Simon Brew Sep 9, 2016
A new list reckons it's worked out the films that have most divided audiences since the year 2000...
There are movies that people love, there are movies that people hate. Perhaps the most fun? The ones that seem to divide people down the middle. Obscure Movie Stats has done a bunch of research, and reckons it’s come up with what it calls the most polarising movies of the century thus far. What’s more, three of the films that have made the top ten have been released in the last year too.
In the 30s to 11s are movies such as The Passion Of The Christ, Boyhood, Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull and – scandalously – Crank: High Voltage. But as for the top ten? Here’s the countdown…
1. The Room (not to be confused with Room, we might add...)
2. Ghostbusters (2016)
4. The Tree Of Life »
Shia Labeouf isn’t one to hold back. The “American Honey” star courted controversy once again in this week’s Variety cover story, where he discussed everything from his new career path to his struggles with substance abuse.
The 30-year-old actor slammed Steven Spielberg, insisting that the reality of working with the prolific director was much different than he had imagined.
“You get there, and you realize you’re not meeting the Spielberg you dream of,” Labeouf said. “You’re meeting a different Spielberg, who is in a different stage in his career. He’s less a director than he is a f—ing company.”
LeBeouf went on to slam the director for what he described as disregard for artistic integrity, saying his experiences on Spielberg’s sets felt mechanical and contrived.
“Spielberg’s sets are very different,” Labeouf went on to say. “Everything has been so meticulously planned. You »
- Arya Roshanian
Shia Labeouf was once one of showbiz's biggest rising stars, achieving blockbuster success at a very early age with the Transformers franchise, which was shepherded by executive producer Steven Spielberg. The filmmaker served as either a director or producer on several of the actor's films outside of the Transformers franchise as well, but the actor revealed in a new interview that working for the big-screen legend wasn't all that it was cracked up to be. In fact, he hated every movie that he worked with Steven Spielberg on, except one.
The actor recently spoke with Variety in a wide-ranging interview, where he admitted that he was considered "too crazy" to star in Suicide Squad, even after previously working with David Ayer on Fury. The interview also includes the actor's insight on how he thought working with Steven Spielberg would represent the pinnacle of his career, although it was not quite what he expected. »
Shia Labeouf's "performance art" may rub some folks the wrong way but at his core, I believe he's a fairly decent actor. After spending time in the realm of big-budget productions like Transformers and Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull, Labeouf told Variety that he had sworn off such blockbuster's in the future; however, after appearing in David... Read More »
- Kevin Fraser
Shia Labeouf is on the cover of Variety, and nestled among his introspective comments about his personal and professional trajectory are some unexpected thoughts about Steven Spielberg. The actor, who worked with the vaunted filmmaker on the “Transformers” franchise (which Spielberg produced) and “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” (which he directed), says that “I don’t like the movies that I made with Spielberg.”
“The only movie that I liked that we made together was ‘Transformers’ one,” adds Laboeuf. During his recent #AllMyMovies performance, in which the actor live-streamed himself watching every single movie he’d appeared in, he left during the second installment in the toy-based series of films directed by Michael Bay. “You get there, and you realize you’re not meeting the Spielberg you dream of, »
- Michael Nordine
Variety has posted an in-depth profile on Shia Labeouf (Transformers, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of The Crystal Skull), who openly discusses the controversy that seems to surround him everywhere he goes, as well as his various film roles. Of most interest to CBMers, however, will be his brush with the Dceu, after narrowly missing out on a part in Suicide Squad. The actor explains that Fury director David Ayer wanted to re-team with him for the supervillain ensemble, but Warner Bros. was hesitant to offer the role to someone who'd gained a bit of a reputation as difficult to work with. “The character was different initially, then Will [Smith] came in, and the script changed a bit. That character and Tom [Hardy’s] character [later played by Joel Kinnaman] got written down to build Will up. I don’t think Warner Bros. wanted me. I went in to meet, and they were like, ‘Nah, you’re crazy. »
Word comes by way of Variety, who quizzed Shia Labeouf ahead of his turn in festival darling American Honey. Reflecting on his career in candid fashion, the controversial star began by revealing that before Warner Bros. reworked the script to double down on Will Smith’s Deadshot, Ayer had approached Labeouf regarding a potential role opposite Task Force X. It turns out that the part was later filled by Scott Eastwood, an operative working under Joel Kinnaman’s no-nonsense babysitter.
“The character was different initially. Then Will [Smith] came in, and the script changed a bit. That character and Tom [Hardy’s] character [later played by Joel Kinnaman] got written down to build Will up.” Labeouf says the studio vetoed his casting. “I don’t think Warner Bros. wanted me. I went in to meet, and they were like, »
- Michael Briers
Tony Sokol Sep 7, 2016
Shia Labeouf is done with blockbusters, as he's told the world before. Yet a year or two back, he was in the running to play in one of the biggest movies of the summer, Suicide Squad. He was all set to join the film until Warner Bros vetoed his inclusion.
Labeouf, who starred in David Ayer’s 2014 movie Fury, told Variety that the director approached him to play the part that wound up going to Scott Eastwood in the superhero flick. The actor also said that the character was very different from the one that went onscreen as Lieutenant GQ Edwards.
"The character was different initially,” Labeouf told Variety. “Then Will [Smith] came in, and the script changed a bit. That character and Tom [Hardy’s] character [later played by Joel Kinnaman] got written down to build Will up".
Labeouf said »
Compiling data from Taste, the folks at Obscure Movie Stats have put together a list of the 30 most polarizing movies of the century so far. Among the expectedly divisive titles (“The Tree of Life,” “Paranormal Activity”) are some surprises: “Boyhood” doesn’t immediately spring to mind as an especially polarizing film, ditto “Punch-Drunk Love.” Full list below.
Read More: ‘Suicide Squad’ Fans Launch Petition To Shut Down Rotten Tomatoes In Response To Bad Reviews
30.) “Crank: High Voltage”
29.) “Jupiter Ascending”
28.) “Synecdoche, New York”
26.) “Napoleon Dynamite”
25.) “Punch-Drunk Love”
24.) “The Fountain”
22.) “Nymphomaniac: Volume II”
19.) “Paranormal Activity”
18.) “Under the Skin”
17.) “Team America: World Police”
Read More: ‘Ghostbusters’ Review: A Feminist Blockbuster That Could Have Been Better
15.) “Only God Forgives”
14.) “White Chicks”
13.) “The Passion of the Christ”
11.) “Sucker Punch”
08.) “The Assassin”
07.) “Saw »
- Michael Nordine
In this week’s Variety cover story, Shia Labeouf reveals that he’s sworn off big-studio tentpoles after “Transformers” and “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.”
But after shooting “Fury,” director David Ayer tried to convince him to consider a part in “Suicide Squad,” a role that eventually went to Scott Eastwood. “The character was different initially,” Labeouf says. “Then Will [Smith] came in, and the script changed a bit. That character and Tom [Hardy’s] character [later played by Joel Kinnaman] got written down to build Will up.”
Labeouf says the studio vetoed his casting. “I don’t think Warner Bros. wanted me,” he says. “I went in to meet, and they were like, ‘Nah, you’re crazy. You’re a good actor, but not this one.’ It was a big investment for them.”
Labeouf was more haunted by another role that got away–Casey Affleck’s Oscar-nominated turn in 2007’s “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford »
- Ramin Setoodeh
A photo shoot with Shia Labeouf is a live-wire experience. With his curly locks slicked back, in Nikes and tattered pants, the 30-year-old actor refuses hair-and-makeup, as he blasts songs on his iPhone, singing along to Nina Simone’s “If You Pray Right (Heaven Belongs to You).” He’s friendly, but firm about what he won’t do, and he bristles when a Variety photographer suggests that he step inside an ancient-looking wine cellar. “No,” Labeouf says, pointing to the bottles of alcohol. “That sh-t almost f–ked up my life.”
Over the last five years, Labeouf has been embroiled in a bizarre off-screen drama of his own making — one that nearly derailed his career. He’s been dogged by several alcohol-related arrests, a public firing from the 2013 Broadway play “Orphans,” and even accusations of plagiarism surrounding a short film he directed that same year. But the biggest scandal came in 2014: Drunk on whiskey, »
- Ramin Setoodeh
Legendary filmmaker Steven Spielberg is currently tackling the big screen adaptation of Ernest Cline's novel "Ready Player One." The movie is currently filming in the United Kingdom, and since a lot of it is being shot outside, that means we can expect an onslaught of "leaked" images and videos from the set, uploaded by sneaky fans.
Here are a bunch of images from Ready Player One, which should instill a sense of confidence, since they seem very reminiscent of the book's dystopian future setting:
Speilberg rolls in to town. Set of #ReadyPlayerOne in City all ready for action pic @snappersk pic.twitter.com/FqJgZzPLAT
— Together Birmingham (@BirminghamWeAre) September 5, 2016
"Make England American Again" - Spielberg. That bloody phone box hider. #StevenSpielberg #Birmingham #ReadyPlayerOne pic.twitter.com/WWprL7Jftz
— Kirsty Bosley (@Bozzers) September 6, 2016
#ReadyPlayerOne @GreatCharlesSt Lionel Street. #spielberginbrum pic.twitter.com/SWQmh2v8Vi
— Great Charles Street (@GreatCharlesSt) September 5, 2016
@thisisnode Brum »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
It was recently announced that the seventh season of HBO's smash hit series Game Of Thrones would be arriving later than usual. Instead of the usual early spring release window, the next season of Game Of Thrones will hit the network during the summer of 2017. In the meantime, while we deal with the elongated wait, we can look forward to the penultimate season by seeing who's going to join the stellar cast.
The series has been a landing spot for many fantastic actors over the years, and now another veteran thespian has signed on to make an appearance. Entertainment Weekly is reporting that Jim Broadbent will be on Game Of Thrones when it returns for Season 7.
Broadbent is perhaps best known, stateside, for his two appearances in the Harry Potter film franchise, where he played Horace Slughorn. He's also appeared in Time Bandits, Bridget Jones's Diary, and Indiana Jones And The Kingdom of The Crystal Skull »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
Can studios really expect theater audiences to keep coming back to old franchises decades after their original release? Looking at data over the last couple decades, the answer has become a resounding yes. This is an in-depth look at why that is.
We all know that sequels are rarely better than the original film. And sequels of sequels tend to be even worse. Audiences are aware of this fact, which is why traditionally sequels usually gross less in theaters than the original film. If audiences don’t respond to the sequel as well as the original film, they are less inclined to see it more than once, or tell their friends to go see it.
It becomes a matter of diminishing returns; studios try to eke out as much business from one franchise before it no longer makes financial sense to release another sequel. And with each sequel making less money, »
- email@example.com (G.S. Perno)
Steven Spielberg has a thing for movies about aliens. Close Encounters of the Third Kind, E.T. and War of the Worlds are the biggest examples, but they can also be found in some of his less popular movies like Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Even 1941 is a satire of the real evening an unidentified flying object over Los Angeles lead to mass military confusion. Heck, even the final evolution of robots in A.I. look like aliens. So, yeah, extraterrestrials are kind of Spielberg's thing, and we are totally okay with that because he does incredible things with the material. And soon we'll be able to add another project to this already impressive list. Spielberg's company, Amblin Partners, has just bought The Fall written by relative newcomer...
- Peter Hall
They say that late is better than never, but are those really words to live by when it comes to movie sequels? Hollywood studios are currently in a deep phase of mining existing properties for new material and, though this might seem like risk-averse behaviour at first glance, it really is a sizeable gamble.
The cynical view of this tendency to reboot is that corporations are trying to wring every last cent they can from ideas and icons that have proven successful in the past. There is some logic to it, because it works on the basis of what is essentially brand recognition – audiences will remember enjoying it last time, so they will feel compelled to return for more. The issue is in selecting the brand to be used, however – and this is not always as easy as it sounds.
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- Sarah Myles
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Internationally the movie opened in Russia and Australia and earned an extra $9 million.
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- Luke Owen
It was a time when American directors were offering up smaller, more intimate looks at crime, politics and society, such as “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” and “Dog Day Afternoon,” two of the year’s other big hits. But Spielberg went in the opposite direction. He was a maximalist. His work promised spectacle, of the kind that needed to be enjoyed on the big screen.
Over the ensuing decades, no director has maintained a firmer grasp of popular tastes. “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” and “Jurassic Park” were popcorn movie totems for a generation of film lovers and Spielberg became synonymous with summer blockbuster season.
“If you ask anyone across the country or around the world to name a director, he’s at the top of the list, »
- Brent Lang
Star Wars-style torch-passing won’t work for the adventurer – a successful reboot might require pitching young and old versions of Indy across multiple timelines
Among all the fuss over Disney’s $4.05bn purchase of Star Wars rights holder Lucasfilm in October 2012 – remember all those terrible shots of George Lucas fighting Mickey Mouse and Darth Pluto with lightsabers? – it was largely overlooked that the studio had also picked up the rights to a certain slightly beat-up, fedora-sporting archaeological adventurer. Now that Star Wars has been wrenched from the horrors of the dark side (otherwise known as the prequels) and placed back on the path to righteousness by Jj Abrams, the mouse house has begun turning its attention to that other famous Lucas-spawned franchise, you know: the one that barely put a foot wrong for nigh-on three decades before royally nuking the fridge with 2008’s misfiring Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. »
- Ben Child
It appears that the next Indiana Jones movie won’t be the last crusade for Harrison Ford. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Disney CEO Bob Iger explained that Ford’s next turn as Dr. Jones, slated for a 2019 release, will not be his end. Ford will be 77 when the action movie is out in theaters. “Yes, I do [plan on making more Jones movies]. I don't think it reaches the scale of the universe of Star Wars, but I see making more. It won't be just a one-off,” Iger said. “We [got] Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones in the film. But then what's the direction? I've had discussions about what the direction is, [but] I don't want to get into it.” The first four movies in the franchise have grossed an adjusted $2 billion domestically. That said, the most recent film, 2008’s Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull was, by far, the least successful, »
- David Eckstein
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