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- 10/25/16--08:08: Prince’s secretive $10 million estate is about to open as a museum
- 10/25/16--08:21: The 50 best movies of all time, according to critics on Metacritic
- 10/25/16--09:18: Roku's $30 'Express' is no Chromecast killer — here's why
- 10/25/16--09:22: Kendrick Lamar's civil rights anthem 'Alright' almost didn't happen
- The shooting death of an 18-year-old black man named Michael Brown by a 28-year-old white police officer, and the weeks of protest that followed.
- The death of a 43-year-old black man named Eric Garner at the hands of two white New York Police Department officers; Garner was being arrested for selling loose cigarettes at the time of his death.
- The shooting death of a 12-year-old black boy named Tamir Rice by two white Cleveland Police Department officers.
- 10/25/16--09:46: Tom Hanks proves he can still do the rap from 'Big' 28 years later
- 10/25/16--21:37: 'Don't vote for him': Adele riffs on the US election during concert
President Barack Obama had some burns for Donald Trump during an appearance on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" Monday night.
“Do you ever actually laugh when you watch Donald Trump?,” Kimmel asked Obama, who responded that he does, most of the time.
"I don't tweet at 3 a.m. about people who insult me," Obama added.
In one segment, Obama read some mean tweets about himself.
"Barack Obama, bro, do you even lift?," read one tweet. "Well, I lifted the ban on Cuban cigars — that's worth something," he said.
One tweet was from Trump himself: "President Obama will go down as perhaps the worst president in the history of the United States!"
"At least I'll go down as a president," Obama quipped.
He jabbed Trump again later when talking about actor Bill Murray's recent visit to the White House. After Murray beat Obama in a game of putting golf balls into a glass, Obama said "He won repeatedly ... The glass was rigged!"
Obama was traveling on the West Coast Monday to attend fundraisers supporting Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign. His motorcade was spotted leaving film executive Jeffrey Katzenberg's home Monday night.
He has also been making the rounds in battleground states on behalf of Clinton and a number of down-ballot Democrats.
On the campaign trail, Obama has taken a considerably more foreboding tone toward Trump, joining other Democratic all-stars like Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Michelle Obama, Joe Biden, and others calling Trump unfit for the White House.
Watch a clip from the show below:
Netflix CEO Reed Hastings is fine with AT&T buying Time Warner — as long as it doesn't end up hurting Netflix in an "unfair" way.
"We want to make sure it doesn't give an unfair advantage to HBO," Hastings said at the WSJDLive conference on Monday. "If it's open competition, we love that."
The main concern for Hastings is that AT&T might make data run faster for channels and services it owns. Hastings wants "HBO's bits" and "Netflix's bits" to be treated the same. In other words, he wants net neutrality, a concept that is seen by many as central to maintaining a free and open internet.
Net neutrality "hasn't been AT&T's favorite topic," he said. "If they got there … good things might happen."
In net neutrality, all pieces of data running across a network like AT&T's are treated equally, and therefore move at the same speed. Netflix benefits from net neutrality since it doesn't have to pay companies like AT&T to move its data into a "fast lane." That is unlikely to change anytime soon.
But where an AT&T merger with Time Warner could hurt Netflix is in "zero rating" — when certain services, like Netflix or HBO, don't count toward a user's data cap. This can make those services more attractive because people aren't hit with huge overage fees. (Video eats up a lot of data.)
And as long as AT&T's policy is consistent, it can charge companies a fee to be zero rated. That could be a relative advantage for AT&T-Time Warner. For instance, in the case of HBO, that fee would simply be moving from one side of the conglomerate to the other. For Netflix, on the other hand, that would be money lost.
Beyond net neutrality, Hastings thinks the merger could affect Netflix in a few ways.
"There's a lot of AT&T investment in content, so that could make things tougher," Hastings told CNBC. "On the other hand, it's probably going to get easier for us to recruit Time Warner executives, which are a very talented bunch."
Samantha Bee took issue with Donald Trump's comments about abortion during the third and final presidential debate last week.
First, she issued a correction for the debate moderator, Fox News' Chris Wallace, who used the phrase "late-term partial-birth abortions" in his question on the subject.
"'Partial-birth abortions' aren't a thing," Bee said, speaking into a bullhorn for emphasis, on Monday's episode. "It's a nonmedical term the National Right to Life Committee made up in the '90s for a procedure that was outlawed in 2003 by the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act."
The host explained that Wallace mistakenly used the phrase in place of "late-term abortion." Bee cites a Vox article stating that "only 1.3% of abortions happen at or after 21 weeks."
"And guess what?" Bee said. "It's not because women are selfish sluts who wake up in their third trimester and decide, 'Not into this. I want a procrast-abortion.' It's usually because the tests done at that point reveal a fatal birth defect or serious risk to the mother's life."
If Bee believed Wallace got it wrong, she didn't have high expectations that Trump would make it right.
Here's what Trump had to say about the issue during the presidential debate: "You can take the baby and rip the baby out of the womb on the ninth month, in the final day. And that's not acceptable."
To which Hillary Clinton responded, "Well, that is not what happens."
Bee agreed with Clinton, "Yeah, no kidding. It sounds like Trump has confused abortions with bear attacks. Removing a baby from the womb in the ninth month isn't an abortion, it's a birth. And I'm sure Donald Trump would love to outlaw it. It makes the p---ies too gross and scream-y for grabbing."
Watch the whole segment below:
You never know when Will Ferrell will suddenly pop up, and Monday night was another example of that.
Known for making sudden appearances on all the late-night shows, Ferrell showed up on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" dressed as one of his most beloved characters from his "Saturday Night Live" days: the late, great Chicago Cubs announcer Harry Caray.
Imitating Caray's legendary voice and disheveled beer-sipping look, Ferrell dusted off his act in celebration of the Cubs making it to the World Series for the first time since 1945 (the Cubs play game one Tuesday night against the Cleveland Indians).
Ferrell, as Caray, pointed out to Kimmel (whom he called "Johnny," "Jeffrey," or "Timmy" during the sketch, never Jimmy) that the Cubs hadn't won the World Series since 1908.
"In 1908 our president was Theodore 'Huxtable' Roosevelt," Ferrell's Caray said. "America's top export was Fruit Roll-Ups, and the No. 1 television show was 'The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.'"
Kimmel responded, "None of that seems accurate at all."
Kimmel then pointed out to Caray that he's been dead since 1998.
"Holy cow, I'm dead!" Ferrell's Caray responded.
But Kimmel wanted to know whether Caray had been following the presidential election in the afterlife and what he thought of Donald Trump.
"Donny Trump," Caray said, "I knew him when he would sneak into the press box and throw Kennedy half-dollar coins at the Dominican players. Trump's got those tiny mitts. He looked like he was flinging silver dinner platters with those things."
Watch the complete Ferrell appearance below:
President Barack Obama came back for a second round of abuse when he did Jimmy Kimmel's classic "Mean Tweets" segment on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" Monday night.
They may not be the worst things said about the Democratic president, but they're certainly some of the funnier insults thrown at Obama. For added effect, Kimmel had R.E.M.'s "Everybody Hurts" playing in the background.
Among the barbs from Twitter:
"Barack Obama is the Nickelback of presidents."
"I bet Obama likes mustard on his hotdogs because hes gross"
"Barack Obama is the sharknado of presidents. Louid, stupid, and over-yped! #Sharknado4."
"Barack obama dances like how his jeans look."
Obama made clear he thinks the joke about his jeans is "so old." And, of course, he left a spot for Republican candidate Donald Trump's own tweeting about the president.
Watch President Obama's full "Mean Tweets" segment on Kimmel below:
Of all the startup investments Barbara Corcoran has made in her eight seasons on "Shark Tank," about two-thirds of them have flopped.
However, she explained in a recent Facebook Live Q&A at Business Insider's New York office, the remaining third have made her a lot of money.
The common trait of the entrepreneurs who have made Corcoran money? "They're not so smart."
Making deals with unintelligent business founders may sound like a bad approach, but she's referring to the way they carry themselves when things get tough.
Corcoran said that every business, whether it succeeds or fails, inevitably runs into a major obstacle — that moment is Corcoran's test of whether she can trust the founder.
The two-thirds of her entrepreneurs who will lose her money react by blaming someone or something and go sulk "for a number of days, or sometimes weeks," she said. "Those are the people, that I now know as an experienced shark, who are never going to make it in business. The minute someone starts feeling sorry for themselves, they are not an entrepreneur, because you don't have that luxury in life."
Here's where that "stupidity" comes in.
"You almost have to be too stupid to lay low when you're smashed," Corcoran said. "If you want to be an entrepreneur, you have to have a low enough IQ so that you bounce back up and say 'Hit me again.'"
Corcoran is partial to non-MBA types because she prefers working with someone who won't overanalyze risk and who will ignore safe choices to plow through the difficulties of building a business.
"They're smarter on their feet; they're smarter at recovering. They're not book smart," she said. "I don't even know if they have a high IQ, but guess what — they're natural-born entrepreneurs."
She gave an example of a moment when she knew that she would have a great partnership with two of her favorite "Shark Tank" entrepreneurs, Cousins Maine Lobster founders Sabin Lomac and Jim Tselikis.
For a Season 7 update on the deal Corcoran struck with Lomac and Tselikis in Season 4, a "Shark Tank" production crew traveled to Maine to report on the company's franchise expansion.
Corcoran explained in the Q&A:
"I'm thinking, 'How do I get their brand in this update? And so I say, 'Quick, you've got two days to do it — get giant chef hats, put them on your 50 employees. Puff them up with garbage bags! ... And I want "Cousins" in bright red letters across the band.'
"They got that done overnight. I don't know how they did it — 50 hats done, delivered on time. The producer walks into the set, looks at all the employees with the giant chef hats, and says, 'This is no good. Get rid of the hats. Too much.' And Sabin turns and says, 'I'm sorry, it's our company policy. We never let our cooks take their hats off.'
"I looked at Sabin, I thought, 'I love you, baby. I love you so much! You're going to make me so much money.' And of course, he makes me so much money.
"That's called smart on your feet."
Watch the full Facebook Live Q&A:
"The Walking Dead" marked another all-time high viewership for the zombie series with Sunday's season-seven premiere.
Deadline reports that 17 million total viewers tuned into the return episode, according to Nielsen. That's 16% more than the season-six premiere's 14.6 million viewers and just 2% lower than the show's record high season-five premiere of 17.3 million viewers.
As for the viewers most important to advertisers, adults under 50 years old, "TWD" nabbed 10.7 million viewers. That's up 13% compared to the season-six debut and just 3% lower than the record-breaking season-five opener.
Despite viewers' annoyance with last season's cliffhanger ending and a lot of agitation over Negan's (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) big kill, AMC is clearly celebrating this week. Not only did it reverse last season's ratings drop and nearly matched its record high, it also beat Sunday Night Football in the advertising demographic.
Paisley Park — Prince's famed and highly secretive studio complex — will officially be turned into a museum for his fans, following a unanimous vote by the Chanhassen City Council on October 24.
Few people had the privilege of visiting the $10 million Minnesota estate while Prince was alive, except for the rare shows or parties he threw there.
Stretching 65,000 square feet, Paisley Park served as the late singer's home, and included studios where he would record music. The decor is an extension of Prince's glam style, and will appear almost identical to the way it looked when he lived there. The complex is also thought to contain unreleased recordings.
After Prince's death in April, there was uncertainty about what kind of access the public might get to Paisley Park. The estate was set to open for a few weeks of tours beginning October 6, but the Chanhassen City Council said they need more time to consider the plan because of concerns about traffic, parking, and public safety. All but three days of the tours were cancelled just a few days before they were set to start.
Following the council's recent decision, Paisley Park will become a place where Prince fans can worship his legacy. Admission will cost either $38.50 or $100, depending if visitors want guided tours. The museum is slated to remain open indefinitely — for now. Prince did not leave a will, so his estate is currently tied up in legal battles over who will split his millions.
Many of the notable lists that rank the greatest movies of all time — like the American Film Institute's "100 Years ... 100 Movies" from 1998 — have enlisted thousands of movie-industry names to come up with a consensus of the best films.
When film critics are the only factor taken into account for such a list, however, it's a given that the results may not reflect what's most popular.
We turned to the review aggregator Metacritic for its list of the all-time greatest movies, which ranks films by their composite critical reception. The list excludes rereleases and films with less than seven total reviews on the site, so numerous classics like "The Godfather" and "Citizen Kane" are absent for lack of data, and the data skews toward contemporary movies. But it's an odd, fascinating assortment all the same.
Check out the 50 best movies of all time, according to the critics on Metacritic:
50. "Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope" (1977)
Critic score: 92/100
User score: 8.7/10
Plot summary (from IMDB):Luke Skywalker joins forces with a Jedi Knight, a cocky pilot, a wookiee and two droids to save the galaxy from the Empire's world-destroying battle-station, while also attempting to rescue Princess Leia from the evil Darth Vader.
49. "35 Shots of Rum" (2009)
Critic score: 92/100
User score: 6.1/10
Plot summary: The relationship between a father and daughter is complicated by the arrival of a handsome young man.
48. "Raging Bull" (1980)
Critic score: 92/100
User score: 6.4/10
Plot summary:An emotionally self-destructive boxer's journey through life, as the violence and temper that leads him to the top in the ring destroys his life outside it.
See the rest of the story at Business Insider
Books can be incredibly powerful. They have the ability to suck us in, take us on adventures, and influence the way we think.
They can teach us, move us, give us new perspectives, and help shape us. And the most powerful ones change our lives forever.
I asked my Business Insider colleagues to share the one book that has significantly influenced them.
If you're looking for life-changing books to read this fall, you may want to check these out:
'The Road' by Cormac McCarthy
"This book gave me a real sense of my own mortality. I'm usually grateful for this, but not always! It also made me appreciate fatherhood more."
Amazon synopsis: A father and his son walk alone through burned America. Nothing moves in the ravaged landscape save the ash on the wind. It is cold enough to crack stones, and when the snow falls it is gray. The sky is dark. Their destination is the coast, although they don't know what, if anything, awaits them there. They have nothing; just a pistol to defend themselves against the lawless bands that stalk the road, the clothes they are wearing, a cart of scavenged food — and each other.
"'The Road' is the profoundly moving story of a journey. It boldly imagines a future in which no hope remains, but in which the father and his son, "each the other's world entire," are sustained by love. Awesome in the totality of its vision, it is an unflinching meditation on the worst and the best that we are capable of: ultimate destructiveness, desperate tenacity, and the tenderness that keeps two people alive in the face of total devastation."
'The Tao of Pooh' by Benjamin Hoff
"This book introduced me to the idea that simplicity isn't the enemy of satisfaction; it's the essence of it. The inclusion of such familiar and beloved characters also helped the ideas stick in my mind."
—Christina Sterbenz, weekend and features editor
Amazon synopsis: The how of Pooh? The Tao of who? The Tao of Pooh!?! In which it is revealed that one of the world's great Taoist masters isn't Chinese — or a venerable philosopher — but is in fact none other than that effortlessly calm, still, reflective bear. A. A. Milne's Winnie-the-Pooh! While Eeyore frets, and Piglet hesitates, and Rabbit calculates, and Owl pontificates, Pooh just is.
"And that's a clue to the secret wisdom of the Taoists."
'Anna Karenina' by Leo Tolstoy
"It was the rare work of fiction that actually changed how I saw the world. It made me want to be a more moral and better person."
—Paul Schrodt, entertainment editor
Amazon synopsis: "Considered by some to be the greatest novel ever written, 'Anna Karenina' is Tolstoy's classic tale of love and adultery set against the backdrop of high society in Moscow and Saint Petersburg.
"A rich and complex masterpiece, the novel charts the disastrous course of a love affair between Anna, a beautiful married woman, and Count Vronsky, a wealthy army officer. Tolstoy seamlessly weaves together the lives of dozens of characters, and in doing so captures a breathtaking tapestry of late-nineteenth-century Russian society. As Matthew Arnold wrote in his celebrated essay on Tolstoy, 'We are not to take 'Anna Karenina' as a work of art; we are to take it as a piece of life.'"
See the rest of the story at Business Insider
Get excited, "Gilmore Girls" fans — Netflix has dropped the first official trailer for the four part series, "A Year in the Life."
And it looks amazing.
Stars Hallow still looks as charming as ever.
Luke is back to criticizing Rory and Lorelai’s eating habits.
Emily Gilmore installed a huge portrait of the dearly departed patriarch Richard Gilmore that takes up the whole wall.
Kirk is at Friday night dinner!
Lorelei seems confused if she’s still happy with Luke. Looks like there could be trouble in paradise.
Meanwhile, Rory is trying to find herself and decide what she wants to do.
Emily is kondo-ing her home and getting rid of everything that doesn’t bring her joy.
And though the series seems to be focusing on the three generations of Gilmore women — Emily, Lorelai, and Rory — we also have glimpses of some of our favorite characters including Jess, Suki, Dean, Paris, Lane, and more.
"Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life" will premiere on Netflix on November 25.
Every year we get a new crop of media streamers, and every year the upgrades are incremental.
They get a little bit faster. Sometimes they get a little bit thinner. Every now and then you get some expected perks like 4K and HDR support, or maybe some digital assistant magic, but for most TV owners there’s no pressing need to upgrade.
So, if you’re one of the companies hawking these little app-playing boxes, how do you keep the business growing?
Well, if you’re Roku, you apparently attack the lowest common denominator, and make the most inexpensive streamer possible. This, despite the fact Roku already sells an inexpensive streamer that’s also very good.
And so we have the Roku Express, which is a $30 Roku. That sounds appealing! Roku has made great, easy-to-use streamers for many years now. Getting one for that low of a price would be steal. Unfortunately, while the Express has the same perks as Roku boxes on the surface, its hardware is just too compromised for comfort. Here's what I mean.
But first, the good. The Express has the exact same interface as any other Roku, which means it’s dead simple to navigate.
All of your apps are laid out in tidy rows, and you can adjust the order of them as you see fit. There’s no intermediary budding in with “shows you might like,” and no having to use your phone to put things on your TV, a la Google’s Chromecast. There’s just the services you use, with nothing between them.
Support for those services is still as strong as it gets, too. The only big names missing are iTunes, Google Play Music, and Kodi. Two of those belong to direct competitors (though Google Play Movies & TV is onboard), and the third isn’t a huge loss unless you download media more than you stream it. Otherwise, all the essentials and near-essentials are here, with more niche alternatives to explore than you could want.
All those apps are complemented by a nifty search function.
Roku has always had the advantage of not having a dog in the content fight — unlike Amazon, Apple, and Google, it has no platform for selling video. That means it has no incentive to push one service ahead of the others in search results.
Though its competitors (namely Amazon) have gotten better about this in recent months, Roku still takes the widest range of apps into account, is still agnostic about displaying them, and still lists your most affordable options first, which is helpful. It’s far from bulletproof — searching for “The Simpsons” somehow failed to bring up an FXNow link, even though that’s home to literally every episode — but generally speaking it’s a plus.
Roku’s companion app is useful as well.
Roku's companion app more or less recreates the entire Roku OS on your phone, then adds a virtual WiFi remote, and a voice search function. The latter works, though it’s clearly clunkier than talking to an assistant like Siri or Alexa. Still, I’d rather have it than not.
The app also supports a “private listening” mode, which lets you hook up a pair of headphones and funnel the volume through there. Again, this isn’t perfect — there’s a flaw that cuts off the audio if you connect your headphones after a stream has started, and using Bluetooth headphones consistently causes audio and video to desync. With a wired pair, though, it’s easy to appreciate.
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Kendrick Lamar's 2015 album "To Pimp a Butterfly" is a multiple Grammy award-winning masterpiece.
Its eclectic mix of hip-hop, jazz, soul, funk, and myriad of other styles is a testament to the incredible range of the Compton-born rapper. The album won Lamar four Grammy awards in 2016, bringing his total to seven.
More than just a great album, it features several singles that've gone on to become anthems of the modern social justice movement. Most notably, the 2016 single, "Alright" has become the anthem of a generation:
Beyond being an incredible song, its chorus became a rallying cry of protesters in the United States — "a kind of comfort that people of color and other oppressed communities desperately need all too often: the hope — the feeling— that despite tensions in this country growing worse and worse, in the long run, we’re all gon’ be all right," as Slate culture writer Aisha Harris put it.
In Chicago, when people gathered to protest a rally for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, "We gon' be alright!" was sung in celebration of the rally's cancellation:
And in 2015, a Black Lives Matter assembly in Cleveland chanted the song's chorus, reportedly in response to police arresting a 14-year-old protester:
Countless other examples exist. More than just a great song, "Alright" is the anthem of the modern civil rights movement.
It's joined socially-conscious hits like Nina Simone's "Mississippi Goddam" and Billie Holiday's "Strange Fruit" as bigger than music. "Alright" is an incredible achievement for a man who's already achieved so much. And it's one that almost didn't happen.
The Creation of "Alright"
Kendrick Lamar recorded "To Pimp a Butterfly" in studios across the US with a variety of different producers.
Legendary producer — and acclaimed musician in his own right — Pharrell Williams was one of those producers. After having collaborated on Lamar's 2012 breakthrough album "Good Kid, M.A.A.D City," Williams and Lamar collaborated once again on "Alright."
Williams can be heard on the chorus, chanting "We gon' be alright!"
More than singing it, though, Pharrell Williams is actually responsible for both the song's addictive beat and its anthemic chorus.
"[Pharrell] had the hook. P had the 'Alright.' That's him on the hook," Lamar told famed music producer Rick Rubin in a recent interview for a GQ cover story. Williams created the beat behind "Alright" as well, co-producing it with Mark "Sounwave" Spears. In fact, the beat was complete a full six months before the song itself was.
And then Lamar left it alone for half a year.
"I was sitting on that record for about six months," Lamar tells Rubin in the interview. "The beat, Pharrell...between my guy Sam Taylor [a music publisher and friend] and Pharrell: 'Did you do it? When you gonna do it?' They was on me." But Lamar couldn't find the right lyrics, so he sat on it. And sat on it. And sat on it.
"I knew it was a great record, I was just trying to find the space and to approach it," Lamar said. "What's the approach? The beat sounds fun, but it's something else inside of them chords that Pharrell put down. It feels like it could be more of a statement than a certain tune."
It was Williams that ultimately pushed the song toward the what it is today; he came up with the hook, and Lamar ran with it. "Just saying that, the 'alright' phrase. What does 'alright' represent? What does 'we gonna be alright' represent?," Lamar says.
After that, the words apparently came flowing out.
"That was one record that executed exactly how my approach was the moment I put the pen to the paper," he says. In "Alright," Lamar channels the struggles of the modern black experience in America while also recognizing hundreds of years of struggle that led to this point.
It's an anthem of positivity written amidst a backdrop of civil unrest.
For some context, these all took place in the last six months of 2014 (during the recording of "To Pimp a Butterfly"):
As Lamar puts it, "There was a lot going on — still to this day there's a lot going on. I wanted to approach ['Alright'] as more uplifting, but aggressive. Not playing the victim, but still having that 'Yeah, we strong.'"
The anthemic nature of the song, the symbolic importance of its chorus, and its deep references to African American history ("40 acres and a mule") are all surgical and deliberate. And it's clear that it took much more than the beat and hook coming together for "Alright" to become "the protest song of our generation" (as Rick Rubin puts it).
"That song could've went a thousand other ways," Lamar says with a grin. "A thousand other ways."
The full, nearly hour-long interview is excellent — watch it here:
Tom Hanks is always up for turning back the clock to reminisce on his classic movies before he became "America's Dad."
A video is currently making the rounds of Hanks diving back into "Big." The movie star teamed with the hit YouTube channel Wong Fu Productions on an impromptu rendition of the "Shimmy Shimmy Cocoa Pop" rap from the classic comedy.
In the middle of an interview with Hanks and director Ron Howard for the release of their new movie "Inferno" (in theaters Friday), Philip Wang asks Hanks if they can do the rap together, and though it's been 28 years since the movie came out, Hanks did it without hesitation.
"I actually stole that from my kid’s summer camp," Hanks said after the rap. "We needed a thing in the movie and I said, 'How about we do this?'"
Watch Hanks do the "Big" rap below:
Paul Schrader has spent his career delving into the dark side of the human condition.
Starting out as a screenwriter, he instantly became a star by writing Martin Scorsese's 1976 classic "Taxi Driver." That started a long collaboration with Scorsese, continuing with "Raging Bull," "The Last Temptation of Christ," and "Bringing Out the Dead."
Schrader has tested audiences even more as a director, making haunting dramas like "American Gigolo"; the 1980s "Cat People" remake; "Affliction"; and "The Canyons," which is known more for the antics of its star, Lindsay Lohan, than what's on screen. (Schrader said he isn't mad — the movie sold for more than it cost to make.)
For his latest movie, "Dog Eat Dog," which opens in theaters November 4 and is on video on demand on November 11, Schrader teamed with Nicolas Cage and Willem Dafoe to create a bizarre, ultraviolent dark comedy — extremely dark and extremely violent — that is perhaps the boldest work Schrader has ever done.
Business Insider had a candid conversation with Schrader about the current movie business, how Cage surprised him when the actor suddenly read his lines imitating Humphrey Bogart, and why he'll never watch a work-in-progress cut of a Scorsese movie.
Jason Guerrasio: You've said while doing press for this movie that you had final cut on it. At this point in your career, can you make a movie any other way?
Paul Schrader: I never had final cut earlier on in my career, and I never needed it because you were always making movies with people who like movies and who understood movies. And yes, you had disagreements, and yes, you went back and forth, but at the end of the day you would come to an agreement.
Now in the last 10 years or so, we have started to see this influx of money into the entertainment business from people who don't necessarily like movies, watch movies, or know movies. You can find yourself in a room with people who are financing the film who don't watch movies themselves. Once you start to realize that you could be dealing with folks like that, then you start to think how can I protect myself? These people have a formula in their heads that is based on another time and place, and it's not the time and place in which you're making your movie.
Guerrasio: So you take a read on the people involved and decide if you say you want final cut?
Schrader: You try to. Every artist will tell you this: Every time you get f---ed you say, "I'm never going to get f---ed that way again." And you don't. But they come up with a new way to f--- you.
Guerrasio: One of the things that is embedded in my brain about your movie is Nicolas Cage impersonating Humphrey Bogart by the end of the movie. Was that written in the script?
Schrader: That was not in the book. (The movie is loosely based on a book of the same title by Edward Bunker.) That was not in the script. The book and the script were not comic either.
But Nic had this idea for his character who thought himself somewhat foolishly as Humphrey Bogart, so he was doing Bogart things, which I wasn't that crazy about, but I wasn't going to pick a fight over it. I could always cut it out.
But there was this whole nagging issue of the last scene. We had talked about it in rehearsals, but he wasn't really satisfied. He came back to me again while we were shooting and he said, "I don't get this last scene. I don't understand why he's still alive. I don't understand what he's doing with this black couple." And I said, "Well, maybe he's not still alive. Maybe it's the afterlife." And that's when he started to come up with the Bogart idea.
He said, "Well, I've been fooling around with Bogart. If he is actually dead, then he can become Bogart and he can save the black couple." He doesn't exactly pull that off, but that's how that evolved.
And he kind of stunned this on me on the day we were shooting that. We went through it and all of a sudden he's doing it as Bogie and I was like, "Whoa, you sure you want to do that?" And he said, "Look, you've been telling me for five weeks that we have to be bold. This is the only way you can do this genre today." He said, "I think this is a bold choice." I said, "Yeah, I think it is, too. Let's do it."
Guerrasio: For a movie that I think was intended to shock, it's not the violence that stays with me — it's the ending.
Schrader: Yeah, we jump into a meta movie. But my feeling is how you deal with a crime film in 2016 is a jazz riff. You try to stay ahead of the viewer. You don't quite know where you're going, and so one of the things that's unique about "Dog Eat Dog" is that it's a genre beyond predictability. The three ex-cons doing their last job, etc. There's a lot of genre tropes in there. On the other hand, it's an unpredictable take on a predictable genre.
Guerrasio: Is Cage still a bankable star so that when he's attached you have a "go" picture?
Schrader: Nic gets your movie financed. That's the good news. The bad news is that he eats up most of your budget in the process of getting it financed because you end up basically paying him the budget. But he still commands those big numbers.
I mean, the distributor of this film told me that all of the work we have done — the film festivals, all the press, the public appearances, the theatrical release — it all has one goal, which is to be No. 1 VOD on the first VOD weekend, because there is so much product out there on demand that if you're not in the top five it doesn't matter anymore because people can't get through it all. So you got to try to be No. 1 on VOD release.
Guerrasio: But do you ever see what those engagement numbers really are? Will the film's distributor, RLJ Entertainment, disclose them to you and be transparent?
Schrader: I talked to RLJ about this. We'll see how transparent they are. They promise to be transparent. I made "The Canyons" a while back and we self-financed that for a half-million dollars and then we sold it to IFC for $1 million, so we all made money and it was all fun and dandy. But of course, at the end, that film could go on and make money for the next 20 years [through streaming] and we'll never see a statement.
Guerrasio: And — one way to stretch a dollar for this movie — you yourself played one of the characters. Which was something done at the last second, right?
Schrader: Yeah, Marty [Scorsese] was going to do it, and then the date we wanted him fell on his birthday, and he didn't want to come. I remember saying to the producer, "Even if Marty had come, we don't even have enough for his airfare anymore." Because this was at the end of the shooting schedule. So then there was the option of hiring a local, and I didn't want to do that, and Cage was pressuring me to do the role myself. And I thought, I may be bad, but I won't be boring.
Guerrasio: But you also asked Quentin Tarantino, Abel Ferrara, and Christopher Walken, right?
Schrader: Yeah. I even asked Rupert Everett to do it as a transgender Cleveland gangster, and he was willing to do it, but then his Oscar Wilde project ["The Happy Prince"] intervened.
Guerrasio: I've heard you say in the past that your films "exercise" your demons, not "exorcise" them.
Schrader: Not every one. But that's one of the things they can do, yes.
Guerrasio: Is that still the case today?
Schrader: You need to have a film like that maybe every four or five years. I don't think every film can be like that.
Guerrasio: So when was the last one like that for you?
Schrader: Well, that's this. I had written a film called "Dying of the Light," which I also directed and it started Nic Cage. And when I handed in the director's cut, they took it away.
Guerrasio: So getting screwed over again.
Schrader: Yeah, there was a point I wanted to make with this movie — I wanted to make a point that I can make a film with Nic Cage that people want to see.
Guerrasio: You mentioned "The Canyons," a movie that is known more for Lindsay Lohan's off-screen antics while making the movie. Was that a rebound moment for you, making that movie?
Schrader: It wasn't much of a rebound; it was an experiment. It was exhausting, and there's a lot of sanctimonious finger-wagging at poor Lindsay from the media. "Bad girl, bad girl." It's like all these people wagging their finger at Donald Trump while selling publications.
Guerrasio: So the media played up incidents in the making of the movie that didn't define how that movie was made?
Schrader: No. The New York Times was there on the set every day, so all that stuff, though not very flattering, it was true. Maybe some of it a little exaggerated, but most of it true. But every film is a drama for a different reason.
Guerrasio: Have you seen Scorsese's long-awaited "Silence" yet?
Schrader: No. He's really hit the mattresses because they'll be mixing all next month and it opens in December and it's three and a half hours long. I see Marty a lot, but I would never want to be in that position to be an early viewer of any of his films.
Guerrasio: So even in the past, he doesn't call on you?
Schrader: No. I would be uncomfortable.
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Sheryl Crow knew that the darkness of the 2016 presidential election had reached a new level when she started seeing what she thought were physical effects on her family members.
In an interview with Business Insider on Monday, the singer speculated that the "urgency and sense of vitriol" in the election may have taken a physical toll on her mother's health.
"I was actually in the hospital with my mom, and they would come in every couple hours to take her vitals," Crow said. "And she's a true news junkie, very well informed. And her vitals were off the charts. She's usually 90/60, and she was 169/60. I could see what this is doing to all of us."
The election's sense of "nastiness," as Crow dubs it, is part of the reason the Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter launched a Change.org petition earlier this month to lobby the Democratic and Republican national committees to shorten the election cycle.
The petition, which on Tuesday had garnered over 33,000 signatures, says it has been over 600 days since Sen. Ted Cruz announced his presidential campaign in 2015 to kick off the presidential election, and urges the DNC and RNC to spare the country another "lengthy slugfest."
"Countries across the globe have limited campaign seasons to as short as 6 weeks," the petition reads. "The American people have been extremely disrespected in this campaign season with the ugliness that pits us against each other and with nonsense and fear-mongering. It is time this comes to an end and that we demand better for ourselves."
In Monday's interview, Crow lamented that she has gone from a "news junkie" to finding herself "hurtling furniture to get the remote" before her kids to keep them away from cable news.
"There was a time in my life and in my career where I was very outspoken. I was on the campaign trail for candidates. I was always blogging," Crow said. "A few years back, I just felt like the noise was becoming deafening. People and opinions were becoming more vitriolic, and I wanted to sit back and be quiet, really on behalf of my kids, and not be drawn into arguing."
Crow is somewhat light on specifics about how she would like to see the election shortened, though she said she is open to different ideas, and cited Canada's 11-week parliamentary election cycle as a potential model.
The singer-songwriter said she's talked to campaign experts about the best way to cut down the campaign cycle without limiting the information that voters need to head to the ballot box.
"We have to evaluate it," Crow said. "We have to figure out a way to make the process better, whether it means setting up rules as to when money can be raised or setting up rules over when TV ads could run. Or maybe investigating the primaries."
She added: "I think that asking for six or eight months isn't out of the question."
Still, she acknowledged that longer primaries allow grassroots campaigns like those of Sen. Bernie Sanders and then Sen. Barack Obama to gain steam. For Crow, Sanders' candidacy demonstrated the importance of a longer primary campaign.
"I'm very optimistic when I saw someone like Bernie Sanders being able to galvanize a whole population of people and talk about some real issues that plague our nation no matter what side you're on," Crow said.
There may be a silver lining to the election cycle for Crow personally. The singer-songwriter hinted that the election played a supporting role in shaping the content of her next two records.
"I have two new records that I just completed, and the one that we just finished a month ago is largely about what's happening in this country, as well as what's happening in the world and what's happening with humanity," Crow said.
When asked if any songs were directly influenced by the election, she said: "There are definitely a couple of songs, one of which we are looking to release in the next couple of weeks that is collaborative, and I can't really talk about who is on it yet. We are in the process of mixing it."
And her reservations about the campaign won't keep Crow from going to the ballot box.
Though she would not disclose which candidate she is supporting, the previously self-professed Democrat said she is "definitely voting."
AT&T just dropped a bombshell by announcing that its streaming TV streaming package, DirecTV Now, will include more than 100 channels for only $35 a month.
That $35 includes unlimited mobile data for your TV viewing, AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson said Tuesday at The Wall Street Journal's digital conference.
The service will debut in November.
DirecTV Now will be a package of live TV delivered over the internet wherever you are — no cable box or satellite dish necessary.
It will target the 20 million people in the US who don't have pay TV, but the company plans for it to be the primary TV platform by 2020, according to Bloomberg.
DirecTV Now's $35 price point undercuts the early industry norms for live-streaming TV. The market leader Sling TV charges $20 for "25+" channels, and its highest package has about 50 channels for $40. Sony's PlayStation Vue charges $54.99 for about 100 channels, and its lowest package gives you "60+" channels for $39.99 a month. Other competitors including Hulu and YouTube are reportedly readying their own packages for streaming live TV but have yet to name a price.
DirecTV Now seems to be blowing them all out of the water on price, though the full catalog of channels has yet to be announced. It will have channels from Time Warner, NBCUniversal, Fox, Disney, and others. AT&T can afford the low price point because it didn't have to create and service legacy equipment like satellite dishes, Stephenson said.
As is the norm for "over-the-top" services like Netflix or Sling TV, DirecTV Now also won't lock you into an annual contract.
Pay TV as an app
DirecTV Now won't break the mold of pay TV; it will simply make the delivery more fluid and improve on price.
"It's pay TV as an app," AT&T's senior vice president of strategy and business development, Tony Goncalves, told Business Insider in a recent interview.
AT&T sees itself as an "aggregator of aggregators," and its strength will be in the breadth of content it provides (more than 100 channels), as well as in a pain-free technical experience. As a user of Sling TV, I have had many tech issues, and that element should be factored in prominently.
Stephenson also said DirecTV Now would eventually be bolstered by AT&T's 5G network. He presented 5G as an alternative to broadband moving forward.
This announcement comes on the heels of AT&T's proposed $85 billion purchase of Time Warner. The deal, if it goes through, would link AT&T's "pipes" — wireless, broadband, and satellite — to Time Warner's media properties, which include HBO, CNN, and Warner Brothers.
Stephenson said Time Warner channels would be available on DirecTV Now.
A parents' group known as the Parents Television Council has come out strongly against the violent season-seven premiere episode of "The Walking Dead."
The conservative watchdog group slammed the "brutally explicit" episode, which saw the deaths of series-regular characters and shocked fans.
"Last night’s season premiere of 'The Walking Dead' was one of the most graphically violent shows we've ever seen on television, comparable to the most violent of programs found on premium cable networks," PTC president Tim Winter told The Hollywood Reporter on Monday.
Winter argued that it's "not enough to 'change the channel' ... because cable subscribers — regardless of whether they want AMC or watch its programming — are still forced to subsidize violent content."
He went on to argue that the episode demonstrates "why families should have greater control over the TV networks they purchase from their cable and satellite providers."
The episode was rated TV-MA, meaning for mature audiences, but Winter wonders if there should be a "more severe rating than TV-MA."
Some parents may not be please about gruesome violence appearing on their cable channels, but AMC is surely celebrating the milestone episode, as it had one of the largest audiences for the zombie show ever.
Prosecutors in Tennessee are reportedly taking seriously Justin Timberlake's Instagram selfie of the star voting early in a polling booth, which breaks local law.
On Monday, Timberlake posted the photo on Instagram showing him voting in his home state, captioning it in part,"I just flew from LA to Memphis to#rockthevote !!! No excuses, my good people! There could be early voting in your town too. If not, November 8th!"
But Tennessee law explicitly prohibits voters from recording photos or videos in polling places. ABC News has gathered a list of where ballot selfies are prohibited or allowed.
The local prosecutors told Entertainment Weekly that they're looking into Timberlake's incident.
"The Shelby County DA’s office was made aware of a possible violation of state election law,” the Shelby County DA’s office told EW in a statement. “The matter is under review of the DA’s office. The law itself TCA2-7-142(B). The offense is a state class C misdemeanor. Any person convicted of this violation could be sentenced up to 30 days or fined no more than $50 or both.”
A publicist for Justin Timberlake did not immediately respond to Business Insider's request for comment.
British singer Adele bashed Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump at a Miami concert Tuesday night, while giving a nod to Hillary Clinton.
Adele can be heard on video telling the crowd "Don't vote for him — that's what I'm saying." Cheers and applause erupted in the venue.
ABC News reporter Liz Kreutz says a press pool traveling with the Clinton campaign was not allowed inside the venue, but Kreutz tweeted that a campaign aide sent along this note:
"Adele referenced the election between songs. She asked everyone if they were excited about the election. She said, 'I am English, but what happens in America affects me too.' And then she said 'Don't vote for him.' And then she said 'I can't vote, but I am 100 percent for Hillary Clinton, I love her, she's amazing.'"
According to the statement, it was not clear whether Adele knew Clinton happened to be attending the show.