Johnny Depp is Hollywood’s most overpaid actor according to ‘Forbes’

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For the second year in a row, Johnny Depp’s films can barely justify his paycheck. We know that famous actors can make tens of millions of dollars for their work, but the understanding of those who pay them is that the movies will earn it back — in a big way. 

That wasn’t the case for Depp, the year’s most overpaid actor according to Forbes; Depp’s films made $2.80 for every dollar he was paid. He and other big-name stars had films’ fates riding on their bankability and didn’t always deliver to the extent producers wanted, though, to be fair, Depp’s movies are bringing in more than he makes.  Read more…

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Can love survive the ‘Fifty Shades Darker’ trailer? Can any of us?

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If the first 30 seconds of the Fifty Shades Darker suggest that this isn’t going to be a crazy kooky sex movie — surprise! Anastasia Steele is back with Christian Gray and everything is creepy Beyoncé covers and everything hurts.

Fifty Shades of Grey ended with the couple splitting, probably because they spent too much time sitting at tables negotiating sex contracts. Anastasia displays a distinctly not-steely resolve in Darker by agreeing to go to dinner with her ex (“Because I’m…hungry”) and ends up sliding off her panties under the table (Did they even get food??). CLASSIC. Read more…

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Here’s how the ‘Star Wars’ droids could help you survive the holidays

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The debut of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is mere days away (Dec. 16, if you’re keeping track), and while the holidays have become synonymous with Star Wars, this time of year is also packed with plenty of other seasonal activities that may end up making you feel like bantha fodder by the time New Year’s Eve rolls around.

In a galaxy far, far away, our heroes can always rely on their trusty droids to help save the day. In that spirit, Mashable has assessed some of Star Wars‘ most reliable mechanoids and imagined just how useful they could be during this season’s most stressful situations.  Read more…

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James Corden and Jason Schwartzman shoot a film entirely in Starbucks

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You don’t need big budgets and fancy sets to make a movie.

All that’s really required is a script, a Starbucks full of amateur actors, and the will to make it happen.

Luckily, James Corden has all three of those things. In the clip above, Corden visits a Starbucks in LA and finds a man working on a movie script. He then proceeds to recruit members of staff and the public (and, randomly, Jason Schwartzman) to turn the script into a reality.

Needless to say, the finished product is a thing of beauty.

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Protesting sausages crash film awards to call out lack of female representation

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A group of women are sick of the “sausage party” that exists in Australia’s film and television world.

So Wednesday, they protested against the country’s most prestigious industry awards, the AACTAs, dressed in sausage costumes.

Footage on Twitter by journalist Steph Harmon shows security forcibly removing the costumed women, who can be heard chanting “end the sausage party!” in reference to a perceived lack of gender representation on film and TV. 

Protesters dressed as sausages chanting to “end the sausage party” of the Aust. film industry forcefully ejected from #aactas red carpet pic.twitter.com/8aeM0p1UdV

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Watch Disney’s Spaceship Earth become the Death Star

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With the release of Rogue One swiftly approaching (next week!), it’s time to crank up the hype machine. And this being a Disney release, we should have expected the studio to do so in a big way.

On Monday night, Spaceship Earth, the nearly 35-year-old giant silver sphere in the middle of Disney’s Epcot Center in Orlando, was transformed from a glittering ball of hope into an even more famous glittering ball of doom: the Death Star.

The transformation came complete with lasers and explosions but reports claim that no Bothans were harmed in the production. Read more…

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Will Ferrell will be starring in a comedy about esports

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UPDATE: Dec. 6, 2016, 3 p.m. EST The article previously stated Ferrell’s role was unknown. Ferrell will star a member of a professional esports team.

Will Ferrell has lampooned the competitive worlds of car racing, figure skating, basketball and youth soccer, and now he’s set his sights on competitive gaming.

Ferrell is set to star in an upcoming esports comedy, Legendary Entertainment announced in an email release Tuesday. The film does not yet have a title or expected release date.

The esports comedy is being likened to Talladega Nights, a 2006 comedy film written by and starring Ferrell, who plays dysfunctional and successful NASCAR driver Ricky Bobby. Ferrell will be playing a member of a professional esports team in the upcoming esports film. Read more…

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‘Rogue One’ director talks reshoots: ‘Star Wars has to be fantastic’

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To some Star Wars fans, reports that the upcoming movie Rogue One was spending weeks reshooting some scenes this summer was cause for consternation. 

But Rogue One director Gareth Edwards has news for those fans — that’s how movies work. Reshoots make them better. And that goes double for a Star Wars movie.

“With a lot of films you go ‘that’s good,’ and walk away,” Edwards told Mashable. “But Star Wars has to be fantastic. So you shouldn’t let go of the camera, or the edit suite, until they [pry] it out of your hands.” Read more…

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Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard get philosophical about ‘Assassin’s Creed’

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For a movie based on a video game franchise, Assassin’s Creed has plenty of moral complexity.

“Basically for the audience, they can’t sit back and go, ‘OK, well we know this is the good camp and this is the bad camp,” Michael Fassbender told Mashable

This time, the actor, who has played Steve Jobs, Macbeth and Magneto, takes on the role of a 15th-century assassin. The material is also taken seriously by Australian director Justin Kurzel, who shunned green screens and shot on-location as often as possible to give it a realistic feel.  

It’s all in pursuit of expressing the very human longing for power.  Read more…

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Someone compiled 262 movies from 2016 into a legendary trailer

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When movie buffs put their useless knowledge to good use …

Clark Zhu, an editor from California, edited together short clips from roughly 262 films that were released this year to make an epic, eight-minute, five-part trailer. 

Most of it is underscored by classic, dramatic music. You know the songs I’m talking about – the ones that make you feel all the feels every time you watch a movie trailer.

And if you’re in the mood to nerd out and know which movie each short clip is from, Zhu has an uber-detailed shot-by-shot list here.

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