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    The East Hamptons home from the documentary "Grey Gardens" is on sale for nearly $20 million. Built in 1897, the home was refurbished in 1979 by the current owner. The documentary then sparked an HBO film and a Broadway musical of the same title. 

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    There must be nights when before going onstage, the late-night hosts look up to the heavens and say, "Thank you."

    After Donald Trump's first solo press conference as president on Thursday, their openings pretty much wrote themselves.

    That was certainly the case for Stephen Colbert, who came out to his "Late Show" audience guns blazing as he recapped Trump's hour-plus presser that touched on everything from Russia to leaks that are "real" but news about said leaks that are "fake."

    It was a performance from the president that many saw as wild and defensive, and which CNN's Jake Tapper called "unhinged."

    "He started off by defending the rough start his administration has had by immediately attacking America's true enemy: anybody but him," Colbert said.

    After playing a clip of Trump saying in his opening prepared statement that he "inherited a mess" coming into office, Colbert said, "No, you inherited a fortune — we elected a mess."

    Then when Trump said that he had the largest electoral college win since Ronald Regan, Colbert corrected him by noting that Barack Obama received 365 electoral votes to Trump's 306.

    "Do you think 306 is larger than 365? Wow, Betsy DeVos works quick," Colbert said, referring to Trump's secretary of education.

    Watch Colbert's entire opening:

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    Seth Meyers scrapped a planned segment of "A Closer Look" on Thursday's "Late Night" after President Donald Trump's first solo press conference became the biggest news of the day.

    "Donald Trump held what can only be described as a bats--- crazy press conference that rendered this script completely meaningless," Meyers said as he shredded a previous script about Republican attacks on Obamacare. "Bye, dead jokes."

    Trump held the press conference to announce his new choice to head the Labor Department after his original selection, Andrew Puzder, withdrew himself from consideration following intense criticism over past controversies and statements. But the conference went on for more than an hour in a performance CNN's Jake Tapper called "an airing of grievances" and "unhinged."

    Aside from Puzder, Trump had another senior staffing issue he needed to address. Earlier this week, Trump's national security adviser, Michael Flynn, resigned after misleading Vice President Mike Pence about his discussions with Russian officials before Trump was inaugurated.

    Meyers found Trump's statements around the controversy contradictory. The president said Flynn had done nothing wrong and that he didn't order Flynn to speak with Russian officials, but "would've directed him" to do so had Flynn not done it.

    "He did something that I told him to do, so he had to go," Meyers impersonated Trump. "Clean out your desk, buddy. Why are you cleaning out your desk?"

    Among the many headline-driving moments during the Trump conference was his reaction to a reporter asking him if he would take a meeting with black and Latino Congress members. He asked the black reporter if she would like to set up the meeting herself and then asked, "Are they friends of yours?"

    Meyers described Trump's response as "pretty racist."

    "It's racist to assume all black people know each other. You don’t know all orange people. 'Hey, Donald, can you set up a meeting with Snooki and the Lorax?'"

    Watch Meyers' "A Closer Look" segment on Trump's press conference below:

    SEE ALSO: Bill Maher fires back at journalist who's protesting his show over Milo Yiannopoulos booking

    DON'T MISS: Samantha Bee: Trump's 'faithful husky' Paul Ryan needs to 'know when to dump the guy'

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    NOW WATCH: 'Are they friends of yours?': Trump asked a black reporter to set up a meeting with the Congressional Black Caucus


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    Jimmy Fallon reprised his impression of Donald Trump to reenact the president's strange first solo press conference on Thursday, which generated a lot of headlines.

    "This is going to be a crazy one. Daddy came to play," Fallon, sporting a Trump wig and over-the-top orange makeup, said at the beginning of the sketch on Thursday's episode of NBC's "Tonight Show."

    Trump held the press conference to announce his new choice to head the Labor Department after his original selection, Andrew Puzder, withdrew himself from consideration following intense criticism over past controversies and statements. But the conference went on for more than an hour in a performance CNN's Jake Tapper called "an airing of grievances" and "unhinged."

    In less than three minutes, Fallon employed many of Trump's go-to responses to reporters, including cutting them off while they're asking a question, declaring several outlets "fake news," and denying that he and his administration had made any missteps in the month since Trump took office.

    "We've made so much progress," Fallon's Trump said. "In fact, if you ask any American, they'll say that I've managed to make the last four weeks feel like four years. Four more weeks! Four more weeks!"

    Aside from Puzder, Trump had another senior staffing issue he needed to address. Earlier this week, Trump's national security adviser, MichaelFlynn, resigned after misleading Vice President Mike Pence about his discussions with Russian officials before Trump was inaugurated.

    Fallon mocked Trump's seemingly circuitous logic around whether he was informed of Flynn's communications with Russian officials.

    "Look, I knew that he knew that I knew, but he didn't know that I knew that he knew that I knew that he knew that I know that he knew," Fallon's Trump said. "So now, you know."

    The host closed out the sketch with a roundup of Trump's most used terms with the help of a "Magic Trump 8-Ball."

    Watch Fallon's reenactment of Trump's press conference below:

    SEE ALSO: Seth Meyers: Trump's press conference was 'bats--- crazy' and 'racist'

    DON'T MISS: Bill Maher fires back at journalist who's protesting his show over Milo Yiannopoulos booking

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    NOW WATCH: 'Sit down! Quiet!': Watch Trump's heated exchanges with reporters in his longest press conference as president


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    Jordan Peele is best known for his comedic work alongside Keegan-Michael Key on their Comedy Central show "Key & Peele" and in their movie "Keanu," but his directorial debut "Get Out" (opening February 24) will show the world that he's also really good at scaring us.

    And it's a mission he plans to continue for a while.

    In "Get Out," a young black man (Daniel Kaluuya) finds himself in a very messed up situation —actually a massive understatement — when he goes out to the country to visit his white girlfriend's (Allison Williams) family. We won't give anything else away, but if you've seen the trailer, you can get a hint of how Peele created a unique chiller that explores real ideas and attitudes about race, some of them quite ugly.

    See for yourself:

    But this is far from a one-and-done for Peele. He recently told Business Insider that "Get Out" is the first in a collection of movies he wants to direct that examine what he calls "social demons."

    "I have four other social thrillers that I want to unveil in the next decade," Peele told Business Insider. "The best and scariest monsters in the world are human beings and what we are capable of especially when we get together. I've been working on these premises about these different social demons, these innately human monsters that are woven into the fabric of how we think and how we interact, and each one of my movies is going to be about a different one of these social demons."

    Peele's examination of race and alienation in "Get Out" is an impressive, confident directorial debut. We can't wait to see what he will throw at us next, though we're also pretty afraid.

    SEE ALSO: Here's everything in the $100,000+ swag bag given to Oscar nominees

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    "Live" host Kelly Ripa's hurt reaction to the departure of cohost Michael Strahan may not have been an isolated incident.

    In a recent interview on "Larry King Now," former "Live" cohost Regis Philbin said that Ripa didn't take his retirement very well.

    In response to King's question as to whether Philbin keeps in touch with Ripa, Philbin answered, "Not really, no," before adding some explanation.

    "She got very offended when I left," Philbin, 85, said. "She thought I was leaving because of her. I was leaving, because I was getting older. It wasn't right for me anymore."

    Philbin left the syndicated daytime talk show in 2011 after cohosting it for 23 years. Ripa replaced Kathie Lee Gifford when she left the show in 2000.

    Philbin also claimed in the Larry King interview that "never once did they ask me to go back [on the show]."

    But as the New York Post's Page Six reported, Philbin and Gifford appeared on the Halloween episode of "Live" in 2015. On the episode, Ripa hugged Philbin and invited him to her home to see her kids.

    In a statement to Page Six, Dave Davis, the president and general manager of WABC, which produces "Live," said that Philbin has been asked to appear on the show "several times" and declined offers.

    “It was wonderful to have Regis on the show for our 2015 Halloween special," Davis said. "He’s also been invited back several times as a guest, and in fact was confirmed for a date, but was not able to make it at the time.”

    Ripa famously went M.I.A. in April of last year for several days after Strahan announced he would be leaving "Live" to join ABC's "Good Morning America." Ripa said she was blindsided by the announcement and angry over how it was handled by producers and ABC. Since then, she has been joined by a revolving list of guest cohosts, presumably vying for the opportunity to fill Strahan's position.

    Watch Philbin discuss Ripa's reaction to his retirement from "Live" below:

    SEE ALSO: Here are the 10 best candidates to cohost 'Live' with Kelly Ripa

    DON'T MISS: Michael Strahan is losing out on a key source of income for his new 'Good Morning America' job

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    NOW WATCH: A British reporter called Trump a 'brash TV extrovert' while asking if he'd get along with UK's prime minister


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    Matt Damon plays a mercenary who travels east in search of black powder and instead finds himself battling monsters in "The Great Wall" (in theaters this weekend).

    What might have been considered an outlandish blockbuster a decade ago is now looked at more skeptically in 2017. Many see Damon's new movie, an American/Chinese coproduction in which he is the lead and surrounded by Asian actors, as Hollywood's latest example of whitewashing.

    #ThankYouMattDamon has even gone viral on Twitter, with people sarcastically thanking Damon for everything he's done for Asian culture.

    Now critics have chimed in, and it's not just the whitewashing allegations they see as a problem for the movie, which currently has a 38% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

    Here's what critics are saying about the movie:

    SEE ALSO: Stephen Colbert obliterates Trump's press conference: "We elected a mess"

    The movie is just dull.

    Though the movie was directed by acclaimed Chinese director Zhang Yimou ("House of Flying Daggers"), its plot and action are predictable and extremely watered down, according to the scribes.

    As USA Today puts it: "'The Great Wall' would probably be a lot more culturally offensive if it wasn't such a complete trainwreck."

    The Chicago Tribune called it: "A monster movie, a white savior movie, and an extremely tedious movie."



    There's some cool CGI, but that's not enough to save it.

    As in all of Yimou's work, visual effects are prevalent, but not even beautiful CGI-generated landscapes and huge creature battles will keep you interested.

    "There are plenty of fun CGI monster-skewering scenes," Empire said, "but a clunky plot, rigid script, and equally stiff acting make this a crumbling disappointment, if not quite a disaster."



    And the dialogue is just plain weird.

    There are certain moments in the movie when you don't know if suddenly the actors forgot they were supposed to be playing characters in ancient China. Modern slang is repeatedly used. One character says "b----" and a few say "I heard that!" Pretty sure neither was around in those days.

    The Hollywood Reporter sums up the movie this way: "'The Great Wall' is easily the least interesting and involving blockbuster of the respective careers of both its director and star."



    See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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    HBO's Silicon Valley is returning to TV on April 23, according to a new teaser trailer that was just published by HBO. 

    Based on the trailer, it looks like this season will revolve around Pied Piper founder Richard Hendricks (Thomas Middleditch) quitting his startup and trying to come up with a new idea — but it doesn't look like it's going well. 

    In one clip, he sits in front of a blank whiteboard labeled "New Internet?"

    But in my opinion, the funniest part of the clip is Jared Dunn (Zach Woods) screaming for about 10 seconds towards the end.

    Check it out:

     

    SEE ALSO: 13 ways HBO's 'Silicon Valley' nailed the real tech industry

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     Felix Kjellberg pewdiepieYouTube made a big bet in the fall of 2015: Viewers would pay a monthly fee in order to strip adds from the platform's videos and gain access to original shows starring some of the site's biggest personalities.

    The idea was to leverage the massive audiences these stars draw into subscribers paying $9.99 per month for exclusive content with a service called YouTube Red.

    The strategy is a stark contrast from competing services like Netflix and Amazon that produce polished original shows on par with traditional TV, such as "House of Cards" or "Transparent." If Netflix is the online version of HBO, with its high-quality, scripted programming, then YouTube Red is more like Bravo or MTV with its self-made reality stars.

    But this week, YouTube's biggest star Felix Kjellberg, better known as PewDiePie to his more than 50 million subscribers, showed the dangers of YouTube's strategy and serves as proof that if YouTube wants to go against the incumbent paid streaming  services, it needs to take a more critical look at the stars it taps to help out. 

    On Monday, the Wall Street Journal discovered that nine of Kjellberg's videos featured Nazi and anti-Semitic content, forcing both Disney and YouTube to cut business ties with him. YouTube canceled the second season of Kjellberg's original show on Red and removed him from Google's Preferred ad network, which runs ads alongside the free videos he posts on YouTube. And Disney-owned Maker Studios, which publishes videos from popular stars like Kjellberg, will no longer work with him.

    The incident was an incredible fall from grace for the biggest star on YouTube. Kjellberg made an estimated $15 million in 2016 from his YouTube videos, a figure that'll likely drop a lot this year now that he no longer has access to higher-paying advertisers. Kjellberg responded to the controversy in an 11-minute YouTube video, blaming the media and The Wall Street Journal in particular in a Trump-like tirade.

    The real story here is that Kjellberg respresents a new breed of star, one that grew up on the internet, freely posting whatever he wanted. That's fine, and it should be allowed to continue for all the obvious free speech reasons you can think of. But if YouTube wants to turn this kind of talent into something more mainstream in order to drive Red subscriptions, it should take another look at the stars it wants to bring on.

    As Wired's Emma Grey Ellis pointed out this weekKjellberg has a long history of posting insensitive material in his videos, including a discussion about selling people into slavery and comparing SNL actress Leslie Jones to Harambe the gorilla. And as John Herrman of The New York Times wrote, the recent controversy has amplified Kjellberg's charged "jokes" into a rallying cry for the alt-right and other seedy corners of the internet.

    It's a controversy that shouldn't have required inquiries from the WSJ for YouTube and Disney to discover. YouTube is the perfect platform for talent like Kjellberg to emerge, but it's hardly as sanitized as traditional video production. There's no writer. No producer. No agents or handlers. Just the person and their webcam. If anything, YouTube needs a better way to vet these new kinds of stars before it attempts to showcase them in a premium subscription product like Red.

    In the short term, removing Kjellberg from YouTube Red will may put a slight ding in YouTube's number of subscriptions. He's the most popular star on the paid video service, but he's not the only one. And there are other advantages to Red, such as an ad-free experience on all videos and access to Google Play Music, Google's Spotify competitor.

    But the lesson YouTube learned this week is that when you tap talent born on the internet, you run the risk of attracting the worst parts of the internet along with it. And that's not a great foundation to build a new business on.

    SEE ALSO: YouTube's biggest star is in hot water over anti-Semitic 'jokes' — here's what's going on

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    There's no doubt about it: The Oscars are flawed. Sometimes movies that arguably deserve their due more than another, or movies that simply don't generate enough hype, go unnoticed and unrecognized with nothing more than a pity nomination. Or no nomination at all. We'll see all of that at this year's Oscars, airing on February 26.

    Then there are the just terrible movies and performances that somehow manage to snag the envible trophy. 

    There's a long list of actors, directors, and more who you probably think have an Oscar, but don't. Some of them have been nominated dozens of times. Some a few times. And some, tragically, not at all. 

    Here we take a look at some of Hollywood's finest who somehow haven't won an Oscar already:

     

     

    SEE ALSO: Hollywood stars who rejected their Oscars

    Glenn Close

    Between 1983 and 2012, Close has gotten herself six Oscar nominations. Her last nomination in 2012 was for “Albert Knobbs.”

     



    Sigourney Weaver

    Ripley herself got a best actress nomination for “Alien” but didn’t win. She also got a best actress nomination for “Gorillas in the Mist: The Story of Dian Fossey” and a best supporting actress nod for "Working Girl." Weaver has said that awards shows give sci-fi films "no respect."

     



    Annette Bening

    Three nominations, yet she always gets beat by another powerful performance. Her latest nomination was in 2011 for "The Kids Are Alright." She lost to Natalie Portman for her performance in "Black Swan." In 2017, she was snubbed with no nomination for her acclaimed work in "20th Century Women."



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    "Pokémon Go" just got a lot bigger this week, by about 80 Pokémon or so!

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    That's huge — like, Snorlax-huge — considering that the game started with only 142 of the original 151 Pokémon, the so-called "Gen 1" Pokémon. But in reality, there are hundreds of Pokémon, and the folks behind "Pokémon Go" are finally dipping back into the Pokédex for some new faces.

    A new update is now live that finally allows you to catch the much-requested "Johto" region Pokémon from "Pokémon Silver & Gold" (aka "Gen 2" Pokémon). Of note: there are 100 Pokémon listed below, but some of these 100 aren't likely to appear in "Pokémon Go" (like all the Legendary Pokémon, for instance).

    So, who are these mysterious new Pokémon? Let's find out, care of the official Pokédex (#152 to 251!):

    SEE ALSO: 'Pokémon Go' is getting a huge new update that adds 80 new Pokémon

    152. Chikorita

    "It uses the leaf on its head to determine the temperature and humidity. It loves to sunbathe."



    153. Bayleef

    "Bayleef’s neck is ringed by curled-up leaves. Inside each tubular leaf is a small shoot of a tree. The fragrance of this shoot makes people peppy."



    153. Meganium

    "The fragrance of Meganium’s flower soothes and calms emotions. In battle, this Pokémon gives off more of its becalming scent to blunt the foe’s fighting spirit."



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    With holidays and cold weather arriving at the same time, it's the perfect time of year to curl up on the couch and lose yourself in a good movie.

    And if you're looking for something entertaining and beautiful that'll also make you knowledgeable, there's an incredible variety of science- and nature-focused documentaries and TV episodes streaming on Netflix right now.

    You can find compelling documentaries that'll captivate you with the beauty of the planet, you can delve into the details of how food arrives on your plate, or you can explore the mysterious and alien world that exists in oceans around the globe.

    But there's a downside to all of that choice: It's a lot to choose from. So to make it easier, we've asked our colleagues to pick out some of their favorites from the Netflix documentary selection.

    Here are our favorites, listed in no particular order:

    This is an updated version of a post originally by Julia Calderone.

    SEE ALSO: A treasure trove of shipwrecks has been revealed by a new mapping technology

    "Cooked" (2016)

    What it's about: Journalist and food expert Michael Pollan explores the evolutionary history of food and its preparation in this four-part docuseries through the lens of the four essential elements — fire, water, air, and earth. 

    Why you should see it: Americans as a whole are cooking less and less, relying more on unhealthy, processed, and expensive and prepared foods. Pollan aims to bring viewers back to the kitchen by forging a meaningful connection to food and the joys of preparation. [Click to watch]



    "Blackfish" (2013)

    What it's about: This film highlights abuses in the sea park industry through the tale of Tilikum, an orca in captivity at SeaWorld in Orlando, Florida. Tilikum has killed or been involved in the deaths of three people while living in the park. 

    Why you should see it: This documentary opens your eyes to the troubles with keeping wild animals in captivity through shocking footage and emotional interviews, highlighting potential issues of animal cruelty and abuse when using highly intelligent animals as entertainment. Sea parks make billions of dollars off of keeping animals captive, often at the expense of the health and well-being of its animals. This documentary played a huge role in convincing SeaWorld to stop their theatrical "Shamu" killer whale shows. [Click to watch]



    "Particle Fever" (2013)

    What it's about: This documentary follows six scientists as they prepare for one of the biggest and most expensive experiments in history: recreating conditions from the Big Bang with the launch of the Large Hadron Collider in Europe. Their aim is to unravel the mysteries of the universe and the origins of matter.

    Why you should see it: Physics is often considered a forbiddingly dense subject, but 'Particle Fever' gives you a window into physics without breaking your brain. It documents the discovery of the famous Higgs boson particle that many physicists think holds the key to understanding the universe. Instead of getting bogged down with the complexities of particle physics, the film focuses more on the human drama of the discovery, and how it could change our understanding of the world around us. [Click to watch]



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    One of the best Netflix original series is one of the least-known: It's called "Chef's Table," and it's incredible

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    "Chef's Table" comes from David Gelb, the director behind the gorgeous and inspiring 2012 sushi documentary, "Jiro Dreams of Sushi." Gelb — and a crew of other directors — bring a passionate reverence to chefs and their creations that's rarely found in food shows. 

    Look no further than this crazy beautiful snippet of the opening of the first season, set to the "Winter" concerto of Antonio Vivaldi's "Four Seasons," for an idea of what to expect:Chef's Table opening

    As season three debuts on February 17, we've prepared a tasting menu full of reasons why "Chef's Table" should be on your binge list this weekend.

    SEE ALSO: The 27 best new restaurants in America

    As of February 17, there are three full seasons of "Chef's Table" on Netflix, plus a spin-off season dedicated to French chefs. Episodes run about 50 minutes apiece — with 22 episodes, that's a ton of great show to watch.



    The first of 22 nearly hour-long episodes stars an enigmatic and charming Italian chef named Massimo Bottura. He owns and operates the world's top-rated restaurant, Osteria Francescana.



    Like the director's previous work, "Chef's Table" is rife with slow-moving close-ups of food that make you want to jump into the screen. Try to restrain yourself.



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    The best way to gauge Hollywood success is to look at what someone has lined up next, and with Judd Apatow’s “Girls” coming to a close on HBO, it’s time for the producer to show what he’s got for an encore. Enter popular stand-up comedian Pete Holmes.

    The 37-year-old best known for his comedy specials and Nerdist podcast, "You Made It Weird with Pete Holmes," has a style that couldn’t be further from "Girls" creator/star Lena Dunham, but one thing the two have in common is exploring destructive relationships from their past. With Apatow’s guidance, Holmes looks to be the next to find mainstream fame thanks to opening up his soul.

    “Crashing” (premiering Sunday on HBO) is loosely based on Holmes' real divorce from his wife while he was trying to get his career in comedy off the ground in his late 20s. Holmes plays a fictional version of himself, who after learning that his wife (played by Lauren Lapkus) has been cheating on him and wants a divorce, dedicates his life to stand-up. Dealing with all the growing pains of making a mark in the New York City comedy scene, he ends every episode crashing on the couches of the comics he encounters, including major players like Artie Lang and T.J. Miller.   

    Business Insider talked to Holmes about getting the attention of Apatow (who along with producing "Crashing" also directed the pilot), how truthfully the show depicts life as a comic, and how he thinks his ex-wife will react to the show.

    Jason Guerrasio: It sounds like you planted the seed for "Crashing" when Judd came on your old TBS talk show, right?

    Pete Holmes: Yeah. It's a very surreal thing. Judd a couple years ago did a sketch on my talk show "The Pete Holmes Show" where I pitched him bad movies. But I knew we would probably improvise too, because when you do stuff with Judd Apatow that's what you do. So we were doing it and half way through we started improvising and he asked me what my actual movie idea is and I swear to you he did it to put me on my heels. But he was like, "Really, what is your story?" and I was like, "Well, I grew up religious, I married the first girl I ever dated, she left me when I was 28, and I just fell face-first into the New York comedy scene because I had nowhere else to go." And he said, "That's too sad, nobody wants to watch that."

    But I don't think Judd or I consider that the actual real pitch. It might have planted the seed. Six months later my talk show was canceled and I had the idea for this show. I love doing silly things, but I thought what is the story I can tell better than anybody and I realized it was my story. I called my manager, who knows Judd, and I tried to see if he had any free time to meet me and they said Judd had 15 minutes on Friday morning, in New York. I was in LA. So I flew the next day to New York, got a hotel, woke up at like five in the morning the next day, I didn't want to miss it. I went to the set of “Trainwreck” and we talked for 10 minutes and for the last five minutes I told him about the show. But the major thing that I changed was in every episode I would be staying with a different comedian. There's this troubadour lifestyle of a comedian. In real life, T.J. Miller is one of my best friends and I'll maybe see him for two or three days in a row and then I won't see him for four months. That's just how our lives are. So I'm excited at the possibility of representing that kind of vibe and also showing comedy in a new way.

    Crashing Arties Lang Mary Cybulski HBOGuerrasio: That was the big question I had after watching the first few episodes: Are more established comics as giving of their time to young comics as you portray them to be on this show?

    Holmes: Yes. But a key point here is this is through my experience. I think there are social climbers or back-stabbers or just people who put themselves before everyone else, there are those out there. But it all comes down to which scene you're in and who you end up befriending. People like Bill Burr and Jim Gaffigan and Zach Galifianakis and Sarah Silverman, they were all amazing and helpful to me. I remember writing Bill Burr an email and I was just like, "Hey man, I'm moving to New York, we met this one time, and if you have any advice let me know." He wrote me, if you printed it out, like a three-page reply of what I should do. So I try when people write me on Facebook to pay that forward. So when Artie Lang in the pilot says, "Hey, I'll buy you a slice of pizza," that straight-up happens. When my wife left me, in real life, T.J. Miller was like, "I'm shooting a movie in Pittsburgh, I'll fly you out and get you a hotel room," and I spent a week with him. We would go out and do shows together at night. All that time I would have been moping and listening to Radiohead, he was like, "Let's do this." And this was a guy who was working, it wasn't like he was on vacation. Now I'm sure there's someone out there writing a show about how nobody helps anybody, but who wants to watch that? [Laughs]

    Guerrasio: But you show the other side of the coin, too. In the pilot your character goes to a club and he's told to go onstage since another comic is a no-show. But then the comic shows up afterward and isn't happy that you took his spot.  

    Holmes: I mean, this goes against what I was saying, but there would be guys when I was coming up who would be mean to people, and this is a quote, "Because if you quit there's one less person in my way." It's very rare, but they existed. But going on because someone didn't show, I've had that happen. That was another thing I was really excited to show in this. When a comedian is at a club and what, say, your father thinks is a big opportunity — someone isn't there and they need you to go on — but the truth is you don't want to go on. [Laughs] And it's not because your wife just left you, it's because you know you're not good enough yet. And that stuff would happen. There were moments when I would be like, "I'm not ready for this," and you go up and you are awful.

    Pete Holmes Judd Apatow Michael Buckner GettyGuerrasio: What's it like going through the process of getting Judd to take your project? Because he's constantly hearing pitches, how do you become the standout?

    Holmes: I wish I could tell you names, but to spare anyone who is sensitive about it I'll keep it vague. I remember when we were scouting for the pilot Judd would mention that around the same time I was talking to him some of my comedy heroes were also pitching him. The names were insane. And it was there that it became real that “Holy s---, I did really get the golden ticket.” And golden ticket isn't fame or fortune, it's just the opportunity.

    But in getting to know Judd now I've realized it's not the pitch that gets him. The real thing is when he says, "Go write it." The first thing he said to me was "Go write 20 pages about everything you remember from that time in your life. Every embarrassing story, every detail." And I sent it to him the next day. And then he said, "Write the pilot." And I sent it to him two days later. He liked it, but even that didn't convince him. He said, "Write another episode." And I did. I wrote five full episodes and then we pitched it.

    Guerrasio: Did you feel at all that you had to notify your ex-wife that you were making this?

    Holmes: My ex and I haven't spoken since we split, which was almost 10 years ago. She's off and happy and I'm off and happy. The reaching out, there wasn't really one. But what there is, I've always joked that if this had been a movie that was literally about my divorce, a recreation, you would have been rooting for my wife to get out of the relationship. [Laughs] So “Crashing” is fictional. Lauren Lapkus really informed the character quite a bit and we improvised a lot. I doubt my ex will watch it, I don't know, but if she does I was very, very careful to make her very sympathetic. You see that she needs to get out for reasons that have nothing to do with Pete being a bad person. She's in that interesting conundrum of "This is a good person and I love this person as a friend, but I need something else." So all of the real therapy I've had and what I say on my podcast — which can be like therapy — that had gone into the show and the way that it manifested was trying to write the story from the other person's perspective.

    Guerrasio: And I don't want to give anything way, but Lauren as your wife in episode five really shines.

    Holmes: And that scene in that episode that you're referring to, I have to say, would be fun for my ex-wife to see. [Laughs] She never said anything that Lauren says, but she would go, "There it is."

    Guerrasio: You are not a political comic, but has your comedy changed at all since the election?

    Holmes: I have never been political, which for a straight white man that's kind of a byproduct of privilege growing up that I was kind of like, "Who cares who the president is, everything is coming up privilege." [Laughs] But now things are so scary and crazy and I have to say I'm not a fan of Trump at all. I don't agree with him in any way. I did a show in Ohio the day after the election, and I didn't have any Trump jokes, I barely have any right now, but I mentioned that I knew this is a tense time in the country and if it's okay with you I would just like to not think about it. I think about it all day, so for one hour we can just make faces and do silly sounds and just laugh. Don't get me wrong, if George Carlin were alive, how great would it be to go see what he would say? But sometimes pure silliness can be what the doctor ordered. So now I say, "Look, I know what's going on, but let's talk about diarrhea."

     

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    For some of Denise Shull's clients, being in a slump might mean losing millions of dollars of other people's money.

    Shull is the founder of the ReThink Group, a performance coaching group that specializes in clients on Wall Street. She's also one of the inspirations for Maggie Rhoades, the in-house psychiatrist at the fictional hedge fund at the center of Showtime's hit show "Billions."

    Shull studied the neuropsychology of unconscious thought at the University of Chicago and spent 15 years as an equities trader. They are two worlds she combined when she started ReThink in 2002, putting her own spin on the niche market of Wall Street performance coaching, a path paved by the late psychiatrist Ari Kiev, who was employed by Steve Cohen's hedge fund SAC Capital.

    Perhaps the most defining characteristic of Shull's approach is that nearly all of us, regardless of what industry we are in, have a misconception about how the mind works and thus how we can recover from failure: We think we can will ourselves to success.

    "The conventional wisdom on feelings and emotions is just wrong," she told Business Insider.

    denise shullShull thinks many people have assumptions based on an outdated theory of the "triune brain," which basically says emotions, thoughts, and basic functions are handled separately within the brain; the reality, she says, is that all three of these roles are related in brain mechanics.

    Too many people, she said, think that "if we have a plan and that we're disciplined then we'll be able to do the things that we want. ... It doesn't work like that."

    It's why Shull has clients in the first place, she explained. The clients know that they are underperforming and they see their mistakes. But no pep talk from a manager or colleague and no Stoic denial of feelings can get them back to their peak.

    Instead, she recommends her clients — and anyone else struggling through a slump — identify and name the feelings they are attaching to the weaknesses causing them to fail, and dive right in. By embracing these feelings, her clients can come to understand them, strip them of power, and then replace them with desired emotions. The thoughts follow the feelings, she insists, counter to what people often think.

    "Sometimes I feel like I'm just going to gag, if I have to read 'mental toughness' one more time," she said. "Like ugh, just being tough doesn't get you the result you want. It fails you at the worst possible moment. ... And then all those feelings come crashing in and cause you to be self destructive or not perform up to your potential."

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    Movie lovers often go out of their way to see every film nominated in the best picture category before the Oscar ceremony goes down. And you'd think that once a movie wins the revered best picture trophy, people would leap to see it as soon as possible.

    But that's not so. According to a survey conducted by Morning Consult55% of Americans actually haven’t seen a single movie nominated for best picture in 2017. Only 14% of the people surveyed take a nomination as a reason to see a movie. So while the Oscars do have some impact on a film's audience, there are other factors that play a more important role. 

    "When asked to choose what should win best picture, the top picks were 'La La Land' (13%) and then 'Hidden Figures' (11%). However 47% of Americans say they don't know or don't have an opinion on what should win."

    oscars surveyThe survey questioned a group of 2,000 people about what drives them to see a movie. The No. 1 factor? Who's in it. Thirty-nine percent of the people surveyed said that their decision to see a movie is driven by the stars.

    Thirty-one percent said that the movie's trailer plays a major factor in their decision to see it. Young people tend to be in this category: 50% percent of adults under 30 say that the trailer is a big influence on their choice to see a movie or to skip it. 

    Like the Oscars, critics also don't have a huge influence: only 15% said that a critic's review determines whether they see a movie.

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    The long President's Day weekend helped holdovers like "The Lego Batman Movie" and "Fifty Shades Darker," but for new releases "The Great Wall," "Fist Fight," and "A Cure for Wellness" there wasn't much business.

    "Lego Batman" took in an estimated $34.2 million, according to Exhibitor Relations, to win the domestic box office for a second consecutive weekend. That's only a 35 percent dip from last week.

    The animated movie that has pleased kids and Batman die hards alike will have taken in over $40 million by Monday for a cume of over $100 million in the States.

    And negative reviews of "Fifty Shades Darker" hasn't stopped fans of the popular book series to come out and see the sequel to "Fifty Shades of Grey," as the movie came in second place for a second straight weekend with $20.9 million ($24.1 million by Monday).

    The "best" performer out of the new releases this weekend was Matt Damon's $150 million-budgeted action thriller "The Great Wall," which took in only $18.1 million ($21 million four-day total). An extremely disappointing release for Universal as the movie was DOA out of the gate, earning only $5.9 million on Friday.

    the great wall 1 universalWarner Bros.'s Ice Cube/Charlie Day comedy "First Fight" took in $12 million (just under $13 million four-day), which the studio will live with and hope it makes back more on its investment in home video.

    While Fox's trippy "A Cure for Wellnes" from director Gore Verbinski (numerous "Pirates of the Caribbean" movies) found more press creating fake news to promote the movie than for the title itself. It befuddled critics and audiences as the visually stunning $40 million thriller only took in $4.2 million (just under $5 million four-day).

    Studios are finding that titles it releases the week before a holiday weekend are doing better than the ones they schedule specifically for the four-day weekend. The Martin Luther King Jr. weekend in January had the same result as President's Day. Going forward it will be interesting to see if studios adjust and put its titles that would typically fit for a long weekend and place it the week before.

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    As an entertainer, Donald Trump couldn't always keep the media's attention. As president, entertainment sites can't stop writing about him. 

    Once relegated to the entertainment section of The Huffington Post as a statement, Trump has increasingly garnered prime real estate on the front pages and splashes of entertainment sites, which have been consumed by the new administration's drama unfolding on television and social media.

    Though Trump's reality television pedigree brought media scrutiny from entertainment outlets when he launched his campaign, some entertainment sites have found themselves increasingly covering the machinations of politics and policy in the Trump era. 

    Late on Thursday, Trump was the subject of all four top stories on the AV Club, a leading entertainment website, which over the past few weeks has posted about everything from new education secretary Betsy DeVos to Trump's continued tweets about Sen. Elizabeth Warren. If readers didn't click the top story "So, uh, anyone else just watch Trump’s bats—t press conference?" they likely clicked the other top stories of the day including "Take Trump’s new, totally unbiased survey on how the press are all dirty liars," or "Seth Rogen is trying to reason with Donald Trump Jr. on Twitter."

    Sean O'Neal, a senior editor at AV Club, acknowledged that the site was increasingly dominated by Trump-centric news, which he attributed partially to the president's penchant for conducting administration business on social media, putting it "squarely in the realm of the Internet cultural ephemera that we've always covered."

    "I think it's just a natural outgrowth of America electing a reality show president, and the blurring of the line between politics and entertainment that he himself has encouraged — and benefited from — by doing things like hiring other celebrities to solve inner city crime, or starting wars with CNN and SNL," O'Neal said in an email.

    He added: "Overall, I guess you could say Donald Trump has finally, officially dragged politics down to our bread-and-circuses-and-tweets level, and we're meeting him there."

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    Other entertainment sites have found themselves increasingly drawn towards the sparring matches between anchors and Trump officials on cable news, which are often the most dramatic events on television in a day, and have helped boost cable news show ratings across the board.

    Entertainment Weekly has focused increasingly on Trump officials' contentious television appearances, often finding itself inadvertently dipping its toes in policy, writing posts about Trump counselor Kellyanne Conway's comments on Trump's proposed southern border wall and her exchange over "alternative facts."

    Chris Rosen, an editor for Entertainment Weekly, told Business Insider that early on in his campaign, the site covered Trump because of his celebrity background, but kept its distance from political hot takes or policy related content.

    But since coverage of the new White House on television "exploded" after the election, the site expanded its editorial scope to include more viral television news clips from interviews with Trump surrogates. 

    "News media is where we maybe expanded a little, and have gone to the CNN’s, MSNBC’s, Fox News sometimes, the 'Today' show, 'Good Morning America,'" Rosen said. "When these news-makers are on television and they are making news, we feel like we should be in that space as well."

    Rosen told Business Insider that he first noticed more intense reader interest in interviews with Trump surrogates when a clip of then campaign manager Kellyanne Conway's interview on Real Time with Bill Maher in September went viral in September.

    "When we do a Kellyanne Conway story, it’ll immediately jump to the top of our Chartbeat. People are very engaged in those stories," he said. "We started doing those more and more, and started looking at it from a media perspective, instead of just a television perspective, and I think that ended up paying off for us."

    The site has also seen a boost on late-night television posts, an area that's always been a boon to digital news sites, but that's increased in importance as hosts like Seth Meyers and Samantha Bee have found their footing, and Stephen Colbert has emerged from his ratings slump. Instead of waiting until Sunday morning, Entertainment Weekly is covering "Saturday Night Live" and similar programs "almost in real time," as the shows satirize the new administration.

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    Indeed, many sites that have focused on television are finding it increasingly difficult to avoid politics coverage, and some entertainment-focused sites are adding staff to address the administration's obsession with news media. 

    Earlier this month, Hollywood trade site The Wrap posted a job listing for a First Amendment reporter specifically to cover Trump and the spread of misinformation and half-truths on social media.

    "The decision follows multiple attacks by the White House on the media, including President Donald Trump referring to the press as 'the opposition party' and top presidential adviser Steve Bannon enjoining the press to 'shut up and listen,'" the application said. "It also follows the rise of fake news sites and a debate over the role of social media networks like Facebook in disseminating falsified reporting."

    And while readers may be turning to politics-heavy outlets like CNN and the New York Times in droves, readers are also flocking to entertainment sites for coverage of Trump and his administration. 

    Both Entertainment Weekly and the AV Club reported traffic boosts following the election.

    "We've seen an uptick, and our Trump articles all perform well," O'Neal said. "The man is right about one thing: People love to talk about him."

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    For viewers of Showtime's series "Billions," the character Wendy Rhoades, an in-house hedge fund psychiatrist played by Maggie Siff, may seem to be a dramatic invention. After all, do Wall Street's power players really need their egos boosted?

    It turns out that there is indeed a niche industry for Wall Street psychiatrists and performance coaches, intended to get traders and investors back on their game, to avoid the loss of potentially millions of dollars of other people's money.

    Steve Cohen started the trend in the early 1990s when he hired the late psychiatrist Ari Kiev for his hedge fund SAC Capital, and Tony Robbins, the world's most famous performance coach, entered the financial world around the same time when he was hired by renowned investor Paul Tudor Jones.

    Denise Shull, founder of the Wall Street performance coaching firm the ReThink Group, was one of the consultants on "Billions," and she told Business Insider that in this line of work, there are two general approaches: the cognitive-behavioral angle, in which thoughts are used to change behavior, and the psychodynamic angle, in which non-conscious thoughts and feelings tangentially related to one's performance in the market are uncovered and addressed.

    Most coaches or psychiatrists on Wall Street use different balances of both approaches, and both are on display in the character of Wendy Rhoades. We'll take a look at how they appear in the show.

    The Tony Robbins method

    In the show's pilot episode, the first time we see Rhoades with one of her clients, Mick Danzig. It's a scene out of a Tony Robbins session, which isn't a coincidence, since the show's creators also used him as an inspiration for Rhoades' character.

    Rhoades is sitting across from Danzig in her office. He tells her he's down 4% year-to-date while everyone else is crushing it.

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    Wendy Rhoades: You don't need meds. You're just listening to the wrong voice. You're tuned into the one yelling at you over the loud speaker that "You're f---ing stupid and your performance blows." And you're ignoring the quiet one inside telling you where the alpha is. Now that's the voice that got you here. And it's still there if you're willing to listen. What's that voice telling you?"

    Mick Danzig: That even though I've stiffed a few, that I'm pretty damn good.

    Rhoades: Uh-uh. Stand up. Stand up! [They stand up.] What'd you take down last year?

    Danzig: Seven-point-two million.

    Rhoades: Seven-point-two million. Seven-point-two million. Feel that. [She puts her fist to her chest.]

    Danzig: Seven-point-two million.

    Rhoades: Bring it close. So what's it saying?

    Danzig: That I'm awesome!

    Rhoades: There you go. And what does it have to say back? To that loud, critical voice?

    Danzig: It's saying, "F--- you!"

    Rhoades encouragingly punches him in the chest, as if they're teammates on the football field, and then has him sat back down with her. Now that Danzig is fired up and not feeling sorry for himself, she tells him to go back to his desk and cut the losing investments he's been holding onto.

    She tells him to get rid of the bad investments and the bad voices, and that he needs to remember that he's not at the firm by mistake, that he's a winner. "Did the SEALs make a mistake signing you up? No!"

    In an interview with Robbins last year, he told us that contrary to what some people believe, his approach is not merely positive thinking. "It's not about positive thinking, because I don't believe in that," he said. "I don't believe you should go to your garden and chant, 'There's no weeds, there's no weeds, there's no weeds,' and think that that's going to solve something. I'm a believer in 'find the weed and rip it out.'"

    In the "Billions" scene described above, Rhoades and Danzig perform the Robbins approach in miniature: Identify the weed, yank it out, and run back to your responsibilities, energized.

    The digging method

    The psychodynamic approach is on full display in Season 1's penultimate episode, "Magical Thinking." Rhoades and her boss, hedge fund manager Bobby Axelrod, spend a long night together getting to the bottom of why Axelrod just blew a major trade. The conversation unfolds throughout the episode, as the characters walk through the office and its grounds.

    ReThink founder Denise Shull told us it's akin to a conversation she would have with one of her clients.

    The conversation between Rhoades and Axelrod is plot-heavy, but the general context is that Axelrod is unsure of why he made a bad trade, even after everyone he trusts told him it would fail. At one point, Rhoades gets him talking about his childhood.

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    Bobby Axelrod: F---, when I was young, I was just thinking about getting rich and getting even.

    Rhoades: Have you? Does it make everything all better?

    Axelrod: Why doesn't it?

    Rhoades: Because the world isn't simple. … Today. Bombing the trade. Were you somehow evening the score for Donny [Axelrod's employee who died]?

    Axelrod: What's the even mean? Donny was a friend. Everyone here matters to me. And I'd go out of my way for all of them...

    Rhoades: ... So are you ready to tell me who you were trying to prove something to?

    Axelrod: Yeah. Should we say it in unison?

    Rhoades: And were you trying to prove you were a difference maker for good or bad? Were you trying to reward or punish yourself?

    [As they make progress, Axelrod asks Rhoades why he hasn't noticed his blind spot.]

    Rhoades: Well, let's assume your blind spot usually works for you. It's fairly essential — if you don't feel indestructible like Superman, how are you going to risk billions every morning? But it's not working for you now. So you need to figure out what part of your self image is false. And then you need to either live up to it or lose it.

    [The plot progresses. Rhoades has Axelrod speak out loud the question he has been hiding from, "Am I a sociopath?"]

    Rhoades: This is how you manifest guilt. If you didn't have it, you wouldn't have lost the money, you wouldn't be punishing yourself. But it is a crucial time. Your switchblade is removed, your wiring is exposed, your blue ones go where your red ones should, for sure. A normal person wouldn't engage in the behavior; a sociopath wouldn't give a shit. You're somewhere in between. You are practiced at turning off your feelings. Do it enough, it's a pattern, keep going, they die. So it's either fix it, or close yourself back up and see what happens.

    Shull told us the market is a sort of Rorschach test, reflecting someone's personality, and that's what's being reflected in the scenes described above. The past plays a major role in this. "Someone's actual background matters more than anything," she said — just as it did for Axelrod.

    And the same way Rhoades had Axelrod define his own problem and speak it, Shull has her clients identify the emotions they are connecting to their weaknesses, giving them a name and feeling them fully. "I'm going to help you feel all those sh---y things, frankly, that you don't want to feel. Why? Because you basically have to go through a grieving process."

    Finally, she has clients redefine how they want to feel, as Rhoades does with her boss. "If you consciously exchange future feelings for each other, your chances of doing what you want to do, and having discipline, go wildly up," she said.

    "Billions" is loaded with high drama to keep it interesting, but next time you watch an episode, you can know that the coaching sessions are actually more realistic than you may have previously thought.

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    As streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime Video become a bigger part of our media diet, it can get annoying to switch between all the interfaces to find your next show or movie to watch.

    So when the MightyTV applaunched last year, its goal was to make that process enjoyable, by leveraging Tinder’s famous “swipe left or right” interface. You tell MightyTV which services you subscribe to, and then it uses machine learning to feed you titles you might like, getting a better sense of your taste the more you swipe. (You can then add them to a unified watch list.)

    The result of the MightyTV experiment is a world where preferences for shows are stripped of interfaces. For instance, Netflix isn’t pushing its originals to the front of the line like it does in its own system.

    And over the last few months, that natural experiment has yielded some insightful data about how having great shows and movies compares to a service’s popularity.

    Though 94% of MightyTV users are Netflix subscribers, Netflix titles made up only 34% of those on watch lists. Contrast this with Hulu, which only 47% of users had, but made up 23% of watch lists.

    Here’s a quick rundown of how each of the services stacked up on watch lists:

    • Netflix: 94% of users have the service, and it makes up 34% of watch lists.
    • Amazon Prime: 60% of users have, and it makes up 24% of watch lists.
    • HBO: 49% of users have, and it makes up 19% of watch lists.
    • Hulu: 47% of users have, and it makes up 23% of watch lists.

    One big takeaway is that in the MightyTV world, Hulu definitely punches above its weight. This suggests that one main barrier for Hulu isn't having shows and movies people are interested in watching, but rather getting customers onto the service.

    Quality matters

    Another insight MightyTV gleaned from its data is that bigger doesn't always mean better. While HBO's catalog is small at about 850 titles, it makes up 19% of watch lists. Compare that to Amazon Prime, which has a whopping 10,000 titles on MightyTV, but makes up 24% of watch lists. "The big difference in those numbers tends to be quality," MightyTV cofounder Brian Adams told Business Insider. Almost 80% of HBO's catalog appears on at least one user's watch list, he continued.

    Adams also found evidence of the "Netflix effect," or the idea that having previous seasons on streaming services can spur catch-up viewing. With "Mr. Robot," as the second season came out, the first season was made available on Amazon Prime. MightyTV saw a big spike in people adding it to watch lists.

    But perhaps the most relevant data point is that many of the titles people put most on MightyTV watch lists are movies. Netflix content boss Ted Sarandos said in December that movies make up about a third of Netflix watching, whereas on MightyTV, seven of the top 10 titles most frequently put on watch lists are movies. That suggests that the problem of finding new titles to watch is more pressing for films than shows. 

    This makes intuitive sense: you have to find a new movie every ~2 content hours, whereas with a show you might be locked in for five or more seasons. But it also highlights that streaming movies are an area where technology that helps people more easily discover new titles might provide a lot of value.

    Here are the top shows and movies people have added to their MightyTV watch lists:

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    No. 10: "The Big Short"



    No. 9: "Interstellar"



    No. 8: "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy"



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