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    ben affleck batman

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    5. Damon Lindelof:

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

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

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

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

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

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

    12. Josh Gad:

    13. Joss Whedon:

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

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

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    Bob Odenkirk Saul Goodman Breaking Bad

    The "Breaking Bad" spinoff show has been confirmed.  

    AMC has announced that "Better Call Saul," a series based on the Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk) character is indeed a go. 

    According to the release, the show will follow Goodman before becoming Walter White's lawyer.

    Back in April, Deadline reported the spinoff series was being considered.

    Last summer, "Breaking Bad" creator Vince Gilligan said he and Odenkirk had discussed a potential spinoff

    Speaking to Indiewire, Gilligan teased what he'd love to see in the show.

    “I like the idea of a lawyer show in which the main lawyer will do anything it takes to stay out of a court of law,” said Gilligan. 

    Here's the press release via TheWrap: 

    AMC and Sony Pictures Television confirmed today that they have reached a licensing agreement for a spinoff of Vince Gilligan’s landmark AMC/SPT series Breaking Bad. As conceived, the new series is based on the show’s popular Saul Goodman character with the working title Better Call Saul. Plans call for Saul to be a one-hour prequel that will focus on the evolution of the popular Saul Goodman character before he ever became Walter White’s lawyer.

    More 'Breaking Bad' : An alternate ending to the series will be featured on the Blu-ray and DVD set

    SEE ALSO: Viewers were freaking out over Sunday's anxiety-ridden 'Breaking Bad' episode

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    gta v

    "Grand Theft Auto V" comes to stores next Tuesday.

    After seeing manygame trailers, we can't wait to get our hands on Rockstar's next incarnation of the franchise.

    While we're excited to play as three protagonists, explore the expansive universe, and try out multiplayer online, we want nothing more than to get in a vehicle and take in the view.

    Forget the violence, forget the car chases, and guns. The visuals look like something out of a postcard.

    It's been five years since "Grand Theft Auto IV" won us over with a fictionalized New York City. While it's little surprise the graphics look stellar — Rockstar reportedly spent a jaw-dropping $266 million to market and produce the game— GTA V has really nailed it with the landscapes.

    This time, players will head to Los Santos, a modern-day version of Los Angeles.

    Before the game's release, let's bask in the game's visuals.

    The fifth installment takes place in a fictionalized, modern-day Los Angeles.

    The game world will be larger than previous Rockstar games "Red Dead Redemption," "Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas," and "Grand Theft Auto IV" combined.

    (Source: Game Informer)

    Rockstar founder Sam Houser announced it will be the most ambitious "Grand Theft Auto" to date with a reinvention of the universe.

    (Source: Computerandvideogames)

    See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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    Burning Man Costumes

    Feathers were a huge trend at this year's Burning Man festival.

    They were everywhere: on bicycles, headdresses, skirts, tops, and skimpy showgirl outfits.

    But when we posted a slide show on "The Craziest Costumes At Burning Man," commenters went berserk.

    Apparently, feathers don't fly at Burning Man.

    According to the official festival website and packing checklist, it's true  feathers are the number one item listed on things you're not allowed to bring: 

    Burning Man feathers

    Burning Man is the largest Leave No Trace event in the world, meaning any MOOP — an acronym for "Matter Out of Place"  is to be removed from the land.

    And that means everything, including dirty shower and dish water, must be taken out of the gates at the end of the seven-day festival.

    Despite the infiltration of feathers as a fashion accessory, Burning Man does an incredible, months-long job of cleaning up after itself.

    The festival, and Black Rock City where it's held, are continuously recognized by the Bureau of Land Management for not only maintaining Leave No Trace standards, but for setting high standards by which other recreation events are measured, the website proclaims.

    Our trusty Business Insider commenters elaborated, expressing their frustrations with the pesky feathers:

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    SEE ALSO: Oops! More feathered costumes at Burning Man

    MORE: I went to Burning Man and it was even crazier than I expected

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    Talk all you want about "Call of Duty" or "Halo." Sure, they're among the coolest games ever created.

    But they're not the the most influential, in terms of sheer mass audience reach.

    That honor probably belongs to Bejeweled, the gem-swapping casual game that your mom is addicted to.

    And yes, other games have been downloaded more. Angry Birds for instance. But Bejeweled's "match-three" strategy has been at the heart of more copycat games, for years longer, than probably any other game on your phone.

    Bejeweled has been called the "Gone With The Wind" of games. It has been played by more than 500 million people around the world, and consumed an estimated 10 billion hours of play since 2000, according to PopCap, its maker.

    shrader BejeweledAbout 100 million units of Bejeweled have been sold in one form or another, throughout its history, according to PopCap founder Jason Kapalka.

    And Bejeweled has spawned a vast array of copycat games, all based on the "match-three" genre that Bejeweled pioneered.

    Most recently, Bejeweled was copied by for Candy Crush Saga, which in turn has triggered millions more downloads. The success of Candy Crush is leading King toward an IPO.

    That's how influential and powerful the Bejeweled format is.

    Yet few people know the Bejeweled story.

    Bejeweled's creators — Jason Kapalka, Brian Fiete and John Vechey — once offered to sell the franchise to Microsoft for just $50,000. Their offer was rejected. Ten years later, their company was bought by Electronic Arts in a deal worth $1.3 billion.

    We asked PopCap to give us all the earliest photos they had from the birth of Bejeweled. The archive includes images of the founders from when they were unknown teenage game nerds, forgotten black-and-white versions of Bejeweled for the Palm Pilot, and a picture of Snackers the cat, who makes Easter egg a appearances in most versions of the game.

    This is the greatest video game story ever told.

    jason 2002 BejeweledThis (right) is Jason Kapalka in the early 2000s. He developed the game from scratch.

    From 1995 to 2000, Kapalka worked at Total Entertainment Network (eventually bought by EA). Around 1998 or 1999, TEN decided it needed to jump onto a big new trend in online gaming: Bingo.

    Kapalka remembers the conversation going like this:

    Boss: “Jason, we’ve got a new project for you.”

    Me: “But I’m still working on the Total Annihilation tournament.”

    Boss: “Yeah, well, now we want you to do a java-based web bingo.”

    Me: “… Bingo? Like, in bingo halls, with grandmas?”

    In fact, Kapalka had been producing a shoot-'em-up game called ARC:

    "It was a top-down, team-based shooter, a little bit like Counterstrike. With little saucers driving around shooting at each other. It was made by two kids in Indiana in some trailer park. Our business guys didn't know how to talk to them," Kapalka says.

    Those 19-year-olds were John Vechey, left, and Brian Fiete, far right, the other two co-founders of PopCap (seen here circa 2002, with Dave Haas, another early employee, in the middle):

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    john young Bejeweled"I was 28 or 29," Kapalka says. "They (Vechey and Feite) kind of looked like weird goofy kids from Indiana. They had long hair, glasses and dressed in dumb T-shirts. They kind of looked like the Hanson Brothers. They were too young to get into bars and all they wanted to do was go back to the offices and play games at TEN."

    "At the time [gaming] really wasn't something you did. There was no indie scene for games in '98. We worked with them on that game, Arc."

    TEN was eventually renamed Pogo, which was bought by EA. "I think I got maybe $30,000" in the buyout, says Kapalka.

    Kapalka is seen here with other early PopCap employees:

    jason kapalka left2 Bejeweled

    This is another of the earliest pictures of PopCap's employees, with Jason Kapalka on the far right:

    early popcap employees bejeweled

    Here's how they look today:

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    first biz card2 bejeweledKapalka, Vechey and Fiete decided to go it alone with their own company, called PopCap.

    This is Kapalka's first business card (at right).

    "We didn't have much of a business plan, so we didn't think too much about it. We didn't get venture capital or investments. There was no real financing. We had some savings. It was just the three of us working out of our apartments," Kapalka says.

    "We had enough money to go for 6 or 12 months maybe. That was as about as sophisticated as the plan got."

    PopCap is born.

    PopCap's HQ was Kapalka's San Francisco apartment at 526 Shrader Street. "It was kitty corner to Amoeba Records and the infamous Murio’s bar. It was a Victorian walk-up that was reasonably neat when I had roommates, but which got progressively more cave-like when they moved out. One room was nicknamed the 'crack den' because it was bare except for a ratty old mattress. (I didn’t actually do crack, though)," Kapalka says.

    This is how it looks now:

    shrader bejeweled

    snackers 2 bejeweled cat kittenAnd this is Snackers, Kapalka's cat.

    Snackers, who is 7 years old, has a cameo in just about every version of Bejeweled.

    She’s in a flying saucer in Bejeweled Twist, and her head flies out and shoots laser beams if you get the rare "Cat’s Eye" gem in Bejeweled Blitz.

    At the new company, Kapalka began researching color-matching games.

    "John had found a puzzle game on the internet he thought was interesting. It was called 'The Colors Game.' I've never been able to find it again," Kapalka says.

    "It had the same basic rules as Bejeweled, with matching three shapes, but there was no sound. You had to refresh your screen after every swap. It just a bunch of colored squares. I don't even think it had scoring. It didn't have instructions or credits."

    "Match-three" games have a long history, Kapalka later discovered.

    This is a Russian game called Shariki ("the balls") that was published online in 1994. Shariki is the ancestor of all match-three games:


    The team initially thought a match-three "fruit" concept would be a winner. They were wrong!

    "Brian started writing a more sophisticated version of Colors in Java, to put explosions in it. ... one problem was that they were squares, it was hard to distinguish them. I was trying to figure out what shapes we could use instead," Kapalka says.

    "I tried fruits. In the game, you need seven different colors and shapes, and fruits are the same colors and the same shapes. So it was hard."

    Gems, however, worked: Bejeweled was originally called 'Diamond Mine,' Kapalka says. "There were references to cave-ins and collapses, etc., but no one cared about the theoretical mining background."

    This is what Diamond Mine originally looked like:

    diamond mine 23 bejeweled

    But Diamond Mine was killed almost immediately — by Microsoft.

    "We got a deal with Microsoft and they wanted it on their site, but under a different name. Their vague excuse was that there was some game called 'Diamond Mines' — plural — from the '80s and they were too close, legally. They wanted it to be exclusive to their site. We weren't thinking too much about long-term brand management!"

    Here are the original instructions:

    diamond mine22 bejeweled

    Microsoft wanted to use the name 'Bejeweled.' "At first I didn't like it. It seemed like a really lame effort to be topical and sound like the movie ['Bedazzled' starring Liz Hurley, below], and it would be dead in two months." Kapalka now admits, "It's more evocative than Diamond Mine."

    Liz Hurley Bedazzled

    "Microsoft agreed to rent Bejeweled for $1,500 a month," Kapalka says.

    This is an early version of PopCap's first web site:

    popcap web 2

    And an early version of Bejeweled on zip disks (remember those?)

    bejeweled on disks"We could see what it was doing on Microsoft's gaming zone, you could see the numbers of simultaneous players. It was easily the most popular game on their service. There were 20,000 simultaneous players, which was a lot in 2000."

    PopCap offered to sell the game to Microsoft: "They wouldn't buy it outright. We would have sold it for sure, for $50,000 or less." But Microsoft wasn't interested, Kapalka says. "This was them being cheap."

    So PopCap made a deal with Microsoft that it came to regret:

    image002 BejeweledMicrosoft didn't own the game but they did own the name "Bejeweled," so PopCap made a deal: PopCap got the name back and in return Microsoft got the rights to create advertising-based versions of the game. There was a Tyson chicken Bejeweled. A Smirnoff Ice Bejeweled. Even one for the Pork Board.

    "I remember thinking, this is so ridiculous, we should change the name to 'Beporked,'" Kapalka says.

    "They'd re-skim the images of the jewels but it was difficult to get seven different pieces of pork. It was a source of mild embarrassment for a few years."

    bejeweled palm 23With Microsoft paying $1,500 a month to license Bejeweled, Kapalka thought they had a business model.

    "We thought, if we do a bunch more of these deals and get them all going at the same price, maybe we can make living."

    Then PopCap began charging people $20 to play Bejeweled.

    With Microsoft paying chump change, "we looked around for other ideas to make money," Kapalka says.

    A friend suggested selling a full, downloadable version for $20 per user. It sounds crazy in hindsight, but most users were on telephone modems. Maybe they wanted bigger graphics. Maybe they didn't want to interrupt their games every time the phone rang.

    They called the $20 version "Bejeweled Deluxe."

    Amazingly, people were willing to pay $20 to play Bejeweled.

    "We had a program that made a cash register 'ka-ching!' sound every time we made a sale. John was sitting on his couch and his mom was yelling at him that he couldn't make money sitting on the couch. And then the thing made a sound — 'ka-ching!'"

    In fact, hundreds of people were willing to pay $20 for uninterrupted games of Bejeweled, and the ka-ching! program rang frequently. "We had to turn it off because it became more and more noisy. It made thousands, which was quite a bit for three guys in a basement."

    Microsoft worried that ad-free downloadable games would cannibalize the ad-supported version of Bejeweled.

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    So PopCap agreed to split download revenues 50-50 with with Microsoft.

    "It did very well, and they said, 'oh this is a lot more money than the advertising model!'" Kapalka says.

    "From 2000 to 2008, until the rise of the iPhone, that was largely the model for the industry. It was primarily PC-based casual games, play for free and then register for $20. That was a pretty stable industry for quite some time, until the rise of Facebook and iPhone, which gave a lot of other options for those players — classic soccer moms, bored secretaries and grandmas."

    Motorola RazrIn 2004, the era of mobile gaming was born: Bejeweled came as a free, built-in feature of the Motorola Razr — the hottest cellphone of the day.

    "We signed a licensing deal and didn't think about it much," Kapalka says.

    "The amount of money you got paid for it was really small, it was cents per app. You had to go through multiple layers of bureaucracy. Jamdat, the carriers, they could charge whatever they liked, upwards of 70% from a user. It was good exposure but it took a while before it would add up to significant amounts of money."

    steve jobs unveils first iphoneIn 2007, everything changed with the launch of Apple's iPhone:

    "We went from paying up to 90% of our fees to the middle men [in order to get placement on a phone], to Apple's App Store cut, which is just 30%. And it was drastically easier for people to find and download games," Kapalka says.

    "We were one of the launch games with the iPhone."

    The iPhone was also crucial because its touchscreen was perfect for Bejeweled gameplay. On dumbphones, players had to punch cursor arrows. Swiping on the iPhone made the experience smoother.

    This is Fiete, Vechey, and Kapalka at the launch of Bejeweled Twist:

    Founders BJT LaunchEvent 2 Bejeweled

    In 2011, a decade after Microsoft had turned down Bejeweled's $50,000 offering price, EA agreed to acquire PopCap in a deal worth $1.3 billion.

    "There were six months maybe, we were in some fairly intense negotiations with a couple different companies," Kapalka says.

    "It was a lot of money. But PopCap was doing well enough that financially I was OK. ... It didn't change my lifestyle much. I made some donations to some charities and my old university, and stuff like that. There were some people at PopCap who got a fairly large check. If you get a check for a million when you're making $60,000 or $80,000 it's a large change."

    TPN PopCap Bejeweled TwistLaunch(Evening) 218.JPGSo what does Kapalka think of Candy Crush Saga, which borrows heavily from Bejeweled?

    "It's no worse than any of the others [games that have copied Bejeweled]. They have done some stuff that's pretty interesting … I kind of wish I'd thought of some of that stuff. I try to be philosophical about rip-offs. As long as they're adding something new."

    "They have a very aggressive monetization scheme in there. It gets pretty hard, pretty fast if you're not spending money. It can lead to burnout."

    "The ones that really annoy me are total clones that degrade the experience."

    Jason Kapalka 2009 Hi Res BejeweledAnd yes, even Kapalka sometimes gets bored of playing Bejeweled.

    "Every once in a while I think, how much jewel swapping can I handle? How can I make Bejeweled feel fresh to me again?"

    That's how new versions of Bejeweled get born.

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    bobby holland hanton stunt double

    Superheroes have hidden identities who work everyday jobs.

    Beefcake actors have stuntman Bobby Holland Hanton.

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

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

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

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

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

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    BI: What was your first movie job?

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

    BI: What's a typical audition test like?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    BI: Best job perk?

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

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

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

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

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

    "Thor: The Dark World" premieres November 8.

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

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    Last November, Jessica Alba was doing ads for Microsoft's Windows Phone

    Looks like she wasn't that into the Windows Phone, because she was photographed using an iPhone at New York's Fashion Week. 

    A Microsoft spokesperson reached tells us her contract expired in May, and that she still uses her Lumia phone from time to time.

    This isn't great PR for Windows Phone since she's shifted to iPhone seemingly as soon as she could.

    Alba isn't the only person that's been caught cheating like this. BlackBerry celebrity spox, Alicia Keys, was busted for using an iPhone, too.

    H/T: Lessien

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    Beeban Kidron, the director best known for the BBC TV version of the Jeanette Winterson novel "Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit," has made a grim documentary about how teenagers actually use the internet.

    It's not pretty, according to the trailer for "InRealLife."

    The film focuses on half a dozen teenagers who talk with alarming bluntness about the role their mobile phones and the web plays in their lives. They are, in varying degrees, addicted to social-mobile media, porn, and to the devices themselves.

    Here's how bad it gets, according to The Guardian:

    In one, a girl who does not reveal her identity, talks with heartbreaking candour about how she would do anything for her BlackBerry; when a gang of boys takes it from her she recounts how she allowed herself to be sexually assaulted in order to have it back.

    In another section of the movie, a 15-year-old boy, Ryan, describes unblinkingly how he is addicted to online porn, even though he is bored of it, because he has seen so much of it. "I've ruined the sense of love," he  says in the film.

    A third teen, who is gay, describes his long-distance romance with another 15-year-old, someone he seems to know intimately — but has never met.

    The film also tells the story of a boy who lost his place at Oxford University because he was addicted to video games.

    Kidron seems to have focused on kids who are extreme cases — most teenagers who go to Oxford do not flunk because of video games or porn, obviously.

    But she does so in order to bring into sharp relief exactly what the web has done to children. They find the unreal, virtual world of the web more interesting than real life contact with other humans. And they seem incurious about why that virtual world exists in the first place: A voiceover from an "expert" in the movie states, "It's a world in which your history is archived by a private company on servers that belong to them for commercial purposes, that belong to them."

    Here's the trailer (below). You can see a collection of cuts from the film here.

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    Carson Daly joins the "Today" show family as its resident digital guru, and he's amped about it.

    "When I got the call about being permanently on 'Today' and launching the Orange Room, it was like a dream come true," Carson told "Today." "You know that scene in 'Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory,' where Charlie peels back the wrapper and finds the golden ticket? I felt like I got the golden ticket."

    He knows it's "Today," right?

    The "Last Call with Carson Daly" host will anchor the brand new Orange Room, an interactive digital studio that connects the show and its audience. Viewers will weigh in via social media and influence the show's segments.

    "I want them to tweet at me and to look at the Orange Room as their room," Daly told "Today." "I want to be their host."

    Daly's no stranger to the morning news program. He's previously co-hosted with Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb.

    The former "TRL" host is hoping to give NBC the ratings boost it so desperately needs.

    Between July 2012 and July 2013, "Today" averaged 4.6 million total viewers from 7 to 9 a.m., The Wrap reported. That figure represents a drop of about 606,000 viewers from the show's average during the first year of Ann Curry's tenure as co-host.

    The Orange Room — part of "Today's" relaunch of Studio1A — debuts September 16.

    For a preview of how Daly will perform, watch him take a shot with Kotb in honor of the Royal Baby:

    SEE ALSO: Matt Lauer Lashes Out At Media For Lazy Reporting On Ann Curry Mess

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

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

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

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

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

    What's going on? 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Not necessarily. 

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

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

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

    A sequel is currently in the works for the film.  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    The palace released a statement Thursday announcing His Royal Highness The Duke of Cambridge will leave the Royal Air Force after seven and a half years of service to focus on his Royal duties.

    As the fourth successive generation of the British monarchy to become an RAF pilot, Prince William climbed the ranks to Flight Lieutenant Wales. He clocked 1,300 flying hours and undertook 156 search and rescue operations, according to the press release.

    Over the next 12 months, the Duke of Cambridge will turn his attention to royal duties — working closely with the Royal Family through a program of official engagements at home and overseas.

    He will also delve deeper into his conservation work, paying particular attention to endangered species.

    CNN reports he will become president of United for Wildlife, a collaboration between environmental groups fighting to put an end to the illegal wildlife trade.

    The Duke of Cambridge recently made headlines for tearing up watching footage of a rhino being attacked by a poacher in a CNN documentary, "Prince William's Passion: New Hope, New Father," which airs later this month.

    With respect to his new dad duties, Kensington Palace announced that Prince William, Kate Middleton and Prince George will move in within the next few weeks.

    SEE ALSO: 19 Iconic Photos Of Kate Middleton & Prince William

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    We knew that Jimmy Fallon had been working on a "Breaking Bad" parody for awhile.

    Last month, Fallon previewed photos of himself dressed as Bryan Cranston's character, Walter White, while filming a short for "Late Night" and now it's finally here.

    Called "Joking Bad" the video starts off like the "Breaking Bad" premiere. Instead of learning he's diagnosed with cancer, Fallon finds out he has six more months ... at "Late Night." From there, the host breaks bad, except in this instance, in place of pure meth, Fallon is selling pure jokes.

    The video is long at nearly 13-minutes but worth the watch for fans.

    There are plenty of cameos from the AMC series including Bob Odenkirk, Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, and even the "Breaking Bad" RV. 

    Fallon starts his gig on "The Tonight Show" Monday, February 24.

    Say hello to "Fallsenberg" below.

    What did you think?

    Fans are saying this may be Fallon's best parody yet:

    Fallon even had viewers starting the hashtag #Fallsenberg

    SEE ALSO: It's Official! There will be a "Breaking Bad" spinoff

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    The ladies of CBS' "The Talk"aren't shy, but it was still surprising when co-host and veteran news anchor, Julie Chen, revealed Wednesday that she had plastic surgery to make her eyes look bigger.

    The 43-year-old Chinese-American, who has been married to CBS CEO Les Moonves since 2004, admitted to viewers that as a young reporter in Ohio, she was told that she could never sit at the anchor desk “because you’re Chinese.”

    While all "Talk" co-hosts are revealing secrets on the show this week, Chen came clean about her plastic surgery and the discriminatory reasoning behind it:

    My secret dates back to—my heart is racing—it dates back to when I was 25 years old and I was working as a local news reporter in Dayton, Ohio. I asked my news director [if] over the holidays, if anchors want to take vacations, could I fill in? And he said, 'You will never be on this anchor desk, because you're Chinese.'

    He said, 'Let's face it Julie, how relatable are you to our community? How big of an Asian community do we have in Dayton? On top of that, because of your Asian eyes, I've noticed that when you're on camera, you look disinterested and bored.'

    But the sentiment didn't change when Chen went elsewhere.

    Fast forward, I'm like, I need to get another job—if I can—so I start meeting with agents for career advice. This one big-time agent basically told me the same thing. He said, 'I cannot represent you unless you get plastic surgery to make your eyes look bigger.'

    Ultimately, with the support of her parents behind her, Chen underwent the surgery with "the one doctor in Los Angeles known for it."

    The surgery is not uncommon for Asians wanting to look more American.

    Chen admitted that "after I had that done, the ball did roll for me" career-wise and she says, "it got me to where we are today. And I'm not going to look back."

    Today, Chen is very open about her past surgery.

    "I want to show you a side by side of how dramatic the surgery really was," she said on Wednesday's show. "If you look at the after, the eyes are bigger, I look more alert, more expressive."

    Check out the before and after below:

    Julie Chen plastic surgery

    This isn't the first time Chen has bared all. Last September, she — along with her "Talk" co-hosts revealed what they look like with zero makeup:

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    Watch Chen tell her surgery story in her own words:

    SEE ALSO: The Cast Of 'The Talk' Reveals What They Look Like Without Makeup

    AND: Korea's Plastic Surgery Obsession Is A Glimpse Into The Future [PHOTOS]

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    Fresh off his viral video that fooled the internet, Jimmy Kimmel's latest prank involves duping some "fashion insiders" at New York Fashion Week.

    The late night host sent his "Lie Witness News" camera crew to Lincoln Center, where an interviewer asked people coming out of fashion shows what they thought of fake designers like “George Costanza,” “Eddie Munster” and “Willy Loman.”

    Kimmel’s correspondent also asked people about models walking down the runway with watermelons on their heads — which didn't happen — and the fake new “uni-boot” from Christian Louboutin.

    Watch the fashion posers hilariously respond below:

    SEE ALSO: 'Worst Twerk Fail Ever' Viral Video Revealed As Stunt From Jimmy Kimmel

    REAL TRENDS AT FASHION WEEK: Google Glass Has A Front Row Seat At NYFW

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    With Ralph Lauren's Spring/Summer 2014 show this morning, Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in New York City has officially come to a close.

    Now models, designers, and fashion editors are jetting off to London, where major fashion houses like Burberry Prorsum and Tom Ford will present their Spring collections at London Fashion Week.

    But before hopping across the pond, let's take a look back at the most gorgeous, fashion-forward, and awe-inspiring looks from the past week in NYC.

    Get ready to ogle some models.

    The Betsey Johnson show was as crazy as you'd expect, but it was hard not to love the designer's cheeky underwear collection.

    Models rocked va-va-voom dresses at the Venexiana show. This one is all sex appeal and sequins.

    Fashionistas loved Lela Rose this year, especially the see-through trench this model is wearing.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    "Grand Theft Auto V" isn't out until next week, but images from the game are already hitting the web.

    Reddit user fakeittilyoumakeit uploaded the game map along with comparison charts showing how large the size of GTA V's Los Santos is compared to big cities like San Francisco and New York City.

    Rockstar told Game Informer the map would be larger than its previous games "Red Dead Redemption," "Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas," and "Grand Theft Auto IV" combined!

    Great. That's what the map looks like.

    Have you spotted two cool landmarks?

    Here's the "Vinewood" sign. GTA's nod to Hollywood.vinewoodAnd, here's the airport:los santos international airport

    SEE ALSO: 18 Gorgeous 'Grand Theft Auto V' Landscapes To Get You Pumped For The Game

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    "Casa de Shenandoah," the Las Vegas home owned by singer Wayne Newton  aka Mr. Las Vegas  for more than 45 years, is being sold for a whopping $70 million.

    Listed on real estate website Redfin, the 36-acre property has over eight separate homes, a huge garage, 37 stables, a tennis court, and even its own jumbo jet and terminal.

    Even crazier, it once had a functioning zoo with Arabian horses, sloths, penguins, lemurs, and more than 100 birds.

    Newton and his family lived at the ranch from the 1960s to 2010, when it was purchased by CSD LLC for $19.5 million to help the Newtons out of bankruptcy, according to the Associated Press. Originally, there were plans to turn the main home into a Wayne Newton-themed theme park with a gift shop and dinner theater.

    But that dream fell through after an ugly legal battle between the Newtons and CSD. Developers claimed Newton would not move out of the mansion or hand over paraphernalia for the museum, while Newton claimed his family had nowhere to relocate and was unhappy with how the property was being looked after.

    Newton finally settled this summer for an undisclosed sum and left. The animals have since been sold to wildlife centers, according to Redfin, and now a Las Vegas judge has greenlit Casa de Shenandoah's sale, though it still remains to be seen whether or not anyone will pay the exorbitant $70 million price tag.

    The main house at Casa de Shenandoah is a two-story structure with three bedrooms, six and a half bathrooms, and more than 9,000 square feet.

    There's also a nice swimming pool in the backyard.

    The entire property spans 36 acres, and has eight separate homes.

    See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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    New York Fashion Week came to a close today, but the nearly two-week-long extravaganza didn't come cheap.

    These days, it's hard to put on a fashion show for less than six figures, says The Vivant, which broke down the cost of a single runway show.

    The Cost Breakdown of a Fashion Show:

    Venue: $0 to $100,000

    Hair and Makeup: $0 to $100,000

    Stylist: $5,000 to $20,000

    Public Relations: $10,000 to $25,000 for a monthly retainer

    Models: $0 to $200,000

    Lighting: $10,000 on up 

    Invitations: $5,000 on up

    Here's how they got their numbers.


    "The four venues at Lincoln Center (the official home of New York Fashion Week) range between $15,000 for the smallest space up to $50,000 for the largest venue, the Tent," reports the site.

    While it may sound costly, it's actually one of the more reasonably priced venues considering everything from the lighting to the seating is already set up and and included in the price.

    Designer Anna Sui recently said: “Every season I think about moving, but frankly, economically, the tents make sense.”

    More expensive venues include the New York Public Library, where the Marchesa line showed this season. The historic location’s rental fees start at $50,000.

    In 2011, Marc Jacobs used the 69th Regiment Armory on Lexington Avenue to house his million-dollar runway show.

    Hair and Makeup:

    "Teams of makeup artists can charge from $5,000 to $100,000 per show, though many brands like Maybelline actually sponsor fashion shows, and provide their services for free," says The Vivant.


    "Interestingly, unless designers are using models with a high star wattage, models are often not paid and volunteer for exposure (or free clothes)," explains the site.

    Celebrities In Front Row:

    Cameron Silver, owner of LA's high-end vintage boutique Decades, explained to The Hollywood Reporter: "[Brands] fly [celebs] out and put them up ... unless they're contractually obliged to attend. Others pay them an appearance fee."

    While The Vivant says celebrities sitting in the front row are paid up to $100,000, THR published a breakdown last year of which specific celebrities get paid to sit front and center:

    • Beyoncé published a fee list in 2010 indicating that Beyoncé received up to $100,000 to appear in a front-row seat.
    • Rihanna: One unnamed British publication reports she was paid about $97,500 to attend Karl Lagerfeld's fall 2012 show in Paris.
    • Jessica Chastain: It's rumored she was paid $800,000 to do photo ops at last year's Armani Privé show — but a stylist insider says, "Of course, a lot of shows do pay, some more than others — $800,000 is totally exaggerated." (The fee likely was closer to $80,000.) Other Armani loyalists include Anne Hathaway and Cate Blanchett. 
    • Chloe Sevigny's $65,000, per a U.K. pub, is in keeping with industry averages.
    • Blake Lively and Kim Kardashian are in the $50,000 range.
    • "High-end deals usually are exclusive; if a star goes to just one show (like Jennifer Lawrence, seated next to Harvey Weinstein, at Dior last July), bank on them having been paid in kind or as part of an ad contract requiring their attendance."

    Other expenses include show producers, model casters, lighting, backstage catering, public relations, and stylists — but with more than 350 shows in nine days, the cost of a show can really vary.

    SEE ALSO: The 26 Best Looks From The Runways At New York Fashion Week

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