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These Movies Are Blatant Rip-Offs

2/22/2015 5:00pm EST
Movies You Didn't Know Were Blatant Rip-Offs
It may surprise you to learn this, but Hollywood is not a shining hub of moral righteousness. Sure, your average motion picture industry worker probably isn't a serial killer (probably...), but there's been plenty of times when the movie business has stomped on the little guy's toes.

Or ripped off the little guy's movie to make basically the same thing, but with a bigger budget.

Click ahead, and you'll discover which very large blockbuster pics- some beloved, some almost instantly forgotten- are really blatant rip-offs of something that came before. We'd like to think that at least one of...

17 Movies That Prove 2010s Will Be One Of Film's Best Decades

4/20/2014 2:00pm EDT
17 Movies That Prove 2010s Will Be One Of Film's Best Decades
With the endless sequel-reboot environment consuming the Hollywood landscape, it can be easy to claim that movies’ best days are already over. But just by looking at the crop of high-quality pictures from this decade alone, the era of top notch filmmaking is still far away from closing credits. From psychotic ballerinas to robotic romances and every top-notch indie and mainstream pic in between, these pics prove that the golden age of Hollywood may just be starting. Here are 17 movies that prove the 2010’s will be one of the best decades in film history.

The Avengers

Marvel movies wer...

Matthew McConaughey To Star In Christopher Nolan's 'Interstellar'

4/5/2013 11:41am EDT
Matthew Mcconaughey
Matthew McConaughey has announced he will take on the lead role in Christopher Nolan's time-travelling adventure, Interstellar.

The Magic Mike actor admitted during an interview with the Minneapolis Star Tribune that he would be taking on the lead role in Christopher Nolan's secretive new sci-fi film. The time-travelling movie is said to be inspired by the scientific theories of relativity expert Kip S. Thorne, a theoretical physicist, gravitational physicist and astrophysicist at Caltech, the California Institute of Technology.

The plot will center around a group of space explorers who ...

'The Expendables' And The Top 10 Ensemble Casts

8/17/2012 3:07pm EDT
The Expendables
The Expendables 2 comes out this weekend, featuring an ensemble cast of action stars from the past 30 years. It got us thinking: What were the best ensemble casts in recent films? Here's our list:

The Magnificent Seven: Yul Brynner, Eli Wallach, Charles Bronson, Steve McQueen, Robert Vaughn, James Coburn, Brad Dexter, Horst Buchholtz. This western remake of Akira Kurosawa's "Seven Samurai" featured some of the greatest action stars of their generation - certainly an Expendables of the time. It's the second most shown film on television, next to "The Wizard of Oz."

Ken Watanabe Takes Year Off To Help Rebuild Japan

3/7/2012 1:53pm EST
Ken Watanabe
Inception star Ken Watanabe is taking a hiatus from Hollywood so he can assist with rebuilding efforts in his native Japan.

The actor has returned to the Far East to film a documentary about disaster recovery after a massive tremor struck his homeland last March, sending a huge tidal wave inland and killing more than 15,000 people.

He tells The Hollywood Reporter, "I was in L.A. a week ago and I told my agent that I have to be in Japan this year, maybe next year I'll think again about projects in Hollywood."

The hour-long documentary will focus on the port of Kesennuma, a region Watan...

Tom Hardy To Drive Across Siberia For Homeless Charity

2/28/2012 4:17pm EST
Tom Hardy
British actor Tom Hardy is preparing to brave icy conditions as he drives across Siberia to raise money for a homeless charity.

The Inception star is a patron of U.K. organization FLACK, which helps the homeless by involving them in the production of a monthly magazine, and he is aiming to raise $48,000 by embarking on a journey across the isolated Russian region.

Hardy has set up an internet donation page on and he's urging fans to donate whatever they can to help.

In a post on the page, he writes "I've been supporting !...

"So please do cheer me on as I brave the Si...

Cillian Murphy Named Best Actor At 2012 Irish Theatre Awards

2/28/2012 10:30am EST
Cillian Murphy
Inception star Cillian Murphy was honored in his native Ireland as he picked up a top drama prize at the 2012 Irish Times Theatre Awards.

Murphy was named Best Actor on Monday for his performance as disturbed character Thomas Magill in the one-man production Misterman.

Accepting his trophy, Murphy singled out the show's playwright and director Enda Walsh, who originally gave him his big break in the stage show Disco Pigs.

He told the crowd, "I only have two words for this really: Enda Walsh. Fifteen years ago he gifted me a career with his play Disco Pigs and 15 years later he gifted ...

Tom Hardy Tipped To Play Al Capone In 'Cicero'

1/11/2012 2:12pm EST
Tom Hardy
British actor Tom Hardy is in talks to play Al Capone in the upcoming gangster trilogy Cicero.

The Inception star is close to finalizing a deal to step into the infamous mobster's shoes in filmmaker David Yates' next project, which will chart Capone's childhood in Brooklyn, New York and his rise to power.

The first of the three movies is due to begin production next year, according to

It's the latest high-profile leading part for Hardy, who will next be seen playing the villainous Bane in Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises in July.

Emma Watson & Rupert Grint Are The Highest-Earning On-Screen Couple

1/7/2012 3:00pm EST
Emma Watson, Rupert Grint & Daniel Radcliffe
Emma Watson and Rupert Grint have been named the highest-earning on-screen couple of the past five years.

Bosses at Forbes magazine and Box Office Mojo have compiled the new list, based on onscreen chemistry and box office success, and "Harry Potter" co-stars Watson and Grint have beaten the competition after together helping to rake in $4.2 billion over the course of the study.

Coming in a distant second are Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart of "The Twilight Saga" films with takings of $2.5 billion and original "Transformers" co-stars Shia LaBeouf and Megan Fox are third with earnings...

'The Blind Side' Tops Most-Rented Movies Of All Time List

12/15/2011 8:52am EST
The Blind Side
Sandra Bullock's "The Blind Side" has emerged as the most-rented DVD movie of all time, according to bosses at online film library Netflix.

Officials at the movie delivery service have compiled a group of the Top Ten Most-Rented Movies of All Time and the 2009 Academy Award nominee has topped the list.

Coming in second place was "Crash" and Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson's film "The Bucket List" was third.

Rounding out the top five were "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" and "The Hurt Locker."

Also making the list were crime thriller "The Departed," "No Country for Old Men," "Ince...

'Supernatural' Recap: Double The Winchesters, Half The Fun

10/29/2011 8:38am EDT
padalecki and ackles
I have a love-hate relationship with spoilers. As a television addict who can barely survive the mere seven days between episodes, I covet the irresistible nuggets of coming attractions. As an invested fan, I want to experience the adventure with the characters and be as shocked and awed as the next unspoiled viewer. It’s a pop culture quagmire. I heard about “Slash Fiction’s” awesome premise weeks ago. The episode had a fabulous potential for badassery, gore and the patented fraternal angst that keeps the fangirls swooning after more than 130 episodes. Sadly, “Slash Fiction”—while ent...

Leonardo DiCaprio Named Hollywood's Highest-Paid Actor

8/2/2011 10:30am EDT
Leonardo DiCaprio
Leonardo DiCaprio has seen off competition from Johnny Depp to top the list of Hollywood's highest-paid actors.

The Hollywood hunk took the top spot in the chart, compiled by Forbes magazine, after earning $77 million last year thanks to hit films Inception and Shutter Island.

Despite Alice in Wonderland's huge earnings, taking over $1 billion, Depp fell from first to second. However, he's on course to reclaim his title next year following the success of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.

Adam Sandler was in third place, with Will Smith and Tom Hanks trailing behind.


'Inception,' 'Fringe' Win Big At Saturn Awards

6/24/2011 9:30am EDT
Christopher Nolan's hit movie "Inception" was the big winner at the 37th annual Saturn Awards on Thursday night, picking up a total of five prizes.

The film, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, was awarded trophies including Best Science Fiction Film, while Nolan was handed titles for Best Director and Best Writing at the annual science fiction, fantasy and horror ceremony.

Other winners on the night included Jeff Bridges, who won Best Actor for his role in "Tron: Legacy," while Natalie Portman picked up the female equivalent for "Black Swan." Meanwhile, the Best Supporting Actor and Actress gong...

Oscar's Big Change And Four Small Changes That Come Along With It

6/16/2011 1:00pm EDT
Natalie Portman
On Tuesday, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, in a rare moment of clarity, re-opened the possibility of a limited field of nominees for Best Picture each year. In other words, after two years of nonsense, a Best Picture nomination actually matters again.

The new system is very simple. It works similarly to the way Baseball Players are elected to the Hall of Fame. Academy member vote in much the same way as they have the last two years – ranking their nominees from 1 through 10.

Except now, instead of a convoluted vote counting process that leads to scavenging for a tenth no...

'Twilight' Stars Dominate The 2011 MTV Movie Awards (See List of Winners)

6/6/2011 8:17am EDT
MTV Movie Awards
The vampires from Twilight overpowered the magical Harry Potter kids at the MTV Movie Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday night, taking home five golden popcorn prizes to their film franchise rival cast's one.

It was a shocking night for the Twilighters in more ways than one - Robert Pattinson stunned the audience and TV viewers on the east coast of the U.S. when he uttered the 'F' word while paying tribute to his Water For Elephants co-star Reese Witherspoon, the MTV Generation Award recipient.

Pattinson scored the Best Male Performance award and shared the Best Fight and Best Kiss honors ...

Marion Cotillard Welcomes Baby Boy

5/20/2011 9:17am EDT
Marion Cotillard
French actress Marion Cotillard is a first-time mom after giving birth to a son.

The Inception star and her French actor/director partner Guillaume Canet welcomed little Marcel in Paris on Thursday.

A source confirms to, "Mother and baby are fine. (Cotillard is) very happy."

Cotillard began dating Canet in 2007 although they first worked together in the 2003 romantic comedy Love Me If You Dare.

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Leonardo DiCaprio Buys $1.2 Million Salvador Dali Painting

5/5/2011 8:32am EDT
Salvador Dali
Leonardo DiCaprio paid a staggering $1.2 million for a painting by legendary artist Salvador Dali, according to a report.

The Inception star was bidding on two works by Pablo Picasso at Christie's in New York earlier this week, but when he failed to win the items, he turned his attention to a piece by the surrealist.

Gallery worker Rachel Steckson tells the New York Post, "He bid on the Picassos, but it was clear the Dali was what he wanted. He turned around and was like, 'Yes!'"

DiCaprio is said to have bought the signed Chevaliers en parade piece, which shows a knight on horseback. ...

Marion Cotillard & Joseph Gordon-Levitt's 'Batman' Roles Revealed

4/19/2011 8:49pm EDT
Marion Cotillard
Oscar winner Marion Cotillard will play high-powered socialite Miranda Tate in the latest Batman film.

She and her Inception co-star Joseph Gordon-Levitt signed to reteam with director Christopher Nolan last year, but details of their characters in The Dark Knight Rises have been kept under wraps - until now.

Speculation suggested Cotillard would portray Talia Al-Ghul and Gordon-Levitt The Holiday Killer, but now it appears both will play straightforward characters.

According to, Cotillard's Miranda Tate is a Wayne Enterprises board member eager to help Batman's alter-ego...

Stunt Expert Cleared Over 'Dark Knight' Crash

3/15/2011 10:44am EDT
The Dark Knight
An Oscar-winning stunt expert has been cleared of allegations that health and safety violations led to the death of a cameraman during the making of The Dark Knight.

Conway Wickliffe, 41, was killed on the set of the Batman movie in Surrey, England in 2007 after the vehicle he was travelling in hit a tree during the rehearsal of an action sequence. The father-of-two, who suffered severe head injuries and died at the scene, was said to have not been strapped down during the stunt and special effects boss Christopher Corbould went on trial accused of failing to ensure his safety.


'The Adjustment Bureau' More Fun, Less Spectacular, Than Inception

3/2/2011 1:00pm EST
The Adjustment Bureau
They've shuffled the release date of “The Adjustment Bureau” as many times as they have, probably to avoid comparisons with Christopher Nolan's self-important masterpiece “Inception”. While they're both mind bending supernatural / sci-fi flicks, and “Inception” is epic in every sense, “The Adjustment Bureau” turns out to be far more fun.

Matt Damon is David Morris, a from-the-mean streets politician who meets Emily Blunt's Elise on the eve of Damon's first political defeat, and her candor and beauty inspire Norris to give an impassioned speech about honesty in politics. This chance meetin...

'The King's Speech' Takes Best Picture at Oscars (Full List Of Winners)

2/28/2011 12:30am EST
The King's Speech
The King's Speech ruled over the 2011 Academy Awards on Sunday, taking home four honors including Best Picture and Best Actor for the movie's star, Colin Firth.

The royal drama, about stuttering British monarch George VI, led the competition with 12 nominations going into this year's Oscars, and edged out the likes of Black Swan, The Fighter, Inception and The Social Network to claim the most coveted title of the night.

Firth was crowned Best Actor in a Leading Role, emerging triumphant over Javier Bardem (Biutiful), Jeff Bridges (True Grit), Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network) and James...

And The Oscar Will (Probably) Go To...

2/27/2011 9:00am EST
The King's Speech
Oh, the pesky business of predicting Oscar winners. Depending on Academy voters’ moods, a pundit can come off as brilliant or dumb as a post. This seems to be an awfully predictable year – but be warned, that could mean upsets are in the air.

That said, here are my predictions for who will take home the gold at this Sunday’s Academy Awards in the major categories. I’ve devised my own odds system, which is completely made up; but, it does give a sense of how strongly I view the chances of each nominee.

What do you think? Am I way off base anywhere? Which categories are easiest to pred...

'OSCAR PICS' Two Jews On Film' Reveal Their Oscar Favorites (Video)

2/25/2011 10:15am EST
the king's speech
As usual the 'Two Jews On Film' disagree on some of their Oscar picks..but the one thing we do agree on...2010 was a great year for movies.

The nominated films and performances inspired us, entertained us and in some cases enlightened us.

With 'The King's Speech', 'The Fighter' and '127 Hours' we felt what it takes to overcome obstacles.

In 'True Grit' we experienced once again The Coen Bros brilliant take on another genre. And of course there was that funny, insightful film ('The Kids Are Alright') that redefined what it is to be a family.

'Toy Story 3'...well that was Pixar at its ...

'Inception' Scores Nine Saturn Award Nominations

2/24/2011 1:30pm EST
Christopher Nolan's Inception is leading the way at the upcoming Saturn Awards - garnering nine nominations.

The thriller is up for the best sci-fi film honor, competing against Hereafter, Iron Man 2, Never Let Me Go, Splice and Tron: Legacy.

Leonardo DiCaprio is a double nominee in the best actor category for both Inception and Shutter Island, and will go up against George Clooney (The American), Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man 2) and Ryan Reynolds (Buried). His Inception co-stars Ellen Page and Tom Hardy will also fight for top acting trophies.

Let Me In and Tron: Legacy are the other m...

Justin Bieber Gets 'Worst Album,' Jonas Brothers Named 'Worst Band' At NME Awards

2/24/2011 8:53am EST
Jonas Brothers
My Chemical Romance were the big winners at the annual NME Awards in London on Wednesday night after picking up two of the night's biggest trophies.

The rockers, who opened the ceremony at the O2 Academy in Brixton, claimed Best International Band and Best Video for "Na Na Na (Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na)."

Other big winners on the night included Muse, who were named Best British Band, while frontman Matt Bellamy was named Hottest Man.

Scottish rockers Biffy Clyro walked away with the Best Live Band honor, Glastonbury was named Best Festival for the third consecutive year and Arcade Fire,...

Oscars Preview: 'King's Speech'… For the Win?!!

2/22/2011 4:08pm EST
The King's Speech
Only a few weeks ago, it was all golden for David Fincher’s study of greed in our modern, technological world, The Social Network. It had taken the majority of the Oscar predicting awards for Best Picture (including the Golden Globe), and it seemed to be completely unbeatable in the upcoming finale to the awards season, the Oscars.

But then, The King’s Speech, the constant second place finisher to Social Network's champion, started winning everything. It began with the Producer’s Guild Award, which raised an eyebrow; but, I was willing to pass that off as older Hollywood showing preferenc...

'Inception' Tops Sound Editors Golden Reel Awards

2/21/2011 7:51am EST
Christopher Nolan's sci-fi thriller Inception has picked up more honors in the run-up to the Oscars, scooping two prizes at the Motion Picture Sound Editors Golden Reel Awards on Sunday.

The Academy Award-nominated film, which stars Leonardo DiCaprio, was recognized for best sound editing in the categories of sound effects & foley and music in a feature film.

Its Oscar rival The Social Network was also celebrated at the event, winning a trophy for best sound editing in the category for dialogue and automated dialogue replacement in a feature film.

Gwyneth Paltrow's movie Country Strong s...

Academy Voter Liam Neeson has no Time to Watch Nominated Films

2/17/2011 10:25pm EST
Liam Neeson
Actor Liam Neeson has discovered a snag in the Oscars officials' decision to nominate 10 Best Films - busy voters like him don't have the time to watch all the movies in contention.

The Unknown star has been a member of the Academy for the last few years, and as such, receives screener copies of the films up for the top Oscar - but he never gets around to watching them.

He confesses, "There's just not enough hours in the day, so I personally voted for the past two years because I think it's not fair if I see two films and I don't see the other 40."

Click for more great Liam Neeso...

'King's Speech' Wins Seven Awards At BAFTAs (See Winners)

2/14/2011 9:02am EST
Helena Bonham Carter
"The King's Speech" continued its reign over the movie industry's awards season by taking home seven trophies at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards (BAFTAs) on Sunday.

The critically-acclaimed film won its three leading stars the main acting prizes - Colin Firth was named Best Actor for his role as stuttering British monarch George VI; Helena Bonham Carter took home the Best Supporting Actress title, while the Best Supporting Actor award went to Geoffrey Rush.

The movie picked up the coveted Best Film honor, beating fellow contenders "Black Swan," "Inception," "The Soc...

'Inception' And 'The Social Network' Dominate WGA Awards

2/6/2011 5:12pm EST
Christopher Nolan, an Oscar snubee for Best Director this year, was honored Saturday for Best Original Screenplay at the Writers Guild Awards for 'Inception.' Meanwhile, Aaron Sorkin continued his march to the Oscar podium with a win for Best Adapted Screenplay for 'The Social Network.' This might sound like doom for 'The King's Speech,' which has been on a roll recently with guild wins, but the film was not eligible for the WGA award due to strict rules.

On the TV side, the Drama Series award went to 'Mad Men' while 'Modern Family' nabbed the comedy award. In terms of specific episodes...