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- "American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace" is not what its subtitle suggests.
- Instead, the murder of Gianni Versace in 1997 serves as a starting point into the compelling story of his killer, Andrew Cunanan.
- Unlike other murder shows, it focuses on the lives of Cuanan's victims, beyond the most famous one.
- It's Ryan Murphy's best work to date, and the finale airs tonight on FX.
- You should definitely set aside some time to watch it.
- A gang of former student drug dealers from Manchester, England have been jailed for a combined 56 years.
- The men, who were students at Manchester University, sold LSD, Ecstasy, and other drugs on the dark web, according to the UK's National Crime Agency.
- They were inspired by the TV show "Breaking Bad," and made more than $1 million.
- eSports is a still nascent industry filled with commercial opportunity.
- There are a variety of revenue streams that companies can tap into.
- The market is presently undervalued and has significant room to grow.
- The dynamism of this market distinguishes it from traditional sports.
- The audience is high-value and global, and its numbers are rising.
- Brands can prosper in eSports by following the appropriate game plan.
- Game publishers approach their Esport ecosystems in different ways.
- Successful esport games are comprised of the same basic ingredients.
- Digital streaming platforms are spearheading the popularity of eSports.
- Legacy media are investing into eSports, and seeing encouraging results.
- Traditional sports franchises have a clear opportunity to seize in eSports.
- Virtual and augmented reality firms also stand to benefit from eSports.
- The gaming nucleus of eSports, including an overview of popular esport genres and games; the influence of game publishers, and the spectrum of strategies they adopt toward their respective esport scenes; the role of eSports event producers and the tournaments they operate.
- The eSports audience profile, its size, global reach, and demographic, psychographic, and behavioral attributes; the underlying factors driving its growth; why they are an attractive target for brands and broadcasters; and the significant audience and commercial crossover with traditional sports.
- eSports media broadcasters, including digital avant-garde like Twitch and YouTube, newer digital entrants like Facebook and traditional media outlets like Turner’s TBS Network, ESPN, and Canal Plus; their strategies and successes in this space; and the virtual reality opportunity.
- eSports market economics, with a market sizing, growth forecasts, and regional analyses; an evaluation of the eSports spectacle and its revenue generators, some of which are idiosyncratic to this industry; strategic planning for brand marketers, with case studies; and an exploration of the infinite dynamism and immense potential of the eSports economy.
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- Robin Williams repeatedly groped and flashed his "Mork & Mindy" costar, a new book claims.
- Pam Dawber, who played Mindy, said he did the "grossest things," but "could get away with it."
- Williams killed himself in 2014 after battling severe depression.
- The claims come from an upcoming biography of Williams.
- Princes William and Harry secretly filmed cameo scenes for "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" in 2016.
- But it emerged last year that the scenes had been cut from the film.
- At over 6 foot, the brothers make abnormally tall stormtroopers.
- The deleted scene has now emerged on YouTube, and it reportedly features as an outtake on the film's DVD.
- The royals are understood to appear in the scene with actor Tom Hardy.
- 03/22/18--06:19: 12 things we're excited to see in 'Avengers: Infinity War'
- Legendary actor Jeff Goldblum talked to Business Insider about voicing a character in the stop-motion animated movie, "Isle of Dogs," which marks his third time working with director Wes Anderson.
- Goldblum also opened up about why he believes he still hasn't delivered his career-best work yet.
- Steven Spielberg said in an interview with ITV News that movies released by streaming services like Netflix and Amazon should not qualify for the Academy Awards.
- Spielberg called streaming services "a clear and present danger to filmgoers," and said that a film released by such companies should be considered a "TV movie" that could "deserve an Emmy, but not an Oscar."
- Invitations have been issued for Prince Harry's wedding to Meghan Markle.
- Guests will be invited to a service at St George's Chapel and a lunchtime reception hosted by the Queen at St George's Hall.
- An inner circle of 200 guests will also be invited to an evening reception at Frogmore House hosted by Prince Charles.
- The invitations were made by London-based printers Barnard Westwood.
- They were printed with American black and gold ink on English card.
- The last nun still alive in a legal battle against singer Katy Perry over the sale of a Los Angeles convent isn't backing down.
- A GoFundMe to help with legal fees has exceeded its $30,000 goal.
- Sisters of the Most Holy and Immaculate Heart of Mary purchased the convent in the 1970s, and attempted to sell the property to a restaurateur in 2015 — which was fought in court by the L.A. Archbishop.
- Callanan had since been fighting the sale to Perry with fellow Sister Catherine Rose Holzman, who collapsed and died in court earlier this month.
- Netflix has secured the international rights to the majority of the British comedy troupe Monty Python's film and TV catalog.
- Titles include the group's classic films "Monty Python & the Holy Grail" and "Monty Python's Life of Brian," as well as its BBC sketch show, "Monty Python's Flying Circus."
- The titles will appear on Netflix in the UK and Canada starting on April 15, with a US release date "following later in the year."
- The streaming service is also looking to produce new original content from the remaining Python members, according to Deadline.
- Instagram is making another change to its algorithm in a direct response to backlash from users.
- The app is getting a "new posts" button that lets users refresh their feeds manually rather than automatically. Moreover, new posts will be prioritized by how recent they are.
- "Based on your feedback," a post from Instagram on Thursday said, "we're also making changes to ensure that newer posts are more likely to appear first in feed."
- Activision's stock was trading down the past week over fears that Epic's new mega-hit "Fortnite" may be taking away users and monetizing power from Activision's "Call of Duty" games.
- Jefferies analyst Timothy O'Shea says that's a short-term concern, and Activision has "vast opportunities" to monetize its audience in the long term.
- He says Activision is laying the groundwork to emulate Disney by finding a way to monetize its user base.
- Watch Activision's stock move in real time here.
- Actor Bill Murray wrote an op-ed for NBC News Think comparing the student activists of the Parkland, Florida, school shooting to the student protestors who helped end the Vietnam War.
- Murray also compared the difficulties of ending the Vietnam War to the challenges presented by gun-control reform.
- In a New York Times profile on Thursday, actor Chris Evans said, "You want to get off the train before they push you off" in reference to his role as Marvel's Captain America.
- Evans has been in the role since 2011's "Captain America: The First Avenger," and has since starred in two sequels and two "Avengers" movies — a third is coming next month, and a fourth next year.
- The quote heavily implies that Evans is ready to retire from the role — meaning there's a higher chance the character could die in the coming "Avengers" movies.
- MoviePass told Business Insider that Marvel's "Black Panther" has been its best-selling movie since it dropped its price in August.
- The service has sold over 1 million tickets for the movie.
- It's yet another honor for "Black Panther," which has already broken several box-office records and reached $1 billion globally since coming to theaters last month.
Want to learn about Gianni Versace, revolutionary fashion designer and gay icon? Looking for an in-depth, inside look at his July 1997 murder in Miami? Look somewhere else. Because while the title implies this is exactly what “American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace” is about, that’s only the starting point.
The series does give us a glimpse of Versace’s life — both his relationship with his long-time partner, Antonio D’Amico, and with his sister, Donatella (Penelope Cruz) — but the series also looks way beyond that, and is so much better for taking the risk.
Of all the TV that's out there, and I know it's overwhelming, this is a show you should set aside some time to watch. The season is only 9 episodes and the incredible finale airs Wednesday night on FX.
The first season of “American Crime Story,” which premiered to critical acclaim in early 2016, followed the 1995 O.J. Simpson trial. It went on to win 9 Emmy Awards, including best limited series and best actress in a limited series for Sarah Paulson, who played prosecutor Marcia Clark. “The People vs O.J. Simpson” was inventive in the way it was told, with episodes not just from the perspectives of key players like O.J., the defense, and the prosecutors, but also the jurors.
Still, the season’s glaring flaw was that, like a lot of fiction and nonfiction work surrounding the O.J. case, the victims, Nicole Brown and Ron Goldman, were still just catalysts for a larger story.
But “Versace” recognized that flaw and made a show about the origins of a killer while focusing on all of his victims. The result is a fascinating examination of class, sexuality, and gay culture in the 90s.
The series starts with the assassination of Gianni Versace (Edgar Ramirez) at the hands of Andrew Cunanan (Darren Criss). From then on, Versace serves as a side character and a parallel to Cuanan.
Based on Maureen Orth’s book “Vulgar Favors: Andrew Cunanan, Gianni Versace and the Largest Failed Manhunt in U.S. History,” the series goes beyond its subtitle and tells a story that only a bold, visionary storyteller like executive producer and co-creator Ryan Murphy could tell in such a compelling, thoughtful, and colorful (literally and figuratively) way.
The series follows Cunanan on his journey of seducing wealthy men, becoming a part of their lives — and making a living off of them — then ultimately murdering them, brutally. Then, on to the next one. But the twist is that the story is told backwards, starting with the murder of Versace, and going backwards until, by the end of the season, we finally get a glimpse of Cunanan's first crimes, which started with his complicated relationship with his father.
In the series’ stand-out episode, Judith Light guest stars as the conflicted wife of one of Cuanan’s victims: 72 year old Lee Miglin, a Chicago real-estate developer who was found dead in his home, bound with duct tape. Miglin’s wife goes out of her way to keep the news that her husband was murdered by a gay lover quiet, demonstrating that not so long ago, being gay was something most people wanted absolutely nothing to do with. The episode’s focus on what Light’s character goes through while finding out the truth about her husband — and what to do with it — separates this murder show from others before it, by not only showing the lives of the victims, but their loved ones as well. Light returns in the finale, further proving that she's a shoe-in for an Emmy nomination in the fall.
The most captivating element of Cunanan's story, as told in “Versace,” is the "what if." If the detectives responsible for finding Cunanan hadn't been blinded by gay stereotypes, maybe they would have stopped him before he killed more people, including Versace. Versace and his partner Antonio (played by a well-cast, natural Ricky Martin of “Livin La Vida Loca” fame) would have also led very different lives in a more accepting culture. And Donatella, too, whose disappointment in her brother’s lack of a leaving behind an heir for their fashion brand is the conflict that drives their story throughout the season.
The biggest surprise is also the best part of “Versace”: its star, Darren Criss. In his creepy and careful performance, Criss proves that he's so much more than the performer I, and I'm sure many, assumed he was. Starting his film and television career on “Glee” as Blaine Anderson, a very mature high school student who belts Katy Perry songs at every moment possible, and venturing not much further from that in theater productions like "How to Succeed In Business Without Really Trying" and "Hedwig and the Angry Inch," Criss’ transformative performance is one of those rare roles where you won’t be able to imagine anyone else but him playing it.
"American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace" ends its run tonight on FX. Watch the trailer below:
A "Breaking Bad"-inspired gang of British drug dealers who began selling drugs online to make money as students have been jailed for years.
The five men, currently aged between 25 and 28, made more than £800,000 ($1.1 million) through sales of Ecstasy, Ketamine, LSD, Valium, and other drugs on the dark web while students at Manchester University, according to the UK's National Crime Agency (NCA). They splashed their cash on lavish holidays in the Bahamas and Jamaica — but were first arrested shortly after the closure of the notorious Silk Road dark web marketplace back in 2013.
On Wednesday, they were sentenced to a combined 56 years in jail by the Manchester Crown Court, the NCA announced.
Ringleader Basil Assaf has been given a sentence of 15 years and three months, while James Roden has been jailed for 12. Kaijishen Patel's sentence is 11 years and two months, Elliott Hyams' is 11 years and three months, and junior member Joshua Morgan's is seven years and two months.
The Manchester Evening News previously reported that the group was inspired by "Breaking Bad"— the critically acclaimed TV show about a cancer-stricken chemistry teacher who starts cooking and selling crystal meth.
The NCA said the group operated from 2011 to 2013, selling drugs through Silk Road, an online marketplace for narcotics and other illicit goods that was part of the dark web — a section of the internet only accessible via software designed to obscure the user's identity.
The group sold the equivalent of 240,000 ecstacy tablets (in liquid form), 1.4kg of ketamine, and 1.2kg of 2CB, according to the NCA, and took payment in both cash and cryptocurrencies.
At one point, the NCA said things got ugly between some of the group, with Assaf threatening to tell Hyams' mother about his activities and firing him from the operation: "I won’t hesitate to ruin your life. Your mother will find out the truth." He subsequently did tell her.
When officers moved in on the group's flat, they found 11,000 doses of LSD, £4,500 in cash, scales, packages, and label printers, according to the agency.
In a statement, NCA senior operations manager Ian Glover said: "These five men were interested only in making money. They had no regard whatsoever for the harm these drugs could do to their users."
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What is eSports? History & Rise of Video Game Tournaments
Years ago, eSports was a community of video gamers who would gather at conventions to play Counter Strike, Call of Duty, or League of Legends.
These multiplayer video game competitions would determine League of Legends champions, the greatest shooters in Call of Duty, the cream of the crop of Street Fighter players, the elite Dota 2 competitors, and more.
But today, as the history of eSports continue to unfold, media giants such as ESPN and Turner are broadcasting eSports tournaments and competitions. And in 2014, Amazon acquired Twitch, the live streaming video platform that has been and continues to be the leader in online gaming broadcasts. And YouTube also wanted to jump on the live streaming gaming community with the creation of YouTube Gaming.
eSports Market Growth Booming
To put in perspective how big eSports is becoming, a Google search for "lol" does not produce "laughing out loud" as the top result. Instead, it points to League of Legends, one of the most popular competitive games in existence. The game has spawned a worldwide community called the League of Legends Championship Series, more commonly known as LCS or LOL eSports.
What started as friends gathering in each other's homes to host LAN parties and play into the night has become an official network of pro gaming tournaments and leagues with legitimate teams, some of which are even sponsored and have international reach. Organizations such as Denial, AHQ, and MLG have multiple eSports leagues.
And to really understand the scope of all this, consider that the prize pool for the latest Dota 2 tournament was more than $20 million.
Websites even exist for eSports live scores to let people track the competitions in real time if they are unable to watch. There are even fantasy eSports leagues similar to fantasy football, along with the large and growing scene of eSports betting and gambling.
So it's understandable why traditional media companies would want to capitalize on this growing trend just before it floods into the mainstream. Approximately 300 million people worldwide tune in to eSports today, and that number is growing rapidly. By 2020, that number will be closer to 500 million.
eSports Industry Analysis - The Future of the Competitive Gaming Market
Financial institutions are starting to take notice. Goldman Sachs valued eSports at $500 million in 2016 and expects the market will grow at 22% annually compounded over the next three years into a more than $1 billion opportunity.
And industry statistics are already backing this valuation and demonstrating the potential for massive earnings. To illustrate the market value, market growth, and potential earnings for eSports, consider Swedish media company Modern Times Group's $87 million acquisition of Turtle Entertainment, the holding company for ESL. YouTube has made its biggest eSports investment to date by signing a multiyear broadcasting deal with Faceit to stream the latter's Esports Championship Series. And the NBA will launch its own eSports league in 2018.
Of course, as with any growing phenomenon, the question becomes: How do advertisers capitalize? This is especially tricky for eSports because of its audience demographics, which is young, passionate, male-dominated, and digital-first. They live online and on social media, are avid ad-blockers, and don't watch traditional TV or respond to conventional advertising.
So what will the future of eSports look like? How high can it climb? Could it reach the mainstream popularity of baseball or football? How will advertisers be able to reach an audience that does its best to shield itself from advertising?
Robert Elder, research analyst for BI Intelligence, Business Insider's premium research service, has compiled an unparalleled report on the eSports ecosystem that dissects the growing market for competitive gaming. This comprehensive, industry-defining report contains more than 30 charts and figures that forecast audience growth, average revenue per user, and revenue growth.
Companies and organizations mentioned in the report include: NFL, NBA, English Premier League, La Liga, Bundesliga, NHL, Paris Saint-Germain, Ligue 1, Ligue de Football, Twitch, Amazon, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, ESPN, Electronic Arts, EA Sports, Valve, Riot Games, Activision Blizzard, ESL, Turtle Entertainment, Dreamhack, Modern Times Group, Turner Broadcasting, TBS Network, Vivendi, Canal Plus, Dailymotion, Disney, BAMTech, Intel, Coca Cola, Red Bull, HTC, Mikonet
Here are some eSports industry facts and statistics from the report:
In full, the report illuminates the business of eSports from four angles:
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The late Robin Williams repeatedly groped and flashed his "Mork & Mindy" co-star, a new book has revealed.
Pam Dawber, who played Mindy to Williams' Mork in the 1970s sitcom, recalled what is clearly sexual misconduct, saying he groped, grabbed, and flashed her on set.
However, Dawber said Williams' "magic" personality meant that she never minded the behaviour, and even enjoyed it. She added: "It was the 70s, after all."
The claims, based on interviews with his former colleagues, appear in an upcoming biography of Williams by New York Times journalist Dave Itzkoff, and were reproduced by DailyMail.com.
Here are the relevant quotes from Dawber:
"I had the grossest things done to me — by him. And I never took offence. I mean I was flashed, humped, bumped, grabbed. I think he probably did it to a lot of people... but it was so much fun.
"Somehow he had that magic. If you put it on paper you would be appalled. But somehow he had this guileless little thing that he would do — those sparkly eyes.
"He'd look at you, really playful, like a puppy, all of a sudden. And then he'd grab your t**s and then run away. And somehow he could get away with it.
"It was the 70s, after all."
According to Howard Storm, the "Mork & Mindy" producer, Williams also groped Dawber for no reason during rehearsals.
He told Itzkoff: "He'd be doing a paragraph and in the middle of it he would just turn and grab her a**. Or grab a breast. And we'd start again. I'd say, 'Robin, there's nothing in the script that says you grab Pam's a**.' And he'd say: 'Oh, OK.'"
Another producer, Gerry Marshall, also said Williams "would take all his clothes off, he would be standing there totally naked and she was trying to act. His aim in life was to make Pam Dawber blush."
Storm added that he once "goosed" an actress playing Mindy's grandmother in the show in the buttocks with a cane.
"There was nothing lascivious about it, in his mind. It was just Robin being Robin, and he thought it would be funny," Storm said. "He could get away with murder."
"Mork & Mindy" ran from 1978 to 1982, meaning Williams was between 27 and 31 at the time. He previously admitted to abusing cocaine and alcohol around this time.
At the end of last year, it was revealed that Prince William and Prince Harry's secretly filmed cameos in the latest Star Wars film, "The Last Jedi," had been cut — and it was rumoured to be on account of the royals being too tall.
The brothers, who are apparently huge Star Wars fans, attended the premiere of the film in December 2017.
They had secretly visited Pinewood Studios in April 2016 to shoot the cameos, but it later emerged that the scenes had been cut from the film.
William and Harry, who are 6 foot 3 and 6 foot 1 respectively, would make abnormally tall stormtroopers — according to the Mail Online, they're typically required to be 5 foot 11.
Luckily for dissappointed fans, a deleted scene from the film has emerged on YouTube and is believed to feature stormtrooper Prince William — on the far left in the scene — next to Prince Harry and actor Tom Hardy. The trio are shown in a lift with Finn (John Boyega), Rose (Kelly Marie Tran), and DJ (Benicio Del Toro).
The clip will reportedly feature as an outtake on the film's DVD, which is set to be released on April 9.
In the scene, one of the stormtroopers, believed to be Hardy, leans in to speak to Finn as he recognises him from camp.
Finn asks: "Is there a problem soldier?"
"FN-2187?" the stormtrooper responds. "You don’t remember me?"
Looking nervous, Finn asks: "926, please don't do this."
Later in the scene the stormtrooper jokes: "I know I'm not supposed to initiate contact with officers, but I never took you for captain material. Look at you, captain!" He then slaps Finn's bottom.
You can watch the scene here:
Other than the possible demise of characters like Iron Man, Thor, Loki, and Captain America, we're very excited for "Avengers: Infinity War."
This movie is what all of the installments in the MCU have been leading up to, so it's hard to wait, and we can't help but speculate.
From the trailers, we know that we'll see some unexpected people getting together, like Spider-Man and Doctor Strange; and Teen Groot and Thor.
But there will also be an epic battle in Wakanda that could be the end for some of our favorites. Plus we'll get a more fully fledged villain in Thanos, played by Josh Brolin. Since he's had such a big presence in the past few movies, we're expecting a deeper character than Ultron, who was a massive disappointment.
From a secret role played by Peter Dinklage, to Loki's status as good or bad, these are all the things we can't wait to see in "Avengers: Infinity War," in theaters April 27.
Who the heck is Peter Dinklage playing?
Somehow, Emmy winner Peter Dinklage squeezed enough time into his "Game of Thrones" schedule to make an appearance in "Infinity War." Details of the character he's playing have been kept entirely under wraps, but with such a big star cast in the role, it has to be an important character in the MCU. But who? We'll have to wait and see.
Nick Fury brought the Avengers together and has been with the MCU since 2008's "Iron Man," so it wouldn't feel right if he didn't make an appearance in the movie. But Samuel L. Jackson has said that he's not in it, and implied that "Age of Ultron" (2015) could've been his last appearance in the MCU. He could be lying to surprise us though: Remember when Kit Harington said Jon Snow was dead for a year?
An appearance from Brie Larson's Captain Marvel — possibly
Brie Larson's Captain Marvel could make a brief appearance or cameo in "Infinity War" to get us even more excited about 2019's "Captain Marvel," the first female-led movie in the MCU. It's been long enough, so we'd love to get a glimpse, even if it's just the end credits.
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As Netflix's library of original content continues to expand, it's worthwhile to take stock of all that the service currently offers.
With popular shows like "Stranger Things" and "The End of the F***ing World," Netflix has hit the mark with both critics and audiences.
But the service has also had its share of critical flops, including the Marvel series "Iron Fist" and the Kathy Bates-led sitcom "Disjointed."
To figure out which Netflix original series are worth your time, we turned to the reviews aggregator Rotten Tomatoes to rank the shows by their composite critical reception.
We excluded any show that did not have enough reviews to receive a designation of "Fresh" or "Rotten." We also did not include children's shows, talk shows, docuseries, or shows that were continued from other networks, and we used audience scores to break any ties.
Here are 65 of Netflix's notable original shows, ranked from worst to best, according to critics:
65. "Marvel's Iron Fist" — 18%
Critic score: 18%
Audience score: 75%
Netflix description: "Danny Rand resurfaces 15 years after being presumed dead. Now, with the power of the Iron Fist, he seeks to reclaim his past and fulfill his destiny."
64. "Between" — 22%
Critic score: 22%
Audience score: 67%
Netflix description: "After a mysterious disease kills every resident over 22 years old, survivors of a town must fend for themselves when the government quarantines them."
63. "Disjointed" — 23%
Critic score: 23%
Audience score: 81%
Netflix description: "Pot activist Ruth Whitefeather Feldman runs a medical marijuana dispensary while encouraging her loyal patients to chill out and enjoy the high life."
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It kind of makes sense that one of the most unique directors working today would want to work with one of the most unique actors.
“Isle of Dogs” (in select theaters Friday) marks the third time Wes Anderson has used Jeff Goldblum to masterful perfection. In “The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou” (2004), he had Goldblum play Bill Murray’s nemesis with the incredible charm that has become one of Goldblum’s memorable on-screen traits. Ten years later in “The Grand Budapest Hotel” (2014), Anderson gave him a very different role as an attorney who gets in over his head. And now with the stop-motion animated “Isle of Dogs,” Goldblum voices the dog Duke, who along with his canine friends helps a boy trying to track down his lost dog (Duke also loves to gossip whenever possible).
Working with Anderson is just the latest achievement for the legendary actor, who has literally done it all on screen — from playing a fly (“The Fly”), to saving the world (“Independence Day”), to running from dinosaurs (“Jurassic Park”), to even getting in on the Marvel craze (“Thor: Ragnarok”).
Goldblum talked to Business Insider about working once again with Anderson, the movie from his past he doesn’t mind watching if it’s on TV, why he loved his wardrobe in “Buckaroo Banzai,” and why he thinks he’s just on the threshold of doing his all-time best work.
Jason Guerrasio: I’ve heard that you did all your lines for “Isle of Dogs” over the phone, is that true?
Jeff Goldblum: Yes. Well, Wes was on the phone, I was in a recording studio in Los Angeles because schedule-wise I wasn't able to join Bill Murray and Bob Balaban and Ed Norton and Bryan Cranston, who were all together in a New York Studio. So I had to do this long distance, which I loved because I was sort of able to have Wes just to myself. He's a wonderful actor's director.
Guerrasio: If you did do it over the phone it wouldn't have been a first because Ryan Reynolds did a few lines over the phone for "Deadpool" that were needed during post. Same with Will Arnett for "Lego Batman Movie."
Goldblum: Well, these days I guess the technology is such that you can record something over the phone and tweak it into something very presentable.
Guerrasio: So it is safe to say this was the easiest movie you've done?
Goldblum: [Laughs] Well, there was no getting up every day early. It was short. But I'm working with Wes, even if it's a couple of hours over the phone, I thought about it as much as I could and tried to put as much into it as I could.
Guerrasio: What kind of direction did you want from him? Did you want visuals to prep?
Goldblum: Well, I'll take anything I can get. But this is my third movie with him, so you feel safe and anything he wanted to give me was enough. But originally he gave me the script and some photographs, some drawings that were the inspiration. And that was all. We didn't talk about the overall message and themes of the movie because he doesn't need to. We just talked about the character. But now that I've seen it a few times I start to go, wow, I guess I didn't need to know it but I'm so struck by the theme of us dogs being so committed and devoted to this kid.
Guerrasio: Was what you saw on screen completely different from what you imagined it would be when you were recording the lines?
Goldblum: While I was preparing for it I was thinking, “How can I make this good?” I spent time looking at my dog, and a little bit more, and a little bit more. But having seen it now it was amazing and what these stop-motion animators have done. Not only are they blocking the scene and other things we didn't have to think about doing, but every line is accompanied by the correct depiction of what we're feeling, a subtle naturalistic performance.
Guerrasio: It sounds like a fun gig. A couple of hours and then hand it over to these guys who have to spend years crafting it.
Goldblum: Could you imagine? [Laughs] I do a little voice for a few hours and they work for three years.
Guerrasio: Now let's go to the other side of the spectrum. At this point in your career, are you still interested in doing a role that's very costume heavy, like "The Fly," having to spend hours and hours in a chair before shooting.
Goldblum: I’m nothing if not a hard worker and if it's worth it. These days I'm as picky as ever and I have somehow the freedom to pick and I wouldn't work so hard just for the novelty of having a job, it would have to be with people I'm excited about and a story and a character I'm excited about. But they're around so yeah, I would jump into anything.
Guerrasio: I’m sure you get many offers to do many things, is it nice to have the freedom to be selective and not have to worry about where the next job is coming?
Goldblum: It is nice. I like it. I feel I'm on the threshold of my best stuff. I feel I'm trying to get better and I'm getting a little better all the time, and I seem to be getting a variety of things. I have “Jurassic World" coming up, and the Jodie Foster movie called “Hotel Artemis,” a very different character for me. And I just did a movie called “The Mountain” with Rick Alverson, he's the director who did “Entertainment” and “The Comedy.”
Guerrasio: Very different projects and roles. You have a career full of them. But what's the movie of yours you'll stop everything and watch a little if it comes on TV?
Goldblum: It's funny, I watch them when they first come out because I'm curious what we did, but I'm critical of my early stuff. Like I said, I'm trying to improve. But let me see, let me see, what comes on that I really like? Well, Wes' movies. Wait a minute, wait a minute, wait a minute. IIIII dddooooonnnn'ttt kknnnoooow — I guess "The Fly" if it comes on. I'll watch a moment of that.
Guerrasio: Let me give you mine. I love you in “The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension.”
Goldblum: Thank you.
Guerrasio: Do you get that one a lot?
Goldblum: Well, yes, people come up to me and say that. I like that movie. I actually watched it again because I did an interview about cult movies. I was very happy to see it again. I like that movie.
Guerrasio: I love the scene where your character, Dr. Sidney "New Jersey" Zweibel, is introduced. Wearing that incredible Western get up.
Goldblum: Well, like I say in that scene, "Geez, I thought we were going to go on the road," or something like that.
Guerrasio: He thought he was going to play with Buckaroo's band.
Goldblum: Yeah. He wasn't ready for what was about to happen. They had a very good costume person. And I was in “Silverado,” but I didn't have anything like woolly chaps and a great big hat.
Guerrasio: It's an amazing look.
Goldblum: Yeah. I liked it.
Guerrasio: Now you were still coming up in the business at the time that movie came out. A sequel was teased in the end credits, did you think you were in a franchise? You probably thought you were going to at least get another paycheck playing this character.
Goldblum: Well, I think [director] W.D. Richter and Earl Mac Rauch, who wrote it, they had a lot up their sleeve. They had more things to show. I think it just didn't do well enough in theaters. But I've never been particularly careerist and I'm no kind of business man, I've always done this as a wild-hearted romantic creative adventure and I was plenty satisfied with what we'd done with that movie. I don't think I even paid attention to how it did. In those days, in fact, I don't even think there were opening weekend box office news like it is now. I don't think franchise was a term used yet. But no, I don't think I counted on anything past that movie. [Laughs]
Steven Spielberg said in a recent interview with ITV News that movies released by streaming services like Netflix and Amazon should not qualify for Oscars.
The "Ready Player One" director called the rise of streaming services "a clear and present danger to filmgoers," while lamenting that smaller films are now largely bought by such companies.
"Fewer and fewer filmmakers are going to struggle to raise money, or to compete at Sundance and possibly get one of the specialty labels to release their films theatrically," Spielberg said. "And more of them are going to let the SVOD [Streaming Video On-Demand] businesses finance their films, maybe with the promise of a slight, one-week theatrical window to qualify for awards."
"But, in fact, once you commit to a television format, you're a TV movie," Spielberg continued. He added that films released on streaming services could "deserve an Emmy, but not an Oscar."
"I don't believe that films that are just given token qualifications, in a couple of theaters for less than a week, should qualify for the Academy Award nominations," he said.
Spielberg's critical stance on streaming services follows that of a fellow high-profile director in Christopher Nolan, who last year spoke against the theatrical strategy of Netflix.
Nolan called out Netflix's "mindless policy" of releasing films simultaneously on its streaming service and in theaters, though he also praised Amazon's 90-day theatrical window as "a perfectly usable model." Spielberg made no such distinction between Netflix and Amazon in his interview.
Watch Spielberg's interview below:
Invitations have officially gone out for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's royal wedding on May 19 — so if you haven't received anything, you're out of luck.
Kensington Palace tweeted on Thursday: "Invitations to the wedding of Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle have been issued in the name of His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales."
The Palace confirmed that guests have been invited to a service at St George's Chapel followed by a lunchtime reception at St George's Hall, hosted by the Queen.
Around 200 guests have also been invited to an evening reception at Frogmore House in the evening, hosted by Prince Charles.
They were made by London-based printers Barnard Westwood, who have been making Royal invitations since 1985, according to the Palace. Officials said Managing Director Austen Kopley was "thrilled and honoured" to be making them.
They were made with American black and gold ink on English card, which is an apparent symbol of Harry and Meghan's relationship.
They feature Prince Charles' three-feathered badge symbol, and are officially issued in his name rather than the couple's. This is the same convention as for the announcement of their engagement, which was also made in Charles' name.
The invitations were printed by Lottie Small, who recently completed her apprenticeship at Barnard Westwood, in a process known as die stamping, according to the Palace, "on a machine from the 1930s that she affectionately nicknamed Maude."
They're printed in gold and black, "then burnished to bring out the shine, and gilded around the edge."
Here's a video of them being made:
Using American ink on English card, the invitations are printed in gold and black, then burnished to bring out the shine, and gilded around the edge. pic.twitter.com/gQpC6tDot0— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) March 22, 2018
The last nun locked in a legal battle against Katy Perry over the sale of a Los Angeles convent isn't backing down — and a GoFundMe page created in October could help in that fight.
According to a report from The Daily Beast, Sister Rita Callanan of the Most Holy and Immaculate Heart of Mary in Los Angeles is ready to keep fighting the sale of the 8-acre convent, despite the unexpected death of fellow Sister Catherine Rose Holzman, who collapsed and died during a court appearance earlier this month.
The GoFundMe created in October by Holzman to help with legal fees has exceeded its $30,000 goal — it's at $30,285 as of Monday morning from just over 300 donors.
On March 10, a day after Holzman passed, Callanan posted an update to the page:
"On March 9th, 2018 we tragically lost Sister Catherine Rose, my beloved fellow IHM Sister and original organizer of this GoFundMe campaign. She was my cherished partner in this ongoing legal battle to keep our convent. It is now more important than ever to continue this fight and for our cause to prevail."
Callanan and Holzman were among the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart who purchased the convent in 1971 with income they earned as teachers in the parochial schools of Los Angeles, according to the GoFundMe page.
In 2015, the nuns sold the property to restaurateur Dana Hollister, who wanted to convert the property into a hotel. But Los Angeles Archbishop José Horacio Gómez had already sought to sell the property to Perry, and fought against — and won — the sale of the convent to Hollister in court, according to The Daily Beast report, because it had not been approved by the Vatican.
So why does Perry want to buy the convent so badly? Apparently she told the nuns in a 2015 meeting that she wants to "live on the property with her mother and grandmother, sit in the meditation garden, sip green tea and find herself."
Not if Callanan has anything to say about it.
“I just feel that Katy Perry is used to getting all she wants, and to her money means everything, and to her, whatever Katy wants, Katy gets," Callanan told The Daily Beast.
Callanan will continue the fight over who has the right to sell the convent with help from the GoFundMe donations, escalating a legal battle that has already been brewing for years.
Plenty of actors have dated each other while making movies together, and some of those relationships have fared better than others. The same can be said for the movies.
But for every epic bomb like "Gigli," which starred Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez — and earned a distinguished 6% on Rotten Tomatoes — there are some hits that have made major piles of cash.
Box Office Mojo compiled a list of the highest-grossing movies that starred actors who were dating in real life, either at the time of the movie's release or shortly before. (The list is ranked based on the movies' domestic box office, without adjusting for inflation.)
Most of these couples are no longer together, but there are a few exceptions, such as Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas who have been married for 18 years.
There are also couples who have starred in multiple movies together (Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman), and actors who have starred in multiple movies with a different significant other (Cruise again).
Overall, it appears that Cruise enjoys dating his co-stars.
Below are the most successful movies to star people who were dating in real life:
19. "Cruel Intentions" (Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Phillippe)
Domestic gross: $38,328,567
Witherspoon and Phillippe met in 1997 and married in 1999, the same year that "Cruel Intentions," which they both starred in, was released. The two have two children together, but divorced in 2007.
18. "Cobra" (Sylvester Stallone and Brigitte Nielsen)
Domestic gross: $49,042,224
Stallone and model, singer, and actress Nielsen married in 1985, a year before their film "Cobra" released. The two never had children together, and divorced less than two years later.
17. "Bugsy" (Annette Bening and Warren Beatty)
Domestic gross: $49,114,016
Bening and Beatty have been married since 1992 and have four children together.
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Netflix has picked up the majority of the British comedy troupe Monty Python's film and TV catalog, the group announced on Thursday.
The streaming service has secured the international rights to the group's classic comedy films like "Monty Python & the Holy Grail" and "Monty Python's Life of Brian," as well as its groundbreaking BBC sketch show, "Monty Python's Flying Circus."
The titles will appear on Netflix in the UK, Canada, and other international markets starting on April 15, with a US release date "following later in the year," according to the Python website.
Deadline reports that Netflix is also looking to produce new original content from the remaining Python members, which include John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin and Terry Gilliam.
Here is the full list of titles that will be available for streaming:
"Monty Python & the Holy Grail"
"Monty Python’s Life of Brian"
"Monty Python’s Flying Circus"
"Monty Python’s Fliegender Zirkus"
"Monty Python’s Personal Best"
"Monty Python Best Bits (mostly)"
"Monty Python Live (mostly): One Down, Five to Go"
"Monty Python Conquers America"
"The Meaning of Monty Python"
"Monty Python: The Meaning of Live"
"Eric Idle’s What About Dick?"
Watch a selection of sketches from "Monty Python's Flying Circus" below:
Instagram is moving to address a major user complaint about its timeline.
Before June 2016, Facebook-owned Instagram displayed posts based on when they were posted — in reverse-chronological order, newest first. The change to Instagram's algorithm meant you'd sometimes see days-old posts at the top of your feed.
"We've heard it can feel unexpected when your feed refreshes and automatically bumps you to the top," a post on Instagram's blog says. As a result, Instagram is introducing a "new posts" button that allows you to refresh your feed manually as you wish.
The button isn't in the app just yet, and the post calls it a "test" rather than a permanent feature.
Moreover, Instagram says it will once again prioritize recentness over various other metrics.
"Based on your feedback, we're also making changes to ensure that newer posts are more likely to appear first in feed," the post said.
When Instagram announced the change to its algorithm to prioritize stuff like shares, likes, your relationship with the poster, and other metrics, users complained that it was often hard to see what friends were posting on an ongoing basis.
And worse, you'd sometimes lose track of stuff you wanted to see when the app automatically refreshed your feed with a new smattering of seemingly random stuff.
It's not clear exactly when these changes are coming to the app, but it sounds as if they're rolling out soon.
Activision's stock has slumped recently, but it is poised to reverse that by unlocking the secret sauce that has made Disney so successful all these years — finding a way to monetize its large user base.
Disney is the master at getting individuals and families from its amusement parks and cruises, as well as its fan base from franchises like Star Wars and Marvel, to keep coming back to its parks, the movie theaters and its stores to buy merchandise. Disney has found the secret to monetizing its consumers, and it could eventually do that for its planned streaming video service.
Activision is along the same path, Timothy O'Shea, an analyst at Jefferies, wrote in a note to clients. With its 385 million active users, it has a "vast opportunity to more deeply monetize its audience," he said. Activision has already made plans to pivot to mobile gaming, develop its eSports segment, such as its widely-successful Overwatch League, and find ways to bring that content back to the consumer through products, sponsorships and advertising.
"We continue to believe ATVI is building a Disney-style entertainment business for the 21st century, but with higher margin," he adds.
O'Shea believes the opportunity is larger for Activision than most content providers because the company's users are a deeply engaged group, spending around 50 minutes with its content per day.
Activision's stock was trading down 6.41% in the past week over "short-term" pressures due to rival Epic Games' mega-hit, "Fortnite," which is said to be taking away users and monetizing power from Activision's "Call of Duty" games.
O'Shea that there is evidence to support this case,but believes that this will not last long given its Disney play. He also sees the current weakness as presenting better buying opportunity for investors.
"We are predisposed to aggressively buy the dip given there is no change to our positive long-term stance on ATVI," he wrote.
O'Shea maintained his price target to $86 per share, with a "Buy" rating.
Activision's stock was down 1.75% on Thursday at $70.36 per share. It was still up 9.49% for the year.
In an op-ed written for NBC News Think on Thursday, actor Bill Murray compared the student activists that arose from the Parkland, Florida, school shooting to the student protestors who played a part in bringing an end to the Vietnam War in the 1970s.
"I was thinking, looking at the kids in Parkland, Florida who have started these anti-gun protests, that it really was the students that began the end of the Vietnam War," Murray wrote. "It was the students who made all the news, and that noise started, and then the movement wouldn't stop. I think, maybe, this noise that those students in Florida are making — here, today — will do something of the same nature."
Murray continued the analogy by comparing the difficulties of ending the Vietnam War to the challenges presented by gun-control reform.
"Ending the Vietnam war was not a simple thing, either: You had to make sure that all our people were safe; we had to make sure that they were as safe as you could be," he wrote. "And, you might remember, people thought it was going to be the end of the world if we lost Vietnam. But that war had to stop."
Earlier this month, the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, in Parkland, Florida, led a nationwide walkout in protest of gun violence and legislative inaction on gun control.
Several of the Parkland students appeared on the cover of Time magazine this week, following weeks of promoting gun-control reform and making various other media appearances.
It seems actor Chris Evans is ready to hang up Captain America's shield for good.
In a New York Times profile on Thursday, Evans says, "You want to get off the train before they push you off" in reference to his role as Marvel's star-spangled super-soldier Captain America.
The quote not only heavily implies that Evans is ready to retire from the role, but it could also mean there's a higher chance the character could die in the coming "Avengers" movies.
Captain America is a role Evans has inhabited since 2011's "Captain America: The First Avenger," and since then he has starred in two sequels — 2014's "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" and 2016's "Captain America: Civil War" — along with two "Avengers" movies.
The next "Avengers" installments — "Avengers: Infinity War" on April 27 and an untitled fourth film next year — were filmed back-to-back, and the fourth film was originally titled "Avengers: Infinity War — Part 2."
With new characters recently introduced that could carry the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the future — Spider-Man, Black Panther, and Doctor Strange, for instance — it would make sense that original characters might be phased out.
It makes even more sense considering that Steve Rogers/Captain America died in the comic books after Marvel's "Civil War" comic-event. His close friend Bucky Barnes, played by Sebastian Stan in the MCU, became the new Captain America until Rogers returned.
Since then, Sam Wilson/Falcon, played by Anthony Mackie in the films, has also taken on the role of Captain America in the comic books. Both Barnes and Wilson are close allies of Evans' Rogers in the MCU. Is Marvel planning to kill off one of its most popular characters and replace him?
Only time will tell, and we'll have to wait until April 27 to find out if it reveals any thing more about Evans' future with the franchise.
Since MoviePass drastically lowered its price in August, the company has sent shockwaves through the movie theater business.
The service has seen a surge in popularity and reached 2 million subscribers last month. While users love the fact that MoviePass lets them go to a movie per day for only $9.95, some theater chains like AMC have complained that its business model isn't sustainable long-term.
We'll have to wait and see about that, but there's no doubt that MoviePass has changed the habits of many moviegoers already.
But which films have MoviePass subscribers loved the most?
MoviePass (and its majority owner Helios and Matheson Analytics) provided Business Insider with a list of the movies that had sold the most tickets via the service. These included recent Oscar best-picture winner "The Shape of Water" and Marvel's box-office behemoth, "Black Panther." (MoviePass didn't provide specific numbers, but did give us a list ordered from lowest to highest amount sold, along with estimates.)
Below are the 27 movies most successful with MoviePass users:
27. "Pitch Perfect 3"
More than 200,000 tickets
The third "Pitch Perfect" movie helped move the franchise into the $500 million realm worldwide.
26. "Peter Rabbit"
More than 200,000 tickets
"Peter Rabbit" may have performed well with MoviePass audiences, but it was still the subject of controversy for making fun of food allergies.
25. "Molly's Game"
More than 200,000 tickets
Based on the book by Molly Bloom, Aaron Sorkin's real-life story of Bloom's underground poker game received an Oscar nomination for best adapted screenplay.
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Marvel's "Black Panther" is a box-office phenomenon and has already reached $1 billion worldwide after just a month in theaters. But on top of all of its records, the movie is also the top-selling movie with MoviePass subscribers.
In data provided to Business Insider by MoviePass (and its majority owner Helios and Matheson Analytics), "Black Panther" was listed as the service's highest-selling movie with over 1 million tickets sold (in the period since August, when MoviePass drastically lowered its price).
Subscribers to MoviePass — which allows users to see one movie a day for $9.95 a month — took full advantage of the service in seeing the superhero film about T'Challa (played by Chadwick Boseman), the king of a secret, scientifically advanced African nation called Wakanda, who is also its super-powered protector (the Black Panther).
The film broke box-office records when it first opened as the biggest February opening of all time, and the best opening yet for a movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe with a four-day weekend of $242 million.
It didn't take long for the film to reach $1 billion globally and it has remained at the top of the domestic box office for five straight weekends, a first since 2009's "Avatar."
Audiences obviously love this movie, and perhaps MoviePass even pushed moviegoers to see it multiples times.
We'll see if "Black Panther" can remain at the top of MoviePass' list, though. Marvel's next film, "Avengers: Infinity War," comes to theaters April 27 and already broke Fandango's record for fastest-selling advance tickets of a superhero movie — a record previously held by "Black Panther."