, but I knew I could show it respectfully and not from a place of authority but from a place of love and respect. Something that came into my life and gave me a lot when I needed it. Skateboarding is such a specific thing. The punk, anti-ethic. What draws in people who want to fall over and over again? It's a community of individuals that find each other. I knew in some form skateboarding would be a part of my first film because it gave me a whole outlook on things.

    Guerrasio: That's what's fascinating, in the buildup to seeing this movie, like the first teaser, you get the vibe of it being another "Kids." That Larry Clark/Harmony Korine darker side of the culture. But when you see the movie it's clear you went a completely different path. You show the positivity of what the culture can bring to an outsider.

    Hill: The movie was made with such consideration of "Kids." I love "Kids." Harmony [the "Kids" screenwriter] is one of my close friends, and he read the script and gave notes, and he loves the film. He wants to play both on a double bill. To me, I knew people were going to think it's just a rip-off of "Kids," but I didn't care because I had this story to tell in this time period. And I knew if I did it right, then it won't matter once it comes out. But it's the anti-"Kids." "Kids" is so beautiful in its nihilism. That's the point of "Kids" — the world ends tomorrow, f--- it, blow up everything. And I wasn't like that. I was searching for meaning and connection and a reason to build a life and friendships. This is not a biopic in any way, these are characters I made up, but I wanted to show how hard it is to find a connection. I think my voice as a filmmaker is going to be about the beauty of connection and the difficulty of getting there. Even a little bit gives you the fuel to keep going in a world that's not always so fun.

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    Guerrasio: And you've also given props to "This Is England," which I feel is such an underappreciated coming-of-age movie.

    Hill: "This Is England" and "Fish Tank" are bigger influences than "Kids" was, for me. "This Is England" was the only film I showed the kids in the movie before we started shooting. ["This Is England" director] Shane Meadows made such a beautiful film and also showing how young kids can give such raw performances. I wanted the kids to see that acting can be like this. That's the acting I like. That's the naturalism that I like. So I didn't show them a lot of movies. The whole thing was to make a reverse skate video. In skate videos growing up it would be all skateboarding and three seconds of these kids causing chaos and really connecting and just hanging out. When I was a kid that's what I wanted. So this is the reverse. Kids connecting and three seconds of skateboarding. To invert that was really my goal.

    Guerrasio: Was the plan always to cast nonactors?

    Hill: Yes. To me I knew I was going to turn skateboarders into actors because you can't fake that and I wanted these kids to feel on-screen like they weren't actors. But then they became actors, and that's the most surprising and moving part of the process.

    Guerrasio: So that was your master plan going in?

    Hill: Yeah. I always knew I was going to find kids and turn them into actors.

    Guerrasio: You didn't worry about finding them?

    Hill: Oh, I worried about it. [laughs] I worried about finding the right ones. The most rewarding experience of my life is watching them care and try. They are not playing themselves. They are saying lines that they didn't think of. They are playing characters that are not them. They could have just gone through the motions and I could have gotten the performances out of them that way, but instead they were so inspired to become actors. Now they are obsessed with film. They want to act.

    Guerrasio: The movie has such a free-form feel, but there was a fleshed-out script?

    Hill: Oh yeah. Three years and 20 drafts with [producer] Scott Rudin. Writing is my main thing so that dialogue, that's how they spoke back then, it took me three years to make a script that felt right. My goal to the crew was kill yourself to make it look like you did nothing. Anything that looked effortless took the most effort, so that right there is three years and 20 drafts. [laughs]

    Guerrasio: With Scott Rudin looking over your shoulder.

    Hill: No joke.

    Guerrasio: When a famous person makes a movie often times what happens is they put themselves in it because that's the only way they can get the money to make it. You are not in "Mid90s," but did you ever face that scenario?

    Hill: Never. No. I don't want you to think of me. The way I see it, the director is the painter and the actors are really an important color in a painting. So I have been a "green" my whole life. I can be a pretty good green, but if the director wants to paint purple over it, then that's up to them. To me, this is my first painting. This is the first thing that represents me. I have only been a color in other people's paintings. So I don't want you to think of me. I want you to watch these kids and watch this film and view this as a film. I didn't want anyone to take you out of it. I was even hesitant to cast Lucas and Katherine because I didn't want you to think this is a movie made by someone you've seen in movies. I want you to think this is a story I'm watching and these are kids that I'm watching.

    Guerrasio: So there was never a point where if you just were in two scenes you could get the money that, say, got you an extra day of shooting you needed?

    Hill: It was off the table.

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    Guerrasio: That's commendable, because there are a lot of examples where the person in your situation had no other choice but be in the movie.

    Hill: But this movie falls apart the second you break the idea of what it is. If you break one rule, you try to cheat one way, the whole house falls down. I could have made a lot of other things as my first film, but I was like, I'm doing this and I am never going to make a false move that breaks the ethic of this movie.

    Guerrasio: Shooting it in the narrow 4:3 format, that’s very nontraditional. When did you come up with that, and how hard did you have to fight to keep the movie in that format?

    Hill: I had to fight very hard. First, it helps the feel of it being this lost film from the '90s. But the main reason was originally we were planning to intercut the High 8 footage within the film but when you cut from the normal aspect ratio to the High 8 it was really jarring and it took you out of it. So we knew we were shooting Super 16 mm, and when we tested it in 4:3 and intercut with the High 8, it cut like butter and didn't take you out of the movie.

    Getting it approved is a whole other story and could be its own documentary. [laughs] There is only one film that has made over $100 million that uses it, and doesn't even use it the whole time, and that's "The Grand Budapest Hotel." So I gave a whole presentation to A24 with clips from only one movie. I would talk for a while and then show a clip and it's from "The Grand Budapest Hotel." I didn't have another film to show them. So I would be like, "And then I have this other idea," and it would be another clip from "The Grand Budapest Hotel." But we got it done.

    Guerrasio: The soundtrack is another aspect of the movie that sucks you in. Did you personally have to make some calls and write some letters to artists to get songs you wanted?

    Hill: We didn't have a big music budget. I music supervised the movie, so every song in the movie, that song was written in specifically for that scene. And we got every song.

    Guerrasio: Wow.

    Hill: I wrote Morrissey a letter, I wrote Herbie Hancock a letter. And I just showed people the film and really told them emotionally what it means to have that song at that moment in the movie. Morrissey was the first to say yes — I figured he would be the hardest, and he was lovely. Once I got Morrissey and Q-Tip, then I got Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross to score it, people were aware that it was something of quality because I was lucky enough to get those cosigns. Then we went from there.

    Guerrasio: You got Seal's "Kiss from a Rose" in the movie. Filmmakers have told me in the past that's a hard one to get cleared.

    Hill: Actually, the hardest, by far, was Herbie Hancock. He doesn't license his music for films, and I wrote him a letter about what that meant to me. He was so cool to give us that.

    Guerrasio: I have to say that I loved you in "Maniac"; I think it's the best work you've ever done. And I asked Cary Fukunaga how your process is and he described it as this: "He's not necessary Method, but it's close to it in really trying to feel what the character is going through." How can you relate the talent you have and how you know a performance should be done to another actor? Let alone, in the instance of "Mid90s," kids who aren't really trained?

    Hill: You have to develop a true trust and connection with kids if you are going to work with them. Because you're asking them to be vulnerable and you're asking them to do things that people don't want to do, let alone someone who is going through an awkward time in their life. So for me, I was like, "I will not let you down." I would just have long conversations with each kid about what's happening underneath and what they're carrying with them no matter what they are saying. That's hours and hours and hours of conversations about feelings, about life experiences, about goals. Just talking about who these people are eventually absorbs into you. That's how I act. That is just hours and hours and hours of thinking and talking. Yes, it's not exactly Method, but it's something close to it. I have to be feeling those feelings and that's why acting gets harder and harder sometimes because if it's darker it's not exactly a place you want to live in for a long period of time.

    Guerrasio: How has directing changed you as an actor?

    Hill: I don't think it has. I just think they are so different. But hopefully they can blend in where all I want to do are things that mean something to me. "Mid90s" means something to me, it matters to me, and I hope I just keep doing things that matter to me and that I care about.

    Guerrasio: Have you even thought about what you want to direct next? Perhaps something with a higher budget?

    Hill: I would never think that way. I would never think, "I want to do this kind of film." You have to fall in love again. So when I fall in love again I'll do what's right for that film. If it's a $1 million movie or whatever.

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    Guerrasio: I was at the world premiere of "Mid90s" at the Toronto International Film Festival. There was a standing ovation for you when you came out onstage after it played. You got choked up standing there. What did that moment mean to you?

    Hill: When I saw "Moneyball" for the first time it was at the TIFF world premiere, and I got really emotional after because I had never seen my hard work pay off in that way. So I gave the kids that kind of experience, and I didn't show them the movie. That was the first time all the kids saw the film. So what you guys didn't see was backstage the kids were all hysterical crying. Once I saw them backstage I was a mess, so I was trying to hold it together to go out onstage. I realized what they saw, as young people, is if you work hard, here's what you can accomplish. It tore me up. So I walked out there, and of course getting a standing ovation as a filmmaker is pretty much the biggest dream I could ever have. I've wanted to be a filmmaker my whole life. But why I got choked up was I was carrying the emotion of those kids. It was the most surreal emotional feeling of my life.

    SEE ALSO: Jonah Hill delivers one of the most heartwarming movies of the year in his directorial debut "Mid90s"

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    As the year flies by, the list of canceled TV shows piles up.

    While there's been somewhat of a quiet period since May, some networks have cut shows throughout the summer and fall.

    The most recent cancellation comes from Netflix, which announced that "Iron Fist" is canceled after two seasons. 

    ABC canceled the previously renewed "Roseanne" revival in late May, after Roseanne Barr posted a racist tweet about former Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett. However, ABC announced a spin-off called "The Conners" without Barr coming in October.

    In other notable cancellations, USA's critically acclaimed "Mr. Robot" will end with its upcoming fourth season, and CBS' "The Big Bang Theory" is ending after 12 seasons. 

    We'll update this list as more are announced.

    Here are all the shows that have been canceled this year, including those from networks and Netflix:

    SEE ALSO: The worst TV show of every year since 2000, according to critics


    "Jean-Claude Van Johnson" — Amazon, one season

    "I Love Dick" — Amazon, one season

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    There's a lot of TV on Netflix. Thankfully we're here to make it easier to pick what shows you should watch.

    Every week, we put together a list of three great shows that you can watch throughout the week.

    We pick shows you can finish in a day, and some you can just get started on binge-watching. And we mix shows that have recently come onto the service with some old favorites you might have missed.

    From "Schitt's Creek" to "The Haunting of Hill House," here are three great TV shows you can binge-watch on Netflix this week:

    SEE ALSO: Netflix's new horror series 'The Haunting of Hill House' is a chilling drama that digs much deeper than jump scares

    "Schitt's Creek"

    Seasons: 4

    Episodes: 51

    The fourth season of this wildly funny and very Canadian comedy about a rich family that moves to a small town they own after losing nearly everything is a sweet story with fully-realized characters who you'll love.  

    "Salt Fat Acid Heat"

    Seasons: 1

    Episodes: 4

    This hybrid of a cooking show and travel show is super informative, as host Samin Nosrat explains the significance of salt, fat, acid, and heat in cooking beyond what you'd expect. 

    "The Haunting of Hill House"

    Seasons: 1

    Episodes: 10

    This terrifying family drama and horror series is not something you should watch alone at night. It is truly scary but well worth the investment, even if horror isn't your thing. 

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    • HBO's new comedy "Camping," created by "Girls" creators Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner, is getting panned by critics.
    • The show is an adaptation of a British series about a group of friends that goes on a big camping trip to celebrate a milestone birthday. 
    • The show has a 23% score on Rotten Tomatoes, with an even lower audience score of 14%. 

    "Girls" creators Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner's new show, "Camping," which premiered on HBO Sunday night is already a total misfire with critics and audiences, despite a stellar cast including Jennifer Garner, David Tennant, and Juliette Lewis. One critic even called it "the TV viewing equivalent of nails on a chalkboard."

    "Camping," based on a six-episode British series of the same name that aired in 2016, follows a group of friends that goes on a camping trip to celebrate a birthday. HBO's Americanized version, adapted by Dunham and Konner, has a 23% critic rating on Rotten Tomatoes and a 14% score with audiences. 

    And, unfortunately, "Camping" really is unpleasant, despite Garner and Tennant trying their best to sell the nearly unwatchable material and characters they're given. 

    Allison Shoemaker of wrote that the show is "a camping trip you'd never want to take, with people you'd never like to meet, doing things you're almost embarrassed to watch."

    For Vox, Todd VanDerWerff wrote that "'Camping' seems to be fixated on showcasing people behaving badly - whether on their own or due to outside influence - without necessarily having a larger point to make."

    And that's not even the worst of it. Amy Amatangelo of Paste wrote that "the series is grating -- the TV viewing equivalent of nails on a chalkboard. The worst part of all of this is that it's Garner's first regular TV role since Alias ended. Maybe SD-6 is behind the whole thing."

    This is in huge contrast to Dunham and Konner's previous show, "Girls," which featured a set of flawed characters to positive critical reception that faded over the course of its six-season run that ended in 2017.

    "Camping" airs Sunday nights on HBO. 

    SEE ALSO: 3 great TV shows to watch on Netflix this week

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    • "Beautiful Boy" gave Amazon its best opening yet over the weekend and is set for a wide release November 2.
    • It pulled in over $221,000 in just four theaters in Los Angeles and New York.
    • The film's opening is a step up from Amazon's last release, "Life Itself," which misfired at the box office.
    • Amazon's next release will be "Suspiria" later this month.


    "Beautiful Boy," starring Timothée Chalamet as a drug addict and Steve Carell as his father, handed Amazon Studios its best opening yet in just four theaters in Los Angeles and New York, according to Indiewire.

    The film grossed over $221,000 and over $55,000 per theater despite mixed reviews from critics (it currently has a 64% Rotten Tomatoes critic score). Chalamet is a sought-after young actor after his breakout and Oscar-nominated performance in last year's "Call Me by Your Name," and his name seems to have meaning among audiences.

    "Beautiful Boy" is set for a wide release on November 2.

    The movie is a strong step in the right direction after Amazon's last release in September, the critically panned "Life Itself," which was directed by "This Is Us" creator Dan Fogelman. Amazon bet on the film being a hit with audiences and gave it the studio's widest release yet. That backfired, as it also became the biggest box-office flop of the year.

    "Life Itself" opened to only $2.1 million — the worst opening this year for a movie released on over 2,500 screen —  and went on to gross just over $4 million. But it would have been "economic suicide" for the movie to start with a limited release after the poor critical reception,'s Doug Stone told Business Insider in September. 

    As for some of Amazon's other releases this year, the Joaquin Phoenix-starring revenge-thriller "You Were Never Really Here" made just $2.5 million and Gus Van Sant's "Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot" made only $1.4 million domestically and $2 million worldwide.

    Amazon's next release is the remake of classic horror film "Suspiria" from Luca Guadagnino, the director of "Call Me by Your Name." It comes to theaters October 26.

    SEE ALSO: Timothée Chalamet's portrayal of someone struggling with addiction in 'Beautiful Boy' is heart-wrenching and puts him in the Oscar race

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    • "First Man" screenwriter Josh Singer explains why he believes the ending of the movie is accurate.
    • It comes right from the autobiography of Neil Armstrong that the movie is based on.


    Warning: Spoilers below if you haven't seen "First Man."

    One of the most dramatic moments in Damien Chazelle's Neil Armstrong biopic, "First Man," is at the end of the movie when Apollo 11 has successfully landed on the moon and Armstrong (played by Ryan Gosling) is walking the lunar surface and comes across a dark crater. He opens his hand to reveal a child-sized bracelet with the name of his daughter, Karen, who had died of a brain tumor when she was two. Armstrong then tosses the bracelet into the crater, implying the astronaut's attempt to come to peace with her passing, which has haunted him up to this point. 

    Screenwriter Josh Singer spent four years researching Armstrong to write "First Man," even elevating the standards of accuracy he had for his Oscar-winning script "Spotlight." And for this scene he worked extremely hard to try to make it as true as possible.

    Singer said the idea to put the bracelet scene in the movie came right from the book "First Man" is based on, the biography of Armstrong written by James R. Hansen.

    "I would never have made that leap based on nothing," Singer told Business Insider. "That is actually from Jim, who studied Neil more than any historian in the country."

    Singer built a friendship with Hansen over the years of getting the movie off the ground, and in their talking he learned from the author that astronauts who went to the moon were known to leave keepsakes, ranging from an Apollo 1 patch which commemorated the three astronauts who died on that mission, to even mementos that honored Russian cosmonauts who died trying to get to space.

    "So Jim wondered if Neil did something like that and he asked Neil for the manifest for his PPK [Personal Preference Kit] in which he would have kept something like that," Singer said. "Neil couldn't find it, Neil had lost it. Jim felt that was very not like Neil, so suspicious Jim went and talked to June Hoffman, Neil's sister, who Jim felt knew Neil better than almost anyone. He asked, 'Do you think Neil might have left something of Karen's on the moon?' And June said, 'Oh, I dearly hope so.' And Jim wrote that in his book and said for what it was worth that he believed that Neil had done something like this." 

    The moment in the movie is a touching reminder of how human Armstrong and his fellow astronauts were who raced to get to the moon. But for Singer, it also had to pass the accuracy test. 

    "I had done four years of research, not 40 like Jim, so I wouldn't have felt comfortable writing that on my own," Singer said. "But I felt like if it was good enough for Jim, and good enough for June Hoffman, it was good enough for us."

    "First Man" is currently playing in theaters. 

    SEE ALSO: "Am I mature enough to lead a group of people?": Jonah Hill opens up about the anxieties and triumphs in his 4-year journey to make his acclaimed directorial debut "Mid90s"

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    • PlayStation 4 owners encountered a system vulnerability over the weekend, where a message with a particular string of characters could brick your game console, rendering it useless.
    • Many PlayStation 4 owners had to "factory reset" their consoles, which caused them to lose any data not stored in the cloud or elsewhere.
    • Sony said it is aware of the issue and will deploy a fix in a future software update.
    • In the meantime, there are steps you can take to prevent this issue from happening to your PlayStation 4. And if you've already been affected, you can try a potential workaround that seems to preserve all of your games and save data.

    Over the weekend, PlayStation 4 owners discovered an issue where a certain message with a particular set of symbols, if sent to your game console, could brick the system (Redditors captured what the viral messages look like, in case you're interested).

    "Rainbow Six: Siege" and "Destiny 2" players encountered this issue when their opponents sent these messages during competitive multiplayer matches, forcing them to lose their games, as well as their consoles.

    Sony released the following statement in response to the bug: "We are aware of the situation and are planning a system software update to resolve this problem."

    If this damaging message is sent to your PlayStation 4, you may be unable to use the console unless you perform a fix. Many people have resorted to factory resets, where they lose any data that's not stored in the cloud or elsewhere, but Sony confirms there is a way to fix your PlayStation 4 without losing any of your save data. 

    How to prevent the issue from happening to you

    There's an easy way to make sure this bug doesn't reach your PlayStation 4: all you need to do is set your messages to "private."

    Just visit Settings> Account Management> Privacy Settings > Personal Info and Messaging, and set Messages to either "Friends" or "No One."

    Until Sony releases a software fix, this is the best way to ensure you don't have to deal with a major headache.

    How to fix your PlayStation 4 if you received the message

    Thankfully, some Reddit users found there's a relatively simple way to fix your PlayStation 4 if you received the viral message, without needing to perform a factory reset. Sony's PlayStation Spain account confirmed on Twitter that this will indeed help resolve the issue.

    First, you'll need to delete the message. The best way to do that is through the PS Messages app for your phone, or visit to view and delete the message. You want to click the option "Leave Group" here.

    Once you've successfully deleted the message, you need to reboot your PlayStation 4 in safe mode. Power down your console, then hold the power button for seven seconds. You should hear a beep, and see the safe mode menu.

    Finally, in safe mode, choose the "Rebuild Database." If you did it right, your PlayStation 4 should restart correctly and you should have access to all of your games and save data.

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    • Goldman Sachs has cut its Netflix price target to $430 from $470, saying it expects lowered guidance from the company when it reports earnings on Tuesday.
    • The bank says content spending is expected to pick up in the fourth quarter, which could lead to lower guidance from the company.
    • Still, Goldman's analyst Heath Terry remains markedly bullish, and is well above Wall Street's average $380 target.
    • Follow Netflix's stock price in real-time here. 

    Netflix has been one of the top performing stocks over the past year, but Wall Street is beginning to worry its growth may peter out.

    Goldman Sachs on Monday cut its price target for the streaming stock to $430 from $470 — still a 26% upside to Monday's prices — citing an anticipated cut to 4th quarter guidance when Netflix reports third-quarter earnings on Tuesday.

    "While 3rd party data has most investors anticipating net subscriber additions beyond management’s July guidance, we believe that has been balanced by expectations for more conservative 4Q guidance," analyst Heath Terry, who remains above Wall Street's average price target and maintains a buy rating, said in a note to clients.

    The note spurred a stock decline of about 3% in Netflix's stock, which is now down more than 20% from a record high of $423 set in July. However, Netflix shares are still up more than 70% in 2018, far outpacing the benchmark S&P 500.

    Goldman expects Netflix to report growth of 850,000 domestic subscribers and 4.7 million internationally, topping the company's guidance of 650,000 and 4.35 million respectively, as "consensus continued to underestimate the "size of Netflix’s global addressable market."

    Still, the massive amounts — up to $8 billion— Netflix is in the process of spending on content this year is expected to ramp up in the final quarter of the year, eating into the company's bottom line. The price target cut also "reflects the contraction in broader internet multiples," according to Goldman Sachs, which now factors in a 60x forward earnings-to-EBITDA ratio in its model where it had previously used 65.

    "Considering the robust line-up of originals for 4Q, even as it’s likely not all have been announced as of yet, our forecast for 7.7 million total net adds, roughly in-line with consensus of 7.7 million and vs. 8.3 million in 4Q17, could prove conservative," said Terry.

    Analysts polled by Bloomberg remain bullish on the stock, with an average price target of $380.

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    • Apple has bought music analytics firm Asaii for under $100 million, Axios reports.
    • Apple declined to comment or confirm the Axios report.
    • Asaii's website says it can "find the next Justin Bieber, before anyone else."
    • Apple is investing in companies with unique music data to improve its Apple Music product, which has fewer subscribers than Spotify. 

    Apple has bought a music analytics firm, Asaii, for under $100 million, Axios reported on Sunday.

    Axios notes that the company's co-founders now list Apple Music as their current employment on their LinkedIn profiles as of October 2018. 

    Apple declined to comment or confirm the Axios report. But even if it's not a full purchase or there's another caveat to the deal, the fact that Apple has hired the Asaii co-founders underscores the company's plan for its music subscription service to overtake Spotify. 

    In short: Apple wants to have the power to predict popular songs and match them to its users through better data collection and analysis.

    Last year, Apple bought Shazam, the music-identifying app. But it was unlikely that Apple wanted the company's burgeoning advertising business —  in fact, Apple shut down its ads last month. Instead, investors told Business Insider that it was likely that Apple wanted the company's data, which could often serve as an early warning system for what songs are breaking out in a region. 

    People at record labels loved to use a Shazam dashboard to find trending songs and doing analytics. Now, that data is Apple's. 

    The Asaii news underscores the fact that Apple is willing to pay for data and software that makes its predictive playlists better. Asaii's website said that its goal was "to find the next Justin Bieber, before anyone else." 

    Apple currently has 50 million subscribers, behind Spotify's global 83 million paying users. One of Apple's core philosophies centers around human curation: Apple Music has thousands of human-created playlists, as well as a radio station crewed by live DJs, including BBC veterans. 

    But Spotify's buffet of computer-generated Daily Mix and Discover Weekly playlists are one of the service's strongest features, and subscribers love them. Apple currently publishes three kinds of individually customized playlists, but it's likely to want to create more, and that can help explain why it's spending hundreds of millions on music data companies. 

    SEE ALSO: Why an early Shazam investor thinks it could boost Apple Music subscribers by 25%

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    This fall TV season already has a few standout shows that are good now, and have the potential to get into a great groove. So they're worth investing in now before you have dozens of episodes to catch up on.  

    While the networks certainly have some stinkers this season, some also have new shows with a lot of potential, like ABC's "Single Parents" and CBS' "God Friended Me."

    If you've run out of good TV to watch, or just want to be up on new shows people are talking about, we took to ratings aggregator Rotten Tomatoes to rank the best shows of fall 2018. Along with the critic ranking, we included the Rotten Tomatoes audience ranking, a sample of what critics have said so far, and show descriptions courtesy of IMDB

    Here are the best TV shows of fall 2018 (so far), ranked according to critics:

    SEE ALSO: The 8 worst new network TV shows this fall, from 'FBI' to 'New Amsterdam'

    No 8. — "Happy Together" (CBS)

    Description: Claire and Jake's married life is mired in routine, but when megastar Cooper shows up at their door, they get dragged into his life of fame.

    Critic Score: 60%

    Audience Score: 57%

    "Given the opportunity to sing, dance and flail around ridiculously in the pilot, Wayans and West try hard and I smiled frequently at their effort." -The Hollywood Reporter 

    No. 7 — "God Friended Me" (CBS)

    Description: An atheist's life is turned upside down when God adds him as a friend on Facebook.

    Critic Score: 63%

    Audience Score: 81%

    "It's definitely not the worst drama you could find on network TV, and Hall is a likable, charismatic actor. Give it a one-episode trial and see how you feel." -The Ringer

    No. 6 — "Charmed" (The CW)

    Description:Follows the lives of three sisters who, after the tragic death of their mother, discover they are powerful witches.

    Critic Score: 64%

    Audience Score: 33%

    "The pilot has more of a balance of heavy emotion and lightness than I expected, and the most surprising thing about the new Charmed... is how it doesn't forget to be fun within a contemporary, #MeToo/#TimesUp context." -Paste

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    The Nintendo Switch is barely a year old, yet there's already a killer line-up of games available.

    Super Mario Odyssey

    Whether you're looking for Nintendo staples like "Mario" and "Zelda," fast-paced first-person shooters like "DOOM", or narrative-driven indie RPGs like "Golf Story," there's something for everyone on the Switch.

    Good news! We've put together a list of the best games to enjoy on Nintendo's latest console:

    SEE ALSO: The 31 best Nintendo Switch games under $20

    1. "Super Mario Odyssey"

    The pure joy of playing "Odyssey" is hard to convey. It's the best Mario game in years, and easily one of the best Mario games ever made. It's certainly the best game on the Nintendo Switch, which is really saying something.

    Read our review of "Super Mario Odyssey" right here.

    Check it out in action right here:

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    2. "The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild"

    "The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild" is a rare gem.

    It's the kind of game that changes player expectations — what they expect of themselves and what they expect from games.

    Read our review of "The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild" right here.

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    • Director Bryan Singer responded to an upcoming Esquire article he claims will "rehash false accusations and bogus lawsuits" and be timed to the release of his film "Bohemian Rhapsody."
    • "In today's climate where people's careers are being harmed by mere accusations, what Esquire is attempting to do is a reckless disregard of the truth," Singer wrote in an Instagram post on Monday.
    • Singer was fired from "Bohemian Rhapsody" late into production for being repeatedly absent from set, but will still receive the only directing credit on the movie.


    Director Bryan Singer on Monday issued a statement on Instagram ahead of an upcoming Esquire article, claiming the report will "rehash false accusations" and be timed to the release of the Freddie Mercury biopic, "Bohemian Rhapsody."

    Esquire did not respond to a request for comment from Business Insider. 

    Singer wrote that he had known for "some time" that Esquire might publish a "negative" article about him, and that the publication had contacted his friends and colleagues.

    "In today's climate where people's careers are being harmed by mere accusations, what Esquire is attempting to do is a reckless disregard of the truth, making assumptions that are fictional and irresponsible," Singer wrote. "This article will attempt to rehash false accusations and bogus lawsuits."

    Singer is facing a lawsuit that claims he sexually assaulted a 17-year-old at a yacht party in 2003.

    Singer added: "Incidentally, this article has been conveniently timed with the release of my film, 'Bohemian Rhapsody.' I am immensely proud of this film and everyone involved."

    Singer directed the bulk of the film, which comes to theaters November 2, but was replaced late in production by Dexter Fletcher because Singer was repeatedly absent from the set. Singer will still receive the only directing credit, as Directors Guild of America rules require a film have only one director or directing team.

    Amid Singer's ouster from "Bohemian Rhapsody" and the allegations against him, he just landed his next high-profile gig: directing "Red Sonja."

    Singer's full statement is below:

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