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    Charlie Cox had to seriously step up his game to play the title role in Marvel's first Netflix series, "Daredevil."

    "The truth is, before I did this show, I'd never really been in shape, I never really had a gym membership, and I'd always just occasionally go for a run, that kind of stuff," Cox told Business Insider.

    On "Daredevil," which just released its second season, Cox has to perform extensive fight scenes, exhibit great flexibility, and just look all-around awesome in the superhero suit. For a guy who wasn't a gym rat to begin with, it takes commitment to keep his fitness level high.

    "It was such hard work to get into shape, that when we finished the first season, just on the off-chance that we were going to do it again, I didn't let myself completely go," Cox said. "I just couldn't bear the idea of having to start over again."

    "He's committed. He's the real deal," Cox's personal trainer and the creator and president of Arazi Fitness, Naqam Washington, told us.

    Regarding his training style, Washington said, "Nowadays, people train to get optimal movement from their body. They train like an athlete. And I have an MBA and MMA background, so it works well with Charlie. We did modern, sport-specific, MMA movement."

    Here's how Cox stays in "Daredevil" shape:

    SEE ALSO: 'Daredevil' star Charlie Cox explains the deadly power of the show's new character Elektra

    SEE ALSO: 'Daredevil' star Charlie Cox explains the importance of season 2's most exciting new character

    Cox eats lots of meals and lots of carbs each day.

    "Be really militant with your food and the regularity of your food," the actor said. "One of the difficulties for me is that I'm naturally very skinny, so the problem that I have is trying to keep weight on, put weight on. I have to eat six, seven times a day, and I have to have a lot of carbohydrates to try and fatten me up so I have something to turn into muscle."

    Washington explained that most of the work revolves around food intake.

    "You grow or you lose weight outside the gym, and basically, a lot of it is what you eat," Washington explained. "So if Charlie wants to gain weight in lean muscle mass, his caloric intake has to be more than his energy expenditure, mathematically. If you want to lose weight, your energy expenditure should be more than your caloric intake."



    Cox works out three to six days a week, depending on where in the production schedule "Daredevil" is.

    "I never do seven days [in a week], because you are supposed to rest. I tend to do five days," Cox said. "Before the show, when we're building up to shoot the show, I try to do six days a week. I try to get myself into good enough shape so when we start shooting, I can concentrate on the show and the acting part of it and not worry about it so much. So basically, I can do weeks where I do three or four times a week."

    "He normally gives me an hour and 15 minutes," Washington said of the duration of Cox's workouts. "If I can sneak and take an extra 15-20 minutes, I'll take it. But he's usually strict, because he's so busy."



    Cox's workout includes isolating body parts, but in a modern way.

    "One day you go in, and do your shoulders. And the next day, you do your legs, and the next day after you do your biceps," Cox explained.

    But if you think that sounds pretty standard and old-school, Washington says these aren't the isolated exercises of your '90s action heroes.

    "Remember back in the day when people used to work out one body part per day and try to be like Arnold Schwarzenegger and want to lift 200 pounds or whatever, some madness like that? Nobody works out like that now," Washington told us. "We'll do some primary muscle, but in a sport-specific, functional way, not the heavy three sets of 12, then you rest... We did none of that."



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    Studios spend millions on the production of their big motion pictures. The budgets for these blockbuster hopefuls are expected to soar to incredible heights in the future.

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    "Hotline Bling" is Drake's biggest hit in two years, but the story behind it might be even better than the song.

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    In this excerpt from "The Song Machine: Inside The Hit Factory," author John Seabrook describes the night of February 8, 2009, when singer Rihanna left a pre-Grammy party with then-boyfriend singer Chris Brown, based on a police officer's account in an affidavit.

    Chris Brown eventually pleaded guilty to a felony for the assault. On March 20, 2015, Superior Court Judge James R. Brandlin ended Brown's six-year felony probation.

    Shortly after midnight, Clive Davis’s gala broke up and the beautiful young couple left the Beverly Hilton in Brown’s Lamborghini.

    They hadn’t gone far before [Robyn Rihanna] Fenty confronted [Chris] Brown about a long text message from another woman she had discovered on his phone.

    Shouting, she slammed both hands down on the dashboard in anger.

    Brown stopped the car in the neighborhood of Hancock Park and leaned across Fenty to open her door, trying to push her out.

    But Fenty had her seat belt on. Her door swung closed and Brown pushed her up against it, punching her in the left eye and in the mouth.

    He started to drive again, steering the car with his left hand while he continued to hit her with his right.

    When the beating temporarily stopped, Fenty sat up and looked at her left eye in the mirror.

    It was starting to swell, and her mouth was filling with blood.

    “I’m going to beat the shit out of you when we get home,” Brown reportedly said.

    “You wait and see.”

    Fenty called her assistant and got voicemail, but pretended she was talking to her. “I am on my way home,” she said. “Make sure the cops are there when I get there.”

    “You just did the stupidest thing ever!” Brown cried. “Now I’m really going to kill you!”

    He started punching her again.

    At this, according to the police report, Fenty “interlocked her fingers behind her head and brought her elbows forward to protect her face.”

    His blows thwarted, Brown got Fenty in a headlock. She couldn’t breathe and began to lose consciousness. She gouged at his eyes, and Brown bit her left ring and middle fingers, and then released her.

    Brown stopped the car and got out while Fenty screamed for help. A resident called 911.

    When the cops arrived they found a “very upset and crying” Fenty seated in the driver’s seat of the parked vehicle, with Brown nowhere to be seen. He didn’t reappear until seven that evening, when he turned himself in to the LAPD and was booked on assault charges, as the Grammys were going on at the Staples Center.

    Needless to say, the couple did not perform at the show after all.

    Fenty suffered two black eyes, with large contusions under both caused by Brown’s ring, a split lip, and bite marks on her hands and body.

    More damaging to her image were the pictures of her swollen and battered face that two female L.A. police officers leaked to TMZ, the gossip site, several weeks after the incident.

    For Robyn Rihanna Fenty, the pain of the beating itself was augmented by the humiliation of the whole world seeing her as the victim of an angry lover, just like her own mother and Brown’s. She was forced to confront in the most public possible way the psychic memento of domestic violence that lay underneath the enamel of glamour.

    In the end, fame couldn’t save little Robyn from the horror of her parents’ marriage, as she had dreamed it might.

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    Excerpted from The Song Machine: Inside The Hit Factoryby John Seabrook. Copyright © 2015 by John Seabrook. With permission of the publisher, W. W. Norton & Co., Inc. All rights reserved.

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    As the box-office returns for Hollywood blockbusters continue to break records, so do the budgets to make and market them. 

    With Warner Bros.' highly anticipated "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" opening Friday, rumors are that it's the most expensive movie of all time, with a supposed $410 million price tag (though that might also include the cost to market it).

    While the studio is staying mum about the movie's cost, given how budgets have ballooned over the decades, it's not long before $300 million to 400 million production budgets become the norm for blockbusters.

    To look at the evolution, we turned to IMDb and Box Office Mojo to gather the 30 priciest films ever made, and we consulted the consumer price index to adjust for inflation. 

    We've also included the movies' estimated original budgets and box-office revenue for comparison.

    Let's find out if spending all that dough was worth it.

    Note: Numbers in the titles are adjusted for inflation, while original budgets are below.

    SEE ALSO: 8 highly successful celebrities share their most valuable piece of career advice

    30. "Troy" (2004) $218.9 million — adjusted for inflation

    Original estimated budget: $175 million
    Worldwide gross: $497.4 million

     



    27. [TIE] "2012" (2009) $220.4 million

    Original estimated budget:$200 million
    Worldwide gross: $769.7 million



    27. [TIE] "Terminator Salvation" (2009) $220.4 million

    Original estimated budget:$200 million
    Worldwide gross: $371.5 million



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    She owned Thursday nights on television with her hit series "Grey's Anatomy," "Scandal," and "How to Get Away with Murder."

    She got to make things up for a living — something she'd thrived on since childhood.

    But Shonda Rhimes was unhappy. She was overworked and unhealthy, and she didn't feel like she was living her life to the fullest.

    So she embarked on a yearlong experiment in which she'd agree to any and every request that came her way — in her personal or professional life.

    As she describes in her 2015 book, "Year of Yes," over the course of that year, she stepped out of her comfort zone and learned what it means to be truly successful. Here are six life-changing lessons she learned.

    SEE ALSO: The creator of 'Grey's Anatomy' and 'Scandal' describes the moment she came into her own as a boss

    1. You'll never know if you can get your way until you ask

    Jimmy Kimmel had been requesting Rhimes' presence on his show, "Jimmy Kimmel Live," for years, and Rhimes had politely declined each time.

    Once her Year of Yes began, however, there was no way out. She agreed to appear on the show, except for one thing: The interview wasn't live.

    "If I have to be on TV, if I have to do something as scary as 'Kimmel,' Rhimes writes, "we're going to do it my way or we don't do it at all."

    In other words, Rhimes learned that if there's a will, there's a way. She'd always assumed that appearing on "Jimmy Kimmel" was out of the question for her because it had to be a live interview — and she was terrified of making a fool of herself on live television. But when her assistant communicated her request, Kimmel's team was able to make it happen.

    Rhimes was begrudgingly proud of herself for overcoming her fear: "I said yes to something that terrified me. And then I did it. And I didn't die."



    2. Other people benefit when you get over your fears

    Shortly after Rhimes, who graduated from Dartmouth College in 1991, began the Year of Yes, she received a phone call from the president of Dartmouth, asking her to give the commencement speech in 2014.

    Though she was terrified, she agreed.

    As she reveals in "Year of Yes," she rewrote her entire speech during the plane ride to New Hampshire. While onstage, she calmed down when she stopped focusing on herself, and started thinking about the students in the audience as younger versions of her:

    Whatever I'm going to say is not for me. It isn't for the outside world. It doesn't matter how people react to it or judge it. I'm not talking to anyone but these graduates sitting in front of me. This is just for them.

    The speech encourages students to "be a doer, not a dreamer," among other advice. You can watch it below:

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    3. Making time for love is a priority

    Perhaps the most important "yes" Rhimes uttered was in response to her youngest daughter's question: "Mama, wanna play?"

    Rhimes was heading out the door, all dressed up for a fancy event, but she kicked off her heels and sat down on the floor to spend 15 minutes playing with her three daughters.

    Though she was late to the event, Rhimes writes, "That little fire inside of me has been reignited. Like magic. Let's not get carried away. It's just love."

    Now, she says, whenever her kids ask her to play, she says "yes."

    She urges readers to take at least 15 minutes a day to "play" — whether that means hanging out with their kids or indulging in a long bath or a manicure. In other words, those 15 minutes should be filled with love — for others or for yourself.



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    Gal Gadot is Wonder Woman, and she's stealing the show.

    For those unfamiliar with her name, the 30-year-old actress is best known for her roles in four "Fast and Furious" films.

    But before she was in action films, she was Miss Israel and served two years in the Israeli army.

    She's bringing the comic-book Amazonian princess to life alongside Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill in "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice," out March 25 and, based on early reviews, she's a fan favorite. 

    Many critics are saying Gal Gadot is the best part of the movie.

    She'll also star in the standalone "Wonder Woman" film scheduled for 2017 and (at least) two "Justice League" movies.

    Get to know the scene-stealing Wonder Woman below:

    SEE ALSO: The 30 most expensive movies ever made

    Gal Gadot was born in Israel on April 30, 1985. Her mom was a teacher, and her father was an engineer.

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    Growing up, Gadot wanted to be a choreographer before switching her sights to law, but her plans changed after she met a pageant scout.

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    She participated in the 2004 Miss Israel contest and won, which launched her into a modeling career.

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    A lot changes when you leave your job for good: the freedom to choose what to do with most of your hours, your mental focus.

    And then there are the visual changes. David Letterman has proven a man's look can change a lot in retirement, as he's stepped out since leaving CBS's "Late Show" with a huge, bushy beard and, more recently, what appears to be a shaved head.

    Letterman also looks distinctly happy. Following his 33-year career in late-night hosting, he's been exercising by the beach in the Caribbean and visiting his hometown. This is a man who looks like he doesn't have a care in the world.

    See how David Letterman has been living it up in retirement below:

    David Letterman's last day as host of the "Late Show" was May 20, 2015. Celebrities including Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin showed up for the occasion, and Letterman wished his replacement Stephen Colbert well on the gig.



    Days later, Letterman attended the Indy 500 in his hometown of Indianapolis. You can see the stubble of a man who has defiantly quit shaving.



    Letterman joined his old musical sidekick from the "Late Show," Paul Shaffer, for the annual Little Kids Rock Benefit in October. The beard was already getting pretty bushy.



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    There are some celebrities whose sheer fame, and correspondent wealth, you don't question, be it Mick Jagger or Madonna.

    But then there are the entertainment figures who you might recognize, but you never understood how much money they've accumulated over the years.

    Sure, Dolly Parton is a country superstar, but did you realize she's actually worth quite a lot more than Mick Jagger?

    From musicians who have put in their dues to TV stars cashing in on syndication, here are the most surprising celebrities who are filthy rich.

    SEE ALSO: The 30 most expensive movies ever made

    Martin Lawrence - Estimated net worth: $110 million

    He hasn't been in the public eye as much recently, but Martin Lawrence has made a number of savvy career moves over the years. His first big one, the sitcom "Martin," which he cocreated, became one of Fox's highest-rated shows in the '90s. The comedian parlayed that into a number of blockbuster movies, notably his "Bad Boys" franchise with Will Smith.



    Ray Romano - Estimated net worth: $120 million

    How successful was "Everybody Loves Raymond"? A whole lot more popular than its tepid critical reception would lead you to believe. And Ray Romano wasn't simply the face of it: As an executive producer of the sitcom that ran for nine years, as well as voice in the "Ice Age" films, the comedian never has to worry about money again.

     



    Birdman - Estimated net worth: $150 million

    The rapper is not as well-known as some of the artists on his roster, like Lil Wayne and Nicki Minaj, but as the head of Cash Money Records, he's become one of the top hip-hop moguls of this era.



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    Though critics vilified the movie, audiences certainly didn't.

    The much anticipated "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice," had a record-setting weekend at the box office, as it took in an estimated $170.1 million domestically, according to pro.boxoffice.com.

    That's the biggest opening-weekend figure of all time for a pre-summer release.

    The movie also broke the record for the largest pre-summer opening day ($82 million), the largest opening in the month of March (beating "The Hunger Games," $152 million), the largest opening ever for Easter weekend (beating "Furious 7," $147 million), and the largest opening for the film's studio, Warner Bros ("Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2," $169 million). 

    This is a huge success for the studio, specifically, as its coming off the busts of blockbuster titles like last year's "Jupiter Ascending" and "Pan." But it also proves that its launch of movies on DC Comics characters ("Suicide Squad" and "Justice League" on deck) can compete with the already successful Marvel characters that have been dominating the box office.

    batman v supermanHowever, "Batman v Superman," budgeted around $250 million, didn't get out of the gates cleanly.

    Going into the weekend the big news was the almost universal bashing of the film by critics. (It currently has a 29% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.)

    But that narrative went away when the film took in $27.7 million in its Thursday-preview screenings, the biggest preview-day figure ever going into Easter weekend. 

    The movie then made $82 million on Friday, the biggest pre-summer Friday (beating out last year's "Furious 7" with $67.4 million).

    And overseas the news is also positive. The film has already made over $115 million as of Saturday in 17 territories, according to Deadline. And in China, the film is Warner Bros.' biggest opening ever with $57.1 million in just three days.

    A major reason for the record-breaking figures is because Warner Bros. flooded the film, with it playing in 35,000 screens around the world — something only done for the major summer releases.

    The next test for the film will be its staying power. As word of mouth floods on social media, will general-audience consensus match how the critics feel, or will repeat viewings begin?

    Rounding out the weekend releases, Disney's "Zootopia" continues to be a hit, as it came in second with $23.1 million and is now at a total domestic of $240 million. While "My Big Fat Greek Weeding 2" played the counter-program to "Batman v Superman," attracting females not into the comic-book characters, earning an estimated $18.1 million to land in third.

    SEE ALSO: Here's how much "Batman v Superman" needs to make to be considered a success

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    That trailer you can't stop watching used it. One of Disney's most memorable songs did it. And it's in almost every movie you see on TV or on an airplane.

    You've probably never heard of voice matching before, but it's one of Hollywood's oldest and most useful tricks.

    Like stunt doubles or digital retouching, voice matching — also known as "voice double" or "soundalike" — is a tool the movie business uses to conjure the fantasy we imagine in our heads. It's a process in which voiceover artists are hired in postproduction to come in and double for the voice of a star. And if the voice match is done right, you’ll never know that a line of dialogue actually came from someone other than the actor you see on-screen.

    It often happens when an actor is already working on another movie and can't come in to do the ADR session (additional dialogue replacement), which takes place months after filming. And there are some stars who simply hate doing ADR, even adding clauses refusing to do it in their contracts. There's good reason for that: ADR is quite challenging.

    When a movie or TV show is in postproduction, all sound has to be mixed for the footage that's being used in editing. If dialogue can't be heard because of noise on the set or a mic malfunction, the actor must come in for ADR sessions to rerecord the dialogue. (Actors are also asked to come in to do "clean versions" of movies, dubbing over curse words with words that will be suitable for TV or airplanes.)

    But the lines must be delivered with the exact tone that was used on the set. If you were out of breath then, you have to sound that way again.

    "There are those actors who hate to do ADR," supervising sound editor/rerecording mixer Michael J. Fox told Business Insider. Fox has been overseeing voice matching since the late 1990s. "They are far removed from what they did on-set, there's no one to play off of, you can't get back in the headspace you were in. They are often like, 'Fine, voice-match it, totally fine with that.'"

    But some big stars are happy to do it. Fox recalls Meryl Streep coming in to do her ADR for the film "August: Osage County," and Matt Damon and Ben Affleck showed up to do it for "Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back." Fox remembers asking Damon why he was doing it, and the actor's answer was simple: "I'll do anything for Kevin Smith," referring to the film's director.

    But some stars can't stand the process. Fox handled ADR for the indie "Rolling Kansas," starring Thomas Haden Church. The actor was so baffled by having to voice clean audio that he decided to just say whatever was in his head.

    "If the original line was 'bulls--t,' he would replace it with 'peanut butter and jelly,'" Fox said. "It was funny. The TV version was just ridiculous."

    2 voice actors who pretend to be Cameron Diaz and Owen Wilson

    Married couple Jessica Gee-George and Grant George are veteran voice-over actors who have imitated stars including Cate Blanchett and Owen Wilson over the years.

    They say the process usually begins with an email from a postproduction supervisor about the actor they would match and how many lines they would perform. Sometimes they simply agree to the job if the supervisor knows they can do it. Otherwise they audition for the voice match, sending out a file they recorded at home.

    If they get it, the job is usually no longer than a four-hour day. They record in a studio with the footage in front of them on a big screen. The director often walks them through the lines, ranging from screaming for hours to saying a few lines that got garbled. The work is often needed for action scenes.

    "Whether it's a fighting scene or it's a close-up of someone breathing, the actors don't come back for that type of work," Gee-George said, noting that she did Cameron Diaz's screams and gasps in the car-crash scene in 2001's "Vanilla Sky."

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    The recent trend, however, is voice-matching in trailers for big films that kick off publicity over a year before release. Studios will rush to get out small teasers without any audio ready for the footage they want to use. That's when the voice-over artists get a call.

    "They often need a nice, clean line of dialogue," George said. "Sometimes they even use our voices as a temp for when they send the trailers for approval to the studio."

    When a dead actor needs to be brought back to life

    Voice matching also comes up when an actor is deceased. Stephen Stanton is a go-to guy when a film, TV show, or video game needs the voice of an actor who is no longer with us.

    He's currently the voice of Peter Cushing as Grand Moff Tarkin in "Star Wars Rebels" and Alec Guinness as Obi-Wan Kenobi in numerous "Star Wars" games. He was also the voice of film critic Roger Ebert in the documentary "Life Itself" and legendary horse-racing announcer Chic Anderson in the movie "Secretariat."

    "This is not about being an impressionist," Stanton told Business Insider of voice matching. "You're all of a sudden being put into the position of being the lead actor in that film for a day, so you've got to get into the actor's head and into the script."

    You also have to be able to match up perfectly with the lips on-screen, which goes a lot further than just getting the vocal tone right. And Stanton, who boasts being able to do more than 200 voices on the spot (here are some of them), says you have to be ready to work at a moment's notice.

    "Sometimes a trailer house needs you in 10 minutes. They are in a real crunch," he said. "They are putting something together and it has to get to the studio for approval. There's no real rehearsal with something like that — you can either do the voice or you can't."

    The legendary actor who didn't do his own voice on a 'Lion King' song

    There's no better example of 11th-hour voice matching than Jim Cummings' work on "The Lion King."

    The voiceover actor remembers hanging around the studio one day when he was summoned by Tim Rice and Elton John. They were mixing a song for the Disney classic, specifically "Be Prepared," performed by the film's villain Scar, voiced by Jeremy Irons.

    "They wanted me to take a crack at doing the song," Cummings told Business Insider. "As one of them put it to me, Irons singing sounded like, 'You could hear every Marlboro the man has ever smoked in his life.'"

    Cummings had been the lead singer for The California Raisins, the animated musical group, during its heyday in the late 1980s. And he has been the voice of Disney's Winnie the Pooh and Tigger since 1987, among many others.

    Though he had never done Irons' voice before, with only eight days before the premiere of "The Lion King" in theaters, Rice and John needed someone with a better singing voice but who could still sound like Irons.

    "The way I saw it, if I stink, we're going to know pretty quick," Cummings said. "So I did it, and apparently I nailed it."

    But there was still one last hurdle to cross. Jeffrey Katzenberg, then the head of Disney's animation studio, had to sign off on the performance.

    "They went in and played the song," Cummings said. "And Jeffrey was like, 'That sounds great, it's fantastic. I thought you guys were worried Jeremy [Irons] wasn't going to be able to pull it off.' And they were like, 'So you like it, Jeffrey?' Like four times they asked him, and he's like, 'It's great,' and then they said, 'Great. By the way, it's not Jeremy.' And Jeffery was like, 'What?!' And they explained what had to be done and me coming in, and he was like, 'I still like it.'"

    Cummings has also filled in on songs for Christopher Lloyd in "Anastasia," Russell Means in "Pocahontas," and Danny DeVito in "Hercules."

    "It's a tough thing when you're in the studio with a guy who's really talented and he's a great actor, but he just can't sing," Cummings said. "It can be frustrating for everyone. But voice actors are character actors, and that's just what they sound like. It's the character first and the voice second, because you have to be true to the character and flesh him out and make him real."

    Working in the shadows

    "It's a profession that's right in front of your face, but you don't see it," Cummings said of voice-matching work.

    The actors are rarely credited for their work, and if they are, it's usually with an "additional voice" credit.

    "It's a facet of the illusion of movie and TV making," Grant said. "It's like when people are shocked a scene was shot on a sound stage instead of in a house."

    Though voice-matching gigs are fairly regular, it's hard to make a living on them. They pay from a union scale of about $900 to somewhere in the four-figure range for a day's work. That's regardless of whether the voice is used; if it is used, the voice actor also gets residuals on the project.

    Often voice-matching artists won't know whether they can be heard in the movie until they see it themselves and try to catch where their performance is.

    Though it's a job these performers will hardly ever get any recognition for, all of the voice actors interviewed for this story said they were doing their dream job and loved the fact that few people knew what was going on behind the curtain.

    "I don't think audiences know this is going on at all, and that's the whole point of it," Stanton said of voice matching. "If everyone is doing their job well, this is done very seamlessly, and no one is aware that it's happening, and that's all part of movie magic. You don't want to take people out of it."

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    "Daredevil" made a splash during its first season with an intense, crowdpleasing fight scene. And season two is no different.

    Highly regarded for its precise choreography, uniquely realistic street-brawling style, and for being filmed in one take, the first season's battle set the bar high. But season two's fight, which arrives at the end of episode three, definitely lives up to expectations.

    "When I read it in the script, I remember thinking, 'That's a bold move, man,'" "Daredevil" star Charlie Cox recently told Business Insider.

    While the new fight isn't shot in one take like season one's fight, it definitely ups the ante. It also takes place in a hallway-like setting. Just before, Daredevil survived a confrontation with Frank Castle aka Punisher (Jon Bernthal), and then he has to fight his way down a stairwell as an angry and murderous biker gang descends on him.

    "They ramped it up a little bit, so that it felt like it was more of an homage than something you would compare season one's fight to," Cox said. "I think it's great. It was great fun to shoot and was a hell of a couple of days, but it's really fun, and it's different."

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    Directed by Marc Jobst, the three-minute fight shines a spotlight on "Daredevil's" realistic choreography, complete with breaks for the hero to catch his breath.

    "That's what it feels like," Cox, 33, explained. "If you were to get into fights that lasted that long, you would be dying. You would be so out of breath. You wouldn't be able to get the air in quick enough. I just think that's such a smart piece of choreography, because I think other people might worry that it takes the tension out, and you'd lose the drama. But I think the audience feels more riveted, because it feels truer to life, more like what's it like when you fight someone."

    Watch season two's most talked-about fight scene below:

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    Nearly a year ago, Facebook decided to set up a studio space in its New York City office where it could invite celebrities and public figures to come visit during press junkets (or just for fun). 

    Now, the so-called Facebook Media Central has become more popular than ever thanks in part to the explosion of the social network's "Live" broadcast video tool. 

    Take a peek inside and see what kind of tips Facebook's sharing with its big name guests:

     

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    Facebook decided to set up the space to teach public figures (hi, Martha Stewart!) how to use its products to better connect with their fans.



    Guests can choose to set up shop for a Q&A in the middle of the office, surrounded by Facebookers hard at work...



    Or in one of the more stylized sets Facebook has created for that purpose. Here's comedian and actress Iliza Shlesinger.



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    A number of Hollywood's best comedy talents are romantically connected.

    Some enjoy separate gigs in acting, writing, producing, or hosting a talk show. Others combine their talents to make some of the funniest TV shows and movies in the business.

    You may recognize several couples on Business Insider's list, such as comedian and talk show host Ellen DeGeneres and her wife, actress Portia de Rossi ("Arrested Development"). 

    And then there's the dynamic pairing of "Guardians of the Galaxy" star and hilarious "Parks and Recreation" alum Chris Pratt, and his wife, Anna Faris of "Mom" and "The House Bunny."

    But some of these pairings will be a surprise. For example, did you know that Jordan Peele, half of the creative duo behind Comedy Central's "Key and Peele," is married to "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" funny woman Chelsea Peretti?

    Take a look at these 14 hilarious pairs who are killing it in comedy:

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    Ben Falcone and Melissa McCarthy

    Ben Falcone and Melissa McCarthy met in 1998 while studying sketch and improv with LA's The Groundlings. Falcone has been steadily working for years, with credits including "Joey," "A to Z," and "New Girl." McCarthy's career has been skyrocketing since starring on "Gilmore Girls" in the early-2000s and moving on to the big screen. Her biggest movies include "The Heat," "Bridesmaids," and the upcoming "Ghostbusters" reboot.

    They see working together as an opportunity sidestep the hours typically spent away from your significant other on projects. They currently run their production company, On The Day.



    Steve and Nancy Carell

    "The Office" and "The 40-year-old Virgin" star Steve Carell met his wife, Nancy Carell (née Walls), when she was a student in his improv class at Chicago's Second City, and they married in 1995. They went on to work together on "Saturday Night Live," "The Daily Show," and "The Office." Most recently, they co-created the TBS comedy series "Angie Tribeca" starring Rashida Jones. 



    Samantha Bee and Jason Jones

    Samantha Bee and Jason Jones met while working in children's theater. He went on to work at "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" in 2001. She was performing as part of a sketch group before joining Jones on "The Daily Show" in 2003. Both decided to leave the show in 2015. Now, Bee hosts her own weekly commentary show on TBS called "Full Frontal." Meanwhile, Jones will star on the network's upcoming comedy, "Detour," which he and Bee created together. 



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    Now that we've seen "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" (opening March 25), with its new look at the Dark Knight as Ben Affleck takes over the character, it's time to take stock of the best — and the worst — Batmans we've seen in movies and TV. 

    The Batman of the screen has evolved from a witty crime fighter on TV to a darkly conflicted man in the movies.

    Fans of Bruce Wayne, aka Batman, are extremely loyal to the actor they believe portrayed him best. Any objection is liable to lead to rowdy debates. Who can forget Seth Rogen and Zac Efron arguing the better Batman — Michael Keaton or Christian Bale — in "Neighbors"?

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    So let's add some more fuel to this superhero debate. Here are the actors who played Batman on TV and in movies (we've excluded animation, with a couple of important exceptions), ranked, starting with the worst.

    Here are the Batman actors from worst to best, and where Affleck falls:

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    9. George Clooney ("Batman & Robin," 1997)

    Still trying to find his footing post-"ER," Clooney was jumping back and forth between romantic comedies and action movies when he took the Batman role after Val Kilmer was one-and-done in "Batman Forever." It turned out to be a disaster. Fans were exhausted by director Joel Schumacher's colorful aesthetic and the cartoonish villains played by Arnold Schwarzenegger (Mr. Freeze) and Uma Thurman (Poison Ivy). And Clooney’s Batman was too jokey. The gruff Dark Knight had become playful and soft.

    "Batman & Robin" is the lowest-grossing movie in the franchise, making $238 million worldwide.

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    8. Lewis G. Wilson "The Batman" TV show, 1943)

    Wilson has the distinction of being the first actor to play Batman, starring in the 1943 series. Though he had the comics as a reference point, Wilson was still at a disadvantage being the first to put on the tights. He holds his own, but it's certainly not a performance that is memorable, as you can see in the footage here.

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    7. Robert Lowery (“Batman and Robin” TV show, 1949)

    The second effort at a Batman series led to the casting of a bigger actor to play Batman. Lowery's physique and the show's better fight scenes make for a more enjoyable experience. 

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    The current television season is just a couple months from ending, so networks are making the tough decisions as to what will stay and what has to go.

    With today's shrinking live viewership, it takes more than just ratings for a TV show to survive to see another season.

    Networks are now looking at online, on-demand, and streaming viewership; social-media audiences; and international appeal, among countless other factors.

    It can be a pretty anxious time for fans: Did you fall in love with a new show you desperately want to come back? Or did you invest years on something that might suddenly get the ax? Or do you just need one essential plot question solved so you can move on with your life? We feel you.

    Here are the shows that are coming back for the 2016-2017 TV season from ABC, CBS, The CW, Fox, and NBC.

     

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    "500 Questions" Season 2 (ABC)

    Returning: Summer 2016



    "America's Funniest Home Videos" Season 27 (ABC)

    Returning: Fall 2016



    "The Bachelor" Season 21 (ABC)

    Returning: Spring 2017



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    Stars are, in fact, a lot like us — which includes sitting on their couches and endlessly consuming new TV shows they heard were great.

    Celebrities haven't escaped this new national pastime. And who would expect them to? According to a recent TiVo survey, about nine out of 10 people are regularly binge-viewing at least three episodes of a program in one sitting.

    TV and film stars often count themselves among the biggest entertainment fans out there. Not only that, but watching a lot of programming in spurts could be considered homework for them — at the very least it's helping to sharpen their craft.

    Business Insider asked several stars — from Jane Fonda to Donald Glover and Rami Malek ("Mr. Robot") — what they're binge-watching these days.

    Here's what they said they're obsessively keeping up with:

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    "'The Profit.' I love that guy." — Jake Johnson, "New Girl" (Fox)



    "I just binge-watched 'Getting On.'" — Sarah Paulson, "The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story" (FX)



    "'Fargo.'" — Rami Malek, "Mr. Robot" (USA Network)



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    With his latest film, "Midnight Special," director Jeff Nichols takes his first step into the studio system after hits in the indie-film world ("Mud," "Take Shelter").

    Resembling early Steven Spielberg movies, "Midnight Special" follows a father and his son, who has special powers, as they race from authorities.

    Along with strong performances from Michael Shannon, Joel Edgerton, and Adam Driver, the movie is a unique science-fiction tale that brings to mind numerous classics of the genre.

    Business Insider spoke to Nichols about the sci-fi movies that inspire him.

    "Midnight Special" is currently playing in theaters.

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    "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" (1977)

    Following the sensation of "Jaws," Steven Spielberg made one of the most memorable sci-fi movies of all time, stretching what we thought could be done with visual effects along with providing a touching story front-and-center. It was a movie experience that Nichols has never forgotten.

    "The first experience, you're swept up in the moment of the aliens and spaceships," Nichols said. "But then you go back and you look at the film again and you see how Spielberg looks at suburban life in America in the '70s and it was incredible. The accurate representation of the kid's bedrooms and the den, it made the mystery more immediate for me as a kid."



    "Starman" (1984)

    John Carpenter is known best for his classic films like "Halloween" and "Escape from New York," but one of his lesser-known titles is this intimate tale starring Jeff Bridges as an alien who takes the form of a widow's husband. He and the widow travel to where the Starman will be picked up by his people, though the government attempts to intervene.

    "A big experience growing up was trolling through late-night television and that's where I came across 'Starman,'" Nichols said. "I can distinctly remember the first time I saw it. It was in letterbox and just didn't look like anything else on television. The tone of the film, the sincerity of it. I was really struck by it."



    "Cloak & Dagger" (1984)

    Not all science fiction has to include aliens from another world. Made on the cusp of the home video game craze, "Cloak & Dagger" stars Henry Thomas as Davey, a young boy who loves the world of espionage and whose imaginary friend (played by Dabney Coleman) is the main character of his favorite video game. But he finds himself really on the run from bad guys when he realizes the video game he's carrying is in fact filled with top secrets that could be dangerous if in the wrong hands.

    "A big inspiration for 'Midnight Special' was the energy of being a kid in the '80s," Nichols said. "And this movie was so great because I remember carrying a backpack just like Davey, and I would have things in the bag just in case I would have to encounter a group of bad guys like he did. For me that was so much fun."



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    Pandora founder Tim Westergren is taking over as CEO of the radio-streaming company, according to an announcement made Monday morning.

    Westergren, a music industry veteran, was the prime architect of the Music Genome Project, which became Pandora.

    He served as Pandora's CEO and president from 2002 to 2004 and as its chief strategy officer from 2004 to 2014.

    Pandora shares were down 10% in premarket trading on the news.

    As Pandora prepares for a radical shift in direction, toward areas like on-demand streaming and concert ticketing, it is returning to its roots. "As the original founder, Tim carries the vision for how Pandora can transform the music industry," chairman Jim Feuille said in a statement.

    Rumors have swirled recently that Pandora is looking to sell itself.

    Westergren will replace Brian McAndrews, who has been Pandora's CEO since 2013. McAndrews is leaving the company, according to Pandora.

    McAndrews had lashed out at rivals in the streaming industry for creating an unsustainable business environment by spending large amounts of venture-capital money. Pandora, unlike rivals such as Spotify, is a public company and has to answer to shareholders.

    The future

    Pandora is a company in transition. Two recent high-profile acquisitions suggest it wants to break beyond "internet radio," with a particular interest in on-demand streaming, which would put it into more direct competition with Spotify and Apple Music. Pandora in November bought key assets of the embattled streaming service Rdio for $75 million, and the company has said these are critical to its plans to move into the on-demand arena.

    Westergren pointed to this in a statement on his appointment as CEO. "We are pursuing a once-in-a-generation opportunity to create a massive, vibrant music marketplace," he said. The word "marketplace" in particular speaks to a broader vision for the company beyond streaming radio.

    Pandora also announced a new management structure. Here is how the leadership will be organized, according to Pandora:

    • "Mike Herring, as President and Chief Financial Officer, drives monetization of Pandora's core business covering revenue, music licensing, finance, legal, and information technology. He will also continue to focus on driving efficiencies and expanding margins."
    • "Sara Clemens, as Chief Operating Officer, focuses on growing and scaling the business and operating new ventures. Her responsibilities include music makers, Ticketfly, international, human resources and corporate development."
    • "Pandora's Chief Product Officer Chris Phillips, is responsible for product, engineering and marketing. His team will develop, deliver and drive adoption of products that connect fans and artist in new ways, including on-demand, and help advertisers reach their audiences."

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