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Why Birds of Prey Needed Harley Quinn to Ditch Joker

Why Birds of Prey Needed Harley Quinn to Ditch Joker
The upcoming comic book caper, Birds of Prey, will be the first time that the superhero team has appeared on the big screen. Told from Harley Quinn's point of view, it was important for the story that she be free, single and separate from her overbearing on-again-off-again paramour, The Joker.

During Ccxp, the Joker and Harley break-up scene was shown off to the crowd. Now, the movie's producer and star, Margot Robbie, has opened up about why the character needed to ditch the Clown Prince of Crime.

"Something I explored a lot in Suicide Squad, the first film, was Harley's co-dependence with The Joker, and obviously he has a huge influence on her. But obviously she was very much in a relationship with him when we first saw Harley on screen in Suicide Squad. I did want to explore what is the version of Harley out of a relationship, and
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Patrick Schwarzenegger on His Dark New Movie, ‘Batman & Robin’ and Avoiding the Traps of Instagram

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Patrick Schwarzenegger on His Dark New Movie, ‘Batman & Robin’ and Avoiding the Traps of Instagram
Patrick Schwarzenegger has a process for reading scripts. On his first time through, he’s just trying to get a sense of the story. Then he goes back and re-reads it through the eyes of the characters. On his third pass, he tries to put everything together thematically.

Even with such a specific methodology, Schwarzenegger, the 26-year-old son of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver, says he was initially caught off guard by the premise of “Daniel Isn’t Real,” about a young man named Luke (Miles Robbins) with an imaginary friend who goads him into committing violent acts. “When I first read the script, I was a little bit, like, ‘Whoa! What the f— is going on?,’” Schwarzenegger says. “And then, as I read it more, I got really interested. It brought up current issues — mental health and how pertinent it is today with young men, and the idea of toxic masculinity.
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Brad Pitt Discusses Struggles with Drinking and Coming to Terms With His ''Mistakes'' in Candid Interview

Brad Pitt Discusses Struggles with Drinking and Coming to Terms With His ''Mistakes'' in Candid Interview
Brad Pitt is baring his soul.  The 55-year-old actor recently sat down with fellow veteran actor Anthony Hopkins for a discussion for Interview magazine, where the two open up with each other about their struggles with drinking, coming to terms with their past mistakes and the different type of happiness that comes with growing older.  Pitt begins the lengthy and personal exchange between the two by asking Hopkins about whether he believes in fate. "And I don't mean in destiny or greatness," Pitt asks. "I just mean that things are fated." The Fight Club actor, who shares he's come to believe in this in recent years asks Hopkins to...
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Edward Norton and Thom Yorke: 'The last thing we wanted was for it to get bloody'

Over tea and tequila, the actor and the rock star discuss making Motherless Brooklyn, the dark forces behind Trump – and why Yorke was too messed up to score Fight Club

In Edward Norton’s new film, Motherless Brooklyn, a keening ballad blows in and out, affecting the narrative and painting the prevailing mood with a deep shade of blue. It’s unmistakably the work of Radiohead’s frontman, Thom Yorke.

Some film songs sit so snugly with the tale that one can barely see the join. Others drop like gaudy visitors from another world. It’s an inexact science, a curious alchemy. Norton and Yorke are still figuring it out.
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David Fincher's 10 Most Unsettling Scenes, Ranked

David Fincher has built an extensive filmography of quiet, reserved thrillers that emphasize realism and suspense. And even in a hyper-stylized film like Fight Club, its violence and tone are designed to impose on reality.

Fincher’s sheer level of authenticity and meticulous direction make tasteful artistry out of the most horrific things. And such sequences are just as methodical as the overall films, creating an immersive, atmospheric escalation. Combined with careful breaths of character development, this cinematic demeanor is the perfect formula for heightened fear. So, here are ten of the most disturbing scenes Fincher has accumulated across his storied career. Spoiler warning!

Related: 10 Thrillers That Hitchcock Would've Been Proud Of
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10 Satirical Movies To Watch If You Like Fight Club

There are a ton of themes at play in Fight Club, David Fincher’s cult classic late-‘90s film adaptation of Chuck Palahniuk’s novel of the same name, from the nature of the Narrator’s relationship with Tyler Durden to examining the effects of insomnia. Above all, Fight Club is a political statement about consumer culture.

Related: 10 Most Memorable Quotes From Fight Club

The story of “Project Mayhem,” culminating in the destruction of a bunch of major banks, has been viewed as a rallying cry to all the anarchists in the world, but it’s deeper than that. Here are 10 Satirical Movies To Watch If You Like Fight Club.
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The Incredible Hulk Star Says The Leader Was Going To Appear In 3 Movies

Hard to recall though it may be, there was a time when Marvel movies were not the inexorable box office conquerors they are today. 11 years ago, The Incredible Hulk – just the second pic in the then nascent franchise – entered cinemas with an underwhelming splash. It also remains the lowest grossing Marvel film and is the only entry never to have a sequel enter development.

But that wasn’t the plan at the time. Tim Blake Nelson, one of the stars of that nearly-forgotten blockbuster, has elaborated on plans that the bosses had for his character in potential future installments.

“I got called down to the lobby of the Mercer Hotel to meet Louis Leterrier and Gale Ann Hurd, who’s producer. They said, ‘We want you to play this science character [Samuel Sterns],” and I’d read the script. He was a wildly eccentric guy, mainly in the second half of the movie.
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Edward Norton Says Marvel Neutered His Vision For The Incredible Hulk

At this point, it’s no secret that Edward Norton isn’t particularly fond of Marvel Studios or the movie that he made for them, that being The Incredible Hulk.

Without getting into too much detail, the actor got involved in the creative process during production, extending his role beyond just playing Bruce Banner, and wanted to have a say in the final cut. Ultimately, the studio overrode him and what they put out was something that Norton felt lacked character development. Then again, given that this is the McU we’re talking about, it’s not exactly the place for auteurs to be requesting carte blanche.

Of course, the actor would go on to be replaced by Mark Ruffalo, who’s been the franchise’s Hulk ever since. And though he’s arguably a much better Bruce Banner than what we got with Edward Norton’s take on the role,
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Guillermo Del Toro’s ‘Nightmare Alley’ Adds ‘Mindhunter’s Holt McCallany To Fox Searchlight Flick With Cate Blanchett & Bradley Cooper

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Guillermo Del Toro’s ‘Nightmare Alley’ Adds ‘Mindhunter’s Holt McCallany To Fox Searchlight Flick With Cate Blanchett & Bradley Cooper
Exclusive: Holt McCallany’s Christmas looks like it’s coming a little early this year

The Mindhunter star is already before the cameras on the other side of the Atlantic for Guy Ritchie’s Cash Truck with Jason Statham, as Deadline revealed last month. Now I hear that the actor is joining Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Willem Defoe and Bradley Cooper in Guillermo del Toro’s Nightmare Alley.

The deal for the Buchwald, Atlas Artists and attorney Rick Genow repped McCallany to get on board with the del Toro, J. Miles Dale and Tsg Entertainment produced drama just came together.

As a part of that cast, which also includes Toni Collette and David Strathairn, McCallany will play Anderson, a get-the-job-done bruiser with more going on that is first apparent from his tough guy persona.

Based on William Lindsay Gresham’s 1946 novel revolving around an ex-carnival con-man turned spiritualist, played by Cooper,
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Fight Club: Edward Norton Knows Why His Cult Hit Choked at the Box Office

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Fight Club: Edward Norton Knows Why His Cult Hit Choked at the Box Office
American History X and The Incredible Hulk actor Edward Norton has been out and about promoting his new neo-noir crime film Motherless Brooklyn which he wrote, produced and directed. And as you might imagine, it was only a matter of time before someone brought up his role in director David Fincher's 1999 adaptation of author Chuck Palahniuk's seminal novel Fight Club, co-starring Brad Pitt as the (seemingly) one and only Tyler Durden. It seems that, after all these years, Norton has finally figured out why the classic originally stumbled at the box-office.

Norton reveals this about Fight Club and its less than savory plight at the box office before becoming a huge cult hit on home video.

"I think there was a reluctance on the part of some of the people who were actually marketing it, to embrace the idea that it was funny, and honestly, I think they felt indicted by it.
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Edward Norton Explains Why Fight Club Bombed At The Box Office

If it seems like Edward Norton has been on every talk show and podcast for the past two weeks to promote his new film, Motherless Brooklyn, it’s because he has. The drama follows a man with Tourette’s Syndrome who while investigating the murder of his friend and mentor, uncovers citywide corruption.

Releasing a drama set in the 1950s is a tough sell in 2019 and despite his best efforts, Norton couldn’t lure audiences to the theater to see his passion project. Through two weeks of release, the $26 million movie has yet to reach even $10 million in box office gross. This isn’t the first time Norton’s had one of his movies fail financially, though.

In fact, one of his most beloved, Fight Club, was a flop upon its release 20 years ago. And the reason the pic failed to connect with moviegoers, according to the actor, was due to the marketing.
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Edward Norton Blames Studio’s ‘Reluctance’ for ‘Fight Club’ Box-Office Failure

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Edward Norton Blames Studio’s ‘Reluctance’ for ‘Fight Club’ Box-Office Failure
More than 20 years after the film’s 1999 theatrical debut, Edward Norton is still ruing the initial box-office failure of David Fincher’s now-iconic Chuck Palahniuk adaptation, “Fight Club.” And he’s no stranger to a box-office bellyflop, as indicated by the performance of his recent directorial outing “Motherless Brooklyn,” which has so far grossed $8 million domestically off a $26 million budget.

On a recent episode of PeopleTV’s Couch Surfing, as reported by Entertainment Weekly, Norton sounded off about the poor performance of “Fight Club,” which despite a Venice premiere and strong reviews, only managed to gross $37 million domestically off a $63 million budget. He points the finger at distributor 20th Century Fox’s marketing job for not fully embracing the movie’s critical takedown of capitalism and toxic masculinity — issues that remain top of mind for filmmakers and audiences today.

“I think there was a reluctance on the part of some
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Brad Pitt and Adam Sandler Have an Unlikely Movie Bromance

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Brad Pitt and Adam Sandler Have an Unlikely Movie Bromance
Brad Pitt and Adam Sandler (“Uncut Gems”) sat down for a chat for “Variety Studio: Actors on Actors.” For more, click here.

As has become a tradition for Variety’s Actors on Actors conversations, two superstars realize they have even more in common than celebrity. The careers of Brad Pitt and Adam Sandler ran on parallel tracks after they arrived in Hollywood in the late 1980s, emerging among the last generation of A-list superstars in the ’90s through wildly different genres of film. Sandler made hits of raucous comedies like “Happy Gilmore” and “The Waterboy,” while Pitt burnished a character-actor reputation with turns in “12 Monkeys” and “Fight Club.” This past year, Pitt was as melancholic as he’s ever been in “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” while Sandler was characteristically outsized in the New York freakout “Uncut Gems.” And yet, during a lengthy exchange, they keep stumbling over what unites them as artists.
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Helena Bonham feels its fun to date younger men

Actress Helena Bonham Carter opens up about 21 years of age gap between her and her boyfriend.

Helena, 53, who has kids Billy, 16, and Nell, 11, with filmmaker Tim Burton - is currently dating 32-year-old writer Rye Dag Holmboe, and she doesn't have any concerns about their age gap, reports femalefirst.co.uk.

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The "Fight Club" actress said: "Everybody ages at a different rate. My boyfriend is unbelievably mature. He's an old soul in a young body, what more could I want?

"People are slightly frightened of older women, but he isn't. Women can be very powerful when they're older."

Helena also feels it's fun to date older woman.

"Why can't we be sexually and romantically attractive just when our eggs are expired? Actually it's much more fun because we're so freed of the terror, there is no consequence, it's all just for fun,
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‘Scare Package’ Review: Dirs. Miscellaneous [Frightfest Halloween]

Scare Package review: Arrow Video Frightfest Halloween draws to a close with a whistlestop tour of the horror genre thanks to horror anthology Scare Package.

Chad is a lonely horror fanatic whom runs his own video store. In dire need of a helper, but unwilling to employ persistent loyal customer Sam, his prayers seem answered when Hawn arrives to interview for the job. Hawn isn’t as up on his genre movies as his new boss and so Chad begins to educate him into the weird and wonderful world of horror.

These ‘rules’ are explored in a series of short films, each one targeted at deconstructing those tired horror tropes, making Scare Package more than your typical anthology.

Rather than just being a series of shorts, the interlinking story directed by Aaron B. Koontz in Scare Package works well and eventually becomes its own distinct entity (featuring a brilliant turn
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Edward Norton Talks ‘Motherless Brooklyn’ & His Love Of Film Noir [The Fourth Wall]

Welcome to the latest episode of The Fourth Wall – an interview podcast where I attempt to break down the fourth wall of the film industry, getting a behind the scenes look through my conversations with filmmakers, actors/actresses, and other industry professionals. “Motherless Brooklyn” marks a twenty-year journey for writer, director, producer, and star Edward Norton and Norton joins me to discuss the film.

Norton is truly one of the great talents of our generation, with a diverse body of work spanning films such as “Primal Fear” and “American History X,” “Fight Club,” “The Incredible Hulk,” and “Birdman” just to name several.

Continue reading Edward Norton Talks ‘Motherless Brooklyn’ & His Love Of Film Noir [The Fourth Wall] at The Playlist.
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Edward Norton Does Not Want to Participate in James Corden’s ‘Fight Club’ Bit

Edward Norton appeared on The Late Late Show with James Corden to plug his new film: Motherless Brooklyn, a twisty noir the actor also wrote and directed. But James Corden had other plans. He wanted to pop on Brad Pitt's maroon leather jacket. He wanted to gather his colleagues into a grimy old warehouse. He wanted to reenact Fight Club, Norton's 1999 cult classic made with Pitt, Helena Bonham Carter, and director David Fincher. But Norton was fully not in the mood. Corden calls his makeshift get-together "Late Late Show Fight Club," which is certainly, to paraphrase …
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‘Motherless Brooklyn’: Ed Norton Plays a Minor-League Gumshoe, Scores a Major-League Triumph

‘Motherless Brooklyn’: Ed Norton Plays a Minor-League Gumshoe, Scores a Major-League Triumph
For nearly two decades, Edward Norton has been trying to realize his passion project — a film version of Jonathan Lethem’s landmark 1999 novel Motherless Brooklyn. Now the film is here, sporting a few signs of artistic struggle, but nonetheless an ardent and ambitious triumph for writer-producer-director-star Norton. You might think multi-hyphenate Norton would err on the side of hat-in-hand faithfulness in adapting Lethem’s bestseller about an unlikely New York private detective with Tourette syndrome. Not the case. Norton has moved the novel’s 1990s setting backwards to 1957 (yup, the
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James Corden Drags Edward Norton to the Worst Fight Club Ever (Video)

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James Corden Drags Edward Norton to the Worst Fight Club Ever (Video)
Poor Edward Norton. All the dude wants to do is promote “Motherless Brooklyn,” and he’s got all these late-night funnymen trying to force him into their “Fight Club” spoofs.

On Tuesday, “Late Late Show” personality James Corden got his turn. And he took his shot, including wearing the incredibly late-’90s clothing Brad Pitt donned in the 1999 flick.

“The first and second rule of ‘Late Late Show Fight Club’ is I am not doing ‘Late Late Show Fight Club,'” Norton tells the CBS host after Corden drags him into a warehouse full of not-so-ready-to-rumble staffers.

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“What’s the problem?” Corden asks.

“I don’t know, maybe it’s because that film came out 20 years ago,” Norton responds. “I think we’ve absorbed that there’s better ways of expressing our masculinity.
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Edward Norton: The Essential Performances

Few actors landed on the American film scene with the same force of impact as Edward Norton. As a young man, he evoked the same blend of hardness and sensitivity previously associated with great thespians of decades past (Robert Deniro and Dustin Hoffman both come to mind). In films like “American History X” and “Fight Club,” it seemed like Norton was daring to redefine screen acting as we knew it – and it didn’t hurt that he was willing to work with risky, button-pushing directors like David Fincher and Spike Lee, both of whom coaxed him towards giving two of his finest performances to date.

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